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This Week in Gear: June 15 – 19

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.


TTR-SB Seawolf ROV for GoPro
A GoPro camera is enough entertainment for most outdoor enthusiasts. But for those who want take their photo and video capturing even further, there’s the TTR-SB Seawolf, the latest underwater ROV (remote operated vehicle) from TTRobotix. Decked out with an eight-inch LED-backlit screen, wireless control and a hull durable enough to rebound off coral, pair it with the new GoPro Hero 4 for optimum performance. ttrobotix.com

AETHER x SALT. Explorer Sunglasses
These sunglasses, a collaboration between AETHER and the Los Angeles-based brand SALT., are designed to maximize both comfort and visibility on board a motorcycle. They’re fashioned with perforated windshields that reduce glare and wind flow by more than 80 percent without obstructing peripheral vision. Lightweight with durable beta-titanium frames, each pair also sports polarized performance lenses with photochromic filters that automatically adjust to outside light conditions. $600

Nest Cam Security Camera
After Nest’s acquisition of Dropcam, it was only a matter of time until a new security camera emerged. Now the Nest Cam (a.k.a the NC1102ES) has been revealed. As with the Dropcam Pro, the Nest Cam takes 1080p recordings at 30 frames per second and includes infrared night vision. Users can also stream its HD video right to their smartphone via the free Nest app. There’s even has a built-in microphone to scare wrongdoers away or say hello to whoever you’re spying on. It’s currently available for preorder, but should ship in a matter of days. $200

Dickies x Chrome Citizen Messenger Bag
Chrome Industries, the pioneering brand for tough commuter bags, has partnered with Dickies on a limited run of messenger bags. Each comes in the style of Chrome’s classic messengers, but with an exterior manufactured from deconstructed Dickies work pants. Only 300 will be made, so grab one while you can. $200

Helle Dokka Folding Knife
The all-purpose Dokka is the first folding knife designed by Norwegian knife maker Helle. The curly birch handle and triple-laminated stainless steel blade can be tucked in a compact leather sheath for easy swift access on the move. $149

Donkey Label Hand-Drawn Cycling Jersey
Minnesota-based Donkey Label has a knack for crafting quality cycling jerseys dressed with understated style. For summer, the brand’s teamed up with graphic designer Steve Donohue of UK cycling blog The Headset Press for a one-off jersey with a hand-drawn graphic. Pair it with performance-driven race fit, this top is a solid addition to any cyclist’s arsenal of apparel. $165

Boblbee GT 25L
In some cases, the best travel companion isn’t a guide or best friend — it’s a pack. The Boblbee GT 25L specializes in rugged travel (think backcountry skiing or mountain biking). On top of Level 2 spine protection, the pack also has a protective ABS shell that reduces impact by 88 percent. This way, it basically acts as a helmet for you back. Other specs include a water-repellent top cover, a sail-grade bungee cord lock, and room to hold a 15-inch laptop. packs.point65.com

UE Roll Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Rugged Bluetooth speakers are nothing new, but the UE Roll is more travel friendly than most. It’s the size of a large belt buckle and can be attached to any item of clothing via its built-in bungee cord. The Roll blasts out audio in every direction, has a wireless range of 65 feet, a 9-hour battery life and is waterproof enough to be submerged. $99

VICE Golf Lone Champ Hat
With the US Open kicking off this Thursday, VICE Golf has released a limited-edition ball cap. The snapback features a “lone fir” on its side, commemorating the single tree that’s on the Chambers Bay course. In addition, each hat will have an unique American stars-and-stripes motif — meaning that no two will be alike. And like all of VICE Golf’s products, this hat can only be purchased online. $25

Porter X Mastermind 2-Way Duffel
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Yoshida & Co., Porter and Mastermind have teamed up to make the 2-Way duffel. It incorporates Porter’s signatures black nylon twill outer, with Mastermind’s Skullcandy icon and style. Each duffel also has a camouflage inner lining. yoshidakaban.com

Gonçalo Campos Times 4 Coffee Table
The Times 4 Coffee Table gives owners the ability compartmentalize their valuables. Its pivoting system creates four different storage drawers that are concealed with a simple rotation. The table, which is manufactured in France (specifically in the regions Pays de la Loire and Nord Pas de Calais), has a solid steel frame and is made with beechwood. The table can be purchased in four different colors and will be electronically numbered as a mark of authenticity. www.polit.fr

DeWalt Bluetooth Tool Batteries
DeWalt has released two lithium ion batteries: the 20V MAX* 2.0 Amp (DCB203BT) and 4.0 Amp (DCB204BT). Each has Bluetooth capabilities, is rechargeable, and comes with a three-year service warranty. They are designed to connect workers more closely with their power tools. They shut off (and stay that way) when their users go out of range, preventing both theft and mishandling. dewalt.com ()

Sony Alpha 7R II
The Sony Alpha 7R II is a 42.4MP mirrorless beast of a camera. Packed with a full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, the 7R II allows you to have the highest quality and sensitivity available without sacrificing response speed. It can shoot and record 4k video in multiple formats and its 5-axis stabilization compensates camera shake 4.5 steps faster then other models. As the company’s new flagship, it has set the bar pretty high. $3,200

Fallout Shelter
Mimicking the same addicting qualities as Sims, Fallout Shelter, set in the Fallout video game universe, is a simulation game for iOS that puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground vault filled with “vault dwellers” who depend on you to protect them from the Wasteland outside. The game requires you to build enough rooms for your citizens, protect and maintain the vault, and lead your people against the dangers beyond the walls. Sounds like quite the time-killer — though playing it on the subway may hit a little too close to home. Free

Scarpa Rock Climbing Shoes
Designed by the legendary climber Heinz Mariacher, Scarpa’s newest line of rock climbing shoes match all-day comfort with a performance-driven design. Their new Active Randing employs a critical tensioned rubber “X” that cradles the forefoot and provides maximum power and sensitivity under the toe. So whether it’s bouldering or sport climbing your into, Scarpa has the right footing for your next wall to climb. $155-180

1800 Tequila Essential Artist Series
Each year 1800 Tequila creates a limited-run collection of their product that embellishes the work of a famous artist on the bottle. This year’s line focuses on the polarizing work of Keith Haring. Seven distinct bottles in total, the line appropriates his work from the late 1980s, providing a small showcase of his distinctly colorful approach to universal themes of love, death and war. 1800tequila.com

Hibiki Acoustic Wooden Case
The Hibiki Wooden Case for iPhone 6 is specifically designed to enhance the acoustical capabilities of your phone. Each natural wood case is crafted from high-grade white ash wood and offers three 3D-shaped supporting points that provide a stabilizing platform to suppress vibration that deteriorates sound. Combine that with a special material inside the case to help prevent ambient noise and you’ve got competition for those new headphones you just bought. simplism.com/

Inspired by the famous F-117 Nighthawk aircraft, the B-9 NH Black Edition single speed from BME Design represents an evolution in concept design. Featuring a carbon fiber frame and fork, a one-piece carbon stem-handlebar, and a unique carbon saddle system, this bike was built to withstand the rigors of an urban environment. $12,168

Malle John Tool Bag
Translated from French, “malle” means trunk, or tool chest — apt for this British brand, which manufactures utility-inspired luxury bags for motorcycle enthusiasts. The John Tool Bag is a backpack-shoulder bag hybrid, seamlessly adjustable with a single strap, that fits to a bike like a small pannier. Made in the brand’s London workshop, each bag is constructed with waxed canvas, full-grain leather and brass hardware and outfitted with 10 pockets (seven interior, three exterior) for your everyday essentials. $439

Overgaard & Dyrman Wire Bar Stool
Available in two heights — 27 and 30 inches — this bar stool from the contemporary Danish furniture maker Overgaard & Dyrman is inspired by the craft of traditional saddle making. The upholstery is made with full-grain tooling leather, incorporating a layer of foam for ergonomic comfort. Customizable in a myriad of leather dyes, the seat rests upon a wire-bearing structure with a wooden foot rest. oandd.dk

Vespa 946 Emporio Armani
The Piaggio Group, the Italian company behind Vespa, is teaming up with an unlikely name to celebrate its 130th anniversary: fashion titan Giorgio Armani. The pair are set to launch a limited-edition commuter scooter named after the year the Vespa first launched, 1946. Badged with an Armani logo, colored in a dark forest green and equipped with a 125cc, 11 horsepower engine, the Vespa 946 will hit worldwide distributors later this month. With a pedigree like this, expect a price tag in the five digits. vespa.com

Naked Earth by Eileen Chang
Written in 1956 by Eileen Chang (one of the 20th century’s most influential Chinese fiction writers, who focused on the psychological tensions of love), Naked Earth is set in the early years of Mao-ruled China and tells the story of two young lovers confronted with political change. Available for preorder, the book is reissued tomorrow with a new introduction by Perry Link, Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California at Riverside. $13

Lavazza Single Origin Coffee
From one the world’s most respected coffee distributors, the beans of Lavazza’s new single-origin Arabica coffee come from Tanzania and are naturally washed by glacial water and sun dried. Named after one of the world’s tallest mountains, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the beans are medium roasted for a balanced flavor with notes of ripe cherries. $8

Gemma Box Tall
This nondescript storage container, measuring just under three inches deep and seven inches wide, is designed by London-based designer Gemma Holt, a graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal College of Art in London. The lid features a magnet enclosure, with no visible joints or hinges. At first glance, it appears to be a solid block of wood. It’s available in both ash and oak. $59

Dad’ll have to wait till September for this gift, but it’ll be worth it. The just-announced DxO ONE is the world’s smallest one-inch sensor camera, bringing DSLR quality to your iPhone via the Lightning port. Your touchscreen becomes both viewfinder and settings menu, from which you can adjust ISO (from 100 to 51200), aperture setting (between f/11 and f/1.8), video quality (1080p at 30 frames per second and 720p at 120) and more. New fathers and empty-nesters alike should find reasons to take more home videos. $599

Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Cask Finish
Jefferson’s Bourbon makes what they call “ridiculously small” batches of the stuff — and this one in particular was aged in new charred white oak barrels and finished for nine months in discarded Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from the Groth Winery in Napa Valley, the first American winery to be awarded 100 points by leading wine critic Robert Parker. Notes of black cherry, blackberry and vanilla abound — but feel free to impress pop with some improvised tasting notes. $80

Scott 27.5 PLUS Bikes
If your dad rides the same bike he’s had in the garage since you were a kid, it’s time to change things up. Scott’s 2016 PLUS line of bikes boast boosted traction over their predecessors thanks to 2.8-inch Schwalbe tires with a 21 percent larger contact patch. The line features five different models; think about your dad’s preferences and peruse. scott-sports.com

DSTLD Cigarette Shorts
DSTLD’s cigarette shorts feature a more youthful fit than dad-standard cargo shorts and a more comfortable texture with dyed slub yarns. Moreover, he should appreciate the sensibility; DSTLD’s products are made in L.A. and sold directly to consumers, which cuts costs. Maybe that’ll convince him to cut Old Navy. $65

Ashworth Golf Indigo Collection
If he’s the golfing type (and a little set in his ways), go for Ashworth’s Indigo collection, designed with the US Open in mind. In understated deep blue and gray colorways, the line brings classic Merino wool together with more newfangled PRIMATEC cotton; classic styles and materials meet the modern world. ashworthgolf.com

5 Phases Glass Baby Bottles
New fathers quickly find that childrearing is a handful. Ease his mind at least a little with this eco-friendly baby bottle from 5 Phases. It’s a glass bottle snugly fitted into a plastic sheath: shatterproof and BPA-free. Available in eight- and four-ounce versions. 5phases.com
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