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Today in Gear: January 14, 2015

Nike’s innovative Metcon 1 sneakers, JBL unveils its pioneering earbuds, some damn cool Persol sunglasses, Aer’s new work-sport duffel, Samsung tries to take on the iPhone Plus and more.

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Persol PO9714S Sunglasses
The original Persol 714 sunglasses were damn cool — hell, they were Steve McQueen’s shades of choice. But Persol’s new shades may turn out to be just as iconic. These handmade Italian beauties boast a lighter body and foldable frame, and they come in three styles and are mint for top-down cruising. $380 ()
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Aer Duffel Pack
With its common matte black exterior, Aer’s new duffel may look pretty similar to other like-minded duffels — however, it’s anything but. Praised by Racked as being the perfect sport-work bag, it features a ventilated, water-resistant pocket for shoes, a sleek compartment for office essentials and quick-access pockets. It also can morph into a backpack, making it ideal for commuters. $149
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Nike Metcon 1
Minimalist running shoes aren’t tough enough for CrossFit, while training sneaks tend to be too bulky for purists. At the end of January, Nike will release a shoe that attempts to bridge the gap. The Metacon 1 features a minimal heel-toe drop, flex grooves and tough, durable sides, all in a lightweight frame. The deciding factor in whether it can hold up through those high-intensity workouts? You. $120
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Samsung Galaxy A7
Following the popular Galaxy A3 and A5 phones, Samsung has unveiled its next of kin: the Galaxy A7. Claiming a “seamless social experience”, the slim smartphone boasts a multicore processor and a powerful 2,600mAh battery. Although it’s not as big or as high-def as the iPhone Plus, the A7 does have a 5 megapixel front-facing camera for users who cannot resist a selfie. samsungtomorrow.com
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Gitman Bros. Flannel Shirts for Jack Spade
In good conscious, it’s hard to get behind a flannel this expensive. Yet this Gitman Bros. and Jack Spade collaboration demands a second look. Made entirely in America with pure-cotton Portuguese flannel, it’s soft, tough, warm, with its brushed lining, and comes in three styles (blue, green and multi). $178
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JBL Reflect Aware Earbuds
Guys who work out with earbuds, take notice: JBL is coming out with the first sport-focused earbuds that feature both Ambient Aware and active noise canceling. They’re waterproof, they don’t need batteries and wearers can choose how much outside noise they want to hear (for safety reasons). And since they’re JBLs, their audio is pure and high quality. jbl.com
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The Best Nordic Skiing Gear of 2015
Here’s the right cross-country ski gear to get you out the door and on the trail. Read the story

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