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This Week in Gear: February 9 – 13

A look back at an entire week’s worth of gear.


Good morning, and welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Gear — your single-shot serving of an entire week’s worth of killer new gear pulled from our weekday editions of Today in Gear. Bookmark it to peruse over Sunday football and start your Monday completely up to speed. Here’s to another fantastic week.


Sigg Thermo Collection
The stainless steel Thermo collection from Sigg continues in the sleek aesthetic tradition expected from the Swiss bottle manufacturer, adding four new size options that will keep liquids warm for up to 8 hours. While 0.3- and 0.5-liter Thermo bottles are fitted with a removable tea filter, both the 0.75- and 1-liter sizes are equipped with detachable cups for coffee or soup. $25+

Sandqvist Roald in Sand Colorway
Sandqvist was founded in 2004 by three Swedes sharing a fondness for the rural countryside of their native homeland. A mainstay of the brand’s coveted collection of retro-inspired backpacks, the Roald (named after Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen) is now available in a light beige colorway. Constructed of heavyweight canvas and leather, it comes equipped with two outside pockets and a drawstring enclosure. $180

Earth Primer App
Half textbook, half game, this handsome-looking science app engages users for an educational tour of the Earth’s geography. It’s comprised of interactive stimulations that cover volcanoes, glaciers, and other natural phenomena in the making. Though pricey for an app, its something both kids and adults can enjoy. $10

Axel Arigato Shoes
With chukkas, loafers and high-end sneakers in their catalogue, this Swedish brand keeps prices relatively low by selling directly to consumers via their e-commerce site. They also drop a new shoe every week, offering their myriad of styles in unique fabrics, including python, pony hair and different leathers. axelarigato.com

Pappy Van Winkle Gift Set
Encased in reclaimed bourbon barrel boxes from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, each Pappy & Co. gift set includes a crystal decanter, two handblown bourbon glasses and 4 small-batch cigars, sourced from the Drew Estate in Esteli, Nicaragua. Each order is numbered and authenticated with a signed note by Julian Van Winkle, Pappy’s grandson and heir to the famous name. $825

Travelteq Laptop Portfolio
Handmade in Italy from Florentine Vacchetta leather, these high-end cases fit 13-inch laptops or a small stack of size-A4 papers. Lined with premium-quality nylon, the portfolio is outfitted with an interior zipper compartment and two smaller pockets for business cards or plane tickets. $221

Motoped Cruzer
Motoped is known for making lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles that aren’t really bicycles or motorcycles. In their new Cruzer model, you can pedal or hit the throttle to cruise up to 24 mph with a stock 49cc engine. Inspired by an early 1900s board-track racer, the brushed stainless steel tank, brass accents, wood fenders and leather spring seat all come together in a great retro look. It even comes with a surfboard rack, saddle bags, a cooler and a case of beer. $2,399 ()

Quiksilver Travis Rice Polar Pillow 15K Jacket
Part of Quiksilver’s new Snow Collection, this jacket was designed to keep up with backcountry legend and X-Games medalist Travis Rice. This polyester-and-nylon jacket is waterproof and breathable, featuring a jacket-to-pant attachment and Lycra wrist gaiters. Its features make it a great choice for the slopes, and the simple design and coloring mean you can wear it in the lodge until you’ve warmed up. $330

Hook & Albert Garment Weekender
At first glance, it looks like a classic duffel bag. After unzipping it, it transforms into a garment bag with space for two suits and pockets for shoes, and there are three external pockets and four internal pockets for whatever else you need. This waxed canvas-and-leather bag meets international carry-on requirements for that weekend trip to Bermuda. $395+

Alternative Terry Short Sleeve Hoodie
This short-sleeve hoodie looks like it’s right out of a 1980s gym class or Bill Belichick’s closet. Alternative is committed to environmental sustainability with their use of organic fabrics and natural dyes. This great retro Terry Short Sleeve hoodie is 100 percent organic and features a kangaroo pocket and navy armband stripes. $94

The Adventure Log
As the saying goes, a photograph is worth a thousand words; but the same can be said of actual words, written in the moment and with sincerity. In collaboration with Bradley Mountain, Word. Notebooks released The Adventure Log for your next trip. Each of the 48 pages (3.5 x 5.5 inches) is split into a “callouts” section, including boxes for location and date and a notes section for everything else. The pack of three is made in the US for a trip much farther. $12

Sake Confidential
Sake Confidential is the perfect book for beginners and experts alike wishing to learn more about the versatile spirit. As the only non-Japanese certified Master of Sake Tasting, John Gauntner is the guy to teach you. His inside perspective covers issues such as junmai vs. non-junmai, regionality, distribution and brewers’ guilds. $10

37.5 Bedding
The mattress gets the brunt of the blame for a poor night’s sleep. But what if it were your sheets’ fault? 37.5’s patented fabric has been used in adidas and Under Armour activewear for years; now they’ve come out with bedding. Their sheets contain active particles to regulate a sleeper’s microclimate. Overheating? It naturally dispels heat. Too cold? It knows when to retain heat. Desperate to get more sleep? Try these. thirtysevenfive.com ()

2131 Extending Table
Some people like to constantly rearrange their furniture. For them, consistent change and versatility are a must. This 2131 table fits that mold by being able to grow from 5 inches to 10 inches and has the capacity to fit parties of 4 to 8. It also can change shape and easily be repositioned. But since it’s handcrafted (beautifully) from American walnut in Los Angeles, prepare to face a Hollywood price. $2,600

Converse All Star Chuck ’70 Leather
Inspired by the ’70s and fully stocked with modern details, these Converse All Stars are both authentic and durable. They’re made from egret leather and feature rawhide laces. Definitely fresh, but those unused to white kicks should know they’ll need fairly consistent cleaning. $125

q-JAYS earphones
While the tagline “world’s smallest earphones with exchangeable cables” is unbelievably niche, there’s no doubt these new Jays have piqued our interest. Each earbud has two speakers built into it — for low and medium/high frequencies — to emit precise, high-quality audio. They’re made of scratch-resistant, anti-fingerprint stainless steel and come with a remote and mic cable that are compatible with iOS, Windows and Android devices. Small capable of taking a beating, these are optimal for those who hate rocking bulky headphones. $399+

Cree Connected LED Bulb
At just $15 a pop and available at any Home Depot, price and availability are the strong points for Cree’s new smart bulbs. With the touch of a smartphone, they can turn on and off and dim. Additionally, each promises 25,000 hours of life and will cost users a whooping $1.64 per year. Unfortunately at the moment they only pair with the Wink Hub, but Cree has assured that this singularity will become a list — soon. $15/each ()

Cycloc Endo Bicycle Storage
When faced up against other indoor bike racks, the Cycloc Endo is in the middle of the pack price-wise. But it comes with a rear wheel pad to protect against wall scuff marks, which is unique. It’s London-made, comes in several primary colors, durable and hardly takes up any wall space. This Eurobike Award 2014 winner is a solid option for city folk in the market for a bike rack. $70

Wiivv 3D Printed Insoles
3D printing is quickly becoming a popular medium to make customized versions of just about anything. There’s artificial 3D printed heart valves and even entire cars. Wiivv has now brought the amazing process to the next logical step: custom shoe insoles. Show your feet some customized love. wiivv.com

Alfred Sargent For J.Crew Suede Chelsea Boots
Alfred Sargent has been in the cobbling business since 1899. It’s safe to say the family-owned boot makers know what they’re doing. J.Crew have worked hand in hand with Alfred Sargent to created an exclusive Italian leather Chelsea boot. $485

Olympus Air A01
Sharing photography the moment you capture the image is the norm that we never thought would be possible just a few years back. But that’s only with smartphones, which are most certainly not of DSLR quality. Now, Olympus have changed the game with their Air01 lens, an interchangeable lens that attaches directly to your smartphone. With a few apps, it turns said smartphone into a pro-grade camera and image editor.

Byrd Soap on a Rope
If you’re not the liquid body was type, bar soap is likely a mainstay in your shower routine. Byrd’s Soap on a Rope is an old-school idea, yes, but a simple and effective solution that’s been around for so long for good reason. Now, Byrd’s has expanded the bathroom veteran duty to face and body wash, as well as shampoo. $16

Salsa Anything Cage HD
Standard water bottle holders for bikes just aren’t enough sometimes. Longer trips call for larger water bottles or even small bags. Salsa’s Anything Cage HD is an impact-resistant nylon rack that utilizes the existing mounts on your bike’s frame and expands its cargo capabilities. The Anything Cage HD was designed to hold larger thermoses and even ultralight shelters, opening up more possibilities every time you ride. Learn More

Sierra Designs Tensegrity Elite Tent
For overnight hikes or bike rides, having a roof over your head at the destination is a priority. For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have that built and ready to go by the time we get there, we have to bring our own. When that’s the case, weight (or lack thereof) is also paramount. Sierra Designs Tensegrity Elite Tent is made of Siliconized Nylon fabrics that increase strength and decrease weight to 1 pound and 11 ounces. $400

Quoddy x Leffot Christopher St. Collection
Nothing says “weekend-ready” like a new pair of shoes. The Christopher Street Collection, a new collaboration between Quoddy and Leffot, will keep you that way for countless weekends to come. The collection is a revamp of Quoddy’s Tukabuk, Wabanaki and Perry Boot models, each outfitted with a Vibram sole and oiled Horween Chamois leather — water resistant, so nasty weather won’t botch your night on the town. $250+ ()

Killspencer Attache Briefcase
Cut your weekend look with this all-business briefcase from Killspencer. (Or: use it for your weekend gear.) Handmade in L.A., the fully padded and fur-lined bag features a sleeve for a 15-inch Macbook and three outside pockets for a phone, Moleskine and pens (or: a flask and cigarettes). It sports an antique Riri zipper and a detachable shoulder strap for easy commuting (or: so that your hands are free to carry your drink). $375

Madison Pears Pocket Squares
Too often an afterthought, the pocket square can be your weekend outfit’s ace in the hole. (The hole being your pocket.) Madison Pears offers a series of pocket squares designed by artists in New York City and spun from silk, modal and cashmere in Italy. Each limited-run 13 x 13-inch square features an imaginative illustration — almost like a childhood security blanket in your breast pocket. $68

Alternatively, you and your friends can spend the weekend vegging out and play video games. Score a copy of Evolve, one of our most eagerly awaited games of the year. Polygon says “it distinguishes itself from the pack of multiplayer options out there with the flair of something truly different.” Amazon reviewers, on the other hand, are calling it “a Free-2-Play game being sold as a full game”. Which is too bad…but, if you’ve got the money to throw away, then you’ve got yourself a lost weekend. $60

Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon
Those who enjoy pairing video games and drinking games can look forward to Jim Beam’s upcoming Bonded Bourbon. According to the Kentucky distillery, the bottles will be made in accordance with the Bottled-in-Bond Act: four years old, 100 proof, made by one distiller over one distilling season. bourboncountry.com

Klein Tools ET300 Digital Circuit Breaker Finder
When your PS4 blows a fuse at 2 a.m., remedy the situation easily with the Klein Tools ET300 Digital Circuit Breaker Finder, which can identify which circuit breaker is connected to which 90V to 120V wall plug without having to cut power. The device is microprocessor controlled, with a handy flashing arrow to indicate the breaker, so you can quickly resume playing or call it a night. $45
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