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Kit: Sophomore Year

A year's worth of college puts you on a separate plane than the eager fresh faces that've just been let off the parental leash for the first time in their lives. There's a wisdom that comes with knowing the ropes -- like avoiding classes that meet more than twice a week, or where to find grease at any godforsaken hour. You've also made friends (some probably for life) and finally have a say over where you live and who you live with. Craft a smart plan, lean on your parents, and with a little bit of luck your new home might actually be a house. You've earned the extra space, now make it your own.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: July 21, 2014

Today in gear: A smart propane tank, a sports smartwatch, the Nike Lunar Trainer 1, and more.

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Today in Gear: July 17, 2014

Today in Gear: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster, HRE Wheels' fresh new RSI series, a Nixeus mechanical keyboard, black and white bedding from Crane & Canopy and Nike Golf's app.

BUILT FOR SPEED

The 10 Best Minimalist Running Shoes

The original minimal movement and natural running got joggers quick stepping on the track and trail. Then came the backlash: those saying minimalism leads to injury, hurting more than it helps. Today, manufacturers are pushing shoe tech to find sacred middle ground -- offering lightweight, responsive shoes with enough cushion and stability to prevent injury. These 10 are the best of the new breed.

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WHAT'S NEW, NOW

Today in Gear: July 8, 2014

Today in Gear: above-average cocktail mixers, flexible training shoes, Bill Bryson's return, truly retro gaming, and more.

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This Week in Gear: July 5, 2014

This Week in Gear: the 2015 Ford Focus ST, GE Link connected LEDs, Ginger infused bourbon, Trek's Edmonda SLR 10, Patagonia's Nano-Air jacket.

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Today in Gear: June 30, 2014

Today in Gear: Ford's hot hatchback gets a facelift, Apple's iPod Touch gets better and cheaper, Nikon's new full-frame DSLR and more.

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Today in Gear: June 26, 2014

Today in Gear: Ariel's mix-and-match motorcycle, Knoll reintroduces an iconic chair, Nike's new golfing kicks and more.

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Today in Gear: April 24, 2014

Today in gear we examine, Brooklinen's dreams of affordable sheets, an innovative mattress that packs down in a box, Evel Knieval's trip to Oklahoma, NIke's stealthy new driver, a 6 wheeled ATV and a subscription service for vapers.

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Today in Gear: April 22, 2014

Today in gear we examine Pioneer's new DJ ear buds, Cool Hunting's latest collaboration, a sous vide machine from the future, Blue Lounge's handy accessory for iMac owners and Nike's latest summer release.

The Marathon Journal
15 essentials for 26.2

Kit: Marathoning

While running is by nature a sport with minimal gear requirements, having a combination of the right soft goods plus some accoutrements for comfort can make the whole experience more enjoyable. Pick from this Kit and you’ll be furnished with everything you need to succeed -- minus grit and determination. That’s on you.

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Today in Gear: April 2, 2014

Today in Gear we examine Ray-Ban's new customizable remix program, Nike Soccer's revised away kit for team U.S.A., the return of the Omega Seamaster 300, your new guide to alpine training and Bluelounge's key-sized charging accessory for Android.

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Today in Gear: March 24, 2014

Today in Gear we take a look at Nike's fanatical socks, the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera, miner lighting & a book with all the answers to the question "what if?"

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Today in Gear: March 10, 2014

Today in gear we examine mango hot sauce, an app to curb your caffeine addiction, fishtail parkas, Booker's Bourbon, coffee presses and more.

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Today in Gear: January 28, 2014

Today in Gear, we find a car bed for adults (courtesy of Bentley), personalized knives, shiny watch straps and much more.

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Today in Gear: January 23, 2014

Today in Gear, we find enviro-friendly Adidas kicks, Super Bowl activewear from Nike, a pimp navigator, a super bright flashlight and much more.

Today in Gear: January 21, 2014

Today in Gear, we find Nike cleats, 'Murican made jeans, a Bahaus-inspired kettle, a clean and simple Timex watch and much more.

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Today in Gear: January 20, 2014

Today in Gear, we find the story of a great coach's life, hypertight recovery gear, J.Crew Ludlows for your feet and much more.

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Today in Gear: January 16, 2014

Today in Gear, we find a good fowl vodka, an Audi for dealing with death threats, a blinged-out Nike FuelBand and much more.

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Today in Gear: January 2, 2014

Today in gear, we find a chic laptop desk for your lap, a commute suit, Spanish wine delivery, boots built for motorcyclists and much more.

Buying Guide
Be faster than the freeze

Cold Warrior: 10 Best Winter Running Shoes

'Tis the season of calorie intake, so keeping one's running regimen going strong should be a priority. Thing is, winter weather -- the snow, slush and cold -- is prohibitive at best. Fortunately, gentlemen, we have options. These are the best winter running shoes for facing the cold on pavement, trails and mountains.

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Today in Gear: November 27, 2013

Dare-2-B-jacket-Gear-Patrol Dare 2B Time Keeper Ski Jacket
Uhhhhh, guys? It's cold. Sure, the Solstice is a month away, but it's not exactly the most reliable date on record, and waiting to bundle up until it's literally winter won't serve

Gift Guide
Gifts for the resident jock

12 Guys of Christmas: The Athlete

Part of you doesn’t want to buy The Athlete any gift at all. He roughhouses at the Thanksgiving football game; he runs negative splits at the charity 5K; he seems to be toweling off every time your girlfriend is around. While we’re all worse for wear, he’s aging like a Rodin. But ultimately, he’s a good guy who just really likes to get the blood flowing. He whipped you into shape for Tough Mudder, remember? And who came along for a second opinion when you bought the used Cervelo? Who’s consistently willing to do an aerial chest bump? Yeah, that’s him. Go ahead, get him a little something nice for the holidays this year. We've got all the ideas you need.

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Today in Gear: November 18, 2013

Airstream-Interstate-Gear-Patrol Airstream Interstate
For all your glamping needs, Airstream's Mercedes-Benz-based Interstate offers all the amenities and style you could ever hope for. Nine floor plans makes for total customization for crews of any size, and the estimated 18+ MPG and

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Today in Gear: October 21, 2013

Remodelista-A-Manual-For-The-Considered-Home-Gear-Patrol Remodelista: A Manual For The Considered Home Remodelista's book examines the aesthetics of 12 thoroughly designed homes to teach readers how to "edit" their own abode. The brand's philosophy argues that classic design outdoes trendy at every turn, and

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Today in Gear: September 6, 2013

Sony-Video-Unlimited-4K-Download-Service-Gear-Patrol Sony Video Unlimited 4K Download Service
If you've already got Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player it's time to start downloading some big guns. The new service went live over the weekend and allows users to download 4K television

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Today in Gear: August 30, 2013

The-Tie-Bar-Shoelaces-Gear-Patrol The Tie Bar Shoelaces
Ever the bastion of affordable style and flair -- from tie-it-yourself bow ties to pocket squares to, well, tie bars -- The Tie Bar has introduced some colorful accessories to tie onto something a little

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Today in Gear: August 9, 2013

Cocoon-Slim-Backpack-Gear-Patrol Cocoon Slim Backpack
Backpacks hold a lot of stuff and they stay out of the way, leaving your hands free. Thing is, compartments that are actually cavernous holdalls turn 'packs into bulky messes. SLIM is so named for a

Buying Guide
Run Like You Mean It

Pavement Pounders: 10 Best Running Shoes

Summer heat waves are on the edge of winding down, and that’s good news: you can run without your shoes melting to the road. If you've been stuck all summer plodding along on a treadmill in the gym or running in the predawn hours to avoid scorchers, now is a great time to reassess your aging kicks and consider an update. We could go on about minimal vs. conventional, the merits of cushioning and drop angles and tread patterns, or we could just find the best shoes of the year to help you with one thing: working on your fast. Our search for the best running shoes of the year yielded more than a few contenders, and unless you plan on leaving them in your closet to collect dust, there's not a single shoe here that won’t help you get to the front of the pack.

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Today in Gear: July 26, 2013

Todd-Snyder-Gear-Patrol Todd Snyder + Champion
Men's fashion favorite Todd Snyder pored over Champion's 93 year-old archives to find the most classic pieces they've made to date, then revamped them to reflect current trends. Think well-tailored, slimmer cut sweatshirts and

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Today in Gear: July 23, 2013

Dyson-Hard-Gear-Patrol Dyson Hard
Ostensibly aimed at the wealthy set looking to ditch those tacky, white trash Swiffers for good, the Dyson Hard is a floor cleaning device that answers the question, "how can I pay way more for this?" Using

Seat Pleasant's Finest

Breakdown: Nike KD VI

Kevin Durant had no intention of making a quiet shoe when it came time to design the sixth iteration of his signature Nikes -- but the design goes much deeper than its fluorescent green and yellow skin. The KD VI ($130) radically deviates from the traditional high-topped status quo of modern basketball shoes in its pursuit of lighter weight and increased agility. We were lucky enough to attend its release. We break down this flamboyant court beast.

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Today in Gear: July 10, 2013

Kwikset-Kevo-Lock-Gear-Patrol Kwikset Kevo Lock
Kwikset says their new lock communicates with iPhones via Bluetooth Smart Ready Technology, but it'll look like magic to your next houseguests. Download the Kevo app, set up the battery powered deadbolt, keep the phone in

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Today in Gear: July 3, 2013

Nike-Zoom-Vapor-9-Tour-GRS-Tennis-Shoe-Gear-Patrol Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour GRS
Zoom zoom zoom. Nike's Zoom cushioning, with air pockets and fancy textiles, relieves some of the stress put on your feet by that brutal serve-and-volley game. The uppers wrap feet snugly but allow

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Today in Gear: July 2, 2013

Goal-Zero-Rock-Out-2-Speaker-Gear-Patrol Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Portable Speaker
A man's got to have his music, location be damned. The Rock Out 2 is a 7-inch speaker that connects via 3.5-mm audio jack and pumps out tunes for 20 hours per

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Today in Gear: June 26, 2013

Saker-S-1-Personal-Jet-Gear-Patrol Saker S-1 Personal Jet
It's a pain to always have to fly on a commercial airliner -- the things are so damn slow, and you have to put your toiletries in plastic baggies. Ugh. If you've got a two-seater

Roundup
For The Ski Bum In Denial

Kit: Summer Skiing

Every year for Memorial Day a few die-hard friends and I skip the barbecues to indulge our powder habit one last time. Summer skiing is our way of throwing a middle finger to the sun before our precious snow melts for another year. The festivities begin with early morning hikes above the treeline and finish with goggle-tanned, smiling faces telling stories of epic wipeouts and slushy runs around the campfire. Here's the gear we used to tackle the last runs of the year.

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Today in Gear: June 4, 2013

Craighton-Berman-Manual-Coffeemaker-tig-gear-patrol Craighton Berman Manual Coffeemaker No. 1
This pour-over single-cup brewer takes clear direction from the Chemex design. We can't knock that. The whole process can be viewed through crystal clear glass, and coffee brews directly into the cup from

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Today in Gear: May 8, 2013

Personal-IMAX-Gear-Patrol IMAX Private Theater
Maybe you're a sheik, maybe you bought into APL early; regardless, you're a movie buff, so this is a no-brainer. IMAX designers work with your architects (you have those right?) to offer their expertise, and once

Staff Favorites
Bowers' Essentials

Staff Favorites: Ben Bowers

Our third installment of Staff Favorites turns to Mr. Ben Bowers. Second aboard the GP express and the reticent co-founder of Gear Patrol, Mr. Bowers is first and foremost an inquirer -- using his battle-hardened eye of skepticism while monitoring the pulse of the internet, et al.; typically, he does so while reading a pantheon of feeds and bookmarks on his mobile device du jour.

At GP HQ, Ben is also the catalyst, and prizewinner, of often heated culture debates, where his insatiable appetite for music, movies and other media provides him with a panoply of pop-culture knowledge, particularly in early hip-hop and independent films. Beyond the walls of media and analytic thinking though, Ben's interests are far less studious. A fair-weather sailor, patron of cocktail mixing and a die-hard Nets fan, Ben is also a proud Baton Rouge native -- undoubtedly the reason behind his occasional son-of-Creole outbursts in an otherwise self-composed nature.

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Design Spotlight: Nike Elite Series 2.0

Nike has been a dominant force in basketball for years, equipping some of the game's biggest stars with footwear both on and off the court. Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Nike Basketball Design Director, Leo Chang, to discuss the second generation of the Elite Series, a limited collection of kicks designed for Nike's premier athletes just in the time for playoff season. Given the stakes, the series which originally launched last year, provides a unique opportunity for Leo and his team to push what's possible. It's about designing the best for the best, when limitations have left the building.

Kicking It Old School

100 Years On the Pitch: Nike’s Centennial U.S. Soccer Kit

Soccer has never held our collective national attention like other sports -- with Landon Donovan's goal in extra time against Algeria during the 2010 world cup and Brandi Chastain's sports bra celebration being the two possible exceptions. So who knew that 2013 represents the 100-year anniversary of the birth of U.S. soccer, originally established as the United States Football Association, a not-for-profit, governing body of soccer in America? Nike's Centennial kit celebrates this notable milestone with throwback duds for players and fans alike.

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Today in Gear: March 25, 2013

minox-dcc-14-digital-camera-gear-patrol Minox 14 DCC
If what you really prize is compactness, Minox's latest pea-shooter -- weighing in at 4 ounces -- should be on your radar. The 14MP version of their Digital Classic Camera has a retro spy look, a