Today in Gear: March 6, 2014

Nikka-from-the-barrel-Gear-Patrol Nikka Whisky: From The Barrel
Last October, we rounded up five of the best Japanese whiskies. Add to your collection with this rare blend of malt and grain whiskies, which took home gold at the 2012 International Spirits Competition. Married — a rare process where two whiskies are combined and re-casked — and then bottled straight from the barrel, this blend is available at a great price for the quality, but at 51.4 percent, watch it doesn’t knock you on your ass. $52 for 500ml
Tylt-Gear-Patrol TYLT Energi 5K+ Battery Pack
TYLT’s slim, portable battery pack can recharge your smartphone, via lightning, micro-USB or universal USB port, three times over. Up to two other devices can plug into the pack simultaneously. No outlet, no cry. $90
Haptic-INsoles-Gear-Patrol Lechal Interactive Haptic Footwear
Distinguishing itself from a passive shoe ad-on that only tracks your workout route and calories burned, this rechargeable footwear pairs with your phone to guide you to your destination through vibrations in your feet and, once there, show you nearby landmarks. Sure, fitness and all that, but more important, the haptic feedback system will help the blind navigate unfamiliar destinations. Preorder March 7
Quantum-Mechanics-Gear-Patrol Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum
Only a Stanford professor and a data consultant could produce an overview of quantum mechanics in a digestible form. Quantum mechanics deals with the behavior of sub-atomic objects through mathematical abstractions, so when a review says it’s “set out with crystalline clarity”, you know they’re on to something. $17
Rum-Runner-Gear-Patrol Point 65 Rum Runner 11.5
The Swedish kayak company took the unwieldy size of a typical Stand Up Paddle board and cut it into three sections for easy transport, then added dry storage, cup holders and a retractable bottom fin for tracking. Flat hulled SUPs are better for riding waves, but this displacement hull SUP is stable, easy to navigate and, of course, great for a workout. $1,000, available spring 2014
5-Came-Back-Gear-Patrol Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
Mark Harris continues to uncover film history in his new story of how Hollywood altered WWII and how the war returned the favor. The Entertainment Weekly veteran’s book follows the lives of five famous directors as they prove to Washington that Hollywood is anything but un-American, at a time when its critics were saying just the opposite. $23