Good morning and happy Wednesday. A clinical trial published on June 2 found that a new, wearable artificial kidney may be a suitable — and certainly more desirable — replacement for large, immobile dialysis machines for people int he late stages of kidney disease. Instead of needing to be anchored to a large machine every few weeks, patients could wear the device and go about their days, undergoing longer treatments. Sounds like a win for science. Speaking of wins, here’s what’s good in gear: a backpack for discerning gentlemen, a driving loafer for the color-happy gearhead, a Dakar Rally truck for those who appreciate displacement and much more.
And here are some fresh stories to start the day.
The Backpack by TravelTeq
It’s often said that a proper adult, especially a businessman, should forego a backpack in favor of a handsome briefcase. It’s also often the case that there are exceptions to the rule. Made in Tuscany out of sturdy leather and rubber-coated nylon (making it water resistant), this backpack is gorgeous enough and capable enough that any commuter with a computer (there’s a padded laptop sleeve) should consider it.
StrongArm Knife by Gerber
The full-tang 4.8-inch blade on this knife features a hard ceramic coating and grippy rubber handle. Perfect for all those tactical situations you’re always getting yourself into. For more fixed-blade knives, check out our guide here.
Parker Driving Loafer by Jack Erwin
Every man needs a good driving shoe in his arsenal. These feature a clever design to reduce slippage and stay snug on your foot — perfect for a jaunt around town or for heel-toeing those perfect, grippy downshifts. Featuring an Italian nubuck upper in nine colors.
Dakar Racing Truck by Kamaz Master
The Dakar Rally is a 1,000-mile race across the desert in which teams have to carry all their equipment in the very vehicle that’s racing. Kamaz lost the 2016 race, but is aiming to take the race in 2017. Case in point: this bad mother of a truck, with 980 horsepower out of a gargantuan 12.5-liter diesel engine and a 15-speed transmission. Which is… crazy. Especially since it’s easy to go dune riding with so much (okay, just slightly) less.
T7 Bluetooth Speaker by Bowers & Wilkins x Burberry
This collab has generated one very capable, luxuriously appointed Bluetooth speaker. The B&W unit is known for its premium sound and long battery life; now it’s adorned with golden accents and one of two cases — black leather or tan suede.
Colombia. Land of beauty, land of… rum. Receiving a 92 rating in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and available in 8- and 12-year vintages, this might just be the tipple your old man needs come Father’s Day. (In case you need way, way more excellent ideas: our Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide has your back.)
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