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This Week in Gear: October 20 – 24

A look back at an entire week’s worth of gear.


Good morning, welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Gear — your single shot serving of an entire week’s worth of killer new gear — pulled from our weekday editions of Today in Gear. Bookmark it to peruse over Sunday football and start your Monday completely up to speed. Here’s to another fantastic week.


Aether Crest
Nothing on the market beats the warmth-to-weight ratio of Aether’s most insulated jacket ever (800 fill power of gray-goose down). The Crest features a soft-faced waterproof nylon shell, a three-point adjustable hood that easily protects the helmet, and breathable box-quilted interior lining. Coming in four solid colors, it’s the ultimate in skiing and snowboarding attire. $725

Lightovo Milo
Urbanites understand the necessity for added flora in their surroundings, an ideal too often undercut by the lack of natural light allowed into sky scraping apartment buildings. The graceful Milo from Lightovo solves this problem with a glass-encased LED-powered lampshade, which has an ideal color temperature of 4,000 to 6,000 K for budding plants and kitchen herbs. lightovo.com

Hex Legion Collection
Hex’s new line of accessories, the Legion Collection, features water-resistant waxed canvas twill shells in a tasteful fatigue shade of green. Surplus-grade cotton webbing and micro fleece adorn the interior of each item: laptop duffels, alliance backpacks, laptop totes, overnight travel bags and laptop sleeves. $40+

TravisMathew Glass Ping Pong Table
Make no mistake, this isn’t some run-of-the-mill foldable pong table that can be wheeled into a vacant corner. The surface is 300 pounds of pristinely polished glass; it’s not going anywhere quick. Each handmade table comes with two custom paddles, a wine bucket and 100 TM ping pong balls to rally with. Want something unique? Get this. travismathew.com

Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 Flash (2014 Chicago Marathon)
Nike’s tribute to the 2014 Chicago Marathon is one-off colorway (red with blue and black details) of the Air Zoom Structure 18 Flash model. Paired with stability-boosting Dynamic Support technology is a weather-protective mesh upper — fitting for the Windy City. $145

Choosing your bike-securing method is the most boring but necessary part of joining the thick-thighed throngs of urban bike commuters. As far as bike locks go, the Foldylock is just right. At 3.3 pounds and 35.4 inches, the foldable (as the name implies) lock can stand up to bolt cutters and hacksaws. $95

Apple iPad Air 2
They improved just about everything on their groundbreaking tablet. The iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm thin and weighs only .61 pounds — measurements that shouldn’t even exist in the real world. The new antireflective display solves a common problem, and the improved contrast shows. In addition, the CPU is faster and has the Touch ID unlock button. Grab this product now before the next model, which’ll likely be paper thin. $499+

Patagonia Gunnison Gorge Wading Pants
Finally, wading pants that will allow all the passing trout to admire your waist. Made with Patagonia’s four-layer “H2No” fabric (say it aloud), Gunnison Gorge Wading Pants are lightweight and breathable, with Single Seam Construction that allows for better mobility than your average waders; just because you’re in the woods doesn’t mean you have to walk like a bear. $299
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