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Today in Gear: March 26, 2014

Today in Gear we examine a vintage military bag revised for 2014, Marmot’s first dance with Polartec Alpha, La Sportiva’s advanced Vapor Nano Skis and the mother of all iPhone camera accessories.



StudPop Stud Finder
Using magnets to locate studs in a wall — or in the case of the wood variety, the screws or nails buried inside them — is an old trick of experienced contractors, but it can be tricky. StudPop improves on the method thanks to an integrated popper that pops into place to exaggerate the magnet’s pull to metal, allowing users to feel and hear a positive hit. And you thought this was the next competitor to Tinder, didn’t you? $10

La Sportiva Vapor Nano Skis
Carbon fiber is not new in the ski world, but designing a nano-tube stringer along the length of the core is a near lightyear jump ahead. The nanotubes are stiffer both for lateral and torsional forces, and lighter than almost every ski ever made. It helps that they hold an edge like a super-g racing ski and float with the best powder skis. $1,200

Collected Works Co. Military Duffle Backpack
Inspired by the tactical gear of yore, this modern remake retains a focus on quality through details like 9-ounce Horween Chromexcel leather straps made by the folks at Tanner Goods and heavyweight 18-waxed canvas for the body, sewn and assembled by Last US bags in Vancouver, Washington. An organizational panel with space for a laptop, iPad and phone among other items like a hatchet, flask and notebook proves the bag knows it belongs in the year 2014 (in Brooklyn). $440

Marmot Isotherm Hoody
Meet the ultimate in active insulation and temperature regulation: Marmot’s Isotherm, made with Polartec Alpha insulation. Developed originally for U.S. Special Operations Command for special forces soldiers moving with heavy loads at high altitude, Alpha is the most breathable insulation ever tested. Good enough for ya? $225

Your iPhone is already your favorite camera, so why not make it official? The Snappgrip is a protective case and controller mount that provides tactile buttons for picture controls including shutter and press to focus. You can also switch between orientations, zoom in and out and turn flash on or off. There’s even a tripod mount on the bottom. $70

HTC One M8
HTC’s newly revised flagship once again puts the rest of the Android world on notice. The metal unibody construction that defined the original has been refined, thinned and tastefully curved to create a substantial but natural-feeling device that’s built to turn heads. Beyond the stunning hood you’ll find all the latest hardware: a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GM of RAM, an external MicroSD slot, “Boom(Sound)” front facing stereo speakers and a 5-inch 1080p screen. The front-facing camera has been upgraded for the selfie generation with a 5MP ultra wide angle lens, while a new “Duo Camera” setup on the back gives shooters creative control over depth of field after the fact, letting users blur the background and foreground at will. Get it today online from every major carrier. $200

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