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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.

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One of the Most Hyped Beers of All Time Is Finally Getting Released in Bottles
One of the Most Hyped Beers of All Time Is Finally Getting Released in Bottles

Russian River Brewing Company will be releasing it's extremely popular (and extremely limited) Pliny the Younger triple IPA in bottles for the first time in February.

You’re Paying Too Much for Bourbon, and This Instagram Account Proves It
You’re Paying Too Much for Bourbon, and This Instagram Account Proves It

Whether you want to know the going price for a bottle of Pappy 15 or Wild Turkey 101, this is the Instagram account to follow for the price-conscious bourbon nerd.

This $5 Tool Makes It Easier to Keep Your Cast-Iron Skillet in Good Shape
This $5 Tool Makes It Easier to Keep Your Cast-Iron Skillet in Good Shape

Restoring an old cast-iron skillet? Lodge's new rust eraser can help.

Motoring

The Final Land Rover Defender Made for the U.S. Is Up for Auction—and It Won’t Go Cheap
The Final Land Rover Defender Made for the U.S. Is Up for Auction—and It Won’t Go Cheap

The last Land Rover Defender produced for the U.S. market is up for auction, and it only has 36,000 miles.

CES 2020: All the Car News You Need to Know
CES 2020: All the Car News You Need to Know

CES is packed with car-related technology reveals and announcements. These are the ones that matter.

This Stunning, Perfect Replica of History’s Greatest AMG Could Be Yours
This Stunning, Perfect Replica of History’s Greatest AMG Could Be Yours

A replica of a famed Mercedes racing legend is coming up for auction.

Sony—Yes, Sony—Unveiled an Electric Car at CES 2020
Sony—Yes, Sony—Unveiled an Electric Car at CES 2020

Car companies are getting into electronics. Electronics companies, apparently, are getting into cars.

For Its New Concept, Mercedes-Benz Teamed Up with … James Cameron?
For Its New Concept, Mercedes-Benz Teamed Up with … James Cameron?

James Cameron raises the bar for CES concepts by helping Mercedes create an "Avatar"-inspired ride.

These Are the Fastest Cars of the Last Decade
These Are the Fastest Cars of the Last Decade

Hang on tight.

Meet 5 Cars People Paid Way Too Much For on Bring a Trailer Last Year
Meet 5 Cars People Paid Way Too Much For on Bring a Trailer Last Year

Someone paid $230,000 for a Mini? Really?

This Airstream/Mercedes Hybrid Is the Weirdest RV We’ve Seen in Ages
This Airstream/Mercedes Hybrid Is the Weirdest RV We’ve Seen in Ages

This camping rig is bizarre, but also functional and super cheap.

Meet the Sub-$10,000 Used Cars We’re in Love With Right Now
Meet the Sub-$10,000 Used Cars We’re in Love With Right Now

They have just one thing in common: They're Gear Patrol-approved.

Aston Martin’s New Speedster Might Turn Out to Be the Coolest Car of 2020
Aston Martin’s New Speedster Might Turn Out to Be the Coolest Car of 2020

Take one of our favorite Astons; add a 690-hp V12; then, crucially, remove the windshield. Serve hot.

This Frankenstein Supra Convertible Is More of a Toyota Than the Real Thing
This Frankenstein Supra Convertible Is More of a Toyota Than the Real Thing

What if the new Supra was less BMW and more Toyota? Japanese students decided to take a stab at finding out.

BMW’s ZeroG Front Seat is Perfect for Helping Cure a Whiskey Hangover
BMW’s ZeroG Front Seat is Perfect for Helping Cure a Whiskey Hangover

Lay back, deploy the sun shades, and let that whopper of a headache melt away.

Tali’s Tech-Savvy LED Helmet Could Bring Motorcycle Riding into the Future
Tali’s Tech-Savvy LED Helmet Could Bring Motorcycle Riding into the Future

A French startup's helmet could offer revolutionary safety, thanks to LED lighting.

Toyota’s New Hot Hatch Is a Tiny Ball of Awesome. Of Course, We Can’t Have It
Toyota’s New Hot Hatch Is a Tiny Ball of Awesome. Of Course, We Can’t Have It

The GR Yaris packs a mighty turbocharged engine and AWD into a tiny, flickable ride.

5 Awesome Cars That No One Is Buying
5 Awesome Cars That No One Is Buying

Some of our favorite cars just couldn't catch a break in 2019.

Outdoors and Fitness

How to Be a 4 Percent Better Runner in 2020
How to Be a 4 Percent Better Runner in 2020

Our buying guides, apparel obsessions and shoe spotlights can help you dare to dream.

The New Suunto 7 Is a Solid Outdoors Smartwatch With Extra Fit and Finish
The New Suunto 7 Is a Solid Outdoors Smartwatch With Extra Fit and Finish

Powered by Google's Wear OS, the new Suunto 7 aims to marry rugged sports features with the latest tech for the perfect smartwatch.

Reebok’s Answer to Nike’s Perfect HIIT Shoe Is $30 Cheaper
Reebok’s Answer to Nike’s Perfect HIIT Shoe Is $30 Cheaper

The brand's latest gym sneaker raises interesting questions about design, pricing and marketing.

This New Pocket Knife Is the First of Its Kind
This New Pocket Knife Is the First of Its Kind

CRKT's first batch of new knives for 2020 includes a folding knife with a survival feature normally reserved for fixed blades.

Beginners Will Love Trek’s Affordable New Mountain Bike
Beginners Will Love Trek’s Affordable New Mountain Bike

When top-line mountain bikes can cost more than a used car, Trek's new Roscoe is both affordable and perfect for beginner riders.

Style

This High-End Leather AirPods Case Is Extreme Luxury (But It Ain’t Pro)
This High-End Leather AirPods Case Is Extreme Luxury (But It Ain’t Pro)

Known for its innovative leather weaving, Italian luxury goods brand Bottega Veneta brings its 'Intrecciato' leather to Apple's iconic headphones.

These Boots Are Made with Mythical Leather and You’ve Never Seen Anything Like Them
These Boots Are Made with Mythical Leather and You’ve Never Seen Anything Like Them

Famed bootmaker John Lofgren teamed up with Oakland-based retailer Standard & Strange for a pair of boots made with an ultra-rare white shell cordovan.

Donald Glover Wore This Ridiculously Cool Fleece Pullover. Get It Here
Donald Glover Wore This Ridiculously Cool Fleece Pullover. Get It Here

The actor-writer-musician showed off a stylish iteration of the cozy winter staple.

This Legendary California Brand Teamed Up with an Australian Artist on a Beautiful Military Jacket
This Legendary California Brand Teamed Up with an Australian Artist on a Beautiful Military Jacket

Iconic surf brand Birdwell Beach Britches and Australian artist Kai Brown come together for a limited run of custom military jackets.

Frank Ocean Is the Face of Prada’s Latest Campaign
Frank Ocean Is the Face of Prada’s Latest Campaign

The groundbreaking R&B artist graces us in Prada SS20.

Tech

The Best Smart Lock for Most People Just Got a Little Bit Better
The Best Smart Lock for Most People Just Got a Little Bit Better

Announced at CES 2020, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock will be available later this year.

It’s Time to Upgrade Your iPhone Charger (And You Can Do It for Cheap)
It’s Time to Upgrade Your iPhone Charger (And You Can Do It for Cheap)

If you're looking for a wall charger that can fast charge your iPhone, get this tiny 18-wall adapter by Aukey.

This Iconic Office-Friendly Mechanical Keyboard Is Better Than Ever
This Iconic Office-Friendly Mechanical Keyboard Is Better Than Ever

The Happy Hacking Keyboard is a terrific and quiet little daily driver, and now it is better than ever.

Watches

Dress Up Your Tool Watch With These Hardy Leather Straps
Dress Up Your Tool Watch With These Hardy Leather Straps

The new Cooper straps from Hodinkee offer an upscale leather option that pairs well with a wide range of watches.

This Is the Omega Speedmaster Watch the World Has Been Waiting For
This Is the Omega Speedmaster Watch the World Has Been Waiting For

Omega's legendary 321 movement has returned to a steel Speedmaster based on the one worn by astronaut Ed White.

One of Our Favorite Field Watches Is New and Improved and Back In Stock
One of Our Favorite Field Watches Is New and Improved and Back In Stock

Carpenter Watches' Brooklyn Gent is one of our favorite field watches, and it's improved for 2020 with new finishing and dials.

Rolex Watches Will Hurt Your Wallet More in 2020
Rolex Watches Will Hurt Your Wallet More in 2020

Purchasing a Rolex watch at retail will mean spending a bit more in 2020 than it did in 2019, as the prestigious brand increases prices 3-6%.

This High-End Swiss Watch Brand Surprised Everyone with a Sporty Chronograph
This High-End Swiss Watch Brand Surprised Everyone with a Sporty Chronograph

Nearly everything about the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph is new and unexpectedly casual.

Two of G-Shock’s Most Hardcore Watches Get a Stealthy Blacked-Out Treatment
Two of G-Shock’s Most Hardcore Watches Get a Stealthy Blacked-Out Treatment

Casio G-Shock's professional range of Mudman and Rangeman watches look more serious than ever with black resin cases and negative displays.

Looking for a Beautiful Chronograph Watch? Check Out This 1940s-Inspired Longines
Looking for a Beautiful Chronograph Watch? Check Out This 1940s-Inspired Longines

Longines has released a handsome new 40mm steel chronograph with an automatic movement inspired by a post-War model.

This Icy Dive Watch Supports a Worthy Cause
This Icy Dive Watch Supports a Worthy Cause

The new Oris Aquis Date Lake Baikal dive watch is a limited edition helping highlight conservation efforts at the world's deepest lake.

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