By Ben Bowers
on 2.25.14
Samsung-GS5-Gear-Patrol Samsung Galaxy S5
Many view Samsung’s Galaxy line as the “iPhone” of the Android world — a description that seems more accurate than ever for the newly announced Galaxy S5. Major improvements include an integrated fingerprint scanner in the home button, water proofing certification good for 30 minutes in up to three feet of water,an integrated rear heart rate sensor just below the camera that works via fingertip, a 16MP rear camera with 4k video capture and a slim “modern glam” dimpled soft touch finish back. It’ll also sell in black, white, blue…and gold color ways. Pricing is TBD, but the global launch is scheduled for April 11th, so start saving now. samsung.com
Sony-Xperia-Gear-Patrol Sony Xperia Z2
Sony also announced an update to its flagship handset at mobile world congress in the form of the Xperia Z2. It keeps the same proportions and overall solid hardware design while adding a new “Live Color LED” IPS display that Sony claims beats even the lauded iPhone 5. A beefier 3200mAh battery, 3GB of ram, a quad-crd 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 801 and 4k video capture top it all off — transforming the Xperia Z series from good to great. sonymobile.com
Huckberry-Explorer-Grant-Gear-Patrol Huckberry Explorer’s Grants
Andy Forch and Richard Greiner founded men’s lifestyle outfitter Huckberry to inspire men into leading more active and adventurous lives. Today, they’re taking their mission more serious than ever by offering three worthy community members each $1,000 in cash and plenty of top notch gear for the most thoughtful adventure proposals. Better yet, they’ve wrangled Nat Geo Adventurer of the Year, Alastair Humphreys, to pick the final selections. Get your proposal ready and find out how to enter here. Free
Mountain-Hardware-Bag-Gear-Patrol Mountainsmith Cavern
Mountainsmith is widely known for their innovative lumbar packs, but the Cavern proves they’ve got day-to-day chops as well. It’s designed for the commuter, with a top flap closure, laptop sleeve, zippered accessory pocket, ample internal organizational pockets and a clutch storm collar in case the weather turns crummy. $90
Coldsmoke-Gear-Patrol Coldsmoke Anchorage M-65
Some harsh weather gear just doesn’t work in casual environments. Reusch gloves, for example. California-based Coldsmoke makes apparel that suits extreme weather as well as it does urban environments, and the M65 is their crown jewel, a waterproof and breathable shell inspired by the 10th Mountain Division during WWII. $600
Huskvarna-Gear-Patrol Husqvarna SmartSwitch Riding Mowers
Husqvarna has introduced the best thing to lawn mowing since the integrated beer holder. It’s latest innovation is a microprocessor enabled electronic “SmartSwitch” interface designed to work with select engine series that provides a slew of advanced features including “key-less” operation, one-touch starting and reverse mowing and even better insight into key system details like battery power. Yup, your car’s officially jealous. husqvarna.com