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...

The Best of College Football (sans smuggling Bourbon in your pants)

NCAA Football 11

Depending in part on how and where you spent your formative years, you should understand the following statement: nothing in the sporting world compares to the excitement of college football. Of course, you’re entitled to disagree or to blow your vuvuzela in protest, but you’d be just plain wrong. That’s why today we salute EA...

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...

Confirmed Cure to Swamp Ass

Slix Closer Boxer Brief

Your preference in underwear has likely evolved as you’ve grown older. That means that the way you roll today is probably different from your high school or even college garb, as you expect more from every piece of clothing in your wardrobe – even that which is often unseen. That’s why Slix came up with...

Leaner, Meaner, and Back in Black

Xbox 360 Slim

The new Xbox 360 Slim ($300) has landed. A decidedly Alienware-ish looking console, the Xbox 360 Slim has called 1-800-Evil-Jenny and dropped the weight with a slimmer, glossy-black case design that features touch-sensitive buttons (sounds a bit like Xbox and PS3 have swapped designers), “whisper” quiet fan that generates less noise than its wind-tunnel predecessor,...

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 Asked For It: More of Rory's Hair

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

Just like flip-flops and sunburned skin, the arrival of summer heralds the arrival of the king of video game golf; yes, it’s time for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 from EA Sports. Released today, this year’s version makes a wise move and (finally) incorporates the biannual Ryder Cup competition as a entire mode, giving players...

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...

Device Protection with Rugged Panache

ZAGG LEATHERskins

You’re probably familiar with products by ZAGG, as ads for their award-winning invisibleSHIELD gadget protection dot the internet landscape (our experience shows them to be as beastly and protective as ZAGG claims them to be). Further worming their way into our hearts, they’ve even crafted their own Media Center & Streamer, which we featured not...

Awesomely Geeky Projects to Share with Your Kids

Geek Dad by Ken Denmead

As a dad and as something of a geek, it’s only natural that this editor would be a fan of Wired’s GeekDad blog. It’s a parenting site like no other, as a visit is likely to kindle your nostalgic passions and to inspire you to help the next generation connect with their geek-magination. Now the...

Wicks Quick

Outdoor Research Swift Tee

Around the country, humidity and temperatures seem to be on the rise. That bodes well for outdoor activities, but means that sweat stands to soon be your constant companion. That’s why, whether hiking, camping, or just cutting the grass, the Outdoor Research Swift Tee is a good choice to keep you cool and covered. The...

John Rambo 2010

Cold Steel SRK | Survival Rescue Knife

To date, our experience with Cold Steel knives has taught us that they are unequivocally awesome blades. Though our penchant leans more often towards folding knives, there’s no denying that the purpose-built fixed blade can be an irreplaceable implement. That’s why, whether you are a Navy Seal or a backwoods weekend warrior, the Cold Steel...

What Sore Muscles Knead

The Grid Foam Roller

There are plenty of good reasons to incorporate a foam roller into your workout or post-workout regimen, particularly when the roller you choose is as durable and full-featured as The Grid from Trigger Point Therapy. Offered in both orange and black (without hesitation, we chose orange), The Grid is designed to stand up to daily...

This Crowd-Pleasing Koozie Keeps Your Drinks Quite Cozy

Six Pack Tote by Built NY

In case you haven’t heard, neoprene is not just for wetsuits anymore. The soft, stretchy material has a variety of uses thanks to its bevy of benefit and it would seem that the folks at Built NY have mastered them all. They design and sell totes to, well, tote just about anything, all in a...

Sharp Design, Sharp Performance

Vizio Razor VM230XVT 23″ LED LCD HDTV

Gear Patrol loves our Vizio TVs. The only argument we have is in trying to decide what we like better – their excellent HDTV offerings or the smoking prices at which they are offered. That’s why we didn’t hesitate when given the chance to review their Razor LED HDTV line. Forgoing (for now) the bigger-is-always-better...

Ancient Deities Behaving Badly

God of War III (PS3)

So in case you didn’t know it, this is big – as in Mount Olympus big. Released today, God of War III is to the PS3 what Halo 3 was to Microsoft’s Xbox 360. It’s a massive action hit and the title has Sony fanboys and button-mashers everywhere with their knickers in quite the twist....

More Uroboros Than You Can Shake A Stick At

Resident Evil 5 | Untold Stories

We’re always open to revisit one of our favorite games of recent days, and a fresh infusion of top-notch content is the perfect excuse. Capcom has provided that very thing for their hit Resident Evil 5, which was easily one of the best games of 2009.They’ve unleashed two new episodes to add to the original...

The Sweet Smell of Cleaner Exhaust

Lehr Propane-Powered Eco Blower

Last spring, we drew your attention to Lehr and their innovative trimmer powered not by gasoline but by clean-burning propane delivered in familiar camping-style cylinders. We were impressed all the way around. Now, we’re happy to report that the folk at Lehr have stayed at it, allowing their ingenuity to spread to other parts of...

Porter Cable Drill Kit Giveaway Winner!

So we can only assume that many of you are saddled with sizable to-do lists, as we received a veritable crap-load of entries in our Porter Cable 18V Lithium Drill Kit Giveaway. As always, we’re grateful to each of you who took the time to enter via the comments, Facebook, or Twitter. Our sole winner...

Back in Black

Booq Mamba Shift Laptop Backpack

If you seek modern, urban transport for your bevy of carry-needs, Booq is a name to know. Their various bags and backpacks are nothing if not slick. Easily handling any 13″ to 17″ laptop of the Mac or PC variety, their Mamba Shift Backpack epitomizes the fierce functionality and uncompromising design of the entire Booq...

Porter Cable 18V Lithium Drill Kit Giveaway!

We like to think of ourselves and yourselves as guys who get stuff done. Having the right tool for any given job is key to this effort. To that end, we’ve been big fans of Porter Cable’s full lineup of equipment, suitable of just about any worthwhile task you can think of. Even better, we’ve...

Chumby By Way of Sony

Sony Dash Internet Viewer

Back in January, you might have noticed a flurry of online chatter related to the category-bucking Sony Dash. After reviewing the product’s specs and features announced in the device’s initial press release, we were slightly disappointed to learn that the Dash seemed to be positioned really as a jack of all tech trades but master...

FLO TV Personal Television Giveaway – Winner!

Thanks to each and every one of you who helped make our FLO TV Personal Television Giveaway such a success. Many of you commented, Tweeted, and Facebook-ed (is that even a word?) with great fervor and regularity. Congratulations Derek Kan! Give us a shout at sayhello @ gearpatrol . com and we’ll get you hooked...

One Guru's Thoughts On Becoming Indispensable

Linchpin by Seth Godin

Normally, we’d never showcase any kind of book dealing with those grey area subjects such as self-help or self-improvement. That’s because, in the majority of situations, these books really boil down to self-aggrandizing dribble spat out by “experts” whose only credentials appear to be a hefty helping of ego and knowing the name of a...

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...

Are You The Keymaster?

iSkin ProTouch FX for MacBook

It’s no secret that there is a massive cottage industry producing accessories and the like for the full range of Apple’s coveted products. In fact, it seemed that only seconds after the iPad was officially announced, it was possible to order protective sleeves, a bevy of adapters, and maybe even themed pet fashions dedicated to...

Give Your Libations a Proper Home

Markham Console Bar

For the man who seeks to exude class and refinement, the storage and application of one’s stash of imbibers can be a make-or-break factor. That is to say, rummaging through a kitchen cabinet or reaching atop the fridge to access your well-cultivated spirits selection simply won’t do. Though procuring one requires a decent chunk of...

Assholeology: The Science of Getting Your Way – And Getting Away With It

Enlightenment, self-advancement, being the best darn man that you can be – these are the aspirations of Gear Patrol editors and readers alike. Part of advancing oneself is, of course, knowing where to get the information you need to grow in your game. Assholeology is one such invaluable resource. Both hilarious and instructive, Assholeology lays...

The Greatest Generation in Action

WWII in HD (Blu-ray)

If you didn’t see WWII in HD when it premiered recently on one of our favorite channels, HISTORY, then you did yourself a disservice. It’s time to right that wrong, as the exceptional documentary is now available on Blu-ray (and for a bang-up price, to boot). The production value of this collection is through the...

Shepard Does It Again

Mass Effect 2

Today marks the release of one of the most anticipated games of this young year, Mass Effect 2. Exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox 360, this outer space opus picks up where its predecessor left of, with humanity and the other Citadel species wary of a threat far greater than they can imagine. Dogged by a previously...

Do Your Fellow Man a Real Solid

Vote Our Man Bradley Hasemeyer Onto A Super Bowl Commercial!

Many of you will know our venerable Gear Patrol correspondent and all-around car video maven, Bradley Hasemeyer. Additionally, he provides our community with some much-needed Left Coast perspective on fashion, cuisine, and a smattering of other topics. What you might not know about Bradley is that he’s also an savant of the silver (and flat)...

Super Simple, Insanely Important

Shoe ID by Road ID

Being responsible, safe, and planning for contingencies aren’t always traits that we men are known for. Sometimes we just like to do, as though spontaneity were written into our genes. When it comes to running, I’m guilty of jetting out the door without taking the time to stretch or hydrate or, sometimes, even check the...

Aperion Home Audio Link | Giveaway!

The only thing better than getting to test the latest and greatest gear is having the opportunity to give some of it away to you. In recognition of Aperion Audio’s newly released Home Audio Link (launched today) we, and Aperion Audio, want to give you a chance to get in on the wireless sound goodness....

Oh Bacon Flavor, How We Do Love Thee

Mmmvelopes and BaconPop

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Bacon Salt and that we completely agree that, in fact, everything should taste like bacon. Still, not content to rest on their laurels, Justin and Dave (of J&D’s) have continued to capitalize on what seems to be a world-wide-web-wide craze for all things bacon. It’s in that...

Because Once Just Wasn't Enough

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

There’s a reason that fans commandeered $550 million (yeah, you read that right) worth of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 within the first five days of its release. As the follow up to its hugely popular predecessor, the prelaunch hype was at a fever pitch, to say the least. As we tend to do...

Green Golf Goodies

Evolve Golf Epoch Tees

The venerable golf tee: it’s the most basic of all the equipment that you faithfully wag around in your bag. Honestly, you don’t even think twice before blasting handfuls of the wee wooden props into oblivion each and every round. It’s just the cost of doing business. Not so, according the the folks at Evolve...

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...

Outfit Yourself with a Dose of Southern Charm

Traditional State Apparel

Civility and grace. These traits flow easily from a Southern gentleman. So does Bourbon, but I digress. Several of the Gear Patrol editors can claim this rarified status, despite now dwelling in considerably more Northern climes. Whether or not you fit this mold, there’s a new company on the clothing and accessory scene willing to...

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...

Need For Speed SHIFT Giveaway – Winners!

Thanks again to all ye who entered our latest Gear Patrol Giveaway. We’re pleased to partner with Coke Zero to announce our two most excellent winners, both of whom are soon to be digital speed-addicts. We salute both Tyler L. (commented on the giveaway posts) and @jordachio (a Twitter follower, quite obviously). The gods of...

Coming Up: November Two-Day Giveaway (Win $400 In Gear!)

In between stuffing your face with turkey, falling asleep from tryptophan induced coma, and fighting the ravenous Black Friday crowds, make sure you stop by Gear Patrol for your chance to win some tasty gear in comfort of your own home. We’ve got a Masterbuilt Pro Series Butterball Turkey Fryer ($150) to give away on...

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