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A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week


May 23, 2020 Briefings By
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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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25 Products to Make Your Home Office Feel More Like Home
25 Products to Make Your Home Office Feel More Like Home

Putting the 'home' in home office.

27 Great Gift Ideas for the College Grad in Your Life
27 Great Gift Ideas for the College Grad in Your Life

Need the perfect gift for the college grad? We asked our team of gear obsessives to recommend their go-to products.

17 of the Best Memorial Day Mattress and Bedding Deals to Shop Right Now
17 of the Best Memorial Day Mattress and Bedding Deals to Shop Right Now

Think it's maybe time to upgrade your sleeping situation? Now's the time to act. Check out these deals from some of the best mattress makers out there.

The 15 Best Rye Whiskeys You Can Buy in 2020
The 15 Best Rye Whiskeys You Can Buy in 2020

Introduce yourself to the next best thing in brown spirits.

Can’t Remember What Day It Is? These Satisfying Calendars Will Save You
Can’t Remember What Day It Is? These Satisfying Calendars Will Save You

Keeping track of the days, in style.

There’s a Very Tricky Ring on the Bottom of Your Cast-Iron Skillet. What’s It for?
There’s a Very Tricky Ring on the Bottom of Your Cast-Iron Skillet. What’s It for?

The answer: history.

The Essential Gear You Need to Stay Productive While Working From Home
The Essential Gear You Need to Stay Productive While Working From Home

A home office tailored to working from home consistently varies drastically from one that's for the occasional Sunday night catch-up.

Finex Just Dropped the Grail Breakfast-Making Cast-Iron Cookware
Finex Just Dropped the Grail Breakfast-Making Cast-Iron Cookware

Finex's new cast-iron griddle is a near-perfect cooking tool for preparing family-style meals. If you can swallow the $325 price tag, that is.

The 25 Whiskeys You Need to Try Before You Die
The 25 Whiskeys You Need to Try Before You Die

Whiskey is more than the juice inside the bottle.

For a New Cook, This $145 Pan Feels Like a Steal
For a New Cook, This $145 Pan Feels Like a Steal

Our Place made an all-in-one pan for cooking newbies and the Instagram-obsessed.

Motoring

Enter to Win This Stunning Harley-Davidson and Help Those Hit Hardest by Coronavirus
Enter to Win This Stunning Harley-Davidson and Help Those Hit Hardest by Coronavirus

Help support food and medical relief efforts during the pandemic by taking a chance on this spectacular touring bike.

The New Porsche 911 Targa Combines Coupe Style and Convertible Breezes
The New Porsche 911 Targa Combines Coupe Style and Convertible Breezes

The best parts of coupe and convertible, merged into one.

This Is the Best New Car Lease Deal You Can Find Right Now
This Is the Best New Car Lease Deal You Can Find Right Now

Need a great new car at a great price? The Honda Civic hatchback can be yours for a solid monthly rate.

Could Ford’s New Patent Be Their Secret Weapon for Electric Overlanding?
Could Ford’s New Patent Be Their Secret Weapon for Electric Overlanding?

This patent could alleviate range anxiety when taking an EV off the grid.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Review: A Tougher Jeep Is a Better Jeep
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Review: A Tougher Jeep Is a Better Jeep

The newest Gladiator brings added off-road cred to the lineup.

This New Luxury Sedan Isn’t Just a Cool Car — It’s a Great Deal
This New Luxury Sedan Isn’t Just a Cool Car — It’s a Great Deal

The G80 isn't just more stylish for 2021 — it's cheaper than the competition.

BMW’s New Performance Beast Is the Most Powerful Giant SUV You Can Buy
BMW’s New Performance Beast Is the Most Powerful Giant SUV You Can Buy

The biggest BMW in production is now nearly the brand's most powerful ride, thanks to Alpina.

Toyota’s Coolest New Car Is, Believe It or Not, a Minivan
Toyota’s Coolest New Car Is, Believe It or Not, a Minivan

The new Sienna is one sweet minivan. (Yes, really.)

This Crazy Ford Raptor Van Is the Off-Roader You Didn’t Know You Needed
This Crazy Ford Raptor Van Is the Off-Roader You Didn’t Know You Needed

The craziest Ford tuner out there is not from the country you'd expect.

This Yellow Corvette Z06 Is the Best Used Sports Car Deal You’ll Find Today
This Yellow Corvette Z06 Is the Best Used Sports Car Deal You’ll Find Today

Hertz is looking to move quite a few 650-hp Corvettes — which means you can grab one for cheap.

Did You Know the Ram 1500 Has Math Formulas Hidden Inside? We Found Out Why
Did You Know the Ram 1500 Has Math Formulas Hidden Inside? We Found Out Why

Ram owners may be wondering why their truck contains crib notes fit for high school math class. So we asked.

No, You Shouldn’t Buy a Crossover. This Is Why
No, You Shouldn’t Buy a Crossover. This Is Why

You may think you need a crossover for practicality or winter driving. You probably don't.

Nissan’s New Z Could Be More Powerful and Cheaper Than the Toyota Supra
Nissan’s New Z Could Be More Powerful and Cheaper Than the Toyota Supra

A new sports car coming from a Toyota rival could make Supra buyers think twice.

This Classic Ford Bronco Is Vintage SUV Perfection, and You Could Have It
This Classic Ford Bronco Is Vintage SUV Perfection, and You Could Have It

This custom restored Ford Bronco looks great and could be a relative bargain, by Bronco standards.

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Shows Sedans Still Have Plenty of Life Left
The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Shows Sedans Still Have Plenty of Life Left

The biggest difference from the previous Jetta is style: this car actually has it.

You’re Almost Out of Time to Help Nature by Entering to Win Your Ideal Camper Van
You’re Almost Out of Time to Help Nature by Entering to Win Your Ideal Camper Van

Come for the custom Mercedes-Benz camper van, stay to help protect the outdoors.

The Toyota Land Cruiser As We Know It May Not Be Long for the U.S.
The Toyota Land Cruiser As We Know It May Not Be Long for the U.S.

The storied nameplate is a good bet to return. But on what vehicle?

BMW Is Finally Fixing One of the Most Controversial Features of Its Cars
BMW Is Finally Fixing One of the Most Controversial Features of Its Cars

Your new BMW might finally sound more like you want it to.

The New Electric Hummer Is Shaping Up to Be One of the Coolest Trucks of the Year
The New Electric Hummer Is Shaping Up to Be One of the Coolest Trucks of the Year

GMC's new Hummer EV is coming and we just learned about one very significant feature.

These Are the Best Rental Cars to Grab This Summer
These Are the Best Rental Cars to Grab This Summer

We combed through the prominent rental car companies's inventories and picked out the best cars they offer, so you can make the most of your summer.

Outdoors and Fitness

How a Navy SEAL’s Mistakenly Packed Jiujitsu Belt Launched a Home Fitness Revolution
How a Navy SEAL’s Mistakenly Packed Jiujitsu Belt Launched a Home Fitness Revolution

A deployment that lasted way too long and a fortuitous stowaway gave Randy Hetrick the chance to create the now-beloved TRX.

Why This Little Knife Sold out Instantly (and Broke a Website)
Why This Little Knife Sold out Instantly (and Broke a Website)

Kershaw recently released an updated version of one of its most popular pocket knives and demand was great enough to cause technical difficulties.

The 3 Biggest Bike Helmet Fails — and How to Correct Them
The 3 Biggest Bike Helmet Fails — and How to Correct Them

We've been seeing way too many badly worn brain buckets lately. So here are the most common helmet fails, plus pro tips on wearing yours correctly.

The 10 Best Yoga Mats for 2020
The 10 Best Yoga Mats for 2020

Whether you're a newbie or an expert, these superlative mats will support you through any practice.

Outdoor Survival Experts Swear By This Weird, 41-Year-Old Product
Outdoor Survival Experts Swear By This Weird, 41-Year-Old Product

The National Outdoor Leadership School has been using the same unique frying pan on courses that range from Utah to Patagonia since 1979.

Is an E-Bike Better for Commuting than a Motorcycle? We Find Out
Is an E-Bike Better for Commuting than a Motorcycle? We Find Out

We take the 36-mile-per-hour Vintage Electric Roadster e-bike out for a lengthy spin.

9 Ultra-Marathoners Share Their Tips for Every Kind of Runner
9 Ultra-Marathoners Share Their Tips for Every Kind of Runner

Who better to give you running advice than runners who consistently log hundreds of miles?

I Tested 6 Strange Supplements to See If They Actually Work
I Tested 6 Strange Supplements to See If They Actually Work

Since this whole working from home thing started, I've tried everything from focus-enhancing gum to brain-boosting bee secretion.

Can This Über-Light German Bike Make You King of the Mountain? We Put It to the Test
Can This Über-Light German Bike Make You King of the Mountain? We Put It to the Test

The Canyon Neuron CF SLX 9.0 LTD packs a lot of juicy features into a sub-26-pound package, holding the promise of helping any rider really send it.

Style

Why Do Suits Have a Random Buttonhole on the Lapel? We Found Out
Why Do Suits Have a Random Buttonhole on the Lapel? We Found Out

The mystery of the buttonless buttonhole.

Levi’s Is Releasing a Pivotal Pair of Jeans, Willy Wonka Style
Levi’s Is Releasing a Pivotal Pair of Jeans, Willy Wonka Style

In celebration of 501 Day, the official day of Levi's' anniversary, the jeans' iconic Red Tab will be wrapped in golden foil with a secret surprise inside.

According to Experts, You’re Showering All Wrong
According to Experts, You’re Showering All Wrong

Bet you didn't think you were doing it wrong. We talked with two dermatologists to get their tips on how to shower the right way.

11 Great Lightweight Chinos Fit for Warmer Weather
11 Great Lightweight Chinos Fit for Warmer Weather

From Todd Snyder, Everlane, Bills and more.

Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy Persol Sunglasses
Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy Persol Sunglasses

Whether it's Persol's innovations, quality or cachet, you won't be faulted for wanting a pair for yourself.

16 Cloth Face Masks That Actually Look Good
16 Cloth Face Masks That Actually Look Good

Face masks are protective, firstly, but they can also look pretty stylish. Here are our favorites.

Tech

Your Phone Has a Tiny, Crucial Design Detail You’ve Probably Never Even Noticed
Your Phone Has a Tiny, Crucial Design Detail You’ve Probably Never Even Noticed

The small stripes of plastic along a smartphone's outer edge are one of its most important features.

How to Properly Use AirPods Pro on Your Mac
How to Properly Use AirPods Pro on Your Mac

There's no Control Center on your Mac, so how do you toggle between noise-canceling and transparency modes on your AirPods Pro? It's easy.

5 Great Ways to Hang Out Online When You’re Tired of Just Video Chat
5 Great Ways to Hang Out Online When You’re Tired of Just Video Chat

Virtual happy hours are one thing, but if you're looking to add a different level of intrigue to virtual hangs, here are a few cool ideas.

AirPods Pro Don’t Fit Your Ears? This Is the Upgrade You Need
AirPods Pro Don’t Fit Your Ears? This Is the Upgrade You Need

If the AirPods Pro don't fit in your ears, or maybe they're just not comfortable, all might not be in vain.

The 11 Best Wireless Headphones for Running and Working Out
The 11 Best Wireless Headphones for Running and Working Out

It's time to swap out your basic buds for a pair that goes the extra mile.

These 10 Hybrid Smartwatches Marry Traditional Looks With Wearable Tech
These 10 Hybrid Smartwatches Marry Traditional Looks With Wearable Tech

Smartwatch functionality and mechanical watch looks combine in these hybrid timepieces that offer the best of both worlds.

What’s Really the Difference Between a $500 and a $2,000 TV?
What’s Really the Difference Between a $500 and a $2,000 TV?

There are two 4K TVs. They are the same size, made in the same year, and have the same resolution. So why is one so much more expensive than the other?

Wearing a Mask? Apple Just Made Unlocking Your iPhone Way Faster
Wearing a Mask? Apple Just Made Unlocking Your iPhone Way Faster

iOS 13.5 just rolled out and the big news is that Apple made unlocking your iPhone while wearing a mask significantly quicker.

Samsung’s Newest 4K TV Is Fit for the Outdoors (Or Your Patio At Least)
Samsung’s Newest 4K TV Is Fit for the Outdoors (Or Your Patio At Least)

The Terrace is Samsung's first 4K TV with an IP55-rating. It also has a bunch of other features to make it a great fit for the outdoors.

10 Spotify Tricks You’ll Wish You’d Known Sooner
10 Spotify Tricks You’ll Wish You’d Known Sooner

We've rounded up the best tricks of the trade to help you get the most out of your Spotify subscription.

What You Need to Know About Sonos’s Big Hi-Fi Upgrade
What You Need to Know About Sonos’s Big Hi-Fi Upgrade

This June, Sonos is about to roll out what is arguably its most significant change ever. It's calling it "Sonos S2."

Watches

Why Does Your Rolex Dive Watch Have a Hole in Its Side? We Found Out
Why Does Your Rolex Dive Watch Have a Hole in Its Side? We Found Out

Like a screen door on a submarine, you wouldn't think a hole in the side of your dive watch would be a good idea. So what's it doing there?

Can’t Afford a Porsche 911? These Watches Are the Next-Best Thing
Can’t Afford a Porsche 911? These Watches Are the Next-Best Thing

Maybe that air-cooled 993 got away from you? No matter. The 901 RWB from REC Watches takes inspiration from two incredible 911s.

Grand Seiko’s GMT Watch Gets a Striking New Green Dial
Grand Seiko’s GMT Watch Gets a Striking New Green Dial

The new Toge Special Edition GMT watch features Grand Seiko's famous textured dial in a deep green and the brand's renowned "zaratsu" polishing.

This Watch Is Not an Omega Speedmaster. So How Did It End Up on the Moon?
This Watch Is Not an Omega Speedmaster. So How Did It End Up on the Moon?

The Bulova Lunar Pilot is based on one of the few watches used on lunar missions, and you can nab its modern equivalent for a few hundred bucks.

Seiko’s Toughest Affordable Dive Watches Now Come in New Urban Colors
Seiko’s Toughest Affordable Dive Watches Now Come in New Urban Colors

Four new versions of Seiko's famous "Tuna" and "Arnie" dive watches are robust and capable as ever, but look extra cool with a stealthy urban vibe.

Upgrade to This Sleek Dress Watch and Don’t Look Back
Upgrade to This Sleek Dress Watch and Don’t Look Back

The Longines Flagship Heritage is a midcentury-inspired stunner of a dress watch that'll make you feel like a modern Don Draper.

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Watch Strap
5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Watch Strap

A new strap can make a single watch feel almost like a collection. But before you buy a new one, it's worth making sure that you're buying the right type.

Do You Love Vintage Chronograph Watches? Then You’re Gonna Love This
Do You Love Vintage Chronograph Watches? Then You’re Gonna Love This

The Zenith Chronomaster Revival Manufacture Edition makes use of a special dial found in the attic of the Zenith atelier in Le Locle, Switzerland.

Relive Your Childhood with Shinola’s Affordable, Summer-Ready Watch
Relive Your Childhood with Shinola’s Affordable, Summer-Ready Watch

A partnership between Shinola and Radio Flyer, the American maker of the iconic "little red wagon," has produced a playful watch that's perfect for summer.

These Forgotten Vintage Watch Brands Are Back with New Models
These Forgotten Vintage Watch Brands Are Back with New Models

The popularity of vintage watches has led to the reestablishment of once-defunct companies in Switzerland, Austria, France and elsewhere.

This Dive Watch Honors the World’s Oldest International Sporting Trophy
This Dive Watch Honors the World’s Oldest International Sporting Trophy

Omega's new Seamaster Planet Ocean 36th America’s Cup Limited Edition celebrates their status as Official Timekeeper of America's Cup 2021 in New Zealand.

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