This Week in Gear
Lexdray San Francisco Camera Pack
If you have enough camera equipment to fill a duffel and you’re constantly traveling through harsh environments — here’s your backpack. It’s ridiculously customizable, with modular organizational inserts, 14 zippered pockets, a removable hip belt and more.
Ray-Ban 8954 Frames with Graphene
Ray-Ban’s latest frames are made with blended graphene, a revolutionary (and we don’t use that word lightly) nanomaterial 100 times stronger than steel. Years from now, we might see graphene cyborg-esque prosthetics, ozone-scraping towers, even interplanetary spacecraft. But for now, it looks great on our face.
Linn Klimax 350 Speakers
Audiophiles need not be convinced of the greatness of Linn speakers. They know it well. Non-audiophiles, let’s try to unpack the jargon used to describe these towers: they use proprietary DAC technology called Katalyst (ensures zero quality loss from digitally transmitted files); something called Exakt technology emits incredibly natural sound (all frequencies arrive at your eardrum simultaneously); and 3,000 watts of power means, well, they’re really fucking loud. TL;DR: these are insanely nice speakers, which is no surprise coming from Linn.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45
Always wanted a watch with Google Assistant and a tourbillon? Here you go.
The Player’s Shirt by Criquet Shirts
Criquet’s retro-inspired modern polo, the Player’s Shirt, is loyally worn by Luke Wilson, star of Old School and The Royal Tennenbaums. Wilson was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and frequently visits Austin, where Criquet is based. The two share an intense passion for all things Texas, and Wilson has lauded Criquet, saying that it exemplifies a “laid-back vibe” and a “nineteenth-hole spirit.” The features that made it great to begin with, and a favorite of Wilson’s, remain: breathable, odor-resistant organic cotton; a balanced fit; collar stays that resist the dreaded “bacon collar.” And this spring, Criquet’s Player’s Shirt is being offered in a number of new colors and stripes, as well as slim fits.
IPPINKA Lift Multi-Use Bike Hook
Your bike doesn’t want to be chained up outside. Inside, where it’s nice and safe and warm, is where your bike wants to be. It especially wants to hang on this bike mount, which is made of steel, baltic birch, maple and leather. Unless, of course, your bike is a clanking heap of shit, in which case, who cares — leave it outside to decompose and be picked clean by scavengers. (And then get yourself a decent bike.)
DSTLD Leather Moto Jacket
If you somehow harnessed a hundred years of counter-cultural coolness and distilled (that’s what DSTLD stands for) the whole concoction into a single motorcycle jacket, this is what you’d get. It exudes the rebelliousness of London punk rockers, the badassery of outlaw motorcycle gangs, the timeless style of Steve McQueen. Don’t wear it unless you can confidently channel its powerful mojo.
Longines Conquest VHP
Longines became a pioneer of quartz wristwatches with the debut of the Ultra-Quartz in 1969. Finally, in the ’80s, Longines made the VHP (“very high precision”) quartz watch, accurate within 10 seconds a year. Now, it’s back, and even better than before.
Fjällräven’s New Travel Collection
Sweden’s top outdoor brand just released a brand-new travel collection. It’s everything that we’d hoped for and more.
WhistlePig Farmstock Barn-Bottled Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig has been counted among the leading premium rye whiskey labels for a few years, and now it’s finally distilling its own stuff (rather than importing from Canada and selling it under its own name). The Vermont-based operation installed a distillery and planted rye grains on its 500-acre farm about five years, ago, laying the foundation for a 100 percent farm-to-bottle whiskey. Today, that whiskey appears in the form of FarmStock, a blend of three farm-to-bottle rye whiskies — or what the company is calling “Triple Terroir,” comprised of WhistlePig’s own one-year-aged rye, a five-year from Canada and a 12-year from Indiana. It’s impressively balanced, and a good sign of things to come. — Emily Singer, Associate Staff Writer
New Balance MADE 1978
In 1982, New Balance released the 990, one of their most iconic (and most under-appreciated) shoe designs. Now, the 990 is born again, in a new form. The MADE 1978 employs the same slim shape and Vibram sole used in the original 990; new details like perforated suede, a leather collar and a reflective logo give the shoe a modern look. Available online tomorrow.
Killspencer Leather Floor Pillow
Kinda looks like the Blob, doesn’t it? Only it’s not made for sending summer camp kiddies screaming and rag-dolling through the air and belly-flopping into a lake. It’s made for lounging in opulence like a stoned prince. Available in highly limited quantity.
The Frame Television by Samsung
This spring, Samsung is releasing what might be the most radical consumer television since the first flatscreen. It’s camouflaged as an art frame, displaying over 100 art pieces when not in TV mode. The frame can be swapped out for different colors, and it mounts effortlessly on the wall or on an optional stand. Not much else is known about it, as Samsung is playing its cards close to the chest. Expect more details soon.
Exotic Pencils of Caran d’Ache: Sixth Edition
These are not pencils to be chewed on or lent out. These are four pencils made of rare, exotic woods: western hemlock, white oak, silver teak and white ash. Each pencil is varnished with a fragrance, tinting the air of your workstation with a sweet, earthy smell.
Junghans Releases Two Affordable, Minimalist Watches
German watch brand Junghans debuts two new minimalist watches that are easy on both the eyes and the wallet.
Wrensilva Loft Record Console
Wrensilva’s newest creation is also the company’s smallest record console yet. It’s crafted with North American walnut, pumps 300 watts of power and connects to Sonos speakers over wi-fi. For those without a Sonos system, two accompanying Wrensilva speakers can be purchased for an additional $1,500.