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Today in Gear: April 5, 2017

A tactical backpack, leather iPhone cases, an urban hiking boot and much more.



Good morning. In rural India, scientists have finally created a viable replacement for the condom. But it’s having difficulty gaining traction with Big Pharma investors. The new male contraceptive, which is injected via syringe into the bloodstream, is apparently safe, effective and inexpensive. (And probably a hell of a lot more, well, fun than using condoms.)

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Today’s Gear

What’s New, Now

Indian Chieftain Limited


The strongest leaders are those who muscle their way to the front of the pack — exactly where the Chieftain Limited belongs. It’s a style and engineering leader: the sawed-off open-front fender, which exposes a 19-inch 10-spoke wheel; the gloss black fairing inspired by locomotives of the ’50s; the beastly 111 horsepower engine, built on principles of Indian engines from the ’40s. This is Indian’s modern take on the legendary road warrior.

Learn More: Here

CargoWorks Recon 15 Backpack


A technical backpack with tactical assault style. Outside, eight subtly-integrated pockets for quick-access gear; inside, 10 thoughtfully-placed pockets, including one for a 15-inch laptop and tablet. Additionally, there’s a top-access dump pocket for small EDC items, like a phone or wallet, and a military-inspired velcro admin panel for add-on pouches or patches.

Buy Now: $100

Fronteer Ahwahnee Hiker


Bold like the ’80s and street-smart like the 2000s, the Ahwahnee Hiker is made of fire-red suede, a Vibram sole and a perforated microfiber sock liner — all the makings of a proper hiker-inspired fashion boot. Limited run of 250.

Buy Now: $170

North Drinkware Obsidian Line


For those who find solace and joy in mountains, a collection of artisan drinkware to reflect that passion. On the bottom of each glass (two pints and two tumblers) is a glass replica of either Mt. Hood in Oregon or Mt. Rainier in Washington; each is hand-blown with smoked glass in Portland, Oregon.

Buy Now: $50

Tanner Goods Cordovan Utility Billfold


You use your wallet a lot — you’re the one who reaches for it first during happy hour, and it should be both reliable and ready to age well. Shell cordovan leather is soft but sturdy and will patina beautifully. That’s why leather pros Tanner Goods used the material in its natural hue for their newest bifold: because style and diligent organization of financial tools go hand in hand. – Nick Caruso, Associate Editor

Buy Now: $225

Canyon Inflite Bike


The first images of the Red Dot Award–winning cyclocross bike were leaked yesterday.

Read the Story: Here

Leatherology Personalized iPhone Cases


You touch and look at your iPhone more than any other product or loved one in your life, so give it a distinctive and stylish case with a bunch of color options and free monogramming.

Buy Now: $35

Deals of Note

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How to save on a Mountain Hardwear sleeping bag, Nintendo controllers and Saturdays NYC.

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Next Page: Happy Hour Talking Points and One Thing to Watch

Happy Hour Briefing

Ice Breakers for the First Drink

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• And one thing to watch:

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