Good morning and happy Thursday. Yesterday the International Tennis Federation announced that it would ban court star Maria Sharipova for two years over her positive doping test. Doping is a constant problem in the wide world of sports — we’ve covered the subject in regards to Russia’s eligibility for Olympic competition, but also as it pertains to “mechanical doping” in pro cycling, which is explained in detail here. Maybe we humans have hit our collective physical peak and need a little push; maybe athletes are obligated to go au naturale. Maybe you should look into what’s good in gear: a new slim soundbar, a new Tennessee whisky, a new adventure watch and much more.

And here are some fresh stories to start the day.

SmartCast 45-Inch 5.1 Slim Soundbar System by VIZIO

TIG-gear-patrol-vizio-sound

This two-inch-tall and two-inch-deep bar proves, like those dried-out sponge toys kids love, that big things come in slender packages. Two additional speakers and a svelte subwoofer are included, so you can make that #surroundsound dream a reality. A dedicated center channel handles spoken dialogue, while custom drivers deliver the rest of the aural goodness. But the bigger news is that Vizio is taking on other similar setups with their iOS and Android apps, which can stream music from all your other favorite apps; a built-in wi-fi connection means you can also stream directly to your sound bar setup.

Pampa Hi boot by Palladium x SOPOPULAR

TIG-gear-patrol-palladium

SOPOPULAR designer Daniel Blechman combines streetwear and high-quality materials to form next-level fashion items. These Chelsea-like boots feature a suede upper with zipper and velcro closures mated to Palladium’s distinct outsole.

17 Year Old Tennessee Whisky by George Dickel

TIG-gear-patrol-dickel

Bottled by hand just south of Nashville, this new whisky can almost vote, but can’t quite drink itself. Available in a 375mL bottle, the label’s special colorway denotes the whisky’s limited-numbers and “reserve” status. Definitely worth a road trip.

Spartan Ultra GPS Sports Watch by Suunto

TIG-gear-patrol-suunto-spartan

Handmade in Finland and water resistant to 100 meters, these touchscreen watches are tough as nails, thanks to their many strong materials: glass fiber-reinforced polyamide casing mates to a stainless-steel or grade 5 titanium bezel. A digital compass, a barometric altitude sensor and GPS guidance make it a must for any adventurer’s wrist.

Easy Wire Coyote Tote by Briefing

TIG-gear-patrol-haven-bag

Along with its large main compartment, this tote features a shoe sleeve, removable strap and myriad other pockets — all built to MILSPEC standards. It’s constructed of high-density ballistic nylon that’s sewn together to be rhino-tough and perfect for your next picnic/safari.

2016 Splash Collection by Le Club

TIG-gear-patrol-le-club-boardshort

Inspired by Miami’s diverse residents and colorful aesthetic, these are a great pick for any male waist-to-knee area that’s thinking about spending time in or around a body of water this summer. Which is to say, you’re nearly late, so get on it.


Fresh Stories to Start Your Day

GEAR-PATROL-FATHERS-DAY-LEAD-2

The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide
A complete rundown of exactly what dads really want.


gear-patrol-watch-essentials-travel-lead

Watch Essentials for the Horologist on the Go
Everything you need to travel safely with your watch collection.


staff-travel-gear-patrol-feature

What GP Staffers Pack When We Travel
What we pack is as varied as the adventures we call “work.”


Gear-Patrol-Solar-Impluse-Feature

Solar Impulse 2 Paves the Way for Cleaner, Greener Air Travel
On May 25, Solar Impulse 2 arrived in eastern Pennsylvania — one of many stops in its slow airborne march around the globe.


gear-patrol-dad-bod-lead

How I Slew the Dad Bod (and You Can, Too!)
A survival guide to getting through the early stages of fatherhood in the best shape of your life.


Hand-Soaps-Gear-Patrol-Lead-Featured

Your Next Purchase: Better Hand Soap
The difference between a house and a home is hard to quantify. But things like a better hand soap play a major part.


brake-illustration-gear-patrol-feature

How to Check Your Brakes and What You’ll Need to Replace Them
It’s important to make sure your brakes are always in good condition — they help stop your car, after all.

Behind the Scenes

Sightings From Instagram

Passing through a mangrove tunnel. ([email protected]) #everglades #nationalpark #adventure #mangrove

A photo posted by Gear Patrol (@gearpatrol) on

Tip or submission? Comments or suggestions? Send them to [email protected].