Good morning and happy Wednesday. The next time you have to change the spark plugs on your classic roadster, keep in mind that monkeys have been using tools for hundreds of years, and probably a lot longer. At least Brazilian monkeys who like cashews — new archeological findings by Oxford University have shown that the little primates have used stones to unearth everyone’s favorite not-a-nut since at least the 14th century. That’s what’s good in old tools; here’s what’s good in gear: a travel guide for getting out of London, fine leather straps for your premier digital watch, wallets that protect your info and much more.
And here are some fresh stories to start the day.
Going off the grid never looked so on-grid. Using these sturdy sticks (two per pack), connect via your phone and communicate even without cell signal. The Gotenna uses VHF radio waves; everything is accessible via the integrated app. If all your friends have Gotennas, you can form your own little network out in the wilderness.
How to Get Out of London Without Really Trying
While most tourists visit a major, historical city so they can, you know, visit a major, historical city, here’s your chance to make the most of what isn’t inside the metropolitan grid. This book highlights the castles, forests and more that are accessible from London using only the London train system.
Horween Leather Apple Watch Straps by Nomad
If you’re an Apple Watch devotee, at least use a strap that’s up to snuff. This Horween example will patina over time and features stainless steel buckles and lugs — a perfectly handsome companion to your conspicuous tech splurge.
EDC Short by Prometheus Design Werx
These Prometheus Design Werx shorts are aimed at guys who want to be active and bring along their EDC. Articulated construction, four-way stretch “Guide Cloth” and 11 pockets to carry all your gear without looking like a dad in ill-fitting cargo shorts. There are also pocket clip knife docks to retain your pocket knife, three colorways and plenty more features.
Note Sleeve RFID-Blocking Wallet by Bellroy
Wallets: gotta have ’em. Thieves: a fact of life. Bellroy makes, arguably, the best wallets out there — innovative, superbly crafted and kinda fun. They’ve added RFID to their very popular (and updated) Note Sleeve wallet to keep your information safe from skimmers and your cash very attractively secure. (RFID is only available in the black colorway.)
Vacuum Insulated Bottle by Gear Patrol × Miir
We teamed up with the good folks at Miir to design a special edition of their 23-ounce vacuum-insulated bottle. Designed in the USA, our stainless steel, powder-coated bottle features a blaze orange cap, subtle laser etching and the insulation to keep your beverage tasting just right. Perfect for work, the commute or your next adventure.
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Fresh Stories to Start Your Day
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The History of the Jeep Wagoneer, the First Luxury SUV
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Photo Essay: The Biggest Gathering of Classic Shelbys in Europe, Ever
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Golfing and Gambling with David Granger, Esquire’s Longest-Serving Editor in Chief
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