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The Best ‘Buy It for Life’ Gear of 2020

Gear that gets better with time

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Filson Medium Leather Pouch ($100)

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Somewhere between a wallet and a small purse, this pouch holds the essentials: card sleeve, phone, and keys. Vegetable and chrome tanning processes give the latigo leather an ultra-durable exterior.

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Smithey No. 12 Skillet ($200)

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The satiny polished finish on this American-made cast-iron pan is easier to clean than others we tested. It handles chronic offenders like eggs and acidic foods like tomatoes. Plus it looks stunning.

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Carhartt Duck Quilt-Lined Active Jac Hoodie ($110)

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This timeless workhorse got a face-lift last year, with a redesigned hood cinch, new cuffs, and a smoother zipper. The durable fabric and warm insulation haven’t changed a bit.

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Blundstone Classic 550 Boots ($205)

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Blundstone’s Classic 550 is thinner and more flexible than its iconic Chelsea, with a 1.8-millimeter-thick upper (compared with 2.5 millimeters on the latter). Months of wear give the oiled leather a handsome patina.

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Bellroy Tech Folio ($339)

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A 13-inch laptop, your smartphone, business cards, a tablet, and the included A4 notebook all fit neatly in this ­sleekly designed folio swaddled in environmentally certified leather. It’ll make you feel like executive material.

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Wrangler Icons 11WWZ Slim Jean ($99)

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With just a hint of elastane, this denim has enough give for all-day comfort and ample structure to withstand years of wear. The high-rise cut, revived from the Wrangler archive, is flattering to all body types.

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