Vegan Leather Blundstone boots, a battery pack to charge all your tech at once and an "Ice Diver" Seiko make the news today.
As I'm pining to get outdoors and spend more time with family and friends this fall and winter, I've personally been spending a lot (a lot) of free time diving into cars I'd like to buy. As someone who's lived in New York City near Gear Patrol HQ for several years now, I've been a little rusty when it comes to considering all the costs attached to actually owning a set of wheels. Sure, I'm often turning to our Motoring Desk to determine what the best-selling cars in the game are at the moment, but have you ever considered how much car insurance costs? No shade to the Geico gecko or Flo from Progressive, but that's definitely one way to bring your dreams of adventure back to reality (or, better put, take some air out of your tires). While I explore all my auto options, we were able to catch some great gear updates, including an update on new Blundstones, a battery pack that charges crazy fast and an "Ice Diver" Seiko watch. This is Today in Gear.
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When it comes to a proposal, there's a lot of pressure to make sure you get it just right. JamesAllen.com has taken the entire engagement ring process online, giving ring shoppers the ability to buy or design the ring of their (and their significant other's) dreams. These advancements include James Allen's proprietary Diamond Display Technology, which delivers a look at over 200,000 diamonds in magnified 360° HD.
We can personally vouch for Blundstone's hard-wearing Chelsea boots. Now, we applaud that Tasmanian brand for its inclusion of a fully vegan take on its classic silhouette. Using onMicro and onSteam microfiber on the outer and lining respectively, the boot should be as rugged as the traditional styles, with antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits in the breathable liner — all while being vegan verified.
Hyper's HyperJuice may only be on IndieGoGo at the moment, but it's looking exceedingly promising when it's planned to ship this December. With four USB-C ports, the design feasibly charges four items (two PCs, a tablet and phone, for example) with each topping out at 100W (with two or less ports in use). While that's not going to break open the "fast charging" space, we love the functionality and flexibility, especially for households glued to their gear.
A riff on the Seiko Prospex SLA049 and SLA051, the "Ice Diver" series is inspired by the legacy of Japanese adventurer and Alpinist Naomi Uemura. As the name suggests, there's a connection to dive watches, but the colorways and slight aesthetic details are nods to 1960s Seikos worn by members of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition. The watch is backed by Seiko’s solid 6R35 movement.
Named after the beloved phoenix in the Harry Potter book series, the Fawkes is a resurrection of its own; designed by Alan Folts, the knife was created using leftover, scrapped materials to create a fresh new final product. Incorporating D2 blade steel and a dual layer G10 handle makes it a prime candidate for nearly all conditions or chores.