Today in Gear: Product News Done Quick

The rise of Japanese rum, the lightweight packable helmet and the revival of U.S. service watch from the early 1960s round out today's gear updates.

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There's been plenty of physical and digital ink spilled over the merits of Japanese whiskey — and for good reason! But with all that praise for Japan's take on single malts, we might be overlooking another spot where Japan's carved a niche for itself: rum. Admittedly, the category is fairly small, but it's not necessarily new, reportedly rooted as far back as the 19th century. As more bottles make their way westward, curious drinkers should check out three brands in particular: Cor Cor, Teeda and Kiyomi. These exciting imported rums aren't the only thing to check out; whether it's a hyper-lightweight collapsable helmet, the revival of a 1960s military watch or robe designed to spark conversation, this is Today in Gear.

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California Cowboy’s El Garibaldi Robe is designed to socialize.

California Cowboy's El Garibaldi Robe is inspired by vintage poolside luxury, designed to help you be present in the moment. Details include a back bottle pocket, a sunglasses loop and a zippered, water-resistant “dry pocket”. No matter how the day (or night) goes, you’ll be staying cool and dry thanks to California Cowboy’s proprietary Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) terry cloth lining — which is more absorbent than standard cotton.


The merino wool hiking sock that's designed be worn every day.

Season Three, created by two MIT graduates, started out by designing the perfect all-weather hiking boot. The brand has now launched a refined all-conditions sock — designed to be insulating on long trail hikes... or just hikes to the grocery store. Made out of New Zealand merino wool, it's a sock that's reliable, breathable and luxe.


Arlo's new security camera goes cellular for more range and greater connectivity.

It's one thing to set up a home camera right near your home, where consistent WiFi connectivity means you're unlikely to deal with any outages. The Arlo Go 2 is designed to go where other cameras can't (and expand upon the original Arlo Go), offering LTE and WiFi connectivity, 1080p recording and embedded GPS to make finding your camera easier in more remote placements.


Lightweight while saving space: Priority Bicycles' scores exclusive edition of Closca's collapsable helmet.

New York's Priority Bicycles has an exclusive release on the uniquely collapsable Closca Loop helmet. Designed for a variety of uses, the Loop focuses on convenience alongside safety; even weighing in at 330 grams and just shy of the height and width of a sheet of paper, it is CSPC and EN1078 safety certified in the US and EU, respectively.


Benrus revives vintage watch silhouette, designed specifically for the U.S. military.

Originally provided to U.S. service members back in 1964, Benrus has revived its DTU-2A/P field watch featuring several of the original features. Powered by Sellita's SW200 automatic movement, the DTU features a 39.5 mm, bead blasted 316L SS case, Super-LumiNova markers and a green seatbelt nylon single pass NATO strap. It even comes complete with a removable compass.


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