The Best ‘Buy It for Life’ Gear of 2020
Gear that gets better with time
Filson Medium Leather Pouch ($100)
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.
Smithey No. 12 Skillet ($200)
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.
Carhartt Duck Quilt-Lined Active Jac Hoodie ($110)
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.
Blundstone Classic 550 Boots ($205)
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.
Bellroy Tech Folio ($339)
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.
Wrangler Icons 11WWZ Slim Jean ($99)
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.