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2018 Audi PB18 e-tron

The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance not only unveiled several new offerings from automakers. It was also an event that hinted an upcoming and welcome change in the industry. Over the years, we’ve noted that manufacturers have begun to steadily shy away from fossil fuels in favor of greener technology. Therefore, the noticeable upsurge of electric vehicles (EVs). Several luxury and supercar brands have already pushed out exciting concepts that will likely see production soon. Another willingly jumps into the bandwagon with the 2018 Audi PB18 e-tron.

By comparison, Audi’s concept EV comes in a sporty and angular, albeit chunkier form factor. Their approach is unlike the others that attempt a sleeker and curvy façade. This single-seater uses three potent electric motors combined to produce 500 kW and 612.2 lb-ft of torque. Make sure that your three-point harness is on as you blast off from 0-62 mph in just 2 seconds.

To ensure a consistent driving experience, the coupe’s 95kWh solid-state battery is liquid-cooled to maintain its ideal operating temperature—the system is likewise configured to process 800 volts of charging voltage, which fully recharges the unit in just 15 minutes. Moreover, with Audi Wireless Charging built-in, you can keep the EV topped up minus the cables.

The radical design reportedly came from the brand’s new studio in Malibu, California, which uses a combination of carbon, multi-material composites, and aluminum—this gives the 2018 Audi PB18 e-tron a total weight of only 3,417.2 lbs not including the operator. The monochromatic tone of its cockpit receives some contrast from the red and metallic accents. We hope to see more EVs come out in the next few years as we move forward to a future that relies more on renewable energy.

Photos courtesy of Audi

The Best Gifts for Gym Lovers

Whether you visit the gym three times a week or ten, you need a few key items. Every gym goer can use a practical water bottle, a solid pair of shorts and a fitness tracker to log your activity. It’s around these essentials that we built out this list. Whether you hit the gym to run miles on the treadmill, love your indoor cycling instructor or want to lift heavy weights, the gym is a place where you can do all of that and more. These items cover all the essentials you need from head to toe.

Fitbit Charge 3

Gym lovers thrive on getting the most out of their workouts. And the Fitbit Charge 3 does that with 24/7 heart rate monitoring and personalized insights to uncover trends for guidance on health and fitness goals. The screen is touch-enabled and the whole tracker is swim-proof. With all-day activity tracking, the gym lover on your list is sure to take that next step towards their fitness goal with the Fitbit Charge 3.

Ursa Major The Exercise Freak Workout Essentials

The workout essentials include a face wash, deodorant, face balm and face wipes, all of which are TSA-approved, so your dopp kit packing is done. Each is free of sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance and color, instead opting for ingredients like aloe and shea butter. You’ll want these for post-gym and post-flight.

Mizu 360 M9 Everyday Kit

The stainless steel design on this Mizu water bottle is BPA free and 100 percent recyclable, so you can feel good while drinking. A wide-mouth opening makes it easy to swap out the straw for the filter and vice versa, plus adding ice to your drink is a breeze. The everyday filter blocks 99.99 percent of contaminants, catching them in the micropores before they enter your body. Plus, the silver, black and spearmint colors are sure to please everyone on your list.

Brooks Sherpa 5-Inch Shorts

Winter brings a lot of cold days and many hours of treadmill time for runners. The Brooks Sherpa shorts will help make that transition easier. The five-inch shorts come with a Dri-Layer fabric to wick away sweat, so you don’t walk out the doors of your local gym and freeze in the current temperatures. Store your cash, keys and gym card in the sweat-resistant gym pocket in the back or the side pockets.

Asics Lite-Show Winter Jacket

Sometimes the best workouts take place outside the gym. This softshell jacket keeps your internal numbers up when the temperatures start dropping below freezing. Whether it’s early morning or a late evening trip to your workout, the lite-show jacket features reflectivity in 360 degrees, so you’re sure to be seen no matter what time of day it is.

Hoka One One Cavu

This lightweight trainer will become your new go-to for running, hiking, walking around town — even sled pushes. The neutral and responsive shoe features a low profile look (compared to some of Hoka One One’s sneakers). The 8.2-ounce sneaker has a four-millimeter drop. You’re sure to feel the ground throughout each step.

Nike Dri-Fit Short Sleeve Training Top

The gym-goer can never have too many workout tees. This Dri-Fit top works year round thanks to vented side seams and a comfortable fit. They feel so good that you might want to buy them in bulk.

Art of Sport Essentials Kit With Deodorant

The essentials kit includes deodorant, hair and body wash, a body bar and sunscreen and comes in two fresh scents: Compete and Rise. While we’re partial to the Rise smell, both are formulated with ingredients to help you stay fresh and clean all day long.

Runner’s High Chill AF Plus+ Muscle Rub

This all-natural muscle rub acts like IcyHot but features hemp extract, sunflower oil, menthol crystals, essential oils of wintergreen and beeswax. After a tough gym session, rubbing this onto sore arms, legs and back muscles is a good idea. The pinon, arnica flowers and peppermint essential oil are said to be anti-inflammatory, which athletes can always use.

Headspace Membership

You’ve put in loads of hours at the gym and just aren’t seeing the gains you want. Sometimes all you need to do is put your mind to it. Headspace is a meditation app that helps you conquer whatever is on your goal to do list. Sleep better and stress less with dedicated daily meditations that range from 10 to 15 minutes. You’re guaranteed to breathe a little deeper.

Roka Transition Pack

Roka knows how to make top-of-the-line wetsuits, sunglasses and goggles that allow triathletes to focus on peak performance instead of the details. The new Transition pack is engineered to help you focus on your commute rather than what bag you’re packing to get to the gym the next day. It’s a 38-liter pack that’s water-resistant and features loads of pockets. There’s even an external helmet carry and spot for your bike pump, so there’s no excuse for not getting to the gym.

Hari Mari Dunes Flip Flops

A good pair of shower shoes will keep bacteria from creeping up off the tile floor and onto your feet. These water-friendly nylon sandals are plush to the touch thanks to a memory foam toe post and a foam insole with a firm arch. If light blue isn’t your color, try a navy, black or brown.

Vega Sport Protein Powder

Finding the perfect protein for post-workout nutrition needs can be a minefield to navigate. Sometimes ingredient labels can be tricky to read. Vega makes it simple with its chocolate plant-based vegan protein powders. Thanks to pea-protein, organic pumpkin seed protein, organic sunflower seed and alfalfa, you get 30 grams of protein per scoop. It’s easy to throw this into your smoothie, muffins or shake. And don’t worry, if you prefer vanilla, there’s a flavor for you, too.

Jaybird X4

A good pair of gym headphones can be hard to find. These Jaybird X4 in-ear headphones are sweat-proof and waterproof in case you get caught in a downpour while out on your run, plus the sound quality has improved from the previous models. Hopping on the treadmill or indoor cycling bike with these mean you never have to worry about a stray hand getting caught in the wires, causing you to pause the tread or bike to get re-situated.

Lululemon City Trek Crew Socks

If you’re looking for a sharp pair of socks that can go with you on urban commutes and keep your ankles looking good during squats and lunges, these soft and stretchy socks are ideal. The foot-specific design and seamless construction mean no chafing and some much-needed arch support for however many miles it takes for you to get into work and to the gym.

TRX Original Strong System

Some days, it’s too tricky to get to the gym. So why not bring the machines to your home? With the TRX, you can make any space a gym. Secure the straps to a tree, door frame or playground set and get to work. It packs down to the size of over-ear headphones, meaning you can throw them in your carry-on bag and never miss a day. Get ready to set your core on fire with plank holds, pikes and saw moves.

RYU Core Crew

This sweatshirt goes from the gym to the brewery thanks to its minimalist look. Throw it on over gym shorts or jeans, and you look put together. The pre-washed and broken-in feel means the cotton fleece is soft and won’t shrink. If you’re looking for a layer to wear to and from the gym as well as the one sweatshirt to pack for weekend trips, this is it.

TriggerPoint MobiPoint Textured Massage Ball

If you love the gym, you know how important recovery is to your training. TriggerPoint is the name of the game for all things mobility related, and this massage ball works to roll out any tight spots in your feet and hands. It’s just two inches by two inches by two inches, making it easy to throw in a gym bag or briefcase.

Lane Eight Trainer AD 1

When the founders of the shoe have both Adidas and Hypebeast on their resumes, you know the shoe is built to be stylish and high-performing. Lane Eight sneakers come with a full ETPU midsole (similar in appearance to the Boost technology), paired with a one-piece knit upper that’s supportive and ventilated. The TPU sidewalls help support your feet during ladders, quick feet and pivoting movements.

Adidas Numbers Edition Hat

A five-panel cap in all black with an adjustable back makes for a gym-friendly style. The reflective details shine during nighttime runs, so your noggin lights up in the darkness.

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Piaggio Vespa Elletrica

The Piaggio Vespa Elletrica is proving that a lot of manufacturers are slowly venturing into the realm of electric motor-driven vehicles. It means that we can witness some iconic models turn into battery-driven versions. It looks like the automotive industry now embraces a greener approach to innovation.

Moreover, the electric revolution does not seem to be limited only to cars. Even the world’s top motorcycle brands are gradually shifting to the environmentally-friendly option. This brings us to the latest two-wheeler to get the electric treatment, which is Piaggio’s best-selling scooter.

An early concept model made its debut at the 2016 EICMA trade show and feedback regarding the project must have been positive. We can finally see it graduate from the prototype stages as the Vespa Elletrica.

Most of you will appreciate that the manufacturer opted to retain its familiar appearance. On the other hand, the classy blue accents denote its battery-powered nature. The Vespa Elletrica’s electric motor can reportedly produce power similar to a 50 cc single-cylinder engine.

Piaggio estimates that a single charge can give you a range of 62 miles, which is ideal for urban areas. For those who desire more mileage, a hybrid variant that features a gas-powered generator is also in the works. Called the Elletrica X, this one boasts a range of 124 miles. The official retail price should hover close to a cool $10,000.

Piaggio Vespa Elletrica

Photos courtesy of Piaggio

Don’t Use an Electric Knife to Carve Turkey. Here’s Why.

There are many wonderful traditions associated with Thanksgiving — watching football for hours on end, bickering with almost-forgotten family members, midday naps. Pulling out that old, dusty electric carving knife, however, is not one of them.

You know the one. It has a big plastic grip and an impossibly loud electric motor. You use it twice a year and it comes with its own weirdly formal, felt-lined storage box. After 15 minutes of shuffling through the back of every drawer in your kitchen, you find it tucked behind the juicer. It is that useless. Let’s break down why:

The electric knife was invented by one Jerome Murray, who also invented the airplane boarding ramp and a medical pump used for open-heart surgery, and it is essentially two serrated blades clipped together with a motor tacked on. Murray’s idea was to make carving larger cuts of meat, such as whole turkeys, a simpler task. And, frankly, electric carving knives aren’t absolutely terrible at that one thing. During a thorough test, Cook’s Illustrated found them especially adept at keeping the crispy skin of turkey and chicken adhered to the meat. The problem is everything else.

Between the twin blades, clip area and the space left between the bottom of the blade and the handle, an electric carver has lot of areas for leftover grease and food residue to go uncleaned and corrode the blades (apart from just being generally disgusting). And though turning an electric knife on acts as a sort of dinner bell, it’s ear-damaging. For this article, I tested the electric knife my family has used to carve birds for a decade and recorded a consistent sound output north of 90 decibels — which is just under concert levels of ear destruction and just above standing next to a lawnmower.

Beyond this, the electric knife is unforgiving. If you push down on the wrong area of the bird, you’ve cut through three-quarters of it before you’ve corrected. The reason slicing and carving knives are longer and (typically) thinner than the other knives in the kitchen is because they need to bend a bit to accommodate the anatomy of birds like chickens and turkeys. With electric knives, it’s extremely hit or miss. Some, as noted in the Cook’s Illustrated rundown, are able to glide through the meat and serve up serviceable portions. Others shred and tear the meat, leaving you with stringy, uneven slices.

For your family, your turkey’s and your sake, just use a regular knife.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Outdoors Guy

Stocking stuffers are some of the most difficult gifts to figure out, especially when you’re trying to find the perfect gift for the guy who loves to get outside. It’s hard to fit the great outdoors into a sock. But there are plenty of little gear items that you need to make getting outdoors easier and more fun. These 14 items are sure to make every outdoorsman smile.

Birdwell 311 Boardshorts

The 311 is a medium-length version of Birdwell’s iconic boardshort design that has been trusted by lifeguards and surfers since 1961. Handmade in California from SurfNyl (a durable, quick-drying proprietary fabric) with a button fly and a timelessly appealing contrast stitch, they strike the perfect balance between past and present.

Smartwool Hike Medium Crew Sock

When you think of tough socks built to bolster your feet and keep blisters at bay, Smartwool’s merino wool construction should be top of mind. The added cushioning underfoot helps each step feel better than the last, and the mid-calf height works for both trail runners and hiking boots. Plus, the sweat-wicking properties of wool are unmatched: they’ll keep your feet dry and warm no matter the temperature inside your boot.

Snow Peak Titanium Spork

While this might feel like a bit of a splurge for a spork, Snow Peak’s titanium utensil looks great and does it all. The prongs, scooped middle and crisp edges mean this is a knife, spoon and fork all in one. It’s made in Japan and built with perfection in mind, so you’ll never rebuy another spork.

Leatherman Sidekick Multitool

When venturing outdoors, you need a high-quality multitool. The Leatherman Sidekick is 14 different tools all in a 3.8-inch package. Leatherman maintains a 25-year warranty on the knives, pliers, screwdrivers, bottle and can openers, saw, file and wire cutters featured in this stainless steel tool. The compact size means it easily folds down to fit into a back or front hiking pack pocket.

Spyderco Tenacious Plain Edge Folding Knife

While a multitool is helpful for a plethora of activities, the Spyderco folding knife is best for any food cutting, whittling and more. The almost-eight inch knife folds up to just 4.45-inches and is tested tough for years of use. Whether you’re planning on starting a fire or cooking up dinner outdoors, Spyderco will help you out.

Ferrofire Fire Starter

Even if you’re the world’s best fire starter, sometimes the pros need some help. The Ferrofire survival fire starter is waterproof and uses a built-in ceramic striker that won’t dull over years of use. The aluminum body is easy to use with gloves, so no matter how cold it gets or how frozen the wood is, you’re able to stay warm and eat a tasty meal.

Loksak Aloksak Drybag

Let’s face it, sometimes the weather changes unexpectedly, and our sunny camp setup gets soaked by a passing rainstorm. The Aloksak bags are certified to keep your phones, tablets and all other technology dry, even when submerged (up to 200 feet). Never worry about humidity, sand, snow or water affecting your gear again.

BioLite SunLight

BioLite’s SunLight charges in seven hours while outdoors, or just two via a micro USB, and then you can enjoy up to 50 hours of light inside your tent, next to the fire or anywhere else you could use a bit of light. The hanging clip is ideal for use in a tent, and the built-in kickstand works great on picnic tables or the ground.

Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Mini Patches

You’ve used the same puffy down coat for years when all of a sudden you catch it on a crag and it rips. If you can’t part with it, but it needs a second life, Gear Aid tape will hold it together. Tack these on tents, rain jackets and snow gear to extend the life of some of your favorite items. It sticks to everything: nylon, polyester, vinyl, even Gore-Tex. To make each patch last longer, cut to the exact size you need and save the rest.

Soto Pocket Torch

This pocket torch weighs just 2.4-ounces so it won’t add much to your pack and total weight of the trip, but it will give you the power to light camp stoves quickly, fires and more. While a lighter is functional, this pencil torch is an easy stocking stuffer that every guy is sure to find integral to his new outdoor EDC.

Kinco 901 Pigskin Ski Gloves

Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, chopping wood or hiking, these waterproof leather gloves are sure to become your new staple. The durable pigskin leather will outlast your typical cowhide and fabric gloves and will keep the feeling in your fingers all day long thanks to a thermal lining.

Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be an essential part of your everyday skin routine, especially if you’re outside. Beyond Coastal’s SPF 34 sunscreen protects your skin for up to 80 minutes during activity. Whether you’re hopping in the ocean for a late-season surf or heading out on a trail run, this non-greasy lotion quickly dries so you can smear and go.

AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

If you need a good cup of coffee to get you going every morning, an Aeropress is the right way to make one. From start to finish, the process takes just 60 seconds, so that you can go from grinds to brew quickly. Each brew makes about one to three cups of coffee, depending on how big your mug is. The microfilter keeps grit out of the final product and once you’re done, every piece stores in a nylon bag so you can toss it in your pack.

Good Candle x Gear Patrol Campfire Candle

For the days when it’s just not possible to get outside, strike a match and let the scent of a campfire fill your home. Each candle is hand-poured into a brown glass container that’ll burn for up to 25 hours. Close your eyes, breathe deep and imagine you’re sitting in front of a campfire — there’s no better way to relax.

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Meet the Artist Changing the Look of Motorcycle Helmets with His Uniquely Awesome Designs

From Issue Seven of Gear Patrol Magazine.

What do you do when you’ve made a living designing everything from toothpicks to super-yacht interiors — and then get bored? Would creating your own motorcycle helmet designs be the obvious choice? It was for Nuno Henriques, more famously known on Instagram as @hellocousteau.

Considering Henriques’s career saw stints at such legendary design firms as Phoenix Design in Stuttgart, Germany, KiBiSi in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Rémi Tessier Design in Paris, France, it’s easy to see how Henriques became frustrated with the helmet market. “I was never a graphic designer, never a helmet designer. I was simply looking for a helmet for myself and couldn’t find anything I liked. They all seemed to be the same, there was no individuality.”

Since starting his Instagram handle @hellocousteau in 2016, Henriques has gained over 20,000 followers and, on occasion, has received more than a hundred emails a day asking where to buy or order his helmets. But to date, only a couple of the renders from Henriques’s Instagram have made the jump to reality — one for AGV, one for HJC and a one-off race suit for Spidi.

Despite the widespread appeal of @hellocousteau designs, Henriques finds that bigger brands — the ones best equipped to bring the creative work to market — are sometimes the biggest hurdles. “People want change, people want different helmets, but the problem is inside the companies,” Henriques says. “A lot of brands have contacted me to work with them, but if you do what they want, you lose your creativity and individuality. You just do one more thing for them.” Design ideas go into approval meetings with promising momentum only to suffer death by committee because “brands insist on making the same thing over and over,” he says.

Why not, then, go the custom route and get a skilled painter to bring the designs to life? That’s when his profits would skyrocket, after all. But Henriques isn’t in it for the money. In fact, he’s turned down requests from Hollywood stars, motorcycle racers and race car drivers — he doesn’t want his designs to come with some ultra-premium price tag. “The main idea behind @hellocousteau was not to make a lot of money, but to give people a choice,” Henriques says. “That’s the reason I’m putting my designs on display: so someone can come and do something about it.”

The Best Gifts for the Techie

As a category, “tech” can spider web in a lot of different directions. It could mean computers, cameras, televisions, headphones, hi-fi systems – and that’s just scratching the surface. Yes, a lot of what shopping for somebody who is into tech means shopping for the latest and greatest gadgets, which you can find below, but it also means getting them accessories for the tech they already own and love. And you can find those below, too.

Vector

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is the next wave of 21st-century technology. And Anki’s Vector provides insight into what that could look like. The home robot is a friendly little guy who brings some pizzazz to your space while providing the weather or answering questions. A forthcoming integration with Amazon’s Alexa means Vector could become the congenial smart hub perfect for any techie’s home.

Pro-Ject Juke Box E

More than just a turntable, this is an all-in-one system. Built into the body is a Bluetooth receiver, a power amplifier and a phono stage. So, you just have to you just plug it in, add some nice speakers, and you’ve got a high-end hi-fi system.

Nest Secure Starter Kit

For anybody who has a Nest Learning Thermostat or a Nest Cam Indoor (or Outdoor), this starter kit — consisting of one Nest Guard (a smart hub), two Nest Detects (magnetic door or window sensors) and two Nest Tag (smart keys) — is a great way to build out your smart home. It’s Nest’s first smart security system and uses the same app as Nest’s other devices. Essentially, if you want an easy way to know if your kids (or strangers) are coming and going, this is a great way to keep them in check.

Master & Dynamic MW07

Hands down, these are the most beautiful and high-end true wireless headphones on the market. They’re made of stainless steel and acetate, the same material used in high-end sunglasses. And they sound terrific. If AirPods don’t fit in your ears, these definitely will; they come with silicone ear tips and ear wings in a variety of sizes.

2018 MacBook Air

This is the first MacBook Air — Apple’s most popular beloved laptop — with a Retina display and Touch ID. It’s beautiful, slim and has two Thunderbolt USB-C ports. It essentially feels like a slightly less powerful MacBook Pro, but it’s thinner, lighter and more affordable. For most people, this is the new laptop to buy right now.

Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1

This is 27-watt USB-C wall charger that’s roughly the same size as the 5-watt puck that comes with your iPhone, but it can charge your MacBook Pro or new MacBook Air.

Schiit Audio Jotunheim

For anybody searching for the ultimate desktop audio setup, they should seriously consider the Jotunheim. It’s a really nice headphone amplifier, but you can also customize it to add an internal DAC or phono preamp. And even though $399 seems expensive, all Schiit Audio’s stuff is shipped direct to consumer, so it’s actually worth a lot more than that.

BenQ SW271 Monitor

For photographers, graphic designers and other creatives, this is one of our favorite 4K external monitors. It’s a 27-inch IPS monitor that supports HDR and really wide color gamuts. And there are wide-range of ports built right into the back, including USB-C, USB 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort and an SD card reader. It also comes with a light hood.

Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Camera

Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera manages to match Sony’s renowned mirrorless models, but Nikon is giving photographers upgrading to pro-am gear a little bit extra to consider: including fast 493-point autofocus capabilities that cover over 90 percent of the frame, 4K video, 9fps shooting and a top-mounted display that gives photographers better access to exposure and battery life. Then there’s Nikon’s new Z Mount System — it’s the first time Nikon has used an interchangeable lens mount other than the F Mount. The good news is Nikon will offer a first-party adapter so all F-Mount DSLR lenses will have full functionality on the new Z system.

LG B8 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV

We could go on and on about how and why OLED TVs are better than traditional LCD TVs. We could talk about superior contrast and more vibrant colors, but they bottom line is that they just look better. And LG makes the best OLED TVs in the business.

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Sony WH-1000M3 Noise-Canceling Headphones

The Sony WH-1000XM3s are the best overall noise-canceling headphones. It’s as simple as that. If noise-canceling ability and sound quality are the two priorities in headphones, than these are our hands-down favorite. The kicker is that they charge via USB-C, which not a lot of wireless headphones do yet, meaning you can use charge them with the same cable you use with your MacBook Pro or new MacBook Air.

Google Wifi

A mesh router system is a simple solution for all those “dead zones” in your house. Plus, this one by Google comes with a bunch of modern perks. Through its app you can easily monitor which devices are using your home’s wi-fi. You can quickly share wi-fi passwords. You can set specific times when devices can use wi-fi. (For instance, you can disable wi-fi after 10pm so your kids can’t play Fortnite anymore.) And you can make sure your kids aren’t watching porn or accessing violent websites. It’s like a security system for your digital home.

Twelve South AirFly

How many times have you wanted to use your AirPods to listen to in-flight movies, only to realize that those small TVs support Bluetooth? This little reciever solves that. No more purchasing those $2 wired earbuds from the flight attendent.

Jaybird Tarah Pro

The Tarah Pro are really great wireless headphones for serious runners. They have a huge 14-hour battery life and support fast charging (a five-minute charge gets you two hours of playtime). They’re water and sweat resistant (IPX7). And you can customize the EQ in all sorts of cool ways.

Twelve South HiRise Pro

This is a practical and great-looking stand for anybody using an iMac, iMac Pro or even just an external display. And if you want to hear a little secret, rumor has it that all employees working in Cupertino use this exact same desktop stand.

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How to Break in a Pair of Boots the Right Way

When you invest in a new pair of well-made boots, don’t expect to lace them up and take on the world on the same day. Thick leather uppers and solid leather midsoles take a while to break in and rub and squeeze your feet, leading to painful blisters if you’re unprepared. While the sturdiness and durability of boots vary widely from brand to brand, there are a few universal tips for breaking in a new pair, regardless of who made them.

That said, brands that make hefty, quality boots tend to have a better understanding of what it takes to get a boot to the point of wearability. So we reached out to Eric Kinney, the vice president of operations at White’s Boots in Spokane, Washington to learn more. Founded in 1853 in West Virginia, White’s Boots relocated to Spokane, Washington, in 1915 and quickly became a favorite of loggers and forestry workers. Known for making hand-sewn boots with hand-lasted uppers and substantial leather arches, White’s boots are used by smokejumpers battling forest fires across the West.

Kinney started at White’s as a bootmaker and has an intimate knowledge of what is required to build and rebuild every style. Over the years, the brand has changed its recommendations for how customers break in a pair of boots. “We used to tell people to fill them up with warm water and soak them for a bit and then wear them dry,” Kinney said. “While doing that won’t hurt the boots — the shoemaker soaks the upper before he builds them anyway — we have gone away from that now.”

He does believe there are misconceptions about breaking in boots from White’s, though. If a customer eases into wearing the boot and maintains the leather from time to time, they shouldn’t have a painful experience. And after a relatively short break-in period, they’ll have a boot that’ll last them for decades. “These tips will help you enjoy your White’s for years to come,” Kinney said. “I made boots for 26 years and wore the same pair every day and only had them rebuilt once.”

Use leather oil. “It takes roughly 80 to 100 hours of wear to get them broke in correctly. Apply White’s Boots Oil or an oil like Obenhauf’s two to three times the first week to treat the vamp leather (the front piece of leather from ball to ball to the toe). This will soften the leather and allow a little stretch as the leather will form to the foot.”

“We recommend not using oil on the quarters of the boot at first. You want the leather at the ankles to stay firm and not stretch. If there is a spot that is rubbing, then use a small amount of oil on that spot to get some stretch.”

“The fit will change slightly as the boots break in. We allow at least a thumb width at the toe in the initial sizing. The toe of the boot will naturally curl back over time and tighten up the overall length. Using the oil will allow the boot to stretch in the ball areas the first month or so. Also, the all-leather insole will start to take the shape of your foot pad. White’s is a naturally breathable boot that keeps foot sweat and odor to a minimum.”

Ease into it. “Never try to wear a new pair all day. If you have never worn a pair, your arch can’t take it all day. Wear them for two to three hours a day for a couple of weeks to let your feet get used to the high arch. The feeling of wearing a pair of White’s is like standing on the rung of a ladder, but once you break them in you will never go back.”

Adjust lacing. “If your job requires a lot of kneeling, you can skip the first set of hooks while lacing to keep the bottom set of hooks from biting you. Over a period of time, you can start to lace the whole boot up again.”

Keep them clean. “Always keep your boots clean. Mud, cement and [other grime] will rob the leather of its natural oils. If you work in environments like these, then once a week you should brush them clean, use a mild soap and water to clean them, allow to dry and then add a light coat of White’s oil to them. If you work in a less extreme environment, then use a light coat of oil just once a month.”

“If your work environment is damp and moist then you can treat your boots with White’s Leather Preservative to add some water resistance to them. If your boots are wet, we recommend using a boot dryer like a Peet shoe dryer or let them dry a room temperature. We don’t recommend putting your boots on a heater vent. When leather starts to crack there is not much you can do except get it rebuilt.”

Care Products

Boot Oil by White’s Boots $17
Leather Oil by Obenauf’s $20
Leather Preservative by White’s Boots $22
Dryer by Peet $40

3 Northwestern Boot Makers You Should Know

Boots crafted in the American Northwest, by makers like Nicks Custom Boots, Wesco, and White’s Boots, were created to survive flames and rough terrain. Read the Story

These Magnetic Universal Charging Cords Will Be the Last You Ever Need

Having a power cord for a laptop that doesn’t bend or do damage to the charging port when the cord gets pulled makes sense — releasing via magnetism is a much smarter operation for the safety of your device. This practical feature was made widely available in Apple’s laptops before the tech giant eventually did away with what it called MagSafe in favor of the Lightning port. The technology of magnetically attached power adaptors was not a new invention but Apple brought it to the masses and demonstrated its immense value for any device.

While Apple may no longer be using MagSafe charging it does not mean the pragmatism of a magnetically attached charger has simply vanished for something smarter, which is why Volta has based its USB-C charging cables for mobile and personal devices on this same sort of thinking. But Volta took things one step further for its SnagSafe cords by building them to be universal and fast charging.

The universal charging cords come with three adaptor tips that connect magnetically to the cord. The cables offer a USB on one end and an open magnet on the other for the connector tips. These three connector tips can turn the open end into a USB-C, Lightning or Micro-USB cable to ensure you can charge just about any mobile device.

Volta’s latest release, the Volta XL ($35), builds upon the Original Cable ($23) with more power transfer — it supports 87-watt USB-C power adapter charging for laptops and other devices for 70-percent faster charging than a 5-watt charging cable. The Volta XL is compatible with Apple MacBook Pro, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel XL or any USB-C devices.

Charging faster aside, the Volta XL also offers a Smart LED indicator similar to the MacBook itself to let you know the charge status of your device. Most importantly though is the security and easy detachability that comes with a magnetic charger. Volta does plan on adding Lightning connectors for the new Volta XL, as well offering an update on the Original Cable with the Volta2.0 this month. So those of you who lamented the removal of this handy function from your Apple laptop can soon look forward to it returning via the Volta XL.

Today in Gear: A Racing-Inspired Timepiece From Oris, Sharp Gifts for Stylish Guys & 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.


ORIS and the legendary Williams Racing Formula 1 Team forged a partnership in 2003 and have since created some of the most noteworthy racing-inspired watches available. The newest addition to this fruitful collaboration is the ORIS Williams FW41 Limited Edition. The timepiece is inspired by the 2018 Williams FW41 racecar and celebrates Williams’s 41st season in F1. The case and dial of the lightweight automatic chronograph are made from carbon fiber using a unique technique borrowed from Williams, the result of which is a mid- that case weighs only 7.2 grams. The famous blue of the Williams Racing Formula 1 Team is subtly present in the chronograph counters for an understated touch. Only 410 pieces will be made, further enhancing the prestige of this beautiful timepiece.

New & Noteworthy Releases

This Dog Collar Might Actually Be Good for Your Dog

This Dog Collar Might Actually Be Good for Your Dog

Matting is an issue that makes your dog extremely uncomfortable and harbors risk beyond that. This collar was designed to prevent it.

These Basics from Goldwin and Geoff McFetridge Are Too Cool to Pass Up

These Basics from Goldwin and Geoff McFetridge Are Too Cool to Pass Up

Tees, knits and more.

This $30 Leather Case Will Black-Out Your AirPods

This $30 Leather Case Will Black-Out Your AirPods

these cases aren’t terribly expensive and they add a bit of individuality to your AirPods.


Fresh Deals

Converse sneakers are classics for a reason: they go with just about anything and anyone can pull them off. That also makes them ripe for adding your own style to them, which you can do through Converse’s customization site.

From the classic Chuck Taylor All Star High to the One Star, you can make just about any Converse sneaker your own. You can start with canvas, leather or suede and the options are aplenty from there. Or you can start with an inspiration from other Converse sneakers and add your own touch. The best part? From Nov. 12-15 ALL custom Converse sneakers are 25 percent off when you use the code CUSTOMCON at checkout.




Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Dutch Ovens
Save Up to $40: Beyond a chef’s knife, and maybe your trusty cast-iron skillet, a Dutch oven is the most important (read: versatile) tool in the kitchen. It’s great for soups, stews or even frying up some chicken wings. And a good one will last a lifetime if properly cared for. Any chef worth their salt will recommend one of two French brands — Staub or Le Creuset — but examples from either come with the same caveat: they cost hundreds of dollars.

Lodge, on the other hand, offers a couple of budget-friendly alternatives that, today, start at just $19; the 2-, 5- and 7-quart variants are all discounted on Amazon. They may not look as pretty on your stovetop. But they’ll cook chili just fine.



Rev’It Pilot Jacket
Save 36%: It’s no coincidence bomber jackets look just as good today as they did in the ’40s. Whether it’s snug in a P-51 Mustang Cockpit at 400mph or cruising down the open road at 40mph, the jacket’s timeless style knows no bounds. Finding a bomber jacket at a good price can be a bit tricky though — Style, quality and durability don’t come cheap. Luckily, Rev’It’s Pilot Jacket is on sale, today at 36 percent off.

Abrasion-resistant waxed buffalo leather, a detachable thermal liner, fleece collar and Knox Lite CE protection at shoulders and elbows translates to a motorcycle jacket that gives you high-fashion paired genuine protection. If you do find yourself on the open road, the fleece collar can be flipped up and locked too, because when you don’t have the benefit of a glass canopy and a metal fuselage, every bit of protection from the wind helps.
— Bryan Campbell



Miir 64oz Insulated Beer Growler
Save 50%: For beer aficionados, craft breweries are pilgrimage-worthy destinations. Not only can you see how the liquid is made (and potentially enjoy a pour with the head brewer), but it’s often the only place that you can find limited batches of recipes that never get distributed to bars or bottle shops. These beers are sold in one-off can runs or, more commonly, straight from the tap and served in a growler.

But, if you are one of the determined who had to drive hours to find that Holy Grail, glass isn’t the best way to get it back home. There are a variety of insulated versions of the big bottle available from brands that are best known for making thermoses and water bottles. Miir is included in that lot — it makes its growler with double-wall vacuum insulation and medical-grade stainless steel to keep beverages cold for more than 24 hours. With a vessel that steadfast you could, hypothetically, transport your favorite beer around the world. Right now, it’s on sale at Amazon for 50 percent off. — Tanner Bowden



Patagonia Micro Puff Sale
Save 20% Last year we awarded the Patagonia Micro Puff jacket our editor’s choice award for best synthetic down jacket. We were impressed by the weight, water-repellent nylon and use of a unique baffling construction that prevents insulation from bunching. The PlumaFill insulation ensures warmth during some of the coldest days. Right now, you can pick up this jacket and save over $50. Get 20 percent off one item at Backcountry when you enter code TAKE20NOVEMBER. If the micro puff isn’t for you, there are a plethora of other apparel items you can test out and use the code to save.— Meg Lappe


Fellow Stagg EKG Coffee Kettles
Save 15% Originally only available in all-black, the kettles were designed with pour-over coffee brewing in mind. Hyper-accurate water temperature control, fast heating, a built-in timer (pivotal to those serious about their pour-over recipes) and a gooseneck spout that keeps water flow slow and consistent.

The only real problem with the Stagg EKG and the EKG+ (the latter can be controlled via a handy Bluetooth app) is the price — the former retailing at $149, the latter at $199.

Today on Huckberry, that’s less of a problem, as both kettles (along with the rest of Fellow’s products on the site) are on sale for 15 percent off and up.



Woolrich John Rich and Bros. Parkas
Save 20%:In the last week, many parts of the northern United States got a first dusting of snow. Though it may have melted relatively quickly, it’s a heads-up for what’s coming. Take it as a notice to make sure your winter wardrobe is ready to go. And if you find yourself in need of a solid coat for winter’s worst, head over to East Dane today. A couple parkas from Woolrich John Rich and Bros. are currently 20 percent off. The understated design features a mid-length silhouette, a duck down fill and a fur-trimmed hood. Originally designed in the early ‘70s for Alaskan oil pipeline workers, this parka hasn’t changed that much in the past decades and is sure to keep you warm when the first blizzard hits. — John Zientek


Today on Gear Patrol

The 9 Best Bottles of Whiskey to Gift This Year

The 9 Best Bottles of Whiskey to Gift This Year

Though a popular gift this time of year, whiskey actually runs the risk of being thoughtless. These picks are anything but.

The 15 Best First Luxury Watches of 2018

The 15 Best First Luxury Watches of 2018

We picked 15 of our favorite first luxury watches with the help of StockX, a leader in the world of pre-owned timepieces.

3 Tips to Making Pie in a Cast-Iron Skillet, the Right Way

3 Tips to Making Pie in a Cast-Iron Skillet, the Right Way

Aluminum and tin are great conductors of heat, but they’re terrible insulators. Which means the best pie vessel is one you already have: a cast-iron skillet.

This Small Brand Is Making the Most Important Clothing in Running

This Small Brand Is Making the Most Important Clothing in Running

Satisfy, a small brand born from fashion, is running’s new kid on the block.

A Preview of the Best New Outdoor Gear Launching in 2019

A Preview of the Best New Outdoor Gear Launching in 2019

These are the 12 products that have us wishing it was 2019.

This Retired Roboticist Used to Design Lunar Rovers. Now He Makes Beautiful Handmade Skis

This Retired Roboticist Used to Design Lunar Rovers. Now He Makes Beautiful Handmade Skis

Before moving to Jackson, Wyoming to build custom handmade skis in a dusty workshop, Mike Parris was a robotics engineer who helped develop Mars and lunar rovers.

20 Sharp Gifts for the Most Stylish Guy You Know

20 Sharp Gifts for the Most Stylish Guy You Know

From can’t-miss accessories to handy clothing-care tools and luxurious staples, these gifts show you’re as invested in his style as he is.

Note: Purchasing products through our links may earn us a portion of the sale, which supports our editorial team’s mission. Learn more here.

The Best Deals of the Day: November 13, 2018

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.

Converse sneakers are classics for a reason: they go with just about anything and anyone can pull them off. That also makes them ripe for adding your own style to them, which you can do through Converse’s customization site.

From the classic Chuck Taylor All Star High to the One Star, you can make just about any Converse sneaker your own. You can start with canvas, leather or suede and the options are aplenty from there. Or you can start with an inspiration from other Converse sneakers and add your own touch. The best part? From Nov. 12-15 ALL custom Converse sneakers are 25 percent off when you use the code CUSTOMCON at checkout.




Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Dutch Ovens
Save Up to $40: Beyond a chef’s knife, and maybe your trusty cast-iron skillet, a Dutch oven is the most important (read: versatile) tool in the kitchen. It’s great for soups, stews or even frying up some chicken wings. And a good one will last a lifetime if properly cared for. Any chef worth their salt will recommend one of two French brands — Staub or Le Creuset — but examples from either come with the same caveat: they cost hundreds of dollars.

Lodge, on the other hand, offers a couple of budget-friendly alternatives that, today, start at just $19; the 2-, 5- and 7-quart variants are all discounted on Amazon. They may not look as pretty on your stovetop. But they’ll cook chili just fine.



Rev’It Pilot Jacket
Save 36%: It’s no coincidence bomber jackets look just as good today as they did in the ’40s. Whether it’s snug in a P-51 Mustang Cockpit at 400mph or cruising down the open road at 40mph, the jacket’s timeless style knows no bounds. Finding a bomber jacket at a good price can be a bit tricky though — Style, quality and durability don’t come cheap. Luckily, Rev’It’s Pilot Jacket is on sale, today at 36 percent off.

Abrasion-resistant waxed buffalo leather, a detachable thermal liner, fleece collar and Knox Lite CE protection at shoulders and elbows translates to a motorcycle jacket that gives you high-fashion paired genuine protection. If you do find yourself on the open road, the fleece collar can be flipped up and locked too, because when you don’t have the benefit of a glass canopy and a metal fuselage, every bit of protection from the wind helps.
— Bryan Campbell



Miir 64oz Insulated Beer Growler
Save 50%: For beer aficionados, craft breweries are pilgrimage-worthy destinations. Not only can you see how the liquid is made (and potentially enjoy a pour with the head brewer), but it’s often the only place that you can find limited batches of recipes that never get distributed to bars or bottle shops. These beers are sold in one-off can runs or, more commonly, straight from the tap and served in a growler.

But, if you are one of the determined who had to drive hours to find that Holy Grail, glass isn’t the best way to get it back home. There are a variety of insulated versions of the big bottle available from brands that are best known for making thermoses and water bottles. Miir is included in that lot — it makes its growler with double-wall vacuum insulation and medical-grade stainless steel to keep beverages cold for more than 24 hours. With a vessel that steadfast you could, hypothetically, transport your favorite beer around the world. Right now, it’s on sale at Amazon for 50 percent off. — Tanner Bowden



Patagonia Micro Puff Sale
Save 20% Last year we awarded the Patagonia Micro Puff jacket our editor’s choice award for best synthetic down jacket. We were impressed by the weight, water-repellent nylon and use of a unique baffling construction that prevents insulation from bunching. The PlumaFill insulation ensures warmth during some of the coldest days. Right now, you can pick up this jacket and save over $50. Get 20 percent off one item at Backcountry when you enter code TAKE20NOVEMBER. If the micro puff isn’t for you, there are a plethora of other apparel items you can test out and use the code to save.— Meg Lappe


Fellow Stagg EKG Coffee Kettles
Save 15% Originally only available in all-black, the kettles were designed with pour-over coffee brewing in mind. Hyper-accurate water temperature control, fast heating, a built-in timer (pivotal to those serious about their pour-over recipes) and a gooseneck spout that keeps water flow slow and consistent.

The only real problem with the Stagg EKG and the EKG+ (the latter can be controlled via a handy Bluetooth app) is the price — the former retailing at $149, the latter at $199.

Today on Huckberry, that’s less of a problem, as both kettles (along with the rest of Fellow’s products on the site) are on sale for 15 percent off and up.



Woolrich John Rich and Bros. Parkas
Save 20%:In the last week, many parts of the northern United States got a first dusting of snow. Though it may have melted relatively quickly, it’s a heads-up for what’s coming. Take it as a notice to make sure your winter wardrobe is ready to go. And if you find yourself in need of a solid coat for winter’s worst, head over to East Dane today. A couple parkas from Woolrich John Rich and Bros. are currently 20 percent off. The understated design features a mid-length silhouette, a duck down fill and a fur-trimmed hood. Originally designed in the early ‘70s for Alaskan oil pipeline workers, this parka hasn’t changed that much in the past decades and is sure to keep you warm when the first blizzard hits. — John Zientek

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These Basics from Goldwin and Geoff McFetridge Are Too Cool to Pass Up

Hokkaido Fox: Technical Tailor

These Basics from Goldwin and Geoff McFetridge Are Too Cool to Pass Up


Japanese outdoor brand Goldwin just released a lifestyle collection with L.A.-based artist Geoff McFetridge. The Hokkaido Fox: Technical Tailor collection features a range of basics including tees and knits adorned with McFetridge’s drawings. The artist’s inspiration for the collection came from a chance encounter with a fox while skiing in the backcountry of Hokkaido, a moment which coincidentally embodies Goldwin’s commitment to nature and movement.

Each of the wardrobe essentials in the collection is emblazoned with the Hokkaido Fox motif and features technical constructions that Goldwin is known for. The most inexpensive shirt online — the Crew Neck Short Sleeves ($80) — is cut from high-performance Dacron QD fabric which has a UFO shaped cross section that absorbs sweat and drys quickly. Other tees in the release are made with similar technical materials: a cotton surface with a Dacron QD liner and a cotton yarn blended with Maxifresh. The most expensive piece available online — the Crew Neck Knit 7GG ($290) — is made from luxurious wool from Zegna Baruffa in Italy and is produced in Gosen City, Niigata, a Japanese city renowned for its knitwear manufacturing.

So if you’re in the market for some new basics, the Hokkaido Fox: Technical Tailor pieces are too cool to pass up. They’re not inexpensive, but they’re made from highly functional materials and feature some intriguing drawings — a winning combination worth the investment.

Crew Neck Short Sleeves (Navy) by Goldwin $80

Crew Neck Short Sleeves (Black) by Goldwin $110

Border Crew Neck Short Sleeves by Goldwin $110

Border Crew Neck Long Sleeves by Goldwin $120

Crew Neck Long Sleeves by Goldwin $130

Crew Neck Knit 7GG by Goldwin $290

A Preview of the Best New Outdoor Gear Launching in 2019

The biannual schedule that once ruled the outdoor industry’s biggest event in gear is no more. Last week, the Colorado Convention Center opened up its doors for the first November edition of Outdoor Retailer. Normally we’d have to wait until January to get a first look at thousands of products that won’t hit stores until the fall of 2019. We scoured as many booths as possible looking for the best of the best. Durable down jackets, 3D knit baselayers and climbing gear with integrated tech were all on display. The year isn’t over, but we’re already looking ahead.

Black Diamond Vision Down Parka

There’s a lot of reasons to get excited for Black Diamond’s Vision Down Parka. For one, it’ll be the brand’s warmest insulated jacket with a full fill of 850-fill, moisture-resistant down. It also includes gusseted arms for an increased range of motion and six pockets. But the coolest thing about the Vision is its proprietary shell fabric, which is manufactured in Japan with a liquid crystal polymer that makes it super tear-resistant. It’s so durable that Black Diamond’s factory could barely cut the stuff.

Mammut Diamond Fingerboard

Mammut is a really old company — it was founded in 1862 — but that doesn’t bar it from some seriously new tricks. Next year it’s introducing a fingerboard, which is a training tool that climbers use to practice brief yet intense straight-arm hangs. Mammut’s includes smartphone integration and weight-sensing tech to create targeted training plans from beginner to pro levels. And, it’s made of walnut, so it’ll look good enough to hang in rooms other than the garage.

Outdoor Research Vigor Hybrid Jacket

Breathability is always a concern with cold-weather insulating pieces. To support active pursuits, jackets have to be able to provide warmth but breath so that you don’t get drenched in sweat. The Vigor tackles the incongruity through a hybrid construction and new proprietary insulation called VerticalX Air that offers a solid warmth-to-weight ratio and maintains its loft over time. Finally, the jacket contains a thermo-regulating treatment on its interior lining that changes its molecular structure to keep the wearer warm at rest and cool when active.

Gu Hoppy Trails Energy Gel

Gu’s no stranger to flavors that are best described as experimental — French toast, birthday cake and s’mores are all on the list — but hops is a step in a different direction. There’s thought behind the move though; Gu wanted to offer athletes a break from sweet flavors that can become hard to stomach when many gels are needed to get through a long event. We got a chance to taste the stuff, and it does taste like hops, in a good way.

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Hoodie

The Ghost Whisperer became Mountain Hardwear’s highly-praised, award-winning ultralight down jacket because it packs so much warmth in such a small package. In 2019 the brand plans to beef it up with a more durable outer shell fabric, which will create a slight weight increase (but it’ll still weigh just 9.9 ounces).

Smartwool Intraknit Baselayers

3D-knit is a term that’s readily applied to Nike’s latest sneakers, but it’s also something that Smartwool has been using to build form-fitting performance socks for years. In 2019, the company plans to use the method to build baselayers. Body mapping helps the new pieces focus on increasing ventilation, insulation and articulation while providing a comfortable fit that’s best characterized as sock-like.

Osprey Farpoint Trek Travel Pack

Osprey’s well-known for its trekking backpacks, which are very popular among long-distance hikers, and it used its expertise there to make a collection of equally-worthy travel bags. The forthcoming Farpoint Trek Travel Pack is something of a category blender; it combines technical features from the hiking line like Osprey’s AirSpeed mesh back panel with an internal pocket layout that world travelers look for. The backpack will be available in 55- or 75-liter volumes for $220 and $230, respectively.

Hults Bruk Sarek Splitting Axe

Hults Bruk is Sweden’s largest axe producer and one of the oldest continually-operating forges in the world. Its newest tool, the Sarek Splitting Axe, is designed for efficient splitting with a unique Scandinavian design that employs a straight blade with narrow cheeks (the side of an axe head) that feature a raised spine for wedging power. It’s something of a crossover between a felling axe and a maul, and it’s forged with Swedish steel and a solid American hickory handle.

Wolverine Heritage 1000 Mile Original Sneaker Low

With over 100 years of heritage behind it, the 1000 Mile Boot has become an icon of American footwear. Earlier this year Wolverine used the pattern to inspire a sneaker, an evolution that will continue in 2019 with a low version of that same shoe. It will come in full-grain and suede leather with a light and sturdy Vibram outsole.

Norrona Lofoten Ace Ski Kit

Norrona is making its top-line Lofoten Ace ski kit in the same fashion as small-batch bourbon. Quality ingredients are the most essential element — Norrona is using recycled Gore-Tex Pro fabric — but style is important too (in contrast to the rest of the Lofoten collection, the Ace kit is all black). And just as with bourbon, this batch will be limited — there will be 200 jackets and 150 pants — and each piece will come with an embroidered edition number.

Danner 40th Anniversary Danner Light Boot

In 1979, the Danner Light became the first boot to feature a Gore-Tex liner. It was readily adopted by hikers and those working in the outdoors for that as well as its rugged, American-made construction. Next year it’s turning 40, and Danner is celebrating with a limited-edition version that might be its most handsome yet.

Gore-Tex 3D Fit Footwear

Your waterproof hiking boots and running shoes probably use a Gore-Tex liner to keep your toes nice and dry. It’s built into footwear as an additional layer of material that, in some cases, can affect how a shoe fits. 3D Fit focus on fit as well but takes a much different approach. It’s a sock-like liner that will function with knitted and mesh footwear — it’s light, stretchy, breathable and of course, waterproof. Look for it next year in footwear from Adidas and Under Armour, with others to follow.

Note: Purchasing products through our links may earn us a portion of the sale, which supports our editorial team’s mission. Learn more here.

Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

Who doesn’t love cruising the along the highway with the top open and the wind and sun in your face? Well, we do, and apparently, a certain Italian manufacturer is on the same boat as well. Over the weekend, an Italian luxury marque took the covers off of its latest concept convertible—the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider. It flaunts a luxurious white coat with a bold blue racing stripe right down the middle.

Auto junkies quickly pointed out that the recently unveiled supercar is recognized as the prancing pony’s 50th high-performance luxury drop-top model. The roadster’s streamlined chassis and carbon fiber body result in a manageable weight of 3,036 lbs. Its frame tempts us with flowing curves that sit above four 20-inch diamond-finished alloy wheels. Additionally, you also have that option to swap them out for a lightweight carbon fiber selection.

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider’s mid-mounted 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 unleashes 711 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. With a top speed of 211 mph, the roadster accomplishes 0-62 mph sprint within 2.85 seconds. The plush interior flows with style thanks to the generous amounts of carbon fiber and Alcantara, while the floor mats use aluminum plates. We are crossing our fingers that it finds its way into production lines soon.

Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

Photos courtesy of Ferrari

The 15 Best First Luxury Watches of 2018

Buying someone their first luxury watch isn’t the most straightforward proposition in the world — there are more luxury watch brands than you can shake a stick at, and if you’re not a watch aficionado, the process can be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, Gear Patrol and StockX, the foremost online marketplace for pre-owned luxury timepieces, has your back. What follows is a selection from among some of the best Swiss, German and Japanese brands out there. While some of these timepieces don’t come cheap, with regular service they should all just about last forever. And that’s a difficult thing to put a price on.

Rolex GMT-Master II

While the new GMT-Master II “Pepsi” model has stolen the hearts of collectors and newbies alike, the “Batman” version with its black and blue bezel is a striking alternative, and a beautiful watch in its own right. With its chronometer-certified 3186 movement that displays a second time zone, the “Batman” is the quintessential traveler’s watch.

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Oris Big Crown Pointer Date

With a gorgeous blue dial, a perfectly proportioned 40mm case and a stainless steel bracelet, the Big Crown Pointer Date is the perfect update of a classic timepiece. The “pointer date” is an elegant, alternative way to display a date, and this is truly one of the best executions of the complication.

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Doxa Sub 1200T Professional 1200T PRO

If you’re looking for a serious watch for the water, you can’t do much better than a Doxa. The Sub 1200T exudes 1960s charm with its orange dial and patented decompression time bezel, making this the ultimate diver’s timepiece. Of course, if you don’t dive, the 1200T is perfectly suited to the beach, as well.

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Bell and Ross Aviation BR0392-BL-ST

Bell & Ross’s bread and butter is building watches inspired by the world of aviation, and the aircraft gauge-themed BR0392-BL-ST is a case in point: the square-shaped, stainless steel case, stark black dial and white-tipped sword hands exude a military-themed cool in which form always follows function.

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Tudor Black Bay GMT

Having caused quite a stir upon its release, the Black Bay GMT made the aesthetics and functionality of the famed Rolex GMT Master line available at a significantly lower price point. With its beautiful dual-color bezel, rivet-style bracelet and in-house, chronometer-certified movement, the Black Bay GMT is hard not to love.

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Nomos Zurich 806

The Nomos Zurich 806 has won several design awards, and it’s not difficult to see why. With its complex case geometry, simple, Bauhaus design language, easily legible dial and in-house Epsilon automatic movement, the Zurich is a watch that exudes timelessness through restraint and class. A true “watch guy’s” watch.

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Breitling Superocean Heritage

Based on a model first released in 1957, the Superocean Heritage packs a lot of watch into 42mm, including a scratchproof ceramic bezel, steel mesh bracelet, steel case with water resistance down to 200m, and a chronometer-certified, in-house automatic movement.

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch

One of the most iconic wristwatches of all time, the Omega Speedmaster is the watch that accompanied American astronauts to the moon. The modern Speedmaster Professional harkens back to the late 1960s models with its Hesalite acrylic crystal, manually-wound 1861 movement and 42mm case.

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Tag Heuer Monaco CAW2111

A motosports icon, the Monaco is perhaps most famous for its association with famed actor Steve McQueen, but the original version stands on its own in horological circles for having featured the first automatic chronograph movement. This modern update features the Calibre 12 movement and a beautiful blue dial.

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Cartier Tank Americaine Large

The Cartier Tank embodies the idea of elegance perhaps better than any other watch design, but some men find the original case proportions a bit small by modern standards. The Americaine Large has a bigger, elongated 26mm by 45mm case and an automatic movement, bringing this classic timepiece firmly into the 21st century.

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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake

Featuring Seiko’s unique Spring Drive hybrid movement as well as a titanium case and bracelet and a 72-hour power reserve, the Spring Drive Snowflake is proof that Japanese watchmakers make some of the best values in high-end timepieces, a playing field once dominated by Swiss and German firms.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

Originally developed so that polo players could prevent damage to their watches, the Reverso is so called due to its reversible dial, one side of which features the watch itself while the second side is blank and can be personally engraved. A version with a manually-winding movement retains the vintage charm of the original.

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Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio

With a classic 1950s cushion case, patented crown protection device and in-house movement, the PAM00372 is a modern iteration of a tool watch icon. Though the 47mm case diameter won’t work for everyone, if you can pull it off, you’ll be wearing one of the coolest designs in the history of dive watches.

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IWC Portofino Hand-Wound 8 Days

Wristwatches with 8-day power reserves are impressive on their own, but finding one that pairs a beautifully finished, in-house movement with an elegant dial available in multiple colors is a truly difficult proposition. IWC, however, which has been crafting watches for 150 years, has clearly delivered.

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas

Alright, so maybe this is a tad heavy-duty for a First Luxury Watch, but go big or go home, right? With a 37-jewel movement, interchangeable bracelet and strap system and 150 meters of water resistance, the Overseas may be a luxury timepiece, but it’s also a robust travel companion that’s available in multiple configurations.

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This Retired Roboticist Used to Design Lunar Rovers. Now He Makes Beautiful Handmade Skis

In the shadow of the Tetons, down a nondescript lane in Jackson, Wyoming, lies nondescript building. Its windowless face is sided with plain boards painted tan, its roof clad with corrugated metal. There’s an auto repair shop next door, but there are machines inside this building too. Inside, there’s a genius at work. Well, unless he’s out skiing. This is the Igneous Skis workshop.

Michael Parris, the mastermind behind Igneous, has been building custom skis by hand for almost 20 years. Watching him work is akin to witnessing a master chef navigate the fire and frenzy of a working kitchen to produce a perfectly plated paella. His movements through the shop are deliberate, and the way in which he plies the metal, wood and glue that are pervasive throughout the space is almost subconscious. Despite what might otherwise be an obvious conviction, Parris hasn’t been doing this for his entire life. In fact, he didn’t even found Igneous.

It was Adam Sherman, a longtime friend of Parris, who did that. The two met at a small ski hill in Pennsylvania called Blue Knob. Years later, Parris, who had briefly dropped out of school, joined Sherman, who had relocated to Jackson, Wyoming. It was the early 90s — skis were still very straight, and commonly came in lengths exceeding 210 centimeters. Sherman became drawn to snowboard shapes and the unique lines they allowed for on the mountain. In 1993, the pair attended the Snowsports Industries America trade show in Las Vegas and Sherman was further impressed by the quantity of startup snowboard companies exhibiting. “He was like, ‘Well if these guys can make snowboards in their garages, maybe I can make some skis’,” says Parris, describing Sherman’s assessment of the show.

Sherman began peeling apart old skis to examine their inner organs, and used that as a study for his first ski prototypes. Parris was back to his studies at Carnegie Mellon but made a point to visit Jackson and help out in the shop during school breaks. A degree in engineering earned him a job at the university building not skis, but robots.

Despite what might otherwise be an obvious conviction, Parris hasn’t been doing this for his entire life.

For Parris, robotics projects were leisure-time undertakings — he describes an exoskeleton for a human arm that can be controlled from a remote as “an art project” — but work wasn’t all tinkering. Parris became a member of a team developing robots for NASA’s lunar and Mars rover programs. Parris and a team of roughly six engineers were tasked with perfecting four-wheeled vehicles with articulating chassis capable of climbing over obstacles the size of their own wheels. Trips to Wyoming were traded in for month-long prototype testing stints in Chile’s Atacama Desert and later, Antarctica.

“That project was a meteorite search project,” says Parris. As it turns out, the ice-covered landscape of the world’s southernmost continent is fertile with meteorites, where the constant flow of ice decreases the distribution of rocks on the surface. “You can imagine a meteor that’s fallen, it’s an even distribution but the way the ice flows they might be more concentrated in certain areas. If you comb the entire ice sheet, you might go to where there are sub-surface mountain ranges and things that interrupt the flow of the ice and cause it to flow upward and spit the rocks to the surface.”

Researchers working for the National Science Foundation can comb the ice manually, or they can have a robot do it, which is where Parris and his team came into play. The meteorite-finding robot was a success, but when Parris and his team requested further funding, they were declined. It was a fortuitous downturn. “I was kind of missing skiing being down there in snow and mountains,” says Parris. So he decided to take some time off and moved to Jackson, Wyoming full-time, where he joined Sherman at the Igneous workshop.

Parris immediately set out to make good on the then-revolutionary notion that skis don’t have to be long and straight. “The plan was to make some skis that you could ride like a snowboard,” he says. “The other plan was making skis that lasted for a full season at Jackson, riding 100 days, making something that held up to the terrain here, because everybody was breaking stuff.”

“You see somebody with these skis and ask them, ‘Hey what are those skis?,’ and the next question is going to be, ‘how do you like them?’ And so you have the conversation about it and the last guy who bought your skis is now your salesman.”

Sherman and Parris weren’t dreaming small either. The pair wanted to be a presence within the ski industry, so they ramped up production from about to 300 or 400 pairs of skis per year. Igneous did garner some well-earned acclaim, but neither Sherman nor Parris were satisfied. “We were working long hours and not skiing as much as we wanted to and not paying ourselves — so we were just getting old,” says Parris.

So the pair scaled back. They made skis for themselves and their friends. They stopped marketing the company, too. Igneous skis are plain to those in the know thanks to their all-wood veneer top sheets, but they are also deridingly lacking in logos and branding. “It was just word of mouth; seeing who showed up and what they wanted,” explains Parris. “It’s still just word of mouth. You see somebody with these skis and ask them, ‘Hey what are those skis?,’ and the next question is going to be, ‘how do you like them?’ And so you have the conversation about it and the last guy who bought your skis is now your salesman.” It worked; slowly, Igneous began to find its place.

In 2007, Sherman moved back to Maryland to become a firefighter, paramedic and physician’s assistant; Parris stayed in the Tetons, building skis. At the heart of Parris’s process is a high level of individualized customization. Providing that not only requires a microscopic understanding of how skis are built, but also a closer relationship with the customer than a factory worker building skis in Austria will ever get. For that, Parris and Sherman devised an interview process in order to figure out where, how and why a customer skis. It’s a line of questioning that’s straightforward, but borders on existential: “How and where you can come up with,” says Parris, “but why you ski? People were like, “huh?”

Nevertheless, Parris can gain a remarkable amount of information through a simple conversation. “Our clients don’t necessarily have the vocabulary to talk about their skiing in terms of what they want, but I can ask them a series of questions, and pick their brain a little bit, and figure out something that’ll suit them,” says Parris. He also seeks out information from a client’s friends, instructors and guides who might have more insight. And then, Parris is happy to make a couple turns with a client up on Teton Pass and make observations first hand.

From there, what’s left is to build the actual ski. The way Parris describes it, the process is straightforward and simple, but maybe that’s just compared to building robots. At the very least, it’s incredibly sensible. Parris starts with the ski’s core. A core can be made from many types of wood — maple, white ash, Douglas fir, poplar — and many comprise more than a single species. Parris builds the sidewalls with hard maple for added durability. Then there’s base material, graphite, fiberglass, aluminum, kevlar and triaxial glass. Saws and planers and pliers are involved. Glue, finishing, ski wax. The outcome is designed to carry a body down a mountain at amazing speed. But more than that, the result is graceful, curvy, grainy; Igneous skis are beautiful enough to hang untouched on a wall. But that would be an unfortunate waste.

When Parris first joined Sherman at Igneous, he harbored very different ideas about building skis. “I had thoughts of automating the process and basically designing a ski manufacturing robot. A machine where you’d feed raw materials into one end and it’d spit a ski out the other end,” he says. But he soon realized that, like the idea of producing 300 to 400 pairs of skis per year, that would go against exactly what makes Igneous skis so special. “I realized as I got back in touch with working with my hands, that that’s what I really like to do,” says Parris. Now, he makes roughly 100 pairs each year, which allows him to pay singular attention to each step in the process. And, it affords him more time to do what he came to Jackson to do in the first place: ski.

“I go out and ski in the mornings and think about the skis that I’m on and how I can make them better, and I come in and have somebody’s name on my production list — making skis for Bill today. I think about the last time I skied with Bill and what he’s told me about the skis I made for him last time and just get to work. Keeping it small is key.”

ACRONYM x Nike Air Presto

Now available is Nike and ACRONYM’s latest collaboration, which marks the debut of three new colorways for their Nike Air Presto Mid lineup.

You can choose between “Racer Pink/Photo Blue,” “Dynamic Yellow/White,” and “Cool Grey/Black,” all of which veer away from the darker and sleeker tones of the same kicks from 2016. The new roster incorporates some pretty bold color choices, to tremendous effect. Nike and ACRONYM co-founder Errolson Hugh made use of color combinations that smudge the line between sporty and casual, giving you a fine blend of trendy but also a little bit experimental.

These limited edition kicks are now available globally via Nike SNKRS, ACRONYM at $200 apiece. Better act fast if you want one, though. The original Acronym x Nike Air Presto Mid was an enormous hit, and we have every reason to believe this lineup will follow its predecessor’s footsteps. Want to know just how popular those kicks are? There are currently unofficial sellers marking them up to ridiculous prices — some even go as high as $750.

Like the 2016 collection, the 2018 ones feature neoprene uppers with extended ankle collars, dual pull tabs, plus a zipper on the heel — a small but nice touch. And as we’ve mentioned already, these kicks are bolder than their 2016 counterparts, featuring graphic print detailing all over the lace cage, toe cap, and heel, which give the kicks a tad bit more flair. Not that they need those finishing touches, but they’re still a lovely addition.

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Kalashnikov CV-1 Concept Electric Supercar

Get ready for a big surprise as the most unlikely manufacturer enters the electric vehicle (EV) market. We’re serious because the Kalashnikov CV-1 concept supercar comes from none other than the weapon maker. Yes, that’s right, move aside Tesla, because just like the infamous assault rifle from the same brand, it plans to take on whatever the competition throws its way.

Its quaint vintage appearance was reportedly inspired by the IZh 2125 Kombi that saw production from 1973 to 1997. We also understand that it’s difficult to take seriously due to its retro appearance and pale blue paintwork. Yet, sources claim that it has an ace up its sleeve. According to insiders, deep within the hood is a never-before-seen inverter tech. It apparently allows the hatchback to travel a range of approximately 350 km. Moreover, this is allegedly possible on just a single charge of its 90 kWh battery.  Meanwhile, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h clocks in at around 6.0 seconds.

Kalashnikov kept most of the details away from the public and did not specify a timeframe as to when the CV-1 will hit local markets in Russia. We are genuinely interested to know how much it will cost to own this so-called electric “supercar” in the near future.

Kalashnikov CV-1

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BakerStone Pizza Oven Box

For those craving that classic and authentic pizza taste, BakerStone’s Pizza Oven Box is probably the closest you’re going to get without breaking bank. Not only will it give you something similar to that scrumptious wood-burned pizzeria taste, but it’ll also help up your pizza-making game.

This portable oven box will convert your three-burner stove, gas BBQ, or charcoal grill into a legit pizza oven. Just plop it down, throw in your dough, and you’re all set. Plus, if you get sick of pizzas, you’re in luck. This oven box is great for cookies, bread, and other types of pastries, too. Why stop there, though? Throw in some vegetables, maybe even some fish, and you can crank out an entire feast with this baby.

The machine itself is very robust and durable, built from stainless and enameled steel, making it suitable even under extremely high temperatures. It uses conductive, convective, and radiant heat for that perfect open-flame pizza taste, which is amazing considering you’ll be able to do this right from your backyard. Your pizzas are cooked in just two to four minutes, so the party can keep on going.

The BakerStone Pizza Oven Box is available now on popular retail outlets, including Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace, Do It Best, and Kitchen & Company. Our UK friends can get it from Argos, The Range, and Chessington. You can also get it online on Amazon or BakerStone’s official online shop. It costs just $99, which is an incredible value for your money.

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