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Today in Gear: August 8, 2014

Icon-Aircraft-Gear-Patrol ICON A5
The newest sensation in personal aviation is sport flying. ICON has just unveiled their first production aircraft, the A5: nimble, quick and handsome, it’s designed to inspire a passion for flying akin to the passion for driving that surrounds Porsche and Ferrari. We suggest you save up, get your pilot’s license and practice your Top Gun-style high five. iconaircraft.com
Vandeyk-Bike-Gear-Patrol Vandeyk VDX
Though cyclocross is no new sport, its massive increase in popularity is enough that specialized cyclocross bikes have become exceedingly common. German bike design house Vandeyk has teamed up with the cyclocross experts at Crema Cycles to create their new VDX. The VDX is hand built from high-end True Temper OX Platinum Steel, with a choice of either cantilever or disc breaks. Couple this with its beautiful graphic paint job and you might regret ever getting it muddy. $3,850
B1-Bluetooth-Music-Receiver-Gear-Patrol Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver
After spending potentially thousands on a high fidelity sound system, there’s no point in cheaping out when connecting your audio streaming device. Audioengine’s B1 Bluetooth music receiver allows you to wirelessly connect your phone, computer or MP3 player to your sound system without sacrificing audio quality; its aptX codec designed specifically for high-quality audio. And like all of Audioengine’s other products, it boasts a seriously style-forward design. $189
Jack-Purcell-Cross-Stitch-Gear-Patrol Jack Purcell Cross Stitch Leather
Converse’s iconic Jack Purcell badminton shoe has been updated with a new cross-stitched, soft-tumbled leather construction that features blue stitching, waxed cotton laces and brass eyelets. Though these sneakers aren’t very likely to see the badminton court, they have always been classic summertime wear. $95
Filson-Duffle-Bag-Gear-Patrol Filson Heavy Tin Duffle Bags
Few bags can combine durability and style at a reasonable price point, but Filson’s new line of “Heavy Tin” duffles is up to the task. Made from Bridle Leather that’s been double-waxed for maximum weather resistance, these duffles are likely to hold up to whatever nature (or a careless TSA employee) can throw at it, and look damn good while doing so. $190+
Stone-Coffee-Milk-Stout-Gear-Patrol Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout
Lovers of dark beer, rejoice: Stone Brewing has recently released its new Coffee Milk Stout, blending the bitterness of coffee stouts and the sweetness of milk stouts. The new brew should pair well with, well, just about anything — though steak might be a good starting place. stonebrewing.com
TK-Selects-Rolex-Datejust-Gear-Patrol-LEAD Timekeeping Selects: Rolex Datejust
For the fifth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we bring you a gem in the form a 1974 Rolex Datejust, hands down the most versatile timepiece a man can own. As always, the series features hand selected, tested, and ready to wear watches each with impeccable authenticity and a great story. $3,400
decrypted-unlocking-phone-value-gear-patrol-lead-full- Decrypted: You Can Legally Unlock Your Cell Phone — Now What?
President Obama just signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law, giving you the right to “unlock” your smartphone and use it with a different carrier once your current plan ends. Here are the ins and outs of the new law, and how to use them to your benefit. Read This Story
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