A look at Cowboy's sleek new e-bike, a noteworthy set of Civivi knives and reports that Spotify is overheating iPhones running on iOS 15.
They say humans "eat with our eyes," but I'd argue that it's the aesthetics of the stuff we buy that shape our lives more than the stuff we put into our stomachs. Sure, practicality plays a major role in what we buy and why, but the best products — from cars and tech to the clothes on our backs — hit the mark on function and form. It's exactly why when a brand changes something about its visual language — like Volvo's recent logo redesign — it's a topic that will generate almost as much conversation (or controversy) as a new product release. Volvo isn't the only one either; Apple's made billions on building an iconic aesthetic that leverages a clean design language as a shorthand for an easy-to-use, intuitive approach to technology. From a new set of Civivi knives to the sleek Belgian e-bike that's finally headed stateside, this is Today in Gear.
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Sometimes buying a knife for your everyday carry is about more than the blade itself. Extra tools are a major perk behind Civivi's new knives, the upcoming Crit and Relic. The Crit adds tools like driver heads, a seat belt cutter and bottle opener, while the Relic packs in a pair of discreet tweezers in the pommel of the handle.
Based in Belgium, Cowboy's C4 has already taken the e-bike space by storm, combining sleek aesthetics (which helped earn it a 2021"Best of the Best" Red Dot award for product design) with unique touches like a seat tube-integrated battery and handlebar phone mount that serves double duty as a charger. Watch out VanMoof: You've got some seriously stylish competition.
Reports show iPhone users are seeing serious issues running Spotify after updating to iOS 15. According to users, Spotify is draining battery at a faster rate than before, while causing some phones to run hot. Spotify has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix, but some conspiratorial fans believe this might be an under-the-radar attempt by Apple to muscle out Apple Music's major competitor. Read more on iOS 15's new features down below.
When Canada Goose acquired bootmaker Baffin in 2018, it was an investment three years in the making. That goose has come home to roost as the company launches two new boot styles to accent its series of fashionable parkas, knitwear and outdoor gear. The new Snow Mantra Boot and Journey Boot are designed to be at home in both the city and off-the-grid, hitting stores this November. In the meantime, take a look at our team's favorite boots for men.