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Info on Benchmade's diverse new knife releases for 2022, Toyota's luxury take on the Tundra truck and Tracksmith's winterized "No Days Off" collection.

ztage glacier watch
ZTAGE

Since offering the ability to pay in cryptocurrency in 2020, PayPal has only remained bullish when it comes to the blockchain. Now the company has plans to offer its own stablecoin (effectively, a blockchain-based currency that's backed up one-to-one with a non-crypto, real-world asset like the U.S. dollar). Uncovered by developer Steve Moser and explored by Bloomberg, PayPal has remained relatively quiet about the discovery, telling the latter that it's simply exploring the idea of pursuing a stablecoin. It's not unlike the work done by Facebook parent company Meta, which launched the Novi cryptocurrency wallet and supported the creation of the Pax Dollar (which is another stablecoin backed by the U.S. dollar) at the end of 2021. Whether PayPal pursues these plans is still an open question, but the general likelihood of major retail communities developing and trafficking in their own blockchain-adjacent currencies seems like a highly-plausible future. In more news, we're excited to share updates on Benchmade's diverse new knife releases for 2022, Toyota's luxury take on the Tundra truck and Tracksmith's winterized "No Days Off" collection Whether you shop these items with cryptocurrencies or stablecoins to buy this gear... well, that's up to you.

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ZTAGE celebrates conservation with wildlife-inspired watch series.
ztage watch
ZTAGE

Inspired by Netflix's groundbreaking docu-series Our Planet, ZTAGE has crafted three unique watches that celebrate a worldwide conservation effort. The first watch in the series, inspired by Antarctic glaciers, uses ZTAGE's "HYBRID ORIGINAL" watch model. Designed with full calendar functionality — including month, day, moon phase and hand-type date — it incorporates a clear translucent face and elegant translucent dial for ease-of-use and legibility.

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Benchmade brings out new knives for 2022, including an all new slipjoint model.
2022 benchmade weekender knife
Benchmade

Benchmade has always remained one of our favorite labels in the EDC space, creating quality knives that are worth their price tag. Revealing its upcoming releases for 2022, Benchmade's offering includes the double-bladed Weekender (a new addition), the automatic Shootout, a "Gold Class" upgrade (including damasteel and other premium details) for the Mini Osborne and the ready-to-work fixed blade — the Anonimus.

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Who says the cold weather has to get in the way of your fitness resolutions?
two people running along road wearing tracksmith's no day off collection
Tracksmith

Tracksmith — a fan-favorite brand focused around running and fitness — has released its "No Days Off" collection. Designed to help individuals keep pushing through the coldest days of the year, the pieces range from the double-layered, reflective NDO Tights to the merino-bonded, water and wind-blocking NDO Jacket. Whether you're shopping for proper fitness gear or something stylish to warm up in pre- and post-run, this collection is it.

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Toyota gives the Tundra a luxury-tuned upgrade (and massive tires) with "Capstone" edition
2022 toyota tundra driving on dirt road
Toyota

If the buzz around EVs has shown us anything, it's that — regardless of whether they're powered by gas or electricity — people love a statement-making truck. Toyota's making moves in the space with its luxe Tundra Capstone, packing in a color-keyed outer frame, an American walnut wood-grain trim, two-tone leather interior and massive 22 inch chrome rims standard (reportedly the largest wheels ever for a production level Tundra).

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Clarks' Wallabee scores an upgrade in the U.S.-only FTRE edition
wallabee ftre green combi shoe
Clarks

A men's style staple for decades, while there's nothing wrong with Clarks' classic Wallabee shoe, it's definitely in the market for an upgrade. The FTRE edition — designed to meet somewhere in the middle between the silhouette's long-running legacy and modern sneaker detailing — includes European-sourced suede and nylon, a ridged outsole and hiking boot-inspired lacing.

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