June 3-7, 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, June 3

Even at $250, The Macallan’s Latest Scotch Whisky Feels Like One Hell of a Deal
Even at $250, The Macallan’s Latest Scotch Whisky Feels Like One Hell of a Deal

The Macallan's limited edition offerings are typically pure unobtanium. Not this one.

The Most Ludicrous Specs of Apple’s Overkill Mac Pro
The Most Ludicrous Specs of Apple’s Overkill Mac Pro

The Mac Pro starts at $5,999 with an 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of memory, an AMD WX 7100 graphics card and a 256GB SSD. The Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999.

The Best iOS 13 Features and Apps Coming to Your iPhone
The Best iOS 13 Features and Apps Coming to Your iPhone

iOS 13 promises to make unlocking your phone with Face ID 30-percent faster and all apps will launch twice as fast.

You’ll Never Be Able to Buy This Custom Off-Road Pickup Truck
You’ll Never Be Able to Buy This Custom Off-Road Pickup Truck

Sorry, folks: Even if the one-off Skoda Montiaq concept were to go into production, you'd probably never be able to buy it in America.

These Are the Shades You Need for All Your Summer Adventures
These Are the Shades You Need for All Your Summer Adventures

Not all sunglasses can handle the transition from street to surf and back again, but with Kaenon's latest shades you won't have that problem.

This Is the Most Cutting-Edge Nissan 180SX You’ll See All Month
This Is the Most Cutting-Edge Nissan 180SX You’ll See All Month

It doesn't take much work to make the 1989 Nissan 180SX a modern-day sports car competitor, but this one goes above and beyond.

These New Minimalist Sneakers Are Just What Your Wardrobe Needs
These New Minimalist Sneakers Are Just What Your Wardrobe Needs

Available in quarter sizes.

This Bold New Bike Just Won a 200-Mile Race on the Country’s Worst Roads
This Bold New Bike Just Won a 200-Mile Race on the Country’s Worst Roads

Colin Strickland and Amity Rockwell just won the 200-mile Dirty Kanza on the same ride: the new Able gravel bike from Allied Cycle Works.

Don’t Waste Your Time Hunting for the Perfect Summer Tee. Look Here
Don’t Waste Your Time Hunting for the Perfect Summer Tee. Look Here

Mr Porter just launched a summery range of exclusive t-shirts from brands like Carhartt WIP, Kapital, Aimé Leon Dore and Noon Goons.

Could This Gorgeous Speedster Be the Best Car Porsche Never Sold?
Could This Gorgeous Speedster Be the Best Car Porsche Never Sold?

In spite of its jaw-dropping looks and pumped-up performance, the one-off, single-seat Porsche Boxster Bergspyder never reached production. That's a crying shame.

These Complicated Watches Offer Tons of Functionality Without Breaking the Bank
These Complicated Watches Offer Tons of Functionality Without Breaking the Bank

Three new Classima watches from Baume & Mercier offer stylish, classic looks and genuinely useful features at appealing prices.

The Tracker Navy SEALs Swear By Gets an Upgrade
The Tracker Navy SEALs Swear By Gets an Upgrade

Whoop launches the third iteration of the tracker loved by trainers and military personnel.


Tuesday, June 4

This May Be the Perfect Summer Watch
This May Be the Perfect Summer Watch

Autodromo's automotive-inspired Group B was already a damn good casual wearer, but the new Corsica Blue dial makes it that much more fun.

Apple’s Best Trick In Ages May Be Helping You Keep Your Email Private
Apple’s Best Trick In Ages May Be Helping You Keep Your Email Private

"Sign In with Apple" and other privacy features in iOS 13 are giving you the power to decide who gets your data and who doesn't.

Lamborghini Turned Its Best Sports Car Into an Off-Roader
Lamborghini Turned Its Best Sports Car Into an Off-Roader

Jack up a Huracan and slap on off-road tires? Sounds insane. But "insane" is Lamborghini's middle name.

One of Our Favorite Shave Brands Just Launched a Hair Care Line
One of Our Favorite Shave Brands Just Launched a Hair Care Line

This new range from Harry's includes two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, texturizing putty, hair gel and taming cream.

This Vibrant Dive Watch Is a Reissue of a Vintage Favorite
This Vibrant Dive Watch Is a Reissue of a Vintage Favorite

Vibrant new automatic dive watches from Zodiac's popular Super Sea Wolf collection are extremely wearable and fun summer wrist gear.

Nike Updates Its Best-Selling Running Shoe
Nike Updates Its Best-Selling Running Shoe

Nike announces the latest iteration of the famed Pegasus franchise, complete with a more breathable upper.

This Is Our Best Look Yet at the New Land Rover Defender
This Is Our Best Look Yet at the New Land Rover Defender

The newest images of the 2020 Defender undergoing field testing in Africa are the best look yet at highly anticipated off-roader.

Dark Mode on the iPhone: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
Dark Mode on the iPhone: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

And what iOS apps will Dark mode work with? And will it work with iPad?

For Urban Exploration, Skip the Backpack and Bring This Sling Bag
For Urban Exploration, Skip the Backpack and Bring This Sling Bag

While a backpack might leave you with lots of unused space, Bellroy's new Sling bag keeps everything you need tight and at-hand.

One of Our Favorite Grill Makers Now Makes Kick-Ass Grill Accessories
One of Our Favorite Grill Makers Now Makes Kick-Ass Grill Accessories

From the people behind PK Grills comes all the other grilling supplies you need. Only better.

What Makes Apple’s Bonkers New Display So Special?
What Makes Apple’s Bonkers New Display So Special?

The Pro Display XDR is Apple's new standalone monitor. It's beautiful, innovative and capable of achieving a similar picture quality as today's OLED TVs.


Wednesday, June 5

You Don’t Need a Massive SUV to Haul the New Airstream Trailers
You Don’t Need a Massive SUV to Haul the New Airstream Trailers

Airstream just announced it's bringing back the compact single-axlel Bambi and Caravel trailer lines for 2020.

The AP Royal Oak Is Now Available in Beautiful White Ceramic
The AP Royal Oak Is Now Available in Beautiful White Ceramic

Audemar Piguet's Royal Oak is a perennial favorite of watch collectors, and it's arguably never looked so good.

This Vintage Toyota 4Runner Could Be an Off-Road Bargain
This Vintage Toyota 4Runner Could Be an Off-Road Bargain

It may have 197,000 miles on the clock, but this '87 Toyota off-roader still looks almost brand-new—and every bit ready to tackle the trails.

This New Subscription Service Makes It Easy to Not Own a Car
This New Subscription Service Makes It Easy to Not Own a Car

Hertz's new car subscription service not only lets members swap between cars early and often; it also bundles up insurance, maintenance, and other hassles of ownership into one simple monthly fee.

A New American Brand Is Building a Vintage-Inspired Chronograph Watch
A New American Brand Is Building a Vintage-Inspired Chronograph Watch

Based in the Midwest, Haven is an American microbrand debuting with a very vintage-inspired and moderately sized automatic chronograph.

New Balance Made Some of the Best Sandals You Can Buy (Just Not in the U.S.)
New Balance Made Some of the Best Sandals You Can Buy (Just Not in the U.S.)

The SDL330 and SDL900.

One of Our Favorite Coffee Companies Just Made a Cheaper, Better Brewer
One of Our Favorite Coffee Companies Just Made a Cheaper, Better Brewer

Specialty coffee precision meets a clean, modern aesthetic.

Never Stumble Again in These New Gym Shoes from Mizuno
Never Stumble Again in These New Gym Shoes from Mizuno

These new training shoes from Mizuno will help you with single leg movements like lunges and lifts.

This Affordable Adventure Trailer Is a Perfect Rolling Campsite for Two
This Affordable Adventure Trailer Is a Perfect Rolling Campsite for Two

Off-road trailers tend to cost as much as the trucks that tow them. The Woolly Bear, on the other hand, starts at just $9,200.

Even If You Hate Climbing, You’ll Love These New Rock Climbing Shorts
Even If You Hate Climbing, You’ll Love These New Rock Climbing Shorts

Foehn, a small brand based in Quebec, released a new pair of climbing shorts that have enough style to wear in the city too.

iTunes Is Dead. Here’s What Will Happen to Your Music Library
iTunes Is Dead. Here’s What Will Happen to Your Music Library

The death of iTunes should leave your library intact, but it's a better time than ever for a backup. Here's how to do it.


Thursday, June 6

Celebrate Issue Ten with Us at Our Happy Hour in Denver
Celebrate Issue Ten with Us at Our Happy Hour in Denver

Each year, the Gear Patrol team heads to Outdoor Retailer to preview and test the best gear coming up in the Outdoors and Fitness fields. This year, we're putting on a happy hour to coincide...

The Perfect Office Distraction Is a Pallet of Mini Cinder Blocks
The Perfect Office Distraction Is a Pallet of Mini Cinder Blocks

This Mini Materials Pallet of Mini Cinder Blocks and Mini Pallet Jack Combo is the perfect office distraction.

The New Audi A6 Allroad Is an Off-Road Station Wagon We Crave
The New Audi A6 Allroad Is an Off-Road Station Wagon We Crave

Audi's sporty soft-roader station wagon looks better than ever, but its diesel engines mean it's not headed to the United States - at least, not yet.

Forget the Jeep Gladiator and Get This Toyota Instead
Forget the Jeep Gladiator and Get This Toyota Instead

This drop-dead gorgeous Toyota droptop will make you forget all about that brand new pickup Jeep just rolled out.

Apple Sidecar Turns Your iPad Into a Mac Monitor
Apple Sidecar Turns Your iPad Into a Mac Monitor

The new feature of macOS Catalina will turn any iPad running iPadOS 13 into an instant second monitor for extra screen space.

Rapha’s New Bags Make Any Bike Adventure a Joy
Rapha’s New Bags Make Any Bike Adventure a Joy

Whether you need to store a spare tube or a laptop, there's a bag for you.

John Mayer Customized These Rare Sunglasses With Tie-Dye Lenses
John Mayer Customized These Rare Sunglasses With Tie-Dye Lenses

Spotted during Mayer's Dead & Company soundcheck at the Hollywood Bowl.

These Italian Cotton Shirts Deliver the Cool for Under $35
These Italian Cotton Shirts Deliver the Cool for Under $35

These affordable summer shirts manage to look the business while costing less than a good steak dinner.

This New Wind Jacket Is the Perfect Summer Outer Layer
This New Wind Jacket Is the Perfect Summer Outer Layer

When summer temperatures rise the wind can still cut through and make you cold, making the wind jacket the ideal technical layer.

Don’t Want to Spend $159 on AirPods? Get These $60 Alternatives
Don’t Want to Spend $159 on AirPods? Get These $60 Alternatives

They have a good battery life (15+ hours), adjustable EQ, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and are sweatproof.

This Crazy Space-Age Art Deco Watch Is Made from Meteorite
This Crazy Space-Age Art Deco Watch Is Made from Meteorite

Indy watchmaker David Rutten combines an rare case material, uncommon complication, and avant-garde design for a striking effect.

Timex and Todd Snyder’s Latest Watch Is An Affordable Ode to Vintage Timepieces
Timex and Todd Snyder’s Latest Watch Is An Affordable Ode to Vintage Timepieces

The Welton Bi-Metal is a modern take on a vintage model from the Timex archives, updated with a quartz movement.


Friday, June 7

This New Motorcycle Helmet Combines Classic Looks and Modern Safety
This New Motorcycle Helmet Combines Classic Looks and Modern Safety

The Roeg Peruna may look straight out of the Seventies, but it packs all the safety and comfort you'd expect from a brand-new motorcycle helmet in 2019.

This Wagon Is Basically the Perfect BMW M3 You’ve Always Wanted
This Wagon Is Basically the Perfect BMW M3 You’ve Always Wanted

There's no such thing as the "perfect car," but this custom BMW 325 Wagon comes damn close.

These Sunglasses Were Designed for the Third Man on Moon
These Sunglasses Were Designed for the Third Man on Moon

A limited-edition reissue of the model designed for astronaut Pete Conrad.

This Notoriously High-End Audio Company Made a Hi-Fi System You Can Afford
This Notoriously High-End Audio Company Made a Hi-Fi System You Can Afford

Cambridge Audio's new AX range strikes the perfect balance between hi-fi and value.

Mercedes-AMG Just Created the World’s Craziest Hot Hatch Engine
Mercedes-AMG Just Created the World’s Craziest Hot Hatch Engine

The new 2.0-liter turbo four headed for the Mercedes-AMG A45 cranks out 416 horsepower — making it the most powerful four-cylinder engine found in any production car today.

Chrome Industries’ New Voodoo Doughnut Backpack Makes Us Hungry
Chrome Industries’ New Voodoo Doughnut Backpack Makes Us Hungry

The limited-edition Volcan bag was born to tote treats.

Here’s What Tires Will Look Like in the Future
Here’s What Tires Will Look Like in the Future

You'll never have to worry about a flat with Michelin's new tire concept - because there's no air to leak out of it.

You Can Only Buy These Exclusive New Seiko Watches in Tokyo’s Ginza
You Can Only Buy These Exclusive New Seiko Watches in Tokyo’s Ginza

Only for sale in Tokyo, LEs in Seiko's popular Prospex, Astron, and Presage lines reference the prestigious district of Ginza's greener past.

This New Foam Cooler Is Lighter, Stronger and Cheaper Than a Yeti
This New Foam Cooler Is Lighter, Stronger and Cheaper Than a Yeti

Using a new ingredient, Rugged Road Outdoors has managed to create a cooler that's far lighter yet more durable than the best coolers around.

You’ll Want One of Everything From Hill City’s Summer Line
You’ll Want One of Everything From Hill City’s Summer Line

The Athleta for men is back with a summer collection that we can't wait to test out.

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