January 16 - 19

A Look Back at the New Gear We Discovered This Week


January 20, 2018 Briefings By

Good morning, and welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Gear — your single-shot serving of an entire week’s worth of the best new gear pulled from our weekday editions of Today in Gear. Bookmark it to peruse over a cup of coffee or before you soak up the last of your weekend freedom, then start your Monday completely up to speed. Here’s to another fantastic week.


Tuesday, January 16th


Breville Juice Fountain Cold XL
Breville’s latest kitchen gadget is a compact juicer that’s faster and quieter than other Breville models. The real kicker here, however, is an extra large chute (3.5 inches) that reduces the amount of chopping needed before juicing. — Jack Seemer



Tag Heuer Connected Modular 41
Tag Heuer’s Connected Modular 41 is a smaller take on the company’s Connected Modular 45 that starts at $300 less than its bigger brother. As its modular name implies, buyers can customize virtually every aspect of its aesthetics save for the watch’s screen. Inside you’ll find specs similar to other top-tiered smartwatches equipped with Android Wear 2.0 including built-in GPS, NFC, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, but you’ll pay hefty a premium for the customized case and the Tag Heuer name. — Tucker Bowe



Tumi Merge Collection
Tumi describes the new Merge Collection as “a relaxed, lightweight luggage collection for adventures big and small offering a wide assortment of expandable luggage and wheeled duffels.” It includes six styles and sizes ranging from a wheeled backpack to an expandable carry-on.— Meg Lappe



Askov Finlayson x Target Partnership
In a trifecta of sorts, the Minnesotan-based designer Askov Finlayson partnered with MN-founded Target just in time for the Super Bowl LII (hosted in the Great Lakes state). The limited-edition collection includes sweaters, scarves, hats, and mittens, all built to protect you from the cold winters for which the north is known. Items are currently available at Target.com, or in select Minnesotan Target stores. — Meg Lappe



Fischer Ranger Free Ski Boots
Fischer’s Ranger Free ski boot is designed to be a one-boot quiver with both alpine and touring capabilities. It weighs just 1,540 grams and features Vibram’s GripWalk soles as well as a walking mechanism that’s integrated into the top buckle, which allows for 55 degrees of lateral rotation when hoofing it. — Tanner Bowden



The North Face x Pop-In@Nordstrom Ok Base Camp Duffel
I love The North Face’s classic 71-liter Base Camp duffel because it can transform into a backpack in tight situations, like when your overhead bin is full. This limited edition version is part of the new The North Face and Olivia Kim collaboration. It’s bright primary color scheme is inspired by Tibetan prayer flags, a theme which extends across the entire collection of beanies, parkas, hoodies, and jackets. Everything in this bold series is available now, both online and in select Nordstrom stores, but don’t be surprised if the stock sells out quickly. — Meg Lappe


Wednesday, January 17th


Burton [ak] Down Insulator Jacket
Every season Burton is after an even higher performance from its [ak] collection while still making down pieces that look just as good on the streets as they do on the trails. Its also committed to meeting production standards that respect the environment and worker health. So this [ak] jacket has been revamped to match that challenge. The result is an ultralight and extra-packable layer that meets bluesign manufacturing standards. Highlights include premium 800 RDS down, smart vents and fleece-lined hand pockets. The jacket’s also available in a range of unique colors and patterns including speckled blue, camo and true black. Combined with a lifetime guarantee, this could be the smartest outerwear investment you’ll ever make. — Gear Patrol


Nomad USB Wireless Charging Hub
If you still don’t own a wireless charging pad for your new iPhone or Android device, Nomad’s ultra-convenient option should be at the top of your list. Like many charging pads, it’s capable of outputting 7.5W of power, so it’ll fast charge your phone to its full potential; but it also includes three USB-A ports and one USB-C port underneath its charging pad, allowing you to charge up to five total devices at once while monopolizing just one wall outlet. Best of all, it’s roughly the same price as other chargers offering fewer features. — Tucker Bowe


Hasselblad H6D-400c MS Medium Format DSLR Camera
Hasselblad’s latest camera is a significant innovation in high-res imaging, but you’ll probably never buy it. That’s because the pro rig costs as much as a car — a nice car — and is designed for institutions and museums looking to “record historic treasures in the highest image quality possible.” So-called “Multi Shot” technology is the key feature, which allows the camera to take six separate photos simultaneously, then stitch them all together into one high-res 400MP image. It can also capture 100MP images in a single-shot mode. Preorders are starting now with an expected ship date sometime in March. — Tucker Bowe


Ikea x Tom Dixon Delaktig Sofa System
Ikea is set to release a new concept line called Delaktig next month. Created in collaboration with celebrated designer Tom Dixon, Delaktig is a modular sofa system with an aluminum base that allows users to mix and match pieces to their individual needs. — Jack Seemer


Fender American Original Series
This new line of electric basses and guitars inspired by Fender’s past are all designed and handcrafted in Corona, California. They combine the company’s classic looks with more modern upgrades: including new fingerboard radii and switching, new pickups and new neck shapes. The series features 11 total models, available in 13 different colors, that range from $1,800 to $2,100. — Tucker Bowe


Matrix PowerWatch X
The Matrix PowerWatch X is a smartwatch that doesn’t require charging; it runs on body heat. It’s also built for everyday use and activity tracking, with customizable features, accurate calorie counting, and a power meter that shows how much electricity the body is making right on the face. This latest model is also water resistant up to 200 meters. — Tanner Bowden


CRKT Carbine Pocket Knife
The Carbine is a minimalist utility blade built to bring anywhere. The entire fixed-blade knife measures just under 4.5-inches, but its full-tang stainless steel construction and 1.85-inch drop-point blade make it far more capable than you’d think. It also comes with a sturdy glass-reinforced nylon sheath which you can wear around the neck via an included adjustable lanyard. — Tanner Bowden


Thursday, January 18th


Project Foodie
This digital cooking app broke into the App Store’s Top 10 last month for a few reasons. It has a playful and intuitive interface, for starters. And more importantly, it has step-by-step videos teaching you how to make recipes by top-class chefs. The app was designed by Chef Daniel Holzman, creator of The Meatball Shop, along with his brother, Eli, an Emmy Award-winning producer and creator of Project Greenlight and Project Runway; and it can teach you to make a great number of dishes, from a juicy rib-eye steak to chocolate pudding. It’s basically a cooking TV show, with a whole backlog of episodes, that’s ready and waiting for you. It’s also free. — Tucker Bowe



686 Hydrastash Hydration System
686 has pushed the capabilities of snowboarding gear since 1992, and the company’s latest project is more of the same. The Hydrastash reservoir system integrates like a belt into the jacket’s powder skirt. It holds 25 ounces and according to early reviews, goes virtually unnoticed while on the hill. — Tanner Bowden



Jordan x Levi’s Air Jordan IV and Reversible Trucker Jacket
Levi’s and Jordan have teamed-up again to create the latest obsession for sneakerheads. The collaboration includes a limited denim version of the classic Air Jordan IV as well as a Reversible Trucker Jacket updated with the swatches of fabric from the Jordan warm-up suit in bold red. The shoes are on sale for $225 and the jacket for $180. Lines for the set started forming this weekend at some locations, and the Soho store in NYC was already forced to delay the release of the two classic items — so follow Levi’s on social to get the latest updates. The shoes and jacket are also available at the San Francisco Market Street store. To shop just the jacket, stop by a Levi’s in Chicago, Las Vegas, Ontario, Times Square and Meatpacking. — Meg Lappe



Away Coordinate Collection
Away is expanding on their bright and poppy base colors with a new line of dual-tone suitcases that includes a tidal blue and forest green called Cove, a muted pink and deep red called Canyon, and a birch yellow and desert grey called Savanna. They’re all available online now. — Meg Lappe



PencilSnap for Apple Pencil by Twelve South
If your Apple Pencil tends to get lost in your bag, popular Apple accessory maker Twelve South has a solution. The Pencil Snap magnetically sticks to any Apple Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard in the iPad Pro range, as well as Twelve South’s SurfacePad, making it easy to keep the Apple Pencil and advanced tablet together at all times. — Tucker Bowe



Adidas Alphabounce Sneakers
Adidas’ latest sneaker is aimed at athletes who include running in their training regime to gain a competitive edge. The shoe boasts serious cushioning and its continental outsole will grip any surface from treadmills to slippery streets. The forged mesh upper also moves with you, insuring nothing weird happens with your feet during agility exercises (think lots of quick feet and sharp turns). — Meg Lappe


Friday, January 19th


Osprey Exos and Eja Backpacks
Osprey designed the Exos and Eja for ultralight backpackers who also prioritize comfort. They’re built with Osprey’s breathable Airspeed tension mesh back panel and feature freshly-updated harnesses and hipbelts that improve their overall fit and load-bearing capabilities. The floating lid and attachment points for a sleeping bag and ice ax are also all removable so trekkers can shed even more ounces from unneeded features. — Tanner Bowden



Old Forester Bitters
Old Forester makes some damn good bourbon whether it’s neat or on the rocks, but if you’re going to make a cocktail, why not keep at least one of the ingredients ‘in-house’. That’s why Old Forester’s launched its own line of bitters and syrups, with flavors including Oleo-Saccharum Syrup, Sea Salt & Black Pepper Tincture and Smoked Cinnamon Bitters. — Bryan Campbell



Venus Wireless Charger by Bourge Design
First spotted by The Verge, the Venus Qi wireless fast charger offers features competing chargers don’t. For starters, it charges via a more modern USB-C connection. Its curved aluminum and glass design, inspired “by the illustrious lines of world-class nautical vessels” is also a striking departure from the traditional puck look. Last but not least, it works in both flat and vertical orientations and boasts additional one fast-charging USB 3.0 port and one USB-C port for other devices. It’s expected to ship in Q2 of this year, and you can preorder it now. — Tucker Bowe



Snow Peak Titanium Mini Fork
Snow Peak’s Titanium Mini Fork is a straightforward eating utensil for minimalist campers and hikers. Weighing in at just under half an ounce, the Mini Fork is made of durable and lightweight titanium, features a loop in the handle that’s ideal for use with lanyards and small carabiners, and integrates snugly with Snow Peak’s Ti-Mini Solo cook set. — Tanner Bowden



TREW Powfish Collection
While most outerwear brands are at the mercy of distributors, retailers and required seasonal releases, TREW stands distinct, thanks to a direct-to-consumer business model that allows it to push the quality of its product to the ceiling without doing the same to its prices. The method also lets TREW drop a new, limited edition collection mid-winter. The Powfish Collection features TREW’s first-ever insulated jacket, a flexible set of bibs, and a custom snowboard and pair of skis. The catch? There are only 100 of each available. — Tanner Bowden



Vestabord Split Flap Board
Part wall art, part gadget, the split flap board combines the beauty of a vintage train station departure board and the modernity of an app to display whatever messages you send to it via your phone. It can also show color patterns and is supposedly getting support for other apps. The final price is $3,495, but you can pre-order yours for now for 45% discount. — Nick Caruso


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