▪ Patagonia’s Gunnison Gorge Wading Pants
Fishermen have a lot to bemoan – you know, the one that got away and all that – but we really feel for them because the waders they must don to go fly fishing are so unstylish. Heavy and bulky, they look like clown pants. But Patagonia has slimmed things down considerably. It’s still “relaxed fit,” not quite skinny jeans territory, but an improvement. Most important, the waders still keep you dry.
▪ “Chronicles of Old San Francisco”
$21.95; www.museyon.com; 320 pages
You may think you know all the sordid, fascinating history of San Francisco, the so-called Baghdad by the Bay, but author Gael Chandler fleshes them out for you, giving detail about Lotta Crabtree, Levi Strauss, cable car inventor Andrew Hallidie and, of course, Harvey Milk. Plus, she devotes an entire chapter to Herb Caen, so there’s that in its favor.
▪ Outside Magazine’s “The Best 5 Road Bikes for 2015”
We all known some elitist cyclists out there who must have the newest, latest bikes. Make sure they read Outside magazine’s rundown from the Interbike trade show, so you can be the first to part with $5,700 for the new Fuji Transonic.
▪ America’s Snobbiest Cities
You may recall that, two years ago, San Francisco (the Hayes Valley in particular) was voted America’s Snobbiest City by some list-loving website or other. Now, the Huffington Post weighs in and San Francisco has been dethroned. Here are the top 7:
1. New York City
3. Los Angeles
4. Washington, D.C.
Mary (@missing_vegas): Never good to hear your name on an airport loudspeaker. #travelfail“
Compiled by Sam McManis, email@example.com