Today in Gear: May 8, 2014

Rotring-GEar-Patrol rOtring 800+ Pencil Stylus Hybrid
It’s a beautiful pencil. It’s got weight and balance and a sleekly designed, full metal body. Click the end for more lead, or twist the end to retract the thin pencil mechanism into the body and use the soft stylus tip. Now it’s a stylus, and it’s a stylus you’ll have on you at all times because, as we said before, it’s a beautiful pencil. $97
BMW-M5-30th-Gear-Patrol 30th Anniversary BMW M5
30 years of the BMW M5 is cause for celebration. What better way than to add 40 more horses for an even 600, making it the most powerful M5 ever made? 0-60 arrives in a blistering 3.7 seconds due to the amped-up 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. The additional goodies include the Competition Package, matte finish paint, 20-inch wheels and black chrome badging. Only 300 will be made, so start punching your way to the front of the line for the May 21 sale. $138,275
Giro-Empire-ACC-Gear-Patrol Competitive Cyclist x Giro Emipire ACC
Clipless cycling shoes are a product of the 1980s and are seemingly required to be outfitted with any number of velcro straps, ratchets and complicated wire tensioning systems. Giro thinks that the optimal cycling shoe design has been sitting under our noses forever. Traditional laces allow for an infinitely adjustable fit, an evofiber upper and EC90 ACC carbon sole keep things malleable and stiff in their respective places, a nifty lace holder keeps things from getting caught in your chain, and an ultra-fresh gold and white motif makes you feel like Marco Pantani at your group ride’s coffee stop. $300
Openbay-Gear-Patrol OpenBay
When it comes to car repair, you’ve got your guy. Problem is, your guy most likely is the first mechanic you came across who didn’t screw you over outright. OpenBay brings the auto shops to you. You tell the app what your car needs, it connects you to offers, and you compare pricing, location, customer ratings and more. Then pay in the app and get back on the road. Learn More
Keen-GEar-Patrol Keen Durand Mid Boot
Waterproof boots claim to keep water on the outside (they don’t), but they also trap sweat and heat on the inside. Keen offers some viable middle ground for all-weather day hikers, with mid boots that are sealed on the bottom and sides by rubber and waterproof leather, to keep most of the water out, and topped by mesh, for cooler shoes that dry quickly. Plus, Keen PU at the heel and midsole — an improvement on standard EVA cushioning — resists compacting and maintains shock absorption, even after a million steps (~500 miles). $180
Mitakon-GEar-Patrol Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95
Find yourself shooting in subterranean caves or interstellar space with a Sony A7? Buy this lens. This thing gobbles up light like a black hole. Manually focused and boasting a maximum aperture that’ll make your camera’s kit lens blush the Mitakon is a great addition to your bag when shooting low-ISO handheld at night. Blair Witch Project 2, meet your savior. $799
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