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The Gear News You Need to Know This Week

New product launches, reviews and buying guides, all in one place.


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Monday, October 23rd


Oris Chronoris Date
Sponsored Product: Nearly 50 years ago, Oris unveiled one of its most iconic watches: its first chronograph, named Chronoris. This year, the maker of accessible, purely mechanical watches has brought it back. Sporting an automatic caliber, the new Chronoris Date takes on the racing-inspired styling of its forebear. Instead of a chronograph sub dial registering minutes, it features only a chronograph seconds hand and a rotating inner bezel. Simply line up the zero on the bezel with the minute hand and start timing. Throw in a vintage-inspired tonneau case and a retro dial design, and you have a handsome, functional watch for $1,750.



Q Acoustics M2 Soundbase
Q Acoustics makes some of our favorite bookshelf speakers, the Concept 20 ($500/pair). If you haven’t heard of the company, it’s probably because it’s based in the UK. However, its speakers are starting in trickle into the States. Announced earlier this fall, the M2 is a soundbase that has been praise by What Hifi? (5 out of 5 stars). U.S. customers can purchase it for $350 at the end of October. — Tucker Bowe

Learn More: Here


Kagekiyo White Steel Knives
From Japanese cookware mecca Chubo comes a series of hand-forged shirogami, a type of fine-grained, high-carbon white steel knife. Made in Sakai City by a group of award-winning bladesmiths, they’re stunningly sharp and finely honed, with traditional lacquer handles. — Emily Singer

Buy Now: $244+


Patagonia Recycled Cashmere Sweater
Patagonia’s new recycled cashmere collection features a host of wardrobe essentials made from cashmere factory scraps (blended with 5 percent wool). The crewneck sweater is a highlight of the collection, and features set-in sleeves and a ribbed hem and cuffs. It comes in blue, khaki and gray. It has no exterior branding to speak of. What’s more, it’s sustainable cashmere that’ll look good in any setting. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $199


Red Wing Heritage 6-Inch Irish Setter Boots in Black Klondike
This limited-edition Red Wing Heritage boot comes in unique Black Klondike leather. Based on the heavyweight Black Chrome leather used by Red Wing in the ‘80s, this leather has a brown base that shows through the black satin topcoat as the boots are scuffed and worn. These boots feature Goodyear welt construction, a wedge sole and leather laces. If you’re in the market for a classic work boot, but you want something a little more unique, get these before they’re gone. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $320


GORUCK’s Simple, Heavy-Duty Windbreaker Is Built to Take a Beating
The Simple Windbreaker may be light, but it’s also tough.

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Orvis and Barbour Commissioned a Custom Land Rover Defender and it’s Gorgeous
Orvis commissioned a custom Land Rover build through East Coast Defender and partnered up with Barbour North America to make it happen.

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Tuesday, October 24th


Fuego Box
Sponsored Product: The absolute worst part of any bottle of hot sauce is when it’s empty, but Fuego Box wants to make that moment a little easier to bear. Whether you like melting your face off with some Carolina Reaper or simply enjoy a subtle kick in your lunch sandwich, Fuego Box will send you hot sauces from around the globe to get your fix on a monthly basis. Gift a monthly subscription to yourself or show someone else there’s more to the world of hot sauces than Tabasco and Frank’s. Use the link below and get $10 off your first box. — Gear Patrol

Buy Now: $13+


Minnetonka x Duluth Pack Canvas Sheepskin Slippers
Two well-known Minnesota brands teamed up to create one of the best slippers for fall. They feature Duluth Pack’s olive drab canvas and Minnetonka’s brown suede and sheepskin. With a durable rubber outsole, they’re perfect for wearing around the cabin or sitting by the campfire. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $80


Worn & Wound X Autodromo Group B
The watch-loving folks at Worn & Wound have just partnered up with indie watch brand Autodromo on a new, stealthy iteration of the brand’s Group B watch. While the watch retains its unique, modular case construction, it now comes with a gunmetal PVD coating. To fit with that darker aesthetic, the dial comes in black with red markers, and the watch itself comes with a new black leather strap and gray nylon.— Andrew Connor

Buy Now: $975


Taylor Stitch The Long Haul Jacket in Dyneema Denim
Taylor Stitch’s latest moto-inspired denim jacket is reinforced with Dyneema, one of the strongest synthetic fibers in existence. That makes it exceptionally protective and long-lasting without sacrificing its classic look. As with all newly released Taylor Stitch products, the jacket is currently being crowdfunded; those who pull the trigger now get it for a special presale price. — Michael Finn

Buy Now: $328


GrandExpløre Waterproof Alpine Hiker Boot
When Cole Haan makes an urban hiking boot, that’s when you know #gorpcore is a legitimate trend, not just another fad. Of all the fashionable hikers we’ve seen in the past few months (we’ve lost count), these are among the prettiest. The premium suede upper is waterproof, the sole is cushy yet rugged, and the brass back clip is a lovely nod to the metal crampons used in true alpine boots. — Michael Finn

Buy Now: $350


The Ares X-Raid Is Over the Top, Luxurious and Succeeding Where Other Custom-Built SUVs Fail
Projects like the X-Raid are what modern coachbuilding is supposed to look like.

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Wednesday, October 25th


Aztech Mountain Loge Peak Ski Shirt
Sponsored Product: Flannel shirts are a cold-weather staple. But a flannel shirt whose collar flips up to morph into a turtleneck? That’s next level. Aztech Mountain’s Loge Peak Ski Shirt makes après-ski style a cinch. It’s made from brushed cotton and reinforced with elbow patches for good measure. Available in Midnight Check and Merlot Plaid. Through the end of October, enter the code GEARPATROL at checkout for 15 percent sitewide.

Buy Now: $275


Amazon Cloud Cam Indoor Security Camera
This is Amazon’s first smart security camera and it’s integrated with Alexa. After setting up and naming the camera, you’ll be able to say “Alexa, show me the [camera name]” and see the live feed in full HD on your Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV or Fire tablet. You can use the Cloud Cam App on your smartphone, too. Like other smart security cameras, to get the most out of this you’ll want a Cloud Cam subscription (there are several options to choose from), which gets you more intelligent alerts, larger storage options (days instead of hours) and the ability to add more cameras to your premium setup. The camera costs $120 and release on November 8. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $120


Vuarnet Nightlynx Collection
These aren’t Corey Hart’s nighttime shades. Vauarnet has applied lens technology normally used by fighter pilots for lenses that amplify contrast and distance perception while filtering out blue light and providing 100 percent UV protection for better vision in low-light situations. It’s the perfect accessory to keep handy when you’ve been driving all day and the sun dips below the horizon. Think of it as a low-tech night vision. — Bryan Campbell

Buy Now: $290


Red Wing Heritage for J.Crew Roughneck Boots
To celebrate 10 years of collaboration, J.Crew teamed up with Red Wing Heritage to re-release the Roughneck boot, a vintage style featured in the brands’ first collab in 2007. This exclusive six-inch moc boot features Vibram lug soles, Goodyear welt construction and Yuma Gaucho brown leather from the S.B. Foot Tanning Company. They’re timeless, rugged boots launched just in time for inclement fall weather. J.Crew provided this product for testing and review. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $280


American Trench Fisherman’s Cable Knit Sock in Baby Camel Hair
If you want to splurge on a pair of socks this winter, don’t overspend on cashmere. Try this cable-knit sock made from baby camel hair. It’s super warm and soft and, importantly, less expensive than cashmere. This Italian-spun yard is easy to care for, too — just machine wash cold and air dry. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $35


The Sony a7R III Is Faster, More Accurate and Longer Lasting (But It’s Still Not the a9)
Capable of up to 10fps continuous shooting speeds with full autofocus and autoexposure tracking, even in silent shutter mode.

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Thursday, October 26th

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Norlan Kist
There’s a ritualistic aspect to consuming whiskey at home and in good company. From Norlan, purveyor of meticulously crafted whiskey glassware, comes the Kist: a solid, handcrafted European oak wood box made expressly for storing Norlan whiskey glasses. Die-cut white leather lines the inside of the box and holds the glassware in place, all concealed by a lid held in place by rare earth magnets. Available for preorder now, the Kist, which is available in two sizes to house either two or four Norlan Whisky glasses, is expected to ship in December — just in time for the holidays.

Pre-Order Now: $275+


Momo Custom Steering Wheels
Momo is a historic supplier of performance car parts but is perhaps best known for its series of detachable racing steering wheels. Now the brand is launching a new lineup of five customizable steering wheels. You have the option to mix and match several components, like leather type, spoke colors, stitching and horn buttons to get the perfect wheel for your ride. — Andrew Connor

Buy Now: $564+


Corridor Blanket Plaid Navy Shirt
This may be one of the best flannel shirts you can buy this season. It’s made from thick Japanese organic cotton and features a chest pocket and spread collar. The double-faced fabric has a nice weight to it and it’s very soft. The price may lean towards the higher end of the spectrum, but you’re paying for American manufacturing and top-quality materials. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $225


Limited Edition New Balance + Todd Snyder 998: Ditry Martini
Made in the USA, these New Balance kicks come in a fall-appropriate green, tan and black. The dark olive suede is exclusive to this collaboration, and only 200 pairs of these sneakers are available. If you’re looking for a classic trainer in a unique colorway, don’t pass these up. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $199


The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Is the Shake-Up Vintage-Style Motorcycles Need
A loud and proud callback to one of the most iconic motorcycles of all time.

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Friday, October 26th


DSPTCH Travel Pack
DSPTCH’s latest backpack is a hyper-focused travel companion, with several quick-access pockets, shoe compartment, internet 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 are both 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 dricving enthusiasts may have just found the that long saught after intersection. Subtle, minimalist style that doesn’t obnoctiously scream “did you hear me rev matching” when when you get to your destination is incredibly undervalued these days. Akin seems to get it with the Shift, though. — Bryan Campbell

Buy Now: $115


Leather Sleeve for 12-inch MacBook
If you were too distracted and focused on ordering the iPhone X, you might have missed this: Apple started selling this leather sleeve for 12-inch MacBooks. It’s understated, with a 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 significantly that others, but it also looks more fit to live on your nightstand or desk. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $79

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Three Design Studios Reinventing One of America’s Most Timeless Furniture Styles
Original minimalist designs have never really gone out of style.

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Staff Picks: Alyx Effron, Account Executive
A wireless speaker, sneakers for my collection and more.

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Life Hack: For a Calm and Cozy Bedroom, Switch Your Light Bulb
Overexposure to LEDs can knock the body’s circadian rhythm out of sync. These amber-colored bulbs, however, improve overall well-being.

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Three High-End Bomber Jackets Rooted in Functionality
Shearling, cashmere and suede.

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Staff Picks: Hunter Kelley, Design Apprentice
A Swiss Watch, a heavy camera and some stand-by boots.

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20th Century Studios

The Most Beautiful TVs You Can Buy Are OLEDs. Period.
OLED technology produces darker blacks and more lifelike colors than any LED LCD TV. And it’s finally accessible.

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The Ultimate Outdoor Gear Repair Kit
Next time something snaps, rips or leaks, reach not for your credit card, but for a quality gear repair kit.

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Staff Picks: Tucker Bowe, Tech Writer
Video games, wireless headphones and a sculpture of a fire drake.

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Bose SoundSport Free Earbuds Review: They Sound Great, But They’re Not Quite AirPod Killers
Bose’s first true wire-free earbuds get it right.

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