Treat yourself this holiday season with our picks for the best styles, gadgets, and performance gear.
Michael Rodio and MEN'S FITNESS Editors 1 / 20
Stately, masculine, and pragmatic, the Runwell was an instant classic from the moment the first models were hand-made in Shinola’s Detroit watch factory. Nothing says industrious and stylish like adorning your wrist with this symbol of the American manufacturing renaissance. In three sizes (47mm, 41mm, and 36mm), multiple styles and colors.
The leather jacket every man should own. This motorcycle jacket from Schott—the unofficial leather uniform of everyone from Brando to Springsteen to the Ramones—exudes quality craftsmanship, from the heavyweight cowhide and the metal hardware to the innovative back panels that enable a suprising range of motion. Hand-made in the U.S.A. Available in black and brown.
Synthetic materials are pretty much ubiquitous these days when it comes to athletic gear—and that’s exactly why we’re stoked about this slim-fitting base layer. Available in four colors, Icebreaker’s BodyZone merino wool shirt combines warmth and flexibility, trapping heat where you need it and releasing it where you don’t. And since wool is naturally anti-bacterial, you can wear it for a while on the trail or in the gym without worrying about your stank.
Most flannel shirts look like they’re cut for abominable snowmen with Twinkie habits. This rugged flannel from Eddie Bauer, on the other hand, is cut for the guy with broad shoulders and six-pack abs—so you can go toe-to-toe with winter weather and still look like your fit self. If you're looking for something with a more personal touch, you can custom-make yourself a jacket at EddieBauer.com/Custom.
With a veritable plethora of grooming supplies out there these days, the modern man is spoiled for choice—if not swamped by it. Fortunately, there’s Birchbox Man, which will deliver four grooming samples and a full-size accessory (personalized for your signature look) to your door every month. Keep the ones that work for you, then take all the credit for your perfectly curated look.
You demand the highest level of performance from yourself—and you expect the same from your gadgets. That’s why you should go with the Fitbit Surge, which boasts the continuous, automatic PurePulse heart rate monitor and GPS tracking—not to mention mobile playlists, a sleep tracker, wireless syncing, and a great battery life. Three sizes, three colors, infinite possibilities for amping up your fitness routine.
This is the year you finally knock the stuffing out of your gym’s heavy bag—and that means this is the year you get a pair of Everlast training gloves, which are built to keep your hands fresh and microbe-free as you throw perfect haymakers. They come in four sizes (measured in ounces) and six colors, but we know you’re just gonna buy the red ones.
With a powerhouse A9X chip and 64-bit architecture, the brand-damn-new 12.9-inch iPad Pro feels and looks like a movie theater in your hands—but at only 1.57 pounds and a quarter of an inch thick, it’s still absurdly portable. It comes in three colors (silver, gold, and space gray) and three models (32GB, 128GB, and a cellular-enabled 128 GB).
Standalone music player? Check. Built-in fitness tracker? Check. Charging on the go? Check. The "world’s first wireless smart earphones” leave you free to listen to tunes, track your run, and even take a call—at the same time, if you want. No buttons, either: The Dash’s genius optical touch technology makes it easy to phase in and out of the outside world with a simple gesture.
A great entry-level action camera for the amateur adventure videographer, the Hero+ can capture video in 1080p60 resolution (or 8 MP photos) and then wirelessly offload the media via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s waterproof to 131 feet, easy to use, and even comes with a handy Smart Remote—so you can hit 'record' without getting close to the lions that just wandered up to your hidden camera setup.
Polaroid perfectly bridges the Instagram age and nostalgia for celluloid with the clever Snap, which combines the perks of a digital camera—10 megapixel shots, 32GB MicroSD card, self-timers for group shots, multiple color modes—with a built-in printer that cranks out 2x3” full-color prints suitable for framing. (So you can induce FOMO both online and in person!) Comes in 4 colors, all bearing Polaroid’s iconic rainbow border logo.
Talk to the Internet. That’s the basic premise behind the Amazon Echo, an intelligent—no, brilliant—hub of music, breaking news, up-to-the-minute weather, and the answer to pretty much any question you might wonder, all activated by your voice. The Echo is even compatible with common smart home devices, so you can ask Alexa (the “brain behind Echo”) to dim the lights and switch on the Barry White for—well, you know. Plus, it comes in a sleek black column that’d make the Jetsons’ robot rusty with envy.
A manly bag for manly men doing manly stuff. Filson’s large duffel is simple, but it nails the important things—it’s cut from rugged, water-resistant 22-oz twill, made with high-quality bridle leather straps and a rustproof brass zipper, and boasts two smaller stowage pockets for smaller items. Comes in three naturalist colors.
The 21st-century adventurer is equally comfortable navigating jungles both concrete and tropical—so he deserves a backpack that can handle those situations and everything in between. Topo Designs achieves that with the versatile, Colorado-made Rover Pack, which has everything you’d need—laptop sleeve, 1000d Cordura fabric, side pockets for smaller gear—and nothing you don’t. The Rover measures 18"h x 11"w x 5"d, and comes in 15 color patterns, from black-on-black to a turquoise-and-red number.
See well, look good. The Hunter is a retro-styled acetate aviator with a thoroughly cool bridge opening and roguish metallic patterning on the arms. It comes in three colorways, from a warm honey halftone to the limited-edition gunmetal-and-gray.
What’s the point of wearing slim-fitting pants if your wallet’s just gonna sit there like a rock in your back pocket? That’s the idea behind Bellroy’s 3-Card iPhone case, which keeps your three most-needed cards compact but close at hand alongside your ubiquitous smartphone (and even has some room for emergency cash too). Five colors.
You’ve personalized your workout, your smartphone, and your playlist—so why not personalize your pillow? Bedgear offers pillows designed according to your sleep position (back, side, and stomach) and your body type (narrow, medium, and broad), so you can get your best Z’s yet. And sure, they're not cheap, but think about how often you’ll use yours. Suddenly, it'll seem like one of the smartest (and most comfortable) investments you've ever made.
Get the party going—and keep it going—with this elegant, Art Deco-inspired bar cart from West Elm. It’s on wheels, so you can whip up G&T’s or martinis with the efficiency of a NASCAR pit crew anywhere around your bachelor pad.
Join the “hoverboard” revolution! This self-balancing lightweight scooter reaches up to 12 mph, can navigate at a 30 degree incline, and connects to your phone’s bluetooth so you can stream music on the go. A single charge will allow you to ride a lengthy 12 miles and it only takes 90 minutes to fully recharge.
Meet the world’s smallest drone—and the perfect portable gadget to keep you entertained well past the holiday season. This Axis drone has two speeds, a 360-degree rotational yaw, and can be pre-programmed to do flips and rolls. But the best part? The incredibly affordable price. (Many drones are over $1000.)