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Today in Gear: October 22, 2014

Today in Gear: Nike’s tribute to the Chicago marathon, the Bic Classic Lighter gets an upgrade, and more.



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

Up Dog Toys Odin
If you own a dog (yeah you love them, but…), your living room has probably been conquered by their toys and the affair it’s having with that Domo doll. The stylish new Odin from Up Dog Toys is a modular puzzle toy that keeps dogs stimulated with both mental and physical activity. The 3D printed toy was created with the belief that dog toys can be both functional and look good too. Back the project if you agree. kickstarter.com ()

Suus Moto Gloves
On a motorcycle, comfort and control begins and ends with the tips of your fingers. With this in mind, Australia’s Suus Motorcycles have designed their new gloves with a soft bonded lining, keeping things flexible with a boost in dexterity and tactile feedback as well. Armored knuckles and a reinforced leather palm bolster safety while a perforated backhand encourages airflow. $80

ULTRAOLIVE Taped Seam Dry Bag
The functionally focused Taped Seam Dry Bag from ULTRAOLIVE is a durable and dependable companion on the daily commute to the office or gym. The waterproof cotton exterior, treated to repel water, keeps valuables dry, even if you aren’t. Dude, just buy an umbrella already. $55 ()

Bowers & Wilkins T7 Speakers
The T7 may be small and compact, but its sound is anything but. The secret lies in the ingenious design with something Bowers & Wilkins call the Micro Matrix: a honeycomb perimeter that stabilizes the speaker and reduces vibrations — the adversary to great sound and rock-solid bass. The T7 is also Bluetooth compatible for high-resolution audio streaming and maximum usability — as well as boasting 18 hour battery life. $350

Exotac fireSLEEVE
This Kickstarter project turns an everyday Bic Classic Lighter into a reliable and hardy piece of survival gear (yes, seriously). The fireSLEEVE, fitted to the Bic specifically, makes these lighters waterproof, buoyant and attachable (to packs or keychains). Even when they’re not tacked on, however, the grippy material (available in orange and black) helps with wet conditions or general butter fingers. kickstarter.com
New York Pizza Project

An Early Look at the New York Pizza Project
The New York Pizza Project is the combined effort of five locals investigating the dwindling subculture of pizza parlors in the city. They shared some of their photos with us and talked about what pizza still means to New York City. Read this story
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