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4 Great Watches to Wear to a Cookout This Weekend

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The summer cookout is as much a part of many Americans’ July 4th celebrations as fireworks. So it follows that in your grilling arsenal should be a solid watch that’s also appropriate for summer weather to help you time your meats or tofu steaks. Just about any weekend or summer watch can do the trick, but here some suggestions to start you thinking about the proper cookout timepiece:

Little Griddle GrillTimer

The Dad Watch to end all Dad Watches, this funny little dive-style “grill timer” will at least be a conversation piece, and it might even be useful. The dial says “sauce resistant,” and we recommend you test that claim.
Movement: Quartz
Diameter: 40mm
Price: $40

Roue TPS Chronograph

The Roue TPS can time various events, including grilling, with its accurate quartz chronograph, and it’s the kind of watch you’d actually want to wear everyday as well.
Movement: Seiko VK63 Meca-Quartz
Diameter: 40mm
Price: $290

Seiko “Arnie”

If grilling appeals to you as a particularly masculine pursuit, there are few watches that say “tough guy” better than the Seiko “Arnie,” so named for its appearance on the bulging wrist of Arnold Schwarzenegger in multiple ’80s action films. Lots of sun will do its solar-powered quartz movement good, as well.
Movement: Seiko Solar Quartz
Diameter: 47.8mm
Price: $525

Breitling Avenger 45 Seawolf

You might not cook like Gordon Ramsay, or curse like Gordon Ramsay, but you can wear a bright yellow Breitling watch like him (even if his is a chronograph) while preparing your culinary creations.
Movement: ETA 2824-2 Automatic
Diameter: 45mm
Price: $3,975

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Zen Love

Zen Love is Gear Patrol’s watch writer. He avoids the snooty side of the watch world, and seeks out food in NYC that resembles what he loved while living in Asia for over a decade.

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The Courant Catch: 2 Wirelessly Charges Two Devices At The Same Time

The Courant Catch: 2 is a perfect desktop addition to your home office or on your nightstand. It gets rid of unsightly messy cables while charging multiple devices simultaneously.

This base charger looks effortlessly elegant and stylish with its luxurious Italian leather exterior and aluminum alloy chassis that houses a five-coil Qi-certified fast wireless charging system. This technology enables the simultaneous dual charging of any Qi-enabled devices, including the AirPods. It provides a max power output of 10W, which charges an iPhone in a snap.

The Courant Catch: 2 adapts to the position of your device so you don’t have to worry about proper placement. There are no dead spots and as long as most of the device is on the charging mat, then power transmission is possible. You can place it at any angle and it will still receive wireless charging.

This charging pad uses a USB-C power cable made of braided nylon for durability. It also comes with a 30W power adapter so you can use it internationally.  This charger doesn’t take up a lot of space on your work desk or nightstand at just 7.8” x 3.2”. It is also amazingly thin for a desktop wireless charger at just 0.6”. Although it has some needed heft for a non-slip base so it doesn’t easily get knocked off the table.

The Courant Catch: 2 comes in five colors including Black, Ash, Bone, Dusty Rose, and Pacific Blue. It is an efficient charging device that can even power through phone cases up to 3mm in thickness.

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McLaren’s Next Sports Car Could Be Its First to Lose Cylinders

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Over the last decade, McLaren has made a lot with a little. While the company has cranked out more than a dozen high-end sports cars in that time, they’ve all been built around the same basic components: a carbon-fiber monocoque and a twin-turbo V8. That might be about to change, though. According to Autocar, McLaren is about to unwrap a new model packing a plug-in hybrid powertrain combining a powerful battery, an electric motor — and a turbocharged V6.

PHEV powertrains aren’t new to McLaren; the range-topping P1 hypercar of several years ago made its monstrous power by combining the company’s ubiquitous twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor and a 4.7-kWh battery to produce a combined 903 horsepower. This new model, however, will reportedly occupy the opposite end of the spectrum. According to Autocar, the new plug-in hybrid V6 Macca will be a member of the Sport Series — the entry-level models, such as the 570S and 600LT. That generation of cars is expected to be replaced by the new electrified V6 model, much as the 720S replaced the 650S and 675LT several years back.

The new Sport Series will reportedly be able to travel up to 20 miles on electric power alone, Autocar says, making it perfect for scooting through London’s congestion charge zone without paying the toll (at least, until late next year). Of course, don’t expect this Macca to be some kind of pathetic mid-engined Prius; given the carmaker’s relentless pursuit of improvement, we can likely expect it to exceed the 570S’s 592 hp and 417 lb-ft. Expect to see it revealed later this year, Autocar reports.

McLaren is hardly the only supercar-maker exploring the idea of downsizing to six-cylinder powerplant. Aston Martin is also creating its own hybrid twin-turbo V6, with the fruits of that labor expected to first arrive in the engine bay of the Valhalla supercar in 2022. Maserati’s upcoming MC20 has been unofficially confirmed to use a twin-turbo V6, and Ferrari may well follow suit for its least-expensive models. And, of course, there’s Ford, which chose to outfit the latest version of its GT with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 in lieu of the traditional roaring eight-pot.

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Will Sabel Courtney

Will Sabel Courtney is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Editor, formerly of The Drive and RIDES Magazine. You can often find him test-driving new cars in New York City, cursing the slow-moving traffic surrounding him.

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5 Single-Cup Coffee Makers That Are Literally Miles Better than a Keurig

The point: the cup of coffee made from Keurig machines is not a good cup of coffee. The coffee is staler than the bag of tortilla chips in the bottom of my pantry, it’s brewed with water that’s too hot and the balance of water to grinds all make for intensely bitter, boring coffee.

If, for you, coffee exists only as a utility, promptly close out of this story. If you live alone — or are the only person in your household who partakes — brewing single cups of coffee instead of the four-cup minimum most machines enforce saves both time and money. Here are five great options that aren’t Keurigs.


The Aeropress was invented by a guy who was fed up with shitty single-cup brewing on drip machines. It is affordable, effective and loved by both coffee insiders and regular-old coffee drinkers alike. Hot water, coffee grinds, a cute paper and a long press turn out coffee that has spawned international competitions. It’s also easily the most affordable option on this list and among coffee brewers in general, with its frugality rivaled only by pour-over brewers like the Kalita Wave or Hario V60.

Ninja CM401 Specialty Coffee Maker

Ninja is a relative newcomer to the top-tier of coffee brewing. Its Specialty brewer earned one of very few approvals from the Specialty Coffee Association, and it’s one of two on the list that can turn out a single cup as well as it can a full pot. It also sports a detachable water reservoir and has a permanent filter, which add some convenience.

Braun Multiserve Coffee Machine

The second of the SCA-approved single-cup coffee brewers has too many features to fit in these tiny blurbs. The machine does coffee brewing basics well, but its versatility is where it shines, and that starts with the single-cup brew. You can brew into its glass carafe, a tall, portable coffee tumbler or a mug, with the help of a small shelf that folds out of the brew area to hold the shorter mug closer to the brewer. This cuts down on coffee splashing outside the cup. The machine also has a cold brewing function which intensifies the coffee it brews in preparation for ice-caused dilution. That is a very smart solve to a very real problem.

Technivorm Moccamaster 69212 Cup One Coffee Brewer

The Dutch-made Moccamaster is the most iconic coffee person’s coffee maker ever. It’s been around for more than 50 years, and because of its lighting-quick copper heating element, great customer service and strong warranty, it’s still one of the best brewers in the world. The single-cup brew version of the machine keeps with the brand’s tradition of excellence, but comes at a higher price. If it matters, it’s probably the only coffee maker on this list that makes a kitchen look better.

Breville Precision Brewer (Brewers Cup Tribute Edition)

If I asked you how extra you are with your coffee and you immediately started wondering whether your coffee-to-water ratio would be defined as “extra,” you are extra and this coffee maker is for you. It’s our Best Overall Coffee Maker, and the Brewers Cup Tribute version of it allows for single-cup brewing through a pour-over attachment. I can confidently say it’s the best coffee I’ve ever made on a consumer-level brewing device. You can change virtually every facet of your brew with a few twists of a knob, too. It’s expensive and rarely goes on sale, but, for the right person, it’s worth it.

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Will Price

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 51 Most Iconic Motorcycles of All Time

They are equal parts simple and complex, a mechanical interpretation of form meeting function with attitude to spare. Whether it’s chrome glimmering in the sun, the artful engineering behind a single-sided swingarm or their ability to outrun just about anything, motorcycles are more than just simple transportation. They strangle attention. Ride one down the street and watch as babies point and smile mid-whimper, dogs chase joyfully, angsty teens fight the curling in the corners of their mouths, old biker types in leather nod with supreme comprehension.

There are countless combinations of weapons-grade speed, sex, beauty, design and freedom found between two tires, sure — but these fifty-one, specifically, are the icons hand-picked by Gear Patrol as our favorites of all time.


Basic and Better for It

Honda Super Cub


The Honda Super Cub is the most popular selling motorcycle in the world. A 55-year production will do that. So will a bulletproof single-cylinder engine and a low cost of ownership. Found everywhere throughout Asia, Africa and South America and available in multiple iterations, the Super Cub has been compared to the Ford Model-T and Volkswagen Beetle for its influence on motorized transportation.

The Cub is currently produced in fifteen countries around the world and won’t be disappearing anytime soon. To help celebrate its 50th anniversary back in 2008, Honda churned out its 60 millionth unit, and sales haven’t slowed; the 100 millionth Super Cub rolled off the line in 2017.

Honda CB77

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Photo: Vince Lupo

The CB77, or Superhawk, is sportbike genesis for Honda. The 305cc parallel twin powering the CB77 could freely rev to nine grand and easily send riders over “the ton” (a.k.a. 100 mph) set by the British big twins. It was the Honda’s reliability, however, that established and cemented the Japanese manufacturer’s reputation in the Western world. The frame was crafted out of tubular steel rather than pressed, with the motor doubling duty as a stressed member, thereby shedding precious pounds and making the CB77 incredibly flickable.

Also, fun fact: the Honda Superhawk was the ride of preference for Robert Pirsig during his philosophical journey documented in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Triumph Bonneville


Icons cannot die. Production of Triumph motorcycles has ceased three times, and yet the Bonneville thrives. Whether it’s an early Triumph Engineering effort, a Norton Villiers Triton, a Devon Bonnie or a new model from Hinckley, the Bonneville oozes cool from every angle. Brando, Dean and, of course, McQueen have all swung legs over this plucky Brit, escalating a status originally earned at the track. Its parallel-twin engine has grown from 650cc to 865cc and carburetors have given way to injection, but its silhouette remains as constant as our desire to be seen riding one.

Honda CB750


In 1969, Honda introduced the masses to the transverse-mounted, inline-four cylinder engine. Credited as being one of the first true “superbikes,” the CB750 was the game-changing result of Soichiro Honda’s obsession with cracking the American market.

Delivering incredible bang for the buck, the CB750 could smoothly and comfortably top 120 MPH thanks to its race proven inline-four layout. Front-mounted disc brakes were another mainstream first that revolutionized the motorcycle market. An electric start, a kill switch, the use of an overhead camshaft and easy maintenance were the icing on the cake.

Kawasaki Z1


Known internally as project “T103” and “New York Steak,” the Z1 was Kawasaki’s bigger, faster answer to Honda’s CB750. In fact, when Honda revealed their iconic CB in 1968, Kawasaki scrapped their almost ready for prime-time 750cc effort and declared a power war on the superbike world.

When it finally hit the showroom floor in 1973, the big Kwack 903cc was the most powerful Japanese four-pot ever produced. Its 82 hp output was enough to propel the 550-pound superbike to 130 mph and take home the coveted “Machine of the Year” award from The Motorcycle News for four consecutive years. The Z1 would also rack up numerous wins at the track; a close partnership with Yoshimura tuning and a gentleman by the name of Paul Smart in the saddle made them the team to beat in the mid-seventies.

Harley-Davidson XR750


Essentially a parts-bin special slapped together to meet changing AMA dirt-track rules, the XR750 is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. After years of domination, Harley’s racing department were forced to completely rethink their efforts for the 1970 season. So in less than a year, they did — and in doing so created the winningest race bike in the history of the AMA. Thankfully, homologation rules stipulated that 200 race-ready road-goers be made available to the public; thus, a legend was born. A man named Evel only added to the allure of the XR750 when he made it his bike of choice.

Kawasaki Triple


The Kawasaki Triples cranked out during the disco era were renowned for their incredible power-to-weight ratio. Sub-13.0 second quarter-mile runs could be hammered out within two blocks of the showroom floor. That was, provided they were in a straight line and riders could keep the front wheel on the ground; the torquey, free-revving 3-cylinder engine was notorious for wanting to run up on one. Poor handling plagued them from word go, even when the front wheel was touching tarmac, and they would go on to become dubbed the “Widowmaker” of the 1970s.

Despite this, or maybe because of it, Kawasaki Triples are sought out to this day, commanding hefty premiums when you can find them.

Cafe Racers

Vintage Speed Machines

BSA Goldstar Clubman


The Gold Star was a pin awarded to riders able to lap the Brooklands circuit at an average speed north of 100 mph. In 1937 Wal Handley came out of retirement, hopped on a BSA, recorded a lap speed of 107.5 mph, and the BSA Goldstar was born.

To back the new nomenclature now emblazoned on their tanks, BSA dedicated their efforts and dominated the Clubman TT up until it ended in 1956. The 500cc single-cylinder Goldstar was hand assembled and sold with factory test results alerting owners to the horsepower they would sidle. Later models could even be optioned with a first gear capable of hitting 60 before shifting was necessary. This led the factory catalogues to indicate that this bike was a racer first and foremost and not suitable for road use. Thankfully, this would only made them more popular.

Moto Guzzi LeMans


Powered by a low-tech lump mated to a car-type transmission, the shaft-driven Moto Guzzi LeMans often felt like two different animals. Lethargic and twitchy at low revs, the bike had serious frame twisting when riders got on the throttle — making corner exists a dicey affair. On the right road though, with your knees being sucked into the carbs at full bore, this Latin lovely transforms into something sublime. Matte black plumbing took the place of chrome and complemented the sculpted tank and low-lying windscreen to give the Guzzi its trademark cafe racer stance that is often imitated on lesser bikes today.

Norton Commando


So successful were the Norton Commando race bikes that the term “unapproachable Norton” was coined in pit row. Interestingly though, what made the Nortons so tough on the track was how approachable they actually were.

Taking what Triumph had started with the Speed Twin, Norton employed a former Rolls-Royce engineer to develop a package for the larger 750cc Norton parallel-twin. The revolutionary use of rubber mounting for the mechanicals meant that the vibrations inherent with high strung twins at speed was all but eliminated. Riders could now push harder for much longer stints. It also meant riders would often go for broke; early Nortons were famous for leaking a bit of oil here and there, but we’re pretty sure they were just sweating horsepower.

Ducati 900SS


Hungry to nibble at the Japanese-dominated supersport market of the ’70s, Ducati developed the 864cc “square case” powered 900 Super Sport. Resembling the formidable 750 SS that Paul Smart rode to victory in Imola, the bigger Desmodromic L-twin was an immediate success. Ducatisti regard the 1978 model as the most desirable iteration, with its redesigned shifter (now on the left side of the bike) and its classic spoked wheels. The ‘78 model would also win the prestigious Isle of Man TT before bowing out gracefully at the top of its class.

1950 Norton Manx


Norton motorcycles and the Isle of Man TT go together like strawberries and Devonshire cream. Having competed in every Tourist Trophy race since its inception (1907), Norton made the race their raison d’etre. In 1950, the team was working with an antiquated and underpowered package — the engine was a variation on a 25-year-old design. The “Featherbed” frame featured a fully welded duplex frame and pivoted rear fork suspension setup, instantly reducing weight and exponentially improving handling.

Add to that some minor tweaks to find an extra 8 hp (for 36 hp in total), and it was no longer just about winning for Norton; it was about dominating. They secured 5 of the top 6 finishes.

Ducati PS1000LE


Built to commemorate Paul Smart’s first place finish in Imola on his 1972 Ducati 750SS, the Ducati PS1000LE is the prettiest possible way to pay anyone respect. Built around their Sport Classic series, the Paul Smart model took Pierre Terblanche’s design to a new level. The bubble-shield front fairing, wire spoked wheels and green trellis frame create a classic juxtaposition with the ultra modern Ohlins suspension and beefy Pirelli tires. Available in limited numbers, and only for a single year, the PS1000LE may prove to be one of the most collectible Ducatis ever made.


Old-School Style

Brough Superior SS100


So exacting was the individual tailoring of each Brough Superior SS100 that they gained explicit permission to be dubbed the “Rolls-Royce of motorcycles”. A marvel of craftsmanship and engineering, each SS100 was guaranteed to hit 100 mph — no great feat by today’s standards, but this was in 1924. By 1928, the Brough Superior SS100 would hit 130 mph in the standing kilometer with George Brough in the saddle. T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, owned three Brough Superiors in his life — and famously died due to head injuries sustained when swerving to avoid two young cyclists. Lawrence’s death would eventually lead to the requisite use of crash helmets for motorcyclists.

Royal Enfield Bullet


The Royal Enfield Bullet currently enjoys the world’s longest production run with 83 years under its fenders. That alone warrants iconic recognition. The first Bullet was fired in the land of Tea ‘n Crumpets in 1931 and featured an overhead valve, single-cylinder 350cc motor that soon found itself enlisted for the British Army and Royal Air Force. The simple design and surefooted performance that earned the Bullet’s stripes at war also made it a mainstay for civilian duties.

Production has since moved offshore to India, but the Bullet remains virtually unchanged: “Made like a gun, goes like a bullet”.

1940 Indian Chief


Crafted for the first time with a sprung frame, the ‘40 Indian Chief perked ears by easily outperforming Milwaukee’s finest with regard to ride and handling. It was, however the debut of Indian’s trademark fenders that really set tongues wagging. More than simple slices of steel, the flowing skirted fenders found on the Chief gave the bike an immediate stance and presence that was — no, is — undeniably gorgeous.

Now, 60-plus years after the last true Chief rolled off the line, a new breed has hit the road — and they’re not half bad, either. 

1937 Triumph Speed Twin


Edward Turner’s Triumph Speed Twin could be one of the most influential motorcycles ever designed. The 500cc parallel-twin packed more power into a package that was lighter and narrower than the current crop of single-cylinder thumpers. Within a decade, a version of this engine could be found in every competitor’s model. The gold pinstriping and Amaranth red paint of the original made the mechanicals shine while the fuel tank design set a standard that remains today. The bike that ensured Triumph’s survival after World War II would eventually evolve into that other icon on our list, the Bonneville.

1923 BMW R32


After the war, German aircraft manufacturing was grounded and BMW found themselves in search of purpose. Five years before they would begin building Ultimate Driving Machines, Bayerische Motoren Werke would build motorcycles. In 1923, engineer Max Friz designed what would go on to epitomize BMW Motorrad: the R32.

Powered by a boxer-twin engine, the horizontally opposed heads were ideally located in the airstream to increase cooling. This combined with the use of a drive shaft all but eliminated the common motorcycling issues associated with putting power to the pavement. This drivetrain arrangement would be used exclusively at BMW until its first chain drive effort in 1993, and is still prominent today on all of its boxer bikes.

FN Four


Like most European marques, FN began life as a munitions manufacturer before turning to two wheels. Unlike the single and two-pot efforts of their contemporaries, FN would introduce the world to the first bike powered by an inline-four cylinder engine. At its debut in 1905, the 362cc FN Four offered a riding experience unmatched by its fewer-pistoned brethren: where single cylinders and twins of all contrivances were rough and buzzy at speed, FN’s inline-four was smooth and almost vibrationless.

This easy operation lead to immediate growth in popularity, size and horsepower. Strangely, this engine arrangement did not translate to wins at the track for the Belgian innovators, despite its unparalleled success there today.

Ariel Square Four


Prior to revolutionizing British big-twins at Triumph, Edward Turner developed an incredible new concept for a four-cylinder motor. A monobloc of two parallel-twins grafted together that shared a common crankshaft, the Square Four engine was unlike anything before it. Most bike makers scoffed — save a tiny Birmingham-based bike builder, Ariel.

The Ariel Square Four used a 4-speed constant mesh transmission with a suicide shift; it was bragged that the transmission allowed the bike to accelerate from 10 to 100 mph in top gear. This was incorrect. The early models would struggle to hit 90 and would stalled under 13 mph in fourth. It would take Ariel over 20 years, an additional 500ccs and two more exhaust pipes to get their unique approach to finally “run the ton”, yet it remains a marvel of engineering worth celebrating.

BMW R60/2

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Photo: Motonit

On the market for 13 years, the R60 was BMW’s go-anywhere, do-anything tourer of the 1960s. Originally designed for sidecar duty, the combination of a punchy flat twin and an Earle’s fork design made it an incredibly capable bike both on- and off-road. So formidable was the R60 that rider Danny Liska took his beautiful black beast for a 95,000 mile ride from the Arctic Circle to the tip of South America. Then he decided to pave the way for Boorman and McGregor and made the trek from Northern Europe to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa — without a support team, satellite phone, GPS or foreign fixers.

Vincent Black Shadow

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Photo: Moto USA

Hunter S. Thompson once remarked that “if you rode the Black Shadow at top speed for any length of time, you would almost certainly die.” The 50-degree V-twin was completely baked in black enamel and produced enough grunt to carry riders to 125 mph — in an era where the 100-mph benchmark was barely attainable.

The Vincent employed extensive amounts of aluminum throughout, and its motor hung from the cross-bar, acting as a stressed member. This kept weight down to 450 pounds, which meant the Vincent Black Shadow would balance a see-saw with contemporary 500cc singles. Innovative front forks, a four-speed transmission and finned brakes at both front and rear rounded out a package widely regarded as the world’s first superbike.


In It for the Long Haul

Harley Davidson Sportster


The Sportster is the best selling bike branded with the Bar and Shield, and has been on the market since 1957. Originally intended for flat-track racing, the fast and nimble Sporty found favor with riders seeking speed over the comforts usually afforded by Milwaukee’s finest. Harley Davidson has smartly done very little with the Sportster recipe.

Power has always come in the form of a 45-degree V-Twin which was, until 2004, rigidly mounted to deliver its signature responsive ride. With a factory-forged variant to suit almost every style (five different versions are currently available) and Harley’s typically limitless catalogue of bolt-ons, the success of the Sportster should keep thundering on.

Honda Gold Wing


You may not believe that the Honda Gold Wing started life without fairings or saddlebags, but it did. Since its spartan beginnings, however, the Gold Wing has gone on to become one of the most luxuriously appointed and recognizable bikes in the world. Integrated GPS, heated seats (front and rear), airbags and even a reverse gear can be optioned to create the ultimate in on-road comfort. Powered by a 1.8-liter flat-six and tipping the scales at just under 1,000 pounds, the big Honda is surprisingly agile and swallows interstates like Joey Chestnut does hotdogs. Over one million Gold Wings were assembled during its thirty-year run in Marysville, Ohio before production moved back to Japan in 2012.

Confederate R131 Fighter


The designers at Confederate Motorcycles don’t mess around. Straddling the line between kinetic sculptures and mechanized, apocalyptic “horses”, their bikes are what Satan would ride — if he had the balls. Case in point: the Confederate R131 Fighter. In-house milled aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum abounds, along with carbon fiber wheels and a carbon/ceramic/aluminum matrix compound for the brakes to hammer home that function dictates form. A thumping 2.1-liter V-twin is used to push a mere 460 pounds in the Fighter, meaning it will undoubtedly pack a punch. With an extremely limited production run and pricing at just over $100,000, we may want to start being nicer to the devil.

2002 Harley-Davidson VRSCA (V Rod)


Harley-Davidson’s decision to buck 99 years of tradition and turn to liquid-cooled technology for the V-Rod was met with mixed reviews. Some embraced the forward thinking and extra grunt that rad’s afforded while others scowled and kept on keepin’ on. In our eyes, the V-Rod looks like a muscle-bound thug in a sharkskin suit, and it has the power to back it up.

The Revolution engine was developed in conjunction with Porsche (another traditionally air-cooled aficionado) to develop a whopping 115 horsepower, enough to make it the most powerful H-D to date. Sadly it still polarizes the public and hasn’t enjoyed the success it deserves. Haters gonna hate.

Harley-Davidson WL


Harley Davidson is synonymous with the V-Twin engine. Knuckleheads, Panheads and Shovelheads: all of them are early iterations of the Motor Company’s continued dedication to the ubiquitous 45-degree power plant. But it was their Flathead-powered WL bike that cemented the Bar and Shield’s cultural status, both at home and abroad.

As Harley’s contribution to World War II, the WL saw some 90,000 bikes enlisted for American field duty alone. Canadians, Brits, South Africans and even Russian soldiers would come to know and love the WL; many wanted to take them home after their tour. This onslaught of freshly discharged Hogs is responsible for the massive expansion in motorcycle culture that America (and the rest of world) would continuously embrace and revere for the next 75 years. Thanks, Harley.

Harley-Davidson ElectraGlide


Most easily identified by the “Batwing” fork-mounted fairing adopted in 1969, the Harley-Davidson ElectraGlide has long been the domestic machine of choice for riders wanting to inhale interstates. Big, brash and boasting comfort for two, Milwaukee’s big-twin has always put rider comfort first, while packing enough luggage space to ensure riders need not dress like they so often do.

Now, 50 years, four engines and countless miles later, the Electra Glide has become Harley’s first tourer to feature twin liquid cooling, electronically-linked brakes with ABS and a touch-screen infotainment system. Born to be wild, indeed.

Yamaha Vmax


The intake plenums on the Yamaha V-Max are large enough to suck back small mammals. They have to be to feed the fury of the 1.2-liter V-four engine that powers this brute. The V-Max garnered nearly instant praise following its release in 1985, taking home Bike of the Year honors for its custom cruiser looks and lightning fast acceleration. Cornering has always been a bit of an achilles heel for the V-Max, but nobody seemed to care — the road always opens up eventually.

Honda Shadow VT1100


Visions of a low-slung gunfighter seat, retro styling and torquey V-twin usually set tongues wagging about Milwaukee. The Honda Shadow VT1100 may have aped the Wide Glide’s good looks, but its shaft drive and off-key exhaust note are a dead giveaway. Honda’s engineers worked long and hard to make sure the top of the Shadow family heap would give reason for pause amongst potential Harley buyers — and in the process created a cult following of their very own.

Honda Rune


The Honda Rune is an example of that rare occasion when accountants aren’t invited to a product development meeting. At 69 inches between contact patches, the Rune was huge — and in the Candy Black Cherry color scheme, beautiful too. From a distance it could even be confused with Dodge’s ludicrous Viper-powered Tomahawk concept.

Most impressive was the innovative trailing bottom-link front suspension. A first for a bike of the Rune’s size, it translated to road feel like that of a sport bike, prompting riders to make the most of the 1.8-liter boxer-six engine thrumming beneath them.


Go Anywhere



The BMW R1200GS was designed to handle any terrain. Long travel suspension, wide, flat foot-pegs and an upright seating position mated to BMW’s punchy boxer twin combine to create the ultimate getaway tool — this is the swiss army knife of bikes. It’s also the Motorad division’s best seller. Ewan and Charlie may have helped Beemer move some extra metal, but BMW’s GS bikes have long been a favorite for riders of paths less traveled. This potential alone makes it a bucket-list bike for most of us around the office, and its take-no-prisoners looks don’t hurt either.

KTM 950 Adventure


Austrians are an exacting bunch. Ten years of research and development were devoted to the KTM 950 Adventure. Before their dual-sport was given the final green light, it had already been tortured in Tunisia and had brought home a win at the Rallye des Pharaons. Its long suspension travel, featherweight frame and angular bodywork beg to play in the dirt. The all-new 75-degree V-twin packed enough twist and shout (72 lb-ft, 102 hp) to make mountains into molehills and devour everything in between. It’s not unheard of for KTM 950 Adventure riders to log over 100,000 miles in all types of terrain.

Honda Africa Twin


Originally billed as an homage to their Paris-Dakar-winning NXR-750, the Honda Africa Twin (XRV750) was more than a simple tribute. The long-travel suspension, integrated hand guards and beefy skid plates were enough to make average riders consider the run, and the bike’s 750cc V-twin was a proven performer.

Both off-road and on, the Africa twin was incredibly capable and extremely comfortable. A tall and slender windscreen shields riders from sandstorms and interstate debris alike, and a wide flat seat offered numerous positions to slide into for optimal balance. Aluminum grab-rails served double duty as luggage racks when ditching it all for a couple of weeks; a Dakar-esque trip computer ensured you didn’t get too far off the reservation.

Sport Bikes

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Ducati Monster


Not content to solely cause drooling with their fully faired offerings, Ducati decided to get naked with the Monster. Originally intended as an effort to give Bar and Shield buyers a different destination for deposits, Ducati inadvertently created a whole new segment.

20 years of production later, and the Italian marque has put more sultry nudes within the grasp of mere mortals than Hefner and Google combined. The Testastretta-powered S4RS is the most lust-worthy in our eyes. And much like every Playmate since 1953, the Monster’s most recognizable assets have remained constant and in full view since their debut; the exposed slender trellis frame, aggressive yet welcoming stance and European allure all combine to deliver a complete package that anyone would be pleased to call his own.

Kawasaki EX500 (Ninja)


Crotch-rocket looks and gutsy performance in an inexpensive, rider-friendly package: this is the Kawasaki EX500. An easy choice for new riders and veterans alike, the entry level Ninja even spawned its own racing class that still clips apexes today. The 498cc parallel-twin developed a broad and usable powerband to propel the bikini-faired Ninja into a market of its own. Comfortable ergonomics, a wide, flat seat and amazing fuel economy meant long days on the road were a relatively painless affair; it even had a six-speed transmission. Sadly, this little Ninja disappeared in 2009 — presumably, to avenge a master’s death.

Gilera CX


Approach the Gilera CX from its right side, and you’d swear it was floating on solid, spun-steel wheels; that was very much the point. Drag coefficiency is often denoted using C / X, and Federico Martini’s inspired work when penning this Gilera is its mechanical interpretation.

Everything about the CX’s styling evokes speed. The long, flat nose leading the slippery bodywork, the single-sided rear swingarm and that ingenious Paioli front suspension system along with tapered mirrors finish the job. A 125cc two-stroke engine hides behind the plastics and revs freely to 12,000 rpm while your chin rests on top of the alien-looking 45mm suspension cap and you whoosh to over 100 mph. Ciao bella!

1987 Honda CBR600F


Better known in North America as the Hurricane, the CBR600F was Honda’s first sportbike to come wrapped in full plastics. Powered by an 85 hp inline-four, this new breed of sportbike was instrumental in developing the worldwide “crotch-rocket” market. Able to rev freely to 11,000 rpm and peak at 140 mph with riders comfortably tucked behind its tiny windscreen, the Honda CBR600F was essentially a racer for the everyman.

An immediate sales success, the CBR600F evolved over the years to deliver increased gobs of power from the same 600cc displacement. Honda’s keen awareness of rider ergonomics in their fully-faired sport bikes is what set them apart with the original Hurricane, and it remains a constant corporate philosophy to this day.

2007 Aprilia SXV


While the concept of a supermoto-type motorcycle has existed in the minds and garages of off-roaders forever, the Aprilia SXV is credited as the bike that brought it all home. Essentially a dirt-bike with street shoes, the SXV introduced the masses to the wonderfully sideways world of supermoto. It’s dirt-track racing on asphalt, and it’s beautiful: corners drifted with an inside heel clipping the apex rather than a knee, all while bars are twisted to full opposite lock. On the road, the powerful and light Aprilia is well-mannered and easy to ride, further fostering its following of enthusiasts and commuters alike.

Suzuki RG500


In the mid-80s, motorcycle development was spurred by a power struggle spilling over from the track. The Suzuki RG500 “Gamma” featured a two-stroke, twin-crank, square-four powerplant that epitomized the insanity hitting public streets. Smoking and crackling along, the 500cc Suzi had 94 hp on tap — and, since every stroke was a power-stroke, could spin its tire through four gears. The Gamma also carved corners with aplomb, using a POSI-DAMP suspension system up front to smooth out nose dives under braking and encourage late-brake lean in. The two-stroke engine has all but belched its last smokey breathe, but for a time in the mid-80s, Suzuki was cranking out one to be reckoned with.

Honda VFR750


Long before Tamburini penned the divine Ducati 916 Honda had already integrated a race-proven single-sided swingarm design for street riders to admire. The 1990 Honda VFR750, or Interceptor as it was known, was the third generation of Honda’s V-four sportbikes and is responsible for delivering an ideal balance of aggression and comfort. A direct descendant of the RC30 racer and powered by the engine of its replacement, the RC45, Honda’s Interceptor was extremely fast and flickable when carving corners. Its relaxed ergonomics made it an easy machine to live with in more subdued settings, making it pretty damned close to perfect.


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Ducati 916


Seeking improved aerodynamics and faster tire swaps in the pits, Massimo Tamburini unwittingly penned a squinty-eyed racer with an underseat exhaust and single-sided swingarm that exuded sex — the Ducati 916. Powered by a Desmodromic L-twin engine, this new Duc was down on power compared to the Japanese inlines, but its omnipresent torque made corner exits its bitches and left everyone behind to admire a beautiful back-end.

Not only did the Ducati 916 capture four of five World Superbike Championships in the late ‘90s, it also beat out Pamela Anderson for poster space on many a teenage wall. The Ducati 916 was also featured in The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. Bellissima!

Suzuki Hayabusa


Translated, Hayabusa is Japanese for “peregrine falcon” — a bird of prey that tops 200 mph to snag a snack. Launched in 1999, the Suzuki Hayabusa did its namesake justice. Depending on whom you believe, the enormous dual-overhead cam, 1300cc inline-four churned out upwards of 170 hp. That was enough to launch the 500-pound ‘Busa across the ¼ mile mark in single digits and demolish the old top speed record, hitting 186 mph.

So fast and powerful was the Hayabusa that a “gentleman’s agreement” was coerced by the Western World to impede others from laying waste to future benchmarks and lives. And while its aerodynamically sculpted bodywork didn’t win over everyone, it certainly works for us.

Cagiva C593

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The 500cc Big Bang V4 found behind the veil of flame-red plastics in the Cagiva C593 could produce 175 hp and screamed to a 12,500 rpm redline. So powerful was this Grand Prix racer that Cagiva was forced to search out riders who could control the beast.

Four-time champ Eddie Lawson was tapped first. Lawson notched a win in Hungary in 1992, proving the Cagiva had what it takes, but it was his feedback to engineers that proved most valuable. 1993 saw Lawson take a backseat to John Kocinski, a wild and desperate rider just looking for a contract. Kocinski would deliver two consecutive fourth place finishes to start the season before taking the checkered flag at Laguna Seca.

The wins didn’t continue though. The bike was just too powerful and twitchy. Cagiva almost went bankrupt in pursuit of Grand Prix fame, but in the process showed the world what an obsessed Italian was capable of — utter madness.

Ducati Desmosedici RR


If you’ve ever dreamed of being the next Nicky Hayden, the Ducati Desmosedici RR is the bike for you. Only 1,500 models of this street-legal version of Ducati’s 2006 MotoGP entrant were produced. The all-new 200 hp, 90-degree “double-L twin” V-4 engine would scream through its vertical exits in the rear tail all the way to its 10,500 rpm redline and 194-mph top speed. Componentry was top-notch all around, with Ohlins, Brembo and Marchesini put to the task of keeping riders alive — and justifying the $72,500 sticker price.

The Desmosedici RR is often regarded as the ultimate Ducati experience, a mechanically and aesthetically faithful reproduction of a genuine MotoGP racer. It even came with sponsorship stickers, were you so inclined.

Buell RS1200


Buells were the brainchildren of Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell — all-American sportbikes that employed new and never-before-seen technologies and were powered by the parts-bins of Milwaukee’s Motor Company. The Buell RS1200 was a half-faired, short-wheel-based version of Buell’s first bike, the Battlewin. Now featuring Harley’s new 1200cc Sportster motor, the RS1200 cradled the power plant in its custom trellis frame, complete with rubber mounting. An underslung exhaust system (a staple of Buell bikes) and a hidden steering damper kept the center of gravity low — and delivered less head movement than a dutiful dad at a Justin Bieber concert.

2009 Yamaha R1


Unless you were at the track and delving into its stratospheric rev-range, a race-bred liter-bike could feel tough to ride and even underpowered. To put downsides to bed, Yamaha introduced the world to its cross-plane crankshaft fired four-pot in 2009. Delivering the torque of a twin and the power of a free-revving four, Yamaha’s new R1 used an uneven firing sequence to package two engines in one. Add to that a three-way customizable throttle map, thanks to drive-by-wire technology, and the 2009 R1 could be tailored to suit rider styles and changing conditions with the flick of a switch — making it a true go-anywhere, pass-everything dream machine.

Bimota Tesi 3D


Looking for something completely different? The Bimota Tesi 3D foregoes forks in favor of a hub-centric front-end and puts its mechanicals on full display. Calling its looks utterly maniacal is an understatement. On paper, keeping braking and steering services separated by the Tesi’s tele-levers makes perfect sense, but the change in intuitive control often means the Bimota can be a beast to handle for inexperienced riders. We tend to like things that stand out in a crowd, and the fact that the Tesi sports Ducati’s sonorous V-twins only makes things better.

Suzuki TL1000R


Designed to compete in the World Superbike Championship, the Suzuki TL1000R is often regarded as “the Duc Hunter.” Taking aim squarely at Ducati’s 916, Suzuki quickly turned R&D dollars into a fire-breathing V-Twin powered homologation special. The fully-faired “R” model featured a similar trellis-frame to the Duc but housed a 135 hp, 996cc engine renowned for its low-end torque and top-end horsepower. Although the GSX-R would take its place at the track, the TL engine lives on today.

Britten V1000


Its not often that a completely custom garage-built bike can fare well at the track. The Britten V1000, the vision of Kiwi craftsman John Britten, is one of the few that has. Not only did the V1000 take two podiums in the Battle of Twins at Daytona, it would manage to put together an impressive resume of wins and numerous world speed records throughout the early ‘90s.

Ten lucky people were able to lay claim to a Britten V1000 of their own — and, sadly, subsequently resigned them to mere museum duty. Such a pity.

Kawasaki Ninja H2


When Kawasaki Motor Co. worked with Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ aerospace and turbine divisions, what resulted was one of the fastest, most powerful production motorcycles ever built. Sporting a 998cc inline-four-cylinder and the first supercharger on a production motorcycle, the H2 makes up to 210 horsepower and hits 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. To commemorate the partnership, the River Mark logo, a badge reserved only for Kawasaki’s most historically important motorcycles, adorns the H2 along with angular and aerodynamic bodywork.

How to Fix the Most Annoying Feature in Google Hangouts

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See Everybody

We’re getting intimately familiar with using video chat services right now. The most popular being Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts. If you use Zoom, you’ll know that it has a popular mode that allows you to view all meeting participants in one big grid, so you can see everyone at once. But Google Hangouts doesn’t have this feature.

Instead, Google Hangouts forces you to use ‘smart’ mode where it just puts whoever is talking (or otherwise making noise) in the middle of the screen. You have very little control over this, aside from pinning someone else’s face to the screen, and you can only really see one person at a time on the screen. Fortunately, there’s a Chrome Extension that can fix that.

It’s called the Google Meet Enhancement Suite and it adds a bunch of features that make video conferencing easier on Google Hangouts. It has a “Grid Layout” mode, which is the same popular feature that Zoom has; there’s a “Push to Talk” feature that allows you to quickly mute and unmute yourself; and there’s an “Auto Join” feature that lets you go straight to the meeting, skipping the default join screen.

The best part? This Chrome extension is free.

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McLaren’s Next Sports Car Could Be Its First With a Bold New Powertrain

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Over the last decade, McLaren has made a lot with a little. While the company has cranked out more than a dozen high-end sports cars in that time, they’ve all been built around the same basic components: a carbon-fiber monocoque and a twin-turbo V8. That might be about to change, though. According to Autocar, McLaren is about to unwrap a new model packing a plug-in hybrid powertrain combining a powerful battery, an electric motor — and a turbocharged V6.

PHEV powertrains aren’t new to McLaren; the range-topping P1 hypercar of several years ago made its monstrous power by combining the company’s ubiquitous twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor and a 4.7-kWh battery to produce a combined 903 horsepower. This new model, however, will reportedly occupy the opposite end of the spectrum. According to Autocar, the new plug-in hybrid V6 Macca will be a member of the Sport Series — the entry-level models, such as the 570S and 600LT. That generation of cars is expected to be replaced by the new electrified V6 model, much as the 720S replaced the 650S and 675LT several years back.

The new Sport Series will reportedly be able to travel up to 20 miles on electric power alone, Autocar says, making it perfect for scooting through London’s congestion charge zone without paying the toll (at least, until late next year). Of course, don’t expect this Macca to be some kind of pathetic mid-engined Prius; given the carmaker’s relentless pursuit of improvement, we can likely expect it to exceed the 570S’s 592 hp and 417 lb-ft. Expect to see it revealed later this year, Autocar reports.

McLaren is hardly the only supercar-maker exploring the idea of downsizing to six-cylinder powerplant. Aston Martin is also creating its own hybrid twin-turbo V6, with the fruits of that labor expected to first arrive in the engine bay of the Valhalla supercar in 2022. Maserati’s upcoming MC20 has been unofficially confirmed to use a twin-turbo V6, and Ferrari may well follow suit for its least-expensive models. And, of course, there’s Ford, which chose to outfit the latest version of its GT with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 in lieu of the traditional roaring eight-pot.

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Will Sabel Courtney is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Editor, formerly of The Drive and RIDES Magazine. You can often find him test-driving new cars in New York City, cursing the slow-moving traffic surrounding him.

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VW Is Making Its Atlas Overlanding Concept a Reality (Well, Sort Of)

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April 2019 may feel like a decade ago, but in fact, it was just a year in the past when Volkswagen revealed its Atlas Basecamp, an overlanding-ready concept combining an off-road-optimzied version of the company’s midsize crossover and a matching Hive EX camping trailer. It was a bolt from the blue, a shock that made us reconsider how we thought about the carmaker’s biggest ride: not just as a soccer-parent soft-roader, but as an SUV that could actually handle serious outdoor adventure.

Given that, it’s not all that surprising that VW is bringing it to production.

Well, not that exact car, but something close to it. The Basecamp styling package for the VW Atlas brings much of the look and capability of the original concept to the production version: textured fender flares with splash guards and a matching textured front bumper guard help protect against flying rocks; satin silver rocker panels below the doors add to the off-road-ready look of the machine. (You can also grab some of these elements individually, if you don’t want to pop for the whole shebang.)

Best of all, the super-cool Fifteen52 Traverse MX wheels from the concept car are also coming to the production version, in a choice of radiant silver and frosted graphite colors. Those 17-inch wheels are smaller than the others that come on the Atlas, but for good reason: they’re meant to be paired with 245/70/17 all-terrain tires to burnish the off-road capability.

VW hasn’t announced how much the accessory pack will cost yet, but we’re hoping it won’t add more than a couple grand to the Atlas’s sticker. And sadly, that sweet camping trailer isn’t part of the deal — but if you’re looking for one of those, we’re happy to recommend a good one.

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Will Sabel Courtney is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Editor, formerly of The Drive and RIDES Magazine. You can often find him test-driving new cars in New York City, cursing the slow-moving traffic surrounding him.

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

True wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC) are a relatively new development in the audio scene, with the Sony WF-SP700N being the first pair to make a considerable splash when they landed last year. They sounded alright and the fit was snug, but their noise-canceling abilities hardly up to snuff.

Fast forward a year and a half and the landscape for ANC true wireless buds has changed entirely. There still aren’t a ton of options out there and there are some notable holes. Heavyweight Bose won’t release its own pair, the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700, until 2020 for example. But what options there are follow through on the promise of their design. Here are the best of 2019, in order of their price.

Amazon Echo Buds

How’s the noise-canceling? The Echo Buds use Bose’s “active noise-reduction” technology, which Bose claims isn’t as good as the “active noise-cancelation” technology that’s in its own headphones (and will be in Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700, when they’re released in 2020). That said, the noise-canceling ability of the Echo Buds is suprisingly good and better than some other earbuds on this list. The secret, I think, is that in addition to the noise-reducation technology, the Echo Buds go for a fit that is snugger than most and it creates a nature, passive noise-canceling seal.

What else we like: The touch controls on the earbuds are very responsive, with a double-tap to switch between noise-canceling and transparency modes, the latter of which is quite good. Alexa voice controls work with third-party services, like Spotify. The earbuds come with swappable silicone ear tips and ear wings, so it’s pretty easy to get a secure fit. Also, you can’t beat the price.

What we don’t like: They still charge via micro-USB and the case and the earbuds feel kind very plastic-y. Also, to get the most out of these earbuds you’ll want to use the Alexa app, which can be confusing for the unfamiliar.

Sony WF-1000XM3

How’s the noise-canceling? Sony’s WF-1000XM3 offer the most effective noise-canceling abilities of any wireless earbuds on the market. It’s not quite up to the levels of the Sony WH-1000XM3, the company’s flagship noise-canceling over-ear headphones, but then again we wouldn’t expect it to. Also, via the companion app, you can easily customize the noise-canceling levels, which very few wireless earbuds (or wireless headphones in general) allow you to do.

What else we like: In addition to their great noise-canceling abilities, these are the best-sounding wireless earbuds that happen to also have ANC. They slightly edge out the other premium competition.

What we don’t like: The Sony WF-1000XM3 aren’t sweat-resistant and the fit isn’t secure enough to work out in. Also, the charging case is pretty gigantic.

Apple AirPods Pro

How’s the noise-canceling? While not quite up the levels of the Sony WF-1000XM3, the AirPods Pro have pretty excellent noise-canceling abilities. They’re able to eliminate mid-to-low frequencies that are continuous, but are a bit less effective with higher frequencies.

What else we like: Apple packed the AirPods Pro with a ton of new tech. There’s Adaptive EQ, which is a sort-of hearing test to help you find the best fitting silicone ear tip. The transparency mode is pretty phenomenal. And they have Apple’s H1 chip for easy iPhone pairing. The best things with the AirPods Pro, however, don’t have to do with technology; these are Apple’s first wireless earbuds that are sweat-resistant (IPX4), and their new design with silicone tips mean that they won’t fall out of your ears nearly as easily.

What we don’t like: Lovers of the traditional AirPods might not like the way they fit — it’s different. The battery life of each earbud with ANC turned on is actually worse regular AirPods. Also, you still should only buy these if you have an iPhone.


Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus

How’s the noise-canceling? The noise-cancellation of the MW07 Plus’s was slightly less effective than the Echo Buds’s, which may have to do primarily with the seal; the MW07 Plus fit more loosely in the ear, which makes them more comfortable to wear for long periods of time, but also allows more ambient sounds to seep in. The neat thing about the noise-cancellation of the MW07 Plus is that, at least by my ear, it actually improves the overall sound quality of the buds when on, whereas the opposite is usually the case.

What else we like: Master & Dynamic’s wireless earbuds are all about style and sound quality. If you want the flashiest wireless earbuds out there — the MW07 Plus wireless earbuds are made of acetate and stainless steel — these are what you are looking for.

What we don’t like: There’s no doubt that the MW07 Plus are on the expensive side, but the thing that will be the most polarizing thing about them is their lack of a companion app. Normally that would be a good thing, like with the AirPods Pro, but it makes it a little difficult to know which mode you’re in (there’s an ambient listening mode in addition to an ANC mode).


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Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol’s editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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Apple’s New iPad Pros Are More Like a Laptop Than Ever

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While everyone is cooped up at home thanks to COVID-19 and Apple’s annual WWDC conference has been resigned to an online-only existence, the company has managed to announce some new gear, dropping the news by way of a press release. There is a new iPad Pro and, folks, it has a trackpad now.

The iPad Pro’s evolutionary progression has long been on a collision course with honest-to-god MacBooks, but Apple insists the new iPad Pro still retains an unique approach to the control scheme laptops have used for so long, saying that “[rather] than copying the experience from macOS, trackpad support has been completely reimagined for iPad.”

Instead of piloting an actual mouse, the iPad Pro touchpad simply highlights various UI elements as you swipe around, which means pinpoint accuracy won’t be required. It is an intriguing approach to a small trackpad, small screen combination that could be great with an OS that is set up specifically to support it.

The iPad Pro also sports a new two-camera cluster with a 12MP Wide camera and a 10MP Ultra Wide, in addition to a LiDAR Scanner designed for augmented reality applications — likely an early test case for the cameras we’re expecting to find on the iPhone 12.

The new iPad Pro is available today, no small feat given how COVID-19 has disrupted global supply chains. The 11-inch model starts at $799, the 12.9-inch at $999. The (extremely expensive!!) keyboards will be available in May, with the 11-inch model running $299(!) and the 12.9-inch model running $349(!!).

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This Young Whiskey Was 50 Years in the Making

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Pinhook’s new Rye’d On rye whiskey looks to be a reasonable, well-priced addition to the mid-shelf rye market. According to Whisky Advocate, it’s made with a balanced 60 percent rye, 20 percent malted barley, 20 percent corn mashbill, and, though there’s no age statement on the bottle, is only a few years old at most. Why do you care? Rye’d On (many of Pinhook’s expressions are horse puns) is the first whiskey distilled and aged at the legendary Castle & Key Distillery in 48 years.

The facility was built by Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. in 1887, who you may know as part of the Buffalo Trace Distillery’s cabal. It is literally part-castle, and a venue many point to as the beginning of whiskey tourism. It operated from the time of its opening, closed during Prohibition, and reopened again until 1972, when it was abandoned until being bought up and revived by its current proprietors, Will Arvin and Wes Murry.

Bottled at 49 proof and retailing for $38, Pinhook’s Rye’d On is Castle & Key’s first creation since that 1972 shuttering. It’s rolling out now in most markets.

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The Achilles Heel That Keeps Apple’s $5,000 Display From Being Truly Pro-Grade

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The blacks just can’t hack it

Alongside the resurrected Mac Pro, the recent Apple Pro Display XDR is the trillion-dollar company’s latest bet to make inroads with actual, literal professionals in the video production space where prices that seem exorbitant to you and me, are actually remarkably reasonable by comparison to the traditional equipment. But as an extremely in-depth analysis from HDTVTest reveals, it can’t quite hang with the big boys.

The major flaw of Apple’s Pro Display XDR as a professional tool ultimately comes down to blacks. Compared to typical pro-grade reference monitors, Apple’s display is fairly inadequate at displaying deep, inky blacks in close proximity to bright whites. The result is that, in scenes where this is required, you get more of a deep gray, with a glow that bleeds over from the lit spaces into the black. This makes it impossible to tell if a bloom effect in certain parts of a video is an element of the footage, or an artifact specific to the display itself.

You can see the effect clearly in the side-by-side comparisons about eight and a half minutes into the video, after a whole bunch of detailed color analysis.

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Now while this is certainly a weak point of the the Pro Display XDR, there is at least one huge mitigating factor to note: price. While the $5,000 price point Apple’s screen may seem sky-high to you, it is pretty darn cheap compared to the going rate of the reference-quality Sony BVM-HX310 monitor it is being compared to here, a screen so expensive that you will be directed to request a quote from authorized dealers if you try to find the price online. (Think five figures.)

So is the Prod Display XDR trash? No, of course not! But is it the world’s best pro display? Only if you are down to make compromises on account of its price.

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This Distinctive Pilot’s Watch Is Best Viewed in the Dark

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Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Grey Lum

It’s a simple but effective design concept that makes Bell & Ross’s square-shaped pilot watches so easily recognizable. In a wide range of variations, watches based on cockpit instruments comprise most of the brand’s lineup, and the newest entry, dubbed the BR 03-92 Grey Lum, joins a sub-collection focusing on strong legibility and lume.

Watches in the BR 03-92 collection have the iconic Bell & Ross look, with a squarish 42mm-wide case and round dial, powered by a Sellita SW 300 automatic movement. Following the Nightlum and the Full Lum, the new Grey Lum returns in a more familiar, traditional look for the brand. Though the new watch features a satin-polished steel case and a handsome dark gray dial, its the hands and indices, which glow brightly in low-light conditions, where this particular model stands out.

The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Grey Lum is available directly from the brand’s website for a price of $3,400.

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31 Cheap Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Under $50

Need a good gift but don’t want to break the bank? Our list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts under $50 has a little something for everyone. Find more gift recommendations here!

Tosaryu Hinoki Bath Flakes

Price: $9

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

Ikea Tradfri Smart Light Bulbs

Price: $10

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.

Nippon Kodo Kayuragi Incense Sticks

Price: $12

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

Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

Price: $15

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

Casio A168W-1 Illuminator

Price: $15

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.

Crown & Buckle Checker Melange Perlon Strap

Price: $16

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.

Goodnow Farms Chocolate Bars

Price: $17

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.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish

Price: $18

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

Leather Mouse Pad

Price: $19

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.

Brouk & Co. Travel Cord Roll

Price: $20

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.

Bodum Brazil French Press

Price: $20

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.

Jade Roller

Price: $20

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

Felt Coasters

Price: $20

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.

Personalized Yankee Candles

Price: $20+

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.

Panatime Sky Blue Silicone Flat Diver Strap

Price: $20

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.

Wildsam Travel Guide

Price: $20

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+

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

Society6 Prints

Price: $27+

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.

Opinel No.10 Corkscrew Knife

Price: $30

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

Timex Weekender

Price: $31

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.

Activist Raw Manuka Honey

Price: $32

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

Heart-Shaped Green Philodendron

Price: $35

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

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.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Price: $37

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

Moon Juice Dream Dust

Price: $38

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

Patagonia Baggies

Price: $38+

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

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.

Yeti Rambler 26oz

Price: $40

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

Minnetonka Pile Lined Hardsole Slipper

Price: $42+

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

Revolution Green Camo Leather Watch Pouch

Price: $45

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.

Fujifim Instax Camera

Price: $49

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.

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The Best Moisturizers for Men for Every Body Part

“Skincare” is a misnomer: Usually, when we talk about skincare, we’re just discussing the skin on our faces. That’s probably because we attach self-confidence to our complexions — how youthful we look, how alert our eyes seem, how small and clear our pores look. But what about everything else? What about your hands and your feet and your shoulders and your knees? Skincare is so much more than your face.

There are lots of hydrators out there, and you should stock up on more than just a standard-fare moisturizer if you want younger, healthy, hydrated skin all over. Here are the nine types of products you should consider, and the best one in each field.

Clinique for Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer

Best for Your Face: A good moisturizer should absorb quickly and feel light on the skin; it should also have SPF to protect you from harmful UV rays. Clinique’s broad-spectrum SPF 21 hydrating cream checks both boxes, and even comes in a travel-friendly, 3.4-oz. container. It’s hard not to use it on other parts of your body — as a sunscreen outright — since it offers the benefits of sunblock, minus the goopiness.

Byredo Vetyver Hand Cream

Best for Your Hands: Byredo has a good idea on its hands: The fragrance brand incorporates many of its scents into scented hand creams (and travel-friendly ones at that). The best of the bunch is Vetyver, with a well-rounded blend of sweet angelica seeds, tart pomelo, floral jasmine and violet, and anchored by woody vetiver and cashmeran. You can get the creams in 12 different scents, and in two sizes (50ml or 100ml).

Mayron’s Goods Clover & Cucumber Foot Cream

Best for Your Feet: Fewer things bring me as much joy as lathering on Mayron’s foot cream, then encasing each foot in a wool sock and hopping into bed for a great night’s sleep. The cream hydrates with a shea butter and beeswax formula, but it’s the add-ons that carry it the extra mile: Calendula, chamomile, rosemary, and oils of avocado and sunflower give you the tingles while the scent of cucumber and clover permeates the air. It absorbs quickly, so that you maximize the benefits well before you transfer the product to your apartment floor (or the wool socks).

Doctor Rogers RESTORE Healing Balm

Best for Your Lips: Skip the petroleum and keep this multi-use balm at the ready. It both heals and shields the skin, and is good on chapped lips and small cuts, and even works as a soothing layer atop a new tattoo. Glycerin promotes healing, while castor seed oil and wax help shield and plump the skin (in the good way, since they also decrease inflammation). By using this balm before any chapping and cracking, you’ll avoid the problem altogether this winter.

Rugged & Dapper Age + Damage Defense

Best for After Shaving: After you shave, your skin is susceptible to irritation and exposure to the elements. (Put another way, its defense against heat, wind, dry air and even bacteria is compromised.) So you need a dense moisturizer or balm to lather over freshly shaved skin. Rugged & Dapper’s post-shave lotion packs a ton of reparative, anti-aging ingredients to shield and fortify the dermis: aloe vera, palm oil, green tea, jojoba oil, Vitamin B5, shea butter and a silk protein amino acid blend, to name a few.

Curology Custom Night Cream Superbottle

Best for Nighttime: When you sign up for Curology, you get a product that is unique to you: Its AI-fueled software asks about your skincare priorities and problems, then a real-life, board-certified dermatologist prescribes a night cream that helps address these concerns. You can opt just to receive this customized night cream each month, or add a standard moisturizer and cleanser to the shipment, too. So why is a night cream the brand’s bread and butter? Because while you sleep, your skin cells regenerate much faster than during the daytime, and a nourishing, corrective and proactive night cream accelerates the process.

Lab Series 3-in-1 Shave & Beard Oil

Best for Your Beard: While taking care of your beard isn’t exactly skincare, it is a key part of your appearance, and should be kept hydrated and healthy. A great beard oil is the best way to do it. The only thing better than using this oil is looking at it: The blend of three nourishing ingredients separates at a standstill into a tri-colored tower of sea buckthorn, jojoba and sweet almond oils. You can use it as a pre-shave softener or even a paper-thin shave agent, but it shines most as a beard hydrator. It minimizes scratching and flyaways while giving you added styling control. Just be sure to shake it before use — and enjoy the mesmerizing separation that occurs once it’s shelved.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream

Best for Under Eyes: Grooming experts as we may be, Dr. Sturm outsmarts us with this eye cream (and her entire assortment of science-backed, age-reversing products). All we know is that it works famously, thanks to oddball ingredients like purslane and skullcap (which soothe the sensitive skin around the eyes), as well as a blend of golden root, sugar beet and yeast, which reduce swelling. Lastly, it’s packed with lipids which preserve the skin’s moisture levels and keep it looking supple.

Jao Brand Goe Oil

Best for the Rest of You: In the hydration game, there’s so much focus put on your face and extremities, but little on the rest of you — which makes up the majority of your skin. Jao’s Goe Oil is the post-shower full-body hydrator that you’ll look forward to applying. It employs 28 different oils and butters from plants, flowers and fruits, and envelops your body like a warm blanket. You can even apply it to clean hair, feet, hands — and your face, too. Technically, it’s more wax-like than oily, but it’s light enough to seep into the skin and reverse signs of aging while restoring moisture.

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19 Tools That Pro Chefs Can’t Cook Without

There are no gear testers more rigorous than the commercial chef. Can openers, skillets, thermometers, mixing bowls and all manner of other essential gear are put through the ringer night in, night out. So when chefs talk about the gear they couldn’t cook without, we listen. Here are the kitchen tools five pro chefs can’t get enough of.

Chef Gene Kato

Gene Kato, the executive chef of the critically acclaimed Japanese restaurant Momotaro in Chicago, really likes Japanese cooking tools. The James Beard award-nominated chef’s essentials are Japanese in nature and are apt additions to any kitchen of varying cooking styles. From a sashimi knife to a digital cooking scale, here are the essentials Chef Kato can’t live without.

Yanagi Sashimi Knife

“One of the most important things for a Japanese chef is a great sashimi knife. It’s super sharp and a critical tool for cutting and breaking down fish. I use Yanagi.”

Tanita Digital Kitchen Scale

“Last but not least, a scale. Consistency is key to the success of a kitchen. Measuring along the way and balancing the scale before you start to make sure that you’re not including the bowl or vessel is very important. I can’t cook every single dish each night, so the scale helps to make sure that my staff is cooking the dishes exactly as intended, each and every time.”

King Medium Grain Sharpening Stone

“A sharpening stone is a must to get that sharper edge on knives, especially Japanese knives which have flexible, very thin blades, needed for slicing delicate fish. I sharpen my knives once a week and I change the whetstone every two weeks.”

Moribashi Wooden Handle Plating Chopsticks

“I use chopsticks every day at Momotaro — refined chefs in kitchens around the world use tweezers, but chopsticks are the original tweezer. I use them for plating, garnishing and turning items on the robata (it’s a much more delicate tool than cooking tongs).”

Chef Mike DeCamp

After runs cooking in and managing Italian and French restaurants in Chicago, Chef Mike DeCamp returned to his native Minnesota to cook beef and wild game. As kitchen head at Minneapolis’s P.S. Steak, DeCamp aims to modernize the steakhouse without losing classic steakhouse charm (house-aged meats, long wine list and cavernous booths all included). But back in the kitchen, DeCamp is pragmatic. From a $12 Amazon buy to a surprisingly useful Japanese grill, these are the things Chef Mike DeCamp couldn’t live without.

Matfer Bourgeat Nylon Dough Scraper

“This little baby helps me keep my cutting board free of debris. It also helps me transfer anything that I’ve minced up, especially smaller garnishes. Another use is to cut pasta and bread dough into smaller, easier to manager portions. Overall, it’s just very handy.”

Frost River Utensil Roll

“I tend to do a lot of cooking outside of my restaurants. That means that I need to bring the tools that I need to cook with me. This is what I use to transport a few of the things that are the most precious to me. It’s practical but also really durable and I like that it’s Minnesota-made.”

ThermoWorks Thermapen MK4

“This piece of equipment is indispensable for me. I use it so much that I actually keep one in my car at all times as I hop between restaurants. When cooking I prefer to be as accurate as possible and this helps me achieve the consistency that I am looking for in everything that I cook.”

Korin Konro Charcoal Grill

“I use this grill more than I ever thought I would when I bought it. It seemed like a splurge but it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites. It holds heat extremely well, it’s small and most importantly it gets hot. I use Japanese white oak charcoal in it so it lasts forever. I will very rarely reload this during the night of cooking.”

Chef Linton Hopkins

If you’ve been in Atlanta in the last decade, there’s a strong chance Linton Hopkins has fed you. The chef and partner behind Holeman & Finch, Hop’s Chicken, H&F Burger and, most recently, C. Ellet’s has a knack for taking relatable dishes and making them exceptional (H&F’s freakishly hyped burger is the best example). But the James Beard-winning chef’s favorite gear doesn’t follow this line of thinking. From the benefits of a Japanese whetstone to the infinite versatility of a cast-iron skillet, these are the things Chef Linton Hopkins couldn’t live without.

Wüsthof Tri-Stone Whetstone

“The Japanese Whetstone has the ability to sharpen knives, while being meditative. Having sharp knives allow you to get better in touch with the tool which improves your cooking ability.”

Wüsthof 5-Inch Tomato Knife

“I love this specialty knife for cutting tomatoes and other types of fruits. It has the able to smoothly cut through the fiber of the fruit while keeping it intact. Its sharp end points are impeccable for cutting out a core or little imperfections of the fruit.”

Field Cast-Iron Skillet

“The possibilities with a cast iron skillet are infinite: from paella to steaks. On a desert island, this is the one item I would take with me.”

Mauviel Potato Steamer

“This steams perfectly every time, I use it almost daily. In addition to any size potato, there is great diversity with what else you can steam, like broccoli, cauliflower and beets.”

Chefs Macks Collins & Bryan Kidwell

Chef-owners of Los Angeles’ Piccalilli Macks Collins and Bryan Kidwell are fine-dining chefs who don’t really like fine dining. They met at New York City’s fanciful now-closed French-Vietnamese restaurant Rogue et Blanc, became best friends, ran a cult-favorite food truck in LA and opened Piccalilli, which is somewhere in between the two. Their gear, however, is laconic. Of the seven items the tandem recommended, none break the $30 mark. From the most underrated kitchen tool there is to tweezers that look pretentious (but aren’t), these are the things Chefs Bryan Kidwell and Macks Collins couldn’t live without.


“This is great for zesting citrus, cinnamon, nutmeg and hard cheese. In fact, it’s one of the most underrated tools in the kitchen. It makes for great visuals on the plate, as well as equal distribution of a garnish on the dish.”

Choice Green-Striped Kitchen Towels

“They’re faster than using pot holders and, overall, just super cheap and easy to clean. Keeping a clean kitchen is super important for both professional chefs and home chefs; keeping it constantly clean with the help of a towel will keep the crumbs, grease, sticky stuff and, most importantly, bugs away.”

Kuhn Rikon Swiss Peeler

“Has an easy grip, is lightweight and is great for professional kitchens; plus, it’s cheap. They’re called speed peelers for a reason; being so lightweight and easy to grip, they enable faster, more efficient even peels.”

Stainless Steel Chef Tweezers

“These are great for all-around cooking in the kitchen. They look pretentious, but once you use them, you will never go back to tongs. A great tool for flipping foods on grills, pans and in the deep fryer, as well as helping incorporate sauces in pastas.”

Fine Chinois Strainer

“This tool is great for smooth purées and for straining very fine foods, stocks and sauces. Fine dining restaurants use them all the time both in front and back of house. Also, finding the perfect ladle to help pass the food through the chinois is a must.”

Silpat Mat

“A nonstick silicon sheet tray liner is great for baking, sweets, tuiles and anything you don’t want to stick. It can withstand high temperatures, is easy to clean and it’s reusable, so you don’t have to use parchment paper.”

Benriner Japanese Mandolin

“This is lightweight and easy to use, great for even slices and with three widths for julienne. It’s super efficient and saves a lot of time. Beginners do need to practice and take it slow because the blade and teeth for the julienne setting are very sharp, especially with a brand new mandolin. Any professional cook would be lying if they said they haven’t cut themselves using one.”

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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 ISPA Joyride Envelope From Nike Is Shaping To Be A Winner

It’s a great thing to see that most sports apparel brands are crossing over to urban fashion when it comes to their design. The cool thing about this is that most of the products still retain some active lifestyle functionality. Nevertheless, we are starting to see new footwear that can adapt to what the wearer needs. Nike knows its footwear and is partnering with HAVEN to give us the ISPA Joyride Envelope. The name is certainly a mouthful and so it’s the features it comes with.

Over the years, Nike has been experimenting with various materials to enhance performance. We are now seeing the fruits of its labour courtesy of new and exciting kicks that ooze style from any angle. When comfort is on top of the list, proper support, cushioning, and ventilation are essential. However, weather can be unpredictable, which is where the ripstop upper comes into play.

When the situation calls for breathability, owners can just switch to the appropriate side with laser-cut perforations. On the other hand, when moisture is of concern, a quick swap to the opposite side takes care of the problem. The Nylon straps with Velcro Mold In can be adjusted for a snug and secure fit. Another notable feature of the ISPA Joyride Envelope is the Nike React midsole.

The manufacturer is also throwing in its Joyride technology for superior traction. Nike’s designs are definitely getting bolder each season. The ISPA Joyride Envelope is a versatile piece of modern footwear that could lead the way for similar products in the future. For now, it is available via HAVEN’s online outlet.

Grab a pair here

Images courtesy of Nike

If You Love Vintage Rolex Watches, You Need This Book

Decoding vintage Rolex is such a dark art, it seems like the subject for a class in a Harry Potter book. There’s no vitriol more hateful than that which surrounds the posting of a mid-20th century Rolex for sale on a watch forum — you think you’ve heard it all in the high school cafeteria until the insults begin flying when somebody mistakes a Mk. IV Red Sub dial for that of a Mk. III. How dare he? What foolishness is this?!

If you, too, enjoy vintage watches and wish to understand the source of all the passionate debate that is specifically vintage Rolex, then we have the perfect book for you. It’s called “The Vintage Rolex Field Guide,” from an Instagram account called @morning_tundra, and it’s pretty damn awesome. It’s chock full of tables, serial numbers, illustrations and details — so many details that one could conceivably rely on it for the great majority of one’s vintage Rolex knowledge (barring actually handling the watches, of course, which is also necessary). But if you’re the type of person who cares about the difference between a 1680 and a 16800 (let alone a 1016 and a 6294), then this book is meant for you.

“Many watch fans are frustrated with books in this genre,” @morning_tunda explains (the author would prefer to keep his identity private). They read like corporate brochures, with lots of gushy superlatives and photos of museum-grade watches nobody can buy. Even if you have $17M to blow on a stainless steel chronograph, finding an affordable and practical book is really challenging. This was designed to fill a niche and satisfy an appetite for facts and data.”

Having worked briefly in vintage watch sales and being moderately obsessed with vintage Rolex, I was eager to see if I could fill the gaps in my knowledge using the Field Guide, and sure enough, the book delivered — I now still don’t know the difference between a Mk. IV and a Mk. III Red Sub dial, but the information has been conveniently collated and arranged for me in print form!

My personal inability to differentiate Red Sub dials aside, the Field Guide is a godsend for someone who’s trying to make sense of the arcane and seemingly endless rabbit hole that is vintage Rolex. How long did they make the 5513 again? What is a Tropic crystal? Was Hans Wilsdorf a dark wizard? It’s all in there. In fact, it’s got so much information packed into it, one wonders where @morning_tundra found the time to write it.

“I wrote this in the early mornings before the kids got up, and late at night after everyone was in bed,” the author explained. “This began as a side project which I was determined to finish without interfering with my other personal and professional obligations. It turned into something that a lot of younger watch enthusiasts will find helpful. What I didn’t expect was the level of interest from professional watchmakers and dealers. When young buyers start negotiating with data, they sit up and pay attention. Good data will cut straight through the sales BS.”

The book is roughly 250 pages long and divided into several sections, including an extensive introduction detailing different periods in Rolex history, the Oyster case and crown, and the Perpetual movement. Next there’s a section detailing authenticity and “correctness,”; a section on acquiring and buying vintage Rolex; a useful timeline of case serial numbers; a section on assessing condition of vintage models; several sections detailing different Rolex models (further divided into “Antique and Pocket Watches”; “Professional Tools”; “Classics and Crossovers”; and “Formal Dress”); a section on bracelets; a section on movements; and finally, a section on accessories.

And @morning_tundra wasn’t content to simply amass myriad data from dealers, collectors and others without a robust proofing process. “This book is what academics would call secondary research. I’ve processed and analyzed a ton of data from auction catalogs, to forum posts. I crowdsourced analytics support from Amazon Mechanical Turk to validate what I found. I wrote and produced the book myself (typesetting, cover design, illustrations) and distribute it through the mainstream book distribution channels (Ingram Media). This is the same channel big book stores order through. So I’m going toe to toe with the big boys. It’s really shaping up to be a David & Goliath story!”

There are so many graphs, timelines, illustrations and images that you wouldn’t be remiss for mistaking The Vintage Rolex Field Guide for a high school physics textbook — except that you actually want to read this tome. @morning_tundra is so convinced that you’ll agree with me, he’s even offering 30-day return periods on the print version of the book, should you not be satisfied with it. But trust us — whether you order a copy in print or PDF form, this is a book that every vintage watch lover (and especially every vintage Rolex lover) is going to want to have quick access to.

The Carmel Is Vanderhall’s Luxurious Two-Passenger Three-Wheeler

Nobody does three-wheelers like Vanderhall and the latest one to roll off the production floor is another showstopper. Let’s just say that its design might not appeal to everyone in general. Nonetheless, those who appreciate unique rides will love what it offers. It’s 2020 catalogue showcases the Carmel, which just like other models in the lineup are for open-top cruising. However, it’s clearly a tier above the rest when it comes to luxurious embellishments.

While almost every other carmaker is switching over to all-electric platforms, traditional combustion engines are still very much in demand. As such, Vanderhall is giving its clients a choice between the Venice, Carmel, and Edison 2. The first two are your gas-guzzling options, while the latter is the zero-emission superstar. We can talk about the eco-friendly version another day so let’s get back to what makes the Carmel an awesome machine.

Hearing that it is powered by a 1.5-liter LFV turbocharged straight-four engine with a six-speed automatic transmission might sound underwhelming at first. However, after understanding the potential numbers 194 horsepower can deliver with a lightweight aluminium unibody frame, jaws will drop. Performance and handling should be top-tier with its F1-inspired pushrod suspension system.

The Vanderhall Carmel is available in three trims starting at $34,950 and peaking at $43,950 for the range-topper. A removable cap shade is ready to protect you from the elements, but owners will likely want to keep the top open for maximum enjoyment. Finally, for extra comfort, the seats come with built-in heating so you don’t freeze to death driving in colder climates.

Order yours now: here

Images courtesy of Vanderhall

Audemars Piguet Quietly Presents The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked

Audemars Piguet is touting a new drool-worthy timepiece for its discerning clientele. Instead of drumming up publicity for its arrival, the watchmaker is opting for a more subtle surprise. Those logging in the official website to browse through the brand’s luxurious collection are seeing a new model grace the pages. The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked is on full display with all the upscale elements you would want from a watch of this calibre. By the time most of our readers know about it, the waiting list could well impossible to squeeze into.

Ceramic is the material of choice for Audemars Piguet to craft such an attractive piece. For keen-eyed collectors out there, the new model takes everything its predecessor did right and elevated the design even further. As the name already implies, this time around, we are looking at an open-work dial on this version of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar.

It flaunts a striking 41 mm black ceramic case with glare-free sapphire crystal lens. The exceptional craftsmanship allows the exquisite material of the case seamlessly shifts into the titanium case back. Moreover, the sapphire window offers an unobstructed view of skeletonized rose gold rotor of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar.

The showstopper is definitely the skeleton dial, which in turn hosts four sub-dials. Each one features pink gold elements along with the indices and hands. The top three shows the date, while the bottom one is an eye-catching moon phase complication. The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked is powered by Audemars Piguet’s self-winding calibre 5135 with a 40-hour power reserve. Finally, the black ceramic bracelet comes with a titanium folding clasp.

Learn more about it: here

Images courtesy of Audemars Piguet