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Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%

Yup, still with the percentage sign on the name. It’s really called the ZoomX Vaporfly Next%, but that’s where the blemishes stop. When you get over that odd moniker, there’s just so much to admire in Nike’s new trainers.

To make this marathon-ready pair, Nike sought feedback from its cache of world champion runners. And thus comes the new ZoomX Vaporfly Next%, an evolution from the brand’s Vaporfly 4%. Featuring Vaporweave, a new material construction that’s lighter than flyknit, these shoes are a lot more breathable and absorb less water from sweat or rain.

The ZoomX Vaporfly Next% marathon shoes also feature offset laces to reduce pressure on sensitive areas of the foot. Nike added extra Zoomx foam in the midsole, plus custom traction patterns for increased grip in wet weather. Nike listened well — traction improvements came from data by Eliud Kipchoge, Mo Farah, and Geoffrey Kirui.

Even with all these new upgrades, the pair weighs exactly the same as its predecessor. This should perhaps come as no surprise, as Nike always excels when it comes to streamlining design to cut bulk and fat.

“This shoe is truly the result of our athletes, sport scientists, engineers and designers closely collaborating throughout the entire process of design, testing and manufacturing,” says Nike.

The company is set to debut these kicks during the forthcoming London Marathon. It has also prepared a special release for those who really want a pair. Nike will offer limited quantities of the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% via the Nike Run Club App. They’ll cost $275 once released, which surely isn’t cheap even by Nike’s standards. But all evolution comes with a price. You can hit the link below for more information.

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The Roundup: 70 Of the Best Products In The World

Welcome to Gear Patrol Redux. Here you’ll find a living list of the products we recommend most, from all our areas of greatest expertise. If you’re looking to invest in the best of something, this is the place to learn what that best option is, why it’s the best, and maybe even how we figured all that out.

Because the gear and product landscape is ever-evolving, our team will keep this list up to date when we find new products to include (or when better versions come out). So please do check back in before you kit up for a summer camping trip, outfit a new kitchen or dive into holiday shopping — it’s what we’re here for.


Motoring

AGV AX9


Best Motorcycle Helmet: The AGV AX9 is the Italian brand’s new flagship adventure riding helmet and a serious step up from its predecessor, the AX8. The AX9 is a versatile multi-season motorcycle helmet and can be customized for different riding environments with a removable, visor, shield and chin vent. Read more here.

Aether Ramble


Best Motorcycle Pants: Aether Ramble Not many adventure riding motorcycle jackets can pull double duty as a casual everyday jacket, but the Aether Mojave gets the job done. There are interior pockets at the elbows, shoulders and back to hold armor to make it road-worthy and safe, but the minimalist style and design allow the Mojave to look appropriate almost anywhere.

Aether Mojave Jacket

Best Motorcycle Jacket:
The Ramble Pants are further proof Aether is a master at blending form and function and coming up with an incredibly versatile product. Like the rest of Aether’s moto line, the Ramble Pants are capable of having D3O armor at the knees for protection when riding, but they work just as well as casual pants around town. Read more here.

REV’IT! Bastille Gloves

Best Motorcycle Gloves: Rev’It made its name on perfectly over-engineered motorcycle gear for hard riding. But, when it tries its hand at a more subtle, less tactical style, like with the Bastille gloves, Rev’It still knocks it out of the park. The goatskin gloves are more at home on a cafe racer than an adventure bike, but you can rest easy, knowing Rev’It puts just as much energy into there gear, regardless of where the rider takes it.

Velomacchi 28L Speedway Backpack


Best Motorcycle Bag: Not many backpacks can claim the same durability and functionality as the Velomacchi 28L Speedway. Using materials designed for special forces and the coast guard, Velomacchi built a bag made to take the abuse of almost any motorcycle ride, regardless of the elements. Where the 28L Speedway, stands out, though, like all of Velomachi’s products, is there isn’t anything on the bag that doesn’t have a function or works to keep you comfortable, even at highway speeds. Read more here.

Husqvarna 701 Enduro


Best Motorcycle: The Husqvarna 701 Enduro proves an adventure motorcycle doesn’t have to be a massive, two-wheeled tank. Throw on a pair of saddlebags, a dry bag on the tail and a tank bag up front and you’ve got yourself a full-stocked lightweight ADV ready to tackle tight single track as soon as you set up camp. Read more here.

2018 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback


Best Car: Toyota pulled a fast one on everybody with the 2018 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback. Instead of making another mundane econo-car, it injected some real performance into the approachable little city car. Read more here.

2019 Ford Ranger


Best Truck: The overland and adventure lifestyle worlds are rapidly growing in size and scope and Ford positioned the 2019 Ranger to be right in the thick of it, stepping on the Toyota Tacoma’s toes. Perfectly sized for trail rides, either in open desert or tighter mountain fire roads, and capable of being outfitted with over two-dozen Yakima camping upgrades, the new Ford Ranger is a major player in the adventure industry for 2019. Read more here.

2018 Mazda MX-5


Best Sports Car: When Mazda came out with the latest generation MX-5, it was almost perfect. At 155 horsepower, the featherweight roadster handles itself elegantly on tight twisty roads, but runs out of steam on faster roads and the highway, when it’s near its top end. For 2018, Mazda addressed this flaw and bumped the power up to 187hp. Now the Miata is one of the most complete sports cars on the market — it’s expertly balanced in corners and for the price, its performance is difficult to beat. Read more here.

2018 Cake Kalk


Best Electric Motorcycle: There’s no denying the inevitable rise of all-electric motorcycles. The compact, lightweight architecture, lends itself beautifully to the technology and propulsion systems — the trick is trying to convince today’s and tomorrow’s riders of the gospel. The Cake Kalk is one of the first steps in showing new riders what the future of motorcycles might look like, with a fun, approachable, well-designed motorcycle with real-world performance and functionality. Read more here.

Style

Everlane Cashmere Crew


Best Cashmere Sweater: A cashmere sweater is always welcome in the cooler months, but the price of traditional styles can be prohibitive. Everlane’s style offers a Grad-A cashmere in a classic silhouette for just $100 — hard to beat that.
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Wahl Beard Trimmer


Best Beard Trimmer: Made in the USA, this stainless steel beard trimmer features a Lithium ion battery that delivers hours of performance on with one charge. The Model 9818 comes with four attachments and 12 T-Blade guide combs to achieve different length trims. Read more here.

Outerknown S.E.A Jeans


Best Jeans: These jeans have a slim silhouette that sits at the waist and is slim through the thigh and down the leg. The 12-ounce organic cotton denim is sourced from the Candiani mill in Italy and the jeans are sewn at the industry-leading Saitex factory in Vietnam. Read more here.

Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger


Best Boots: Originally designed for iron miners in Minnesota’s Mesabi Range, this boot features a double layered toe to protect worker’s feet around heavy machinery. Made with a oil-resistant outer sole and speed lacing hooks, the Iron Ranger can be rebuilt after years of wear. Read more here.

Harry’s Body Wash

Best Body Wash: This affordable body wash come in three scents: shiso, stone and fig. Formulated to cleanse without drying, it is free of sulfates, parabens and dyes. Read more here.

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses


Best Sunglasses: Originally design for military pilots, the Ray-Ban aviator features teardrop lenses and lightweight metal frames. And what’s more, the polarized green G-15 lenses are one of the best values on the market. Read more here.

Brooks Brothers Regent Fitted Shirt

Best Shirt: Brooks Brothers iconic button-down shirt features a signature rolled collar, mother-of-pearl buttons and gusseted side seams. Made from American-grown Supima cotton, it is available in sizes 14.5 to 18 in four different silhouettes. Read more here.

Lady White T-Shirts


Best T-Shirt: Lady White Co. shirts have premium details like tubular construction and double-needle binded collars. Made from American cotton, they are cut, sewn and knit in Los Angeles. Read more here.

Schott Perfect Jacket


Best Jacket: This iconic motorcycle jacket is made from drum-dyed heavyweight steerhide. The style features an asymmetrical front zipper, belt snap-down lapels and zippered cuffs. Read more here.

Away Aluminum Edition


Best Luggage: This durable aluminum suitcase is designed to fit in the overhead bin of most airlines and is guaranteed to last a lifetime. Featuring spinner wheels, a leather-wrapped handles and an interior compression system, it is one of the best values in hard-shell luggage.
Read more here.

Home

Breville Precision Brewer


Best Coffee Maker: Breville’s drip coffee brewer is consistent, programmable and customizable. It can brew both filtered drip coffee or, with an attachment, pour-over coffee. It’s one of very few brewers to hold a certification badge from the Specialty Coffee Association’s Home Brewer Program. It’s as good as home coffee brewing gets.
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Lodge 10.5-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet


Best Cast Iron Skillet: The classic Lodge can be used for steak, cornbread, pies or to build a crispy exterior on just about anything. On top of that, it’s laughably cheap and can be delivered to any home within two days. You could invest more in a pan made with more craftsmanship, or you could start with a Lodge and upgrade from there. Read more here.

Buffalo Trace Bourbon


Best Bourbon: It is ridiculous to say there is just one, all-encompassing, good-for-everything bourbon. There isn’t. But Buffalo Trace is, to our estimation, as close as it gets. Using the famous Buffalo Trace Distillery Mashbill #1, it’s a low-rye, smooth, reasonably aged, slightly hot on the tongue, well-priced bottle. In recent years it’s become a bit harder to track down, but it’s well worth it. Read more here.

Knoll ReGeneration



Best Office Chair:
The ReGeneration is the affordable update to Knoll’s legendary Generation chair. ReGeneration adjusts to weight and weird leaning tendencies automatically with up to 270 degrees of posture change. It’s the proud owner of a Good Design Award, a huge 12-year warranty and a fair price tag. Read more here.

Global G-2


Best Kitchen Knife: It’s lightweight, affordable, durable and has soft edges. Its blade is narrow in the Japanese style but the forward-leaning balance splices it with Western knife DNA. Read more here.


Boll & Branch Percale Solid Sheet Set



Best Sheets:
There is nothing new about Boll & Branch’s mattress. It blends the best of the spring mattress era with the best of the memory foam mattress era. It comes with a 10-year warranty and every sustainability certification you could ask for. Read more here.

Weber Spirit II



Best Grill:
Do all the research you want, there’s not better value than Weber’s OG kettle grill. Sturdy enameled steel, a one-touch cleaning system, wheels that actually work and availability in any size you could want make it the category leader since its 1952 creation. Read more here.

Dyson V8 Animal



Best Vacuum:
Buying a brand new Dyson is a good way to burn a hole in your wallet. The V8 features more suction than anyone needs, solid battery life and full-machine HEPA filtration. It’s all you really need. Read more here.

Burrow Sofa



Best Sofa:
Burrow’s approach to direct-to-consumer is to make less and better things. Its couch is a manifestation of this — it’s sturdy, customizable, modular and ships within a week. It’s got a subtle mid-century aesthetic that prides itself on blending into your home. Plus, it features a charging cable and very approachable $1,000 starting price point. Read more here.

Founder’s All Day IPA



Best Beer:
The session IPA, perfected. No session IPA has come close to challenging All Day’s dominance in the making of a complex, low ABV, light, always available India Pale Ale. Read more here.

Tech

Sony WH1000XM3 Headphones


Best Noise Cancelling Headphones: When it comes to active noise-canceling headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM3 are the total package. They’re comfortable and sound great, and come with a bunch of neat features. Most importantly, they have the best noise-canceling abilities of any headphones we’ve tested. Read more here.

Jabra Elite Active 65t


Best True Wireless Earbuds: While AirPods are great, Jabra’s true wireless earbuds are more versatile. The Elite Active 65t are sweat resistant, unlike Apple’s offerings, so you can comfortably run and workout with. They also deliver the best call experience of any true wireless earbuds. Read more here.

Nikon D850


Best DSLR Camera: The Nikon D850 is still our favorite full-frame DSLR. It combines high frame rate and high megapixels into one robust and reliable package. It’s also weather-sealed and fairly lightweight, making it a great camera for professional and amateur photographers alike. Read more here.

Apple Watch Series 4


Best Smartwatch: The Apple Watch is hands down the best smartwatch for anybody with an iPhone, but that’s been the case for years. The Series 4 differentiates itself with a swath of new fitness and wellness features. It’s also the first Apple Watch in years to have a big hardware redesign in years. Read more here.

KEF LSX Wireless Bookshelf Speakers


Best All-in-One Hi-Fi System: This wireless speaker system is essentially a smaller and more versatile version of KEF’s acclaimed LS50 Wireless. It’s all-in-one hi-fi package that’s super easy to use; it can be connected to your TV or turntable, or stream straight from your smartphone. If you’re great stereo sound, this is what you want. Read more here.

Sonos One


Best Smart Speaker: Sonos’s first smart speaker works great on its own; it’s sort of like a prettier and better-sounding Echo. It really flexes its speaker muscles as part of a larger Sonos system. You can integrate into a multi-room setup or as part of a 5.1 surround sound system. It makes a great gift for anybody who already has a Sonos speaker, or even somebody who doesn’t. Read more here.

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Camera


Best Mirrorless Camera (Interchangeable): The Sony a7R III is one of the best digital cameras you can buy. It’s also pretty expensive. Released in 2018, the Sony’s a7 III takes most everything that’s great about the a7R III and puts it into a more enthusiast-friendly package. Read more here.

Leica Q


Best Mirrorless Camera (Fixed): The Leica Q is a fixed-lens, full-frame camera and one of our favorite Leica’s ever made. It combines great image quality, autofocus and image stabilization in one immensely stylish package. The Q is expensive — true — but it’s the idea for casual photographers looking to shoot quick, beautiful photos. Read more here.

MacBook Air


Best Lightweight Laptop: Hands down, the MacBook Air is the best lightweight laptop for most people. It’s thin, fast and powerful. Best of all, it has some of the MacBook Pro’s best features, such as Touch ID and a beautiful Retina display. Read more here.

Vizio P-Series (2018)


Best 4K TV Under $1,000: The Vizio P-Series has everything you want in a 4K TV. It produces a beautiful, bright picture with great contrast. It supports the major HDR formats, including HDR10 and Dolby Vision. It has thin bezels. Best of all, its 55- and 65-inch models come in at the sub-$1,000 mark. Read more here.

Watches

Casio G-Shock Classic


Best Outdoor Watch: The G-Shock in its many forms is not only incredibly durable but inexpensive, meaning it is the ultimate go-to watch for outdoor or any physical activities. With a highly accurate Japanese quartz movement, the versions that feature solar charging will be reliable in every situation. It is also a design icon and quite comfortable in the classic square shape that introduced it to the world in 1983.
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Worn & Wound Strap Changing Multi-Tool

Best Strap Changing Multi-Tool: This strap-changing tool uses two capped ends that each holds a reversible bit held in place with a gasket — so they are very easy to change and no rethreading is required. You get four tools: a 0.8mm poker, a 1.6mm fork, a 1.4mm flat-head, and a 1.8mm flat-head screwdriver. Each end has a screw-on cap to protect it, obviating the need for a special case.
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Maratac Mil-NATO Strap

Best NATO Strap: Maratac’s Mil-NATO straps take the UK Ministry of Defence’s specifications and go a step further. They feature nylon webbing with extra durability features including ultrasonic welding and stitching, as well as ultrasonically drilled holes to prevent any rough spots. It’s all the toughness of mil-spec, but with refinements the picky civilian will appreciate. Read more here.

Worn and Wound EDC Watch Pouch

Best Watch Storage: This is a handy and durable way to carry a watch and keep it safe from scuffs alongside your other gear. Made with 1000D nylon, neoprene, and shock cord it’s got purposeful design livened up with some great-looking color options. Read more here.

Baltic BiCompax 001

Best Vintage-Inspired Watch: There are a lot of vintage-inspired watches out there, but French brand Baltic takes a refreshingly minimalist approach while remaining casual and affordable. The BiCompax 001 is one of their best, with a hand-wound ST1901 chronograph movement and wearable 38mm steel case. You can’t beat its combination of style, quality, and price. Read more here.

Orient Mako II Dive Watch


Best Affordable Dive Watch: There are affordable dive watches, and then there are those with mechanical movements which can often be found for under $150 and yet are truly built to last. The Orinet Mako II is all of that and gives you the (in-house) Orient F6922 automatic movement with hand-winding capability and hacking seconds, a precise 120-click bezel, mineral crystal, 41.5mm steel case on a steel bracelet, and 200m of water resistance. Read more here.

Rolex Submariner


Best Dive Watch: Budget option it is not, but Rolex cuts no corners and builds a better dive watch than about anyone else. There is a reason that a Rolex represents so much more than a watch to so many people, and the Submariner exemplifies the brand like no other. The Submariner has earned its reputation with unparalleled quality and longevity in just about every sense with a 40mm steel case and unbeatable in-house automatic movement. You can actually dive with it, wear it with a suit like James Bond, and pass it on to your offspring. Read more here.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch


Best Chronograph Watch: The watch that accompanied the first humans to the Moon in 1969 not only has an unbeatable story, but a totally timeless look. Selected by NASA to withstand the rigors of space travel, it was built to a high standard and has only improved with technological developments in its modern incarnation. While featuring cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, its design, 42mm steel case, and in-house chronograph movement have remained remarkably consistent with the original. Omega’s Moonwatch easily rises above the crowd as an uncontroversially special chronograph watch. Read more here.

Friction Ball Watch Case Opener


Best Case Back Opener: If you need to open the back of a watch, this cheap tool will work for many watches that use a screw-down case back. We don’t recommend doing this yourself without good reason, but if you need to, we do recommend this tool for its cost and ease of use. Read more here.

CREMAX Watch Repair Kit

Best Watch Repair Kit: Changing straps and sizing bracelets are the kind of tinkering that actually adds to the satisfaction of watch ownership, and amateur enthusiasts can easily learn to do it themselves. You just need a few basic tools, and they needn’t be expensive. This kit includes basically all you need — anything more should really be performed by a trained watchmaker anyway — and it comes in a compact and convenient case for hardly a few bucks. Read more here.

Outdoors

The James Brand Ellis


Best Pocket Knife: The Ellis is a multi-tool, but not a 20-plus implement contraption that looks like a brick and weighs heavy in the pocket. It has a partially serrated knife, a scraper, a flathead screwdriver and a bottle opener; and that’s likely all you’ll need. Read more here.

Osprey Stratos 24


Best Dayhike Pack: The Stratos is a Goldilocks-approved daypack: it has enough space for a dusk-to-dawn adventure but isn’t so big that it’s overkill for hour-long hikes. Those include a spacious main compartment, smaller exterior pockets, attachments for trekking poles and an ice axe and an incredibly comfortable mesh back panel that Osprey expertly pulled over from its long-distance backpacking bags. Read more here.

Technica Forge


Best Hiking Boot: By using the same heat-molding technology that it brings to its ski boots, Tecnica has created a hiking boot that’s customizable to any pair of feet. It ensures that the fit is perfect and does away with lengthy (and painful) break-in periods. The only catch? You’ll have to find an authorized dealer to mold it. Read more here.

Patagonia Nano Puff


Best Insulated Coat: Puffy jackets are the Swiss Army Knife of outdoor layers; they’re warm, lightweight and pack down tiny. Patagonia’s Nano Puff is one of the best available — not only does it hit all these targets but it’s also backed by the company’s replace or repair guarantee. Read more here.

Black Diamond Spot 325


Best Headlamp: The Spot headlamp is bright, easily dimmable, includes useful red night vision, strobe and lock modes, and is waterproof in the rain and submersion up to one meter. All that, and it’s only $40 (so you don’t have to coddle it; put it through the wringer). Read more here.

Marmot Eclipse Jacket


Best Rain Jacket: When you need to stay dry on a hike or during your day-to-day, Marmot’s no-frills rain Eclipse is a fully capable jacket. Marmot bonded the waterproofing DWR to the yarn at a molecular level, so it’ll never deteriorate or need to be reapplied. Read more here.

Nemo Equipment Dagger Tent


Best Tent: Somewhere between ultralight and oversized is the Nemo Dagger. It is, technically, a backpacking tent, but Nemo designed it to max out interior volume so that you don’t feel claustrophobic inside. That makes it ideal for casual camping as well as multi-day treks. Read more here.

Helinox Chair One Camp Chair


Best Camp Chair: Even compared to the smallest camp chairs, Helinox’s Chair One masters portability. It weighs less roughly two pounds and packs down smaller than most sleeping bags. Plus, it’s actually comfortable to sit in. Read more here.

Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layer Bottom

Best Baselayer: Baselayers are the foundation of any layering system. Smartwool’s lightweight merino wool bottoms provide year-round versatility; summer or winter, whether you’re hiking or camping, snowboarding or trudging to work in the snow. Read more here.

Yeti Rambler 26oz


Best Water Bottle: There are hundreds of water bottles available today, but we like Yeti’s Rambler because it’s sufficiently rugged, has an oversized loop on its lid to attach to things and keeps drinks cold for longer than necessary. (Plus, the selection of matte colors is good-looking enough to make it hard to choose.) Read more here.

Fitness

Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo


Best Running Shoe: This every day trainer is built for a runner who’s looking for support and speed. The midsole features a combination of ZoomX and Epic react foam from Nike — from the super popular Epic React and Vaporfly 4% shoes. The Pegasus Turbo is the shoe you’ll reach for on tempo days, and for long training runs. It weighs less than nine ounces and feels fast and a look to match, thanks to the zippy racing stripe. Read more here.

Giro Aether MIPS


Best Bike Helmet: As a part of the GP 100, the Giro MIPS Cycling helmet is the best all-around helmet for comfort, weight, ventilation and of course, safety. Giro swapped the single EPS foam shell into two very thin spherical EPS shells, a la ball-and-socket-style. The shells are attached with elastomers and eliminates the need for a liner. While safety comes first, style is an important part of the overall picture, and this one checks all the boxes. Read more here.

Specialized S-Works


Best Bicycle: It’s the most aerodynamic road bike that Specialized has ever created, meaning if you’re planning for a race, this is the one to look at. It’s the third generation of this bike, meaning it handles extremely well with a re-optimized handlebar shape and stem (it’s stiffer and lighter). Afterall, it’s the race day bike of Peter Sagan, one of the best road riders racing today. Read more here.

TriggerPoint Charge Vibe


Best Foam Roller: This vibrating foam roller is essentially two lacrosse balls attached in the middle with a divot between them that’s incredibly helpful along your calves, quads and hamstrings. TriggerPoint is a leader in recovery tools, especially ones that work for a wide range of athletes. With three intensity levels and a weight of just two pounds, it’s easy for anyone to throw in their gym bag or carry-on suitcase to treat themselves to a miniature massage at any point during the day. Read more here.

Suunto 9 GPS


Best GPS Watch: Suunto makes some of the highest quality GPS trackers for endurance athletes, mountaineers and adventurers. The Suunto 9’s unique battery lets you pick from three modes that balance GPS connectivity with battery drain, so you can go for up to 120 hours on a single charge. Plus, you get everything else Suunto is known for like its waterproofing, compass, barometer, multi-sport activity and sleep tracking. Read more here.

Revere Post-Workout Recovery

Best Protein Powder: Protein powders are polarizing — you either use them or you don’t. But once you find one that you like, you’re probably going to stick with it. That’s what happened to our team when we tried Revere’s Post-Workout Recovery. After a long run, mixing this powder into a glass of water or squeezable water bottle is easier than foam rolling and stretching (other post-run necessities). Plus, each packet comes from all-natural ingredients, is diary-, gluten-, soy- and GMO-free. Did we mention that it tastes good, too?

Reebok Crossfit Nano 8 Flexweave


Best Gym Shoe: This is consistently one of the best gym sneakers every year. Reebok continues to update its Crossfit shoe that fills up boxes (Crossfit gyms) nationwide. The Shoe has been around since 2010 and the latest update includes a Flexweave upper that’s breathable, yet sturdy, so you can go from ladders to rope climbs to AMRAP burpees without having to change your shoes.

Lululemon T.H.E. Short

Best Running Short: Whether you prefer a gym short with a liner or no liner, T.H.E. Short is the right pick. Each pair is incredibly lightweight, wicks sweat better than anything else we’ve tried and comes in enough colors that you can hit the gym five days a week and never repeat one pattern. Read more here.

Aer Fit Pack 2

Best Gym Bag: This is the perfect commuter gym bag thanks to its sleek look and plethora of pockets. The 1680 Cordura ballistic nylon exterior is tough enough to handle getting thrown around in addition to looking good in the boardroom. There’s even a separate pocket for your shoes post-HIIT class. Read more here.

Beats by Dre Powerbeats Wireless



Best Earbuds:
While expensive, the PowerBeats 3 has a great fit thanks to over the ear buds. The sound quality is a bit heavy on the bass, but overall pretty good for a running headphone. These won’t slip out when you’re racing to catch up with a pacer or when you’re bobbing and weaving through rush hour traffic. Read more here.

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9 Pairs of Hiking Boots We’d Wear All the Time

Hiking boots tend to be bulky (thanks to proper ankle support) and take up a lot of space in your suitcase, but a pair of sneakers sometimes just won’t cut it for the trails you want to tackle while traveling. While it’s common to see travelers wearing sneakers to the airport and around town, if you’re planning on hiking a peak or exploring the backroads, sneakers just won’t hold up. There are plenty of new hiking boots that you can wear for exploring, including some that won’t make you look lost when you sit down at the bar. These nine trail-ready alternatives to standard sneakers will keep your style fresh and your feet comfortable throughout all of your adventures.

Five Ten Access Mesh Approach Shoe

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A durable and breathable upper with a rubberized exoskeleton lacing system makes these Access Knit sneakers ideal for summer hiking excursions. A reinforced toe cap protects your digits from sharp points along the trail.

Lowa Locarno GTX Lo Shoe

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An all-tan option blends seamlessly with cargos or Carhartts, so you can wear these low boots to work as well as up a mountain. The Gore-Tex fabric guarantees no wet feet in puddles, so these are a smart idea for year-round use.

Ridgemont Outfitters Heritage Boot

The EVA foam footbed in these Heritage Boots guarantees comfort and the solid lugged rubber tread grips on snow and ice. A waterproof Hydroguard lining eases any summer to winter boot transitions. And the premium leather upper will survive rainstorms, hail and other weather ups and downs.

Danner Tramline 917

Handmade in Portland, Oregon, these all-leather mountain boots are built to survive the tough temperatures the Northwest brings. They are also 100-percent waterproof with a shock-absorbing Vibram outsole.

Adidas Outdoor Terrex Free Hiker Boot

While on the pricier end of this list, the newest Adidas Outdoor Terrex Free Hiking boots were one of the most hyped hiking shoes of the year. Adidas prides itself on creating high-performance hiking boots, shoes and trail runners that are lightweight yet dependable, and these are no different. The Free Hiker borrows Ultraboost foam as well as a Primeknit upper from Adidas’s beloved running shoes making these hiking boots bouncy and breathable.

Arc’teryx Acrux SL Approach Shoe

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With technical-enough specs to climb tough summits, these low profile approach shoes fit like a glove. The seamless PU-coated nylon upper features a high abrasion tolerance so you can drag these all over the Pacific Crest Trail without ruining them. An intense Vibram light approach sole with Megagrip compound stays put over all types of terrain, and the monochromatic uppers blend in with jeans, so you can go straight to the bar post-hike without changing your kicks.

Nike ACG React Terra Gobe


Like the Adidas shoe, the Nike ACG React Terra Gobe also borrows from the brand’s running shoe cushion technology, making these uber comfortable and lightweight. Nike uses its Odyssey React foam from the eponymous running sneaker and pairs it with intense traction and a water-resistant upper. ACG stands for “all conditions gear,” meaning you can take these out and explore waterfalls and mud pits just as easily as you can hit city streets and suburban trails.

Video: Nike ACG React Terra Gobe – Tested on Mt. Hood

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Teva Arrowood 2 Mid

While Teva makes some of the best hiking sandals available, with durable materials and grippy outsoles, we generally opt for something that features a closed toe box for extra protection on the trail, like the Arrowood 2 Mid sneakers. These boots feature a waterproof leather upper paired with the brand’s Float-Lite midsole, that’s equally water-resistant, for a wet-weather or stream-heavy trail super star.

Merrell Range AC+

The 3D knit upper packs down nicely so you can stash these in your suitcase before and after your trip. However, that doesn’t mean the Range AC+ won’t survive a technical hike. Merrell’s proprietary M Select grip has a sticky outsole that works over smooth rocks, slippery fallen tree trunks and desert trails. The Air cushion in the heel provides some added spring to each step, while the sneaker-like lace closure allows you to tighten the shoes once, and only once.

The Best Hiking Boots of 2018

Unlike concrete sidewalks and gravel paths, the trail calls for hardened and supportive footwear to combat dirt, mud, jagged rocks and streams. The answer is hiking boots and hiking shoes, and these are the best available. Read the Story

How to Treat Your Closet Like a Collection

“If you’re investing in your wardrobe, whether or not we’re talking about custom suits or even sports equipment and gear, you have to take care of it if you want it to last,” says Julie Ann Clauss (née Orsini), who’s stored some of the world’s most beautiful clothes as an archivist for Tom Ford. “That includes being diligent about cleaning and storing the right way.”

Clauss has advised clients such as Calvin Klein, Jason Wu and Marc Jacobs, among others, and now runs The Wardrobe, a private archival consultancy that offers museum-quality conservation and restoration. Here, she recommends a few simple steps to assure your sartorial investments (big or small) are well protected.

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Before investing in new garments — or launching a full-scale reorganization — consider selling or donating items you haven’t put on in a while. “If you haven’t worn it in a year, you’re not wearing it again,” Clauss says. Exceptions to this rule: custom tuxedos or other timeless special-occasion garments.

Optimize


Organize your closet in a logical, functional manner. “I like to keep things of like types together,” Clauss says. Consider grouping shirts from short sleeves to long sleeves, and color coordinating everything from light to dark. If you only have one closet, adjust your storage for ease of use. “The things that you wear most often should be front and center,” Clauss says.

Clean


Keeping your clothes clean is the most important thing you can do for their longevity — and that means really clean. Even items that aren’t visibly dirty can attract moths. “If you put something back that’s been worn, [moths are] attracted to this,” Clauss says. Moths will eat through clothing and lay eggs in fabric, potentially ruining an entire closet. If you sweat or spill anything except water, wash the item before putting it back in your closet.

Clauss recommends hand washing knits and button-ups at home, or using the services of a hand laundry, which is cheaper than dry cleaning and also better for the garments. “You’ll see that your cashmere stays really soft,” Clauss says. “It keeps it in better shape than sending it to the dry cleaner.” Plus, the gentle cleaning helps preserve color.

One exception to constant cleaning? Suits. If you’ve only worn a suit once, “leave it on a hanger in an area that’s well ventilated in your home for a day or two before you put it away,” says Clauss. You should only take it to the dry cleaner when it’s visibly soiled.

Store


The way you store your clothing will not only preserve how it looks, it will also extend its life. Most importantly, don’t overcrowd your closet. Clauss avoids space-saving hangers, since storing clothes too close together damages clothing and can attract moths. (Clauss’s handy hack for storing neckties: just drape them over the bar of a standard hanger.)

Suits

“Clothing is meant to be worn on a three-dimensional body,” Clauss says. “So storing [suits] is usually a challenge because a really thin, flimsy hanger doesn’t allow the garment to take the shape it was intended to have.” Choose a hanger with a fuller shoulder to support the garment’s natural silhouette.

Plastic Suit Hangers by Mr. Siga $24

Shirts

Thinner hangers are more appropriate for button-ups, but Clauss prefers plastic over wood, which can release gasses over time. “We use polypropylene hangers because they’re considered chemically stable,” Clauss says.

Clear Plastic Top Hanger by The Great American Hanger Company $29

Pants

Folding pants and hanging them over a hanger bar can lead to unwanted creases. “The best thing to do is to clip the hem of the pants and hang them that way,” Clauss says. To prevent clamp marks, Clauss recommends cutting a small piece of tissue paper to use as a barrier between the clip and pant.

Clear Plastic Pant Hangers by House Day $11

Sweaters

Knits should be folded so that they don’t stretch over time. When you fold a sweater for storage, Clauss advises using a layer of tissue paper to protect against wrinkles. “That way, as you stack sweaters on top of each other, the weight won’t push down [into the] crease and make a permanent wrinkle,” she says.

White Tissue Ream by Crown Display $27

Gear Up


Though there aren’t too many tools necessary for keeping a man’s closet in top condition, Clauss recommends having a basic iron and a $20 Secura steamer — both of which should be kept dry between uses. “The important thing is to change the water,” Clauss says. If you don’t empty the water after each use, you could spread mildew to your clothes the next time.

Instant-Steam Handheld Steamer by Secura $20

DW5080 Focus Steam Iron by Rowenta $73

Curate


A well-organized and -maintained closet need not be stagnant. If you want to buy something new and you have limited space, consider making room by donating items that have fallen out of favor. “One in, one out is a great rule,” Clauss says. If storage space isn’t a concern, Clauss gives the same advice as any investment professional: diversify. “Just try not to buy the same thing over and over again,” she says.

A version of this article originally appeared in Issue Nine of Gear Patrol Magazine with the headline “Turn Your Closet into a Functional Collection.” Subscribe today.

Hummer H1 Launch Edition By Mil-Spec

Mil-Spec doesn’t settle for just “good.” Which is exactly what the Hummer H1 already was — perhaps even great. Screw that, says Mil-Spec Automotive. We can make it more beastly. And thus comes this Hummer H1 Launch Edition, born out of a relentless quest to make the off-roader meaner, bigger, and more formidable.

The Hummer H1 Launch Edition, more specifically #006, outdoes all models before it. It’s the most ambitious project Mil-Spec has ever put its hands on. It starts with the sinister-looking blacked-out overcoat that dresses up the ride in a sheen of brutalist flair. Not only that, but it’s also decked in a polyurethane spray infused with Kevlar for the utmost durability.

On the front you’ll find an equally sinister-looking cage, and further below is a Air-Ride adjustable suspension system. At the heart of this killer vehicle is a 6.6L Duramax diesel engine pushing 500 ponies and a whopping 1,000 feet-pound of torque.

Why stop there? Mil-Spec upgraded the drivetrain with a bunch of new options, too. And it put a 12,000-pound Warn winch, threw a chock-full of LED lights, and wrapped the wheels with beefy all-terrain tires.

Don’t be surprised if this costs a lot. To be precise, you have to shell out up to $295,000. The starting price is a bit lower, though. At $218,499 you’ll lose some of the extras that take the car a notch further. But it’s still a Mil-Spec job, so suffice it to say you’ll get your money’s worth.

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Photos courtesy of Mil-Spec

The Classic Casio F-91W Is the Cheapest Watch Worth Buying

Welcome to “Watches You Should Know,” a bi-weekly (the once-every-two-weeks kind) column highlighting notable watches new and old that have interesting stories or have had a surprising impact on the industry.

The brilliant horological innovations of historic watchmakers like Huygens and Breguet, past generations’ quest for ever greater precision and accuracy, the centuries of mechanical refinements and craftsmanship…were they all leading to this? It costs almost no money and looks like it could have come out of a gumball machine, but the Casio F-91W watch is an astoundingly reliable timekeeper and outperforms fancy mechanical watches at almost every metric.

This sub-$20 plastic watch is perhaps the ultimate representation of how the proud Swiss mechanical watch industry was undermined and nearly destroyed by mass-produced, plastic-cased, quartz-powered watches. Call it a throwaway watch or a toy, but the accuracy, functionality, and durability it offers for such a price deserves some sort of recognition — and puts the whole rest of the watch industry into sharp perspective.

While the F-91W may look like a primitive precursor to the classic, square-cased G-Shock DW-5000C released in 1983 (its legacy alive in today’s 5600), in fact the reverse is true. Introduced in 1991, the F-91W probably owes some of its design to the G-Shock’s success, but it was likely also influenced by similar technical constraints. The F-91W has remained in continuous production, and today about 3 million units are made annually.

Mere quantity and affordability, however, don’t fully explain its success: design, functionality, and ergonomics also contributed to the F-91W becoming the representative of a “cheap digital watch” and cultural icon. It has been the subject of art, and co-founder of London’s Design Museum and design critic Stephen Bayley calls it a “modest masterpiece,” according to the BBC. Around 3,750 Amazon users currently rate it 4.5 out of five stars. Its unpretentious status has been somewhat eroded by hipsters adopting the F-91W (and other cheap, nostalgic Casio watches like the calculator and world time models) as an ironic fashion statement — but even that speaks to the success of its simple design.

The Casio F-91W has three buttons and a remarkably clever amount of functionality for its price, size, and simplicity. It takes about four seconds to learn how to use the stopwatch feature that itself has a couple different options — some people have made a game out of trying to stop the counter as close to zero as possible, which is tough, since it measures down to 1/100th of a second. You can quickly toggle between 12- and 24-hour displays, set alarms, and more — all genuinely useful features, and nothing extraneous. Casio’s promised accuracy of +/- 30 seconds per month means about +/- one second of accuracy per day, which almost no luxury mechanical watch can compete with.

Emblazoned across the bottom of the watch’s face is a “WR” logo flanked by “Water Resist.” For the record, this is equivalent to the 30m (3ATM/100ft) water-resistance standard many watches use to indicate that it is not intended for swimming, showering, and the like. Neither can you pound it with a hammer. With reasonable daily use, however, as well as a battery change every seven to ten years, a Casio F-91W can be expected to last a long time. It’s even easy to change the 18mm strap, if necessary or desired.

Shown here is the most basic and ubiquitous variant in black plastic with the blue highlights known as the F-91W-1, but other F-series versions feature different colors and case materials like silver and gold. These are notably small watches for today’s standards. The Casio F-91W measures 37.5mm by 33.5mm by 8.5mm and weighs only 85g, according to Wikipedia — and not every watch model out there has its own Wikipedia entry, further speaking to the F-91W’s specialness. This is an extremely comfortable watch to wear that simply and unobtrusively does its job well.

If you can appreciate the value it offers, the F-91W is even charming. Hold down the button on the lower right side for three seconds, and the LCD screen will read “CASIO” in place of its normal display (originally a way to authenticate the watch against counterfeits). The Casio F-91W can be enjoyed as a carefree and reliable tool or culturally significant art and is available anywhere in the world, usually for between $10 and $20.

This Is How G-Shock Watches Are Tested and Built

In the early ’80s, after accidentally destroying his mechanical watch, Casio’s head of watch design Kikuo Ibe challenged himself and his team to build an indestructible watch. What seems like a high-school physics project eventually birthed the original G-Shock, one of the most iconic watch lines in timekeeping history. Read the Story

Best 12 Expandable Garden Hoses

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This expandable hose is really the budget option in this list, but do not be fooled by the price, because it also comes with an 18 month warrantee, which is good by most garden hose standards. Even though this should have any bargain-hunter rearing to pounce on this deal, this is an easy-to-use durable hose, which gets the job done just as well as the best of them.

The simple design is also a latex core, but with a looser fitting material around the core, which still gives you great durability but you will have to be careful with the material cover especially when there is no internal water pressure. This expandable hose should be easy to maneuver in almost any garden and it also comes in three sizes which should be plenty in terms of length options.

Perhaps the only real drawback of this hose is the fittings which are plastic and not metal. This means you may not have to worry about any rust, but will have to be careful not to leave this out in adverse weather conditions as it will create wear on the plastic.

You should be able to get at least a few years out of this hose and for such a steal, we absolutely love this offering by eBoTrade.

Pros

  • checkExtremely lightweight hose
  • checkComes with 18 month warrantee
  • checkVery affordable option for expandable hose
  • checkComes in several length options

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  • cross-altDoes not have any included extras
  • cross-altFittings are made from plastic

Don’t Sleep on This $11 Whiskey Glass Used by Expert Tasters

Last month at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), more than 40 judges named Henry McKenna Single Barrell the best whiskey in the world over hundreds of Irish, Japanese and Scotch offerings. The win was considered a major upset (it’s only the second bourbon to win the award) in whiskey circles, with some questioning how it won at all.

Lurking in the background of the spirit world’s biggest event was a honey pot-shaped glass — the only glass SFWSC judges can use when judging for the competition. Available on Amazon for $22 (set of two), it’s nothing like a traditional whiskey snifter.

Called the Neat Glass, the short, fat cup was designed with a singular premise: smell is everything. The Neat Glass site spells it out plainly: “Humans detect over 10,000 aromas but only five tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami). You don’t taste raspberries, you smell raspberries and taste sweet. Add mouth feel (oily, dry, temperature, texture, minty, hot) to get total flavor. Flavor = Aroma + Taste + Mouth Feel. Flavor is 90% aroma.”

The Neat Glass runs opposite the traditional Glencairn, where a narrow top opening flushes the nose of a whiskey more directly to you; the Neat Glass, on the other hand, uses an outward-flaring rim. This is to fight off ethanol, the enemy of accurate spirit analysis, which numbs the nose and shrouds aromas; it’s why blenders, distillers and spirits competition judges water their whiskey down before drinking. And it’s the reason the glass looks like a cocktail glass ran into a Belgian beer glass.

The pitch goes like this: the wide bowl allows more surface area for swirling the juice, which agitates the liquid and forces it to evaporate from the glass, and the wide rim allows for ethanol diffusion, thereby creating a clearer nose and — if you buy the aroma-over-everything premise — a clearer idea of what you’re drinking.

Is it all talk? You be the judge.

This Glass Helps to Decide the World’s Best Whiskey, and You Can Buy It on Amazon

Last month at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), more than 40 judges named Henry McKenna Single Barrell the best whiskey in the world over hundreds of Irish, Japanese and Scotch offerings. The win was considered a major upset (it’s only the second bourbon to win the award) in whiskey circles, with some questioning how it won at all.

Lurking in the background of the spirit world’s biggest event was a honey pot-shaped glass — the only glass SFWSC judges can use when judging for the competition. Available on Amazon for $22 (set of two), it’s nothing like a traditional whiskey snifter.

Called the Neat Glass, the short, fat cup was designed with a singular premise: smell is everything. The Neat Glass site spells it out plainly: “Humans detect over 10,000 aromas but only five tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami). You don’t taste raspberries, you smell raspberries and taste sweet. Add mouth feel (oily, dry, temperature, texture, minty, hot) to get total flavor. Flavor = Aroma + Taste + Mouth Feel. Flavor is 90% aroma.”

The Neat Glass runs opposite the traditional Glencairn, where a narrow top opening flushes the nose of a whiskey more directly to you; the Neat Glass, on the other hand, uses an outward-flaring rim. This is to fight off ethanol, the enemy of accurate spirit analysis, which numbs the nose and shrouds aromas; it’s why blenders, distillers and spirits competition judges water their whiskey down before drinking. And it’s the reason the glass looks like a cocktail glass ran into a Belgian beer glass.

The pitch goes like this: the wide bowl allows more surface area for swirling the juice, which agitates the liquid and forces it to evaporate from the glass, and the wide rim allows for ethanol diffusion, thereby creating a clearer nose and — if you buy the aroma-over-everything premise — a clearer idea of what you’re drinking.

Is it all talk? You be the judge.

The Complete BMW Motorcycle Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

BMW automobiles have long set themselves apart in the crowded luxury marketplace by being driver-oriented machines, offering a dynamic experience behind the wheel while maintaining a high degree of refinement. Products from BMW Motorrad are no different, bringing equal amounts of sportiness, capability and luxury to the table.

But just as BMW’s cars have adapted to changing times, so too have BMW’s motorcycles. Constant innovation, with a focus on safety and accessibility, have made their efforts to mint new riders among the most successful in the industry. Entry-level single-cylinder bikes and scooters seek to bring the joy of riding to urban mobility. Adventure and heritage motorcycles equipped with the brand’s signature boxer engine are instantly recognizable, thanks to the horizontally opposed cylinders—and even those Beemers that don’t bear such obvious marks can still be clearly identified, as all of them wear the iconic blue-and-white roundel on the gas tank.

BMW Motorrad History

BMW stands for “Bavarian Motor Works” (or Bayerische Motoren Werke, in German) and while the company is best-known for its cars, its motorcycle engine manufacturing predates their first automobile by nine years. BMW AG was founded in Munich in 1916 and produced airplane engines during World War I; in 1921, it began building motorcycle engines for other manufacturers before building their first bike, the R32, in 1923. (That R32 was the foundation of BMW motorcycles for decades; its shaft drive was in use until 1994.)

Following World War II, the company was given permission to start building motorcycles again in Western Germany in 1947; however, it had to start from scratch, as all its surviving blueprints and plans were at the facility in Eastern Germany under Soviet control. Following a trademark lawsuit in 1952, motorcycles produced at the Eisenach plant in East Germany wore a red-and-white roundel bearing the name EMW (Eisenacher Motoren Werke)to distance them from BMW. (If you think those bikes are highly sought-after collector’s items these days, you’d be correct.)

How BMW Names its Motorcycles

As is the case with its cars, BMW Motorrad uses an alphanumeric naming system for their motorcycles. The first part of the name is a letter, which corresponds to an engine type; currently, the BMW Motorrad lineup has six engine types that vary from scooters names start with a C (parallel twin-cylinder engines attached to a constantly variable clutch) to sport bikes like the $78,000 HP4 Race (high-performance four-stroke four-cylinder). Between those extremes, you have bikes starting with the letter S (four-cylinder sport motor), R (opposed twin-cylinder), G (single cylinder), F (parallel twin-cylinder), and K (three or more cylinders).

The second part of the name is comprised of numbers, which represent the size of the engine’s displacement in cubic centimeters….except when it’s actually just a random series of numbers instead, which does happen.  Currently, models with the numbers 310, 400, 650, 750, 850, 1000, 1200, 1250, and 1600 fill up the lineup.

Lastly comes the letter or letters following the numbers—the part of the name that explains the purpose of the bike: A (for Adventure, sometimes spelled out), S (sometimes Sport or Strasse, the German word for street), G (from the German word Gelande, which means terrain), GT (sport touring), RR (road racing), RT (road touring), L (luxury), T (touring), GTL (luxury sport touring), B (bagger), R (road), X (extreme), and GSA (grand sport adventure, sometimes spelled out) all see use in 2019.

BMW Motorrad Terminology

BMW Motorrad: Pronounced “Moto-rad” (meaning “motorcycle” in German), this has been BMW AG’s motorcycle division since 1923.

Beemer/Beamer: Traditionally, “Bimmer” is the nickname for BMW cars, while “Beemer” or “Beamer” applies to the motorcycles. Why? Well, the etymology comes from the post-WWII era. BMW was competing with British bike company BSA, whose bikes were nicknamed “Beesers.” The “Beemer” nickname was attached to the BMW bikes in an effort to keep it from seeming like the staunch German brand.

Flat Twin: BMW’s iconic engine layout of choice, with two horizontally opposed cylinders mounted across the frame.

Airhead:  The flat twin engine with two valves per cylinder produced from 1969 to 1995 that is cooled by air.

Oilhead: Partial oil cooling, which came to the flat twin boxer in 1995, when the cylinders gained two valves for a total of four.

Precision Cooling: A glycol/water coolant mixture is sent to the hottest part of the engine around the combustion chamber. This accounts for 35% of engine cooling; air and oil account for the other 65 percent. Precision water cooling arrived on the GS line of bikes in 2013.

GS: The literal translation of Gelände/Straße is “Off-road/Road,” but GS is also used interchangeably to mean Gelände Sport. The first BMW GS produced was the R80/GS in 1980 and continues through today;  the line is easily identified by the long travel suspension and upright riding position, and bikes are often optioned with long distance touring accessories.

Shaft Drive: The final drive system of choice for BMW since the R32 arrived in 1923, consisting of a shaft that connects a gear inside the gearbox to another gear inside a hub on the rear wheel.

Urban Mobility (Scooters)

BMW Motorrad’s Urban Mobility segment consists of three scooters: two gas-powered models and a fully-electric model. The fuel burners are the C650 GT ($10,995) and C400 X ($6,795); the former is capable of covering long distances easily in addition to being a premium two-wheeled city street slayer, while the latter is a modern mid-size commuter with built-in smartphone connectivity. The single cylinder in the 400 X delivers 34 hp and 67 mpg, while the twin cylinder of the 650 GT offers 60 hp, 51 mpg, and a 112-mph maximum speed.

The fully electric C evolution ($13,995) has a powerful little electric motor with 48 hp and 53 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-30 time of 2.8 seconds. It’s quick, futuristic looking and has a 99-mile range.

Models:
• C400X – $6,795
• C650GT – $10,995
• C evolution – $13,995

Engines:
• 350cc single
• 647cc inline twin
• 133v air-cooled lithium-ion high voltage battery

Adventure

When BMW introduced the R80 G/S in 1980, it kicked off a whole new segment—one that has risen to new heights of popularity in the past few years, as smaller, more approachable adventure bikes have hit the market. So it stands to reason that the company that started it all would be producing the bikes to beat.(Car nerds, you can think of BMW’s “GS” motorcycles as the 3 Series of Motorrad.)

They range from the very accessible, fun-to-ride single cylinder G 310 GS ($5,795) up to the iconic R 1250 GS Adventure ($19,945), which can be found conquering continents with its 136-hp four-stroke flat twin. In between these two ends of the spectrum lie a number of great rides, including the F750 G S($10,395) with standard stability control and ABS, and the new F850 GS Adventure ($14,295) with a new 90-hp parallel twin cylinder engine and a smoother, more easily-operated clutch to reduce fatigue in tricky situations. Also noteworthy is the S 1000 XR ($16,895) which combines a 165-hp inline four-cylinder engine and sport bike riding dynamics with GS ergonomics and styling. There are countless ways to set up these bikes, but regardless of how you spec it, a GS is ready to eat up a ton of miles.

Models:
• G 310 GS – $5,795
• F 750 GS – $10,395
• F 850 GS – $13,195
• F 850 GS Adventure –$14,295
• S 1000 XR – $16,895
• R 1200 GS – $16,895
• R 1250 GS – $17,695
• R 1250 GS Adventure – $19,945

Engines:
• 313cc single
• 853cc parallel twin
• 853cc inline twin
• 999cc inline four
• 1,170cc stroke flat twin

Heritage

It was only a matter of time before stripped-down retro themed bikes had their moment. When BMW launched the R NineT in 2013, it was that moment. Here was an air-cooled boxer BMW with classic lines, but with optional heated grips and a factory warranty.

Since the launch, the R NineT family has expanded to five distinct models, ranging from the stripped-down, ready-for-customization R NineT Pure ($9,995) to the original R NineT ($15,495). There’s an R NineT Racer ($13,545), which boasts a sexy throwback front cowl and one of the most aggressive seating positions on the market. Then there’s the homage to the R80 G/S, the R NineT Urban G/S ($12,995); finally, there’s the R NineT Scrambler ($12,995) which brings knobby tires, a brown leather seat, and high-mounted dual exhaust. All five bikes use the same air/oil cooled twin cylinder boxer engine making 110 hp 86 lb-ft of torque. Oh and regardless of whether you go for the stock exhaust or optional Akropovic setup, they all sound phenomenal.

Models:
• R nineT Pure – $9,995
• R nineT Scrambler – $12,995
• R nineT Urban G/S – $12,995
• R nineT Racer – $12,545
• R nineT – $15,495

Engines:
• 1,170cc flat twin

Roadster

The Roadster segment is comprised of just two bikes, but the G 310 R ($4,750) and S 1000 R ($13,995) are hardly afterthoughts. The former represents an incredible value-for-money proposition, while the latter is a 165-hp beast with a standard titanium exhaust. The G 310 R is the more urban-oriented of the single-cylinder entry-level bikes, has already attracted a wide-ranging audience from new riders to custom builders. With a low center of gravity that’s been shifted towards the front wheel by rotating the cylinder head 180 degrees (thus giving the whole cylinder a rearward tilt) and a fully-fueled weight shy of 350 lbs, it offers an engaging riding experience that novices and veterans can both enjoy.

The S 1000 R, on the other hand, is just shy of being a full-blown sport bike. It’s an enthralling, stripped-down piece of machinery that somehow remains comfortable enough for commuting. It notably comes standard with Gear Shift Assist Pro, which lets you skip the hassle of engaging the clutch when ratcheting off shifts at full tilt.

Models:

• G 310 R – $4,750
• S 1000 R – $13,995

Engines:

• 313cc single-cylinder
• 999cc inline-four

Touring

This is the other big segment for BMW, next to their Adventure bikes. BMW touring bikes can be found covering large swaths of land around the globe—and if you swing through notable riding zones like the Tail Of The Dragon, you’re guaranteed to spot a few well-to-do folks cruising in comfort on them. It’s kind of outrageous that the K 1600 B ($20,095) even exists; after all, when you think of BMW motorcycles, you don’t think of baggers. But there it is: six cylinders all in a row, a low-slung silhouette, taillights you can’t ignore, and an incredible amount of road presence.

The R 1250 RT ($18,645) boasts a new twin-cylinder boxer making 136 hp and 105 lb-ft, and makes use of a new variable camshaft control system dubbed “BMW ShiftCam” that gives access to more torque across the powerband by using variable valve timing. On a big bike like this, that’s exactly what riders are looking for: ease of riding, comfort, and doing the long rides in style. None do it better than especially the K 1600 GTL ($25,995) which has dual adaptive xenon headlights and an electrically-adjustable windscreen. (Yes, you read that right.) Other than the HP4 Race, it’s BMW’s most expensive motorcycle—but read the build sheet and you’ll understand why.

Models:
• K 1600 B – $20,095
• K 1600 Grand America – $25,595
• K 1600 GTL – $25,995
• K 1600 GT – $22,995
• R 1250 RT – $18,645
• R 1200 RT- $18,395

Engines:
• 1,170cc boxer twin
• 1,649cc inlin- six

Sport

For a brand that’s had so much success in racing and is generally associated with “sportiness” by consumers, oddly enough, sport bikes aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of BMW Motorrad. Perhaps it’s because the Adventure and Touring bikes dominate in their respective categories and all those Italian sport bikes just scream “FAST”—but make no mistake, BMW builds seriously capable sport bikes.

A new S 1000 RR ($16,995) is on the way; the release date is still unconfirmed, but when it arrives, it’s going to shake things up in the sportbike scene faster, lighter, and nuttier than the current S 1000 RR ($15,995). The inline four-cylinder engine is now making 205 hp at 13,000 rpm, and redline doesn’t arrive until 14,600 rpm. With the optional M Package selected, weight is reduced by an extra 7.7 lbs to bring the bike down to 427 lbs.

Should you want to take your track day to the ultimate level, there’s the HP4 Race ($78,000) with carbon-fiber frame and wheels. Here the inline four-cylinder makes 215 hp, while the curb weight rings up at 322 lbs. It’s their ultimate handmade two-wheeler, and BMW’s building just 750 of them, so plan accordingly—and act fast.

Models:
• HP4 Race – $78,000
• S 1000 RR – $16,995

Engines:

• 999cc Inline Four

Today in Gear: DUER’s Versatile Travel Pants, the History Behind 21 Great Military Watches & More

Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and deals. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.


Vancouver-based DUER designed some of the season’s best travel pants. The Live Free Adventure Pant is made from the brand’s lightest proprietary fabric, the Live Lite blend. A blend of Tencel, cotton, polyester and Lycra, this material is light, high stretch and seriously comfortable.

These are all characteristics any great pair of travel pants should possess, but DUER added function with additional features like stealth cargo pockets that’ll keep your phone safe and out of the way while riding a bike in, say, an exotic locale. Other upgrades include a Rainshield DWR coating (making the pants resistant to oil, dirt and water) and convertible snap cuffs for added versatility. So if you have adventure plans and need a reliable pair of pants, the Live Free Adventure Pants should be your new go-to.

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— John Zientek


Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket
Save $62: Since it came out in the fall of 2017, Patagonia’s Micro Puff Jacket has been our choice for the best synthetic insulated jacket. Simply put, it strikes the perfect balance of warmth and weight (it’s the lightest insulated jacket that Patagonia has made to date). The secret to its innovation is a new type of insulation called PlumaFill that’s made up of down-mimicking polyester fibers that are secured together in one continuous, fluffy line, which zig-zags around beneath its ripstop nylon shell.

The Micro Puff has been such a success that Patagonia used it as the base for the Micro Puff Storm, a waterproof version of the jacket that came out in Fall 2018. Later this year Patagonia will also release the Macro Puff, a heavier and warmer puffy jacket that will use a heartier helping of PlumaFill (and will likely be in as high demand as the Micro Puff).

That Patagonia has released variations of the Micro Puff by no means makes the jacket obsolete. If anything, it’s further verification that it, and it’s fluffy filling, work pretty damn well. Not just in winter either — the Micro Puff’s lightweight warmth makes it ideal for cool summer nights and mornings and mountain adventures. Right now the Micro Puff is 25 percent off at REI in past season colors — a savings of $62. — Tanner Bowden



Adidas Ultraboost Sale
Save 20%: Pick up a pair of Adidas’s feel-good running sneakers for just $144 today. The Adidas Ultraboost is normally $180 but is 20 percent off. Here at Gear Patrol, the Boost sneakers we’ve tested have been some of our favorites — including the Solarboost — one of our best new running shoes of 2019. The hype around the new Adidas Ultraboost 19 is real, which means the original Ultraboost has been on sale quite frequently this year, but who know how long that will last. It’s responsive, so each footfall is soft yet fast. You can’t go wrong with a Boost purchase. — Meg Lappe

Viking 5-Ply Stainless Steel Fry Pan
Save 50%+: “Clad” in stainless steel cookware patois is code for a pan with various types of metals bonded to one another. Think of clad skillets like a sandwich; typically, the top and bottom layers are hardwearing, shiny stainless steel and the middle layers are various forms of quick-heating aluminum. Because of this, the best stainless steel cookware is clad metal — it heats faster and lasts longer than pure steel or aluminum cookware.

Today on Massdrop, Viking’s 5-ply fry pans in 8-inch and 12-inch options are well over 50 percent off retail price. The pans feature a more upward-sloping handle, slightly higher walls and heavier construction than similarly priced competition (like All-Clad). — Will Price


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Welcome to Deals of Note, where Gear Patrol captures all the best deals of the day. You can also follow all our deal posts in the Deals section. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at deals@gearpatrol.com.



Faherty Hoodies
Save up to 68%: New York-based clothing brand Faherty makes a range of hoodies designed for the beach. Inspired by the Baja poncho, the styles feature relaxed fits and breathable knit fabrics. If you’re looking for a lightweight layer perfect for breezy mornings and cool evenings, these are worth checking out. What’s more, a few different colors are currently up to 68 percent off — act now if you want a deal.
— John Zientek


Vans Sneakers
Save up to 40%: If you’re in need of some new sneakers for the warm-weather months, head over to Zappos today. Right now, you can save up to 40 percent on a bunch of iconic styles from Vans. Choose from slip-on and lace-up styles in a range of colors — prices start at just $36.
— John Zientek



Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket
Save $62: Since it came out in the fall of 2017, Patagonia’s Micro Puff Jacket has been our choice for the best synthetic insulated jacket. Simply put, it strikes the perfect balance of warmth and weight (it’s the lightest insulated jacket that Patagonia has made to date). The secret to its innovation is a new type of insulation called PlumaFill that’s made up of down-mimicking polyester fibers that are secured together in one continuous, fluffy line, which zig-zags around beneath its ripstop nylon shell.

The Micro Puff has been such a success that Patagonia used it as the base for the Micro Puff Storm, a waterproof version of the jacket that came out in Fall 2018. Later this year Patagonia will also release the Macro Puff, a heavier and warmer puffy jacket that will use a heartier helping of PlumaFill (and will likely be in as high demand as the Micro Puff).

That Patagonia has released variations of the Micro Puff by no means makes the jacket obsolete. If anything, it’s further verification that it, and it’s fluffy filling, work pretty damn well. Not just in winter either — the Micro Puff’s lightweight warmth makes it ideal for cool summer nights and mornings and mountain adventures. Right now the Micro Puff is 25 percent off at REI in past season colors — a savings of $62. — Tanner Bowden



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Today on Massdrop, Viking’s 5-ply fry pans in 8-inch and 12-inch options are well over 50 percent off retail price. The pans feature a more upward-sloping handle, slightly higher walls and heavier construction than similarly priced competition (like All-Clad). — Will Price

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We Drove Every Jeep Concept From the 2019 Jeep Easter Safari — Here’s the One They Should Build

For 53 years Jeep has gathered the faithful in the Utah mountains for Jeep Easter Safari, an annual celebration of all things off-roading, rock-crawling and American-made, WWII-bred 4x4s. For a week each spring, the town of Moab is overrun with dented Wranglers rolling high on humongous studded rubber and motel parking lots are filled with the clanging sound of wrenching and the disembodied legs of impromptu mechanics scrambling under a stuck winch or busted sway bar.

And as per tradition, Jeep made unto the Easter Safari a grand offering of functional, meticulously designed concept vehicles for 2019—wild, colorful, official corporate imaginings that hint at the possible future thinking of the design and accessories teams, even the go-fast Mopar performance division, and are made available for shakedown runs along lightly challenging mountain trails.

As expected, the 2019 concepts were built almost exclusively on the new Gladiator chassis, the adoringly reviewed return of Jeep’s pickup truck nameplate. Themes ranged from the tongue-in-cheek — the Flatbill, named for the straight hat brims favored by motocross racers — to the ludicrous aggression of Five-Quarter’s 707-horsepower Hellcrate engine and steampunk-peyote design.

Jeep promises to make none of these vehicles, but here’s a look at what they’ve teased—and which one gets our vote for a proper production run.

In ascending order of preference:

Gladiator Gravity

You have to be deep in the life for the Jeep Gladiator Gravity’s stripped down build for rock-climbers — roofless, tube doors, with a two-inch lift kit, heavy steel rock rails, 35-inch tires and a cargo basket. Arguably the most interesting part about the Gladiator Gravity, which started life as a Gladiator Rubicon, is that most everything on the heavily modified truck is purchasable from the Mopar parts catalog. The truck even comes with a cat-back exhaust. But the slidable and lockable drawers in the bed of the truck, enough to hold large amounts of climbing gear, are custom.

Five-Quarter

The Five-Quarter was a fan favorite even after some custom hose blew during the first trail run and it spent much of the day on a rock being worked on with its hood up. Probably because the Five-Quarter looked as if it was meant to be on a rock being worked on with its hood up, set against the vast umber of the Utah mountains like a body spray commercial.

The Five-Quarter has many excellent details. Forty-inch tires on 20-inch beadlock wheels. A 1968 M-715 chassis — the military’s version of the original Gladiator — with a three-speed automatic transmission and cueball shifters. Chopped roof, carbon fiber. A six-foot aluminum bed with integrated wood slats.

And in keeping with the unsubtle theme: a 707 horsepower Dodge “Hellcrate” engine, the drop-in version of the infamous Hellcat powerplant.

Once up and running it was a blast to drive in short bursts, but as the name suggests the Five-Quarter (for a one-and-one-quarter ton, aka five-quarter ton, truck) was overstuffed. Too much power, too many over-the-top details, too aggressive. Imagine alternating every two seconds between silence and redfaced screaming; that’s trying to modulate the throttle. Trekking across the slow, considered crawling route, it just wanted to leap around and smash into things.

The Five-Quarter’s got style to spare if that’s your thing, but for others it will lose points for being the antithesis of the small, humble, go-anywhere Jeep.

Flatbill

The name’s a flippant nod to the motocross crowd’s flat-brimmed caps — instead of a “Trail Rated” badge, this concept is “Bro Rated”; the seats read “Brah” — but Jeep sure took the build seriously, with a four-inch lift, huge 40-inch tires on 20-inch wheels, overbuilt running gear (Dynatrack Pro Rock 60 front and rear axles) and a cold-air intake for the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

Whomever chose the pair of what I believe were KTM 250 SX-Fs in the back has excellent taste in motorcycles. Even more impressive was that you heard the squeak of the bikes in their custom slidable mounts more than you felt the weight of the motorcycles, even while crawling along steep, bumpy ascents and descents or at moderately extreme angles. The truck felt capable of hauling a pair of motorcycles and several people into the exact middle of nowhere without breaking a sweat.

As a sales proposition, the truck would be far more palatable with something other than the current, spilled-energy-drink-on-a-tablecloth color scheme.

Wayout

The overlanding community is currently setting up camp somewhere on the internet full of craft beer and opinions about the Jeep Wayout, an Instagram-perfect #homeiswhereyouparkit build with a heavy-duty roof rack system that supports a pop-up tent for two. (We climbed into the tent; it was comfortable if cozy with just one person inside.) There’s a snorkel, a winch, fuel cans integrated into the rear side panels, and 17-inch painted steel wheels wrapped in 37-inch mud rubber. A color scheme like an army boot and a party-prepper personality: there’s an on-board air machine, and a margarita machine housed in the slidable drawers in the bed, the latter being demonstrated to good use in the parking lot of a local restaurant.

Like the Flatbill, the weight carries easy for the Gladiator-based Wayout despite the stock 3.6-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Everything feels balanced, secure; the truck is surprisingly nimble, the inputs easy to modulate. It suggests the Gladiator platform is as robust as claimed.

J6

The undisputed king of the show, what a two-door Gladiator might look like, and easily the best-looking of the bunch, the J6 looked like a bright blue matchbox truck come to life, and therefore had the intended effect on the Jeep die-hards, some of whom actually stamped and yelled, “I want it! You have to build it! Build it now!” during the vehicle presentation.

The vehicle’s proportions, including the custom light rack and tire carrier mounted in the bed, work beautifully in part because Jeep fitted the J6 with a six-foot bed, a full foot more than the Gladiator bed, yet the concept is 17.1 inches shorter than the Gladiator. It rides just as fun as it looks thanks to the 118.4-inch wheelbase of the Wrangler Rubicon chassis that underpins it.

There’s a custom stinger bar on the bumper and a removable hardtop roof and 17-inch beadlock wheels with 37-inch tires. The bright blue paint is lifted from the ‘78 Jeep Honcho, and there’s a prototype color-matched spray-in bedliner that Jeep seems keen on developing as an option, assuming it wants to go through the process of properly matching enough colors and working it into the vehicle-finishing process.

The J6 hits every mark to be hit, yet it’s not the best prototype of the show, at least according to this reckoning. And while it’s suspect to fault a concept vehicle for ignoring certain realities, a production version of the J6 is as close to a sports car as you’re going to come in Moab: a big, beautiful toy to be envied for the lifestyle it represents. Even if they make one — and they’ll probably make one — even most Wrangler buyers won’t be able to muster the rationalization.

JT Scrambler

Simple subtraction involving my age will invariable suggest bias when I declare the 80s-decked JT Scrambler the best of Easter Safari, but fashion is cyclical and the fact remains that orange and red stripes and a brown top on a white truck with 17-inch metallic bronze wheels simply appears good and right and proper at the current moment.

Chances are exceedingly small that anyone needs more capability than found on the stock Gladiator, but just in case Jeep Performance Parts gave the JT Scrambler a two-inch lift — which helps fit the 37-inch tires — plus rock rails, and a cat-back exhaust system and a cold-air intake.

There is also a beautiful designed two-inch tubular steel light rack, painted white and mounted with four five-inch LEDs. There are more LEDs, at the A-pillars and brush guards, the name “Scrambler” along the hood, and a “Trail Rated” badge delete to make room for the stripes.

Apart from the rolling accessories rig that is the Gladiator Gravity, the JT Scrambler is the least “concept” of the group, and that’s why it’s the best: it has reasonable but effective performance upgrades, is comfortable and everyday usable, has a graphics package that seems easily deliverable — but surely throw in the retro Jeep script and badging from the Five-Quarter and J6 — and best of all, is essentially a vehicle that someone high enough up at Jeep could snap fingers and decide to offer the following month.

Or, better yet, a host of retro Gladiator packages.

Best 20 Glass Water Bottles

BEST GLASS WATER BOTTLES

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When you need a glass water bottle built for athletes, the Zulu Atlas is always a great choice. Zulu focuses most of their attention on engineering high-quality glass water bottles that can stand up to the rigors of sport and athleticism.

The thick annealed glass, along with the stylish and beautifully-textured silicone protective sleeve adds a layer of confidence that you just won’t find with a lot of other glass water bottles. Not only is it impact resistant but it’s easy to grip as well. This bottle didn’t just make it to the number one spot for looking great and being strong, though.

The Zulu Atlas is incredibly easy to use. With only one hand, you can flip the top to take a drink no matter what you are doing, no matter what that might be.

Pros

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Cons

  • cross-altHinge pin requires occasional adjustments

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.5 x 3.5 x 10.3 in
  • Weight 1 lb.
  • Capacity 20 oz
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Coming in at number 2, we have the EQUA. One of our favorite bottles on the list, this entry is perfect for long days at the gym or yoga studio. The high-quality borosilicate glass makes for a clean-tasting water every time, and the felt outer covering helps insulate the bottle for use with hot and cold drinks.

The bottle itself has a simple, yet elegant design and it features a twist-on spill-proof metal cap with a silicone interior to protect the flavor of your water. The attractive stitched felt covering also helps the bottle fit in anywhere, not just the gym.

Glass water bottles are often designed for use in particular scenarios, but the EQUA water bottle will just as good sitting next to you on your yoga mat as it will on the conference table at work. Choose from one of four different color schemes to suit your style and mood for the day.

Pros

  • checkStylish
  • checkEasy-grip cloth cover
  • checkNo leaking
  • checkSturdy

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  • cross-altNon-removable cover

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  • BPA Free Yes
  • Capacity 28 oz
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Coming in at number three, we have what many call the best glass water bottle on the market. Contigo is a name that most people will hear sooner or later when looking for a high-quality glass water bottle. Contigo has been a subsidiary of Rubbermade for several years now, but they design and manufacture all of their own products.

What you get with such a strong company is a limited lifetime warranty on each water bottle that you buy from them, first-class quality control, and trust that promises made are promises kept.

The main features that you can enjoy from this all glass and silicone water bottle are few, but they are the most vital ones. A silicone carry loop for easy transport, dishwasher safe, wide mouth for easy drinking, and completely leak-proof lid make for a solid water bottle option.

Pros

  • checkCarry loop
  • checkLarge mouth
  • checkSilicone sleeve
  • checkTethered lid

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  • cross-altSilicone sleeve difficult to remove

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  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 2.5 x 2.5 x 10.2 in
  • Weight 1 lb.
  • Capacity 20 oz
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Lifefactory is another favorite of ours for obvious reasons. These glass bottles are made from high-quality glass, plastic, and silicone making them healthy and durable at the same time.

Apart from the fact that there are fourteen colors to choose from, there are also three different sizes. The one we chose for our list is 22 ounces which we think is the perfect middle ground for glass water bottles. It isn’t bulky or heavy and holds enough water to get you through a workout session or an afternoon at the office.

For convenience, Lifefactory also offers three different cap styles to suit various lifestyles and activities. The press-n-go cap resembles lids found on tumblers, while the sport flip cap and pivot straw cap are common lid solutions for sport bottles. No matter which cap you choose, you’ll get a convenient carry handle as well.

Pros

  • checkWater taste is never altered by bottle
  • checkPerfect size for an active lifestyle
  • checkWide mouth

Cons

  • cross-altExtra caps sold separately

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.1 x 3.1 x 10.5 in
  • Weight 1.14 lbs.
  • Capacity 22 oz
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The Takeya Classic is a bottle made from lead and BPA-free glass which is all wrapped up in a minimalist silicone sleeve. The twist on/flip-top cap is perfect for anyone looking for both a convenient drinking solution as well as something that is completely spill proof.

The 22-ounce capacity is large enough to keep you hydrated but the slim sleeve design and shape of the bottle makes for a perfect solution for use on the go. This cupholder-friendly water bottle also comes with a convenient screw top lid with a sip lid function for added ease of use.

Another nice feature of the Takeya Classic is the large cutout in the silicone sleeve that lets you check on your water goals throughout the day. Whether you are into sports or just want a water bottle to take with you while on the go, the Takeya Classic is a good way to go.

Pros

  • checkConvenient cap
  • checkFits snugly in backpack side pockets
  • checkGreat balance

Cons

  • cross-altCap is not attached to bottle

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Lead Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.5 x 2.8 x 10.5 in
  • Weight 1.3 lbs.
  • Capacity 22 oz
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Coming in at number six, we have the revered CamelBak Eddy. This water bottle has garnered all sorts of attention thanks to its unique drinking mechanism and solid construction. This water bottle is made from very strong glass that is both lead and PBA free and it’s all wrapped up in a stylish silicone sleeve. The sleeve doesn’t cover the entire bottle, so you’ll remember the fact that you are drinking from glass.

Apart from the sleeve, the most unique feature of the CamelBak Eddy is the drinking apparatus. Termed the ‘Eddy Bite Valve’, this solution is completely leak proof due to the silicone valve system that pops out with a simple flick. The attached straw is also helpful because it lets you drink without tipping the bottle back.

If you are interested in a strong glass water bottle with silicone sleeve featuring a bite valve and straw, and one that is made for one-handed use, you’ll get a lifetime warranty with this choice as well.

Pros

  • checkConvenient bite valve
  • checkNo-spill lid
  • checkNon-slip, silicone sleeve looks great

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  • cross-altCap is for specific type of use

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 10.2 x 3.7 x 3.2 in
  • Weight 1.2 lbs.
  • Capacity 24 oz
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To continue our list of glass drinking bottles we have the Origin Glass water bottle. Each different bottle manufacturer puts their own unique twist onto the water bottle concept and for Origin that splash of personality is found in the spill-proof bamboo twist cap.

The glass itself is a simple design that comes in various sizes (14, 22, 32 oz) to suit different needs, and there is a thick protective sleeve made from silicone to wrap it all up. There are thirteen colors to choose from, but we like seaside Green the best.

As an added bonus, the folks at Origin have decided to give a percentage of the money earned from each of their bottles to a charity responsible for building wells in Ghana, where poverty and lack of good drinking water has become a debilitating issue.

Pros

  • checkCompletely non-toxic
  • checkFits into standard cup holders
  • checkStylish
  • checkSturdy

Cons

  • cross-altBamboo cap isn’t strong (but comes with a 90-day warranty)

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Lead Free Yes
  • Cadmium Free Yes
  • Capacity 14, 22, 32 oz
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Next up, we have a large glass water bottle from Xtremeglas. The company was started by a veteran who saw a need for a clear glass water bottle with a purpose that goes beyond just holding water in it.

The Xtremeglas solution to many people’s water intake problems is the handy water measurement system complete with time stamps to help keep your eye on (quite literally) your water intake. At 32 ounces, filling the bottle twice solves your recommended daily intake, but it is also a large bottle.

For convenience, the steel lid and nylon carrying strap make for a easy-to-carry and completely spill-proof answer to the cap question. The choice of colors for the silicone sleeve is also a nice touch as we can now enjoy the benefits of silicone in the style we prefer.

Pros

  • checkTimelines printed on bottle to assist water intake
  • checkExtra thick glass is sturdy
  • checkNylon carrying strap included

Cons

  • cross-alt32 oz bottles may be too large for some

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  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.1 x 3.1 x 11 in
  • Weight 1.38 lbs.
  • Capacity 32 oz
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What do you get when you cross an insulated double-walled glass water bottle, a tea infuser, and a glass coffee (or tea) mug? Well, you get the ONEISALL double walled borosilicate glass tea mug with lid, of course!

At 20 ounces, this interesting addition to the world of glass water bottles is not exactly small, but it’s not too large for comfort either. What you get is a stainless-steel screw-on lid (leak proof), a tea infuser insert with metal mesh, a convenient handle for simplified use.

The thick glass is able to put with temperature swings ranging between -20 to 120 degrees making this the perfect option for a wide range of drinks. The fact that it is insulated also means there is never any need to rush if you prefer a certain temperature for your beverages.

Pros

  • checkDurable and stylish
  • checkOne mug, multiple uses
  • checkInfuser works well

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  • cross-altSteeping container is at the top of the mug

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  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.6 x 7 in
  • Capacity 20 oz
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The Kablo bottle is an addition to our list of best 20 glass water bottles that will offer peace of mind in a package that really couldn’t be any more simplistic.

Made from 100% high-density borosilicate glass, this water bottle is free from all contaminants. Kablo offers a completely transparent manufacture process so you know that their bottles are always safe. Whether you are worried about cadmium, lead, BPA, BPS, phthalate, or any of the other common toxins, the glass used for this bottle will put your mind at ease.

The stainless-steel lid and silicone gasket create a seal that will not leak, and you will never taste metal in your water. The Kablo also has a wide mouth opening that makes drinking to heart’s content that much easier.

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  • checkWide mouth for ice cubes
  • checkAir and water tight
  • checkSilicone sleeves are stylish and minimalistic
  • check365-day broken bottle policy

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  • cross-altBasic bottle design
  • cross-altPricey for a glass water bottle

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • BPS Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Capacity 32 oz (10.25 x 3 in), 21 oz (6.75 x 3 in)
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The 26-ounce water bottle that we have included here on this glass water bottle master list is a bit of an oddball for two reasons.

For one thing, it is not actually a glass bottle for water. It’s made from a high-quality, PBA-free plastic that looks a bit like glass due to the subtle coloring and transparency. That said, it’s very nice plastic that will not break and will likely last for a very long time. The plastic also helps with the weight. Coming in a just over half a pound, this is the lightest water bottle on our list.

The second thing that really sets this water bottle apart is the fact that it has a built water filter. The filter goes right into the straw, so you can put water from any tap in your bottle and drink it as if you were drawing it from a mountain spring.

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  • checkStraw with filter makes refills easy
  • checkLeak-proof lid
  • checkFlip cap is convenient
  • checkCup holder friendly

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  • cross-altReplacing filters is necessary
  • cross-altPlastic bottle could be seen as a pro or a con

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  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.2 x 3.2 x 10.8 in
  • Weight 9.6 oz
  • Capacity 26 oz
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If you are looking for a fun, stylish glass water bottle that it easy to carry around, the Veegoal might be what you are looking for. The 18-ounce, borosilicate glass bottle is completely free from contaminates of all kinds, is dishwasher safe, and is strong enough to withstand extreme temperatures with ease. Whether you like your drinks cold or hot, you’ll never have to worry about the glass on this bottle cracking due to quick changes in temperature.

The screw-on bamboo cap is both stylish and functional as it creates a perfect seal around the mouth of the bottle. The silicone sleeve also looks great. It is simple, covers about 3/4 of the bottle, and comes in a variety of soothing colors in a matte finish. This bottle will look great at home, in the office, or at the gym, and you’ll never have to worry about portability because it fits cup holders with ease.

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  • checkPortable
  • checkMade from borosilicate glass
  • checkHigh temperature tolerance

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  • cross-altPlastic inner cap
  • cross-altTopples easily

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  • BPA Free Yes
  • Phthalate free Yes
  • Lead free Yes
  • Cadmium free Yes
  • Capacity 18 oz
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It isn’t every day that we get to try out a glass water bottle with a touch of elegance. Many are simply utilitarian bottles with a simple focus. This product from Equa will make you feel like you’ve just spent a day at the 5-star spa and you have a nice water bottle to show for it.

What makes this entry so special are the design features coupled with the high-quality materials used in making it. Style-wise, the tall hourglass shape is a thing of beauty. Not only is the shape unique but there are several versions, each having its own style of silicone protection and artistic touch.

The fact that this bottle is made from 100% borosilicate glass also means that unwanted toxins leeching into your water will never compromise your water.

Pros

  • checkStylish bottle shape is easy to hold
  • checkSilicone foot is unobtrusive
  • checkGreat balance
  • checkMultiple lid options

Cons

  • cross-altCap not dishwasher safe
  • cross-altToo big for some cupholders

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.2 x 3.2 x 9.4 in
  • Weight 1.1 lb.
  • Capacity 18.6 oz
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At number 14, we have another great water bottle for you to consider. The Kitchen Lux glass water bottle checks all the boxes when it comes to convenience and you’ll be able to give that convenience to your entire family. The Kitchen Lux bottles come in packs of 1, 4, and 6, so you can keep everyone hydrated in style.

The silicone strap attached to the stainless-steel screw-on cap makes transporting these bottles a simple task, and you’ll never have to worry about spills thanks to the food-grade silicone seal on the inner part of the lid. The nylon sleeve is also useful and adds a bit of protection from dings and scratches.

As far as your safety is concerned, this glass is free from toxins like BPA, lead, PVC, and more.

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Dimensions 9 inches from top to bottom
  • Weight 0.8 lbs.
  • Capacity 18 oz (x6)
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Ello Elsie is a water bottle that will stand out from the crowd, no matter where that crowd happens to be. You could bring this glass water bottle to the office, to the gym, or anywhere else, and it’ll look great. The choice of colors for the easy-open silicone flip cap adds a flare of style to the classic milk bottle look that this product is modeled after, and the branding and accents are very tastefully done.

Looks aren’t everything when it comes to glass water bottles though. Many leak and spill, for example, but that is never an issue with the Ello Elsie. Beyond being able to keep contents contained, all the materials used are safe and clean, leaving you free to enjoy your beverages without worry.

Another nice thig about this bottle is that the mouth is large enough for ice cubes, which also means that it is large enough for food items making this a perfect bottle for infused drinks.

Pros

  • checkWide mouth opening
  • checkNo leeching or staining
  • checkLeak-proof cap
  • checkFun design looks great

Cons

  • cross-altSilicone stretches over time
  • cross-altNot the easiest to clean

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 2.5 x 9 x 2.5 in
  • Weight 1 lb.
  • Capacity 32 oz
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At number 16, we have a water bottle that is perfect for anyone looking for an all-in-one glass water bottle kit to solve their hydration needs. Not only do you get a great water bottle when you order a Sursip bottle, but you’ll also get a padded nylon carrying case with a handle strap for added mobility.

On top of that, a second longer detachable strap is also included, as is a bottle brush to keep your large, 1-liter bottle clean and tasting great. Another useful feature of this water bottle is the measuring system printed on the side of the bottle.

What you need in a glass water bottle is convenience, good-quality glass that won’t negatively impact your drinking water and a lid that is sure never to leak. Add in some other bells and whistles and you’ve got yourself a winner. The Sursip ticks all the necessary boxes, and then some.

Pros

  • checkComes with a bottle brush
  • checkTime marked
  • checkDishwasher safe
  • checkStainless steel lid

Cons

  • cross-altNot the best for hot drinks
  • cross-altLarge size not the best for hiking or other sporting activities

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Weight 1.5 lbs.
  • Capacity 32 oz
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When you are ready for something a little bit different, the Zulu Studio might be the one you are looking for. This water bottle comes with all the usual benefits, including durable glass that doesn’t leech harmful substances into your beverages, a sealing lid and a silicone sleeve.

What’s different about this bottle, though, is that fact that Zulu has managed to make all those standard offerings a little bit better. The cap, for example, doesn’t just seal perfectly. It also snaps closed and flips open at the touch of a button, and it can even be locked for times when accidental leaks are an absolute no-no.

As far as the silicone sleeve, the one on the Zulu Studio is one of the thickest we’ve seen, and it features some great-looking design choices as well. The whole package is easy to clean and when it comes time to wash this water bottle, all that is required is quick trip through the dishwasher.

Oh yeah, and did we mention that this glass water bottle is made with the demanding needs of athletes in mind?

Pros

  • checkDishwasher safe
  • checkLid snaps into place and locks
  • checkCarry loop makes transporting simple
  • checkNo leeching or staining

Cons

  • cross-altToo large for some
  • cross-altSilicone sleeve is difficult to remove

Specs

  • BPA/BPS Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3 x 3 x 10.3 in
  • Weight 1.24 lbs.
  • Capacity 28 oz
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Our list is coming close to the end but no comprehensive collection of the best glass water bottles 2019 has to offer would be complete without this unique offering from Glasstic. You could probably guess by looking the name that this glass water bottle might be a little different from the competition, and you would be absolutely correct!

Glasstic has cleverly combined all the benefits of glass and plastic bottles and put them into one package. With a contaminate-free interior glass insert to hold your delicious beverages and a plastic outer shell to protect the glass, you get safety and great taste together.

Normally, you can’t bring glass water bottles to the swimming pool or beach. That’s not the case with this one, though, because the plastic outer shell will contain any breakage, should it occur.

Pros

  • checkDouble walled
  • checkFlip cap is convenient
  • checkComes in a variety of colors
  • checkSmall size makes bottle ultra-portable

Cons

  • cross-altProtective outer shell adds bulk (but contains broken glass)
  • cross-altDesign may not be for everyone

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Dimensions 10.7 x 3.5 x 3.8 in
  • Weight 1.2 lbs.
  • Capacity 16 oz
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Another water bottle we had to include in number 19 on our list. The MIU Color glass water is a cool glass water bottle that looks quite different than a lot of the others that you’ve seen wither on this list or anywhere else.

Resembling the shape of the old plastic Gatorade bottles, this water bottle is wider that most and is completely covered by a silicone sleeve. The large, screw top lid is black and provides a complete seal for added protection and the convenient silicone carry strap connected to the lid is as functional as it is complimentary to the overall look of this handsome water bottle.

You’ll also find measurements on the sleeve making it easier to keep track of how much water you are drinking, and the borosilicate glass makes for one of the most durable glass water bottle experiences available today.

Pros

  • checkWide mouth opening
  • checkSilicone sleeve with measurements
  • checkLeak-proof lid
  • checkCarry loop for convenience

Cons

  • cross-altMetal lid can leave a metallic taste
  • cross-altDoes not do well with hot liquids

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Dimensions 7.6 x 3.7 x 3.7 in
  • Weight 1.4 lbs.
  • Capacity 30 oz
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Since we’re ending our list with several unique offering from the world of quality drinking vessels, the chakra-aligning glass water bottle from Zura is about as interesting as it gets.

When you go the Zura Crystal Infused Water Bottle route, you get high-quality glass, a tightly sealing stainless-steel lid with a silicone insert to preserve flavor, a carrying strap for added control, and a removable stainless-steel bottom cap with a giant amethyst crystal mounted on top of it.

Mined and processed in Brazil, the amethyst crystals used to infuse your water are beautiful, but they also infuse your water with high vibrational energy to improve your mood and present-ness throughout the day.

The Zura Crystal comes in several colors and styles, is narrow enough for cup holders, and is easily dismantled for cleaning.  The protective nylon cover is also a nice touch as it strengthens, adds grip, and conceals the crystal on the inside of the bottle.

Pros

  • checkProtective sleeve
  • checkMay align your chakras!
  • checkAmethyst crystals add a sense of mystery and intrigue
  • checkConvenient carry loop

Cons

  • cross-altInner crystal takes up space
  • cross-altMay not actually turn you into a better person

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Weight 1.44 lbs.
  • Capacity 18 oz

BONUS PRODUCT

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Our bonus product is a good option for use either at home or at the office. The Ello Devon is a glass tumbler made from thick glass that is PBA free. It has a friction-fit wooden lid which is water tight thanks to its silicone seal and there is a straw for ease of use. For both added durability and style points, the attractive silicone boot which covers the majority of the tumbler’s body comes in several fun colors.

The included straw is thick making it easy to drink pretty much any drink you decide to put into your stylish new tumbler. The large, 2-inch mouth is big enough for ice cubes, chunks of fruits and veggies, and convenient washing, as well, which is yet another reason that we like this offering from Ello.

Pros

  • checkStylish design with non-slip silicone sleeve
  • checkComes in a variety of attractive colors
  • checkReal wood accents on lid

Cons

  • cross-altIncluded straw is not spill proof

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.2 x 3.2 x 3.2 in
  • Weight 1.2 lbs.
  • Capacity 20 oz

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

As you can see, there are a huge number of glass water bottles to choose from but finding the perfect one isn’t always as simple as it seems. Considerations that you have to make include cap styles, material composition, size, and more. Do you need a silicone sleeve or is a nylon carrying case enough?

What type of glass should I choose?

When it comes to material composition you may have noticed from our list that the best glass water bottles are made from borosilicate glass. This type of glass is highly resistant to temperatures changes, meaning you can go from an iced drink to boiling tea in a matter of seconds without worrying about your glass bottle shattering. If you see a bottle design that you like made from borosilicate glass, it’s always a nice choice. Otherwise, be sure that the glass you choose is from a trusted company and is thick enough to withstand normal, daily wear and tear.

Is there a perfect size?

Another thing that you should pay attention to is the size of the bottle. Some people want a bottle large enough to satisfy their hydration needs with only one refill throughout the day, while others want more portable options. Looking at the diameter and height of the bottle that you are considering will help you understand if it’ll fit into your lifestyle. Sizes range from 14 ounces to 32 ounces, and sometimes even higher, so finding a glass water bottle that you will be able to use comfortably is very important.

Does it matter which lid I choose?

The short answer is, yes. Absolutely. Lids come in a few different form factors, and, like everything else in life, the one you choose should depend on how you intend to use it.

Some of the best lids for near-guaranteed leak-proof performance are screw on tops. There are many bottles that feature this lid style because of the inherent reliability that comes with it. Something to keep in mind, however, is that the material the cap is made from. Some water bottle makers choose materials that leave a metallic taste in the water which defeats the purpose of buying a glass bottle in the first place. Others create caps of multiple parts that easily come apart over time, and still others do not add anything in the seal department to guarantee leak-proof-ness.

Other lid styles that are commonly used include flip-top caps (with and without locking mechanisms), screw-on solutions with spouts (with and without straws), and there are even some fiction-fit press on style lids available. The best of all the variations that you will find will be leak-proof, but you’ll also find that each category also comes with its fair share of pretenders. Read through the reviews to see what types of experiences others have with the same cap styles.

Are there advantages to different types of protective sleeves?

Again, yes. The most common type of sleeve that you will find on the best glass water bottles is silicone. The durable nature of the material along with the great look and feel makes it the perfect solution to protect a glass bottle. That said, they are not all the same. Some are made to be removable and other are not. Some are thicker than others offering better protection, and some are made to be more stylish than protective.

If you care about taking your protective sleeve off for cleaning purposes, make sure to choose a bottle that makes that possible. Some manufacturers will include the product description that the sleeve is removable but reading a few customer reviews will tell you that the removal process can take you all day to complete.

Conclusion

If you are looking into buying a glass water bottle, you probably already know at least some of the advantages that glass has over plastic. You might be more focused on the taste benefits or maybe the environmental attributes, you could be concerned for the health of you and your family or perhaps you just want a great-looking water bottle to use at the gym or the office. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter which reason a person might pick for enjoying all that comes with glass water bottles because there are just so many benefits to choose from.

Choosing the right bottle for your particular needs comes down to figuring out how you are most likely to use your new bottle. Are you going to take it to the gym? The office? Are you going to be carrying your new glass water bottle around in your backpack or will it be sitting on top of your desk all day? Each of the products we have covered here comes with its own set of pros, and all you have to do is choose the best one for you.

How Much Would Noise-Canceling AirPods Cost?

Apple AirPods 2 are out in the world and it seems like our attention has already moved on. What’s next? It looks like sweat-resistant AirPods are out of the question, at least for the time being with the impending arrival of the Beats Powerbeats Pro this summer, but rumors suggest AirPods 3 could have a noise cancellation feature. If the latest report by DigiTimes is to be believed, AirPods 3 could also arrive as soon as the holiday season.

So, how much will noise-canceling AirPods cost?

The easy answer: more than current AirPods ($159+). The truth is, however, that there’s really no much to compare them with. The only true wireless earbuds with noise-cancellation are the Sony WF-SP700N ($180), but as I’ve written in my review, the noise-cancellation feature doesn’t actually work well (if at all). The best wireless in-ear noise-canceling headphones are still made by Bose. The QuietControl 30 are technically “neck buds” meaning they have a wire that connects the two individual earbuds are wraps behind your neck — and they cost $300 (although they’re over a year old and you can find them online for a little less).

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If I were to speculate, noise-canceling AirPods would probably cost in-or-around the $250 mark. They could cost as much as $300. They’ll be expensive, for sure, but people will most definitely pay for them. AirPods are by far the most popular true wireless earbuds in the world — they command 75-percent of the global market share for true wireless earbuds — and noise-cancellation would fix one of peoples’ biggest gripes with them: that they let outside sounds and therefore aren’t great for busy commuters and travelers.

It’s worth questioning these latest AirPods 3 rumors, however. It took Apple over two years to release a second-generation of their popular wireless earbuds, so even with all their success, it’s tough to imagine that the company will turn around a third-generation version in well under a year. Apple has also gone out of its way to ensure the new AirPods look exactly like the originals, even with the extra features and processing power; it’s tough to imagine that AirPods 3, with all the extra components required for noise-cancellation, will be identical. Most likely, they’ll be chunkier.

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G-Shock Teams Up with Everlast for a Boxing-Themed Watch

Ironically, wearing G-Shock’s new Everlast collaboration watch will be difficult to pull off while wearing boxing gloves. However, the watch is certainly appropriate for the boxing ring or gym not only in terms of its sporty colors, but also due to a host of useful fitness-related features. In the signature matte red and white colors of boxing-equipment maker Everlast’s gloves, the G-Shock GBA800EL-4A harnesses a familiar look that complements the watch brand’s own tough persona.

The GBD800 series watches feature both analog hands and a digital display (“ana-digi”), and strong contrast should make this particular iteration very legible — even with sweat in your eyes. Features that will be especially useful for fitness enthusiasts include easy-to-operate stopwatch and countdown timers, as well as a step tracker and bluetooth connection for integration with the Casio Connected smartphone application. Like other G-Shock fitness watches, it’s got 200m of water-resistance, shock-resistance that should be able to handle anything a boxer can throw at it, and despite chunky proportions, a very lightweight and comfortable wearing experience, even during workouts.

In addition to the color scheme, Everlast branding is found on the dial, case back, and band. A neat little Easter egg is the “Choice of Champions” slogan that appears like a watermark on the LCD screen when the LED backlight button is held. The Casio G-Shock GBA800EL-4A Everlast will be available from July 2019 for a price of $160.

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Electric Ford Bronco By Zero Labs

Zero Labs is officially developing the first-ever all-electric Ford Bronco. Ford has already confirmed that the iconic truck is coming back, but Zero Labs jumped the gun and announced its first production vehicle — “the world’s first 100 percent electric classic Ford Bronco.”

Zero Labs based it on the 1966 to 77 Ford Bronco, with a carbon fiber update on the body construction. You’ll also find an Atlas 2 two-speed transfer case, telematics, and all-digital display. The company says this marks the first in what will be yearly rollouts of limited-run, all-electric classics. Maybe a Porsche 911 EV is due someday? Sign us up, please.

Zero Labs will only make 150 units of this debut Ford Bronco restoration. There’s no pricing yet, unfortunately. But the company did say the price tag would fall within the top 10 to 15 percent of the high-end restomod market. That’s about $300,000, if you must know. That certainly puts the car out of most budgets. But it makes sense because Zero Labs is targeting purists.

“We realize, this isn’t for everyone. That’s OK because we could never make enough for everyone,” says Zero Labs. “We expect our customer has done their homework and knows pricing for these vehicles from premium builders can run $160,000 to 300,000.”

The all-electric Ford Bronco will be hand-built in Los Angeles. It will retain much of the styling lifted from the base model. However, it will come with over 1,000 newly designed components and parts. Underneath will be a lithium-ion battery boasting a capacity of 70kWh. That’s enough juice for a maximum range of 190 miles on a single charge.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro Review: Track Weapon Extraordinaire, Rain or Shine

The Mercedes-AMG GT R is a 577-horsepower, asphalt-devouring beast that comes standard with a yellow knob that lets you dial in how much you want to drift. It’s practically daring you to dance up to its limits. Oblige, and you’ll find the GT R is pretty much the car version of that one kid in high school who was enviably good at everything he tried.

But the wizards of Affalterbach decided the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 coupe could be faster—imbued with even more agile handling, more stiffness, and more downforce. The result of chasing all that “more” is the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro, a high-performance sled that should strike a little fear into the hearts of Porsche 911 GT3 RS drivers as it runs up on them from behind.

When AMG brought your humble author and a group of other journalists to the Hockenheimring Formula 1 circuit—home of the German Grand Prix—to test the GT R Pro, we were ecstatic. Until the 40-degree temperatures and constant rain arrived. Then we were trepidatious. However, the inclement weather actually helped prove that the apex of AMG performance is not just astoundingly capable, but also approachable.

The Good: AMG left the GT R’s prodigious powerplant alone, instead porting over learnings from the AMG GT3 and GT4 race cars to give the GT R Pro superior handling and aerodynamics. (Don’t fret—it’s not lacking in power in the slightest.) A new coil-over suspension offers adjustable compression, via an integrated dial on the damper. Additional ball joints supplant bushings to afford more precise cornering under high loads. Louvres and canards abound, harmoniously working with large diffusers and splitters to increase downforce by 200 pounds at 155 mph over the regular GT R. Plus, the thing just looks menacing, no?

Who It’s For: Anyone who already has several track day toys in the garage. Inherently, the increased stiffness and circuit-focused tweaks make will make this a rather unpleasant grand tourer or daily driver, so it should be reserved for motorsports-minded buyers who will adore the fact that AMG shaved about 20 pounds off the regular GT R by swapping in forged aluminum rims and Recaro buckets.

Watch Out For: U.S. pricing has yet to be announced, but assume the GT R Pro will come in well above $225,000. And there’ll be a limited amount of units allocated for the Americas, so serious buyers will have to act fast. A big bummer comes courtesy of government side-airbag rules, which precludes AMG from offering the U.S. the Track package that includes a rear rollover bar, fire extinguisher, four-point harness, and those lithe Recaro seats.

Alternatives: The most direct competitor is the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which has two fewer cylinders and is down 77 horsepower, but absolutely shreds on track. The track-focused monster from Flacht clocks in around $210,000, a little under the GT R Pro is likely to. Prospective buyers also may cross-shop the newly-released $242,000 McLaren 600LT, Woking’s mid-mounted V-8, 592-horsepower coupe designed for circuit work. Or a Lamborghini Huracan Evo with all-wheel drive and four-wheel-steering, which gives you 631 horsepower from a naturally-aspirated V-10 for $261,000.

Review: While the photos here depict a dry and welcoming track, trust me: the Hockenheimring was soaked, with more than a few spots of standing water. Our lead instructor, five-time DTM champion driver Bernd Schneider, touched our tester’s Pirelli P Zero street tires (affixed in lieu of the standard Michelin Pilot Cup 2 semi-slicks due to the rain) and shook his head in disappointment.

“They won’t get warm,” he sighed. “Keep your traction control on, please.”

Five minutes later, I was hammering down the Parabolica curve watching my speed crest 145 miles an hour—while panicking, because there was virtually no visibility. Schneider’s tires were creating an enormous cloud of mist, and I peered hard to see where the braking zone began. A faint flicker of red blinked somewhere ahead in the gray fray, so I mashed the brakes and hoped for the best. The prow dove as the roaring V-8 barked and snarled through several downshifts and flung me into the four-point harness as the car shuddered down to a manageable speed for the next turn, a sharp right hairpin.

I waited until just after the apex to jump back on the throttle. The rear end immediately wagged in disapproval. Gingerly, I squeezed the power and tried to catch Schneider, some several hundred yards ahead at this point. Even with careful application of the go pedal, there was wheelspin at around 85 mph as the car shifted from second to third. But the car still hooked up and dug in every time; Schneider’s wet line provided enough grip to allow the car to bite and turn as intended. (Deviation from that path, however, was met with four-wheel slides.) Patience with the throttle—sometimes a five-second delay or longer was required—saw cleaner exits.

The GT R Pro’s driving modes include “Slippery,” though the instructors encouraged the use of “Sport Plus” in a testament to the car’s prowess in these horrible conditions. The introduction of the “AMG Dynamics” integrated dynamic control system to the GT line means that the ECU is monitoring things like yaw rate, wheel speed and spin, and steering input to figure out how much to intervene, if at all. The vehicle tries to anticipate future behavior based on those variables and plan accordingly. Should the GT R Pro sense itself over-rotating, it’ll trim the throttle back and provide some brake-based torque vectoring to right the car’s path. In ESP Sport, the car grants you a longer leash, but also bites back harder, applying as much as double the brake vectoring compared to normal ESP.

Add in the GT3 and GT4-inspired suspension bits (a carbon fiber shear panel, an adjustable carbon fiber front anti-roll bar, the adjustable coil-overs), and you’ve got a planted, predictable ride, even in the wet. All of that combines to inspire confidence. AMG GT3 driver Maro Engel shredded the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:04:63 in the GT R Pro—an impressive six seconds faster than the GT R. I couldn’t come close to experiencing that kind of performance in the cold and damp of that German spring morning, but it was clear that it was there for the taking in better weather.

Hopping in Schneider’s right seat for a few ride-along laps was illuminating. When he wanted to drive cleanly, the GT R Pro dutifully complied, agilely rotating around snaking corners without drama or understeer. But when Schneider wanted to attack a corner and flew in super-hot, the car was equally poised, seemingly laughing at the conditions as I laughed at how tidy Schneider was able to keep his driving.

The day at Hockenheim started with six AMG GT R Pros and finished with the same half-dozen cars unscathed—a testament to the car’s exemplary engineering. If it’s this good in the crud, I can’t imagine how much fun it must be in ideal conditions.

Verdict: Whether you’ve spent hundreds of hours turning thousands of laps or it’s your first time, the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro will have you pushing your limits within minutes. It makes the edge so accessible, you find the car spurs you on to find the limit—yet makes sure you’re not exceeding it.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro Specs

Price: Not yet announced
Powertrain: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8; seven-speed dual clutch automatic with manual shift mode; rear-wheel drive
Horsepower: 577
Torque: 516 lb-ft
0-60 MPH: 3.5 seconds
Top Speed: 198 mph

Mercedes-AMG hosted us and provided this product for review.

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