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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The James Baldwin Book That Hit Me the Hardest About Racism

Amid worldwide racial turmoil, education on racism and discrimination is a must to be an ally to the Black community.

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One of America’s Best Chef’s New Podcast Is Absolutely Essential Listening for All

Titled "How Asian Americans Can Better Support Black Lives Matter," the podcast applies to listeners of all backgrounds.

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Please Stop Buying Cloth Bath Mats. They’re Gross and Weird

Your bath mat is covered in bacteria. These wooden ones are less gross and look better.

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9 Things Your Dad Taught You About Grilling That Were Completely Wrong

Take your dad's advice on taxes — not grilling.

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15 Bottles of Whiskey You Can Actually Get Your Dad for Father’s Day

There are lots of lists with lots of whiskeys you can get your dad for Father's Day. Most of them are hard to find or needlessly expensive. These aren't.

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30 Black-Owned Home and Design Businesses to Support Right Now

Black people have been overlooked for far too long in the home and design industry.

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Every Serious Home Cook Needs a Japanese Chef’s Knife. Here Are the 8 Styles You Need to Know

The mythic and weirdly specific world of Japanese kitchen knives, explained.

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This Cinnamon Bun Recipe Is Insanely Easy

You don't have to know a baker's dozen from a beurre manié to master this simple, campsite-friendly cinnamon buns recipe.

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6 Bourbons You Should Buy Before They Become Way More Expensive

The bottles of whiskey experts think are going to balloon in value over time.

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What’s the Difference Between a $100 and $1,000 Gas Grill?

A gas grill should get hot quickly and efficiently. So what makes the $1,000 versions better at that than the $100 ones?

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Home Offices? Old News. Get a Minimalist Work From Home Shed Instead

Answering the work from home conundrum in the most extreme way possible.

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Everything But the Bottle. 10 Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Gifts for Father’s Day

Can't grab a bottle of Pappy? These gifts are close enough.

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That Little Hole in Your Swiss Army Knife Has a Surprising Use

It could save your behind in the backcountry — or at least help you keep your pants up.

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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


2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS580 Review: A Monstrously Impressive Monster

A full-size SUV that does a damn fine impression of a $100,000 luxury sedan.

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This Picture Could Be Bad News for Anyone Waiting for the All-New Toyota Land Cruiser (Updated)

At least it seems happy to still be around.

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Is a Ford Mustang Sedan in the Works? If Not, It Should Be

Going to four doors worked wonders for Jeep with the Wrangler. Ford should try it.

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Subaru’s More Powerful Crosstrek Will Debut Tomorrow, Wearing a Familiar Name

Remember the Outback Sport? Meet the Crosstrek Sport.

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Dreaming of a Vintage Stick-Shift Mercedes? You Can’t Beat This Benz

W124 Mercedes sedans are legendarily bulletproof...and this one has a five-speed-manual.

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The Weirdest Cars Ever Made by Ford

Ford produced the F-150, the Bronco, and the iconic Mustang. But also some cars better left unmentioned.

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The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport: What You Need to Know

Subaru's pint-sized off-roader gets a major horsepower bump.

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One of the Best New Sedans Will Be Very Cheap to Lease

Care about the environment but aren't ready for a full-on EV? Lease this sedan for less than $300 per month.

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Escort’s New Redline 360c Can Sniff Out Speed Traps Better Than Our Favorite Radar Detector

We dig the Escort Max 360c, but the Redline sounds even better.

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The Best Gifts to Get Your Dad for His Garage

Having trouble finding a Father's Day gift? Get him these gifts to help him improve his garage.

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Ford Just Trademarked a New Name. Here’s Why That Could Be Good News for Outdoor Lovers

The carmaker has filed a trademark to use the word "Outfitters" for a new model or trim level.

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A Toyota Sienna Camper Van Could Be Your Affordable Ticket into #Vanlife

You don't need a full-sized van for camping fun.

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Land Rover’s New Defender Has Reached America — But Good Luck Finding One

Been waiting for the new Defender to arrive in the U.S.? It's here, but you may have trouble snagging one for a bit.

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This 1,000-Mile Honda S2000 Could Wind Up Being a Steal

Let their loss be your gain.

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The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Is the Kind of Car We Should All Be Driving

You may not have been considering a midsize hybrid sedan. But you should be considering the all-new Sonata Hybrid.

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Help People in Need by Entering to Win This Tesla-Powered Electric Ford Bronco

Support Big League Impact and potentially win one of the finest Bronco resto-mods on the market.

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Ram’s New Hellcat-Powered Pickup Truck Looks Ready to Eat the Ford Raptor

Reports say Ram is coming after the F-150 Raptor with its biggest, baddest engine...and some help from Alfa Romeo.

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The Corvette Will Stay an Amazing Performance Bargain for 2021

Chevy's killer sports car will keep its base price of $59,995, according to a new report.

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Ford’s Electric F-150 Will Be Here in Just 2 Years

And so will their game-changing electric van.

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BMW’s Coolest New Car Isn’t Coming to America

It's stupidly quick. It's coming after Mercedes and Audi. And we won't be able to buy it.

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Porsche’s Next Electric Car Should Be Unlike Any Yet (And It Could Show Up This Year)

An off-road-capable station wagon with super-sedan performance? Interesting.

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Want to Buy a Camper Van? Here Are the Brands You Need to Know

Europeans and Aussies get many of the best camper vans. But there are still some great options you can buy in the United States.

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The New Cayenne GTS Could Be the Golidlocks Choice of Porsche Family Cars

Few Porsches could be considered a value proposition, but this one comes closest.

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Could the Next Toyota Land Cruiser Get a Badass Off-Road Version?

Don't rule out a more rugged trim of the Land Cruiser, at least if you live in Australia.

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The Ford Bronco Will Have a Very Unusual Manual Transmission

Who needs low range when you have a super-low gear below first?

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Go Overlanding With the Whole Family in This 4-Door Off-Road Camper

Take the kids (or some friends) along on your next overlanding adventure.

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This New Luxury Sedan Isn’t Just a Cool Car — It’s a Great Deal

The G80 isn't just more stylish for 2021 — it's cheaper than the competition.

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Outdoors and Fitness


Your Bike Can Play a Critical Role in Protests — Here’s How

With the right tactics, your steel horse can help you serve in both the cavalry and an armored division.

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5 Vegan Protein Powders Top Fitness Trainers Swear By

Thinking of going vegan with your protein powder? Here are the surprising advantages, plus five great options to try.

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Ever Wonder What That Extra Lace Hole on Your Gym Shoes Is For? We Found Out

Your athletic shoes likely have an extra lace eyelet, and you might not know how to use it correctly... until now.

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This New Knife Is Extra-Sharp, Thanks to Innovative New Tech

Benchmade's newest fixed-blade knife bridges the gap between the outdoors and the kitchen and debuts some new blade technology too.

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A Coronavirus Era Tool That Looks as Good as It Works? We’ll Take It

We wouldn't be shy about using Craighill's beautiful new touch tool in public.

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The 17 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Fitness-Loving Dads

No matter what the old man's preferred modality is — from lifting to running to cycling and more — there's a sweat-centric item in here that's just right.

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The Best Gifts for the Dad Who Golfs

Eight gifts perfect for the dad who spends more time on the golf course than in front of a workbench or perfecting his hi-fi system.

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Croatia’s Elon Musk Launched an Electric Mountain Bike, and It’s Insane

With built-in internet connectivity, integrated cameras, a GPS chip and so much more, the Greyp G6 has our full attention.

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Hikers Can Now Buy a Hydration Breakthrough the Military Has Used for Over a Decade

The military has employed this handy product since 2006. Now we are too.

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Style


The 10 Best Sweat Shorts to Wear All Summer Long

From classic heather grey sweat shorts to over-engineered designer options.

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The Coolest New Clothing Brand Is Designed by a Former Railroad Engineer

From railroad engineer to celebrity stylist to his own label.

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14 Stylish Sandals to Wear All Summer Long

You wouldn't wear a parka in the middle of summer, so why are you still wrapping your feet up in shoes?

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The Dopest Tee to Release This Week Is Also Donating to a Good Cause

In support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The Best Boots and Shoes to Get for Dad for Father’s Day

From a re-up on his favorite sneaker to that grail boot he's been eyeing, these are the best shoes to get for Dad.

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Everything You Need to Know Before Buying Viberg Boots

The history, the terminology and the styles you need to know about Canada's preeminent bootmaker.

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Ever Wonder Why There’s a Loop on the Back of Your Button-Down Shirt? We Found Out

It prevents wrinkles, lets people know if you're spoken for and it's on the back of your favorite button up shirt.

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This New Face Mask Has an Important Difference

As face masks become part of our everyday wardrobes, a hybrid approach from Voormi makes them more comfortable and convenient.

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The Best Father’s Day Shirts to Gift Dad

From work shirts to western shirts, tie-dye to button-downs.

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Think You Know What That Small Pocket on Your Jeans Is For? You’re Probably Wrong

The jeans you're wearing right now have a curious feature you might have wondered about. We bet you'd never guess its original purpose.

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The 12 Best Lightweight Chinos to Wear All Summer Long

From Todd Snyder, Everlane, Bills and more.

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Want the Perfect Summer Shorts? Get These

Summer can throw everything at you in a single day: hiking, running, swimming, casual dinner parties. These shorts can handle all of them.

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Tech


How to Get Great Wi-Fi, Even in Your Backyard

Need some helpful tips to improve the Wi-Fi in and around your home? Here are five.

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You Can Finally Get Sonos’s Big Hi-Fi Upgrade. Here’s What You Need to Know

The Sonos S2 update is now live. It's time to update your current Sonos system.

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Is Your iPhone Acting Strange After an Update? You’re Not Alone

A number of iPhone owners are experiencing a bug that turns their iPhone screen to a green tint ever since downloading the latest iOS update.

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The Best Smart Home Gifts for the Tech Tinkering Dad

Whether your dad is a smart home neophyte, or a well-versed master, he could always use some new toys to add to his technological web. Here are some great smart home gadgets he's sure to...

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The Sonos Arc Soundbar’s Best Feature Is Also Its Biggest Flaw

The Sonos Arc is the company's excellent new soundbar, but there's a chance that it might not work best for your TV. Here's why.

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Apple Is Reportedly Prepping a Huge Change to All Its Laptops

Apple may fundamentally change the way its laptops work under the hood.

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The Best Noise-Canceling Wireless Earbuds to Buy in 2020

There are more wireless earbuds than ever before that have active noise cancellation.

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What’s Really the Difference Between a $500 and a $2,000 TV?

There are two 4K TVs. They are the same size, made in the same year, and have the same resolution. So why is one so much more expensive than the other?

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If You’re Looking for Cheaper AirPods, These Are the Ones I’d Buy

Urbanears just released a pair of truly wireless earbuds that cost $69, which is less than half as expensive as Apple AirPods.

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Why Audiophiles Are Shopping for Vintage Turntables

And if you're interested, these are the best places to look refurbished, vintage turntables.

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Sony Finally Revealed PlayStation 5. Here’s What You Need to Know

Sony is still expected to release the PlayStation 5 by the end of 2020, despite the current pandemic.

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Watches


The Best Affordable Watches for Every Kind of Dad

Your dad deserves a great watch for Father's Day, and this gift guide is the perfect place to find the right that won't break the bank.

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Love Sega Video Games? Love Seiko Watches? Then Check This Out

Japanese video game developer Sega is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and partnering with Seiko to mark the occasion.

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You Can Bid On Fresh-to-Market Vintage Rolex Sports Watches Right Now

Stake your claim on an original-owner Rolex beginning today at 9am PST at Bob's Watches.

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Pilot’s Watch

Flieger, time-only, chronograph, digital...there are more types of pilot's watches than there are pilots! Use this guide to help you buy the right one.

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This Might Be the Coolest Timex Watch of the Year

This new version of the Q features a dive-style bezel, a folded-link bracelet, a domed acrylic crystal and a killer dial.

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This Sleek Dive Watch Is Made Almost Entirely of Reclaimed Ocean Debris

Swiss watchmaker Alpina has partnered with a Dutch company to create a striking diver with a case and strap made of recycled plastic.

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Seiko’s Ultra-Affordable Automatic Sport Watches Get a New Look

Now without dive-style bezels, the popular new Seiko 5 Sports watches have a less aggressive and more versatile vibe, but still pack in the value and looks.

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The Best Blue Dial Watches for Summer

Blue-dial watches that remind us of the sea and the sky just seem to work best during the summer. We pick out some of our favorites.

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This New Chronograph Honors Legendary Aviators

The Longines Spirit Collection pays tribute to the likes of Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart, who used Longines instruments in the early days of flight.

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Seiko’s New Porcelain Dial Watch Is Unsurprisingly Exquisite

The new Seiko Presage Suigetsu SPB171 features a silky white dial with typically impressive craftsmanship for $2,050.

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Why the Watch Case Matters

Why the Watch Case Matters

Most discussions about watch value begin and end with the movement. Yet the case, oft overlooked, is artful, interesting and tricky to produce.

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This Affordable Dive Watch Is Here Just in Time for Summer

Luminox's Pacific Diver series, which encompasses four new models, honors the ocean along which the company was founded in 1989.

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This New Pilot’s Watch Collection Is Steeped in Aviation History

Longines' new Spirit line evokes the cockpit instruments that the company once made for aeronautical pioneers like Earhart and Lindbergh.

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What the Hell Is a Minute Repeater Watch?

Repeater watches occupy a special place in the hearts of watch enthusiasts. Despite their obsolescence, they're enjoying a bit of a renaissance.

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This New Timex Watch Is Inspired by World War II Flight Crews

Produced in collaboration with British menswear designer Nigel Cabourn, the Survival Watch references vintage military survival equipment.

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This May Be the Best Watch You Can Buy for $5,000

Beautiful new dial options, Spring Drive movements, perfectly proportioned cases — the new additions to the Seasons line are packed with value.

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