Get updates on Fjällräven’s new personalization program, Trek’s all-new trail-ready Checkpoint bike series and the details on Gore-Tex's innovative ePE textile.
October has finally arrived and not a moment too soon. I don't know about you, but it feels like the essence of autumn has finally been summoned into reality (at least from where this editor is sitting here in New York). As far as fall rituals are concerned, it feels like the perfect time to head into the weekend with an outdoor expedition on the books. Whether that means picking out a new gravel bike for exploring leaf-covered roads or simply locking down the perfect bag for a Saturday afternoon picnic al fresco, Today in Gear is here to make sure you're packing the best of the best — regardless of what's in store. Check out a few new product releases the team is excited about down below.
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Building upon the success of its Precision Adjust Sharpener, Work Sharp has created the Precision Adjust Elite Knife Sharpener. The Elite model includes seven separate abrasives mounted on new Tri-Brasive stone carriages. Even better, the entire kit comes complete with a custom carry case, so you can sharpen up no matter where you set up shop.
If you're familiar with Fjällräven, you're familiar with its iconic Kånken bag. The Swedish label is encouraging others to turn the Kånken into their own signature with the launch of Kånken Me. With over 100 billion combinations — including 14 colors and 15 customizable parts — there's a solid chance you'll craft a truly one-of-one Kånken, set to your personal aesthetic specs.
With the announcement of three new gravel bikes, Trek's Checkpoint series is ready for any adventure this season. The latest drop includes the race-ready Checkpoint SLR, the adventurous Checkpoint SL and the utility-focused Checkpoint ALR. Designed for both optimum storage and smooth, surface-agnostic speed, these bikes are the starting line for your next gravel riding expedition.
Gore-Tex already leads the charge on weatherproof performance gear. Now, the brand has innovated again via its ePE membrane. Basically, it "leverages a high strength-to-weight ratio" that combines with polyurethane to create an even more durable, waterproof textile (with a reduced environmental footprint). You'll find it in brands like adidas, Arc'teryx and Patagonia in the near future.
It's not common to see a single-hand watch; a timepiece which shows the hour and minutes with one hand simultaneously. The SNGLRTY taps into this minimalist style with a unique counterclockwise-rotating minute disc running opposite the actual watch hand. Call Derek Zoolander, this unique take on Blue Steel is sure to give the model's signature look a run for its money.
A Gear Patrol reader asks: "I see a lot of men's gear, but where is the women's gear? We work, ride bikes and hike — where is our gear?"The Expert: "Thanks for sending this question through! First and foremost, Gear Patrol is focused on producing top-tier product journalism, and many of the products we cover are gender agnostic. That said, when it comes to clothing, we tend to focus on men's products.
Many of the brands we highlight do create similar — if not the same — pieces in both men’s and women’s (or unisex) sizes. In the realm of outdoor clothing and activewear, some of the most gender-inclusive brands include the titans of the space, like Patagonia and The North Face. But there are certainly brands focused on women's-only gear that are well-worth highlighting here. We’ve checked in with several of our team members and editors to spotlight a few of their favorite brands.
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We know that's hardly an exhaustive list, but hopefully, it's a lead onto some really top-tier brands that span the style and fitness spectrum!" — Gregory Babcock, Associate Editor (with help from the whole Gear Patrol team)Want your question to be featured in our weekly "Ask an Expert" section? Well, that requires asking a question first. Send your most pressing product questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured.
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