Good morning. In a recent commencement address at MIT, Apple CEO Tim Cook warned of a dystopian future in which soul-sucking technology overtakes humanity, and how our gadgets sometimes cause more problems than they solve. That’s odd, somewhat hypocritical talk coming from the leader of one of the world’s leading tech companies, isn’t it?
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What’s New, Now
Revant Premium Replacement Lenses
It doesn’t take much to ruin a perfectly good pair of sunglasses. One tiny ding or lens scrape can render the whole frame useless, and you’re left with no choice but to bury the reject shades into the depths of your center console and buy a new pair. Right? Wrong. Whatever your sunglasses’ make and model, at their Portland, Oregon labs, Revant can cut premium, custom-cut lenses just for them. Choose polarized, non-polarized or prescription from a huge variety of colors, ranging from classic black to brilliant mirrored tints. Every lens is quality-tested and backed by a one-year warranty.
Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Chronograph
If you used black magic to squeeze down a Porsche 911 Turbo S onto your wrist, this is what you’d get. You’d also have to utilize some black magic to even get your hands on one — the watch is available only to future owners of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. The carbon dial comes in Golden Yellow Metallic, Carrara White Metallic, Agate Grey Metallic, Black, Guards Red, and Graphite Blue Metallic; the rotor design is inspired by the wheel rim of the original 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
Taylor Stitch Good Acre Utility Shirt
Taylor Stitch dug up from Cone Mills White Oak’s archives a very special fabric — natural cotton cord, triple-needle stitched — and reproduced it in their California shop. The result is a shirt with tons of character, and one that feels as familiarly cozy as a proper plaid flannel.
Adidas Originals by PORTER
Adidas and PORTER, a clothing and bag brand that’s risen to cult status in Japan and beyond, teamed up to produce three highly limited, original products: a sporty sneaker, a helmet tote and a waist bag. The collection blends the unique personalities of both brands.
3sixteen ‘Casustic Wave’ Denim Jacket
3Sixteen’s Caustic Wave Type III jacket is a rugged, beautiful beast. Caustic Wave denim has a strong variation in its weave, which helps maintain a rigid feel and creates a unique, high-contrast look over time. It’s also unsanforized, meaning it will shrink after its first wash (though you can take your normal size). Bring on the fades. — Grant Tillery, Editorial Intern
Suzuki 350-Horsepower V6 Four-Stroke Outboard Motor
Suzuki’s newest four-stroke outboard motor packs the latest marine engine technology: 350 horsepower counter-rotating props, 4.4-liter V6 engine and electronic drive-by-wire throttle. Built for eye-burning sportfishing boats. (Or devilish pontoons.)
Gear Patrol Magazine: Issue Four
From the Gear Patrol Store: It’s easy to forget the perks of home until you leave it. We know because we’ve put in the miles, dogsledding through Sweden’s frozen Norrland to test down parkas and borrowing million-dollar Porsche supercars to hot lap the Nürburgring. And that was just in issue three. That’s why, for our fourth and latest issue of Gear Patrol magazine, we decided to stay local — at least by our standards — and bring some much-needed attention to our own backyard, a.k.a. America.
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• You’ll be kicking yourself for years if you don’t at least consider buying these exceedingly rare special-edition cars.
• Love U.S. National Parks? Good. You should. Now display your love to the world with these great tees.
• The Hyundai Genesis G80 Sport is the ultimate dad car.
• Look how wide this new Samsung monitor is! It’s ridiculous.
• Your weekend boozy beverage for sipping in the sun: cucumber spritz.
• Two Italian masterpiece motorcycles go head-to-head on the pavement. Which one wins?
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