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A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week


November 16, 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.

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These Gift-Worthy Kitchen Knives Were Made By a Famous Pocket Knife Maker
These Gift-Worthy Kitchen Knives Were Made By a Famous Pocket Knife Maker

Opinel's latest – a four-piece set of forged kitchen knives – is the perfect gift for the new home cook.

If You’re Going to Gift Someone Coffee, This Is How to Do It
If You’re Going to Gift Someone Coffee, This Is How to Do It

This year, give the gift of caffeine.

This Is the First Voice-Controlled Grill Ever
This Is the First Voice-Controlled Grill Ever

These are now, officially, the most hands-off grills ever.

Laphroaig’s New 16-Year-Old Scotch Whisky Is the Perfect Holiday Gift (For Yourself)
Laphroaig’s New 16-Year-Old Scotch Whisky Is the Perfect Holiday Gift (For Yourself)

The newest whisky expression from Laphroaig is sweet and smoky.

Motoring

This Camper Van’s Interior Is Made of Lego-Like Blocks for Incredible Versatility
This Camper Van’s Interior Is Made of Lego-Like Blocks for Incredible Versatility

Cheaper and more flexible than most camper van conversions? What's not to love?

The Best Jeep Gladiator Is Getting More Expensive for Mysterious Reasons
The Best Jeep Gladiator Is Getting More Expensive for Mysterious Reasons

The price of the Gladiator Rubicon is climbing by $330, without any clear explanation as to why.

Want a Funky Vintage Off-Roader on the Cheap? Check Out This Subaru Pickup
Want a Funky Vintage Off-Roader on the Cheap? Check Out This Subaru Pickup

This rare and exceedingly quirky Subaru needs a new home.

Toyota Just Made the Camry and Avalon Way Better for Winter Driving
Toyota Just Made the Camry and Avalon Way Better for Winter Driving

The Camry and Avalon sedans are getting some tech from the RAV4, which could have some buyers rethinking their crossover purchase.

Meet the $1.69 Million Sports Car That Doesn’t Have Windows or a Windshield
Meet the $1.69 Million Sports Car That Doesn’t Have Windows or a Windshield

McLaren's new Elva packs 804 horsepower, and you'll feel every one of them.

Think a Range Rover Is Too Pricey? Buy a Lincoln Aviator Instead
Think a Range Rover Is Too Pricey? Buy a Lincoln Aviator Instead

The new Lincoln can stand up to the Range Rover on style and substance—at a far lower price.

This Cool New Affordable Pickup Truck Is Less Than 2 Years Away
This Cool New Affordable Pickup Truck Is Less Than 2 Years Away

Hyundai is aiming for the affordable end of the truck market by bringing its stunning Santa Cruz concept into production.

Ferrari’s Gorgeous New Grand Tourer Is a Drastic Change for the Brand
Ferrari’s Gorgeous New Grand Tourer Is a Drastic Change for the Brand

Two seats inside and a V8 engine up front mean the Roma isn't like any Ferrari before.

The Haters Are Wrong. Ford’s New Electric SUV Has the Perfect Name
The Haters Are Wrong. Ford’s New Electric SUV Has the Perfect Name

It's only natural for Ford to make more use of the Mustang brand.

These Are the 10 Most Reliable Cars You Can Buy
These Are the 10 Most Reliable Cars You Can Buy

Some of our absolute favorite cars made the list.

BMW’s New Electric Car Might Be Better than Tesla in an Important Way
BMW’s New Electric Car Might Be Better than Tesla in an Important Way

BMW's upcoming i4 will beat the Tesla Model 3 on range, according to a new report.

This Is Likely to Be the Last Stick Shift Corvette Ever Made
This Is Likely to Be the Last Stick Shift Corvette Ever Made

Cross another great manual transmission-equipped car off the dwindling list.

Outdoors and Fitness

These New Travel Shoes Are Weird But Make Perfect Sense
These New Travel Shoes Are Weird But Make Perfect Sense

Sanuk's new travel shoe, the Chiba Journey LX, is unlike any other we've seen and uses an unexpected key ingredient.

Want a Premium Pocket Knife? Start with This One
Want a Premium Pocket Knife? Start with This One

The James Brand's newest pocket knife expertly balances high-end components with an approachable price.

Yeti’s Pricey New Cooler Might Be Its Best Yet
Yeti’s Pricey New Cooler Might Be Its Best Yet

Yeti just announced its first new hard-sided cooler since the original. It's impressive, but it's also expensive.

We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Weird Everyday Backpack
We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Weird Everyday Backpack

Osuza's new everyday backpack uses a unique construction to carry everything from art supplies to gym gear.

Style

Everlane’s New $300 Suit Looks Like a $1,000 Suit
Everlane’s New $300 Suit Looks Like a $1,000 Suit

Everlane moves into the suiting space with a modern take on the menswear classic. Somehow, they got the Italian wool suiting down to just $300.

It’s Winter Now Apparently, So You Should Have a Parka
It’s Winter Now Apparently, So You Should Have a Parka

With a sudden drop in mercury reported throughout the country, you might want to consider your winter gear sooner than you thought. But don't worry, we've rounded up some of the best parkas to keep...

Like Supreme? Noah Is Its Grown-Up Cousin
Like Supreme? Noah Is Its Grown-Up Cousin

Noah is the brainchild of former Supreme creative director Brendon Babenzien and what happens when you graduate from beer to whiskey and still wear hardcore tees under your button-ups.

Our Favorite Affordable Luggage Now Comes in New Non-Boring Colors
Our Favorite Affordable Luggage Now Comes in New Non-Boring Colors

Away's Luminous Collection adds a splash of color to their range of travel goods which spans the spectrum of jewel tones.

Please, Retail Gods, Make These Shoes Go on Sale for Black Friday
Please, Retail Gods, Make These Shoes Go on Sale for Black Friday

We've got Black Friday on our minds and oh so many shoes we're lusting after. We're putting this wish list of shoes out into the aether, hoping they'll go on sale.

Patagonia’s Recrafted Collection Makes One-Of-A-Kind Clothes from Old Clothes
Patagonia’s Recrafted Collection Makes One-Of-A-Kind Clothes from Old Clothes

A set of clothing and bags made from upcycled vintage Patagonia clothes.

Dr. Martens Just Released One of the Best Boot Collabs of the Year
Dr. Martens Just Released One of the Best Boot Collabs of the Year

Dr. Martens' classic Jungle Boot just got even wilder thanks to the streetwear vets at Haven.

David Lynch’s Sunglasses Are Just as Esoteric and Cool as You’d Expect
David Lynch’s Sunglasses Are Just as Esoteric and Cool as You’d Expect

Desirable both in terms of style and performance.

Tech

This Is the Big Sonos Update that Spotify Listeners Have Been Waiting For
This Is the Big Sonos Update that Spotify Listeners Have Been Waiting For

It solves one of the biggest issues that people have had with Sonos.

Is There Any Cooler Gadget for Your Desk Than This NES-Inspired Mouse?
Is There Any Cooler Gadget for Your Desk Than This NES-Inspired Mouse?

The new 8BitDo N30 Wireless Mouse, slickly slathered in mid-1980s NES style, is not just a striking bit of retro-chic tech that would look dashing on your desk. It also has everything you could want...

Apple May Have Finally Perfected the MacBook Pro by Taking a Step Backward
Apple May Have Finally Perfected the MacBook Pro by Taking a Step Backward

With a newly-designed screen sporting smaller-than-ever bezels, the new 16-incher is entirely taking the place of the old 15-inch model and, despite its larger screen, is roughly the same size.

Here’s Exactly How Much Bigger and Heavier Apple’s New 16-Inch MacBook Pro Is
Here’s Exactly How Much Bigger and Heavier Apple’s New 16-Inch MacBook Pro Is

Thanks to smaller bezels, the 16-inch MacBook Pro isn't considerably larger than its 15-inch predecessor, but it's also not exactly the same size.

Beware: Netflix Might Not Work On Your Smart TV or Roku Starting Next Month
Beware: Netflix Might Not Work On Your Smart TV or Roku Starting Next Month

Netflix will be ending support for older Samsung TVs and older Roku devices next month. Here's how to find out if yours is affected.

Ikea’s Beautiful New Smart Light Costs Just $10 (But There’s a Catch)
Ikea’s Beautiful New Smart Light Costs Just $10 (But There’s a Catch)

Ikea continues to make big moves in the smart home realm.

Flip Phones Are a Better Idea Than Ever
Flip Phones Are a Better Idea Than Ever

With its 6.2-inch folding plastic OLED screen, the new Motorola Razr is an unabashed nostalgia gimmick, but it might be the phone of my dreams despite that.

This Is the Travel Gadget You Need If You Travel with AirPods
This Is the Travel Gadget You Need If You Travel with AirPods

The AirFly Pro is a new wireless headphone adapter that let you use your AirPods with an airplane's in-flight entertainment system.

Watches

This Watch Auction Has Heavy Hitters from Rolex, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin
This Watch Auction Has Heavy Hitters from Rolex, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin

The Phillips "Game Changers" auction on December 10th in NYC features some pretty bonkers new and vintage watches.

This Cool Minimalist Watch Is Less Than $250
This Cool Minimalist Watch Is Less Than $250

Two Scottish, including a brewery and a design firm, teamed up on this handsome, Bauhaus-inspired timepiece.

This Exclusive Platinum Royal Oak Watch Is Next to Impossible to Get
This Exclusive Platinum Royal Oak Watch Is Next to Impossible to Get

With a black dial and full platinum case and bracelet, this Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch is only available in Japan.

Nomos’s World Time Watch Gets a Stealthy New Black Dial
Nomos’s World Time Watch Gets a Stealthy New Black Dial

German watchmaker Nomos's new limited-edition world time watch, featuring a matte black dial and in-house movement, celebrates Amsterdam.

5 Affordable Watches We Hope to See on Sale This Black Friday
5 Affordable Watches We Hope to See on Sale This Black Friday

From a handwound dress watch to an automatic diver, we want to see discounts on these five timepieces.

Shinola Debuted Its First Watch with a Bronze Case, and It Looks Killer
Shinola Debuted Its First Watch with a Bronze Case, and It Looks Killer

The new Monster from Detroit-based Shinola features an automatic Swiss movement and 300m of water resistance for $1,650.

Car Lovers Should Check Out This British Brand’s Affordable Automatic Watches
Car Lovers Should Check Out This British Brand’s Affordable Automatic Watches

Boston & Stewill is making automotive-inspired watches with British design, Swiss automatic movements and excellent value.

Longines Just Launched an Oversized, Military-Inspired Watch
Longines Just Launched an Oversized, Military-Inspired Watch

There's no doubt about it — the newest vintage-inspired watch from Longines is a beauty. But you better be comfortable with a 43mm case.

This Watch Fulfills Your Childhood Obsession with Things That Glow in the Dark
This Watch Fulfills Your Childhood Obsession with Things That Glow in the Dark

The Bell & Ross BR03-92 Full Lum is so bright, you may need sunglasses in order to read the time at night.

This Is The Minimalist Dress Watch to Buy This Holiday Season
This Is The Minimalist Dress Watch to Buy This Holiday Season

Nomos has introduced two new versions of its popular and stylish Tangente watch with deep blue dials and in-house movements.

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