October 8-12, 2018

A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week


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We publish our weekly roundup of gear news for you to enjoy over the weekend. Savor it with your Saturday morning coffee, or use it to fend off the existential panic of Sunday night — it’s up to you. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.



Bow & Stern ABYSS Collection
More and more, we need to be cognizant of the environment in our everyday decision-making. Even when it comes to something as seemingly innocuous as choosing a dive watch, there’s a choice that is always more friendly towards the environment.

Australian accessories brand BOW & STERN is 100% carbon-neutral — a Blue Gum Eucalyptus Tree is planted in the Annya State Forest for every order, and the brand also donates 20% of profits to support ocean conservation efforts. Its recently launched ABYSS Collection on Kickstarter features three 41.5mm automatic dive watches in matte black, brushed gold, and brushed silver; remaining true to the BOW & STERN nautical, minimalist aesthetic design, all three pieces are waterproof to 200m. Only 1,200 of these watches will be produced, and when you pre-order one through the button below, you’ll get a free additional strap.


Monday, October 8

An Iconic American Knife Just Got Better
An Iconic American Knife Just Got Better

Buck Knives created the original 112 Ranger in 1972, and now the iconic pocket knife has been remade with updated materials.

This Is What Technical Outdoor Gear Should Look Like
This Is What Technical Outdoor Gear Should Look Like

The North Face just launched its 2019 Summit Series collection, proving that it still knows what technical outdoor gear should be.

Why Doesn’t Ford Make Cars Like This 1992 Escort RS Anymore?
Why Doesn’t Ford Make Cars Like This 1992 Escort RS Anymore?

Whenever a classic Ford pops up -- like this 1992 Escort RS -- it's now more than just a hard hit of nostalgia.

This Durable Backpack Is Perfect for Commuters
This Durable Backpack Is Perfect for Commuters

Made from weather-resistant Bionic Canvas.

This Collaboration Offers Wardrobe Basics with a Twist
This Collaboration Offers Wardrobe Basics with a Twist

Not your average tees and sweatpants.

Can Facebook Kill FaceTime? Its First Smart Speakers Want To
Can Facebook Kill FaceTime? Its First Smart Speakers Want To

Facebook's first hardware products, Portal and Portal+, are smart speakers with screens that aim to change the way we video chat. Will they?


Tuesday, October 9

Google Pixel 3: The 5 Most Important New Features (So Far)
Google Pixel 3: The 5 Most Important New Features (So Far)

Google's latest smartphone has all of the features we expected, plus a handful of groundbreaking ones that we didn't.

Google Home Hub Wants To Replace Your Alarm Clock
Google Home Hub Wants To Replace Your Alarm Clock

This new device from Google allows users to search YouTube with only voice commands -- and it costs a lot less than you think.

This May Be the Best Fleece and You Probably Can’t Get One
This May Be the Best Fleece and You Probably Can’t Get One

Based in Leadville, Colorado, Melanzana makes technical fleece products that are often compared to the best available from companies like Patagonia and The North Face.

This Is the Best Whiskey of the Year, Says the World’s Top Expert
This Is the Best Whiskey of the Year, Says the World’s Top Expert

The 15th edition of Jim Murray's 2019 Whisky Bible names another Buffalo Trace Distillery bottle World Whisky of the Year.

This Old BMW Is Begging for an End-of-Season Ride In the Mountains
This Old BMW Is Begging for an End-of-Season Ride In the Mountains

The air is crisp, and the leaves up in the mountains are on their way to the other side of the color pallet -- exactly where this '73 BMW R75/5 thrives.

Warby Parker’s Latest Collection Is Co-Designed By Some Insanely Famous People
Warby Parker’s Latest Collection Is Co-Designed By Some Insanely Famous People

All the proceeds go to free vision screenings, eye exams and glass to schoolchildren in need.

Almost All of Target’s New Household Essentials Cost Less Than $2
Almost All of Target’s New Household Essentials Cost Less Than $2

Target is your new destination for toilet paper, lotion, soap and everything else you buy, run out of and need to re-stock.

The Most Striking Hi-Fi Speaker Is Now Smaller and Cheaper than Ever
The Most Striking Hi-Fi Speaker Is Now Smaller and Cheaper than Ever

Devialet's newest speaker, the Phantom Reactor, shares the same look and sound as the company's other Phantom speakers – just in a smaller and cheaper package.

You Can Now Customize the Best Cycling Helmet Available
You Can Now Customize the Best Cycling Helmet Available

Giro's new Aether Custom presents cyclists with an unprecedented number of options when it comes to the style of their helmet.


Wednesday, October 10

Get the Toughest Truck in the World for Just Under $7,000
Get the Toughest Truck in the World for Just Under $7,000

As far as long-term investments go, you can't beat a Toyota 4x4 Pickup for under $6,800.

Want an Affordable Custom Ultralight Backpack? Here’s Your Answer
Want an Affordable Custom Ultralight Backpack? Here’s Your Answer

Based in Michigan, Superior Wilderness Designs crafts custom, made-to-order hiking backpacks that won't break the bank.

These New Kicks from Pendleton and Nike Are Perfect for Fall
These New Kicks from Pendleton and Nike Are Perfect for Fall

This fresh collaboration blends the comfort and style of Nikes with the iconic earth tones and patterns from Pendleton.

How to Make the New Pixel’s Amazing Camera Even Better
How to Make the New Pixel’s Amazing Camera Even Better

If you buy any of Moment's smartphone accessories through the Moment app and by Friday, October 12 – you get 20-percent off.

These New Shorts from Outdoor Voices Are Perfect for Running, the Gym or Around Town
These New Shorts from Outdoor Voices Are Perfect for Running, the Gym or Around Town

Our team would practically live in Outdoor Voices if they could. We can't wait to get our hands on these shorts.

Breville Is Making a “Wood-Fired” Pizza Oven That Can Fit on Your Countertop
Breville Is Making a “Wood-Fired” Pizza Oven That Can Fit on Your Countertop

Breville's products typically go the extra couple of inches other brands don't. Its new pizza oven is no different.

This Is the Jacket That Fighter Pilots Would’ve Wanted
This Is the Jacket That Fighter Pilots Would’ve Wanted

Mission Workshop updated the classic bomber jacket, a style once worn by Navy and Air Force pilots, with highly-technical materials normally found in outdoor gear.


Thursday, October 11

These New Sneakers from Converse & JW Anderson Are like Sweaters for Your Feet
These New Sneakers from Converse & JW Anderson Are like Sweaters for Your Feet

These sneakers feature the standard shape and fit of the All-Stars we know and love, but in a thick felted fabric that'll keep your toes toasty as temperatures dip.

This Is the Most Interesting New Coffee Maker in a Very Long Time
This Is the Most Interesting New Coffee Maker in a Very Long Time

The new FrankOne brewer from Colombia has the potential to be the best (and most affordable) way to make great coffee without the work.

This Is the Car Nissan Desperately Needs to Bring Back
This Is the Car Nissan Desperately Needs to Bring Back

Small, light, fun and affordable cars are enjoying a low-key resurgence and Nissan is missing out.

Adidas and Engineered Garments Are About to Release a Very Limited Sneaker
Adidas and Engineered Garments Are About to Release a Very Limited Sneaker

Pick them up in New York before they become available in Europe.

REI’s New Lifestyle Collection Has Everything You Need for Fall
REI’s New Lifestyle Collection Has Everything You Need for Fall

Inspired by a hike by the co-founders, the Wallace Lake collection is filled with everything we want for fall.

Nike’s New Boot Is Equally Suited to Sneakerheads and Outdoorsmen
Nike’s New Boot Is Equally Suited to Sneakerheads and Outdoorsmen

Nike's new Okwahn II fits the bill for the city and the trail.

It’s Okay to Want a New Airstream, But Get This Old One Instead
It’s Okay to Want a New Airstream, But Get This Old One Instead

Buy vintage, save thousands of dollars and still get the floor space you wanted all along.


Friday, October 12

Only 1,200 of These Minimalist Dive Watches Will Be Produced
Only 1,200 of These Minimalist Dive Watches Will Be Produced

The ABYSS Collection from BOW & STERN just launched on Kickstarter and adheres to the company's mission of planting a tree for every order.

The New Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Proves that 2019 Is Going to be Big for ADV Bikes
The New Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Proves that 2019 Is Going to be Big for ADV Bikes

The new Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro doesn't just get a new engine (good for 158 horsepower and 94 lb-ft), but the chassis and body get a list of further upgrades – aiming it squarely at...

This New American Knitwear Line Is Making the Wildest Sweaters You Can Wear
This New American Knitwear Line Is Making the Wildest Sweaters You Can Wear

Meet Camp High.

Grado Cuts the Cord on Its Hi-Fi Headphones
Grado Cuts the Cord on Its Hi-Fi Headphones

Before, if you were looking for great open-back headphones, you had to "go wired" – not anymore.

Persol Just Brought Back a Very Cool Retro Aviator
Persol Just Brought Back a Very Cool Retro Aviator

One of the oldest sunglass makers in the world.

The M2 CS Is the Car BMW Should’ve Made All Along
The M2 CS Is the Car BMW Should’ve Made All Along

A hardcore, lightened M2 CS is on the way in 2020, which just begs the question, why did this type of car ever disappear from the lineup, to begin with?

One of Our Favorite Small Cycling Brands Just Launched a New Collection
One of Our Favorite Small Cycling Brands Just Launched a New Collection

Can you spot the leaves?

Seiko Updates and Refines Its GPS-Connected Analog Watch
Seiko Updates and Refines Its GPS-Connected Analog Watch

A watch that always has the correct time.

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