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Today in Gear: August 13, 2015

A waterproof Apple Watch case, a monthly cologne subscription, a steel foot massager and more.


A waterproof Apple Watch case, a monthly cologne subscription, a steel foot massager and more.

On the Radar

Reveals, New Launches and Gear

Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Case

Catalyst’s latest is a line of IP-68 waterproof, MIL-SPEC 810G shockproof Apple Watch cases. The first-ever waterproof Apple Watch case will likely set off an onslaught of Apple Watch accessories of varying utility from multiple brands — but credit where credit’s due: if, as the manufacturer claims, the case leaves all the watch’s functions intact (heart rate sensors, charging dock, touchscreen, microphone and speaker), the result could very well make the Apple Watch a useful purchase for rangers, fisherman and plenty of other workers out in the wild. With a depth rating of 16.4 feet (as of most recent testing), it’s unlikely to replace a dive watch, but paired with the case’s salt-corrosion resistance, it’s enough to let you feel secure in taking your wrist-borne supercomputer out to sea. It’s also reasonably sleek.

Preorder: $60

Mammut MTR 201-II Boa® Low

Fresh from Outdoor Retailer, Mammut’s latest includes a fine-tunable closure system and EVA-rivaling shock absorption primed for alpine running.

Learn More: Here

Moji Foot Pro

No matter how cushioned your shoe might be, massaging an overworked foot is essential to avoid injury. The Moji Foot Pro does this with six stainless steel spheres — because pampering an overworked foot is even better.

Buy Now: $40

Fluance Fi50 Hi-Fi Bluetooth Speaker

Natural and handmade components are the way to go with speaker design, and the Fluance Fi50’s MDF wood cabinet is a good example that suppresses resonance for clearer sound — pretty rare in a Bluetooth speaker.

Buy Now: $199

Hudson Valley Hard Goods Guitar Stands

If you’re more concerned with making music than listening to it, the same rule applies — see Hudson Valley Hard Goods’ minimalist wooden guitar stands, for example.

Learn More: Here

Scentbird Men

$15 a month for a monthly, rotating supply of designer fragrances for men — it’s the perfect situation to (finally) figure out what scent best suits you.

Learn More: Here

Reviews and Buying Guides

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Use a flask wisely and you’ll have a great hint of lawless confidence. Here are the 14 flasks, from low to high end, that deserve a place in your pocket. Read the Review

Noteworthy Reads

Stories from Around the Web

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Got a little one? Know someone who does? Help them out during the dreaded back-to-school season with Sportique’s back-to-school sale. Carryology has a rundown.

The hassle of carrying around a bike helmet leads many to ditch safety altogether. This collapsible bike helmet should change that — hopefully.

Looking Ahead

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