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A Look Back at the New Gear We Discovered This Week

A week’s worth of product news, reviews and buying guides, all in one place.


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 over a cup of coffee or before you soak up the last of your weekend freedom, then start your Monday completely up to speed. Here’s to another fantastic week.

Monday, January 8


LG 65-inch rollable OLED prototype
The industry leader in OLED TVs technology has just unveiled a prototype 65-inch rollable OLED TV. That’s right; it’s a television that stows away like a projector screen. Forget about details like pricing and availability though for now. This is really just a little glimpse into what TVs could look like a few years (or more) down the road. — Tucker Bowe

Learn More: Here


Sennheiser HD 820
Sennheiser has always catered to audiophiles. The company’s HD1 Wireless headphones are the most accurate sounding ANC option we’ve tested this year. And its gorgeously outrageous $55,000 Orpheus headphones provide an unparalleled listening experience. Now, at CES 2018, the German audio company announced its new flagship headphones: the Sennheiser HD 820. The HD 820 is a closed back version (with transparent Gorilla Glass covers) of the renowned HD 800 S; they’re supposed to give you an exceptional studio-quality listening experience, even if there are people around you who are making noise — which would be incredible. The headphones will be available this summer for $2,400. — Tucker Bowe

Learn More: Here


Ridgemont Outfitters Monty Hi Shoe
When it comes to outdoor gear and especially hiking boots, retro aesthetics continue to outlast come-and-go trends. Ridgemont Outfitters newly-updated Monty Hi shoe traces its origins back to the light hiking footwear of the 1980s but comes equipped with all the comfort and tech of contemporary days, including nubuck leather, ripstop nylon panels and a Sympatex waterproof liner. — Tanner Bowden

Preorder Now: $179


Powder Jet Snowboards x Lenhardt Sunday Morning Series
Inspired by Bromley Mountain in Vermont and the CBS Sunday Morning TV show, these limited edition snowboards are hand painted by artist and Southern Vermont legend Scott Lenhardt. Each features a sintered ptex base, metal edges and (like all Powder Jet boards) a gorgeous wood top sheet. — AJ Powell

Learn More: Here


Bear Hybrid Mattress
In 2015, Bear Mattress released its first mattress, made with graphite gel-infused memory foam and thermo-reactive Celliant fiber (which, according to the brand, is supposed to aid in athletic recovery). The brand has since expanded its lineup with a hybrid version that’s equipped with coils and designed to mimic the feel of a traditional mattress. The Bear Hybrid is only available in Queen ($1,350) or larger. — Jack Seemer

Learn More: Here

Tuesday, January 9


Incase IconConnected Power Sleeve for MacBook Pro (CES 2018)
Preeminent computer gear brand InCase just announced a MacBook accessory that’ll protect and charge your Apple powerhouse. It’s a combination of the brand’s famous ICON sleeve and a 14,000MaH battery, which will charge your portable command center with he included USB-C cable. Launching later this year, the IconConnected will be available for both 13- and 15-inch versions of the laptop for $200. To read about 10 new products just announced at CES 2018, see our up-to-date coverage here. — Nick Caruso

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911 Lovers Coffee Table Book
911 Lovers is a beautiful homage to the 50-year history of the Porsche 911 R and RS models. In the photo-heavy book, Jurgen Lewandowski puts together fantastic portraits of unique collectors’ items and interviews with enthusiasts, racing drivers and customers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 R in 2017. — Bryan Campbell

Buy Now: $125


Ball Engineer M Challenger
Ball just introduced its first watch to feature a movement that the company claims was produced completely in-house. The new caliber has automatic winding, runs at 28,800 beats per hour, and features a lengthy 80-hour power reserve and COSC chronometer certification. Ball is known for its super-tough engineering, so expect the same with this watch, notably magnetic protection up to 4,800A/m and the brand’s proprietary shock resistance system. It’s available for order now — in several strap and dial options — with a massive $1,200 pre-order discount. — Andrew Connor

Buy Now: $1,699+


Parachute Home x Quiet Town Canvas Shower Curtain
Parachute Home recently teamed up with Quiet Town, a Brooklyn-based home accessories brand, to create a minimalist shower curtain. Handmade with 10-ounce canvas that’s grown and milled in the U.S., it measures 72 x 72 inches and pairs handsomely with a set of matching curtain rings ($52, sold separately). — Jack Seemer

Buy Now: $148


Ripple Networking App by the Makers of Tinder (CES 2018)
Using their success-proven “swipe to meet” formula, the folks at Tinder figured they should venture into the professional sphere. It’s simple: users are shown profiles of potential business connections, and swipe right to connect and left to ignore — because why not treat your work life like a game? At least with Ripple you won’t have to scramble to find that perfect bar… Check out more CES 2018 coverage here.— Nick Caruso

Learn More: Here

Wednesday, January 10


New Rugged Gear from Yeti
Due to its line of everything-proof coolers and drinkware, Yeti gained a cult following. Last summer, the Austin, Texas-based company expanded its offering beyond products that have extreme ice retention with the release of a waterproof duffel and a creative take on a five-gallon bucket. Today Yeti takes another step with the announcement of five more items. Standout among the release is a folding camp chair called the Hondo, but there’s also a rugged tote called the Camino, a backpack version of the Hopper called the Backflip, a waterproof version of the SideKick and a new Rambler made for wine drinkers. All of these items will be made available later this year. — Tanner Bowden

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Bang and Olufsen Beoplay H8i and H9i
High-end Danish audio company Bang and Olufsen has updated two of its wireless headphones for 2018. Along with refined aesthetics, the new models will feature better mics and improved battery life. The H8i model ($399) features Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, a proximity sensor and up to 30 hours of playtime. The H9i model ($499) has many of the same features but also includes an aluminum touch interface. — John Zientek

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Nike Air Max 270
Nike’s new Air Max 270 is the brand’s first lifestyle Air unit, designed with everyday wear in mind. Available February 1, the Air Max 270 features a 32mm heel unit which offers more cushion and comfort. In 2018, the unit will be included in a range of sneaker silhouettes and variety of colors. — John Zientek

Learn More: Here


PicoBrew PicoStill
At CES this week, PicoBrew unveiled an attachment to the Pico C, its popular homebrewing appliance. Dubbed the PicoStill, it lets users craft citrus or hop oils to enhance the aromatics of their homebrew; it can also make culinary oils from any number of herbs, spices or fruits. For those with permits — note: it’s illegal for individuals to distill spirits at home — the PicoStill lets users make pilot batches of gin and vodka. — Jack Seemer

Buy Now: $349


Investment-Grade 1991 Acura NSX
Now that the vintage car bubble is absorbing vehicles from the early-’90s, desirability and the number of cars earning collector-status is increasing, which means price tags are on the rise too. That doesn’t mean every Honda Civic hatchback out there is going to be worth a gold mine, though. Cars that were special when new and are still in good condition stand the most chance of becoming a true collectible. Take this first year, one-owner ’91 Acura NSX; it’s in mint condition, only has 15,515 miles on the clock and is completely stock. That said, making money on a car is never a sure thing, but an NSX like this sure makes a good bet. — Bryan Campbell

Buy Now: $79,900


Onewheel+ XR
In case you missed it, The Future has arrived, and while we aren’t zooming around on hoverboards just yet (sorry Marty McFly), we are getting pretty close. One device helping us get there is the Onewheel — an off-road-capable machine that’s part skateboard, part Segway. The latest model, the Onewheel+ XR, has a range of 12 to 18 miles depending on terrain (double that of its predecessor) and improved torque for taking on steep climbs, both of which make it more than worthy for formidable commutes. — Tanner Bowden

Preorder Now: $1,799

Thursday, January 11


Adidas Alphaskin Performance Technology
Adidas has been crushing the lifestyle and running game thanks to the popularity of Stan Smiths and the Ultraboost technology, and now they’re working on becoming the gear you wear for all levels of training and competition. Today, they dropped a brand new base layer technology called Alphaskin. Built for intense training days, the technology aims to decrease any friction between the fabric and your skin, to help you perform better during training and competition days. You can expect a locked-in feel from the compression thanks to the wrapped design of the fabric. The three compression options include 360, Tech, and Sport, and move from intense to light. Pick from tights, shorts, long sleeve and short sleeve tees in grey, cobalt, black or white. — Meg Lappe

Buy Now: $25 to $150


Coffee UnTapped
UnTapped takes a natural angle toward sport energy products — its flagship product is pure Vermont maple syrup packaged as a gel-style shot. (Turns out maple is filled with amino acids, antioxidants and important elements like potassium and manganese.) Now that formula is getting a little extra buzz with Coffee UnTapped, a coffee-infused maple syrup that contains roughly 27-milligrams of caffeine (about as much as a cup of tea). — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $11+


Ski-Doo MXZ 600R E-TEC
BRP is announcing its all-new 600cc motor with a limited-build Ski-Doo MXZ 600R E-TEC. The revised 125 horsepower powerplant is bolted into a chassis with premium shocks, upgraded track and high-performance steering, which all comes together to make one hell of a snowmobile. What better way to tackle the next cyclone bomb? — Bryan Campbell

Learn More: Here


Samsung CJ791 Monitor
The Samsung CJ791 is a 34-inch curved monitor with a QLED display. It also has a Thunderbolt 3 built-in port, too, making it the first ever curved QLED monitor with a Thunderbolt 3 port. Ultimately, it’s a stunning and huge monitor (3440×1440 resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio) that you can easily link with your new MacBook or Windows laptop. — Tucker Bowe

Learn More: Here


FITS Compression Recovery Socks
Compression garments have long been in use to treat circulatory issues, so it follows that sports brands would embrace the technology. But while many top athletes can be spotted donning compression gear during games and races, the benefits are more efficiently reaped when worn in recovery. FITS designed its new line of graduated compression socks with input from a board-certified interventional cardiologist. The socks, available cushioned in nylon or merino wool and non-cushioned in nylon, are designed to be worn all day after strenuous workouts. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $25+


MyFAK First Aid Kits
Whether it’s a day at the neighborhood park or a weekend spent overlanding through the Appalachians, a good, well stocked first-aid kit is always a smart investment. The MyFAK First Aid Kit, inspired by military medical kits, is made from ballistic nylon, isn’t that much bigger than a small backpack but can be equipped to carry over 60 items to treat bleeding, burns, sprains and fractures in the field. — Bryan Campbell

Buy Now: $100

Friday, January 12


All-New 2019 Audi A7
As part of the brand’s big lineup refresh, Audi introduced the all-new A7 at NAIAS in Detroit, Michigan. The second generation coupe-styled sedan gets more aggressive styling pulled right from Audi’s new prologue design language and a host of technology and interior design cues from the incredibly advanced A8. — Bryan Campbell

Learn More: Here


The James Brand x ROAM The County Knife
In collabortion with professional snowboarder Travis Rice, The James Brand has launched a new version of its County knife. The collaboration is limited to only 100 pieces, and ten percent of all profits will be donated to Adventure Scientists in an effort to reduce ocean plastic. — AJ Powell

Buy Now: $165


PB Apartment
Earlier this week, Pottery Barn released a new line called PB Apartment, comprised of multi-use furniture for small spaces. Standouts here include the Mission Modular System — a collection that can function as a workspace, dining area or kitchen prep island — and the Juno collection, which combines iron and reclaimed wood for a strong industrial aesthetic. — Jack Seemer

Learn More: Here


Samuel Adams Sam ’76
American craft beer, guided by a spirit of innovation and experimentation, is in its heyday. It may seem like a fairly recent trend but it goes back over 30 years to when Jim Koch began peddling Boston Lager as an alternative to the watery pilsners available at the time. And Sam Adams hasn’t ceased its beer exploration; its latest release, Sam ’76, combines fermentations from lager and ale yeast strains in a single brew. The result is a flavorful and drinkable blend of both. — Tanner Bowden

Learn More: Here

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Killspencer Weighted Medicine Ball
If you’re in the market for a medicine ball that you might never want to sweat on, the new line from Killspencer has you covered. Known for its all-black everything lifestyle and its luxury products, the LA-based brand offers everything from boxing bags to basketball hoops to battle ropes. While they might set you back a couple grand, they sure will look great in your home. Offered in 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12-pound balls, each med ball is made from full grain black leather. — Meg Lappe

Buy Now: $275+


Beaux Biens 100% Wool Knit Watch Cap
This minimal knit cap is made in America from domestically sourced wool and is produced to military specs. It doesn’t have in-your-face branding or loud colors. Just what you need for winter, it’s a well-made thick wool hat that you can wear with anything. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $40

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