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Today in Gear: New Performance Button Downs, UE’s Portable Alexa Speakers & More

The best way to catch up on the day’s most important product releases and stories.


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New & Noteworthy Releases


DUER Performance 9-to-9 Button Down
DUER came onto the scene with one goal: create quality clothing that’s both technical and stylish. “We built this company to solve problems,” says DUER’s founder, Gary Lenett. In the nearly five years since, the Vancouver-based company has succeeded in meeting that objective time and again with a collection that includes khakis, joggers, shorts and of course, denim. Now it’s aiming for the upper body: the Performance 9-to-9 Button Down is a stretchy, moisture-wicking, durable shirt made with fabric based on DUER’s proprietary L2X denim. It’s outfitted with a range of smart features including a headphone cable port and a performance hem.

Buy Now: $64+


UE Blast and Mega Blast Speakers With Alexa
Ultimate Ears have been making popular Bluetooth speakers for years. Today, however, they’re taking a step in a new direction with the Blast and Mega Blast. The speakers look similar to UE’s Boom series of Bluetooth speakers but are slightly bigger and have Amazon Alexa built in (a first for UE). They are wi-fi- and Bluetooth-enabled, so you can walk around your house or yard and interact with them almost exactly as you could with an Amazon Echo. If you get disconnected from your wi-fi, they’ll still work as rugged and portable Bluetooth speakers. Alexa won’t support Spotify at launch, just like with the Sonos One, but it will support Amazon Music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn, with Pandora and Deezer coming later on. You can preorder the Blast and Megablast speakers today; they’re expected to ship by the end of this month. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $230 (Blast)Buy Now: $300 (Mega Blast)


U by Moen Shower System
Waste no more time (and water) while trying to dial in shower temperature. The newly launched U by Moen system is the first and only cloud-based, app-controlled shower on the market. Water temperature preferences can be saved and start times can be set using the U by Moen app, making it possible to have the shower turn on as soon as a morning alarm goes off. The app notifies users when the optimal temperature has been reached and can turn off automatically after a set duration. It’s a surefire way to streamline morning routines (and make getting out the door on time a little easier). — Emily Singer

Learn More: Here


CWC 1980 Royal Navy Diver’s Watch
British watch brand CWC has just launched a reissue of one of its most iconic timepieces — the Ministry of Defense–spec diver that replaced the Rolex Submariner as the Royal Navy’s dive watch of choice. This watch is nearly identical to that, sporting an ETA automatic movement, a rotating bezel and the same dial layout. — Andrew Connor

Buy Now: $2,633


Cole Haan x BillyKirk Made in America Collection
One of our favorite leather-goods makers has teamed up with Cole Haan for limited collection of tasteful products. The release features a black belt, Dopp kit and weekender, but the product that stands out the most is the handcrafted boot. Available in either black or natural Horween leather, this lightweight boot features a lug outsole, tonal leather welts and the flexibility and cushioning that Cole Haan is known for. — John Zientek

Learn More: Here

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