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A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week


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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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This Japanese-Style Chef’s Knife Is Going to Sell Out Today
This Japanese-Style Chef’s Knife Is Going to Sell Out Today

Made In's limited-edition santoku knife is a cut above the rest.

Starting Now, the Best Espresso Machines Money Can Buy Are Better for Beginners and Experts
Starting Now, the Best Espresso Machines Money Can Buy Are Better for Beginners and Experts

The espresso machines you order shots from every day are getting smarter (and better).

The Most Famous Barbecue Pitmaster in America Designed a Smoker
The Most Famous Barbecue Pitmaster in America Designed a Smoker

Designed by Texas barbecue master Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue Pits are grail smokers.

Motoring

Ford Is Building a Super-Cheap Compact Pickup, Report Says, and It’ll Arrive Next Year
Ford Is Building a Super-Cheap Compact Pickup, Report Says, and It’ll Arrive Next Year

Get used to the phrase "cute ute," because it will appear in every single article written about this truck.

Here’s Your Rare Chance to Grab a Singer-Customized Porsche 911 Without a 2-Year Wait
Here’s Your Rare Chance to Grab a Singer-Customized Porsche 911 Without a 2-Year Wait

Just be prepared to pay big — even by Singer standards.

Grab This Awesome Toyota Hilux Camper Before It’s Too Late
Grab This Awesome Toyota Hilux Camper Before It’s Too Late

A fully-outfitted motorhome...that also happens to be a rare and vintage Toyota.

These Photos Very Much Seem to Show the New Ford Bronco Sport
These Photos Very Much Seem to Show the New Ford Bronco Sport

Meet your new compact crossover crush.

This Company Will Build You an Awesome Camper Van for a Wildly Low Price
This Company Will Build You an Awesome Camper Van for a Wildly Low Price

Camper vans can be ungodly expensive. This company will let you build a brand-new, well-appointed one for under $35K.

Could This Porsche 911 Be the Perfect Custom Off-Roader?
Could This Porsche 911 Be the Perfect Custom Off-Roader?

This Ruf is ready to rip up some gravel roads.

Audi’s Best Car of 2020 Is a Surprisingly Great Deal
Audi’s Best Car of 2020 Is a Surprisingly Great Deal

Audi is bringing its best performance car to the U.S. — and it's a relative bargain.

Now It’s Easier to Rent a BMW Motorcycle in One of America’s Best Places to Ride
Now It’s Easier to Rent a BMW Motorcycle in One of America’s Best Places to Ride

Time to hop a flight to LAX.

Here’s Our First Great Look at the All-New Ford Bronco
Here’s Our First Great Look at the All-New Ford Bronco

Leaked Bronco photos are coming fast and furious as the launch approaches. Here's the four-door.

The Perfect Stick-Shift BMW SUV Can Be Yours, But You’d Better Act Soon
The Perfect Stick-Shift BMW SUV Can Be Yours, But You’d Better Act Soon

BMW manuals are hard to come by nowadays. But the company used to put them in just about everything.

One of the Best Radar Detectors on the Market Just Got Even Better
One of the Best Radar Detectors on the Market Just Got Even Better

If it saves you from one speeding ticket, it's worth the expense. But only if you buy the best.

This Insane Off-Road Porsche 911 Is Proof of an Awesome New Trend
This Insane Off-Road Porsche 911 Is Proof of an Awesome New Trend

Gemballa's new 911 looks ready to conquer terrain that would leave Jeeps scared.

Ram’s New Hellcat-Powered Pickup Aims to Destroy the Ford Raptor
Ram’s New Hellcat-Powered Pickup Aims to Destroy the Ford Raptor

Reports say Ram is coming after the F-150 Raptor with its biggest, baddest engine — and some help from Alfa Romeo.

Nissan’s Affordable Electric Crossover Everyone Is Gonna Want? This Might Be It
Nissan’s Affordable Electric Crossover Everyone Is Gonna Want? This Might Be It

The fact that Nissan keeps touting its Ariya concept from last October makes us think it may be coming to dealerships.

The 2-Door Range Rover Lives Once More, But At a Price
The 2-Door Range Rover Lives Once More, But At a Price

A coachbuilder picks up Land Rover's discarded idea and runs with it.

Is This the Coolest Vintage Japanese SUV Out There…or Just the Ugliest?
Is This the Coolest Vintage Japanese SUV Out There…or Just the Ugliest?

It's everything you want in a vintage off-roader. It's just really hard to look at.

There’s No Way Camping Trailers Can Get Smaller Than This
There’s No Way Camping Trailers Can Get Smaller Than This

This tiny trailer can sleep three, be towed by a sedan, and be stored in your parking space.

Outdoors and Fitness

This Might Be the Cheapest Way to Get a Custom Pocket Knife
This Might Be the Cheapest Way to Get a Custom Pocket Knife

Custom pocket knives can cost thousands of dollars, but Gerber just created a way to get a unique blade for far less.

Two American Gear Brands Made a Military-Inspired Hiking Boot
Two American Gear Brands Made a Military-Inspired Hiking Boot

Filson and Danner, two American makers of outdoor gear, have a combined age of 211 years. Now they've come together to make a military-inspired hiking boot.

Transform Your SUV or Van Into a Tiny Camper With This Inexpensive Box
Transform Your SUV or Van Into a Tiny Camper With This Inexpensive Box

For just a few thousand dollars, your car can turn into a handy way to get away from it all.

SoulCycle Picked the Perfect Time to Launch a Home Bike
SoulCycle Picked the Perfect Time to Launch a Home Bike

SoulCycle drops an at-home bike in partnership with Equinox. You can get the same level workout all in the comfort of your home.

Style

This Australian Boot Brand Is Now Making Covetable Sneakers
This Australian Boot Brand Is Now Making Covetable Sneakers

After building its name on horseback and in the Australian Outback, heritage boot brand R.M. Williams is turning to premium sneakers. But this isn't its first rodeo.

Nike’s New Sunglasses Merge Modern Performance With Delightfully Retro Style
Nike’s New Sunglasses Merge Modern Performance With Delightfully Retro Style

Aerodynamic, ultra-lightweight and... Macho Man-friendly.

This Is the Exact Sweater That James Bond Wears (And Yes, You Can Buy It)
This Is the Exact Sweater That James Bond Wears (And Yes, You Can Buy It)

Made by London-based luxury knitwear brand N.Peal, the most badass sweater from 'No Time to Die' is something you can actually buy.

Tech

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.

You Should Use Disinfectant Wipes to Clean Your iPhone, According to Apple
You Should Use Disinfectant Wipes to Clean Your iPhone, According to Apple

Previously, Apple had warned customers to not clean their iPhones with anything other than water.

The Best-Sounding Wireless Earbuds Have a Game-Changing New Feature
The Best-Sounding Wireless Earbuds Have a Game-Changing New Feature

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 are available for preorder right now. They're expected to ship in April.

Watches

This New Watch Is Made from Excess Material from Professional Skis
This New Watch Is Made from Excess Material from Professional Skis

Baume has teamed up with French ski brand Zag on the Limited Edition II, which features a case made from carbon and natural cork.

This Retro Chronograph Watch Comes in Affordable Quartz or Swiss Automatic Versions
This Retro Chronograph Watch Comes in Affordable Quartz or Swiss Automatic Versions

The Bulova Chronograph A "Surfboard" watch, available in four different iterations, has been resurrected in all its sporty '70s glory.

These New Technical Chronograph Watches Are for Serious Motorsports Fans
These New Technical Chronograph Watches Are for Serious Motorsports Fans

Bell & Ross introduces sporty new chronograph watches across its most popular lines to punctuate its connection with the Formula 1 Renault racing team.

This Book Chronicles the History of a Fascinating (and Little-Known) Watch Company
This Book Chronicles the History of a Fascinating (and Little-Known) Watch Company

"Time for a Change" is a deep dive into Enicar, makers of some of the coolest tool watches of the mid-20th century.

These Smartwatches Look So Good You Wouldn’t Even Know They’re Packed with Tech
These Smartwatches Look So Good You Wouldn’t Even Know They’re Packed with Tech

Montblanc's newest smartwatch combines a traditional aesthetic with cutting-edge tech, including cellular connectivity and access to myriad apps.

TAG Heuer Has Updated its Smartwatch with Four New Styles
TAG Heuer Has Updated its Smartwatch with Four New Styles

The Swiss manufacturer's signature connected watch has been given a thorough update with steel or titanium cases and a customizable dial.

These Minimalist German Watches Mix Bauhaus Design with Tactical Aesthetics
These Minimalist German Watches Mix Bauhaus Design with Tactical Aesthetics

Two new Max Bill models from Junghans combine a sleek, minimalist philosophy with killer black-on-black looks. But they're only available as a set.

These New G-Shock Watches Have Been Given Full-On Military Treatment
These New G-Shock Watches Have Been Given Full-On Military Treatment

Casio G-Shock's new Street Utility Military series watches meld a rugged military aesthetic with the latest durability features and tech.

Montblanc’s New Watches Echo Classic Timepieces from the 1940s and ’50s
Montblanc’s New Watches Echo Classic Timepieces from the 1940s and ’50s

The Heritage Collection now features a brown dial Pulsograph, a salmon-dial Monopusher Chronograph and a green-dial Automatic.

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