February 3-7, 2020

A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week


February 8, 2020 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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There’s a Ton of New Stuff at Ikea This Month. Here’s the Best of It
There’s a Ton of New Stuff at Ikea This Month. Here’s the Best of It

Handmade baskets, speakers for partying, organization gear and more.

Here’s Your Shot at Buying the Oldest Japanese Whisky Ever Bottled
Here’s Your Shot at Buying the Oldest Japanese Whisky Ever Bottled

For just $27,504 (or thereabouts), you can own a piece of Japanese whisky history.

What Whiskey Do You Celebrate a Super Bowl Win with? According to Travis Kelce, It’s Crown Royal
What Whiskey Do You Celebrate a Super Bowl Win with? According to Travis Kelce, It’s Crown Royal

The Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce brought a pallet of Crown Royal's rarest whiskey to the victory parade.

Motoring

Jeep Will Sell the Badass e-Bike It Teased During its Super Bowl Ad
Jeep Will Sell the Badass e-Bike It Teased During its Super Bowl Ad

Jeep now has a green mobility solution, for people who love the Gladiator.

Replace Your Home With This Tiny, Well-Appointed Camper Van
Replace Your Home With This Tiny, Well-Appointed Camper Van

This camper van can help you go off-the-grid, or off the dispiriting urban real estate carousel.

5 Dirt Cheap Land Rovers You Could (But Probably Shouldn’t) Buy
5 Dirt Cheap Land Rovers You Could (But Probably Shouldn’t) Buy

You absolutely do not need an aging Land Rover in your life. But, man, these cheap ones are alluring...

The Best Luxury Car Brand to Lease From May Surprise You
The Best Luxury Car Brand to Lease From May Surprise You

One American manufacturer's residual values have been on the rise.

The Best Cars to Buy in 2020
The Best Cars to Buy in 2020

One of our favorite SUVs we drove from 2019 got the nod for best new car.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Revealed: Big Screen, Big Sound, Big Grille
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Revealed: Big Screen, Big Sound, Big Grille

GM's flagship luxury SUV adds more tech, more speakers—and hands-free driving.

The Cheapest Off-Road-Ready SUV to Own Is Also One of Our Favorites
The Cheapest Off-Road-Ready SUV to Own Is Also One of Our Favorites

Hewing to tradition may save you some money.

Which of These Rides Will Be Named the Best Car in the World?
Which of These Rides Will Be Named the Best Car in the World?

The World Car of the Year Award finalists have been announced.

Jeep’s Badass New Gladiator Wants to Destroy the Ford Raptor
Jeep’s Badass New Gladiator Wants to Destroy the Ford Raptor

The newest and toughest Jeep Gladiator intends to intrude on Ford's turf.

This New Snowmobile Has a Killer App: Turbo Power
This New Snowmobile Has a Killer App: Turbo Power

Want more fun? Just add a turbocharger.

Ducati’s New Race Bike Is a Street-Legal, 234-HP Carbon Fiber Missile
Ducati’s New Race Bike Is a Street-Legal, 234-HP Carbon Fiber Missile

As close to race-ready as you can come while still being able to ride home.

Toyota May Drop a Wild, Boxy Cousin of the Land Cruiser This Spring
Toyota May Drop a Wild, Boxy Cousin of the Land Cruiser This Spring

Reports suggest Toyota's awesome TJ Cruiser concept could be heading for production.

Outdoors and Fitness

Patagonia Just Upgraded One of Its Most Popular Fleeces
Patagonia Just Upgraded One of Its Most Popular Fleeces

Patagonia is well known for its classic Synchilla pullover fleeces, but its more-technical cousin is just as capable and is getting a nice upgrade.

This New Ski Jacket Is Made from Sugarcane
This New Ski Jacket Is Made from Sugarcane

Thanks to its combo of sustainability and quality, Picture Organic's latest release was the toast of the outdoor industry's big winter trade show.

Benchmade Just Upgraded One of Its Mainstay Pocket Knives
Benchmade Just Upgraded One of Its Mainstay Pocket Knives

The original Mini Crooked River is a hard-wearing hunting knife, but Benchmade's new version might be too pretty to take outdoors.

Nike’s Crazy New Olympic Track Spikes Are So Fast They Look Unfinished
Nike’s Crazy New Olympic Track Spikes Are So Fast They Look Unfinished

Say hello to the Air Zoom Viperfly, one of several ambitious and unusual-looking Nikes set to light up the Tokyo Games.

These New Socks Are Guaranteed to Last Forever (Really)
These New Socks Are Guaranteed to Last Forever (Really)

Socks from Stance's new Infiknit line are so durable, the brand promises to replace a pair if it so much as springs a hole.

Style

Boot Lovers Will Go Crazy Over This Leather
Boot Lovers Will Go Crazy Over This Leather

A WWI military-issue style featuring a very special stamped leather.

These Collab Asics Sneakers Are Already Selling Out
These Collab Asics Sneakers Are Already Selling Out

You'll have to be quick to the mouse for the latest collaboration between Japanese athletic sneaker brand ASICS and Canadian performance clothing brand Reigning Champ.

These Badass Sunglasses Cost $2,000. Here’s Why
These Badass Sunglasses Cost $2,000. Here’s Why

American eyewear retailer Black Optical just took Jacques Marie Mage's coveted eyewear to new heights with bison leather and 18k gold.

Tech

Is Dyson Working on Air Purifying Headphones?
Is Dyson Working on Air Purifying Headphones?

Breathe clean air and listen to music? It's certainly better than choking on smoke.

If You Lose Your Pens and Chargers All the Time, This Tidy Organizer Is for You
If You Lose Your Pens and Chargers All the Time, This Tidy Organizer Is for You

It's a portable valet tray, wireless charging unit and desk organizer rolled into one.

Google Maps Is Getting a New Look. Here’s What You Need to Know
Google Maps Is Getting a New Look. Here’s What You Need to Know

The redesigned app has a new look and a host of new features.

Watches

James Bond Wears Omega, but an Important Character Will Wear a Swatch in “No Time to Die”
James Bond Wears Omega, but an Important Character Will Wear a Swatch in “No Time to Die”

In anticipation of the upcoming James Bond film, Swatch has released six typically playful and affordable tributes to the film franchise.

A Classic Swiss Chronograph Watch Just Got a Major Upgrade
A Classic Swiss Chronograph Watch Just Got a Major Upgrade

In a bid to outfit their catalog's watches with in-house movements, IWC has upgraded their famed Portugieser Chronographs with the cal. 69000.

An Air Force Veteran Paid $346 for This Rolex Daytona, Now Worth $700,000
An Air Force Veteran Paid $346 for This Rolex Daytona, Now Worth $700,000

After this Air Force vet bought his Cosmograph Daytona for $346 in the 1970s, he locked it up for 40+ years. And what a good idea that was.

This Affordable Q Timex Vintage Reissue Watch Is Finally Available Again
This Affordable Q Timex Vintage Reissue Watch Is Finally Available Again

The new Q Timex Reissue Falcon Eye watch is an attractive remake of of a classic Timex model from the 1970s.

Check Out This Ultra-Modern Take on Panerai’s Iconic Dive Watch
Check Out This Ultra-Modern Take on Panerai’s Iconic Dive Watch

Panerai's latest iteration of its iconic Luminor diver features a lightweight black carbon case and striking blue lume.

This Affordable Digital Watch Features a Customizable Dual Display
This Affordable Digital Watch Features a Customizable Dual Display

The Nixon Staple is a $100 digital watch that allows you to choose the information shown on its screen.

Timex’s Awesome, Affordable Vintage Remake Gets an Automatic Movement
Timex’s Awesome, Affordable Vintage Remake Gets an Automatic Movement

Following the Q Timex's success in quartz, Timex has introduced a killer-looking automatic model with a "Batman"-style bezel based on 1970s sport watches.

Girard Perregaux Has Introduced Three New Dress Watches with Dials Made from Aventurine
Girard Perregaux Has Introduced Three New Dress Watches with Dials Made from Aventurine

Girard Perregaux has introduced three new dress watches with aventurine dials that sparkle like the night sky.

One of Our Favorite WWII-Era Military Watches Is Back
One of Our Favorite WWII-Era Military Watches Is Back

The "Dirty Dozen" watches of 1945 were serious, purpose-built military tools. 75 years after the originals were produced, a new version is debuting.

These Are the Perfect Leather Watch Straps for Car Lovers
These Are the Perfect Leather Watch Straps for Car Lovers

Love automotive watches like vintage Heuers and Rolexes? Then you need to check out these new racing straps from Worn & Wound.

This Swanky Rose Gold G-Shock is Affordable and Tough as Ever
This Swanky Rose Gold G-Shock is Affordable and Tough as Ever

Casio has teamed up with Kith NYC on a limited-edition version of the classic G6900 with a rose gold case.

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