January 3–6

This Week in Gear


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Good morning, and welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Gear — your single-shot serving of an entire week’s worth of the best new gear pulled from our weekday editions of Today in Gear. Bookmark it to peruse while you gleefully watch hours of football and start your Monday completely up to speed. Here’s to another fantastic week.

Colfax Design Works Camera Sling Strap

A one-handed, USA-made, quick-draw camera strap tough enough for a photojournalist running around a war zone in a bulletproof vest. The abrasion-resistant nylon webbing is the same kind used by the military, and the nickel-plated carabiner keeps your camera locked and safe.

Fifty-Nine Parks Posters

Sixteen of the greatest US National Parks, from Acadia to Zion — the “crown jewels” of America, as they are often called — in a beautifully illustrated collection of frame-worthy poster art. An added bonus: 5 percent of your purchase goes to the National Park Service. What better excuse to show your love and pride for wild places?

Tracksmith No Days Off Collection

An all-new winter wear collection from one of our favorite running gear brands, Tracksmith. (Or are they a style brand? Their stuff looks so damn good, sometimes it’s hard to tell.)

Roli Seaboard RISE

Roli boldly claims the Seaboard RISE to be the future of the electronic keyboard. Big talk, right? Watch this video and it’ll all make perfect sense. It’s a musical instrument unlike anything before. Imagine finger painting a masterpiece with sound instead of colors. That’s the Seaboard RISE.

The Bed Tent by Privacy Pop

Turn a constantly sunlit bedroom into a perpetually dark private snooze pod. (Or make a super awesome fort.) Works with just about any bed.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

Remember that New Years resolution you made just a few days ago? A good fitness tracker will help get you there. Here’s a new one, with all the basics: step tracking, heart rate and sleep monitoring, idle-time alerts that nudge you off your rear. It is also highly water- and scratch-resistant, shows text and call notifications from your phone, works with a companion Xiaomi app (as well as other fitness apps) and comes in four colors.

Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry Four-in-One Laundry System

Unveiled this week at CES 2017, Samsung’s newest washer and dryer home units are unlike any you’ve seen before. Each has two laundry compartments — one large main, and one on the top for smaller loads. Each unit can be controlled via a smartphone app, and since the washer doesn’t need to be hooked up to two water lines (like traditional washers), you can easily install it on your own, without the help of a professional.

For One Day, You Can Be a Musher in the Legendary Iditarod Sled Dog Race

Bid for your spot in one of the most legendary races in the world.

QuardioCore Wireless ECG Monitor

Perhaps the most accurate consumer heart rate–monitoring device to date. Paired with your iPhone via Bluetooth and worn around your chest, it also tracks heart rate variability, breathing, skin temperature and general fitness activity. If it’s good enough to be worn by heart patients and trusted by their doctors, it’s certainly good enough for gym-goers and triathletes.

Brush Up on Your Vintage BMW 5-Series History

In anticipation of the 2017 5-Series, BMW has put together a couple quick primers on each previous generation.

Fortis Marinemaster

This Fortis Marinemaster has all the hallmarks of great divers watches from the late ‘60s and early ’70s: a SuperCompressor case, a rotating inner-bezel and a bright-orange kaleidoscopic dial featuring a compression chart. Though the faded lume and patina on the dial may show its age, this old-school tool watch has been curated and vetted for Gear Patrol by the vintage watch experts at Analog/Shift, making it ready for the rigors of your daily life. – Andrew Connor, Watches Writer

Third Wave Water Is Here to Improve Your Morning Coffee

Third Wave Water sets out to prove that great coffee is about more than just good beans.


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