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Today in Gear: Lab-Grown Diamonds for Valentine’s, Apps That Help Cut Excessive Phone Use & More

Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and deals. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.


Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days of the year to get engaged, and if you’re going to pop the question in 2020, make sure you nail the ring. Before you trek out to the jeweler, check out Couple — the first luxury lab-grown diamond company. These lab-grown diamonds are no different than mined ones, all the way down to their atomic structure. The upside is that they’re 100% ethically sourced and sustainable. Even if you aren’t popping the question, Couple makes it easy to come through with a stellar Valentine’s Day gift. The brand makes the process of buying a diamond a whole lot easier by letting you shop directly online, or book an appointment with their virtual Diamond Concierge. Be sure to order by January 27th for delivery before Valentine’s Day.

New & Noteworthy Releases

One of Our Favorite Affordable Watch Straps Is Available in a Bunch of New StylesOne of Our Favorite Affordable Watch Straps Is Available in a Bunch of New Styles

One of Our Favorite Affordable Watch Straps Is Available in a Bunch of New Styles

Crown & Buckle’s Chevon is a cross between a NATO strap and a perlon — get it now in new colors, and even in leather.

Jeep Just Quietly Created a New Top-of-the-Line WranglerJeep Just Quietly Created a New Top-of-the-Line Wrangler

Jeep Just Quietly Created a New Top-of-the-Line Wrangler

For that rare person the Rubicon does not satisfy.

This Badass Dive Watch Is Now More Refined Than EverThis Badass Dive Watch Is Now More Refined Than Ever

This Badass Dive Watch Is Now More Refined Than Ever

The new Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation is a hardcore diver with several retro-sporty touches and a chronometer-certified movement.

Burton’s Not the Only Brand Revolutionizing Snowboard BindingsBurton’s Not the Only Brand Revolutionizing Snowboard Bindings

Burton’s Not the Only Brand Revolutionizing Snowboard Bindings

A new product out of Germany works with any soft boot, gets you in and out in seconds and just won an ISPO award.

Cadillac’s Next Great Sport Sedan Will Use the Engine from the CTS-VCadillac’s Next Great Sport Sedan Will Use the Engine from the CTS-V

Cadillac’s Next Great Sport Sedan Will Use the Engine from the CTS-V

Here’s hoping they let it have all 640 horsepower.

Trying to Use Your Phone Less? These Apps Might Be Able to HelpTrying to Use Your Phone Less? These Apps Might Be Able to Help

Trying to Use Your Phone Less? These Apps Might Be Able to Help

Google’s experimental Digital Wellbeing apps tackle excessive phone usage in some interesting ways.

This Retractable, Expandable Camper Van Add-On Is Brilliant—and Super-CheapThis Retractable, Expandable Camper Van Add-On Is Brilliant—and Super-Cheap

This Retractable, Expandable Camper Van Add-On Is Brilliant—and Super-Cheap

A French camping trailer company brings its expertise to camper vans.

RTH Is One of the Coolest Brands You Need to KnowRTH Is One of the Coolest Brands You Need to Know

RTH Is One of the Coolest Brands You Need to Know

Rene Holguin’s LA-based shop RTH is revered by fashion insiders and celebrities for its curated collection of Southwestern-inspired goods.


Fresh Deals



Yamazaki Home Goods
Save Up to 30%: Yamazaki is the epitome of Japanese minimalism and organization, and its thrifty organization gear is marked down 20 to 30 percent off on Huckberry right now.


Who Needs Leather? The Perfect Textile Motorcycle Jacket Is Just $175
Save 50%: It’s a great time to take advantage of the fact that the extremely cool warm-weather-ready Roland Sands Design Ronin perforated textile jacket is currently featured on sale at RevZilla.


Save More Than $780 on the Perfect Rooftop Tent for Overlanding
Save 33%: Tepui’s Explorer Autana rooftop tent is designed to keep its occupants protected from the element, and right now adding this rooftop tent to your personal off-roader’s kit is cheaper than usual.


All of Our Favorite Patagonia Gear Is on Sale
Save 30%: Many of the classic items Patagonia created decades ago are as capable as their newer releases. Right now, both are 30 percent off.


Vizio’s E6 Soundbar System
Save $100: It’s pretty unheard of to buy a surround sound system for just $120, but you can do just that on Amazon right now. That’s because Vizio’s E6 Soundbar is on sale for $100 off.


Timex Mako DGTL Watch
Save 48%: Right now, you can get Timex’s Mako DGTL watch, available in three colors (blue, black or white), for just $21.


Today on Gear Patrol

What’s the Best Sous Vide Circulator You Can Buy?What’s the Best Sous Vide Circulator You Can Buy?

What’s the Best Sous Vide Circulator You Can Buy?

Two sous vides dominate the consumer-level circulator market. We pitted them against each other to see which is right for most home cooks.

A Day With a Top-Ranked Professional Bull RiderA Day With a Top-Ranked Professional Bull Rider

A Day With a Top-Ranked Professional Bull Rider

The routine and gear of a 22-year-old professional bull rider.

This $50 Camera Changed My Photography ForeverThis $50 Camera Changed My Photography Forever

This $50 Camera Changed My Photography Forever

The Olympus XA2 is everything that my more serious digital camera is not, and there are about a thousand things to love about its brilliant design.

2020 Audi RS Q8 Review: Take a Hike, Physics2020 Audi RS Q8 Review: Take a Hike, Physics

2020 Audi RS Q8 Review: Take a Hike, Physics

Logic and the laws of nature alike are no match for this 592-hp super-SUV.

Are $700 Custom Jeans Worth It? I Got My Own Pair and Found OutAre $700 Custom Jeans Worth It? I Got My Own Pair and Found Out

Are $700 Custom Jeans Worth It? I Got My Own Pair and Found Out

Whether the perfect-fitting pair of jeans eludes you or the control freak within also loves denim, a completely custom pair of jeans may be just the thing for you.

6 Questions to Ask on Your First Trip to a Dispensary6 Questions to Ask on Your First Trip to a Dispensary

6 Questions to Ask on Your First Trip to a Dispensary

Walking into a store full of pot can be a bit confusing if you’ve never done it before. Thankfully, a team of pros has a reference sheet to make it a bit easier.

These Are Some of Our Favorite Travel and Adventure Watches of the Past YearThese Are Some of Our Favorite Travel and Adventure Watches of the Past Year

These Are Some of Our Favorite Travel and Adventure Watches of the Past Year

Dive watches, pilot’s watches, chronographs — a variety of timepieces are perfectly suited for travel and adventure.

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Today’s Best Deals: Backcountry’s Biggest Sale of the Year, an Inexpensive Surround Sound System & 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.

Thanks to Backcountry, we have early access to the site’s enviable Pre-Semi-Annual Sale. No matter where your adventures take you, Backcountry has the goods for any outdoor jaunt. This is Backcountry’s biggest sale of the year, with revered outdoor brands like Patagonia, Sorel, Salomon and The North Face all on sale. The early access will help you get kitted out for all your 2020 adventures — and well beyond. This pre-sale is running all the way up until January 31st with even more sale items hitting the site on February 1st. Don’t sleep on Backcountry’s Pre-Semi-Annual sale and get yourself ready to take on the great outdoors this year.

Home



Yamazaki Home Goods
Save Up to 30%: Yamazaki is the epitome of Japanese minimalism and organization, and its thrifty organization gear is marked down 20 to 30 percent off on Huckberry right now.

Motoring



Who Needs Leather? The Perfect Textile Motorcycle Jacket Is Just $175
Save 50%: It’s a great time to take advantage of the fact that the extremely cool warm-weather-ready Roland Sands Design Ronin perforated textile jacket is currently featured on sale at RevZilla.


Save More Than $780 on the Perfect Rooftop Tent for Overlanding
Save 33%: Tepui’s Explorer Autana rooftop tent is designed to keep its occupants protected from the element, and right now adding this rooftop tent to your personal off-roader’s kit is cheaper than usual.

Outdoors and Fitness



All of Our Favorite Patagonia Gear Is on Sale
Save 30%: Many of the classic items Patagonia created decades ago are as capable as their newer releases. Right now, both are 30 percent off.


Mountain Hardwear Ghost Shadow Insulated Hoodie
Save $125: The only thing more insane than this deal is the notion of passing it up.

Style



Acne Studios Jeans
Save 65%: Acne features a range of premium Japanese denim fabrics in a spectrum of washes and silhouettes, and now you can get in on the brand’s foundational jeans for half off (plus an extra 30 percent off with code ‘EXTRA30’) over at Totokaelo.

Tech



Vizio’s E6 Soundbar System
Save $100: It’s pretty unheard of to buy a surround sound system for just $120, but you can do just that on Amazon right now. That’s because Vizio’s E6 Soundbar is on sale for $100 off.


Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar
Save $300: The Bose SoundTouch 300 is an excellent soundbar that will work well with any of the latest 4K TVs. Originally $699, Amazon has dropped its price to $399.

Watches



Timex Mako DGTL Watch
Save 48%: Right now, you can get Timex’s Mako DGTL watch, available in three colors (blue, black or white), for just $21.
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Seiko “Sea Urchin” SNZF Dive Watch
Save 50%: The SNZF “Sea Urchin” is one of our favorite watches from the Seiko 5 line, and it’s available now for $164.

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RTH Is One of the Coolest Brands You Need to Know

It’s no secret that working at Ralph Lauren is a fashion school in itself. And the prestigious university has churned out notable alumni in its 53 year run including Sid Mashburn, Todd Snyder and Antonio Ciongoli. Another name to know is René Holguin, founder of one of the coolest brands you’re likely to hear about, RTH.

Holguin grew up as many young designers did, idolizing Ralph Lauren and his perfected prep lifestyle, a look he’d not found so easy growing up in El Paso, Texas. His highly-developed taste was undoubtedly a result of both his father who was the owner of lauded cowboy bootmaker Laramie and his mother who was a self-made interior designer. Crisp white button-up shirts, cowboy boots and faded jeans would become a uniform for him.

Eventually, he found himself working for the designer he’d revered so much, gaining that singular hands-on education so many alumni talk about. After working as the creative director for Polo retail, Holguin worked as a fashion director for J. Crew and held executive positions at both Lucky Brand Jeans and Levi’s. When it came time to move on, Holguin set off to Los Angeles to start his own brand.

The store started out as an outpost for Southwestern-inspired style with a discerning mix of handcrafted leather goods (made in-house), Native American jewelry and customized vintage jeans and drew loyal fans like Erykah Badu and Diane Keaton. Now, the brand has a second location located conveniently next door and it houses an international brand list serving as a sort of mood board for RTH. When you find yourself in Los Angeles, the side-by-side shops are worth a visit.

But if you’re not able to visit RTH in person, or can’t get there anytime soon, you can at least get a hold of one of the brand’s popular suede-trimmed bandana tote bags over at Alex Mill. “I’ve been a huge fan of Rene [Holguin] and RTH for a very long time — his store in LA is a must-visit for me,” Alex Mill creative director Somsack Sikhounmuong told us. “It’s always consistent, and never boring.”

Bandana Tote by RTH $120

Bandana Tote by RTH $120

Bandana Tote by RTH $120
Today in Gear

Over a half century since its inception, Ralph Lauren remains a powerful force in the style world. Former employees, now with successful businesses of their own, maintain the standards and lessons they learned during their time there. Here are five you may know. Read the Story
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Gerald Ortiz is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering style. From San Diego, now New York City.

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All of Our Favorite Patagonia Gear Is on Sale

It’s no surprise that the gear company Yvon Chouinard founded largely to service a small group of rock climbers has permeated far beyond the Yosemite Valley. Patagonia makes enough iconic pieces — the Synchilla Snap-T fleece, Baggies shorts — that it’s easy to overlook some of its newer items. Like the dual-layered Re-Tool Snap-T or Capilene Air base layers, both of which trace a direct lineage to things Patagonia developed decades ago, but offer contemporary performance benefits. Thankfully, both new and classic pieces are available for 30 percent off in a massive sale at Backcountry.

Nano Puff Bivy Pullover

The Nano Puff jacket has become a staple in Patagonia’s line, but this anorak-style pullover keeps up with newer trends (without sacrificing anything that makes the original great).

Micro Puff Hooded Jacket

Similar to the Nano Puff, the Micro Puff uses a new type of insulation called PlumaFill that makes it both warmer and lighter; win-win.

Capilene Air Hoodie

Patagonia makes its Capilene Air base layers using a 3D knit construction similar to what Nike and Adidas use to make their top-line running shoes. In a garment, that translates to zero seams and more comfort.

Re-Tool Snap-T Fleece

It’s like Patagonia’s classic fleece pullover, but softer and with tastefully muted colors.

Airshed Pullover

When it’s windy, but hiking or running plans have already been made, we reach for this over a rain jacket for a layer of lightweight warmth.

Black Hole 55L Duffel

The Black Hole Duffel is rugged enough to handle decades of abuse by baggage handlers. Still, the 55-liter version is expertly suited to carry-on travel.

Save $100 on This Limited-Edition Commuter Bike

Priority Bicycles x Gear Patrol Commuter BikePriority Bicycles x Gear Patrol Commuter Bike

The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now: $899 $799

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Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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Save More Than $780 on the Perfect Rooftop Tent for Overlanding

One of the biggest advantages to overlanding versus other forms of camping is the ability to carry more gear with you — and perhaps nowhere is that more clear than in terms of sleeping accommodations. Whether it’s in the form of an air mattress, an off-road camping trailer or a rooftop tent, overlanders usually find themselves sleeping on a better surface than folks camping on foot or a bike.

Tepui’s Explorer Autana rooftop tent is designed to keep its occupants protected from the elements in all four seasons, thanks to materials like 260-g poly-cotton blend fabric and 600D ripstop polyester; up to four people can sleep inside, thanks to an integrated memory foam mattress and a sleeping footprint of 6′ x 8′. There’s even an awning that descends over the side of the vehicle to provide an airlock (or a place to read out of the rain).

And right now, adding this rooftop tent to your personal off-roader’s kit is easier than usual. While the Tepui Explorer Autana usually sells for $2,400, Amazon right now is offering it for $1,619 — $781 off the normal price. That’s a savings of 33 percent. Plus, they’ll deliver it for free. Stop reading this, and click that button below to grab it before this deal ends.

Save $100 on This Limited-Edition Commuter Bike

Priority Bicycles x Gear Patrol Commuter BikePriority Bicycles x Gear Patrol Commuter Bike

The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now: $899 $799

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Will Sabel Courtney is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Editor, formerly of The Drive and RIDES Magazine. You can often find him test-driving new cars in New York City, cursing the slow-moving traffic surrounding him.

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It’s Never Been Cheaper to Get Into Surround Sound

It’s pretty unheard of to buy a surround sound system for just $120, but you can do just that on Amazon right now. That’s because Vizio’s E6 Soundbar — which is actually a 5.1-channel system that comes with two rear satellite speakers and a wireless subwoofer — is on sale for $100 off.

Granted, the Vizio E6 soundbar systems that Amazon is selling aren’t exactly brand new. They’ve been “renewed,” meaning that they’ve been previously owned, but Amazon claims that each system “works and looks like new.” Plus, they come with a 90-day warranty. If you’re not happy, you can always return.

As for features, the Vizio E6 is a pretty great entry-level system. It has Chromecast built-in and works with Google Assistant (though the assistant isn’t integrated directly into the soundbar). Plus, it has built-in Bluetooth so you can stream music straight from your smartphone or laptop.

If you’re interested in a “brand-new” Vizio E6 soundbar system, Best Buy is currently selling it for $220, here.

Save $100 on This Limited-Edition Commuter Bike

Priority Bicycles x Gear Patrol Commuter BikePriority Bicycles x Gear Patrol Commuter Bike

The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now: $899 $799

Note: Purchasing products through our links may earn us a portion of the sale, which supports our editorial team’s mission. Learn more here.

These Are Some of Our Favorite Travel and Adventure Watches of the Past Year

This roundup is part of This Year in Gear, a look back at the year’s most notable releases. To stay on top of all the latest product news, subscribe to our daily Dispatch newsletter.

G-SHOCK Mudmaster GGB100

If you want the best rough and tumble watch you can do quite anything in, the obvious choice is the G-SHOCK Mudmaster GGB100. Part of a long heritage based on toughness and technology, the G-SHOCK GGB100 features a newly developed Carbon Core Guard structure that is made from lightweight and rigid carbon fiber-reinforced materials to keep the watch protected from the roughest treatment. Along with the Quad Sensors to keep you abreast of your surroundings and Bluetooth connectivity via the G-SHOCK app, you can be sure this Mudmaster will never leave you in a lurch. The G-SHOCK GGB100 is an essential piece of kit for any adventure. Learn More: Here

Oris ProDiver Dive Control Limited Edition

Price: $4,950
From: oris.ch

Oris continues to do what it does best with this bold, function-oriented beast of an oversized dive watch developed in concert with a professional offshore diver.

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Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Bi-Compass

Price: $3,900
From: bellross.com

The last few years saw Bell & Ross expand its watch offerings with round case shapes, but the Bi-Compass takes us back to the beginning.

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Rado Captain Cook MkII

Price: $2,150
From: rado.com

The new Rado Captian Cook Mk II may be styled and even sized like its 1962 ancestor, but modern features make it remarkably robust.

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Omega Seamaster New York Edition

Price: $7,600
From: omegawatches.com

Omega’s Seamaster dedicated to New York City captures the classic style of past eras in a modern, technical package.

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Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition

Price: $8,600
From: breitling.com

With the Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition, an iconic watch returns in a faithful recreation of the original from 60 years ago.

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Sinn 206 ARKTIS II

Price: $3,570
From: sinn.de

The 206 Arktis II and 206 St Ar recreate the original watches that first introduced some of Sinn’s legendary durability features.

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Oris Aquis Date Relief

Price: $2,000
From: oris.com

This is the same Aquis Date you know and love, but with a different bezel, dial and two sets of options for how you’ll affix it to your wrist.

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Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition

Price: $8,360
From: breitling.com

Breitling’s bold new Professional watch is crammed with features and celebrates the first non-stop hot air balloon flight around the world.

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Casio G-Shock Full Metal GMW-B5000V

Price: $1,000
From: casio-watches.com

Casio’s new G-Shock comes in a metal case with an aged treatment that gives it the look of a well-worn pair of jeans.

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Mühle-Glashütte Sea-Timer BlackMotion

Price: $2,599
From: muehle-glashuette.de

This masculine dive watch from Mühle-Glashütte is dark and serious, with tough German tool-watch cred to back up its mean looks.

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MHD SA2

Price: $833
From: mhdwatches.com

Matthew Humphries, previously Head of Design at Morgan Car Company, designed the SA2 as a sleek automatic watch with clear automotive influence.

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Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic

Price: $1,395
From: alpinawatches.com

Titanium and bronze PVD coatings over steel cases make for interesting looks on this rugged diver watch with retro-inspired dials.

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda

Price: $19,500
From: blancpain.com

In reissuing the Barakuda, Blancpain has resurfaced an obscure military variant of the famed Fifty Fathoms, and it’s one of the best-looking recent dive watches.

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Glashütte Original Spezialist SeaQ

Price: $9,500+
From: glashuette-original.com

The Spezialist SeaQ vintage-inspired dive watch is the first in a new family of sport watches from respected German brand Glashütte Original.

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Zodiac Super Sea Wolf

Price: $1,095
From: zodiacwatches.com

Vibrant new automatic dive watches from Zodiac’s popular Super Sea Wolf collection are extremely wearable and fun summer wrist gear.

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Serica W.W.W. WM Brown

Price: $540
From: serica-watches.com

The Serica W.W.W. WM Brown edition is a handsome, modern interpretation of the famed W.W.W. watch from World War II with a Swiss automatic movement and moderate size.

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Vertex MP45B

Price: ~$3,980
From: vertex-watches.com

The new Vertex MP45P is a badass monopusher chronograph watch in all black that perfectly leverages the brand’s history in military watches.

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Luminox Sport Timer 0900 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

Price: $945
From: luminox.com

Luminox’s handsome and tough Sport Timer 0900 30th Anniversary model hearkens back to the golden age of field watches.

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Archimede 36mm Pilots Watch

Price: ~$690+
From: archimede-watches.com

The Archimede 36mm Pilots Watch takes a classic military design and downsizes it to a more wearable size.

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Oris Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115

Price: $7,600
From: oris.ch

The Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre115 from Oris features a completely skeletonized in-house movement and a 44mm titanium case.

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Aquadive Poseidon GMT

Price: $1,395
From: aquadive.com

The Poseidon GMT is a dual-time zone dive watch housed in a 42mm case that’s water-resistant to a whopping 1,000m.

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300m James Bond

The latest Bond watch is the first version designed with input from Bond himself.

Price: $6,500
From: omegawatches.com

Omega has released a new Seamaster Diver 300M in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond 007 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, featuring a 42mm stainless steel case, 300m of water resistance and limited to 7,007 pieces, of course.

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Mido Ocean Star Tribute Special Edition

Price: $1,150
From: shopmido.com

The Mido Ocean Star Tribute celebrates 75 years of the brand’s well-known dive watch with a handsome and relatively affordable 1960s style.

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MkII Hellion

Price: $649
From: mkiiwatches.com

Based on the American “canteen watches” of WII, Mk II’s Hellion is an automatic, military-style watch for under $700.

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Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation

Price: $2,295
From: zodiacwatches.com

The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation dive watch was made in collaboration with a renowned diver and National Geographic photographer.

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Oak & Oscar Olmstead

Price: $1,375+
From: oakandoscar.com

The Olmsted field watch from Chicago-based micro brand Oak & Oscar features a “sandwich dial” and pays tribute to the company’s hometown.

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Doxa Sub 300T Conquistador

Price: $1,890
From: doxawatches.com

Fifty years since its introduction, Doxa’s renowned dive watch gets a colorful update in the Sub 300T Conquistador.

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Ochs und Junior Two Time Zones + Date

Price: ~$9,390
From: ochsundjunior.com

The new Ochs und Junior Two Time Zones + Date watch has an unusual, minimalist dial design, but reading the time is actually a simple affair.

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Blancpain Air Command

Price: $19,800
From: blancpain.com

Faithful to the original, Blancpain’s Air Command revives a model that narrowly missed adoption by the U.S. Air Force.

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Monta Atlas

Price: $1,565
From: montawatch.com

With the Atlas GMT watch, Monta offers a ton of value in the form of a useful complication in a solid, refined package.

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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Adventure

Price: $7,700
From: zenith-watches.com

Zenith’s bold pilot watches in 45mm bronze cases with green dials are super stylish and recall military watches from the first World War.

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Ultramarine Morse 9141N GMT

Price: $1,836
From: ultramarine-watches.com

This GMT watch from indy brand Ultramarine is competitively priced and uses all Swiss parts, down to the last screw in its automatic movement.

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Fortis PC7 Team

Price: ~$2,499+
From: fortis-swiss.com

Fortis celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force’s Display Team with chronograph and time-only pilots watches.

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Haven Chilton

Price: $1,799
From: havenwatches.com

Based in the Midwest, Haven is an American microbrand debuting with a very vintage-inspired and moderately sized automatic chronograph.

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Christopher Ward C1 Moonglow

Price: $1,935
From: christopherward.com

Christopher Ward updates an old-school complication with modern design, bringing the moon phase into the 21st century.

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Maen Skymaster

Price: ~$780
From: maenwatches.com

This young microbrand is giving vintage chronograph fans just about everything they want with this affordable, 38mm classic-feeling watch. You won’t find a Swiss automatic chronograph for much less.

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Dan Henry 1962 Racing Chronograph

Price: $260
From: danhenrywatches.com

The Dan Henry 1962 Racing Chronograph watch offers the looks of a vintage collector’s favorite at a highly approachable price.

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Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown Chronograph

Price: $3,495
From: frederiqueconstant.com

The Yacht Timer watch from Frederique Constant is made for timing yacht races with a clean, handsome interpretation of the chronograph.

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Breitling Aviator 8 Mosquito

Price: $7,710+
From: breitling.com

This vintage-styled chronograph watch recalls its early aviation history with a solid, handsome package recalling a classic WWII-era wooden aircraft.

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Bremont H-4 Hercules

Price: $11,895+
From: bremont.com

Three new GMT watches from British Bremont celebrate the H-4 Hercules, or “Spruce Goose,” incorporating actual wood from the historic plane.

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IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph

Price: $13,100
From: iwc.com

IWC has introduced a limited-edition version of its popular Timezoner watch in “sepia brown” to mark a historic trans-Atlantic flight.

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Farer World Timer Automatic

Price: $1,550
From: farer.com

Farer’s World Timer, available in 3 dial colors, offers 24 time zones in a 39mm stainless steel case, all for a reasonable price.

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Who Needs Leather? The Perfect Textile Motorcycle Jacket Is Just $175

Depending on where you live in, motorcycling may be the furthest thing in the world from your mind. Then again, maybe not. Either way, it’s a great time to take advantage of the fact that the extremely cool warm-weather-ready Roland Sands Design Ronin perforated textile jacket is currently featured on sale at RevZilla.

The Ronin, like so much classy café racer-style gear, is largely composed of waxed cotton to stand up to a number of different weather conditions. It’s also lined with a cooling mesh interior. Although it is aimed at the around-town café racer rider, it has some adventure-riding features as well, like stretchy cargo stuff pockets and built-in shoulder and elbow pads. Most notable of all: the laser cut perforation that keeps things nice and breezy, but still leaves the jacket tough enough to stand up to abrasion.

The Ronin’s cool design (and current sale price of just $175, which is 50% off the usual retail price) will help keep your pits dry during the waning warm months of riding. Or, y’know, you could always buy it now and save it for next spring.

Save $100 on This Limited-Edition Commuter Bike

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The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now: $899 $799

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Need a Digital Watch? Check Out This Cool Timex for $21

It’s tough to argue with a beater watch, and specifically, with a digital beater watch. When you need something inexpensive and durable for the gym or the beach, a G-Shock or a Timex is the way to go.

Right now, you can get Timex’s Mako DGTL watch, available in three colors (blue, black or white), for just $21. The MAKO DGTL features a 44mm resin case with matching rubber strap, a digital display, 50m of water resistance, a calendar function, two time zones, a countdown timer, and an Indiglo backlight. While the blue version features a positive display (black numerals against a silver background), the displays on the black and white models are negative, meaning meaning the numerals appear white against a black background.

Save $100 on This Limited-Edition Commuter Bike

Priority Bicycles x Gear Patrol Commuter BikePriority Bicycles x Gear Patrol Commuter Bike

The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now: $899 $799

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Oren Hartov is Gear Patrol’s watches editor. He knows what time it is, and one or two other things.

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Are $700 Custom Jeans Worth It? I Got My Own Pair and Found Out

For many people, the perfect pair of jeans are seemingly elusive. Countless brands offer a myriad of silhouettes in an endless variety of denim. The perfect pair might be the first ones you pick up at the store — but the odds are stacked against you. It’s for this reason that there are now more custom jeansmakers and bespoke denim programs than ever. From the big players like Levi’s and 3×1 to local denim obsessives, a pair of jeans cut and sewn just for you promises to take the guesswork out of denim shopping.

But with price tags that can go into four figures, does it make sense to spring for a pair of custom jeans? With the help of Glenn’s Denim, I went through the process and here’s what you need to know when considering a pair for yourself.

Why You Should

Off-the-rack jeans just don’t fit. We’ve rapped about tailoring your jeans and how you can get off-the-rack pairs to fit like they were bespoke. But there are just some things you cannot fix. By now, if you haven’t found a pair that hits all the right notes, you might want to consider bespoke blue jeans.

You’d rather not take your jeans to a tailor. Jeans from the store might require a second outing to get them tailored. Though the point of ready-to-wear garments is to fit the masses, the added burden of tailoring can be time-consuming. For bespoke jeans, the initial time investment allows the tailor to lock down the fit, so they’ll have your patterns on file for future pairs you want to have made.

You’re very particular. Most people looking for a pair of custom-made jeans tend to know what they want and they aren’t satisfied by what’s served to them on store shelves. The level of control in the custom jean process can vary, but a range of fabrics, hardware and even pocket styles are par for the course. Beyond that, a custom jean service may offer hand-stitched details, nerdy denim production methods and more. If you’re a lover of denim and you want your hands all over the process, especially the minute details, go for it.

Why You Shouldn’t

It’s expensive. Bespoke jeans ain’t cheap. Depending on where you go, tailor-made five-pockets can run you upwards of $800. With custom details, they can get you up into a rack. If you’re able to find jeans that fit you well enough, you can have them tailored for much less.

You already have jeans that fit well. The biggest reason to go bespoke is to get jeans that fit perfectly. Jeans aren’t traditionally a tailored garment like a suit or a pair of dress trousers which are highly scrutinized in formal meetings. The casual essence of the blue jean makes it easy to get away with a pair that fits closely enough. Taking the humble workwear garment to tailoring heights like this has potential to be incongruous.

You’re not super particular. The bespoke jean process involves a lot of details that you choose yourself. The level of customization varies between makers but if you’re not detail-oriented when it comes to clothing, then bespoke jeans are likely not for you.

It’s inconvenient. Annoying as it is to peruse shop after shop, donning and doffing one jean after another in cramped fitting rooms, bespoke jeansmakers are fewer and further between. Levi’s has its own bespoke program, called Lot 501, but you’ll only find those at certain locations.

What to Consider If You Do

Fabric. Fit is the number one objective with bespoke jeans. Achieving that becomes more complicated if you opt for raw denim which will shrink after its washed. Unless you plan on never washing your jeans — please don’t do that — or you’re a denim purist who knows their way around shrinkage, save yourself the headache and go for pre-washed fabric.

Lead time. Jeans aren’t built in a day, unless you want to pay extra. Bespoke jeans can take weeks to make, so if you’re in a time crunch, it’s best to avoid getting custom jeans for a deadline. If you’re a patient consumer, willing to wait six-to-eight weeks, then go for it. Really, you’ve been waiting your whole life for the perfect pair, so what’re another few weeks?

Is it your first time? If it’s your first time buying a pair of bespoke jeans, you might be tempted to go with a crazy fabric or, putting it nicely, “unique” details. But it’s a safer bet to get a pair that’s straightforward so you don’t end up regretting your decision a few months down the road. Sure, your bespoke jeans fit you great, but maybe turmeric denim with buttoned pockets was a bad move. At Glenn’s Denim, Daniel Lewis stresses, “The main point is to get a perfect fit. Keep it simple.” If you’ve successfully navigated your first pair of bespoke jeans and you’re on to a second pair, maybe get the same thing in a different fabric. Or, the same fabric in a slightly different fit.

Why I Love Mine

For my custom jeans, I went to Brooklyn Tailors. Among British dress shoes, Japanese socks and locally-made button-ups, they’re adept at custom suiting and recently launched an in-house denim brand called Glenn’s Denim. With over 30 years of experience behind the sewing machine, crafting jeans for the world’s biggest blue jeans brands, Glenn Liburd’s namesake label is worth investing in for the off-the-rack garments alone. But the artisanal brand can also make fully custom jeans.

I’d call myself a denim nerd, as lame as that sounds. But it makes me just the sort of guy who’d consider getting a pair of jeans made just for my body.

Collaborating with Liburd and business partner Lewis on the jeans was both enjoyable and educational. I’d come into the initial fitting with a clear idea in mind — a high-rise wide-fitting jean reminiscent of a 1930s silhouette, but with 1950s details. What I had in mind, thankfully, would ultimately be scrapped. I wasn’t so much talked out of my dream jean as I was thoroughly and gently convinced that there was a better option for my first pair.

Glenn and Daniel know exactly what they’re talking about and are as much consultants as they are artisans. In the end, we decided on a straight fit, mid-rise jean. Basically, a 501 that actually fits my tree trunk calves and knock knees. We waffled between a few readymade pairs on the first consultation and made notes and adjustments where necessary. The toile fitting (a first draft of the jeans) was 80 percent there.

By the end, we’d nailed the perfect pair and I’m ecstatic. It’s difficult for me to find jeans that have a straight fit without it buckling at my concave knees before tapering at my calves, but Liburd solved those issues. It’s hard for me to imagine finding a better-fitting jean straight from the store. Plus, the personal touches and attention to detail make this pair even more special.

If you’re considering a pair of custom jeans and you’re able to do go through the process, there’s almost no reason not to do.

What Makes a Quality Pair of Jeans?

To explain the nuances that led to jeans’ worldwide adoption, we asked Paul Dillinger (Levi’s Head of Global Product Innovation) and Kiya Babzani (co-founder of leading selvedge denim retailer Self Edge) to weigh in on what kinds of construction, fabric and longevity characterize a great pair of jeans. Read the Story

Glenn’s Denim provided this product for review.

Gerald Ortiz is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering style. From San Diego, now New York City.

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Kind of Obsessed: I Just Can’t Put Down This Plucky Point-and-Shoot

I am, charitably, a moderately competent hobbyist photographer. I owe pretty much every ounce of that competence to the instant, guess-and-check shooting style that modern digital cameras make possible. When the shutter-bug first bit me in earnest, I spent hours taking literally thousands of absolute garbage pictures with a borrowed DSLR, fiddling with all the settings and inching my way to a handful of decent shots, gigabytes of trash in my wake. My technique has improved since then, but the path to my favorite shots remains a trigger-happy tumble. When you have a digital camera, why not?

Then, I came across the Olympus XA2.

First sold in 1980, the XA2 is everything that my more serious digital camera, an Olympus OM-D EM10 MK II, is not. For starters, it’s a film camera, obviously. But it’s also a point-and-shoot, with mandatory automatic exposure and zone-based focusing you set manually based on your best guess as to the distance to your subject.

There are about a thousand things to love about the XA2’s design. It’s tiny, barely bigger than a deck of cards, making my already small Micro Four Thirds mainstay look like a goliath by comparison. And with the integrated dust-cover that snaps shut over the lens, it’s eminently pocketable and loads of fun to fidget with when you aren’t shooting. With its all-black design and legendarily quiet shutter, it’s extremely discreet. And with automatic exposure and focus distance you set before you fire, it’s lightning-fast to operate once you have it primed, far speedier than my phone. Last, but not least, it just looks extremely striking, which is how I found myself hunting one down on eBay after merely scrolling past a picture of the handsome little guy on Twitter.

But what I think I love most about this camera is that its combination of features puts it in a unique position between the digital camera I grab for premeditated sessions of Doing Artsy Photography, and my phone camera that I always have on hand and use for basic, documentation purposes. It’s got about the ease-of-use of an iPhone camera but also the convince of… film. And that’s making me think about my photography in an entirely new way.

When loaded with black and white film, the XA2 prevents me from leaning on color to carry my shots. Its complete lack of zoom makes me get creative with my framing, while the lack of exposure settings or ability to just jack up the ISO makes me carefully consider my environment. Its handiness and speed make me keep my eyes out for even split-second shots while, simultaneously, limited exposures and the time (and cost) of development encourage me to carefully pick my battles. The result is that stellar results are, for now, much rarer to come by, but even the merely decent ones tend to be pretty well-composed (at least to my eye). And the ones that are actually great? They’re a hard-won victory showcasing genuine technical skill, not just brute-force burst fire.

I’m sure some of this experience is more about the medium than the camera itself, but with its dead-simple, zippy operation and everyday-carry size, the XA2 has won my heart through far more than just shooting film. And better yet, it can be had for fairly cheap. You’ll find plenty of buy-it-now eBay listings for ostensibly pristine units in the $100 range, but I was able to snag my beat up but functional baby in an auction for $50 all told. (Albeit without the optional flash module.) Who knows how long it will last, but I will be using it until I find out.

So if you’re looking for the perfect first film camera for you, well, don’t look at me! I don’t know you! This is the only film camera I’ve ever seriously used! But what I can say is that this puppy has been living in my pocket non-stop for weeks, and I expect it to continue holing up there for months to come, making me a better photographer no matter what camera I’m using.

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Eric Limer is Gear Patrol’s tech editor. A resident of Weehawken, NJ, his current obsessions include mechanical keyboards, mechanical pencils and Formula 1.

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A Day With a Top-Ranked Professional Bull Rider

Ezekiel Mitchell is quickly making a name for himself as a professional bull rider. Born in Rockdale, Texas, the 22-year-old is one of the top-ranked riders in the country and competes regularly at events across America. Unlike many of his peers, Mitchell didn’t grow up in a family steeped in rodeo tradition. Instead, he learned to ride bulls by watching Youtube and eventually built his own bucking barrel to practice in his back yard.

Video: A Day With Ezekiel Mitchell

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Now, Mitchell spends much of his time on the road competing at PBR events. His days build toward a single moment in the evening, a chance to pit himself against a 1,500-pound bull. As such, his schedule on tour is relatively relaxed: a few interviews, time to rest and an unchanging pre-ride routine. To learn about this up-and-coming athlete’s regimen and the gear he uses to ride, we caught up with him on January 3 in New York City.

Starting the season at Madison Square Garden, Mitchell demonstrated the inimitable determination needed to compete at a national level and deal with the volatile nature of the sport.

John Zientek is Gear Patrol’s style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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What’s the Best Sous Vide Circulator You Can Buy?

So you’ve overcooked a fancy grass-fed steak. You’ve heard that by cooking food sous vide — that is, inside a plastic bag submerged in a precisely regulated water bath — your beef, fish, pork, or what have you comes out at the ideal temperature each and every time, without fail.

But which circulator to choose? Currently, the two kings of sous vide cookery are Anova’s Precision Cooker and Breville’s Joule. Read on to explore how these devices stack up across four key categories: design, apps, performance, and setup.

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Overall Design

The principal design difference between these two machines is that the Anova features a built-in display and controls, while the Joule — which users operate entirely through a companion app — sports just a single button. Without onboard controls and the innards that come with them, the Joule is considerably lighter, smaller, and sleeker than the competition.

Another major difference lies in the way these two circulators attach to pots and other cooking vessels. The Anova utilizes a height-adjustable clamp, while the Joule offers three options for securing the device — a standard clip that fits most thin-walled pots, a larger clamp for coolers and the like and a strong magnetic base that makes setup ridiculously straightforward, provided you’re using a pot made of metal.

Apps

Both devices offer apps that allow users to control water temperature and other settings wirelessly. The Joule app — visually impressive, exceptionally intuitive, and ultra-helpful in the kitchen — is hands-down the superior of the two. It features over 100 step-by-step guided recipes complete with meat doneness recommendations that show users how their food will turn out when cooked to different temperatures. Another handy feature — the app asks users to input their meat’s thickness and whether it’s fresh or frozen, and adjusts cook time accordingly.

While the Anova app also offers up recipes and some guidance regarding doneness, it’s not nearly as robust or helpful as the Joule app. More than once, I found myself consulting the Joule app even when cooking with the Anova.

Performance

In short, both of these devices are capable of heating water — lots of it, at that — to high temperatures relatively quickly. But since we’re comparing the two, it’s only fair we get a bit granular.

The Joule packs 1,100 watts of heating power, so it brings water to temperature slightly faster than the 1,000-watt Anova. It also reaches a peak water temperature of 208 degrees, a bit hotter than the Anova’s 197-degree max. Considering that sous vide recipes typically involve cooking food low and slow, neither of those facts should impact your decision much.

Setup

Setting up the Anova is as simple as placing it in a pot filled with water, plugging it in, and tapping its onboard buttons to set your desired water temperature and cook time. As mentioned, you can also toggle settings by downloading Anova’s app and connecting to your circulator via WiFi.

On the other hand, since the Joule can only be controlled through its app, you need to pair a Bluetooth-enabled device to start cooking. I’ll admit that, at first, the prospect of relying solely on an app and a wireless connection was disconcerting. To my surprise, it only took a minute to connect my iPhone to the Joule, and every time I’ve used the device since, it has paired automatically without a hitch. Once everything’s synced up, you can use the Joule app to manually set the temperature or select a recipe from its extensive database.

Verdict

Throughout testing, the Joule stood out as the more intuitive and user-friendly circulator of the two, largely due to its immensely useful, recipe-loaded app. That’s why I’d recommend the Joule over the Anova, especially for cooks new to the world of sous vide. But if you don’t mind researching recipes on your own — or if you prefer manual controls to app-based interfaces — you absolutely can’t go wrong with the Anova either.

Both gadgets retail for $200 (and go on sale regularly), a small price to pay for perfectly cooked food nearly every time. To truly get your money’s worth, remember that sous vide cooking is great for a boatload of dishes aside from a classic steak. Believe it or not, one of the tastiest meals I made during testing was this carrot recipe, courtesy of sous vide master J. Kenji López-Alt.

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Today in Gear: 2020’s Most Innovative Outdoor Gear, the Best Cars for Holding Value & More

Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and deals. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.


New & Noteworthy Releases

The Apple of Shower Heads Is Smaller and Cheaper Than EverThe Apple of Shower Heads Is Smaller and Cheaper Than Ever

The Apple of Shower Heads Is Smaller and Cheaper Than Ever

The Nebia by Moen shower head is cheaper and smaller than its predecessors and is saving the planet one shower at a time.

This Is a Great Way to Transport Two Watches, and It’s Just $15This Is a Great Way to Transport Two Watches, and It’s Just $15

This Is a Great Way to Transport Two Watches, and It’s Just $15

The EDTC from Prometheus Design Werx features removable foam inserts and a divider — perfect for stashing two watches while on the go.

This Is the Easiest Way to Make Your Weber Kettle Grill a SmokerThis Is the Easiest Way to Make Your Weber Kettle Grill a Smoker

This Is the Easiest Way to Make Your Weber Kettle Grill a Smoker

Aftermarket Weber Kettle grilling equipment may be the coolest product niche there is.

The Awesome Lexus GX Overlander Is Even Cooler for 2020The Awesome Lexus GX Overlander Is Even Cooler for 2020

The Awesome Lexus GX Overlander Is Even Cooler for 2020

Every off-roader can be improved with a rooftop tent.

This Is 2020’s Most Innovative Outdoor Gear, According to ExpertsThis Is 2020’s Most Innovative Outdoor Gear, According to Experts

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More than 3,000 exhibitors show off the new products they’re set to release in 2020. These are the best of the bunch.

This Guitar-Inspired Seiko Watch Will Rock YouThis Guitar-Inspired Seiko Watch Will Rock You

This Guitar-Inspired Seiko Watch Will Rock You

Seiko has produced a limited edition version of its new Seiko 5 Sports watch based on the hand-built guitar of Queen guitarist Brian May.

These 10 New Cars Should Hold Their Value Better Than the RestThese 10 New Cars Should Hold Their Value Better Than the Rest

These 10 New Cars Should Hold Their Value Better Than the Rest

Some of our favorite trucks, SUVs and Toyotas all made Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10.

Save the Date: Uniqlo’s Newest Collection of Designer Goods Is ComingSave the Date: Uniqlo’s Newest Collection of Designer Goods Is Coming

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Under the eye of celebrated designer Christophe Lemaire, the upcoming Uniqlo U spring/summer 2020 collection is just around the corner.

Great Scott! You May Be Able to Buy a New DeLorean SoonGreat Scott! You May Be Able to Buy a New DeLorean Soon

Great Scott! You May Be Able to Buy a New DeLorean Soon

New regulations could see the iconic ride return to production.


Fresh Deals



Adidas Arnold BT Sport On-Ear Headphones
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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Shadow Insulated Hoodie
Save $125: The only thing more insane than this deal is the notion of passing it up.



Acne Studios Jeans
Save 65%: Acne features a range of premium Japanese denim fabrics in a spectrum of washes and silhouettes, and now you can get in on the brand’s foundational jeans for half off (plus an extra 30 percent off with code ‘EXTRA30’) over at Totokaelo.


Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar
Save $300: The Bose SoundTouch 300 is an excellent soundbar that will work well with any of the latest 4K TVs. Originally $699, Amazon has dropped its price to $399.


Denon AH-D1200 Over-Ear Headphones
Save $70: The Denon AH-D1200s are normally $199, but can be purchased from World Wide Stereo for just $129 right now. Just make sure to apply the code “GEAR” at check out.


Seiko 5 SNKK27
Save 26%: The SNKK27 has all the typical Seiko 5 goodness — automatic movement, day-date display, Hardlex crystal, crown at 4 o’clock and 30m of water resistance. For $60, it’s the perfect intro to mechanical watches.


Today on Gear Patrol

The Evergreen Allure of Gucci LoafersThe Evergreen Allure of Gucci Loafers

The Evergreen Allure of Gucci Loafers

Canonized as classic, the Gucci loafer has enjoyed an 60-year run as the de facto cool shoe. It’s a perfect hybrid, a quality shoe and we love it.

Everything You Need for a 500-Mile Winter Motorcycle TripEverything You Need for a 500-Mile Winter Motorcycle Trip

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These tips and equipment will keep you sitting pretty when the temps get ugly.

The 16 Best Leather Sofas and Couches You Can Buy in 2020The 16 Best Leather Sofas and Couches You Can Buy in 2020

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From Ikea to an Eames icon, these are the best leather sofas and couches you can buy right now.

The Best Driving Gloves of 2020: A Buying Guide and HistoryThe Best Driving Gloves of 2020: A Buying Guide and History

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Drivers often traveled with two pairs of gloves, one for gripping the steering wheel and one for changing tires.

The 11 Best Ultra-Thin Watches You Can Buy in 2020The 11 Best Ultra-Thin Watches You Can Buy in 2020

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Ten mechanical watches that clock in under 9mm.

The 11 Best Multi-Tools You Can Get Right NowThe 11 Best Multi-Tools You Can Get Right Now

The 11 Best Multi-Tools You Can Get Right Now

We did the research and testing in order to find the coolest tools available from Leatherman, Gerber, Victorinox and more.

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This Is 2020’s Most Innovative Outdoor Gear, According to Experts

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Save the Date: Uniqlo’s Newest Collection of Designer Goods Is Coming

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Dyson’s Lightcycle Task Light Simulates Natural Daylight

With a design that is at once industrial and elegant, the Dyson Lightcycle Task Light brightens any space. It’s also smart. Not only does it simulate natural daylight, using a companion app, it allows you to enter your age and the atmosphere you want—Precision, Study, Relax—and delivers the optimal color & light temperature. The app can store up to 20 profiles for the lamp.

This Guitar-Inspired Seiko Watch Will Rock You

Seiko only recently reintroduced its new and improved Seiko 5 Sport line of dive-style watches, and you may have already lost track of the many available models. The latest, however, stands out for its unusual red-and-black, yin-yangy dial design that’s meant to reference the silhouette of a guitar. Not just any guitar, either, but that of rock band Queen’s guitarist Brian May, which he and his father built by hand in the early 1960s using only basic tools.

Even for those who aren’t necessarily Queen enthusiasts, it’s worth reading the remarkable story of May’s “Red Special” guitar — which has been essentially the single guitar the musician has used in recording and touring throughout his career. Similarly, May has also continuously worn the same humble Seiko dive watch that he bought in Japan in the 1970s. A worthy inspiration, and May’s connection to Seiko makes the new Seiko 5 Sport SRPE83K1 seem like an appropriate collaboration, indeed.

While May’s guitar is hand-built and one-of-a-kind, the 42.5mm-wide watch shares the specs of the new mass-produced Seiko 5 Sport line, with 100m of water-resistance, Hardlex crystal, and the in-house 4R36 automatic movement visible through the case back. In addition to the overt guitar shape of the dial design, the “Red Special” wordage on the dial, and Brian May’s signature on the back, there are more references in the design that fans will appreciate. A fun touch is the presentation box that resembles a guitar case.

Regardless of its collaborative nature, Seiko fans will surely be excited about this quirky watch on its own merits. However, all the little details and packaging that Seiko has put into the watch, along with its limited production of 9,000 units, mean that its priced significantly above the standard Seiko 5 Sport collection: Climbing well into the brand’s Prospex range, the Seiko 5 Sports Brian May SRPE83K1 watch will be available in the US in (appropriately) May 2020 for an approximate price of $550.

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Zen Love is Gear Patrol’s watch writer. He avoids the snooty side of the watch world, and seeks out food in NYC that resembles what he loved while living in Asia for over a decade.

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These Jeans Are What Made This Brand Famous. Now They’re Half Off

Acne Studios originally started in 1996 as a multi-disciplinary design studio. Though its span of specialties included film, graphic design and advertising, among others, it became known for something else entirely. Its founder, Jonny Johannson, had produced and given away 100 pairs of raw denim jeans to friends and family. They were a runaway hit and ended up in the pages of influential publications like Wallpaper and Vogue Paris, ultimately leading Acne Studios to shift its focus to fashion.

Today, Acne’s known for its minimalist clothing that ranges from coats, sweaters, accessories and, of course, jeans. They feature a range of premium Japanese denim fabrics in a spectrum of washes and silhouettes, and now you can get in on the brand’s foundational jeans (and other great garments) for half off over at Totokaelo.

Land Jean by Acne $280 $140

Land Jean by Acne $320 $160

North Jean by Acne $220 $110

North Jean by Acne $260 $130

Land Jean by Acne $280 $140
Save $100 on This Limited-Edition Commuter Bike

Priority Bicycles x Gear Patrol Commuter BikePriority Bicycles x Gear Patrol Commuter Bike

The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now: $899 $799

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Gerald Ortiz is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering style. From San Diego, now New York City.

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One of Mountain Hardwear’s Best Insulated Hoodies Is a Downright Insane $125 Off Right Now

Dunno about you, but in our neck of the woods, Mother Nature has stopped messing around and is finally doling out some legit January coldness. Before you fall prey to some sort of winter madness, however, take advantage of the fact that REI and Mountain Hardwear already have: how else to explain the fact that the amazing Ghost Shadow Insulated Hoodie is on sale for $125 off?

This sharp-looking hoodie boasts premium PrimaLoft insulation body-mapped to provide ample warmth where you need it most, yet it weighs less than 12 ounces and packs into its own little pocket, ready for deployment as an outer layer, midlayer or travel piece whenever you need it. Made of of 100 percent recycled nylon, it has a water-repellent finish, and it’s available in four different colors and five different sizes, so you can shop around to find the perfect one.

Bottom line: The only thing more insane than this deal is the notion of passing it up.

Save $100 on This Limited-Edition Commuter Bike

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The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now: $899 $799

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Steve Mazzucchi is Gear Patrol’s outdoors and fitness editor. Outside the office, you can find him mountain biking, snowboarding, motorcycling or sipping a dram of Laphroaig and daydreaming about such things.

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