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2020 Will Be the Electric Car Tipping Point

Tesla revealed its mass-market Model 3 in 2016. The company promised an affordable, $35,000 pre-federal tax credit price tag. Buyers went berserk. Tesla received about 400,000 Model 3 reservations, a number higher than Mercedes’ total U.S. sales in a year.

The Model 3 launch showed how strong the potential demand was for quality electric vehicles. Tesla’s struggles to meet that demand since highlight how challenging it is to produce an affordable EV. Tesla finally, sort of, got the Model 3 base price down to $35,000 this year, by stripping down the car among other measures.

We know gasoline is on its way out. We know, at least in the short and intermediate term, electric vehicles will be the replacement. What we’ve been waiting for is the “tipping point.” This will be the point where all manufacturers are bringing EVs to market. Component costs start to come down. Range and charging infrastructure grow to make mass market adoption convenient. The future materializes. We should come close to hitting that tipping point in 2020.

The luxury market will be a beachhead for EV adoption. Tesla’s success has terrified those companies into action. We’ll see results, beyond the already extant Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron in 2020. Porsche is releasing its Taycan EV for the 2020 model year. Porsche already has doubled its production plans due to high interest and is reevaluating the gasoline future of its best-selling vehicle.

Volvo and Geely’s electric performance brand Polestar is set to become a thing. The Polestar 1 sports car is due to begin production for the 2020 model year. The company just unveiled the Model 3-battling Polestar 2. Neither will have Volvo’s speed-limiting tech.

Mercedes (EQC) and BMW (iX3) are launching luxury EV crossovers. Aston Martin is bringing the RapidE, more powerful than the Rapide S V12, to market in 2020. Maserati may finally be (fingers crossed) bringing the Alfieri into production as an EV supercar in 2020 as well. That’s before we get to the stupidly powerful EV hypercars unveiled in Geneva and six-figure classic EV conversions.

Even the full-sized truck and three-row SUV markets are in for a jolt of electricity. Rivian has a planned 2020 launch for the R1T truck and R1S SUV. If Rivian can meet the price targets, those will be competitive with the top end of those markets. Rivian’s performance will exceed anything in those markets.

The next and tricky step is having enthusiasm at the top of the market trickle down to the masses. Base-level EVs are relatively affordable. The Nissan Leaf Plus, the Hyundai Kona Electric, and Chevy Volt will offer a 200-plus mile range and a price tag of around $37,500, dropping to $30,000 with the federal tax credit.

These vehicles do make EVs affordable. But, they don’t provide the same value as internal combustion. The Kona Electric, for instance, is $10,000 more than the base model Kona that gets about 30 mpg combined. It will take years of driving before the fuel savings cover the purchase premium. The same general price point in the gasoline realm will get you an efficient, luxurious Mercedes A-Class.

2020 should see some developments at the lower end of the EV market. Though the details remain nebulous. Volkswagen has an I.D. crossover and hatchback that should start production by 2020. The hatch may have a base version for less than $30,000 (unclear when VW would start selling the cheaper one). There are also reports of VW entering the market with a super cheap (sub-$23,000) subcompact EV. Mini should be launching an electric version of the Mini Cooper hatch to begin sales in 2020.

We won’t all be driving EVs by 2020. The best-selling American vehicles will still be three full-sized trucks traveling less than 20 miles on a gallon of gas. But, buyers, particularly on the luxury end, will have a range of EV options. Buying one should feel far more normal than niche.

Naturecruiser Floating House

We dare you to find something as sleek and svelte as this Naturecruiser home by Die Wohnschiffmanufaktur. It’s got everything you want in a home, except land. That’s right — this thing’s floats, which really redefined the term “outdoor pool.”

If you might think its water-floating capabilities are just for gimmicky spectacle, think again. Die Wohnschiffmanufaktur built the Naturecruiser from the ground up with water in mind. As a result, the houseboat makes nary a peep as it wades across lakes and rivers. That’s thanks to its inbuilt hybrid electric drive, which keeps things to a mum.

The Naturecruiser is also almost entirely self-sufficient, using its own water-purification system and solar panels to provide potable water and pull energy. Additionally, the consummate folks behind the project used sustainable materials to create the entire-thing, making it one of the eco-friendliest boats we’ve featured here.

You get 15 meters of living space. That includes a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and an outdoor deck, to boot. Moreover, you also get a rooftop terrace.

Are you a house, a boat, or a yacht? Make up your mind, Naturecruiser!

All jokes aside, this thing’s a beaut. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out — one look at its warm wood-clad and modern fixtures will make you want to escape the tangled city life and hop in at once. Wide windows abound in this wee Scandinavian gem, offering you spectacular views of the surrounding water.

If this one doesn’t really tickle your fancy, Die Wohnschiffmanufaktur boasts a number of other houseboats that’s as notable.

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Photos courtesy of Die Wohnschiffmanufaktur

SylvanSport VAST Camper Trailer

Look — if you want an authentic, rough-it-out, visceral camping experience in the frayed edges of wilderness, camper trailers won’t help you. But if you like bringing along creature comforts in outdoor shenanigans, consider SylvanSport’s VAST camper trailer.

There’s been a surge of camper trailers of late, and while most new models are decent enough, the SylvanSport VAST is another story. Most notably, it’s the brand’s first-ever camper trailer. Thankfully, it’s no botched job, as SylvanSport is redefining what a camper trailer should be.

The result is an ultra-versatile three-in-one trailer with efficient use of space. You get a customizable lounge area that can be converted into a two-level sleeping area. Not to mention twin queen-sized beds that descend from above via motors. When you hop out of bed, you can tuck them back up so as to save space. That then gives you access to an onbaord bathroom and an indoor or outdoor slide-out kitchen.

Oh, and that kitchen — we’re talking a two-burner stove, a fridge, a freezer, a sink, and plenty of storage. SylvanSport designed the entire thing to hold up your camping gear, too. So, you get things like rails for kayaks, a space inside for bikes, and even hideaway storage for dual propane tanks.

The only downside to the SylvanSport VAST camper trailer is that you can’t buy it yet. But if that trip’s coming up and you haven’t settled on a camper yet, this one’s probably your guy. It’s got every essential creature comfort imaginable. It’s not exactly what you’d call a roughing-it-out experience, sure, but who cares?

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Floatdeck Balance Board

There’s a lot of research detailing the detrimental effects of sitting — either while at work or leisure time. That explains the boom of standing desks in recent years. Professionals are ditching the chair, raising their tables, and getting their butts off the old swivel.

While it’s gone mainstream, this kind of setup involves heaps of money, which puts it out of reach of most people. But if you have one, don’t think you’re good to go. Sure, sitting down for long periods is bad for your health. But so is standing up without ample support. You can potentially hurt your joints, hips, and back without proper techniques. That’s where Floatdeck comes in. It’s designed for people who work at standing desks, counteracting long periods of standing by alleviating the static pressure on your body.

Constructed from bamboo, the Floatdeck Balance Board is pretty sturdy. And that’s also thanks to a base crafted for effortless and intuitive movement and balance. Who knew something as simple as this can strengthen your core, hips, and knees?

All you have to do is stand on it and try your best to balance while working. It definitely won’t be easy at first. Especially if you’re used to stable footing. And it will take some getting used to before you’re expertly propped up without wobbling. But in time, you’ll learn how to keep upright, and it’ll be the best no-exercise exercise you can participate in absently.

It’s a tad bit costly at $249, though. But that’s a small price to pay for potentially adding years to your life and keeping stale joints at bay.

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5 Question with Vintage Watch Retailer “Those Watch Guys”

Those Watch Guys met when Craig, the older of the two friends who founded by four years, started dating Samuel’s sister in high school. The romance didn’t endure, but Craig and Samuel had bonded over watches, so much so that they now run a thriving vintage watch dealership together. The watch fascination began when Craig chose what he remembers with a dose of insider shame as, “a Victorinox quartz chronograph thing,” for his high school graduation present. That quartz thing inspired Craig to learn more about watches, and Samuel followed him deep into the rabbit hole of horological discovery where they found a mutual love for vintage mechanical watches.

Their fascination with vintage watches led to the inevitable flip-and-fund cycle, which led to the Instagram account @thosewatchguys as a flipping platform, which led to HODINKEE featuring that account, which blew them up. In response, these young men built a proper dealership website, an impressive service network, and a stellar reputation. They now offer a steady stream of exceptional vintage watches in top running condition with six-month guarantees. In a sea of vintage watch dealers, Those Watch Guys stand out for all the right reasons.

Q: What are the requirements for a watch to make it into your inventory?
A: Craig: It has to be a watch that we like, for starters, and that’s usually going to be something a little different. We are into these older sport chronographs, for example. We see the value of a Datejust, for sure [Craig is wearing one, in fact], and we sell those because they’re so versatile—dress it up or down—but we get excited by some funky alarm watch, or a watch with an interesting colorway that we’ve not seen much of. The other thing we need to do is make sure the condition is solid. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it has to be good enough that we can feel confident selling it with our guarantees. But mostly it’s about finding watches that we feel excited about, and that we think our customers will be excited about.

Q: Who repairs and services the watches you sell?
A: Craig: I’ve got a guy down here (in Baltimore) who does some of the work. If it’s a time-only watch, I’ll send it to him. If it’s a chronograph, I’ve got a guy in Texas who works on those. And Samuel has some watchmakers up in Boston who we also work with. It’s really a case-by-case thing, so we send the watch to the person who is best qualified to fix that specific watch. But we also try our best to buy from people we know and trust, people who can help us understand the service record on a watch. That helps in terms of making sure we’re starting in a good place with any given piece.

“Mostly it’s about finding watches that we feel excited about, and that we think our customers will be excited about.”

Q: Prices for vintage watches have been rising steadily for a number of years. How has that changed your business?
A: Samuel: Well, it hasn’t all that much, really, though the prices have gone up on some watches, so that does change things. We tend to sell in the $500 to $4,000 range, and some watches have moved beyond that price range lately. Heuer as a brand just keeps going up, for example. Rolex hasn’t gone up all that much in comparison, so we can still get and offer vintage Rolex pieces pretty reasonably. Certain Omega’s aren’t increasing as much as others, like Seamasters, so we sell quite a few of them still, often just around $1,000.

Craig: One thing that’s changed is that there are a more people out there who aren’t dealers asking for dealer prices through their Instagram accounts. These folks aren’t necessarily unreliable, but they’re pricing like a dealer without providing the service and guarantees that dealers provide. In some instances, those people don’t really know much about the watch they’re selling, and that’s a problem when it comes to service records.

Samuel: eBay has changed a lot, too. It used to be possible for us to get decent watches there at reasonable prices. We could go on and get a Gallet for around $400, and now they’re through the roof. It’s not that we don’t still sift through that website, trust me we do, it’s just that every year it gets more difficult to find quality pieces there.

Craig: We do a lot with Gallet right now, because we really like them and they’re pretty hot. It’s amazing to watch these specific brands from the past take off like that. But generally we pay a bit more now, and we sell for a bit more now, so it’s not all that different from our perspective as a dealer.

Q: Do you see this business becoming a full time job?
A: Samuel: I would like to see that happen, but I think it’s good to keep it part time for now, maybe for a couple more years, as I’m still in the early years of college. That way we don’t put too much stress on ourselves or the business, and we can let it grow more organically. I work as a photographer at European Watch Co. in Boston part time, and so I’m pretty happy with my current situation.

Craig: I’m about to finish up college (at Loyola in Baltimore), and I think I’ll keep the watch business part time for now. I aim to get a job in marketing once I graduate, and I can still keep the watch business going alongside that. The good thing is that we do it because we love it, and we don’t want that to change.

“First of all, figure out what you like. That’s not as simple as you might think.”

Q: What advice do you have for someone buying their first vintage watch?
A: Craig: First of all, figure out what you like. That’s not as simple as you might think. I’ve met people our age, guys under 30, who have built up this cool collection with a very specific vintage aesthetic, and then I see them a year later and they’ve sold it all and are wearing a Royal Oak. That happens way more than you might realize. People’s tastes can swing. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but it can be expensive.

Samuel: Yeah, I think that’s a good reason to not spend your whole budget on your first vintage piece, and instead try to get as many as you can in order to learn what you’re into. For example, if you go spend $7,500 on a Heuer Camaro, there are many watches you aren’t getting to know. Buying many lower priced watches quickly and learning what we liked was a big benefit for the both of us.

Craig: Another reason to start on the lower end price wise is that if you’re new to vintage watches then you’re still learning, so the risk of getting burned is a little higher. Everyone gets burned once in a while, even dealers, but if you do your research and don’t spend too much, you can minimize your risk.

Samuel: Another thing to keep in mind is that vintage watches are pretty different from today’s watches. You might buy a vintage Datejust, for example, and find that it feels really light. If you go drop $6,000 on a new Rolex, that watch will feel like a tank compared to a vintage one, so people kind of have to learn about vintage, how it feels, and figure out what they’re into by getting their hands on more vintage pieces.

The Stylish Boardshorts Built to Last Decades

At the start of the 1960s in Southern California, blue-collar life was beginning to give way to beach culture. Surfing was becoming popular as teenagers grabbed boards, grew their hair long and firmly established the birth of the counterculture. Carrie Birdwell Mann witnessed this transformation taking place and saw an opportunity, launching Birdwell Beach Britches in 1961.

Inspired by the nylon sails of sailboats, she worked with textile mills on the East Coast to develop a proprietary two-ply nylon fabric (SurfNyl™) that is the foundation of Birdwell Beach Britches. These durable Beach Britches (the original name for boardshorts) were built to withstand the rigors of surfing and to be wearable for a lifetime — just have a look at the two flanked on the sides in the image above; those dependable boardshorts are nearly 20 years old and withstood rigorous daily use by ocean rescue lifeguards.

While Birdwell’s first customers were the lifeguards of Newport Beach and SurfNyl™ is the pride of Birdwell, a new fabric has made its way into the iconic boardshorts this year. Chambray can wear-in and not out just as SurfNyl™ does — over the years it becomes more and more handsome. This long-lasting approach is more present than ever in the new 310 Limited-Edition Chambray Board Shorts.

Given its dedication to designing shorts that wear well, Birdwell has astutely used an indigo cotton chambray — a fabric that stylishly whiskers and patinas over time. For this new modern classic, created in a slightly evolved silhouette from the signature cut, these boardshorts also include a simple button fly, a tab closure for an adjustable fit, matching navy horn buttons, orange SurfNyl™ lining and a SurfNyl™ stripe running from back to front.

Every fabric, stitch and component Birdwell implements is scrutinized with purpose-built design philosophy. And thanks to the matriarch’s commitment to handmade quality since the 1960s, the original blueprint remains mostly unchanged. Birdwells are so reliable that many pairs of these quintessential shorts are still going strong today. Durable enough to last decades and backed by a lifetime guarantee, the 310 Limited-Edition Chambray Board Shorts will upgrade any guy’s beach threads for years to come.

2020 is the EV Tipping Point

Tesla revealed its mass-market Model 3 in 2016. The company promised an affordable, $35,000 pre-federal tax credit price tag. Buyers went berserk. Tesla received about 400,000 Model 3 reservations, a number higher than Mercedes’ total U.S. sales in a year.

The Model 3 launch showed how strong the potential demand was for quality electric vehicles. Tesla’s struggles to meet that demand since highlight how challenging it is to produce an affordable EV. Tesla finally, sort of, got the Model 3 base price down to $35,000 this year, by stripping down the car among other measures.

We know gasoline is on its way out. We know, at least in the short and intermediate term, electric vehicles will be the replacement. What we’ve been waiting for is the “tipping point.” This will be the point where all manufacturers are bringing EVs to market. Component costs start to come down. Range and charging infrastructure grow to make mass market adoption convenient. The future materializes. We should come close to hitting that tipping point in 2020.

The luxury market will be a beachhead for EV adoption. Tesla’s success has terrified those companies into action. We’ll see results, beyond the already extant Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron in 2020. Porsche is releasing its Taycan EV for the 2020 model year. Porsche already has doubled its production plans due to high interest and is reevaluating the gasoline future of its best-selling vehicle.

Volvo and Geely’s electric performance brand Polestar is set to become a thing. The Polestar 1 sports car is due to begin production for the 2020 model year. The company just unveiled the Model 3-battling Polestar 2. Neither will have Volvo’s speed-limiting tech.

Mercedes (EQC) and BMW (iX3) are launching luxury EV crossovers. Aston Martin is bringing the RapidE, more powerful than the Rapide S V12, to market in 2020. Maserati may finally be (fingers crossed) bringing the Alfieri into production as an EV supercar in 2020 as well. That’s before we get to the stupidly powerful EV hypercars unveiled in Geneva and six-figure classic EV conversions.

Even the full-sized truck and three-row SUV markets are in for a jolt of electricity. Rivian has a planned 2020 launch for the R1T truck and R1S SUV. If Rivian can meet the price targets, those will be competitive with the top end of those markets. Rivian’s performance will exceed anything in those markets.

The next and tricky step is having enthusiasm at the top of the market trickle down to the masses. Base-level EVs are relatively affordable. The Nissan Leaf Plus, the Hyundai Kona Electric, and Chevy Volt will offer a 200-plus mile range and a price tag of around $37,500, dropping to $30,000 with the federal tax credit.

These vehicles do make EVs affordable. But, they don’t provide the same value as internal combustion. The Kona Electric, for instance, is $10,000 more than the base model Kona that gets about 30 mpg combined. It will take years of driving before the fuel savings cover the purchase premium. The same general price point in the gasoline realm will get you an efficient, luxurious Mercedes A-Class.

2020 should see some developments at the lower end of the EV market. Though the details remain nebulous. Volkswagen has an I.D. crossover and hatchback that should start production by 2020. The hatch may have a base version for less than $30,000 (unclear when VW would start selling the cheaper one). There are also reports of VW entering the market with a super cheap (sub-$23,000) subcompact EV. Mini should be launching an electric version of the Mini Cooper hatch to begin sales in 2020.

We won’t all be driving EVs by 2020. The best-selling American vehicles will still be three full-sized trucks traveling less than 20 miles on a gallon of gas. But, buyers, particularly on the luxury end, will have a range of EV options. Buying one should feel far more normal than niche.

2013 Land Rover D90 By COOLNVINTAGE

We’ve feature aplenty from Cool & Vintage, stylized as COOLNVINTAGE, and for good reason. First of all, their custom jobs are pretty sick, and if you ever end up in Lisbon, it’d be a sin not to least stop by their workshop.

Cool & Vintage’s latest handiwork puts a 2013 Land Rover D90 on the chopping block, where it loses its signature rear shell. Don’t worry, though. When Cool & Vintage taketh away, it also giveth. The D90 in question sports Marshall wireless speakers and an updated A/C unit, just two creature comforts that make this ride a modern-day pleasure. And since it’s still a Land Rover D90 at its core, you’ll find the well-designed principles still intact.

We’re talking Bespoke Cognac Connolly leather trim alongside a Keswick Green colorway that pairs “rugged” with “utilitarian” perfectly. Off-road ready, too, so you can be sure it’ll come out alive even if you put it through the wringer. Needless to say that this is one of the most notable custom rides we’ve ever seen. It’s got no fancy bells and whistles like this Mad Max-inspired 1973 Plymouth ‘Kuda’ Barracuda By Aaron Beck, sure. But you know what? Simplicity is still key, and that’s what Cool & Vintage nails, always.

The Land Rover D90 in question is currently listed for sale on Cool & Vintage website. We have no doubt Land Rover fans will quickly scoop this one up and chuck it in their garage. There’s no exact price, though. If you want a quote, you’re going to have to inquire ask Cool & Vintage directly.

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Photos courtesy of COOLNVINTAGE

Sunseeker Hawk 38

You can use the Sunseeker Hawk 38 as a full-on boat or as a tender. Either way, it offers high-speed roams on the water.

Underneath the sleek body there are twin Mercury R400 outboard motors that’s got enough power to make it zoom as fast as 62 knots, or 70 mph across the water. At a whopping 38 feet in length, it’s on the larger side. But that means you have plenty of space onboard, including, even, a sunbathing area.

The U-shaped seating, which faces the aft, features a quick-release table. Perfect for al fresco dining and quick card games as you wade across great lakes. Forward-facing seats are also available, located behind the helm.

Speaking of the helm, you’ll be please to know there’s a Simrad navigation system built-in. Paired with Mercury Racing Digital Zero Effort throttles, speed and performance are of no concern here, obviously. The hull has been optimized to include the latest outboard engine technology. That means a handful of performance benefits and low-cost maintenance for boat owners.

Finally, the Sunseeker Hawk 38 comes with a choice of paint finishes and upholstery. There are plenty of customization options to make sure no two Hawk 38 units will ever be alike. Here’s Sunseeker CEO Christian Marti on the Hawk 38:

“Now is the perfect time for a high-performance day boat, designed engineered and built to exacting standards; the all-new Hawk 38 will deliver an experience like nothing else in the market.”

If the Hawk 38 isn’t your cup of tea, you can check out Sunseeker’s Sport Yacht, Predator, or Mahantaan on its website.

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Photos courtesy of Sunseeker

The Best Fitness Tools to Track Your Sleep and How to Use The Data

“Sleep is roughly one-third of your life, and you don’t want it to be a mystery,” Will Ahmed, founder of Whoop, a fitness and wellness tracker, says. “Sleep is when your body is repairing [itself], so 95 percent of your body’s human growth hormone is created during sleep.” Which is to say that this is when your body is doing a huge amount of recovery work, especially after a hard workout. The first step to improving sleep is to gauge how much you’re actually getting. While the accepted amount is somewhere between seven and nine hours for adults, you might need more than that. “Sleep is so incredibly personal,” Dr. Lorenzo Turicchia, a sleep scientist at Bedgear, a performance sleep brand that makes mattresses and pillows for athletes, says. “I recommend paying attention to when you wake up feeling refreshed and see what your data looks like.” The only hard data you can really track is time spent in bed, and then you can use that to deduce the number of hours you were actually asleep. The other things, like sleep cycles and interruptions and pre-bed habits, are just nice-to-haves that you can personally draw from.

There are many wearables and apps available to give you a plethora of data points and the one point you want to pay attention to is sleep time. “Getting into bed at 11 PM and getting out of bed at 6 AM does not mean you automatically got seven hours of sleep,” Dr. Turicchia says. “Tracking could help you understand the number of hours you log each night, providing you with more data to help you prioritize your rest so you can feel more awake during the day.” The CDC recommends seven or more hours per night for everyone 18 and older, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine agrees. Wearables and a good old pen and paper are useful to help you log and monitor how many hours of sleep you’re getting. The key is that you use something that’s easy for you to remember — whether it’s a device you wear on your wrist, finger or slip under your mattress — you want to “set it and forget it,” Matt Delaney says. He’s the head of innovation at Equinox gym and founder of the sleep coaching program there.

Once you have the stats on your sleep, it can be overwhelming to know what to do with them. Look at the time you go to bed first — “most people fluctuate sleep and wake times a considerable amount,” Delaney says. It’s likely different on weekdays versus weekends. “If your schedule has a bunch of variability in it your body will have a tough time adapting to a consistent schedule,” Delaney says. Use the tracker to identify nights where, “I went to bed two hours later this night, but ended up wake up same time, so [I got] two hours less of sleep,” Delaney says. Once you identify those trends, you can use that to “systematically attack each one, fixing each until you get one handled,” Delaney says.

The goal with sleep tracking is to understand it — and everything you do that affects it. The watches can’t tell you how to use the data but, if you watch for patterns in your sleep in comparison to, say, your workout or eating habits, you can determine where improvements can be made to optimize your sleep. “There are all sorts of things you’re doing in the other 20 hours of the day that affect how you sleep later,” Ahmed says.

Here are five devices you can use to get the down low on your data so you can start tracking.

The Gear You Need

Withings/Nokia Sleep Tracking Pad

The Sleep Tracking Pad is what I use every night — it slides under my mattress and spits out a variety of stats via the Health Mate app. I never have to think about it, which is why I like it. I can open up the app any time of the day, and it will connect to the device through Wifi to let me know how many hours I logged last night. Each morning I get a sleep score based on how long I was asleep, how many interruptions I had, how much time it took me to fall asleep and what time I got up.

iFit Sleep HR

This device slides under your mattress to track your sleep hours and more. The iFit app asks about your last meal, alcoholic and caffeinated drink intake and when you last worked out to give you more information with each calendar data point you plot. While it’s a pain to have to open the app before bed to get it to log your sleep, many trackers don’t ask any questions, so you’re not getting a complete picture of your recovery. “If I look at my sleep, and I get 5.5 hours because my son woke me up in the middle of the night, that’s very different than me getting 5.5 hours of sleep because I had six drinks before bed,” Delaney says. “All I see on the back end is sleep data.” When you take the time to enter that information into an app, it’s easier to spot issues that are fixable — and ones that aren’t. The iFit Sleep HR provides you with the tools to keep track of all the little details, unlike the Withings Sleep pad, which gives you no options for note-taking.

Whoop

We tested the Whoop Tracker (read the review here) last year and were impressed with how much data we had at the end of each day. You’ll see sleep latency (how long it takes you to fall asleep), disturbances (how often you wake during the night) and your time in bed, which is helpful when determining how hard you should exercise the next day. The app takes into account how much you exercise during the day, tracking your movement 24/7, so if you’re pushing yourself in a workout, yet not getting enough proper recovery, the app will alert you. Whoop calculates when your body is under too much strain, so you can focus more on rest and eating right before tackling an intense workout. Whoop reminded me how much sleep is an integral part of my recovery thanks to a rating system that shows you a score every day. When the score is in the red (meaning I was run down) Whoop served me a handful of reminders that I needed to get to bed sooner. It’s an easy-to-wear and easy to charge device that you never have to take off. You never take off the Whoop strap — not even to charge it — so sleep information is plentiful.

Fitbit Versa

Thanks to four-day battery life (tied only with the Polar A370), the Fitbit Versa allows you to track your sleep for days between charges. Our tester loved the casual look and feel of the tracker. It gives you bedtime reminders, silent alarms and monitors your sleep stages. You can see everything in the corresponding Fitbit App, control your reminders and set a sleep schedule, which can help urge you to get to bed sooner, and at the same time, which is key to improving sleep. Just like you did when you were younger (bath, book, bed) having a sleep schedule and routine as an adult helps your mind start to wind down, so you’re ready to start dreaming as soon as your head hits the pillow. If the Versa is too pricy for you, the newly updated Versa Lite was just announced for $160.

Polar A370

Polar’s A370 features Sleep Plus, which uses the built-in accelerometer to record when you fall asleep and wake up, while looking at your movement and heart rate. Each morning you can view your total sleep time, actual sleep minutes, interruptions and a chart of your sleeping patterns, so it’s easy to gauge which days of the week could use a little help. The A370 also doesn’t attempt to give you your REM and light sleep (which are incredibly variable and tough for a wrist tracker to accurately monitor). Just like the Whoop and Fitbit, the A370 will let you know how many times you woke up during the night and for how long. In the Polar app, you can visually match up the time of night with your heart rate, checking your lowest rating, which for data geeks, is pretty awesome.

Motiv Ring

Some people find a ring more comfortable to wear than a tracker on their wrist. The Motiv ring keeps your wrist ready for the best-looking watches. This ring lets you simultaneously track sleep, active minutes and more thanks to a three-day battery life. When you order the ring, you first get a ring sizing kit, so the ring won’t slip off while you’re doing the dishes. And, you can wear in the pool and shower, making this an easy device to forget. Simply twist the ring to have it sync all your data with the corresponding Motiv app. This ring is for someone who doesn’t want to wear an ostentacious wrist tracker, but still wants all those data points after each day.

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Top 10 Most Powerful Countries In The World

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia sits at the ninth place of this year’s most powerful countries in the world. The giant country that lies in the Arabian Peninsula has vast lands and wealth.

Located in the Western part of Asia, Saudi Arabia spans about 830,000 square miles, making it the fifth largest in the continent. It is also the second largest Arab country in the world, next to Algeria.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to 32.9 million people. About 50 percent of its population is below 24 years of age.

This powerful Arab country used to be the heart of cradle of the civilization, Fertile Crescent. The arc-shaped region had seen Agricultural and technological development, which include the use of irrigation as well as the invention of writing, glass, and the like.

What makes Saudi Arabia stand out from the rest of nations is its arid climate and deserts. The country’s deserts were discovered to contain overflowing oil reserves. It has about 22 percent of the world’s oil deposits.

Oil is one of the limited commodities that keep the world turning. Since then, Saudi has become a top exporter of oil, hence, its rapid economic growth.

Today, Saudi Arabia has a GDP of $683.8 billion, with a GDP per Capita of $ 54,532. In fact, nearly half of its GDP comes from oil.

On top of its oil reserves, the country also has gas reserves, the sixth largest in the world.  Saudi has also ventured in manufacturing concrete, steel, auto parts, and construction materials.

At present, Saudi Arabia is building the Jeddah Tower, formerly known as the Kingdom Tower. The unprecedented 3,280-feet or 1,000-meter-tall building is expected to open in 2020. By then, the Jeddah Tower will knock Dubai’s skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, off its throne as the world’s tallest building.

Saudi’s form of government is a Unitary Islamic absolute monarchy. There is a king, the crown prince, and deputy crown prince. The king of the Islamic state is a direct descendant of the kingdom’s 1932 founder. His official title is “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” and has assistance from 12 appointed ministers.

The people living in the country share a rich culture and deep heritage. Also, they are more committed to their religion. The country has four World Heritage Sites.

The Islamic kingdom receives millions of Muslims from various parts of the globe to take part in a pilgrimage to Mecca every year. They commonly believe that prophet Mohammed was born in Mecca, the cradle of Islam.

Saudi Arabia’s Domestic Challenges

Saudi Arabia also deals with domestic challenges, as well as ongoing threats from nearby countries. Currently, it builds a fence along its border due to the conflict in Yemen. The wall also helps restrain ISIS members from infiltrating the country.

The growing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran wave across the region. The country fights an internal war, too, against extremist groups and protesters who demand reform. Still, the kingdom limits freedom of expression, uses torture on its prisoners, and does public executions.

It is extremely wealthy in the supply of oil. However, the Islamic state also looks other means to reduce its dependency on oil.

The country now implements its newest policy known as Saudization. Aimed at addressing high unemployment rates, the ministry of labor mandates a certain level of companies’ workforce is comprised of Saudi nationals.

Saudi Arabia is a founding member of OPEC. As the newest member of the World Trade Organization, the country has allowed itself to welcome foreign investment.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Shouldn’t Be This Good

For most city-dwellers, the idea of owning more than one vehicle is laughable. So what’s an enthusiast urbanite to drive if not something that is both sporty and practical? Weekend getaways out of the city require cargo space, ground clearance and all-wheel-drive, even if the vehicle rides on performance-oriented summer tires. Just about any midsize SUV will tick those boxes, but high-performance examples seek to deliver a genuinely enjoyable driving experience on top of the practicality.

Not a tall order if going fast in a straight line over and over is your idea of a good time. However, when the road gets twisty, a legitimately powerful vehicle should scare you a little just before that big smile arrives. The GLC 63 is capable of shaming a few sports cars, yet it will happily swallow up all your ambitious adventure gear. It’s one of those rare vehicles that is comprised of contradictions, yet works oh-so-well as a whole.

Like any AMG product, attention first goes to the engine. The GLC 63 makes use of the exceptional 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 used in other Mercedes-AMG products where it has to pull less weight. In this application, it cranks out 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. What’s more, is that all that torque is available from 1,750 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The sprint from 0-60 mph happens in 3.8 seconds, and that’s in a vehicle which weighs 4,462 lbs and boasts 56.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats down.

Impressive numbers and systems are certainly integral parts of any performance vehicle, but take most modern cars, strip away the tech and the luxury and you’re left with something pretty dull. The GLC63 is a different story. Underneath all the accouterments that come with a Mercedes-Benz, there’s still an AMG hot rod. Few companies do the V8 engine justice like AMG.

One necessary option box is the AMG performance exhaust system. It announces the engine starting up with a bark, settling into a burbling rumble at idle. Perhaps most enjoyable is the crack-of-lightning that comes when downshifting high in the rev range.

With a push of a button, however, “utterly ridiculous” turns to “mild-mannered” and you can fly under the radar of anyone who doesn’t appreciate the eight-cylinder symphony broadcast at full blast. The GLC 63 is many vehicles rolled into one excellent package, and it’s worthy of praise in its own right.

Today in Gear: News On the Tesla Model Y, the Best Whiskey Glasses On the Market & More

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These Canadian Military Sneakers Are Updated with Italian Suede

These Canadian Military Sneakers Are Updated with Italian Suede

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The Next Bond Car Will Be an Electric Aston Martin and That’s Okay

The Next Bond Car Will Be an Electric Aston Martin and That’s Okay

In reality, Bond driving an EV is fitting, natural, and the right thing to do.

This New High-Tech Grill Will Be on Every Father’s Day Wish List

This New High-Tech Grill Will Be on Every Father’s Day Wish List

Traeger’s new grills and grill technology are further proof that wood pellet grilling is the furthest thing from a fad.

A 30-Day Trial of Gym Shorts Isn’t Actually a Crazy Idea

A 30-Day Trial of Gym Shorts Isn’t Actually a Crazy Idea

Thirty-day free trial periods pertain Casper mattresses and Spotify Premium, but gym shorts? Ten Thousand is confident enough to try it.

Swell’s Reusable Straws Will Help Eliminate Plastic From Your Life

Swell’s Reusable Straws Will Help Eliminate Plastic From Your Life

A stainless steel straw is one way to keep plastic out of our waterways.

Rado’s Retro Dive Watch Gets Takes on A New Patina

Rado’s Retro Dive Watch Gets Takes on A New Patina

Rado has introduced a new version of its popular 37mm retro-styled dive watch that’s sure to please vintage fans.

Everything You Need to Know About the Tesla Model Y

Everything You Need to Know About the Tesla Model Y

Last night, after a meandering speech and brief company history lecture, Elon Musk finally delivered the Tesla Model Y.

This Mercedes Wagon Is a Future Classic — And a Total Steal

This Mercedes Wagon Is a Future Classic — And a Total Steal

When a real future classic comes around, they tend to stand out — even if it’s a gray station wagon, like this Mercedes-AMG E63.


Fresh Deals



Urnex Descaling Coffee Machine Cleaner
Save 33%: Professional baristas and cafés think of only one name when it comes to coffee machine cleaning: Urnex.

“I’ve used [Urnex’s] food-safe cleaners in every shop I’ve ever worked in,” Erika Vonie, Director of Coffee at Trade, said. “They don’t leave a residue or impart flavor when used correctly and leave your equipment factory-clean when all is said and done.”

Today, a four-pack of those cleaners is all of $6 — down a few bucks from its usual $9. If you don’t think you need to clean your coffee machine all that often, you’re lying to yourself. Read more here. —Will Price



Apple Watch Series 3 Sale
Save 21%:
If you’ve been debating picking up an Apple watch, now’s a great time to shop the previous model for 21 percent off. The Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS and Cellular is down from $379 to $299. There are rarely sales on Apple products like this. A 38-mm face is a natural entry point size-wise for a smartwatch, or you can size up to the 42-mm for $329. If you’re already in the Apple universe (with an iPhone and laptop or iPad), getting used to the interface is a breeze. Apple launched the Series 4 in the fall of 2018, but the Series 3 has many of the same great features and is still the smartwatch to buy.

Whether you’re looking for a GPS running watch or something that tracks your steps, calories and exercise minutes, the Apple Watch Series 3 is for you. I’ve had an Apple watch since 2015 and am a bit obsessed. Putting my watch on is the first thing I do every morning, and I enjoy that the watch nudges me (buzzes on my wrist) every hour to stand up, encourages me to get moving at night if I neglected to work out in the morning and logs every step of my commute in addition to tracking my meditation minutes. Yes, you do have to charge it every night, so sleep tracking is not possible, but as a runner I appreciate that I can check my miles at the end of every day. — Meg Lappe



Au Sabot L’Amor Pocket Knife
Save 25%: There’s a reason why knife blades come in various shapes, with intended use primary among them. Take Au Sabot’s L’Armor, a folding pocket knife with a somewhat blunted tip, for example. That shape is called a Sheepsfoot, not only because it resembles, in a way, an ovine hoof, but also because it’s a shape that has historically been used for farm work.

Au Sabot’s L’Armor still has that function at its heart, but it adds an appropriate amount of flair too. The four-inch blade is made of Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel, a well-rounded Swedish steel known for its hardness and toughness (it’s often used to make ice skate blades) and is available with handles made of palo santo, olive or horn. All three are currently available at Huckberry for 25 percent off.— Tanner Bowden

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Bose SoundLink Revolve & Revolve+
Save Up to $60: The SoundLink Revolve speaker, marked down to $160 today, boasts 12 hours of continuous playback with a 30-foot Bluetooth range. Thanks to the 360-degree speaker construction, it’s better for creating an immersive listening experience than a standard speaker, offering room-filling sound from something that’s barely bigger than your favorite travel mug. It also links with your phone to access Google Now or Siri.

For a slight upgrade, check out the SoundLink Revolve+, which is currently $60 cheaper than its regular price. In addition to a longer battery life (16 hours rather than 12), it’s a slightly larger and more powerful version of the regular SoundLink Revolve. For bigger rooms, bigger parties and bigger sound, the Revolve+ makes a great go-to. — Andy Frakes

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Calvin Klein 205W38NYC Denim Shirts by Raf Simons
Save 50%: In August 2016, legendary Belgian designer Raf Simons was appointed as Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein. Simons oversaw creative strategy over all aspects of design, marketing and communications for the brand and infused his distinct design language into the brand’s luxury 205W39NYC collection. His first collection with the brand debuted for the Fall2017 season, but by December 2018, Simons and Calvin Klein parted ways (nine months before his contract would have expired).

Simons-designed menswear pieces are already very collectible on the secondhand market. Garments from his eponymous brand and tenure at Dior sell for premium prices on sites like Grailed. So if you’re looking to invest in something from Simons’s time at Calvin Klein, now would be a good time.

Case in point: today at Nordstrom, you can save 50 percent on two denim shirts from the Raf Simons-designed Calvin Klein 205W39NYC collection. Simons short tenure at the brand makes these wardrobe staples instant collector’s items. They’re still expensive, but they’ll hold their value over time — hard to say that about many other pieces of clothing. — John Zientek


Today on Gear Patrol

The Best Whiskey Glasses to Pair with Your Favorite Bourbon or Scotch

The Best Whiskey Glasses to Pair with Your Favorite Bourbon or Scotch

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One of the Worst Automotive Trends Ever Is Making a Comeback

One of the Worst Automotive Trends Ever Is Making a Comeback

More so than any other trend, the most significant one taking hold reeks of Malaise Era dullness from American brands and exciting, lively cars from Asia.

Three Vintage Watches from 1969

Three Vintage Watches from 1969

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5 Cool VWs We Can’t Get in the U.S.

5 Cool VWs We Can’t Get in the U.S.

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How to Turn Your Old Computer Into a Roon Music Server

How to Turn Your Old Computer Into a Roon Music Server

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Why You Don’t Need Waterproof Hiking Boots

Why You Don’t Need Waterproof Hiking Boots

Do you really need that layer of Gore-Tex in your boots?

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We Don’t Believe in World Sleep Day but Here Are Our Best Sleep Hacks Anyway

The Keys to Z’s

We Don’t Believe in World Sleep Day but Here Are Our Best Sleep Hacks Anyway


On this unofficial holiday that is World Sleep Day, we’d like to tell you all to go home and go to bed early. Non-holidays like this are lame, but we figured a reminder to sleep more is always a good thing.

We likely don’t need to tell you that studies show sleep helps improve your fitness performance as well as your creativity and efficiency at work. But, if this makes you question how many hours of sleep you logged last night, we have the sleep hacks you need to get more hours. Whether you’re sleeping in a tent, your bed or traveling, here are the tips and tricks to help you quickly fall asleep, recover faster and spend more time in bed.


The One Thing Your Fitness Routine Is Missing? Sleep.

The One Thing Your Fitness Routine Is Missing? Sleep.

If you really want to see performance gains, get more fit and live better overall, the answer, according to experts, is better sleep.

The 10 Best Sleep Accessories to Try in 2019

The 10 Best Sleep Accessories to Try in 2019

Not every sleep accessory will work for every person, but our list of some of the best around the web is a good place to start looking.

This New Drink Is for Athletes Who Want to Sleep Better

This New Drink Is for Athletes Who Want to Sleep Better

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Whoop Tracker Review: A Game-Changing Fitness Tracker

Whoop Tracker Review: A Game-Changing Fitness Tracker

Finally, a tracker that actually gives you actionable advice. If only it told you the time.

This Non-Essential Accessory Helps Me Sleep in the Woods

This Non-Essential Accessory Helps Me Sleep in the Woods

Some will criticise me for it, but I always bring a pillow with me camping. Here’s why, along with my recommendations for some good ones.

These Canadian Military Sneakers Are Updated with Italian Suede

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Today’s Best Deals: Big Savings On the Apple Watch Series 3, Discounted Bose Speakers & Much More

Welcome to Deals of Note, where Gear Patrol captures all the best deals of the day. You can also follow all our deal posts in the Deals section. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at deals@gearpatrol.com.



Urnex Descaling Coffee Machine Cleaner
Save 33%: Professional baristas and cafés think of only one name when it comes to coffee machine cleaning: Urnex.

“I’ve used [Urnex’s] food-safe cleaners in every shop I’ve ever worked in,” Erika Vonie, Director of Coffee at Trade, said. “They don’t leave a residue or impart flavor when used correctly and leave your equipment factory-clean when all is said and done.”

Today, a four-pack of those cleaners is all of $6 — down a few bucks from its usual $9. If you don’t think you need to clean your coffee machine all that often, you’re lying to yourself. Read more here. —Will Price



Apple Watch Series 3 Sale
Save 21%:
If you’ve been debating picking up an Apple watch, now’s a great time to shop the previous model for 21 percent off. The Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS and Cellular is down from $379 to $299. There are rarely sales on Apple products like this. A 38-mm face is a natural entry point size-wise for a smartwatch, or you can size up to the 42-mm for $329. If you’re already in the Apple universe (with an iPhone and laptop or iPad), getting used to the interface is a breeze. Apple launched the Series 4 in the fall of 2018, but the Series 3 has many of the same great features and is still the smartwatch to buy.

Whether you’re looking for a GPS running watch or something that tracks your steps, calories and exercise minutes, the Apple Watch Series 3 is for you. I’ve had an Apple watch since 2015 and am a bit obsessed. Putting my watch on is the first thing I do every morning, and I enjoy that the watch nudges me (buzzes on my wrist) every hour to stand up, encourages me to get moving at night if I neglected to work out in the morning and logs every step of my commute in addition to tracking my meditation minutes. Yes, you do have to charge it every night, so sleep tracking is not possible, but as a runner I appreciate that I can check my miles at the end of every day. — Meg Lappe



Au Sabot L’Amor Pocket Knife
Save 25%: There’s a reason why knife blades come in various shapes, with intended use primary among them. Take Au Sabot’s L’Armor, a folding pocket knife with a somewhat blunted tip, for example. That shape is called a Sheepsfoot, not only because it resembles, in a way, an ovine hoof, but also because it’s a shape that has historically been used for farm work.

Au Sabot’s L’Armor still has that function at its heart, but it adds an appropriate amount of flair too. The four-inch blade is made of Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel, a well-rounded Swedish steel known for its hardness and toughness (it’s often used to make ice skate blades) and is available with handles made of palo santo, olive or horn. All three are currently available at Huckberry for 25 percent off.— Tanner Bowden

>

Bose SoundLink Revolve & Revolve+
Save Up to $60: The SoundLink Revolve speaker, marked down to $160 today, boasts 12 hours of continuous playback with a 30-foot Bluetooth range. Thanks to the 360-degree speaker construction, it’s better for creating an immersive listening experience than a standard speaker, offering room-filling sound from something that’s barely bigger than your favorite travel mug. It also links with your phone to access Google Now or Siri.

For a slight upgrade, check out the SoundLink Revolve+, which is currently $60 cheaper than its regular price. In addition to a longer battery life (16 hours rather than 12), it’s a slightly larger and more powerful version of the regular SoundLink Revolve. For bigger rooms, bigger parties and bigger sound, the Revolve+ makes a great go-to. — Andy Frakes

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Calvin Klein 205W38NYC Denim Shirts by Raf Simons
Save 50%: In August 2016, legendary Belgian designer Raf Simons was appointed as Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein. Simons oversaw creative strategy over all aspects of design, marketing and communications for the brand and infused his distinct design language into the brand’s luxury 205W39NYC collection. His first collection with the brand debuted for the Fall2017 season, but by December 2018, Simons and Calvin Klein parted ways (nine months before his contract would have expired).

Simons-designed menswear pieces are already very collectible on the secondhand market. Garments from his eponymous brand and tenure at Dior sell for premium prices on sites like Grailed. So if you’re looking to invest in something from Simons’s time at Calvin Klein, now would be a good time.

Case in point: today at Nordstrom, you can save 50 percent on two denim shirts from the Raf Simons-designed Calvin Klein 205W39NYC collection. Simons short tenure at the brand makes these wardrobe staples instant collector’s items. They’re still expensive, but they’ll hold their value over time — hard to say that about many other pieces of clothing. — John Zientek

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The Next Bond Car Will Be an Electric Aston Martin and That’s Okay

At the behest of director Cary Fukunaga, Daniel Craig will be driving the forthcoming all-electric Aston Martin Rapide E sedan as his “Bond car.” That’s right, James Bond is going electric, and it will be played up like a momentous occasion with scandalized headlines, as though it’s Bob Dylan going electric. But, in reality, Bond driving an EV is fitting, natural and the right thing to do.

The upcoming Bond car isn’t a first-gen Nissan Leaf. The Aston Martin Rapide E will have north of 600hp, which is more than the V12 gas-burning Rapide S. So the Rapide E should have more than enough power in short bursts to extricate the secret agent from one of his henchman run-ins.

A limited-edition Aston Martin deploying the most cutting edge technology the company has to offer is about as Bond as you can get. Hijacking the series for BMW product placement in the ‘90s was a far greater sacrilege.

James Bond, as a silver screen character, is more than 50 years old and Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel came out nearly 70 years ago. Britain, in the interim, has gone from a global Empire to an island of loveable eccentrics. The Bond character has always evolved with and reflected the times. Sean Connery’s Bond was a thoughtless and rampant womanizer. Daniel Craig’s Bond is a chiseled, brooding action hero weighed down by the existential meaning of his own actions and loyalty. About the only common thread through the Bond films is ordering a wrongly made martini.

The 2020 iteration of James Bond would drive an EV. A Tesla would be a bit too common, while a Jaguar E-type Zero would be too delicate. But the Aston Martin Rapide E? It’ll do just fine.

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This New High-Tech Grill Will Be on Every Father’s Day Wish List

Traeger invented the wood pellet grill more than 30 years ago. Now it’s on its way to perfecting it.

The all-new Ironwood and redesigned Timberline and Pro series are all outfitted with features new to the grilling world. “Wifire” tech allows you to control the grill without the need for a shared, local Wi-Fi connection — this means you could throw a pork butt on the grill, run to the grocery store to pick up all the sides you forgot and monitor internal temperature, ambient temperature and smoke levels the whole time.

Traeger’s D2 Direct Drive is a new pellet-pushing mechanism that allows for the production of blue smoke (the good, thin smoke you want when grilling) at a wider temperature range. It also hastens the longer pre-heat times associated with pellet grilling, a common complaint from new wood pellet grill owners.

For newcomers, wood pellet grills work by way of an auger pushing tiny hardwood pellets into flames. Traeger’s grills can be set anywhere between 165 and 500 degrees for hours on end. The result of this is a grill that’s able to operate as both a highly precise smoker and a traditional grill, using natural woodsmoke to bring more flavor than a gas grill ever could.

Traeger’s new and updated grills are available online through its site and at select retailers across the country.

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Traeger Ranger ($400)
Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone ($499)
Traeger XL Elite ($2,000)

Vintage Breitling Fans Will Love This New Navitimer Watch

Baselworld, the biggest watch event of the year, is coming up soon in Basel, Switzerland, and we’ll have a team on the ground there to bring you the most exciting releases. Follow our coverage here, and also be sure to check out Instagram. We’ll be posting to our feed throughout the week.

Price: $8,600
Availability: Limited to 1,959 pieces
Case Dimensions: 40.9mm wide, 13.43mm thick
Movement & Winding: Caliber B09; hand-wound
Power Reserve: ~70 hours

Quick Take: Announced for Baselworld 2019, Breitling has done a nice job recreating one of its early iconic Navitimers from 60 years ago. The new Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition is moderately sized and well proportioned, features an in-house movement, and brings back the classic “beaded” bezel. The brand has been increasingly retro-focused, in line with industry trends, but this is the brand’s first actual modern “re-edition,” and we can expect more to follow.

Who It’s For: Watch enthusiasts remain generally happy to see the the cool designs of past decades return with updated modern features. The Navitimer is one of the most recognizable chronograph watches in history, and it’s hard to go wrong with such a popular vintage model. Fans of the brand and the Navitimer will be particularly pleased, and many will appreciate also that it comes in just under 41mm wide and remains reasonably thin (13.43mm) for a chronograph.

Key Features: Breitling stayed faithful to the original in just about every way, including the use of an acrylic crystal over what would be the more modern choice of sapphire. Water resistance has been increased to 30m, and the brand has added Super-LumiNova to the dial, though in a vintage-inspired, creamy hue. Breitling says that the number of “beads” for bezel actually matches the number found on the 1959 original at exactly 94 pieces.

Inside the Navitimer is a modern Breitling in-house B09 manually-wound chronograph movement. This movement is newly developed based on the brand’s automatic B01 movement and will be used for future re-editions. The B09 has around 70 hours of power reserve and, like all Breitling movements, is COSC chronometer-certified. The Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition will be available later in spring 2019, limited to 1,959 pieces, for a price of $8,600 each.

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