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Dispatches : Jul 2012

LunarGrand

Business up top, performance down below. Developed in conjunction with Nike, Cole Haan’s LunarGrand wingtips are our new favorite collaboration. They’re buttoned-up enough for the office, but because the sole is made with the same stuff found in Nike’s top-of-the-line running shoes, they’re the most comfortable walking-around-town shoe we’ve ever worn.

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Turbo S

The Turbo S, Specialized’s first electric bike, is among the world’s fastest, with a top speed of 28 miles per hour. It’s so zippy that the company can’t sell it in the U.S., where the legal limit for an e-bike is 20 mph. And whereas most electric-assist bikes are clunky, the 50-pound Turbo is sleek, thanks to the low-profile lithium-ion battery and internal cable routing.

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Stove

“Stoke the fire, the GPS is dying!” The BioLite camp stove converts the heat it generates into energy—which, in addition to driving a built-in fan that makes the cook fire more efficient, can rejuice your depleted devices via USB. It’s a cool idea, but it’s not perfect: the stove is hefty (over two pounds), and it’s slow to charge (two hours to restore half the battery life of an iPhone 4). $130; biolitestove.com

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Nao

The easiest way to think about it is this: Petzl’s Nao knows what you’re looking at. Glance down at a map in front of you and light sensors above the headlamp’s LEDs dim and diffuse the beam for easy reading. Look back at the trail and the Nao’s microprocessors automatically focus and intensify the light.

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