Good morning, and welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Gear — your single-shot serving of an entire week’s worth of the best new gear pulled from our weekday editions of Today in Gear. Bookmark it to peruse over a cup of coffee and before you have to take the dog for a walk, then start your Monday completely up to speed. Here’s to another fantastic week.
Designer Series Lighting by Haiku Home
Ever been told you really light up a room? Now’s your chance. These smart LED fixtures feature 16 brightness settings and will last more than 30 times longer than the regular 60-watt bulbs you’re currently using. Partially to save you money and partially because it’s awesome, the Designer Series senses when you’ve entered a room and turns lights on or off accordingly. Premier models feature light temperature shifting for the perfect ambience, and regardless of the model you choose, Designer Series fixtures all come with remote controls that manage all the futuristic features. (Pictured: Designer Series LED in Black)
Travelteq Leather Trolley
Travel can be a disaster — a cacophony of disorganization, feeling disheveled and looking worse. This needn’t be the case. At the intersection of style, design and function you’ll find Travelteq, who bring you the best Italy has to offer in terms of luggage design and materials. Their new trolley is the right size for all manner of travel, with storage innovations to accommodate all your tech and carry-on needs. So even if that intercontinental flight leaves you a bit frumpy, at least your luggage will always look top notch. $730, available tomorrow, April 19.
Kenneth Boots by Aquatalia
The term “dress boots” usually conjures up images of Wild West cowboys awkwardly spinning around a barn dance with a demure widow just minutes before blowing away some uproarious outlaw out for revenge. But these superbly soft, comfortable and classy boots are an excellent addition to any modern guy’s wardrobe — no six-shooter necessary. Easy to slip into thanks to a side zipper, a good fit thanks to an adjustable buckle and made of water-resistant leathers. Available in smooth or pebbled black leather, or a rich tobacco-colored suede.
JBL Reflect Aware C Earbuds
It can be difficult to find good-quality, hard-working earbuds that are worth the investment. Here’s a way out of those doldrums. These buds feature a USB-C connector (to work seamlessly with HTC’s latest HTC 10 phone), a sweat-proof no-slip design and reflective cords that make them easy to find even in the depths of your briefcase — and on the sound front, two 14.8mm drivers and noise canceling for a better audio experience.
Aviation Storage Trolley by Harbor Metal
Can’t count how many times you’ve sat in your aisle seat, glaring enviously at the flight attendant’s badass trolley cart? Next time you fly, pull him or her aside and show off pictures of your own, much more stylish example. 23 different styles are available, and can be covered in everything from crocodile skin to graphics of your choosing. Our prediction: your neighbors and friends will be lining up to have their elbows struck.
Pro Series 4K Ultra HD Outdoor TV by SunBrite
This latest release from outdoor tech specialists SunBrite TV is aimed straight at sports fans who need their tech to stand up to the kind of abuse a playing-in-the-rain-and-getting-sacked-every-play QB might withstand. 4K LED image quality is kept safe behind durable, anti-glare tempered glass; a powder-coated aluminum exterior wards off physical trauma; the TV is water-resistant and internal heating/cooling mechanisms keep things going in temperatures from -40 up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bulldog Tank by Rhone
After many drudgingly gray months of heavy-coat-and-hoodie-weather, the sun is finally showing its face. It’s time to move at least part of your workouts to the great, crisp outdoors and bask in the sun while you sweat. Rhone’s all-new Bulldog 2.0 tank has been reengineered for maximum performance: high-tech blended material kills odor-causing bacteria and wicks moisture, while flatlock seams keep you comfortable and chafe-free through every rep, mile after mile. Named in honor of the former, famously tough British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, this is your new all-around best bet for no-holds-barred, stylish activity.
Merino Lux Go Everywhere Polo by Royal Robins
When the weather heats up, we go for shorter sleeves. But is that really enough? A normal shirt with the sleeves rolled up is still a normal, sweaty shirt. This supremely comfortable and great-fitting Royal Robbins polo is a blend of 32 percent Merino wool and 68 percent Sorona (renewably sourced from corn) — a pairing that produces super-soft, structure material that regulates temperature and wicks moisture extremely well. People don’t have to know you’re wearing a hi-tech shirt, but you’ll definitely feel that you are.
STIHL Battery-Powered Mower
This is perfect for anyone with a moderately-sized yard who loves to go mowing at daybreak; all-electric means super quiet. Powered by a 36-volt lithium ion battery, this sucker is poised to give up to 4,300 square feet of your lawn a buzzcut on a single charge. Inside, a brushless, commercial-grade 900-watt electric motor pumps out 50 percent more power than its predecessor.
Filson Suede Collection
Naturally, Filson’s new line of suede goods utilizes Horween leather originally designed for tough-ass boots. Instead of being limp like most suede products, this suede hasn’t been stripped off the hide, making it worlds sturdier. As a bonus, the tote and backpack are waterproof.
Terrain Series by Word. Notebooks
Physical notebooks are more important than you might think. Write down you cares and let them wash away; brainstorm an idea, write a love letter, doodle…the possibilities are myriad. Word is a fantastic everyday-carry notebook brand, and always stylish. They’ve just released a new line of notebooks whose cover designs are beautiful representations topographical maps.
Topo Designs x Chaco Sandal
The classic active sandal just got a big injection of coolness from the always-vibrant folks at Topo. A familiar construction — designed especially for long-lasting grip and comfort — adds a beautifully colored design. Rafting never looked so snazzy.
Pond Touchscreen Projector
Small enough to perch atop your palm, this innovative little guy projects an 80-inch display onto any surface to create a virtual touchscreen. Use the built-in Android OS and download apps to fiddle with it, or connect it to a device with a mini HDMI cable. Included are a remote and two styluses that do all the touching, and there’s a handy video demo right here.
‘Dr. Strangelove’ Criterion Collection Edition
“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” Perhaps the darkest satire of all time, directed by the great Stanley Kubrick and featuring a brilliant ensemble cast helmed by the inimitable Peter Sellars, The Criterion Collection’s release of Dr. Strangelove is available for pre-order now. It’s a restored 4K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround sound plus new interviews with Kubrick, Sellars and George C. Scott, along with trailers, articles and more. Own a beautiful piece of cinematic history this June.
Costello Flat Front Trouser by EFM
Spring is beautiful, but city dwellers know that oppressive, godawful heat is just around the corner. No excuse to look shabby or unkempt, though. EFM’s Costello pant is a flat-front silhouette made of stretchy, moisture-wicking material that looks like a classy, modern pair of slacks. Reflective tape on the inside back cuff and a hidden cell phone pocket in the waistband are sure signs that these are functional pants for the modern working, commuting man.
Danner Tramline for Iron & Resin
Take two rugged, awesome brands and mash them together: this is the beauty that transpires. A chukka silhouette has been made over with a suede upper and blue waxed-cotton collar. Since it’s possible you might never want to wear anything else as long as you live, Danner’s classic stitch-down construction means you can resole easily and often. And it’s all made in the USA.
GP Watch Pouch
Traveling with watches is like traveling with pets: you can’t just throw them in your duffel and hope for the best. To keep your favorite timepiece in perfect shape while on the road (or, really, on your nightstand), protection doesn’t get much more classy than deep navy Horween leather, a soft suede interior and an embossed GP logo. (You’re on your own for Fido.)
Hawkesmill Camera Bags
Touted as “the most luxurious camera bags in the world,” Hawkesmill’s wares made from top-notch materials for classy camera carrying. Italian leather, nickel hardware, waterproof canvas made in Scotland… the list goes on. Interiors are adaptable: dividers can be removed, converting the bag to a very handsome briefcase or messenger pack.
Hey, buddy. Just wanted to say that the little phone-charger brick in your pocket is super cool. Like, good for you. Oh! Also, here’s a 434 watt-hour battery that’ll charge pretty much anything on earth thanks to its 12V “cigarette lighter” socket, AC outlet and 4 fast-charging USB outlets. It’s powered by high-density lithium ion batteries and is about the size of four adult-reading-level novels stacked on top of each other.
Going off the grid? Going for a hike? Sitting at your desk? Most importantly: hungry? This is the latest flavor from Munk Packs, and it’s packed full of fun: Omega-3’s, fiber, protein and real fruit. Gluten free, vegan, non-GMO and tasty as hell.
Felted wool slippers that you’ll never want to take off: that pretty much sums it up. Glerups come in sizes small enough for infants and big enough for NBA centers; they’re available as slides, shoes and boots. Pure wool construction means temperature moderation, moisture management and comfort are all standard and all natural.
Oooooookay. Badass. The love child of a snowmobile, cafe racer and Darth Vader is earning top marks in our book. That’s black aluminum with exposed fasteners; the vertical stack in front is a headlight. Chrysler Sno-Runner tracks and a 90cc motor provide the go and the guidance. And the whole thing powers our dreams.
Matrice 600 Drone
This isn’t for hobbyists trying to screw with squirrels in their neighbor’s yard or for ne’er-do-wells dive-bombing beach-goers. We’re talking industrial-grade camera rigs. An A3 flight controller, Lightbridge 2 transmission and batteries that will keep up with all the things you demand of them. It’ll travel 2500 meters up, move at up to 18 meters per second and stay aloft for up to 35 minutes.
Ferrari F12 N-Largo S by Novitec
Novitec’s update to the F12 already featured a 6.3-liter V12 with 770 horsepower and 532 lb-ft of torque. The S has been almost completely reclothed in carbon fiber body panels and shod in 22-inch wheels. So, like, the Ferrari F12 is fast; the N-Largo is a screaming demon; this, the S model, will possess full grown men and wage wars with physics.
Beoplay A1 Speaker by Bang & Olufsen
Aluminum! Molded polymer! Bluetooth! One of the most influential and impressive audio gear brands ever! This little dude can run for 24 hours on a charge (courtesy of USB-C) and features two 30W and two 140W drivers and amplifiers.
S.T. Dupont Slim 7 Lighter
45 grams heavy and only 7mm thin (clever name!). That’s every bit as slight as your iPhone 6, but try texting your way to a windproof flame.
Multi Tip Polos by Boast
Boast’s new stretch pique cotton features just the right amount of Spandex for comfort and structure. And their colorful collar tips add just enough visual interst to set these shirts apart without robbing them of their classically handsome looks.
Parker Carry-On by Moore & Giles
Take the essence of a classic steamer trunk (yes, like from old choo-choo trains) and marry it with the practicality of the modern carry on suitcase. Now add a massive dose of quality and sophistication. Finish it all off with plenty of pockets for all manner of travel needs and fashion the whole thing out of Italian-tanned leather in a “Baldwin Oak” colorway, et voila: the classiest roller in any airport, anywhere.
Copper Moonshine Still Kit by Clawhammer Supply
Home distillers, rejoice: your bathtub’s services are no longer required. This 100% copper hybrid still (pot still and a reflux still) is a DIY kit that comes ready to rivet together and ready to pump out all the booze.