Every week there are dozens of new and exciting pieces of gear. But are they actually worth buying? Trust the team at Cool Material to help you find the latest and greatest releases in a recurring column: What We’re Buying.


Vincero The Reserve Automatic

“I have owned more watches than I care to divulge, but I have never owned a green-dialed model. Until now. I am amazed by the quality and value of Vincero’s Reserve Automatic. It looks feels like a way-pricier Omega on the wrist thanks to its excellent sizing, beautiful case, and double-domed sapphire glass. The premium Miyota automatic movement is plenty smooth, and the rich dark olive green hue seems to change colors in different lighting. It’s a conversation piece, for sure, and I would easily wear this with a suit or just a polo shirt and shorts.” Buy: $495

Amos Kwon, Auto/Watches Editor


Kindle with Built-In Front Light

“As much as we love reading print books whether we’re at home on the go, there’s something to be said for the convenience of carrying thousands of books in a small form factor device. What’s more, this Kindle features a 167 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper (even in direct sunlight), adjustable brightness, and a built-in front light that reduces eye strain for even the longest reading sessions. Sure, Fire tablets and iPads with the Kindle app do the same thing, but if you want an unadulterated reading experience, a bespoke Kindle device with a week-long battery and huge storage like this one is ideal.” Buy: $90

Ben Dahl, Senior Editor


Ugly Drinks Birthday Cake Sparkling Water

“This will be my first time participating in Dry January and I want to stock up on some quality non-alcoholic beverages. I’ve been hearing great things about the utterly bonkers Ugly Drinks Sparkling Waters so I wanted to give them a try. Ugly Drinks has made a name for itself with playful branding and wild limited edition flavors. I picked up a case of their Birthday Cake seltzer. It’s sure to be a wild time.” Buy: $30

John A. Paradiso, Managing Editor


Porter Cable Air 6 Gallon Air Compressor

“The old family heirloom air compressor finally died this week so I am replacing it with this 6-gallon electric compressor from Porter Cable. Nothing really amazing to say about it. It is simply a must-have tool when you live in a multi-generational household with multiple cars to keep on the road. It does everything you need to keep your tires properly inflated and you can use it to power your nail gun or even blow up all of those ridiculous pool floats for the kids. Hopefully, this one will last 30 years like the old Black and Decker we just threw away.” Buy: $99

Pat McLaughlin, Commerce Editor


Save Khaki Oxford Shirt

“We had a company holiday dinner party planned for this week and I was in need of a fresh new button-down. I’ve been a big fan of Save Khaki for several years now and they’re a go-to for me when I need staple pieces. I have a few other oxfords from them and they fall perfectly in-between casual and semi-formal. I wear them on their own, under a jacket, tucked, untucked. And they’re made in USA of 100% cotton, so they last.” Buy: $170

Tim Jacobsen, Co-Founder


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