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Today in Gear: February 27, 2014

Today in gear we check out the blazing new Nikon D4s, The Black Tux, a new smartphone from Boeing and more.



The Black Tux
The traditional Tuxedo rental business has been busted for years. Plastic shoes, polyester shirts, funeral home styling — how the hell is that classy? The Black Tux ushers in a new online service designed to help guys access quality formal attire made from materials found in the closet instead of the bathroom. Within a few clicks, 100 percent merino wool suiting (in both slim and regular cuts), cotton shirts and actual leather shoes are on their way to your doorstep with free shipping — a week in advance of your event to verify fit. Return shipping is also gratis once you’ve finished with your regale. theblacktux.com

Loop Trivets
Grandma’s the best, but it’s time to “preserve” her hand-knit gifts by retiring them to your drawers. These solid aluminum loop trivets are finished with heat-proof paint and look just as modern in your dining room as they do in Voltron’s. $63

Otis Uncommon Thread
Australia-based eyewear brand Otis is finally launching in the U.S. this March. Their lenses are made from scratch-resistant and distortion-free mineral glass and ensconced in high-quality frame materials like Mazzucchelli acetate and Swiss grilamid. Come March we’ll be rocking the Uncommon Thread in a tort frame and tropical brown lens. otiseyewear.com

Boeing Black Smartphone
Snapchat apparently doesn’t meet the U.S. government’s strict selfie security standards (SSS), so the vetted engineers at Boeing have created a better solution. Basic specs for the Android-powered Boeing Black include a 4.3-inch 540 x 960 screen and dual 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs. But the real intrigue (queue the music) lies around its modular back panel, which is compatible with international-man-of-mystery-ready accessories like biometric scanners, satellite transceivers and solar charges as well as the ability to wipe all data should anyone attempt to break into the case. We hear Anthony Weiner’s a beta tester. boeing.com ()

Nikon D4S
It’s not exactly a 1991 to 2004 Barry Bonds transformation, but Nikon’s fastest shooter definitely just put the pedal to the metal. Packing a bevy of under-the-hood improvements, the D4S includes an Expeed 4 processor that results in 30 percent more processing power, faster autofocusing, 11 fps shooting, shorter viewfinder blackout times, a Hubble-like ISO range that taps out at 409,600 and even a new RAW SIZE S file setting that cuts typical file sizes in half. Expect it at pro camera venues on March 6th. $6,500

Maximum Henry Guitar Straps
Brooklyn-based Maximum Henry’s latest leather creation is made from hand cut, dyed and polished Belgium leather. The combination Spanish and Belgium leather shoulder pad is also designed to wear in like a glove, eventually feeling just as natural as “Stairway to Heaven”. $120 ()

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