Today in Gear: June 11, 2014

Step-Stool-Gear-Patrol Aaron Poritz Hardwood Step Stool
You saunter into your personal library, stogie in hand, and slide this step stool (made by Nicaraguan craftsmen) away from the bookshelves where you’d used it to search through the very top shelf for that first-edition Chaucer you’d stashed up there somewhere. Or maybe you left it in the paneled compartment within the step stool itself? Ah, there it is. Now just throw your feet up on the beautiful hardwood piece, or use it as an end table to hold the single-malt that you’ll pour once you finish this chapter. $579 ()
Knife-Block-Gear-Patrol Edge of Belgravia Black Diamond Knife Block
This knife block will fit up to 11 knives, so long as they’re at least 4 millimeters thin. Just be wary: your avant-garde friends might try to steal it for their sculpture garden. ~$118 ()
Asics-Gel-Lyte-Gear-Patrol Asics Gel Lyte V
If these have an old-school feel, it’s because they’re an old shoe brought back from the dead after a “20 year hiatus”. A Benjamin and a half gets you this “Atomic Blue and Black” footwear zombie. $155 ()
Klipsch-Gear-Patrol Klipsch R6i Headphones
American audio brand Klipsch (around since 1946!) has things pretty well figured out. Their affordable R6i set has impressive sound quality (supplied by dual magnet moving coil drivers), construction (simple, clean aluminum and elastomer), comfort (contour tips that consistently get top ratings from reviewers), and phone integration (three-button remote plus a mic). $99
Camp-Cutlery-Gear-Patrol Pro-Idee Camping Cutlery
We’re not saying you should bust them out in the food court. But Pro-Idee’s stainless steel mini cutlery set, held inside a key fob, should sate savvy campers who’ve been bitten by lost mess kits in the past. ~$50 ()
Woodys-tablet-tray-gear-patrol Woody’s Tablet Trays
Weren’t we just talking about elegant library furniture? Woody’s TabletTray (in walnut, cherry or maple) is perfect for looking professorial while reading an iPad, iPad Air or iPad Mini, which can be oriented either vertically or horizontally, and it fits an Apple wireless keyboard perfectly for writing whichever research paper/witty essay you’re working on currently.
father's-day-gift-guide-178x120 The Father’s Day Gift Guide
This father’s day, prove dad’s taught you well and solidify your position as the favored son by giving him something to help him improve on one of the many facets of his already impressive game. Here are 80 excellent suggestions. See The Guide
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