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Today in Gear: August 18, 2015

Sustainable buffalo jerky from Patagonia, your new favorite pen, a new brand of running shoes and more.

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Sustainable buffalo jerky from Patagonia, your new favorite pen, a new brand of running shoes and more.

On the Radar


Reveals, New Launches and Gear


Misfit Speedo Shine

Designed in collaboration with Speedo, the Misfit Speedo Shine is purportedly the most accurate wearable fitness tracker for swimmers, thanks to intensive testing in Speedo’s AquaLab, where designers and athletes worked to hone algorithms to fit every type of stroke. In addition to tracking several other exercise methods, along with sleep patterns, the aircraft-grade anodized aluminum that makes up the tracker’s body makes it a good fit for any type of athlete. Just remember to replace the battery every six months; like the Fitbit Zip, it uses a standard watch battery for power rather than a rechargeable cell.

Learn More: Here

Oliberté Tan Pullup Backpack

This pack from Oliberté melds rustic aesthetics with modern needs; a 15-inch laptop sleeve, a credit card-sized hidden internal pocket and more, all tied together in Ethiopian leather.

Buy Now: $250

Patagonia Provisions Sustainable Buffalo Jerky

Jerky is great — sustainable jerky, doubly so. Patagonia’s new foray into food, Patagonia Provisions, collaborated with Wild Idea Buffalo, a free-range grass-fed buffalo ranch based in South Dakota, for this welcome addition to the market.

Buy Now: $10

Tanner Goods Memori Brass Pen

The value of a good pen shouldn’t be underestimated; Portland, Oregon-based Tanner Goods’ new all-brass pen speaks to this fact, with an ergonomic design sized perfectly for the average hand.

Buy Now: $65

Watteam Power Meter

In addition to being one of the most affordable biking power meter on the market at $499, Watteam’s PowerBeat is also easy to install, capable of attaching to any aluminum or carbon crank system.

Buy Now: $499

361° Sensation

The flagship offering from this upstart athletic shoe brand utilizes multi-density midsoles and blown rubber in the outsole forefoot for shock dispersion and foot guidance; crowded though the shoe market is, they’re worth a shot.

Buy Now: $120


Reviews and Buying Guides


Advice from the Crew


The Best Station Wagons of All Time

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Burn the memory of the Griswolds’ wagon. These station wagons are sports-car killers that still haul the kids. Read the Review


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