I'm sure many of you that follow Tynan's annual Gear Posts are familiar with the magic of Merino Wool shirts. So I just wanted to share this KickStarter project by Wool & Prince for Merino Wool t-shirts and polo shirts that is ending soon. Wool & Prince is the same company behind the Better Button-Down Shirt that Tynan recommend in the most recent gear post, and now they are making t's and polos!
For comparison, the IceBreaker Tech-T is $65 if you get just 1 shirt on the Kickstart page it's only $58. There are other pledge options too which further increases the savings -- buying 4 brings the price down to $52/each which is pretty darn cheap for Merino Wool shirts.
The project is already funded so you're pretty much guaranteed to get the deal price. There's only 6 days remaining to get your orders in, and if they hit their stretch goal ($100,000) they will make the navy blue shirts.
Disclaimer: I want the blue shirt myself so that's why I'm promoting this campaign! :) I've actually pledged $426 myself for 2 polos and 2 t-shirts + and additional 3 t-shirts. I emailed them already and they are fine with that arrangement.
Support the project here: http://kck.st/1eA65IP
I'm going to do something a little bit different with the gear post this year. Usually I go over every single item in a small amount of detail. This year has only a few changes but they are really exciting changes, so I'm going to highlight only the differences.
Once you finish reading this post, you can go back to the 2017 Gear Post to see the things that didn't change. Next year I'll do a full writeup again, as it would be annoying to have to keep going through back posts.
Wool Wool Wool
I have to start the gear post off by talking about wool, even though I'm sort of sick of writing an ode to wool every year. The bottom line is that it is essentially impossible to travel light without wool clothing. Everything I wear is wool, and that's the secret to being able to wear the same clothes every day, and thus not have a huge backpack full of stuff.
Taking a note out of tynan's books and my experiences travelling, travelling with less is always more. Having heavy bags, having to find a place where to store thing, and being bogged down is not how I like to travel, and thus I choose to travel very very minimalisitcally, Although I think tynan might be pushing it wanting to go sub-19 liters, but to each their own.
Laptop: Macbook Pro 13'
I love this thing, and now that the price is very competitive compared to other windows laptops in the range there is really no reason not to pay the, now, much smaller premium. before mac book would cost 25%+ than windows laptops in the same range, now the differnece is probably only 10%. For example, that asus zenbook 301ux LA (my current favortie windows laptop, I don't like tynans because the processor is not 4258u or 4558u which means lower wattage, worse built in graphics, and slightly worse performance, although his computer does weigh substantially less and due to lower wattage uses less battery. , so to each their own) costs about the same, give or take 100 dollars ( about 7% of the price) as the mac, except with mac you can run mac osx, and other oses, although the mac does weigh a little bit more, but I like the build a bit better.
Overall with the macbook pro you get a top of the line processor with the best built in graphics for ultrabook use, weighs a measly 3.3 pounds, which is a lot compared to the air and such, but you get a rugged build, and a 2560x1600 display resolution. and you can just bootcamp windows and linux. Overall I really like it, and I don't mind the extra weight because I find the gestures and the mac osx environments so useful on a laptop that I can't see myself going back. and I can just run windows apps within mac osx via parallels, whats not to love?
backpack: Tom bihn 19 synapse.