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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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Standard Issue

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If the Rolex Submariner is the most famous dive watch, then the Rolex Military Submariner, or MilSub, is the most famous military-issued dive watch. What is now a highly sought after piece of watch history — and one of the rarest collector’s watches ever — was once merely Ministry of Defense (MOD) standard issue equipment.

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Head of the Game: The Best Motorcycle Helmets for Any Rider

The right helmet makes a world of difference in both comfort and protection. Upgrading your headwear at least every five years ensures you’re equipped with the latest in technology and safety innovations; it also instills instant rider confidence. Here are the best motorcycle helmets on the market today.

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Today in Gear: December 19, 2013

Octovo Limited Edition Ti Comb If your hair is thick and luxurious enough to warrant a machined titanium comb, good on ya. This handsome guy is finished with black titanium nitride and comes with a custom leather carrying case. You know, to protect the practically indestructible comb inside. $149 Vertex Three Season Winterizable Hammock For…

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Today in Gear: November 11, 2013

Zero SR Electric Motorcycle Electric cycles are awesome, sure, but some electric cycles are awesomer. Compared to the less balls-out Zero S, the SR boasts a larger, 660-amp motor that spins out 24% more power and 56% more torque — 106 lb-ft, to be exact. That translates to 100+ mph top speeds and a trip…

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Today in Gear: August 30, 2013

The Tie Bar Shoelaces Ever the bastion of affordable style and flair — from tie-it-yourself bow ties to pocket squares to, well, tie bars — The Tie Bar has introduced some colorful accessories to tie onto something a little lower. These waxed cotton laces come in 25 colors and are cheap enough to make customizing…

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Octane Icon: Lancia Stratos

Looking like the combination of a duck’s bill and a chisel, the Lancia Stratos was developed as an homologation car (production numbers to justify its rally racing intentions) a year after the revolutionary Lancia Stratos HF Zero car debuted. It was a car with virtually limitless rallying potential based on its design and performance. The Stratos did want it was meant to do — devour dirty, twisty, bumpy closed roads with an insatiable appetite.

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These Boots Were Made For Riding: 5 Best Motorcycle Boots

Motorcycle boots make up a small portion of most riders’ PPE (personal protective equipment), and compared to the sexy jackets, gloves and helmets that are worn proudly while carving canyons and combating congestion, footwear often ends up forgotten. To keep you safe on two wheels and still looking good on both legs, we’ve torture-tested five of the best motorcycle boots. Regardless of whether you drag a knee or seek forward control, there’s an option for you — and you’ll no longer relegate your feet to the status of “least important body part” when you ride.

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Today in Gear: June 13, 2013

Pling Pling is a new app for iOS and OSX that allows groups of people to communicate via quick voice-based messages. Record a simple message and Pling it to others who can listen to your comment and add to the conversation. Anyone else feeling compelled to send some ironic — and hilarious — You’ve Got…

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The Derelicts by ICON

If push came to shove, we’ve probably sell a kidney or two for one of ICON’s glorious vehicles. So when our friend Michael Williams at A Continuous Lean was kind enough to point out this excellent video on the brand’s latest pet project, dubbed The Derelicts, put together by the folks at eGarage, we had…

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Force Factor

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Buying a great pair of headphones is a big first step in upping your audiophile cred. Many of the models we’ve covered before can be an ear opening experience to what music is meant to sound like. That said, most of us listen to music in digital format these days, whether it be from out laptop,…

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Bluetooth headsets. They’re still not the most stylistically approved gadget amongst our crew, but their convenience, safety, and features make them increasingly more difficult not to embrace. That is, so long as you don’t wear one to dinner (see rule #2). Jawbone recently sent over the Jawbone Icon ($99), which caught our second glance after…

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Meet the Rogue and the Modus

ICON Flashlights

There’s just something about the security of creating light that fascinates us. Either way, we get a chance to review a lot of flashlights here at Gear Patrol. ICON, a company that aims to be as well known for their design schema as their functionality, sent us a couple of their to check out and…

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ICON A5 Unveiled

[click on image to enlarge] Right now, a revolution is occuring in aviation. If you haven’t noticed, the team here at GP enjoys a healthy dose of vehicular obsession, be it by land, sea or air. That’s why we are excited that today, the ICON A5 shed its cloak at AirVenture 2008. This will be…