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Today in Gear: February, 19, 2014

Today in gear, we discuss Roland’s resurrected drum machine, galactic wonder shoes, Canon’s latest compact champion, Jordan and his Jordans and more.



Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
Sony’s RX100 II finally has some serious competition. Canon’s latest compact shooter is almost completely redesigned and, most importantly, pairs a 1.5-inch, 12.8MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor with a faster 24-120mm f2-3.9 lens that shoots wider and longer at both ends with improved near-field focusing. $799

Brooks Transcend
Don King could learn something from Brooks’s copy writer. Their latest runner, described as “the galactic wonder shoe that delivers a joyful, well-tuned experience” sounds like a new grail for joint-pain sufferers in search of pep in their step. $160 ()

Roland Aria TR-8
Roland’s legendary analog TR-808 drum machine, used in countless ’80s classic hip hop and techno tracks, earned a cult following on eBay after being discontinued after four short years. The new Aria TR-8 is a resurrection of sorts that integrates the sounds found in the TR-808 and the lesser-known TR-909 — all of which were meticulously reproduced digitally via the miracle of DSP (digital signal processing) — along with a bevy of other enhancements. Start practicing your freestyles now. $499

Bare Bones Forest Lantern
A vintage-inspired rechargeable lantern that pairs nicely with your Sat phone, vintage Range and gazelle-skin bath mats. $80 ()

Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide
You can only say “Jordan’s” so-many times before people see through your lack of sneaker knowledge. Snag this guide and study up on the best releases over the last 10 years in bed while snuggling with your Kaws Companion. $19

Socam Ultimate
So much portrait. So much landscape. 330 degrees of lens rotation, to be exact. This social-media-friendly action cam boasts the aforementioned flexibility plus built-in wi-fi, gyro-image stabilization, slow motion capture, time lapse, photo bursts and simultaneous image capture while recording video (which is 1080p, of course). Look for it in April, and try not to strain your neck when you get it. socam.me

Michael Jordan: The Life
Speaking of Jordan, apparently the McDonald’s commercials weren’t very revealing. Roland Lazenby’s definitive study of His Airness covers his ridiculous highs and darkest lows like never before. $22 ()

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