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Today in Gear: August 26, 2014

Today in Gear: Ralph Lauren introduces wearable technology, the limited-edition Xbox One Madden 15 Bundle, Converse’s new CONS collection, and more.



2015 Volvo XC90
It’s hard to believe the big Swede SUV has essentially gone unchanged for 11 years — a virtual automotive Methuselah. Now the veil’s been pulled on the long-awaited ground-up redesign. The handsome (albeit risk-free) body is fuller than the old car’s, with “Thor’s Hammer” T-shaped LED running lights flanking the recognizable Volvo grille. The standard XC90 comes with a 2-liter turbocharged, all-wheel-drive, 316 horsepower engine. The XC90 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid gets the same engine, coupled with an electric motor for a huge 400 horsepower. Look for our review in the coming weeks. volvocars.com

Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle
Football fans rejoice: the limited-edition Madden NFL 15 Bundle launches today. The set includes an Xbox One console, controller, Madden game download, a standard headset and a token for three Madden NFL Ultimate Team Pro Packs. The real wow factor, however, is its built-in fantasy football feature, which allows players to track their team’s progress in the middle of a heated Madden game. $399

Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Shirt
Ralph Lauren have joined in the Wearable Tech trend with their Polo Tech shirt. The announcement coincides with the start of the US Open in New York this week. Merging biometrics with active lifestyle apparel, sensors knitted into the fabric read players’ heartbeat, respiration, and several psychometrics (stress level and energy output). Keep an eye out for the black and yellow shirt on ball boys throughout the tournament. ralphlauren.com

Converse CONS First String Engineered Auckland Racer
Converse surprises its loyal customer base with this new collection of limited-edition sneakers, spotlighting an Engineered Canvas Jacquard fabric — a more contemporary salute to the brand’s iconic canvas. The result is a lightweight shoe constructed from a one-piece upper, available in five different colors: mint, coral, and local favorites red, white, and blue. $120

Fringe Focus Wooden Board Game World Map
Game of Thrones enthusiasts can curb their thirst for backstabbing and world domination in the off season with this wooden, laser-engraved Risk board from Fringe Focus (a one-man operation based out of Chicago). The continents are carved from different types of wood, sanded and finished with oil, providing attractive contrast to the world at large. (Game pieces not included.) $150

Moshi Venturo Bag
Venturo, Italian for “next” or “coming”, shares its Latin root with the word for wind. Fittingly, the Venturo laptop backpack’s cross-body design allows its wearers to sling the bag from back to front for swift access to all their belongings. The interior comfortably holds up to a 15” laptop, with additional pockets for all cables and accessories. $120

Up for Coffee
Our phones and tablets are breeding grounds for digital disarray. Remembering the time of Sunday’s coffee-date with Samantha (or was this week Nicole?) too often requires sifting through days’ worth of texts and cat photos. The opportunists who created Up for Coffee (iOS) have eliminated that problem, incorporating simple push-invites and automatic reminders into a handy little app. Free

Photo Essay: Pebble Beach
There’s no place on earth like the Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance. The cars on display at the world-renowned automotive festival are some of the finest and rarest feats of engineering and design the world has ever seen — and that’s just the parking lot. Read Full Story

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