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Today in Gear: March 14, 2014

Today in Gear, we examine city cruisers, award-winning tents, classy iPad sleeves, metal infused athletic wear and more.

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Gear for the jungle and the reef

Kit: Underwater and Underground in Belize

Packing for a tropical getaway usually only involves deciding what color swim trunks to pack. But when your plans include jungle hiking, cave exploration and scuba diving, things get a little more complicated. The key is versatility — you need gear that works underground or underwater just as well as it does topside. For our week in Belize we made sure everything we took did more than just one thing well. This saved space in our luggage and let us be nimble yet well prepared. Here’s a sampling of what we took.

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Today in Gear: February, 18, 2014

Today in gear we discuss a ballin’ straight razor, LG’s latest phablet, a easy cocktail mixer and old school adidas sneakers.

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Live From Salt Lake City

Best of Outdoor Retailer, Winter 2014

We like to get our hands on new gear early, and short of theft and corporate espionage one of the best ways to do that is by checking out Outdoor Retailer, a biannual product show for retailers, manufacturers and other industry pros. We were on hand at the Winter Market 2014 show at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT, where every brand with a stake in the great outdoors showed off their future cold-weather wares. Of everything we touched, tasted and saw, this gear stood out most.

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Today in Gear: January 23, 2014

Today in Gear, we find enviro-friendly Adidas kicks, Super Bowl activewear from Nike, a pimp navigator, a super bright flashlight and much more.

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Today in Gear: 2013 Timekeeping Rewind

Is there a more appropriate topic to base a retrospective around than timepieces? Okay, yes, maybe a modified Delorean, but that was a rhetorical question anyhow. Few men’s accessories — indeed, few items a man could own — say more about their owner than a watch, and it’s been that way for centuries. To help…

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Own Your Wilderness Overnight

Kit: Multi-Day Hiking

It doesn’t take much to pack for a day hike: throw on a coat, pull on your boots and tuck a beanie in your back pocket in case the weather turns chilly. But if you’re heading into the woods for more than a stroll, a little preparation goes a long way, whether it be technical fabrics to combat inclement weather, a portable stove to heat your three square, or dominos to entertain companions after the sun sets. We’ve got a selection of gear to get you started on your next multi-day hiking adventure.

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Today in Gear: October 25, 2013

Panasonic Lumix GM1 Measuring in at shorter than four inches long and just over two inches tall, this is one diminutive mirrorless rig. Panasonic jams in a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, a three-inch touchscreen, wi-fi capability and a pop-up flash. Pair Panasonic’s new compact lens kit with the already attractive retro body, and you’ve…

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Everything Else is Slow R

Adidas Terrex Fast R GTX

You don’t have to be a genius to understand that there are trade-offs in life, a fact that applies to products as well. The spork notwithstanding, hybrid products typically appeal to a broader swath of the population in exchange for being less desirable to enthusiasts in either of the original disciplines. The Adidas Terrex Fast R GTX hiking shoe ($180) stands out for being both nimble and rugged; it’s not a compromise, but an elevation above and beyond what exists in the lightweight hiker category.

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Today in Gear: October 3, 2013

Alpinestars x Death Spray Customs Tech 10 Boot Graphics A graphic package for the Alpinestars Tech 10 boots put together by UK artist Death Spray Customs. The Black Lightning decal pack is the very same that adorns the helmets of DSC-supported amateur athletes. Only 40 kits will be made available, so get your hustle on…

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Today in Gear: August 12, 2013

Adidas Originals Run DMC Series This collaboration is so perfectly awsome that there’s nearly no need to make a “walk this way” joke (though we’d never purport to usurp the original). Adidas’ classic Superstar 80s have gotten a moderate makeover for this run, with a special sockliner, logo on the tongue and an elasticized tongue…

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Occam’s Razors

Tested: Adidas Springblade

You’ve got to hand it to Adidas: while the leading edge of innovation for most running companies is minimalist footwear with the occasional proprietary shank to keep things moving forward, in the Adidas Springblade ($180) the company has made a running shoe that artfully combines the looks and swiftness of a Ferrari with… I don’t know, a viperfish? Steven Seagal in Glimmer Man? Charlemagne’s Joyeuse? We got to try the cool-looking things out.

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Run Like You Mean It

Pavement Pounders: 10 Best Running Shoes

Summer heat waves are on the edge of winding down, and that’s good news: you can run without your shoes melting to the road. If you’ve been stuck all summer plodding along on a treadmill in the gym or running in the predawn hours to avoid scorchers, now is a great time to reassess your aging kicks and consider an update. We could go on about minimal vs. conventional, the merits of cushioning and drop angles and tread patterns, or we could just find the best shoes of the year to help you with one thing: working on your fast. Our search for the best running shoes of the year yielded more than a few contenders, and unless you plan on leaving them in your closet to collect dust, there’s not a single shoe here that won’t help you get to the front of the pack.

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Today in Gear: July 5, 2013

K Array Anakonda KAN200 Speaker The Anakonda is a much friendlier take on the giant reptilian constrictor made infamous by the eponymous (well, not with a “k” part) box office smash of ’97. These are 6.5-foot long, cord-like speakers that can be daisy-chained together in strings up to 210 feet long. Each Anakonda is a…

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Today in Gear: June 18, 2013

Cool Hunting + Budnitz Scorcher Bike The Scorcher is a Cool Hunting-kissed version of Budnitz’s original hand-built, single-speed city bike with a Gates belt drive, aggressive riding stance, killer tires and more. The steel frame features signature CH green Chris King hardware and a trendy matte finish. Oh, and they’re giving it away. Sign up…

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Today in Gear: May 31, 2013

adidas Consortium Boston Super OG Originally introduced in 1984, the Boston Super OG style was meant to pay homage to the eponymous marathon. It’s been re-released this year, and certainly imbued with more meaning. The gray, navy and red colorway provides keen visual contrast and, in a muted way, invokes the flag — a fitting…

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Today in Gear: May 29, 2013

DSPTCH Camera Straps DSPTCH sling camera straps are made of red or grey military-spec 1- or 1.5-inch webbing; the wrist straps are braided 550 Type III paracord in a variety of colors (our favorite is the camo pattern); swap-able cord connectors are great for quick removal. Add in some new epoxy-coated 316 stainless steel hardware…

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Today in Gear: May 16, 2013

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H3 and H6 B&O’s two sets of headphones — in both earbud and over-ear versions — are made with the style-addicted audiophile in mind. $249+ adidas adiZero Adios BOOST On the shelves in early October, the new Adidas Adios Boost has already hit the streets during some of this year’s biggest…

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Today in Gear: April 25, 2013

Adidas Clima Revent Shoes When your feet overheat it’s tough to keep truckin’. Adidas seeks to combat that exact problem with these Climacool technology-laden kicks. If you’re running hot, the perforated uppers and ventilated soles moderate temperature while the sockliner wicks away funky foot-sweat. $100 Seiki 50-inch 4K TV Most of us yearn to have…

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Today in Gear: April 19, 2013

Adicross Tour Golf Shoe Engineered to provide support while on the green and to ergonomically assist the body as it twists (while you smack that perfect drive), the lightweight adicross tour is a boldly styled, waterproof hole-in-one. The tour comes in bright colorways — our favorite is blueberry and metallic silver — and a spikeless…

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Today in Gear: March 11, 2013

Adidas Crazyquick Feedback loops come full circle as adidas introduces Crazyquick. Designed using athlete input, Crazyquick includes specific lines for basketball, football, running and training. The goal? Greater flexibility, traction and foot lock-down. $100 94Fifty A basketball with motion sensor has finally arrived (hello, future) on Kickstarter. Who needs that sweaty, angry, middle-aged coach, anyway?…

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Get more pep from your step

Adidas Boost: What’s It All About?

In the age of smartphones and tablets, sports companies have scrambled to embrace technology as a new vehicle for pushing the limits of athletic performance. Even so, the Adidas Boost Running Shoe ($150) hopes to prove that re-thinking existing footwear construction still offers plenty of game-changing potential. Its padding stores and unleashes energy more efficiently than existing material.

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Light on your feet, heavy on technology

adidas Golf adizero Tour

The adizero Tour ($180) is the latest adidas shoe to integrate the company’s ultra-lightweight adizero technology already found in everything from running shoes to soccer cleats to basketball shoes. As a result, the new model weighs in at mere 10.6 ounces when using the included Cloudfoam insole — making it 38% lighter than the already…

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Not another pair of Sambas

Adidas Originals Beckenbauer

First issued in 1982 as training shoes for German soccer star Franz Beckenbauer (who’s now almost 67), the Adidas Originals Beckenbauer ($85) have been resurrected in Adidas’ Originals line with modern colors, full grain leather uppers and a grippy white rubber sole and toe bumper. We love the classic three stripes in gold on gray…

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Fore more years

Adidas Olympics Special Edition Tour360 ATV

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what it would be like to be in London hitting a few golf balls off a floating barge on the River Thames, then you’re not alone. Yesterday, PGA athletes Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson did just that — teeing up a near the iconic Tower Bridge. Why? To celebrate…

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Coaching 2.0

Adidas miCoach Elite System

Adidas introduced the concept of “boots with a brain” to the world last fall with the launch of the miCoach-toting Adizero F50 soccer cleat — but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Today, the global sports brand announced the miCoach Elite System, designed to track player performance for an entire team in real-time….

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Father’s Day Gift Guide ’12

We don’t have to preach about how important fathers are, but we will anyway. This is the man who made you who you are, whether you like it or not — and since you’re reading this post now it looks like he’s done something right (at least we hope). With Father’s Day just around the…

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Course Contour

Adidas Crossflex

Not to be left out of the spikeless golf shoe revolution adidas Golf has two new shoes coming to market this summer. We just happened to have snagged ourselves a pair of the new Adidas Crossflex for some early season testing. Based on a tremendously successful line of Adidas running shoes the Crossflex boasts a…

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The Right Temptation

Adidas Climacool Seduction

Shoe scientists at Adidas believe the more comfortable you are, the more productive your workout will be. To that end, they’ve released the ClimaCool Seduction; a hyper-ventilated running shoe made from breathable mesh and perforated air-ports in every corner — even the sole. The result is greater airflow, which reduces moisture, overheating, and hopefully stench….

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Rushless

Adidas Adizero Rush

Performance engineering and lightweight design come together with the all-new Adidas adizero Rush ($100). Weighing in just under 7 oz. the Rush features their lightweight adiPrene+ midsole, a nylon mesh frame for stability and breathability (SprintWeb) and thin rubber outsole for a close-to-ground feel. And just in case the shoe’s design, available in 7 colors,…