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Today in Gear: The North Face’s Cryos Collection, DSPTCH’s New Backpack and More

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New & Noteworthy Releases


DSPTCH Travel Pack
DSPTCH’s latest backpack is a hyper-focused travel companion with several quick-access pockets, a shoe compartment, a laptop sleeve and an integrated hip belt that doubles as a compression strap. It comes in seven colors; if you’re on trend, go for the camo. — Michael Finn

Buy Now: $240


The North Face Cryos Collection
Today, The North Face unveiled Cryos, perhaps its most “premium” winter apparel collection to date. The collection includes jackets, boots, gloves and hats, all of which feature some variation of Gore-Tex, down insulation or cashmere. Like The North Face’s alpine high-performance Summit Series, many of the items are embellished with advanced technical details; what’s different is the collection’s overall aesthetic — minimal, urban, refined. — Michael Finn

Buy Now: $100+


Akin Shift Driving Shoe
Shoes that both are great for heel-toe-shifting and actually have some real-world style are hard to come by. Akin, an apparel company by driving enthusiasts for driving enthusiasts, may have just found the that long sought-after intersection: subtle, minimalist style that doesn’t scream “did you hear me rev matching?” — Bryan Campbell

Buy Now: $115


Leather Sleeve for 12-inch MacBook
If you were too distracted in your rush to preorder the iPhone X, you might have missed this: Apple started selling this leather sleeve for 12-inch MacBooks. It has an understated microfiber lining and it’s available in two colors, Saddle Brown and Midnight Blue. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $149


Grovemade Wireless Charging Pad
Most of the latest flagship smartphones — save for Google’s Pixel 2 — support wireless charging. And most wireless chargers don’t look all that great. Grovemade’s latest wireless charger costs a bit more than others, but it also looks more fit to live on your nightstand or desk. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $79

Fresh Deals


Pro Chefs Love These No-Nonsense Kitchen Knives. Now They’re $30 Off
Though they lack the panache of some higher-end offerings, you’d be hard-pressed to find a professional kitchen that doesn’t have a Victorinox Fibrox knife in it (in fact, a couple chefs have recommended them to us before). They’re loved by pros and home cooks alike for their ability to hold a sharp edge, their comfortable and grippy handles, and their low price. Now, you can save $33 on an entire four-piece set from Amazon which includes an eight-inch chef’s knife, a bread knife, a paring knife and a six-inch utility knife — a great way to overhaul your entire knife setup on the cheap. And for cooks just looking for a low-cost chef’s knife, the eight-inch knife can be bought separately right now for just $40.

Buy Now: $110

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