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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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5 New Bottles of Whiskey You Have to Try in 2020
5 New Bottles of Whiskey You Have to Try in 2020

An indie whiskey darling expands, Old Forester beefs up, Elijah Craig gets spicy & more.

Ikea’s Affordable New Collection Works for Just About Everybody
Ikea’s Affordable New Collection Works for Just About Everybody

Ikea's latest limited edition collection is simple, quiet and useful.

One of Our Favorite Cast-Iron Brands Just Made the Perfect Pizza Skillet
One of Our Favorite Cast-Iron Brands Just Made the Perfect Pizza Skillet

Go big or go home.

This Heavy-Hitting Buffalo Trace Bourbon Is the Sibling of Whiskey Royalty
This Heavy-Hitting Buffalo Trace Bourbon Is the Sibling of Whiskey Royalty

Stagg Jr. is the baby brother of a more famous Buffalo Trace bourbon. Here's why you want it.

Motoring

Airstream’s Future Looks Brighter (and Smarter) Than Ever
Airstream’s Future Looks Brighter (and Smarter) Than Ever

The goal? Go farther more easily, even if you’re towing with an EV.

Few Restomods Can Touch This Perfectly-Restored Range Rover Classic
Few Restomods Can Touch This Perfectly-Restored Range Rover Classic

ECD's latest effort brings modern Range Rover flair to a classic icon.

These 3 Cars Were Named America’s Best This Year
These 3 Cars Were Named America’s Best This Year

There were many great vehicles to emerge over the past year. These three were brand redefining.

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.

Mercedes Sells a Camper Van You Can Control With Your Smartphone
Mercedes Sells a Camper Van You Can Control With Your Smartphone

Raise the roof or set the mood lighting with a few taps on your phone.

Is This Remote-Control, Self-Powered Trailer the Future of Overlanding?
Is This Remote-Control, Self-Powered Trailer the Future of Overlanding?

An Australian company is working on a camping trailer prototype that could make overlanding much easier.

Pelican Is Bringing Its Indestructible Cases to the Overlanding World
Pelican Is Bringing Its Indestructible Cases to the Overlanding World

Wherever you roam, these tough cases will keep your gear safe and dry.

The Next Toyota Land Cruiser May Lose the V8 and Go Hybrid
The Next Toyota Land Cruiser May Lose the V8 and Go Hybrid

How does a V6 hybrid Land Cruiser with a CVT strike you?

The 2021 GMC Yukon: How It’s Different from the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban
The 2021 GMC Yukon: How It’s Different from the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban

The 2021 Yukon brings the luxury—and a new off-road AT4 trim.

With 2 Changes, Porsche Turned the Boxster and Cayman Into the Perfect Sports Cars
With 2 Changes, Porsche Turned the Boxster and Cayman Into the Perfect Sports Cars

Six-speed stick plus six cylinders equals the way things ought to be.

Nissan’s New Cheap Electric Crossover? It’ll Be Fast as a Sports Car
Nissan’s New Cheap Electric Crossover? It’ll Be Fast as a Sports Car

Don't expect your 370Z to be able to keep up with Nissan's new electric SUV.

The New VW GTI Arrives in March, and You’re Going To Love It
The New VW GTI Arrives in March, and You’re Going To Love It

Volkswagen confirmed the release date for the new GTI. It should give enthusiasts exactly what they want.

This Awesome E-Bike Can Take the Pain Out of Your Commute
This Awesome E-Bike Can Take the Pain Out of Your Commute

Motorcycle style and comfort with bike practicality—and zero emissions.

Will This New Tesla Be the First One Everyone Can Afford?
Will This New Tesla Be the First One Everyone Can Afford?

Tesla has shown off what may be its next vehicle—and it looks small and affordable.

Outdoors and Fitness

We Hope We Never Have to Experience the Weather This Jacket Can Handle
We Hope We Never Have to Experience the Weather This Jacket Can Handle

Vollebak built its new 100 Year Jacket to be tough enough to last a lifetime, and waterproof enough to take on a typhoon.

One of 2021’s Awesome New Skis Came out a Year Early
One of 2021’s Awesome New Skis Came out a Year Early

We've barely begun Winter 2020 and Faction already released a limited run of one of its most promising new skis for 2021.

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.

Nike’s New Winter Boots Are Unlike Any You’ve Ever Seen
Nike’s New Winter Boots Are Unlike Any You’ve Ever Seen

Nike has recently been expanding the offering of its outdoor ACG line of footwear, with a new winter boot as the latest on the shelf.

How Athletes Reap the Benefits of Altitude Training Without Actually Moving to the Mountains
How Athletes Reap the Benefits of Altitude Training Without Actually Moving to the Mountains

We can't all live in Boulder, so here are some hacks.

Leatherman Gave an Important Upgrade to One of Its Most Functional Multi-Tools
Leatherman Gave an Important Upgrade to One of Its Most Functional Multi-Tools

Most multi-tools are practical hunks of metal, not Leatherman's new Charge+.

The North Face’s Newest Shoes Are Both Innovative and Hard to Get
The North Face’s Newest Shoes Are Both Innovative and Hard to Get

The North Face released a pair of stylish yet surprisingly practical shoes as part of a collaboration with Gore-Tex.

Style

The Best New Style from One of Our Favorite Boot Brands Isn’t Actually a Boot
The Best New Style from One of Our Favorite Boot Brands Isn’t Actually a Boot

Viberg is unquestionably one of our favorite heritage bootmakers. Now, they're making one of our favorite mules.

Legendary Music Producer Rick Rubin Designed These Laid-Back Shoes
Legendary Music Producer Rick Rubin Designed These Laid-Back Shoes

Limited-edition, vegan men's shoes.

This Texas-Born Workwear Brand Deserves Recognition
This Texas-Born Workwear Brand Deserves Recognition

With coveted painter's pants, tough chore coats and military jackets, Stan Ray has been outfitting hardworking people with hardwearing goods since 1972.

If You Care About Incredible Fabric, Don’t Miss This New Collection
If You Care About Incredible Fabric, Don’t Miss This New Collection

With limited collabs, artisan craftsmanship and best-in-class fabrics, the latest drop from New York-based men's fashion label 18east isn't one to miss.

These Chunkier-Than-Thou Flannels Are Everything I’ve Ever Wanted
These Chunkier-Than-Thou Flannels Are Everything I’ve Ever Wanted

When it comes to flannel shirts, good ones are hard to come by. Wax London is making that search very easy.

Design Your Own Vans Sneakers with Artwork from Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi
Design Your Own Vans Sneakers with Artwork from Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi

Two exclusive prints available in two iconic Vans styles.

Tech

These Surprisingly Affordable Bookshelf Speakers Promise Deceptively Big Sound
These Surprisingly Affordable Bookshelf Speakers Promise Deceptively Big Sound

The Q Acoustics 3030i bookshelf speakers have similar features as the company's floorstanding speakers. And thus, they're designed to sound way bigger than they are.

Hate Your Keyboard? Logitech Designed a More Comfortable One
Hate Your Keyboard? Logitech Designed a More Comfortable One

It costs $130 and is designed to deliver a more natural typing experience.

Love Your Nintendo Switch? This Is the Ultimate Travel Accessory
Love Your Nintendo Switch? This Is the Ultimate Travel Accessory

It's a 3-in-1 gadget that adds protection, more battery and an improved kickstand to your Nintendo Switch.

Watches

This Is the All-Black Watch Done Right
This Is the All-Black Watch Done Right

With a sophisticated case, a super-thin automatic calibre and stealthy looks, this is probably the coolest time-only release of 2020 thus far.

This Is the Perfect Watch for Land Rover Lovers
This Is the Perfect Watch for Land Rover Lovers

Land Rover and Zenith have partnered on a sleek new watch with a ceramic case and some of the watch industry's most innovative tech inside.

One of Our Favorite American Watchmakers Is Back
One of Our Favorite American Watchmakers Is Back

Benrus is an American watchmaking legend, famous for the Sky Chief and several Vietnam-era military watches.

Good Luck Getting Your Hands on These Handsome Retro-Styled Watches
Good Luck Getting Your Hands on These Handsome Retro-Styled Watches

Historic Swiss watchmaker Titoni is still making cool timepieces, the latest of which is the retro-themed Heritage.

Omega Has Revamped One of Its Classic Watch Lines
Omega Has Revamped One of Its Classic Watch Lines

The 5th generation of the famous Constellation line features redesigned cases, bracelets and dials, and 26 different references.

This New Chronograph Resurrects One of the Most Iconic Watches Ever Made
This New Chronograph Resurrects One of the Most Iconic Watches Ever Made

TAG Heuer has pulled off an excellent recreation of its first Carrera watch from 1964, updated with modern tech and sizing.

This Iconic Watch Has Been Redesigned with An Integrated Bracelet
This Iconic Watch Has Been Redesigned with An Integrated Bracelet

An standout in modern watch design, the Hublot Big Bang now features an integrated bracelet design available in three materials.

Three Hardcore Seiko Dive Watches Just Got the All-Black Treatment
Three Hardcore Seiko Dive Watches Just Got the All-Black Treatment

Three new Seiko Prospex dive watches — two automatics and one solar-powered — have gone dark.

This Perpetual Calendar Watch Is Available Fully in Titanium for the First Time
This Perpetual Calendar Watch Is Available Fully in Titanium for the First Time

A special edition exclusively for the Chinese market, this complicated version of AP's iconic Royal Oak features a titanium case and bracelet.

Bear Grylls Would Totally Rely on These Watches for Wilderness Survival
Bear Grylls Would Totally Rely on These Watches for Wilderness Survival

Swiss brand Luminox has released teamed up with survival celebrity Bear Grylls on a new batch of watches across three series.

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