AGR Mens Holiday Gift Guide
Patagonia R1 Hoody $159
Mid-layers may not be sexy, but if you’re headed outside in the cold this winter, they can be one of your best friends. The R1 with Polartec Power Grid, is warmth when you need it in the cold, but also breaths when you get your heart rate racing. As with many Patagonia products, the R1 is Bluesign certified, and to top that off, this mid-layer incorporates Polygeine, which keeps the shirt smelling good for many years to come.
Yakima Cargopack – $219
Once you buy all the stuff in this list – you’ll need a way to carry it. So yes, carbo boxes look cool – but what do you do with them when you want to take them off? They’re big, they’re inflexible, and forget about storing them in the garage – you’ll just pile stuff on top of them and then end up breaking the outer latches off when you accidentally try to get the lawn mower out for the first time in the spring. Err, maybe that’s what’ll happen. The point is – get a cargo bag like the yakima cargopack.This cutie frees up A TON of space in your car, and packs down small enough that you can take it on flights with you – the bonus here that you can rent a smaller car AND still have room for the luggage. It’s a cinch to put on if you have roof rails, and if you don’t, Yakima even threw in straps for you to use. It’s even got seamsealed zippers, so your stuff stays clean and dry in all but the worst downpours. Easy to use, and even easier to put on/take off your car.
- Secures with or without roof straps
- Watertight, sealed seams
- Heavy duty nylon to prevent roof scratches/damage
- Foam molded panels to hold shape
- Additional 16 cubic feet of space
- Literally the easiest installing cargo holder I’ve ever used
- Straps lock down tight and really stay put on the highway
- Inner stabilization nets keep stuff from moving around
- Doesn’t make a ton of wind noise
- Only weights 8.5 lbs, and I was able to pack in into a suitcase. (Couldn’t fit much else, but hey what do you want?)
Not great without a roof rack, as the straps go through the window openings – this creates noise inside the car, and can be awkward depending on where you put them through the windows.