JUNE 18, 2020

Today in Gear: Why NATO Straps Are Designed the Way They Are, Why Whiskey Stones Suck & More


June 18, 2020 Briefings By
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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 9 Best New Bourbons and Whiskeys of 2020 (So Far)
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10 Tools You Need to Take Your Grill Setup to the Next Level

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The Ford Bronco Will Have a Very Unusual Manual Transmission

Who needs low range when you have a super-low gear below first?

This Is Patek Philippe’s First New Watch of 2020
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The ref. 6007A-001 Calatrava celebrates the opening of the company's new manufacturing facilities in Geneva. And it's in stainless steel.

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This stunning camping trailer is prepped to hit the road or trail—or even provide a full-time residence.

A Japanese Streetwear Designer Has a Unique Take on Vintage-Inspired Watches
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Streetwear guru Hiroshi Fujiwara's new limited-edition TAG Heuer x Fragment Design Formula 1 Heuer 02 Chronograph is unlike anything else in TAG's catalog.

Legendary Music Producer Rick Rubin Designed the Perfect Summer Shoes
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Limited-edition, vegan men's shoes.

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This Famous Motorcycle Company Is Planning a Massive Product Onslaught

Do you like exceptional-looking vintage-style motorcycles that are also affordable? You'll soon have quite a few to choose from.

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For the Tesla fan who may need to plow through some dirt.

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BMW’s New M5 Is Just a Little Better, But There Wasn’t Much to Improve Anyway
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We weren't clamoring for changes, but BMW went and made some anyway.

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Ford’s Electric SUV Will Be Able to Drive Itself (Sort Of)

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Lil Yachty Is Obsessed With His Touchscreen Toaster. Here’s Why
Lil Yachty Is Obsessed With His Touchscreen Toaster. Here’s Why

For the rapper, the Revolution toaster is pretty revolutionary.


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