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Today in Gear: July 4, 2014 (Made in USA Edition)

Today in Gear: Trek releases the world’s lightest road bike yet, Salute American vodka helps veterans, Thiel Audio’s newest speakers and more — all made in the USA.



Trek Emonda SLR 10
Bicycle manufactures have a new goal to aim for: try and make a lighter road bike than Trek. The new Emonda series is the lightest production road line ever, with frames weighing a mere 690 grams (1.5 pounds) and fully built bikes weighing in around 10 pounds thanks to the brand’s 700 Series OCLV (Optimum Compaction, Low Void) Carbon, which offers an extremely high stiffness to weight ratio. The top-of-the line SLR 10 model features a SRAM Red 22 groupset, and is manufactured entirely in Waterloo, Wisconsin. $15,750

Salute American Vodka
Salute American Vodka is as patriotic as a bald eagle eating an apple pie while watching baseball. Not only is it fully produced in the USA, but one dollar of every bottle sold is donated to one of several charity organizations dedicated to improving the lives of American veterans. saluteamerican.com

Leffot X Alden Dover
Dapper men rejoice — Leffot has partnered with Alden of New England to create the perfect pair of summer dress shoes, crafted in Middleborough, Massachusetts. Made from nubuck leather on micro soles, the Alden X Leffot Dover is meant to be both lightweight and comfortable. We suggest pairing them with a seersucker suit for full effect. $525

Thiel TM3 Loudspeaker
Not all great electronics are made overseas. Thiel audio has been designing and manufacturing their high-end audio gear in Lexington, Kentucky since its creation nearly 40 years ago. Their latest is the TM3 Loudspeaker, a two-way system using a 6.5-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter. $3,000

Ashland NATO Watch Straps
There’s no point in going through the trouble of finding the perfect vintage watch if you aren’t going to keep it attached to your wrist with the right strap. Two Chicago favorites, Ashland and Horween, have teamed up to produce a set of NATO straps made from Shell Cordovan, a special type of leather produced by the latter company. As NATOs are wont to do, it keeps your wrist candy firmly secured and very, very impressive looking. $195

Owner Operator Marina Pack
Owner Operator’s new Marina Pack is made from start to finish in New England using weather resistant Cordura nylon, meaning your valuables will stay safe and dry. It’s especially handsome in its rust finish, making it perfect for either a trip through the mountains or a trip to the office. $160

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