January 9–13

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 enjoy the long weekend and start your Tuesday completely up to speed. Here’s to another fantastic week.

Aether Alpine Shell

A blizzard-proof technical shell built for long, blustery chairlift rides and for bombing double-black diamonds. The three-layer fabric regulates body heat wonderfully — nice and warm when you’re inactive, then breathable when the riding gets sweaty. It’s also totally wind-repellant and waterproof and has all the pockets you need: two on the upper chest, two near the waist, interior pockets for your phone and goggles. A detachable snow skirt seals out splashes of even the deepest powder, and in the event of an avalanche, an integrated RECCO rescue reflector ensures ski patrol will find you as quickly as possible.

What Doesn’t Kill Us

What Doesn’t Kill Us tells the astonishing but true story about a disciple of Wim Hoff, the Dutch guru of mind power known as “The Iceman” — a real-life superhero capable of subjecting himself to deadly subzero temperatures without any adverse effects, using nothing but his mind. (In 2011, he sat in near-freezing water for two hours and came out like he had just sat in a jacuzzi.) In short: pain exists only in your mind. You just need to know how to control it.

East Coast Defender ‘Project Pedigree’

We’ve made clear our obsession with custom-built overlanders. Here’s our latest obsession: a restored Land Rover 110, made into a luxurious yet beastly tribute to classic Rover designs.

Sennheiser HD 1 In-Ear Headphones

2017 will be a pivotal year for wireless headphones, and Sennheisser’s off on the right foot. The HD 1 In-Ear Wireless Headphones are the first wireless in-ears in their audiophile-grade HD 1 series. They are premium headphones, in every way: sheepskin neckband, 10-hour battery life, vibration alerts for incoming calls and, of course, fantastic sound quality.

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR GPS Watch

Just announced at CES 2017: Suunto’s highly lauded Spartan watch (and one of our favorite products from 2016), now with wrist-based heart rate monitoring. Available this spring.

Endless OS

A new kind of operating system, optimized for offline use, lovers of simplicity, and for kids learning to use computers. Endless also makes tiny, ultra-minimalist desktop computers built to run Endless OS — two with a unique wooden shell, and two with a modern bubble-like shape.

It’s Official: The Ford Bronco Is Back

We know when we’re getting it. But Ford is still tight-lipped about the truck’s details.

Taylor Stitch Civic Urban Commuter Collection

The first-ever commuter collection from Taylor Stitch, the new torchbearers of classic Americana style. The collection features a riding jacket, active-fit chinos, shirts (one tee, two chambray button-downs) and more. Each garment is made of a unique merino wool blend, affording top-notch weather resistance and stretchiness.

The Tahquitz Pack by Be Outfitters

Promising unique, water-repellant Cordura nylon construction, waterproof zippers and magnetic closures, this brand new bag from brand-new company BE Outfitters is available now for pre-order. It’s made for climbing, traveling and general adventuring, and features a plethora of smart gear pockets and compartments.

Our 30 Favorite Tech Products from CES 2017

Not included: smart hair brushes and radiation-blocking underwear.

Louis C.K. iOS App

“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. You live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of.” Stop being bored, loser! Get this app and laugh instead.

Shockoe Atelier Black Selvedge Field Shirt and Slim Jeans

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The latest release from Shockoe Atelier includes two classic garments — a slim-fit jean and field shirt — both made of 11–ounce black selvedge denim from Italy’s Canadian Mill. Both garments are small batch–made in Richmond Virginia, and jeans include free repairs for the life of the product. Whether you’re looking to shift your indigo palette to something darker, or you’re in need of a new layering piece that will transition through the season with you, this new release is not to be missed.
John Zientek, Associate Staff Writer

Oars + Alps Premium Skincare

Spread over the Arctic Tundra is a vast green shag carpet of Alpine Caribou Moss, a special lichen known for its powerful antioxidants, natural UV protection and all-around winter hardiness. It does wonders for your skin — makes it softer, less dry, more elastic. And it’s a key ingredient in Oars + Alps’ line of grooming products, including the only solid face wash stick you’ll find (it’s rubbed on, like bar soap), anti-aging face and eye cream, and all-natural deodorant. Each has a subtle, masculine scent, and contains a variety of good and healthy stuff pulled straight from the Earth, like shea butter, safflower oil and jojoba oil. The company avoids using a claimed 1,500 “bad ingredients.” Three excellent reasons — not to mention inexpensive, at about half the price of other premium brands — to finally start taking care of your tired, wind- and snow-blasted face.

Kia Made a 365 Horsepower Sport Sedan (Yes, that Kia)

A heavy-hitting statement of intent from the normally econo-box-minded automaker.

Jefferson Lane Satin Hem Sheets and Maya Cotton Blanket

Jefferson Lane’s 100 percent organic cotton sheets are made in a fair trade factory — workers are paid fair prices to fashion chemical-free bedding you won’t be scared to sleep on — for an equally fair price. Moreover, the brand offers discounts when you donate old bedding. Their Satin Hem sheets launched a few weeks back, and the brand’s handwoven Maya Blankets are available in two colors.


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