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Today in Gear: May 15, 2014

Today in gear we examine copper espresso machines and tumblers, J. Crew’s foray into color blocked shirts, Square’s take on Seamless, desk accessories for this disorganized and D-Link’s new smart plug.

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Today in Gear: May 14, 2014

Today in gear we examine, Motorola’s most affordable smartphone yet, a shower for road trips, a light bulb that dims like a sunset, Dropcam’s new tabs and post shaving solution from the Dollar Shave club team.

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The Right Type, For Some

Tested: Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard

The Harmony Smart Keyboard ($150) is a new product aimed at set-top box users tired of searching for content one letter at a time, and Home Theater PC users sick of switching between a remote and keyboard. But does it work as advertised?

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Today in Gear: May 6, 2014

Today in Gear we find crafty bourbon, chino shorts, Creuset and more

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Today in Gear: May 5, 2014

Today in Gear: Naim’s Muso wireless audio system, ICON 4×4 prints, Fictitious Dishes from literature and Behomm.com

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Meet the camelid fur you can't afford

Nice Threads: Surveying the World’s Most Luxurious Suiting Fabrics

The difference between a $5,000 suit and a $50,000 bespoke suit, besides a raise to a C-letter job title, is fabric. The math is fairly simple. The rarer and more elusive the sheep or other furry mammal that supplies the hair/wool/what have you, the more premium the fabric.

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Today in Gear: May 2, 2014

Today in gear we examine Samsung’s Level Over headphones, a personal Vitamix, a Uniqlo blazer for spring, Logitech’s ultimate iPhone case and a reversible belt worth packing.

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Today in Gear: May 1, 2014

Today in Gear we check in with the AirBnB of car rentals, salivate over a new pair of cans (ears, kids), re-consider our light switch situation, lavish over a beautifully designed brewing kit, and praise upon the joys of a made-to-order penny loafer.

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Today in Gear: April 29, 2014

Today in Gear we brew perfect coffee with an app, navigate like Colin McRae, check out some copper barware and more.

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Today in Gear: April 28, 2014

Today in gear we examine, Leica’s new T system, the wine bottle reinvented, carbon fiber wrenches, Sony’s STR-DN1050 Receiver and James Perse towels.

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Today in Gear: April 25, 2014

Today In Gear: Trying to stump the spies with a privacy-focused iPhone case, the highs and lows of record collecting, your daily chambray shirt and more.

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Everyday Carry Essentials: Multi-tools

Keeping a good multi-tool close at hand can save your weekend project, your tailgate, your marriage — hell, even your life. But how do you separate the useful from the useless? Again, we turn to the experts at Everyday Carry for their insights into the utilitarian. Check out their buying guide and be ready for anything.

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Today in Gear: April 24, 2014

Today in gear we examine, Brooklinen’s dreams of affordable sheets, an innovative mattress that packs down in a box, Evel Knieval’s trip to Oklahoma, NIke’s stealthy new driver, a 6 wheeled ATV and a subscription service for vapers.

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Lots of light, and a little smoke

Tested: Amazon Fire TV

Amazon’s Fire TV provides the best experience of any streaming device for consumers who’ve spent more than a few paychecks on the company’s media ecosystem. No question about it: if you live and die by Amazon Prime Instant Video, buy the Fire TV and rejoice. But what if you aren’t a card-carrying member of the Bezos fan club? We found a comfy couch and tested it out.

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Power plus space, all in one case

Tested: Mophie Space Pack

Mophie’s Space Pack for the iPhone 5/5s combines extra battery power with up to 32GB of additional storage, promising to fixing two of the phone’s biggest shortcomings in one convenient package.

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Today in Gear: April 23, 2014

Today in gear we examine Lytro’s professional-grade light field camera, Madden Equipment’s convertible brief, Colson Whitehead’s take on gambling and jerky, Sleepy Jones’ Spalding boxer briefs and RipCurl’s smart watch for surfers.

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Today in Gear: April 22, 2014

Today in gear we examine Pioneer’s new DJ ear buds, Cool Hunting’s latest collaboration, a sous vide machine from the future, Blue Lounge’s handy accessory for iMac owners and Nike’s latest summer release.

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A Reverence for the Overlooked Classics and what they Inspire

GP & Petrolicious Present: The Collector Series

Vintage is in something fierce. You can blame the cliche and assign Mad Men all you want. But vintage is deeper than that. A stretch of tough times and the “planned obsolescence” of today has refocused our attention to history even more than ever. New doesn’t always equate to better and some things really don’t work like they used to. The Collector, a new Octane series in partnership with the classic car experts at Petrolicious, acknowledges the automotive gems of yesteryear that have gone overlooked for one reason or another. As a series, the selections we’ll share stand as both a group of savvy buys we’d base our personal car collection around and as a source of inspiration for life in the wake of ownership.

Over the next eight weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of companion stories each Monday developed to cover the two sides of the collector’s coin. On Petrolicious, you’ll see pristine examples of each sublime vehicle and hear from their owners. Here at GP, we’ll share a mix of new and classic items that draw inspiration from these undervalued icons, allowing you to channel each vehicle’s influence regardless of what’s sitting in your garage.

Head to Petrolicious to read The Collector: Part One, 1970 Datsun 240Z then peruse the kit it inspired.

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Today in Gear: April, 21, 2014

Today in Gear, we examine Sony’s new 4k media player, plywood task chairs, bluetooth-enabled air purifiers, an EDC kit for cyclists, an educational whisky series and a candle worthy of your ambitions.

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Good talks, bad hours

Introducing: Late Plates

We love breaking bread with exciting people, and a pint of good beer never hurt a conversation. It’s in this spirit that we’re launching a new series, Late Plates, presented by Miracle Whip, in which we interview great minds, talents and professionals over America’s best late-night eats.

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Today in Gear: April 18, 2014

Today in Gear we examine Philips’s laser-guided beard trimmer, a transforming Raven lawn mower, Arnette prescription frames, organic whey powder, a Chrome remote desktop for mobile and an easy solution for popped tires.

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Today in Gear: April 17, 2014

Today in gear, we examine the “edgier” new Camry, Nocs’ improved earbuds, charred moonshine, Google’s stand alone camera app, reusable BBQ sheets, and Sonic Edition’s new print collection with Freemans Sporting Club.

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The fitness tracker that refuses to fit in

Tested: Misfit Shine

What makes a good wearable? Comparing a laundry list of features is one way to start the conversation. The Misfit Shine proves, however, that there’s still something to be said for keeping it simple.

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Today in Gear: April 16, 2014

Today in Gear, we examine a shaving solution to end razor burn woes, the app your coffee addiction’s been waiting for, a gear brand for the greater good, Anker’s five port charging solution and Artifox’s take on a better desktop experience.

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Today in Gear: April 15, 2014

Today in Gear we examine Land Rover’s new Discovery concept, an app for commission free trades, TwelveSouth’s BookArc Möd, the emasculating smart grill of the future, Pentax’s impressive new medium-format rig and a table you can take anywhere.

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Today in Gear: April 14, 2014

Today in Gear we examine a new book for Cub’s fans, your iMac’s new wood friend, Lexus’ sharp crossover, barrels for homebrew and “The Rhino”.

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Sampling the Core Expressions

Highland Park 12 to 40 Year Old, We Try Them All

Learning about the process of whisky-making is one reason to take a distillery tour, but we all know that the real name of the game is the post-tour tasting. Any day spent sampling a range of whiskies is a special one in our books. Throw in the chance to try 25-, 30- and 40-year-old expressions, and you’ve got a once in a lifetime drinking experience.

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Finding 'the best whisky in the world' on the Scottish Island of Orkney

True Norse: A Visit to Highland Park Distillery

Highland Park has officially been making whisky in Kirkwall since 1798. The distillery requires no introduction for rabid fans of single malt. F. Paul Pacult, known as one of America’s foremost experts on spirits, heralded the 25 year old expression as the “Best Spirit in the World” in 2013; it’s an honor he’s also bestowed on the 18 year old twice before. For more casual imbibers, noting Highland Park’s relationship as the sister distillery to The Macallan generates a good number of nods. Our managing Editor Ben Bowers took the journey to the northern Scottish islands of Orkney to learn first hand how some of the world’s finest single malt is made.

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This Scotish archipelago has no shortage of history

Photo Essay: The Orkney Islands

Orkney, as it’s called by the locals, is an archipelago of 70 islands off the northern tip of the Scottish mainland. At one point or another, Vikings, Norwegians and Scots all listed the Old Red Sandstone outcrops as their home. The Neolithic monuments of these ancient inhabitants are one of Orkney’s biggest draws; another, of…

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The Handiest of Tools for Under $350

Everyday Carry Essentials: The Knife

A man’s everyday carry (or “EDC” in web-speak) is a fascinating window into the soul. Seeing what someone keeps close at hand can speak in obvious ways to their lifestyle, interests and values. Everyday-Carry.com is the leading community for all things EDC-related, so when it came time to find an expert on the best pocket knives to own under $350, the answer was obvious. If you’re in the market for a new blade without blowing your inheritance, their guide on The Best Pocket Knives Under $350 is an excellent resource worth checking out.