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This Stunning Chronograph Watch Supports a Good Cause

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IWC Portugieser


IWC’s Portugieser, originally developed in the 1930s, is one of the best-known chronograph lines in the watch world, and the brand has continually used it as the base for a range of iterations. The newest model is made for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (which IWC has supported throughout the years), and it’s the first time the Portugieser has taken the form of a “monopusher” chronograph.

In short, this is an attractive chronograph watch with a sunbrushed blue dial and a complicated in-house movement — and it’s supporting a good cause.

What is a monopusher chronograph? It’s a type of chronograph in which a single pusher is used to start, stop, and reset the chronograph, and it also allows for a cleaner look when it’s integrated into the crown. This isn’t the first time IWC has made a monopusher chronograph, but it’s the first time it’s been in the brand’s most iconic collection.

This particular limited edition of 500 examples calls attention to IWC’s role in the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which has a mission of making positive social impact through supporting sports initiatives. The case back features a drawing by 15-year-old Chinese participant Yi Xin.

The Portugieser’s monopusher chronograph is house in a 46mm-wide steel case and is powered by the in-house, handwound 59360 movement with a power reserve of no less than 8 days. Pricing is as-yet unconfirmed.

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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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Need Ultra-Cheap Furniture That Looks Decent and Ships Quickly? This Is a Good Bet

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Wayfair Foundstone


Wayfair specializes in stopgap furniture for when you find yourself in a new home with limited funds. Its new collection, called Foundstone, is vaguely mid-century modern with some colorful and shiny twists. The pieces are not eye-catchers or statement-makers; rather, they’re designed to mix in with what you already own without the associated mix-and-match vibe. And yes, like all of Wayfair’s in-house furniture lines, it’s largely cheap, ships quickly and is already marked down.

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Will Price

Will Price is Gear Patrol’s home and drinks editor. He’s from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He’s interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens, and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.

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The Surprising Reason So Many Brands Are Launching Carbon Running Shoes Right Now

You know how NASCAR’s race cars all derive from commercially available Fords, Chevys and the like? The same thing appears to be happening in the marathon racing world, in response to new World Athletics rules dictating what shoes can be worn in sanctioned competitions such as the Tokyo Olympics, which begin July 24th. 

Along with stringent product specs — like how many carbon plates can be used (one) and how high the sole can be (40 millimeters) — the rules stipulate that shoes must be commercially available for at least four months to be legal for competitive use. Hence, all the new Air Zooms Nike teased last week, and today, dueling carbon fiber shoe announcements from two other major running brands, Adidas and New Balance.

From what we can tell, both launches have much to offer serious runners, in somewhat different ways. Here’s a quick look at the highlights of the new Adidas adizero Pro and New Balance FuelCell TC.

Adidas adizero Pro

Adidas has seen loads of distance-running success with its adizero line, dating back to Haile Gebrselassie breaking the men’s marathon world record in 2008. More recently, adizeros wrapped the feet of Mary Keitany when she broke the women’s record in 2017 and Rhonex Kipruto when he laid down the 10K record last month.

For the latest iteration, Adidas re-teamed with Japanese running shoe guru Yoshitori Omori to reshape the shoe and loaded it with fast, efficient tech. Newsworthy features include Lightstrike, an ultralight TPU foam noted for its energy return capability, and a Carbitex carbon plate, engineered to encourage springy toe-offs that keep your feet flying smoothly and efficiently.

Two other notable elements are the super-thin Celermesh upper, which minimizes weight while maximizing a reliable fit, and the brand’s beloved Boost foam in the heel to add a level of comfort that should be much appreciated over 26.2 miles.

The adizero Pro will become available online and in select markets on April 1st and worldwide on May 15th. Lest you fear that would leave it ineligible for the Olympics, it’s worth noting that the women’s and men’s marathons don’t take place until August 8th and 9th, respectively.

New Balance FuelCell TC

As opposed to a lot of recent launches, New Balance is positioning the TC as not only a competition shoe but also a training option, giving it a broad appeal for both recreational and competitive runners.

It’s essentially a more durable racing flat, with similar qualities to the FuelCell 5280, which Jenny Simpson wore to win her eighth Fifth Avenue Mile title last year, in record time. It features a full-length carbon plate (of course), a breathable mesh upper and a tough rubber outsole. Our own Meg Lappe got a chance to try the TC out while doing a 7 x 1000 speed workout at marathon pace, and here are her initial thoughts:

“They feel more stable than Nike’s Next%s, more like shoes you can wear for more than just your big marathon debut.

“I felt propelled forward, even during warm ups. I’m a forefoot striker and the plate was very tangible throughout the entire workout. I tried swapping to a heel strike and the heel is just super soft. I would recommend this shoe more for forefoot strikers than heel strikers, as you feel the most bounce back/energy return in the forefoot.”

“The shape is very similar to the FuelCell Rebel, which I love for speed workouts, but this one feels better suited to long-distance training runs than speed work.”

The FuelCell TC dropped February 14th, but is currently sold out on New Balance’s site.

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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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Why You Should Buy a Watch at Auction

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With Geoff Hess from Phillips


There’s no doubt about it — the vintage watch market is thriving, and the auction world is a big part of its viability as a booming business. Recently, we were joined by esteemed Rolex collector Geoff Hess, who in his capacity as a consultant to the Watch Department at Phillips auction house is privy to the inside workings of this world. (We previously spoke with him about which watches to look out for at various price points.) He’s seen it all — multi-million dollars bids, incredibly rare, unique pieces, the rise and fall of different brands’ popularity at auction, and everything in between.

Geoff’s unique insight made for a great conversation about the watch auction scene that ran deeper than record pricing or famous timepieces — he gets into the economics of buying at auction, why purchasing at auction can give you peace of mind that can’t necessarily be gleaned by purchasing from a dealer, and why relationship-building is key to acquiring the pieces you want. And though Geoff is a consultant with Phillips, his advice can be applied to a bid placed at any major auction house.

Without further ado, here’s our conversation with Geoff Hess, one of the most knowledgable vintage watch experts around.

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Wardrobe Essentials Are up to Half off at Everlane’s Huge Sale

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Substantial Deals


Thanks to Everlane’s “Choose What You Pay” sale, you can save up to 50 percent on a range of already affordable wardrobe essentials. The sale includes great discounts on tees, sweatshirts, cashmere sweaters, pants, shirts and more — perfect if you want to get ahead of the seasonal shopping curve.

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John Zientek

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

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The Cheapest Off-Road SUV to Own Is Also One of Our Favorites

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practicality be damned


The traditional two-door Jeep Wrangler is an automotive icon, but the more family-friendly four-door version — originally known as the Wrangler Unlimited — has made it a threatened species. The take rate for the two-door Wrangler is only around 10 percent — about the same as the manual transmission. It’s fallen so far from grace, Jeep didn’t even think there was a business case for pairing its best off-roading engine with anything but a four-door body style.

There may be a compelling argument for sticking with tradition, however. Kelley Blue Book recently ran the five-year cost-to-own figures for America’s off-road SUVs, and the two-door Wrangler came out as the most affordable, with a predicted five-year ownership cost of $39,045. The cheapest Wrangler option is the V6 with a manual transmission — which is to say, the most economical Wrangler to own is also the purest example of the breed.

That said, the four-door version was estimated to cost $40,020 over five years. In real life, saving $975 in predicted ownership costs over half a decade is unlikely to preclude anyone from getting the more practical four-door version of the Wrangler.

Both Wrangler versions are more affordable than the third-place Toyota 4Runner, which is estimated to cost $46,254 over five years. Though, if you’re buying the legendarily durable Toyota SUV, you may be thinking about ownership on a 10-15-year timescale.

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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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The Best Serums to Brighten and Refresh Dull, Tired Skin

Here’s the truth about serum: It’s the biggest secret to having younger-looking, radiant skin.

You know all the other steps to staying healthy—and showing it: wearing SPF, and applying retinol. You stay hydrated and eat healthy foods. You get lots of exercise and plenty of sleep. But, are you applying serums? They can give your skin some of the most immediate and impactful benefits.

Serum seeps into all three layers of your skin to work its magic at deeper levels than moisturizer ever could. Those moisturizing creams merely sit atop your skin. They’re equally important, and shield skin from toxins, but they do little to reverse dark spots and smooth wrinkles. Serums, on the other hand, can correct hyperpigmentation and puffy eyes.

Serum brightens your skin complexion, and can preserve moisture levels in ways that moisturizers never could (funny, given its name). No two serums are alike in terms of ingredients and overall benefits, but almost all of them brighten your skin and smooth complexion. Here are seven of our favorite serums; apply them to clean, dried skin before moisturizers, SPFs, retinol or night creams.

SkinCeuticals Corrective Gel Serum

If your skin suffers from redness or discoloration, then look for a corrective serum. SkinCeuticals’ gel serum uses thyme and cucumber extract to soothe irritation, as well as mulberry extract to even skin tone and gently hydrate the skin. If most moisturizers make your skin break out, then this is a gentle and top-notch moisturizing alternative.

Glossier Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is one of the best ingredients you can apply to skin for brighter, more even complexion. Glossier’s serum is packed with it, along with magnesium, for an instant pick-me-up for tired or dull skin. Use it daily to preserve a fresh face, and to get ahead of the inevitable hangovers or early mornings.

OSEA Eye Serum

The skin around your eyes is more sensitive than the rest of your face, and is much thinner, too — hence why you quickly show signs of tiredness. (It’s fluid buildup from a lack of rest, shining through your skin.) So, target the eyes with a special-blend serum that tightens and brightens at the same time. In OSEA’s eye serum, hyaluronic acid preserves firmness and moisture levels, grape-seed-derived resveratrol shields this thin skin from toxins, and algae extract plumps and nourishes tired eyes (and alert eyes, if you’re plenty rested already — everyone benefits). It also prevents and helps reverse fine lines and other signs of aging.

Brickell Night Serum

Some serums are best worn during the day — those that focus on hydration and pure brightening. Others, like corrective and exfoliating serums, are often best suited for bedtime so that they can sync with your body’s circadian rhythm to boost cellular turnover (and in turn guarantee that you wake up looking rested and more youthful). However, some serums cover both bases: Brickell’s night serum is ultra-hydrating — so much so that its impact is maximized by wearing it overnight. It’s loaded with plant stem cells, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, and promises to magnify the benefits of a full night’s sleep. Your friends and colleagues will notice the difference within days. (Assuming you aren’t pairing it with a lovely binge-drinking or chain-smoking habit.)

Herbivore Exfoliating Serum

There’s an entire family of serums that focuses on exfoliation, by using ingredients that dissolve dead skin cells and reduce hyperpigmentation (dark spots and discoloration). Herbivore’s serum does so with alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, all of which are naturally derived, despite their sciencey-sounding names. They’re extracted from things like willow bark and sugar maple, and in turn leave skin bright, while minimizing pore size and smoothing skin texture.

Caudalie Radiance Serum

It’s hard to categorize Caudelie’s skin-brightening serum, since it uses the brand’s proprietary blend of ingredients (Viniferine, derived from grape vines) — but they seem to deliver on their promise to brighten skin “62 times better than Vitamin C”. All around the globe, this is what Caudelie’s spa customers pay top dollar for, and you can enjoy the same complexion-smoothing effects for less than a buck a day (assuming you just use a couple drops daily).

PCA Skin Peptide Smoothing Serum

If your skin texture needs attention just as much as your skin tone, then look for a corrective and smoothing serum. This one from PCA Skin is pumped with peptides, and it waxes poetic on your skin to undo signs of aging (like the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and acne spots). It also helps skin retain moisture thanks to the inclusion of hyaluronic acid, rice bran extract, squalene, ensuring firmness and brightness.

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Smartwatch

Considering a smartwatch? Join the club. By 2021, unit shipments of smartwatches are expected to reach 81 million, and 2019 was the first full year in which Apple Watch sales exceeded those of the entire Swiss watch industry. Even the die-hard mechanical watch nerds seem to be coming around, adding the odd smartwatch to the mix of traditional mechanical timepieces that, until recently, they couldn’t imagine putting away in favor something powered by a microchip.

So how do you decide if a smartwatch is right for you? It’s a tough decision — a smartwatch can add genuine utility to your life, but do we really need yet another screen in our lives? And once you’ve decided that you want one, how do you decide which one is the right fit for your lifestyle? Here are five questions to ask yourself before you pull the trigger.

Do you truly need a smartwatch in the first place?


What do smartwatches do, exactly? Well, many things: they can track your sleep, optimize your fitness regimen, alert you to incoming calls and messages, track your location on a map, and much, much more. However, there’s a larger existential question to be addressed here: Namely, do you really need any of this shit in your life?

All this information is available on your phone, which means it’s available to you pretty much all the time. But maybe having fitness tracking alone is worth having Apple own even more real estate on your body? If the answer is a resounding (or even, a desultory) “yes,” then read on. If not — if the entire idea of further connecting yourself to the Cloud makes your skin crawl, well then, reach back for your Timex, Rolex, or other “-ex,” as the case may be, and wear one of those geeky plastic sleeves on your arm while you run to house your smartphone.

What are you going to be using the watch for?


This is an important consideration, as smartwatches have proliferated beyond the simple fitness tracker into nearly full-fledged computers. At the high end, for example, is the LTE-equipped (cellular) version of the Apple Watch Series 5, which for all intents and purposes is a mini wrist-computer capable of all manner of smartphone-like activity. At the other end of the spectrum is the Fitbit Charge 3, an advanced fitness tracker that, while it can’t place or receive calls, is more than capable of providing all manner of health-related info. So decide what it is you need out of your smartwatch, and go from there — especially considering price differences between more basic smartwatches and the top-of-the-line models.

How locked in a particular tech ecosystem are you?


If you’re an Apple devotee and an iPhone user, you’re going to want to stick with an Apple Watch, in all likelihood, as we stated in our guide to the Best Smartwatches of 2019: “…the Apple Watch only works with an iPhone, and all smartwatches running Android 2.0 will work with any Android, via the Android Wear app, but not all iOS features will carry over and some of the apps work wonky together, such as iMessage and every Android messaging app.” This doesn’t mean that you can’t wear a fitness tracker to the gym and simply ignore compatibility with other devices, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Do you want to be able to use your smartwatch without a phone?


Being able to use your smartwatch independently of your phone means several different things, depending on whether you want to make calls and receive texts on it or not. You could go all out with a cellular-equipped Apple Watch, of course, which allows you to do this (and also play music) independent of your phone. Then, there are simpler watches such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, which allows you to listen to saved Spotify playlists without being tethered to your phone, and Fitbit devices, which require a computer or tablet with Bluetooth to synch, but don’t require a mobile device for regular use.

Will you be able to charge the watch during the day?


Sleep tracking technology is a notorious battery sucker — meaning, if you want a smartwatch strapped to your wrist all night, you’re probably going to need to charge it during the day in readiness for its 8-hour adventure. If you’re a daytime desk dweller, this probably won’t be much of an issue, but if you’re constantly moving or can’t otherwise charge your watch, you might need to rethink your charging strategy — or have a smartwatch dedicated to sleep tracking. The Fitbit Versa 2, for example, has a six-day battery life.

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Galaxy Z Flip Hands On: Flip Phones Are Back, Baby

Brand: Samsung
Product: Galaxy Z Flip
Release Date: 2/14/2020
Price: $1,380
From: samsung.com

The Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung’s newest folding phone, just makes a ridiculous amount of sense. Where the giant Galaxy Fold was impressive but also strange and unwieldy and wildly expensive, the Z Flip is instantly familiar and intuitive. When open, it’s just a normal phone! When closed, it is a tiny little square that can fit in the smallest of pockets. And in the transition in between? It’s a wonderful throwback tot he flip phone days of old.

I got the chance to play with the new Z Flip for a fleeting 24 hours, and here’s what I took away from that experience. In short? This little guy is one of the most delightful gadgets I have used in a long, long time. It might not be a glimpse into the future of phones, but I really hope it is.

Flipping it open and shut is intuitive, satisfying, and hard to go back from

Chances are good you used a flip phone years ago. I know I did, and the Z Flip makes it all come flooding back. There is something wildly satisfying about ending your phone time with a definitive closing snap. The Z Fold’s mechanism is smooth and satisfying, if a little disconcerting at first. There is a noticeable little vibration you’ll feel inside the phone when you snap it shut. But the ability to physically shut an otherwise standard form factor phone before putting it in your pocket just feels so incredibly good and finite. After about 15 minutes with the Z Flip, I already found myself trying to close my normal, rigid phone.

Durability is a huge concern

Like the Galaxy Fold, the Z Flip comes with all kinds of “don’t”s to help you protect the screen, which include avoiding dust and avoiding applying pressure to the screen with anything hard and sharp, even a fingernail. The problem? The Z Flip is pretty one-hand-able, but you will end up pushing it open with your thumbnail if you try this. Samsung says the Flip is rated to some 200,000 folds but I’ll believe that when I see it. There is no doubt in my mind this thing is very fragile and Samsung’s abundance of warnings, which set the table to put the blame on you if and when it breaks, just make that all the more clear.

The folding screen rules, but it might not be essential

Obviously the big draw of the Z Flip and the Galaxy Fold before it is that their literal screens fold. This is cool! It is a flashy, beautiful, impressive technical accomplishment! It also makes them incredibly fragile and incredibly expensive! There is, however, another way. Last year, Microsoft teased its upcoming Duo phone which pairs a folding form factor with a good old-fashioned hinge in the middle of two discrete screens. Sure, it wouldn’t be as good for watching videos in landscape, but other than that it stands to be cheaper and more durable. And while the Z Flip has sold me for good on the idea of a folding phone, I’m not sure that a single, folding screen is actually an essential part of what makes that experience so promising.

Samsung provided this product for review.

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Eric Limer

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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These Iconic Raincoats Are on Sale for up to 60% Off

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Mackintosh


Rain happens and Mackintosh knows this fact better than almost anyone. The English brand has been crafting water-proof coats since its founder, Charles Macintosh (the ‘k’ was added later) first invented it in the 1800s. Using an innovative rubberized wool fabric, his creation would be the predecessor to today’s tech-forward waterproof materials like Gore-tex and would go on to become synonymous with the raincoat we know now as, simply, the Mac. The historic coats are still made in the brand’s factory in Scotland using hand-crafted details like a water-tight glue that is still applied by finger.

Now over at End, you can find the brand’s historic waterproof coats for up to 60 percent off. From the brand’s quintessential Dunoon mac coat to reversible renditions, bomber jackets and lightweight nylon versions, it’s all on a deep discount well in time for late winter squalls and spring showers.

Nylon Classic Mac by Mackintosh $679 $345

Nylon Hooded Short Mac by Mackintosh $705 $355

Dunoon Wool Car Coat by Mackintosh $705 $455

Fallkirk Waxed Mac by Mackintosh $939 $609

Carluke Reversible Check Mac by Mackintosh $1275 $829
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A Powerful Camera and 5 Other Things to Know About Samsung’s New Smartphones

Samsung just announced its latest pack of flagship smartphones. In total, there are three. The Galaxy S20 (6.2″) and the Galaxy S20+ (6.7″) are the next generations of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ smartphones, complete with a new naming scheme. And then there’s the Galaxy S20 Ultra (6.9″), which is an all-new supercharged phone with an unprecedentedly good camera.

Save for the huge rectangular camera systems on the back, the Galaxy S20s look very similar to their predecessors, but there are a number of huge differences hiding in plain sight. Here’s what you need to know:

A Better Camera with Big, Big Zoom

Cameras continue to be a primary reason people upgrade their smartphones and Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 family goes big on this front. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S20’s sensor is three times larger than the Galaxy S10’s, giving it better low-light shooting capabilities, better clarity and the ability to capture super high-res photos (up to 64-megapixels on the Galaxy S20 and S20+, and up to 108-megapixels on the Galaxy S20 Ultra). That extra resolution is crucial when you are trying to zoom in digitally or crop in the latter of which helps you shoot better landscape or group photos, or zoom-in or crop them in post.

And the zoom is where Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones really stand out. The Galaxy S20 Ultra, the most impressive of the bunch in this regard, has a sideways optical zoom lens tucked into its camera bump, sporting its own 48-megapixel sensor. The result is that it can zoom up to 10x optically, that is to say, with no decrease in quality. And from there, it can zoom up to 100x digitally, though you’ll suffer some loss of quality at extremes like that. On the Galaxy S20 and S20+, the optical zoom is 3x, with a max of 30x digitally. This is still decently better than the 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom on the Galaxy S10.

8K Video and Night Hyperlapses

All three Galaxy S20 smartphones are, for the first time, capable of recording 8K video at 24fps. They have Samsung’s built-in tools that let you edit videos in 8K or downconvert them to 4K if you want to share with somebody who doesn’t have a device that can view 8K content. Samsung improved the image stabilization when recording videos, as well.

Additionally, all Galaxy S20 smartphones have a new “Night Hyperlapse” feature that allows you, with a simple tap, to shoot long exposures at night. There’s a new “Single Take” mode that allows the camera to take 10 seconds of video, but the smartphone will also take photos with all its different lenses, so you’ll get a lot of different photos and a 10-second video.

Bring on 5G, Baby.

The Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra is Samsung’s first family of smartphones that are all 5G-enabled. Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 5G, which was the company’s first 5G smartphone, but it was more expensive and very limited. This year they’re all getting that 5G treatment by default — but they don’t all sport the same 5G speed.

The Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra — the two bigger smartphones and more expensive smartphones — will have slightly better and faster 5G capabilities than on the regular Galaxy S20. This is because they support both flavors of 5G, sub-6 and hyper-fast-but-extremely-short-range millimeter wave, while the Galaxy S20 only supports the slower but more broadly available sub-6. Essentially, this allows the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra to unlock 5G’s most extreme speeds, but only if you have a plan that supports it and you’re inside the coverage range.

A 120Hz Refresh Rate

At first glance, it might seem like Samsung hasn’t done much to change the displays on its Galaxy S20 lineup. They’re still dynamic AMOLED and they look virtually identical. (The front camera still has that hole-punch design, which Samsung says the S20’s is slightly smaller than on the ones on the S10.) But these are Samsung’s first smartphones to have a 120Hz refresh rate, which is double the refresh rate on the S10, and gives on-screen animations an uncanny smoothness and makes them even better for mobile gaming (less lag, more accuracy).

Additionally and related to gaming, Microsoft’s Forza Street is going to be available on Galaxy devices, which is the first time you’ll be able to play the game on mobile.

Note: The default refresh rate on all Galaxy S20 smartphones is 60Hz, but you can change it to 120Hz in Settings. There’s no adaptive refresh rate like we’ve seen some other smartphones, where it automatically switches between 120Hz and 60Hz depending on what you’re doing.

A Cool New Way to Share Music

The Galaxy S20 has a feature called “Music Share” that allows you to share out your Bluetooth connection from your device to other devices. Essentially, if you are streaming music from your smartphone to a Bluetooth speaker or your car’s radio, “Music Share” allows your friend to connect to your smartphone (via Bluetooth) and then play their music. It eliminates the need to unpair and re-pair your smartphone. It’s an innovative way to distribute the DJ responsibilities at a party or on a long road trip.

Price, Availability and Everything Else

All of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 smartphones will come with a 25-watt charger in the box, and the S20 Ultra will support up to 45-watt charging. The base models for every smartphone will come with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, with 512GB storage configurations available on the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra.

Preorders for all Galaxy S20 devices will start on February 21 and run through March 5. They’ll be available to buy online and in stores on March 6. The Galaxy S20 starts at $1,000. The Galaxy S20+ starts at $1,200. And the Galaxy S20 Ultra starts at $1,400. If you pre-order any of these devices you’ll get a $100, $150 or $200 credit, respectively, to Samsung.com.

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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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Upgrade Your Blanket, Bedsheet and Pillow Game with This Sale

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Cozy up to this sale


As part of Huckberry’s annual winter clearance, a bunch of bedding — sheets, blankets and pillows — are marked down up to 40 percent. Get a great deal on some cotton percale sheets from Upstate, wool throws from Faribault, blankets from Pendleton and more. And throw a luxurious Coyuchi robe into your cart to keep up with the cozy theme.

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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These Popular GMT Dive Watches Are Back with Fresh New Colors

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Yema Superman GMT


The modern Yema Superman was just supposed to be a one-off remake of a vintage dive watch from the ’60s and ’70s. It was so well-received, however, that the French brand decided to make it the basis for iterations that don’t necessarily have historical counterparts. The Superman works particularly well as a GMT, and three tasty new color variations make it look better than ever.

The Yema Superman follows the familiar form of many GMT watches, best represented by the famous Rolex GMT Master II. That means the addition of a 24-hour hand on the dial and a rotating bezel with 24-hour markings rather than a diving-focused one. A bit more sober in tone than the first run, which quickly sold out, the new models have black dials and a choice of bezels in black, green, or half black and half gray.

The new models also feature a minor but notable upgrade: the bezel inserts now use scratch-proof sapphire instead of aluminum — with no change in price. Customers can customize their order to include or omit the bezel locking mechanism seen as the Superman’s most distinctive trait. Like the previous Superman GMTs, the movement inside is the Swiss automatic ETA 2893-2, and there are 39mm and 41mm-wide options.

The Yema Superman GMT watches are available now for preorder at a price of $1,499 with shipping expected at the end of April 2020.

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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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Did We Just Find the Perfect Pants for Travel?

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What makes one pair of pants travel better than another? Our answer is undeniably subjective, but we think it’s a good one: the ideal pair of travel pants should be comfortable enough for hours on a plane, durable enough to hit the ground running on arrival, and stylish enough to stroll into a meeting (if that’s where you’re running). It might sound like too much to ask for, but Telluride-based Western Rise has done it before and is doing it again with its new Diversion Pant.

The Diversion follows the standard Western Rise set with its Slim Rivet Pant, which made our list of the best travel pants available (and about which one staffer wrote, “These are the pants that Tony Stark would design and wear.”) Featuring a four-way stretch fabric, the pants are soft on the inside but workwear-durable and water-repellent on the outside.

Western Rise also built the Diversion with a slim taper that conceals all this practicality in a layer of taste that says, “These are my nice pants.” And with that, the last box in our travel pant criteria earns its check.

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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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This Iconic Field Watch Is Even Better in Titanium

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Hamilton Khaki Field Auto


The affordable hand-winding Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical watch is a modern classic. It’s loved precisely for its no-frills charm (and of course, for its price), but it exists within a larger Khaki Field collection that includes myriad options. An automatic version offers a bit more everyday convenience, but a step up from there is the lightweight and premium titanium models, recently released in two new iterations.

Until now, the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto has only been offered in a couple of versions, but the brand is expanding the collection with some new colors and features. Measuring 42mm wide in bare or PVD-coated titanium, the new models come in two variants. One version has black case and dial with beige dial elements, and the bare titanium-cased version has a silver dial with green, luminescent-covered hands and indices. Both are topped with sapphire crystal, and the cases are water-resistant to 100m.

The new versions are dateless, which is a popular current trend among collectors, and like other recent versions, they incorporate the latest Swatch Group movement. This is an ETA C07.111 based on common automatic movements, but with upgrades that include a power reserve of 80 hours. Each features a display case back and ships on a leather strap, with a price of $995 with black PVD coating or $945 in bare metal.

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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 Are Two of the Best Leather Jackets You’ll Ever See

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3sixteen x Schott


Arguably two of the coolest leather jackets ever made are the motorcycle jacket and the bomber jacket. Built for the skies and the asphalt respectively, the near-indestructible jackets have been central figures in the fashion landscape for decades with countless brands riffing on the staple outerwear.

Premium denim brand 3sixteen and American leather brand Schott have designed covetable versions of both styles for their second collaboration. The jackets use a special Chromexcel teacore horsehide tanned exclusively for this collaboration by the famed Horween Leather Company in Chicago. While the leather starts out a deep black, rich brown undertones will reveal themselves with wear.

The motorcycle jacket is a stripped-down version of Schott’s classic Perfecto jacket, leaving out the belt and epaulets and adding nickel hardware. The A-2 Bomber is cut with a modern fit and includes a removable sheepskin collar. To top things off, these heirloom pieces are lined with a cozy all-cotton Japanese flannel, as if you didn’t want to wear them enough already.

Both jackets retail for $1200.

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Some of the Coolest Sunglasses We’ve Seen Cost Less Than $100

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From Akila


Los Angeles eyewear brand Akila makes high-quality, limited-run sunglasses at self-described “anti-industry” prices. That means you can pick up some incredibly stylish shades for just $95.

The brand’s Legacy model utilizes plant-based cellulose acetate frames — an earth-conscious alternative to cheaper plastics — that allow for a range of unique colors and patterns. Complete with 5-barrel hinges and stainless steel temple cores, these frames are paired with Optical lass 1 nylon lenses (read: clear and durable) in distinct colors and tints.

Akila offers a handful of different frame styles in various colors, but each release is incredibly limited. The latest iteration of the Legacy — an onyx acetate frame with yellow lenses — is capped at just 100 pairs.

For less than $100, these frames are hard to pass up. They offer the aesthetic and quality of luxury eyewear at a very accessible price — and you’d be hard-pressed to find something else this cool without breaking the bank.

Great Japanese-Made Sunglasses

Italy has long reigned in the realm of premium eyewear, but a profusion of average frame construction has diminished its reputation among industry experts. Their new darling? Japan, where eyewear manufacturing is concentrated in the Fukui Prefecture. Read the Story
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Birkenstocks Rarely Go on Sale but These Are Now 25% Off

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Classic Sandals


Birkenstocks rarely go on sale. Founded in 1774, the German sandal company is known for its contoured cork footbeds and sturdy leather straps. If you want to pick up a pair for a steal, head over to Huckberry today. Currently, the brand’s Arizona sandals are 25 percent off. They feature the aforementioned contoured cork footbed, rubber soles and brown leather straps. Normally $125, they’re just $94 while supplies last.

Shop other discounted Birkenstocks here.

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Jabra’s $150 Wireless Earbuds Are Just $50 Today

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AirPod alternatives


Right now, you can buy refurbished Jabra Elite 65t, which are still one of the best AirPod alternatives you can buy, for just $50. That’s $100 off.

The Jabra Elite 65t are wireless earbuds that were released about two years ago. Since then, Jabra released the Elite 75t ($179), which are wireless earbuds that are smaller and have a little better battery life (plus, they charge via USB-C) — but they’re also more expensive. Jabra also makes the Elite Active 65t (read our review, here), which are essentially sweatproof and slightly more expensive versions of the Jabra Elite 65t wireless earbuds.

As for the Elite 65t, they sound good, fit snug, and have a four-mic array so they have better call quality than most alternative true wireless earbuds; for more information, you can read our full review of the Jabra Elite 65t, here.

Worried about buying refurbished? Fair enough. But these earbuds have been refurbished from Jabra themselves, so they know what they’re doing. Also, eBay has a 30-day return policy — if you’re at all not happy with your purchase, you can send them back.

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This Swanky Rose Gold G-Shock is Affordable and Tough as Ever

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Casio x Kith


Classic Casio G-Shock models like the squarish G5600 series and the rounder G6900 are famously indestructible, inexpensive, and encased in plastic. (Never mind the irony that premium-priced, metal-cased versions of these iconic G-Shocks seem to work so well — because they do.) Following the release of recent G-Shock GM6900 watches with steel outer cases in black, silver, and yellow gold finishes, a collaboration with apparel retailer Kith NYC has resulted in an even swankier limited edition in rose gold.

Props to Kith for choosing a positive (dark-on-light) LCD display for its vastly superior legibility (and its classic style). This tier of metal-cased watches, in fact, merely represents a steel cover atop a more traditional plastic inner case, so none of the famous G-Shock toughness should be compromised. (If you want fully metal-cased G-Shocks, these are available, though they’re more expensive and not yet available in this 6900 form.)

Kith’s G-Shock interpretation stands out most for its rose gold case, but there are a number of other notable details and Kith branding that differentiate from other GM6900 models. The prominent button at 6 o’clock is emblazoned with “KITH” instead of its usual “G,” and the resin band and its rose gold-toned keeper also feature the retailer’s logo.

This is a limited edition for the partnership available at physical retail locations and on the Kith website, though the number of pieces produced has not yet been confirmed. It also commands a price premium of $150 in this version over the non-limited yellow gold version directly from G-Shock, which is typical for such special-edition G-Shocks. The Kith x Casio G-Shock GM6900 has a price of $380 and comes with two Kith-branded resin straps in black and white.

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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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