Good morning, and welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Gear — your single-shot serving of an entire week’s worth of the best new gear pulled from our weekday editions of Today in Gear. Bookmark it to peruse while you watch the 2017 Masters Tournament and start your Monday completely up to speed. Here’s to another fantastic week.
Rudy’s 1–2–3 Bundle
Rudy’s, a Seattle-based brand known as a pioneer of the modern barbershop trend, has introduced a magnificently simple grooming system: 1, shampoo; 2, conditioner; 3, body wash. All three contain nothing but good and natural stuff like coconut, jojoba, cedar, citrus and juniper. No “color treatment chemicals.” No “volume-pumping vitamins.” No BS. You lather it into your hair and onto your body, you wash it away, then you smell great. Easy as 1–2–3. Even better, every sale of Rudy’s new 1–2–3 helps support homeless LGBTQ youth.
Vetements Polizei Panelled Leather Racing Jacket
Here you go, anarchist fashionistas — an extravagant black leather jacket, branded with the German word for “police,” with padded shoulders and zippered cuffs. The epitome of stick-it-to-the-man badassery.
Sway Mindfulness App
Can technology help you meditate? Surprisingly, yes — though many apps do the exact opposite. They complicate something that is inherently uncomplicated. Sway is one of those rare “mindfulness” apps that actually does what it promises to do, thanks in part to its emphasis on ‘interactive meditation’ — rather than glancing at a screen every few minutes to view progress or adjust settings, you simply hold your phone in your hand, and move your body in subtle patterns. Sway tracks these movements, which are said to increase mental well-being, and records progress. Simple, as it should be.
BullRest Travel Pillow
The BullRest is 80 percent smaller than those clumsy horseshoe-shaped bean bags that are sold at airport convenience stores. It’s also made of memory foam, and has a large vent to allow airflow on your neck. Toss it in with your other carry-on essentials.
Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept
To celebrate the company’s 70th, Toyota went all-out and built every kid’s dream truck: a gnarly Hilux outfitted with a torquey (309 lb-ft), 174 horsepower engine and six extra inches of clearance thanks to a bulky suspension upgrade. Carbon fiber, electric winch, Tonka-branded tires and bonkers graphics round out the toy-truck-that-definitely-isn’t-a-toy look. Sadly, it’s only a concept, but a boy can dream… – Nick Caruso, Motoring Editor
Don’t call it a skateboard. Don’t even call it a fancy longboard. It’s a six-wheeled electric snowboard, on pavement. It carves, coasts and slides just like a real snowboard, with a powerful electric motor (23 mph max speed, 10-mile range) controlled by a handheld Bluetooth remote. Call it the closest thing to a consumer-ready hoverboard the world has ever seen.
Reebok Floatride Running Shoe
Reebok’s “biggest innovation and most technically advanced running shoe to date.” The magic is all in the new Floatride technology — essentially a lightweight, pressure-set piece foam that absorbs impact, creating a float-y feeling. Additionally, the shoe features a flexible, breathable knit upper, and a stabilized heel cup.
Upslope Brewing Co. Experimental India Pale Ale
Crisp, refreshing, delicious, the IPA is the darling of the craft beer world. Colorado-based Upslope’s latest iteration on the style is an experimental brew using three unique hops: Mosaic, Idaho 7 and Lemondrop. As described by the brewers, it has “melon and stone fruit aromas” and “an herbal tea-like finish.” – AJ Powell, Associate Staff Writer
Arzum Okka Turkish Coffee Maker
For the uninitiated, Turkish coffee is similar to cowboy coffee, in that it’s made with unfiltered, finely ground beans, which are simmered (not boiled) in hot water, and then poured, leaving the grounds to settle on the bottom of the cup. It’s also customary to toss in some sugar during the simmer process, resulting in a foamy, bittersweet dessert blend. With the Arzum Okka, single or double cups of Turkish coffee are instantaneous.
The Patrol Tee By Gear Patrol (Spring Gray)
From the Gear Patrol Store: Our second GP “Patrol” tee features signature details on a tri-blend of poly, cotton and rayon. It is comfortable, moves well and boasts a slimmer fit. The logo is also screen printed with a premium, water-based ink. The result is a traditional crew neck that looks good and works well in the gym, on the commute or just exploring over the weekend. And because nothing beats the feel of a fresh tee, we ship every shirt in a poly bag so that you’re the first to touch it.
Jaguar just announced it will officially present the first ‘Reborn’ E-Type at the Techno-Classica Essen show in April.
Nike Flyknit Multi-color Re-Release
On April 7, Nike is once again gracing the world with the multicolored Flyknit sneaker ($150), the most popular Flyknit sneaker to date. Get yours before it’s put back in Nike’s archives.
Showers Pass Odyssey MapReflect Jacket
On the surface of this lightweight commuter jacket, a reflective map of one of 11 bike-centric cities — Portland, New York, Washington D.C., Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Newcastle, Berlin, Sydney and Taipei — is printed; each jacket has a unique configuration of the print, so no two jackets are exactly alike. There are two jackets: the Atlas, a weather-resistant hardshell with taped seams, and the Odyssey, a softshell build for warmer weather.
Common Fibers Carbon Fiber Fanny Pack
Holy shit. A carbon fiber fanny pack, with a built-in wallet and Bluetooth speaker. Just what this lame-ass world needed! Party on bro! CHEST BUMP!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
Canyon Inflite Bike
The first images of the Red Dot Award–winning cyclocross bike were leaked yesterday.
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.
Master & Dynamic Navy MW60 Over-Ear Headphones
Outstanding hi-fi wireless headphones, with stainless steel details and supple lambskin earpads, now available in navy and silver.
Outlier Supermarine Rollie Water-Resistant Bag
This ain’t like those standard roll-top dry sacks made of cheap plastic. This is made of military-grade “Supermarine” cotton fabric, with a waterproof coating that practically lasts forever.
6/5/4 Motors Husqvarna 256 ‘Thage’ Ski-Cycle
Behold, the restoration of one of 1,000 motorcycles of its type bought by the the Swedish Army is the late ’60s. Like something straight out of Q-Branch, this off-road moto features skis — skis you have to keep your feet on the entire time they’re in use, all while shifting and throttling with your hands. This particular 256 has received many an upgrade and is extremely exclusive, so act fast.
The Best Travel and Productivity Apps You Haven’t Heard Of
The best travel and productivity apps have been announced by way of the 2017 Webby Award nominees. Here are four that we want to try.
Butterfield Machine, L.L.C. Fire Piston
The great thing about physics is that it’s always been and always will be — that’s why this “fire piston” is modeled after a device used in the 1700s. It utilizes rapidly compressed air to aid in tinder ignition (which has nothing to do with swiping on your phone screen, to be clear). Three variations on the device are available, all machined from different combinations of colors and metals.
Prometheus Design Werx AR Hoodie DRB Staff Edition
Your favorite zip-up hoodie from high school, updated with cutting-edge military applications without making you look try-hardy tacti-cool. Wind-blocker Polartec fabric, MLH (major league hood) design that’s baseball-shaped for better fit, dummy cord tie-ins, hook and loop on the shoulders, and sleeve thumb holes. — Jon Gaffney, Contributor
This Military-Spec Command Car Is the Vintage Overlander You Deserve
A few trips up some fire service trails or beach duty down in Baja would be perfect retirement jobs for this old vet.
Mott & Bow Wythe Slim Button Down Shirt
From Mott & Bow, masters of modern denim, an Italian-sourced slim denim shirt, stonewashed and bleached for a broken-in feel.
Blunt Classic Umbrella
What is an average umbrella? It’s bland. It’s flimsy. It’s poorly made. It’s disposable — over 700 million average umbrellas end up in landfills every year. Do yourself (and the planet) a favor by upgrading to a Blunt. Born in rain-soaked New Zealand, Blunt umbrellas are built to withstand years of abuse; every single umbrella is built to survive 72 mph winds, undergoes extensive quality checks and is backed by a five-year guarantee. That’s not average — that’s outstanding. And who says umbrellas can’t be outstanding?
Converse x Neighborhood Chuck Taylor All Star ’70
Riding tandem with Neighborhood, a Tokyo-based brand inspired by music and motorcycle culture, Converse created yet another variation of the infinitely varied (and infinitely cool) Chuck Taylor: this badass riding sneaker, with reinforced leather details and a protective rubber toe overlay.
Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques, and Barbecue Wisdom
In parts of the American South, barbecue isn’t just a kind of backyard cuisine. It’s a gastronomical religion. Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques, and Barbecue Wisdom is barbecue’s bible, encyclopedia, textbook and cookbook, all rolled into one photo-heavy tome.
Repelica RS-22L Rucksack
With clean silhouettes, ballistic Cordura exteriors and smart, functional compartments, this new bag collection from Repelica checks all the right carry boxes. The Rucksack 22L has convenient quick-access accessory pockets and a sturdy laptop compartment, perfect for the work commute — or taking your tech along on a short weekend excursion. – Matthew Ankeny, Deputy Managing Editor
The Ressence Type 1H for Hodinkee
Hodinkee’s latest watch collab is with an indie brand that has a penchant for pushing boundaries. Unsurprisingly, the collaboration follows suit.
Duo A.I. Mirror
You’ve seen it in sci-fi films. Maybe you’ve seen homemade versions floating around the internet. But those aren’t real products; Duo, the first legitimate, consumer-ready “smart mirror,” is. Think of Duo as a cross between a voice assistant, like Alexa or Siri, and a wall-mounted tablet. By speaking or touching, you can play music and videos, read the news, view the forecast, and control smart thermostats and smart lights, all while polishing your ugly morning mug.
Toyota Hilux Expedition V1 Camper
For Stefan Forster, dreams do come true. Forster, an adventure photographer with a healthy Instagram following, commissioned three companies — Geocar, Hurter Offroad and Arctic Trucks Iceland — to build the rolling home of this dreams. All engine geekery aside, the Expedition V1 comfortably sleeps three people, boasts a shower and kitchenette, and tramples effortlessly over the roughest terrain. It’s not for sale, but another man can dream.