May 20-24, 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 20

Toyota Already Has Upgrades for the New Supra
Toyota Already Has Upgrades for the New Supra

Toyota released a few TRD upgrades for the 2020 Supra already, but what the performance gains aren't worth the ridiculous price.

This German Dive Watch Introduces the Sporty Side of a Classical Watchmaker
This German Dive Watch Introduces the Sporty Side of a Classical Watchmaker

The Spezialist SeaQ vintage-inspired dive watch is the first in a new family of sport watches from respected German brand Glashütte Original.

The World of Overlanding Is on the Verge of a Seismic Shift
The World of Overlanding Is on the Verge of a Seismic Shift

The Rivian R1T made an appearance at Overland West this past week, marking the first time an all-electric vehicle attended the event.

These Badass Boots Will Take a Beating
These Badass Boots Will Take a Beating

Featuring black rough-out leather and Vibram Gloxi-cut soles.

There Are Only 20 Of This Rad New James Brand Knife
There Are Only 20 Of This Rad New James Brand Knife

Lucas Beaufort and The James Brand combine forces to launch The Hell Gap LTD.

The Aurora Dimmer Switch Cleverly Solves Smart Lightbulbs’ Most Annoying Drawback
The Aurora Dimmer Switch Cleverly Solves Smart Lightbulbs’ Most Annoying Drawback

The Aurora wireless dimmer is not just a dimmer switch. It's also a way to make sure no one accidentally turns off your smart bulbs.


Tuesday, May 21

Omega Updates Its Classic Dress Watch With a Killer Movement
Omega Updates Its Classic Dress Watch With a Killer Movement

Omega's excellent hand-wound Master Co-Axial technology finds its way into one of the brand's most elegant dress watches.

This Restored BMW M5 Is a Thing of Beauty
This Restored BMW M5 Is a Thing of Beauty

First generation BMW M5s don't come up for sale very often, and when they do, they're rarely in the same condition as this 1988 example.

The $8 Smart Light Bulb Is Coming
The $8 Smart Light Bulb Is Coming

The 800-lumen bulb is now available for pre-order in packs of four.


Wednesday, May 22

These Are the Best Engines In the World in 2019
These Are the Best Engines In the World in 2019

For the fourth year in a row, Ferrari won International Engine of the Year with Jaguar and BMW taking home some coveted silverware as well.

This New Bose Speaker Is a Direct Rival to the Sonos One
This New Bose Speaker Is a Direct Rival to the Sonos One

It's an easier and cheaper way to create a Bose multiroom sound system.

Now’s Your Chance to Own the Original Cushioned Running Shoe That Launched a Movement
Now’s Your Chance to Own the Original Cushioned Running Shoe That Launched a Movement

Hoka One One re-releases the Bondi B, the sneaker that made it famous, for a limited time.

This Popular Homebrew Appliance Just Got a Massive Upgrade
This Popular Homebrew Appliance Just Got a Massive Upgrade

PicoBrew machines now let homebrewers use their own ingredients along with the PicoBrew RecipeCrafter tool to create unique beer recipes.

Peak Design Rethought the Tripod and the Results Are Incredible
Peak Design Rethought the Tripod and the Results Are Incredible

It packs down to the size of a water bottle and solves so many common tripod problems.

This Is the Overlander the Range Rover Deserves to Be
This Is the Overlander the Range Rover Deserves to Be

Not only is this Range Rover a factory-built, real-world-proven off-roader, it's also one of the rarest cars to wear the badge, seeing as how only 30 examples were built.

Just About Any Car Can Tow This Clever, Super-Light Camping Trailer
Just About Any Car Can Tow This Clever, Super-Light Camping Trailer

At less than 300 pounds, the Earth Traveler Teardrop trailer is light enough to be towed by practically any vehicle on the road.

With Its Classic Good Looks, It’s Tough To Tell This Is Even a Smartwatch
With Its Classic Good Looks, It’s Tough To Tell This Is Even a Smartwatch

New editions of Frederique Constant's Horological Smartwatch offer elegant design and connected features with fresh spring colors.

Lululemon’s New License to Train Line (Almost) Feels Like You’re Working Out Naked
Lululemon’s New License to Train Line (Almost) Feels Like You’re Working Out Naked

Notes from an intense sweat sesh in the just-dropped capsule collection.


Thursday, May 23

Fujifilm’s New 102-Megapixel Camera Might Be a Bargain
Fujifilm’s New 102-Megapixel Camera Might Be a Bargain

Fujifilm just released the highest resolution medium-format mirrorless camera you can buy: the GFX100.

This German Dive Watch Introduces the Sporty Side of a Classical Watchmaker
This German Dive Watch Introduces the Sporty Side of a Classical Watchmaker

The Spezialist SeaQ vintage-inspired dive watch is the first in a new family of sport watches from respected German brand Glashütte Original.

We Want One of Everything From Tracksmith’s New Penn Relays Collection
We Want One of Everything From Tracksmith’s New Penn Relays Collection

You're practically guaranteed to run faster in these kits honoring the prestigious Penn Relays races.

This Insane Honda Civic Type R Off-Roader Is Real, and You Can Buy One
This Insane Honda Civic Type R Off-Roader Is Real, and You Can Buy One

Not only is the Civic Type OveRland Concept road-legal but if you ask nicely enough Ralph Hosier Engineering said it will build you one.

This Affordable Field Watch Is Great for Everyday Wear
This Affordable Field Watch Is Great for Everyday Wear

Alpina's latest addition to its Alpiner watch collection is the most affordable yet, and is perfectly at home in the outdoors or at the office.

The Subaru WRX Is One of the Safest Cars On Sale, But There’s a Big Catch
The Subaru WRX Is One of the Safest Cars On Sale, But There’s a Big Catch

The IIHS has bestowed the honored title of "Top Safety Pick+" on Subaru's hot compact. Only issue is, the safest version is the one you probably want the least.

The Coolest New Game Console Has a Tiny Screen … And a Crank?!
The Coolest New Game Console Has a Tiny Screen … And a Crank?!

The Playdate is coming in 2020 with 12 exclusive, crank-based games from famous designers for $149.


Friday, May 24

This Multi-Phone Wireless Charger Is What AirPower Could Have Been
This Multi-Phone Wireless Charger Is What AirPower Could Have Been

It's sort of like AirPower, or what AirPower should have been, but in vertical stand form.

This Stunning Little Honda CL350 Would Make a Great City Bike
This Stunning Little Honda CL350 Would Make a Great City Bike

This particular 1972 CL350 lived with its original owner until 2017, is now up for sale by its second owner and at the time of this writing, the bidding sits at a temptingly low $2,050,...

These Affordable Watches Are Perfect for a Carefree Summer
These Affordable Watches Are Perfect for a Carefree Summer

The new Swatch Big Bold collection of watches are the perfect inexpensive short-sleeved accessory for summer 2019.

This Might Be the World’s Smartest Portable Freezer
This Might Be the World’s Smartest Portable Freezer

In the age of smart objects, this cooler's intelligence comes from more than its ability to connect to your phone with Bluetooth.

Save Big on These Tom Ford Shades from Stepani Style
Save Big on These Tom Ford Shades from Stepani Style

Summer is here which means it's the time of year you dust off your old sunglasses and realize you probably need an upgrade. Stepani Style can help with that.

Is the BMW M4 About To Get Even Better?
Is the BMW M4 About To Get Even Better?

The BMW M4 may be long in the tooth, but a report claims the carmaker plans to inject an extra dose of sportiness before it's replaced with an all-new model in the next couple years....

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.

This Is One of the Coolest Black Watches Available
This Is One of the Coolest Black Watches Available

Ressence's Type 1 was futuristic enough, but with its new black DLC coating, the watch of tomorrow looks even stealthier.

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