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Simple, clean, and unconstrained

Elements: Unlined, Uncompromised

There’s nirvana in a product made with a singular purpose, done so well that it needs neither embellishment nor hype. Doing away with lining (a feature we've kept ambiguous in these selections, as you'll see) is one such way to pare down a product to its base usefulness.

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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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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

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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-gm1-gear-patrol 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

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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-Gear-Patrol 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

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Today in Gear: August 12, 2013

adidas-Originals-My-adidas-Superstars-Gear-Patrol 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

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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-Gear-Patrol 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

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Today in Gear: June 18, 2013

Cool-Hunting-Budnitz-Scorcher-Bike-Gear-Patrol 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

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Today in Gear: May 31, 2013

Adidas-Consortium-Boston-Super-OG-Gear-Patrol 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

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Today in Gear: May 29, 2013

DSPTCH-Camera-Straps-Gear-Patrol 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

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Today in Gear: May 16, 2013

B-and-O-h3-and-h6-headphones-Gear-Patrol 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+
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Today in Gear: April 25, 2013

adidas-Climacool-Gear-Patrol 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

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Today in Gear: April 19, 2013

Adicross-Tour-Shoes-Gear-Patrol 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

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Today in Gear: March 11, 2013

adidas-crazyquick 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
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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.

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

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

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

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

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 --

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

Kicked by a Rose

adiZero Rose 2

We've spent a solid month with Derrick Rose's signature shoe, the adiZero Rose 2 ($110). Actually, not just us but the also the best player we could find at our local court (thanks, Divine). With heaps of brisk afternoons full

Kicking & Thinking

2011 Adidas Adizero f50

Judging by how quickly terms like “smartphone” and “smartTV” steamrolled into our vernacular, we may soon be uttering “smartcleats” (or smartboots for readers across the pond) if Adidas has their way. The first generation Adidas Adizero f50s made a splash earlier

Far from the bare essentials

Adidas Adipure Trainer

When it comes to gear reviews, you often find yourself asked to test products that challenge personal biases. My opportunity came in the form of the new and soon to be released Adidas Adipure Trainer ($90). Simply put, I couldn't see

Flex your golf muscle

Adidas TOUR360 ATV

Bio-metrically correct footwear has taken the sports industry by storm, and golf is no exception. The best golf swings are derived from a rhythmic tempo and solid balance. While it was once thought better to have a solid platform (e.g.

Pressure to be better

Adidas Recovery Compression Apparel

You may not be aware of it, but everything you do (or don't do) after a workout prepares your body for the next. From stretching, to nutrition, to hydration, your body immediately starts rebuilding what you've broken down. The

Meet the Lightest Cleats in Football

Adidas adiZero 5-Star Cleats

The NBA finals were reliably interrupted with commercials of Derrick Rose peddling his adiZero "crazy" light basketball shoes as the lightest basketball shoe ever. The Adidas adiZero 5-Star cleat ($100) have the similar bragging rights in the world of

First class ease

Adidas SLVR S-M-L Concept Shoes

We may not be able to do much about the invasive body searches, but air-travel doesn't have to be a miserable experience in every aspect. A critical piece of gear you shouldn't overlook are the shoes -- specifically: weight, style and

One Ball to Rule Them All

Adidas Champions League Official Finale Ball

American Football is now sadly taking its seasonal breather, but it's almost time for the knock out phase of the Champions League to begin. Right on schedule, Adidas has released this year's "official match" finale ball, which will be used for

Revamping a 20 Year Classic

Adidas Red & White ZX8000

The Adidas ZX 8000 isn't a new shoe. In fact, the style is over 20 years old. This new red and white colorway simply gives the shoe a more modern look appropriate for the streets of 2011. Outside of the bold

Tee Off, Jules Vern Style

Adidas Golf | Wear In The World Adventure

Love golf? Love adventure? Hate your job? Well, listen up because this isn't about Adidas golf gear, it's about a chance to become Adidas/TaylorMade Golf's new Social Media Catalyst. But be warned, this won't come easy. The Adidas Golf Wear in

Classic Basketball Style from 69' to Now

Adidas Originals Superstar 2 NBA 2010

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Adidas Original Superstars first graced the feet of basketball players back in 1969. They were the first low-top basketball sneaker to feature an all-leather upper and a rubber shell toe. Staying true to their heritage, this year's Original Superstar 2 designed