By Nick Caruso
on 7.2.13
Goal-Zero-Rock-Out-2-Speaker-Gear-Patrol Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Portable Speaker
A man’s got to have his music, location be damned. The Rock Out 2 is a 7-inch speaker that connects via 3.5-mm audio jack and pumps out tunes for 20 hours per charge. It charges via USB, or through a small Goal Zero solar array (sold separately) that does the job sans fossil fuel in just a few hours. The shell case is water resistant, the 2 small speakers put out 3 watts of soundage, and all playback functions can be controlled from the player itself. goalzero.com
Nike-KD-VI-Basketball-Shoe-Gear-Patrol Nike KD VI Basketball Shoe
The sixth collaboration between Nike and Kevin Durant (available tomorrow) is low cut with an offset tongue, flywire technology, a Nike Zoom forefoot and Max Air heel. The fully customizable retina-searing colorways are made for burning past the defense — a teal and yellow combo, a tribute to Durant’s childhood rec center, just launched, and more graphics and colors will debut soon. nike.com
Rapha-La-Centieme-Tour-de-France-Prints-Gear-Patrol Rapha La Centième Tour de France Prints
This month the great Tour de France bicycle race, now a spry 110 years young, hits the 100-race mark, and it can still kick your ass up mountain roads while wearing spandex. In honor of the occasion, 10 artists have been commissioned to create artwork that captures the spirit of the grueling race and its participants. Only 100 of each lithograph will be peddled, so gear up and get ready to frame some wheel-y great art. $75
Panasonic-NC-ZF1V-Coffee-Maker-Gear-Patrol Panasonic NC-ZF1V Coffee Maker
The glossy violet water reservoir calls to mind a computer tower, but this ain’t no electric bean counter. It’s an 8-cup brewing system that boasts Panasonic’s Aroma Selector tech, which lets users pick the strength of their brew. The filter is paperless — one fewer step between great coffee and your favorite mug. $250
Cecil-and-Merl-Cherry-Bitters-Gear-Patrol Cecil & Merl Cherry Bitters
Restaurateurs Bryan Calvert and Deborah Williamson — the folks behind a delectable line of cheesecakes and Brooklyn’s James restaurant — have paired with mixologist Justin Lane Briggs to introduce a run of handmade, small batch potion-grade bitters. The sweet cherry concoction will add a little something special to cocktails of any kind, not to mention desserts and sauces. $26 ()
Wurkin-Stiffs-Nuts-and-Bolts-Wallet-Gear-Patrol Würkin Stiffs RFID-blocking Nuts & Bolts Wallet
Radio Frequency Identification sounds like awesome spy-type stuff until you realize it’s nefarious spy-type stuff that can be used to pickpocket you from afar. To protect your credit card info, the crew at Würkin Stiffs created a stylish series of ballistic nylon wallets as part of their Nuts & Bolts line; they feature an RFID-blocking layer of a thin, snoop-repelling alloy matrix just beneath their surfaces. $35
Canon-70D-Gear-Patrol Canon 70D
“Camcorder-quality” video may not sound like the most appealing feature, but if you’ve ever fiddled with auto-focusing DSLRs in video mode then you’ll know that cameras could use a little help in the usability department. Canon has done just that with the newly announced Canon 70D, which touts a game-changing, sensor-based auto-focus technology, a 20 MP sensor, a flip-out 3-inch LCD display and, of course, wi-fi. Meet Canon’s new flagship APS-C DSLR (and say cheese). $1,199

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