February 19-22, 2019

A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week


February 23, 2019 Briefings By

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.


Tuesday, February 19

Did a Surf Company Just Perfect the Everyday Backpack?
Did a Surf Company Just Perfect the Everyday Backpack?

Futures Fins is well known amongst surfers for its surfboard fins, but its newest product is a backpack that will be appreciated everywhere.

JFK’s Personal Hawaiian Shirt Is up for Sale
JFK’s Personal Hawaiian Shirt Is up for Sale

From the estate of long-time Kennedy financial advisor Thomas J. Walsh.

Why the Warby Parker of Window Shades Is Actually Pretty Damn Useful
Why the Warby Parker of Window Shades Is Actually Pretty Damn Useful

Forgoing brick-and-mortar locations, Mesken wants to make custom-sized window treatments to be cheaper.

Teva Just Figured Out How to Make Water Shoes Cool
Teva Just Figured Out How to Make Water Shoes Cool

Teva's new shoe, the multi-sport Wilder, packs all the function of performance-driven outdoor footwear but doesn't let down on style either.

Our Favorite Jeans Now Come in 3 New Colors
Our Favorite Jeans Now Come in 3 New Colors

Light blue, black and light brown.

Ikea’s Newest Innovation Was Made for Small Kitchens
Ikea’s Newest Innovation Was Made for Small Kitchens

Everyone's favorite Swedish furniture store introduces a brilliant fold-out shelving unit for small kitchens.

This Portland-Based Company Makes the Ultimate Versatile Watch
This Portland-Based Company Makes the Ultimate Versatile Watch

Using many American-made parts, the Vero SW watch is meant for a range of situations by combining simple design with sporty specifications.


Wednesday, February 20

Would You Pay $1,980 for Samsung’s Insanely Cool Foldable Phone?
Would You Pay $1,980 for Samsung’s Insanely Cool Foldable Phone?

The Galaxy Fold's standout feature 3-app multitasking, which allows you to have three apps opened and viewable all at the same time.

Finally, A Travel Pump That Doesn’t Compromise on Stability and Efficiency
Finally, A Travel Pump That Doesn’t Compromise on Stability and Efficiency

Regular pumps tend to be bulky and hard to pack. Silca's newest Viaggio Travel Pump solves those problems.

A Vintage Honda CB650 Makes a Perfect First Motorcycle
A Vintage Honda CB650 Makes a Perfect First Motorcycle

If you don't know what two-wheeled path to take, you'll want something affordable, manageable, and adaptable, like this vintage Honda CB650 .

Breitling’s New Watches Celebrate Its Military Aviation History
Breitling’s New Watches Celebrate Its Military Aviation History

The new Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk watches recall the vicious, shark-mouthed fighter planes from the 1940s.

Gerber’s New Tool Will Change How You Eat in the Woods
Gerber’s New Tool Will Change How You Eat in the Woods

Gerber's new Compleat is a mulit-tool for eating on the trail and at campsites that packs a ton of utility without becoming bulky.

The New and Improved Adidas Ultraboost Dropped Early Thursday Morning, and It’s Selling Fast
The New and Improved Adidas Ultraboost Dropped Early Thursday Morning, and It’s Selling Fast

Version 19 completely sold out when it first launched. This is your chance to pick up one of the newest colors before they sell out again.

This Is the Perfect Mini Music System for Your Desktop, And It Costs Under $300
This Is the Perfect Mini Music System for Your Desktop, And It Costs Under $300

Audioengine added wireless streaming to its best-in-class computer speakers.

Don’t Miss out on This Rugged American-Made Western Shirt
Don’t Miss out on This Rugged American-Made Western Shirt

Made with 9-ounce black twill.


Thursday, February 21

Obama Just Made this Slick New Bomber Jacket Pretty Hard to Get
Obama Just Made this Slick New Bomber Jacket Pretty Hard to Get

It's available for pre-order, but supplies probably won't last long.

The Perfect Jeep Does Exist and This Is it
The Perfect Jeep Does Exist and This Is it

What more could you want than a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with an American Expedition Vehicle JK350 kit and a V8 stuffed under the hood?

Should Athletes Eat Ancient Himalayan Plant Goo?
Should Athletes Eat Ancient Himalayan Plant Goo?

Hanah's latest wellness-boosting product is Shilajit+, a supplement derived from decomposed plant matter that oozes out of the Himalayas.

The BMW M3 Has a Serious Competitor In the Tesla Model 3
The BMW M3 Has a Serious Competitor In the Tesla Model 3

If the stats are true, the Tesla Model 3 Performance is within striking distance of the BMW M3.

The Most Recognizable Sneaker Ever Just Got a Lot More Durable
The Most Recognizable Sneaker Ever Just Got a Lot More Durable

Carharrt WIP and Converse made a very, very tough version of the Chuck 70.

This Is Garmin’s and Spotify’s Most Affordable Tracker Yet
This Is Garmin’s and Spotify’s Most Affordable Tracker Yet

Today, you can pick up the Vivoactive 3 with music, which is the most affordable tracker from Garmin with music yet.

Walmart’s Take on Ikea Furniture Isn’t Half Bad
Walmart’s Take on Ikea Furniture Isn’t Half Bad

Walmart's new private-label furniture line looks a whole lot better than you'd expect. Here are the highlights.

The New Focus ST Is Incredible, and That Sucks
The New Focus ST Is Incredible, and That Sucks

The Focus ST may be spectacular. But, there's a reason a lot of great cars don't make it to the U.S.


Friday, February 22

To Hell With the Purists. This AWD Porsche 356 Is Badass
To Hell With the Purists. This AWD Porsche 356 Is Badass

The Emory Motorsports 356 C4S is a 1956 356C with underpinnings from an AWD 911 form the '90s, dubbed the "AllRad."

One of the Most Iconic Sneakers Just Got an Invisible Upgrade
One of the Most Iconic Sneakers Just Got an Invisible Upgrade

The biggest improvement to sneaker technology so far this year comes from an unexpected source.

Consumer Reports Withdraws Tesla Model 3 Recommendation
Consumer Reports Withdraws Tesla Model 3 Recommendation

CR cited paint and trim issues, touchscreens going on the fritz, and glass defects from its owner survey.

This New Multicooker One-Ups the Instant Pot with a Welcome Feature
This New Multicooker One-Ups the Instant Pot with a Welcome Feature

Brooklyn-based Gourmia's new multicooker is the latest in a long line of Instant Pot foes.

Our Favorite Jeans Now Come in 3 New Colors
Our Favorite Jeans Now Come in 3 New Colors

Light blue, black and light brown.

These Complicated, Colorful Chronograph Watches Offer Tremendous Value
These Complicated, Colorful Chronograph Watches Offer Tremendous Value

Rising microbrand favorite Farer introduces feature-packed chronograph watches that are kept thin and affordable with Swiss quartz movements.

This One Water Bottle Eliminates 1000 Plastic Bottles From the Ocean
This One Water Bottle Eliminates 1000 Plastic Bottles From the Ocean

The proceeds from the purchase of an Ocean Bottle will help keep our oceans free from plastic.

These Replica Gov’t Issued Basketball Sneakers Are Choice
These Replica Gov’t Issued Basketball Sneakers Are Choice

Featuring a water-resistant Ventile upper.

American Apparel’s Fitness Line Is Perfect for Affordable Basics
American Apparel’s Fitness Line Is Perfect for Affordable Basics

American Apparel's newest activewear line called Forward has all the gym essentials you need all less than $38.

This $99 Video Doorbell Is All the Security Your Front Door Needs
This $99 Video Doorbell Is All the Security Your Front Door Needs

It's cheap. It comes with three days of free video storage. And it's compatible with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT.

The Least Popular Car in America Is Secretly One of the Best
The Least Popular Car in America Is Secretly One of the Best

The Fiat 124 Spider earns the "Least Popular Car" award, which is a damn shame because it's one of the best cars currently on the road.

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