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.

Monday, January 7

2019 Suzuki Jimny 4×4: Super Functional and Super Small
2019 Suzuki Jimny 4×4: Super Functional and Super Small

Though there was definitely an awkward phase in its third generation, the new one is back to being Defenderesque, in a good way.

The Perfect Cheap Soundbar for Your Growing Home Theater
The Perfect Cheap Soundbar for Your Growing Home Theater

The TCL Alto 5 and 7 Sound Bars will be available this Spring.

Seagate’s New SSDs and HDDs Are Modeled After Your MacBook
Seagate’s New SSDs and HDDs Are Modeled After Your MacBook

They’re modeled visually after Apple MacBook designs and include a 1-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan, to make photo and video processing much easier.

Don’t Wait For the New Jeep Pickup. Just Get This ’84 J10
Don’t Wait For the New Jeep Pickup. Just Get This ’84 J10

If you need to scratch that Jeep pickup itch before the 2019 Gladiator lands this spring, this J10 will undoubtedly do the trick.

Do You Need a $1,000 Laundry Folding Machine? (Spoiler: You Don’t)
Do You Need a $1,000 Laundry Folding Machine? (Spoiler: You Don’t)

The FoldiMate promises to make laundry day easier. But its main problem is that it isn't worth its lofty pricetag.

This American-Made Bomber Jacket Is on Sale
This American-Made Bomber Jacket Is on Sale

A classic style with a shearling collar.

These Noise-Canceling Headphones Are All About Strong Retro Vibes
These Noise-Canceling Headphones Are All About Strong Retro Vibes

They have a 24-hour battery life with noise-canceling turned on, which is actually really impressive.

Garmin’s Smartwatch Adds 4G LTE Coverage, Levels the Playing Field with Apple
Garmin’s Smartwatch Adds 4G LTE Coverage, Levels the Playing Field with Apple

Garmin's addition of 4G LTE coverage means you really can leave your phone at home and head out for a run.

This Company Wants to Make Sure You Never Lose Another Pair of Headphones
This Company Wants to Make Sure You Never Lose Another Pair of Headphones

Finding lost gear is about to get a hell of a lot simpler.

The Best Budget 4K TVs Will Natively Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, Which Is Amazing
The Best Budget 4K TVs Will Natively Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, Which Is Amazing

Thinking about getting an Apple 4K TV? Just get a really nice 4K TV instead. They effectively do the same thing.

The Next Generation of Multi-Room Speakers Is Here
The Next Generation of Multi-Room Speakers Is Here

Each speaker has Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in. Support for Apple's AirPlay 2 is coming in early 2019.

Samsung’s New 4K TV Is Ludicrously Stunning
Samsung’s New 4K TV Is Ludicrously Stunning

Just look at it. No, really, just look at it.


Tuesday, January8

This Waterproof Fabric Won’t Make You Sweat Through Your Jacket
This Waterproof Fabric Won’t Make You Sweat Through Your Jacket

The North Face aims to revolutionize the outdoors with its waterproof and breathable fabric called FutureLight.

Omega Revives the First Watch Movement Used In Space
Omega Revives the First Watch Movement Used In Space

Watch enthusiasts don't get excited too often about new movements, but here's why Omega's 321 caliber is so worthy of its comeback.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Is Bigger, Better and No Longer Entry-Level
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Is Bigger, Better and No Longer Entry-Level

The new CLA has gotten longer, wider, and sleeker than the previous model.

These Noise-Canceling Headphones Were Perfected for Business Professionals
These Noise-Canceling Headphones Were Perfected for Business Professionals

The Jabra Elite 85h are noise-canceling headphones with a 32-hour battery life, with noise-canceling turned on.

Tracksmith Just Released 8 Pieces of Gear to Keep You Running All Winter
Tracksmith Just Released 8 Pieces of Gear to Keep You Running All Winter

These pieces will streamline your winter running kit and help you make it to spring.

The Harley-Davidson LiveWire Pricing Is Ridiculous
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire Pricing Is Ridiculous

Five years after it was originally announced, the production version of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire finally made an appearance at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

This Is the Holy Grail of Home-Brewing Machines, Perfect for the Craft Beer Lover
This Is the Holy Grail of Home-Brewing Machines, Perfect for the Craft Beer Lover

You can make one of five craft beers: golden American Pale Ale, hoppy American IPA, dry Czech Pilsner, full-bodied English Stout, or zesty Belgian-style Witbier.

This New Recovery Tool Could Be Key to Keeping Your Resolution
This New Recovery Tool Could Be Key to Keeping Your Resolution

The G3PRO is back with all new attachments, a smaller travel case and a more muffled sound, but the same powerful feel.


Wednesday, January 9

These Are the Cheap AirPod Alternatives You’ve Been Waiting For
These Are the Cheap AirPod Alternatives You’ve Been Waiting For

Anker is well known for its high-quality and budget-friendly true wireless earbuds. Now it's adopting a design that looks strikingly like Apple's AirPods.

Goal Zero Nomad 5: The New Portable Solar Panel That Every Camper Needs
Goal Zero Nomad 5: The New Portable Solar Panel That Every Camper Needs

You’re running out of excuses for running out of juice.

The Oris ProDiver Dive Control Is a Professional Tool Watch Through and Through
The Oris ProDiver Dive Control Is a Professional Tool Watch Through and Through

Oris releases its first timepiece of 2019 — an oversized dive watch developed in concert with a professional offshore diver.

Technics Brings Back Beloved Turntable Series Designed for DJs and Audiophiles
Technics Brings Back Beloved Turntable Series Designed for DJs and Audiophiles

Audiophiles and DJs rejoice. After a nearly 10-year hiatus, Technics will revive its iconic SL-1200 turntable series.

Audio-Technica Targets Sony and Bose with Impressive New Headphones
Audio-Technica Targets Sony and Bose with Impressive New Headphones

Announced at CES, Audio-Technica's entry into the ANC headphone space is a welcome one.

Nike Quietly Launched a Yoga Line — Here’s Everything You Need to Know
Nike Quietly Launched a Yoga Line — Here’s Everything You Need to Know

If you want to do more yoga or get flexible in 2019, Nike's new collection is for you.

Still Listen to Wired Headphones With Your iPhone? Get This Battery Case
Still Listen to Wired Headphones With Your iPhone? Get This Battery Case

Mophie's new portable iPhone battery case, the Juice Pack Access, supports wireless charging and doesn't cover up the Lightning port.

This Turntable Is a Modern Audiophile’s Dream
This Turntable Is a Modern Audiophile’s Dream

It's the world’s first vinyl player that can stream high-resolution 24-bit/48kHz sound wirelessly to amps, speakers and headphones.

These Heavyweight Jeans Are Made with Completely New Denim
These Heavyweight Jeans Are Made with Completely New Denim

Loomstate 15.5-ounce unsanforized denim made of pure indigo warp and weft threads.

The Top 5 Cars of 2018 According to Jeremy Clarkson
The Top 5 Cars of 2018 According to Jeremy Clarkson

When Clarkson's top five picks of the year surface, some of the choices are complete wild cards while others you could see coming from a mile away.

Bevel’s New Skincare Line Makes Taking Care of Your Face Really, Really Easy
Bevel’s New Skincare Line Makes Taking Care of Your Face Really, Really Easy

Bevel, the company that introduced lots of guys to single-blade shaving, is back with a new skincare system.

Why You Should Care About These New Pocket Knife Handles
Why You Should Care About These New Pocket Knife Handles

Buck Knives just rereleased two of its classic knives with ebony handles, a wood it hasn't used since the 1960s.

The North Face Teams Up With BMW to Make an Off-Road Camper
The North Face Teams Up With BMW to Make an Off-Road Camper

Collaborations between brands in this day and age are wildly commonplace but BMW getting together with The North Face is intriguing.

The ‘World’s Most Cinematic TV’ Was Made for Cinephiles
The ‘World’s Most Cinematic TV’ Was Made for Cinephiles

Announced at CES 2019, the Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED TV is the world’s first TV to support HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and the HLG Photo format.


Thursday, January 10

The Future of Watchmaking Is Here: Ressence to Produce the Revolutionary Type 2
The Future of Watchmaking Is Here: Ressence to Produce the Revolutionary Type 2

The wait is over — Ressence's Type 2 e-Crown Concept signals the potential future of horology, and it's finally going into production.

This Spanish Luxury Brand Takes on the Outdoor Lifestyle
This Spanish Luxury Brand Takes on the Outdoor Lifestyle

A line of clothing and accessories inspired by the great outdoors.

The 2020 Ford Explorer Is All-New From the Ground Up
The 2020 Ford Explorer Is All-New From the Ground Up

The design might be more of an evolution, but it's merely hiding leaps and bounds lurking under the sheet metal.

One of the Year’s Best New Gadgets? A Smart Peephole
One of the Year’s Best New Gadgets? A Smart Peephole

Ring showed up to CES with more than a dozen new smart home gadgets, but none are as promising as a smart peephole.

Need an ECG? Withings’ Newest Smartwatch Can Take One
Need an ECG? Withings’ Newest Smartwatch Can Take One

The new Withings Move ECG, which debuted at CES 2019, is one of two smartwatches that can take a reading of your heart's electrical rhythm.

The Best Laptop of CES Is the MacBook Air’s Biggest Rival
The Best Laptop of CES Is the MacBook Air’s Biggest Rival

The Huawei MateBook 13 could be the MacBook Air's biggest rival — and it has a few legs up over the competition.

If You Want to Try Boxing at Home, Here’s How to Do It Easily
If You Want to Try Boxing at Home, Here’s How to Do It Easily

Fightcamp's gym system will have you throwing Michael B. Jordan-like punches in no time.

These American-Made Chore Coats Are Exceedingly Limited
These American-Made Chore Coats Are Exceedingly Limited

Only one available in each size.

This Innovative Portable Charger Doubles As a Hub for Your MacBook
This Innovative Portable Charger Doubles As a Hub for Your MacBook

With many new laptops only having USB-C ports, such as the new MacBook Air, this could be the perfect travel companion.

The Versatile Tablet That Aims to Replace Your Echo Speaker
The Versatile Tablet That Aims to Replace Your Echo Speaker

The Lenovo Smart Tab is basically a way more versatile Echo Show smart display.

Die-Hard Watch Collectors Will Love Lange’s Latest Limited Edition
Die-Hard Watch Collectors Will Love Lange’s Latest Limited Edition

One of the most iconic watches of the past quarter-century gets a makeover in time for its 25th anniversary.

This Tiny Amp Makes Your Headphones Sound Like a Room Full of Speakers
This Tiny Amp Makes Your Headphones Sound Like a Room Full of Speakers

The technical term is "holographic" audio, and this headphone amp can do it.


Friday, January 11

Shinola’s New Hotel Is Worth the Trip to Detroit
Shinola’s New Hotel Is Worth the Trip to Detroit

Now open in Detroit, the new hotel looks exactly like a hotel Shinola would open, and that's a very good thing.

Our Favorite Sports Sunglasses Brand Just Launched a New Style
Our Favorite Sports Sunglasses Brand Just Launched a New Style

Roka makes some of the best sports sunglasses in the game, and now the brand launches everyday glasses we can't wait to wear.

This Heavy Knit Fisherman Sweater Is Worth Its Weight
This Heavy Knit Fisherman Sweater Is Worth Its Weight

Hand knit using a high-quality Japanese wool-camel blend.

Why Apple Is Going Big on Smart TVs (Without Actually Making One)
Why Apple Is Going Big on Smart TVs (Without Actually Making One)

Here's what it means for you.

The First Smart Motorcycle Helmet From a Trusted Brand
The First Smart Motorcycle Helmet From a Trusted Brand

Shoei is now the first of the mainstream motorcycle helmet brands to enter the smart motorcycle helmet space with their IT-HT helmet.

Want to Learn a New Skill Quicker? These Futuristic Headphones Will Help
Want to Learn a New Skill Quicker? These Futuristic Headphones Will Help

Neuropriming is the next big thing in fitness. Just twenty minutes of a small electrical shock to your brain and you're ready to learn something new.

Nordstrom Just Rounded Up the Coolest City to Mountain Clothes in One Place
Nordstrom Just Rounded Up the Coolest City to Mountain Clothes in One Place

The first edition of Nordstrom's New Concepts is Out Cold, featuring the best city to mountain gear from Snow Peak, Arc'Teryx, Makintosh and more.

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