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A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week


December 21, 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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Forget Champagne, We’re Drinking This Champagne-Sized Miller High Life on New Year’s Eve
Forget Champagne, We’re Drinking This Champagne-Sized Miller High Life on New Year’s Eve

The literal Champagne of Beers.

This Weird Blanket Sold Out Immediately the Last Time It Was Available
This Weird Blanket Sold Out Immediately the Last Time It Was Available

Authenticity50's new hyped duvets are full of wool instead of down.

Looking for Instant Pot Recipes? This New App Has More than 1,000
Looking for Instant Pot Recipes? This New App Has More than 1,000

Get access to over 1,000 customized Instant Pot recipes through its new app, made in collaboration with Drop.

These Limited-Edition Red Wing Heritage Boots Are Designed by a Japanese Streetwear Legend
These Limited-Edition Red Wing Heritage Boots Are Designed by a Japanese Streetwear Legend

Red Wing Heritage's American design meets Fragment Design's Japanese craftsmanship on two limited-edition boots.

The Best New Coffee Gear of the Year, According to Coffee Nerds
The Best New Coffee Gear of the Year, According to Coffee Nerds

Hundreds of new gadgets and brew equipment hit the coffee scene every year. These were the best, according to a cabal of coffee nerds.

This Is the Best Cigar of the Year, According to Experts
This Is the Best Cigar of the Year, According to Experts

Cigar Aficionado's number one pick for the best cigar of 2019 is a masterpiece of a Nicaraguan. Get it before they're gone.

Motoring

Is This the Most Ridiculous Land Rover Defender Ever Made?
Is This the Most Ridiculous Land Rover Defender Ever Made?

There are plenty of ways to play up a Defender's best traits. Yacht-inspired teak? Not really one of them.

This Truck’s Tailgate Could Be an Absolute Gamechanger for the Pickup World
This Truck’s Tailgate Could Be an Absolute Gamechanger for the Pickup World

No more dirtying your pants or hyperextending your arms to reach inside the bed? Sounds great.

Porsche Is Working on an Actual Flying Sports Car
Porsche Is Working on an Actual Flying Sports Car

Society has dreamed of flying cars for nearly a century. Porsche and Boeing might be about to make those dreams come true.

Our Favorite Honda of the 2000s Is Back, and Better Than Ever
Our Favorite Honda of the 2000s Is Back, and Better Than Ever

An icon is getting revamped with some modern Honda accessories.

The Next Cadillac Escalade’s Screen Is 6 Times Bigger Than Your New iPhone’s
The Next Cadillac Escalade’s Screen Is 6 Times Bigger Than Your New iPhone’s

The Cadillac Escalade will respond to the Lincoln Navigator with, you guessed it, something big and ostentatious.

Mazda’s Sporty, Affordable New Crossover for Millennials Is Now on Sale
Mazda’s Sporty, Affordable New Crossover for Millennials Is Now on Sale

It looks great, it drives well, and you can afford it without giving up your avocado toast.

Is Land Rover Planning to Attack the Ford Raptor With a Badass Defender?
Is Land Rover Planning to Attack the Ford Raptor With a Badass Defender?

So, Land Rover just bought a company that specializes in making off-road-racing-spec Defenders...

Why Do the Subaru Outback’s Headlights Make It Less Safe than the Legacy? We Found Out
Why Do the Subaru Outback’s Headlights Make It Less Safe than the Legacy? We Found Out

The IIHS's ratings for the Outback and Legacy didn't seem to make sense, so we started asking questions.

Survive the Apocalypse With Ease in This Earth-Bound Mars Rover
Survive the Apocalypse With Ease in This Earth-Bound Mars Rover

Even the end of days can't stop this amphibious 10-wheel-drive beast.

Our 5 Favorite Camper Vans of 2019
Our 5 Favorite Camper Vans of 2019

The best of the best, ranging from 4x4 overlanding beasts to 3D-printed visions of the future.

Three-Quarters of Mercedes-AMG’s Cars May Have to Die Next Year, Report Says
Three-Quarters of Mercedes-AMG’s Cars May Have to Die Next Year, Report Says

Changes could affect some of our favorite Mercedes models.

The Electric Ford F-150’s Front Trunk Could Be Its Killer App
The Electric Ford F-150’s Front Trunk Could Be Its Killer App

Ford could make it easier than ever to grab stuff out of the trunk.

Outdoors and Fitness

One of the Year’s Coolest EDC Knives Is Finally Available
One of the Year’s Coolest EDC Knives Is Finally Available

Helle has been making knives in remote Norway for nearly a century, but the Kletten is its first genuine EDC blade.

You’ve Never Seen an Ultralight Backpack Like This One
You’ve Never Seen an Ultralight Backpack Like This One

The newest backpack from Swedish outdoor gear maker Klättermusen is loaded with features but lacking in color.

I Want This Gorgeous New Gravel Bike So Bad It Hurts, Don’t You?
I Want This Gorgeous New Gravel Bike So Bad It Hurts, Don’t You?

When it comes to off-roading, the new Ritte Satyr just might be the GOAT.

It’s Cold AF out so Here’s a Guide to Some of the Best New Parkas
It’s Cold AF out so Here’s a Guide to Some of the Best New Parkas

No matter your personality or needs, one of these four cozy options is bound to suit you.

This New Clothing Is for People Who Don’t Like Riding Bikes Outside
This New Clothing Is for People Who Don’t Like Riding Bikes Outside

With temperatures dropping into the teens and snowstorms becoming frequent, cyclists are getting forced indoors and Rapha is at the ready with all-new kit.

Style

This Wild Hiking Boot Is One of the Coolest Releases of 2019
This Wild Hiking Boot Is One of the Coolest Releases of 2019

Pacific Northwest bootmakers Danner and Japanese hi-tech outdoors brand White Mountaineering just made one of the wildest hiking boots you'll ever see.

These California-Made Sweats Are Twice as Beefy as Any Other Sweats You Own
These California-Made Sweats Are Twice as Beefy as Any Other Sweats You Own

Contemporary New York label 18east and California-based knitwear brand Standard Issue Tees have just sweat out a heavy collab.

Our Favorite Knives and Sunglasses Now Come in the Same Cool Material
Our Favorite Knives and Sunglasses Now Come in the Same Cool Material

Portland knife maker James and independent eyewear brand Raen Optics just released the sharpest EDC collab around.

This Upcycled Down Jacket Is Made from Vintage Military Fabrics
This Upcycled Down Jacket Is Made from Vintage Military Fabrics

Premium denim brand 3sixteen and Seattle-based outdoors brand Crescent Down Works used vintage military fabrics for their collaboration.

Tech

Would You Pay $25 for This AirPods Cleaning Kit?
Would You Pay $25 for This AirPods Cleaning Kit?

How much are you willing to pay to get your AirPods case completely lint- and grime-free?

You Never Have to Plug In These Wireless Headphones
You Never Have to Plug In These Wireless Headphones

Is having to charge your wireless headphones a huge inconvenience?

The Desktop Monitor That Mac Users Love Has a Terrific New Trick
The Desktop Monitor That Mac Users Love Has a Terrific New Trick

LG's new line of UltraFine displays adds some radically different features. They look really cool.

Watches

One of Our Favorite Watches of SIHH 2019 Just Got a Makeover
One of Our Favorite Watches of SIHH 2019 Just Got a Makeover

Laurent Ferrier's Galet Annual Calendar Montre École was beautiful in black, white or blue, but a an opaline dial takes it to the next level.

These Japan-Only, Enamel-Dial Watches Are Some of Seiko’s Best
These Japan-Only, Enamel-Dial Watches Are Some of Seiko’s Best

Two new Presage models with enamel dials and automatic movements are beautiful, but you'll have to fly across the pond to buy them.

This Leather Pouch Is the Perfect Last-Minute Gift for a Watch Lover
This Leather Pouch Is the Perfect Last-Minute Gift for a Watch Lover

These mini leather watch pouches are made specifically for storing or traveling with bracelet-equipped watches.

This Affordable, Automatic Watch Is Sized and Priced Just Right
This Affordable, Automatic Watch Is Sized and Priced Just Right

UK-based microbrand Hervé's first watch is the Alvia, and it features an automatic movement, 38mm case, versatile looks and a $380 price tag.

Get an Affordable Version of a Dive Watch Classic for Under $300
Get an Affordable Version of a Dive Watch Classic for Under $300

Featuring a unique dial design available in multiple colors, the Seascape is a super compressor-style dive watch that won't break the bank.

This Affordable Automatic Watch Features a Festive Green-and-White Porcelain Dial
This Affordable Automatic Watch Features a Festive Green-and-White Porcelain Dial

A young brand focusing on beautiful porcelain dials and Chinese cultural motifs introduces a stunning, limited-edition watch.

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