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Good morning. Google is launching a new feature on its Maps app and search function that shows, in real time, how crowded a location is. Now you can avoid getting crammed elbow-to-elbow in loud, stinky places and instead find that perfect time to nuzzle into your favorite bar or restaurant, undisturbed. Here’s what’s good in gear: an iridescent running shoe, a rejuvenating skin cream, a customizable leather backpack and much more.

And here are some fresh stories to start the day.

Danner Light Hiking Boots

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Nearly 85 years ago, Danner began as a small Wisconsin-based outfitter of tough-as-nails work boots for the laboring class — loggers, dockyard workers, miners, construction workers. In 1936, the company relocated to Portland, Oregon, and continued their legacy as makers of the most resilient, most proudly American-made boots in the country. One of their greatest boot designs is the Danner Light. Made in Portland, its full-grain leather and nylon upper, crafted to look exactly like the original boot, resists abrasion and seals out water. An advanced Gore-Tex liner keeps your feet warm and dry, while Danner’s patented stitch-down construction provides ample wiggle room without sacrificing essential hiking stability.

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

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Your face is like the weak spot on a dragon’s belly. It’s the one body part most exposed to the daily onslaught of elements — particularly during winter, when wind blasts away all moisture and flying ice particles cut like freezer burn. A medicinal recovery cream like Ursa Major’s ensures your skin stays hydrated, radiant, firm and wrinkle-free.

Adidas AlphaBOUNCE XENO

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Upon first glance, they appear to be a standard all-black minimalist running shoe from Adidas — maybe with just a hint of color on the side. Then it’s exposed to a camera flash, and the shoe suddenly lights up with brilliant iridescent colors, making it one of the most unique and photogenic running shoes around. Available for purchase on Black Friday.

Todd Snyder x Timex & Red Wing Limited-Edition Watch

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Todd Snyder’s latest watch collection combines Timex’s most popular springtime watch, the Chronograph 42mm, with a premium leather strap made by Red Wing Boots, the Minnesotan masters of heritage leather. The vintage-inspired dial comes in four colors, as does the strap; the stainless steel case boasts 50 meters of water resistance and a four-hour chronograph function.

1Atelier Customizable Cinch-Top Backpack

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Luxury goods are often handmade, but how often do you get a say in the process? Nearly everything about this luxury cinch-top is customizable: on each of its nine parts, choose from three materials — tumbled leather, calf hair and python skin; then customize it even further with a unique color scheme or a personalized initial stamp.

Looptworks Upcycle Coffee Travel Kit

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A paper to-go cup shoved into a water bottle cage? Blasphemy! Your precious brown elixir of life, along with the stuff you use to brew it, deserves better. Here’s everything you need to brew a batch that’d make a veteran barista proud: one Aeropress coffee maker, mini hand grinder, insulated tumbler, Nossa Familia blend and more. If coffee’s not your thing, the handmade leather handlebar pannier holds whatever else you need. Bottle of wine? Six pack of beer? Stack of hipster paperback novellas? You decide.


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