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A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week


February 29, 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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This Isn’t Your Dad’s Whiskey Decanter
This Isn’t Your Dad’s Whiskey Decanter

Norlan, maker of many off-center whiskey accessories, made a strangely gorgeous decanter.

Know the Eames Lounge Chair? That Company Is Getting Into Gaming Gear
Know the Eames Lounge Chair? That Company Is Getting Into Gaming Gear

The house that Eames, Noguchi, Nelson and more built is collaborating with Logitech's gaming division to make high-end performance equipment for gamers.

This Young Whiskey Was 50 Years in the Making
This Young Whiskey Was 50 Years in the Making

A $38, two-or-three-year-old whiskey with decades of history.

Buffalo Trace Is Bringing a New Kind of Blanton’s Bourbon to the States
Buffalo Trace Is Bringing a New Kind of Blanton’s Bourbon to the States

Blanton's Gold Edition will be the first of the brand's overseas-exclusive lineup to show up Stateside. Here's what you need to know.

Motoring

VW’s Electric Sports Car Could Have a Secret Weapon Against Tesla
VW’s Electric Sports Car Could Have a Secret Weapon Against Tesla

The secret to EV performance cars lies beneath the skin.

Buy This Pop-Top Land Rover Overlander Before We Do
Buy This Pop-Top Land Rover Overlander Before We Do

A vintage Land Rover — that's also a tricked-out overlanding rig with a 600-mile range.

Polestar’s New Electric Car Is the Sort of Tesla Fighter We Dream About
Polestar’s New Electric Car Is the Sort of Tesla Fighter We Dream About

Futuristic style, eco-friendly materials, plenty of cool tech? That's a recipe we've heard before.

Harley-Davidson’s New Motorcycle Is a Badass Salute to Its Heritage
Harley-Davidson’s New Motorcycle Is a Badass Salute to Its Heritage

The Fat Boy 30th Anniversary edition brings added style...for a price, of course.

This Secret Porsche 911 Is Inspired by One of the Greatest Sports Cars Ever
This Secret Porsche 911 Is Inspired by One of the Greatest Sports Cars Ever

An off-road-ready version of the 911, with styling inspired by the Porsche 959? We're in love.

The New Ford Bronco May Be Even More Powerful Than We Thought
The New Ford Bronco May Be Even More Powerful Than We Thought

If this report is correct, the Bronco will have significantly more power than the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner.

Trust Us, You’ve Never Seen a Jeep Wrangler Quite Like This
Trust Us, You’ve Never Seen a Jeep Wrangler Quite Like This

Meet the SAD Wrangler.

The Toyota Land Cruiser Dominates This List of the Longest-Lasting Cars You Can Buy
The Toyota Land Cruiser Dominates This List of the Longest-Lasting Cars You Can Buy

The numbers back up the reputation of one of our favorite SUVs.

This 789-HP Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Pickup Truck Has a Bed-Launched Drone
This 789-HP Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Pickup Truck Has a Bed-Launched Drone

The truck does 130 mph. The drone does 150.

The New VW GTI Keeps Everything We Love About This Iconic Hot Hatch
The New VW GTI Keeps Everything We Love About This Iconic Hot Hatch

The new GTI proves it's possible to improve on perfection.

One of Our Favorite Subarus Is About to Get More Powerful
One of Our Favorite Subarus Is About to Get More Powerful

Crosstrek Sport, anyone?

This Badass Electric Motorcycle Is Reviving an Iconic Name for the 21st Century
This Badass Electric Motorcycle Is Reviving an Iconic Name for the 21st Century

A bike from Easy Rider is being revived as an electric motorcycle.

A ‘Cheaper, Entry-Level’ Porsche May Be in the Works
A ‘Cheaper, Entry-Level’ Porsche May Be in the Works

Porsche's head of design hinted the carmaker may be planning a modern-day 914.

There’s an All-New Jeep Coming Later This Year That We Didn’t Expect
There’s an All-New Jeep Coming Later This Year That We Didn’t Expect

FCA legend Ralph Gilles says the new SUV will arrive before the end of 2020.

The Perfect Stick-Shift Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Just Hit the Auction Block
The Perfect Stick-Shift Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Just Hit the Auction Block

While other automakers wisely turned to SUVs in the 2010s, Cadillac made a wondrously stupid and powerful wagon.

This Stunning Yellow Porsche Is Like No Vintage 911 You’ve Ever Seen
This Stunning Yellow Porsche Is Like No Vintage 911 You’ve Ever Seen

This Porsche has the interior trim you didn't know you needed in your life.

Who Needs a Raptor When You Could Have This Jacked-Up King Kong of Ford F-150s?
Who Needs a Raptor When You Could Have This Jacked-Up King Kong of Ford F-150s?

775 horsepower and a six-inch lift kit makes for a pretty impressive pickup.

Outdoors and Fitness

This New Travel System Is the Voltron of Adventure Packs
This New Travel System Is the Voltron of Adventure Packs

Boundary Supply's modular storage set-up provides as much (or as little) pack as you want.

One of Our Favorite Military-Inspired Packs Just Got Revamped
One of Our Favorite Military-Inspired Packs Just Got Revamped

GORUCK and Huckberry teamed up to roll out a streamlined, limited-edition version of the classic GR1.

Rapha’s New Shoes Will Make Riding Your Bike More Comfortable
Rapha’s New Shoes Will Make Riding Your Bike More Comfortable

In seeking to make a cycling shoe worthy of professional racing, Rapha insisted on maintaining one important attribute: comfort.

Tiny Backpacks Are Rarely Useful, but This One Is
Tiny Backpacks Are Rarely Useful, but This One Is

Generally, we're not fans of overly minimalist backpacks, but Black Diamond packed enough function into a pack that fits in your pocket, and we're fans.

The Olympic Marathon Trials Are Today. Here’s How to Spot the New Blood
The Olympic Marathon Trials Are Today. Here’s How to Spot the New Blood

On Saturday, February 29, over 700 runners will compete for a spot on the 2020 US Olympic marathon team. Many are unsponsored — here's how to spot them.

Saucony’s New Carbon Running Shoes Are Ready for the Olympic Marathon Trials — and Your Feet
Saucony’s New Carbon Running Shoes Are Ready for the Olympic Marathon Trials — and Your Feet

Get a sneak peek at the Endorphin Pro this weekend... then get it for yourself.

Tech

Why Doesn’t Every Keyboard Have This Clever Decluttering Feature?
Why Doesn’t Every Keyboard Have This Clever Decluttering Feature?

What if, instead of cluttering up your disk with a big hub or dongle, those ports just lived in your keyboard instead?

The Achilles Heel That Keeps Apple’s $5,000 Display From Being Truly Pro-Grade
The Achilles Heel That Keeps Apple’s $5,000 Display From Being Truly Pro-Grade

An extremely deep, professional analysis reveals the expensive display's subtle but fatal flaw.

The Big Question Surrounding Ultimate Ears’ Truly Enormous Portable Speaker
The Big Question Surrounding Ultimate Ears’ Truly Enormous Portable Speaker

We've highlighted the five most important things to know about the Ultimate Ears' newest speaker, the Hyperboom, along with one big question it has to answer.

Fujifilm Just Announced Its Latest Mirrorless Flagship Camera: Here’s What You Need to Know
Fujifilm Just Announced Its Latest Mirrorless Flagship Camera: Here’s What You Need to Know

It's better than the X-T3 in almost every way. It's available for preorder right now.

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.

Watches

Timex Has Updated an Affordable Dive Watch with an Automatic Movement
Timex Has Updated an Affordable Dive Watch with an Automatic Movement

Timex's Navi XL Automatic, available in three styles, just got a serious upgrade in the form of a 21-jewel, mechanical power plant.

This Affordable Automatic Pilot’s Watch Pays Homage to a Famous WWII Fighter Plane
This Affordable Automatic Pilot’s Watch Pays Homage to a Famous WWII Fighter Plane

The Avi-8 Spitfire Type 300 Automatic Edition watch is a tribute to the legendary Supermarine Spitfire.

Looking for a New Dress Watch? This Elegant Square Model Is Available in Four New Colors
Looking for a New Dress Watch? This Elegant Square Model Is Available in Four New Colors

The Nomos Tetra Symphony adds four new options to the brand's distinctive square-shaped watch collection, complete with in-house movements.

These Swiss Mountaineering Watches Just Received a GMT Upgrade
These Swiss Mountaineering Watches Just Received a GMT Upgrade

Two new Alpina Alpiner watches add GMT functionality, but remain relatively affordable due to the use of Swiss quartz movements.

This Slick New Chronograph Is a Vintage Watch Reissue Done Right
This Slick New Chronograph Is a Vintage Watch Reissue Done Right

Zenith's latest in its winning series of El Primero Revival watches is a modern remake of the chronograph known as the “Cover Girl.”

One of the Most Important Watch Events Was Just Canceled Due to the Coronavirus
One of the Most Important Watch Events Was Just Canceled Due to the Coronavirus

With Watches & Wonders Geneva (formerly known as SIHH) canceled due to health concerns, will Baselworld 2020 be next on the chopping block?

Marathon’s Premium NATO Strap Is The Perfect Complement to a Tough Tool Watch
Marathon’s Premium NATO Strap Is The Perfect Complement to a Tough Tool Watch

The new "seat belt" NATO strap from Marathon is available in three colors and features a comfortable nylon weave and stainless steel hardware.

This New GPS Running Watch Is Way Cheaper Than Any Apple Watch
This New GPS Running Watch Is Way Cheaper Than Any Apple Watch

The Timex Ironman R300 GPS has many of the same features as other high-end GPS running watches, but it's way cheaper.

Baselworld Canceled. Switzerland Calls Off Its Major Watch Industry Trade Shows for 2020
Baselworld Canceled. Switzerland Calls Off Its Major Watch Industry Trade Shows for 2020

Following the cancelation of other major and minor watch industry trade shows, the largest of them all, Baselworld, is the latest victim of the coronavirus.

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