Gearbox: The Best of August

Gearbox: The Best of August
Ethically made wallets and visiting cards by Batik Boutique,

From the perfect spacious travel bag to a fierce Ducati we're eyeing, here's a hand-picked list of some of the best travel gear for you this month

Manek S. Kohli
September 04 , 2018
04 Min Read

Here is OT's latest hand-picked list of some of the best travel merchandise available. You're welcome!


Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000


This is the story of a watch that scaled Mount Everest. Umm, sure, it was strapped to the wrist of the ace mountaineer and mountain guide Adrian Ballinger, and other watches (most notably, the Rolex Edmund Hillary wore) have made their way to the peak too, but the Bivouac 9000 is one rugged timepiece. The ‘9000’ conveys the altitude up to which it can measure. It is equipped with a special airtight aneroid barometer known for its accuracy. The latter is the essence of the watch—its 1962 predecessor, in fact, was acclaimed for its barometric functionalities. The new model, of course, adds modern technology to the mix. The watch also has a tough 48mm titanium case, which improves the altimeter, and a 65-hour power reserve. The Bivouac 9000 functioned hitch-free even as Ballinger coursed through −40°C during his climb. Really, no mountain too high for this one.  5,31,000; 


Ducati Multistrada 1260/1260 S 

Ducati has a beast in its Multistrada range, and every new offering seems to leave its predecessor behind by miles. Its two new models, the 1260 and 1260 S, come with a powerful 1262cc engine. The taut body and clean, contrasting surfaces—true to the range—are sleek and a half. Navigate through riding modes as you move from city to highway to offroading, and let the beak-shaped chassis make those twisting-sharp turns a breeze. While both models are essentially the same, the 1260 S benefits from a full-colour TFT console, a quick gear shifter and cornering lights. If you’ve ever wanted bikes that use bluetooth to blast music through the handles, these are your machines. Isn’t ‘Riders in the sun’ already playing in your head? The Multistrada 1260 costs  15.99 lakh and the 1260 S  18.06 lakh; 


Numero Uno Zero Gravity Denims


Don’t let the name fool you: these are not the denim answer to your extraterrestrial ambitions. However, wear these Zero Gravity jeans and experience similar weightlessness thanks to the low-GSM fabric. They look like regular jeans, but boast the flexibility and comfort of chinos. They’re even a quick-to-dry bona fide monsoon wear. The key to comfort lies in its loop structure weaving. There are numerous stylish options for both men and women. (From 2,899; 


Aulive Travel Bags 


It’s never the right weather for animal leather. And Aulive lives by that motto—to craft superior- quality, vegan leather products that contribute to artisans, help reduce carbon footprints, promote ethical fashion and fight animal cruelty (there’s even a PETA certification). So if you’re willing to join the cause (as you should be), and would like some stylish duffel bags or cabin spinners to show for it, check out Aulive’s fabulous range. Basic morality doesn’t get trendier than this. (From  3,850;


Batik Boutique

This nine-year-old Kuala Lumpur-based social enterprise has its heart in the right place. Started by two women, who with the help of their atelier consisting mostly of women, creates some formidable batik products. An effort in fair and sustainable income practices that enables workers to provide for themselves, the products are a labour of love—from notebooks, passport covers and wallets to apparel, jewellery and bags. (From $12, international shipping $7;

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