April 8-12, 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, April 8

This Might Be the Ultimate Custom Defender
This Might Be the Ultimate Custom Defender

Barring any unexpected aggressive bidding wars, you could be looking at a hell of a deal for a custom restomodded Defender.

Sonos and Ikea Just Announced a Table Lamp that Looks Fantastic
Sonos and Ikea Just Announced a Table Lamp that Looks Fantastic

The two companies claim it's "the loudest table lamp ever."

Spy Optics Celebrates 25 Years With Three Retro Sunglasses
Spy Optics Celebrates 25 Years With Three Retro Sunglasses

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Spy Optics and the celebration begins with three new sunglass styles.

This Is the Most Hyped Bourbon in Whiskey, Yet We Know Almost Nothing About It
This Is the Most Hyped Bourbon in Whiskey, Yet We Know Almost Nothing About It

Kentucky Owl's new bourbon whiskey is available now and a lot of whiskey enthusiasts are really pissed about it.

The 2019 Easter Jeep Safari Concepts Will Make You Want a Gladiator More
The 2019 Easter Jeep Safari Concepts Will Make You Want a Gladiator More

With the release of the long-awaited Gladiator pickup truck, it makes sense it's the star of the show at this year's Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

Is This the Perfect Headset for the Modern Office?
Is This the Perfect Headset for the Modern Office?

The new headset has a couple of modern features that most other headsets lack.

This New Steel G-Shock Watch Brings Baked-In Patina
This New Steel G-Shock Watch Brings Baked-In Patina

Casio's new G-Shock comes in a metal case with an aged treatment that give it the look of a well-worn pair of jeans.


Tuesday, April 9

Want a Custom Pocket Knife? Get This One Instead
Want a Custom Pocket Knife? Get This One Instead

Alliance Designs worked with designer Brian Efros to make the new Ice Lite pocket knife affordable without sacrificing quality.

Hydro Flask Just Made Its First Hydration Pack
Hydro Flask Just Made Its First Hydration Pack

Hydro Flask makes some of our favorite bottles, so naturally their first hydration packs would offer the features and capabilities we want when we're out on the trail.

Owner of 20-Year-Old Jeep Wrangler Praised as Hero for Pulling 44-Ton Truck From Snow Drift
Owner of 20-Year-Old Jeep Wrangler Praised as Hero for Pulling 44-Ton Truck From Snow Drift

Call it the story of the Little Wrangler That Could.

Breitling’s Iconic Navitimer Is Now More Approachable than Ever
Breitling’s Iconic Navitimer Is Now More Approachable than Ever

The new Navitimer 1 Automatic 41, with a 41mm case, makes a winning design simpler, more wearable and more affordable.

Back in Stock: Everlane Reissues Its Popular Linen Shirt for Spring and Summer
Back in Stock: Everlane Reissues Its Popular Linen Shirt for Spring and Summer

Technical apparel isn't the be-all and end-all of summer office wear. Everlane's new linen button-downs prove it.

Why You Absolutely Need a Scale to Brew World-Class Coffee at Home
Why You Absolutely Need a Scale to Brew World-Class Coffee at Home

No right-minded barista on earth would brew coffee without a scale to measure both beans and water.

Get One Of the Best Subaru WRXs Ever For Just $14,995
Get One Of the Best Subaru WRXs Ever For Just $14,995

Thanks to the 25-year-old car import law early '90s Japanese cars are now making their way to our shores, like this lovely sleeper 1993 Subaru WRX Type SA.

This Smart Surge Protector Won One of the World’s Most Prestigious Design Awards
This Smart Surge Protector Won One of the World’s Most Prestigious Design Awards

This HomeKit-enabled power strip recently won a 2019 Red Dot Award for its product design.

Love #Vanlife? These 3 Books Are for You
Love #Vanlife? These 3 Books Are for You

All three are worthy of your coffee table, too.


Wednesday, April 10

New Seiko Watches Fuse the Best of Japanese Pop Culture & Watchmaking
New Seiko Watches Fuse the Best of Japanese Pop Culture & Watchmaking

The new Seiko Prospex watches hold nothing back to mark the 40-year anniversary of the Japanese classic "Mobile Gundam Suit" animated series.

Amazon’s $300 Amplifier Adds Alexa to Your Home Theater
Amazon’s $300 Amplifier Adds Alexa to Your Home Theater

The Echo Link Amp works as a stereo receiver. It also can function as 2.1 home theater receiver.

This Super-Sexy Porsche 911 Speedster Is About to Hit the Streets
This Super-Sexy Porsche 911 Speedster Is About to Hit the Streets

An inside tip reveals that the production version of the Porsche 911 Speedster concept is set to make its formal debut at—or very close to—the New York International Show next week.

Is an All-Electric Off-Roader On Its Way From Honda?
Is an All-Electric Off-Roader On Its Way From Honda?

There's no denying the future of motorcycles is all-electric and Honda is the latest big name in the business to tease its electric intentions with the CR-E MX.

This Is the Last Work Hoodie You’ll Ever Need
This Is the Last Work Hoodie You’ll Ever Need

1620's Work Hoodie isn't cheap, but it is rugged enough for years of work and offers a surprising level of customization.

Canon Unveils the Most Compact Rebel DSLR Camera Ever. Oh, and It Shoots 4K Video
Canon Unveils the Most Compact Rebel DSLR Camera Ever. Oh, and It Shoots 4K Video

Canon's upcoming EOS Rebel SL3 is lighter, smaller and more powerful than previous Rebel DSLRs.

These Affordable, Automatic Watches Feature Unique, Kinetic Art
These Affordable, Automatic Watches Feature Unique, Kinetic Art

Humism began as a successful Kickstarter project and now sells automatic watches with dials that "bloom" on thw wrist.

This Might Be the Ultimate Custom Defender
This Might Be the Ultimate Custom Defender

Barring any unexpected aggressive bidding wars, you could be looking at a hell of a deal for a custom restomodded Defender.


Thursday, April 11

The Faster, More Powerful Audi S6 and S7 Are Here
The Faster, More Powerful Audi S6 and S7 Are Here

Audi thoroughly upgraded the A6 and A7 last year, and as expected, the German automaker came back with performance versions with the S6 and S7.

Forget the Old Jeeps and G-Wagens and Get This Isuzu Trooper
Forget the Old Jeeps and G-Wagens and Get This Isuzu Trooper

An Isuzu Trooper is a relatively rare sight on America roads, but this one takes rarity to a whole new level.

A New All-Black Ceramic Case Makes this Underrated Dive Watch Look So Damn Good
A New All-Black Ceramic Case Makes this Underrated Dive Watch Look So Damn Good

The new Longines Hydroconquest for 2019 takes on a sleek and sporty character with a deep black ceramic case.

These Popular Running Sunglasses Are Now for Any Outdoor Pursuit
These Popular Running Sunglasses Are Now for Any Outdoor Pursuit

District Vision makes some of the most comfortable and lightweight sunglasses -- that also happen to look good on a run, hike or bike ride.

This Is Our First Glimpse Of the All-New 2020 Subaru Outback
This Is Our First Glimpse Of the All-New 2020 Subaru Outback

The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback is set to make a big splash at the New York Auto Show on April 16—but we just got a sneak preview.

This Is the Easiest Way to Make Your Weber Kettle Grill a Smoker
This Is the Easiest Way to Make Your Weber Kettle Grill a Smoker

Aftermarket Weber Kettle grilling equipment may be the coolest product niche there is.

This New Wind Jacket Is So Lightweight It Barely Exists
This New Wind Jacket Is So Lightweight It Barely Exists

Black Diamond's new Deploy Wind Shell weighs only 48 grams, which is roughly as much as a standard golf ball.


Friday, April 12

Should This $35 Bourbon Really Have Won Best Whiskey of the Year?
Should This $35 Bourbon Really Have Won Best Whiskey of the Year?

How a Cinderella story win for one of America's best bourbons turned into an angry mob.

This 1989 Nissan Skyline Will Make You Forget All About the New Supra
This 1989 Nissan Skyline Will Make You Forget All About the New Supra

This isn’t the famous GT-R Skyline R32. That car can be more expensive. But, the GTS-t Type M is still a rather special version.

First Impressions: Nike’s ACG Shoes are Built for the Trail
First Impressions: Nike’s ACG Shoes are Built for the Trail

The ACG line from Nike is built for all conditions, and these new hiking shoes stand up to that promise.

Now You Can Make Your Bike Lighter for Only $38
Now You Can Make Your Bike Lighter for Only $38

Buying an ultralight bike frame or wheelset can cost a fortune, but Tubolito's new tubes definitely does not.

Don’t Buy a Golf R Just Yet. A New Mazdaspeed3 May Be On the Way
Don’t Buy a Golf R Just Yet. A New Mazdaspeed3 May Be On the Way

It's been six long years since Mazda graced the roads with a high-performance hatchback, but that could be about to change.

A Bond Villain’s Chair from ’70s Comes Back Into Production
A Bond Villain’s Chair from ’70s Comes Back Into Production

Bond foe Karl Stromberg and his weird webbed hands made this chair famous in the '70s. Now it's back.

Bikes This Good Are Never This Affordable
Bikes This Good Are Never This Affordable

Given that road bikes can cost as much as cars, Canyon's new Grail AL is an affordable marvel that performs well beyond its price.

This Japanese Brand Just Created the Ultimate Travel Wardrobe
This Japanese Brand Just Created the Ultimate Travel Wardrobe

San Francisco-based DSPTCH and heritage performance brand Descente just collaborated on a minimal range of gear focused on packability and travel comfort.

These Stylish American Watches Now Come in Technicolor & Copper
These Stylish American Watches Now Come in Technicolor & Copper

American watch company Brew celebrates coffee culture and vintage watch styles, and new dial colors really pop with retro charm.

This Affordable New Mountain Bike Is Perfect for First-Timers
This Affordable New Mountain Bike Is Perfect for First-Timers

Diamondback's Sync'r Carbon is a versatile hardtail mountain bike that first-time riders and trail verterans can agree on.

The VW Atlas Basecamp Is the Overlanding Heir to the Westphalia
The VW Atlas Basecamp Is the Overlanding Heir to the Westphalia

Volkswagen's Atlas Basecamp Concept builds upon the carmaker's family crossover by adding off-road goodies and a capable all-terrain camper.

This Might Be Your Perfect Travel Shirt
This Might Be Your Perfect Travel Shirt

Proof recently expanded its 72 Hour Merino collection to include new shirts that you'll never have to take off on the road.

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