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Today in Gear: March 28, 2014

Today in Gear we examine Barbour & Landrover’s first collaboration, DSPTCH’s new spring bags, coffee from the Berkshires and your new guide to moonshining.

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No excuses, just good shots

Kit: Essentials for the Budding Movie Maker

Today’s affordable tools, cameras, classes and copious creative outlets have brought making a film (one of the best story-telling devices) nearly to the everyman. Still, all those advances can’t change a basic fact: sometimes making a movie means going to where the story is rather than waiting for it to come to you. But paying to check 10 Pelican cases of equipment will essentially eat your entire production budget, not to mention it’s tough to sneak into a location if you have a fleet of boxes and bags. This kit can be carried by one or two people in traditional suitcases — which means you get your shots, no matter where those shots may be.

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Today in Gear: January 6, 2014

Today in gear, we find LEGOS for the blossoming architect, a history of booze, boats you can afford 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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Today in Gear: December 18, 2013

Soundmatters Foxl Dash7 Sound Bar We’re not quite sure how it’s possible for electronics manufacturers to continue reducing the size of gadgets. At 7.5 inches long and 0.75 inches thick, this Bluetooth speaker isn’t much larger than your smartphone, but packs a serious punch all the same. Twoofers — tweeters/woofers — work alongside a Bass…

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Today in Gear: December 16, 2013

Stapleton Raincoat Manilla Despite our vain pleas for rain to go away and come again another day, the weather never seems to cooperate. The next time you’re forced into compliance with precipitation, consider protecting yourself with a proper raincoat like Stapleton’s modern interpretation of the classic. The British Millerain three-quarter length coat is London-made. $531…

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Today in Gear: Friday, December 13

Outlier Doublebag Two-sided bag with roll-top buckle closures. Fill one side with clean clothes; start your trip. Wear your clothes; change your clothes. Worn clothes go in second side. Second side expands; first side shrinks. Gross clothes don’t touch fresh clothes. Makes laundry easy. An obsessive’s dream bag. (It’s out of stock currently, but keep…

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Talk about shopping in advance

12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

Oddly enough, the proliferation of electronic gadgetry, computer stuff and other digital goodies has made buying for the discerning sparkhead (we just coined that — please enjoy and proliferate at will) tougher. With this list, we aim to make the shopping a little simpler by covering suggestions for readers, photogs, movie buffs and gamers. Take a gander and start clicking; your techie giftee will thank you, probably with an email or holographic video message or something.

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Orange is the New Black

Introducing: Gear Patrol x DSPTCH Camera Straps (Giveaway!)

Since 2010, San Francisco-based DSPTCH has designed rugged, functional camera straps that pair military-spec webbing and Paracord with high-quality hardware. They’re available in a variety of excellent, reserved hues, but we couldn’t help but wonder what a combination of blaze orange and matte black hardware might look like. Neither could DSPTCH — and so we’re pleased to introduce GP x DSPTCH straps in our signature color.

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Essentials for the overnight

Kit: Sleeping Over

Your best side has shined brightly — maybe brighter than you ever thought possible. You’ve been entertaining and engaging, listened patiently and laughed persuasively, doted and dated your way to the final exam: sleeping over. Clearly, you’ve done something right, but the light at the end of the tunnel still beckons. Though confidence has gotten you this far, now you’ll be playing on her turf, and that requires backup. Bring these items and prepare for the best.

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Today in Gear: August 13, 2013

Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Whiskey Ready-made cocktails are wariness-inducing, oftentimes saccharine malt beverages — the drinkers of which refer to them as “bevvies”. Slow & Low is not part of that drinker’s scourge. Rather, this is a rye-whiskey-based Old Fashioned simmered with raw honey, orange peel and horehound to produce an easy-drinking cocktail right out…

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Today in Gear: June 20, 2013

Stayhold Car Trunk Accessory We’ve all strapped a gallon of milk into a seatbelt to keep it from churning itself to butter on the trip home. STAYHOLD sticks firmly to the carpet of your trunk, forming a wall to keep groceries and other small items in place while you do your best Schumacher impression. $13…

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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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Get strapped

DSPTCH Camera Sling Strap

Dial down the touristy vibe on your next photo hunt, home or abroad, with a DSPTCH Camera Sling Strap ($48). Designed and made in San Francisco by a photographer — a man quite deft with the lens himself — is made using mil-spec commercial grade nylon webbing and outfitted with a uni-loop connector to ensure…