By Nick Caruso
on 5.1.13
Chef-Day-Gear-Patrol Chefday
Choose one of the gourmet chef-designed recipes on Chefday’s website and every last organic, almost entirely locally sourced ingredient — from salt to tenderloins — will be hand-delivered to your door, pre-measured and pre-washed. All you have to do is follow the step-by-step video instructions and set the table. It’s an ultra easy way to bring the magic of a professional kitchen into your own home (as long as you live in NYC). Date night? Dunzo. $30
Google-Now-iOS-Gear-Patrol Google Now for iOS
Google Now is a silent valet to Siri’s stubborn digital assistant. As part of the Google Search app, finally on iOS, Now monitors your searches and other activity to get you relevant information — like weather, directions and flight information — by way of “cards” at the bottom of the screen. Swipe away unwanted cards, and hope it doesn’t catch on to your obsessive searches for your ex. Free
2014-Toyota-4Runner-Gear-Patrol 2014 Toyota 4Runner
Though it’s nearly due for a complete redesign, the 4Runner — now one of the few remaining entries of its size in the “true” SUV segment — has been granted a fresh, rocky face and new interior bits and accessories to keep itself looking and feeling good. All are improvements in comfort, safety and convenience; the sturdy RWD/4WD platform remains (which is really all we want anyhow). toyota.com
Bacardi-Oak-Heart-Gear-Patrol Bacardi OakHeart
Inspired by a clever pirate who put a burned enemy’s ship to good use as a container for his grog (we just made that up), Bacardi’s aged their classic spiced rum in charred oak barrels for a smooth, smoky taste. bacardi.com
Ecco-Biarritz-Wing-Tip-Tie-Gear-Patrol Ecco Biarritz Wing Tip Tie
Contrast sole shoes are all the rage, but Ecco dresses them up in their Wing Tip Tie with beautifully textured scotchgrain leather that lends character and depth; they’re a perfect pair for jeans and suits. $190
Sony-Cyber-shot-HX50V-Digital-Digital-Camera-Gear-Patrol Sony Cyber-shot HX50V
Three-way image stabilization is impressive, but it’s entirely necessary when the small (if you can call 20.4MP “small”) point-and-shoot-sized rig you’re using has 30x optical zoom capability. GPS geo-tagging, 1080p video recording and full manual control round out the features on this pint-sized powerhouse. $450
Esther-Tent-Collection-Gear-Patrol TENT Collection By Esther Porter
There’s room in here somewhere for a pun about these bags being “intense” — but these colorful totes should be taken seriously all the same. Made of reclaimed music festival tent material, rubber-bonded canvas and cast nickel hardware, they’re both water resistant and good looking. estherporter.co.uk

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