A “shapeshifting” backpack, a free e-manservant, the perfect shoulder-season hoodie, Nike Counterflex putters and more.

On the Radar

Reveals, New Launches and Gear

GoButler Concierge App

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Siri’s new competition: humans. The requests you submit through GoButler’s text message-based interface are fielded by a staff of “Heroes,” who can correspond with you and carry out more sophisticated and specialized demands than AI — for now, at least — entirely free of charge. At no extra cost to you, every purchase you make via GoButler nets the company a small commission fee. Partnerships with Seamless, DoorDash and others make for streamlined food orders (even from places that are unavailable through those services); other services include product deliveries, travel booking, reservation-making and more. And the service operates internationally, so you won’t be high and dry when you’re abroad.

American Giant Storm Full Zip

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DWR-coated fleece gives this slim hoodie warmth and waterproofing perfect for shoulder season. Features like a pocket passageway for headphone cords, a storm-flap zipper and a brimmed hood are icing on the cake. Snatch one up while you still can.

Nike Counterflex Putters

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The counterbalance in Nike’s Counterflex putters affords golfers unprecedented feel and customization when they get to the greens.

This Is Ground iPad Pro Sleeve & Stand

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Clever utilization of sturdy vegetable-tanned leathers makes for a combination sleeve and stand that doesn’t need to be attached to your iPad Pro in order to work — convenient, and sure to age well.

The New Primal Beef Sticks

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Beef sticks are like Slim Jims sans the poison. The New Primal’s beef sticks use free-range grass-fed and grass-finished beef, seasoned with honey, ginger, pepper and more.

Seagull Nightshift V2

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With a series of external straps for any number of items — “tripod, sleeping bag, bike wheel, etc.” — this “shapeshifting” backpack is a reasonable all-in-one solution for the weekend-hiking city commuter.

Reviews and Buying Guides

Advice from the Crew

20 Great Gifts Under $50 for the Chef

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Check out these 20 great stocking-stuffer gifts for the chef, all under $50. Read the Story

Fuji’s Newest Full-Suspension Trail Bike Has All of the Right Parts

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Hit jumps, crush descents and send up rooster tails on Fuji’s newest enduro rig. Read the Story

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Noteworthy Reads

Stories from Around the Web

Yesterday, North Face co-founder Doug Tompkins tragically passed away in a kayaking accident. Read more on Outside.

Americans are making some interesting headway with gin — but as you’d expect, some interesting things are happening with it over in its homeland.

Like a supervillain out of a Japanese cartoon, the true identity of the founder of Bitcoin remains elusive. Read more on Esquire.

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Looking Ahead

What We’re Testing Now

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