Today in Gear: August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014 Briefings : Today in Gear By
SeaLife-Waterproof-Camera-Gear-Patrol SeaLife Micro HD Waterproof Camera
The SeaLife Micro HD should delight anyone who feels overwhelmed by the prospect of buying underwater photography gear. The Micro HD is the first permanently sealed underwater camera, featuring no openings or detachable parts from which leaks can spring, and its streamlined controls and symbol-based interface are easy to handle amid the preoccupations of underwater expeditions — water pressure, oxygen levels, hostile sea life, etc.
Cole-Haan-Shoes-Gear-Patrol Cole Haan MR PORTER Zero Grand Shoes
Cole Haan’s Zero Grand line began as an update to the brogue shoe, imbuing the classic style with modern comfort. Exclusively for Mr. Porter, Cole Haan extends the line with tassel loafers and suede chukka boots. The grooved, flexible soles remain understated while providing essential comfort to the wearer. $270+
Hudson-Bay-Axe-Gear-Patrol Treeline Outdoors Hudson Bay Axe
Felling a tree, like fixing a leak or catching a fish, is one of those skills every man should learn to do at least once. Treeline Outdoors’ Hudson Bay Axe is a prime choice for first-timers and veteran loggers alike; everyone can appreciate its handsome straight-grained hickory handle, while its light 4-inch cutting edge should surprise seasoned woodsmen with its potency. $140
Bad-Seed-Chili-Gear-Patrol Bad Seed Chili Granola
Most granola in stores is garbage — crumbly oats and puffed rice, no healthier than Cap’n Crunch. Bad Seed’s Chili Granola is meant as a condiment, but you it might as well be a meal: among other ingredients, it contains sesame seed oil, grape seed oil, ginger, miso, brown sugar, sake, almonds, puffed rice, oats, sesame seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, apple, rice syrup, and coconut sugar. $11
Umbra-Shift-Nest-Office-Caddy-Gear-Patrol Umbra Shift Nest Office Caddy
A cluttered desk means a cluttered mind. Umbra Shift’s Nest Office Caddy contains about 115 cubic inches of storage space, works well as a shelf for other office supplies, and sports a sturdy metal handle in case you need to reorganize on the fly (or leave the company). $80
Rivulet-Pecan-Liqeur-Gear-Patrol Rivulet Pecan Liquer
Fall is still a little ways away, but it’s close enough to start practicing your autumnal cocktail. Take a break from pumpkins with Rivulet’s Pecan Liquer, winner of several accolades, including a double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. A pecan Old Fashioned sounds a bit more rugged than a pumpkin martini, doesn’t it?
Slingbox-Tested-Gear-Patrol-Lead Tested: Slingbox M1
It’s easy to think that the ground made up by “TV Anywhere” streaming services from television providers as well as on demand resources like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO GO have made owning a dedicated device like the Slingbox M1 irrelevant. But is that really the case? After spending a few days testing the newest member of the Slingbox family, the realistic answer is: it depends. Read This Article
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