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Today in Gear: October 2, 2017

The headphone jack returns to the iPhone (sort of), the perfect shacket, a Commodore C64 retro gaming machine and more.


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New Releases


Smarter Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Imagine a world where coffee is ready — always — when you wake up in the morning. With Smarter Coffee, a wifi-enabled, app-controlled drip brewer from Smarter, a London-based brand specializing in smart kitchen appliances, it’s possible. The IFTTT-compatible machine can be programmed to grind beans and brew coffee remotely, or, say, 15 minutes before your alarm goes off in the morning. — Emily Singer

Buy Now: $318


Goldwin Coverall Shirt
From Goldwin, one of the outdoor industry’s most visionary brands, come two all-new autumnal shirts loaded with thoughtful technical features (inner pockets, a ventilated front flap, snap-closure Mother of Pearl buttons) yet balanced with an unmistakeable Japanese minimalism. The selvedge chambray option is $199; the wool is $318. — Michael Finn

Buy Now: $318


Rancourt x American Trench Ventile Sneakers
This Vans-esque sneaker from Rancourt and American Trench may cost four times the amount of its Californian cousin, but it’s got some very cool specs. Made in Maine from Ventile Dry fabric, it is very durable and also water repellent. It features a Vibram sole, brass eyelets and leather laces. There’s nothing overtly flashy, but that’s just the point. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $215


Retro Games C64 Mini
Following in the wake of Nintendo’s SNES Classic, the C64 Mini is a charming resurrection of the best-selling ’80s home computer, the Commodore C64. It plugs into any modern TV’s HDMI port, includes a joystick and comes with 64 classic games pre-installed. It’s expected to drop in early 2018, at a suggested retail price of $70. — Michael Finn

Learn More: Here


Café du Cycliste Albertine Jacket
Café du Cycliste’s freshly updated Albertine is perfect for fall; its windproof front face is stuffed with PrimaLoft active insulation that’s both warm and, breathable but the back panel is made with a merino-blend fleece to prevent overheating. But this isn’t your standard outdoor puffy; it’s tailored for racing and cut with colors that impart the style that serious cycling is known for. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $282


Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge Rockstar
Apple has caved (slightly) and started selling an iPhone adapter with a Lightning port and a traditional headphone jack; if you own an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, you’ll be able to charge your phone and listen to music on your favorite wired headphones at the same time. It should be noted that Belkin makes this adaptor, not Apple, but its availability at Apple Stores should put skeptical minds at ease. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $35


Knog PWR Bike Lights
Based in Australia, Knog is a brand known for creating design-forward bicycle accessories. Its latest release, PWR, is a series of modular bike lights that double as power banks. Customize your light output with four bulb heads that range from 450 to 1,850 lumens and can be secured to your bike or body with three different mounts. The system is built to be expanded upon, so look out for upgrades — think lanterns and Bluetooth speakers — on a rolling basis. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $55+

Fresh Deals


Black Friday–level deals in October? Believe it.
Today only, Amazon is offering the best-selling Instant Pot DUO60 for 30% off. The $70 price tag is exactly what it was listed at on Cyber Monday last year. With nearly 15,000 five-star ratings, the multi-cooker has risen to cult status in recent years. What better reason to take the plunge than big savings?

Buy Now: $70

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