A Look Back at the Gear We Discovered This Week

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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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What’s the Difference Between a $20 and $200 Cast-Iron Skillet?

A cast-iron skillet should retain heat well and put satisfying sears on all sorts of food. So what makes the $200 versions better at that than the $20 ones?

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The 35 Best Father’s Day Gifts to Shop Now

We asked our team of gear experts to recommend their go-to products for dads and other father figures.

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Every Cast-Iron Skillet Obsessive Needs This Clever Storage Solution

Leave it to Lodge to make the perfect storage systems for its popular cast-iron cookware.

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Buffalo Trace’s New Goldilocks Bourbon Is the Best Thing I Drank Last Month

A mountain of booze passes through the Gear Patrol office every month. Here are some of our staff's favorites.

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21 Great Gifts for Dads Who Have Everything

Intriguing and unique products fit for aficionados, collectors and enthusiasts

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13 Wicked Gifts for Dads Who Like to Grill

From gloves meant for welders to a $20 must-have, here's where you start shopping for a grill-inclined Dad.

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Almost 200 Brewers Are Collaborating on a Beer to Support Black Communities

Supporting the Black community through beer.

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A Cheap, Tiny and Affordable Grill Is Exploding on Indiegogo Right Now

A well-built pellet grill for less than $200? Well I'll be damned.

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Motoring


The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Is (Almost) the Perfect Sports Sedan

Alfa Romeo used a very light touch for its 2020 refresh, and we should all be grateful for that.

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Ever Wonder Why Your Car’s Shifter Goes P-R-N-D? The Government Says So. Here’s Why

For starters, the US government says so. But that's just part of the story.

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The More Powerful Mazda 3 Looks Set to Arrive on July 8

We already love the Mazda 3. We'll love it more with even more power.

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One of Ford’s Coolest Vintage Trucks Ever Has Returned (But Not How You Might Think)

You can now slake your vintage Ford truck nostalgia with one dealer's (very pricey) appearance package.

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GM Is Developing Its Own Electric Van to Rival Ford’s Camping Game-Changer

The more electric camper vans, the merrier.

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Toyota’s New Truck Could Be a Sneak Peek at the Next Tacoma

Toyota used to sell just one midsize pickup truck. Could the Tacoma and Hilux merge once again?

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The Ford Bronco Has a Trick Up Its Sleeve the Jeep Wrangler Lacks

The Bronco showed off an off-roading trick that the Toyota Land Cruiser can do...but the Jeep Wrangler can't.

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The Best Electric Motorcycles to Ride This Summer

Electric motorcycles used to be a novelty, but they've become a serious option for riders. These are our favorites available this summer.

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This Is the Best New Car Lease Deal You Can Find Right Now

Need a great new car at a great price? The Honda Civic hatchback can be yours for a solid monthly rate.

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The 5 Best Used Cars for College Students

Kids heading to college need a car that's cheap, safe and reliable. But you can get something that satisfies those and is also fun.

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The New Ford Bronco Will Debut July 13. Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Here's the important information you need to know about the new Ford Bronco before it arrives.

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Here’s the New BMW M4 Before You’re Supposed to See It

That's one big grille.

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VW’s Sexiest New Wagon Isn’t Coming to America

There's a cool new Volkswagen coming, but it's not a hulking crossover...so Americans won't get it.

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This Famous Motorcycle Company Is Planning a Massive Product Onslaught

Do you like exceptional-looking vintage-style motorcycles that are also affordable? You'll soon have quite a few to choose from.

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The Jeep Gladiator Gets Even More Capable With This New Roof Rack

You can always use more space to store things, right?

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Outdoors and Fitness


I Rode from Mexico to Alaska, and These Are My 33 Favorite Bike Products

The top recs from a guy who has pedaled really freakin' far.

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This New Cycling Shoe Is a First for Nike

Perhaps in response to the pandemic-fueled explosion of Peloton — and certainly in line with it — the brand has rolled out its inaugural indoor shoe.

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The 20 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Outdoorsy Dads

Our picks for those pops who prefer a walk in the woods to a lounge on the couch.

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This First Aid Kit Has an Insane Amount of Supplies for Its Size

VSSL packed a full first aid kit into a tiny, military-grade aluminum cylinder.

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How to Run for Equality — and Raise Money for It Too

Brooks has turned Global Running Day into an Equal Justice Initiative fundraiser, and it couldn't be easier to participate.

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Style


This Is Absolutely the Fastest Way to Lace Your Boots

Do the speed hooks on your boots seem... not so speedy?

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This Tee Is Raising Money to Support Black Communities

A collab between Brand Dead and Blood Orange.

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21 Black Designers and Black-Owned Style Brands to Know and Support

From master tailors to avant-garde labels, streetwear royalty and more, here are just some of the Black-owned style brands to know.

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The 13 Best Slip-On Shoes to Wear This Summer

From sneakers to penny loafers, huaraches and more, these are our favorite slip-on shoes.

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Tech


Need a New Bluetooth Speaker? Just Get This

Don't want to deal with the zillions of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market? No problem. Just buy this.

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The California Company Bringing Planar Headphones to the Masses

Audeze makes some of the best planar magnetic headphones in the world. Sankar Thiagasamudram, the company's the co-founder & CEO, explains how they were able to create a sub-$400 headphone.

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This Is the Coolest Retro-Rerelease That You Can’t Have (Yet)

The Game Gear Micro is a tiny miniature version of Sega's original handheld console, the Game Game.

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The Best Bluetooth Speakers You Can Buy in 2020

Looking for a portable speaker to take to the beach, mountain or tailgate party?

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Details Leaked on Sony’s New Top-Of-The-line Headphones. Don’t Hold Your Breath for a Game-Changer

The release of Sony's next-generation noise-canceling headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM4, seems imminent. Here's what you need to know.

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Watches


Want a Rolex Daytona? Here Are Three Worthy Alternatives That Won’t Cost as Much

These three handsome chronograph watches offer attractive alternatives to the Rolex Daytona experience, with versatile appeal and strong value.

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Two Avant-Garde Swiss Watch Brands Announce an Epic Collab

MB&F and H. Moser & Cie. have come together to create two incredible new watches, each of which draws on the other brand's design language.

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This Black and Purple Chronograph Watch Features Some Wild Tech

The newest watch in Zenith's Defy 21 collection emphasizes the amazing movement technology inside with purple highlights and a black titanium case.

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Seven of the Best G-Shock Watches You Can Buy Right Now

In production for over 35 years, the G-Shock is the global standard in toughness for a wristwatch. We highlight seven of our favorites.

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Before the Rolex Milgauss, This Unassuming Watch Pioneered Anti-Magnetism

Tissot's Antimagnétique might not have the cachet of a Rolex or an Omega, but it was the first truly anti-magnetic wristwatch.

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This Mechanical Watch Is a More Pleasant Alarm Clock Than Your Phone

The new Master Control Memovox Timer brings a quirky mechanical complication kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

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This High-End Traveller’s Watch Costs a Fraction of Its Competition’s Prices

The new Classic Worldtimer Manufacture in rose gold ain't cheap, but it's a relative bargain compared to similar pieces from blue chip Swiss brands.

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This Is One of the Most Affordable Swiss Tourbillon Watches We’ve Ever Seen

Independent watch brand Zelos's new Mirage offers exotic case materials and a Swiss-made tourbillon beginning at $11,000.

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