Today in Gear: May 28, 2014

LG-G3-Gear-Patrol LG G3 Smartphone
Think of LG’s latest superphone as the Shelby Cobra of the mobile world. Its ruthlessly powerful hardware squeezes all of the performance one could ask for out of a phone and includes a 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1440 IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 32GB of internal storage along with room for a microSD card, up to 3GB of ram and a new 13MP camera backed by optical image stabilization and even a laser autofocus system. But like the finely tuned masterpieces of the late Carroll Shelby, details like a plastic body with a brush metal finish serve as stark reminders that this is still a Mustang at heart, rather than some exceptional whip you’ve never seen before.
Mini-Superleggera-Vision-Gear-Patrol MINI Superleggera Vision
This is just the kind of thing MINI needs to inject non-hatchback newness into the brand. The Superleggera Vision is an all-electric roadster designed by Touring Superleggera. No word on the powertrain, but we do know we love what we see, especially the Union Jack everywhere, including the taillights. It’s a classic roadster body with a touch of MINI in the front fascia and interior. Let’s hope they build it.
IDV-Cruiser-Swingset-Gear-Patrol IDV Cruiser Swinging Love Seat
Get your head out of the high school gutter. IDV’s cruiser swinging love seat is a modern take on the classic porch swing, inspired by SoCal’s Hot Rod culture in the ’50s and ’60s, the Porsche 356 Roadster in particular. It’s made from a one-inch tube skeleton covered by a powder coated aluminum sheet and suspended via double braided 3/8″ nylon rope. $920 ()
adidas-Micoach-Soccer-Ball-Gear-Patrol adidas MiCoach Smart Soccer Ball
The MiCoach system that started cleats and uniforms has finally made its way to the ball. This version feels and reacts just like any other size 5, except that it’s also endowed with the ability to detect speed, spin strike and flight path data which can then be instantly viewed via Bluetooth 4.0 to the miCoach mobile app. With a battery life good for approximately one week of use (or 2,000 kicks), you’ll have plenty of time (and data) to prove whether those self-made comparisons to Matt Le Tissier are deserved or not. $300
Everlane-Bomber-Jacket-Gear-Patrol Everlane Lightweight Bomber Jacket
Bombers aren’t headed out of style anytime soon. So it figures that the now classic silhouette got the nod from Everlane as the company’s first foray into outwear. Like most things they offer, the price doesn’t get any better than this, folks — so kindly direct your complaints about it only being offered in navy to your local board member of the player hater’s ball. $68 ()
Tabasco-Siracha-Gear-Patrol Tabasco Sriracha
As the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Our keen friends at Cool Material spotted this under-the-radar offering from the famed Louisiana hot sauce company. The so-called “masterful blend of spicy, sweet and savory flavors” is supposedly “authentic to South East Asian cuisine”. Who knows how it really compares to Ms. Thanom Chakkapak’s original recipe or the likes of Huy Fong Foods. $5 ()
doxa-178x120 Timekeeping Selects: DOXA SUB 300T Sharkhunter
For our new series, Timekeeping Selects, we’ve partnered with Analog/Shift, the New York-based purveyor of vintage watches. We’re doing the legwork for you, handpicking stunning, unique vintage timepieces at a wide variety of prices — all with impeccable authenticity, great stories, meticulously serviced and ready to wear. Our first offering takes us back to the 1960s to one of our favorite dive watches, the DOXA SUB 300T Sharkhunter. $2,500
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