January 14-18, 2019

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.

Monday, January

Follow Our Coverage of SIHH 2019 for This Year’s Biggest Watch Industry News & Updates
Follow Our Coverage of SIHH 2019 for This Year’s Biggest Watch Industry News & Updates

This week, the Palexpo facility in Geneva, Switzerland, will become the center of the watch world for the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, a luxury watch show rivaled only by BaselWorld in...

Subaru WRX STI S209: The Most Powerful STI Ever Is an AWD Dream
Subaru WRX STI S209: The Most Powerful STI Ever Is an AWD Dream

The simple philosophy behind the S209 over the standard models is more power, less weight and more downforce.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Affordable and Purpose-Built to Embarrass Supercars
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Affordable and Purpose-Built to Embarrass Supercars

With a supercharged 5.2L V8 that will generate more than 700hp, the Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Mustang ever.

The Spyderco Ikuchi Folder Is Like a Paring Knife for Your Pocket
The Spyderco Ikuchi Folder Is Like a Paring Knife for Your Pocket

This ultra-slim pocketknife from Spyderco is discreet and perfect for chopping up your lunch.

2020 Volkswagen Passat: Mostly the Same, Still a Great Deal
2020 Volkswagen Passat: Mostly the Same, Still a Great Deal

The Passat is much less powerful than the Audi A6, but it looks vaguely similar and costs half as much.

2020 Toyota Supra Revealed: Return of the King
2020 Toyota Supra Revealed: Return of the King

It felt like this day would never come. Toyota officially unveiled the all-new 2020 Supra at the North American International Auto Show.

Don’t Sleep on West Elm’s New Bathroom Gear
Don’t Sleep on West Elm’s New Bathroom Gear

West Elm's Water Street collection is the affordable and good-looking version of everything you need in your bathroom.

2020 Cadillac XT6: Does the All-New Three-Row Model Even Stand a Chance?
2020 Cadillac XT6: Does the All-New Three-Row Model Even Stand a Chance?

There’s no doubting the Cadillac brand’s historic resonance. But, there’s an open question whether the Cadillac brand serves as a buoy or a millstone for GM.

Outerknown Just Made Its Everyday Chinos More Winter-Friendly
Outerknown Just Made Its Everyday Chinos More Winter-Friendly

Made from a rugged, durable organic cotton twill.


Tuesday, January

The Best of the 2019 North American International Auto Show
The Best of the 2019 North American International Auto Show

The unofficial theme at this year's North American International Auto Show is "kickass."

Sony’s True Wireless Earbuds Are Just $100
Sony’s True Wireless Earbuds Are Just $100

Looking for true wireless earbuds to workout in? Save big on these.

The Royal Oak “Jumbo” Ultra-Thin Looks So Damn Good in This Combination of Gold
The Royal Oak “Jumbo” Ultra-Thin Looks So Damn Good in This Combination of Gold

Slim proportions and a pink gold-toned dial make this iteration of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin an instant hit.

This Is the Productivity Accessory Your Laptop Needs
This Is the Productivity Accessory Your Laptop Needs

This invisible laptop stand is perfect for anybody who works from at a portable workstation.

These Sweat-Proof Earbuds Should Survive a HIIT Workout
These Sweat-Proof Earbuds Should Survive a HIIT Workout

Whether it's raining or snowing outside, these earbuds will help you power through your next workout.

This Limited Edition Breitling Bucks a Big Trend in Modern Watchmaking
This Limited Edition Breitling Bucks a Big Trend in Modern Watchmaking

Breitling's new chronograph is an officially licensed dedication to one of the giants of mid-century commercial air travel.

Thirst No More: These Hip Packs Are Exactly What You Didn’t Know You Needed
Thirst No More: These Hip Packs Are Exactly What You Didn’t Know You Needed

Whether you run, bike, walk or hike, lumbar hydration packs are the easiest way to keep the breeze at your back.


Wednesday, January

The Biggest Trend for 2019’s Most Stylish New Watches? Think Pink
The Biggest Trend for 2019’s Most Stylish New Watches? Think Pink

From Montblanc to Audemars Piguet to A. Lange & Söhne, a lot of watch brands are thinking pink.

This Tiny, Portable Light Is the Secret to Better iPhone Photos
This Tiny, Portable Light Is the Secret to Better iPhone Photos

It also works with drones, action cameras and DSLR cameras.

Upgrade Your Vintage Defender With a New Ignition Key
Upgrade Your Vintage Defender With a New Ignition Key

If you want to spare no expense and pore over every detail of your vintage baby on a daily basis, Formawerx keys are worth a look.

Sorry, Nike. The Future Isn’t Laceless
Sorry, Nike. The Future Isn’t Laceless

Starting the new year on a high note, Nike announced the follow-up to its groundbreaking, self-lacing shoe. The Adapt BB is novel and impressive but it's not the end of shoes as we know them.

You Might Actually Be Able to Find This Japanese Whisky in Stores
You Might Actually Be Able to Find This Japanese Whisky in Stores

Available in April, it's almost definitely going to be one of the most accessible bottles of Suntory we've ever seen.

The Easiest Way to Double Your iPhone’s Battery Life
The Easiest Way to Double Your iPhone’s Battery Life

Apple just launched new battery cases for its iPhone XS and iPhone XR. They're available right now for $129, and you can pick one up online or at any Apple Store.


Thursday, January

What the Hell Is Going on With This Pocket Knife?
What the Hell Is Going on With This Pocket Knife?

Krudo Knives' newest folding pocket knife has many of the features of a typical blade, but doesn't look like one.

These Are the Most Valuable Sneakers Released Since October
These Are the Most Valuable Sneakers Released Since October

Limited-edition kicks from Nike, Adidas and Puma make up the list, with prices topping out at $4,393.

Greubel Forsey Fit an Incredible Amount of Engineering Into This 39.6mm Watch
Greubel Forsey Fit an Incredible Amount of Engineering Into This 39.6mm Watch

If you know Greubel Forsey, you know the brand makes pretty big watches. The new Balancier Contemporain is its first piece under 40mm.

The Best Headlight Design of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show
The Best Headlight Design of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus's radical lighting paired with the crowd-favorite coupe design language bodes very well for the drop top halo car hitting roads soon.

Bourbon Experts Will Be Hunting for This $23 Rye Whiskey — Here’s Why
Bourbon Experts Will Be Hunting for This $23 Rye Whiskey — Here’s Why

Good news: Old Forester is releasing a rye that's going to be affordable and available.

This Is What the Next Generation of Binoculars Looks Like
This Is What the Next Generation of Binoculars Looks Like

Artificial intelligence, live streaming and 4K video are pretty standard features in smartphone cameras nowadays — and now they're coming to binoculars.

Why You Have Too Much Fishing Gear, According to the Founder of Patagonia
Why You Have Too Much Fishing Gear, According to the Founder of Patagonia

In the newly revised second edition of Simple Fly Fishing, Patagonia's founder argues that fishing with less is better.

No Kitchen Is Complete Without a Heavy-Duty Blowtorch — Buy This One ASAP
No Kitchen Is Complete Without a Heavy-Duty Blowtorch — Buy This One ASAP

The puny dessert blow torches of yesteryear are unfit for a home kitchen. Here's why a heavy-duty blowtorch should be your next Amazon pickup.


Friday, January

The North Face’s Most Exclusive Collection Is Coming to the US
The North Face’s Most Exclusive Collection Is Coming to the US

The North Face Purple Label is a highly sought-after streetwear brand that, until now, has only been available in Japan.

The ERA Prometheus Is a Tourbillon Watch Nearly Anyone Can Afford
The ERA Prometheus Is a Tourbillon Watch Nearly Anyone Can Afford

The ERA Prometheus watch is an impressive tourbillon timepiece that retails for under $1,500, meaning nearly anyone can afford it.

A More Affordable Old-School BMW M3 Is On the Way
A More Affordable Old-School BMW M3 Is On the Way

The next generation BMW M3 is on its way and with a new, more affordable, no-frills, manual-only trim as well. It's about time.

How to Get Nike’s New Running Shoe Before It Comes Out
How to Get Nike’s New Running Shoe Before It Comes Out

The new iteration of Nike's Epic React Flyknit, the running shoe that debuted its high-end foam, was just revealed. Here's how to get it.

This Jean Maker Has a Two-Year Waitlist. Here’s How to Get His Style Now
This Jean Maker Has a Two-Year Waitlist. Here’s How to Get His Style Now

A 1950s style jeans made with Japanese denim.

Dark-Roasted Coffee Could Be the Comeback Story of 2019
Dark-Roasted Coffee Could Be the Comeback Story of 2019

The idea behind Trade's new coffee subscription is that good coffee can, and should, be for everyone.

The Ultimate Smart Gadget You Don’t Need? This Is It
The Ultimate Smart Gadget You Don’t Need? This Is It

Yes, it's a massage chair.

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