We’re big fans of Huckberry at Gear Patrol. The online store offers a highly-curated collection of everything from lightweight backpacking tents and rugged hiking boots to heirloom-worthy pocket knives and quality timepieces. Many of the items found on its digital shelves are the very same that we talk about on our own site; you might say that we get each other.
Huckberry just launched its 2018 summer catalog, and its pages are filled with lots to love. There are coolers, floral-print button-ups, stylish slip-ons — even a short profile on an acclaimed barbecue pit master and a recipe for boozy sweet tea. It’s exactly the type of spread that gets us excited for summer, and eager to prepare ourselves for it. And to do just that, here’s what we’d pick up from Huckberry’s new selection.
GORUCK GR1 Backpack
When it comes to mil-spec backpacks, one brand stands out above the rest: GoRuck. The Jacksonville, Florida–based brand has a deep background with the military and even has a few contracts to produce bags for the Special Forces. And if it works for them, it stands to reason that it works well for civilians too. The GR1 is great for travel, and comes in 21- and 26-liter versions. — AJ Powell, Associate Editor
Zero Tolerance Sinkevich Flipper
Dmitry Sinkevich is not the biggest name in knife making. It doesn’t hold the same clout as Kit Carson, Ken Onion or Chris Reeve, but that’s changing quickly. In partnership with Zero Tolerance, Sinkevich has recently been rolling out hit after hit of sleek, futuristic pocketknives; the 0450 is just one example. With a 3.25-inch blade honed from CPM-S35VN steel, the 0450 makes for a solid EDC knife that’s worthy of being passed down to the next generation. — AJ Powell, Associate Editor
Sunski’s sunnies do exactly as they claim — they work on the ski slopes and in the sun. For year-round coverage, this brand makes sure my eyes are protected, plus the frames look good on a variety of face shapes. The Dipseas are lightweight, polarized and treated with a scratch-proof coating so when I inevitably drop them on the streets of NYC there’s still hope for them. They look great all day, whether I’m running, biking or just walking to grab a coffee, and they stay on my face, unlike other sunglasses that bop around as soon as I start moving. With the weather forecast continuously looking up, I’m definitely in need of a new pair to wear all summer long. — Meg Lappe, Staff Writer
Roark Revival Port Antonio Button-Down
Whatever the rules are that govern the seasonality of aloha shirts, I’ll happily break them. That said, there is something about summer’s warm weather that makes floral prints more poignant, and it’s this time of the year that I’ll add a new one to my closet. Roark Revival’s Port Antonio is understated in its tropical vibes — I think it’ll make a nice addition to my year-round wardrobe. — Tanner Bowden, Associate Staff Writer
Hohner Marine Band 1896 Harmonica
Summer is campfire season, and next to the guitar, the harmonica is the most appropriate musical instrument for fireside serenading. Bob Dylan liked this one, and that’s good enough for me. — Tanner Bowden, Associate Staff Writer
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