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Today in Gear: July 9, 2014

Wilson-Federer-Racket-Gear-Patrol Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph
You can’t argue with Roger Federer (17 grand slams tends to shut people up). His new weapon, the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph, which is still in the prototype stage but will eventually be available to the public, promises a slightly larger racket head and sweet spot. wilson.com
Cole-Haan-ZeroGrand-Gear-Patrol Cole Haan ZeroGrand
Cole Haan has adapted the centuries-old brogue style with modern materials and construction to create their lightest shoe ever at 290 grams each. The use of fewer seams and a ripstop nylon upper should be more comfortable than old-school brogues. $248+
Harbor-Metal-Gear-Patrol Harbor Metal Co.
Harbor Metal Co.’s storage cases use repurposed airline beverage carts and other sustainable, reclaimed materials, proving that recycling isn’t just for swanky Brooklyn coffee shops. They’re available in a variety of finishes and materials, making them a solid upgrade on your current range of cardboard boxes. $900+
Microsoft-Kinnect-V2-Gear-Patrol Kinect for Windows V2 Sensor
Flappy Bird’s creator was making $50k a day thanks to his app. Want to get in on that? Microsoft’s new V2 sensor pairs with its Kinect for Windows development software to aid developers in the creation of gesture and voice intuitive applications. The new sensor will be available later this month. $199
Swich-Charger-Gear-Patrol Swich Wireless Charger
Wireless charging stations are pretty cool — and convenient — but they aren’t exactly the most attractive gadgets around. The Swich Wireless Charger, however, is made from wood and ceramics, and while its design is said to be based on a wave, we’d prefer to just call it a clean, handsome design. kickstarter.com
Espresso-Print-Gear-Patrol Exceptionally Great Espresso Print
Stellavie’s new espresso silkscreen print emphasizes both the art and science of brewing espresso by showing what it takes to make a good cup through text and diagrams. The print is more than informative: the simple aesthetic makes for a dignified piece of artwork that’ll look great in your kitchen. ~$82
Avant-Garde-Gear-Patrol-Lead- Avant-Garde Watches on a Budget
Avant-garde watch design is best designed by what isn’t, rather than what it is: Understand classics like dress, dive, and aviator watches and you’ll know avant-garde when you see it. The problem with breaking the mold is that these watches often come with an equally unbelievable and impressive price tags, leaving mere mortals’ bank accounts wanting. But more recently, a handful of watchmakers have taken a shot at inspired and unique design, without the insane price tags. These are our favorites that at least won’t bankrupt you. Read the Story
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