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DUER Performance 9-to-9 Button Down
DUER came onto the scene with one goal: create quality clothing that’s both technical and stylish. “We built this company to solve problems,” says DUER’s founder, Gary Lenett. In the nearly five years since, the Vancouver-based company has succeeded in meeting that objective time and again with a collection that includes khakis, joggers, shorts and of course, denim. Now it’s aiming for the upper body: the Performance 9-to-9 Button Down is a stretchy, moisture-wicking, durable shirt made with fabric based on DUER’s proprietary L2X denim. It’s outfitted with a range of smart features including a headphone cable port and a performance hem.


Monday, October 16th


Best Made Wool Fleece Pullover
If you’re in the market for a fleece pullover this fall, skip over the polyester options and look into this all-natural alternative from Best Made. Made from 100 percent Italian wool pile, this understated piece of outerwear is both incredibly warm and very breathable. Details include a kangaroo pocket, a brass 3/4 zipper and a moleskin lined collar. — John Zientek


Oculus Go
Mark Zuckerberg stated at the Oculus Connect conference that his next goal for the company was to get one billion people into VR. That seemed like a long shot, considering most good VR systems are super expensive and require a high-end computer or console to plug into. The Oculus Go simplifies things. Coming in early 2018, the $199 standalone headset has a built-in screen (2560 x 1440) and won’t kill your phone’s battery. It’s designed for watching services like Netflix and playing immersive games. (It’ll be cross-compatible with all Gear VR games.) — Tucker Bowe


Lucchese Jonah Boots
Handmade in Texas, the Lucchese Jonah boot is a modern take on the classic roper boot. It features an inside zip, which allows for a slimmer profile (perfect for tapered jeans). Available in dark brown calf leather, black cherry calf leather and espresso Maracca suede calf leather, it’ll look just as good on the city streets as it will on a country road. — John Zientek


Nomos Metro Neomatik 39 Silvercut
Glashütte-based watchmaker Nomos has just released a new iteration of its vaunted Metro. The new “Silvercut” takes the Metro’s silhouette and stretches it to a larger 38.5mm in diameter while still retaining a sleek 8.35mm thickness (despite the automatic movement underneath). The watch also gets a new brushed, rhodium-plated dial with deep red accents. — Andrew Connor


Le Labo Body — Hair — Face Collection
From highly coveted fragrance purveyor Le Labo comes a collection of plant-based, unisex, cruelty-free hair, body and face products five years in the making. While Le Labo offers body washes and shampoos in its better-known scents, the new line is meant to be subtler (and are more affordable), in three fragrances: hinoki, basil and mandarin. The strikingly minimal, pharmaceutical-looking packaging doesn’t hurt, either. — Emily Singer


These High-End Bulgarian Knives Are Now Available in the US
Welcome to the USA.

The Analogue Super Nt Lets You Play All SNES Games in 1080p
And it only costs $100 more than the SNES Classic.

Your Favorite Bootmaker Just Launched a Line of Premium Leather Wallets and Accessories
Wallets, belts, gloves and more.

One of Brooklinen’s Founders Wants to Make Vintage Rugs More Affordable
A one-of-a-kind rug for less than $500? Meet Revival Rugs.

These Are the Rare, Mint-Condition Vintage Watches of Our Wildest Dreams
A NASA-ordered Speedmaster, a 1940s Panerai, Paul Newman’s actual Rolex and more.

Own a Piece of Hollywood History: Steve McQueen’s Race Suit from Le Mans
RM Sotheby’s Icons auction in New York this December is definitely living up to its title.


Tuesday, October 17th



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


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.


Wednesday, October 18th



ZTE Axon M
The flip phone is back (sort of). The ZTE Axon M is a new Android that’s really unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The foldable phone has two identical HD screens that fold back onto each other with a hinge. The foldable design enables you to use the phone in several unique modes; you can stretch one app over two screens and you can mirror screens, which allows you and a friend to sit across from each other and watch the same Netflix show on one device). You can also keep the phone folded and use it with one hand.

The trade-off is that there’s no rear-facing camera (the front camera pulls double duty), not to mention the phone itself is much clunkier than your iPhone. It’s expected to be available before 2018. — Tucker Bowe



1997 McLaren F1 with 148 Miles
The lowest-mileage McLaren F1 just popped up for sale on tomhartleyjnr.com; “low mileage” here means only the 148 miles from testing are on the clock. Beyond that, it’s never been driven or registered. The protective factory wrapping hasn’t even been removed. You’ll have to send an email for the price; don’t expect a factory-fresh F1 to be cheap. — Bryan Campbell



Stocked Kitchens Quickles
Making pickles is a great way to flex your homesteading muscles — and make your entire house smell like vinegar. Stocked Kitchens’ “Quickles” are the solution: a concentrate of vinegar and spices made to be diluted with water, poured over chopped vegetables (or fruit; you do you) and refrigerated overnight. What remains is a jar of homemade pickles that require virtually no effort and still taste better than the store-bought stuff. — Emily Singer



Seiko Prospex SRPB97 “Orange Samurai”
After reviving the cult-favorite “Samurai” diver earlier this year, Seiko has just unveiled a new version of the watch in a new orange-and-black colorway. In addition to the bright color scheme, the watch comes with an automatic movement housed in a chunky 44mm case to culminate in a package that’s good for a 200-meter swim. — Andrew Connor



The North Face NSE Traction Chukka Lite WP II
The North Face continues its push into the style realm with two new winterized shoes. Emulating a down bootie, the Chukka features Primaloft insulation, a water-resistant nylon upper and a grippy rubber sole. The NSE Traction Lite Moc II has many of the same features, but in a slip-on, more casual shape. — Michael Finn


One of Our Favorite EDC Brands Now Offers Knives Made in the USA
A modern take on the Japanese higonokami.


The Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman Get the GTS Treatment
A whole slew of performance options, standard — as well as a little bump in power.


Thursday, October 19th


Gnarbox 256GB
Gnarbox, a portable backup storage drive and editing system for photographers on the go, now comes in a 256GB capacity. It’s the first major update to the device, which launched last year. Additionally, Gnarbox now works in tandem with Adobe Lightroom Mobile and iOS 11’s new Files app, allowing photographers a seamless mobile editing workflow. Gnarbox’s ultimate goal is to effectively eliminate the need for a laptop to edit and store photos while traveling; the new 256GB version is one step closer to achieving it. — Michael Finn


Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm Ceramic
Girard-Perregaux has just rolled out a new, all-black iteration of its sleek Laureato sports watch. The new watch gets a black hobnail dial and, more notably, a case and bracelet made entirely from ceramic. Inside ticks away an in-house automatic movement, and the whole package is water resistant to 100 meters. — Andrew Connor


Saber Power Bank by Romeo Power Technology
The Saber is a serious portable power bank with 86 watt-hours of power. It’s also pretty hefty, at 2.2 pounds. According to Romeo Power Technology — an energy storage company founded by engineers and designers from SpaceX, Tesla, Samsung and Amazon — the Saber is powerful enough to charge most smartphones 10 times over, and laptops twice over. It has two USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and an AC outlet, meaning it’ll work with most of your devices. It also has an IP67 waterproof rating. The Saber is available for preorder today for $199; if you order it next month it’ll cost $299. — Tucker Bowe


Orage Newton Jacket
When it comes to cold weather layering, down jackets are, without a doubt, an essential. But despite the vast number of available options, most of these coats rely on all the same design cues, so choosing one often comes down to a matter of brand loyalty and color preference. The recently updated Newton offers a stylish alternative; it’s a 480-fill duck down jacket with a variety of geometric baffles instead of the horizontal tubes characteristic of down products. It’s also reversible, and the interior lining looks just as good — and is just as weatherproof — as the exterior. — Tanner Bowden


Friday, October 20th


UE Blast and Mega Blast Speakers With Alexa
Ultimate Ears have been making popular Bluetooth speakers for years. Today, however, they’re taking a step in a new direction with the Blast and Mega Blast. The speakers look similar to UE’s Boom series of Bluetooth speakers but are slightly bigger and have Amazon Alexa built in (a first for UE). They are wi-fi- and Bluetooth-enabled, so you can walk around your house or yard and interact with them almost exactly as you could with an Amazon Echo. If you get disconnected from your wi-fi, they’ll still work as rugged and portable Bluetooth speakers. Alexa won’t support Spotify at launch, just like with the Sonos One, but it will support Amazon Music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn, with Pandora and Deezer coming later on. You can preorder the Blast and Megablast speakers today; they’re expected to ship by the end of this month. — Tucker Bowe

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U by Moen Shower System
Waste no more time (and water) while trying to dial in shower temperature. The newly launched U by Moen system is the first and only cloud-based, app-controlled shower on the market. Water temperature preferences can be saved and start times can be set using the U by Moen app, making it possible to have the shower turn on as soon as a morning alarm goes off. The app notifies users when the optimal temperature has been reached and can turn off automatically after a set duration. It’s a surefire way to streamline morning routines (and make getting out the door on time a little easier). — Emily Singer


CWC 1980 Royal Navy Diver’s Watch
British watch brand CWC has just launched a reissue of one of its most iconic timepieces — the Ministry of Defense–spec diver that replaced the Rolex Submariner as the Royal Navy’s dive watch of choice. This watch is nearly identical to that, sporting an ETA automatic movement, a rotating bezel and the same dial layout. — Andrew Connor


Cole Haan x BillyKirk Made in America Collection
One of our favorite leather-goods makers has teamed up with Cole Haan for limited collection of tasteful products. The release features a black belt, Dopp kit and weekender, but the product that stands out the most is the handcrafted boot. Available in either black or natural Horween leather, this lightweight boot features a lug outsole, tonal leather welts and the flexibility and cushioning that Cole Haan is known for. — John Zientek


The 2019 Audi A7 Sportback Gets Its Biggest Update Ever
The widely loved sloped roofline returns, of course.


This New Indie Timepiece Is Like a Cross Between a Vintage Dress Watch and a DiverSporting an automatic movement, slim proportions and an inspired design.


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


The 20 Best Wheels Ever to See the Road
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The Best Outdoor Gear You Can Find at Costco
Next time you’re stockpiling cheese crackers, consider swinging through Costco’s outdoor gear aisle. You might be surprised by what you find.



10 Best Coffee Grinders for Every Budget (Updated for 2017)
The journey from clueless to connoisseur begins with fresh grounds. Find the best grinder for your tastes, no matter your brewing method.


Found: 5 Incredibly Affordable Vintage Motorcycles Anyone Would Love to Own
Classic motorcycles can fetch prices that would make car collectors blush. Not these.


The World’s Greatest Mountaineers Share the Incredible Stories Behind Their Most Cherished Pieces of Gear
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Finex’s New Cast Iron Grill Pan Is Surprisingly Minimal — But Still Super Functional
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Driving This Cadillac CT6 for 1,200 Miles Is as Easy as Flying a Business Jet
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iPhone 8 Plus Review
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The New Sonos One Review: Great Sound, Almost-Great Alexa Voice Control
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