Gift Guide: The Classics Always Work

Rule 2

Nov 19, 2009
Outside Magazine
Patagonia Slingshot Vest, Merrell Wilderness, Toshiba NB200, Plymouth Gin , Plymouth Gin

   Photo: Photograph by Shana Novak

With certain products, the verdict is already in: The quality is proven, or the style is simply timeless—as with the retro-western, 650-fill down Slingshot Vest by Patagonia ($125;; see item 1 in photo). Also unfazed by fads: Woolrich's crushable, water-resistant Cabin Ridge Hat ($22;, a wool-felt fedora for fly-fishermen and travelers alike. And any cyclist will love Rapha's old-school, poly-and-wool Winter Hat ($45;, which is just svelte enough to slip under a helmet. For hauling gear, get something that won't wear out after a few demanding trips, like the North Face's nearly indestructible Base Camp Duffels (from $110;

More gifts:
2. One of our editors has 11 years on his Merrell Wilderness boots. He expects a helluva lot more. $275;
3. Lightweight and minimalist, Toshiba's energy-sipping NB200 is a wired traveler's dream. $400;
4. Amazing: Plymouth Gin—exquisitely balanced, versatile enough for any cocktail—is only $25.

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