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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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Today in Gear: August 9, 2013

Cocoon Slim Backpack Backpacks hold a lot of stuff and they stay out of the way, leaving your hands free. Thing is, compartments that are actually cavernous holdalls turn ‘packs into bulky messes. SLIM is so named for a reason: all loaded up, this pack is only 3.5 inches thick. The back compartment is for…

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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.

limits-promo-logoThis article is part of a new original series, LIMITS, dedicated to exploring the physical and mental borderlands of human capability. And beyond.
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Today in Gear: July 26, 2013

Todd Snyder + Champion Men’s fashion favorite Todd Snyder pored over Champion’s 93 year-old archives to find the most classic pieces they’ve made to date, then revamped them to reflect current trends. Think well-tailored, slimmer cut sweatshirts and sweatpants, subtle detailing and color blocks. We don’t suggest working out in a three-piece suit, but these…

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Today in Gear: July 23, 2013

Dyson Hard Ostensibly aimed at the wealthy set looking to ditch those tacky, white trash Swiffers for good, the Dyson Hard is a floor cleaning device that answers the question, “how can I pay way more for this?” Using the famous Dyson Digital Motor and the company’s cyclone suction tech, this dubiously named creation both…

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Breakdown: Nike KD VI

Kevin Durant had no intention of making a quiet shoe when it came time to design the sixth iteration of his signature Nikes — but the design goes much deeper than its fluorescent green and yellow skin. The KD VI ($130) radically deviates from the traditional high-topped status quo of modern basketball shoes in its pursuit of lighter weight and increased agility. We were lucky enough to attend its release. We break down this flamboyant court beast.

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Today in Gear: July 10, 2013

Kwikset Kevo Lock Kwikset says their new lock communicates with iPhones via Bluetooth Smart Ready Technology, but it’ll look like magic to your next houseguests. Download the Kevo app, set up the battery powered deadbolt, keep the phone in your pocket, and simply touch the lock with a finger to unlatch your door. Key fob…

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Today in Gear: July 3, 2013

Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour GRS Zoom zoom zoom. Nike’s Zoom cushioning, with air pockets and fancy textiles, relieves some of the stress put on your feet by that brutal serve-and-volley game. The uppers wrap feet snugly but allow for the kinds of generous movement needed when walloping tennis balls all over the court; rubber…

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Today in Gear: July 2, 2013

Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Portable Speaker A man’s got to have his music, location be damned. The Rock Out 2 is a 7-inch speaker that connects via 3.5-mm audio jack and pumps out tunes for 20 hours per charge. It charges via USB, or through a small Goal Zero solar array (sold separately) that…

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Today in Gear: June 26, 2013

Saker S-1 Personal Jet It’s a pain to always have to fly on a commercial airliner — the things are so damn slow, and you have to put your toiletries in plastic baggies. Ugh. If you’ve got a two-seater military-style jet, however, you can lunch in New York and take an afternoon meeting in LA,…

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For The Ski Bum In Denial

Kit: Summer Skiing

Every year for Memorial Day a few die-hard friends and I skip the barbecues to indulge our powder habit one last time. Summer skiing is our way of throwing a middle finger to the sun before our precious snow melts for another year. The festivities begin with early morning hikes above the treeline and finish with goggle-tanned, smiling faces telling stories of epic wipeouts and slushy runs around the campfire. Here’s the gear we used to tackle the last runs of the year.

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Today in Gear: June 4, 2013

Craighton Berman Manual Coffeemaker No. 1 This pour-over single-cup brewer takes clear direction from the Chemex design. We can’t knock that. The whole process can be viewed through crystal clear glass, and coffee brews directly into the cup from which it will be savored; the base catches drips and provides insulation. Look for it on…

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Get packed

Weekend-Ready: Great Duffels For All Budgets

Call it the “Goldilocks of Bags” if you like, though sometimes it seems like more of a “Unicorn of Bags”: the perfectly sized and properly priced duffel can be elusive (hell, brands can’t even decide one way to spell it). When the occasion calls for light packing in something that’ll easily fit in the back seat or sling comfortably over your shoulder there are myriad options, but how many of them can be considered worth a buy? What follows are 30 of the best duffel bags to fit every budget. These represent a vast array of materials, styles, colors and purposes, but suffice it to say each of these duffels is just right.

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Ditch the hulk for some helpful tech

Mobile Motivators: Best Fitness Trackers for a Smarter Workout

Most of us are out of touch with our bodies. We clueless about calories, how much we’re walking in a day, or even how to check our own heart rate. Luckily, there’s a host of new fitness trackers that make training truly personal. Strap them onto your wrist or toss them in your pocket and they’ll track your every move — every step you take, every minute you sleep, every calorie you inhale or burn off. Read on for our five best bets for prying you off the couch — and tracking your efforts.

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Today in Gear: May 8, 2013

IMAX Private Theater Maybe you’re a sheik, maybe you bought into APL early; regardless, you’re a movie buff, so this is a no-brainer. IMAX designers work with your architects (you have those right?) to offer their expertise, and once the in-home theater is done, IMAX continues to monitor and service your system 24/7/365. imaxprivatetheatre.com Smoke:…

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Staff Favorites: Ben Bowers

Our third installment of Staff Favorites turns to Mr. Ben Bowers. Second aboard the GP express and the reticent co-founder of Gear Patrol, Mr. Bowers is first and foremost an inquirer — using his battle-hardened eye of skepticism while monitoring the pulse of the internet, et al.; typically, he does so while reading a pantheon of feeds and bookmarks on his mobile device du jour.

At GP HQ, Ben is also the catalyst, and prizewinner, of often heated culture debates, where his insatiable appetite for music, movies and other media provides him with a panoply of pop-culture knowledge, particularly in early hip-hop and independent films. Beyond the walls of media and analytic thinking though, Ben’s interests are far less studious. A fair-weather sailor, patron of cocktail mixing and a die-hard Nets fan, Ben is also a proud Baton Rouge native — undoubtedly the reason behind his occasional son-of-Creole outbursts in an otherwise self-composed nature.

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Design Spotlight: Nike Elite Series 2.0

Nike has been a dominant force in basketball for years, equipping some of the game’s biggest stars with footwear both on and off the court. Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Nike Basketball Design Director, Leo Chang, to discuss the second generation of the Elite Series, a limited collection of kicks designed for Nike’s premier athletes just in the time for playoff season. Given the stakes, the series which originally launched last year, provides a unique opportunity for Leo and his team to push what’s possible. It’s about designing the best for the best, when limitations have left the building.

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Kicking It Old School

100 Years On the Pitch: Nike’s Centennial U.S. Soccer Kit

Soccer has never held our collective national attention like other sports — with Landon Donovan’s goal in extra time against Algeria during the 2010 world cup and Brandi Chastain’s sports bra celebration being the two possible exceptions. So who knew that 2013 represents the 100-year anniversary of the birth of U.S. soccer, originally established as the United States Football Association, a not-for-profit, governing body of soccer in America? Nike’s Centennial kit celebrates this notable milestone with throwback duds for players and fans alike.

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Today in Gear: March 25, 2013

Minox 14 DCC If what you really prize is compactness, Minox’s latest pea-shooter — weighing in at 4 ounces — should be on your radar. The 14MP version of their Digital Classic Camera has a retro spy look, a 2-inch LCD display and a Galilean-style optical viewfinder. $239 World Chess Champion Official Set Just in…

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Today in Gear: March 22, 2013

Nike Lunar Control Nike’s popular springy Lunarlon sole has now migrated over to golf, combining stability and comfort with a Power Platform to improve a player’s transition from backswing to impact. That’s assuming you can hit the ball in the first place. $160 Wacom Cintiq 13HD File this under stuff we desperately want but will…

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You wish you were this flexible

Nike Free Trainer 5.0

The Nike Free Trainer 5.0 is the latest generation of the footwear company’s ultra successful Free (no, not that kind of free) line and was inspired by Chinese finger traps. Yup, you read that right.

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Now you're ready for some Football

Nike Vapor Laser Talon

The Nike Vapor Laser Talon was designed from the start to shave time off a critical combine metric — the 40-yard dash. Given that goal, Mr. Golden Shoes himself (a.k.a. Michael Johnson) was brought in as a consultant on the project and emphasized the importance of the “Zero Step” in determining an athlete’s propulsion and acceleration.

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Nike Lunar Flyknit Chukka

Nike’s Flyknit technology that shook the sneaker world earlier this year has now migrated onto a chukka. This particular versions boasts an understated knitted black upper, highlighted by neo turquoise flywire and a white Lunarlon sole. Like many great releases from Beaverton, though, this shoe will only only be available in limited quantities at select retail outlets. German shop Inflammable is one online retailer that’s at least posted a product page and a waiting list notifying hungry fans when they’ll go on sale. Start practicing your “bitte schon” now.

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12 gift ideas for the fitness obsessed

12 Guys of Christmas: The Athlete

The fitness fanatic is the man that puts in a quick 5K before the rest of us have even tossed the beans in the burr grinder. His body fat is measured in fractions, and biceps in feet. His dinner conversations involve things like basal metabolic rate; his pecs flex, noticeably, when he passes the pepper….

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Wound tight

Nike Free Inneva Woven

Nike has always pushed limits in the innovation department and their latest Nike Free Inneva Woven shoe is no exception. The “woven” brand was originally introduced in 2000, and this iteration is defined by a new 360-degree hand-woven system that unifies the laces with a nylon webbing upper made from various strand widths — to…

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Refined but not reformed

Nike SB Challenge Court

Of all the sport cross-pollinations we could think of, tennis and skateboarding aren’t at the top of the list, but then again football players are doing yoga, so all bets are off. As an avid tennis player and fan of the sport, Nike Skateboarding team rider Gino Iannucci had always been inspired by the original…

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How considered design is impacting the future of the beautiful game

Reboot: An Inside Look at Nike Soccer

Everybody knows Nike. How could you not? The global sportswear company is ubiquitous, thanks to decades of developing gear and sponsoring athletes competing in every sport imaginable (seriously, they even sponsor Curling). But while marketing savvy has unquestionably assured the brand limitless time in the spotlight — there’s an equally innovative half to Nike’s success…

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Competition meets innovation

Breakthroughs: 10 Technologies Changing the Olympics

It’s hard to believe the 2012 summer Olympics are already upon us. While this year’s events will feel familiar, the athletes and venues have unquestionably evolved. The same holds true for the technology used to capture, record and share their feats with the globe. Long gone are the games of stark naked athletes, replaced by…

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From field to foot

Nike GS Football Boot

Fresh off the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, which showcased the most insolvent talented European nations, comes the Nike GS Football Boot ($300), Beaverton’s greenest, lightest, and most innovative soccer boot to date. Most of the material is derived from renewable castor beans, which require less water to grow and reduce environmental impact. That green material…

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Style Pick: Nike DWR Chambray Vapour Jacket

Nike likes its innovations. Case in point, the DWR Chambray Vapour Jacket (~$80). Performance-oriented runners with a penchant for a stylish fit in particular will want to pay attention. Originally designed as a lightweight, wind, and water-resistant outerwear, this contemporary incarnation bridges the gap between casual and sportswear, serving as either a swank, lightweight jacket,…