November 20-24

This Gear News You Need to Know This Week


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Monday, November 20th


Luminox Navy SEAL Steel
Sponsored Product: If you’re looking for a tough-as-nails watch, look no further than the reintroduction of Luminox’s stainless steel Navy SEAL. Luminox (which actually equips the real Navy SEALS with watches) bestowed the new Navy SEAL with a reliable Swiss-made quartz movement, a carbon reinforced polycarbonate bezel, 200-meters of water resistance and Luminox’s self-powered illumination system. The lume utilizes gas-filled tubes that always emit light (unlike other types of lume that need to be “charged” by sunlight), always providing its wearer effortless access to the time of day with a quick glance, even in complete darkness for up to 25 years.



HEAdesigns Wingman Pocketknife
Who says a bespoke pocketknife has to look like an antique? Sam Abdelrahman, the founder of HEAdesigns, crafted his latest midsize folder with an eye to the future. “I wanted to design something that looked like it could move at the speed of light,” he says. But the Wingman’s flash isn’t all exterior; the knife’s Wharncliffe blade is forged from high-quality stainless steel and, when folded, hides flush inside its aircraft-grade titanium handle. — Tanner Bowden



Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin DB5
A 1964 Aston Martin DB5, originally owned by Paul McCartney is going up for auction at Bonham’s Bond Street Sale on December 2. The car has been painstakingly restored to near perfect condition, including an optional Philips Auto-Mignon record player McCartney had fitted. It’s expected to sell for between $1,600,000-$2,000,000. –Bryan Campbell



Lady White Co. Gym T-Shirt
Lady White Co. just launched its own website stocked with a range of great basics including tees, henleys and sweatshirts. A standout piece is the Gym T-shirt, an athletic-inspired ringer tee with a tonal collar. The mid-weight shirt is made from American cotton produced on circular knitting machines and features flatlock stitching. In short, it’s a well-made shirt that will break-in with a bit of wear, and get better with every wash. — John Zientek



Anker Zolo Liberty Wireless Earphones
The Zolo Liberty are Anker’s first pair of truly wireless earphones. They’re also, to my knowledge, the most budget-friendly truly wireless earphones you can buy, costing $50 less than what the AirPods and Google Pixel Buds both go for $159. Better still, they’ll work with the smart assistant that’s on your smartphone, and a single charge will give each earbud roughly 3.5 hours of playtime. — Tucker Bowe


Tuesday, November 21st


Brooklinen Hardcore Sheet Bundles
Sponsored Product: Starting at just $165, Brooklinen’s Hardcore Bundles come with all the sheets you’ll need for your bed: a fitted sheet, top sheet, four pillowcases and even a duvet cover. The classic bundle features sheets made from lightweight pascal cotton, but spring for the luxe bundle and treat yourself to a buttery-smooth 480 thread-count for an exquisite night’s sleep. You can even mix-and-match your sets from a selection of 14 different colors and patterns. Better still, order on Black Friday, and you’ll get 20 percent off your order and a free gift, to boot.



Billykirk No. 258 Dopp Kit
Billykirk’s new Dopp Kit is made from a combination of durable Thornproof Wool from famed British mill Abraham Moon & Sons and waxed black leather from Chicago tannery Horween. The inside features from water-resistant nylon that can be easily spot cleaned. — Andrew Connor



Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time
TThe Overseas Dual Time adds a useful new complication to the company’s travel-inspired lineup. This model retains the collections rounded, tonneau case as well as its proprietary quick-change strap system but adds a movement with an additional red-tipped hour hand so the wearer can keep track of their home time and local time at once (there’s also an AM/PM indicator for home time). It’s available with either a blue or silver dial in steel or pink gold. — Andrew Connor



Hestan NanoBond Cookware
It’s been a long time since stainless steel experienced a revamp — over 100 years, according to the cookware aficionados at Hestan. But that’s all about to change with the introduction of molecular titanium. The innovative metal is ideal for cooking: it conducts heat 35 percent more efficiently than aluminum, is four times harder than stainless steel, and is stain and scratch resistant. (It’s also extra-shiny.) Hestan crafts its line of molecular titanium cookware in Italy with practical elements like flush rivets and ergonomic handles. — Tanner Bowden



Weatherman Umbrellas
Designed by a meteorologist with years of experience in the field covering severe weather, Weatherman umbrellas are built to stand up to nature’s worst. With Teflon-woven fabric panels and industrial-strength fiberglass ribs, the umbrellas can withstand 55-mph winds. Available in two models — collapsible and stick — the umbrellas features Bluetooth technology, so you’ll never leave your umbrella behind. It’s worth investing in an umbrella that will last, and these umbrellas offer great value for your money. — John Zientek


Wednesday, November 22nd


Vasque Skywalk GTX Hiking Boot
Sponsored Product: For more than two decades the Skywalk was a mainstay in Vasque’s arsenal of trekker-approved hiking boots. The boot hasn’t been available for almost as many years, but now, thanks to popular demand, the Skywalk is back. Hikers will recognize the boot’s classic design, which consists of an upper made with breathable mesh and durable leather tanned in the US as well as a rugged lower featuring a Pyrenees rubber outsole. The reincarnation also contains a few important upgrades including a waterproof GORE-TEX Extended Comfort liner, an addition that’s sure to be well-received by trailblazers. — Tanner Bowden



Peak Design for Leica Capsule Backpack
Just in time for the new Leica CL, this limited edition Backpack Capsule by Peak Design reimagines how a photographer lives with their gear. A backpack, cuff and leash from Peak Design combined with classic Leica style makes a great addition to any photographer’s arsenal. — Bryan Campbell



Sonus Faber 2017 Aida Loudspeaker
Sonus Faber speakers are “to look but not touch” for most of us; past models of the company’s flagship Aida loudspeakers have gone for $120,000/pair. The 2017 Aida loudspeakers similar electroacoustic technology found in previous models, but they also pack more bass. They will be available for purchase through authorized dealers this December. — Tucker Bowe



Civic The Oscar Sweater
The newest release from Taylor Stitch’s commuter-focused brand Civic is an understated sweater dubbed the Oscar. Knitted from a blend of Merino wool and highly-breathable Coolmax, it’s designed to keep your temperature perfectly regulated on the morning ride to work. With raglan sleeves and a ribbed collar and cuffs, the Oscar won’t look out of place in the office or a meeting with clients. It’s a versatile wardrobe staple — built to perform — that won’t break the bank. — John Zientek



A Man and His Watch
Matthew Hranek traveled the world searching for and compiling the stories of 76 watches worn by influential figures. From Sir. Edmond Hillary’s Rolex, to JFK’s Omega to Paul Newman’s Daytona and beyond, they show that the watch isn’t just a timekeeping device — it’s an apparatus for history, achievements and personal memories. — Andrew Connor


Friday, November 24th


VSSL Supplies
Sponsored Product: Ordinary outdoor survival kits are ugly, cumbersome and poorly organized. But not VSSL’s survival kits. Within VSSL’s one-of-a-kind LED flashlights are a cache of customizable survival components, packaged and stacked neatly in individual aluminum tins. And the flashlight itself doesn’t skimp on power: it has several modes, including SOS, and holds a charge without the need for giant batteries. This is not an ordinary survival kit to cram into the bottom of your backpack. This is a well-designed survival tool you’ll want to display proudly every day.



Maine Mountain Moccasin Mohawk Trail Boot in Brown Horween Essex
The Mohawk Trail boot is based on early hand-sewn hunting boots and features a unique overcast stitch to start and finish the hand-stitched toe. This version of the boot utilizes Horween Essex leather — a soft but sturdy leather — which will age beautifully as the boot is worn. Other details worth noting include a Vibram 2021 outsole, a leather midsole and made in Maine threads. — John Zientek



Misfit Command Hybrid Smartwatch
Misfit’s latest hybrid smartwatch is simple and elegant, and, best of all, it’s super affordable; you can pick up the Command for as little as $112. (That price is expected to rise to $150 later on). As for specs, it can track fitness (steps, distance, calories and sleep) and display notifications (calls, texts and emails). It’s water-resistant, too, so you can take it in the shower. And it has enough battery to go a full year between charges. — Tucker Bowe



Needessentials Merino Lambswool RibCuffed Beanie
This heavy-gauge beanie is perfect for cold-weather climates and is ridiculously affordable. Made of 80 percent Merino wool, it has no logos or branding and features a cuff that can be adjusted depending on head size. For $20, it’s a no-brainer purchase. — John Zientek



Crown & Buckle Supreme NATO Strap
After seeing the premium NATO strap optionss launched by high-end watch brands, strap purveyor Crown & Buckle rethought its own nylon offerings and launched its top-of-the-line Supreme NATO lineup. It features a denser weave of nylon (C&B says it feels akin to car’s seatbelt) and is free of any bumps or burrs like on a cheap nylon strap. The keepers and buckle are made from brushed stainless steel and feature a flat profile with beveled corners, giving the strap a cleaner, more polished look. — Andrew Connor


Gir Tongs and Whisks
Gir, the maker of some of the best looking silicone kitchen tools you’ll ever see, is back at it again, but this time dabbling in tongs and whisks and venturing into the stainless steel market. These aren’t just any tongs or whisks, though. Gir studied the architecture of each tool, highlighted the strong points and further refined them. The tongs even have a unique mechanism built into the hinge that lets you lock them purely by squeezing them shut. –Bryan Campbell

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