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
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.
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’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
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’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.