Good morning and happy Monday. Never have enough hours in the day? Love sunsets but also want a tan? A newly discovered planet in the Centaurus constellation has three sunsets a day for half its year and constant daylight for the other half of the year — a year that lasts 550 Earth years (twice Pluto’s solar orbit). After you stock up on sunscreen and start wishing for a wormhole, here’s what’s good in gear: reflective climbing shoes, a smart new roof rack system, rings made from bourbon barrels and much more.
And here are some fresh stories to start the day.
Tread Multitool by Leatherman
The Leatherman TREAD is a first-of-its-kind wristband multitool that’s able to tackle tons of jobs in every environment — like fine-tuning a camera mount, wrenching on your bike or cracking an ice-cold beer. The best part? It passes through security lines unimpeded, making it one of the few multi-tools able to truly go wherever you go. The TREAD contains 29 tools, the most of any product in the company’s history, and each of the 12 stainless-steel links are interchangeable, too — if there’s a tool you don’t need, simply remove the link and replace it with another. Its rugged frame, available in silver or black, makes it more than just a reliable multi-tool; it’s also a great style accessory.
Frame Bag by State Bicycle Co. x Road Runner
This bag is a no-brainer if you’ve got a State Bicycle Co. Megalith bike, but it’ll fit most mountain bikes and some cyclocross bikes too. It boasts about three liters of capacity and is made in L.A. out of mil-spec Cordura which, paired with the water-resistant zipper, will keep your belongings secure from the elements.
Reflective Climber’s Shoes by Rapha
The leather uppers on these newly updated climbing kicks from Rapha are fully reflective for visibility and perforated for comfort. Antibacterial silver keeps even the gnarliest of feet tolerable olfactorily, and the Giro fit system promises comfort and stability.
Twisted Damascus Steel & Bourbon Barrel Ring by Wedgewood
Even if you’re wary of jewelry, this is pretty rad. Customers can choose what type of bourbon and whisky-barrel wood they’d like integrated into the ring, which a Denver-based solo artist (the crafting kind, not the Elvis kind) fashions by hand — they’re labor intensive, and can take a week each. Wood choices include Suntory, The Macallan and Jack Daniels, to name a few.
Streamline Roof Rack System by Yakima
If you ever travel by car with gear on the roof, you know the process of installing roof racks and loading up everything can be a real headache. Yakima has evolved their offerings to be more, well, streamlined and simple: this new, cohesive system features interchangeable bars and towers that can adjust to almost any roofline. Check out the full system and see what works best for your adventures.
The Mod Watch by Timex + Todd Snyder
New York designer Todd Snyder has loved Timex watches for a long time, and when he spotted a vintage example with a bullseye pattern, he swooped in, paired with the brand and made some magic. This 24-hour watch (black ring: midnight to noon; red: noon to midnight) features an arrow-shaped second hand that completes the bullseye look, and it boasts a tough NATO strap. Available now via Todd Snyder; Timex will begin sales on July 12th.
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Behind the Scenes
Sightings from Instagram
The new @Leica_Camera X-U is a burly-yet-svelte, aluminum-and-matte-plastic camera that can handle dust storms, drops from up to four feet, and up to 8.3 fathoms of water. The camera’s party piece, though, is its big APS-C sensor and 23mm f/1.7 lens (equivalent to 35mm on a full-frame camera), which should ensure that you’ll have some pretty amazing proof of all the shenanigans you got up to. (?@chris_delorenzo)