May 13-17, 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, May 13

This Humble Mitsubishi Van Is Your Next Adventure Vehicle
This Humble Mitsubishi Van Is Your Next Adventure Vehicle

Tired of the Defender stealing all the old off-roader attention? This 1993 Mitsubishi Delica Star 4×4 should be a breath of fresh air.

These New Boardshorts Make One Small but Very Important Upgrade
These New Boardshorts Make One Small but Very Important Upgrade

O'Neill went back to the drawing board to create a new pair of surf boardshorts with one huge improvement: there aren't any laces.

This New Dress Watch Is Sleek and Affordable
This New Dress Watch Is Sleek and Affordable

The Canton from Jack Mason is available in several dial, strap and bracelet options and starts at just $225.

The Best New Range Rover You Can Get Is Only for Astronauts
The Best New Range Rover You Can Get Is Only for Astronauts

The Range Rover Astronaut Edition boasts gorgeous, night sky-inspired paint outside and actual spaceship pieces within—as well as all the style and performance you'd expect from Land Rover's flagship off-roader.

Rabbit and Goodr Team Up to Get You Ready to Race
Rabbit and Goodr Team Up to Get You Ready to Race

These two running brands make it easy to suit up at 6 AM.

Jaguar Teamed Up With a British Watchmaker On This Unique Chronograph Watch
Jaguar Teamed Up With a British Watchmaker On This Unique Chronograph Watch

A watch from two iconic British brands celebrates the reinstatement of production of an iconic 1950s car.


Tuesday, May 14

Your Sonos Speakers Just Learned a Cool New Trick
Your Sonos Speakers Just Learned a Cool New Trick

If you have a Sonos One or Sonos Beam smart speaker, you can now choose Google Assistant as your default virtual assistant instead of Alexa.

This Breitling Dive Watch Highlights Ocean Conservation Efforts
This Breitling Dive Watch Highlights Ocean Conservation Efforts

Breitling's new Superocean Heritage II Chronograph is made in collaboration with the Ocean Conservancy and comes with a recycled nylon strap.

Where to Find Some of the Country’s Best Pork Chops? Amazon
Where to Find Some of the Country’s Best Pork Chops? Amazon

A collab between Georgia's White Oak Pastures and an old Spanish ham-making family, this is pork taken to new heights.

This Tiny Wall Charger Is the Perfect MacBook Travel Accessory
This Tiny Wall Charger Is the Perfect MacBook Travel Accessory

It's smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 61-watt MacBook charger that Apple sells.

This Forgotten Special Edition Tacoma Is Still a Great Truck
This Forgotten Special Edition Tacoma Is Still a Great Truck

It had nowhere near the power as other muscle trucks, but the Toyota Tacoma X-Runner made for one hell of a pickup and still does today

Everlane Made Your New Favorite T-Shirt
Everlane Made Your New Favorite T-Shirt

Available in a v-neck, henley and a crew with or without a chest pocket.

The Next VW GTI Will Be “Cool As Hell”
The Next VW GTI Will Be “Cool As Hell”

And that's straight from the mouth of someone who knows: VW of America's CEO.

Pro Athletes Swear by This Ancient Himalayan Plant Supplement
Pro Athletes Swear by This Ancient Himalayan Plant Supplement

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

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.

A Veteran Automotive Designer Has Produced a Stealthy New Automatic Watch
A Veteran Automotive Designer Has Produced a Stealthy New Automatic Watch

Matthew Humphries, previously Head of Design at Morgan Car Company, produces watches with clear automotive influence.

This Spartan-Approved Shoe Will Likely Survive an Apocalypse
This Spartan-Approved Shoe Will Likely Survive an Apocalypse

Properly prepare for your next obstacle race with Spartan's newest pair of shoes.


Wednesday, May 15

This Bottle Was Named the World’s Best Rye Whiskey. But It Won’t Last Long
This Bottle Was Named the World’s Best Rye Whiskey. But It Won’t Last Long

San Francisco World Spirits Competition's pick for best rye whiskey gets re-released just in time for Father's Day.

Nike’s Wildly Popular Killshot Sneaker Is Back in Stock
Nike’s Wildly Popular Killshot Sneaker Is Back in Stock

You can now get the Nike Killshot 2 sneaker in either blue or sail green.

If You’re Looking for an Affordable Bike For Your Commute, This Is It
If You’re Looking for an Affordable Bike For Your Commute, This Is It

Since 2009, State Bicycles has been making beautiful commuter-specific bikes. This new geared model is ideal for the road.

Everlane’s Summer-Weight Chinos Are Hard to Beat
Everlane’s Summer-Weight Chinos Are Hard to Beat

Get prepared for the muggy months with these incredibly lightweight travel pants from one of our favorite brands.

This New Sports Car Just Became the Best Car for Road Trips
This New Sports Car Just Became the Best Car for Road Trips

With a comfortable interior made for long journeys, more luggage space than a Honda Accord, and a 612-horsepower engine, the new McLaren GT is ready for that epic cross-country drive you've always dreamed of doing....

The King of Drones’ First Foray Into Action Cams is Damn Impressive
The King of Drones’ First Foray Into Action Cams is Damn Impressive

The DJI Osmo Action takes the company's expertise in action videography in a smart new direction.

The Most Dangerous States For Riding Motorcycles
The Most Dangerous States For Riding Motorcycles

There's a reason an entire industry revolves around gear designed to keep motorcycle riders protected head to toe.

One of the Most Iconic Backpacks Ever Is Getting a Reissue
One of the Most Iconic Backpacks Ever Is Getting a Reissue

You might not recognize the Wilderness Experience name, but its classic Klettersack has often been imitated — and now the original is coming back.

Your Favorite Electric Skateboard Company Just Made a Super-Cool Scooter
Your Favorite Electric Skateboard Company Just Made a Super-Cool Scooter

Boosted is moving beyond skateboards.


Thursday, May 16

For $36, This Whiskey Is an Outrageous Deal
For $36, This Whiskey Is an Outrageous Deal

George Dickel's new bonded whiskey is 13 years old and clocks in at 100 proof.

Nissan’s New Frontier Concept Is All About Overlanding On the Cheap
Nissan’s New Frontier Concept Is All About Overlanding On the Cheap

Nissan's concept truck uses off-the-shelf parts and the sturdy old Frontier to produce a new adventure vehicle you could reproduce for around $40,000.

These Weber Kettles Are the Most Hyped Thing in Grilling
These Weber Kettles Are the Most Hyped Thing in Grilling

If you thought all Weber grills were created equal, you were wrong.

Triumph Is Bringing an All-Electric Motorcycle to Market
Triumph Is Bringing an All-Electric Motorcycle to Market

The Project TE-1 will be the first ever all-electric Triumph and it'll be here within the next two years.

These New Sunski Shades Deliver From the Mountain to the Bar
These New Sunski Shades Deliver From the Mountain to the Bar

Sunski's latest frames feature the perfect mix of function and form.

This Sleeping Pad Makes Hammock Camping Better in Every Way
This Sleeping Pad Makes Hammock Camping Better in Every Way

Kammok designed its new Pongo sleeping pad to make camping in a hammock more comfortable than sleeping on the ground.

This Is the Highest-Capacity MicroSD Card SanDisk Has Ever Made
This Is the Highest-Capacity MicroSD Card SanDisk Has Ever Made

Sandisk's new 1TB microSD is hardly deserving of the name "micro."

Honda Absolutely Needs to Build This Overlanding Passport Concept
Honda Absolutely Needs to Build This Overlanding Passport Concept

With the addition of a few off-road mods and a sweet roof tent, Honda has transformed its adventure-minded crossover into a legitimate light overlander. And we want it.

We Just Found Your New Summer Shades
We Just Found Your New Summer Shades

Produced by Pilgrim Surf Supply's design studio alongside an American icon of optics and eyewear.


Friday, May 17

This Revived Dive Watch Icon Epitomizes 60s Styling in the Best Possible Way
This Revived Dive Watch Icon Epitomizes 60s Styling in the Best Possible Way

In reissuing the Barakuda, Blancpain has resurfaced an obscure and highly rare military variant of the famed Fifty Fathoms.

We Tested New Balance’s Fastest Running Platform Ever… and Are Kinda in Love
We Tested New Balance’s Fastest Running Platform Ever… and Are Kinda in Love

New Balance ticks off an awful lot of boxes — funky but fast, firm yet forgiving, lightweight but supportive — with its new FuelCell collection.

What’s the Best Glass for a Whiskey Highball? Norlan Just Made It
What’s the Best Glass for a Whiskey Highball? Norlan Just Made It

Norlan's dreamy glassware line grows with a slightly Japanese twist.

This Is the Omega Speedmaster for Serious Moonwatch Fans
This Is the Omega Speedmaster for Serious Moonwatch Fans

For the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landings, Omega has released a commemorative Speedmaster with many details fans will appreciate.

Land Rover Finally Makes the Perfect Defender for America
Land Rover Finally Makes the Perfect Defender for America

Just when you thought Land Rover was done building the old-school Defender, it goes and springs this surprise on us.

Is This Land Rover Defender Camper the Ultimate Overlander?
Is This Land Rover Defender Camper the Ultimate Overlander?

How do you make the classic Land Rover Defender better for multi-day sojourns off-road? Turn it into its own tiny house.

This Reissue of an Obscure Military Chronograph Watch Is Absurdly Beautiful
This Reissue of an Obscure Military Chronograph Watch Is Absurdly Beautiful

Faithful to the original, Blancpain's new Air Command revives a model that narrowly missed adoption by the U.S. Air Force.

One of the Most Iconic Mercedes-Benzes of All Time Is Up For Grabs
One of the Most Iconic Mercedes-Benzes of All Time Is Up For Grabs

Our favorite car auction site just launched its all-new Premium service, and to mark the occasion they're putting up for sale their own gorgeous graphite gray 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.

These Minimalist Watches Marry Great Design With Colorful Dials
These Minimalist Watches Marry Great Design With Colorful Dials

The Vero Century is available in three different dial colors and two different sizes, but keeps the ornamentation to a minimum.

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