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Today in Gear: Updates, Product Drops and Breaking News

Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and news from Gear Patrol Studios.

Mr Jones Watches has made a name for itself with quirky, art-forward watches. Now, it’s announced its newest release “A Perfectly Useless Evening” which will run as a new variation on its popular “A Perfectly Useless Afternoon” watch. The brand describes its previous release as a watch made “to encourage you to take a break.” It – and the new release – display no numbers, no second hand, no exact date or time. Instead, a figure in an inner tube (with leg extended) functions as a vague hour hand, while a small pool float seems to imply the minutes. Both watches were designed by Kristof Devos, who drew inspiration from Lin Yutangs’ belief that, “If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learnt how to live.” At about $225, it’s a fun conversation piece built for the artist, vacationer and bohemian.

Today we’re taking a look at a durable float tube, life jacket and marshmallow crossbow. This is Today in Gear.

Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and news from Gear Patrol Studios. Send your most pressing product questions to tig@gearpatrol.com.

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JLab Drops Sporty Open-Air Earbuds

JLab’s new Open Sport earbuds are built to offer users more versatility than traditional earbuds. Equipped for your hardest workouts, or multitasking at home, each earbud uses built-in MEMS microphones to ensure that they can be used both independently or together. Fans can also attach the earbuds to their ears, or eyewear, and connect simultaneously to two devices. At full charge, each earbud offers at least seven hours of playtime while the charging case adds an additional 17+ hours of battery life. The earbuds are available for purchase today, at just $80 for the set.


This Float Tube Comes with Built In Compartments for Bait – or Beer

Designed for flyfishers, the Super Fat Cat Float Tube is a stable tube built to help adventurers wade out into the deepest waters. It comes equipped with two large side compartments where one can store all their most important gear, plus a built-in carry handle to make getting in and out of the water seamless. Made with PVC, this durable tube is strong enough to stand up to years of wear and tear (and comes with a five-year warranty). At $489, it’s a great tube for anglers or all-day lazy river floating.


Finally, A Cool Life Jacket

Gone are the days of bulky, bright orange life jackets. Now, Swedish brand Baltic has released a fly fishing life jacket that’s built to keep you comfortable during long days of fishing. Available in army green, the manual life jacket joins a suite of similar life jackets from the brand, which are graded and divided into different safety classes depending on the amount of buoyancy. The life jacket retails for ~$140 (€137), and is notably Drake-approved.


Calling All Cool Dads and Fun Uncles

MMX Vancouver has released a marshmallow crossbow that can (safely) shoot marshmallows in a straight line up to 60 feet. Made from wood, the bow measures 20” long and features an adjustable mallow holder to accommodate marshmallows of varying softness. Each bow is made in Vancouver using old school woodworking techniques and currently retails for $140.


Gerber to Release an Affordable New Knife made with D2 Blade Steel

In preparation for its late fall releases, Gerber has announced its new Slimsada knife – and many fans are already getting very, very excited. The new work knife will cost just $60, and feature a stonewash D2 blade. Equipped for solid cutting performance, the Slimsada’s blade is a modernized sheepsfoot with a full flat grind. The knife will become available for purchase in late fall 2022, but fans can pre-order the piece today.


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