Racer Redux

Schott Fitted Cafe Racer 660

It took a bit longer than usual this year for a mass of chill autumn air to displace the sweltering summer here in the East. Suddenly, we find ourselves amidst days and nights that call for stylish protection from the newly-arrived biting winds and cooler temperatures. On the upshot, we’re well acquainted with the folks...

Fancy Yourself Upwardly Mobile

Timbuk2 Limited Edition Tour de France Climber Messenger Bag

Cyclists and cycling fans are no doubt enthralled to see their sport’s premier event, the Tour de France, underway and in full swing. It’s only appropriate then that Timbuk2, a company that consistently tops the podium in messenger bag design and construction offer the Timbuk2 Limited Edition Tour de France Climber Messenger Bag ($120) to...

The Real Freaks Come Out At Night

Crackdown 2

Taking place 10 years after the events of Crackdown, 2007’s Xbox 360 hit, the sequel offers a return to Pacific City. However, this go-round, the city isn’t overrun by a variety of crime syndicates – instead it’s been destroyed by the nightly emergence of a Freak horde; daytime’s little better, as armed citizens have banded...

Hitting the Sweet Spot of Technology and Craftsmanship

The Oven | We Visit Nike Golf’s Research & Development Facility

First-hand experience has taught us that Nike Golf cranks out some top-notch golf equipment. Despite the crew here possessing a wide range of handicaps and skill levels, Nike clubs and balls have won universal acclaim amongst the Gear Patrol crew. Still, one wonders what’s behind the ascendancy of one of golf’s fastest growing brands. That’s...

Because Getting It Clean Shouldn't Take Hard Work

Ionic Clean Washing System

There’s nothing, and we mean nothing, quite like the feeling of a clean car. In fact, it’s been proven (through our highly-scientific testing process) that a spiffy ride really does drive better. Typically, that means adding a trip to the wash to your already packed routine. That’s why you might want to consider booting your...

Because You Can't Hit What You Can't See

Odyssey White Ice 2-Ball Putter

When one thinks about innovation in golf design, it’s hard not to conjure the infamous shape of the Odyssey 2-Ball. When it was first released back in 2001, the 2-Ball’s aesthetics seemed decidedly funky. However, it didn’t take golfers long to figure out the most important thing about the putter and its revolutionary alignment-friendly design...

John Deere Green Black

John Deere Gator XUV 620i Special Edition

Few things stoke our vehicular lusts like unabashed utility, and the John Deere Gator XUV 620i Special Edition ($11,999) brute delivers it in spades. In addition to the standard features of Deere’s full line of Gator utility vehicles, this 620i offers a laundry list of finishes that will make your imported, garage-dwelling whip John Deere...

Because a Clean Paint Brush is a Happy Paint Brush

Ryobi Paint Brush Cleaner

There’s no better way to freshen, brighten, personalize, or revive your home than with a fresh coat of paint. This author has seen his fair share of interior latex flung far and wide, from wall to wall. Within a year of moving into our current domicile, we’d painted every square inch of wall and trim...

It Just Doesn't Get Any Hotter Than This

The Grate Wall Of Fire

We see a lot of innovative gear stroll through the proverbial doors of Gear Patrol HQ. That said, it’s not too often that we find ourselves taken aback by a product that is truly unique in doing its job far better than any of its competitors. Still, that’s just how we feel about The Grate...

Logitech Z323 Speakers

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: your laptop’s puny speakers simply won’t cut it. They’re not even good enough to aptly project the beeps and boops of your NES emulator, much less to accompany your iTunes library. That said, the venerable accessory players at Logitech offer several options to suit your auditory...

Drake Returns. Adventurous Hijinks Ensue.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Sequels can be tricky to pull off. Whether you’re talking movies, books, or, in this case, video games, experiencing the follow-up to a much-loved original work is conflicted with expectations. The 2007 PS3 hit Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was one of the first must-play games for the then-fledgling system, serving as a shining star in an...

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra | DVD Prize Pack Winner!

We always enjoy a chance to share the wealth of Gear Patrol goodies, which means that we are enjoying this moment quite thoroughly. We’re ready to call out our latest giveaway winner (if only we had Rod Roddy to do the honors), Glen P. Your diligence in commenting has been rewarded by the gods of...

Gritty. Cop. Drama.

The Shield: The Complete Series Collection

Its seven season run having ended this past summer, The Shield: The Complete Series Collection releases today on DVD. At the center of FX’s critically-acclaimed police drama is Vic Mackey, a heavy-handed detective in the rough L.A. district of Farmington. Rife with gang activity, organized crime, and even seedier elements of the street life, Mackey’s...

Because Knowing (How to Win) is Half the Battle

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra | DVD Prize Pack Giveaway

It’s been a good year for cartoons-from-the-80s-turned-movies. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is the latest in the nostalgic lineup to make the move from cell-shading, to live action on the silver screen, to your home theater. The DVD and Blu-ray release next Tuesday, November 3rd. As usual, we relish the opportunity to not only...

One Less Excuse for Your Game

Leupold GX-II Golf Rangefinder

If you’re looking to squeeze every last stroke out of your golf game, being dead certain of the distance (and thus the right club and swing) for each shot is crucial. Unless you’re ready to pony up for a personal caddie, adding a rangefinder to your bag is likely your best option. Having fast and...

Classic American Style That Never Gets Old

Schott NYC Classic Racer Motorcycle Jacket

Here at Gear Patrol, we love the latest and greatest tech. We’re easily wowed by newfangled gizmos with innovative functions and aesthetics. However, we hold in the highest esteem brands and products that have stood the test of time. Such items have endeared themselves to individuals and to popular culture alike; the classic American motorcycle...

Gear Patrol Is Now On Facebook

Well, friends, we’ve finally succumbed to the pressure and the guilt (read: Ben and myself threatening Eric to succumb to social media). To date, we’ve relied primarily on word of mouth which continues to part of our mantra, but we’re looking to spread the GP word in a bigger way. We’ve finally set up shop...

Essential Equipment for the Handy Homeowner

10 Best, Must-Have Power Tools

From the moment ancient man first wielded tools to aid in mastery over his environment, their use has been embedded in the DNA of humankind. Men, in particular, have an innate sense of the crucial need for having the proper tool for whatever job is at hand. Granted, we’ve come a long way from roasting...

You'll Be Jealous of the Rider, Alas You Just Provide the Push

Mutsy 4rider Stroller

All Gear Patrol readers likely fall into one of two categories: either you are are parent (to a human child) or you are not. Men from either of these subsets can easily fall victim to a common misconception that we would aim to correct. Being a father needn’t hinder you from getting equipped with the...

The Beast, err... Best Notebook Coolers Money Can Buy

NZXT Cryo LX & Cryo S

Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. Sometimes, though, it’s just too bloody hot. You know what I mean. There’s nothing like an oppressively hot day to make you want to do no more than just lay down and quit on the world. Luckily, as 21st century men, we have air conditioned homes, cooled seats...

Boil Like You Mean It

Breville Variable Temperature Kettle

All of this talk of glorious, French-pressed coffee got me thirsty to thinking. Sure, boiling water is a pretty simple task, but what simple task hasn’t been made better by the advent of a wonderful gadget to perform it for you. Wheras I love a nice stove-top kettle as much as the next guy, I’m...

Be A Better Man In 30 Days | Day 15: Know When (And How) To D.I.Y.

You are a man. Should you set your mind to something, it’s unlikely that any force can stand firm against your resolute will. That’s why I want to encourage you to cast doubt and fear from your mind with regard to those home improvement projects that are steadily piling up around your ankles. You are...

Why Less Is More When Shopping For A Whopping New TV

Panasonic TC-P42X1 Viera Plasma HDTV

Since its commercial deployment over half a century ago, no bit of household technology has enraptured the attention and the desires of man like the television. After all, we are exceptionally visual creatures. A man must love his TV; if not, he is genetically conditioned to go out (hunt) and get one (gather) that he...

Memorial Day Weekend Make Gear Patrol Hungry!

Bobby Flay’s Grilling Giveaway | Sponsored by Food2

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and thus, the summer grilling season is officially underway. Of course, being the man that you are, you have the right, nay… obligation to grill year-round, but summer is the big show. In honor of the season, Gear Patrol and our friends at Food2 want to set you up...

A GP Man's Take On Today's Hottest Gizmo

Amazon Kindle 2 In-Depth Review

One man's account of his love-fest with the Kindle 2. Dusty is duly impressed, but is Amazon's amazing eReader truly worth the price of admission? Spoiler Alert: Yes!

Your Camping Stove Is About To Have Some Serious Competition

Lehr Eco Trimmer

The brand new Lehr Eco Trimmer is the world's first bit of propane powered lawn care equipment. I, for one, hope that it won't be the last. Read on to get my hands-on take on the Eco Trimmer's impressive performance.

@Win @A @Phone @From @Gear Patrol

LG Vu from AT&T – We have a winnner!

After conducting extensive scientific research, we’ve come to an important conclusion. Not a one of you told us that you don’t like it when Gear Patrol gives away free stuff. Thus, we’ve teamed up with AT&T to offer you the LG Vu ($349), an outstanding phone-u-tainment gadget. So, here’s the deal; normally, Gear Patrol giveaways...

Cut the cord. Just don't cut yourself.

Black & Decker 18v Cordless Chainsaw

UPDATE: Just for shiggles, we threw together a short video of Dusty taking on a small tree at Gear Patrol reader Tim F’s home. Yes, the shrub (er, tree) is larger than Black & Decker approves or recommends with this chainsaw, but why the hell not. Watch it after the jump. Yes, we know it’s...

Future Sonics Atrio Professional Earphones

Update: Future Sonics has provided Gear Patrol Readers a special 20% Coupon Code Below Since the advent of the digital music age (read: birth of the iPod), earphone options for delivering sound directly to your brain have multiplied like caged rabbits. In a market as flooded as this one, choosing the right product for you...

Stihl SH 86 C-E Shredder Vacuum Blower

Never Take A Knife To A Gun Fight The last thing my leaves ever saw. Leaves. In my yard. Everydamnwhere. To make matters worse, rain was bearing down on my position from the West. Such a tempest was sure to whip the unruly fronds that littered my property into an unrecoverable mess. Thus, I made...

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