Gifts for an Itinerant

The North Face Verto 26

The North Face Verto 26 backpack    Photo: Courtesy of The North Face

Verto 26

When you need it, The North Face's Verto is just big enough to hold everything you need for an all-day mission. When you don’t, it compresses to the size of a softball.

Live Simply T-Shirt

Patagonia Live Simply T-shirt
Patagonia Live Simply T-shirt   Photo: Courtesy of Patagonia

There are plenty of gear companies with progressive business practices and well-earned reputations for pitching in and giving back. And then there’s Patagonia. The company will reuse or recycle your old and stanky Capilene long underwear. It partnered with a bunch of musicians who also give a damn; buy songs on iTunes created for the ­Patagonia Music ­Collective and 61 percent of the proceeds go to the artist’s favorite envi­ronmental charities. And Patagonia recently joined forces with eBay to create a microsite to encourage reselling of its garments. So are you surprised that every dime from sales of the limited-edition Live Simply T-shirt go to support those affected by last year’s Japanese tsunami? Neither are we.

Moleskine Notebook

Moleskine
Moleskine notebooks   Photo: Courtesy of Moleskine

 

When you need it, The North Face’s Verto 26 ($69; thenorthface
There are good reasons why Moleskine notebooks (from $6; ­moleskine.com) are favored by reporters the world over. The rigid and durable covers and bindings can take repeated jamming into packs, while the built-in elastic closure keeps them bundled tight when not in use.

There are good reasons why Moleskine notebooks are favored by reporters the world over. The rigid and durable covers and bindings can take repeated jamming into packs, while the built-in elastic closure keeps them bundled tight when not in use.

BFD 100 Date Watch

Nautica BFD 100 Date
Nautica BFD 100 Date watch   Photo: Courtesy of Nautica

 

Nautica’s water-resistant BFD 100 Date watch ($145; nautica
.com) is as sturdily constructed—it has a stainless-steel case and heavy-duty resin band—as it is eye-catching.

Nautica’s water-resistant BFD 100 Date watch is as sturdily constructed—it has a stainless-steel case and heavy-duty resin band—as it is eye-catching.

Teva Mush Frio Lace Canvas Shoes

Teva Mush Frio Lace Canvas
Teva Mush Frio Lace Canvas shoes   Photo: Courtesy of Teva

 

Because they dry quickly and weigh practically nothing (just five ounces), Teva’s Mush Frio Lace Canvas shoes ($50; teva.com) are ideal for multi-sport trips in warmer climes.

Because they dry quickly and weigh practically nothing (just five ounces), Teva’s Mush Frio Lace Canvas shoes are ideal for multi-sport trips in warmer climes.

Covert Zip Neck Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Covert Zip Neck
Arc'teryx Covert Zip Neck fleece   Photo: Courtesy of Arc'teryx

 

Arc’teryx’s Covert Zip Neck ($160; arcteryx.com) ain’t cheap. But, being an Arc’teryx garment, it’s highly likely that it will fit perfectly and last ­forever—and be the ­recipient’s new favorite fleece layer.

Arc’teryx’s Covert Zip Neck ain’t cheap. But, being an Arc’teryx garment, it’s highly likely that it will fit perfectly and last ­forever—and be the ­recipient’s new favorite fleece layer.

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