SKIP THE WOOL SOCKS, WE’RE HERE FOR THE WHISKEY AND KNIVES
We have a hard time asking for presents. The things we really want, we tend to go out and buy ourselves. Hell, as adults, we tend to take care of most of our own needs as they pop up, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t the occasional luxuries that we spot and have a hard time justifying among our normal necessities like groceries, school supplies for the kids, and that new exhaust set. So what do we do when our loved ones want to make our holidays special? Whiskey, knives, power, and storage.
Sudden Wisdom Two-year Rye Whiskey
Sudden Wisdom, from Montgomery Distillery, has a tendency to grant me just that. Got a little writer’s block working on that new Indian review? One drink of this two-year-aged rye, and the words are pouring onto paper like whiskey into my glass. The distillery has set a land-speed record at Bonneville with a byproduct of its vodka, and while we don’t drink too much vodka, we’re glad it caught our eye because this whiskey is delicious.
$40 - montgomerydistillery.com Tekto Amber Knife
Stilettos, or out-the-front knives, are inherently badass. The action of opening and closing them is almost as satisfying as cracking the throttle on a well-tuned engine. The Amber knife from Tekto is not only an excellently functioning and stylish knife, it’s also designed to be subtle and versatile enough to use as a dependable everyday carry. The black-and-chrome blade looks great with the wood handle scales and makes this one of the best-looking knives now in our collection.
$174 - tektogear.com
Mophie Powerstation AC
From our helmets with Bluetooth to our cellphones, laptops, cameras—you name it. We need a lot of juice. The Mophie Powerstation AC not only has enough power to keep your smartphone running for over 100 hours, it has an AC plug to charge your heavier-duty items. It’s about the size of a notebook, and not too heavy. An AC power plug opens up a world of opportunities too. Looks like your old lady might be able to bring her hairdryer on the camp-out after all.
$200 - mophie.com Roland Sands Design GTFO Bar Bag
Like the guys at RSD tell us, sometimes in life you just need to GTFO! When it comes to daily riding, no bag is more convenient than the one that sits on the back side of our handlebars. A small pocket at the top for your phone or sunglasses, one on each side for your smokes, keys or whatever small stuff, and the larger main pocket for an extra thermal layer, your beers, weapons, drugs, mistletoe, or whatever else you hooligans carry.
$150 - rolandsands.com Pelican U105 Urban Backpack
Pelican has been the name in protective carrying systems for a long time now. For our camera gear and weaponry, they’re who we’ve reached to first for years. Now, they’re bringing the brand into the more urban side of things with these wellpriced, versatile backpacks that still have the same durability and well-thought-out design Pelican has always been known for. With lots of organizational details, the U105 is a diverse, reliable, and affordable backpack. HB
$89 - pelican.com