Cool New Stuff 2023: All of the Best Gear Drops That Came Out Recently
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Every now and then, we take a break from tracking down the best menswear on the web and direct our finely honed shopping acumen elsewhere: to the best non-menswear releases of the last few weeks. From nifty kitchen upgrades to headache-saving tech, this is all the new gear worth your time and hard-earned dollars.
Veja wants you to get out there. The eco-friendly brand has expanded its lineup of shoes with a new hiking silhouette, the Fitz Roy, that’s primed to conquer the great outdoors. It’s made of a new durable technical material called Trek-Shell coupled with recycled polyester, then topped off with a water-repellent finish so a little rain won’t affect your stride.
Saucony’s latest runner, the Endorphin Elite, is the brand’s fastest shoe to date. The fifth model in the Endorphin lineup, the Elite is primed for road racing. Everything about this sneaker—from the carbon plate to its aggressive Speedroll for forward propulsion—is designed to help push you farther, faster, and with as little effort as possible.
Mystery Ranch is not a brand you’d expect to see on the runway at a fashion show, but at Dior’s Summer 2023 menswear showing, it made a surprise cameo. Though it’s not exactly a high-fashion brand, Mystery Ranch is still beloved for its ruggedness and durability, which is why Dior’s artistic director Kim Jones linked up with the brand to pay homage to Christian Dior’s love of gardening. The collaboration includes a Dior spin on Mystery Ranch’s Gallagator backpack, as well as a Mystery Ranch spin on Dior’s saddle bag (among other pieces like a belt and zippered wallet).
And because a Dior and Mystery Ranch bag might be out of some folks’ price range, you might consider scooping something from Mystery Ranch’s ongoing collaboration with Huckberry instead. This exclusive colorway of the 2-Day Assault bag comes decked out in camo, and stocks a hefty 27 liters of stuff in its innards. It’s also designed to ensure equal weight distribution and can securely hold a laptop up to 15 inches if you’re hauling your tech into the wilderness.
We will forever love the Baratza Encore coffee grinder, and if didn’t think we could love it anymore, the brand added an “ESP” to the end of the name, re-engineered some of the moving parts, and created a coffee grinder that can truly do it all. And by “do it all,” we mean the Encore ESP can grind coffee for both regular brewing methods—drip, pour-over, etc.—and espresso. The ESP retains the original’s 40 grind settings, except this new model focuses the first 20 grind settings on espresso-sized grounds while the larger 20 grind settings get you every other iteration of drip coffee that you could need (like a beefier cold brew consistency). Plus, there’s a dosing cup to help you easily and cleanly transport your grounds to your portafilter like a true barista.
From cashmere sweater to bathroom towels, Quince makes a bunch of affordable, high-quality alternatives to brands that sell the same stuff at a markup. Now it’s making suitcases, and they start at just $130. We’re not sure how it stacks up to our other favorite bags yet, but the specs are promising: It’s made of polycarbonate, with a water-resistant interior lining, and those 360-degree spinner wheels look like they can easily breeze through the airport terminal. The suitcases are only currently available in two colors, black and tan, but those should be neutral enough to please most people.
Does the world of measuring cups need disrupting? According to the direct-to-consumer cookware brand Great Jones it does. The brand, known for its colorful, ‘grammable pots, pans, and ovenware, put a new spin on measuring cups with this whimsical Sophie Jacobsen-esque glass design that might actually get you to measure out (and not just eyeball) your next baking project. Your days of soggy cakes are long gone.
Hay’s new collection includes this portable outdoor lamp that’s just in time for warmer weather. Designed by French designer Inga Sempé, the Mousequeton has a four-step dimmer to help you bring the vibes outside. It also houses a rechargeable battery for its LED bulb, and the lamp is blessedly weatherproofed thanks to its coated steel shade and zinc alloy base.
Get the turntable ready, because Houseplant co-founders Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have released their second volume of LPs to accompany your smoking sessions. The second box set features 97 minutes of tunes across three records, each with their own vibe to match the type of weed strain you’re jamming with.
You’ll recognize Eufy’s brand name for its security cameras and robot vacuums, and now it’s making a cordless stick vacuum. Except it’s not just any old cordless stick vac, but also a steam mop, which the brand says is the first of its kind. After sucking up both wet and dry messes, the Mach V1 uses steam to sanitize the floor—plus, through something called Eco-Clean Ozone Disinfection, the vacuum also cleans itself. While the vacuum is meant to vacuum, steam, and mop mostly on hardwood floors, it can also be used on low-pile rugs and carpets.
The, ahem, great minds at Braindead have teamed up with the designheads at Modernica on a small run of furniture, from desks to Eames-style fiberglass shell chairs, all decked out in vibe-y graphic designs like this checkered logohead print. Add one or two to your space to kick your drab decor situation into high gear.
Traeger’s run of pellet grills are some of the best of the best, and following up last year’s release of the Timberline, the brand has released the Ironwood collection for those looking for something less primo than its top-of-the-line series. Available in two sizes, the Ironwood features a touchscreen digital display, borrowed from the Timberline, as well as a new piece of technology that’s meant to help infused more smoke and wood flavor into your food. Keep the Ironwood in mind once it’s warmer out so you can keep the grill going all summer long.
Snif’s latest scent is drawing some inspiration from Willy Wonka. With Golden Ticket, a new tea-inspired scent, one person will win a two-night trip to London in celebration of the brand’s 15th scent release. Golden Ticket itself smells like a blend of warm teas–black, green, and maté—so it’s a nice consolation prize once you realize you didn’t win a free trip.