MAY 14, 2020

Today in Gear: Why Headphone Jacks Have Plastic Rings, 2020’s Best New Bikes & More


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Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and deals. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.


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The number of rings on the headphone jack matters a lot. It has a huge impact on the audio.

The Best New Bikes for Spring and Summer 2020
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From the smoothest roads to the rockiest mountains, this spectrum of two-wheeled wonders is just waiting for you to put your mettle to the pedals.

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This braised chicken leg stew features a full spectrum of flavors.

How Patagonia Transformed Its Advanced R&D Center Into a Face Mask Factory, Almost Overnight
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In a matter of days, the brand's hub for long-term, pie-in-the-sky projects became a short-term, PPE-producing superstar. Here's the story.

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The limits of a cast-iron skillet are typically one of two things: a general lack of imagination or foods with exceptionally high acidity. This guide fixes one of these things.

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The gravel biking scene has exploded in recent years. And now that brands are catching up, it’s easier than ever to join this grassroots peloton.

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These Incredible Japanese Sunglasses Are Now Seriously Discounted

Premium shades made in Sabae.

This Vintage-Inspired Dive Watch Is Now Available in Bronze
This Vintage-Inspired Dive Watch Is Now Available in Bronze

Baltic's Aquascaphe, one of our favorite affordable, automatic divers, is getting a new bronze case and a beautiful blue sunray dial.

This Gorgeous, Super-Luxury Camping Trailer Can Last for 2 Weeks Off the Grid
This Gorgeous, Super-Luxury Camping Trailer Can Last for 2 Weeks Off the Grid

Bowlus Road Chief has made some game-changing upgrades to their best model.

Parmigiani Fleurier Just Released an Incredibly Thin, Automatic Tourbillon Watch
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The Toric Tourbillon Slate, a new haute horlogerie creation from masterful restorer-turned-watchmaker Michel Parmigiani, is just 9.45mm thick.

Need a Bulletproof Off-Road Limo (For Some Reason)? Try This Toyota Land Cruiser
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For the man who has everything.

I Don’t Have A Cat But This New Company Makes Me Wish I Did
I Don’t Have A Cat But This New Company Makes Me Wish I Did

Cat Person makes me wish I were a cat person.

Walmart’s New Camping Gear Has More Going for It Than Dirt-Cheap Prices
Walmart’s New Camping Gear Has More Going for It Than Dirt-Cheap Prices

The online retailer Moosejaw and its parent company Walmart just revealed two new outdoor gear brands with items as cheap as $25.

This Mercedes Camper Van Is Your Perfect Gateway Into #VanLife
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We all dream big, but the Caravan Outfitters Backroad is all the camper you really need.

Meet Harley-Davidson’s Top-Secret Cafe Racer and Flat Tracker Motorcycles
Meet Harley-Davidson’s Top-Secret Cafe Racer and Flat Tracker Motorcycles

Harley keeps pushing its own boundaries — and we're into it.

Bang & Olufsen’s New Portable Speaker Comes at a Sky-High Price
Bang & Olufsen’s New Portable Speaker Comes at a Sky-High Price

The new Beosound A1 is now fully waterproof (IP67 rated) and fully integrated with Alexa.

Tesla’s New Technology Could Be a Game Changer for Electric Cars
Tesla’s New Technology Could Be a Game Changer for Electric Cars

If Tesla's new tech is legit, truly affordable electric vehicles may be far closer to reality than anticipated.

A Hellcat Engine Swap Makes This the Ultimate Jeep Grand Wagoneer
A Hellcat Engine Swap Makes This the Ultimate Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Old-school body. Brand new heart.


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