Gear Geek: The Unplaid

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Gear Geek: The Unplaid

Whether because of some odd, lingering influence from the grunge-era flannel obsession, or just because plaid patterns are as timeless as a Swiss Army knife’s utility, short-sleeved plaid shirts have become the default uniform for lots of guys out there. It’s time to subvert that trend with one (or several) short-sleeved button downs that break the mold of that unofficial casual travel uniform (without sacrificing any tech features or stylish functionality, naturally).

1. Flylow Anderson, $65; 2. California Cowboy High Water, $130; 3. Linksoul Vintage Full-Button Knit, $80; 4. Black Diamond Chambray Modernist, $65; 5. Club Ride Simply West, $80; 6. Marmot Windshear SS, $60; 7. Columbia Silver Ridge, $50.

Top photo by michaeljung/Shutterstock

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).