February 2, 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 28

4 New Bottles of Whiskey We’re Dying to Try in 2019
4 New Bottles of Whiskey We’re Dying to Try in 2019

The end of 2018 saw a flurry of new and interesting bottles of brown hit the market — here are some of the highlights.

Leatherman Free P Review: A Reinvention of the Multi-Tool
Leatherman Free P Review: A Reinvention of the Multi-Tool

How does a decades-old company that created a product category reinvent itself and reimagine its most iconic product? The answer: magnets.

These Four Running Shoes Will Keep Your Feet Dry on Slushy Roads
These Four Running Shoes Will Keep Your Feet Dry on Slushy Roads

Spend more time outdoors and less time warming up your feet with the proper footwear for winter runs.

Tumi’s New Luggage Will Charge Your Phone, But that’s Not the Best Thing About it
Tumi’s New Luggage Will Charge Your Phone, But that’s Not the Best Thing About it

Tumi launched its A3 luggage collection with the least annoying marketing spokespeople in history: Lenny and Zoe Kravitz.

These Pretty Bookshelf Speakers Are a Cheap Way to Get Great Stereo Sound
These Pretty Bookshelf Speakers Are a Cheap Way to Get Great Stereo Sound

They are the perfect partner for any entry-level turntable.


Tuesday, January 29

Is This Tiny EDC Flashlight Too Small?
Is This Tiny EDC Flashlight Too Small?

A company called Malboro and Kane just claimed to have created the smallest EDC flashlight ever, but is the light too tiny?

This Sophisticated Japanese Brand Is Now Available Stateside
This Sophisticated Japanese Brand Is Now Available Stateside

Founded in 1978.

These Are the Waterproof Rival to AirPods
These Are the Waterproof Rival to AirPods

Jaybird's second-gen wireless earbuds are fully waterproof and sweatproof, designed to handle the sweatiest of ears.

Casper’s New $89 Night Light Is Very Smart Indeed
Casper’s New $89 Night Light Is Very Smart Indeed

Casper's new night light, the Glow, was designed to help you fall asleep. But perhaps its biggest calling card is its functionality beyond the nightstand.

J.Crew Is Now Making Sustainable Jeans for Under $100
J.Crew Is Now Making Sustainable Jeans for Under $100

Made at the cleanest denim factory.


Wednesday, January 30

Black Diamond’s New Down Jacket Is Its Warmest and Most Durable Ever
Black Diamond’s New Down Jacket Is Its Warmest and Most Durable Ever

Say it with us: li-quid cry-stal poly-mer.

Audi Performance Might Find Its Way to the New VW Golf
Audi Performance Might Find Its Way to the New VW Golf

According to reports, the next Golf GTI will have an all-new performance trim hinting and even more powerful Golf model on top of that, powered by the engine from an Audi RS3.

The 100 Best Breweries in the World, According to RateBeer
The 100 Best Breweries in the World, According to RateBeer

Did your favorite brewery make the cut?

Skechers Adds Its New Lightweight Foam to a Max Cushioned Shoe
Skechers Adds Its New Lightweight Foam to a Max Cushioned Shoe

Long distance runners will be excited about Skechers' Performance newest running shoe.

One of the Best Motorcycles of 2018 Is Getting a Follow Up
One of the Best Motorcycles of 2018 Is Getting a Follow Up

Today, Cake announced a street-legal version of the original Cake electric motorcycle which landed on the GP100, and it's coming to the US.

This Is an Exact Replica of a U.S. Gov’t Issued Jacket from the ‘30s
This Is an Exact Replica of a U.S. Gov’t Issued Jacket from the ‘30s

Painstakingly produced by The Real McCoy's Americana-focused brand Joe McCoy.

iRobot, the Company Behind Roomba Vacuums, Made a Robo-Lawn Mower
iRobot, the Company Behind Roomba Vacuums, Made a Robo-Lawn Mower

It works exactly how you'd expect.

Hydro Flask Launches Sleek Hydration Packs, Expanding Their Soft Goods Line
Hydro Flask Launches Sleek Hydration Packs, Expanding Their Soft Goods Line

The Journey Series will become your new go-to backpack for hiking, biking and more.

An All-New Tacoma Is Coming. Here’s What Toyota Should Fix
An All-New Tacoma Is Coming. Here’s What Toyota Should Fix

The Tacoma is charming. But, it’s far from perfect.

You Should Care About These Affordable Over-Ear Headphones
You Should Care About These Affordable Over-Ear Headphones

Skullcandy's Icon headphones used to be the go-to for the action sports community. Now they're back again, and wireless this time too.


Thursday, January 31

Nike Upgrades One of Its Most Popular Running Shoes, Available Now
Nike Upgrades One of Its Most Popular Running Shoes, Available Now

The Nike Epic React 2 debuts and it's a beauty.

Patagonia Is Making an Important Change to Some of Its Most Popular Products
Patagonia Is Making an Important Change to Some of Its Most Popular Products

Patagonia often leads the industry in innovation, and in 2019 it will do so by overhauling its alpine shells and Black Hole bags.

These $80 Backcountry Ski Poles Are Some of the Best You Can Buy
These $80 Backcountry Ski Poles Are Some of the Best You Can Buy

These lightweight backcountry poles offer high-performance features for beginners and experts alike.

This Advanced Climbing Shoe Uses the Same Material Found in Formula One Car Seats
This Advanced Climbing Shoe Uses the Same Material Found in Formula One Car Seats

This high performance rock climbing shoe looks petrifying to non-climbers, but works wonders on some of the highest levels of climbing.

Smith Wants You to See More on the Slopes
Smith Wants You to See More on the Slopes

Smith has a record being the first to innovate in the snow goggle space and it will continue that habit in 2019.

Barton’s Alligator Grain Watch Bands are Affordable and Come in Six Colors
Barton’s Alligator Grain Watch Bands are Affordable and Come in Six Colors

Get that alligator strap look without actual alligator deaths.

Can This New Brand Finally Make Ski Boots Comfortable?
Can This New Brand Finally Make Ski Boots Comfortable?

Dahu boots hopes to upend how we think about ski boot design (and comfort) with its innovative two-piece construction, but will performance be sacrificed?

This Is the Ski Sock You’ll Want to Buy Next Year
This Is the Ski Sock You’ll Want to Buy Next Year

Australia-based Le Bent is working with professional skier Cody Townsend to create the perfect sock for skiing.


Friday, February 1

These Are the Forthcoming Skis You Need to Know About
These Are the Forthcoming Skis You Need to Know About

For 2019/2020 K2 is overhauling its entire freeride line of skis with a collection called Mindbender that uses all-new tech.

This Road and Trail Shoe Solves a Common Problem
This Road and Trail Shoe Solves a Common Problem

These trail runners work just as well on the pavement as on the trail, so transitions are seamless and you don't have to buy two separate shoes.

You Decide How Many Holes Go in the Sole of These Trail Runners
You Decide How Many Holes Go in the Sole of These Trail Runners

Whether the trails near you are dusty, rocky or muddy, you can tweak this trail shoe to make it work for you.

This Jacket Will Help You Survive a Polar Vortex
This Jacket Will Help You Survive a Polar Vortex

Marmot's high alpine jacket will keep you toasty throughout hour-long belay sessions.

This Ultralight Down Jacket Is Getting Heavier for a Good Reason
This Ultralight Down Jacket Is Getting Heavier for a Good Reason

Mountain Hardwear's ultralight Ghost Whisperer down jacket has become a best seller, but in 2019 the company plans to make it heavier.

Under Armour’s New HOVR Infinite Trainer Honors Your Morning Grind
Under Armour’s New HOVR Infinite Trainer Honors Your Morning Grind

Under Armour's latest addition to its HOVR line was inspired by all the gritty runners out there logging miles before breakfast.

Canada Goose Is Releasing a New Line of One-of-a-Kind Parkas
Canada Goose Is Releasing a New Line of One-of-a-Kind Parkas

Featuring the designs of 14 Inuit seamstresses.

These Beautiful, Audiophile Speakers Are Every Architects’ Dream
These Beautiful, Audiophile Speakers Are Every Architects’ Dream

The Concept 300 is "the most audio advanced loudspeaker" that Q Acoustics has ever made.

These New Work Pants Are Made From a Uniquely Durable Fabric
These New Work Pants Are Made From a Uniquely Durable Fabric

Tuff Duck fabric made with hemp, organic cotton and recycled polyester.

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.

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