By Nick Caruso
on 1.10.14
Stumptown-Regional-Specialty-Gear-Patrol Stumptown Regional Specialties
If you’re lucky enough to be located near a Stumptown shop, your taste buds are in luck. Winter Cheer, only available at B&M locations, is a combo of cold brew joe, a wintry mix of spices and milk — perfect for drinking by the fire in the midst of polar vortex weather. Portland and Seattle residents get the second new offering: cold brew with milk combines half & half and cane sugar for sweet and smooth sippage.
Apogee-Mic-96K-Microphone-Gear-Patrol Apogee MiC 96K
Used to be, folks would have to own a recording studio or break in to their local radio station to lay down professional audio tracks. Thanks to technology, anyone with an iPhone, iPad or Mac and this nifty new mic (it’s also a preamp and an A/D converter) can record instrumentals, vocals, voice-overs and beyond. It’s got a classic look and a modern price. $229
Kammok-Thylacine-Fire-Belly-Trail-Quilt-Gear-Patrol Kammok Thylacine Sleeping Bag and Firebelly Trail Quilt
Is your sleeping bag waterproof and breathable? Does it allow you to customize its snugness with drawcords? Can you change the baffles to accommodate different temperatures? This is the sleeping bag future, filled with PrimiLoft to keep weight down and temps up. The first reward level (yup, Kickstarter) gains donors a Trail Quilt that’s warm as hell and light enough to pack and carry. $125
Samsung-110-inch-UHD-TV-Gear-Patrol Samsung 110-inch UHD TV
A 4K television the size of your bedroom wall is worth the cost of a second home. Right? It’ll be available for purchase in China, the Middle East and Europe eventually, and it’s on sale right now in South Korea. Tell Jeeves to book your ticket. $152,000()
Randolph-Engineering-Optical-Frames-Gear-Patrol Randolph Engineering Optical Frames
Randolph Engineering, best known for making mil-spec sunglasses and specialist shooting lenses, debuted two new, decidedly civilian-style frames designed for those of us who flunked the Top Gun 20/20 test (though if you passed, congrats). The Milton and Ashby frames are made from chunky acetate with Randolph’s lifetime guaranteed solder joints and hinges. $119
Volvo-2014-XC-Coupe-Gear-Patrol Volvo Concept XC Coupé
Volvo, progenitor of many things staid and decidedly safe, also tends to surprise with a svelte and sexy Swedish morsel from time to time. This concept, which is sleek as hell and very much along the same lines as the Concept Coupé we covered recently, is related to their large XC SUV but has only two doors and seats just four. There’s a long hood and huge 21-inch wheels; the matte rubber details and graphics show that Volvo is catering to the active gravity sports crowd with a wider range of functionality to supplement its style.