By Chris Wright
on 3.26.13
topo-athletic-shoe-gear-patrol Topo Athletic Running Shoes
Topo Athletics thinks your body is a temple. Their shoe appropriately looks to “amplify” biomechanics through split-toe design (a Vulcan Salute creates a “unique anchor point”), open-toe box for comfort and stability, a zero-drop heel and lightweight welded seams. topoathletic.com
rollnband-pack-bands-gear-patrol Rollnband
Last-minute packers, take heed: these elastic bands save space and keep your clothes from wrinkling. They’re also a great tool for easily packing camping mattresses, tents and jackets. $17 (10 bands)
2014-cadillac-cts-gear-patrol 2014 Cadillac CTS
Released today in New York, Caddy’s fully redesigned mid-sizer gets design lessons from its ATS baby brother, and the result is more distinct and pleasing than the hard-edged second generation. Plus, one engine option will roar with an all-new twin-turbo V6 engine, rated at 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. cadillac.com
jcrew-ds-durga-cologne-gear-patrol D.S. & Durga for J. Crew Cologne
The eminent clothing company gets into the fragrance game, partnering with Brooklyn-base D.S. & Durga. Their scent is inspired by coastal California, so expect to be reminded of fresh ocean breezes, coastal woods and bikini-clad babes. $98 ()
raven-hybrid-mower-gear-patrol Raven Hybrid Mower
This riding mower cuts well with a 46-inch deck, looks sharp enough (with a touch of ATV aesthetic), and can run 12 hours before using up its 5-gallon gas tank. On top of it all, the Raven doubles as a generator with over 7000W of juice. Who cares if you can’t afford a Tesla? $3,000
super-retron-5-gear-patrol Super Retron 5
This baby’s the Cadillac of reminiscing. With slots for SNES, NES, Genesis, Famicom, and Gameboy games (and an HDMI out), the Retron 5 is the perfect excuse to have the old gang over for a night of Street Fighter. $99 (July) ()
sears-dry-erase-toolbox-gear-patrol Craftsman Limited Edition Dry Erase Ball Bearing Tool Box
Remember how your old man always has problems visualizing his next project? Besides serving as an excellent set of drawers, this Craftsman tool box’s exterior is a white dry erase board for all the necessary calculations. Just don’t blame the box if they’re wrong. $350+

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