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Today in Gear: News to Know Before Your Christmas Break

Ontario Knife Co.'s NY-made addition to its "Old Hickory" series, LG's space-smart DualUp monitor and Athletic Brewing's Dry January party pack round out today's updates.

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Athletic Brewing

For those of us of a certain age, you might hear "RadioShack" and have holiday memories like shopping for electronics and video games, or heading in to outfit your latest toy with a pack of new batteries. It seems that for today's generation however, RadioShack will be associated with... well, cryptocurrency. RadioShack — yes, RadioShack — is planning on "bringing cryptocurrency to the mainstream" in a move that will see the brand attempt to roar back into relevancy after heading into bankruptcy back in 2015. Supported by Alex Mehr and Tai Lopez's Retail Ecommerce Ventures Review and its Atlas USV (Universal Store of Value) protocol, RadioShack is setting up a Decentralized Finance ecosystem and exchange. In layman's terms, RadioShack is effectively trying to launch something more direct and peer-to-peer than a platform like Coinbase — including the creation of its own token, known (fittingly) as RADIO. Will RadioShack's decades-long legacy buoy this venture to success, or will RadioShack once again head back into the graveyard of fallen retail giants (R.I.P. CircuitCity)? We'll just have to see in the new year. RadioShack revival aside, there's a few things we wanted to highlight before you head into your Christmas holiday. Whether it's Ontario Knife Co.'s NY-made addition to its "Old Hickory" series to LG's space-smart DualUp monitor and Athletic Brewing's Dry January party pack, this is Today in Gear.

As we head into Christmas — and New Year's Day shortly after that — we want to personally wish you and yours a wonderful holiday. Whether you'll be geeking out over your gifts and new gear (like us) or simply relaxing with friends and family before we close the book on 2021, thanks for making Today in Gear your source for product news and updates. We'll be back and better than ever in 2022.

Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and news. Want your question featured in our weekly "Ask an Expert" column? Send your most pressing product questions to tig@gearpatrol.com.
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Ontario Knife Co. adds a new folder to its rustic Old Hickory series.
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Ontario Knife Co.

In a world of high-tech, modern detailing, it's frankly charming to find a brand that's willing to go with something a bit more old-fashioned when crafting its blades. That's just what Ontario Knife Co. has done with its Old Hickory line, adding a new folder to the series. The knife has (ironically) a walnut wood handle with brass liners and rivets. Even better: The 2.9-inch blade was made in NY state, making it the only domestically-produced folder in the brand's active roster.

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3Sixteen and Schott bring back the pair's classic Officer Coat.
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3Sixteen

We already love 3Sixteen because of its high-quality denim (and the team behind the brand includes some of the nicest guys in the menswear game today), but you can add this Officer Coat to the list. Made in collaboration with Schott, the pair used 28-ounce melton wool to beef up this classic jacket silhouette, lining the coat with a paneled satin lining. Not to sound old-fashioned, but this is the kind of coat that's been in demand for decades... and will be for many decades more.

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Be twice as productive in 2022 with LG's new DualUp Monitor.
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LG

We love the idea of double monitors — making it easy to manage multiple tasks at a glance. However we, like many folks working in cramped home offices, simply don't have the desk space. This is where LG's new DualUp monitor comes into play. Designed to deliver as much on-screen info as two 21.5-inch monitors, LG's DualUp gives users double the view in (effectively) the physical space of a single vertical monitor. While more info on the DualUp will drop at CES next year, check out more LG monitors down below.

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Asics' Novablast 2 SPS is your new all-around, every day sneaker.
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Asics

With a beefed up FlyteFoam Blast cushioned sole, the Asics Novablast 2 SPS has the support you need no matter what kind of athlete you are. Frankly, with chunky-tech sneakers still holding onto their popularity, this model is basically the perfect double whammy; while it should hold up on light runs and recovery workout days, its sleek no-sew upper and redesigned heel makes it perfect for simply walking around or hanging out.

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Kicking off 2022 with a Dry January? Athletic Brewing has just what you need to get the party started.
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Athletic Brewing

For the strong-willed souls opting into a Dry January plan as they go into 2022, we know it can be hard to celebrate the new year without imbibing in a little alcohol. Non-alcoholic beer specialists Athletic Brewing have the perfect package to help people ring in Dry January, including five 6-packs of five different "brews," a disposable camera and a koozie. Who says a great New Year's party can't be dry?

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