Every week there are dozens of new and exciting pieces of gear. But are they actually worth buying? Trust the team at Cool Material to help you find the latest and greatest releases in a recurring column: What We’re Buying.


Galen Leather Co. Notebook Folio

“When anyone asks me for a recommendation for a quality notebook cover or portfolio, I always say Galen Leather Co. I’m currently toting around their zippered notebook folio in Crazy Horse. Galen knows its audience better than most brands out there, perfecting their design for those who are as pen and stationery obsessed as me. The zippered folio has a removable insert for fountain pens, two additional pen slots, a removable keychain, and a cord wrap. It comes in A5 (the best paper size, don’t argue with me) and is made of a soft leather that patinas beautifully. It’s like my portable desk when I’m in bed and the first thing I’m packing on all the upcoming Summer trips I have planned. I love it. You’ll love it. Buy two and give me one.” Buy: $119

Brett Braley-Palko, Style Editor


Offfield Athletic Gummies

“I’ve been a fan of Offfield’s CBD-infused hydration sticks for a while now. While skepticism abounds regarding the efficacy of CBD, Offfield’s quality-first approach means they offer products that only feature potent and effective cannabinoids. The brand just released Athletic Gummies, chewables that feature CBD, CBG, electrolytes, yerba matte, vitamins, and more. While I love the hydration powder, I’ve been looking forward to Offfield in gummy-form so I will be signing up ASAP.” Buy: $52

John A. Paradiso, Managing Editor


Tecovas The Knox Cowboy Boots

“I’m not the kind of guy who can get away with wearing cowboy boots, or at least I’m not very willing to try. Until now, that is. The Tecovas Knox bucks the classic heeled cowboy boot by subbing in a work boot-like Vibram 4014 wedge sole. The result is a more performance-minded and work-friendly look that’s right for the times. It also has soft bovine leather, a Goodyear welt, reinforced pull tabs, and a slightly rounded toe. They’re comfy straight out of the box, and I don’t look I’m getting gussied up for a rodeo.” Buy: $245

Amos Kwon, Auto/Watches Editor


Astorflex Beenflex

“I’ve been wearing the hell out of my Clark Wallabees for a couple of years now and, while I love them, the wine and grease stains are making them a bit too unsavory. These Beenflex by Astorflex popped up on my Instagram feed and I hit the buy now button immediately. I’ve been seeing Astorflex on Huckberry for years, but never saw this style before. Loving how unstructured they are and the red laces add a nice touch.” Buy: $225

Tim Jacobsen, Co-Founder


2SP Brewing Co. Up and Out IPA

“We turned our clocks forward a few weeks back and gained some light. The weather here on the east coast is creeping consistently above 50 degrees. Opening day of baseball is just around the corner. These all point to the days just feeling a bit better. My day starts in the morning, playing fetch with my dog Lenny and a cup of coffee in hand. With the days getting longer, it’s time to add an end-of-day fetch. Coffee won’t do, but I’ve found the best companion – 2SP Up and Out Hazy IPA. This beer can design first caught my attention, but I soon realized it has a far equally impressive substance. This all-weather beer has excellent color, some juicy flavor, and that tad perfection of bitter. Lenny’s tongue is out and happy. I’m feeling good winding down the day, and thoughts run through my head of the Phillies making a deep playoff run. End your day on a good juicy note here.” Buy: $12/6-Pack

Sean Ryan, Co-Founder

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Unzip your coat and have some mulled wine on the house—you’ve arrived at your final gifting destination: The Holiday Gift Guide. It’s like your friendly neighborhood one-stop holiday shop, except instead of balsa wood ornaments, ours is packed with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Future heirlooms, small-but-significant stocking stuffers, and gear for getting out there (or staying in)—are all right here. There’s no music playing in the background though, so you’ll just have to hum Bing Crosby while you click around instead.

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