Gear Patrol turns us to a new book from the NYT, one that sheds light on the amazing travel destinations available to us in the United States as well as Canada. “Filled with photography and gorgeous illustrations, The New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada ($25) brings together a host of their famous travel series in one complete package, without a single ludicrously overpriced expedition in site. Take it with you for a cross-country sojourn or leave it at home as inspiration for your next excuse to break out the weekender. After all, Columbus didn’t have Trip Advisor, so we’re pretty sure you can survive without it too.” Well said, friends.
Selectism and Tumi have teamed up to create a completely new bag in Tumi’s lineup — the Alpha Four-in-One Duffle Bag. The bag’s versatility is tremendous as it includes a main packing case, a zip out laptop case, a zip out tote and a zip out camera case. The shell is made from ballistic nylon and trimmed in leather while the duffle’s lined with polyester in a striped print. You’ll get a ton of utility from this bag if you travel often and even more if those trips are on the shorter side. This way, you’ll have a duffle that can fit your clothes and you can pull out the tote and laptop case for when you’re on the go, leaving everything else at the hotel.
The folks at Gear Patrol have never ceased to amaze us with their work ethic, creativity and their relentless approach for doing the epic. Case in point, the team’s recent West Coast Blitz with two sets of keys in hand — one for the 2012 Nissan GT-R and another for the 2012 Black Diamond Edition Cadillac CTS-V. Their excuse? To get a cup of Joe from Blue Bottle Coffee, a local sensation in San Francisco. The problem was they were in LA. 400 miles between them and their Blue Bottle, they hit the road with 1,100 horses combined. Round trip — that’s 800 miles of pure adrenaline and lucky for us, they got it all on camera.
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In part 1 of our week with the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe, we gave you all a look at the exterior of the newly designed beauty. We drove the C350 Coupe everywhere — work, play, errands and, yes, shopping. We can go to the mall anytime but we really wanted to see how the car would handle on a slightly longer distance and so we decided to take our first ever trip to Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets. It’s a short while outside of New York City and the drive is as relaxing as it is scenic. We won’t be disclosing what we bought but here’s how it all went down.
Killspencer’s utility backpack is made from premium vegetable tanned black pebble leather and features some amazing detailing. The bottom is made from premium bullhide while the inside features flame retardant and waterproof black nylon lining. It’s made to withstand even the toughtest of environments as the military spec webbing passed a 4,000 lb. test. The exterior padded laptop compartment can hold a 15″ Macbook Pro while there are also other slots for exterior cable, iPhone, Moleskine and 2 exterior small side pockets for cards or whatever else you see fit. We won’t tell anyone but there’s also an internal secret pocket for plane tickets, valuables, etc. and if that’s not enough for you, Killspencer can also customize this beauty with your initials or full name.
Haerfest is known for making high quality travel goods with a deep dedication to design and craftsmanship. The designs are simple and modern but timeless. “We believe trends come and go — but quality materials, balanced proportions and attention to detail will always stand the test of time. Their Collection B comes in three colorways — Carmine Red, Navy Slate and Grey Olive — and feature two backpacks, a tote, and a duffel.
From WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie comes their “Narita” iPad 2 Case from their Holiday 2011 collection. The design is breathtaking as it features a minimal yet functional design. The case features the brand’s signature gold-and-silver zipper hardware and understated foil-embossed branding. The shell is made of two-tone calfskin leather with a cotton interior. Also on the inside are a few interior pockets to keep things organized. (via hb)
This year, San Fran’s Clift Hotel is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and we were privileged enough to be invited out to check out the property and learn a thing or two in the process. San Francisco itself has a lot to offer, especially in the Union Square district of downtown where Clift is located. There’s a booming retail experience, art galleries, plenty of places to eat and the SF MOMA and piers within walking distance.
Root Cases has ditched their plastic cases for the iPad 2 and gone with a few different ones made from wood instead. You can opt for either North American Walnut or eco-friendly, South Asiatic Bamboo.
This leather travel bag from Simon Spurr is one of the finest we’ve ever seen and we mean it. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of the black and gold combination and pairing the bag’s black shell with gold accents just takes it next level. It features two handles, golden zips and hardware, a padlock, an internal laptop or document sleeve, and an embossed Simon Spurr logo on the outside.