By Nick Caruso
on 1.9.14
Quirky-Nimbus-Dashboard-Gear-Patrol Nimbus Smart Dashboard
More and more, complex technology is simplifying our daily lives. It’s not always for things we need, but then…who cares? This customizable four “gauge” dashboard syncs with your phone to give you up-to-date data from the most important digital info in your life. Program it to monitor the number of emails you have pending, your FitBit progress, calendar items and more. It’s all contained in a modern-aesthetic tabletop unit and syncs to your phone via wi-fi. $130
Hill-Sound-Trail-Crampon-Gear-Patrol Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra
The 18 spikes on these running shoe beasts are lightweight and tough (note: welded chain links) and made to dig into the rough stuff on your next icy athletic adventure. Run, skip, jump, hike and more on glaciers, snowy terrain or the ice planet Hoth and worry not about slippage. $70
JBL-Voyager-Speakers-Gear-Patrol JBL Voyager
This JBL speaker set features dual drivers and a strong subwoofer as well as hardline ports for plugging into your tunes. The central speaker pops out for portable parties, connecting via Bluetooth to your playlist. It’ll last five hours and even double as a speakerphone. $250
Festool-500076-SYS-MFT-Tabletop-Systainer-Gear-Patrol Festool Tabletop Systainer
13 clamp points, a V-groove and a slip-resistant surface make this portable workspace a real workhorse. It opens to store your most necessary tools, yet weighs only five pounds empty — and as a platform it’ll support a little over 100 pounds, which means your kid will be doing a lot more around the house. $75
Chivas-Regal-Patrick-Grant-Tin-Gear-Patrol Chivas 12 Year with Patrick Grant Tin
Sure, regular ole Chivas is great. But some bottles come ensconced inside this ultra classy limited edition and collectible tin designed by Mr. Patrick Grant himself. It’s the easiest way to add a hint of Saville Row tailoring to your collection, and an excellent excuse (as if you need one) to bring an extra bottle home post haste. $48+