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Today in Gear: April 18, 2016

A most excellent travel trolley, a pair of impressively excellent leather dress boots, new and excellent hard-working earbuds and much more.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: January 14, 2015

Nike's innovative Metcon 1 sneakers, JBL unveils its pioneering earbuds, some damn cool Persol sunglasses, Aer's new work-sport duffel, Samsung tries to take on the iPhone Plus and more.

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Tested: Sound Blaster Roar SR20

Creative's new Sound Blaster Roar SR20 boasts improved Bluetooth pairing, a sound-boosting "Roar" mode, and half the price of its Bose competitor.

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Today in Gear: January 9, 2014

Today in gear, we find a dashboard for your digital metrics, tough running crampons, a portable workspace and much more.

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Today in Gear: October 30, 2013

iRobot-Braava-Gear-Patrol iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot
You're likely familiar with Roomba, the robot floor sweeper, so a robot floor mopper makes a great bit of sense. The Braava comes in two flavors: the 320 utilizes dry or damp microfiber cloths;

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Today in Gear: September 26, 2013

Dock-Tray-Gear-Patrol Dock Tray What's the quote? "Cleverness is next to Godliness"? Well, then set yourself down and worship this sleek tray, made in Germany from natural or dark oak. It's shaped perfectly for iPad duty but can play well with iPhones

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Beats Without Borders: Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Listening to music surely isn't seasonal -- but listening outside is. Now that the warmer, more relaxing months are upon us, it's time to invest in a Bluetooth speaker that will just as easily perform backyard barbecue DJ duties as it will rainy day basement dance offs. Gone are the days of guarding against every fatal spill or doggy dry-off shake. A new crop of portable boomboxes presents rugged, well-designed and, yes, decent-sounding speakers. We size up five (plus one) of our favorites.