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'Tis the season to gather ‘round the fireplace or fire pit. And for those in ‘cozier’ quarters without festive and firey hearths, there are still plenty of smaller-scale indoor/portable options, thanks to a new "mini fire pit" product trend. It's easy to incorporate seasonal ambiance with the tabletop fireplace ($150), six-inch tall s’mores roaster ($60) and compact personal fireplaces ($90). Devices in this category are typically fueled by isopropyl alcohol rather than wood or similar material, so there are no embers or ashes to clean up. The modern designs are stylish conversation pieces to supplement your home's aesthetic: river rocks in stone bowls or concrete and copper create tasteful accessories that no one will question – besides perhaps asking, ‘is that... on fire?’ If you’re itching to start roasting s’mores or intent on #cabinvibes, no doubt you'll find something lit.

Today we’re taking a look at a year-round wet hop beer, Rolex’s Deepsea Challenge and a Fall-friendly outdoor blanket. 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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Rolex’s Newest Watch Offers an Unbelievable Water Resistance

The new Deepsea Challenge ($26,000) diver can descend to 11,000 meters (36,090 feet) underwater – equal to the bottommost point in the Mariana Trench, which is, in turn, the deepest point in any of Earth's oceans. While essentially unfathomable, that depth notably outdoes Rolex’s previous record – 10,916 meters (35,814 feet) – famously set in 1960 by its Deep Sea Special. That watch was strapped to the exterior of the Trieste submersible as it explored Challenger Deep – both survived the crushing pressure of "one tonne per square centimetre, nearly 1,000 times that at the surface." The new Deepsea Challenge is also the first all-titanium watch from Rolex and features a patented Ringlock system. This, in addition to its helium escape valve, allows the watch to dive down to triple the depth of the brand’s original Deepsea model.


Sierra Nevada is Making Wet Hop Beer Available Year-Round
Sierra Nevada

Traditionally, "wet hop season" lasts from late August to early September and refers to the period when wet (fresh) hops can be used to create fresh, aromatic beers (as opposed to the dry hops used year-round). Now, employing Yakima Chief Hops’ proprietary "Cryo Fresh" technology, Sierra Nevada has successfully flash-frozen freshly harvested wet hops before brewing. The result is an innovative new beer that packs all the rich, fresh flavors of wet hops into the company’s "off-season" Cryo Fresh Torpedo Wet Hop IPA. Boasting notes of passion fruit, citrus and "harvest magic," the new beer is available exclusively in the brand's 12-bottle, four-flavor Hoppy Sampler Pack.


Ever Wanted to Walk at the Speed of a Run?

Shift Robotics has launched what it’s calling "the world’s fastest shoe." Its new Moonwalkers are equipped with small wheels that can accelerate each step you take. However, thanks to an AI drivetrain (which uses algorithms to adapt to the wearer’s unique stride and leg extension), the shoes will only move when you do. This means that users can walk up stairs or easily come to a stop without rolling away unexpectedly. When you're actually walking, the shoes can increase your usual pace by up to 250 percent. Now listed on Kickstarter, fans who pledge a minimum of $1,099 can receive a pair of Moonwalkers in April.


Meet Duck Camp x Kammok Mountain’s Camo-Printed Crowd Pleaser
Duck Camp

Duck Camp, a leading retailer in hunting, fishing and general outdoor gear, has teamed up with Kammok to release your new favorite outdoor companion: the Mountain Blanket ($150). Lined with microfleece and armed with a water-repellent finish, you can wear this blanket like a poncho or even button it up to fashion a minimalist sleeping bag. Crafted from Diamond ShellTM 40D diamond weave ripstop nylon, the durable blanket combines weather resistance with craveable coziness to offer outdoor lovers a great go-to at the campsite or in the blind.


Look, It’s Time to Stop Taking Socks for Granted
Road Runner Sports

No matter your sport, most athletes are going to focus on selecting the right shoes — not socks. Nevertheless, the right socks can transform your routine, and no one knows this better than Road Runner Sports. The company’s new R-Gear Socks, sold in two- or three-packs from $19, keep feet up to 25x drier and are designed to prevent blisters and hot spots. Within the collection, choose between Drymax, Compression and ProPlush to tailor the fit to their needs. With multiple cushion levels and five different sock heights, you’ll wonder how you went years in your old socks.


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