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Daily Gear Digest: Mission Workshop, Smith Optics and Stio

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Daily Gear Digest is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and news from the Skyblue Gear Lab.

Each day, the Skyblue Gear Lab has new product releases and stories to tell. We gather them all together in our Daily Gear Digest, so you can stay informed of the latest gear news.

Today, we have news about a collaboration between Mission Workshop and Philleywood that has resulted in the Gradient glove ($165). Additionally, Smith has unveiled the Method Snow Helmet and Stio releases their Doublecharge Collection.

Mission Workshop Launches 3-Season Gradient Glove for Optimal Performance

Mission Workshop’s Gradient glove ($165) collaboration with Philleywood offers a versatile design. Whether you’re navigating chilly city streets or tackling demanding hikes, this glove guarantees 3-season wearability. These are hand-made premium gloves designed and proudly made one batch at a time in the USA with the finest materials from around the world. Supreme fit and meticulous attention to detail guaranteed with every pair.

Developed from the long cuffed Strasse, the length is pared down to cut just above the wrist. This allows not only total range of motion for any possible function but also guarantees 3-season use from cold days out in the city to long days cycling or exploring the backcountry. For the upcoming ’23 edition, Mission Workshop has chosen a striking palette of black and midnight navy for their softshell gloves. And for the first time ever, they are offering size XS gloves to fit those with smaller hands.

The Gradient is crafted in the U.S.A., with each batch labeled and numbered to create a harmonious blend of classic craftsmanship, modern materials, and functional features for optimum comfort and longevity.

Photo: Mission Workshop.


  • Touch screen conductivity leather at thumb and index finger for smartphone use without removing gloves
  • Light palm/thumb padding stitched to leather for responsive comfort
  • Softshell finger panels for superior fit & dexterity
  • Leather gussets at the thumb and index finger protect the glove at heavy wear points
  • Leather logo pull straps at the cuff with adjustable Velcro finish
  • Material Composition:
    • Top: Schoeller® wb-400 softshell with c_change® membrane and NanoSphere®
    • Palm: Pittards® WR100X water resistant leather
  • Made in micro-batches in California
Get your own Gradient Glove

Smith has introduced the Method Snow Helmet.

The Method Mips ($140) helmet is equipped with Koroyd impact protection that is engineered to compress and shield. Also, the same technology is intelligently placed to ensure the helmet remains lightweight and well-ventilated. It contains nine fixed vents plus AirEvac technology for continuous air circulation.

Get your own Method Snow Helmet

Stio’s releases Doublecharge Collection

Stay warm and dry from bell to bell in Doublecharge—filled with quick-drying insulation engineered to imitate down’s natural warmth-to-weight ratio, and protected by GORE-TEX’s powerful new PFAS-free ePE membrane against bitter-cold temps and wet, heavy storms.

Photo: Stio.

Storm cycle after storm cycle, tram lap after tram lap, fresh tracks and hidden stashes—some winters feel endless in all the best ways. For the hard-charging type who doesn’t like to miss a minute, the Doublecharge Insulated Jacket is built to keep you warm and dry from bell to bell. Stio’s Men’s Doublecharge Insulated Jacket ($449) is a lightweight, low-bulk insulated jacket designed to be a winter essential with new ePE recycled GORE-TEX technology, PFCEC-free DWR finish, and PrimaLoft® Silver Eco insulation.

Ripping runs calls for durable gear that doesn’t inhibit movement. New ePE GORE-TEX® 2L technology with PFCEC-free DWR finish seals out storms responsibly, while PrimaLoft® Silver Eco insulation offers warmth and breathability. CORDURA® kickpatches handle hard surfaces, and inner thigh vents provide climate control. Waistband adjustment allows for a tailored fit, and articulated knees with an internal gaiter keep out pow. Meet the elements in Stio’s Men’s Doublecharge Insulated Pant ($399) is a lightweight, waterproof, breathable pant, made with PrimaLoft® insulation and new ePE recycled GORE-TEX 2L technology.

Get the Stio Doublecharge Collection

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