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Today in Gear: DxO’s Android Camera, a Bartending Bible, Yakima’s New Ski Rack and More

October 17, 2017 Briefings : Today in Gear By

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New & Noteworthy Releases

Tanner Goods Utility Gloves
Tanner Goods’ latest exemplar of modern leather mastery is a workwear-simple pair of insulated gloves. Made in Japan, they come in finished leather or unpolished suede; color options include saddle brown and jet black. Inside, a knit wool lining provides cozy warmth, and a brass snap closure ensures a snug fit. — Michael Finn

DxO One for Android
In addition to announcing a bunch of software updates to the One, DxO also announced that an Android version of the One will be available in the near future. The camera accessory (32mm f/1.8 lens with a 20.2 MP sensor) had only been available for iPhone, but the new model with have a USB-C input instead of Lightning and work with all the latest Android smartphones. — Tucker Bowe

Samsung Connect Tag
Samsung’s new Connect Tag is a smart tracker that you can attach to a backpack, dog or child so that you’ll always know where it is. It works similarly to Tile, the tracker for your wallet or keys, but instead of using Bluetooth, the Connect Tag uses Samsung’s own narrowband tech to connect to your smartphone. It’s the same tech Samsung uses to connect its SmartThings ecosystem, so in addition to being tracker, the Connect Tag can trigger smart home lights and other compatible pieces of hardware. — Tucker Bowe

Meehan’s Bartender Manual
As proprietor and lead bartender of New York’s renowned speakeasy Please Don’t Tell, Jim Meehan is a seminal figure in the craft cocktail movement. His latest opus, Meehan’s Bartender Manual, available today, goes beyond recipes and techniques and dives into menu development, bar design, bar tools and spirit production. It’s less a cocktail book, more a comprehensive guidebook to the bartending trade past and present. — Emily Singer

Yakima FatCat EVO Ski Rack
There are plenty of ways to cart your ski and snowboard gear up to the mountain — laying down a backseat and squeezing them in diagonally shouldn’t be one of them. (It’s far too slushy for that.) Yakima, the rack brand named for the Washington town it once called home, has plenty of rooftop racks on offer, and its latest is its quietest, most streamlined and fattest yet. The FatCat comes in two sizes — one fits four pairs of skis and two boards; the other, six and four — and it’s designed to accommodate the wider tip profiles of increasingly shapely modern skis. — Tanner Bowden

Fresh Deals

Our 5 Favorite Winter Jackets Under $150, Available Now on Mountain Steals
Save big on a classic Patagonia jacket, an urban North Face chore coat, an Arc’teryx active hoodie and more.

This Sale Is Just One Reason You Should Only Wear Wool Socks This Winter
There’s a reason why wool has been used to makes socks pretty much since socks first came to exist. Wool is warm. And the merino blends commonly used in socks today are also soft, breathable and naturally anti-microbial (meaning they doesn’t stink like the cotton and nylon crews you’re used to). Unfortunately wool can also be pricey, but if you plan on stocking up to keep your toes warm this winter, now is the time. Right now you can save 33% when you buy three pairs of Smartwool socks on Jet. Just enter the code SMARTWOOL33 at checkout. Smartwool’s trekking sock is a classic, and if you’re looking for a more technical fit, try any pair with “PhD” in its name.

You can’t go wrong with an American-made Filson bag. They have time-tested designs that are made to be used and abused. There’s nothing fancy about them, but that’s just the point. They feature rugged twill, bridle leather, brass hardware — a simple combination of materials that will stand up to years of service. Over on Need Supply Co., you can save $85 on Filson’s Original Briefcase and $98 on its Medium Duffle Bag. Sure, they’re still an investment. But they’re an investment that’s worth it.

SanDisk Memory Products
Save up to 25%: This “one-day” sale began yesterday, but since Amazon’s shelves are not yet cleared, it’s still chuggin’ along. A nice variety of digital memory peripherals are on sale, and of particular interest are the mircoSD cards: 128GB (save $7), 200GB (save $22) and 256GB (save $70).

Today on Gear Patrol

Pixel 2 XL Review: Google’s Flagship Is a No-Compromises Android Phone with a Spectacular Camera
Google’s latest flagship smartphone is the tech giant’s best shot at dethroning Apple.

Staff Picks: Tanner Bowden, Editorial Apprentice
Versatile sunglasses, a collapsable foam roller, a three-season tent and more.

Sennheiser HD 660 S: High-End Headphones That Hit the Sweet Spot
The successor to the beloved HD 650.

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 Is Twice as Powerful as a MacBook Pro
Microsoft is offering a 15-inch model for the first time.

You Can Buy an Omega Speedmaster That Was Actually Worn in Space
Gennady Padalka, who holds the record for most days spent in space, is selling his flight-worn Speedy.

Driving This Cadillac CT6 for 1,200 Miles Is as Easy as Flying a Business Jet
The Polestar 1 isn’t messing around..

5 Nonessential Kitchen Tools Totally Worth the Storage Space
You really don’t need a mandoline. But you’re better off having one.