March 25-29, 2019

A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week


March 30, 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.

Monday, March 25

Experts Just Named a $30 Bourbon the Best Whiskey in the World
Experts Just Named a $30 Bourbon the Best Whiskey in the World

The first bourbon to win San Francisco's top whiskey prize in a decade.

This Is the Ford F-150 Raptor We’ve Wanted All Along
This Is the Ford F-150 Raptor We’ve Wanted All Along

Ford is planning to send off the current generation F-150 with another Raptor version, this time fitted with the V8 from the new Shelby Mustang GT500.

Hex Launched a Rainproof Bag Collection Just In Time for Spring
Hex Launched a Rainproof Bag Collection Just In Time for Spring

With full neoprene construction and dark tonal designs, these versatile tech-ready commuter and travel bags are totally spring-ready.

Speed Up Your Commute with Schwinn’s New E-Bikes
Speed Up Your Commute with Schwinn’s New E-Bikes

Whether you're looking for a way to get to work faster or want to take up a new hobby on the weekend, these e-bikes fit the bill.

These 4K Home Security Cameras Are Just the Right Kind of Excessive
These 4K Home Security Cameras Are Just the Right Kind of Excessive

Arlo's 4K security camera is over-the-top in the best way.

A Vintage Honda Is the Perfect Motorcycle for the City
A Vintage Honda Is the Perfect Motorcycle for the City

If you live in the city, whether you enjoy some light trail riding on the weekends or not, an old scrambler like this '72 Honda CL350 is the perfect weapon of choice.

This Is the Ideal Overshirt for Spring
This Is the Ideal Overshirt for Spring

The Utility Shirt made from 9.5-ounce cotton herringbone fabric.

Filson Just Released Your New Favorite Shorts
Filson Just Released Your New Favorite Shorts

Made from 4.5-ounce cotton that's treated for water resistance.


Tuesday, March 26

This New Rolex GMT Master II Features a Rare Meteorite Dial
This New Rolex GMT Master II Features a Rare Meteorite Dial

The new Rolex GMT Master II for Baselworld 2019 offers a unique look with a meteorite dial and "Pepsi" bezel, in white gold.

This Is the Sonos x Ikea Bookshelf Speaker (And It Already Has a Design Award)
This Is the Sonos x Ikea Bookshelf Speaker (And It Already Has a Design Award)

The Symfonisk is a Sonos-powered bookshelf that IKEA will sell this August. It's already won a 2019 RED Dot award for its product design.

Seiko’s New Astron Watches Celebrate Quartz Timekeeping
Seiko’s New Astron Watches Celebrate Quartz Timekeeping

Seiko's Astron technology powered the first-ever quartz watch in 1969, and 50 years hence it's both incredibly accurate and impressive to behold.

Apple’s Big TV Event: A Quick Recap of Everything You Missed
Apple’s Big TV Event: A Quick Recap of Everything You Missed

The star attraction for today's event was Apple TV+, a new streaming service where all the Apple-exclusive films and shows will live.

This Japanese Brand Makes Boxers That Are Actually Cool
This Japanese Brand Makes Boxers That Are Actually Cool

A range of tasteful designs.

Ducati Just Won One of the Most Prestigious Design Awards
Ducati Just Won One of the Most Prestigious Design Awards

For the third time in history, Ducati takes home the Red Dot "Best of the Best" Award, this time with the 2019 Diavel 1260.

This Bargain BMW M3 Might be Worth the Risk
This Bargain BMW M3 Might be Worth the Risk

If you treat this E36 M3-in disguise as the bastardized weekend car that it is and only drive it for the thrill, the bargain might be worth the risk.

This New Customizable Protein Powder Actually Tastes Good
This New Customizable Protein Powder Actually Tastes Good

We love the personalized feel of these protein powders.

The Sony RX0 II Is “the World’s Smallest and Lightest” Compact Camera
The Sony RX0 II Is “the World’s Smallest and Lightest” Compact Camera

The Sony RX0 II blurs the line between action cameras and traditional compact shooters.


Wednesday, March 27

Want Sweatproof AirPods? Apple Has a Surprise for You
Want Sweatproof AirPods? Apple Has a Surprise for You

The Powerbeats Pro sport headphones are expected to have the same H1 chip as Apple's new AirPods, so they'll have many the same new features.

The Affordable Mercedes-AMG A 35 Sedan Is Finally Here
The Affordable Mercedes-AMG A 35 Sedan Is Finally Here

Today, Mercedes announced the AMG A 35 sedan, the performance variant of the new entry-level A-Class.

These Flattering New Sunglasses Work on a Boat and on a Run
These Flattering New Sunglasses Work on a Boat and on a Run

Native Eyewear molds the perfect mix of stylish yet functional.

Breville’s New All-in-One Espresso Machine Looks Pretty Stellar
Breville’s New All-in-One Espresso Machine Looks Pretty Stellar

Breville's latest espresso machine looks to blend the best parts of its other excellent options into one, surprisingly reasonable machine.

One of the Ultimate Sleeper Cars Is Ridiculously Affordable Right Now
One of the Ultimate Sleeper Cars Is Ridiculously Affordable Right Now

As far as unassuming cars go, the 2004 Volkswagen R32 easily tops the list of all-time greats.

Filson Made a Rugged Suede Backpack Worth the Cash
Filson Made a Rugged Suede Backpack Worth the Cash

Made with North American hides, thickened in the cold and tanned in Chicago by Horween.


Thursday, March 28

The 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata Is Criminally Undervalued
The 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata Is Criminally Undervalued

It's not a million-dollar car, but for the driving experience it's capable of delivering, this 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata should be going for a hell of a lot more.

This Is the Biggest Pocket Knife We’ve Ever Seen
This Is the Biggest Pocket Knife We’ve Ever Seen

CRKT's new XOC — pronounced "shock" — is a premium folding pocket knife on a huge scale.

The 10 Most Overlooked Cars in America Last Year
The 10 Most Overlooked Cars in America Last Year

In a few years, preferences will shift again, but for now, these are 10 of the slowest-selling cars in America last year.

The New Carhartt WIP Sunglasses Are Beyond Hip
The New Carhartt WIP Sunglasses Are Beyond Hip

Handmade with Italian Mazzucchelli acetate and Carl Zeiss lenses.

Incase Made a Collection From Flight Nylon, And it Looks Seriously Good
Incase Made a Collection From Flight Nylon, And it Looks Seriously Good

The new Flight Nylon Collection from Incase is a tough yet stylish line with materials coming straight off the backs of pilots.

Backcountry’s New Climb Line Launches Today
Backcountry’s New Climb Line Launches Today

Backcountry sells some of the best gear for the outdoors and now they make their own, too.


Friday, March 29

This $50 Pappy-Like Bourbon Could Be the Best Whiskey Release of the Year
This $50 Pappy-Like Bourbon Could Be the Best Whiskey Release of the Year

Get your gloves out. The whiskey world will be fighting over the new W.L. Weller bottles from Buffalo Trace Distillery.

This Simple App Makes Dark Mode on Your Mac Even Better
This Simple App Makes Dark Mode on Your Mac Even Better

If you're a big fan of Dark Mode, there's a new Mac app that you should try.

Canada Goose and Gore-Tex Finally Join Forces to Take on the Spring
Canada Goose and Gore-Tex Finally Join Forces to Take on the Spring

Two of the most esteemed names in outerwear join forces for a killer spring collection to beat back wind and rain.

Patagonia’s Latest Product Is This New Beer
Patagonia’s Latest Product Is This New Beer

Patagonia's sustainable food company, Patagonia Provisions, just released Long Root Wit, its second ever beer.

Canon Takes Another Shot at Fujifilm with an Upgraded Instant-Print Camera
Canon Takes Another Shot at Fujifilm with an Upgraded Instant-Print Camera

Canon's new IVY Cliq+ camera lets you edit and tweak images in a companion mobile app before creating an instant print from the camera itself — a big upgrade over the original model.

It’s Hard to Beat the Quality of This Japanese Chukka Boot
It’s Hard to Beat the Quality of This Japanese Chukka Boot

Featuring Goodyear-welt construction, Vibram soles and French calf leather that was tanned in Japan.

Shop This Constantly Sold Out Jacket from Topo Designs Today
Shop This Constantly Sold Out Jacket from Topo Designs Today

The icy blue and red are already close to selling out again.

Score a Deal on the Snack That’s Keto-Friendly and Paleo-Approved
Score a Deal on the Snack That’s Keto-Friendly and Paleo-Approved

CHOMPS meat sticks are absent any substitute ingredients like added sugar, artificial preservatives, fillers or MSG.

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