Welcome to our new weekly dose of gear intel. Here at Gear Patrol, we are constantly sifting through an endless stream of product drops, big-time sales and cultural events to only bring you the best of what we find. But sometimes there are extra special things that truly demand your attention. So at the beginning of each week, we’ll let you know about the best of these that should be on your radar.
Verve Instant Coffee
California coffee roaster Verve is dipping into the spec instant game when it launches Verve Craft Instant Coffee on Huckberry and at select cafes on August 18. It will come in three flavors — Streetlevel Blend ($16), Honduras Edgardo Tinoco ($17) and Kenya Kathakawa ($17) — and will be available in a box with six packets that have thirty grams of coffee in each. Gear Patrol Staff Writer Will Price is “fairly lit about it” and you should be, too.
Dates: August 18
Location: Online at Huckberry
Vasque Clarion 88 GTX
A retro look with updated technical materials can make for a smart path to a good boot. Vasque has done just that by rebirthing the Clarion 88 GTX from its 1988 catalog. While it’s built to tackle any trail, our Outdoors + Fitness Editor Steve Mazzuchi has been wearing these every single day since he came back from Outdoor Retailer with them. You’d think wearing a hiking boot in the middle of a New York City summer wouldn’t add up, but the proof is in the pudding.
Dates: August 15
Location: Exclusively on Vasque’s website
Nike Joyride Run Flyknit
We tested out the new Nike Joyride Run Flyknit back when it was announced, and it was unlike anything we’ve ever run in before. Made for people who hate running, thousands of tiny beads fill the midsole that adjust to your foot with each step, providing 100 percent customized cushioning. While they were initially available on July 25 if you’re a Nike member, they will be available to everyone else on August 15.
Dates: August 15
Location: Nike’s website and retailers
Smartwool is set to launch the Intraknit baselayer series exclusively on REI’s website on August 15. Intraknit features a 3D knitting technique that allows a seamless construction of varying performance zones so ventilation, insulation and articulation can be placed exactly where they are needed. Intraknit is available in a crew, bottom, 1/4 zip and thermal bottom.
Dates: On pre-order now, available August 15
Location: REI’s website
Hyperice Hypervolt Plus
Hyperice is releasing an upgrade on one of our favorite products from 2018, the Hypervolt. The new edition, the Hypervolt Plus, is a jump in price from the original $349 but is well worth it for a hand massager that offers a 30 percent upgrade in intensity. Because of that it’s definitely one for serious athletes or those that exercise regularly — although the one that’s being tested in the office has made quite a few happy backs.
Dates: Available for pre-order, ships August
Location: Hyperice’s website
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII
The RX100 platform from Sony gets yet another upgrade after the RX100 VI came out one year ago. The main update for the new RX100 VII is the addition of an external mic port so users now have an audio input. With 4K HDR shooting capabilities, terrific advanced tracking, and autofocus features, the RX100 is probably the best all-around travel camera for most people.
Dates: On preorder now, ships August 16
EXCLUSIVE: Outerknown Kelly Slater Apex Boardshort Sale
Starting on Wednesday, August 14, Outerknown is putting Kelly Slater’s entire Apex Trunks line on sale for the first time ever. These are the 11-time world champ’s signature trunks and made from 86 percent recycled polyester and 14 percent spandex with Quick Dry for the most environmentally-friendly, high-performance boardshorts out there. And Gear Patrol readers get an exclusive 24 hours of 30 percent off before the sale goes live by using the discount code GEARPATROL during checkout starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13.
Dates: GP exclusive promo starts 8/13, on-sale to public 8/14
Location: Outerknown’s website
Price: 30 percent off
Best Made Co. Warehouse Sale
Best Made Co. recently ran its big end of season sale on its website with up to 50 percent off items. And starting on August 16 and running until August 25, the American outfitter will be clearing out its warehouse with an in-person sale in Brooklyn, NY. The sale will include one-of-a-kind products, items that have been unearthed from the archives and previously sold out goods — once they’re gone, they’re gone. Location and further details will be announced on Best Made’s website.
Dates: August 17-25 Mon-Thurs 12-8 p.m. Fri-Sun 11-8 p.m.
Location: 70 N 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Monterey Car Week
Monterey Car Week is arguably the most opulent week of automobiles on the planet. From high-end auctions of bluechip collectibles to endless classic car shows to The Quail to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it is the grandest of them all. Gear Patrol’s Motoring team will be on hand to bring you the sights and sounds from what is expected to be another luxurious time in Northern California.
Dates: August 13-18
Location: Monterey, CA
The Whisky Auction to End All Whisky Auctions
Starting at 3:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, August 16 the world’s most valuable and rarest Japanese whisky collection will be auctioned by Bonhams. That collection is Hanyu Ichiro’s Mall Full Cards Series and it is expected to fetch somewhere between $570,000 – $770,000. The celebrated collection comprises 54 bottles, each representing a playing card in a full pack. Each “card” was bottled from a single cask of premium whisky ranging in production years from 1985 to 2014 by the acclaimed closed distillery of Hanyu. If you’re a whisky lover, this is as rare as it gets.
Dates: August 16
Location: Hong Kong, China
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