Today in Gear: April 23, 2014

Lytro-Illum-Gear-Patrol Lytro Illum
Lytro’s original consumer-focused Light Field Camera wowed the photography world in 2011 through its “living pictures” that allowed users to refocus an image at will. The new Illum is a professional grade rig equipped with a “40 Megaray customized sensor, with Lytro’s patented microlens array technology”, an 8x optical zoom 30-250mm equivalent focal lens with a constant f/2.0 aperture and 1:3 macro, 4-inch articulating touch screen, GPS, wi-fi, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor for robust image processing. Don’t expect it to be gracing the necks of rich tourists everywhere just yet though — it’s only available for pre-order now with a July ship date. $1,600
Sleepy-Jones-Boxers-Gear-Patrol Sleepy Jones Spalding Boxer Brief
The latest boxer short from our favorite swaggering basics maker is made from a buttery soft mix of 95 percent Peruvian cotton and 5 percent Spandex, providing comfort and fit in a classic vintage…err…package. $38
Noble-Hustle-Gear-Patrol The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death
We’ve recommended Colson Whitehead’s work in the past for good reason. He’s a rising star in the literary world, tackling all manner of subjects. In 2011, Grantland staked him at the World Series of Poker to cover the event. Whitehead’s new memoir weaves his experience at the table with the human condition and beef jerky, resulting in what he affectionately calls “Eat, Pray, Love for depressed shut-ins.” $19
Rip-Curl-Watch-Gear-Patrol RipCurl SearchGPS Watch
You know wearables have finally saturated sports when they invade surfing. Ripcurl’s SearchGPS uses a combination of motion sensors and GPS to show riders how many waves they rode, where they were and the top speeds they reached via a companion app. Since it’s made from a basic but hearty monochrome LCD display with buttons, we’re guessing it’ll last through even the harshest wipeouts and be priced at a point where losing it won’t ruin the rush.
Lamp-Gear-Patrol Nick Sadowsky Spindent Lamp
There are no screws or adhesives holding Australian designer Nick Sadowsky’s Spindent lamps together. Instead, gravity and clever interlocking components keep the aluminum and timber elements firmly in place, offering a balance of industrial and natural looks in one stylish fixture. $375
Madden-Bags-Gear-Patrol Madden Equipment Getaway
Boulder-based Madden equipment has been revived after 10 years by a group of former employees intent on restoring the famed made in the USA bags from the ’70s and ’80s back to prominence. Their original convertible from 1981 is just as useful today as it was then, helping even today’s ultra light laptop schleppers feel comfortable on the road and professional in the office. $200
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