February 11-15, 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, February 11

You Should Know About the Other Brand Named Yeti
You Should Know About the Other Brand Named Yeti

Years before Yeti built its bearproof coolers, another brand by the same name was making contraband sleeping bags in East Germany.

Toyota Beats the Aftermarket to the Punch With a TRD Body Kit
Toyota Beats the Aftermarket to the Punch With a TRD Body Kit

Toyota's TRD department is beating the aftermarket to the punch with a factory-designed body kit of its own.

Now’s Your Chance to Buy One of Jerry Garcia’s Iconic Guitar Pedals
Now’s Your Chance to Buy One of Jerry Garcia’s Iconic Guitar Pedals

Sold by longtime Grateful Dead roadie Steve Parish.

These Are the Most Innovative Outdoor Products Coming in 2019
These Are the Most Innovative Outdoor Products Coming in 2019

This year's ISPO award winners were announced and here are the four biggest game-changers in the outdoors category.

Why Adidas’ Latest Sneaker Is Already Re-Selling for Almost Twice the Price
Why Adidas’ Latest Sneaker Is Already Re-Selling for Almost Twice the Price

Turns out Adidas's 4D sole tech looks pretty stellar on a late '80 sneaker.

One of the Best American Bootmakers Released a New Style
One of the Best American Bootmakers Released a New Style

Handmade in Spokane, Washington.

One of Our Favorite Aluminum Carry-Ons Now Comes in Black
One of Our Favorite Aluminum Carry-Ons Now Comes in Black

Buying dark luggage can be a little bit of a risk. After all, people tend to default to black, and no traveler wants to cause confusion at the baggage claim carousel or during the weird...

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.


Tuesday, February 12

It’s True Love: Leatherman’s Valentine’s-Perfect Multi-Tool
It’s True Love: Leatherman’s Valentine’s-Perfect Multi-Tool

Nothing says I love you like a personalized multitool.

These High-Tops Will Make You Say Goodbye to Your Low-Tops
These High-Tops Will Make You Say Goodbye to Your Low-Tops

Even people who swear by their low-top sneakers are getting weirdly excited about the Koio Primo Triple White.

Fender Just Reissued an Amp from 1962 for Chris Stapleton
Fender Just Reissued an Amp from 1962 for Chris Stapleton

A hand-wired 12-watt amp with a custom 12-inch speaker, not to mention a cover made by Filson.

James Brand Ellis Review: This is the Modern Swiss Army Knife We’ve Been Waiting For
James Brand Ellis Review: This is the Modern Swiss Army Knife We’ve Been Waiting For

The James Brand released the Ellis, its modern reinterpretation of the iconic Swiss Army Knife. Here's how the company created it.

Reebok’s Best-Selling Sneaker Is Now Budget Friendly
Reebok’s Best-Selling Sneaker Is Now Budget Friendly

Finding a pair of running shoes that will hold up for hundreds of miles and is $100 or less can be difficult. Reebok makes it easy.

A Legendary Name Will Return at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
A Legendary Name Will Return at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

The New Stratos made it to production and of the 25 Ferrari-based coupes, at least one is making its way stateside.

What If Apple Made a Shower Head? Meet the Nebia 2.0
What If Apple Made a Shower Head? Meet the Nebia 2.0

A few years ago, Nebia released a shower head that atomized water on the fly and save huge amounts of water (and money). Launched today, Nebia 2.0 is even better.


Wednesday, February 13

This New All-in-One Camping Hammock Could Replace Your Tent
This New All-in-One Camping Hammock Could Replace Your Tent

Kammok just revealed the Mantis, an all-in-one camping hammock that uses integrated features and an easy setup.

This Will Be Your Wall Charger for the Next Five Years
This Will Be Your Wall Charger for the Next Five Years

Anker just announced its new line of USB-C devices designed to quickly and easily charge your gadgets.

BMW Just Raised the Bar for CUVs
BMW Just Raised the Bar for CUVs

BMW just announced the X3 M and X4 M Competition trims will come with the most powerful straight-six engines ever fitted to one of its cars.

This Cult-Favorite Japanese Brand Just Released a Rare Collection
This Cult-Favorite Japanese Brand Just Released a Rare Collection

Denim jackets, jeans and tees.

This Study Says Electric Vehicles Are Cheaper to Own. Is that True?
This Study Says Electric Vehicles Are Cheaper to Own. Is that True?

Even making considerable changes over that would require a long time before the fuel savings from an EV accounted for the premium to buy it.

Stay Dry Through Spring with Norse Projects’s and Gore-Tex’s Stylish, New Jackets
Stay Dry Through Spring with Norse Projects’s and Gore-Tex’s Stylish, New Jackets

These Scandinavian-inspired jackets are 100 percent waterproof to get you through winter and spring.

No Need to Buy an Apple TV with These Gorgeous 4K TVs
No Need to Buy an Apple TV with These Gorgeous 4K TVs

The fancy new QLED TVs that Samsung announced earlier this year at CES 2019 are now available for purchase or pre-order on Samsung's website.

Everlane’s Excellent $68 Jeans Now Come in a Lighter Wash
Everlane’s Excellent $68 Jeans Now Come in a Lighter Wash

Everlane is lightening up its denim, just in time for spring.

This Lightweight Rain Jacket Is Ideal for Spring Travel
This Lightweight Rain Jacket Is Ideal for Spring Travel

Made from water-resistant recycled polyester.


Thursday, February 14

This Sexy Wireless Speaker Can Be Your Soundbar
This Sexy Wireless Speaker Can Be Your Soundbar

Black glass front panel, illuminated logo, lovely analog control knobs, and a pair of illuminating blue power meters -- must be a McIntosh.

This BMW 540i Is a More Sensible, Affordable M5
This BMW 540i Is a More Sensible, Affordable M5

BMW has a real knack for building utterly fantastic performance cars, them resigning them to the shadows of top-tier trims.

Nomad Just Launched the Apple Watch Bracelet We’ve Been Waiting For
Nomad Just Launched the Apple Watch Bracelet We’ve Been Waiting For

The titanium links and stainless-steel lugs are rated to resist up to 20 kilograms of lateral force, making this bracelet one of the most robust options on the market.

Ready for Pro-Level Camera Gear? Canon Just Made it Affordable
Ready for Pro-Level Camera Gear? Canon Just Made it Affordable

Maybe the most interesting thing about it is that it essentially undercuts the Sony equivalent, A7III, by roughly 40-percent.

Two of Nike’s Best Running Shoes Get a New Look
Two of Nike’s Best Running Shoes Get a New Look

Nike's collaboration with Japanese streetwear designer Jun Takahashi continues with a new take on it's most popular running gear -- and it's out now.

Your Next Investment Portfolio? Collectible Whiskey
Your Next Investment Portfolio? Collectible Whiskey

Bowmore claims the top spot on Rare Whisky 101's best investment booze portfolio.

Taylor Stitch Just Updated One of Our Favorite Travel Blazers
Taylor Stitch Just Updated One of Our Favorite Travel Blazers

A modern two-button blazer made from a breathable wool-linen blend.

This Is a Belstaff Jacket For a More Sensible Budget
This Is a Belstaff Jacket For a More Sensible Budget

If you're on the hunt for a specific style and don't care which brand name gets stitched on the shoulder, consider the Merlin Elmhurst as a budget-Belstaff.

These Sneakers Take the Term ‘Handmade’ to a New Level
These Sneakers Take the Term ‘Handmade’ to a New Level

Available exclusively at Standard and Strange.

What If Your Workout Socks Were Designed by One of the Toughest Endurance Athletes?
What If Your Workout Socks Were Designed by One of the Toughest Endurance Athletes?

Whether you're running 100 miles at a time or heading out for a jaunt around the block, these new socks are comfortable and breathable.


Friday, February 15

2018’s Knife of the Year Just Got an Upgrade
2018’s Knife of the Year Just Got an Upgrade

Fox Knives's Suru won the award for Knife of the Year at the 2018 Blade Show and just months later it's getting a new look.

This Modernized Classic Mini Is the Perfect City Car
This Modernized Classic Mini Is the Perfect City Car

The Swindon Powertrain E Classic Mini should drive with the comfort of a modern vehicle and none of the quirks of an iconic British classic.

Lexus Is the Most Dependable Luxury Brand of 2019
Lexus Is the Most Dependable Luxury Brand of 2019

J.D Power just released its 2019 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study findings, and Lexus tops the list.

Seiko Teamed Up With a California Jeweler On a Stealthy Dive Watch
Seiko Teamed Up With a California Jeweler On a Stealthy Dive Watch

Seiko and Topper Jewelers worked together on the new SBP107 diver, a limited-edition watch with a blacked-out case.

RxBar’s New 10 oz. Jars of Nut Butters Will Make You Rethink Your Old Peanut Butter
RxBar’s New 10 oz. Jars of Nut Butters Will Make You Rethink Your Old Peanut Butter

Our team loves the RXBAR nut butter pouches, so we're pretty psyched about this development.

Don’t Want an iPad? This Is the Cheap Tablet You Should Buy
Don’t Want an iPad? This Is the Cheap Tablet You Should Buy

The interesting thing about the Galaxy Tab S5e is that, for roughly half the price, you'd think it be a far worse tablet than the Tab S4. But it's not.

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing Made a 1,600-Horsepower Boat
Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing Made a 1,600-Horsepower Boat

“You want to try feeling like this on land?” shouts a champion speed boat racer named Bud. “Just go 100 in a convertible and stand up.”

Everlane’s Excellent $68 Jeans Now Come in a Lighter Wash
Everlane’s Excellent $68 Jeans Now Come in a Lighter Wash

Everlane is lightening up its denim, just in time for spring.

Tesla Has Reinvented The Car Alarm, But Why?
Tesla Has Reinvented The Car Alarm, But Why?

For all the technology involved, the primary function of Sentry Mode remains that of a common car alarm: making loud noises.

The Details on These Jeans Are Second to None
The Details on These Jeans Are Second to None

Using proprietary Black-Seed denim from Cone Mills White Oak plant.

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