Photography & Layout by Zach Rotstein
We don't just make socks you know? Ok, well, we do have some sick new sock action this week by way of our Rhino Pattern Socks, but that is hardly the point here. The point here, since you're asking, is to highlight some of the publications that you should either be picking up for yourself, or for the publication fans in your life (but really for you). Because isn’t that what the Gimme-Gimme Gift Guide is all about? Ok ok, in the spirit of the season, just bombard your friends and family with links to your favorites, that’s a good middle ground, yeah?
METER MAGAZINE ISSUE 02 - $12:
We know, we know, we already featured Meter in our Gimme-Gimme Trail Running Guide. They came out with a new issue in the time since we started this. It should be said that more brands need to produce their own magazines. Tracksmith birthed Meter at the same time that their running clothing came to market. Kind of makes sense when you’re dealing with something like the wide world of running. Fortunately for us they have it all on lockdown and the seamless blend of events, real world runners and their own product photography (which, it should be noted, is a seamless blend of both of those things) exists for you to soak in over your morning coffee. Or whenever you choose to read these things.
GOOD SPORT - ISSUE 01 - $20:
The most recent addition to our publications list, and our front runner for Publication of the Year. What? We can’t give out awards now? So many rules, so little time. Good Sport comes in with a design focus and a well rounded view towards sport in general, how can you not like them? We found Good Sport during some rainy day internetting earlier this fall and on that same day saw our friend Emily Maye instagramming about them as well. The preceding flurry of texts went like this “Do you know these guys? They look fantastic! Introduce me! We need them in the shop!” Can there be more “!!!” to show our enthusiasm? Thankfully, the content stands up to the test as well. There’s a freaking story about the Drew League after all. And if you don’t know what that is, get the mag already.
STUBEN ISSUE 01 - $20:
LThis showed up in a package marked Japan a couple weeks ago. There was no real note inside other than an event flier from our friend Daisuke’s Nobeyama CX Race. Which, sort of makes me think that he sent it over. The text is mainly in Japanese, which makes it a bit difficult for me to read, but the photos and printing are downright gorgeous. It will sit nicely next to any artbook that you should choose for your coffee table, especially if your coffee table is one of those oddly shaped, fine teak ones, and your snowboard and skis are stacked neatly in the corner.
ALPINE MODERN ISSUE 5 - $15:
My favorite article from the latest issue of Colorado’s Alpine Modern is about climbing legend Reinhold Messner’s Mountain Museum. Not only does he have a whole Ben Folds album named after him, but his museum looks absolutely fucking bonkers. Kind of what you might think of if one of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus characters piloted their spaceship into some Italian craggs. There is now one more stop to add to this summer’s European Vacation. Could that man be any cooler? Doubtful. So, it is only apropos that the coolest design/mountain combination magazine should cover the place. Also, we’re giving Alpine Modern our own design nod in the fact that they took the awkward people/mountain mash up’s off their covers. Mountain Yak’s are the way forward!
MAGAZINE B - LEICA - $30:
We have been after this magazine since discovering their Snowpeak issue a few years back. Each issue of this thick, perfectly bound masterpiece covers one brand per month. ONE BRAND EACH MONTH. No idea how they pull this off, but the Korean magazine gets props from us all day in this department. Some of the translations into English tend to be humor inducing, but their photography and the way that they lay out the brands that they choose (Wilson, New Balance, Penguin to name a few) from their inception to the most current iteration is fantastical to say the least. One particular favorite is their issue on French pen company Bic. Magazine B (which stands for Brand, Balance) has a great way of delving into the everyday object and highlighting history in a way that no other magazine is doing.
MONDIAL II - $20:
God damn you Rapha! I’ve got a love / hate relationship with this magazine right out the gate. Is it because it is exactly the magazine that I pitched to them three different times while I was working there? No, no, that couldn’t be it. Is it because it is great looking and has amazing content that has been culled from around the world and relates to cycling in the loosest of fashions? Close, but that’s not it either. Is it because the ‘Mondial’ typeface is listed in the header as designed specifically for them by Colophon Foundry? Yeah, that’s it.
Mark MacKenzie was my Editor for the entirety of my time at Rapha. As you can see from looking over our website here I could probably still utilise him now and again. (I spelled ‘utilise’ in the British fashion just for you, Mark). Well, now he’s off and running with Mondial and it’s pretty fucking great. I was even drawn into the piece about the modern day philosopher and his bicycle, writing by the always awesome Herbie Sykes and photography by the sodding Ben Ingham. Good times all around.
SIDEBURN #22 - $10:
What started out as a small little tribute to a specific type of motorcycle racing has turned into a full blown thing! Our friends and neighbors Icon Motorsports sponsored the entirety of this one - at least that’s the best we could figure - because their logo was on the front. In any case, Amanda Sundvor, famed proprietor of the Backyard Blam (best sport promotion company in Portland) wrote an article in this one. See if you can’t find it. Hint: it’s the one with the hot girl in the bikini getting all James Bond on us. In any case, the folks at Sideburn have a good thing going, pick one of these up from their site, or over at See See’s.
SHOES MASTER VOL. 24 - $25:
There isn’t really much to tell you about Shoes Master other than what you get from the title. These guys are the masters of shoes. Curious about what all the new shoe collaborations are looking like from the current season? Well, these guys have already had them for months and have shot them and compiled them into a MASSIVE bible-like tome in the way that only the Japanese can do. Damn, these guys are cool!
GEAR PATROL 01 - $20:
Ok, now I know I keep saying that each and every one of these magazines are bigger and better produced than the last. This one is no exception. If there ever was a magazine that was solely based around getting me excited to buy cool shit, it would be this one. The guys at Gear Patrol have this market cornered. Of course, they are the ones out there test driving Ferrari’s through Brooklyn, so that kind of helps. One of my favorite articles in their first issue has to be the one about electric bikes by Emiliano Granado. You may know him from Manual for Speed, but in this magazine he’s capturing the speed of ELECTRICITY! Alright, I admit, we’re a little biased as our friend Jeff Carvahlo is wearing our House Industries socks in the article.
The other great thing about this HUGE magazine, is that it is only available through Gear Patrol themselves. Gear Patrol? How about Gear (Try To) Control Yourself.
MFG CYCLOCROSS ZINES - $0:
I’m rather curious if anyone is sick of me talking about the MFG Cyclocross series just yet? No? Ok, well, here’s one more cool thing. One of the dudes racing the series - Tim - put together an awesome little printed zine for each of the races. For each of the races! Let that sink in for a second, but then, I’ll up the ante by saying that he even printed one out overnight when they did their back to back UCI Days. WTF! Good work Tim. Then he went and upped the ante even more by sending copies of them to us. So, if you wanted to check out what cyclocross racing should be like - go to a MFG race next year, and if you want to see what promoting what a cyclocross race should be like - grab one of Tim’s zines while you’re there.
MASH SF 10 YEAR ART BOOK - $55:
Best cycling book gift of the year. Need we say more? Get one in our shop or at their online store. Seriously, this is the best documentation of the last ten years of track bike stuff out there.
OUTSTANDING ISSUE 8 - $9:
Another Japanese publication? Yes! We love Japanese publications and picked this one up on a recent trip to Vancouver. Go figure. Shopping, fashion and photography are the subject here. Also, it’s unclear if we’re ever going to get to the end of this gift guide if we don’t keep moving on.
DESILLUSION MAGAZINE VOL. 2 - $28:
Speaking of huge tome’s Desilussion Volume 2 picks up right where the last one left off. These “tomes” as they are titled tend to be real big. I guess that’s the point of a “tome” though, yeah? We are unsure what is really going on behind the scenes at Desilussion, but we can be sure of one thing. It’s got to be fun. And it has to be photographed really well. For anyone that has wanted their surf or skate culture to take a step towards the European in terms of style. This is for you. Plus, it’s pretty hard to find in the states, and we’ve got it!
BICYCLING MAGAZINE - $6:
We made the cover! We made the cover of Bicycling Magazine! These are the tweets and texts that I send out whenever I see something like this. Our SEATAC socks are on the cover of the new Bicycling Magazine. We don’t actually carry this one in the shop, but we do read it quite often to find out what kind of cool things are going on in our industry and sport that we love so much. There’s also a super cool article in this one about those little patches or “roundels” that everyone seems to be in love with these days. Our friend Ben Adams created a whole bunch of them that are featured in there. He does the Delta 9 Racing ones that look like old military patches. Apparently he created one just for us as well that he’ll be dropping off one of these days. Plus, there’s not one Rapha “roundel” featured in all these hundreds of patches… Mwahha ha haa! Eat it Festive 500!
SIDETRACKED ISSUE 5 - $15:
Whew! You made it to the end! This is the one last one here. Hailing from the UK, Sidtracked has become everything that you’ve always wanted from Outside Magazine. There aren’t the annoying blow in ads. There aren’t the annoying Conrad Ankers on every cover. There aren’t the annoying Gear Reviews either (ok, we like those). Just pure unadulterated outdoor stories with great photography on even better paper stocks. Plus, they run the gamut on outdoor sports in a way that’s natural and surprising. We can’t wait for the next one each time!
Now, if these magazines and publications are meant to do anything, it’s inspire. So, hopefully there is something in there for each and every one of you. Good things. Photography heavy things. Action sport things. Jogging and running and gear related things. Shoe things. All the things that you’re after. And if you really just don’t have the time or patience to wait for these printed things in the mail (stop on by our shop) check out newly minted The Field Mag. Ok, promise, we're done now.
Check out previous Gimme Gimme Guides:
GG Guide: Cyclocross
GG Guide: Julie K. Picks
GG Guide: Trail Running
GG Guide: Hiking