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Today in Gear: April 4, 2016

A dual-purpose snow/bike helmet, soap that cleans and entertains, a multitasking garage-door opener and much more.


Good morning and happy Monday. Assuming you got your Tesla Model 3 order in, you probably had a great weekend. While you wait for the thing to materialize you’ll have plenty of time to prepare your current gas-burner for its eventual euthanasia. Before you break the news, here’s what’s good in gear: a dual-purpose snow/bike helmet, soap that cleans and entertains, a multitasking garage-door opener and much more.

Lander 20-Liter Timp Backpack


From Nick Caruso, Editor: “I’ve been commuting almost daily with the 20-liter pack, and I’m damn happy about it. The size is ideal for all the things I end up hauling around: laptop, book, a spare sweater or jacket and more. I get a lot of compliments on it too — it’s even sleeker in person, and I love that it’s water resistant. I’ve been keeping a Cascade Powerbank in the ‘Quick Tix’ pocket for extra juice on the go. It’s super small and keeps me tweeting stupid stuff all day and night. Great combo.”

Learn More: Here

Convertible Snow and Bike Helmet by Traverse


Little-known fact: above the tuxedo/wetsuit combo in his closet, James Bond keeps one of these babies. A removable fleece cap and earmuffs convert the minimalist bike helmet to a slope-worthy head protector, complete with a goggle-friendly visor and vents that keep you cool regardless of snowfall.

Buy Now: $40

Pop Cauldron Soap


Handmade to order using plant-based oils and butters, these soaps inject a hefty bit of pop culture and fresh scents into every shower session. Political candidates, cocaine binges, unicorn blood — plenty of references to ponder whilst you lather during your morning grooming routine.

Learn More: Here

Anglepoise Original 1227 Giant Collection


There’s nothing light about this guy, eh? It’s a supremely oversized, articulating design piece that’s weather resistant and made for the outdoors: marine-grade stainless steel hardware and silicon-sealed light units and power cables keep the elements at bay.

Buy Now: $3,750

Ryobi Modular Garage Door Opener System


This powerful new garage-door opener is 20 percent quieter than the competition. It’s wi-fi-compatible, so you can control it with your phone, and features a backup battery that’ll lift the thing at least 100 times (#apocalypsecompatible). This is a modular system, though, so you can purchase and plug in everything from extension cords, to fans, to Bluetooth speakers, to laser-guided parking-assist devices.

Learn More: Here

Ethan Jacket by Nudie Jeans


With eight pockets and a dark chambray lining, this waxed jacket is ready to take on your EDC and the Style Police in one go. We dig the button-placket overlay and neutral hue — it’ll wear well and patina perfectly.

Buy Now: $375

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