Updates on Grand Seiko's Japanese-inspired Spring Drive watch, Firestone Walker and Russian River's early "beer collab of the year" candidate and the Ten Thousand pant co-designed by ex-Spec Ops members.
If you're a regular Gear Patrol reader (or simply love the buzzy EV marketplace), you're already well-aware of Rivian and its blockbuster electric truck, the R1T. That said, Rivian may be expanding outside of the car market and heading into the equally exciting (and rapidly expanding) e-bike space. While nothing has been announced formally as of yet, fans and followers of Rivian have noticed that, just last week, Rivian's most recent patent filing includes several e-bike related terms and possible trademarks. Obviously, because this is only a patent office filing, this is more than likely Rivian's way of protecting itself from external forces tapping into its EV momentum in the e-bike industry. However, given the sheer popularity of Rivian's brand — not to mention its success in the auto market — it wouldn't be all that surprising to expect a Rivian e-bike in the (relatively near) future. Watch this space. Rivian rumors aside, we're looking at Grand Seiko's Japanese-inspired Spring Drive watch, Firestone Walker and Russian River's early "beer collab of the year" candidate and the Ten Thousand pant co-designed by ex-Spec Ops members. This is Today in Gear.
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Grand Seiko, Seiko's premium watch label, is taking inspiration from nature for its latest Spring Drive watch. Inspired by the white birch forests near Grand Seiko studios in Shinshu, Japan, the watch features a textured silver-white that mirrors the lines found in the aforementioned birch trees. As you'd expect, this watch is powered by Seiko's Spring Drive Caliber 9RA2 movement with a 120 hour power reserve.
Brewed at Firestone Walker's Propagator R&D brewhouse in Venice, California, this collaboration with Russian River Brewing is a testament to the two brands' friendship. Initially created back in 2016, the "STiVO" is a fusion of the former's Pivo and latter's STS pilsners. Brewed in the hazy Keller Pils style, expect this to appear hazy in the glass with a clean overall flavor. This is definitely going to be an exclusive release, so look for it at both brands' locations as well as on Firestone Walker's webstore for a limited time.
We all love a bit of techwear and outdoor gear here at Gear Patrol, but it's not every day that an apparel brand taps into the know-how of former military to shape the innovation behind a new product. "Inspired and co-created" by ex-U.S. Spec Ops members, Ten Thousand's Tactical Pant includes 60,000+ abrasion-resistant fabric, 4-way stretch and a DWR-coated outer with quick-dry tech — all wrapped in a silhouette that blends in perfectly on the trail or in the city. Clearly it pays to talk to the pros when designing new gear.
With various lines covering bakeware, kitchen tools, table settings and even food, it might surprise you to know that Sur La Table doesn't actually have its own brand of cookware. That changes now. The new line will continue the brand's commitment to classy cooking, featuring pieces in enameled cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic nonstick, tapping into a pandemic-driven interest for cooking at home instead of eating out. While the line will be rolling out over the course of 2022, shop Sur La Table's other gear below.
Rooted in Scandinavia's unique legacy of foraging (especially during the coldest parts of the year), WESN has created the Samla knife. Useful on the trail or in the kitchen, the Samla (which translates to "gather" in Swedish) features a flat 2.45 inch blade encased in a friction fold design. While it does come with in a titanium handle model, we love the rosewood version for a more vintage feel.
The key is alternative interior appointments, and there are a lot of vehicles on the road with, for example, synthetic leather. But which automaker has the most vegan cars? Plus: a weird "smell speaker," and how Google search trends indicate some... odd pandemic shopping habits.