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Good morning. The Gear Patrol Store is back and better than ever. Over 100 items are available right now, including products hand-picked by our editorial team, exclusive collaborations, three adventures-of-a-lifetime and all manner of awesome gear (custom-built FJ40, anyone?) Expect to see more and more awesome stuff in the coming weeks. Here’s what’s good in gear elsewhere: a lightweight hiking boot, two minimalist bi-fold wallets, the Oculus Rift Touch controllers and much more.

And here are some fresh stories to start the day.

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Day Date

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Since Oris first launched its “Big Crown” pilot’s watch in 1938, the company has continued a nearly 80-year history of making practical mechanical watches. The first were designed so that pilots could easily wind their watches while flying with thick gloves on; those original watches — with big crowns — have brought rise to an entire aviation-inspired line. The Big Crown ProPilot Day Date is no different, employing a simple dial with large Arabic numerals coated in SuperLuminova, a sapphire crystal, a 45mm stainless steel case and a screw-in crown, making the watch good for 100 meters of water resistance. Ticking away inside is an automatic winding movement based on a Sellita SW220-1 with a day and date complication and finished with Oris’s signature red rotor. It’s everything you’d want in a reliable, everyday timepiece.

Oculus Touch Controllers

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Oculus Rift owners can put down the Xbox controller they’ve been using and pick up a pair of Oculus Touch controllers — yes, they’re finally available for purchase. The controllers track your hand positioning in 3D: move your hand in real life, move your hand in the game. They also track individual fingers, so you can point or give a thumbs-up in VR. These controllers are how Oculus Rift’s games are meant to be played. And if you’ve already spent big on the Oculus Rift and a compatible PC, the $200 price tag shouldn’t be an issue. — Tucker Bowe, Tech Writer

Discommon Goods Thermoformed Leather Card Wallet

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The current trend in wallets is minimalism, and we aren’t complaining. (A few cards, some petty cash; what more do you need to carry?) This Italian calf-hide bi-fold wallet is thermoformed, which basically means each pocket will hold up to four cards — that’s eight cards total, give or take a few spare bills — without losing its shape.

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine

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As it turns out, none of the eight flavors that define American cuisine are native to the United States.

Danner Mountain 600 Boot

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Part sneaker, part hard-wearing heritage hiking boot, the 600 is Danner’s most forward-thinking boot design. First and foremost, it is built to hold up in the harshest environments (waterproof outer, heavy-duty Vibram sole, moisture-wicking liner), yet it is designed with a lightweight feel and street-savvy aesthetic. Now available in full grain leather, in four colors.

Grovemade Bifold Wallet

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We weren’t kidding about minimalist wallets. Here’s another that hits all the right marks: premium USA leather, enough space for 8 cards and some bills, classic cotton sew lines, all of which is crafted by masterful hands in Oregon. It’s time to slim it down, dude.


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