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This Week in Gear: September 6, 2014


September 6, 2014 Guides & How-To's By
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Good morning, welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Gear — your single shot serving of an entire week’s worth of killer new gear — pulled from our weekday editions of Today in Gear. Bookmark it to peruse over Sunday brunch and start your Monday completely up to speed. Cheers to another fantastic week.

Great-Escape-Duffel Alite Designs Great Escape Duffel
For the casual camper, the bells and whistles attached to much outdoor gear not only adds unnecessary bulkiness, it also jacks up the price. This duffel from Alite Designs, escaping that, still offers ample internal storage space along with handy exterior straps for the extra campy stuff. With a lifetime guarantee, its the be-all, end-all stalwart duffel. $85
Jaguar-MKII-Gear-Patrol Ian Callum’s Jaguar Mark 2
If you take a beautiful classic and modernize it in the hands of British design icon Ian Callum, you might get something like his redesigned, personal-use Jaguar Mark 2. The year and-a-half project involved infusing it with a potent 4.3-liter XK engine, a 5-speed manual transmission, an updated rear suspension, and new front brakes. It’s wholly exceptional, and the only one of its kind. classic-motor-cars.co.uk
Kiehls-Facial-Fuel-Gear-Patrol Kiehl’s Heavy Lifting Eye Repair
We know: men’s eye cream may seem superfluous. But none of us are getting any younger. This stuff is the latest addition to the Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Collection and targets the area around the eyes – the first part of the body to show signs of aging. It’s those little details. $30
Coverboy-Wire-Rack-Gear-Patrol Coverboy Hanging Wire Rack
This German designed storage rack doubles as a display piece. Just be sure the contents you parade as as pretty as the system itself. The powder-coated steel wires (offered in teal and white) can be combined in modular fashion and serves as a subtle, but helpful addition to any home or office. $238
Myles-Everyday-Short-Gear-Patrol Myles Everyday Short
Available for pre-sale are the Everyday Shorts from San-Francisco based company Myles, tailored for a stylish, yet active lifestyle. Available in standard and long fits, the and Nylon and Spandex blended fabric both repels water and stretches four ways for a comfortable jog or joy-ride through the city. $48
Sake-Making-Kit-Gear-Patrol Norse Hutchens Sake Making Kit
Homebrewing has seen somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, but rarely strays beyond that of beer, wine, and whiskey in the form of moonshine. Next time you’re in the mood for a science experiment, the latest kit from Norse Hutchens provides all the ingredients and tools necessary to make something different: sake. Pair it with your signature Basement IPA and you’ve got an entirely homemade sake bomb. $60 ()
ALDEA-BACALHAU-RECIPE-GEAR-PATROL Recipe: Bacalhau à Brás from Aldea
George Mendes shared this recipe for an avant-garde take on bacalhau à brás from his forthcoming cookbook, My Portugal: Recipes and Stories. Read This Story
Land-Rover-Discovery-Gear-Patrol Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Discovery name is back in the USA and the first edition to hit showrooms will be the “Sport” guise. The Disco’s 240 horsepower turbocharged 4-pot and 9-speed gearbox are plucked straight from the more expensive Evoque and an impressive tech suite inside should have you feeling like a sheikh without blowing your Shake Shack budget. Look for it to sell very quickly starting in early 2015. $37,995
BOB-REVOLUTION-PRO-STROLLER-GEAR-PATROL Revolution Pro
New from jogging stroller king B.O.B, the Revolution Pro, adds an adjustable handlebar to their already stellar combination of suspension, rear drum brakes, swivel and a locking front wheel. Unfortunately for you, the lightweight, easy-to-fold aluminum frame and rugged construction means no more excuses for letting dust build up on your Nikes. $500
OTAAT-TOBY-BAG-GEAR-PATROL Toby Bag
Easy to carry horizontally or vertically, the Toby Bag is perfect for people who change their mind often. The everyday handbag come in black, navy, ivy and white-tan leather. Featuring two interior zip pockets, two sets of straps and an all-around zipper, it’s capable of folding flat into a placemat. (Albeit an expensive placemat.) $585
MOLESKINE-LIVESCRIBE-BOTEBOOK-GEAR-PATROL Livescribe Notebook by Moleskine
The speed and feel of a pen and pad can’t be replicated — so don’t try to! The Livescribe Notebook pairs with Livescribe’s Smartpens and uses bluetooth technology. Whatever users write in the notebook will appear, legibly, in their device. Available this November, these hard cover notebooks feature acid-free paper, and come in two models. $30
CASIO-SPLIT-CAMERA-GEAR-PATROL Casio EXILIM Split Camera 
Like the name suggests, Casio’s “split camera” separates into two units: a camera and a controller. Users detach and dock the camera in a set location and then snap photos remotely using the handheld controller (which also has a hands-free function). It can fold into a traditional camera, and it also comes with a variety of straps and attachments so that it can be worn headlamp style or clipped on. casio-intl.com
ROWING-BLAZERS-GEAR-PATROL Rowing Blazers
Most of today’s blazers have a lineage that traces back to the Oxford Rowing Blazer. Bold and bordering on pretentious, rowing blazers walk a thin line between Ralph Lauren and the Mad Hatter. Jack Carlson’s new hardcover features over 250 pages and vibrant original photos of classic American style history and details the blazer’s longstanding prevalence in and out of esoteric rowing society. $50
RESOUND-LINX-HEARING-AID-GEAR-PATROL The ReSound LiNX
A wireless stereo headphone and hearing aid hybrid, the LiNX is water resistant and fits 90% of all hearing losses. Capable of streaming music from any Apple device, it delivers industry-leading sound quality to enhance hearing in a variety of situations. Also, the small sleek design makes them nearly invisible when wearing. resoundlinx.com
Andbeyond-Benguerra-Island-Lodge-29 Stay: &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge, Mozambique
Few sunsets beat the one at &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge in Mozambique, where the sun crawls close to the horizon and drenches the local fishermen boats in hues of orange and pink, all while you sit back and order another cocktail. Read this story
Mazda-MX5-Gear-Patrol 2016 Mazda MX-5
Mazda makes good on its promise to deliver a wholly new Miata. Just unveiled, it not only shows off crisper, edgier sheet metal via the Kodo design language, it also drops around 220 pounds, putting it somewhere in the ballpark of 2,200. No powertrain details as yet, but the new small roadster will be infused with Mazda’s Skyactive technologies and should promise the kind of handling and connectedness the Miata has always been famous for. mazda.com
Galaxy-Note-Edge-Gear-Patrol Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
The new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge economizes screen real estate by redefining screen real estate. Recently revealed over at The Verge, Samsung’s new smartphone essentially has two screens blended into one: a main one, which wraps partially around one edge of the phone to create the second screen, which serves as a toolbar during regular use and will have a variety of other uses. The phone also boasts all of the latest Samsung Galaxy software. theverge.com
Logitech-Keyboard-Gear-Patrol Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480
It’s taken hardware designers a while to really nail Bluetooth, but it seems Logitech has done it. Their new keyboard is compatible with just about every OS and smart device out there, and can sync with three devices at the same time. This means that with the flip of a switch, you could easily hop back and forth between an iMac, a Droid, and a Windows tablet, if you were so inclined. logitech.com
Stiga-Tabletop-Tennis-Gear-Patrol STIGA Studio Table
STIGA’s Studio is a table tennis surface with a built-in 2,800-watt sound system, delivering 360-degree sound. If you doubt that your next paddle battle really needs Kicker 12-inch Solo-Baric L7 Subwoofers and LED underlighting, try playing under a black light; you need a thumping drum and bass soundtrack. Look for this at clubs in the near future; it beats the hell out of bocce ball. stigaus.com
Wellpath-Solutions-Gear-Patrol WellPath Customized Nutritional Supplements
Consulting a nutritionist is expensive, and self medicating through Wikipedia is unwise. WellPath is cheaper and smarter than those two options; just fill out a survey and note what is most important to you (emotional or physical health, your immune system, etc.) and WellPath will mail you the appropriate monthly nutritional supplements, adjusting dosage based on your feedback. gowellpath.com ()
Polaris-ACE-Gear-Patrol Polaris ACE Off-Road Vehicle
Off-roading is something every driver should experience. The Polaris ACE is a solid entry-level ATV for newbies and a respectable ride for the converted, with automotive-style operation that should make transition easy for the former, as well as On-Demand True All-Wheel-Drive, a system that can detect when AWD is necessary and shift accordingly from two-wheel-drive. $7,499
Troy-Bilt-Jet-Gear-Patrol Troy-Bilt Jet
Homeowners, prepare for fall. Troy-Bilt promises to ease the headache of cleaning up fallen leaves with the new Jet leaf blower, which utilizes a “mixed flow” fan design to boost air speed and volume (650CFM). Less time struggling on the front lawn means more time for pumpkin pie. troybilt.com ()
Lumo-Lift-Gear-Patrol Lumo Lift Posture Tracker
Does anyone still balance books on their heads to learn good posture? The Lumo Lift posture tracker works better and is much less conspicuous. A small, light device that clips onto your clothing, the Lift vibrates gently when it detects you’re slouching and tracks your posture patterns throughout the day, along with calories you burn and steps you take. $100
b-52-bomber-lead The 60-Year History of the B-52 Stratofortress
When General Nathan Twining, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957, called the Boeing B-52 “the long rifle of the air age” shortly after it entered service on June 29, 1955, no one imagined that the eight-engine, 390,000-pound bomber would still be operational 60 years later. Read This Article
Sony-QX1-Lens-Gear-Patrol Sony QX30 and QX1 Camera Lens
Impress your Instagram followers with Sony’s newest line of smartphone camera lenses, a followup to last year’s QX launch. The QX30 and QX1 companion lenses pair with any Android or iOS phone, upgrading the devices to legitimate cameras. When turned off, the QX30 contracts for discreet storage; when fully cranked, it features a 30x optical zoom, f/3.5-6.3 aperture range, and proprietary Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. $350
Elija-Craig-23-Bourbon-Gear-Patrol Elijah Craig 23 Bourbon
Though older, this 23-year-old Elijah Craig single barrel bourbon is the heir to last year’s 21 release. Some may be intimidated by the powerful wood notes that come with such long aging, but fans of old bourbon will delight in this rare breed, which hails straight from Heaven Hill in Kentucky. $199
Bose-Quiet-Comfort-25-Gear-Patrol Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones
Bose has released what they consider their “best around-ear noise canceling headphone ever”. The QuietComfort 25 benefits from 30 years of ongoing research: the new ear-cups feature microphones both inside and out to better measure unwanted noise, and fold up to a more compact size; a more finely tuned active EQ improves clarity and accuracy; and an inline remote-and-mic duo make for a seamless transition between smartphone media and calls from your mother. $300
MA.STRUM-FW-Collection-Gear-Patrol MA.STRUM F/W Collection 2014
MA.STRUM specializes in military issue-inspired outerwear and apparel that’s not only aesthetically driven, but also constructed to combat the elements. The Fall/Winter Collection sees the relaunch of their in-house denim, broader shirting, knit, and outerwear offerings, as well as the introduction of their White-Label performance line. mastrum.com
Black-And-Decker-4V-MAX--Lithium-Pivot-Screwdriver-Gear-Patrol BLACK+DECKER 4V MAX Lithium Pivot Screwdriver
With their new cordless screwdriver, Black & Decker adjusts to modern times. The lithium ion battery charges via USB outlets and holds that charge for up to 18 months. The ergonomic handle contours to the hand, while the pivot feature allows for a 90 degree rotation for a variety of situation-based orientations. blackanddecker.com
Dyson-360-Eye-Vacuum Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum
This intuitive self-operated vacuum is the newest Dyson product to grace the dirty floors of homes and apartments. Its state-of-the-art vision system uses complex mathematics to memorize its surroundings for a smart and thorough clean. The Dyson Digital Motor V2 is small and light without sacrificing the powerful suction expected of Dyson. dyson360eye.com
Aaron-Hadlow-30-Minutes-Gear-Patrol-Lead 30 Minutes With: Aaron Hadlow
By the age of 20, professional kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow had won the PKRA World Tour 5 times. Nobody was on his level — but that was in 2008. Now the sport’s most decorated athlete has returned. We talked to him about the future of kiteboarding and how he could’ve been balling next to Wayne Rooney. Read this story