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The 16 Best Running Shoes Available Right Now

This guide provides our picks for the best shoes for different kinds of runs — from speed sessions to easy days to long-distance journeys.


Even with the postponement of the Olympics and major marathons, the running shoe industry shows no signs of slowing down. Our favorite brands continue rolling out new versions of favorites, upgrades to classics and more brand-new foams and lasts than you’d even think possible. While finding the right pair of sneakers is incredibly personal, we keep tabs on the latest releases and try them out to see what lives up to the hype. This list incorporates recent winners as well as time-tested standbys so you can find the perfect pair of shoes no matter how you run.

How We Test Shoes

Throughout the year, our crew tests and reviews some of the most buzzed-about running shoes. We work with a variety of brands to make sure we’re on top of what you’ll see when you walk into your local running specialty store.

We take to the roads in 90-degree weather and 0-degree weather, noting how that temperature affects the foam and gel. We also wear the shoes to walk around all day and on long travel weekends to get an overarching picture of what each shoe can actually do and what its limitations are. Beyond pure fit, we evaluate shoes from a durability, comfort and reliability perspective. We note if the shoes make us feel zippy, help us slog through training miles or fall a little flat.

We then separate them into three distinct categories because we know that in order to prevent injuries, it’s best to rotate sneakers. While it can seem pricey, it helps your sneakers last longer and will keep your feet in better shape. Without further ado, here are our 16 favorite running shoes right now.

The Best Running Shoes for Speed

These shoes are, at their core, race-day shoes. They’re the ones you’ll pull on for track practices and 200-meter repeats. They are the ones you want to wear to log PRs in competitive situations. Editor’s note: normally Nike’s blazing Next % sneakers would appear in this section, but as those shoes are not currently available, we’ve left them out for the time being.

New Balance FuelCell Rebel

These speedy sneakers use the same foam, FuelCell, as the New Balance 5280 spike-like track shoes, the ones Jenny Simpson wore the past two years to win the Fifth Avenue Mile. While they feel a bit funky when you first step in — “it took a minute for my heel to settle and my toes to have some room,” one tester says — the shoes are surprisingly stable. Testers like the feel, calling it “incredibly aggressive and bouncy,” which makes it ideal for fast speeds, even, as one tester puts it, “when I’m not feeling fast in any other way.” If you’re looking to boost your track workouts, these add a shotgun blast.

Weight: 7.3 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 6 mm

Reebok Floatride Run Fast 2

Reebok dove into running back in 2017 and now makes race-day speed shoes that are practically lighter than your kit. While we love the Run Fast Pros, that $250 price tag is hefty, so we recommend the FloatRide Run Fast 2 for $110 less.  “The shoe is super light, and it feels that way,” says one tester. “I’d place it at the halfway point between a racing flat and an everyday trainer.” The mesh upper is breathable and perfect for a speedy mile through a marathon. These shoes feel extra springy on the track and turf so when you bust out 100-meter repeats, you get a boost of energy.

Weight: 7.7 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 8mm

Skechers GoRun Razor 3 Hyper

These shoes feel great right from the start. You may have a little extra room along the toe, but the lateral walls and heel cup provide support and a nice fit. The Hyper Burst midsole is brand new for the brand and feels squishy, yet slightly firm to the touch. “These disappear when running,” one tester says. “I ran in sub-32 degrees and could feel the foam warming up underneath me.” There were no hotspots, and you can really feel the ground. “I could even feel the little rocks under my feet when racing downhill.” If you have a hilly race, these are the fast shoes for you.

Weight: 6.4 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 4 mm

Hoka One One Carbon X

Following in the carbon-fiber trend, Hoka One One launched the Carbon X, a race-day shoe for the everyman. The smooth, bouncy and fun sneaker features a carbon-fiber plate atop compression molded EVA and Injected R-bound. Whether you’re a heel striker or midfoot striker, the rocker on this sneaker will propel you forward. We tested under a variety of conditions, including a half marathon, from which we emerged with no hot spots or blisters. The one downside is the lack of stability off the pavement, but it’s still one of our favorite fitness products.

Weight: 8.7 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 5 mm

The Best Running Shoes for Long Runs

Long run shoes are cushioned to the max. Some offer a rocker to propel you forward over the hundreds of miles you plan to put on them, and others let you still feel the ground while the foam underfoot might look like it’s not going to let you.

Asics Gel-Nimbus Lite

The Gel-Nimbus is an ideal sneaker for longer, easy runs and heavy-duty mileage. True to its name, it’s an ounce lighter than its predecessor, the Gel-Nimbus 22. And the FlyteFoam midsole paired with rear and forefoot gel cushioning helps to lessen the impact of each footfall while simultaneously helping your foot through its forefoot to midfoot transition, or heel to toe if you’re a heel striker. “I really dig these shoes,” states one tester, who wore them while clocking his fastest-ever marathon, right before coronavirus made such events a fantasy. “They’re a solid all-rounder, crowd-pleaser sorta shoe.”

Weight: 9.7 ounces
Heel Height: 25 mm
Forefoot Height: 15 mm
Pronation: Neutral

Hoka One One Clifton Edge

Don’t let the funky looks fool you; some of Hoka’s most innovative sneakers are as smooth and supportive as they come. “Despite its pumped-up form, the Clifton Edge is lightweight and doesn’t feel bulky,” one tester says of this brand-new shoe, which just became available yesterday. “On the contrary, its upper is minimal but still provides plenty of support and a locked-in heel hold, and the oversized base is responsive and springy while providing all the stability it promises.”

Weight: 8.93 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 5 mm

Brooks Ghost 12

The Ghost has been a part of Brooks running line for seemingly forever — and it’s constantly at the top of the best-selling list for its all-around running prowess. Beginners to experts alike will find this shoe does what they need it to do. The blend of DNA Loft and BioMoGo DNA foam means the shoes are plushly supported but won’t weigh you down, so you sail through your training long runs. If you’ve run in the Ghost before, don’t worry about too many changes — it’s the engineered mesh upper that’s much sleeker than iterations past, but the responsive and soft feel is the same.

Weight: 10.4 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 12 mm

Adidas Ultraboost 20

When Adidas launched Ultraboost in 2015, it was revolutionary. The foam, fit and feel package was strong, and people loved the crossover value each sneaker carried, from runways to air travel to run commuting. Neutral runners will love the latest iteration’s heel-to-toe Primeknit upper that’s often woven with colorful thread so you know where the shoe provides a bit more give. We love these shoes for half-marathon training — and for traveling, too. The 10.9-ounce weight somehow didn’t slow us down, and it added much-needed cushion to all the pavement pounding. While $180 might seem steep, there are constantly sales on the shoe, so keep an eye out.

Weight: 10.9 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 10 mm

On Cloud X

This is the shoe you should reach for if you need a stable ride over the course of 100 miles. “It’s very light for a shoe this supportive,” one tester shares. “I had to adjust my running style to accommodate it, but I think this is true when swapping to any shoe. One thing I noticed was that they were super slippery on road paint (like on the yellow or white lines and bike lane lines) when running in the rain, but grippy otherwise.” There’s a lot of structure in this shoe, so you will have to get used to that, but with a dual-density sock liner and adaptive memory foam, soon enough these shoes will fit like a glove.

Weight: 8 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 6 mm

New Balance 1080 V10

New Balance nails the fit on version 10 of the well-cushioned and comfortable 1080s. Would we recommend them? “Without question,” says one tester. Pull these on for your weekly long runs to feel supported, yet springy, so your legs are fresh the next day. “These are the most comfortable New Balances I’ve ever worn,” raves another tester. “The layer of Fresh Foam was incredibly responsive and could easily compete with Hoka One One’s lightweight cushioning.”

Weight: 10.4 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 8 mm

The Best Running Shoes for Easy Days

Finally, these easy run shoes are the ones that we’d pick up to run on tempo days as well as days when we’re just headed out for a five-miler or need to escape the house for a quickie.

Saucony Kinvara 11

A decade after the original Kinvara appeared, this shoe is still a favorite for the Saucony Racing Team — and for ours. “They offer enough support that my feet feel cradled,” says one tester. Lightweight PWRRUN cushioning, a flexible outsole for quick transitions and a form-fitting upper do the trick: “I see these as excellent shoes for quicker workouts and tempo runs. They aren’t true race shoes, but for anything 10k or below, I’d feel very comfortable racing in them.”

Weight: 7.8 ounces
Heel Height: 28.5 mm
Forefoot Height: 24.5 mm

Mizuno Rider Waveknit 3

“These shoes have everything I liked about the Waverider 21 and 22 but are definitely more comfortable and breathable with the knit upper,” one tester says. Featuring a SmoothRide midsole and Mizuno Wave cushioning, the shoes are sure to feel peppy as you run. “Mizuno made what I consider to be one of the most comfortable running shoes available even more comfortable while leaving the supportive heel structure in place.” Pick these up for tempo runs as well as long easy days — whatever you need.

Weight: 10 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 12 mm

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2

Now just $91, these shoes are a steal for the number of times you’ll pull them on for easy runs and for everyday wear. A stretchy tongue and external heel clip make the fit snug, yet easy to slide off without untying the laces. The cushion is right in between rigid and plush, sure to please neutral runners. A super breathable knit upper make this one of the picks our testers reached for during hot summer days, but don’t let that dissuade you from buying for winter. A good pair of running socks will keep your feet warm. “If you’re a no-wasted-movement elite-ish runner, you probably won’t sweat it,” caveats one tester, “but if you’re more of a pavement-pounding middle-packer, you might feel the same over the final few miles of a longer run.”

Weight: 10 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 8 mm

Altra Torin 4

The Torin 4 is a lightweight update to the Torin 3.5, despite the very plush 26 mm of cushion underfoot. A foot-shaped toe box means your toes actually have room to breathe. Testers who wore Altras for the first time were impressed with the comfortable and responsive feel. “I also found that with the zero drop, I was more responsive on the balls of my feet,” one tester observes. “I mentally fought against it at first, thinking that the sell of a ‘natural’ approach to foot strike wasn’t a real thing, but on hills, or even when I started to get tired, I found myself keeping pop in my forefoot and driving forward.”

Weight: 9.1 ounces
Stack Height: 26 mm (Zero Drop)

Nike Zoom Pegasus 37

The 37th version of the uber-popular Pegasus sneaker is the product of a new round of dynamic testing with both male and female runners. That research resulted in some major adjustments, most notably an airbag more than twice as thick (10mm vs. 4 mm) and concentrated in the forefoot. The result? “The new foam is noticeable,” says one tester of one of the newest entries on this list. “It’s a lot of softer and springier, but less responsive; the last two iterations of the Pegasus felt really quick and fast. I see the 37s as a return to form of sorts for what earlier iterations aspired to be: a no-nonsense running shoe for easy days.”

Weight: 10.05 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 10 mm

Allbirds Tree Dasher

A surprise addition to our compilation is Allbirds’ first foray into performance footwear. “The one-piece upper is knit from FSC Certified eucalyptus trees, a lighter, eco-friendly alternative to merino wool,” our tester reports. “Since it’s all once piece, you don’t feel the upper stretching or rubbing in weird ways. There are no hot spots.” She’s impressed with the stability as well: “Your feet have a decent amount of support as you pivot to change running lanes on the track or quickly turn a corner to avoid having to stop at a light. The slightly wider toebox helps with fit, too.” Because the laces do not permit a heel lock, it’s not ideal for those with ankle issues, but it’s perfect for bouncing around town and light recovery runs.

Weight: 10.05 ounces
Heel to Toe Height: 10 mm
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The GTA-R from Alfaholics is a restomod unlike any other

Over the years, it has been a hit-or-miss affair for a certain Italian carmaker. Nevertheless, fans of the marque continue to support whatever rolls out of the factory. This is what we mean about loyalty, but sometimes it has to stop in order to have the brand learn from their mistakes. On the other showcasing restomod like the Alfaholics GTA-R right here should also be effective. In fact, sources tell us that a few automotive aficionados would rather choose it than more modern Alfa Romeos out there.

It’s easy to understand why once you see this vintage beauty up close. The Alfaholics GTA-R starts off with an old-school 105 series coupe. The level of detail that goes into the restoration of this machine is impressive. From start to finish, approximately 3,000 hours of work go into each example. Experts will be handcrafting everything from premium materials and components only.  In short, owners are getting only the best.

Customization options available include, the GTA-R, a Spider-R convertible, or a Ti-R saloon. It’s you’re ride so you get to dictate how you want to have it. Alfaholics wants its client’s input every step of the way. The engine, upholstery, dashboard, suspension, lighting, seats, and more are fair game. Thus, you’re looking at a bespoke service unlike any other in the market.

If a buyer fancies more modern upgrades, Alfaholics will gladly oblige. The shop mentions, sequential electronic fuel injection, titanium wishbones, carbon fiber body panels, and even air-conditioning. The GTA-R and its other configurations will surely be awesome acquisitions for collectors and motoring enthusiasts.

Learn more about it here

Images courtesy of Alfaholics

These Two Iconic Brands Just Made Your New Beach Outfit

New York streetwear outfit Noah and long-time board short legends Birdwell Beach Britches just released their summer collaboration, a coast-to-coast capsule collection ready for the sand and surf.

An icon in the surf scene, Birdwell has roots dating back to 1961 when the brand’s founder, Carrie Birdwell Mann, converted her Southern California home into a family sewing studio, crafting hardy swim trunks for the local surfers. The trunks were a smash and caught on with surfers and beach-goers alike. The brand has kept pace with the surf community through every wave of fashion and still makes all of its goods in SoCal.

For Noah, founded by former Supreme creative director Brendon Babenzien, surf and skate culture are essential to the brand’s identity. In the five short years since its founding in 2015, Noah’s seen an explosion in popularity thanks to its deep-cut subcultural references mixed with east coast prep and downtown New York attitude.

The 11-piece capsule includes a matching set of Birdwell’s iconic swim trunks, a jacket and a tote bag, as well as graphic tees and an embroidered rugby shirt. It’s a capsule that balances both brands’ inimitable style and unique perspective on surf culture. To learn more about the summery collab, we talked with Brett Reynolds, President and Head of Product for Birdwell and Brendon Babenzien, founder of Noah (noted in the interview as “Birdwell” and “Noah,” respectively).

Birdwell’s been around for a long time but has only collaborated with a handful of brands. How do you choose who to collaborate with and how did you land one with Noah?

Birdwell: It all starts with brands that inspire us and in most cases where we are already their customers. We are familiar with their product and believe in what the brand stands for, enough to buy their products. It’s also important for us to connect with and enjoy collaborating with the people running the brand. Life is too short not to work with people you really like. In the case of Noah, we’ve been fans since they opened their doors in 2015. More than that, we deeply appreciate the stand they are taking against the worst practice of the fashion industry — it’s an approach we share.

Brendon, you already make your own swim trunks, tote bags and jackets. What was the impetus for wanting to do a collab with Birdwell?
Noah: They’re the best. Plain and simple.

There are a ton of surf brands out there, so what drew you to Birdwell over other brands?
Noah: Surf as a business has really lost its way in my opinion. I know thinking about the business side of surfing is a bit weird, but I grew up and learned a lot from the business of surf/skate. I’ve seen the demise of the businesses that were super progressive.

It makes me sad to think that the businesses that were surfer-owned and were a true extension of the lifestyle and culture are now being run by non-surfers and accountants. It sucked the life right out of the business side and, in my opinion, has made surfing as a culture a little less {sic}. The businesses were vehicles for new ideas and some truly fun stuff. Birdwell is still surfer-owned and making things here in the US. We’re really only interested in working with companies that are the real thing and Birdwell is the real thing. The best partnerships are ones where you actually enjoy the process and the Bird guys are lovely, so it made the whole thing just that much better.

What was the collaboration process like?
Birdwell: From the moment we connected, we have enjoyed every interaction with their team. There’s a mutual admiration and they were stoked to do something cool and to do it the right way. We quickly locked on the idea of having them take the lead on designing the pieces, most of which are Birdwell legacy styles. When they shared the paisley design, we were completely committed to the fiendishly complicated task of executing the 9-color print on SurfNyl. We think our respective customers will dig the results of that labor of love.

Noah: The collaboration process was super simple and fun. They make a great product and we are very proud of our products. For that reason, it felt like a true exchange. We could benefit from their expertise on manufacturing their items and we could produce a few things they were looking for. They’re also open-minded people so they were OK with us playing a bit more with graphics and colors. It was fun for us to try and capture the spirit of Birdwell with a slightly different attitude. Its always a good time when you get to show your respect for a brand but also do something different for them.

Though Birdwell’s done polo shirts, you chose to go with Noah’s rugby shirt. How did the two brands come to that decision?
Birdwell: We thought it would be interesting to select the essential pieces that celebrate each brand’s heritage as well as our shared commitment to building things the right way. In the case of Noah, the rugby has been a mainstay of their collection every season. It’s pure east coast prep, which we thought would be a cool counter to the California lifestyle pieces that have been part of Birdwell’s offering since 1961.

Few other modern brands are using paisley quite like Noah. And in the streetwear scene, it’s not something I see much at all. How is it significant to you?
Noah: We just love paisley and context matters. Paisley can be awful, really. But if used in the right way, it is such a classic pattern, that we find ourselves returning to it time and time again. It’s funny because when you hear the word, you tend to think “conservative culture.” But visually, it’s quite aggressive, especially for clothing. It takes real personality to wear paisley well. So for that reason, paisley is incredibly significant to us.

Long board or short board?
Noah: Short board. My whole life. As a matter of fact, I’m actually pretty down on myself for never longboarding. I’ve just mastered the art of small wave surfing on short boards so I’ve never needed a long board. I need to incorporate more board lengths into my life though so I can have a different form of expression in the water.

Samsung’s Huge, $10,000 4K TV Is Over $7,000 Off Right Now

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It’s Simply Gorgeous

When Samsung released the Q9F QLED back in 2018, TechRadar called it “the only TV you’ll ever need in your life.” It’s got a 4K HDR picture boasting incredible brightness and contrast, and its high refresh rate is ideal for sports and playing video games. At launch, however, it was unimaginably expensive for most people. But less than two years later, B&H is selling that same TV for just $2,799 — which is $7,300 off what it used to go for.

Of course, it’s 2020 now, and there is a multitude of excellent, newer big-screen 4K TVs to choose from. If you’re in the market for the best possible picture quality, an OLED TV is still the way to go; the 75-inch LG C9 ($4,300) is a great option. If you’re looking for a great 75-inch option and you’re on a budget, Vizio’s 8-Series ($1,800) is probably the best deal you’re going to find right now.

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

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol’s editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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This New Cutting Board Is the Ultimate Meal Prep Upgrade

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Made the cut

We may have recommended rubber as a superior material for cutting boards, but wood will always be a classic choice for those slicing surfaces. And this new campaign on Kickstarter reminds us of the potential of the material: it’s an intuitively designed bamboo cutting board with a modular storage system.

The TidyBoard features an opening on the side to place a hanging storage container for tossing scraps and prepared foods. It’s designed so the storage container can hang off the table and support up to nine pounds without tipping the board over. TidyBoard comes with additional straining containers and smaller, modular containers to keep everything organized. Plus, snap-on lids make these containers ideal for meal prep.

TidyBoard retails for $99, but introductory prices start at $79. The brand expects deliveries to begin in October 2020.

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

Tyler Chin is Gear Patrol’s home writer. He’s from Queens, where tempers are short and commutes are long. But nothing can get in the way of his love of coffee, beer and random home goods.

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10 Deals Not to Miss: Brooklinen Linen Sheets, L.L. Bean Baggies & More

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One More Thing…

On any given day there is an endless onslaught of great deals on the internet. We highlight the best of the best, but there are always some that just don’t find their way to our site. Rather than let them slip by, we’ve rounded them up here for you.

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25+ Awesome Fourth of July Deals on Camping and Outdoor Gear

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L.L.BeanSave up to 50%
LeathermanSave up to 50%
New BalanceSave up to 25%
OspreySave 25% on select bags
PranaSave up to 40%
StanleySave 25%
The North FaceSave 30% on select items
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VasqueSave 25% with the code SAVE25

Notable Deals

BioLite BaseLantern

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Black Diamond Session Shoe

Save 25%: The Session made our list of the best approach shoes available because it handles technical hiking and hanging around town with equal finesse.

Rumpl Puffy Blankets

Save 25%: Puffy blankets give sleeping bags a run for their money, and many of Rumpl’s are 25 percent off with the code PDXMAKER.

Prana Super Mojo Short II

Save 30%: You will not regret buying the most comfortable shorts you’ll ever own, which is part of Prana’s sitewide sale.

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Save 56%: This no-frills cotton button-up is good to go anywhere you take it.

Hydro Flask 32oz Insulated Water Bottle

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Osprey Aether AG 70 Backpacking Backpack

Save 25%: Osprey’s best-selling Aether backpack has a bouncy mesh support system that makes carrying the heaviest loads a walk in the (national) park.

Vasque Talus AT Low Ultradry Hiking Shoe

Save 25%: Vasque is offering 25 percent off its entire site with the code SAVE25, and the Talus AT Low Ultradry is an excellent place to start if you’re looking for a waterproof hiking shoe.

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Save 25%: Instead of a pad, you can always opt for a packable cot instead.

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Save 30%: This tent is small enough for backpacking and large enough for full comfort when you’re pitching it alongside your car.

Marmot Guest House 4-Person Tent

Save 25%: For a totally luxe setup, add a multi-room tent that’s tall enough to stand up in to your camping kit.

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

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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38 Awesome Fitness Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

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Notable Footwear Deals

Hoka One One Clifton 6

Save 20%: The winner of JackRabbit’s “Softest Cushion for the Freshest Legs” award boasts an early stage Meta-Rocker and full compression EVA midsole to keep you rolling down the road.

Hoka One One Rincon

Save 20%: At 7.7 ounces, the breathable Rincon is one of the lighter shoes in the Hoka lineup, but it still boasts the brand’s trademark maxed-out for a bouncy boost during speed sessions or on race day.

New Balance Fresh Foam Lav

Save 35%: Designed in collaboration with tennis pro Miles Raonic, this shoe features NB’s cushy Fresh Foam midsole to keep a spring in your step well into the fourth or fifth set. The existing discount plus an extra 25 percent when you add to your cart equals a sweet $53 off right now.

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep

Save 25%: With plenty of Zoom Air cushioning in the front and a super-stable heel, Nike’s funky-looking new workout shoe is ideal for circuit training, HIIT, short runs and other fast-paced routines.

Asics Gel-Cumulus 21

Save 45%: Cumulus is an Asics institution, and this iteration may be the best yet thanks to a FLYTEFOAM Lyte midsole layer that provides superior cushioning and comfort.

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Save 40%: The loaded Fresh Foam midsole is about as comfy and controlled as it gets, so if you’re a cushion fiend who craves stability, the Vongo is calling your name.

Mizuno Wave Rider 23

Save 45%: A lightweight and breathable mesh upper helps this breezy runner sneak under 10 ounces while keeping your feet cool and comfortable.

Adidas Ultraboost 20

Save 32%: Select colorways of the brand’s beloved cushioned running sneaker are deeply discounted right now, with a few pairs as much as $58 off when you add the promo code SUMMER.

Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2

Save 20%: Pegasus has been part of the Nike stable for more than three decades because it constantly evolves while continuing to suit the everyday runner. This stylish, lightweight update with energy-returning ZoomX foam is no exception.

Nike Free X Metcon 2

Save up to 43%: Nike’s Metcon line is awesome for high-intensity workouts. This less structured, more breathable version frees you up for dynamic movements.

Saucony Ride ISO 2 Running Shoe

Save 42%: This beautifully designed shoe balances cushioning and fit to make every stride as comfortable and smooth as possible.

New Balance 880V9 Running Shoe

Save 40%: Weighing in at just under 11 ounces, this shoe is light and breathable enough to keep you floating across the pavement, while the big discount ensures it won’t lighten your wallet too much.

New Balance Fresh Foam More

Save up to 25%: This plush, ultra-cushioned shoe makes it feel like you’re running on clouds. Nice fluffy Simpsons ones, too.

Nike Joyride Run Flyknit

Save up to 61%: Thousands of Dippin’ Dot-like tiny foam beads underfoot make the Joyride a one-of-a-kind recovery shoe — and a $79 discount means there’s no better time to grab a pair.

Nike Air Zoom Structure 22

Save 25%: This stability shoe is breathable and supportive and as classy-looking as any we’ve seen lately. It’s a performance tux for feet, basically.

Altra Escalante 2

Save 54%: A decoupled midsole for increased flexibility and a perforated knit upper for more breathability highlight this deeply discounted update.

Asics Gel Kayano 26

Save 38%: This classic cushioned running shoe is beloved by many a pavement pounder, and it’s on sale now in a range of sizes and colors.

Brooks Revel 3

Save 20%: The reduced offset in this shoe’s midsole provides optimal stability for running, workouts and just knocking around.

Adidas Alphabounce Beyond 2.0

Save 47%: Designed to support multidirectional movement, these foot beasts are up for the toughest workouts. And when you combine the existing discount with the promo code SUMMER, the savings are huge.

Notable Gear Deals

RXBar Red, White & Blue Bundle

Save 24%: This package deal gets you 12 bars each of the three flavors shown, all of which boast simple, Paleo-friendly ingredients and 12 grams of protein. The 4th of July-themed discount saves you 19 bucks.

Prana Vaha Short

Save 30%: Made of a sustainable woven hemp blend fabric, these comfy, quick-dry shorts are perfect for yoga sessions, working from home or just kicking back.

Oakley EvZero Blades Sunglasses

Save 44%: Make Jose Canseco and Macho Man Randy Savage proud, protect your peepers and save money with this pair of high-def optics from one of the best brands in the business.

TriggerPoint Charge Vibe Foam Roller

Save 37%: This little gadget is like a portable, post-workout deep-tissue massage. Three vibration frequencies plus high and wide ridges allow you to hit every muscle just right.

Whph Jump Rope

Save 63%: This glowingly reviewed jump rope is perfect for WODs and MMA- or boxing-style workouts, and the discounted price can’t be beat.

Oakley Wet Dry Surf Bag

Save 50%: Psst… you don’t even really have to surf to appreciate the benefits of this bag, which boasts water-resistant ripstop fabric, waterproof zippered interior pockets and a water-resistant inside lining to separate wet gear from dry whether you’re catching waves or putting in laps at the pool.

Penn Championship Tennis Balls

Save 15%: Planning on a lotta serving and volleying this summer? Buy in bulk and reap the wallet-friendly benefits this 24-can, 72-ball package deal.

Niner BSB 9 3-Star Cyclocross Bike

Save 29%: Don’t let the OCR-oriented name throw you off. With its SRAM Rival 1x drivetrain and responsive hydraulic brakes, this carbon-framed ride is equally equipped to be the perfect urban shredder. Related note: BSB is short for “blood, sweat and beers.”

Garmin Forerunner 35

Save up to 42%: With GPS, heart rate tracking, step and calorie counting and more, this is a whole lotta runner-friendly smartwatch for a whole lot less than you’d normally pay.

Smartwool PhD Run Light Elite Micro Sock

Save 25%: Constructed mainly of merino wool, this sock is about as minimal, moisture-wicking, odor-fighting and most importantly comfortable as they come. And the sale price (select colorways) is a steal considering it’ll last for thousands of wears. Update: the colorway shown is no longer available, but two other varieties are available at the discounted price.

Janji TT Rover Hoodie

Save 40%: This asymmetrical half-zip hoodie is so stylish, you’d be forgiven for forgetting how perfect it is for working out in variable conditions.

Outdoor Voices Nimbus Cotton Shorts

Save 20%: Heavy duty on the outside, fleecy on the inside, these shorts are tough enough for the gym but comfy enough for just chilling.

Electric Tech One Pro Sunglasses

Save up to 30%: These ultra-comfy sunnies perform as good as they look, and you just can’t beat the price.

Pinarello Grevil Force 1 Gravel Bike

Save 23%: With its ultralight carbon frame, internal cable routing, beefy WTB Resolute tires and SRAM Force 1x groupset, the Grevil is ready to tackle the gnarliest trails — and this sale leaves a borderline insane $1,201 burning a hole in your jersey pocket.

Lululemon Surge Warm 1/2 Zip

Save 36%: This sweat-wicking, reflective pullover is perfect for staying comfy and visible on chilly evening runs.

Momentous Elite Sleep

Save 20%: Here’s a special deal just for GP readers. First-time Momentous users can score a $10 discount on this reliable, recovery-boosting sleep aid by entering the promo code GEARPATROL.

On Waterproof Shorts

Save 20%: These awesome quick-dry shorts feature a moisture-wicking hydrophilic liner, making them your best friend during wet weather workouts.

Suunto 9 GPS Watch

Save 30%: Boasting a heart-rate monitor, 80 sport modes and 100-meter water-resistance, this watch lets you can train like a maniac anyway you want.

New Balance Q Speed Jacquard Short Sleeve

Save 25%: Just another amazingly breathable and moisture-wicking running shirt for a song.

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Steve Mazzucchi

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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These Are Some of the Slickest Sunglasses You Can Get for the Price (and They’re Gonna Sell Out)

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Mister Green x Akila

Two of SoCal’s hippest indie brands just released a stylish collab for the high-minded. Contemporary cannabis lifestyle brand Mister Green linked up with trendy Los Angeles eyewear brand Akila to put a stoner spin on Akila’s ‘Lo-Fi’ sunglasses and they’re likely to sell out.

The collaboration includes two strains of the classic rectangle shape: one slick all-black version and the other with tortoise shell acetate frames and rose-tinted lenses to match (or rather, conceal) post-blunt bloodshot eyes. While the styles are sly and lowkey, the glint of the metal Mister Green logos will be the only smoke signals for those in-the-know.

Each pair will be available today at 9am PST at Mister Green and Akila’s websites for just $110. But they’re limited to only 100 units per style, so you’d better not snooze.



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4 Great Watches to Wear to a Cookout This Weekend

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Budget to Bling

The summer cookout is as much a part of many Americans’ July 4th celebrations as fireworks. So it follows that in your grilling arsenal should be a solid watch that’s also appropriate for summer weather to help you time your meats or tofu steaks. Just about any weekend or summer watch can do the trick, but here some suggestions to start you thinking about the proper cookout timepiece:

Little Griddle GrillTimer

The Dad Watch to end all Dad Watches, this funny little dive-style “grill timer” will at least be a conversation piece, and it might even be useful. The dial says “sauce resistant,” and we recommend you test that claim.
Movement: Quartz
Diameter: 40mm
Price: $40

Roue TPS Chronograph

The Roue TPS can time various events, including grilling, with its accurate quartz chronograph, and it’s the kind of watch you’d actually want to wear everyday as well.
Movement: Seiko VK63 Meca-Quartz
Diameter: 40mm
Price: $290

Seiko “Arnie”

If grilling appeals to you as a particularly masculine pursuit, there are few watches that say “tough guy” better than the Seiko “Arnie,” so named for its appearance on the bulging wrist of Arnold Schwarzenegger in multiple ’80s action films. Lots of sun will do its solar-powered quartz movement good, as well.
Movement: Seiko Solar Quartz
Diameter: 47.8mm
Price: $525

Breitling Avenger 45 Seawolf

You might not cook like Gordon Ramsay, or curse like Gordon Ramsay, but you can wear a bright yellow Breitling watch like him (even if his is a chronograph) while preparing your culinary creations.
Movement: ETA 2824-2 Automatic
Diameter: 45mm
Price: $3,975

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Zen Love

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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What’s Actually the Difference Between a Cheap and Expensive Soundbar?

If you’re getting a new TV, you probably should get a soundbar. In the quest for thinness, most TVs have had to sacrifice sound quality. Not all soundbars are the same. You can find options like the Vizio SB2920 for as cheap as $78 or the Sonos Arc way up at $799.

But what are you actually paying for if you go for the upgrade?


Better ‘bars mean better drivers and more channels.

One of the most important factors that determines the sound quality of a soundbar is its number of channels. Entry level soundbars tend to have two channels, a dedicated left and right channel for stereo sound. You can go way further than that though. A three-channel soundbar has an additional dedicated center, which helps with produce mid-range (and dialog) A five-channel soundbar is way more advanced, as it can manage to support actual surround sound. More channels, more immersive sound.

On top of that, most entry-level soundbars don’t have dedicated tweeters (for highs), midrange drivers (for midrange) and woofers (for lows), but have full-range drivers that handle everything. This results in a less accurate sound.

The Vizio SB2920 is a two-channel soundbar with a grand total of two full-range drivers. The Sonos Arc is a five-channel soundbar with a total of 11 drivers (eight woofers and three tweeters). This is the meat of what you’re paying for if you go for an upgrade pick.

High-quality soundbars can put their drivers to better use

Immersive sound technologies like Dolby Atmos are all the rage right now, but not a lot of soundbars actually support them. The reason is that it’s difficult and expensive to get a soundbar certified for Atmos. The soundbar has to have the proper number of channels (at least five), the proper hardware, and pass certain tests by Dolby. But when it works properly, a full-on Dolby Atmos is the pinnacle of a home theater experience.

A soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos, like the Sonos Arc, has to have a specific type of surround-sound channels with upward-firing drivers. These drivers help the soundbar to create dedicated virtual height channels, enabling it to create really immersive audio experiences. Basically, it doesn’t just sound like the audio is coming out of the TV, but from above and way to the left and right of it as well.

The Vizio SB2920 does not support Dolby Atmos. No way, no how.

Expensive soundbars double as great speakers in general.

Pretty much all the newest soundbars, cheap or expensive, have built-in Bluetooth so you can stream music straight from your smartphone or laptop, just like a traditional Bluetooth speaker. The best soundbars also have built-in Wi-Fi and integrated technologies that enable it to do much more.

For example, the Sonos Arc has a four-microphone array and can function as a Google Assistant- or Alexa-enabled smart speaker. You can ask Alexa or Google (depending on which smart assistant you use) to set timers, questions about the weather, or to control your other smart home devices; additionally, you can use voice commands to adjust your TV’s volume or change channels. The Arc also supports other higher-resolution streaming methods that require Wi-Fi, such as AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect.

The Vizio SB2920 only has built-in Bluetooth. No Wi-Fi. No smart speaker capabilities. But depending on what you actually need, maybe that’s just the ticket.


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Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol’s editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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The Best Tote Bags to Take to the Beach This Summer

Summertime calls for a trip to the beach. Though this summer calls for a few seaside adjustments, like social distancing and face masks, you’ll still need the proper gear to take with you. Once you’ve gathered all your beach goods together (don’t forget sunscreen!), it’s time to put it all in a bag. For that, you need a beach tote.

Beach totes come in all manner of styles and the best ones are durable, have enough space to hold your personal effects plus your seaside accoutrements. These aren’t exactly your everyday tote bags, but they could function as your daily driver. Whether your speed is an all-natural approach with a burly canvas bag, or a high-tech tote with sophisticated water-repellant coatings and a grip of zips, daisy chains and pockets, there’s a tote out there begging you to go to the beach.

L.L.Bean Boat and Tote

It’s hard to talk about tote bags without mentioning the legendary Boat and Tote from L.L. Bean. Originally made to haul loads of ice, these make for a perfect tote for hot beach layouts. You’re usually limited to just two picks in the triangle of price, style and quality. Somehow, the Bean’s managed to get all three points. They’re affordable, they look great, and they last a long, long time. They come in a variety of sizes and colorways, each of which looks better with age.

Puebco Large Labour Tote Bag

Made in India of a durable cotton canvas fabric, Puebco’s Large Labour Tote Bag is just as suited for lounging in the sand. It’s a generous size at 18.1″ x 25.5″ x 11.2″, so it can handle hauling your beach towels as well as lunch for the whole crew.

Steele Steeletex Wide Beach Tote

Steele’s built up its reputation for making some of the burliest canvas bags since it opened its doors in the 1920s. This beach-ready bag is made with the brand’s signature Steeletex fabric, a heavy 18.5 ounce vinyl-coated nylon. It’s water-resistant and tear-resistant, plus the grommets at the bottom of the bag make it easy to dump out water and sand.

Noah Expandable Mesh Tote

Made with a durable and water-resistant nylon, this tote from Noah is perfect for clearing your carryall of sand and water, thanks to the lightweight mesh body. It’s got a convenient inner pocket to keep your EDC safe. And, it even expands, just in case you bought a few goodies at the local surf shop.

Patagonia Black Hole Gear Tote Bag 61L

Patagonia’s Black Hole bags are seriously tough. I’ve used a Black Hole duffle to carry well over 100 pounds of equipment, so this bag can definitely hold your sunscreen and beach towels. It’s made of 14 ounce 900-denier recycled polyester ripstop fabric that’s coated with a weather-resistant TPU-film laminate and DWR and includes an external zip pocket as well as daisy chains for any add-ons you might have. If the massive 61L size is more than you need, they also make a more reasonable 25L version, too.

Epperson Mountaineering Large Climb Tote

Epperson’s Large Climb Tote is another super durable option that you’ll be passing down to the next generation. The 1000 denier Cordura nylon body is tough but lightweight and water-resistant. The tote also includes military-grade webbing for the handles and daisy chain, a secure snap top and climbing-spec cord closure, as well as seam binding, for a clean-finished inside.

Filson Large Tin Cloth Grab ‘n’ Go Tote Bag

Considering how hard-wearing Filson’s tin cloth fabric is, it only makes sense in something like a tote bag. The Grab ‘n’ Go Tote Bag uses the same 14 ounce, oil-coated fabric for the outer and combines it with a durable, water-resistant nylon lining. It comes with nylon straps, dual outer pockets and a secure zipper top to make sure everything that’s in your bag stays in your bag.

Joshu+Vela Utility Tote

In case you feel like bringing wine to the beach, Joshu Vela’s Utility Tote can do that. Though its pockets are based on vintage tool bags, they conveniently hold your favorite orange wine quite well. They come in a variety of colors and feature bridle leather handles and even more pockets for non-enological essentials. And while we know that Joshu Vela makes another bag literally called the Beach Tote, we love a bag with pockets.

Resails Original Recycled Sail Tote

How beachy can one bag get? Resails’ Original Recycled Sail Tote bag plays up the nautical theme, upcycling vintage sailcloth to make its one-of-a-kind bags. Sailcloth is a great option for bags because it’s lightweight and super strong. To make matters even more durable, Resails also lines its bags with oxford nylon for extra protection and water-resistance.

Battenwear Wet Dry Bag

Wet-dry sounds like the term you use when you can’t recall the word ‘damp’ or definitely want to avoid saying ‘moist’. Can’t blame you there. But Battenwear named their Wet-Dry Bag correctly. It features a mesh outer layer for stowing your wet clothes and towels but also has a water-resistant cavity on the inside, so you can keep your dry goods separate. To play up the duality theme, you can also carry this bag like a tote or like a backpack too.

And Wander 25L Tote

And Wander’s 25L Tote boasts ballistic Cordura nylon with a polycarbonate coating that’s much more water-resistant than traditional coatings. It’s full of details like several mesh outer pockets, adjustable straps and handles, reflective 3M accents, and a secure zipper top. But the best part is that it’s also packable.

Telfar Large Shopper Bag

Telfar’s Shopper Bag is instantly recogizable and toted around by those in-the-know. It’s made of vegan leather and comes in a vivid range of colors and three sizes. The Large Shopper is ideal for beach days thanks to its voluminous capacity. It features a magnetic closure, inner pockets as well as carry handles and shoulder straps.

In the 1980s, Ford Had Some Very Weird Ideas for the Bronco

The first version of the Ford Bronco was timeless. It remains, more than half a century later, one of the coolest cars on the road; people pay well into the six-figures for exquisite restored Broncos, and the off-roader’s enduring popularity has forced Ford to bring the model back in all-new form (which will be arriving a couple of weeks from now, at long last).

Unlike Jeep with the Wrangler, however, Ford definitely messed with success. Rather than stick with what worked, FoMoCo designed and built underwhelming Broncos all the way through the mid-1990s. (Need we remind you of the rollover-prone Bronco II?)

Ford also attempted a couple of reimaginings of the Bronco in the 1980s that were very much of their time. These concepts never made it to production — and, judging from leaked photos — have provided no inspiration whatsoever to the new Bronco. Which, as you can see in the pictures below, is probably for the best.

Ford Bronco Montana Lobo (1981)

The Ford Bronco Montana Lobo debuted at the 1981 Chicago Auto Show. It was definitely…something. Built on a first-gen 1977 chassis, the Bronco Montana Lobo was imbued with a style we can only describe as Malaise Era avant-garde.

It was painted the color of mustard, and looked like the ideal Bronco for a 1981 party boy named Chaz who needed a vehicle that could transition seamlessly from his parents’ lodge in Vail to his side hustle moving controlled substances.

This baby had a T-top and removable, tinted plexiglass doors, plus sliding glass doors for access to the bench seats in the open-air rear party deck. The Montana Lobo bodywork also included side rails containing both louvers and flying buttresses and a rooftop airfoil, because, sure, why not?

And somehow, its side pipe exhaust is the last thing you notice.

Ford Bronco DM-1 (1988)

Ford once had a design sketch so wonderful, it just had to become a functional car. That became the Bronco DM-1. It takes us to the future of the SUV…where SUVs look absolutely nothing like an SUV.

It abandons all pretense of being boxy for a completely rounded, seamless look designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, and features what comes close to being a 360-degree bubble top for maximum visibility. Ford said it could accommodate the Bronco II’s four-wheel-drive setup…yet they built it on the Escort’s car platform.

The white version looks semi-acceptable, with a dash of RoboCop futurism — as though someone had made a Ford Probe crossover.

Unfortunately, Ford also made a yellow prototype. It had matching yellow rims, and looked like someone had made a car out of flan.

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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He’s based outside Detroit.

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Want a Cartier Tank? Here Are Three Worthy Alternatives for Less

The Cartier Tank is about as iconic as a watch can be. It’s got the stamp of approval of countless celebrities and style icons, as well as history no watch nerd can deny. It’s a worthy timepiece to lust after, but Cartier’s prestigious name commands a premium.

The French jeweler has an entire collection of Tank watches in a range of styles. Prices begin with the Solo, which offers the essential look for $2,550 with a quartz movement (or $3,450 in the “XL” automatic version) and go up, up, up, way into the five-figures. While modern rectangular watches for men are relatively rare — and many look like Tank wannabes — there are a still several good alternatives out there.

The trick is to find a Tank surrogate that offers a similar appeal or cuts a similarly dashing profile on the wrist, but doesn’t break the bank. Here are a few great options that do just that.

Hamilton Boulton Mechanical

Granted, the Hamilton Boulton isn’t quite rectangular like the Tank — but that’s because it’s not trying to be the Tank. The Boulton was introduced in the 1940s when Hamilton was a prominent American watchmaker and elegant, elongated cases such as this were “in.” It’s been a part of the brand’s collection ever since. A quartz option is a bit cheaper, but we like it with a traditional-feeling, hand-wound movement, much as it would’ve had back in the day.
Movement: H-50 Manual
Measurements: 34.5mm x 38mm
Price: $895

Bulova Joseph Bulova Banker

There’s a rectangular model in the 2019 Joseph Bulova collection too, but it wears on the large side, so this model called the Banker seems like a better fit to replicate the Tank’s wearing experience. Even with its tonneau case, the Banker has an archetypal look and feel comparable to that of the Tank. Named for the company’s founder, this collection features Swiss automatic movements and an Art Deco style that references some of Bulova’s earliest watches.
Movement: Selitta SW200 Automatic
Measurements: 33mm x 38.5mm
Price: $995

Baume & Mercier Hampton

Though comparable in shape to the Tank, the Baume & Mercier Hampton takes a slight stylistic turn in a different direction. A longstanding collection, the Hampton was updated for 2020, and its dial design feels a bit closer to the other other most famous rectangular watch of all time: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso. This three-hand model has sizing and proportions that promise the classical look you want in a Tank alternative.
Movement: ETA 2671 Automatic
Measurements: 27.5mm x 43mm
Price: $2,450

Zen Love

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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How to Dress Cool Through Hot Weather

On any occasion, dressing appropriately has its benefits. Whether it’s for an important meeting, a wedding, a party, or just summer, the right outfit is key. With the mercury rising, you’ll want to take proper steps to ensure you’re not overheating, something we’ll have to worry about more and more. Here are the best style practices for dressing for the hot, hot heat.

Wear Lightweight, Breathable Fabrics

Heavier fabrics tend to be more densely woven, trapping heat and blocking air flow, and that’s a problem because airflow is what carries heat energy from our bodies. When you sweat, and that sweat evaporates, it takes heat from your body and spreads it to the breeze. But in order for sweat to do its job, there has to be airflow so the evaporation can happen.

Madras fabric tends to be made from cotton in a light and open weave, making it perfect for the summer. Seersucker is also a good option because its characteristic rippling means the fabric doesn’t stick to the skin, allowing air to flow. Fabrics made with linen and hemp also tend to be more loosely woven and thus breathable. They also dry quickly, which helps to continuously evaporate sweat.

In contrast, synthetic materials like polyester and nylon tend to trap heat and moisture, making them inefficient in the summer. But, there are many synthetic fabrics which have been engineered specifically to regulate temperature in hot weather.

While wool is typically thought of as a winter material, it can actually be put to good use in the summer as well. Lightweight wool fabrics have open weaves and better breathability than synthetic fabrics while also wicking away moisture.

Stick to Light Colors

The darker your clothes are, the more light they will absorb and turn into heat. Lighter tones, on the other hand, reflect that energy away. Long story short, wear white clothes to keep cool.

However, scientists have found that in thickness matters, too. Bedouins wear thick, black robes to get them through the scorching heat of the desert. This sounds counterintuitive, but is actually proven to help. It works because the fabric is actually thick enough to absorb the sun’s rays on the exterior portion of the fabric, while the interior portion stays cooler, transferring less heat to the body. But If you’re not a Bedouin, it’s probably simpler to keep the colors light.

Loosen Up the Silhouette

Clothes that fit close to the body might be your vibe, but it’s not the best option for staying cool in the heat. Slim-fitting clothes don’t allow air to flow as much as loose clothing. They can also absorb your sweat, leaving you walking around with damp clothes. Wider silhouettes don’t cling to the skin as easily, allowing room for air to pass over the skin and evaporate more of your sweat, dissipating more heat from your body.

You can opt for clothes that are designed with more drape, obviously. But if a brand that you like doesn’t make looser-silhouettes, you can try sizing up. For certain garments, you can also have a tailor let out the silhouette. However, that’s mostly limited to dress pants and suit jackets, which have seam allowances built into them to allow for tailoring.

Tucking in your shirt is like keeping the windows closed in a hot house. When your shirt is tucked in, it seals off air from entering through the hem opening of the shirt. It’s not exactly giving you a looser silhouette, but it does allow more air to flow.

Wear a Hat

The more sun your body absorbs, the hotter you’ll feel. While you could take that to mean you should take an umbrella with you, a more practical, hands-free alternative is to wear a hat. Some argue that hats can trap heat, which is true to an extent. But the radiant heat that we experience from the sun can add to the ambient heat (the average air temperature we feel in the shade). So it depends. If the sun is blazing, it’s good to wear a hat. On a hot, but overcast day, a hat might not do you much good.

When it is sunny, given the other tips on this list, try to get one made in a lightweight, open-weave fabric in a light color. Assuming you want the hat to stay on your head, you’ll have to skip the loose-fit part.

Shorter Clothes Are More Breathable, But More Exposing

Long-sleeved shirts and pants just add more of a barrier to letting your skin breathe. Though light-colored clothes with an open weave are better for breathability than heavier, darker clothes, they’re ultimately still not as breathable as a pair of shorts or a short-sleeved shirt.

But, there’s a sort of caveat with this. Shorts and short-sleeved (or sleeveless) shirts do allow for better airflow and release more internal body heat. However, your body can still absorb heat by being more exposed to the sun. Not only that, but it can leave you more vulnerable to harmful UV rays. Sunburn is not a fun way to keep cool.

Though you could avert sunburns by applying sunscreen to your exposed skin, many sun screens might actually make you feel hotter. That’s because they cover the skin in a smooth layer which allows sweat to form larger into larger droplets which are harder to evaporate than smaller droplets. This explains why many people report feeling as though sunscreen makes them sweat more because they experience larger beads of sweat.

Be Light on Your Feet

We love a Goodyear-welted, full-grain leather boot any day. Well, except for summer. Shoes made of thicker materials or less-breathable materials like leather less breathable than a canvas sneaker.

Lightweight canvas sneakers provide good breathability, but you also have to make sure you’ve got the right socks. Avoid thick camp socks, or socks with dense knits. If you can help it, find socks that have less synthetic fibers, which tend to absorb sweat rather than wick it away. Some brands even make socks with summer-friendly materials like linen, which is a good choice.

Open-toed shoes like sandals and flip-flops are also a great option for keeping your feat from overheating. Again, the greater amount of room allows for more air circulation. We’re not saying that we don’t like socks with sandals, but you save a pair of socks from your next load of laundry, and that’s something.

Snacking on Skins Is Huge in Japan. Could It Get Huge in the States?

In Japan, eating chicken skin on its own — grilled over charcoal and called kawa — is a common bar snack. Fried chicken skins that come in bags are as popular as American Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, too. Indonesia’s KFC has fried chicken skins that sell as well as, if not better, than French fries. In the US, however, eating chicken skin on its own hasn’t reached the same popularity. That might be changing.

A new crop of snack brands are delving into other edible animal skins, injecting new blood into a space thoroughly dominated by the humble pork rind. These brands are banking on the public becoming more conscious of the health factors of their food and where the ingredients come from. And while we’re in the thicket of the coronavirus pandemic, capitalizing on shoppers avoiding extra time spent in grocery stores.

“Launching at the beginning of the pandemic definitely changed the way we were having conversations around direct-to-consumer snacks and how we can introduce more people to healthy snacking at an accessible price,” Justin Guilbert, co-founder of Goodfish, says.

Goodfish sells fried wild Alaska sockeye salmon skins at $3 for a 1/2-ounce pack. The skins come in flavors such as chili lime, spicy bbq and sea salt — common potato chip flavors. Unlike their potato counterparts, the “chips” contain seven grams of protein, marine collagen, omega-3 fatty acids and zero carbs. The brand sources its skins from scraps that would have otherwise been thrown away, adding a touch of sustainability to the snack.

Like Goodfish, Flock, a fried chicken skin snack from The Naked Market, markets itself as a healthy snack alternative. It’s keto-friendly, high-protein and low-carb, which may come as a surprise to those familiar with fried chicken’s rap sheet.

“Anytime you introduce a non-commercial food to the market it will go through an education period but if it tastes good, and has a strong nutritional profile, it should be well-positioned to succeed, as is the case with animal skins.” Harrison Fugman, CEO and co-founder of The Naked Market, explains. “We were in a very fortunate situation where in the first few days [of coronavirus panic] we saw orders increase drastically as consumers stocked up on online groceries.”

But, considering their low-carb, low-fat, high-protein nutritional foundation, these snacks are, by-design, desirable to those following keto diets. That’s no accident. In 2018, pork rinds saw a 49 percent change increase in dollar sales, according to the Information Resources, Inc., a Chicago-based data analytics company. This jump in sales correlates to a surge in searches for “keto diet” on Google.

The quality of America’s snack game has lagged behind those in southeast Asia for decades. This may be a case of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”

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Tyler Chin is Gear Patrol’s home writer. He’s from Queens, where tempers are short and commutes are long. But nothing can get in the way of his love of coffee, beer and random home goods.

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Rezvani Teases Insane Hercules 6X6 SUV

With the (partial) unveiling of the new Hercules 6X6 SUV, California’s custom carmaker Rezvani blows past expectations yet again. This new super-luxury ’yute is excessive & overbuilt in every way; but not really an off-roader, it’s more of an exotic accessory; the ideal ride for Rodeo Drive or cruising Dubai’s Sheik Zayed road. All we know for sure so far: it’s huge, has 6-wheels & pre-order is open now.

The Best Smart Thermostat Is Cheaper (and Smarter) Than Ever

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Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest’s top-of-the-line smart thermostat, the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation), is on sale right now for $199. That’s $50 cheaper than what it normally goes for. It’s a great and elegant way to help make your home more energy-efficient. Plus, it’s compatible with all major smart home ecosystems, including Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit, so it’s an excellent option for most people.

Also, Nest just sweetened the pot for everybody who owns (or wants to own) one of its smart thermostats by making one its best features free. It’s called “Seasonal Savings” and it was previously only available to utility customers that were Nest energy partners — but now it’s available to everybody.

Seasonal Savings allows the smart thermostat to automatically tweak temperature settings based on the time of day, the actual outside temperature and if anybody is actually home, with the end goal of making your home more energy-efficient and thus lowering your energy bill.

Seasonal Savings is expected to roll out to all Nest smart thermostats in the US and Canada later this summer. A notification will appear on your smart thermostat when the update is available.


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Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol’s editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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Finally, Fake Houseplants That Don’t Look Fake

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The Sill, one of our favorite online houseplant retailers, last year launched a collection of faux plants that look identical to their living, breathing counterparts. The faux plants make it easy for people who can’t (or won’t) regularly tend to their plants, have limited access to natural light or simply don’t have a green thumb to create their own indoor jungle.

Now through July 8, The Sill is offering up to 20 percent off its faux-liage from small plants like the watermelon peperomia to larger ones like the rubber plant. Shop the sale quickly because a few favorites have already sold out.

Tyler Chin

Tyler Chin is Gear Patrol’s home writer. He’s from Queens, where tempers are short and commutes are long. But nothing can get in the way of his love of coffee, beer and random home goods.

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