The wonders of bulletproof glass plastic make this virtually indestructible briefcase possible. The Impervious Briefcase can withstand 250 lb-ft of force providing impressive protection for your laptop and other business essentials. It features a 2.6mm-thick scratch resistant shell, 420-denier nylon lining, accordion-style, padded interior compartments and organizational pockets. $100 at Hammacher.
Palladium boots, originally designed and manufactured for the French Foreign Legion, circa 1947 (nod to Sinatra), are like many vintage military products these days. That is to say, in fashion. The Palladium Baggy boots are a not-too-pricey boot option for casual wearers, and in this case, the Baggy Leather boots can be worn in one of two ways: with the leather upper extended fully as we have in our photo above, or folded down for a slightly lower hi-rise boot. They’re incredibly comfortable and wear in nicely after just a month’s use. Palladium’s brand relaunch this past Fall arrived with an infusion of updated colorways (black, saddle brown, chinchilla, and walnut), materials, and all boots utilizing a rubber toe-cap and ruggedized outer sole. $120 at Palladium.
Building up a solid repertoire of sweaters to replace your trusted collegiate hoodie collection (at least for M-F) is a goal that all guys should aspire to. Some of us are farther along than others on this sartorial quest, but if you’re like me and still looking, I’ve got a recommendation for you: Fjallraven’s Rivoli Sweater. I’m jonesing to test one against the mighty New England winter. Available on Fjallraven’s recently launched US website, the Rivoli Sweater is a unique take on the cardigan. Channeling the shocking timely style of Fred Rogers, it eschews the normal low cut button up look in favor of a two-way zippered front and high collar. The combo works well and begs for some layering; we picture a slim OCBD with a dark knit tie under it. Throw in the fact that its a rib knit made from lambswool and you’ve got a versatile, rugged ally in the fight against winter for years to come. Fjallraven suggests the Rivoli as an excellent layer under one of their G-1000 jackets, and I can’t disagree with their logic. $225 at Fjallraven.
An A+R EXCLUSIVE! Call it the 2.0 Notebook. The super-slim, portable charcoal grill that A+R pals made an overnight phenomenon last summer is now available in a stainless steel finish and with a larger cooking surface. Cook, say, six burgers instead of 4. There’s a 250-square-inch cooking surface on a stainless steel grate. Like its black counterpart, this new version is lightweight, weighing in at less than 9 lbs. The cut-out handles make it a cinch to carry, and the stainless steel surface has a waterproof finish. As a cooker or a gift, it’s a hit at any party. $61 at A+R.
Stainless steel. BPA-free and comes with a cap filter that sifts out chlorine, lead, and weird tastes or smells. $22 at WaterGeeks.
The ultimate in ultra-lite storm protection for all your fast-packing trips and ultra-lite travels, the 8 oz, waterproof-breathable, full-zip GoLite Virga jacket offers everything you need and nothing you don’t. Feather-lite, super packable and very durable, the Virga also features an elasticized hood and hand pockets. On Andrew Skurka’s Gearlist. Less than $40 at CampSaver.
The Pangolin Bag – named for the armor-plated, acid-shooting cousin of the armadillo – is made from recycled truck inner tubes. Using sliding, overlapping sections, the backpack folds open along its one pivot where it is held together with a simple wing nut. It’s a large back with dimensions of 44x37x27 cm, so there’s plenty of space to fit a laptop with room to spare. Inside the bag are designated sleeves for a laptop, cell phone, pens, an MP3 player with port to feed your ear buds through, and a durable, rip-stop lining. The bag closes using three magnetic contact points. In addition to being a unique and uniquely functional, stylized messenger bag, this item complies with the criteria for Fair Trade, and is created only by Columbian workers that are at a social disadvantage (single mothers, refugees and Indians of the Camentsa tribe) that are paid above minimum wage and in closely-monitored working conditions. About $291 from Wannekes.
Perhaps the most simply designed tool on the planet, the Shard is the ideal keychain companion. You get “just the basics” with the 7 functions you need in this compact, airline-safe tool. Not available until Feb 2010. More info at Gerber.com.