The functionality and simplicity of clothing and gear designed for military use has gained a resurgence in civilian life. Everything from bags to jackets to camping equipment can be found in camouflage prints—full of fall color tones of greens, greys, and blacks. Our current infatuation with military-grade products is probably best illustrated by extremely functional features, like waterproofing, heavy-duty materials (ballistic nylon, stainless steel), and my favorite: lifetime warranties.
Banks Short – $68
Linerless, versatile athletic shorts created for workouts, yoga, swimming, or everyday life.
Outdoor Trainer Shell – $112
All-purpose lightweight jacket, with ample pockets, perfect for running in less-than-perfect weather conditions.
Mountain Vacuum Food System – $50
This little cook pot/food jar keeps food hot or cold for more than 10 hours. It also integrates as a small pot to cook your food over fire, and contains an attached spork as well when you’re ready to grub.
Smokey Grey Nato Watch Band – $12
This brand is locally-owned and available in a variety of materials and colors. Ballistic nylon ensures a strong band that will endure all the elements.
Women’s Hybrid Wool Coat – $249
Exceptionally warm mid-thigh length wool coat with adjustable hood, and waistline drawstrings for added styling and temperature control.
Ltd. Ed. On The Wing Camo Cooler Bag – $140
This camo cooler is built around a half inch of insulation with a waterproof liner normally reserved for life rafts. It's constructed with 18-ounce canvas as well as a rustproof zipper. Oh, and it holds up to 30 beers or 8 bottles of wine. Perfection.
Kingdom Chair – $66
Reviews describe this foldable camp chair as “comfortable,” “sturdy,” and “convenient.” While heavier than most chair in its class, the Kingdom chair is worth the extra weight for its added comfort and aesthetic.
Reversible Napsack Camo – $150
You may look ridiculous at the campsite, but you’ll definitely stay warm. This reversible napsack acts as a sleeping bag, and a full body romper with zippered holes at the arms to allow you full range of motion.
Status A-38 Watch Case – $199
Designed for the 38mm Series 2 or Series 3 Apple Watch, this titanium military-grade case houses two analog quartz “micro-dials” for additional time-keeping and protection. This resolves the dilemma of a dead battery for Apple Watch wearers…plus, it’s pretty damn cool looking.
Field-Flex Memo Notebook – $5
Ideal for hikers, trainers, or anyone who likes to take notes in dirty conditions. The 112-page pocket-sized notebook repels water, and is resistant to dirt and moisture.
Women’s Forsake Patch Boots – $150
Waterproof, antimicrobial, stylish boots for most any outdoor terrain. Molded EVA soles and rugged traction offer wear as casual lace-ups to durable all-terrain adventures.
Crowley Vest – $135
Local favorite Howler Brothers continues to impress with their designs. This vest is ultra lightweight yet warm and soft. These vests fit perfectly with or without layers and should be in every guy’s closet in Austin.