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Nike Air Force 1 iPhone 7 Case

Yet another way you sneakerheads can wear your heart on your sleeve, so to speak: Nike’s classic Air Force 1 outsole, wrapped around your iPhone 7.

Preppi Prepster Black Ultra-Luxe Survival Bag

You might call this luxury survival kit — ahem — fucking absurd. But you have to admit: the level of curation is extraordinary. Within this handmade waxed canvas and leather duffel, you’ll find just about everything you’d need to survive the apocalypse like a royal hedon: caviar, a Dopp kit stocked with Malin + Goetz essentials, premium chocolate, scented candles (yes, really), night-vision goggles and all the other less glamorous basic necessities of human life. Keep one stashed in your Armageddon-ready luxury tank.

Decibullz Custom-Fit Bluetooth Wireless Earphones

Remember those heat-formed mouthguards you wore playing high school sports? Decibullz is the first pair of wireless earbuds to use that same technology. Simply drop the silicon inserts in hot water, stick ’em in your ear, and you have earbuds molded just for you. They’re also sweatproof, water-resistant and bump excellent sound.

Killspencer Dog Collection

You don only the finest clothes and accessories. Shouldn’t your best friend get a piece of that too? Killspencer’s new line of dog products features premium bull hide leather and heavy-duty nylon webbing. True, your pup loves you unconditionally — but if they could say thank you, you know they would.

Jammy Portable Digital Guitar

Guitars are not travel-friendly. If you have groupies and roadies to lug around your equipment, sure. But the everyday plucker and “Wonder Wall” strummer is a one-man show. Jammy is a small digital guitar that can be brought practically anywhere, and plays well for guitarists of every skill level: beginners can follow LED signals on the fret board, while rising stars and bonified rock gods can plug straight into an amp and commence melting faces. Or, if you’re stuck in an airport, simply plug in some headphones and start jammin’.

Paul Components Limited Edition 2017 Blue

Based in Chico, California, Paul Components is the oldest domestic producer of bicycle parts. They make everything from stems, to brakes, to seat post clamps. For 2017, the new limited-edition anodized colorway is blue. Don’t sleep, because once they are gone, they’re gone. – AJ Powell, Associate Staff Writer

Twelve South ActionSleeve Armband

From the Gear Patrol Store: Activities like kickboxing, weightlifting and CrossFit often require protective sports gear and full wrist mobility that can rule out the use of Apple Watch on the wrist. Enter ActionSleeve. ActionSleeve straps your Apple Watch to your upper arm or bicep — off your wrist, but still fully viewable and controllable. ActionSleeve’s outer frame adds protection from nicks and dings and with tighter, more consistent skin contact, it can even improve heart rate monitoring. Offered in black or red, ActionSleeve gives you a whole new way to utilize Apple Watch — beyond the wrist.

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