August 12 - 16, 2019

A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week


August 17, 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, August 12

The New Land Rover Defender Could Spawn a Pickup Truck
The New Land Rover Defender Could Spawn a Pickup Truck

Land Rover doesn't yet have plans for a body-on-frame Defender pickup—but an exec says a truck "is being considered."

You’ll Never Believe the Recycled Material This Bike Is Made of
You’ll Never Believe the Recycled Material This Bike Is Made of

Nespresso pods are upcycled into a beautiful bike.

This Ultra-Thin, Affordable Chronograph Watch Packs Tons of Practical Tech
This Ultra-Thin, Affordable Chronograph Watch Packs Tons of Practical Tech

Casio Edifice offers tons of practical features and a great value, and the newest model has the latest tech in a case that only 8.9mm thick.

The Toyota Supra Is Almost Guaranteed to Get More Powerful
The Toyota Supra Is Almost Guaranteed to Get More Powerful

Toyota's chief engineer served up some strong hints that upcoming versions of the Toyota Supra will gain power.

National Park Rangers Helped Make This Cool New Bag in an Unexpected Way
National Park Rangers Helped Make This Cool New Bag in an Unexpected Way

Parks Project's new Ranger Fanny Pack draws a direct line to the rangers who serve America's National Parks.

These Rugged Boots Are Designed for the City
These Rugged Boots Are Designed for the City

With all the features of a serious work boot.

Tuesday, August 13

This Stunning Land Rover Defender Is the Ultimate Custom Beach Cruiser
This Stunning Land Rover Defender Is the Ultimate Custom Beach Cruiser

U.K.-based Land Rover restoration firm Arkonik has unveiled its latest custom build, the SoCal D90. It's hard to imagine a prettier beach cruiser.

The Most Compact Folding Kayak Is Also the Most Affordable
The Most Compact Folding Kayak Is Also the Most Affordable

Oru's newest boat, the Inlet, is its smallest, most packable and cheapest origami-inspired kayak yet.

Your Fall Wardrobe Needs These Chore Pants
Your Fall Wardrobe Needs These Chore Pants

Made with 8.6-ounce cotton twill.

Lego, Harley-Davidson Join Forces to Create the Ultimate Motorcycle Model
Lego, Harley-Davidson Join Forces to Create the Ultimate Motorcycle Model

With more than 1,000 pieces, building this foot-long model will likely take you longer than it takes Harley to build an actual bike.

Ordering Is Opening for One of Our Favorite Field Watches
Ordering Is Opening for One of Our Favorite Field Watches

The Astor & Banks Sea Ranger is a combination-field and dive watch, and it's finally available for order again beginning at 12pm CST today.

One of the Best Folding Pocket Knives Available Just Got Better
One of the Best Folding Pocket Knives Available Just Got Better

The Chris Reeve Knives Sebenza has been a favorite among knife enthusiasts for decades.

Want to Be a Better Smartphone Photographer? Get DJI’s Affordable New Gimbal
Want to Be a Better Smartphone Photographer? Get DJI’s Affordable New Gimbal

The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is the company's best-ever smartphone gimbal. It's also its cheapest.

One of Our Favorite Energy Drink Brands Launched a CBD Beverage, and We’re Intrigued
One of Our Favorite Energy Drink Brands Launched a CBD Beverage, and We’re Intrigued

KILLCLIFF has waded into the hemp-infused market with a little something called Orange Kush. Here's our gut reaction.

Specialized’s New Enduro Bike Looks Scary in the Best Way
Specialized’s New Enduro Bike Looks Scary in the Best Way

Specialized just revealed its all-new Enduro 29, an upgraded version of its classic downhill-oriented mountain bike, and this beauty is all about speed.

The New Supra Can Indeed Be Had With a Manual Gearbox
The New Supra Can Indeed Be Had With a Manual Gearbox

Toyota won't change its mind about adding a manual transmission for the Supra. But, a Texas tuner is stepping into the breach to provide one.

How Michter’s Makes Some of the Best Rye Whiskey in America
How Michter’s Makes Some of the Best Rye Whiskey in America

Michter’s is the small scale distillery making wakes in rye. Using a “cost be damned” approach, they are making some of the best around.

Wednesday, August 14

The Genuine TROPIC Strap Is Back and It’s Better Than Ever
The Genuine TROPIC Strap Is Back and It’s Better Than Ever

Once standard issue for the world’s most iconic dive watches throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the TROPIC strap is back, using a new and proprietary vulcanized rubber formula optimized to deliver unmatched comfort and quality.

If You Love Bourbon, You’ll Love the 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup
If You Love Bourbon, You’ll Love the 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup

Goose Island's 2019 Bourbon County Stout lineup will include beers aged in Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey barrels.

This Swiss Army Knife Features an Essential Tool for Watch Lovers
This Swiss Army Knife Features an Essential Tool for Watch Lovers

A case knife is an essential piece of kit for the watch enthusiast — this version is a special collaboration between Victorinox and HODINKEE.

This Auction Features Some Exceptional Vintage Rolex Watches
This Auction Features Some Exceptional Vintage Rolex Watches

The "Driver's Collection" auction features 18 fine watches, mostly of the vintage Rolex variety, coinciding with the RM Sotheby’s Monterey car auction.

These New Pocket Knives Channel Iconic American Blades
These New Pocket Knives Channel Iconic American Blades

Filson drew on classic American knife designs for its latest collection, which includes two folders and one fixed blade.

You’ve Never Seen Carpenter Pants Like These
You’ve Never Seen Carpenter Pants Like These

With a velcro waist and a relaxed fit.

The Ford Ranger’s New Off-Road Package Is a Great Deal, But Not for Everyone
The Ford Ranger’s New Off-Road Package Is a Great Deal, But Not for Everyone

The new Ranger FX2 brings all the all-terrain goodies you want...except for four-wheel-drive.

Upgrade Your Camp Breakfast with Our New Staff Favorite Meal
Upgrade Your Camp Breakfast with Our New Staff Favorite Meal

Just add water and you're guaranteed a better breakfast.

Lodge Acquired Finex. What Does That Mean for the Cast Iron Enthusiasts?
Lodge Acquired Finex. What Does That Mean for the Cast Iron Enthusiasts?

Lodge, the biggest cast-iron skillet maker in the world, just bought Finex. Does that matter to anyone other than Lodge and Finex?

This Overlanding Toyota Camper Van is Made With Land Cruiser Bits
This Overlanding Toyota Camper Van is Made With Land Cruiser Bits

Australia's Bus 4x4 combines a Toyota HiAce with Land Cruiser componentry to create the ultimate overlanding van.

Thursday, August 15

Conquer Your Next Adventure with These Thoughtfully Designed Packs
Conquer Your Next Adventure with These Thoughtfully Designed Packs

Over the nearly twenty years since it was founded, Mystery Ranch has worked to solve the problems of real-life use through smart design, superlative materials and hawkish attention to detail.

James Bond’s Famous Aston Martin Goes Up for Sale Today. We Saw It First
James Bond’s Famous Aston Martin Goes Up for Sale Today. We Saw It First

The DB5 from "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" is James Bond's best-known, most iconic car. And the best example in existence is up for sale.

An Incredibly Easy Way to Update Your Old Car
An Incredibly Easy Way to Update Your Old Car

AT&T is now getting into the aftermarket with a novel approach, the Harman Spark OBD II plug.

Hate Running? Try Nike’s Newest Sneaker
Hate Running? Try Nike’s Newest Sneaker

Even those who hate running will find it hard not to love this revolutionary Joyride.

The Best Hiking Boot of the 1980s Is Back and Totally Boss
The Best Hiking Boot of the 1980s Is Back and Totally Boss

Vasque revives the glorious Clarion GTX, a technical hiking shoe from 1988 that might be even more rad in 2019.

Top Gun Fans Will Love This Limited-Edition Bomber Jacket
Top Gun Fans Will Love This Limited-Edition Bomber Jacket

Only six will be made.

This New Brand Wants to Make Good Vapes Less Expensive
This New Brand Wants to Make Good Vapes Less Expensive

Airgraft's new vape isn't the most powerful device out there, but its blend of smart features, good design and fair price means its worth a look.

This Is the Most Valuable Japanese Whisky Collection in the World
This Is the Most Valuable Japanese Whisky Collection in the World

Finding all 54 bottles in Ichiro's Malt Card Series is among the most difficult challenges in all of whiskey collection.

Audiophiles and Home Theater Buffs Will Love McIntosh’s Gorgeous New Preamp
Audiophiles and Home Theater Buffs Will Love McIntosh’s Gorgeous New Preamp

It combines the best components of a stereo preamp and an AV receiver.

Friday, August 16

This Military Tool Roll Is Made Specially to Hold Watch Straps
This Military Tool Roll Is Made Specially to Hold Watch Straps

Haveston's M-6 Strap Storage Solution is made from 20 oz. cotton canvas and can store roughly 30 NATO or single-pass straps.

Timex Is Releasing New Affordable Automatic Watches
Timex Is Releasing New Affordable Automatic Watches

The new Waterbury Automatic Collection features 21-jewel automatic movements, date windows and 40mm or 42mm steel cases.

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.

Patagonia Provisions Spices Up Its Newest Snack
Patagonia Provisions Spices Up Its Newest Snack

What's better than regular buffalo jerky? Spicy buffalo jerky.

Five Bags That Will Improve Your Next Trip
Five Bags That Will Improve Your Next Trip

There are a lot of bags that claim to do it all, sometimes you want a bag that’s been deeply designed for a specific use case.

Your New Wallet Is Tougher Than Steel
Your New Wallet Is Tougher Than Steel

Pioneer Carry's custom fabric contains ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene which boasts fibers 10 times stronger than steel by weight. Get your new wallet at the Gear Patrol Store.

Two Luxury Brands Collaborated on the Most Laid Back Fall Basics
Two Luxury Brands Collaborated on the Most Laid Back Fall Basics

A capsule collection of 12 pieces.

This Beast of a Retro Dive Watch Is Finally Available in Steel
This Beast of a Retro Dive Watch Is Finally Available in Steel

The new Doxa Sub 200 T-Graph reprises a sought-after classic chronograph dive watch from 1969 with the brand's signature orange dial.

Aston Martin Will Build You Your Own Bond Villain Lair
Aston Martin Will Build You Your Own Bond Villain Lair

Forget the quaint cottage. Aston Martin will build you a full-on Bond villain lair to house your new car.

This New EDC Knife Might as Well Be Custom-Made
This New EDC Knife Might as Well Be Custom-Made

GiantMouse's mission is to bring to life custom-quality pocket knives made with high-grade materials at a more affordable price.

If You Love Old Land Rover Defenders, Check Out This Vintage Mercedes Wolf
If You Love Old Land Rover Defenders, Check Out This Vintage Mercedes Wolf

This 240GD Wolf is rugged, built by Mercedes, and will cost you far less than a restored Defender.

We Already Know What Beer You’ll Be Drinking Next Summer
We Already Know What Beer You’ll Be Drinking Next Summer

Bell's Brewery will release a low-calorie version of its much-loved Two Hearted Ale in 2020 dubbed Light Hearted Ale.

This Ford Mustang Is the Most Famous Ever Made, and It Will Be Auctioned
This Ford Mustang Is the Most Famous Ever Made, and It Will Be Auctioned

The Ford Mustang Steve McQueen drove in Bullitt is coming up for auction. It should be the most expensive Mustang ever sold.

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