Good morning. On a beach in northwestern Quebec, scientists claim to have unearthed 3.77 billion-year-old microbial fossils — the oldest fossils ever found. If confirmed, the discovery would further prove existing theories that life on Earth began near hot seafloor vents shortly after our planet formed. That’s what’s good in evolutionary microbiology; here’s what’s good in gear.
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What’s New, Now
BioLite CampStove 2
A cult-favorite backcountry stove just got its first update in years. Long a go-to piece of gear among tech-savvy outdoorsmen, the new CampStove boasts 50 percent more power (faster charging), a built-in lithium power bank (burn wood and save the accumulated power for later), an updated LED dashboard (monitor fire strength, power and fan levels), two additional fan speeds (more control over the flame) and a modified stove body. All the other great features that made the original CampStove an award-winning piece of backcountry tech remain the same.
A 55-inch 4K HDR TV for $700. Now that’s disruptive tech.
Budnitz Limited Edition No. 3: Pitch Black
Budnitz is a small Vermont-based boutique bike maker that’s elevating titanium bike making to a modern art form. They’ve released a matte black, totally murdered-out model of their No. 3 bike, complete with two-speed Sturmey-Archer kickback hub drive, Gates belt drive and Schwalbe Big Apple 29-inch tires. It’s extremely limited edition; only ten will be made.
The Patrol Tee by Gear Patrol (Limited Edition)
The details matter, especially in everyday items. That’s why we chose to make our first-ever, (very) limited edition Gear Patrol t-shirt in America, from a tri-blend of poly, cotton and rayon. It’s comfortable, moves well and boasts a slimmer fit. The logo is also screen printed with a premium water-based ink. The result is a traditional crew neck that looks good and works well in the gym, on the commute or just exploring over the weekend. And because nothing beats the feel of a fresh tee, we ship every shirt in a poly bag so that you’re the first to touch it.
UPDATE: Sold out! Visit the product page to be notified of restocks, and keep your eyes peeled for more soon-to-come GP merch.
The Most Insane Jeep Wrangler Money Can Buy
It’s packing a lot more than just a lift kit and a matte black paint job.
DJI Matrice 200 Series
DJI’s “most reliable, rugged and versatile commercial aircraft to date.” The Matrice 200 can carry three cameras at once (two gimbals below, one on top), resists heavy rain and sub-zero temps, and boasts a 32-minute maximum flight time. DJI’s hardiest and most capable drone yet? Clearly. Price is yet to be revealed; available for purchase sometime in the next few months.
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Wildsam Field Guides
A pocket-sized travel guide with 145 pages of stories from locals, in-depth travel intel and a bit of lore sprinkled in for entertainment. It’s Rick Steves for millennials, and an invaluable travel partner. Cities include: Austin, Brooklyn, Charleston, Detroit, Nashville, New Orleans, San Antonio and San Fransisco.
What’s New from GP
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• From Issue Three of Gear Patrol Magazine: Inside the World of Women’s Elite Cycling.
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• We took to the canyon roads of L.A. to review three of Mercedes Benz’s most sinful AMG 43s.
• Sorry, George Forman — the Cinder is a much, much better version of your countertop grill.
• The Ollie Chair is a folding that belongs in an art museum, not in a WWE ring.
• Here are ten perfect minimalist watches to buy right now.
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