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Harbinger Motors Inc. plans to introduce itself to the masses at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. The California-based electric vehicle startup company is basing its initial product line around an electric stripped chassis and cab chassis designed for Class 4 and Class 7 vehicles. By late 2023, the company also hopes to pilot a small set of vehicles; before beginning volume production – in Michigan – by 2024. Notably, Harbinger’s vehicles will offer a proprietary ‘eAxle’ that combines the motor, gearbox and inverter as one integrated unit. The company expects to scale quickly and is currently "venture-backed."

Today we’re taking a look at fur-lined moccasins, a stunning knife series and a Norwegian kindling splitter. 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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Manitobah Celebrates Indigenous Products, Creators and Communities

In 1997 Métis entrepreneur Sean McCormick founded Manitobah Mukluks to create a brand that could benefit Indigenous communities. Now, 25 years later, the company continues to sell authentic, Indigenous-designed products that return value to Indigenous communities. Standouts include fur-trimmed, Deerskin Moccasins lined with fleece and featuring a sturdy leather sole. Alternatively, Manitobah’s Bloom Moccasins feature real glass crystals beaded across black suede hides. Each pair retail for $140 and $120, respectively, though Manitobah offers a full range of fur-lined moccasins – with additional styles starting at $60.


The Only Sleeping Pad You’ll Ever Need

Exped is a known, trusted and celebrated purveyor of high-quality camping gear – sleeping pads in particular. Now, after years of R&D, the team has continually optimized its products until finally landing on the king of reliable sleeping pads: the Ultra 5R. Made with recycled outer material and designed for four-season use, the pad is equipped with Synmat Technology (Texpedloft) insulation to ensure maximum warmth while thick air cushioning cradles one’s body. The mat can remain comfortable on even the rockiest terrain, inflates in seconds and packs up to fit in the palm of your hand. Available today for $190, there’s no reason to settle for any other pad.


IWC Releases a Diamond-Trimmed Portofino Automatic 37
IWC Schaffhausen

In total, the dial and case on this model are decorated with 72 diamonds totaling 1.12 carats. The brand also emphasizes that “because of an improved setting, the diamonds reflect the light better” and offer “a more visible presence and added brilliance.” The new self-winding watch also features a black calfskin strap, a see-through sapphire glass back and an 18 ct 5N gold case. Its (IWC-manufactured) movement contains 21 jewels and boasts a 120-hour power reserve. Retailing for $19,600, the watch arrives as part of IWC’s new Portofino Collection.


Down The River Forge’s Hunter-Chef Series is Already On Every Wishlist
down the river forge hunter chef series
Down The River Forge

This limited-edition series includes a boning knife, Prudhomme and cleaver. All three knives feature high-carbon steel and are shown on Down The River Forge’s website with custom green handles – though the brand has been known to harness a variety of woods and stones across its work. For example, recent creations have included everything from Applejack Dymalux to turquoise to brown curly maple. The Hunter-Chef Series currently retails for $1,025 – with several other specialty knives retailing on the site for $225 – $500.


Add This Norwegian Kindling Splitter To Your Camp Kit

Created by Stikkan, this Norweigian kindling splitter is easy to mount above your fireplace, on the back porch or in your wood shed — anywhere it's easiest to get down to business. Made from heavy-duty cast iron, the splitter features an ascending tier system to ensure you can harness the right leverage to expedite any splitting. Made in Sweden, the Kindling Splitter is super easy to use and retails for $199.


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