October 4, 2022

Gearheads rejoice; there’s a new textile in town. Previously, GORE-TEX announced it will debut its new ‘GORE-TEX Expanded Polyethylene’ in Fall 2022. Now, the GORE-TEX ePE Membrane is even closer to production. The all-new waterproof and breathable material has already secured backing by Patagonia, Arc’teryx and others. It boasts a smaller carbon footprint than competing materials, requires less energy and water to create and produces less carbon overall. On top of that, it’s PFC-free and can bond with other sustainable fabrics like recycled or undyed materials. GORE-TEX describes the new material as long-lasting, fully-windproof, highly breathable and equipped with durable waterproofing. With the material already set to appear on Patagonia’s ski and snowboard shell kits and Arc’Teryx’s Ralle and Coelle jackets, many fans will be able to use the material first-hand sooner than later.

Today we’re taking a look at a new knife, fragrance line and eco-friendly coffee maker. This is Today in Gear.

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Meet Escort’s Newest Radar Detector

The Escort MAX 360c MKII is a high-performance radar and laser detector that can empower drivers on the road. Thanks to powerful new components, the portable radar detector offers a 50 percent improved range, lighting fast performance and a dramatically quieter ride. This is thanks to the device’s ability to efficiently scan for radar and laser speed traps, upcoming red lights and speed cameras while quickly filtering out false alerts. If you’re new to radar detectors or looking for a cutting-edge gadget to empower your travels, look no further than the Escort MAX 360c MKII.

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Looking for a Stunning New EDC?

Casey Underwood and Benchmade have teamed up on a new collab for Benchmade’s limited edition Artist Series. The new knives take inspiration from Benchmade’s original Mini Crooked River, a high-quality knife equipped with a 3.4-inch CPM-S30V steel blade. What sets the Artist Series’ releases apart is that each artist (in this case, Underwood) engraves the piece with custom artwork. As a result, fans can bring home the celebrated knife with a Pheasant, Mallard, Bull Elk or Whitetail print. Each limited edition EDC retails for $400 and will make an excellent addition to any collection.

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Top it Off with a Winter Bucket

Sunny bucket hats past have finally given way to a new style – winter bucket hats. The North Face’s new Cragmont Bucket Hat comes in two sizes and features a floppy brim. Made with 100 percent recycled polyester fleece, the hat will pair perfectly with any trending fleece. Available today for just $35, this casual bucket hat is built for an ice-cold day of chillaxin’.

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Meet Aeir: a New Bioengineered Luxury Fragrance Brand

What’s a bioengineered fragrance? Essentially, instead of extracting natural materials, Aier has developed a system that bioengineers formulas that can mimic the notes in these resources. So, for example, instead of harvesting palo santo, sandalwood and rose, Aier can mimic these scents without ever depleting natural resources. The company will launch its Mini Fragrance Discovery Set for $69 on September 29 at Neiman Marcus, with full-size bottles to follow (retailing for $120 each) later in October.

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CoffeeB Launches Fully-Compostable Coffee Balls

While Keurig’s controversial K Cups grew to quick fame over the last decade or so, they’ve also enflamed countless conversations about the harms of single-use plastics. Now, folks can gather around a new, more sustainable system: The CoffeeB Globe. The machine creates piping hot java from the company’s ‘coffee balls’ – which are produced by tightly pressing finely ground coffee into a sphere. The sphere is then coated with a layer of raw vegetable-based material to ensure peak aroma and freshness. While the release is limited to Switzerland and France, we’ll hope to see the machine on U.S. soil soon.

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