The Black Rock Hat

camo_set_2_600og_threehats_600

I stumbled onto Black Rock Gear out of Seattle, WA while I was looking for a down filled hat- please feel free to call it a toque, beanie, watch cap, etc. Though bigger brands like Outdoor Research and Mont-Bell have their own take on the piece neither of their shapes look quite right to me, nor are they made in the USA like Black Rock’s. At $65 for the original hat and $85 for the lighter, yet warmer HadronS they’re a bit pricier than the surplus wool watch caps I buy every Winter (I lose at least one per Winter season, guaranteed).

*Sadly, the woodland camo version with matching gloves is no longer available but it was too good to leave out.

Other notable products that caught my eye is their packable down filled quilt and a serious balaclava. If that’s still not enough insulation for you then keep your eye out for the old Eddie Bauer down-filled mask,-they pop up on ebay every once and a while.

Suggested reading: The Rivendell’s, first down

Leave a comment

Filed under gear, usa

Hackney GT Bobble

IMG_8932

Hackney GT came out with the perfect bobble cap to go with their ever-so-popular alpine kit, but I gotta say it looks just as nice when worn without the rest of the ensemble too.. swoop the cap here and fleece jacket here.

Leave a comment

Filed under bicycles, cyclocross, wear

Columbiaknit Rugby

il_fullxfull.676203530_2lfa

il_fullxfull.676203532_74ex

This is a great vintage number from Portland’s Columbiaknit as seen on Countyline General; six different swatches of stripes make up the shirt in all. The company still makes these wacky rugby’s from leftover fabric they have around and you never know what you’re gonna get. A gamble sure, but they get as cheap as $16.50 per shirt if you’re willing to commit to buying six of them at once.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under wear

Inventory FW14

FW14-Looks-005-8

FW14-Looks-006-1

I’m always interested in the styling Inventory comes up with season after season, check out their new seasonal looks here.

Leave a comment

Filed under wear

Topo Designs Fall 2014

14722145798_482ecfb80e

14722186840_a205900a62

14429426130_910c08c3c0

This season Topo Designs updates some of their staple bags like the Daypack with new colorways (the clay cordura is a beaut) and expands their collection of apparel. Notable pieces from the apparel line for me include the wool work shirt (also comes in plaid flannel) with it’s mismatched pockets and the soon to be released puffer vest filled with lightweight Primaloft.

Also, be sure to check out their feature on Colorado Makers to learn more about one of my favorite gear companies out there.

Leave a comment

Filed under gear, wear

Reanimator Coffee

heyguyz2

slide6

Last week I shot the fella’s from Reanimator Coffee in their new cafe and roasting facility while wearing some FW15 pieces from Gitman Vintage, Battenwear, Fidelty Sportswear, and more for Art in the Age (aka my day job). Check out the full edit over here.

2 Comments

Filed under photography, wear

Mess

Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 9.50.00 PM

Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 9.49.42 PM

My favorite shots from Saving Private Ryan, something about the quick flash of a stack of sandwiches and hot coffee being poured always stuck with me. Suggested reading: Fuck Yeah Olive Drab

Leave a comment

Filed under film

Snow Peak FW14

spfw14-1
spfw14-2

spfw14-3

spfw14-4

The Japanese titanium enthusiasts at Snow Peak have designed a line of apparel that compliments the company’s hard goods well reputed for its minimal design and quality. I was happy to see the collection in person recently but seeing it styled and on models is a totally different way to appreciated it. Pockets, pop-overs, quilted insulation, and approachable uses of technical fabrics.. good things are coming. See more previews of the collection here (spork not included) .

1 Comment

Filed under japan, wear