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The 12 Best Gym Shorts of 2020 for Every Kind of Workout

The right pair of workout shorts can inspire you to train longer, harder and more often. In this way, they’re a lot like your favorite playlist, or an ex you’re trying to win back.

On the flip side, the wrong pair of workout shorts — too baggy, too tight, too falling apart — can leave you feeling uninspired, lethargic and possibly wanting to stay home and eat ice cream rather than get to work.

As silly as it may sound, your workout shorts can have a big impact on how you train, and how you ultimately look and feel. So it’s important to — like that old guy said in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade — choose wisely.

With that in mind, here’s a 12-pack of shorts that will set you up for success no matter how you take your endorphin rush. From running to CrossFit to hoops to biking, these shorts will support and elevate your training, driving you forward to achieve your best. As a bonus, you’ll probably look a bit more stylish, too.

New Balance Accelerate 5 In Short

Best for Running

Just because you like to run doesn’t mean you necessarily want to look like Michael Cera in Juno. With a five-inch inseam, these shorts are short but not too short. They’re also lightweight and moisture-wicking thanks to NB DRY technology, so they won’t weigh you down on long runs. (For this reason, they’re a favorite of marathoners.) Plus, with hand pockets and drop-in pockets at the waist, you can keep your keys, money and energy gels secure.

Reebok CrossFit Austin II Shorts

Best for CrossFit

CrossFit workouts can be some of the toughest training sessions known to man, so if you’re going to partake in this particular brand of punishment/glory, you’ll need apparel to the task. These stretchy, ultra-lightweight shorts from Reebok — the CrossFit experts — are equipped with side slits at the hem to give you freedom of movement on CrossFit staples like burpees, lunges and bodyweight squats. Unfortunately, they still can’t do the WODs for you.

Vuori Kore Short

Best for Yoga

For poses like downward dog and warrior II, you want to keep things classy with a liner. These shorts, from laidback-California-cool brand Vuori, not only offer a breathable boxer-brief liner, but also they’re uber-comfortable thanks to four-way stretch fabric and a roomier fit. Quick-drying material means they’ll bounce back quickly from your Bikram sessions, and anti-odor properties make them great for post-yoga activities, too.

Lululemon Pace Breaker Short

Best for Wearing All Day Long

Made from lightweight fabric with just the right amount of stretch, these simple-yet-luxurious shorts can handle pretty much anything on your day’s docket: low-key jogs, tough HIIT sessions, dog walking, brunch. The supportive liner — more compression short than boxer brief — contains a clever pocket for your phone, but you never-liners out there can relax: they are also available without one.

Ten Thousand Interval Short

Best for Any Workout

Most of us don’t have the budget — or time — for 12 different pairs of shorts for 12 different activities. We’d prefer one pair of shorts we can wear for virtually every athletic pursuit. If that describes you, the Interval is probably up your alley. Featuring a thick no-pinch waistband, an ultra-wicking shell, and a few well-placed pockets, these shorts can assist you with kettlebell swings, med ball tosses, box jumps and bench presses. Also: tennis.

Jordan Jumpman Mixed Diamond

Best for Shooting Hoops

OK, so you might not be able to play like Mike, but you can still dress like him. Which should help in the inspiration department, if nothing else. The diamonds on the sides are a nod to MJ’s Bulls days, back when he was swishing fadeaways and posterizing opponents on a nightly basis. The zippered pockets are a good place to put your hands — when they aren’t mimicking the “I don’t know” shrug after draining too many 3s, that is.

Adidas Condivo 20 Shorts

Best for Coed Soccer

Named after the Italian word for flavor, the Condivos should add a little spice to your weekend kickarounds. Available in eight eye-catching colors, these lightweight shorts made from breathable AEROREADY fabric will have you zipping around the pitch like a young Roberto Baggio. In a pinch, they can work for other activities, too, like watching soccer and playing FIFA.

Patagonia Nine Trails Shorts

Best for Hiking

These classics from Patagonia are made of a recycled polyester/spandex fabric that wicks moisture and allows you to move with comfort on the trails (goodbye, chafing). A boxer-brief liner with odor control lets you focus on the hike and not on how you smell. Best of all, the logo on the left leg glows when illuminated, making you easier to spot when the sun sets.

Hylete Fuse Short

Best for Obstacle Course Racing

When you’re crawling under barbed wire and jumping through fire during an OCR, the last thing you need is constricting apparel. These smooth, stretchy shorts from Hylete offer a larger leg opening for added room and flexibility — so if you can’t get over that climbing wall, it’s on you. They also feature a ton of pockets, three different lengths and a waistband system that can make the drawstrings either interior or exterior. Thoughtful.

Rogue Black Ops Shorts

Best for Weightlifting

These no-nonsense training shorts are perfect for your no-B.S., all-out days in the weight room. The elastic waistband with mesh venting helps you keep cool while you’re tossing around iron, and the loose fit and 8-inch inseam allow for unrestricted mobility during squats, deadlifts and lunges. Yes, you can wear them for cardio, too.

Bontrager Quantum Fitness Short

Best for Biking

Consider these shorts the best of both worlds. The lightweight shell and padded liner will keep you comfy during long rides, but when you hop off the bike, you won’t look like a member of the Spandex Mafia. Two other nice touches: the padded liner is removable, and a zippered back pocket ensures your keys and cash don’t fall out mid-ride.

Under Armour MK-1 Shorts

Best Value

If these shorts were a sex position, they would be missionary. But you know what? People like missionary. And for $35, there is a lot to like here. The fit is streamlined but not too snug, and UA’s patented HeatGear fabric provides lightweight comfort that wicks sweat and dries fast. They’ve also got anti-odor technology similar to more expensive shorts, and they feature two mesh pockets — to hold all that money you’re saving.

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These 8 Accessories Will Seriously Upgrade Your Bike Commute

The right gear can make your bike commute better. And we’re not just talking about the wheels and frame beneath you. Here are all the accessories you need to be safe, comfortable, and organized next time you ride to work — which will also help you stay motivated to keep on rolling. 

Thule Roundtrip Duffel

Missing the window to ride to work because you can’t find your lights, you forgot your shoes or you misplaced your rain jacket is annoying. This duffel organizes everything you need for riding in one spot. The duffel has a flexible accordion storage system with various size cubbies to hold clothes, shades, computer, snacks, socks, gloves, water bottles and more. Bigger sections separate and protect helmet, shoes and tools, as well as wet and stinky kit you want to seal away when you’re at work. You can wear the crossbody duffel on your back, and the strap clips out of the way when you want to leave it loaded but open in your mudroom or chucked in the trunk of your car.

Blackburn Big Switch Ratchet Multi Tool

When your bike seat is creaky and loose, your bottle cage is rattling, or a fender or rack mount has come undone, it often seems impossible to reach the bolt that needs tightening with a standard set of folding hex wrenches. Blackburn’s Switch Ratchet Multi is the perfect tool to angle into hard-to-reach places. The mini ratchet has nine interchangeable bits, including torque bits and screwdrivers, and it becomes the handle of a chain tool in case of a break. The chain tool head doubles as a disc pad spreader, Presta core tool and spoke wrench. Slide this minimalist bike repair powerhouse into your jacket or jersey pocket for commuting, cruising or riding the local crit. 

Spurcycle Bike Bell

With a classic brushed brass dome, anodized aluminum hammer, wire thumb lever and stainless steel mount, this USA-made bell is streamlined, stylish and loud. It mounts with a few quick turns of a 2.5mm hex wrench, so you can let ear-budded joggers, texting walkers, dogs, kids, cars and anyone else you encounter that you’re coming. Lots of bells draw attention because they’re big and ugly. This bell is minimalist and designed to complement your bike, not to distract from it. 

Giro Caden MIPS Urban Cycling Helmet

An integrated light in the back of this hardbody helmet helps cars see you, no matter the weather. With the rechargeable light on, the entire back of the helmet glows red. Inside, a MIPS liner reduces rotational impacts — the helmet is rated to the new speed e-bike safety standard — and 12 vents keep you cool when it’s hot out. An easy-to-adjust internal harness snugs the helmet to your head to keep it comfortably secure, and a magnetic chin clip keeps it on. For riders who like to leave their lid with the bike, a specific lock port in the dent- and ding-resistant shell accepts a chain or u-lock. 

Osprey Radial Bike Commuter Pack

The Radial is packed with commuter-friendly features. The pack frame includes an extra pole that functions as a kickstand, keeping it from tipping over when you set it down loaded. A helmet carry feeds through a helmet vent, so there aren’t awkward slings and straps to get caught. And the pack has five big pockets that hold a laptop, keep your clothes and shoes separate, and expand if you need more space. The ventilated, suspended back and removable hip belt are cool and comfortable whether you’re sprinting to the office or dashing to the gym. Reflective zips and prints increase your visibility, while a hi-viz rain cover keeps content dry in case of precipitation.

Hiplok Gold Wearable Chain Lock

Made from hardened steel with a 12mm shackle and 10mm chain, this is one of the most secure locks you can buy. It’s also one of the easiest to carry. The lock, which has a reflective and protective fabric sleeve, wraps around your waist and secures with a one-hand, quick-release belt closure when you’re riding. Dismount and the 33.5” chain loops around your bike and locks with a coded key. The lock, which fits waists up to 44 inches, has a lifetime warranty and a maximum level Gold security rating from Sold Secure. 

Cannondale Wheel Sensor

The most affordable ride computer out thee comes to life with Cannondale’s app, giving you data on speed, distance, time and calories burned, as well as also how much carbon you’re keeping out of the atmosphere by biking rather driving. Beyond the price, the best thing about this bike computer might be that you don’t have to remember to turn it on. The sensor records automatically when your wheels start spinning, saving up to 30 rides without syncing to the app. Beyond fitness applications, this unit also pings you when your bike needs a tune-up, and if you ride a bike with suspension, it saves those settings. 

DZR H2O

The main reason to wear a bike shoe instead of a sneaker is a stiffer sole, which makes pedaling more efficient. This full grain sheepskin leather option has a nylon shank for superb energy transfer to the pedals, yet it still feels normal to walk in. It’s fully seam-sealed, with a waterproof membrane over moisture-wicking mesh, so even if you’re forced into a puddle when you pedal, you won’t arrive at work with wet feet. Laces tuck away to keep them dry and out of your chainring, and a gum rubber sole offers excellent traction, even on polished office building steps. Run this shoe clipless or with flat pedals, and when you get to work, you won’t have to change; nothing about it looks like a bike shoe.

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The 4 Best Bookshelf Speakers of 2020

The guide to the best bookshelf loudspeakers of 2020 covers everything you need to know before you buy your next pair of audio equipment. We tested a whole host of speakers to find which ones will make the best addition to your home stereo system.

The Best Bookshelf Loudspeakers of 2020

Bookshelf Speakers 101

1. Q Acoustics Concept 300

Q Acoustics is a relatively new loudspeaker brand on this continent but it’s one that you should pay attention to. Having already made a significant dent in the U.K. and Europe against some rather stiff competition from rivals like KEF, B&W and Wharfedale with its affordable but over-achieving 3000-Series, Q Acoustics is now pushing hard into the high-end with the Concept 300 stand-mounted full-range bookshelf loudspeaker.

Best Overall Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Price: $4,499/pair
From: amazon.com

What We Like: The Concept 300 deliver unrivaled levels of coherency, clarity and presence in a stand-mounted design that can compete with significantly more expensive loudspeakers – not that $4,999 isn’t rather expensive for a two-way bookshelf design. Low-end performance is surprisingly deep and taut making them adept with all kinds of music and they will never be the weak link in your system. The slightly scary-looking Tensegrity tripod stand utilizes cutting edge acoustic isolation and plays a significant role in the sound of the Concept 300 – image solidity and soundstage depth are first-rate. Paired with the right amplifier, these are end-game loudspeakers that also look the part.
What We Don’t Like: The Concept 300 need a really good amplifier to really shine. Not the last word in dynamic punch. Stand design might make you nervous even though they work amazingly well.

2. PSB Alpha P5

PSB have been manufacturing award-winning loudspeakers for over 40 years. Audio industry legend Paul Barton plays a significant role at Lenbrook (NAD, PSB, Bluesound) designing not only the PSB and Bluesound loudspeakers, but also the NAD headphones. Rather than pursue building cost-no-object loudspeakers which Barton could do with his access to significant R&D resources, he has focused on the entry-level and products like the Alpha P5 that are remarkable loudspeakers.

Best Budget Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Price: $400/pair
From: amazon.com

What We Like: The Alpha P5 have a lot of competition below $600 but they manage to win the day with an impressive level of transparency, detail and dynamic punch that works with almost every recording you try. The midrange is superb and the bass response from such a small two-way pair of loudspeakers is resoundingly taut and agile even with electronica and hip-hop and driven with entry-level integrated amplifiers. Also the build quality is very high for the price. You can drive these with 35-50 watts and wipe the floor with any wireless loudspeaker for many years to come.

What We Don’t Like: The Alpha P5 sound a lot better with superior amplifiers and that will force you to stretch your budget. The top end can sound slightly etched as compared to the midrange and low end which are far more balanced. The Alpha P5 start to lose their remarkably coherency when you push them too hard – not ideal for blasting Iron Maiden or Tool at really loud listening levels.

3. Wharfedale EVO4.2

Wharfedale is one of the oldest loudspeaker manufacturers in the world and one of the best at designing affordable high-end loudspeakers that can really reproduce a full-range sound that won’t crush your bank account. The EVO Series is a rather radical departure from the acclaimed Diamond range. They not only look more refined but also sound dramatically more polished and dynamic. They’re built overseas to keep the price down, and you’ll be grateful when you open your wallet.

Best Affordable Full-Range Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Price: $1,000 / pair
From: amazon.com

What We Like: The EVO4.2 sound positively like floor-standing loudspeakers when positioned on solid stands and they don’t require a subwoofer either. Midrange is clean sounding with a warm tonal balance that makes them ideal for a lot of solid-state and tube amplifiers. These are not very hard loudspeakers to drive and they can play very loudly without losing any sense of control or focus. Plus, they’re built like tanks and a remarkable value for the money. AMT ribbon tweeter has remarkable extension and a highly detailed presentation that will illuminate better sounding recordings.

What We Don’t Like: The EVO4.2 require heavy-duty stands – prepare to spend $300-500 for a pair that will do these loudspeakers justice. The slightly laid-back presentation might make some listeners think they are not ideal for rock, metal, electronica – and they would be 100 percent wrong if they don’t give them a chance. Beware: these are capable of taking you down the audiophile rabbit hole where you’ll spend years trying every amplifier you can to see what else they can do.

4. Dynaudio Focus 20 XD

This Danish loudspeaker giant has decades of experience designing and building some of the world’s best midrange/woofers and tweeters, and a real understanding of what 21st-century music listeners expect in an active/wireless system. The Focus 20 XD incorporate a very powerful 150-watt amplifier inside each speaker and support for high-resolution digital audio streaming. Like everything they do, the Dynaudio Focus 20 XD are built to the highest standards and benefit from some 40 years of driver research that give them a serious sonic advantage.

Best Active/Wireless Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Price: $6,000
From: crutchfield.com

What We Like: Some may not immediately like their laid-back presentation, but it works better than most for long-term listening at moderate-to-loud volume levels. Dynaudio builds world-class tweeters and the result is a very smooth, airy and detailed top end that makes even horrible recordings easy to digest. The Focus 20 XD can completely vanish in your listening space on good stands reproducing a deep and relatively wide soundstage. Bass response is articulate. The internal amplifier maintains a really strong grip on the woofer but this loudspeaker is not going to shake your room. If you prize midrange refinement and tonal accuracy over a front-row presentation, the Focus 20 XD will be for you. The ability to tweak the loudspeaker to match your room with the rear controls and app is a huge plus.

What We Don’t Like: Being tied to an ecosystem isn’t going to be for everyone. The laid-back presentation will not excite you right away but the Focus 20 XD will grow on you the more you listen and discover little nuances in each recording. These are not bass crunching loudspeakers for those who need that level of low end punch. Require expensive stands to really strut their stuff.

Why Bookshelf Speakers?

Smart speakers have taken a considerable slice of the loudspeaker market over the past twenty-four months, with Amazon and Google both announcing superior-sounding versions of their Echo and Google Home smart speakers, Apple releasing its first-ever smart speaker, and traditional speaker companies, like Bose and Sonos, also getting in on the action. With their ease of setup, their ability to control your smart home gadgets and answer questions, as well as wireless play with other smart speakers, it’s no wonder that smart speakers have traditional loudspeaker manufacturers running scared.

But there will always be a market for bookshelf speakers. Why? Because stereo sound is special. Music that was recorded in stereo, needs to be listened to in that format unless we are content with listening to single loudspeakers again that attempt to simulate stereo or even surround sound with multiple drivers packed into an enclosure the size of a coffee can. Stereo bookshelf loudspeakers do a rather convincing job recreating the soundstage; the physical space (studio, garage, music hall) where the recording was made and that illusion of being there with your favorite artist is a big part of the experience. They also reproduce the scale of the recording in a far more convincing way; crank Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” through an Apple HomePod and you will discover just how poorly smart speakers reproduce the dynamics of a challenging track.

Active Versus Passive

Wireless smart speakers are also limited by the amplification that the manufacturer has stuffed inside; space limitations almost dictate the use of Class D or switching amplifiers that are more efficient than traditional linear amplifiers, which require large heatsinks to dissipate heat. Class D amplifiers have improved greatly in recent years in regard to sound quality and require less space, are cheaper, and weigh less.

If you really care about sound quality, you have plenty of passive (which require amplification) and active loudspeaker (with built-in amplification) options to select from. Passive loudspeakers are more flexible as you can experiment with different types of amplifiers, DACs, and placement options. Active loudspeakers are a better option for listeners who don’t want the added expense of multiple components, and an equipment rack filled with cables. The trade-off with any active loudspeaker is that you are committed to how the final product sounds. There is no way to try another amplifier or DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) to alter the sound. Active loudspeakers also require at least one of the loudspeakers to be plugged into the wall; limiting how you set the speaker up in your space. One thing is for certain, there is no shortage of affordable passive or active bookshelf loudspeakers for all types of spaces.

Analog or Wireless

It’s also worth considering wireless bookshelf speakers if you want the option to stream audio straight from your laptop, tablet or computer. A lot of newer models have either built-in wi-fi, Bluetooth or both. In addition to being really easy to use, this added connectivity gives wireless bookshelf speakers a few distinct advantages over bookshelf loudspeakers. They don’t require a direct connection to both an amplifier and source, like traditional analog speakers. They have fewer restrictions as to set-up locations or built-in amplification. And they most likely support the streaming services that you already pay for.

In the past, the major Achilles’ heel for wireless loudspeakers was sound quality, but that has taken a major leap forward in recent years, with products like the KEF LS50 Wireless and Devialet Phantoms. Wireless loudspeakers now feature high-performance internal amplification, phono pre-amplifiers, DACs, and support for major streaming platforms such as Spotify Connect, Airplay 2, Tidal, Pandora, and others. The one thing to always remember with all wireless loudspeakers is that they still require a power source — they’ll take up a wall outlet — and some wireless models require a tether from the master loudspeaker to the slave as the amplification is only built into one speaker.

The 26 Best Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to Buy on Amazon

This story is part of a larger series of Valentine’s Day gifts. Find more gift recommendations at different price points here!

Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

Price: $15
From: amazon.com

Nourish lips with this lip cream from Aesop, packed with vitamins C, E and botanical extracts.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish

Price: $18
From: amazon.com

Smith & Cult’s assortment of colors offers something for everyone.

Jade Roller

Price: $18
From: amazon.com

This affordable jade roller helps to remove puffiness from the face.

Leather Mouse Pad

Price: $19
From: amazon.com

Mouse pads are an underrated desk accessory, especially when they’re decked out in beautiful leather.

Bodum Brazil French Press

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

Get one of Bodum’s most popular products to make a better morning coffee.

Felt Coasters

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

Felt coasters prevent drinks from getting stuck to it, and they’re much cheaper than most other materials.

Brouk & Co. Travel Cord Roll

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

Tangled wires are a huge pain. Get this travel accessory to save yourself the stress,

The Cartiers

Price: $21
From: amazon.com

Lead up with the book on the Cartiers. Then finish with a Cartier watch.

Opinel No.10 Corkscrew Knife

Price: $30
From: amazon.com

This elegant pocket knife from Opinel has a built-in corkscrew for spontaneous picnics in the park.

Timex Weekender

Price: $31
From: amazon.com

Timex makes great watches for novices and aficionados.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Price: $32
From: amazon.com

Aesop is known for its high quality grooming products, and this hand balm encapsulates everything that makes the brand great.

Moon Juice Dream Dust

Price: $38
From: amazon.com

Help your partner sleep better with this herbal supplement that promotes relaxation.

Minnetonka Pile Lined Hardsole Slipper

Price: $40+
From: amazon.com

Keep your feet cozy with these incredibly plush slippers from Minnetonka.

Miansai Singular Cuff Bracelet

Price: $75
From: amazon.com

This bracelet is for the person who doesn’t think they’re a jewelry person just yet.

SK-II Facial Treatment

Price: $78
From: amazon.com

Sure they’re expensive, but they’re a cult-favorite skincare product for a reason.

J.Crew Everyday Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

Price: $89
From: amazon.com

Anything cashmere makes a great gift, especially for Valentine’s Day.

Awair Glow C

Price: $89
From: amazon.com

It’s a three-in-one gift: a smart plug, an air quality monitor and a night light.

Kindle Paperwhite

Price: $94
From: amazon.com

Remember how revolutionary it was to carry your entire music library wherever you went? Now you can do the same with the actual library using the Kindle Paperwhite.

Manduka GRP Hot Yoga Mat

Price: $98
From: amazon.com

Manduka’s extra grippy mat has a charcoal-infused middle layer that absorbs moisture and fights odor.

Power Plate Roller

Price: $100
From: amazon.com

Speed up muscle recovery with this roller’s four vibration intensity settings.

Smith Guides Choice Sunglasses

Price: $105
From: amazon.com

Get 100 percent UV protection with these polarized sunglasses. Plus, you get HD-level visibility.

Jaybird Vista

Price: $180
From: amazon.com

Get the runner in your life the best running earbuds so they can take their music on the go.

GilletteLabs Heated Razor

Price: $256
From: amazon.com

The gift that keeps on giving, the GilletteLabs heated razor brings the barbershop experience into the home.

Theragun G3

Price: $399
From: amazon.com

There’s a reason why this massage gun is one of the best recovery tools money can buy. It has an ergonomic design, six interchangeable heads, two power levels and up to 2,400 percussions per minute.

Bose 700 Wireless Headphones

Price: $400
From: amazon.com

These are the best noise-canceling headphones out there for a reason. They’re comfortable, have great sound quality and excel at noise cancellation.

Dyson Airwrap

Price: $549
From: amazon.com

The Airwrap sold out when it was first released, and now that it’s back, give your partner the best hair styling tool around.

The 39 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts Over $100

This guide, compiled independently by our editors, is part of a larger series about Valentine’s Day. Find more gift recommendations here!

Power Plate Roller

Price: $100
From: amazon.com

This upgraded roller has four vibration intensity settings and will help tight, sore muscles recover faster.

Mophie Powerstation Plus

Price: $100
From: apple.com

Powerbanks that will keep our gadgets going all day long are a necessity. This one from Mophie also looks pretty good.

D.S. & Durga Cowboy Grass Eau de Parfum

Price: $101
From: walmart.com

Cowboy grass is a nice mix of rosewood, thyme and bergamot that will make him seem like a cowboy without the horse.

Smith Guides Choice Sunglasses

Price: $105
From: amazon.com

For the guy who spends a lot of time on the water, these polarized full-coverage shades provide 100 percent UV protection while adding HD-level visibility wherever he wears them.

Tracksmith Waffle Layer

Price: $108
From: tracksmith.com

A perfect cold-weather layer whether she’s running or just wanting to keep warm.

Lululemon City Sweat Pullover Hoodie Fleece

Price: $118
From: shop.lululemon.com

This performance fleece hoodie from Lululemon is just as comfortable as it looks.

Restoration Hardware Luxury Plush Robe

Price: $119
From: restorationhardware.com

The robe is one of the most cozy power moves anybody can make after getting out of the shower. Think of this one like a warm blanket you can wear.

New Balance Asym Jumpsuit

Price: $120
From: newbalance.com

This athletic jumpsuit from New Balance uses the athletic brand’s new NBSleek fabric for a smooth, flattering and incredibly comfortable fit that’ll allow her to stay comfy while being active.

VSSL Compact First Aid Kit

Price: $125
From: store.gearpatrol.com

VSSL’s Compact First Aid Kit is more like a survival kit. It’s compact and comes with handy extras like a whistle and an emergency light that any adventurer will appreciate.

Inventery Mechanical Pen with Stand

Price: $125
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Inventery’s Mechanical Pen with Stand is an elevated brass rod pen that can be handsomely dispalyed on any desk.

Shinola Ochre Leather Watch Strap for Apple Watch

Price: $125
From: shinola.com

Anyone with an Apple Watch can always use another strap or two. This leather one from Shinola is cut and sewn by hand for that extra bit of thought and care.

Kindle Paperwhite

Price: $130
From: amazon.com

Declutter their bookshelves with the ereader that’s a perfect companion wherever they go.

Catbird Gold Bracelet

Price: $134
From: net-a-porter.com

This lightweight chain braclet is handmade in Brookly using recycled, fair-mined gold and can be a versatile piece in her jewlery collection.

Nomad Base Station (Apple Watch Edition)

Price: $140
From: hellonomad.com

The Nomad Base Station is a sleek-looking charging pad that will even charge an Apple Watch or AirPods.

Orient Bambino Gen 2 Automatic

Price: $150
From: orientwatchusa.com

Orient makes some great timepieces at an affordable pricepoint. The Bambino Gen 2 Automatic is elegant enough for any taste.

Tinker 34mm Copper-Toned Watch with Strap

Price: $150
From: JCrew.com

This minimalist quartz watch is an easy one you don’t have to think too hard over.

Hodinkee Burgundy Suede Strap

Price: $155
From: hodinkee.com

Hodinkee’s straps are some of the swankiest around. This supple suede one is a great option to spruce up any timepiece.

Rent the Runway Gift Card

Price: $160
From: renttherunway.com

For $160 you can get her a free month of Rent the Runway so she can test-drive some new outfits.

TEKLA Organic Terry Bathrobe

Price: $165
From: needsupply.com

Luxury bathrooms are always a hit.

Cuyana Tech Carryall 13-inch

Price: $165
From: cuyana.com

A stylish carry-all to keep her tech and cords all organized is a gift that will keep on giving every single day on her commute.

Jaybird Vista

Price: $180
From: amazon.com

Our favorite wireless earbuds, the Jaybird Vistas are a no-brainer gift for any runner who enjoys listening to something while logging miles.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Price: $200
From: google.com

For anybody who wants to play the new Mario, Yoshi or Pokemon games on the go the Nintendo Switch Lite is a good bet.

GilletteLabs Heated Razor

Price: $200
From: amazon.com

Give him the gift of a premium barber shave right from his own bathroom.

Anglepoise Type 1228 Task Lamp

Price: $200
From: huckberry.com

This modern update of Sir Kenneth Grange’s masterpiece lamp belongs on everyone’s desk.

Nanoleaf Canvas Starter Kit

Price: $200
From: bestbuy.com

This smart light panel system can light up any room with whatever they can imagine.

Pendleton Harding Jacquard Blanket

Price: $265
From: huckberry.com

If they don’t own a Pendleton blanket, isn’t it about time they did?

Byredo Unnamed Fragrance

Price: $265
From: neimanmarcus.com

How you name this Breydo Unnamed Fragrance is entirely up to your olfactory organs.

Audioengine A2+ Speaker System

Price: $269
From: audioengineusa.com

THe Audioengine A2+ Speaker System is a great-sounding little setup that you can even stream music to from your smartphone via Bluetooth.

Mr Jones King of Hearts Watch

Price: $275
From: mrjoneswatches.com

Matching gifts can be risky. But this King of Hearts watch from Mr Jones would perfectly complement the Queen of Hearts counterpart on Valentine’s Day.

Holden Down Hybrid Pullover

Price: $300
From: backcountry.com

This down x fleece hybrid will guarantee her remaining winter (and future winters) will be cozy.

Authenticity50 Wool Duvet

Price: $339
From: authenticity50.com

Authenticity50’s new wool duvet can help regulate temperature and never needs to be washed thanks to wool’s natural insulating and anti-microbial properties.

Arc’teryx Gamma MX Hoody

Price: $349
From: arcteryx.com

This technical softshell jacket can handle everything winter can throw at it.

Theragun G3

Price: $399
From: amazon.com

If they’re serious about being active, they should be just as serious about recovery. And there’s not many recovery tools more important and effective than the Theragun G3.

Bose 700 Wireless Headphones

Price: $400
From: URL.com

Get them the the best noise-canceling headphones that money can buy.

SwissKubkiK StartBox Watch Winder

Price: $470
From: store.gearpatrol.com

These high-end watch winders are the perfect gift for the serious or casual watch collector.

Nebia Spa Shower 2.0

Price: $499
From: huckberry.com

Gifting an elevated showerhead can improve their mornings every single day.

Dyson Airwrap

Price: $549
From: amazon.com

Not many hair dryers are even close to this price range. While price should never be a lone indicator for quality, its the Dyson name that confirms this is one of the best hair care products ever built.

Dims. Composed Vanity

Price: $595
From: dimshome.com

We’re big fans of the minimalist approach Dims. takes to its smart furniture pieces. This collab vanity with designer Ladies & Gentlemen is another one of our favorites — and it’ll be one of her favorites, too.

Apple Watch Edition

Price: $1,299+
From: apple.com

Are they a luxury watch fan who loves tech? The Apple Watch Edition is the premium Apple Watch and something they’ll certainly appreciate.

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Casely Charging iPhone Case

Price: $55
From: getcasely.com

Charging cases are always great to have, but Apple’s first-party models are a bit unsightly. Casely’s power cases, on the other hand, have all sorts of designs they’ll love.

Sunski Dipseas

Price: $58
From: amazon.com

Sunski’s polarized Dipseas look nothing like the recycled plastic they’re made of. (They also could be mistaken for shades that are twice as expensive.)

Master & Dynamic Headphone Stand

Price: $59
From: masterdynamic.com

Anybody who takes pride in their headphones knows the value of a good headphone stand. This one by Master & Dynamic is one of the most minimal-yet-elegant option we’ve seen. It’s available in either black or silver.

Pioneer Carry Ion Wallet

Price: $59
From: store.gearpatrol.com

In an increasingly cashless world, trimming down your wallet to only the most essential cards has never been easier. Pioneer Carry uses a dense yet light 10XD ripstop nylon that repels dirt and water, keeping your cards safe and your back pocket happy.

Blacklock Cast-Iron Skillet

Price: $60
From: lodgemfg.com

Before its foundry burnt to the ground, Lodge was known as Blacklock. Lodge’s most premium cast-iron skillet is a call back to those roots. The Blacklock skillet, like cast-iron cookware used to be, is significantly thinner and lighter than the dumbells of today.

Casio Women’s BG169G-1 Baby G Black Watch

Price: $61
From: amazon.com

This Baby G from Casio has all the G-Shock goods with a cool pink gold look — 200m of water resistance, a stopwatch, a countdown timer, multiple alarms, and guards over the dial to prevent damage from bumps and falls.

Hodinkee Soft Leather Watch Pouch

Price: $65
From: shop.hodinkee.com

If you want to transport a watch but want something a bit more refined than nylon, this supple leather watch pouch from Hodinkee is just the ticket. Crafted in the USA and available in multiple colors, it’s sure to turn heads before you even take the watch out.

D.S. & Durga Big Sur After Rain Candle

Price: $65
From: net-a-porter.com

What D.S. & Durga gets more right than other fragrance and candle companies is the funk. Unafraid to lean into weirder scents allows them to build a product like Big Sur After Rain, which smells just as salty and lush as you’re imagining.

Milano Straps Red Leather Watch Strap

Price: $66
From: milanostraps.com

Available in multiple widths and featuring padded calf leather construction, this beautiful red leather strap is the perfect accessory to her favorite everyday watch.

Awair Glow C

Price: $69
From: amazon.com

This practical smart home gadget kills three birds with one stone. It’s a smart plug, and an air quality monitor and a night light

Headspace One-Year Subscription

Price: $70
From: headspace.com

Apparently, we’re all burnt out and could use a little quality time with ourselves. Headspace provides instruction for meditation rookies, no fancy studio necessary.

West Elm Mid-Century Jewelry Box

Price: $71
From: westelm.com

Your Valentine’s gonna need a place to store all those beautiful watches you’ve given her on previous Valentine’s Days. This box has handsome midcentury looks and a champagne lacquer finish for timeless style — and of course, it’ll fit plenty of watches.

Miansai Singular Cuff Bracelet

Price: $75
From: amazon.com

A simple brass cuff is more than just a simple brass cuff when it’s coming from you. Plus, it goes with every outfit.

Seiko 5 Field Watch SNK807

Price: $79
From: amazon.com

Not only is the Seiko 5 field watch famous among collectors for its high bang-for-buck value, it also comes in plenty of different iterations. Why no try the blue SNK807 version as a solid, affordable gift?

TROPIC Watch Strap

Price: $79
From: store.gearpatrol.com

TROPIC dive strap is a killer accessory for any adventurer watch wearer; the proprietary vulcanized rubber is hypoallergenic, and optimized for tensile strength, UV resistance, and is largely immune to adverse effects from extreme heat or cold.

Braun Large Analog Wall Clock

Price: $80
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Braun’s watch and clock designs are famous for their attractive simplicity. This large wall clock makes a great gift and will spruce up indoor any space with its modern but timeless look.

Swatch Polarmy

Price: $80
From: swatch.com

Always casual and fun, Swatch seems to offer endless variations of colorful, creative watch designs that you can’t really find anywhere else. This quartz Polarmy has an interesting color-changing effect when viewed from different angles, and it’s sure to make your Valentine smile.

Sega Genesis Mini

Price: $80
From: bestbuy.com

If they grew up playing a Sega Genesis, there’s a good chance they’ll fall and fast for this adorable retro console. The best part is that it has 42 games built-in, so they won’t need to purchase hard-to-find cartridges to play as Sonic or Earthworm Jim.

SK-II Facial Treatment

Price: $81
From: amazon.com

These cult-favorite sheet masks are worth every penny. If you know, you know.

J.Crew Everyday Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

Price: $86
From: amazon.com

Cashmere as nice as this at a price like this earns the right to be called an everyday sweater. That includes Valentine’s Day.

Prana Sky Canyon Jogger

Price: $89
From: prana.com

Joggers are in; cargo pants are in. Prana’s Sky Canyon makes a comfy double-whammy that works outside and in.

Herman Miller: A Way of Living

Price: $90
From: dwr.com

Do they drone on and on about MCM this and Noguchi that? Do they have the link to the Eames Lounge Chair favorited? Buy them Herman Miller’s history book.

Warby Parker Nellie Sunglasses

Price: $95
From: warbyparker.com

These stylish shades have round gradient lenses that are flattering on a range of face shapes.

Comme des Garcons Wallet

Price: $95
From: needsupply.com

This small zip wallet from a much-loved Japanese brand is perfect for coins, guitar picks or other small necessities.

Casio G-Shock DW5600SK-1

Price: $97
From: amazon.com

A G-Shock can be many things, but the DW5600SK-1 comes in the squarish shape that made these digital watches iconic, and a clear resin case gives it an edgy, urban retro-futuristic look. Ultra tough doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish at the same time.

Manduka GRP Hot Yoga Mat

Price: $98
From: amazon.com

You don’t need to do hot yoga to appreciate Manduka’s extra grippy mat, which has a charcoal-infused middle layer that absorbs moisture (sweat) and fights odor.

Made In Carbon Steel Wok

Price: $99
From: madeincookware.com

Like cast iron, but lighter and easier to care for, carbon steel cookware was traditionally a chef’s tool. Made In’s sturdy, balanced carbon steel cookware wants to change that.

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Best Home Gifts

Goodnow Farms Chocolate Bars

Price: $17
From: amazon.com

It’s okay to buy her chocolates for Valentine’s Day, just make it thoughtful. This is single-origin chocolate made with fresh cocoa butter. It’s on another level.

Society6 Prints

Price: $27+
From: society6.com

If she won’t like the abstract print, pick another from Society6’s hundred-page-long collection. They’re affordable and they’re not Ikea levels of ubiquitous.

Heart-Shaped Green Philodendron

Price: $35
From: thesill.com

A sublte, easy-going plant with crudely heart-shaped leaves? It’s an upgrade over roses that won’t fall to pieces in a week.

East Fork “The Mug”

Price: $36
From: eastfork.com

Set a calendar reminder for Tuesday at 11:55 a.m. and go to East Fork’s website. At noon, the company restocks Asheville-made internet-famous coffee mugs. Known as #TheMug on Instagram, it’s one hell of an interesting story.

D.S. & Durga Big Sur After Rain Candle

Price: $65
From: net-a-porter.com

What D.S. & Durga gets more right than other fragrance and candle companies is the funk. Unafraid to lean into weirder scents allows them to build a product like Big Sur After Rain, which smells just as salty and lush as you’re imagining.

Herman Miller: A Way of Living

Price: $90
From: dwr.com

Do they drone on and on about MCM this and Noguchi that? Do they have the link to the Eames Lounge Chair favorited? Buy them Herman Miller’s history book.

Made In Carbon Steel Wok

Price: $99
From: madeincookware.com

Like cast iron, but lighter and easier to care for, carbon steel cookware was traditionally a chef’s tool. Made In’s sturdy, balanced carbon steel cookware wants to change that.

Restoration Hardware Luxury Plush Robe

Price: $119
From: restorationhardware.com

RH’s robe is a cozy post-shower vibe that rivals even the best of blankets.

Authenticity50 Wool Duvet

Price: $339
From: authenticity50.com

Is she always cold? Are you always cold? Get Authenticity50’s new wool duvet, which sold out twice since becoming available. It’s all the advantages of down, without cleanliness problems.

Nebia Spa Shower 2.0

Price: $499
From: huckberry.com

Nebia’s second go at making a spray droplet showerhead saves water (and stupid money), looks slick and makes for a more relaxing shower experience. That’s a hard combo to beat.

Dims. Composed Vanity

Price: $595
From: dimshome. com

Not everybody is a furniture-for-Valentine’s-Day person, and that’s fine. For those that are, this original piece from Dims. and designer Ladies & Gentlemen is just about perfect.

Best Adventure Gifts

Opinel No.10 Corkscrew Knife

Price: $30
From: amazon.com

A gorgeous wood-handled pocket knife with a blade large enough for picnicking, and a corkscrew too? Yeah, that’ll do the trick.

Activist Raw Manuka Honey

Price: $32
From: activistmanuka.com

Immune support, digestive benefits and beauty applications. Whether you believe the claims or not, manuka honey is a tasty addition to granola or tea.

Yeti Rambler 26oz

Price: $40
From: amazon.com

Even Yeti’s water bottle isn’t too burly for Valentine’s Day.

Sunski Dipseas

Price: $58
From: amazon.com

Sunski’s polarized Dipseas look nothing like the recycled plastic they’re made of. (They also could be mistaken for shades that are twice as expensive.)

Headspace One-Year Subscription

Price: $70
From: headspace.com

Apparently, we’re all burnt out and could use a little quality time with ourselves. Headspace provides instruction for meditation rookies, no fancy studio necessary.

Prana Sky Canyon Jogger

Price: $89
From: prana.com

Joggers are in; cargo pants are in. Prana’s Sky Canyon makes a comfy double-whammy that works outside and in.

Manduka GRP Hot Yoga Mat

Price: $98
From: amazon.com

You don’t need to do hot yoga to appreciate Manduka’s extra grippy mat, which has a charcoal-infused middle layer that absorbs moisture (sweat) and fights odor.

Tracksmith Waffle Layer

Price: $108
From: tracksmith.com

Tracksmith’s cold-weather layer is comfortable — and stylish — enough to wear even when she’s not logging miles.

New Balance Asym Jumpsuit

Price: $120
From: newbalance.com

Tracksmith’s cold-weather layer is comfortable enough — and stylish enough — to wear even when she’s not logging miles.

Holden Down Hybrid Pullover

Price: $300
From: backcountry.com

Fleece meets down in one of the coziest layers we’ve seen this winter.

Best Style and Beauty Gifts

Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

Price: $15
From: amazon.com

This lightweight, hydrating cream is loaded with vitamins C, E and botanical extracts to nourish lips every day.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish

Price: $18
From: amazon.com

It’s hard to go wrong with Smith & Cult, and the brand’s color assortment is full of winners.

Jade Roller

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

This jade roller restores balance and removes puffiness from the face — and it’s actually affordable.

Moon Juice Dream Dust

Price: $38
From: amazon.com

This herbal supplement promotes relaxation and sleep, so your partner can feel their best all the time.

SK-II Facial Treatment

Price: $81
From: amazon.com

These cult-favorite sheet masks are worth every penny. If you know, you know.

Warby Parker Nellie Sunglasses

Price: $95
From: warbyparker.com

These stylish shades have round gradient lenses that are flattering on a range of face shapes.

Comme des Garcons Wallet

Price: $95
From: needsupply.com

This small zip wallet from a much-loved Japanese brand is perfect for coins, guitar picks or other small necessities.

Catbird Gold Bracelet

Price: $134
From: net-a-porter.com

Made with recycled, fair-mined gold, this lightweight chain bracelet will go with practically every wardrobe.

Rent the Runway Gift Card

Price: $160
From: renttherunway.com

Sometimes it’s hard to choose what to wear, so give the gift of test-driving a new wardrobe ($160 covers an unlimited month).

Byredo Unnamed Fragrance

Price: $265
From: neimanmarcus.com

Free of any name to create scent associations, you can label this luxury fragrance yourself, or let your partner name it according to how they feel.

Dyson Airwrap

Price: $549
From: amazon.com

When Dyson’s Airwrap curler came out, it sold out immediately and remained that way for months. There was a curling panic. It was, and is, one of the best haircare products ever made.

Best Tech Gifts

Brouk & Co. Travel Cord Roll

Price: $20
From: URL.com

Carrying around a bundle of wires is a curse of modern day life, but a lovely looking roll can make that more plesant than a bag ful of cables could ever be.

Personalized Yankee Candles

Price: $20+
From: URL.com

Candles are a go-to romantic gift, but if you opt for a more personalized variety — especially one with one of their favorite photographs — they’ll know you put some thought into it.

Lifx Candle Colour

Price: $45
From: URL.com

With billions of possible color combinations, this adorable smart bulb will literally light up their life.

Fujifim Instax Camera

Price: $49
From: URL.com

The only thing better than a keepsake Valentines Day gift is a gift that will generate its own keepsakes. The Instax is fun for shooters of all skill levels and stripes. Include an extra pack of film for the cherry on top.

Casely Charging iPhone Case

Price: $55
From: URL.com

Charging cases are always great to have, but Apple’s first-party models are a bit unsightly. Casely’s power cases, on the other hand, have all sorts of designs they’ll love.

Mophie Powerstation Plus

Price: $100
From: URL.com

Everyone needs a powerbank that will keep them going all day and then some. That it looks so nice is just the cherry on top.

Kindle Paperwhite

Price: $130
From: URL.com

Help them get off the bad screen and onto the good screen with an ereader. They’ll thank you as soon as their brain unfries.

Cuyana Tech Carryall 13-inch

Price: $165
From: URL.com

Commuting doesn’t have to mean carrying around an unsightly bag full of cables. This stylish carry-all will help them keep their necessary electronics organized, and help them look great doing it.

Nanoleaf Canvas Starter Kit

Price: $200
From: URL.com

If your partner is an artist of any stripe, or even just loves color, they’ll love the change to spruce up a room with the vibrant colors of this innovate smart light panel system.

Best Watch Gifts

Panatime Sky Blue Silicone Flat Diver Strap

Price: $20
From: panatime.com

When she’s in the water — or at the gym — a rubber dive strap ensures comfort and dries quickly. Panatime’s version is affordable and comes in several colors, but this sky blue color should work with plenty of watches.

The Cartiers

Price: $21
From: amazon.com

Maybe not everyone can own a Cartier watch, but just about anyone can read about the fascinating history behind this iconic Parisian jewelery dynasty. Careful, though: when she’s done reading it, your Valentine may insist upon a new watch.

Worn & Wound EDC Watch Pouch

Price: $49
From: windupwatchshop.com

Built from hardy 1000 Denier nylon and neoprene, this watch pouch from the Windup Watch Shop is the perfect way to transport a watch to, say, that tropical island getaway that you still owe here from last year.

Casio Women’s BG169G-1 Baby G Black Watch

Price: $61
From: amazon.com

This Baby G from Casio has all the G-Shock goods with a cool pink gold look — 200m of water resistance, a stopwatch, a countdown timer, multiple alarms, and guards over the dial to prevent damage from bumps and falls.

Hodinkee Soft Leather Watch Pouch

Price: $65
From: shop.hodinkee.com

If you want to transport a watch but want something a bit more refined than nylon, this supple leather watch pouch from Hodinkee is just the ticket. Crafted in the USA and available in multiple colors, it’s sure to turn heads before you even take the watch out.

Milano Straps Red Leather Watch Strap

Price: $66
From: milanostraps.com

Available in multiple widths and featuring padded calf leather construction, this beautiful red leather strap is the perfect accessory to her favorite everyday watch.

West Elm Mid-Century Jewelry Box

Price: $71
From: westelm.com

Your Valentine’s gonna need a place to store all those beautiful watches you’ve given her on previous Valentine’s Days. This box has handsome midcentury looks and a champagne laquer finish for timeless style — and of course, it’ll fit plenty of watches.

Shinola Ochre Leather Watch Strap for Apple Watch

Price: $125
From: shinola.com

One of the best things about the Apple Watch is the ease with which you can dress it up or down. Cut and sewn by hand, this Shinola leather strap is available in multiple sizes to fit different models of the world’s most famous smartwatch.

Tinker 34mm Copper-Toned Watch with Strap

Price: $150
From: JCrew.com

A cool watch doesn’t have to cost a ton of money — this copper-toned ticker features a day-date, quartz movement and multiple strap options. Best of all, the cool minimalist design means that you can wear it, too.

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Best Home Gifts

Nippon Kodo Kayuragi Incense Sticks

Price: $12
From: amazon.com

The home may not be a temple, but it is a sacred place. These Japanese incense sticks are perfect for your sanctuary.

Bodum Brazil French Press

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

Bodum’s staple French presses work, are easy to clean and come nice and cheap.The Brazil line is a little better looking than the standard options.

Felt Coasters

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

Felt is the superior coaster material. It looks good, doesn’t get stuck to the bottom of a drink and doesn’t pick up weird wet stains. Plus, it comes cheap.

A.P.C. Fleur d’Oranger Candle

Price: $50
From: eastdane.com

Cue walking into your partner’s apartment. Cue feeling immediately comfortable. Cue the soft glow of A.P.C’s citrus-scented candle. Cue you buying it.

Hoya Heart Plant (Duo)

Price: $50
From: thesill.com

Hoyas are tropical succulent vines that happen to look like hearts. Think of it as a less cheesey rose bouquet without the wilting flower metaphor. Put it on a window sill with plenty of light and water weekly.

Blacklock Cast-Iron Skillet

Price: $60
From: lodgemfg.com

Before its foundry burnt to the ground, Lodge was known as Blacklock. Lodge’s most premium cast-iron skillet is a call back to those roots. The Blacklock skillet, like cast-iron cookware used to be, is significantly thinner and lighter than the dumbells of today.

Inventery Mechanical Pen with Stand

Price: $125
From: store.gearpatrol.com

The Mechanical Pen is precision machined from a single brass rod to achieve a unibody construction and a silent click. The accompanying Pen Stand is machined out of solid stock brass and fitted with a black plastic cap to prevent scratching.

Anglepoise Type 1228 Task Lamp

Price: $200
From: huckberry.com

This slightly more modern update to Sir Kenneth Grange’s masterpiece is only available at Huckberry and is begging to sit atop a lucky person’s desk.

Pendleton Harding Jacquard Blanket

Price: $265
From: huckberry.com

A flex in blanket form. A blanket is an investment in coziness at an apartment that isn’t your own, until it is.

Best Adventure Gifts

Wildsam Travel Guide

Price: $20
From: store.gearpatrol.com

A Wildsam isn’t just a travel guide. It’s a key that unlocks the soul of any city. It’s a special kind of traveling companion, a who’s who, what’s what digest, serving up unexpected and smartly written insights via interviews with locals, essays and relevant literary excerpts.

Le Bent Hike Light Socks

Price: $20+
From: amazon.com

Innovative foot mapping plus the perfect blend of bamboo rayon, merino wool, nylon and elastane equals some of the most comfortable socks ever constructed.

Patagonia Baggies

Price: $38+
From: patagonia.com

One of Patagonia’s most iconic products is made of quick-drying 100 percent recycled nylon, so it’s not only great for everything from hiking to swimming, but also Earth-friendly too.

Ciele Athletics Go Cap

Price: $40
From: jackrabbit.com

The perfect running hat from our favorite running hat maker: COOLwick fabric minimizes moisture, UPF +40 sun protection shields your dome and reflective detailing keeps you visible on after-dark jaunts.

Power Plate Roller

Price: $100
From: amazon.com

With four vibration intensity settings, this next-level roller promotes increased blood flow and fascia release to help tight, sore muscles recover faster.

Smith Guides Choice Sunglasses

Price: $100
From: amazon.com

The Chroma Pop polarized lenses on these full-coverage shades provide 100 percent UV protection while adding HD-level visibility to every river, tree and trail.

Lululemon City Sweat Pullover Hoodie Fleece

Price: $118
From: shop.lululemon.com

Constructed of polyester, wool and elastane, this performance fleece hoodie is the perfect weight for chilly-weather workouts and low-key hangs. Like everything Lululemon, it is uber-comfortable as well.

VSSL Compact First Aid Kit

Price: $125
From: store.gearpatrol.com

This isn’t your typical first aid kit; the compact 9-inch military grade aluminum cylinder is completely waterproof and houses a set of outdoor specific first aid components. Useful additions like an emergency light and whistle make VSSL a great piece of gear, whether you’re a thru-hiker or a day hiker.

Arc’teryx Gamma MX Hoody

Price: $349
From: arcteryx.com

Thanks to weather-resistant face fabric, a fleece lining and a trim but flexible fit, this softshell jacket is ideal for everything from high-mountain climbing to backcountry skiing.

Theragun G3

Price: $399
From: amazon.com

An ergonomic design, six interchangeable heads, two power levels and up to 2,400 percussions per minute combine into one of the most formidable therapeutic massage guns money can buy.

Best Style & Grooming Gifts

Tosaryu Hinoki Bath Flakes

Price: $9
From: needsupply.com

From the misty forests of Japan to the warm waters of his bathroom, these sustainably-harvested Japanese cypress flakes are perfect for winding down.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Price: $37
From: amazon.com

He’ll never go back to the cheap stuff, thanks to you. And he’ll thank you for it.

Knickerbocker x Gear Patrol Overland Tee

Price: $38
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Made in Portugal of 100% pre-shrunk cotton, the Overland Tee features a mounted collar construction with double-needle cover stitch, and blind stitch sleeves and hem, giving it a refined and timeless look. A mid-weight shirt produced in ecru, this tee is soft, comfortable and versatile enough to look great on its own or under a jacket.

Minnetonka Pile Lined Hardsole Slipper

Price: $42+
From: amazon.com

If it’s not a foot massage, the next best thing is probably these furry house slippers.

Pioneer Carry Ion Wallet

Price: $59
From: store.gearpatrol.com

In an increasingly cashless world, trimming down your wallet to only the most essential cards has never been easier. Pioneer Carry uses a dense yet light 10XD ripstop nylon that repels dirt and water, keeping your cards safe and your back pocket happy.

Miansai Singular Cuff Bracelet

Price: $75
From: amazon.com

A simple brass cuff is more than just a simple brass cuff when it’s coming from you. Plus, it goes with every outfit.

J.Crew Everyday Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

Price: $86
From: amazon.com

Cashmere as nice as this at a price like this earns the right to be called an everyday sweater. That includes Valentine’s Day.

Warby Parker Beale Sunglasses

Price: $95
From: warbyparker.com

Nobody’s eyeballs are good enough to beat the sun. Why not dress up his eye protection with some slick design and premium acetate, while you’re at it?

D.S. & Durga Cowboy Grass Eau de Parfum

Price: $101
From: walmart.com

A perfect concoction of rosewood, thyme and bergamot that you both will love.

TEKLA Organic Terry Bathrobe

Price: $165
From: needsupply.com

If a luxury day spa gifted its VIP guests with bathrobes, it’d be these.

GilletteLabs Heated Razor

Price: $200
From: amazon.com

With a built-in heating element and a super-close shave, this razor is its own premium barber shop.

Best Tech Gifts

Ikea Tradfri Smart Light Bulbs

Price: $10/ea
From: ikea.com

Ikea’s smart bulbs are a pretty entry-level smart home gift because they’re affordable and compatible with most smart home ecosystems. Most importantly, these filament bulbs are beautiful, exuding a warm moody light.

Leather Mouse Pad

Price: $19
From: amazon.com

A full-grain leather mouse pad will never not have a place on somebody’s desk. It’s elegant, useful and will patina over time.

Master & Dynamic Headphone Stand

Price: $59
From: masterdynamic.com

Anybody who takes pride in their headphones knows the value of a good headphone stand. This one by Master & Dynamic is one of the most minimal-yet-elegant option we’ve seen. It’s available in either black or silver.

Awair Glow C

Price: $69
From: amazon.com

This practical smart home gadget kills three birds with one stone. It’s a smart plug, and an air quality monitor and a night light

Sega Genesis Mini

Price: $80
From: bestbuy.com

If they grew up playing a Sega Genesis, there’s a good chance they’ll fall and fast for this adorable retro console. The best part is that it has 42 games built-in, so they won’t need to purchase hard-to-find cartridges to play as Sonic or Earthworm Jim.

Nomad Base Station (Apple Watch Edition)

Price: $140
From: hellonomad.com

The best thing about this charging pad is its ability to charge an Apple Watch. Put it by a nightstand or on your desk and charge an iPhone and Apple Watch (and even your AirPods), all at the same time.

Jaybird Vista

Price: $180
From: amazon.com

For anybody that needs music while they run or work out, these are the favorite wireless earbuds we recommend. They’re dependable and durable, and the charging case is the most pocketable we’ve seen.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Price: $200
From: google.com

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller, lighter, cheaper and handheld-only version of the original Nintendo Switch. It’s the perfect gift for anybody who wants to play the new Mario, Yoshi or Pokemon games on the go.

Audioengine A2+ Speaker System

Price: $269
From: audioengineusa.com

This little speaker system is great for small rooms and small apartments, and it can easily be paired with a turntable, computer or laptop. Maybe most importantly, the system has built-in Bluetooth which makes streaming music straight from your smartphone easy.

Bose 700 Wireless Headphones

Price: $400
From: URL.com

Quite simply, these are the best noise-canceling headphones that you can buy. They sound good, have excellent noise-canceling skills and they’re super comfortable.

Best Watch Gifts

Crown & Buckle Checker Melange Perlon Strap

Price: $16
From: crownandbuckle.com

Breathable Perlon is a great option for keeping cool, and it offers a unique look quite unlike other kinds of straps. Those from Crown & Buckle, like this Checker Melange example, have a refined feel that’ll look elegant on your Valentine’s favorite watch.

Casio A168W-1 Illuminator

Price: $15
From: amazon.com

A fun gift for those on a budget, Casio’s iconic digital watches fit a range of wrist sizes and offer s surprising amount of value for their price — they’re even considered quite stylish, we’re told.

Timex Weekender

Price: $31
From: amazon.com

Timex’s absolutely classic Weekender field watch is a great and inexpensive gift for someone who’s perhaps not accustomed to wearing watches. At 38mm wide, it’s versatile enough for all kinds of wrists.

Revolution Green Camo Leather Watch Pouch

Price: $45
From: revolution.com

In soft suede with a green camouflage pattern, this is an easy and downright tasteful way to pack or store a precious watch. It’s the pampered treatment a beloved watch deserves.

Seiko 5 Field Watch SNK807

Price: $79
From: amazon.com

Not only is the Seiko 5 field watch famous among collectors for its high bang-for-buck value, it also comes in plenty of different iterations. Why no try the blue SNK807 version as a solid, affordable gift?

TROPIC Watch Strap

Price: $79
From: store.gearpatrol.com

TROPIC dive strap is a killer accessory for any adventurer watch wearer; the proprietary vulcanized rubber is hypoallergenic, and optimized for tensile strength, UV resistance, and is largely immune to adverse effects from extreme heat or cold.

Braun Large Analog Wall Clock

Price: $80
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Braun’s watch and clock designs are famous for their attractive simplicity. This large wall clock makes a great gift and will spruce up indoor any space with its modern but timeless look.

Swatch Polarmy

Price: $80
From: swatch.com

Always casual and fun, Swatch seems to offer endless variations of colorful, creative watch designs that you can’t really find anywhere else. This quartz Polarmy has an interesting color-changing effect when viewed from different angles, and it’s sure to make your Valentine smile.

Casio G-Shock DW5600SK-1

Price: $97
From: amazon.com

A G-Shock can be many things, but the DW5600SK-1 comes in the squarish shape that made these digital watches iconic, and a clear resin case gives it an edgy, urban retro-futuristic look. Ultra tough doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish at the same time.

Orient Bambino Gen 2 Automatic

Price: $150
From: orientwatchusa.com

The Orient Bambino has long been known as just about the best formally styled automatic watcheyou can get at this price point. They’re attractive, come in a range of styles, and are sure to illicit an enthusastic reponse from your Valentine.

Hodinkee Burgundy Suede Strap

Price: $155
From: hodinkee.com

For watch lovers with expensive tastes and commensurately expensive watches, a nice strap is often a more manageable gift than a new watch. Hodinkee makes some of the swankiest straps around, and this soft suede example is sure to spiff up a beloved watch.

Mr Jones King of Hearts Watch

Price: $275
From: mrjoneswatches.com

British watch company Mr Jones has an artistic take on time telling. This King of Hearts watch is perfect for Valentines Day, and it even has a Queen of Hearts counterpart.

SwissKubkiK StartBox Watch Winder

Price: $470
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Designed, developed and assembled in Switzerland, SwissKubiK watch winders are essential for keeping automatic watches wound while not worn. Perfect for collectors and enthusiasts at all levels.

Apple Watch Edition

Price: $1,299+
From: apple.com

The Edition is the luxury version of the Apple Watch, meaning it comes comes in premium materials like titanium and ceramic. This is a gift almost anyone can appreciate and actually use, and it’s sure to make your Valentine swoon.

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying an IWC Watch

The International Watch Company was established in the mid-1880s by an American operating in Schaffhausen, a German-speaking town in Eastern Switzerland. Though the industrial revolution had already come to pass, fine Swiss watchmaking was still piecemeal labor done mostly in people’s homes. IWC’s founder, Aristo Jones, had a distinctly American vision of an electrically-powered watch factory, and once hydro-electric became established in the area, IWC’s headquarters quickly became one of the most prolific watchmaking facilities in the world, taking on highly profitable commercial and military contracts throughout the World Wars. (See our review of their new facilities here.)

Throughout WWI and WWII, IWC built more mil-spec pilot’s watches than any other company, and the focus on aviation timepieces remains central to IWC today. Their modern catalog also includes dress watches, dive watches, and more than a few grand complications costing hundreds of thousands. Uniquely, IWC’s products span a range far wider than that of many other watch companies, and the quality of their wares is exceptional.

IWC aficionados tend to collect and fuss over the pilot’s watches, and because the company refers back to its historic catalog so much, those in the know love to complain about inconsistencies between older models and their modern iterations. Interestingly, IWC is quick to respond to customer feedback, and few watch companies revise and improve their watches as regularly. Their famous “Mark” series pilot’s watches, for example, have gone through a bufuddelingly large number of iterations, each one seeming to satisfy and disappoint the aficionados in equal measure.

As of this writing, IWC has been slowly replacing 3rd-party movements with in-house calibers in the lower end of their range, and mostly without significant price increases. This evolution makes their current catalog particularly tasty, as the value propositions are getting better every year.

How to Use This Guide
You can read straight through or use the table of contents to jump to specific types of watches.

Table of Contents
Pilot’s Watches

Dive Watches: The Aquatimers

The Portugieser

The Ingenieur

The Portofino

The Da Vinci Collection

The Jubilee Collection

Pilot’s Watches

IWC segments their pilot’s watches into five categories: Classic, Spitfire, Top Gun, Le Petit Prince, and Antoine De Saint-Expuéry (author of Le Petit Prince). Within each category you’ll find many of the same watches, differentiated mostly by the dial’s color and case materials. Roughly speaking, here’s how the IWC pilot’s watches break down:

Classic: steel cases, with the occasional titanium case thrown in
Spitfire: largely bronze cases, but some steel as well
Top Gun: ceramic cases
Le Petit Prince: steel cases with blue dials and “Le Petit Prince”-themed case backs
Antoine de De Saint Expuéry: steel cases with brown dials

(Note: Below we take each individual watch model and indicate which series it’s available in)

Mark XVIII Pilot’s Watch

Starting with the now highly collectable Mark XI, IWC has iterated on their most basic pilot’s watch, and this is the one that often causes the most stir among the aficionados. Placement of the date window has caused feuds among forum-dwelling nerds, but that passion indicates how compelling the Mark series pilot’s watches are.
Diameter: 40mm
Movement: Cal. 35111 (based on Sellita SW300-1)
Available Series: Classic (black, white, and a heritage colorway); Le Petit Prince; Spitfire; Antoine De Saint Expuéry
Price: $4,250 (strap)-$5,250 (bracelet)

Pilot’s Watch 36

Following the vintage trend, IWC’s 36mm pilot’s watch is a unisex model ready for just about any wrist.
Diameter: 36mm
Movement: Cal. 35111 (based on Sellita SW300-1)
Available Series: Classic (gray, black, or blue dial)
Price: $4,150 (strap)-$5,150 (bracelet)

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph

A little bigger and featuring a weekday and date complication alongside a robust three-register chronograph function, this watch is a purebred IWC staple.
Diameter: 43mm
Movement: Cal. 79320 (based on ETA 7750)
Available Series: Classic (white, racing green, black, or gray dial); Le Petit Prince (blue dial with steel or gold case); Antoine De Saint Expuéry (brown dial)
Price: $5,150 (strap)-$22,200 (gold)

Big Pilot’s Watch

With its enormous dial, clever power reserve indicator at 3-o’clock, and unmistakable “onion” crown, the Big Pilot’s Watch is perhaps IWC’s most iconic timepiece, one that could stand for the brand above all others.
Diameter: 46.2mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 52110 with 8-day power reserve
Available Series: Classic (black dial with steel, titanium, or bronze case),;Le Petit Prince (blue dial with steel case); Spitfire (gray dial, gold case)
Price: $12,900 (steel)-$13,200 (titanium or bronze)

Complicated Big Pilot’s Watches

Using the same basic format as the Big Pilot’s Watch, these watches include elaborate in-house movements of the highest horological quality. There’s a big-date, an annual calendar, a perpetual calendar, a dual-register, right- handed model, and a constant-force tourbillon.
Diameter: 46.2mm
Movement: Various in-house calibers with complications
Available Series: All except Top Gun
Price: $14,700+ (unlisted for Tourbillion model)

Timezoner Pilot’s Watch

No pilot’s watch collection is complete without a serious world timer, and the relatively new addition of the Timezoner model sees IWC taking global travel seriously (this was less of a concern back in the short-flight days of the World Wars). This watch will track a second time zone as well as the time in cities around the world.
Diameter: 46mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 82760
Available Series: Classic; Spitfire; Antoine De Saint Expuéry
Price: $11,900+

A Few Other Smaller Pilot’s Watches

There are a few unique yet simple pilot’s watches from IWC, including the 41mm Top Gun in carbon, a 39mm UTC Spitfire in bronze, and a 39mm time-date Spitfire in steel or bronze.
Diameter: 39-41mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 32100 (time and date); Manufacture cal. 82710 (UTC)
Available Series: Spitfire; Top Gun
Price: $4,450+

A Few Other Larger Complicated Pilot’s Watches

These models show up in the Top Gun and Classic series of watches, and are just unique enough to warrant a separate entry. The blacked-out Dual Chronograph with its split-second function from the Top Gun collection carries the unique 79420 in-house calibre, while the AMG Mercedes chronograph with carbon dial and the Blue Angels edition of the same chronograph use the Cal 89361 in-house movement.
Diameter: 44mm (Dual Chronograph) 44.5mm (dual-register chronographs)
Movement: Manufacture cal. 79420 (Dual Chronograph); Manufacture cal. 89361 caliber (dual-register chronographs)
Available Series: Top Gun; Classic
Price: $10,900 (Blue Angels); $14,600 (Dual Chronograph); $15,600 (AMG Mercedes)

Dive Watches: The Aquatimers

Flying far below the radar, these submersible divers from IWC are robust timepieces with compelling features and a look that imitates nothing while remaining quite classic. The internal rotating timing bezel is actuated via the crown at 9-o’clock, a feature which, taken visually, offers a unique symmetry to these waterproof watches.

Aquatimer Automatic

If the time, date and a rotating timing bezel are all you’ll need, then the Aquatimer Automatic is the watch for you. With 300 meters of water resistance, these watches are more than ready for any watery adventure.
Diameter: 42mm
Movement: Cal. 30120 (based on ETA 2824-2)
Price: $5,400 (rubber)-$6,400 (bracelet)

Aquatimer 2-Register Chronographs

With the date, running seconds, and a minute totalizer, these chronographs bring a bit of the pilot’s watch line down underwater with them. There are three special editions: Charles Darwin (our favorite, in bronze), Galapagos Islands (blacked-out), and the Laureus Sport for Good (one of the not-for-profit charities that IWC supports, this edition carries a lovely blue colorway).
Diameter: 44mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 89365
Price: $10,600-$11,700

Aquatimer 3-Register Chronographs

Add in the day of the week and an hour totalizer, and you’ve bumped up a notch in the IWC diver’s selection. However, these models do not house in-house movements, so some may prefer the 2-register model above, while others may prefer the always-serviceable ETA 7750 Chronograph movement in this watch. There is also a lovely Jaques Cousteau limited edition available.
Diameter: 44mm
Movement: Cal. 79320 (based on 7750)
Price: $6,850 (rubber)-$7,850 (bracelet)

The Portugieser

Based on oversized timepieces developed in the 1930s for two Portuguese merchants, these watches range in price from $7,600 to $235,000+ for grand complications, indicating that IWC is not only committed to this platform, but that the Portugieser covers a lot of ground for their customer base. A closer look explains why.

The Portugieser Chronograph

It’s the lack of date that creates such a compelling and open dial on these no-nonsense chronographs, which so often have the date squished in under the assumption that the function outplays the aesthetics. Water resistance is 30 meters, so don’t do any cannonballs in this one.
Diameter: 40.9mm
Movement: Cal. 79350 (based on ETA 7750)
Price: $7,600 (steel)-$16,600 (gold versions)

Portugieser Chronograph Classic

Step up into the in-house cal. 89361 movement, and you’ll pick up a date complication and a dual-hand sub-dial at 12 o’clock that totals both minutes and hours when you run the chronograph function. Running seconds are elegantly displayed on the 6-’o’clock sub-dial. Water resistance is still 30 meters, so go easy on this one around the water.
Diameter: 42mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 89361
Price: $12,100-$20,100 (gold)

Portugieser Automatic

A straight-forward watch that packs a ton of mechanical umph. The left-hand sub-dial tracks running seconds while the right-hand sub-dial indicates how much of the 52010 movement’s 168 hours (7 days) of power are stored up. That’s correct: set it down for a week at a time without having to reset it.
Diameter: 42.3mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 52010
Price: $12,700-$23,900 (gold versions)

Portugieser Annual Calendar

A complication that reaches toward haute horlogerie while barely breaking the $20k barrier. The 7-day power reserve makes sure you don’t have to go resetting all of those complications should you go with another timepiece for sportier adventures.
Diameter: 44.2mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 52850
Price: $20,900-$31,000 (gold)

Portugieser Perpetual Calendar

A classic complication that includes a moon-phase indicator, this watch plays nicely into the Swiss horological tradition with an appearance that’s clean but full of information. Precious metals only, so the prices are high.
Diameter: 44.2mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 52615
Price: $38,000 (red gold); $41,100 (white gold)

Portugieser Grand Complications

These watches will take you far higher up the horological food chain than even the most complicated pilot’s watches from IWC. Prices start at $86,500 for the gold minute repeater (not a crazy price tag, given what it is) and soar to unlisted prices. IWC shows their unique breadth with these fascinating and beautiful timepieces.
Diameter: Various
Movement: Various in-house
Price: $86,000+

The Ingenieur

After Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe hired Gerald Genta during the 1970s to design the now-famous Royal Oak and Nautilus steel sport watches, IWC brought the famed designer into its fold to help them compete in this fast-emerging market. The result was the Ingenieur, a watch that never gained the fame of either the Royal Oak or the Nautilus. And yet, for those seeking a sporty-yet-dressy watch that’s 100% IWC, the Ingenieur is accessible, handsome, durable, and incredibly versatile.

Ingenieur Automatic

Straight-forward, water resistant to 120 meters, rugged enough for an adventurous weekend and classy enough for suit-and-tie affairs, this watch may be the best deal in IWC’s whole catalog.
Diameter: 40mm
Movement: Cal. 35111 (based on Sellita SW301-1)
Price: $4,590 (steel on leather)-$13,600 (red gold)

Ingenieur Chronograph

If the Omega Speedmaster is too sporty for you, consider the Ingenieur Chronograph, a watch that nimbly conveys all the information of a chrono with tachymeter scale while still maintaining an elegant visage and a plain bezel. Inside is an in-house movement that one would expect to pay much more for.
Diameter: 42.3mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 69375
Price: $7,950 (steel on bracelet)-$18,100 (red gold)

Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar with Digital Date Month

It seems IWC can’t help but flex their horological muscle, even when executing their presumably more affordable lines of watches (of which, to be fair, this is not). This watch carries a full chronograph function and a fascinating large date and month display on sub-dials at 9 and 3-o’clock.
Diameter: 45mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 89801
Price: $46,300

The Portofino

The Italian seaside town of Portofino is so elegant and beautiful that when the equally elegant and beautiful Cate Blanchett walks the red carpet wearing an IWC Portofino, we confront a self-referential, kaleidoscopic display of luxury. Grab a shard of that impossibility and strap it to your wrist with the Portofino.

The Portofino Automatics

Simple, elegant, and unmistakably IWC in character, the Portofino Automatic is available in an array of beautiful dial colors and case metals.
Diameter: 34mm; 37mm; 40mm
Movement: Cal. 35111 (based on Sellita SW301-1); Cal. 35100 (34mm)
Price: $4,700 (steel)-$11,600 (gold versions)

The Portofino Chronograph

If a little more complication is your dish, check out the Portofino Chronograph models. With a day-date complication and three elegantly proportioned subdials, this watch confidently displays its pedigree.
Diameter: 42mm
Movement: Cal. 75320 (based on ETA 7750)
Price: $5,800 (steel)-$15,300 (gold versions)

Portofino Hand-Wound 8-Days

An in-house movement with a huge power reserve packed into a classic-looking watch that will never go out of style.
Diameter: 45mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 59210
Price: $9,900 (steel)-$18,800 (gold versions)

Portofino Automatic Moonphase

A classic and dreamy complication for a classic and dreamy watch. Smartly, IWC doesn’t use an in-house movement here, so the price of entry is relatively achievable.
Diameter: 37mm; 40mm
Movement: Cal. 35800 (based on Sellita SW300-1)
Price: $6,900

Portofino Hand-Wound Moonphase

Well, if you must have an in-house moonphase watch, then this is the ticket. Baiscally their 7-day movement with a moonphase complication added in, this timepiece is just complicated enough to warrant genuine horological fascination.
Diameter: 45mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 59800
Price: $13,000 (steel)-$22,900 (gold case, grey dial)

Portofino Retrograde Tourbillon

This watch is the granddaddy of the Portofino lineup and sees IWC really flexing their watchmaking muscle. A retrograde date complication powered by a very complicated tourbillon escapement adds up to a uniquely interesting high-end watch.
Diameter: 45mm
Movement: Manufacture cal. 59900
Price: $58,000

The Da Vinci Collection

For an American-founded company operating in Switzerland, IWC sure does seem to love the Italians. The DaVinci series watches step up the jewels and complications to a degree that spans, again, an incredibly wide range of features, luxury, and price. As such, the pilot’s watch aesthetics are not to be found here.

DaVinci Automatic 36, 36 Moonphase, and 40mm Automatic

Aimed at those who prefer classic European cues of femininity, the 36 is offered in a wide array of styles that range from simple to the very edge of flamboyance. For the gentleman seeking fantastical elegance, the 40mm will fit the bill.
Diameter: 36mm; 40mm
Movement: Cal. 35111 (based on Sellita SW300-1)
Price: $5,400 (steel on leather)-$37,900 (gold with diamond bezel)

DaVinci Complications

Don’t think that IWC isn’t going to pack their most complicated movements into their most elegant watches. Here we have a limited edition chronograph, a perpetual calendar chrono, and a retrograde tourbillon.
Diameter: 42mm (chronograph); 43mm (perpetual calendar); 44mm (retro tourbillon)
Movement: Various in-house
Price: $12,700+

Jubilee Editions

Not exactly another series of watches, but to celebrate 150 years of business, IWC has released myriad Jubilee editions that range from pilot’s watches to their most complicated and bejeweled specimens. Sizes, complications and styles range widely, and we encourage you to snoop around the Jubilee page to see what’s still available at any time.

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 Flower Delivery Services for Valentine’s Day

Getting the perfect Valentine’s Day flower arrangement no longer requires a mad dash to the florist after work or neglecting the bouquet altogether. Get a gorgeous bouquet sent to directly to your loved ones within a day or two (and at a very reasonable price) with these great delivery services. Just don’t delay — not all good things last forever, and that bouquet you know your S.O. loves will be out of stock sooner than you think.

ProFlowers

Price Range: $20+
Delivery Options: Next-day delivery is available nationwide, and same-day shipping is available in NYC, San Francisco and L.A.
The Basics: BloomThat offers an impressive range of floral arrangements, from plant-it-yourself kits to pale pinks surrounded by verdant greens bouquets.

Farmgirl Flowers

Price Range: $63+
Delivery Options: Anything within the lower 48.
The Basics: Farmgirl offers a variety of floral arrangements, snacks and gift boxes, all ethically sourced and beautifully packaged in burlap and ribbon. Just enter your zip code to see what’s available for a timely delivery in your area.

The Bouqs Company

Price Range: $40+
Delivery Options: Shipping is available in all 50 states, and is free with a (free) membership. Times vary per bouquet.
The Basics: The Bouqs Company’s bouquets are so beautiful that brides are known to order them for weddings. The service offers sustainably grown, farm-direct bouquets from local artisans, all clearly marked with a price and delivery date so there are no surprises at checkout.

Amazon

Price Range: $20+
Delivery Options: Free shipping for Prime members. Same-day delivery is available with the option to schedule delivery in certain locations.
The Basics: Amazon has a wide variety of fresh flowers available for two-day delivery, plus the ability to add on candy and other small gifts. Use it to order a bouquet, or order single flowers to make your own bouquet for an extra-personal touch.

Urban Stems

Price Range: $35+
Delivery Options: Same-day delivery is available in New York City, D.C., Philadelphia, Austin and Baltimore. Next-day shipping is available in the lower 48 states.
The Basics: Urban Stems offers a range of gift boxes, plants and bouquets, all clearly marked with prices and delivery options before you get to the checkout page.

1-800-Flowers

Price Range: $30+
Delivery Options: Same-day and next-day delivery options for most major US cities and select countries. Delivery is available in 195 countries worldwide.
The Basics: 1-800-Flowers is arguably the biggest flower delivery service on the internet with products ranging from the flower bouquets to fruit bouquets and teddy bears to pocket knives.

Floom

Price Range: $59+
Delivery Options: Same-day delivery is $20 and offered in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego and Houston. Floom also delivers to the UK.
The Basics: Floom works with local florists to provide fast and efficient flower deliveries in most major cities in the US and UK.

Home Depot

Price Range: $69+
Delivery Options: Free shipping, but no express delivery options.
The Basics: Home Depot’s in-store nursery is an underrated place to buy garden plants, flowers and more. Its website is filled with bouquets and flowers available for delivery that all ship for free. The home improvement store doesn’t offer express delivery, so factor in the shipping time before placing your order.

The Sill

Price Range: $5+
Delivery Options: No same-day delivery, but there are physical locations in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Plant Parent Club Members get free shipping on all orders
The Basics: The Sill doesn’t offer your typical bouquet, but it is a leading brand in potted plants, which make equally great gifts and can last exponentially longer than a bundle of roses. The Sill carries live and faux plants from desk-sized varieties to larger floor plants.

Florists’ Transworld Delivery

Price Range: $30+
Delivery Options: Monday through Friday, FTD offers free same-day delivery on orders placed before 2 p.m. FTD’s services are available in the US, Canada and over 150 countries. Delivery is available every day of the week, and prices start at $18.
The Basics: FTD has been around for 100 years, so you can be sure its flowers and bouquets have something to do with its longevity. Choose from a variety of gift baskets, bouquets and assorted gifts to fill all your loved ones’ hearts this Valentine’s Day.

Teleflora

Price Range: $35+
Delivery Options: Same-day delivery on select arrangements for orders placed before 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and by noon on Saturday and Sunday.
The Basics: Teleflora’s wide array of floral arrangements and gifts will make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and the perfect pick-me up for any and all occasions.

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 11 Best Multi-Tools You Can Get Right Now

Last updated January 2020: We’ve updated this guide for 2020 with new products, links and prices. 

Editor’s Pick Best Multi-Tool: Leatherman Free P2

Video: Leatherman Free P2 Review

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Last year, Leatherman debuted its most significant tech overhaul in years. The new collection is called Free, and its innovation is invisible — a magnetic architecture that lets users wield its tools easily with one hand. It’s an upgrade that highlights a multi-tool reality we all refuse to accept: yes it’s nice to have a lot of tools in one unit, but they’re all kind of annoying to use.

The Free P2 changes that, which is why we’ve positioned it as a replacement for the Leatherman Wave Plus on this list, and why it immediately earns the top spot as Editor’s Choice. Our previous choice here, the Gerber Center Drive, initially won out for the same argument — easy use with one hand — but the Free P2 does so in a lighter, slimmer package with more tools.

For more on the Leatherman Free P2, continue reading below.

Weight: 7.6 ounces
Material: 420 high carbon stainless steel
Number of Tools: 19

Introduction

At the core of every DIYer is a psychological inclination toward over-preparedness. If there’s the slightest chance that a task will arise, a toolbox is supplied with the appropriate implement to restore working order. As more specialized chores reveal themselves, the toolbox becomes overstuffed, expanding into a shed or even a garage. The local contractor is never contacted.

The DIY spirit exists even in those of us who aren’t inclined to solve every problem on our own, and one thing we and the all-doers can agree on is the practicality of the multi-tool. In the multi-tool, an entire collection of tools is shrunk into a go-everywhere sidekick. But a multi-tool shouldn’t replace the toolbox; it should complement it. Stash one in a kitchen drawer or a glovebox, and you’ll be sure that the occasional unanticipated job never goes without a response.

Types of Multi-Tools

A multi-tool is a multi-tool… right? A picture drawn in the mind’s eye likely renders a chrome-silver gadget with twin handles that fold open to reveal pliers, plus a variety of cutters, drivers and openers that fold out of either side. (It may even have the name Leatherman etched into its side, but that brand is by no means the only multi-tool maker to hold in high regard.)

That image is the classic multi-tool, but the category has grown to be more general and all-encompassing. Practically speaking, any tool with multiple functions is a multi-tool. In this guide, we’ve broken the category down into three groupings.

The first, full-size multi-tools, is like the example above. These are full-featured tools designed for any task. This is a toolbox-worthy tool that often comes with a leather holster that can attach to a belt.

The second, mini multi-tools, refers to pared-down and more portable versions. The highly specialized tools have typically been stripped away to leave only small versions of the essentials. These tools are diminutive enough to go unnoticed in the fifth pocket of your jeans.

Our third category is keychain multi-tools. These tools are highly minimal and aren’t designed to replace anything else you might carry. Instead, they tend to serve as keychains with some additional functionality supplied by a bottle opener.

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What Makes a Good Multi-Tool?

The answer to this question is entirely subjective. Today, there are so many types of multi-tools available that you can easily find an option with a toolset to serve the needs and tasks that you encounter most often. Those who want the most function possible should opt for a full-size tool. Others will achieve optimum practicality with just a bottle opener and a small knife.

There are, however, some qualities that we look for in deciding which of these tools are best. A multi-tool’s main features, such as pliers and knives, should be robust enough for use in almost any situation. All tools should lock, and scissors and pliers should, ideally, be spring-loaded. Generally speaking, if a tool is present, it should be useful.

Buying Guide

The Best Full-Size Multi-Tools of 2020

Leatherman Free P2

Video: Leatherman Free P2 Review

Leatherman, like Kleenex and Band-Aid, is one of those brand names that has come to stand for the category of products it produces: multi-tools. When you think “Leatherman,” you likely conjure up the Wave, a long-time best-seller among the company’s 50-plus tool arsenal and a favorite of ours until the recent release of the Free P2.

Like the Wave, the Free P2 features all the tools one might imagine should be present in a multi-tool: pliers, scissors, a bottle and can opener, wire cutters, a screwdriver, a ruler, a file. But there’s a fundamental difference in that it, and every other tool in the broader Free collection, has an innovative magnetic construction that makes using those tools much more manageable. The upgrade is twofold: you can now flip open the pliers, balisong style, with one hand, and every smaller implement is also positioned for one-handed use with small nubs that you roll your thumb over to deploy. No more annoying nail nicks and no more opening the pliers just to get to the bottle opener.

We’ve been using the Free P2 for several months now and can attest that the magnetic system, while it might sound like a gimmick, genuinely brings the multi-tool to a higher level of functionality, particularly for tasks that require two hands. It’s more expensive, yes, but the utility combined with the lifespan on these products justify the price; it’s everything that makes Leatherman’s other multi-tools great, but better.

For those in need of more tools than what’s in the Free P2, the Free P4 also has a saw and an additional serrated knife blade.

And for those looking to streamline, we love the Free T4, which ditches the pliers in favor of a very tidy package that still features a straight blade, package opener, multiple screwdrivers, scissors, tweezers and a nail file.

Weight: 7.6 ounces
Material: 420 high carbon stainless steel
Number of Tools: 19

Gerber Center-Drive



The fundamental idea behind a multi-tool — to pack as many individual tools into the smallest, pocketable form — presents a dangerous pitfall. Quantity can become a detriment to function. Think about it: how many of the dozen-plus claimed “tools” are you leveraging in a pinch?

Gerber asked that exact question to the contractors, mechanics, outdoorsmen and members of the armed forces who use its tools. Then, it culled the common denominators and set out to make the ultimate master-of-a-few, failure-at-none multi-tool: the Center-Drive.

The Center-Drive rids itself of unnecessary features and improves the primary tools users employ regularly. Its pliers slide up out of the knife and are spring loaded so that they can be operated with one hand. Its plain-edge knife blade is bigger than any other multi-tool we’ve come across. The screwdriver gets the biggest upgrade though; it’s full-size and angled inwards so that it can be rotated on a center axis and comes with standard, replaceable bits. It’s one of those ideas that works so well, it makes us wonder why nobody took the screwdriver more seriously before.

Weight: 9.5 ounces
Material: 420 high carbon stainless steel
Number of Tools: 13

Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X



Victorinox’s famous Swiss Army knives are multi-tools in their own right, so it’s not a surprise that the company can pull off a full-sized butterfly-style tool too. In many ways, the Spirit X is a predictable multi-tool, but that’s precisely why it succeeds.

It has a long, frame-lock plain edge knife as well as separate saws for wood and metal. Its needle-nose pliers aren’t spring-loaded, but they are functionally long, with different-sized teeth and built-in wire cutters. Its scissors are spring-loaded, but they’re small (this is the case for many multi-tools, and it’s OK because big cutting jobs will probably call for a full-sized pair anyway).

The Spirit X has the other mandatory tools: a can opener, bottle opener, a Phillips head and two flathead screwdrivers, but it also comes with some extras, like a multifunctional reamer and a crate opener. It also has a unique handle shape that appears almost bent. In use though, that shape provides a more ergonomic grip when operating either fold-out tools or pliers — and makes the Spirit X a notable standby.

Weight: 8.7 ounces
Material: Stainless steel
Number of Tools: 22

SOG Baton Q3



SOG’s recent Baton series reimagines the multi-tool from the outside in. It’s often said that the more functionality a tool receives, usually in the form of added features, the more unwieldy it becomes in a pocket or attached to a belt. The Baton is long and slim, so it’s more manageable and more comfortable in hand.

Of SOG’s four Baton multi-tools, we prefer the Q3. It has all the essentials a multi-tool should, including pliers that are deployed by pulling the tool apart. There’s also a plain edge knife, medium and small screwdrivers, spring-loaded scissors, a can opener and a bottle opener, and a tiny driver for adjusting watches and jewelry.

All of these tools lock, and because they fold out of the ends of the Baton, the entire length of the handle is left for use, which we found provides more comfort and, depending on the tool you’re using, more torque.

Weight: 6 ounces
Material: Stainless steel, aluminum handle
Number of Tools: 13

The Best Mini Multi-Tools of 2020

Gerber Dime



The Dime measures in at a mere 2.75 inches fully closed, which means you can attach it to your keychain or throw it in your pocket without worry. For something this small and light, it boasts an array of tools that includes real spring-loaded pliers, spring-loaded scissors, screwdrivers and a nifty blade that’s designed to slice open plastic clamshell packaging. Best of all is the bottle opener that’s at the ready without opening the tool at all. In this price range, there are bound to be a few drawbacks; the Dime’s tools don’t open as smoothly as other multi-tools, meaning you have to dig your fingernails in to open them. But the positives far outweigh the negatives.

Weight: 2.2 ounces
Material: Stainless steel
Number of Tools: 11

Leatherman Micra



Leatherman’s expertise in packing a bunch of tools into one practical package extends beyond full-size multi-tools, and the Micra is arguably Leatherman’s greatest mini multi-tool. It’s no bigger than a disposable lighter, yet functions (and looks) much like Leatherman’s larger multi-tools. The opening action is clean and satisfying; the scissors are sharp and spring-loaded; the nine other tools are useful for most people’s’ everyday needs. If we were to pick one standout feature, though, it’s the Micra’s simple shape. Perfect rectangles are meant for keychains. And they’ll never go out of style.

Weight: 1.8 ounces
Material: Stainless steel
Number of Tools: 10

Victorinox Midnite MiniChamp

The classic Swiss Army Knife seems like it exists in a category of its own, but technically speaking it is a multi-tool. Victorinox makes the Swiss Army in a number of sizes with varying toolsets, but the MiniChamp is a standout. It expertly packs a handful of tools that you’ll actually use — like a nail cuticle pusher and a ballpoint pen — into a tiny package. It also has the requisite knife and bottle opener, but it’s the little flashlight that gives the Midnite MiniChamp a leg up on rest of the Swiss Army models.

Weight: 1.6 ounces
Material: Stainless steel, ABS/Cellidor handle
Number of Tools: 16

The Best Keychain Multi-Tools of 2020

James Brand Halifax



The James Brand is renowned for its thoughtful and stylish pocket knives. Ryan Coulter, the brand’s founder and designer, is on a mission to own the pocket, and the Halifax fills an essential role in doing so. The small, solid-state tool is designed to provide a home for your keys, but it’s also equipped with the ever-important bottle opener and a flat edge that acts as a screwdriver in a pinch. For most of us, that’s all we need.

Material: Titanium
Number of Tools: 3

Leatherman 10



Leatherman’s most basic multi-tool has no hinges or moving parts and is small enough to fit on a keychain. The 10 is built for basic everyday tasks like opening boxes and bottles. The tool also comes with a screwdriver tip that functions as both flathead and Phillips head as well as a multi-size hex wrench. Leatherman made the 10 with 420 stainless steel, and it weighs half an ounce, which is light enough to go unnoticed on a keychain.

Weight: 0.5 ounces
Material: 420 stainless steel
Number of Tools: 4

Quiet Carry Shorty



On a surface level, the Shorty is an EDC tool designed to keep keys organized in your pocket. Quiet Carry designed the tool with extra functionality though, which is transmitted through a fold-out multi-tool (the Shorty can also be ordered with a knife blade, or a blade with a bottle opener built-in). The multi-tool combines a bottle opener, screwdriver, and hex wrench, and employs a frame-lock for sturdy use. The great thing about the Shorty is that it houses the tool and your keys in a minimalist rectangle, freeing you from the clutter created when carrying multiple items.

Weight: 1.6 ounces
Material: 416 stainless steel
Number of Tools: 4

Bonus Wild Card: Gerber Compleat

Gerber’s utterly dominant replacement for the classic camp spork really doesn’t fit any of the traditional categories, but it’s one of our favorite new outdoor products, so we’d be remiss not to mention it. While the spork basically leaves you with a mediocre spoon and fork, the Compleat gives you so much more in a slightly bigger package: a separate spoon and fork, dual-edge spatula and peeler-equipped opener tool, all of which fit together seamlessly. And that’s not all… slide the fork or spoon’s handle into the spatula, and you’ve got tongs.

Weight: 2.3 ounces
Material: heat-resistant nylon and anodized aluminum
Number of Tools: 8

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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23 Last-Minute Gifts that Don’t Feel Last-Minute

You’re busy, we get it. But its 2019 and we’re living through the age of Amazon Prime. Translation: your habit of procrastination shouldn’t get in the way of an awesome gift. Below, more than 20 ideas that ship in two days or less. Go ahead and bookmark this page for later. You know you’ll need it.

Trask Polson Slippers

Price: $195
From: trask.com

Take your comfiest slippers, your coolest loafers and combine them — that’s what you get with the Trask Polson. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for utility and sophistication; in fact, you’ll never want to take these off. Made with Horween® American Bison leather, genuine shearling lining, an OrthoLite®-cushioned footbed and a driver-style rubber outsole, they might just be the most comfortable shoes you’ve ever worn.

1. Penom Case

Price: $7+
From: Amazon.com

Available in several colors and almost absurdly affordable, the Penom Case is made to precisely fit your Apple Watch while still allowing access to charging functions and buttons.

2. Moleskine Hard Cover Classic Pocket Notebook

Price: $11
From: Amazon.com

To go with that upgraded pen, a classy hardbound pocket notebook that can satisfy the needs of any writing.

3. Stasher Bags

Price: $10+
From: amazon.com

Plastic has become a pariah amongst the outdoors-loving crowd. Stasher provides a guilt-free alternative in the form of non-toxic, reusable silicone bags. Use them for snacks on the trail, or sous vide in the kitchen back at home.

4. Stanley Classic Flask

Price: $15
From: Amazon.com

Having a little nipper is a perk of the colder months. You can’t go wrong with this timeless one from Stanely.

5. Caran d’Ache 849 Pen

Price: $19
From: Amazon.com

Everyone can use a simple, yet elegant pen upgrade. This one has a smooth click action and a hexagonal shape.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. A Man & His Watch

Price: $32
From: amazon.com

A hefty hardcover book full of beautiful watch pictures is a great way to accessorize the home or office of a watch lover. There are actually a number of such watch books, but this one is popular and a delightful read, relating the stories of notable people and the relationships they have with their favorite watches.

7. Spiggen Rugged Armor Pro Case

Price: $20
From: Amazon.com

Treat your Apple Watch the way some people do a G-Shock? Then this is the case for you. With an integrated, adjustable wristband and a matte finish with carbon fiber accents, the Rugged Armor Pro Case makes a tactical instrument out of your Apple Watch.

8. Foval 200W Power Inverter 3-Prong Outlet

Price: $21
From: amazon.com

You can never have too many electrical outlets — yet most cars don’t even offer one. Elevate any ride’s accessory-charging capability with this power inverter that plugs into the ubiquitous 12-volt port once known as the cigarette lighter. Plus, it’s small enough that you can slip it in your pocket and carry it from car to car.

9. Amazon Smart Plug

Price: $25
From: amazon.com

Anybody who talks to Alexa on a regular basis, whether they have an Echo or a speaker like the Sonos One which as Alexa built-in, will be able to find a good use for this handy little smart plug.

10. Gerber Compleat

Price: $24
From: amazon.com

The Compleat is the last piece of campsite cutlery you’ll ever need. In one compact package, it boasts a separate spoon and fork, a dual-edge spatula (one edge serrated, the other rubberized) and a peeler-equipped tool that opens bottles, packages and cans. Combine the spoon or fork with the spatula, and you have one final tool: a set of tongs.

11. Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool

Price: $29
From: Amazon.com

The time-tested multi-tool classic. The MiniChamp Swiss Army Multi-Tool is tough to beat for a keychain addition that can get nearly any job done.

12. GU Hoppy Trails Energy Gel

Price: $32
From: amazon.com

GU is the leader in on-the-go energy gels. And this 24-serving box of electrolyte-loaded 100-calorie packets is the ultimate stocking stuffer for the IPA-loving endurance athlete.

13. Osprey Daylight Waistpack

Price: $30
From: amazon.com

Fanny packs have taken more than their share of abuse over the years, but they’ve stuck around for one inarguable reason: they make it easy to stash a few essentials — say workout gloves, towel, protein powder — till you need them. And this elegant, double-zippered Osprey option is more than up to the task.

14. Perfect Fitness Pull-Up Bar

Price: $31
From: amazon.com

Those lacking funds or space for a full weight set can get quite a bang for the buck from bodyweight moves. This clever bar hooks under a door frame for all manner of pull-ups and chin-ups — and can also be used for for really deep, chest-expanding pushups.

15. Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim

Price: $35
From: amazon.com

This is an excellent and incredibly thin wall adapter for a MacBook or USB-C laptop. Yes, this tiny thing can actually power a laptop, making it a fantastic travel device.

16. Eluto Waterproof / Scratch-Proof Car Cover

Price: $37
From: amazon.com

Help your car-loving friend or family member protect their ride with this sturdy, all-weather car cover. The silver exterior keeps the sun’s harsh rays from damaging the paint, tie-down straps prevent it from flying off in the wind and reflective stripes help other drivers avoid it at night.

17. Leatherman Free T2

Price: $40
From: amazon.com

The Free series boasts an awesome innovation: thanks to clever nubs and magnets, all implements can be accessed with one hand. This compact and affordable offering packs eight handy implements — including a 2.2-inch knife, screwdrivers and a bottle opener — for tackling a host of outdoor hangups.

18. Momentous AbsoluteZero 100% Plant Protein

Price: $60
From: amazon.com

Precious few supplement brands can boast the outdoor & fitness star power of Momentous, whose team includes Jimmy Chin, Rob Dyrdek, Jrue Holliday, Alex Honnold and Kyle Rudolph — plus loads of top coaches and trainers. But you don’t need to know all that to enjoy 20 ounces of clean, tasty protein per serving.

19. Pruveeo D30H Dash Cam

Price: $68
From: amazon.com

A dash cam is a dynamite way to safeguard your ride — something most enthusiasts should be looking to do. This integrated dash camera can record everything that happens in high definition, and is easy to use; the cam turns on with the car and automatically overwrites old footage until you need to save it. Which, hopefully, you never will.

20. Polaroid Lab Digital Photo Printer

Price: $149
From: amazon.com

This charming machine allows you to turn your your smartphone photos into real Polaroid film prints, which is wonderful; it gives digital phographers a little bit of that analog experience. But heads up: the film is sold separately.

21. Hypersphere Hyperice

Price: $149
From: amazon.com

The softball-sized Hyperice is yet a third GP100 pick, due to the fact that its bite is bigger than its bark. By which we mean that it’s smaller and quieter than most vibrating massagers, yet its three levels of pulsation can bring the benefits of myofascial release to just about every part of your body.

22. Jaybird Vista

Price: $160
From: amazon.com

Headphones in the outdoors? *Gasp!* Yes, thanks to a compact design, high waterproof rating and ultra-long battery life, these buds are perfect for trail running, hiking and YouTube tent screenings that won’t bother your base camp neighbors.

23. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Price: $349
From: amazon.com

Bose has been the king of noise-canceling headphones for decades. Its new Headphones 700 are the best the company has ever made. They have an all-new design, better sound and noise-canceling abilities than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, and deliver the best-ever call experience on a pair of headphones. Yes, they’re expensive, but they’re one of the best-sounding things you can possibly put on your dome.

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Your FSA Is About to Expire; Here Are 9 Ways to Use It Before It Runs Out

If you have healthcare through your employer, you probably have a flexible spending account (or an FSA) that’s meant to be used for things like copays, prescriptions and other medical expenses. These accounts are on a “use it or lose it” basis though, and you’re probably about to lose yours at the end of this year. Here are some of the best products that you can buy using your FSA, because hey, you might as well.

Welly Bandages

Remember how bandages with Ninja Turtles on them were better than the regular kind? This is like the adult version of that. Get yourself a little first aid kit and be ready for your next bump or bruise.

Maude Condoms

Not everyone thinks of it this way, but condoms are absolutely healthcare, and can be bought using your FSA. These ones from Maude are thin, and are made without any harmful chemicals.

Roman

Doctors say that over half of all men will deal with ED at some point. Treat the problem with effective and reliable medicine that comes in discreet packaging.

Hims

If you’d like another option for ED meds, Hims is worth checking out. They offer several different kinds of medicine at a few different price points.

Scout Contact Lenses

Last month Warby Parker launched Scout, their first brand of daily contacts. The contacts are moist, long-lasting and FSA-eligible.

Warby Parker Glasses

Been meaning to update your look? You might as well spring for a new pair of frames or at least a pair of backups, because Warby Parker’s glasses can be paid for from your FSA.

Felix Gray Blue Light Glasses

If your job involves staring at a screen all day, you should consider picking up a pair of blue light glasses from Felix Gray. They’re made to counteract the eye-strain that comes with looking at screens all day.

Zeiss Lens Wipes

Keep your glasses clean and your eyes happy with a big box of eyeglass cleaning wipes that should last you at least a couple years.

Sunscreen

You might not be thinking about sunscreen this time of year, but you might as well stock up now. Don’t forget that snow reflects sunlight, so use some before any winter activities as well.

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Scott Ulrich is an Editorial Associate at Gear Patrol. He enjoys emo music, horror movies and caring too much about Atlanta sports.

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The 7 Best Winter Running Shoes of 2020

Winter poses enough challenges for runners. Between the frigid temps, variable weather and short days, just mustering up the will to step foot outdoors can cause even the most motivated runner to think twice — or retreat to the hamster wheel know as the treadmill. At the same time there’s also a refreshing lively feeling one gets when forgoing climate control in favor of braving the elements. The sense of pride and knowing nod from each runner you pass solidifies the notion: I’m a real runner.

But while mental fortitude may get you out the door, it won’t keep you warm and dry. Only the right winter running gear can do that. I’m talking jackets, hats, gloves, tights — and shoes! As an online running coach, every winter like clockwork, I have runners slip and roll an ankle or even break an arm, calamities that may have been prevented by proper winter running footwear. 

Two things make a shoe more suitable for winter verses summer running – grip and waterproofing. Perhaps the most important, and oft-overlooked, is grip. Most slips, trips and falls in the winter are due to poor grip. Most road running shoes have awful grip on snow. The smooth outsole gives them a pleasant ride on road, but on snow they act like a slippery sled. Some road shoes are winter-specific, meaning they are designed with a gripper bottom. Trail running shoes, on the other hand are designed for traction. Lugs strategically placed on the outsole will help grip into snow for better footing. Waterproofing, on the other hand, is less about safety and more about comfort. Consistently having to dodge slush and water puddles like landmines can get old fast.

To help make your winter runs safer and more comfortable, we’ve compiled a list of the best winter running shoes. So next time mother nature tries to derail your run, you can say, “not this time.” 

Brooks Ghost 12 GTX

This waterproof version (hint- any shoe labeled GTX indicates it’s made with GORE-TEX, the most popular waterproof membrane) of one of Brooks most popular running shoes, the Ghost 12 is a classic everyday neutral trainer. Better suited for wet winter days over snow, the Ghost 12 GTX features the one-two combo of Brooks softest midsole, DNA LOFT, with Brooks more durable midsole, BioMoGo DNA, for a durable medium-cushioned ride. Forefoot strikers might want to look elsewhere. The steep 12mm drop works best with more rear foot strikers. 

Type: Road
Weight: 11.4oz
Drop: 12mm
Waterproof: GORE-TEX
Grip: Low (best for wet road/concrete)

Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo Shield WP

Don’t let wet winter weather halt tempo day. This protective speedster comes fully featured to assure you get your speed work done warm and dry. Featuring Zoom X, Nike’s fastest midsole (also seen in the Vaporfly 4%) this winterized version of the Nike Pegasus Turbo wraps your foot in an ankle high waterproof zip-bootie. A more winter-focused outsole over its summer sibling channels water better while stickier rubber grips like glue.  Best to save these bad boys for speed days only. At a $210 tag, speedy premium winter protection is costly. 

Type: Road
Weight: 10oz
Drop: 10mm
Waterproof: Nike Shield
Grip: Medium (best for partially snow covered and wet road/concrete)

Under Armour HOVR ColdGear Reactor 2

If you struggle with cold feet, these are for you. Built off one of Under Armour’s most responsive road shoes, the HOVR Sonic 2, the ColdGear Reactor 2 takes insulation to the next level. Water-repellant adaptive insulation assures your feet stay dry and comfortable by adjusting the level of insulation based on activity. Underfoot, the outsole features Michelin rubber (like the car tires) for exceptional traction on wet and dry surfaces. A word from the wise, all the insulation makes them run small so best to size up ½ a size.

Type: Road
Weight: 10oz
Drop: 10mm
Waterproof: UA Storm technology
Grip: Medium (best for partially snow covered and wet road/concrete)

Asics GT-1000 8 G-TX

Runners who need stability have very few options when it comes to waterproof shoes. In fact, the Asics GT-1000 8 G-TX is one of the only waterproof stability shoes on the market. Stomp in as many puddles as you want while the GORE-TEX upper keeps your feet nice and dry. As with most supportive shoes, they run a tad firm, so cushion addicts should look elsewhere.  With the newest version launching in February, if you hurry, you can get this one on sale while sizes last.

Type: Road
Weight: 11.5oz
Drop: 8mm
Waterproof: GORE-TEX
Grip: Low (best for wet road/concrete)

La Sportiva Blizzard GTX

For days when even the biggest 4×4 trucks struggle for traction the La Sportiva Blizzard GTX is hands down the best winter off-road/snow running shoes. You’ll stay surefooted and confident on slick surfaces as the Tungsten Alloy studs and 7mm lugs dig into the ground. Knee-deep powder? No problem, the above the ankle GORE-TEX gator-style upper keeps snow from entering. A forewarning- these trail-focused shoes, due to the alloy studs, are not suited for any bare road or concrete, so best to stay on trail or fully snow-covered road. 

Type: Trail
Weight: 13.3oz
Drop: 6mm
Waterproof: GORE-TEX
Grip: Extreme (best for fully snow and ice covered)

Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 GTX

When it comes to ultra-plush cushioning, nobody does it better than Hoka and no trail running shoe in Hoka’s lineup offers more cushioning than the best-selling Speedgoat. Named after the notorious ultra-runner Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer, these GORE-TEX lined cushioned monsters offer superb traction and grip from the Vibram Megagrip rubber outsole with 5mm lugs, without feeling overbearing and rough on uncovered road and concrete. 

Type: Trail
Weight: 12.2oz
Drop: 4mm
Waterproof: GORE-TEX
Grip: High (best for fully and partially snow and ice covered)

Altra Lone Peak 4 RSM

This one’s for all the zero-drop and wide toe-box fanatics who love rain, snow and mud – hence the name RSM. Popular with the “natural” run mindset crowd, the Lone Peak 4 RSM features a waterproof eVent upper with 4-point gator straps for added protection against deep snow. Despite the aggressive multi-directional outsole ride, quality on bare concrete remains rather smooth, making these a great winter mixed road running shoe. As an added bonus, as the cushioning starts to break down they make a fantastic summer hiking shoe. 

Type: Trail
Weight: 10.9oz
Drop: 0mm
Waterproof: eVent Fabrics
Grip: High (best for fully and partially snow and ice covered)
Gear Patrol also recommends:
Adidas Ultraboost All Terrain ($150)
Merrell Trail Glove 4 ($100)
On Cloudflyer ($180)
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The 30+ Best Holiday Gifts at Every Price Point

If you’re doing holiday shopping properly, you have a set budget you can spend. That’s not to say that gifting should be robotic, but it’s wise to give yourself a structure to help narrow your options down.

With that in mind, here are the best gifts to give this year at the major price points: extravagant, under $100, under $50 and under $25.

Extravagant

1. Thom Browne Pebble-Grain Wingtip Boots

Price: $830
From: mrporter.com

Sophisticated wingtip brogues are surely an upgrade gift every man could use. None hit the spot more than these from Thom Browne.

2. Devialet Phantom Reactor 600

Price: $1,090
From: devialet.com

This compact wireless speaker from high-end French audio company Devialet combines unmatched sound with outside-the-box design.

3. Fujifilm X-T30 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Price: $1,300
From: amazon.com

The Fujifilm X-T30 is an impeccable compact camera that excels in nearly any situation.

4. Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

Price: $1,500
From: amazon.com

Because nothing says extravagant more than the top-notch espesso machine from the esteemed Breville.

5. Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Black Steel

Price: $1,990
From: bellross.com

The BR V1-92 Black Steel from Bell & Ross is not your typical chunky Bell & Ross which gives it an understated magnitude that’ll be at home on any wrist.

Under $100

6. The Dark Knot Edinburg Burgundy Knitted Silk Tie

Price: $65
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Knitted ties are a staple of winter wardrobe. This one from The Dark Knot is classy yet affordable.

7. Levi’s Trucker Jacket

Price: $70+
From: amazon.com

The classic denim jacket from Levi’s is an essential garment everyone needs in their closet.

8. Timex Camper MK1

Price: $75
From: needsupply.com

This Timex Archive design is a great everyday wear.

9. National Parks Pass

Price: $80
From: usgs.gov

Everyone in America owns public lands, and giving the gift of being able to get enjoy them is always a good idea.

10. Yield Design Co. Glass French Press

Price: $85
From: yielddesign.co

We love the standard Bodum French press just as much as anyone, but there’s just something about this sleek one from Yield Design Co. that looks so damn good making coffee in the morning.

11. Crossrope Get Lean

Price: $88
From: amazon.com

Jumping rope is an easy at-home exercise more of us should utilize. The Crossrope Get Lean is a weighted rope set that can be easily adjusted for any fitness goals.

12. Awair Glow-C Air Monitor and Smart Plug

Price: $89
From: amazon.com

This 3-in-1 smart plug is cooler than your average smart plug: it can integrate regular products to your smart hub, is an air quality monitor and is a customizeable smart night light.

13. Everlane The ReCashmere V-Neck

Price: $98
From: everlane.com

Made from 60 percent recycled cashmere, The ReCashmere V-Neck from Everlane can help the owner be a little more environmentally-friendly while still looking good.

14. Hill City Heavyweight Fleece Hoodie

Price: $98
From: hillcity.com

For workouts and beyond, Hill City’s Heavyweight Fleece Hoodie is a great option for hoodie weather.

15. Made In Carbon Steel Roasting Pan

Price: $99
From: madeincookware.com

Blue carbon steel from Made In is the stellar cookware upgrade they’ll be happy you got them.

Under $50

16. All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey by Betsey Mason

Price: $50
From: amazon.com

For centuries, maps have made our world more understandable. This new book dives into what makes them so visually appealing.

17. East Fork The Mug

Price: $36
From: eastfork.com

While it may not be in stock at the moment, East Fork restocks The Mug every Tuesday and is definitely worth seeking out.

18. Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Why not give the gift of a whole year of one of the best magazines on the planet?

19. Leatherman Free T2

Price: $40
From: amazon.com

You can never go wrong with a Leatherman.

20. Anonymous Ism Three-Pack Mélange Knitted Socks

Price: $50
From: mrporter.com

No longer are socks a boring gift. This three-pack from Anonymous Ism is proof of that.

21. Philips Hue White (2-Bulb Pack)

Price: $37
From: amazon.com

Not only are Philips Hue the most trusted smart lights out there, but they also work with everything: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit.

22. Aesop Arrival Travel Kit

Price: $35
From: shop.nordstrom.com

The gift of better body and hair care that can melt away the stress of holiday travel will forever be appreciated.

23. Outerknown Water-Less Beanie

Price: $48
From: outerknown.com

Outerknown’s Water-Less Beanie utilizes a dye process that uses 98 percent less water than traditional dying — good for the earth and good for cold heads.

24. L.L.Bean Zip Hunter’s Tote Bag with Strap

Price: $45
From: llbean.com

This L.L. Bean tote can stand up to the toughest outdoor excursions but looks just at home on the streets as well.

25. Wonder Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Price: $34
From: huckberry.com

California-made olive means it was never stored for months being imported. Freshness matters.

Under $25

26. Kuji Coffee Premium Single-Serve Pour Over (10-Pack)

Price: $22
From: amazon.com

These single-serving pour over packs from Kuji Coffee can upgrade a morning cup wherever you go.

27. ShakeSphere Tumbler

Price: $21
From: amazon.com

This unique protein shaker bottle doesn’t use a mixing ball or mesh grid, instead its capsule design does all the work so there’s less clean-up.

28. Stanley 8-Ounce Classic Wide Mouth Flask

Price: $15
From: amazon.com

The classic nipper from Stanely is perfect for cold weather strolls.

29. Caran D’ache Metal Ballpoint Pen

Price: $17
From: amazon.com

Simple yet sophisticated, the Caran D’ache Metal Ballpoint Pen is a trustworthy everyday writing utensil.

30. Uniqlo Heattech Turtleneck

Price: $20
From: uniqlo.com

Uniqlo’s Heattech line is one of the cheapest (and stylish) ways to keep warm in the winter months.

31. Old Forester 100 Proof

Price: $25
From: oldforester.com

Old Forester 100 Proof offers a classic flavor profile and is one of the best bourbon whiskeys under $25 you can buy.

32. Row 7 Seeds

Price: $5
From: row7seeds.com

Dan Barber — the Michelin-starred chef behind Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns — is selling the seeds of the veggies he serves at his restaurants. And they’re all certified organic and produced in the U.S.

33. Disney+ Subscription

Price: $7 per month
From: disneyplus.com

You can’t see what all the fuss is about over Baby Yoda without Disney+.

34. Gather Around Cocktails by Aaron Goldfarb

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

The holidays are here and booze author and journalist Aaron Goldfarb’s eggnog is the stuff of legends.

35. Casio Vintage Electro Luminescence Watch

Price: $19
From: amazon.com

There might not be a better cheap watch to buy than Casio’s Vintage Electro Luminescence that punches well above its price.

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The 200+ Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Men

Whether you need something cheap for your outdoorsy nephew or a solid bottle of brown for your boozy uncle — or both — our guide to the best holiday gift ideas for men has you covered. Bookmark this page and check back frequently. Our editors will be adding even more gift recommendations to this list throughout the gift-giving season.

Filson Leather Card Case

Price: $75
From: filson.com

There are many benchmarks of a great gift, but you can truly tell if a person loves your present if they use it every single day. For such an effect, there might be no better choice than the Filson Leather Card Case. Its simple design is made from vegetable tanned bridle leather, offers three compartments for reliable storage for cards and cash, and like all Filson products, it’s guaranteed for life.

Best Style Gifts

Everlane ReCashmere Sweater

Price: $98
From: everlane.com

Sustainable comfort at an affordable price.

Away Expandable Carry-On

Price: $275
From: awaytravel.com

Need more space? This bag can expand.

Frye Chris Venetian Loafers

Price: $228
From: thefryecompany.com

The simple shape really lets the leather shine.

Warby Parker Edgemont Sunglasses

Price: $95
From: warbyparker.com

For the holidays? Why not. Sunglasses are never out of season.

Wahl Beard Trimmer

Price: $71
From: amazon.com

There are beard trimmers, and then there is the best beard trimmer.

Freemans Sporting Club Cap

Price: $45
From: freemanssportingclub.com

Every man should have an unbranded ball cap in their collection.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

Alex Mill Cashmere Beanie

Price: $95
From: Alexmill.com

Cashmere headwear is a next-level sensation.

Outerknown Camp Socks

Price: $8
From: outerknown.com

If you’re going to give socks as a gift, you might as well give some of the best.

J.Crew Classic Leather Belt

Price: $65
From: jcrew.com

A stylish everyday essential that’ll last.

American Bench Craft Leather Dog Leash

Price: $55
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Tanned leather makes your dog look even cuter.

Lotuff Zipper Backpack

Price: $1100
From: store.gearpatrol.com

The simple backpack you know and love, but given a distinctly elevated look, feel and construction.

Persol Sunglasses

Price: $127
From: amazon.com

Feeling like splurging a bit? These timeless sunglasses from Persol are not a bad way to go.

Calvin Klein Boxer Briefs

Price: $25
From: amazon.com

If you’re going to give boxers as a gift, give some of the best.

Caputo & Co. Chain Rope Necklace

Price: $265
From: caputoandco.com

A simple but effective statement for any outfit.

Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club Fragrance

Price: $126
From: nordstrom.com

Give the gift of smelling great year-round.

Naadam Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater

Price: $75
From: naadam.com

Flex like you got it like that. They don’t have to know it only cost $75…and they likely won’t notice.

Howlin’ Mr. No Fingers Gloves

Price: $42
From: eastdane.com

Gloves so nice you’ll think twice about gifting them.

Lee Denim Jacket

Price: $37+
From: amazon.com

Who can deny a denim jacket?

Cause and Effect Thin Copper Cuff

Price: $40
From: needsupply.com

A simple, affordable accessory that can be worn both on and off the clock.

Filson Original Briefcase

Price: $325
From: eastdane.com

This handsome briefcase was built to last for their entire career.

J.Crew Navy Knit Tie

Price: $40
From: JCrew.com

One can never have too many ties, and this one from J.Crew is affordable and handsome.

Craighill Closed Helix Ring

Price: $30
From: Store.GearPatrol.com

This helix-shaped brass keyring is cool, durable and affordable; a true triple-threat.

Carhartt Watch Hat

Price: $15
From: amazon.com

Sometimes the coolest accessories are the least expensive ones.

Byredo Night Veils Sellier Extrait de Parfum

Price: $320
From: nordstrom.com

If you want to go all-out for gifting a fragrance, we recommend this one that smells a lot like unbridled leather.

London Undercover Maple Cane Blackwatch Tartan Umbrella

Price: $85
From: toddsnyder.com

Having an umbrella you like makes rainy days that much more bearable.

Stance Socks

Price: $25
From: stance.com

Stance socks have the perfect thickness, and are perfect for everyday wear.

’47 Brand Clean Up Cap

Price: $25
From: 47brand.com

Rep your team and your city with a classic baseball cap that has a nice broken-in feel.

Topo Designs Dopp Kit

Price: $29
From: amazon.com

Topo Designs is known for their high-quality bags, and this dopp kit is no exception.

Uniqlo Heattech Turtleneck

Price: $20
From: uniqlo.com

This turtleneck makes a great base layer, or you can wear it on its own.

Baxter of California Comb

Price: $22
From: amazon.com

A comb is probably something they use every day. Get them one that’s worth having.

Engineered Garments Bucket Hats

Price: $108
From: endclothing.com

For headwear that breaks the mold just a bit, try this cool bucket hat from Engineered Garments.

Ranchlands Rough Out Belt

Price: $150
From: filson.com

This full-grain rough out leather belt has a little western flair.

Barbour Longthorpe Laptop Bag

Price: $160
From: eastdane.com

Barbour’s bags are every bit as good as their jackets, and this one is pefect for a commute.

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Best Home Gifts

Oxo Good Grips Container Set

Price: $60
From: amazon.com

Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Give a man a set of really well-designed containers and he’ll actually use those oats he bought a few months ago instead of just letting them sit in a jar in the cupboard.

SolidTeknics Wrought-Iron Skillet

Price: $89
From: amazon.com

Give a gift that’ll outlast either of you.

Coway Airmega Purifier

Price: $298
From: amazon.com

More than an air purifier, this gadget hooks up to Alexa for real-time tracking of the air quality in your home.

Herman Miller: A Way of Living

Price: $80
From: amazon.com

You don’t need to have the funds to gift a Hans Wegner chair in order to give a great gift to furniture nerd.

Snowe Flatware Set

Price: $152
From: snowehome.com

A simple but significant upgrade to any kitchen is a great set of flatware.

Bernzomatic TS8000

Price: $42
From: amazon.com

For those who want to push their limits in the kitchen.

Trusco Toolbox

Price: $52
From: amazon.com

Because keeping a good home often means busting out a hammer, some nails and using a bit of elbow grease.

ThermoWorks Thermapen IR

Price: $139
From: thermoworks.com

Precision cooking and baking has never been so easy or accurate.

‘South’ by Sean Brock

Price: $28
From: amazon.com

Incredible recipes from one of the best working chefs out there today.

Muji Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

Price: $65
From: amazon.com

A room isn’t finished until it smells as good as it looks.

Whiskey Peaks Mt. Rainier — Set of Two

Price: $30
From: huckberry.com

These handblown whiskey glasses feature an inspiring topographic impression of Mt. Ranier that you can gaze at while sipping your favorite whiskey.

Sam Lee Book Ends

Price: $350
From: samleehello.com

These bookends will not only hold your book collection up, but they double as vases too.

Louie Mueller Barbecue Colossal “Dino” Beef Ribs

Price: $199
From: goldbelly.com

You don’t have to live in Texas to get your hands on these unbelievably delicious ribs.

Pendleton Camp Blanket

Price: $99
From: backcountry.com

Pendleton’s blankets are legendary for a reason.

Dovetail Record Crate

Price: $199+
From: symbolaudio.com

This handsome wood container looks much more refined than a milk crate full of records.

Marvis 7 Days of Flavor Gift Set

Price: $36
From: amazon.com

Brushing your teeth becomes a lot more fun when you have unusual toothpaste flavors.

Brooklinen Scented Candle Miniset

Price: $59
From: brooklinen.com

This set has four candles, each meant to be lit during specific parts of the day.

Oxford Pennant

Price: $25
From: oxfordpennant.com

There’s an Oxford Pennant for most everything, and they make a fun accent for any room.

Wonder Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Price: $34
From: huckberry.com

Careful — once you start using nice olive oil, you’ll never go back to the cheap stuff.

Made In Carbon Steel Roasting Pan

Price: $99
From: madeincookware.com

This roasting pan will quickly become their go-to, year-round.

Yield Design Co. Glass French Press

Price: $85
From: yielddesign.co

The borosilicate glass adds a level of elegance to this beautiful french press.

Parachute Waffle Bath Towels

Price: $25+
From: parachutehome.com

Something about drying off with waffle weave towels just feels better.

Five Two Stoneware Dinner Plates

Price: $45+
From: food52.com

These stoneware plates are a thoughtful and subtle upgrade to any dishware collection.

Le Labo Palo Santo Candle

Price: $75
From: lelabofragrances.com

For that fresh palo santo smell without having to burn sticks in your home, try this candle.

Intention Design Desk Tray

Price: $65
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Haphazardly setting down your EDC items when you get home suddenly becomes organized when you do it in a nice desk tray.

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Best Bar Cart Gifts

Four Roses Small Batch Select

Price: ~$55
From: fourrosesbourbon.com

Dubbed ‘one of the biggest bourbon releases of the year’ by our own home editor, this is undoubtedly the gift to get the whiskey snob in your life.

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon

Price: ~$45
From: knobcreek.com

An easy upgrade for the friend you’re trying to coax away from the bottom shelf.

Aesop Departure

Price: $53
From: nordstrom.com

Don’t compromise on the essentials while abroad.

New Riff Straight Rye

Price: ~$45
From: newriffdistilling.com

This is damn good rye from one of the most exciting distilleries in the world.

Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bourbon

Price: ~$50
From: heavenhilldistillery.com

This year’s winner of one of the most prestigious awards in whiskey. If you find it at a good price, you may just want to hold on to it.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon

Price: ~$65
From: elijahcraig.com

A 12-year old whiskey bottled at barrel proof? Count us in.

Trade Coffee Custom Subsription

Price: $15+ per bag
From: drinktrade.com

Great coffee from the best roasters delivered right to your door.

SCA Coffee Flavor Wheel Poster

Price: $20
From: store.sca.coffee

Have a hard time putting your finger on what exactly it is you’re tasting in that single-origin you’re drinking? This will help you identify the flavor.

Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Brewer

Price: $32
From: aeropress.com

Just because you’re on the go doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your coffee.

Heath Ceramics Large Mug

Price: $37
From: heathceramics.com

A classic coffee mug made by the storied Bay Area-based ceramic company.

Coldwave Chiller

Price: $40
From: amazon.com

This simple tool chills hot coffee in seconds for a perfect iced coffee.

Stanley Classic Flask

Price: $15
From: Amazon.com

Whiskey is always more enjoyable when you’re drinking it out of something fun, like this classic Stanley flask.

Areaware Liquid Body Flask

Price: $60
From: amazon.com

Need a flask with a touch more sophistication? This one should do nicely.

Snowe Whiskey Set

Price: $98
From: snowehome.com

Dress up your bar cart with this Italian lead-free crystallized glass set.

Yeti Rambler Mug

Price: $25
From: amazon.com

If you like drinking your morning coffee slowly, this mug will keep it hot for 5 to 6 hours.

Paper & Tea Daily Brewing Set

Price: $42
From: needsupply.com

Ditch the tea bags and up your tea game with this daily brewing set.

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Best Tech and Audio Gifts

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex

Price: $450
From: bestbuy.com

Flex your audiophile knowledge with one of the best compact speakers out there.

Fujifilm X-T30

Price: $1099
From: amazon.com

The most advanced features you’ll find in such a lightweight design.

Sonos One

Price: $199
From: sonos.com

The Sonos One is a good place to start for a sound system, and you can always add more components.

Sonos Amp

Price: $599
From: sonos.com

The powerful addition to an already impressive sound system.

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

Price: $40
From: Amazon.com

It’s pretty amazing what this tablet can do for just $40.

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

Price: $300
From: bhphotovideo.com

If you listen to Spotify on your phone, you aren’t getting the best quality sound without this.

KMA Elder Bluetooth Speaker Kit

Price: $249
From: kmakits.com

Building your own speaker makes the audio sound that much better. Scientific evidence to come.

Grado SR60e

Price: $79
From: amazon.com

Find headphones under $100 that have this kind of bass power and minimal distortion. We dare you.

Echo Dot With a Clock

Price: $35
From: amazon.com

Let someone wake up to your gift every morning.

Awair Glow C

Price: $89
From: amazon.com

This is a small price to pay to make sure their air quality is up to par.

Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation)

Price: $249
From: google.com

Live comfortably and cut your energy bill in half.

Fyrtur Power Blinds

Price: $149+
From: ikea.com

Protect your giftee from Peeping Toms and unwanted sun.

Google WiFi System

Price: $244 (3-pack)
From: Amazon.com

No one wants “dead spots” in their home, and no one will if they have the Google WiFi system.

Apple TV 4K

Price: $179+
From: apple.com

The Apple TV is intuitive, convenient and downright pleasant to use.

Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad

Price: $140
From: Apple.com

Give someone the gift of power, and their electronic devices will surely thank you.

Native Union Belt Watch 4-ft. Charging Cable

Price: $50
From: Nativeunion.com

No one should have to be stuck with the charging cable that came with their devices.

iBlason Case

Price: $10
From: Amazon.com

No one likes a scratched Apple Watch.

Auto Sleep Tracker App

Price: $3
From: Apple.com

The gift you don’t have to be awake to use!

HeartWatch Heart and Activity

Price: $3
From: Apple.com

Apple’s own Health app is primitive to what HeartWatch can do.

Tile Sticker

Price: $40 (2-pack)
From: thetileapp.com

Are they constantly misplacing their stuff? These tracking stickers should do the trick.

Vanja Type C Card Reader

Price: $8
From: amazon.com

The photographer in your life has too many memory cards and not enough of these card readers.

Anker Powerline II 3-in-1 Cable

Price: $18
From: amazon.com

Three cables in one are like three gifts in one.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

Price: $129
From: Amazon.com

See who’s at the door right from their phone! Installation is easy and the battery is rechargeable.

Tidal Gift Card

Price: $20+
From: bestbuy.com

For audiophiles, Tidal’s Hi-Fi lossless audio really can’t be beat.

Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C

Price: $26
From: amazon.com

Chargers are the underrated gifts that no one asks for but everyone needs.

Wax & Stamp

Price: $30 per month
From: waxandstamp.com

Add to their vinyl collection and help them discover new music with this vinyl subscription service.

Qisan Mechanical Keyboard

Price: $36
From: amazon.com

Replacing a crappy keyboard can be the difference between a bad draft and the next great American novel.

SimpliSafe Smart Home Security

Price: $115+
From: simplisafe.com

One can never be too careful these days, and Simplisafe makes it easy.

Lutron Aurora Smart Dimmer

Price: $40
From: meethue.com

One gadget to solve the biggest problem with smart home light switches.

Audible Gift Card

Price: $30
From: amazon.com

You’d be amazed at how many books you get through when you start listening to them rather than just reading.

Boosted Boards Rev Electric Scooter

Price: $1,279
From: boostedboards.com

With speeds up to 24 mph and range of 22 miles, this thing can be a real game changer in certain cities.

PopSockets

Price: $9+
From: amazon.com

Once you’re used to it, you won’t know how you held a phone without one.

1More Triple-Driver IEM

Price: $70
From: amazon.com

Somehow these are some of the best-sounding earbuds we’ve heard, yet cost considerably less than their competitors.

Manfrotto Tripod with Universal Smartphone Clamp

Price: $28
From: amazon.com

If they like taking photos with their phone, this is a really great tripod that can make it a little easier.

XP PhotoGear Smartphone Cinema Mount

Price: $90
From: bhphotovideo.com

Smartphone cameras are pretty amazing these days, but these lenses take them to a completely new level.

Polaroid Lab Digital Photo Printer

Price: $130
From: amazon.com

Having physical prints of your photos is mostly a thing of the past, but it doesn’t have to be with this fun printer.

DJI Mavic Mini

Price: $399
From: dji.com

Besides being ridiculously fun to fly around, this drone can also capture some pretty incredible footage.

The Ridge Slim Minimalist RFID Wallet

Price: $75
From: Amazon.com

This wallet blocks any RFID chip readers trying to steal your card’s information, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Leopold FC980C Keyboard

Price: $310
From: amazon.com

Make their workday a bit more bearable with a keyboard that gives a satisfying click with each keystroke.

Spiggen Rugged Armor Pro Case

Price: $20
From: Amazon.com

There are cases for Apple Watches, and then there’s armor for Apple Watches.

Amazon Smart Plug

Price: $25
From: amazon.com

Anyone with Alexa in their home will get plenty of use out of this little gadget.

Philips Hue White (2-Bulb Pack)

Price: $37
From: amazon.com

Whether they already have some or they’re just getting started, these smart bulbs work with everything.

Audioengine HD6 Wireless Music Speaker System

Price: $699
From: store.gearpatrol.com

If you want a stereo system with bluetooth, analog and digital capabilities, this is the one to go with.

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Best Outdoors Gifts

Mountain House Simple Sensations Chicken Fajita Bowl

Price: $36 for 6
From: amazon.com

These are so good you’ll be bringing them to work to eat for lunch.

Gaia GPS Premium Membership

Price: $36 for the first year (renews annually at $40)
From: gaiagps.com

A yearly membership is a gift that keeps on giving.

Leatherman Free T2

Price: $40
From: amazon.com

The best multi-tool out there has eight functions and can be operated with one hand.

National Parks Annual Pass

Price: $80
From: store.usgs.gov

Who knows, maybe they’ll take you with them.

Arc’teryx Elaho Shirt

Price: $99
From: amazon.com

You don’t have to be an outdoorsman to appreciate the quality and functionality of this shirt.

Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Booties

Price: $89
From: rei.com

Arctic explorers don’t have to be the only people with cozy feet.

SnoWander PoleClinometer Sticker

Price: $15
From: garagegrowngear.com

For backcountry riders, it’s the lightest and fastest slope meter for assessing avalanche threats.

Hand Warmers

Price: $21 (40 pair)
From: amazon.com

Everyone can use hand warmers.

Ruffwear Vert Jacket

Price: $80
From: amazon.com

Because pups deserve to be warm in the snow, too.

Lowa Renegade Evo Ice GTX Boot

Price: $225
From: backcountry.com

The Gore-Tex membrane will keep out any snow and slush all winter long.

Flylow Maine Line Glove

Price: $65
From: backcountry.com

Lobster claw-style gloves are far superior to both mittens and regular gloves.

Vermont Smoke and Cure Beef and Pork Sticks

Price: $34/18-pack
From: amazon.com

The ultimate portable snack always makes for a good gift.

Kuat Grip 4 Ski/Snowboard Rack

Price: $329
From: amazon.com

Save cargo space on group trips and get peace-of-mind since they’re fully locking.

Sweet Protection Grimnir II MIPS Helmet

Price: $350
From: backcountry.com

Saving their dome on the slopes is the number one gift of all.

WESN TI Microblade

Price: $50
From: store.gearpatrol.com

This knife is small enough to keep on a keychain.

Burton Covert Jacket

Price: $200
From: backcountry.com

This jacket makes it easy to stay warm and look good on the slopes.

Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool

Price: $29
From: Amazon.com

This classic multitool is a great addition to any stocking, or keychain for that matter.

Patagonia Woolie Chore Coat

Price: $199
From: patagonia.com

There are chore coats and then there’s this recycled wool one from Patagonia.

Stasher Bags

Price: $10+
From: amazon.com

Non-toxic and reusable, these silicone food bags are a great way to gift green.

GU Hoppy Trails Energy Gel

Price: $30
From: amazon.com

For those tired of CLIF Bars and trail mix, try this energy gel that tastes like an IPA.

Kuju Coffee

Price: $22
From: amazon.com

One of the simplest paths to a good cup of joe wherever they trek.

Leatherman Free P2

Price: $120
From: amazon.com

The Leatherman Multitool is great to keep in a backpack or briefcase for whenever you might need it.

Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Hiker Med Kit

Price: $15+
From: backcountry.com

Being prepared is the first step to heading into the backcountry.

ClimbOn Ridiculous! Muscle Paste

Price: $25
From: blackdiamond.com

Sore muscles, tendons and joints are no match for this pain reliever.

SOG Knives Twitch II

Price: $60
From: huckberry.com

Knives are just about the coolest gift you can give, and this one from SOG is a solid addition to any EDC.

Work Sharp Angle Set Knife Sharpener

Price: $50
From: amazon.com

You can get the best knife, but if it doesn’t stay sharp then what’s the point?

Proof Nomad Pants

Price: $98
From: huckberry.com

These are a great technical upgrade for your buddy that is still wearing jeans on weekend backpacking trips.

Bullbird BR2 Travel Pillow

Price: $50
From: huckberry.com

This pillow will be great to have on your next excursion that involves going airborne.

Red Clouds Collective Coffin Tool Roll

Price: $75
From: redcloudscollective.com

This waxed canvas tool roll with a zippered pouch is the perfect thing to hold a small collection of tools.

The James Brand Carter

Price: $139
From: thejamesbrand.com

The newest offering from one of the most exciting knife brands today is affordable, but has a VG-10 blade as well.

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Best Fitness Gifts

Aer Duffel Pack 2

Price: $170
From: store.gearpatrol.com

A hybrid backpack that is just at home in the gym as it is in the office.

Adidas Ultraboost 19

Price: $120+
From: Amazon.com

A superb all-around fitness sneaker for whatever their healthy habits are.

Nike Training Club

Price: $120/annually
From: Nike.com

For the yogis to the weightlifters and everyone in between.

Trigger Point Grid Vibe Plus Vibrating Foam Roller

Price: $75
From: Amazon.com

What better gift to give than relaxed, pain-free muscles?

Hill City Train Half-Zip

Price: $88
From: Hillcity.com

The first trait of a fitness garment should be offering comfort.

Tangram Smart Rope

Price: $40
From: tangramfactory.com

For those who like to work (out) smarter.

Garmin Running Dynamics Pod

Price: $66
From: amazon.com

Being a better runner means knowing all your running data points.

Quad Lock Run Kit

Price: $60
From: quadlockcase.com

This makes running with a smartphone as easy as possible.

Ozmo Active Smart Bottle

Price: $60
From: amazon.com

Tracking how much they drink helps with always staying properly hydrated.

Mighty Vibe

Price: $80
From: amazon.com

If they’re a Spotify Premium Subscriber, this is the ultimate running companion.

Miir 27 oz Water Bottle

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

Having a nice water bottle truly can make the difference between being hydrated or dehydrated.

Darn Tough Tab No Show Light Cushion Socks

Price: $16
From: amazon.com

These socks are half merino wool making them antibacterial and antimicrobial; that’s a great feature for socks they’ll be working out in.

ShakeSphere

Price: $21
From: amazon.com

Any person who has achieved the ever-elusive “gains” knows that protein shakes and smoothies are the name of the game, and the ShakeSphere make them easier and more flavorful than ever.

Osprey Daylight Waistpack

Price: $25
From: amazon.com

Make fun of it if you want, but fanny packs are great for taking on a run or going to the gym.

Perfect Fitness Pull-Up Bar

Price: $31
From: amazon.com

For when going to the gym just isn’t going to happen, it’s always nice to have the option to bust out a few pullups and call it a day.

Apex Adjustable Kettlebell

Price: $62
From: amazon.com

Complete their home workout routine with these adjustable kettlebells that range from 20 pounds all the way up to 50.

Manifest Butter Bike Bags

Price: $175
From: manifestbutter.com

This hand-painted handlebar bag comes from three-time Olympian and two-time world champion cyclist Taylor Phinney

Momentous AbsoluteZero 100% Plant Protein

Price: $65
From: amazon.com

This potent protein powder is non-GMO, vegan and gluten free.

Crossrope Get Lean

Price: $88
From: amazon.com

Add some weight to your jump rope for a more rigorous at-home workout.

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Best Watch Gifts

Hamilton Khaki Field Murph Auto

Price: $995
From: hamiltonwatch.com

This Hamilton is a replica of the watch in the movie Interstellar.

Stowa Flieger Verus 40

Price: ~$640
From: stowa.de

A wonderfully minimal pilot’s watch.

Tudor Black Bay GMT

Price: $3,950
From: tudorwatch.com

Beautiful, rugged and waterproof down to 200 meters.

Rolex Datejust 36

Price: $8,200
From: rolex.com

A classic that never goes out of style.

Baltic HMS001 Automatic Watch

Price: ~$366
From: Baltic-watches.com

Watches don’t get much more handsome than this.

Analog/Shift Watch Straps

Price: $75+
From: Analogshift.com

An instant upgrade to just about any watch.

TAG Heuer Monaco “Caliber 11”

Price: $5,900
From: tagheuer.com

A watch as elegant as the city it’s named after.

Seiko 5 Field Watch

Price: $76
From: Amazon.com

Sometimes the best field watches are also the most paired down.

Swatch Sistem 51 Col-ora

Price: $150
From: Swatch.com

It’s hard to beat something as classic as a Swatch.

Orient Kano Dive Watch

Price: $239
From: Amazon.com

This dive watch from orient is tough enough to wear on the regular but affordable enough not to worry about banging around.

Timex Waterbury Traditional Automatic

Price: $249
From: Amazon.com

For those who want a solid everyday wear with a beating mechanical heart.

Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPD37

Price: $287
From: Macys.com

Because dress watches don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Polywatch Crystal Scratch Remover

Price: $8
From: Amazon.com

Help to keep their watches looking as fresh as the day they got them.

Watch Repair for Beginners

Price: $13
From: Amazon.com

Having a watch break isn’t fun, but learning how to fix it can be.

Crown & Buckle Keyring Spring Bar Tool

Price: $16
From: Crownandbuckle.com

This handy tool lets you easily change your watch straps as often as you’d like.

A Man & His Watch

Price: $19
From: Amazon.com

This book is beautiful enough for your coffee table, and the content will keep you interested.

Hub City Vintage Deluxe 5-Slot Watch Roll

Price: $45
From: Hubcityvintage.com

A safe and reliable storage solution for a true watch collector will never go unused or unappreciated.

One Eleven SWII

Price: $71
From: huckberry.com

Solar powered watches are great for keeping batteries out of landfills, and this one from One Eleven is beautifully minimal and quite inexpensive.

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Best Car Gifts

Hi-Lift Jack X-Treme

Price: $108
From: amazon.com

They’ll never go back to a regular jack again.

Sylvania 10″ LED Off-Road Lightbar

Price: $130
From: advanceautoparts.com

For when mere headlights just don’t cut it.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3

Price: $172+
From: tirerack.com

Go play in the mud.

MaxTrax

Price: $325
From: amazon.com

These making getting unstuck almost as much fun as getting stuck.

Trail Tech Voyager Pro

Price: $600
From: amazon.com

If they like going off the beaten path, this is the GPS for them.

Tire Rack Tire Garage

Price: $53
From: tirerack.com

Get their winter or spare tires protected and organized.

Meguiar’s Essential All in One Car Care Kit

Price: $48
From: amazon.com

The best possible way to say “you need to wash your car”.

PowerSmith PWL2100TS LED Dual Head Work Light

Price: $130
From: amazon.com

Whatever they need to light up, light it up bright.

Workpro 408-Piece Mechanic’s Tool Set

Price: $183
From: amazon.com

Noo matter how many tools he has, he can always have more.

Suncast Tall Garage or Utility Storage Cabinet

Price: $199
From: target.com

Who doesn’t need extra storage?

Diptyque Car Diffuser Set

Price: $240
From: diptyqueparis.com

This is a major upgrade from a little tree you hang from the rear-view mirror.

Foval 200W Power Inverter 3-Prong Outlet

Price: $21
From: amazon.com

You never know when you’ll need to power something on the road, so this converter is a handy thing to keep in the glove box.

Ford GT40 11″ x 14″ Photograph

Price: $29
From: store.gearpatrol.com

If you can’t buy a GT40, getting a beautiful framed photo of one is almost as good.

Eluto Waterproof / Scratch-Proof Car Cover

Price: $38
From: amazon.com

Anyone who loves their car knows the stress that comes with occasionally keeping it outside, but this car cover will help to keep it in good shape.

Pruveeo D30H Dash Cam

Price: $80
From: amazon.com

A dash cam is a great thing to have in case of an accident, and this one automatically records over old footage so that you can set it up and forget about it until you need it.

Dents Silverstone Touchscreen Leather Driving Gloves

Price: $90
From: mrporter.com

It’s a shame that driving gloves fell out of vogue, because nothing makes you feel cooler than wearing a pair.

VicSeed Car Phone Mount

Price: $14
From: amazon.com

Most people use their phones for directions, and that’s much easier if the phone stays in the driver’s line of sight.

AstroAI Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

Price: $8
From: amazon.com

This digital gauge is precise, easy to read and only eight bucks.

Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag

Price: $10
From: amazon.com

These bags absorb odor rather than perfuming an already bad-smelling car.

AmazonBasics Jumper Cable

Price: $22
From: amazon.com

You’d be surprised at how many people don’t have jumper cables. Everyone should have jumper cables.

Solar Wireless Backup Camera Kit

Price: $170
From: amazon.com

Take the guesswork out of parallel parking with this easy-to-install backup camera.

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The 100 Best New Products of 2019

This year, our team tested thousands of products to determine which products are worth your time and your money. The fruit of that labor is something we call the GP100, an annual index of the year’s best products across 10 of our most essential categories, from cars to fitness to tech. Feel like we missed something or disagree with one of the picks? Let us know at hello@gearpatrol.com.

Tech

Alienware Area 51m Laptop

Laptops are growing thinner by the minute, which is great for throwing them in your backpack, but has effectively set their specs in stone. Alienware’s beefy Area-51m laptop valiantly swims against the current with its 17-inch screen and 1.2-inch-thick body that provides a unique superpower: this eminently upgradable beast lets you swap out your RAM, CPU and even GPU with ease. Yes, it’s more suitable for a suitcase than a briefcase, but this is the rare laptop you’ll be able to use for a decade.

Maximum Processor: 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K (8-Core, 16MB Cache)
Maximum Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
Maximum RAM: 64GB, 4x16GB, DDR4 2400MHz
Price: $2,000

Further Reading
How to Buy a Mechanical Keyboard, For Gaming and Beyond

Apple Mac Pro

Despite ludicrous powerhouse specs, like 28 CPU cores, 1.5TB of RAM and a whole mess of GPUs, Apple’s newest Mac Pro is arguably a masterclass in restraint. Unlike the 2013 “trash can” design that saw fit to fix what wasn’t broken, Apple’s latest overkill computer harkens back to the modular, rectangular retro-chic form of the mid-2000s for an exceedingly good reason: it just works.

Maximum Storage Capacity: 4 TB
Shape: Rectangular
Maximum GPU: 2x Radeon Pro Vega II Duo + Afterburner accelerator card
Price: 5,999+

Further Reading
The Most Ludicrous Specs of the Overkill Mac Pro
Apple’s Line of New Pro Products, Ranked by Pro-Ness

Watch Now: The 10 Best Technology Products of 2019

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Disney+

It’s been more than a decade since Netflix kicked off the streaming age in earnest, and in that time, innumerable competitors have popped up to lay claim to your eyeballs. It’s into this crowded space that Disney+ is making its monumental landing. With an unparalleled archive including everything from all 30 seasons of The Simpsons to the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters, the promise of new content from juggernaut franchises like Star Wars, and a low $7-per-month price tag, it’s destined to be a game-changer the likes of which only a behemoth like Disney could deliver this late in the streaming wars.

Classic Properties: Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Walt Disney Classics
Supported Devices: iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and more
Upcoming Series: The Mandalorian, She-Hulk, Loki and more
Price: $7/mo.

Further Reading
Change These TV Settings Before You Start Streaming

DJI Ronin-SC

The Ronin-SC, DJI’s latest stabilizing gimbal — born out of camera-mount tech used on its drones — is designed with the masses in mind. Made specifically to stabilize popular mirrorless cameras, it’s smaller and lighter than DJI’s older two-handed models, making it a better buy for photographers of all stripes. Add to that the ability to physically track a subject and remote control from your smartphone, and what you get is a pro-photography tool that’s more accessible to hobbyists than ever before. .

Gimbal Weight: 2.4 pounds
Maximum Payload: 4.4 pounds
Battery Life: 11 hours
Price: $439+

Further Reading
DJI’s Ronin-SC Might Be the Perfect Handheld Gimbal for Mirrorless Cameras

Fujifilm GFX100

Big-picture medium-format cameras have largely been the purview of studio and landscape photographers who typically have the luxury of taking their time to carefully set up shots — and tens of thousands of dollars to spend on their kit. By pairing the creature comforts common to cheaper mirrorless cameras, with a luxurious medium-format sensor at a price that, while still astronomical, is significantly less than its competition. The Fujifilm GFX100 is making one of photography’s more exclusive formats available and practical for a new generation of shooters.

Viewfinder: OLED, 0.5-inch, 5.76 million dots
Number of Effective Pixels: 102 million
Video: 4K video at 30fps
Price: $10,000+

Further Reading
Fujifilm’s GFX100 Is a Steal for Pro Shooters

Google Pixel 3a

Editor’s Pick

In a field of increasingly four figure phones, Google’s Pixel 3a is notable not just for its screamingly modest $400 price tag. This comfortably competent, pleasantly plastic midrange phone also includes a stunning, flagship worthy camera that punches way above its weight. The result? A phone that’s not only a terrific value, but that challenges the very notion that a top not camera is a premium feature, and argues that it is instead an absolute necessity.

Display: 5.6-inch, OLED, 1080 x 2220 pixels
Body: Plastic
Headphone Jack: Yessir
Price: $400

Further Reading
What’s the Catch With Google’s Wildly Cheap New Phone?

Kindle Oasis

The Kindle has been the reigning king of e-readers for more than 10 years, but Amazon isn’t resting on its laurels. The 2019 model of its flagship Oasis reader is the latest — and maybe final — step in the brand’s quest to perfectly emulate paper. Its ability to delicately change the color temperature of the screen to easy-on-the-eyes shades of yellow is a small tweak to a winning formula, but one that may represent the end of a very ambitious journey.

Display: 7-inch touchscreen
Shades of Grey: 16
Waterproofing: IPX8
Price: $250+

Further Reading
Amazon’s Cheapest Kindle Now Has a Front Light

Oculus Quest

By the standards of its technological ancestors, the Oculus Quest feels like a pipe dream. The all-in-one headset is a perfect storm of features pilfered from impressive but flawed predecessors. Wireless design, heaps of horsepower, hand-tracking controllers. An astonishingly experience, tied up in a bow with a comparatively low $400 price point, the Quest represents a new, accessible path for VR that could live up to the hype the original Oculus Rift fell short of.

Display: LED, 1600 x 1440 pixels per eye
Connectivity: Wireless
PC: Not Required
Price: $399+

Further Reading
Oculus Just Made VR Cool Again

Samsung Space Monitor

Monitors may be getting thinner, brighter and crisper but they’ll always take up space on your desk, whether you’re using them or not. Samsung wants to change that with its Space Monitor, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the beginning of the year. With its adjustable built-in arm stand, it can do more than be a beautiful 4K display — it can also get out of the way and give you back your precious desktop real estate when you need it.

Screen Size: 27-inch or 31.5-inch
Resolution: 4K UHD
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Price: $400+

Further Reading
This Is the Perfect Monitor for a Minimalist Desk

Sony a7R IV

Resolution or speed? Once, photographers were forced to choose between cameras with maximum autofocusing power and high frame-per-second shooting and ones with huge megapixel counts. The Sony a7R IV blows that dividing wall to pieces. With a 61-megapixel back-side-illuminated sensor, autofocus points covering 99.7% of the frame, and 10 frame-per-second shooting, it’s the best of both worlds. Sure, the menus are clunky and the video isn’t perfect, but the a7R series continues to redefine expectations as to what a camera can do.

Maximum Resolution: 9504 x 6336 pixels
Sensor Type: Full frame
Autofocus Points: 567
Price: $3,500

Further Reading
Everything You Need to Know About Sony Cameras

Audio

Astell&Kern Kann Cube

While it might be adequate for podcasts, a smartphone can’t deliver quality, hi-fi-level audio. However, with its great built-in digital-to-analog converter and powerful headphone amp, the Astell&Kern KANN CUBE can power your nicest pair of cans. You’ll also need music, of course, and it has support for services like Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Amazon Music, along with the ability to play virtually any lossless codec imaginable. Topped off with fast USB-C charging, it’s virtually a full kit for the audiophile on the go.

Audio Playback: Native 32-bit/384 kHz
Supported Formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, APE, ACC, ALAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, MQA
Digital-to-Analog Converter: Dual ESS ES9038PRO SABRE DACs
Price: $1,499

Further Reading
The New King of Portable Hi-Fi Players

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

AudioQuest carved out a nice little niche in the hi-fi market, making high-quality USB digital-to-analog converters (DACs) for smartphones and laptops, but its latest portable powerhouse, the Cobalt, is poised to be a breakout hit. The highest performing DAC AudioQuest’s portable DragonFly series has delivered to date, it’s powerful enough to properly drive professional-grade headphones and monitors. It’s also power-efficient enough not to savagely sap your smartphone’s battery like its predecessors, making the Cobalt a small luxury actually worth considering.

Audio Resolution: Up to 24-bit/96kHz
Digital-to-Analog Converter: 32-bit ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M
Compatibility: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
Price: $300

Further Reading
Listen to Spotify on Your Phone? Here Is a Hi-Fi Upgrade

Watch Now: The 10 Best Audio Products of 2019

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Editor’s Pick

With its all-new system of eight noise-detecting microphones, the new Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 aren’t just the best ANC headphones out there and heir the throne of the legendary QuietComfort line. Their ability to isolate your voice and mute ambient noise can give you an almost magical ability to speak softly and achieve a sense of privacy while on the phone in a public place. It’s a truly innovative feature that fundamentally changes the way we use our tech.

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
Charging Port: USB-C
Battery Life: Up to 20 hours
Price: $399

Further Reading
An Engineer Explains the Magic of Bose’s New Headphones
The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones of 2019

Ikea Symfonisk WiFi Bookshelf Speaker

For years, Sonos has been the comfortable king of mid-range audio, but the Sonos x Ikea WiFi Symfonisk Bookshelf speaker is the company’s confident expansion of its domain. At a paltry $99 (available through Ikea exclusively), the still great-sounding speaker makes it almost too easy to enter the Sonos ecosystem, or extend its reach throughout your home. That it can double as an actual, literal bookshelf? That part is just gravy.

Availability: Exclusively through Ikea
Drivers: One tweeter; one mid-woofer
Maximum Load in Shelf Mode: 6.5 pounds
Price: $99

Further Reading
Sonos’ $99 Speaker Is a No-Brainer Buy
One Trick Every Sonos Speaker Owner Should Know

Cambridge Audio Alva TT

Cambridge Audio has been in the high-end audio business for over half a century, but its latest turntable, the Alva TT, looks forward to the next 50 years. The first turntable with Bluetooth aptX HD streaming, it’s able to stream high-resolution vinyl tracks (up to 24-bit/48kHz) to any compatible wireless headphones, speakers or Bluetooth receiver for top-tier sound without all the wires. And if you’re feeling old school, you can still wire speakers directly to the Alva TT’s RCA connections.

Turntable: Direct drive
Cartridge Type: High-output moving coil
Bluetooth Codecs: SBC, aptX, aptX HD
Price: $1,700

Further Reading
This Turntable Is an Audiophile’s Dream
The Best No-Hassle Vinyl Setups for Every Budget

Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster

The lines between genre, once codified and reinforced by the recording industry, are blurrier than every before. It only stands to reason the lines between instruments would follow. Fender’s American Acoustasonic Telecaster, with a body designed to merge the traditional characteristics of electric and acoustic guitars like never before, is a innovative tool for a new generation of guitarists looking to create new sounds as much as they replicate classic ones.

Wood: Mahogany neck, back and sides; solid A Sitka spruce top
Pickups: Under-saddle piezo; internal body sensor; N4 magnetic pickup
Controls: Master volume; “Mod” knob; 5-way switch
Price: $2,000

Further Reading
The Best Gifts for the Guitarist in Your Life

JBL Link Bar

Soundbars can give your TV’s subpar sound quality a boost, but JBL’s Link Bar also upgrades your “dumb” TV to a smart one. Acting as a set-top box and a Google Home smart speaker, the Link gives you access to Netflix or YouTube and lets you control your TV with your voice. Even if your TV has built-in smarts, the Link is a one-step solution to clunky interfaces and infrequent upgrades, and one that can plug right into your next TV, too.

Drivers: Two 20mm tweeters, four 44x80mm racetrack drivers
Connectivity: Chromecast, Google Home, Bluetooth 4.2
TV Audio Out: HDMI Arc, Toslink optical
Price: $400

Further Reading
Soundbar Versus Speaker: Which Is Better for Your TV Setup

McIntosh MTI100 Integrated Turntable

All-in-one turntables make listening to vinyl easy and cheap, so it’s no wonder they’re in vogue. For high-end audio nerds, the lack of customization options is generally a significant downside, but not so with the McIntosh MTI100. Yes, it’s an all-in-one, but it features the company’s renowned high-end phono stage, tube preamplifier and class-D power amp. Add in MacIntosh’s signature black lacquer finish, large tactile knobs and lime-green glow, and the result is a form factor audiophiles like to scoff at elevated to a product of undeniable appeal.

Cartridge Type: Moving magnet
Stylus: Elliptical
Playback Speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 rpm
Price: $6,500

Further Reading
Is This the Perfect All-In-One Turntable?

Schiit Ragnarok 2

Schiit Audio is a small California company that sells high-end audio components directly to consumers, resulting in superlative products that are surprisingly affordable. The company’s Ragnarok 2, a stereo integrated amplifier, is much more than the sum of its parts — but what makes it truly unique is its versatility. You can use it to power bookshelf loudspeakers and hi-fi headphones, or you can integrate it into a larger hi-fi system.

Power Output, Speaker Outputs: 60 watts RMS per channel (8 Ohms); 100 watts RMS per channel (4 Ohms)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 3Hz-350KHz, -3dB
Power Consumption: 500W maximum
Price: $1,499+

Further Reading
The California Company Making Desktop Hi-Fi Affordable

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

As soon as true wireless headphones hit the market, the dream has been to see noise-canceling versions and 2019 has proven to be the year they have arrived in force. Sony’s WF-100XM3s, with their mouthful of a name and virtually peerless ANC abilities, are not only some of the best buds you can put in your ears right now, but a triumphant victory for the relative underdog which has beaten Bose and its upcoming 2020-release ANC earbuds to the punch.

Battery: 6 hours per earbud; up to 24 hours of battery life total with ANC turned on (with case)
Charging Port: USB-C
Key Features: noise-canceling, adaptive sound control, Quick Attention, works with Google Assistant
Price: $230

Further Reading
Great Noise-Canceling Wireless Earbuds Are Finally Here. These Are the Ones You Want

Outdoors

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker

As evidenced by the wave of Canada Goose jackets status-symboling down city streets these days, outdoor products and urban style trends continue to cross paths. At the confluence of function and fashion reside excellent items like the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker. This clever, sneaker-fied hiking shoe finds itself equally comfortable at both clubs and campsites. Active ingredients? Foot-hugging Primeknit uppers, energy-returning Boost foam soles and funky styling rarely seen on trails.

Weight: 13.5 ounces
Collaboration: Continental rubber outsole
Bonus: Waterproof Gore-Tex for an extra $50
Price: $200

Further Reading
Here’s a Sneak Peek at the New Adidas Ultraboost 20 Running Shoe
The Best Hiking Boots of 2019

Firewire Woolight Seaside

For all the “connecting with nature” allure it touts, surfing’s dirty secret is that most wetsuits and boards feature materials derived from fossil fuels that are harmful to the environment. Case in point: petroleum-based fiberglass fabric makes up nearly every board’s outer shell. For the Woolight Seaside, Firewire replaced that material with wool sheared ethically from New Zealand sheep — introducing the surf world to a naturally occurring alternative to unsustainable fiberglass. 

Sizes Available: 5’2″ – 6’1″
Volumes Available: 26.5 – 46.5 liters
Fin Setup: Quad
Price: $840

Further Reading
What the Hell Is a Wool Surfboard?
Yes, You Want Wool Swim Trunks. Here’s Why

Watch Now: The 10 Best Outdoors Products of 2019

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Gerber Compleat

The spork became a camp cutlery classic by uniting spoon and fork. But in doing so, sporks diminish the effectiveness of both utensils. The Compleat avoids this master-of-none trap; not only does it boast a separate spoon and fork, but also it has a dual-edge spatula (one edge serrated, the other rubberized) and a peeler-equipped tool that opens bottles, packages and cans. Slide the fork or spoon’s handle into the spatula for the coup de grâce: tongs.

Weight: 2.3 ounces
Materials: Heat-resistant nylon and anodized aluminum
Total Number of Implements: 8
Price: $30

Further Reading
Why You Should Never Bring a Spork Camping
The 6 Best Dehydrated Meals for Backcountry Dining

Igloo Recool

As the mega-cooler wars between Yeti and its imitators rage on, Igloo is taking a different approach. The Recool — an entirely recycled-material, biodegradable 16-quart cooler — provides an Earth-friendly alternative to those pervasive Styrofoam units found at every gas station. Sturdy and reusable, it keeps beer ice-cold all day long. While it might not replace the giant ice chest in your truck bed, it’s easily the best, most conscientious cheap cooler around.

Weight: 1.6 pounds
Material: Compostable recycled paper
Capacity: 16 quarts (or 20 12-ounce cans)
Price: $10

Further Reading
Why You Should Care About Igloo’s New $10 Cooler
The 14 Best Coolers of 2019

Yamaha Adventure Pro powered by Magellan

The Adventure Pro is an advanced adventure tool that will help you explore further with your Yamaha. And you can share your experiences with friends and family along the way, too, thanks to its social media integration. The Adventure Pro also features GPS mapping and navigation, as well as online adventure planning — making it even easier to share your latest journey. Buy Now: $749+

Leatherman Free P2

Like its predecessors, the P2 is a plier-centric implement with handy functions that swivel out of its handles. The difference? Internal magnets allow the Free P2 — and its big brother, the P4, which adds saw and serrated-knife blades — to stay closed until the magnets are disengaged with a firm flick of the thumb, at which point the handles butterfly open without friction and lock with a satisfying click. The internal tools swivel open by pushing on tiny nubs, instead of wedging fingernails into annoying little knicks. The result? You can deploy every single tool using one hand.

Weight: 7.6 ounces
Knife Blade Length: 2.76 inches
Number of Tools: 19
Price: $120

Further Reading
The Best Multi-Tools Available
Everything You Need to Know About Leatherman’s New Multi-Tools

Nemo Equipment Roamer

Sleeping pads keep shrinking, with the slimmest ones now packing down to the size of a soup can. But does smaller + lighter = better? Nemo says no with the Roamer, which addresses a camping reality: most of us make basecamp near our vehicles, so why not bring the most luxurious pad available? This pad self-inflates, is available in two sizes and is still lighter and comfier than the blow-up air mattress you might otherwise stuff into a tent. Sweet dreams.

Material: 50-denier stretch fabric, polyester top
Weight: 5 pounds, 3 ounces
Lets You Sleep Like: The happiest baby ever
Price: $210+

Further Reading
My Favorite New Piece of Camping Gear Isn’t Ultralight, It’s Massive
This New Tent Is for People Who Don’t Like Camping

Salomon S/Lab Ultra 2

The first iteration of the S/Lab Ultra was widely available, but Salomon really made it for one person: world-class ultra-runner François D’Haene, who used it to win 50-plus-mile races (and set the speed record on the 211-mile John Muir Trail). Salomon has since gone slightly more egalitarian, releasing this pared-down design with a lighter yet more durable upper. Nonetheless, the streamlined profile, close fit and all-terrain tread remain, making this version the ultimate trail running shoe.

Weight: 10 ounces
Drop: 8mm
Waterproofing: None
Price: $180

Further Reading
All the Tips and Gear You Need to Transition Into Trail Running
5 Trail Running Tips and Tricks a Top Ultra Runner Swears By

Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert

Editor’s Pick

A few years ago, early electric mountain bikes promised to revolutionize the sport. But that promise was overblown, because …well, they sucked. Specialized’s new Turbo Kenevo Expert leads the charge of the third generation of E-MTBs — the first ones that don’t. It’s designed to rip down hills and climb up them again with equal aplomb. Like a Leatherman, it can do things you probably never will, but it’s cool to think you might.

Frame: M5 premium aluminum
Battery: 700 watt-hours
Travel: 180mm (7.1 inches)
Price: $8,225

Further Reading
Are Electric Mountain Bikes Ruining Trail Systems?
I Thought I Knew How to Mountain Bike — Then I Went To Mountain Bike Camp

The James Brand Hell Gap

When you can buy a knife at the hardware store for $20, why would you spend $300 on a fixed blade you intend to prep a campfire meal with? Simple. Because a cheap knife won’t last. But the Hell Gap, with its purebred Crucible S35VN, micarta construction and timeless good looks, will. Plus, its distinctly non-tactical dress and reasonable size make it a joy to deploy at home, too.

Weight: 3.1 ounces
Length: 7.8 inches
Blade: 3.8-inch drop-point full-tang
Price: $299

Further Reading
This Is the Fixed-Blade Knife to Make You Want a Fixed-Blade Knife
Everything You Need to Know About Pocket Knives

The North Face A-Cad FutureLight Jacket

To create an ultra-breathable jacket, The North Face harnessed a process called nanospinning (a.k.a. electrospinning), in which liquid polyurethane is extruded through more than 200,000 microscopic nozzles into impossibly thin threads. Those threads are overlaid atop each other to create a lattice with thousands of gaps too small for water to penetrate, yet big enough to promote airflow. Laminate that membrane to fabric, and voilà: a truly waterproof-breathable snowboarding jacket like the A-Cad. Or a running jacket. Or the perfect mountaineering shell. With FutureLight, they’re all better equipped to handle the rigors — and weather — of outdoor sports.

Materials: 100% recycled polyester with brushed tricot backer and DWR finish
Weight: 2 pounds, 1 ounce (size medium)
Ideal Use Conditions: Whatever comes your way
Price: $599

Further Reading
How The North Face Will Change Everything You Wear Outside
8 of the Best New Pieces of Winter Outerwear

Fitness

Allied Cycle Works Able

Allied Cycle Works sought to build something that maintained the feel of a road bike while possessing “the ability to take on much rougher terrain,” according to Sam Pickman, Allied’s director of product and engineering turned CEO. That might sound like the pitch for any gravel bike — and the Able sits near the middle of the increasingly crowded spectrum between road and mountain bikes. Yet with an innovative design that includes a raised chainstay, it’s uncommonly capable going off-road, despite its drop bars and lack of shocks.
Frame Weight: 3.75 pounds
Bike Weight: 17.85 – 18.96 pounds
Production: Made in Arkansas
Price: $5,499

Further Reading
This Bold New Bike Just Won a 200-Mile Race on the Country’s Worst Roads
The Best Beginner Road Bikes Under $1,000

Care/of Protein

Protein shakes are the quickest route to post- workout muscle recovery, but finding a clean protein source you love isn’t easy. Among the plethora of powders that launch each year, Care/of is a clear winner. A five-minute quiz personalizes the protein you need based on your workouts and goals — and pea, pumpkin seed and hemp- or whey protein isolate-based powder arrives within roughly a week. Mix with milk, almond milk or water and feel the fuel go to work. ­

Quantity: 18 grams of protein per serving
Flavors: Vanilla, chocolate, unflavored
Personal Touch: Literally has your name on it
Price: $28/15-serving tub; $15/5-serving packets

Further Reading
This New Customizable Protein Powder Actually Tastes Good
5 Protein Powders Top Fitness Trainers Swear By

Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar

Yes, it has a traditional power supply too, but the ridiculously long battery life of 21 days in smartwatch mode extends to an even more ridiculous 24 days when your watch sunbathes. The vast majority of the juice comes from what resembles a simple design accent — a thin strip around the inside edge of the bezel. The Fenix 6X Pro Solar also comes preloaded with topographic and ski maps for more than 2,000 resorts and 41,000 golf courses around the world — just in case you need another excuse to hang out in the sun.

Bezel Material: Titanium
Water Rating: 10 ATM (good for everything but scuba diving)
Battery Life in GPS + Music Mode: Up to 16 hours
Price: $1,000+

Further Reading
Garmin’s Newest Smartwatch Gets Its Power From a Surprising Place
Garmin’s Latest Fitness Tracker Is Its Most Elegant and Approachable Yet

Hoka One One Carbon X

Editor’s Pick

Studies show lighter shoes can mean faster times, and at under nine ounces, the Carbon X is considerably lighter than your normal everyday training shoe, while still delivering that all-important stable ride. And the beauty of the Carbon X is that it isn’t designed for elites on race day; it’s an all-inclusive, everyday shoe that’s bouncy and fun and probably the brand’s best iteration of rocker tech yet. It just might be the most democratic high-performance running shoe ever made.

Heel-Toe Drop: 5mm
Weight: 8.7 ounces
Use Case: Road running and racing
Price: $180

Further Reading
Hoka One One Launches What Could Be Its Fastest Running Shoe Yet
The Hoka One One Carbon X: A Race Day Shoe for the Everyman

Hyperice Hypersphere Mini

Vibration therapy has taken over the recovery space, and this whimsical wonder will make you a believer. It’s small enough to toss into your gym bag or carry-on (yes, it’s TSA-approved), yet plenty effective: just 30 seconds of use will have you feeling the benefits of myofascial release. Grappling with plantar fasciitis, tight hip flexors, lower-back issues or sore pectorals? Three levels of pulsation ensure you’ll find the right degree of tension-relieving vibration for every muscle group. Smaller and yet more powerful than a traditional foam roller, the Mini will soon be your new go-to for everything from a foot roll-out to a deep-tissue total-body massage.

Diameter: 3.9 inches
Exterior: Silicone blended with a dense shell
Battery Life: Over 2 hours per charge
Price: $99

Further Reading
This $99 Massaging Recovery Ball Is Great for After Any Workout
The 27 Best Fitness Gifts for Men This Holiday Season

Jaybird Vista

Jaybird’s Vista earbuds are lighter and smaller than comparable wireless sport headphones, and they have a superior IPX7 waterproof rating, meaning they can withstand submersion in up to three feet of water. Three sizes of rubber inserts mean the Vistas cling inside the ear in a way that helps block outside noise, and the Jaybird app has a nifty feature that lets you customize the equalizer. But what cements the Vista’s case is, well, the Vista’s case. It’s tiny, so you can easily carry it in your pocket without it becoming obtrusive, even when exercising.

Driver Size: 6mm
Weight: 6 grams each
Fast Charge: 1 hour of playback after 5 minutes
Price: $180

Further Reading
The Perfect Wireless Earbuds for Long-Distance Runners
The 10 Best Wireless Headphones for Running and Working Out

On Running Weather Vest

Getting a running vest right is a tricky proposition. They can often be too bulky, awkwardly pocketed or just not warm enough. Then there’s this lightweight, streamlined gem. Its blend of thin yet insulating fabric suits crisp fall days, but it can also slip under or over another layer in winter. A water-repellent front protects you from spring showers, and the vented back spares you the wrath of the summer sun. Yes, Goldilocks, it’s just right — all year long.

Weight: 2.98 ounces
Key Material: Ultra-light Japanese stretch fabric
Storage: Waterproof pockets on chest and back
Price: $140

Further Reading
Here’s Everything You Need to Run Commute Like a Champ, According to Experts
This Performance Vest Stands Apart from the Usual Suspects

Reebok Nano 9

Reebok makes a point of ruling CrossFit, and its latest signature sneaker shows the brand at its best. The Nano 9 boasts ample breathability and cushioning, plus burly protective wraps that stabilize your feet for explosive lifts. A two-piece outsole encourages heel-to-toe movement, making it more run-friendly than earlier iterations. Those features add up to a shoe that craves punishing routines — an ideal scenario when you’re busting your 50th burpee of the day. 

Key Material: Flexweave upper
Use Case: CrossFit WODs and HIIT workouts
Variety: Available in 21 colorways
Price: $130

Further Reading
The Reebok Nano 9 Will Make Your Next CrossFit WOD a Little Easier
The 11 Best Gym Shoes for Every Type of Workout

ShakeSphere

Watch former British track champ Rick Beardsell show off his revolutionary shaker bottle on QVC and you may raise an eyebrow. Can this simple, capsule-shaped tumbler with no internal corners really use centrifugal force to purée fruit, skirting the hassle and mess of blending? But toss some bananas, powdered peanut butter, milk and whey protein into the mix — and be wowed by how the ShakeSphere makes post-workout recovery easier and tastier than ever. 

Material: BPA-free plastic
Capacity: 700 milliliters
Shake Time: 60 seconds or less
Price: $20

Further Reading
The 5 Best Protein Powders Available — and How to Use Them
Some of the Best Protein Powders We’re Testing Right Now

Velocio Concept Bib Short

More than anything, the everyday rider’s cycling apparel should be comfortable — aerodynamically close-fitting, yes, but comfy above all. It often comes down to the chamois, the oh-so-critical protective bit of padding that sits where rider meets saddle. Velocio’s new approach involves the use of high-density foam and anti-vibration inserts integrated into the bib, enabling it to “float,” which minimizes seams and chafing. The result: quite possibly the most luxurious cycling shorts you’ll ever wear.

Composition: 70% polyamide, 30% elastene
Breathability: Laser-cut perforated ventilation
Production: Made in Italy
Price: $289

Further Reading
Now You Can Own the Clothing Pro Cyclists Wish They Could Wear
How 5 Outdoor Brands Are Saving the Planet (Or Trying To, Anyway)

Motoring

Audi E-Tron

Competition in the electric vehicle world is heating up, and it was Audi that delivered the first EV with a truly premium experience and high-end build quality, even if the E-Tron’s 204-mile range doesn’t compete with EVs from other makers (like Tesla and Jaguar). Still, the crossover is exceptionally well-engineered, delivering its own brand of sporty performance. It moves the ball forward — for customers, for parent company VW and for the world we live in.

Powertrain: Dual asynchronous electric motors; all-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 402
Torque: 490 lb-ft
Price: $74,800+

Further Reading
Why You Should Care About the Audi E-Tron
Audi E-Tron Review: Simply Put, This Is a Great Car

Bentley Continental GT V8

When a car costs as much as a house, it has to work hard to justify its price tag. The Bentley Continental GT makes the job look easy. Slide into the leather-laden cabin, fire up the twin-turbo eight-cylinder engine, and the Conti takes off like a shot, hitting 60 miles per hour just four seconds into its run up to 198 mph (all while weighing two and a half tons with you onboard).

Powertrain: Twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8; eight-speed dual-clutch automatic; all-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 542
Torque: 568 lb-ft
Price: $198,500+

Further Reading
2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 Review: A Continent Crusher Steps Up Its Game
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Review: Road Trip Wonderment

Watch Now: The 10 Best Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles 2019

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Bird One

Shared electric scooters lead hard lives — which means good companies build them tough. Bird’s first conveyance built for purchase, the One, has tubeless wheels to prevent flats and a steel-reinforced aluminum chassis that’s four times tougher than its shared brethren. GPS and Bluetooth connectivity lets you use your phone to lock and track your scooter. Plus, you can score deals on Bird’s network of public scooters when you’re away from your personal wheels.

Range: 30 miles on a charge
Charging Time: 4–6 hours
Top Speed: 18 mph
Price: $1,300

Further Reading
Look Out E-Bikes, This Scooter Wants to Replace You

Indian FTR 1200

Indian’s FTR 1200, its first all-new bike in half a decade, may be based off the brand’s modern FTR750 racer, but it draws the most inspiration from the Minnesota company’s rich history in flat track racing. A clean-sheet design meant engineers could start from scratch, and they optimized airflow into the potent V-twin by placing the airbox directly above the engine where the fuel tank would go. The effect? A lower center of gravity for superior agility.

Powertrain: 1203cc V-twin
Horsepower: 123
Torque: 87 lb-ft
Price: $13,499+

Further Reading
2019 Indian FTR 1200 Review: Out With the Old, In With the New
The Complete Indian Motorcycle Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

Jeep Gladiator

Editor’s Pick

Americans love pickup trucks, and Americans love Jeep Wranglers. So rather than attempt to build a new truck from the ground up, Jeep’s product planners and engineers chose to keep it simple, taking the four-door Wrangler — specifically, the all-new, more-refined JL generation — stretching out the wheelbase and affixing a metal box to the end of it. You can snag a well-equipped one for around $45,000; onsidering you’re scoring an off-roader, a five-seat family car, a convertible and a pickup truck in one for that price, it’s hard to see that as anything but the deal of the year.

Powertrain: 3.6-liter V6 or 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6; six-speed manual transmission; four-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 285 (gasoline); 260 (diesel
Torque: 260 (gasoline), 440 (diesel)
Price: $33,545+

Further Reading
2020 Jeep Gladiator Review: A Truck for the People
We Go Off-Roading in the All-New Jeep Gladiator Overland Pickup

Mercedes-AMG G63

New versions of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class come around less frequently than new popes. So when this year’s Gelandewagen arrived, it did so with roughly as much fanfare. For all the commotion, it takes a keen eye to tell the new “G-Wagen” from the old, at least from the outside; no such trouble occurs once you open the door, as the new G-Class finally boasts an interior worthy of a six-figure price tag. The AMG-tuned G63 version also cracks off mind-bending acceleration times without sacrificing the off-road ability that lets the G-Class be mentioned in the same breath as Land Rover and Jeep.

Powertrain: 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8; nine-speed automatic; four-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 577
Torque: 627 lb-ft
Price: $147,500+

Further Reading
2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Review: The Automotive Multi-Tool, Now Better Than Ever

Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S

Today’s 911 is many things the original was not. The cabin is decidedly high-tech, replete with touchscreens and a toggle-switch shifter. The extra-wide rear houses a turbocharged version of the traditional flat-six, mated to a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. (Porsche even says a hybrid 911 is in the works.) Change is the only constant here — well, that and round headlights. Perhaps that’s why every new version of the 911 keeps Porsche at the head of the sports car pack.

Powertrain: Twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six; eight-speed dual-clutch automatic; rear- or all-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 443
Torque: 390 lb-ft
Price: $113,300+

Further Reading
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Review: Better In Literally Almost Every Way
A Definitive Ranking of Blue Porsche 911s

Ram 2500 and 3500

Heavy-duty pickups have become big business but maximum capability is only half the equation; today’s buyers want the same comforts they’ve gotten used to in other vehicles. In top-trim form, both the 2500 and 3500 are as tech-packed and comfortable as a luxury sedan. That’s not to say they can’t pull weight: the giant Ram 3500 cranks out 1,000 pound-feet of torque, giving it enough towing capacity to pull a small herd of elephants.

Powertrain: 6.4-liter V8 or 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline-six; six- or eight-speed automatic transmission; two- or four-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 410 (gas), 370–410 (diesel)
Torque: 429 lb-ft (gas), 850–1,000 lb-ft (diesel)
Price: $33,645+

Further Reading
The 2019 Ram Power Wagon Is the Most Capable Pickup You Can Buy

Toyota GR Supra

Building a sports car is an expensive proposition, especially if you want it to be good. To create the fifth-generation Supra, Toyota got by like Ringo Star, with a little help from its friends: the folks at BMW. The spec sheet may have far more in common with the rides of the Bavarian Motor Works than with anything alongside it in the Toyota showroom, but that’s a feature, not a bug. With the fifth-generation Supra, Toyota chose not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good — and it delivered a great car as a result.

Powertrain: 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six; eight-speed automatic; rear-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 335
Torque: 365 pound-feet
Price: $49,990+

Further Reading
2020 Toyota Supra Review: Check Your Judgement At the Door
2020 Toyota Supra Revealed: Return of the King

Zero SR/F Electric Motorcycle

When an electric bike promises cost savings, environmental friendliness and one-of-a-kind thrills, you pay attention. Zero Motorcycles has been at this game for 13 years, outlasting fly-by-night competitors and even impacting Harley-Davidson, which just rolled out its first electric model, the LiveWire. The Zero SR/F flies contrary to the hallmarks of classic motorcycling: there’s no engine to purr, no gears to shift, no neutral to pop it into at a light. But any doubts whoosh away the moment you twist the throttle; try going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than two seconds. Green means go, baby.

Range: 161 miles in town; 99 on the highway at 55 mph; 82 on the highway at 70 mph
Horsepower: 110
Torque: 140 lb-ft
Price: $18,995+

Further Reading
The All-New Zero Will Be the Most Modern Motorcycle On the Market

Style

Aesop Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk

Aesop’s newest cleanser is gentle enough for dry skin and frequent face washers, but it was designed for tough tasks, too. It can remove a day’s grime, a post-workout sheen or a layer of makeup. This makes it ideal for active lifestyles, all skin types and for countertop-sharing with your significant other. Best of all, it nourishes skin while
it cleanses, thanks to the hydrating and soothing powers of panthenol and grape seed oil.

Texture: Non-foaming
Dosage: Half a teaspoon
Fragrance: Mild, woody, herbaceous
Price: 35

Further Reading
This New Facial Cleanser Is Worth the Investment
The 7 Best Cleansers for Combination Skin

GilletteLabs Heated Razor

If heat is so crucial to a clean, effective shave, why doesn’t it play a more centralized role throughout the entire shaving ritual, rather than just the prelude? It’s a question that informed the first release from Gillette’s in-house innovation division, GilletteLabs, which combines technology and luxury to upgrade standard grooming routines (like the everyday shave). Its answer: the market’s first chargeable, heated razor, which posits mid-shave warmth is as important to a smooth shave as the warm-up.

Temperatures: 109°F, 122°F
Battery Life: 6 shaves
Cost of Razor Cartridges: $25 (for 4)
Price: $200

Further Reading
It’s Surprisingly Fun to Shave With GilletteLabs’ New Heated Razor
How to Get the Best Shave Ever

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Givenchy Gentleman Cologne

For the third consecutive year, Givenchy released a fresh take on its classic Gentleman scent from the 1970s. The latest in the trio is an iris-infused citrusy fragrance that aims for subtlety over extravagance. Its opening notes wear lightly, while a satisfying trail of ambroxan and musk lingers longer. Pick it not to turn heads; that distinction goes to 2017’s black-label Gentleman. Instead, wear the new iteration to satisfy your own senses, or those of anyone who’s nuzzling your neck.

Size: 3.4 ounces
Notes: Citrus, iris, vetiver, musk
Original Release: 1974
Price: $88

Further Reading
The 7 Best New Fragrances of Spring 2019
7 Mistakes Men Make When Buying Fragrance

KC Jacks

KC Jacks started when Eric Edwards, the owner of Kansas City clothing store E. Edwards Work Wear, reached out to Ryan Martin about creating a new brand of American-made workwear. Martin, the founder of cult-favorite denim brand W.H. Ranch Dungarees, saw it as an opportunity to refine a range of hard-wearing wardrobe essentials like t-shirts, jeans and sweatshirts. So he set to work bringing the collection to life, focusing on Californian manufacturing, domestic materials and good-looking, functional designs.

Knits: Heavyweight Texas cotton
Jeans: 14-ounce bull denim
Production: Made in Los Angeles
Price: $16 – $60

Further Reading
This Craftsman Is Single-Handedly Making Some of America’s Best Jeans
How to Break in Raw Denim, According to the Experts

Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown Western Shirt

Editor’s Pick

Since 2017, Wellthread’s discoveries have been featured in cobranded collections with California wardrobe essentials brand Outerknown. And the most recent season, released for fall, included an unprecedented version of the classic Levi’s Barstow Western shirt. Available in olive moleskin and indigo ikat, the shirts are made entirely of cotton — that includes the fabric, thread, label and even the buttons. This means they have the greatest potential to be recycled in the future.

SPEC: 100% cotton
SPEC: Olive moleskin and indigo ikat
SPEC: S-XXL
Price: $128

Further Reading
These New Levi’s Shirts Are Game Changing
Can Better Denim Change the World? Levi’s Is Betting on It

Montblanc x Bape Document Case

When the worlds of fashion and streetwear collide, the results can be striking. Take, for instance, the document case from Montblanc and Bape, which sees the German atelier’s sleek Sa ano leather briefcase emblazoned with Bape’s cult-favorite camo print. Similar to the 2017 collaboration between New York-based Supreme and Parisian luxury house Louis Vuitton, this piece combines the street cred of a much-loved Japanese label with the prestige and craftsmanship of a revered brand.

Material: Saffiano leather
Closure: Dual-zipper
Release Date: June 29
Price: $995

Further Reading
These Luxury Leather Goods Just Got a Much-Hyped Makeover
Where to Find the Best Deals on Secondhand Clothing

Tiffany & Co. Men’s Collections

Under the direction of chief artistic officer Reed Krakoff, Tiffany & Co. now offers full-fledged collections of jewelry, accessories and homewares dedicated to men. The men’s line is divided in two: the Tiffany 1837 Makers and Diamond Point collections. The two collections, Krakoff says, are for men with a less-is-more attitude, who seek heirlooms that don’t play into trends. “I would call them modern classics-to-be,” he says.

Number of Pieces: Approximately 100
Metals: Silver, gold
Vibe: Understated elegance
Price: $60 – $75,000

Further Reading
How the Old-School Signet Ring Found a Modern Appeal
The Best Accessories to Give the Most Stylish Man You Know

Viberg Chelsea Sneaker

Viberg’s boots have been the gold standard for over 85 years, but the brand has a new target. After five years of examining shoes by Nike and Jordan Brand, the Canadian boot maker has expanded its in-house o erings to include sneakers. Viberg’s Chelsea Sneaker merges a traditional wholecut upper with a street-friendly sole, and it’s executed with the same attention to detail and premium materials as the brand’s famous work boots.

Material: Italian suede cowhide
Sole: Vibram Fuga
SConstruction: Cemented
Price: $470

Further Reading
This Heritage Boot Brand Is Making Some Shocking Hybrid Sneakers
The 50 Best Boots for Men

Veilance Rhomb Jacket

Veilance, the Arc’teryx offshoot designed for city dwellers, recently con- centrated its minimalist design aesthetic on warmer climes. The brand’s lightweight Rhomb jacket uses Gore-Tex with Shakedry technology to remain waterproof and highly breathable, thus utilizing the technical features of performance jackets without conspicuous colors or slope-focused designs. It’s developed for hot and humid urban wear, and it packs into a small internal storage pocket when not in use.

Material: Gore-Tex with Shakedry
Construction: Taped seams
Notable Features: Two open hand pockets and one internal pocket
Price: $650

Further Reading
The Director of Design at Arc’Teryx Veilance Talks Inspiration, Future Projects and His Favorite Shoe Brand

The 11 Best Rain Jackets of 2019

Warby Parker x Geoff McFetridge Sunglasses

Warby Parker is no stranger to collaborations, and its collection with LA artist Geoff McFetridge might be its best yet. The oversized sunglasses — available in either rounded or rectangular styles — are based on vintage frames owned by McFetridge. They’re made from thick acetate and feature double-rivet details, sculpt- ed curves and scratch-resistant lenses. Available in two colors per silhouette, these shades deliver vintage style without the vintage sticker shock — each pair costs less than a C-note.

Materials: Cellulose acetate frame, scratch-resistant lenses
Styles: Edgemont, Atwater
Colors: Two per style
Price: $95

Further Reading
Warby Parker Teamed up with Artist Geoff McFetridge for Its Best Sunglasses Yet
The Best Sunglasses for Every Face Shape

Home

Burrow Nomad Collection

The couches in Burrow’s updated Nomad collection are what happens when a company listens to its customers. Since the brand launched in 2017, consumers have wanted the option of lower armrests for more comfortable napping. They’ve also asked for a sturdier USB charging port built into the base, a chaise and — here comes the big one — leather. So Burrow responded in kind by giving them all of the above. How’s that for customer service?

Material Options: Leather or upholstery
Sizes: Club chair to sectional sofa
Assembly: Approximately 20 minutes
Price: $995+

Further Reading
The 16 Best Sofas and Couches You Can Buy in 2019
The Best Couch on the Internet Now Comes in Leather

Casper Glow Light

The year’s best sleep accessory was designed to wake you up. The Casper Glow syncs with users’ sleep schedules — it dims as you doze off and gradually lights up in the morning — but its true calling card is the ability to function as a motion-controlled flashlight away from the nightstand. With long battery life and variable brightness levels, it also functions as an mood light for reading or “Netflix and chill” in the other room.

Color Temperature: 2,700 Kelvin (warm)
Shell Material: Polycarbonate
Battery Life: 7 hours per charge
Price: $89 (single), $169 (pair)

Dosist Dose Dial

Dosist’s sublingual mint tablets aren’t like other edibles. They’re not gummies or confectionary. They don’t taste good. And they don’t get you stoned — which is kind of the point. Each one carries a small, controlled, predictable dose of cannabinoids, which gets you just the right amount of high, every time. Sublingual consumption also means you don’t have to wait an hour and a half for one to kick in.

Measured: 3.7mg of cannabinoids per mint
Tablets: 30 per Dial
Available: California
Price: $30

Further Reading
The Next Big Thing in Cannabis Are These $1 Tablets

Elemental Beverage Co. Snapchilled Coffee

Even the best coffee go bad, and the culprit is always the same: oxygen. Elemental Beverage Co., makers of a new range of shelf-stable coffees that come in cans and bottles, get around the problem with a proprietary technique called “snapchilling” that cools hot coffee fast enough to ensure the beans’ original flavors aren’t destroyed by oxidation. Even the snarkiest of coffee snobs in your circle will be impressed.

$30 (6-pack) https://elementalbeverage.co/collections/beverages
Single Origins: Burundi, Ethiopia, Colombia
Shelf-Stable: Stays fresh 4 to 6 months
Available: Online
Price: $30 (6-pack)

Further Reading
Finally, Someone Made Canned Coffee That Doesn’t Suck

Ikea Fyrtur

Smart blinds have always been a tough sell, but not because it wouldn’t be nice to ask Siri, Alexa or Google to let in the light every morning before leaving bed. Starting at $129, Ikea’s new battery-powered blinds require no electrical installation and can be controlled independently or as a group — meaning users can ask their virtual assistant to simultaneously raise or lower blinds in different rooms. The blinds are another example of what the 76-year-old company has always excelled at — popularizing the unapproachable. From designer chairs to niche gastronomy, its new smart blinds are no different.

Designer: David Wahl
Sizes: 8
Availability: Only sold at Ikea stores
Price: $129+

Kramer Shokunin Series

Only Bob Kramer could make a $1,600 knife seem like a steal. From his Bellingham, Washington, workshop, Kramer, widely regarded as America’s greatest living bladesmith, makes knives from scratch using custom-made steels, precious metals and artful handworked designs. His new Shokunin series, meanwhile, features kitchen knives made for more people. Available with fixed prices starting in the mid-$1000s, the knives are released in batches that feature different blade styles; so far, he’s released a nakiri vegetable knife, a santoku and a chef’s knife. To be clear, these are still Kramer knives, and they include many of his trademarks — wide bevels worked paper-thin at the edge, heavier-than-normal weight and incredibly high-hardness carbon steel.

Featherweight: 7.5 ounces
Tough: 62 Rockwell hardness score
Sick Handles: Cocobolo bamboo or blackwood handle available
Price: $1,600+

Further Reading
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Sunday

Editor’s Pick

It can be tempting to write Sunday off as an organic lawn-care subscription box, but the company’s considered, data-driven take on lawn care presents a genuinely new way to care for a backyard. When a customer signs up for Sunday, they receive a kit to take a soil sample. From there, Sunday tests the contents of the soil to determine what vital nutrients might be missing and needed to better promote the health of the grass. Customers then receive products — which are comprised of materials like organic food waste from grocery stores and seaweed — that are meant to fill in the gaps. For $150 a year, the startup sends customers regular intervals of completely bespoke natural lawn-care products via mail.

Consistent: Three shipments a year
Location sensitive: Uses GPS data to assess sunlight deficiencies
Clean: No glyphosate used in any product
Price: $129+

Further Reading
Want a Plush Green Lawn Without the Cancer? Buy This

ThermoWorks Thermapen IR

Thermapen has long been the first-choice instant-read thermometer for chefs and pitmasters of all stripes and skill levels. It’s faster and more accurate than its competitors; plus, the digital display rotates automatically for easy reading. And though it was already the best kitchen thermometer money could buy, ThermoWorks upgraded the design with a pro-grade infrared sensor. Use it to track heat levels in all the places you’d rather not put your hands — like a cast-iron skillet.

Margin of Error: Accurate to 1 degree Fahrenheit
Efficiency: Temperature reading in 2 to 3 seconds
Probe Length: 4.3 inches
Price: $139

Further Reading
The 25 Best Kitchen Gifts for Chefs and Foodies

Vipp Furniture Collection

Vipp’s new furniture lineup feels immediately Scandinavian. Its industrial appearance lends itself well to the sharp, minimalist lines you’d expect from a Danish designer while still highlighting natural materials, offering up a deeply cutting-edge take on a familiar genre of interior design. While other high-end furniture makers employ similar techniques, it’s Vipps uncanny ability to draw a cohesive conceptual line between an 80-year-old trash can and luxe modern furniture that makes this one of the best home-design releases of the year.

Selection: Sofas, chairs, coffee table
Materials: Powder-coated aluminum, upholstery and leather
Available: Online
Price: $950+

Wyze Bulbs

Not everyone wants to drop $50 on a single smart bulb. Thanks to Wyze, which burst onto the scene last year with a $20 smart security camera, connected lighting can be had for about the cost of a six-pack. The Wyze Bulb undercuts offerings from Philips Hue and Lifx with an $8 dimmable LED bulb that’s compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant. No hub required.

Life Expectancy: 20,000 hours
Color Temperature Range: 2,700 – 6,500 Kelvin
Lumens: 800 (60 watts)
Price: $8

Further Reading
Wyze Is Selling an $8 Smart Bulb

Drinks

Allagash River Trip

Allagash’s River Trip is an entirely crushable 4.8 percent ABV, 170-calorie ale packed into a 16-ounce can. It furthers what Allagash has been doing for decades now — effectively integrating the best parts of American craft beer into traditional Belgian beer styles — and, by way of a thoughtful mix of some of the biggest trends in beer, River Trip has more than earned its spot on the shelf.

ABV: 4.8%
Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Comet and Azacca
Grains: Local pale malt, local raw quick oats, 2-row base malt blend and Munich malt
Price: $12 for a 4-pack

Further Reading
The Best Things We Drank Last Month

Dims. Barbican Trolley

When Dims. launched early in 2019, it did so with a modest four-piece collection. Included alongside a solid-wood coffee table, a desk and a steel side table was the breakout hit: the Barbican Trolly. This bar cart is designed by New York-based industrial design studio Visibility and made from steel and ash wood.

The studio, which has had plenty of success on its own (Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list, Wallpaper* Design Award, Fast Co. Innovation by Design Award), describes the Barbican as “an architectural take on the bar cart.” It’s easy to see where they’re coming from: the ash-wood handle seamlessly extends from the top shelf like a cantilever, while the bottom tier’s retaining wall opens it up to far more possibilities than just beverage duty.

Colors: Green, black, white
Assembly: Zilch
Uses: Bar cart, trolley, rolling table, serving tray, etc.
Price: $350

Further Reading
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The Finnish Long Drink

The Finnish long drink — a carbonated, gin-based, grapefruit-forward alcoholic soda — doesn’t fit into any category of American booze. It’s not a spiked seltzer, and its founders say it’s not a canned cocktail, either. And it’s not particularly new; the lonkero, as it’s called in Finland, was invented by the Finnish government to satisfy tourists during the Summer Olympic Games in 1952, and thanks to the four friends behind the Long Drink Company, it’s now available stateside. Their canned version goes down like a cold Fresca, without the syrupy aftertaste. Pour over ice.

ABV: 5.5%
Distribution: Available online
Calories: 180
Price: $16 (6-pack)

Further Reading
The Best Things We Drank Last Month

Four Roses Small Batch Select

Editor’s Pick

The new Four Roses Small Batch Select is a blend of six recipes (different combinations of mashbills and yeast strains), each aged for at least six years, including the four recipes that showed up in Master Distiller Brent Elliot’s one-off, the 130th Anniversary Small Batch, which took home the title of “World’s Best Bourbon” in the 2019 World Whiskies Awards.

Small Batch Select is Elliot through and through; since taking up his role, he’s been releasing blends with some of the lesser-known recipes, like those made with their more herbal yeast. Also of note: Small Batch Select is the most premium Four Roses to ever see wide release. It’s the highest-priced booze of the permanent collection and, in a nod to current trends, it weighs in at the highest proof. And the company elected to skip the chill-filtration process, giving the whiskey a thicker, more oily mouthfeel. Previously, you could only find non-chill-filtered Four Roses at this proof if you were able to get your hands on the annually released Four Roses Limited Editions.

All Natural: Non-chill-filtered
Proof: 104
Serve: Neat, with a few drops of water
Price: $55

Further Reading
Four Roses’s New Whiskey Brings a Legendary Bourbon Recipe to the Masses

George Dickel Bottled-in-Bond

The exclusion of a whopping 13-year age statement on this bottle was either the best or worst branding decision in whiskey this year. Old whiskey sells, especially as age statements have become rarer and rarer. Perhaps the people behind this ludicrously priced $36 bottle of Bottled-in-Bond whiskey wanted to keep it a secret unto themselves; if not for the words “Distilling Season – Fall 2005” scrawled vertically on the label, they might have pulled it off.

Proof: 100
Age: 13 years
Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% malted barley
Price: $36

Further Reading
For $36, This Whiskey Is an Outrageous Deal
The Best New Whiskey of 2019 Is a $36 Bottle You’ve Never Heard of

Haus

California startup Haus may very well be the first direct-to-consumer booze brand in the U.S. Its aperitif-like expressions, sold exclusively online, use grapes like wine and clock in under 24% ABV; that means Haus can bypass most states’ mandated three-tier distribution system, comprised of producers, distributors and retailers. The brand’s first offering, Citrus Flower, blends unoaked Chardonnay with lemon, cane sugar, hibiscus, grapefruit, elderflower and cinnamon for a low-sugar answer to the Aperol craze of yesteryear.

Clean: No additives, preservations, coloring or concentrates
Versatile: Mix with Prosecco, club soda or fruit juice
ABV: 15% ABV
Price: $70 (for two bottles)

Further Reading
The Best Things We Drank Last Month

Legent

Legent (pronounced lee-jent) begins as straight Kentucky whiskey, produced and aged for four years at Jim Beam’s Clermont, Kentucky, distillery. A portion is then finished in sherry barrels, another portion in red-wine barrels, and then Noe tosses the keys to Fukuyo, who blends the now three whiskeys to merge styles from opposite sides of the world into one neat, 94-proof package. “Blended” used to be a dirty word for Kentucky bourbon. Not anymore.

Flexible: High enough proof to mix, low enough for easy sipping
Boundary-pushing: Finished in sherry and red wine casks
Available: Everywhere
Price: $35

Further Reading
This New Affordable Bourbon Whiskey Was Made Like a Japanese Whisky

Old Forester Rye

Available year-round across the country, Old Forester’s entry-level, 100-proof rye is something of a whiskey chameleon: it’s rich enough to sip neat or with a splash of water; strong enough to stand up in a Manhattan; and cheap enough to serve as a house whiskey. It’s got staying power, so consider it up there with bottom-shelf greats like Wild Turkey 101 and Evan Williams Black.

Proof: 100
Age: No age statement
Availability: National distribution
Price: $23

Further Reading
Bourbon Experts Will Be Hunting for This $23 Rye Whiskey — Here’s Why

Riedel Drink Specific Glassware

Riedel consulted with bar consultant Zane Harris for the first series of cocktail glasses to give ice the attention it deserves in mixology. The six shapes — Rocks, Highball, Sour, Nick & Nora, Fizz, Neat — are sized to factor in liquid displacement (or the lack of it) from your choice of ice, elevating your cocktail game without any effort. There’s a matching mixing glass ($60) and spirits decanter ($149) for completionists.

Material: Crystal
Sold in: Sets of two
Care: Dishwasher safe
Price: $30 (set)

Shacksbury Shorts

Don’t let the smirking, animated giraffe fool you — Shackbury Shorts is not a cutesy cash grab. Though the hard seltzer finds itself lined up against Goliaths like White Claw, it may very well be the sleeper champion of 2019’s hard-seltzer war. The Vermont cidery’s take on the biggest new category in booze is made with a New England apple cider base, featuring a touch of citrusy botanicals for complexity. It’s light and bright, with a champagne-like aftertaste. In short, it makes other hard seltzers taste like savourless sugar bombs.

ABV: 4.5%
Calories: 70
Cider base: Mac, Empire, Gala, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious Apples
Price: $8 – $10

Travel

AeroPress Go

The AeroPress was a revolutionary design, allowing one to brew delicious coffee on the go without much of the accoutrement typically used at home. However, AeroPress inventor Alan Adler knew it could be more portable, and to that end he designed a more compact version for the die-hard traveller. The AeroPress Go retains the concept and mechanics of the original system but folds down into a self-contained travel mug that can brew up to 15 ounces of American-style coffee at a time. And much like its big brother, the AeroPress Go costs less than $40 and can be cleaned in seconds.

Weight (including accessories): 11.4 ounces
Mug Capacity: 15 ounces
Packed Dimensions: 3.7 x 5.3 inches

Price: $32

Further Reading
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Airstream Bambi

The four Bambi models may be Airstream’s cheapest traditional aluminum-sided trailers, but they lack for little compared with their larger, pricier siblings. In spite of the diminutive footprint — barely larger than an average parking spot — there’s room for all the comforts of home: a two-burner gas stove, a stainless steel sink, a refrigerator and freezer, a memory foam mattress, even a shower and a flushing toilet. And while towing can seem intimidating for those who’ve never tried it, a Bambi is small and light enough to be towed by family crossovers without concern.

Lengths: 16 feet, 19 feet, 20 feet, 22 feet
Weight: 3,000-3,900 lbs.
Sleeping Capacity: Up to four people

Price: $48,900

Further Reading
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Atoms Model 000

Brooklyn startup Atoms has created an everyday sneaker that’s both TSA and office friendly. Inspired by iconic tennis shoes, the Model 000 has a minimalist lace-up upper and comfortable foam midsole. It’s designed to be slipped on (the laces are stretchy) and worn without socks (an antimicrobial copper-lined insole kills bacteria). And to insure these lightweight kicks fit perfectly, customers can order quarter sizes for each foot.

Upper Material: Durable coated yarn blend
Insole: Antimicrobial, copper-lined
Sizes: Quarter sizes from 5.5 to 15

Price: $179

Further Reading
These New Minimalist Sneakers Are Just What Your Wardrobe Needs

Fujifilm X-T30

The idea of a “travel camera” is a confusing one in 2019. Just about everyone who’s traveling already has one on their phone, and odds are, it’s pretty good. So what makes a good travel camera, and why is this one so well-suited for the task? Outrageously high image quality is a must (gotta justify using it over your phone, after all) and the X-T30 has that in spades. That’s in part thanks to the excellent sensor, but it’s Fujifilm’s suite of lenses — especially its fast and compact prime lenses — that make the biggest difference. No portrait mode in the world can get close to the pure optical perfection of Fuji’s 35mm f/1.4.

Sensor Size: 26.1 megapixels
ISO Range: 160 – 12,800
Max Continuous Shooting: 8 frames per second
Price: $899 (body)

Further Reading
Review: This Is the Perfect Travel Camera for Most People
The 3 Best Cameras to Buy Under $1,000

Mophie Powerstation Hub

On the road, trusted plugs are hard to find. Hence the appeal of Mophie’s Powerstation Hub. With two USB-A ports and one fast-charging USB-C on the side and a wireless Qi charger up top mean it can fuel smartphones, tablets, cameras and laptops on the go, either using the internal battery or through an outlet via the integrated fold-out AC plugs. It’s about twice the size of a deck of cards, so it’s easy to slide into even the most crowded of carry-ons.

Battery Size: 6000-mAh
Dimensions: 3.31 inches by 3.3 inches by 1.16 inches
Weight: 0.56 pounds

Price: $100

Further Reading
This Travel Gadget Is the Upgrade Your Carry-On Needs

Nite Ize RunOff

The latest bags from Nite Ize ensure your travel essentials stay dry, no matter the weather. The RunOff collection includes two packing cubes, a wallet, a phone pocket, a tech pouch and a toiletry bag, all of which utilize flexible plastic panels that have welded seams and toothless, waterproof zippers. They’re translucent, so you can easily locate your gear, and they’ll withstand full immersion in water for up to 30 minutes.

Material: Waterproof and dustproof TPU
Construction: Welded seams, waterproof zippers
Different Sizes: Six

Price: $25 – $55

Further Reading
These New Travel Pouches Are Incredibly Innovative
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PacSafe Vibe Econyl Sling Pack

Pickpockets run rampant in many parts of the world, preying on visitors and making off with their possessions. PacSafe’s new Vibe Econyl Sling Pack is designed to fend off any Artful Dodgers. The recycled nylon exterior is secretly armored with stainless steel mesh beneath the skin; RFID-blocking materials keep thieves from stealing your data if they can’t snag your physical property. The pièce de résistance: the interconnected locking zippers, which are practically impossible to open surreptitiously.

Volume: 10 liters
Weight: 1.25 pounds
Dimensions: 15.8 in by 9.1 in by 3.2 in
Price: $85

Further Reading
This New Pacsafe Backpack Is Perfect for Travel, Thwarts Thieves and Saves Turtles

Peak Designs Travel Tripod

Anyone can snap a halfway decent shot with a smartphone, but some photographs just require the help of a tripod — problem is, traveling with one can be a hassle, given their weight and size. Peak Designs offers up a novel solution with its Travel Tripod. Constructed from either carbon fiber or an aluminum alloy, both models weigh less than four pounds but can handle up to 20 pounds of camera. And they fold up so tightly, you might forget you packed one.

Weight: 2.81 pounds (carbon); 3.44 pounds (aluminum alloy)
Weight Capacity: 20 pounds
Dimensions (Collapsed): 15.4 x 3.1 inches

Price: $350 – $600

Further Reading
Peak Design Rethought the Tripod and the Results Are Incredible
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Seiko Astron GPS Solar 5X

Automatic GMT watches may have the allure of Jet Age design and mechanical movements, but modern technology can make a timepiece far more useful for the modern-day traveler. Seiko’s Astron GPS Solar 5X is the world’s smallest, thinnest solar-powered GPS watch, and it features mind-boggling functionality: by synching with satellites twice a day, it can track itself across 39 time zones and update automatically, even accounting for Daylight Savings Time.

Case Diameter: 42.9mm
Winding: Solar-powered quartz
Time Zones: 39
Price: ~$2,437+

Further Reading
Seiko Updates and Refines Its GPS-Connected Analog Watch
The Complete Seiko Buying Guide: Every Current Model Line Explained

Cohérence Ruiz Packable Coat

The Armoury — a tailoring emporium with locations in Hong Kong and New York — was one of the first stockists to carry high-end Japanese outerwear brand Cohérence. Regular conversations between the Armoury cofounder Mark Cho and Cohérence founder Kentaro Nakagomi led to the creation of the Ruiz coat, an elegant, travel-friendly raincoat released this year. Inspired by a packable French army raincoat, Nakagomi transformed the functional jacket to complement the Armoury’s assortment of traditional bespoke suits.

Material: High-density stretch-jersey polyester
Colors: Navy and tan
Pairing: A hand-tailored suit or jeans and tee
Price: $1,250

Further Reading
What Globetrotting Suit-Seller Mark Cho Has in His Cart

Watches

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar

Audemars Piguet leans heavily on the popularity of the Royal Oak, but that didn’t stop the famed Swiss watchmaker from embarking on a radical departure for its newest watch collection. The Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar features a mesmerizing aventurine dial, pink gold octogonal case and modern 41mm size. With its impressive movement and killer looks, it’s a watch that’s hard to knock, even if you’re not crazy about the rest of the collection.

Case Diameter: 41mm
Winding: Automatic
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Price: $74,500

Further Reading
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The Winners of the GPHG 2019

Baltic Aquascaphe

Any watchmaker can reproduce a vintage watch spec for spec, but capturing the essence of a particular period without copying a specific timepiece requires a bit more grace. French microbrand Baltic pulls it off with Aquascaphe, a watch that draws from several midcentury classics, such as the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. At 39mm, the Aquascaphe comes in a perfectly modern size, and its use of a commonly available Japanese automatic movement keeps the price well under a grand.

Case Diameter: 39mm
Winding: Automatic
Water Resistance: 200m
Price: ~$654+

Further Reading
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Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Bi-Compass

Bell & Ross has made a name for itself by crafting timepieces based on cockpit instruments, but some designs translate to the wrist better than others. The Bi-Compass, which draws on a radio compass once used by U.S. naval aviators, is one such watch. With its matte-black ceramic case and stark Super-LumiNova-coated indices, it manages to turn a vintage aviation instrument into a futuristic, wrist-bound masterpiece. It doesn’t hurt that it’s handsome as hell.

Case Diameter: 42mm
Winding: Automatic
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Price: $3,900

Further Reading
Bell & Ross Returns To Its Military Roots With the New Bi-Compass
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Blancpain Air Command

Editor’s Pick

Modeled on a vintage pilot’s watch from the 1950s that was never serially produced, the Blancpain Air Command is a masterpiece of midcentury watch design — or rather, the modern interpretation thereof. Featuring a flyback chronograph movement, rotating countdown bezel and a tachymeter scale used to compute speed and distance, the Air Command is a classic pilot’s watch. But it’s the use of modern materials, such as Super-LumiNova and sapphire crystals, that bring it firmly into the 21st century.

Case Diameter: 42.5mm
Winding: Automatic
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Price: ~$19,003

Further Reading
This Reissue of an Obscure Military Chronograph Watch Is Absurdly Beautiful

Casio G-Shock Full Metal GMW-B5000V

The original resin-cased G-Shock of the 1980s has a cool factor all its own, but the more substantive GMW-B5000V steel incarnation from Casio’s Full Metal series features a unique lived-in finish. And while black-ion plating and artificially worn edges give it a hard-worn aesthetic, solar charging and smart connectivity make it a premium, full-featured G-Shock for the fashionably oriented.

Case Diameter: 43.2mm
Winding: Quartz
Water Resistance: 200m
Price: $1,000

Further Reading
This New Steel G-Shock Watch Brings Baked-In Patina
The Complete Buying Guide to the Casio G-Shock

Christopher Ward C1 Moonglow

Most moonphase complications are tucked into a small window at the bottom of a watch dial. Not so with the C1 Moonglow from British brand Christopher Ward, which displays the current phase of the moon along with glowing stars in Super-LumiNova at the top of the dial. Even more dazzling is the rotating disc that carries the display — it remains constantly visible through the smoked-sapphire crystal.

Case Diameter: 40.5mm
Winding: Automatic
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Price: $1,935+

Further Reading
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How a Moonphase Works

Monta Atlas

Getting your hands on a solid GMT-equipped wristwatch used to require a significant chunk of change — think: Rolex-type change. Today, however, smaller boutique brands are offering luxury products with refined aesthetics and modern technology at a much more stomachable price. Starting at around $1,600, Monta’s Atlas GMT packs dual time zones, multiple dial color options and a first-rate bracelet. And best of all, it’s thin enough to wear under a cuff, making it perhaps the most versatile GMT around.

Case Diameter: 38.5mm
Winding: Automatic
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Price: $1,410+

Further Reading
This Automatic GMT Watch Straddles the Line Between Sport and Dressy
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Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00683

For this year’s Submersible, Panerai put its military dive-watch aesthetic into one of the most wearable packages in the brand’s 159-year history. That’s not to say Panerai cut any corners, of course. At 42mm wide, the Submersible retains a bold wrist presence. But it brings the line’s genuinely rugged qualities — like 300 meters of water resistance and a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel insert — and a solid Swiss automatic movement to more wrists than ever.

Case Diameter: 42mm
Winding: Automatic
Water Resistance: 300m
Price: $9,800

Further Reading
This is the Smaller, Achievably Priced Panerai Submersible You’ve Been Waiting For
The Complete Panerai Buying Guide

Q Timex Reissue

Modern reissues of vintage watches are common fixtures in today’s horological scene, but it’s tough to find one that’s both handsome and affordable. Enter the ultra-popular Q Timex, a nearly one-for-one reproduction of a 1970s watch with a squared-off case, woven steel bracelet and Rolex-inspired bicolor bezel that uses wallet-friendly quartz to bring vintage vibes to the masses.

Case Diameter: 38mm
Winding: Quartz
Water Resistance: 50m
Price: $179

Further Reading
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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar

Though supremely complicated in design and manufacturing, perpetual calendars are nothing new, horologically speaking. Vahceron Constantin improved upon the concept, however, with the Traditionelle Twin Beat. Making use of dual oscillators, it’s movement can be slowed down when the watch isn’t being worn, allowing for a power reserve of over two months. This way, if you don’t wear the watch for a while, it’ll remain synched to the current date information when you strap it back on.

Case Diameter: 42mm
Winding: Manual
Power Reserve: Variable (4 – 65 days)
Price: $199,000

Further Reading
Inside the New Vacheron Constantin Pereptual Calendar
Some of the Most Complicated Watches of SIHH 2019

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The 6 Best Ski Bags for Winter 2020

Anyone who’s traveled with ski gear knows this: it sucks. Schlepping one or two pairs of skis, poles, boots, a helmet, goggles, gloves, jackets, ski pants along with everyday clothing and travel needs (not to mention après ski attire) in and out of cabs and airports almost dulls the allure of foreign snow and untraveled terrain. Almost. Successful navigation of the portion of the journey that exists between your front doorstep and that of the ski chalet relies on a key item: the ski bag.

Dakine Fall Line

Best Bang for Your Buck Ski Bag

Dakine’s most popular ski roller bag is also its most versatile. The sleek, lightweight hauler boasts enough room for multiple pairs of skis and all the gear you need for everything from a weekend jaunt to a weeklong mountain adventure, and it’s available in two lengths, 175cm and 190cm, to accommodate just about any length of skis. Smart design features include 360-degree padded ski protection, a lockable main zipper, a removable boot bag, a tow handle that pairs with a rolling luggage bag for easy cruising through the airport and a handy external pocket for stashing key items like travel documents, reading material, keys and cookies.

Capacity: two pairs of skis plus one pair of boots, poles and outerwear
Weight: 6.2lbs
Material: 600D polyester ripstop with water repellent finish, bluesign-approved material

Db Equipment Douchebag

Best Designed Ski Bag

The Douchebag doesn’t win any points for its questionable name, but it makes up for that with a highly adaptable design. The foundation of this bag is an array of ABS “rib cages” and internal rails that, when it’s packed with skis, provide rigidity and protection while maintaining a reduced weight. A pair of hook-equipped straps let you adjust the total length to accommodate skis as long as 200 centimeters. Internally, there’s enough space for two pairs of skis and pretty much everything else you’ll need except boots (you should pack those in your carry-on anyways). But the best part about the bag might be that when it’s empty, you can roll it up into a compact wad that’ll fit under your bed or in the top of your closet.

Capacity: two pairs of skis plus gear
Weight: 8lb 6oz
Material: 900D PU-coated polyester, ABS

Evo Roller Ski Bag

Best Ski Bag for Organizing Your Gear

Evo is more known as a gear retailer than a producer, but it’s likely that selling so many ski bags made by other companies gave it a pretty good idea of how to make one. The Roller’s standout feature is organization — an interior pocket spacious enough for boots as well as an exterior one for other small items, a divider for pole protection and a main compartment that fits two pairs of skis. Compression straps keep everything in place, and two handles allow for multiple haul methods.

Capacity: two pairs of skis plus gear
Weight: n/a
Material: 600D PU-coated polyester

The North Face Base Camp Ski Bag

Best Basic Ski Bag

When all you need is a vacuous tube to toss your skis into, it might as well be burly. The North Face used similar materials to those that bolster its popular line of expedition duffel bags to make it as durable as possible. Beyond that, extraneous features are kept to a minimum; it has an adjustable length, compression straps and a small interior mesh pocket.

Capacity: two pairs of skis plus gear
Weight: 9lbs 4oz
Material: 900D polyester with TPE PVC coating

Sportube Series 2

Best Hard Case Ski Bag

If maximum protection is what you’re after, Sportube’s hard-sided ski carriers are the way to go. It’s made of polyethylene with padding at both ends to protect tips and tails and uses a design that’s both adjustable and lockable. There aren’t any pockets for compartments for small things, but you can still stuff plenty of clothing and gear down between the two pairs of skis that this thing holds. Additionally, if you think you might opt to ship your skis rather than carry them on an airplane, this hard case is the way to go.

Capacity: two pairs of skis plus gear
Weight: 12lbs
Material: polyethylene

Salomon Extend 1P

Best Single Ski Bag

When a single pair of skis is all you’ll need and simplicity is what you’re after, look to Salomon’s Extend 1P ski bag. One end is equipped with a spiral of a zipper that adjusts the bag’s length from 165 to 185 centimeters, making it adaptable to a wide range of ski sizes. There’s plenty of room for clothing and accessories (but not boots), and its shoulder strap automatically cinches everything secure when you pick it up to carry it.

Capacity: one pairs of skis plus gear
Weight: 1lb 7oz
Material: 450D ripstop, 600D polyester

Of course, beyond having the right bag, there are a few key things to know about traveling with skis…

Choosing and Packing a Ski Bag

Ski bags are unwieldy pieces of luggage that typically hold one or two pairs of skis with bindings, but some hold three. The size of the bag you choose will depend on the type of ski trip you’re going on, how often you travel with skis and how you prefer to pack. Unless you’re a travel minimalist, we recommend that in most cases you pack into a bag that can hold two pairs of skis. Bringing two pairs to your destination — a narrow-waisted pair for hardpack and a wider pair for powder, for instance — will give you options in case the weather doesn’t behave as predicted. Even if you only own one pair of skis, a two-ski bag is a good option because the extra space can be used for all the rest of your gear and clothing and save you money on airline baggage fees.

There are also a few handy things to remember when packing your ski bag. Use Voile or Velcro straps to keep each pair of skis secure and help prevent them from getting damaged. Pack them tip-to-tail inside the bag to maximize use of space. Remember that ski bags aren’t only for skis — you can likely fit all of your ski clothing in the remaining space, and it will provide additional cushioning for your bindings, brakes, tips and tails.

At the Airport

Unless you plan to rent equipment at your destination, resign yourself to the fact that the carry-on-only ski trip doesn’t exist. You can still save yourself from getting gouged at the airport though. First, pack as much clothing and gear in with your skis as possible. Second, on most airlines, you’re allotted one carry-on, and one personal item in the airplane cabin — your ski boots are that second item. This will not only save a ton of space in your luggage, but also, in the case that anything gets lost or delayed, you’ll still have your boots if you need to buy a pair of rentals for a day.

Lastly, know your airline’s baggage policy — most of them, including American Airlines, Delta, United, Southwest and JetBlue count a ski bag and a boot bag as one piece of checked luggage. Some airlines are stricter than others as to what a “boot bag” means, but it’s not implausible that you can get away with checking an extra bag of clothing this way (it more than likely depends on the mood of the attendant checking you in). Typically, the combined weight of the two bags will count towards that of a single bag’s maximum weight allotment.

Now all you need is the bag.

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Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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The 5 Best Essential Oil Diffusers of 2019

Once you realize the humble oil diffuser is basically a safer, reloadable candle that can run indefinitely, you understand its charm. But not all diffusers are worth the upgrade. So what’s the difference between the hundreds of options available on Amazon? We tested a few — and then some — to find out.

Our Pick: Urpower 2nd Generation Aroma Diffuser

First, ignore the bright blue color — you can change that. This is the most affordable diffuser on this list by a country mile, but Urpower’s water chamber, looks and runtime all nearly match or surpass the more premium options out there.

Unlike other inexpensive options, the Urpower isn’t covered in faux-wood or strobe lights, and it’s markedly easier to clean than most others. Its stream of mist was also much stronger than other affordable options and only slightly weaker than our other, pricier picks. Point is, if you want an oil diffuser run for a couple hours every once in a while, you’re better off getting a cheap diffuser that performs like a $100 diffuser than to dive headfirst into more expensive waters.

What to Know About Oil Diffusers

Clean them.

Bad bacteria, mold and most awful things thrive in wet, warm environments, which is precisely what your oil diffusers will provide. Empty it out every few runs and clean out all the nooks and crannies with a couple cotton swabs, then run water with a bit of vinegar or dish soap for a few minutes.

You don’t need a lot of oil.

No matter what diffuser you’re using, you really only need to add a few drops of oil to the water for a noticeable change. Depending on the strength of your oil (avoid fillers at all costs), it should only take four to eight drops of oil.

They’re safer than candles.

The cheaper and older method of getting a space to smell nice involves flames and smoke. While it’s highly unlikely a candle will tumble off a table while you’re taking the trash out, accidents happen. Oil diffusers offer a more (albeit with slightly less ambiance) direct route to a nice-smelling home that doesn’t risk the home in the process.

Don’t believe the “wellness” hype.

Despite what the best efforts of a hundred wellness blogs, science does not support claims of any type of healing power beyond basic aromatherapy. Per UC Berkley’s Wellness site: “Essential oils may have some therapeutic benefits but should not take the place of conventional, evidence-based medications and treatments, and they should never be ingested.”

Other Great Oil Diffusers

Muji Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

In the US, Muji’s diffusers might be its best-known product. Walk into any Muji store and you’ll find out why — the frosted white diffuser spews a much stronger stream of mist than any we tried and, even this slightly smaller size, works for hours with very little water and oil. It also sports Muji’s easy-to-use, plain aesthetic to a T. Muji also stocks one of the best ranges of essential oils out there.

Vitruvi Stone Aroma Diffuser

Vitruvi’s diffuser is one of few that doesn’t feel like cheap plastic. Instead, its body is a matte ceramic that comes in black, white or blush. Its mist strength is slightly weaker than that of the Muji option, but Vitruvi’s comes with a handy 7-hour intermittent diffuse setting. If you want your diffuser to sit in the middle of the room, this might be the play.

Muji Portable Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

Another Muji diffuser, but for a completely different use. For one, it’s tiny enough to slide into your packet or dopp kit during travel. It also doesn’t require water to use — just a few drops of oil and a bit of charge via USB cable (there’s a rechargeable lithium ion battery onboard). After testing, I can safely say you shouldn’t expect to make a good-smelling impact on medium or large rooms, but even in large rooms the areas directly around this mini-diffuser is improved. What does this mean? This is the best portable, travel diffuser you can find. This is the anti-airport smell diffuser.

Raindrop 2.0 Nebulizer

No, this isn’t a diffuser. Where diffusers vibrate water and oil and push out a misty, more subtle scent, nebulizers force compressed air through the oil and create a far more room-filling scent. They’re not as popular as diffusers because of cost and the sound they can produce. Raindrop’s nebulizer is both cheaper and far less noisy than its competitors. Get this if you don’t care as much for the mood a diffuser instills (there’s no plumes of misty vapor with nebulizers) and you’re just in it for the smell.

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Will Price is Gear Patrol’s home and drinks editor. He’s from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He’s interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.

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The 14 Best Gifts for the Winter Explorer


Just like summer, winter can be for exploring. While the colder season presents new opportunities for getting outside through skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more, the snow and ice don’t have to prevent you from maintaining your favorite summer activities. Camping, hiking, running and cycling are all manageable during winter, with the right gear. So rally your crew, kit them up to take on the colder temps, and plan your next winter adventure.

Powder Keg III Jacket

Price: $350
From: columbia.com

This waterproof shell from Columbia gives you the best of both worlds. While completely waterproof, the jacket still allows hot air and moisture to escape — but don’t worry, you won’t get chilly either. The Omni-Heat 3D thermal-reflective lining retains heat while the shell keeps the weather out.

1. SnoWander PoleClinometer Sticker

Price: $15
From: garagegrowngear.com

An essential skill in assessing avalanche danger is identifying the angle of a slope. This handy sticker slaps onto ski poles to take away any of that guesswork.

2. Skratch Labs Hot Apple Cider Hydration Mix

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

When you need an electrolyte boost, but you want a toasty warm beverage, stock up on Skratch’s new Hot Apple Cider flavor of its Sport Hydration Mix.

3. Hand Warmers

Price: $29 (40 pair)
From: amazon.com

They’re cheap enough to stuff in everyone’s stockings — including your own.

4. Skida Alpine Hat

Price: $36
From: backcountry.com

Your noggin vents a lot of your body’s heat, and when you cover it up with a beanie during a run or hike, it’s easy to get sweaty. Skida’s minimalist Alpine Hat is breathable and wicks moisture so you can keep it on even as you’re getting active.

5. Snowline Chainsen Pro Crampon

Price: $50
From: backcountry.com

Winterize hiking boots, running shoes or everyday sneakers with Snowline’s affordable Chainsen Pro Crampon. They’re small enough to fit in a pack or coat pocket and deploy when needed.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Stanley Master Series Unbreakable Thermal Bottle

Price: $55
From: backcountry.com

Coffee, cocoa, toddy — whatever your hot drink of choice is, it won’t get to a mountain summit or off-grid cabin without going cold. Unless you have a nigh unbreakable double-wall container, like this 25-ounce one from Stanley, that is.

7. Ruffwear Vert Jacket

Price: $80
From: amazon.com

If you’re going to ask your furry companion to accompany you out into the cold, you’d better get him a fleece-lined, wind- and waterproof shell as nice as yours.

8. Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Booties

Price: $89
From: rei.com

Aerogel insulation was initially made to keep astronauts warm in space (rumor has it that it’s quite chilly up there). The geniuses at Outdoor Research used it to create an ultra-warm bootie that’s a perfect winter camp shoe or parking lot après ski piece.

9. Smartwool Intraknit 200 Base Layer Bottoms

Price: $120
From: rei.com

Smartwool’s new Intraknit collection ditches seams with a 3D-knit pattern, making the next-to-skin layer as comfortable as possible.

10. Big Agnes Insulated AXL Trail Boss

Price: $200
From: moosejaw.com

One of the secrets to comfortable winter camping is placing an unyielding barrier between you and the ground. Big Agnes’s Insulated AXL Trail Boss may be inflatable, but it also has reflective radiation technology to keep the warm in and the cold out. As a bonus, it also packs down very small to fit inside a backpack.

11. Holden Down Short

Price: $200
From: holdenouterwear.com

If you’re familiar with the warm comfort of throwing on a down jacket after a chilly morning hike, ride, surf — whatever — then you can imagine what it’d be like to do the same to your body’s lower half. Or you can lounge around the house in them, that’s fine too.

12. Lowa Renegade Evo Ice GTX Boot

Price: $300
From: backcountry.com

Lowa’s Renegade Evo Ice GTX Boot features a Gore-Tex barrier that’s impenetrable to snow and slush in a sleek form that doesn’t scream “snow boot.” Lowa equipped its outsole with Vibram Arctic Grip rubber, which, somewhat amazingly, prevents slipping on ice, too.

13. Backcountry Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Bib

Price: $350
From: backcountry.com

Backcountry’s Cottonwoods is a gateway to the bib life. It’s fully weatherproof and has plenty of pockets for stashing mountain gear. The top segment zips off to present an overall-free option, too.

14. Outdoor Research Capstone Heated Sensor Gloves

Price: $500
From: backcountry.com

Cold fingers are no joke. They can mean the unhappy end to an otherwise excellent ski day or the reason outdoor activities get shelved until spring. Outdoor Research’s heated gloves provide a battery-powered hand-heating solution that’s removable for the milder days.

Sunski Volante Sunglasses

Price: $89
From: store.gearpatrol.com

The Volante is a modern take on mountain sunglasses. With removable Sidekick shades, a polycarbonate frame made of recycled plastic and polarized lenses, the Volante is a lightweight companion for all your outdoor adventures. The classic 1940s-inspired frame shape in tortoise lets you go from the mountain to après with ease.

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