A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week

Savor our weekly roundup of gear news with your Saturday morning coffee, or use it to fend off the existential panic of Sunday night — it’s up to you.

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We publish our weekly roundup of gear news for you to enjoy over the weekend. Savor it with your Saturday morning coffee, or use it to fend off the existential panic of Sunday night — it’s up to you. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.

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Heads Up: ‘Gaming’ Chairs Suck. Here’s Why

The origins of the racer-style gaming chair, and why you should probably not buy one.

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The 10 Best Bottles of BBQ Sauce at Your Grocery Store

The best bottled barbeque sauces offer what homemade versions offer — smokiness, sweetness, spiciness and tanginess, all balanced against each other.

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5 Great Carbon Steel Skillets for Every Budget

Used by chefs and clever home cooks for years, carbon steel cookware has earned a spot in your kitchen cabinet.

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A Cannabis Stash That Doesn’t Make You Look Like a Teenager? Well I’ll Be Damned

A Canadian-made pot stash designed for post-high school hobbyists.

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How to Make a Persian Stew You’ll Want to Eat All Week

This braised chicken leg stew features a full spectrum of flavors.

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The 25 Best Things to Cook with a Cast-Iron Skillet

The limits of a cast-iron skillet are typically one of two things: a general lack of imagination or foods with exceptionally high acidity. This guide fixes one of these things.

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I Don’t Have A Cat But This New Company Makes Me Wish I Did

Cat Person makes me wish I were a cat person.

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The 11 Best Gas Grills You Can Buy in 2020

From a $199 grill that outcooks $1,000 grills to one of the best-designed products, let alone grills, money can buy, these are the 11 best gas grills money can buy.

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Everything You Need to Make Pour-Over Coffee

We pored over the best pour-over gear.

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There’s a Very Tricky Ring on the Bottom of Your Cast-Iron Skillet. What’s It for?

The answer: history.

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Motoring


Go Fast Campers Makes Rooftop Tents as Badass as the Trucks They Ride Atop

Is your truck made for Baja? Then get a rooftop sleeping arrangement to match.

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Could the VW GTI Turn Out to Be the Perfect Dad Car? We Found Out

The GTI is the best driver's car you can buy for less than $30,000. Can it work if you have kids?

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There’s a Very Unusual Discount on the Toyota Supra Right Now

Toyota has a great offer available on the Supra, but it's only for one hyper-specific group of buyers.

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The Next BMW M3 Might Be Overpowered By Another New 3 Series

The most potent member of the family could be rather controversial.

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This Rare Mercedes-Benz Is as Extreme As Street-Legal Off-Roaders Get

A Unimog may be the ultimate in off-roading excess, and this one is basically new.

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Chevrolet’s Raptor-Killing Pickup Truck Could Pack a Supercharged V8

Big trucks need big power in this day and age.

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The Ford Mustang Could Have Looked Extremely Weird

Ford ultimately chose a simple, timeless Mustang design that became an automotive icon. But that was not the only option.

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Toyota Basically Admitted America Is Getting a Sweet Hot Hatch

Toyota dropped the biggest hint it can that a Gazoo Racing-branded American hot hatch is en route.

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4 Great Off-Roaders You Should Never, Ever Buy Used

When is the right time to buy some of our favorite off-roaders used? Basically...never.

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Help Hungry People Across America Just By Entering to Win This Range Rover

Support a great cause — and potentially win the most remarkable Range Rover on the market.

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Here’s the All-New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Before You’re Supposed to See It

Uncovered and undisguised.

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One of the Best SUVs of 2020 Might Be About to Get a Cool Off-Road Version

Instead of moving up market, Kia may be moving into the adventure realm.

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The Dodge Durango SRT Is a Tamed Performance SUV, and That’s Why I Dig It

It may not be the newest performance SUV, but this SRT still has a lot going for it.

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This Gorgeous, Super-Luxury Camping Trailer Can Last for 2 Weeks Off the Grid

Bowlus Road Chief has made some game-changing upgrades to their best model.

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Need a Bulletproof Off-Road Limo (For Some Reason)? Try This Toyota Land Cruiser

For the man who has everything.

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Tesla’s New Technology Could Be a Game Changer for Electric Cars

If Tesla's new tech is legit, truly affordable electric vehicles may be far closer to reality than anticipated.

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A Hellcat Engine Swap Makes This the Ultimate Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Old-school body. Brand new heart.

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Meet Harley-Davidson’s Top-Secret Cafe Racer and Flat Tracker Motorcycles

Harley keeps pushing its own boundaries — and we're into it.

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This Mercedes Camper Van Is Your Perfect Gateway Into #VanLife

We all dream big, but the Caravan Outfitters Backroad is all the camper you really need.

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The 10 Best Car Mods You Can Do Yourself

New tires and spark plugs, backup cameras, data monitoring systems, and more: all easy upgrades that'll breathe life into your old ride.

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The Next Ford Mustang Could Be Unlike Any Muscle Car in History

One part of this, we expected. The other? Not so much.

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Will This Be the Ducati Scrambler of the Future?

We love the current Scrambler...but we really hope the next one looks like this.

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Outdoors and Fitness


The Best New Athletic Gear of May 2020

Recently, Rapha released a summer-weight jersey, Polar revealed a new GPS watch, Wahoo updated its heart rate monitor and more.

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You Can Buy This Wild E-Bike from ‘Westworld.’ But Should You?

It certainly looks worthy of HBO's vision of the future. But it's also priced like it's from 2052.

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What Everyday Athletes Need to Know About Supplements

The future of supplements continues to expand, but what should you actually take?

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Specialized Just Solved the Commuter E-Bike’s Biggest Problem

E-bike make riding around town and commuting to and from work a breeze, but they're heavy, bulky and hard to manage. Not this one.

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Everything You Need to Know About Knife Steel

Of all the components that make a knife, its steel is the most important.

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Here’s an Affordable New Way to Upgrade Your Mountain Bike

A bike components maker called PNW recently launched a program to buy back used parts, refurbish them and sell them again at a discount.

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The Best New Bikes for Spring and Summer 2020

From the smoothest roads to the rockiest mountains, this spectrum of two-wheeled wonders is just waiting for you to put your mettle to the pedals.

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How Patagonia Transformed Its Advanced R&D Center Into a Face Mask Factory, Almost Overnight

In a matter of days, the brand's hub for long-term, pie-in-the-sky projects became a short-term, PPE-producing superstar. Here's the story.

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What Do You Get When You Combine Mountain and Road Biking? Only the Fastest-Growing Sport in the Cycling World

The gravel biking scene has exploded in recent years. And now that brands are catching up, it’s easier than ever to join this grassroots peloton.

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Walmart’s New Camping Gear Has More Going for It Than Dirt-Cheap Prices

The online retailer Moosejaw and its parent company Walmart just revealed two new outdoor gear brands with items as cheap as $25.

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Nike’s Latest Pegasus Is Both Futuristic and Familiar

Our testers report that the heavily R&D'ed new Pegasus 37s offer a refreshing return to plush, old-school support — with a caveat or two.

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Why This Little Knife Sold out Instantly (and Broke a Website)

Kershaw recently released an updated version of one of its most popular pocket knives and demand was great enough to cause technical difficulties.

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Style


20 Style Essentials You Should Have in Your Bathroom

Style doesn't start in the closet, but rather in your bathroom. From basic grooming tools to highly personal fragrance, these are the style essentials.

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Yes, There Is a Best Way to Fold Your Shirts. This Is It

Have you ever wondered how stores get their clothes folded so neatly? This is how.

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Warby Parker Delivers the Affordable, Cool Sunglasses You Need This Summer

A mix of clear crystal and rich tortoise frames, all with laid-back easygoing fits.

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How to Prevent Foggy Glasses When You Wear a Face Mask

Foggy specs are super easy to prevent. This is how.

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Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Wayfarers, Aviators, Clubmasters and more.

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These Top-Tier Japanese Sunglasses Are Practically a Steal

Premium shades made in Sabae.

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The 19 Best Style Releases of the Week

Whether it's a pair of wild west clogs or vertigo-prone pants or recycled sneakers, it all made our list of best style releases this week.

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Tech


The Most Important Feature Your Next Workout Earbuds Should Have

What's the difference between IPX4 and IPX7? Does it really matter?

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Two Die-Hard Fans Just Stepped Up To Save This Beloved Email App

The email app was scheduled to be shut down at the end of April, but two fans have bought it and vowed to keep it working better than ever.

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The Best Dolby Atmos Soundbars of 2020 (So Far)

It's 2020 and more and more soundbars support Dolby Atmos and deliver a pretty epic home theater experience.

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Apple’s Rumored High-End Headphones Could Be Unlike Anything Else

Apple is rumored to be making high-end, over-ear headphones. The latest report suggests they'll have a modular design.

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Sony’s New Noise-Canceling Buds Sound Great and Can Take a Real Beating

Sony's newest wireless earbuds with active noise-canceling and an IP55 water-resistance rating.

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Dell’s MacBook Pro Rival Has Up to 25 Hours of Battery Life

By comparison, Apple's latest 16-inch MacBook Pro gets about 11 hours of battery life.

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Where Are Bose’s Wireless Noise-Canceling Earbuds?

Apple, Sony, Sennheiser and Amazon all have noise-canceling headphones. Bose, the industry leader in noise-canceling headphones, does not. So, where are they?

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Ever Wonder What Those Rings on a Headphone Plug Are For? We Found Out

The number of rings on the headphone jack matters a lot. It has a huge impact on the audio.

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How to Shop for Vintage Clothes Online

Our best tips and tricks to get you that grail garment you've been looking for.

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Bang & Olufsen’s New Portable Speaker Comes at a Sky-High Price

The new Beosound A1 is now fully waterproof (IP67 rated) and fully integrated with Alexa.

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The Olympus E-M1 III Is the Perfect Amount of Camera and Not an Ounce More

Olympus has put together a package that carriers the Micro Four Thirds sensor so much further than any inveterate spec nerd would expect it to go.

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This New Chrome Feature Will Either Make Your Life Way Better or Way Worse

Chrome will now help to enable your excess with tab grouping, to help you better wrangle your unruly mass without having to actually close anything!

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Watches


These Are Our 10 Favorite Watches of 2020 Thus Far

From brands large and small — and prices large and small — these are the ten timepieces that speak to us the most this year.

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Can’t Afford a Speedmaster? How About This NASA-Themed Timex for $89 Instead

This Timex Navi XL features a 41mm steel case, a white dial adorned with the NASA logo and a matching blue fabric strap.

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Like GMT Watches? Like Military Watches? Then You’ll Want to Check This Out

If you're after a GMT watch that won't break the bank — and that offers some tactical cred, to boot — then the Bamford GMT might be the watch for you.

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Please Stop Making Illegible Watches

A watch you can actually read means a more fulfilling longterm user experience. But what makes a watch legible, and why does it matter so much?

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This New York-Based Watch Brand Debuted with Striking Dials

Stella introduced its first watch with a contemporary design and a texture based on the "linen dials" of vintage watches.

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Timex & Todd Snyder Partner on an (Oddly Named) Affordable New Automatic Watch

The two brands' latest collaboration references the Liquor Store, a Todd Snyder outpost in Tribeca and previously a J. Crew specialty shop.

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The 20 Best Pilot’s Watches Available Right Now

Whether an automatic GMT or a solar-powered perpetual calendar, there's a pilot's watch out there for the fighter jock in everyone.

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No, You Don’t Need a $10,000 Desk Clock. But Then Again, Maybe You Do

MB&F' + L'Epée's Starfleet Explorer, a miniaturized version of their Starfleet Machine, is equaled in sheer cool factor perhaps only by other MB&F designs.

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This French Diver Is the Affordable Watch You Want for Summer

French brand Le Forban Sécurité Mer returns with a refined but affordable take on its dive watches made for the French navy.

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Minimalist, Thoughtful Design Helps These Scandinavian Watches Stand Out from the Crowd

Swedish microbrand Bravur Watches' co-founder Magnus Äppelryd talks about his design background, how Scandinavian design affects his watches, and more.

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This Vintage-Inspired Dive Watch Is Now Available in Bronze

Baltic's Aquascaphe, one of our favorite affordable, automatic divers, is getting a new bronze case and a beautiful blue sunray dial.

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Parmigiani Fleurier Just Released an Incredibly Thin, Automatic Tourbillon Watch

The Toric Tourbillon Slate, a new haute horlogerie creation from masterful restorer-turned-watchmaker Michel Parmigiani, is just 9.45mm thick.

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Carbon Fiber Watches Aren’t a Gimmick. They’re Lightweight, Tough and Cool-Looking

Carbon composites have a range of properties that are desirable for watchmaking. It doesn't hurt that they also look pretty darn badass.

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These Small-Batch Japanese Watches Are Sure to Sell Out Quickly

Japanese independent watchmaker Hajime Asaoka's more affordable brand Kurono is marking its first anniversary with a special green-dialed limited edition.

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Grab One of These Awesome New NATO Straps and At Least Pretend You’re Outdoors

Oak & Oscar's new NATO straps, which come in eight colors, are just the thing to brighten up a favorite watch in time for summer.

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