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Today in Gear: November 20, 2014

Today in Gear: John John Florence-inspired board shorts, breathable winter cycling caps, Brunton’s HeatSync Collection and more.

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Quirky Spotter UNIQ
Wink users (Quirky + GE’s home automation system), listen here: this new customizable sensor will take you one step closer to having a smarthome. The device sticks to any wall and, using your wi-fi network, relays data to your smart phone via the Wink app. It’s able to detect 4 sensors at a time: temperature, motion, light, sound and more. And since it comes in a few colors, it won’t kill your decor. quirky.com
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ibex Coppi Cap
Chances are, people who love winter live near the mountains. What do city dwellers think of the cold season? You know the answer. For those who don’t mess around when it comes to keeping warm, ibex’s ultimate riding cap is a sure bet. Made from 100 percent Merino wool (imported from New Zealand and assembled in the States), it’s warm and breathable, even when wet. $40
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Merchants of Beverage
With holidays just over the horizon, group parties and gift giving are inevitable. Merchants of Beverage is a website that packages seasonal wines, spirits and more for different occasions. They also have an accommodating pay-first option, which allows for someone to pick their own gift after you’ve paid. With a wide variety of interesting selections, getting a gift for a Thanksgiving host has never been easier. merchantsofbeverage.com
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Belkin WeMo Maker
Named one of Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New 2014”, the WeMo Maker allows anybody to control any low-voltage electronic from their smartphone or tablet. Using your home’s wi-fi, you can turn off your lights, TV and even sprinkler system; you can even put them on schedules. This innovative device is the perfect gift for designers and inventors. $80
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Brunton’s HeatSync Collection
Days are shorter and colder in the winter, but that shouldn’t cut into your outdoor time. This new collection by Brunton — consisting of a bench warmer, fold-up chair, mat and protective vest — is designed to simply keep you warm, whether you’re watching a sporting event, camping, sleeping in a sleeping bag or surviving in the wild, there’s something here to keep the blood pumping. $65+
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Hurley Phantom JJF Elite Boardshorts
With the recent snowfall and bone-chilling conditions, summer feels a long way away. But these board shorts will get you thinking nonetheless. Inspired by pro surfer John John Florence, they feature a Livewire waistband for dynamic movement and lightweight Phantom stretch fabric — and they just look fast. They go on sale December 8th, so start dreaming of warm water early. $150
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Late Night in Louisville
An aimless night in Louisville turns into a booze-fueled expedition, filled with new friends, a bar with 1,600 beers, and a cat that’s not to be fucked with. Read this story

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