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Today in Gear: February 26, 2014

Today in Gear, we find optimized beer glasses, workingman’s whiskey, long johns, high-tech goggles and much more.



Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit
Samsung’s newly announced Gear Fit stole the show at Mobile World Congress, largely by taking the best from today’s nascent smart watch and fitness tracker categories to heart — literally. It’s 1.84-inch 432 x 128 ergonomic AMOLED display finally makes the case for curved screens that gimmicky phones haven’t, while an integrated rear heart rate monitor in addition to the usual sensors should provide actionable health data to owners beyond the usual bogus video game activity stats. Combined notification displays for calls, emails and txts, IP67 certification for water and dust resistance and creative software that motivate via alerts, the Gear Fit may be the best wearable yet. samsung.com

Under Irving Long Johns
If you’re worried about choosing between warmth and style points when she tears off your jeans, it might be time for some personal reflection. That said, upstart European brand Under’s Irving Long Johns do provide a welcomed combination of warmth and sartorial swag that your current sweat stained set can’t touch. Here’s hoping you don’t need ‘em for long. $83

Aqua Sphere Kaiman Exo
Aqua Sphere’s Kaiman goggle gets an update with the Exo model, new for 2014. It’s a stronger frame (nice if you’ve ever had one-piece goggles snap in half) with new lever buckles that also make it faster in the water. Not fast enough to cut practice short, though. $30

Sempli Monti-Birra Glasses
Step 1. Stop drinking straight from the growler. Step 2. Acquire the ultimate glass for the modernist beer geek sports whose unique shape is designed to enhance the effervescence of exactly 12 oz your favorite brewed beverage. Step 3. Destroy your progress by expressing how cool it would be if Westvleteren 12 came in a “cold activated” bottle. $55

Tincup American Whiskey
Named for a Gold Rush era mining town, Colorado-based Tincup is a new whiskey from the founder of Stranahan’s, Jess Graber. It’s made from corn, rye and malt, with a high rye content for a spicy flavor profile. The cap is an actual tin cup, so no need to swig from the bottle. $25

Chrome Industries Nurled Welded Dry Bags
The active commuting experts at Chrome Industries have unveiled a new line of bike bags and backpacks that mix watertight roll tops and proprietary welding technology to create “the toughest, lightest 100% waterproof bags.” And yes Mr. Wayne, they’re available in black. $100+

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