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Alternate Route


Matt Hranek is a photographer and author of one of my favorite places on the internet, The William Brown Project. Tomorrow night on Esquire TV unveils Hranek’s series Alternate Route where he traverses the states taking the audience to all the best places: breweries, distilleries, restaurants, shops, and everything else in between. Think of it as No Reservations with a focus on America and what I’m expecting to be more fun in general.. Matt’s got an affinity for side-by-side’s and air-cooled porches after all. Tune in tomorrow night at 10:30 and check out some clips in the meantime.

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Poler Holiday Store

And once again in store opening news Poler will be opening up their holiday shop in Williamsburg this coming Friday the 15th. I’ll be over at 33 Grand St slinging Art in the Age cocktails for you to enjoy so come on out.

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Topo Designs Flagship Store


Congrats to Topo Designs for opening up their very own flagship store in their hometown of Denver. If you happen to live out there then you’ve got no excuse to miss their opening this Friday evening. I’m also stoked to see what they’re gonna be doing with their in-house brand Oyo Mountain.

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Topo Designs Fleece


Jedd from Topo Designs sent over one of their fleece jackets at the tail end of last winter and I’ve been excited to make it a part of my regular outerwear rotation this year. I couldn’t help but notice how well the red and yellow placket trim went with my FairEnds livery so I expect that it’ll be a go-to jacket for both warm-ups and post-race hanging this cross season.

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New W/A Goods

The guys over at West America have put out some new tee’s and caps done up with some solid graphics by the LAND boys. The jaguar print is pretty amazing, check out the rest over at their web shop. And, if you haven’t heard yet about Jordan and James’ recent collaborations with Woolrich you can catch up about the five piece collection here.

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Patagonia Legacy





Just a sampling of the lookbook Foster shot for the upcoming Patagonia Legacy collection that celebrates 40 years of Patagonia by updating ten original designs with new materials and some fit changes as well. The collection consists of six outerwear pieces, three bottoms, and one pack. Notable classic favorites will include the Mesclun Retro-X jacket shown in the first photo and a quilted version of the classic Snap-T that has been making a comeback in the past couple of seasons. The collection will be available exclusively from Patagonia beginning September 1st. Check out the rest of the Foster’s trip/lookbook here and make sure to follow along with his never ending (?) journey over at Out of Reception.

Suggested reading: Synchilla

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Strawfoot Musette



Garrett of Strawfoot Handmade sent over one of his musettes all from the way from Santa Cruz along with some other waxed cotton goods that I’ll get to on other posts. It’s a really simple bag based on the traditional cycling musette but made out of a medium weight waxed cotton and sturdy cotton webbing strap. Since it’s also meant for more than just feeding a hungry cyclist on a long race stage the bag also features two good sized pockets inside to keep smaller items organized. With the bag turned inside out you can get a better view of their size:


One inner pocket fits a u-lock just about perfectly, I use the other one to carry my phone, wallet, and then some. The orange waxed cotton is a nice touch and makes it a bit easier to see when you’re grabbing something. At 13″ x 11″ the bag isn’t huge but I’ve found it to be perfect for carrying a bunch of small items or one larger item like a camera. Combined with my Poler Wunder Bundler it’s a pretty great way to carry my camera from place to place.


The simple unstructured construction makes it super simple to just fold or roll the bag up to save space when not in use. I like to throw it in a saddle bag and keep it on hand in case I need to carry some extra stuff home. Grab one here!

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Cold Topo


Two buds, two tees. Jeff from Cold Splinters got together with Topo Designs to make this fun tee in two colorways. Printed in Colorado, Topo’s home state, on 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton Jungmaven tee’s. Good and crunchy.

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