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Outlier Megafine Merino Low-Cut Socks

It was only a matter of time before some bold company wrapped this miracle fabric around someone’s stinky foot. Not that Outlier is the first; Smartwool has been making merino socks for years. But Outlier’s are some of the best-looking low-rise socks we’ve seen, and certainly some of the best performing.

Essential Phone

Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, has officially revealed a design-focused gadget company called Essential Products, that purportedly could be the next great tech superpower a la Apple, Samsung and Amazon. The smartphone they announced — simply named Essential — is a premium device designed to go toe-to-toe with the iPhone 7, Samsung S8 and Google Pixel: it’s distinctly minimalistic, with zero logos; its nearly bezel-less display, according to The Verge, reaches all the way to the top of the phone; and its titanium-and-ceramic body will be strong enough to survive a drop test. — Jeremy Fischer, Editorial Intern

Adidas Stan Smith in Navy Horween Leather

A redesigned classic, available only at a select few online and brick-and-mortar shops. Don’t expect it to sit on shelves for very long.

The Whippet Bike

Anyone with a moderate grasp on folding bikes knows UK-based Brompton Bikes. They basically shaped the folding bike as its known today. Now, there’s a new bike in town: the Whippet, another UK-born machine, made of flexible yet strong alloy tubing, premium components and an ingenious folding design.

Milk & Honey Israeli Whisky Distillers

The global craft whiskey boom doesn’t observe borders of any sort, whether cultural, political or geographical. It’s even spread to Tel Aviv, where Milk & Honey, Israel’s first-ever whiskey distillery, has been crafting fine spirits since 2015. They offer several whiskeys; most notable is Israel’s First Single Malt Whiskey (no hiding behind that name), which is still being sold in highly limited quantities before it takes the global stage in 2019.

Matador Transit Tote Bag

From the Gear Patrol Store: Transit Tote is an ultra-light packable tote bag that is perfect for zipping through airports or an afternoon exploring the local farmer’s market. Constructed from 30-denier waterproof Cordura ripstop material, the main compartment features taped seams to ensure that nothing will ever leak, as do the water-resistant zippers on the main compartment and additional front pocket.

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