Good morning. Yesterday Google announced its biggest hardware lineup in years: Pixel, an ultra-powerful smartphone gunning for Apple’s long-held throne; Google Home, a virtual assistant device similar to the Amazon Echo; Daydream View, a VR headset that works with the Pixel phone (much like Samsung’s GearVR, but 20 bucks cheaper), and the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra streaming device. Here’s some other good gear: a merino/cashmere crewneck, a military-inspired canvas duffle, a gorgeous limited-edition LaFerrari and much more.

And here are some fresh stories to start the day.

J. Panther Luggage Co. Ventile Ripstop RucTote


JPLC has taken their popular three-way carry RucTote and updated it with both a highly functional fabric and slight design tweaks to make it the best-performing bag you’ll own. Ventile, a 100 percent natural and weatherproof fabric developed in the UK for WWII use, replaces the original bag’s canvas. But this ripstop version of Ventile is all new, and this bag is the first to ever use it. Storm flaps on outer pockets add to the fabric’s inclement weather functions; the clever strap system enables use as either a backpack or shoulder tote with no adjustments necessary, while handles allow for single-hand carry as well. Details are fashioned from a unique variety of Horween leather; hardware is brass. This bag is made to survive; beauty meets extreme function.

Goby Electric Toothbrush


Electric toothbrushes, with all their bells and whistles, can seem needlessly complicated. That’s a big reason why so many people haven’t yet made the jump from good ol’ plastic-and-bristle to electric. But Goby’s electric toothbrush is different. It is elegantly simple, easy to use and inexpensive, and it ships right to your door. Goby customers enjoy a brush subscription service: fresh brush heads at delivered at your desired interval and free shipping to boot. Which makes an easy-to-use electric toothbrush super easy to live with.

Nike Mag Self-Lacing Sneakers


Self-lacing sneakers were once the stuff of sci-fi movies; now, they’re officially here in the form of the long-anticipated Nike Mag. Nike is giving away one hundred pairs of its adaptive-lacing sneakers, which feature individually responsive “power laces,” from now through October 11th. The giveaway costs $10 to enter, but that small fee goes to a great cause: 100% of proceeds from the giveaway go to The Michael J. Fox Foundation to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Naadam Galliard Merino Cashmere Rib Crewneck


Naadam’s first foray into a Merino/cashmere blend has resulted in this very versatile ribbed crew. The wool comes from a 90-year-old family farm; the cashmere is Naadam’s signature material. And since this is a combination of two of the best fabrics in the world in a style that every man should own — it’s a no-brainer.

Google Pixel Phone


Google just announced its first smartphone since the now-defunct Nexus line: Pixel. The new smartphone comes in two display sizes, 5 inches and 5.5 inches (Pixel XL), and is the first smartphone to come preloaded with Google’s virtual assistant, aptly named Google Assistant. It also boasts what Google claims is the best smartphone camera ever made (you hear that, Apple?)

LaFerrari Aperta


The LaFerrari Aperta (a roofless version of the famed 950-horsepower LaFerrari) made its first official appearance at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Final production numbers are still unknown, but it doesn’t matter, because every model has been spoken for by some of Ferrari’s most valued customers. What those select customers get is a 6.3-liter V12 combined with a hybrid system that will get them from 0–60 in less than three seconds and on to a 217 mph top speed, sans roof. – Bryan Campbell, Associate Staff Writer

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