The Gear Journal

American Giant Slub Tee

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American Giant makes the best zippered hoodie in the world. That much has been established. They also used to make my favorite t-shirt in the world as well, but for some reason they stopped manufacturing their “Premium Heavyweight Tee” and replaced it with what they call the “Premium Slub Tee.”

Every year for years, I have ordered four of their tees to replace those that have been beat up while working in the shop. Not knowing where to go or what to do this year, I decided to just try the new “Slub” tee.

Thoughts? It’s still very, very good… but it’s not as good as the old t-shirt it replaced. It’s not as thick, it’s not as detailed from a craftsmanship or materials standpoint, and well… while it’s still the best tee that I know of, it’s no longer so great that I will refuse to try other options.

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Underpants Update

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So remember when artificial intelligence recommended that I try Saxx underpants? Well, I spent almost $60 on two pair.

Holy hell y’all… Artificial intelligence is intelligent. I can’t even tell that I have any underpants on at all. It’s like free falling through an expensive cloud of happiness. I am sold.

Get yours here. (Not a sponsor… I’m not paid… by anyone)

Aer Mask

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So, it looks like this whole face mask thing is gonna be around a while… I’ve hesitated from buying anything too substantial as a sort of mental exercise – thinking maybe positive thinking would help as much as the $5 mask I was wearing.

It didn’t. Obviously.

So, I’ve bought my first non-disposable mask. I read a research paper on the benefits of ripstop as a filter. Apparently two layers of the tight weave stuff is almost as effective as a medical grade mask and far more comfortable.

Enter Aer. It is comfortable… I hope it’s working.

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The M65 Field Jacket

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For well over a decade, I’ve used an M-65 Field Jacket as my cold weather outer layer. If it’s super cold (rare in Texas and Hawaii), I will add an issued “cold weather liner” and call it good.

I think I paid $100 for my M-65 (with liner) at a surplus store some 12 years ago. It’s still in perfectly useable condition and I can’t argue with the value.

It does, however, come with some draw backs. For one, the M-65 does not come with a modern fit. It’s boxy… because, well… it had to fit every body type in the military. But also, it uses outdated materials. So, it’s heavy and not very wet weather resistant.

Proof just introduced their modern version of the M-65 that they are calling the Highlander. It features a more modern fit and materials that are both water resistant and have a little stretch. I think it’s rad.

Check it out.

Saxx

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Working on a piece of software that essentially polls sources like reddit, forums, and other non-retail sites that tend to collect honest and objective reviews. Using unmentionables as a test subject, I can now objectively say that the highest reviewed underwear on the internet comes from a company called Saxx.

And I have to admit, I’m tempted to blow $25 just to see how good these actually are.

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Diversion Pant

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Western Rise makes “tech” clothes… Basically, modern garments made out of weird/innovative materials that flex in four directions, are largely waterproof, and feel kind of foreign.

I got the Diversion Pant for Christmas and figured I’d wear em as “work at home” pants, but holy hell – these things are great. Super comfortable, seem really durable, and no matter what you do in them, they don’t seem to stink.

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Christoph Fenwick Gloves

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The most beautiful (and probably expensive) driving gloves in the world. I’ve never had these in hand, but I’ve heard from a buddy that they are absolutely delicious. I don’t doubt it.

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Ronin XT

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If you don’t know Triple Aught Design, you probably don’t know about the Ronin XT. Essentially, it’s a really sought after jacket that is NEVER in stock. Well, it’s in stock.

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