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Today in Gear: August 26, 2015

A new Olympus camera, Yamaha’s Silent Guitar, a unique Apple Watch stand and more.

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A new Olympus camera, Yamaha’s Silent Guitar, a unique Apple Watch stand and more.

On the Radar


Reveals, New Launches and Gear


Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

The Olympus OM series has long been a favorite of college photography students and film camera aficionados due to its affordability and quality optics. The new OM-D E-M10 keeps with the classic styling of the old OM film cameras and packs it full of technologically advanced features like the tilting touch display. The newest iteration of the OM-D also has the ability to shoot 4k video and comes standard with Live Composite mode, which takes the guesswork out of shooting long-exposure star trails.

Buy Now: $650 (Body Only)

Philips Hue Wireless Dimmer

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The new Philips Hue Wireless Dimmer makes it easy for you to dim up to 10 Philips Hue bulbs with virtually no installation needed. The wireless remote can be mounted on the wall, or detached to be used from anywhere in your home.

Learn More: Here

MiiR Backpacks

MiiR have launched a new crowdfunding campaign in which each backpack purchased goes towards funding education in impoverished countries.

Buy Now: $68+

Ahnu Ridgecrest

Ahnu’s newest light hiking shoe was developed in collaboration with blind hiker Trevor Thomas and can handle a pack up to 50 pounds.

Buy Now: $150

Yamaha SLG200 Silent Guitars

The newest guitar from Yamaha features an almost nonexistent body with a headphone jack that is perfect for practicing without your neighbors getting involved. Available starting in September.

Buy Now: $1,015

Bluelounge Kosta Apple Watch Charger

The new Kosta Apple Watch Charger makes nightstand mode that much more convenient.

Buy Now: $15

Reviews and Buying Guides


Advice from the Crew


Riding on “Hero Dirt” With the Cannondale Habit

In Park City, Utah, where rain isn’t a regular occurrence, a two-day downpour on the trails creates a tacky surface known as “hero dirt”. And it’s the best surface for testing Cannondale’s latest trail bike. Read the Review

Wearing One Watch, Three Ways

Three different straps — and some style essentials — turn the Rolex GMT Master ii into a watch ready for roughin’ it, casual lunch, or a fancy dinner with your boss. Read the Review


Noteworthy Reads


Reviews and News from around the Web


CNET reviews Wileyfox‘s new bloatware-free smartphone and makes us long for less red tape in the US smartphone market.

We’ve reviewed some great cameras, but Wired‘s review of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 has us itching to get our hands on one.

It’s no secret that we love bourbon; over at DrinkHacker, they do too. They recently got their hands on High West’s new bourbon-and-rye blend, called Bourye. Here’s what they had to say.


Looking Ahead


What We’re Testing Now


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