With certain products, the verdict is already in: The quality is proven, or the style is simply timelessas with the retro-western, 650-fill down Slingshot Vest by Patagonia ($125; patagonia.com; see item 1 in photo). Also unfazed by fads: Woolrich's crushable, water-resistant Cabin Ridge Hat ($22; woolrich.com), 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; rapha.cc), 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; thenorthface.com).
2. One of our editors has 11 years on his Merrell Wilderness boots. He expects a helluva lot more. $275; merrell.com
3. Lightweight and minimalist, Toshiba's energy-sipping NB200 is a wired traveler's dream. $400; toshiba.com
4. Amazing: Plymouth Ginexquisitely balanced, versatile enough for any cocktailis only $25. plymouthgin.com