Cole Haan’s latest development in blending sneaker comfort with work-worthy dress shoes is called ZeroGrand. This technology replaces a traditional outsole with a superlight one that looks more like Nike’s Freesole and features a minimized laser-cut full-grain leather upper. Bottom line: there’s never been a more flexible & comfortable wingtip.
Maybe you don’t remember him from high school but General William Tecumseh Sherman is one of the great characters of American history. His “scorched earth” battle tactics against the Confederates made him a hero of the civil war. He then went on to become a key player in the creation of the transcontinental railroad, the Gold Rush, and American military politics. This deeply researched book of the quintessential 19th century man covers both his professional achievements and complex personal life in rich detail.
Constructed using a water resistant Denier Cordura this overnighter-size duffel is simple & clean with great detail: custom YKK zippers and hardware, interior zip pockets, and a removable shoulder strap. Available in black or grey (shown).
Nothing kills the vibe at a barbecue like an empty propane tank. Avoid this backyard tragedy with Refuel, a system that uses a sensor on the tank and an app so you can monitor the propane level from your smartphone.
This little biomass-burning camp cookstove is efficient and compact with a rocket stove design that burns less fuel and produces less smoke yet more heat. And so you don’t burn yourself it uses cool touch technology. And what’s even cooler is that Kenya-based EcoZoom has distributed over half a million of their stoves to folks in need across Africa.
Portland, Oregon’s Tanner Goods makes honest & functional leather products. The Nokori Folding Chair is a fine example. Combining hand-rubbed mahogany and thick, sturdy Chromoexcel leather, this chair is both good looking and super comfortable. Available in 3 shades: Chicago tan, Rich Moc, and black. via
When it comes to sex, drugs, and funk, Rick James has no equal. The hitmaker, producer, and “Super Freak” was a legendary party animal, cocksman, and addict whose music provided him with more than enough money to immerse himself in all his vices, and yet somehow Rick lived long enough to tell the tale and it’s all in here, in his own words.
If there’s a “worst part” about surfing it is definitely pulling on and later peeling off your wetsuit in the beach parking lot. But this process will be made much more pleasant with a Surf Grass mat. It’s made with synthetic turf which turns out to be a perfect material for wiping the sand off your feet as well as keeping your wetsuit off the pavement while you shimmy in & out of it.
There are a lot of multi-tools out there that are conveniently pocket-size but pretty much useless. This is not one of them. The Tool Pen is made of aluminum with a hexagonal body for good grip and features pop-out bits that are stored inside the pen shaft: screwdrivers, hex heds, & allen attachments right there at your fingertips. And no surprise, this is another fully-funded Kickstarter project.
The Thug Kitchen website has attracted millions of devout fans and followers because it makes mincemeat of the vapid, pretentious musings of the Gwyneth Paltrow variety and replaces them with honest ideas about food and getting more of what’s good for you. As in, eat your “Goddamn vegetables!” Now these culinary thugs have written a cookbook. One that guys like us might actually open.