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Today in Gear: June 9, 2014

Today in Gear: We check out new speakers from Polk, the science behind booze, high tech football pads and more.



Proof: The Science of Booze
His is not the first book to dive into the evolution and history of alcohol, but author Adam Rogers deserves credit for mining scientific research from fields including physics, molecular biology, organic chemistry, psychology and neurobiology in order to explain our love of alcohol. $20

Russell Athletics Carbontek Shoulder Pads
Russell’s latest athletic innovation looks like the sort of thing Christian Bale would ask Morgan Freeman about taking home for the weekend. The new padding system consists of an ultralight aeronautic-grade carbon fiber shell that sits on top of a breathable compression vest system that integrates a network of rubbery foam bubbles designed to disperse contact across the torso. As you’d expect, the two piece system is aimed at Division I college players and professionals versus Orange County pee-wee leagues and has already been used by teams like Auburn. carbontekshoulderpads.com

Everlane Swim Shorts
Another week, another new high quality wardrobe staple from Everlane. It’s made to look good on and off the dunes and is available in three colors of navy, rust, and army green. $48

Parents looking for an easier way to share social media photos of their kids with technologically inept family members can rejoice. Kidpost aggregates any of your photos tagged with #kidpost into an easily read email that even granny can access, between forwarding you bad jokes and comic strips. Kidpost.net

Men’s Soap Shop Aftershaves
There’s no shortage of new men’s grooming lines these days, but Men’s Soap Shop stands apart for its commitment to make all-natural products here in the U.S. The brilliant marketing move to package its aftershave in flasks doesn’t hurt their case either — though we’re not sure drinking out of one after is really a good idea. $25

Polk Audio Hampden Speakers
Cutting-edge technology wrapped in a tasteful midcentury modern shell make the Hampdens an appealing choice for anyone in the market for a new set of computer speakers. The USB input allows digital audio to skip the crappy DACs found in most computers and instead leverages the Hampden’s superior built-in option. Combined with a four-channel amp, wireless Bluetooth support with apt-X and a powerful DSP, your Shakira Summer playlist should sound better than ever. $399

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