By Nick Caruso
on 1.15.14
Oliberté-NGOLA-Boots-Gear-Patrol Oliberté NGOLA Boots
In the market for an Ethiopian-made combat boot? They’re fair-trade certified, but there’s more where that came from. The company’s aim is to create jobs in Africa that cater equally to men and women in the hope of building the middle class, and they also place a high priority on environmental consciousness. Recycled crepe soles, goat leather lining and plenty of color options make up the entire Oliberté lineup (there are bags, too) a smart choice. $170
Griffin-StudioConnect-HD-Gear-Patrol Griffin StudioConnect HD
Fancy yourself a one man band, do you? Get all your tracks together and bid that old cassette record a fond farewell. This iPad dock records 24-bit/96k HD tracks — anything from your microphones, keyboards and more through two preamps with all the bells and whistles to make your music sing. The rig also features multiple inputs for keyboards and monitor outputs in addition to headphone jacks in the front. $200
Leibal-Magazine-Vase-Gear-Patrol Leibal Magazine Vase
The solution to your myriad magazine woes is this, a streamlined and modern bucket. Like any good bucket, it’s round and has a handle (which comes in a variety of colors), and carries your mail (but why stop at mail?) with aplomb. $45
Dish-Network-Super-Joey-DVR-Gear-Patrol Dish Network Super Joey DVR
Dish Network has introduced a whole mess of Joeys to do your entertainment wrangling and bidding. The Super Joey can record up to eight channels simultaneously, which means you can sit back, relax and pretty much never talk to your family or go to work ever again. We know what we’ll be watching. dish.com
Linden-Sweden-Clever-Hook-Gear-Patrol Linden Sweden Clever Hook
Clever Hook is clever. Mount one to a wall — they come in several colors and are made of plastic or beech wood — and gravity does the rest. Hang up just about anything (so long as it’s 40 pounds or less) and the hook grips said thing and then folds its pincers out of the way when you de-hook the thing. $20
Wetley-Prescription-Lens-for-Google-Glass-Gear-Patrol Wetley GGRX Frame and Lens Adapter For Google Glass
If you’re lucky enough to be a Google Glass Explorer but have the poor fortune of dismal sight, worry no more. Wetley’s new frame adapter puts prescription lenses between you and your wearable tech. The frame easily and quickly separates from Glass in mere seconds with no tools required. $99+()
Omega-Speedmaster-MkII-Gear-Patrol- Omega Speedmaster Mark II
This updated take on the 1969 Speedmaster Mark II (powered then by Moonwatch-grade caliber 861 movement) is svelte and modern, an eye-catcher to be sure. This version will feature an automatic movement (Omega is mum on which one as of yet), and there’s a tachymetric scale around the bezel. The watch will be officially revealed at BASELWORLD 2014 in just over two months’ time. omegawatches.com