High Gear is the first studio album by hard rock band Howe II, released in 1989 through Shrapnel Records. Howe II was a short-lived group fronted by guitarist Greg Howe and his brother Albert, a singer.
Andy Hinds at AllMusic gave the album four stars out of five, saying that "The songs on High Gear are good, the riffs are killer, and the execution is flawless." He praised Greg's guitar playing as "more effective than ever; focused like a laser, his brilliant solos drive home the point of the songs rather than being the point of the songs" and likened Albert's vocals to David Lee Roth. More praise went to the band overall: "The entire band plays with an articulate, inspired precision and energy that is truly awesome."