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The next step in women's equality, this "female urination device" lets women travelers and adventurers pee while standing. Made of medical-grade silicone, the device slipps into position through a pant zipper; its funnel shape angles the urine away from your feet. A bit silly? Perhaps. But I know femme athletes who love it while skiing, backpacking, and traipsing in the wilderness, or visiting less-than-sanitary bathrooms. Clean it with simple soap and water, or toss it in the dishwasher. And remember, urine is sterile—washing ain't that bad.
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This personal sleeping device looks like something out of a Dr. Suess fever dream. Handcrafted in Spain, the pillow has a 27.6-inch hole for your head, along with a network of hand pockets to dial in your own personal comfort. Made of comfy viscose fabric (with a bit of elasticity), it's smooth on your face, and the polystyrene microbeads offer the perfect measure of comfort. The Light ($58) and Mini ($36) offer smaller variations on the same theme. And their promotional images are sheer, absurdist joy. People sleeping in slings, facedown at their desk, in car seats...
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This all-leather boot dates back to 1979, and loyalists still insist it's the best backpacking boot ever made. It may be overkill to lug these 62-ounce kicks to your next Southeast Asian foray, but when you want full-on waterproof protection, hand-crafted stitchdown construction, a supportive and roomy fit, and an aggressive outsole, this still remains the Cadillac of wilderness boots. And the one-piece all-leather uppers and the exposed lacing will never go out of style.
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Pretty much every sunglass manufacturer now offers their version of the aviator model, but Ray Ban was the first. The design dates back to 1937, and it's never gone out of style. The classic gold frame remains, but now you can choose from a variety of lens types to take full advantage of the tech that's evolved in the last 75+ years, including G-15 polarization.
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Tech-centric rain jackets really haven't changed in years. As first pioneered by Gore-Tex, most are built with a three-layer construction, wherein a waterproof/breathable membrane is sandwiched between a durable external fabric and a softer inner fabric, largely because the waterproof/breathable element—the thing that makes the jacket a go-to item for rain weather—can't take a beating. The result, especially in warmer climes: the outer layer doesn't breathe as well as it should, and you end up getting hot and clammy. Columbia has cracked that problem by creating a two-layer system that pushes the waterproof/breathable membrane to the outside, with a diamond-patterned film over top to add durability and abrasion resistance, making it one of the most breathable jackets ever. The Diamond jacket, the Cadillac of the new line, boasts loads of other tech features, but it lives up to the promise of revolutionary waterproof/breathable protection.
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Pendleton Fremont Jacket: Pendelton—long known for working with the most premium of wool and blended cotton—stepped into the outerwear scene last year, introducing a robust female line of coats and jackets. This fall they'll do the same for men. One standout jacket, the Fremont, looks like something from a Wes Anderson road trip movie, complete with lamb's wool fabric crafted into a black/camel herringbone pattern and plaid lining details. Concealed within that classic aesthetic, you'll find 50 percent recycled insulating vest that you can remove during the day, and then slip in when the sun goes down and the cold starts to surface. The jacket will be available at the end of September.
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San Fran-based Grovemade started off making some of the most stylish, sleek wood Apple product accessories on the market, from iPhone bumpers and cases made out of maple to walnut Macbook sleeves. They've since expanded into watches, desktop computer accessories, and—most recently—tableware. To dip your big toe into appreciating their craftsmanship, start with one of their new key rings ($39), a bottle opener/key clip hybrid.
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The retro-chic aesthetic of Topo Designs' backpacks may imply that they're some awesome relic from the past. But these are no hand-me-downs. They're painstakingly hand-crafted in Colorado, working with time-tested fabrics like 1000D Cordura, leather lash tabs, heavy-duty plastic hardwear and snaps, reinforced seatbelt webbing, and plush, lined interiors. Their signature 22-liter Klettersack ($169) is the gateway drug to a life-long affection for their craft.
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Tyler Axtell started Bradley Mountain by making one-off products that he didn't see on the market. Since then, the company has transferred from Ocean Beach to San Diego, making some of the most durable, stylish bags and lifestyle products on the boutique market. Motorcyclists and handymen already admire their lower-cost tool rolls, but try their classic Dopp Kit ($54), made of heavy waxed canvas, tanned leather, and an antique brass zipper.
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Dubbed as "performance denim," the L2X fabric offers five times the mobility of traditional denim, while also weighing in 30% less—but it's also 30% stronger. It also incorporates wicking fibers into the weave to move sweat to the outside of the fabric to keep you dry and comfortable. But unlike traditional denim, it dries a lot faster. Available in a variety of washes and styles.