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These 5 Awesome New Bike Products Will Transform Your Next Ride

Outerbike is a combination of a trade show, a trailhead tailgate and one of those dreams in which you have all the toys you’ve ever wanted and your only worry in the world is wondering which to play with first. Unlike other industry events, Outerbike lets attendees demo the bikes, not just look at them, which makes it a great place to go if you’re interested in picking up a new mountain or gravel bike.

Sun Valley, site of the most recent iteration of the event, offers great riding and a real chance to see what a bike can do. Attendees get lift tickets, lunch, happy hours and unlimited access to the trails for three days. If you’re thinking of getting a new mountain bike, it’s the place to go. If you missed Sun Valley, don’t worry, there are three more events this year. Meantime, here are the five coolest things we saw this past weekend.

Cannondale Topstone

Cannondale’s latest gravel offering picks up the slack between their value-driven alloy Topstone and the shreddy-but-heavy Slate. The Topstone Carbon builds in 30mm of rear suspension using carbon flex and a pivot that Cannondale calls the “Kingpin.” A compliant handlebar, wide tire clearance and a range of bottle cage and accessory bolts (that are actually weight bearing and not just flimsy rivnuts) make this bike a great choice for gravel racing, light bikepacking and comfort commuting. We tested it on trails and dirt roads and it feels fast!

Open WI.DE Frameset

Open more or less invented the gravel bike with the groundbreaking UP a few years ago. Now the brand is reinventing it with the huge clearances on their newest drop-bar adventure bike. WI.DE stands for “winding detours” and that is where Open wants you to go with their new frameset. Clearance for 2.4-inch tires means you can shred singletrack, but a road crank means you can efficiently cover ground in your road position. This isn’t a road race bike or a mountain bike — it’s a little bit of both, and it looks like a lot of fun.

Pivot Shuttle – Race Build

Long travel bikes are great, but they suck to ride uphill. E-bikes are also great, but some aren’t designed as bikes as much as small motorcycles. Pivot makes awesome mountain bikes and added a motor to their trail bike to create the Shuttle, a bike that powers up the trail and shreds down, meaning you don’t have to pile into a smelly van to get to the starting line. With 29-inch wheels, 160mm of plush travel and a weight of 44.75 pounds, this bike is an endure ripper that just happens to have an electric boost — not a moped with some token suspension. If you’re interested in bigger lines and rougher trails but don’t want to drive back uphill, this might bike ticks all the boxes. Yes, it’s pricy, but some of the $7,899 price tag is amortized by potential savings on lift passes and/or beers for the poor person who would be shuttling you otherwise.

Rotor 1x 13

Rotor’s new 1×13 groupset is more than just an incremental step past the existing 11- and 12-speed standards. Why? Because a 2×11 setup has 13 unique combinations, meaning that you can get the same range and the same jumps as most existing road bikes without a front derailleur on Rotor’s new system. The closed hydraulic system will never need charging and won’t ever suffer from cable stretch. The system does use its own hub and offers four cassette sizes from 10-36 to the enormous 20-52 as well as chainrings in two tooth increments from 26-54t.

Moots ROUTT YBB

Moots bikes might have a timeless look thanks to their largely round tube titanium construction, but they’ve got much more to offer than classic looks. The ROUTT YBB uses a “softtail” micro suspension that ’90s mountain bikers will recognize. Mountain bikes have moved on, but for gravel bikes, the 20mm of rear axle travel might be perfect for taking the sting out of long days, especially when combined with the huge 700x45mm tire clearance. Also making a comeback, thankfully, is a threaded bottom bracket that shouldn’t creak like many press fit designs on modern bikes. Moots is offering select builds for 2019; these options promise a faster build and delivery time than their standard bespoke builds while still allowing buyers to upgrade everything from the groupset to the decals to make their bike unique.

Save Over $100 on These Classic Fender Guitar Amps

Now at Guitar Center, you can save over $100 on a range of classic Fender guitar amps. The Silverface ’68 Custom reissue line — a Princeton Reverb, a Deluxe Reverb, a Vibrolux Reverb and a Twin Reverb — is currently discounted. These classic tube amps recreate styles from a transitional year in Fender’s amp production: the tones were classic Fender — warm and bell-like — but they were also noticeably dirtier than amps produced in the mid-‘60s. The amps also presented a new aesthetic with a silver-and-turquoise front panel and an aluminum grille-cloth trim.

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These ’68 Custom amps feature cabinets made from birch-maple plywood, Celestion speakers and all-tube circuitry with Groove Tubes preamp tubes and power tubes. Each model also includes custom-made Schumacher transformers, tube-driven spring reverb and a 2-button footswitch. Wattage ranges from 12 in the Princeton to 85 in the Twin Reverb, so there’s something for every player and situation. Rarely on sale, these amps have open-box discounts of up to $156 — hard to argue with that for brand-new gear.

’68 Custom Princeton Reverb by Fender $900 $792

’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb by Fender $1,050 $924

’68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb by Fender $1,200 $1,056

’68 Custom Twin Reverb by Fender $1,300 $1,144
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We May Have Found Out What Engine the New Ford Bronco Has

There are plenty of exciting new products rolling into Ford dealerships in the next few years — the 760-horsepower Shelby GT500, a Mustang-inspired electric performance crossover, a tiny off-roader — but perhaps none has whipped up as much frenzy as the 2021 Ford Bronco due to arrive next year. Ford, for the most part, has played its cards close to the vest with the new Bronco, revealing little beyond the basic silhouette. That’s left enthusiasts scrambling to find information however they can — including some odd places.

Like, for example, the auto parts reference computer at an automotive store. Which is exactly where Off-Road.com found out that the 2021 Ford Bronco will apparently pack a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine.

One of the website’s correspondents stumbled upon the listing while poking around the parts lookup tool at a Canadian Tire. To verify this, Gear Patrol checked out the online version of the tool on Canadian Tire’s website; sure enough, searching under 2021 model year vehicles revealed a single result — a Ford Bronco with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine.

A quck survey of Ford’s engine lineup reveals but one engine matching that displacement: the turbocharged EcoBoost inline-four found in various states of tune under the hood of the now-defunct Focus RS, the base Mustang…and, most notably, the Ford Ranger. In Ranger form, the engine cranks out 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, and comes connected solely to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Given that the new Bronco will be based on the Ranger’s chassis, it’s no surprise to hear that it would pack the same engine found in the pickup (at least, here in America).

Of course, it’s possible that some overzealous Canadian Tire employee simply guessed what engine will be crammed into Ford’s new off-roader, and that the new Bronco will show up with a different powertrain entirely. But our instincts tell us this seems more like an honest mistake made by someone with inside access to the Bronco’s mechanical specs than an auto parts database programmer deciding to go wild with the system. Here’s hoping Ford pulls the wraps off the vehicle soon enough and clears things up once and for all.

This New Cast-Iron Pot Could Last You 100 Years

When gear-testing celebrity and co-founder of America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball describes your pots and pans as “the Tiffany of cast iron cookware,” you’re doing something right.

Based in Owego, New York and owned and operated by Liz Seru and John Truex, Borough Furnace just launched a Kickstarter for what will be the only American-made enameled Dutch oven. A semi-gloss, blacked-out, hand-enameled pot that combines the company’s modern touch with designs from classic French brands like Le Creuset and Staub.

Like Staub, the 5.5-quart pot opts for the tight-fitting lid and basting knubs on the ceiling of the oven. Like Le Creuset, its cooking surface is a same semi-gloss enamel, which enables more effective browning than the matte interiors of some Dutch ovens.

But because Staub, Le Creuset and other cast-iron cookware makers attach lid handles after casting, the pots are always temperature-capped (neither are safe to use above 500 degrees) and the handles can show wear quickly (screws hold them in place, which can either unfasten or rust over time). Truex and Seru got around this by casting the lid and its handle into a single piece of iron, eliminating both issues while creating a handle shape and size more friendly to a gloved grip.

And unlike many macro or craft cast iron makers of today, Borough Furnace melts, pours, casts and finishes all its own iron. For the Dutch ovens, Seru and Truex will be applying the enamel coating to them as well.

The first batches of ovens will be available to Kickstarter supporters for $180, almost half the eventual $350 retail cost. The campaign is live for the next 30 days.

Curtiss Warhawk Bike

Curtiss Motorcycles has done it again. At this point, should we even be surprised? The shop has put out a coterie of impressive custom jobs in years past. Its newest, called the Curtiss Warhawk, is no different. Like its siblings, the bike is a beastly bang-up job that says, “Screw it. We’re not about subtle.”

Indeed, it’s immediately apparent just after one glance that this is no ordinary ride. But explore its innards and you’ll find an equally impressive array of specs to match. First off, there’s a 132 cubic-inch triple cashaft V-twin engine. That amounts to 150 brake horsepower output — on a bike that weighs 570 pounds.

The chassis, an aluminum monocoque, features a double wishbone parallelogram front fork. There’s also a fabricated rear aluminum swing arm to round out the metallic profile. Top speed is rated at over 165mph. How much does it cost? Well, you can get this one for your garage just for the low, low price of $112,00.

By the way, this is the first Curtiss motorcycle in 105 years, if you can believe that. It’s also the last Curtiss to feature a Petrol V-twin engine. If this is something you think you want, act fast. The shop will make just 36 examples, so you better get that check ready stat. This is also the first and last of its kind, just so you know. Curtiss, which changes its name this year, will switch to all-electric propulsion for their builds moving forward. What a swan song, though.

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Photos courtesy of Curtiss Motorcycles

Lightyear One Solar Electric Car

The automotive industry is marketing electric vehicles as zero-emission alternatives to raise environmental awareness. However, depending on how your local power grid generates electricity, it might not meet the qualifications. In concept, these models are indeed emission-free, but the need to plug it in will make you think otherwise. If you want to cast all doubt aside, the Lightyear One is the all-electric machine that rightfully earns the aforementioned classification.

To be clear, the Lightyear One can still charge using the outlet or charging stations, it has an ace up its sleeve. A closer inspection reveals the innovative approach that the EV takes to keep its batteries juiced up. State-of-the-art solar cells are covering the roof as well as the hood. There are 16.5 feet of these soaking up the rays under a durable sheet of safety glass.

The company claims that it is robust enough to support a full-grown adult. Likewise, these are not your standard solar cells, because each panel works independently. Moreover, these reportedly generate 20 percent more energy than traditional models. Although it can in theory fully charge the batteries, it will take way longer than plugging it in.

The Lightyear One can manage about 450 miles on a full charge but will be longer when the solar cells do their job. We believe that solar charging is its biggest feature that other EVs will eventually adapt later on. Each of the in-wheel motors reduces energy loss and provides exceptional handling during your drive. Pre-orders are now available with 500 examples available for the first run and a 2021 delivery date.

Reserve yours here

Images courtesy of Lightyear

Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Plus

When it comes to technical releases, Adidas is killing it. Its latest, the Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Plus, is no exception. Combining sharp aesthetics with topnotch utilitarian sensibilities, this new pair of kicks proves Adidas is hell-bent on innovating its technical prowess even further.

The shoes feature all-day versatility, which is to say they’re perfect as your spring or summer fair. That’s really no surprise given this is Adidas we’re talking about — the brand, after all, is synonymous with quality. Although summer’s almost ending, there’s still plenty to gush about here.

Take the street-to-trail profile of the kicks, for example. Not only do you get a shock-absorbing EVA midsole, which makes them ideal for gallivanting around the city, the kicks also have abrasion-resistant upper reinforcements. In other words, Adidas combined durability and comfort and gave it to us in one neat package.

The rubber outsole gets a tough tread, which is a nice touch on top of impressive flourishes found here. That means these are great for hiking trips, too. Though we’d err on the side of actual hiking footwear if you’re planning any backcountry endeavor.

The colorway is red and black, which some people will love and some will hate. That’s fine. This is no emblem of streetwear fashion, after all. That’s not to say, however, that they aren’t stylish. They are. But in a way that prioritizes slickness over style. If you’re not that patient about finding the perfect sneakers and just want a pair that’ll last for a good long while, get this. The Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Plus is one of the most reliable pairs of kicks you’ll ever purchase.

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Pellet Grilling Isn’t a Fad, It’s the Future — Here’s Why

It used to be that pellet grilling was for nerds. Invented in the ’80s by a guy who owned a heating company in Oregon, wood pellet grills are powered by electricity and fueled by wood pellets. An auger pushes compressed wood from a holding chamber on the side of the grill to a fire pot under the grates, where a temperature gauge and a fan work together to maintain a stable heat.

The first wood pellet grills, all made by Traeger Grills, did not seriously threaten the dominance of their gas and charcoal counterparts. Those days are gone. Here are four reasons why pellet grills are here for good.

Simplified Smoking

Whether would-be pitmasters want to admit it or not, part of the allure of barbeque is its inherent difficulty. Fires, fuel stacks, air flow, internal temperatures, ambient temperatures and humidity levels — all must be monitored for hours (sometimes days) on end. To some grillers, that sounds like a great use of a weekend. To others, a nightmare.

Pellet grills make things easier. Set the temperature, press “ignite” and wait ten minutes. Once it hits the target temperature, the grill’s onboard computer does all the monitoring for you, automatically adjusting fan speed and pushing pellets into the firepot as necessary. If you’re into barbeque for the flavor, not the craft, it’s the most efficient way to go — properly smoked meats and vegetables with minimal effort.

Legitimately Useful Smart Controls

Smart tech may feel anachronistic to the very analog nature of cooking meat over fire, but it’s immensely helpful in the pellet grill arena. Wood pellet grills monitor temperature in the firepot, ambient air temperature in the grill and internal temperature of the meat you’re cooking by default.

Today’s grills connect to your home’s Wi-Fi, and you connect to them via smartphone app, meaning you can control them even when you’re not connected to your home’s Wi-Fi (like, say, if you go on a quick beer run). And though you can operate the grill using the interface on the front of the grill, all the functions found there are available on the app, and a little more. Load recipes from your phone onto the grill and set it on cruise control and troubleshoot any grill performance issues that arise, too. It’s simple, non-invasive smart technology that you can use, or not use.

Surprising Fuel-Efficiency

A bag of wood pellets costs about $20. When cooking at smoking temperatures, these grills burn about a pound every two to three hours, which comes out to roughly $1 per hour of cook time and 50 hours of cook time per bag. For the sake of comparison, propane gas tanks are usually $30 for a full tank and $20 for refills. You’ll typically get 20 hours of cook time out of propane grills, even when cooking on low. Charcoal and lump coal are even less efficient.

Limited but Capable Grilling

Pellet grills aren’t perfect. The most legitimate complaint against them is their inability to create the quick char of their gas and charcoal brethren. That’s because wood pellet grills typically have a sheet of metal over the fire pot, thus they cook with indirect heat rather than the standard direct heat from traditional grills.

No wood pellet grill is capable of safely reaching the 800-plus temperatures of gas and charcoal. But newer grills from Traeger and companies like Green Mountain do show marked improvement. Both companies now make grills that meet or exceed 500 degrees at grate-level (they used to top out around 400 degrees). That’s ample energy to effectively sear a steak or pork chop. In short: it won’t keep up with the searing chops of a gas or charcoal grill, but it’s plenty capable in its own right.

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Soneva Jani Resort

Now that summer is officially here, planning exciting escapades is in full swing. The sheer amount of destinations and activities are staggering, so we’re going to help narrow down your choices. Earlier we featured a unique excursion that takes you across Ukraine. It’s where you can visit ground zero through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour. However, if traversing a radioactive site is not your cup of tea, we have another awesome one to suggest. Take a trip to the Maldives and book your stay at the Soneva Jani resort.

When your idea of spending your vacation involves the sun, sea, and the relaxing breeze, then this is a perfect match. Enjoy paradise on earth as you settle into one of the many types of accommodations. Each one offers the ultimate leisure experience. The Soneva Jani resort is fairly new and is located in the Noonu Atoll. It is just one of the four resorts owned by the company, but it is by far the most stunning with a panoramic view of the open sea.

Unlike other resorts, Soneva Jani offers luxury villas with amenities that will put its competitors to shame. We’re talking about glass-bottom lounges, pools, retractable roofs, and even a waterslide. It’s already an exceptional package on its own, but there’s more. Guests can take part in optional activities such as an astronomy cruise, a dolphin safari, guided snorkeling, diving, surfing, and other water sports. Others can choose to have a private beach breakfast and dinner or melt away their stress in the Soneva Spa facilities. Overall, it’s an exclusive experience in the Maldives for those who desire a tropical getaway.

Book you stay now

Images courtesy of Soneva

Today In Gear: A Minimalist Everyday Backpack, the Last Knife You’ll Ever Need & More

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


How to haul your everyday essentials can be a tough decision to make. Too often, everything ends up at the bottom of a seemingly bottomless tote bag hanging on your shoulder. This is far from ideal. You need to be comfortable getting to and from the office or studio and ready to bug-out for the weekend. The City Backpack organizes and protects all your tech and leaves room for all your must-haves without sacrificing looks. This minimalist ruck from Incase is at the intersection of tech and lifestyle. The fleece-lined compartments for your phone and laptop offer excellent protection for your tools of the trade while the two additional zippered stash pockets mean you will be able to stow enough to carry you right into the weekend. You can grab this perfect backpack over at Incase for 20 percent off with the code INC-GEAR20, so head over there and get organizing.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Announcing Gear Patrol Magazine, Issue Ten: The Innovation Issue

Announcing Gear Patrol Magazine, Issue Ten: The Innovation Issue

In our newest mag, we take a look at innovation in everything from virtual reality to coffee farming and more.

This Is Your Opportunity to Buy a New Rolex GMT Master II “Batman” At MSRP

This Is Your Opportunity to Buy a New Rolex GMT Master II “Batman” At MSRP

Missed out on the 2019 Rolex GMT Master II? StockX, the world’s first “stock market for things,” is giving you a chance to buy one at MSRP.

The Last EDC Knife You’ll Ever Need Is Here

The Last EDC Knife You’ll Ever Need Is Here

Leatherman’s latest multitools pack everything you need and nothing you don’t.

These Are the Most American Cars and Trucks On Sale

These Are the Most American Cars and Trucks On Sale

A new list of vehicles made in the United States using the greatest amount of American-sourced materials reveals a few more “imports” than you might have guessed.

One of Our Favorite Vintage-Inspired Dive Watches Is Finally Available Again

One of Our Favorite Vintage-Inspired Dive Watches Is Finally Available Again

The Baltic Aquascaphe, released late in 2018, is one of the best neo-vintage divers we’ve handled. And now they’re back in stock.

This Travel Gadget Is the Upgrade Your Carry-On Needs

This Travel Gadget Is the Upgrade Your Carry-On Needs

It’s a portable power bank. It’s a wall adapter. And it’s a wireless charging pad.

The Days of Losing Your iPhone Could Finally Be Over

The Days of Losing Your iPhone Could Finally Be Over

iOS 13, now available in beta, lets Apple devices broadcast their location even if they are off, which means that you’ll never completely lose track of your phone again.

These New Vintage-Correct Fender Guitars Are Actually Affordable

These New Vintage-Correct Fender Guitars Are Actually Affordable

Period-correct neck shapes, pick-ups with decade-specific tones and vintage finishes.


Fresh Deals

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Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph
Save 50%: Citizen’s Eco-Drive watches feature quartz movements that are powered by light and don’t require battery changes — perfect for summer adventuring and travel. The AT0200-05E features a 3-register chronograph and date display built into a 40mm case with mineral crystal, luminous hands and 100m of water resistance. It also ships on a green canvas two-piece strap that lends a cool military look. Right now, you can take half off the $250 MSRP, for a price of just $125. — Oren Hartov
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Persol Sunglasses
Save up to 76%:Nordstrom Rack is having a crazy sale on Persol sunglasses right now and all available styles cost $100. Normal retail prices hover up around $350 which means you’ll save up to 76 percent if you shop now. With a history dating back to 1917, Persol epitomizes Italian luxury sunglasses and its vintage frames are highly collectible. Now owned by Luxottica, the frames are more widely available than in past decades but the styles are no less iconic. If you’re in need of a new pair of everyday shades, don’t pass on this sale — it’ll be hard to find prices like this again. — John Zientek


Seiko Prospex “Orange Samurai” SRPB97
Save 50%: The Seiko Prospex SRPB97 “Orange Samurai” is exactly what you want in a summertime timepiece. It has a boldly-colored orange dial, runs Seiko’s proven 4R35 automatic movement and has a chunky case to keep that movement safe at depths up to 200 meters (not to mention the occasional careless knock here or there). Best of all, it’s cheap. Right now at Macy’s, you can get it for a full 50 percent off. That takes the price down to just $262 from its full retail of $525. And if orange isn’t exactly your thing, Macy’s is offering tons of other Seiko dive watches on sale to choose from as well. — Andrew Connor grey_placeholder

Soludos Espadrilles
Save 30%: As with summer clothing, summer footwear should be lightweight and breathable to keep you comfortable on the hottest of days. An espadrille is a great option for casual wear. Typically, it features a canvas upper, a jute sidewall and comfortable soles.

Soludos makes a few affordable options, with canvas or leather uppers and durable rubber soles. Now, these espadrilles are 30 percent off at East Dane and cost as little as $53 — not a lot to pay for the amount of wear you’ll get out of them this season. — John Zientek



Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Save $110: Making a decent espresso at home requires a lot. You need a scale to weigh out a proper shot, you need a burr grinder to ensure you’re using fresh grounds and you need an espresso maker to pull everything together. The alternative is to get an espresso maker with all that built-in, and then some. Something like Breville’s Barista Express. Today on Ebay, Breville’s Barista Express is available for $110 off its retail price. It should be noted that this sale comes courtesy of a third-party seller, not Breville itself, so slight caution is warranted. And though the listed price on Ebay is north of $900, its actual retail price is $600. — Will Price


Insane Motorcycle Helmet Sale
Save Up to 50%: What you wear when you ride can literally save your skin, so it’s worth investing a little extra money to ensure you’re protected as well as possible. However, while the motorcycle lifestyle can have a tantalizingly low cost of entry compared to owning a car, necessary protective clothing — pants, jackets, and especially helmets — can quickly run up a steep tab, making the cheaper, lesser options more attractive, even if they may not be quite as good. Right now over at Revzilla, there’s an insane sale on top-of-the-line motorcycle helmets. You can save up to $700 on select top-tier motorcycle helmets from brands like AGV, Bell and Schuberth. If you’ve always wanted the performance and protection from one of the best motorcycle helmets available today (and really, why wouldn’t you want that?), now’s your chance to save a few hundred dollars and upgrade your lid game. — Bryan Campbell

Nike Running and Training Sneaker Sale
Save 30%: If you’re in the market for a new pair of running shoes or gym sneakers now’s the time to shop at Backcountry thanks to an additional 30 percent off Nike’s top performing sneakers. The best-selling running shoes are at least $30 off in a couple of colors and the trail runner’s favorite sneaker, theTerra Kiger 5, are less than $100 for a limited time. You’ll have to poke around to find your size and the perfect color. — Meg Lappe grey_placeholder

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case
Save $20: For the first time since they were released a few months ago, Apple’s second-generation AirPods with a wireless charging case are on sale. The normally $200 package is selling on Amazon for $180 right now, so it’s saving you $20 bucks. — Tucker Bowe

Weber Charcoal Chimney
Save 26%: The biggest pain point in charcoal grilling happens before the food is out of the fridge. Properly lighting charcoal has always been a contentious, frustrating and tedious subject. The fastest way to light coals naturally is a charcoal chimney, and Weber’s already-affordable option is on sale today. Place the chimney on the grates of your grill, fill it with charcoal and light a wad of newspaper underneath. Once your coals start to turn gray (usually about 20 minutes), dump them in the base of the grill and you’re ready to cook. The Weber chimney is a little more than 25 percent off today on Amazon. — Will Price grey_placeholder

Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $130: The Sony WH-1000XM3 are our pick for the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy right now; we named them as a 2018 GP100 award winner this past December, which we give annually to the 100 best products of the year. If you’re looking for a real deal, eBay is selling refurbished models for just $220 — that’s $130 off. Both black and silver models are available at this discount.
Dainese Misano D-Air Perforated Jacket
Save 41%: No matter how much defensive and proactive riding we do, life on two wheels out on the open road is inherently more dangerous than driving. The best thing motorcycle riders can do to keep themselves safe is wear the right gear — an armored jacket, pants, boots and gloves. Even then, though, it’s always not enough. Seat belts just aren’t an option on a bike…but these days, airbags can be. Dainese took a giant leap forward with its top-of-the-line riding gear incorporating the D-Air system. And right now, you can get the Misano D-Air Perforated Jacket for $700 less than it normally costs. Using a wireless airbag system, microprocessor, internal sensors and a GPS system, a D-Air equipped jacket can determine if an accident is imminent and deploy extra protection in less than 15 milliseconds to protect the riders shoulders, collarbone and body. The inflated airbags will also mitigate helmet roll in an accident, keeping your lid from making direct contact with the collarbone. It’s a technology only top-level MotoGP riders and racers had access to until recently, but now it’s available for street riding…and right now, it’s 41 percent off. -— Bryan Campbell


Hydro Flask Water Bottle Sale
Save 30%:Hydro Flask makes some of the best water bottles, backpack coolers and beer growlers, and today, you can pick up one of their bottles for up to 30 percent off. If you’re traveling this summer, Hydro Flask’s standard mouth water bottle will be your new go-to: it fits perfectly in the car, your backpack side pocket or your carry-on. And if you’re planning a picnic or going car camping, don’t leave home without the 64-ounce Growler, filled with one of this year’s best beers. — Meg Lappe


Seiko Solar Chronograph
Save 50%: Seiko’s Solar Chronograph watches offer not only the accuracy and reliability of quartz along with the build quality the brand is famous for, but they also include solar charging, which means another level of convenience, since you won’t have to worry about changing batteries. On top of that, they represent a lot of bang for buck even at retail price. Now, these bold watches, available in red or blue versions, are on sale at Macy’s for half-off their retail price of $350 when you enter the code “SHINE” at checkout. — Zen Love


Today on Gear Patrol

2019 Ducati Panigale V4S Review: Is This Superbike Too Super for the Real World?

2019 Ducati Panigale V4S Review: Is This Superbike Too Super for the Real World?

Ducati’s 214-horsepower Panigale V4S has the sort of performance that could make any other wheeled vehicle jealous. But how does it hold up in the 9-to-5?

These Are the Seven Watches We’re Obsessing Over in July, 2019

These Are the Seven Watches We’re Obsessing Over in July, 2019

We’re flipping our lids over a limited-edition Speedmaster, a vintage military watch, a 1970s Grand Seiko and more.

This Is the Satellite Messenger to Get Before Your Next Adventure

This Is the Satellite Messenger to Get Before Your Next Adventure

The best satellite messenger you can buy right now is Garmin’s InReach Mini.

What Are Hybrid Noise-Canceling Headphones?

What Are Hybrid Noise-Canceling Headphones?

And are they better than active noise-canceling headphones?

The 11 Essentials You Need for a Perfect Summer Dive

The 11 Essentials You Need for a Perfect Summer Dive

Barely any divers go under the waves with dive watches these days,but the Panerai Guillaume Nery Submersible begs to get salty.

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

Today’s Best Deals: The Stand-Out Watch for Summer, a Favorite Water Bottle on Sale & More

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

Now is the perfect time to grab a standout timepiece over at ZINVO, the LA-based watchmaker that delivers gorgeous automatic and chronograph watches made with smooth design. ZINVO’s unique signature BLADE collection is designed with its mesmerizing turbine, giving it the distinctive fashion-forward look that defines the brand. The 44mm BLADE is available in 19 different color combos so you can find your perfect look, while the stand-out turbine will be sure to turn heads. All the attention will be on your wrist. With a two year warranty along with free shipping and returns, you can be sure the BLADE is just for you. And from us over here at Gear Patrol, you can have a bit more of an incentive to go for the BLADE: Use the code GearPatrol15 for 15% off your order.

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Persol Sunglasses
Save up to 76%:Nordstrom Rack is having a crazy sale on Persol sunglasses right now and all available styles cost $100. Normal retail prices hover up around $350 which means you’ll save up to 76 percent if you shop now. With a history dating back to 1917, Persol epitomizes Italian luxury sunglasses and its vintage frames are highly collectible. Now owned by Luxottica, the frames are more widely available than in past decades but the styles are no less iconic. If you’re in need of a new pair of everyday shades, don’t pass on this sale — it’ll be hard to find prices like this again. — John Zientek
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Soludos Espadrilles
Save 30%: As with summer clothing, summer footwear should be lightweight and breathable to keep you comfortable on the hottest of days. An espadrille is a great option for casual wear. Typically, it features a canvas upper, a jute sidewall and comfortable soles.

Soludos makes a few affordable options, with canvas or leather uppers and durable rubber soles. Now, these espadrilles are 30 percent off at East Dane and cost as little as $53 — not a lot to pay for the amount of wear you’ll get out of them this season. — John Zientek



Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Save $110: Making a decent espresso at home requires a lot. You need a scale to weigh out a proper shot, you need a burr grinder to ensure you’re using fresh grounds and you need an espresso maker to pull everything together. The alternative is to get an espresso maker with all that built-in, and then some. Something like Breville’s Barista Express. Today on Ebay, Breville’s Barista Express is available for $110 off its retail price. It should be noted that this sale comes courtesy of a third-party seller, not Breville itself, so slight caution is warranted. And though the listed price on Ebay is north of $900, its actual retail price is $600. — Will Price


Insane Motorcycle Helmet Sale
Save Up to 50%: What you wear when you ride can literally save your skin, so it’s worth investing a little extra money to ensure you’re protected as well as possible. However, while the motorcycle lifestyle can have a tantalizingly low cost of entry compared to owning a car, necessary protective clothing — pants, jackets, and especially helmets — can quickly run up a steep tab, making the cheaper, lesser options more attractive, even if they may not be quite as good. Right now over at Revzilla, there’s an insane sale on top-of-the-line motorcycle helmets. You can save up to $700 on select top-tier motorcycle helmets from brands like AGV, Bell and Schuberth. If you’ve always wanted the performance and protection from one of the best motorcycle helmets available today (and really, why wouldn’t you want that?), now’s your chance to save a few hundred dollars and upgrade your lid game. — Bryan Campbell

Nike Running and Training Sneaker Sale
Save 30%: If you’re in the market for a new pair of running shoes or gym sneakers now’s the time to shop at Backcountry thanks to an additional 30 percent off Nike’s top performing sneakers. The best-selling running shoes are at least $30 off in a couple of colors and the trail runner’s favorite sneaker, theTerra Kiger 5, are less than $100 for a limited time. You’ll have to poke around to find your size and the perfect color. — Meg Lappe grey_placeholder

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case
Save $20: For the first time since they were released a few months ago, Apple’s second-generation AirPods with a wireless charging case are on sale. The normally $200 package is selling on Amazon for $180 right now, so it’s saving you $20 bucks. — Tucker Bowe

Weber Charcoal Chimney
Save 26%: The biggest pain point in charcoal grilling happens before the food is out of the fridge. Properly lighting charcoal has always been a contentious, frustrating and tedious subject. The fastest way to light coals naturally is a charcoal chimney, and Weber’s already-affordable option is on sale today. Place the chimney on the grates of your grill, fill it with charcoal and light a wad of newspaper underneath. Once your coals start to turn gray (usually about 20 minutes), dump them in the base of the grill and you’re ready to cook. The Weber chimney is a little more than 25 percent off today on Amazon. — Will Price grey_placeholder

Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $130: The Sony WH-1000XM3 are our pick for the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy right now; we named them as a 2018 GP100 award winner this past December, which we give annually to the 100 best products of the year. If you’re looking for a real deal, eBay is selling refurbished models for just $220 — that’s $130 off. Both black and silver models are available at this discount.
Dainese Misano D-Air Perforated Jacket
Save 41%: No matter how much defensive and proactive riding we do, life on two wheels out on the open road is inherently more dangerous than driving. The best thing motorcycle riders can do to keep themselves safe is wear the right gear — an armored jacket, pants, boots and gloves. Even then, though, it’s always not enough. Seat belts just aren’t an option on a bike…but these days, airbags can be. Dainese took a giant leap forward with its top-of-the-line riding gear incorporating the D-Air system. And right now, you can get the Misano D-Air Perforated Jacket for $700 less than it normally costs. Using a wireless airbag system, microprocessor, internal sensors and a GPS system, a D-Air equipped jacket can determine if an accident is imminent and deploy extra protection in less than 15 milliseconds to protect the riders shoulders, collarbone and body. The inflated airbags will also mitigate helmet roll in an accident, keeping your lid from making direct contact with the collarbone. It’s a technology only top-level MotoGP riders and racers had access to until recently, but now it’s available for street riding…and right now, it’s 41 percent off. -— Bryan Campbell


Hydro Flask Water Bottle Sale
Save 30%: Hydro Flask makes some of the best water bottles, backpack coolers and beer growlers, and today, you can pick up one of their bottles for up to 30 percent off. If you’re traveling this summer, Hydro Flask’s standard mouth water bottle will be your new go-to: it fits perfectly in the car, your backpack side pocket or your carry-on. And if you’re planning a picnic or going car camping, don’t leave home without the 64-ounce Growler, filled with one of this year’s best beers. — Meg Lappe

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Curtiss Zeus Bobber Motorcycle

Here comes another electric project from Curtiss, the Zeus Bobber Motorcycle. Curtiss isn’t messing around — this one is an absolute banger. Remember the Hera? Consider that a mere precursor to what the automaker has brought to us now. Its trend of making hyper-futuristic bikes continues here, with the Zeus Bobber fitting right inside a Scott Ridley sci-fi flick.

The modular design comes in a sleek, glossy black paint job, paired with an aluminum frame and solid carbon wheels. As a result, it is both light — just 475 pounds — but still very strong.

It’s got a suspension system that’s fully adjustable for racing and commuting. And the lithium-ion battery pushes the vehicle up to 280 miles. The electric motor generates 190 ponies, which is aplenty for an electric vehicle, and you get 145 pound-feet of torque, for good measure. That rounds to zero to 62mph in just 2.1 seconds, which is pretty amazing. And it’s so gorgeous to the point of looking fake. But trust us, this is no concept. It’s very, very real, and you can put an order for one now, if you got money to burn.

The bike is expected to roll off the assembly line in 2020, which is a bit further down the road, to be frank. If you really want it, you can deposit $6,000 now and wait to pay the full price of $60,000 once it hits the road. Hit the link below to learn how to order one now.

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Photos courtesy of Curtiss

Celebrating Anthony Bourdain on ‘Bourdain Day’

Today would have been Anthony Bourdain’s 63rd birthday. In honor of Bourdain, his birthday, and his passing a little over a year ago, his longtime friends and celebrity chefs Eric Ripert and José Andrés (you’ve seen…

Lamborghini Urus ABT Sportsline Tuning

High-performance carmakers all constantly compete to release top-tier rides that will stand out. However, this usually floods the market with supercars and hypercars that speed-loving consumers will quickly snap up. Once in a while, something unique rolls out the factory that becomes a sensation of its own. In 2017, Lamborghini made a bold move and unveiled a modern SUV. This was the second unusual departure for the brand following the release of the LM002. Now the ABT racing team is taking the latest model and creating the Lamborghini Urus ABT Sportsline model.

As expected from the group, it will be tweaking the stock version with a whirlwind of upgrades. The goal to push the high-end SUV further up the ladder. Perhaps their ultimate goal is to unlock all of the hidden potentials within the Urus. The group will be tuning the engine control unit (ECU) of the 4-liter twin-turbo V8 to add another 59 horsepower and 44 lb-ft of torque. This pushes the total output up to 710 horsepower with 671 lb-ft of torque.

We’re looking at a top speed of 189.5 miles per hour and a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds. This is not the first tuning job available for the Italian SUV. Earlier this year, in preparation for a one-make rallycross event, the Lamborghini Urus ST-X concept caught us by surprise. Instead of messing around with its engine, engineers are substituting some of its metal parts with carbon fiber instead. The process will reportedly reduce its overall weight by 25 percent. However, we’ll gladly choose the Lamborghini Urus ABT Sportsline upgrade over the former.

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Images courtesy of ABT Sportsline

Never Pay Full Price for Arc’teryx Gear Again

In a move toward sustainability — and reaching a wider market — Arc’teryx recently launched its Rock Solid Used Gear Program, an opportunity to trade in your old Arc’teryx gear and/or buy semi-used jackets, hoodies, waist packs and more.

Arc’teryx makes some of the highest quality outdoor gear that’s guaranteed (for life) to help you summit a mountain or backpack the AT, but what happens when you want to upgrade to newer stuff from the brand? If you originally bought equipment from Arc’teryx, this buyback program lets you recoup some of the cost by bringing old, lightly used gear into any Arc’teryx brand store or by mailing it in. You’ll get 20 percent of the original retail value back in the form of an Arc’teryx gift card.

And on the flip side, Arc’teryx will clean and repair the goods and then re-sell them at a discounted price — often seriously discounted, as in the case of this lightweight down jacket going for a whopping 52 percent off. Think of it almost like scoring a certified pre-owned Mercedes for much less than it costs fresh off the lot. If you admire Arc’teryx but can’t get over the high price tag, this program may be just the entry point you need.

Oh, one more thing. We checked with the brand and were stoked to pick up the following additional info: “Every Arc’teryx Rock Solid Used Gear purchase is covered by the Arc’teryx Limited Warranty. Purchases may be returned for up to 60 days after the original purchase date, as long as items are in the same condition they arrived in and returned in their original packaging. Once a return is received, a refund will be processed within 5-7 business days.”

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A Top-of-the-Line Motorcycle Jacket by Dainese Is $700 Off Right Now

In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, motorcycles aren’t as safe as cars. No matter how much defensive and proactive riding we do, life on two wheels out on the open road is inherently more dangerous than driving. The best thing motorcycle riders can do to keep themselves safe, then, is wear the right gear — an armored jacket, pants, boots and gloves — to stave off possible injury.

Even then, though, it’s always not enough. Seat belts just aren’t an option on a bike…but these days, airbags can be. Dainese took a giant leap forward with its top-of-the-line riding gear incorporating the D-Air system. And right now, you can get the Misano D-Air Perforated Jacket for $700 less than it normally costs.

Using a wireless airbag system, microprocessor, internal sensors and a GPS system, a D-Air equipped jacket can determine if an accident is imminent and deploy extra protection in less than 15 milliseconds to protect the riders shoulders, collarbone and body. The inflated airbags will also mitigate helmet roll in an accident, keeping your lid from making direct contact with the collarbone. It’s a technology only top-level MotoGP riders and racers had access to until recently, but now it’s available for street riding…and right now, it’s 41% off.

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These Are the Most American Cars and Trucks On Sale

“Buy American.” It’s a saying with deep roots in the national psyche, a two-word phrase that unites patriotism and capitalism into a single expression. Well-made products can be built anywhere, of course, but we take special pride in those goods made right here in the U.S.A. And that goes double for cars, where brand loyalties can run thick as blood and companies often define themselves as much on their country of origin as they do any other trait.

But badges, like looks, can be deceiving. Many cars made by Detroit’s Big Three are actually assembled abroad, while plenty of vehicles coming from companies headquartered in other countries are screwed together right here between sea and shining sea. To help cut through the confusion, the folks at Cars.com have put together a list of the new cars and trucks on sale today that qualify as the most American-made rides you can buy off a showroom floor, based on both where they’re built and where the parts used to make them come from.

As it turns out, American brands make up only four of the top 10 cars and trucks on the list. (And in fact, one of them isn’t represented there at all; Ford doesn’t even show up until spot no. 13.) The other six, interestingly enough, not only come from a “foreign” brand, they all come from the same automaker: Honda. The carmaker pops up again once more before the 15-car-strong list wraps up, giving it nearly half the entries on the list between its Honda and Acura brands. Toyota comes in strong at the end, as well — thus giving Japanese automakers 60% of all the most American-made cars and trucks on sale today.

The complete list of the 15 most American-made vehicles, starting with the most American and working on down:

  1. Jeep Cherokee
  2. Honda Odyssey
  3. Honda Ridgeline
  4. Honda Passport
  5. Chevrolet Corvette
  6. Acura MDX
  7. Honda Pilot
  8. Chevrolet Colorado
  9. GMC Canyon
  10. Acura RDX
  11. Chevrolet Camaro
  12. Toyota Avalon
  13. Ford F-150
  14. Honda Accord
  15. Toyota Tundra
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Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel

The Monastero Santa Rosa hotel, in Italy’s Amalfi Coast, is a five-star haven in one of the most picturesque countries in Europe. If you’re planning to go to southern Italy, this is definitely the place to stay.

Located in a quaint hamlet called Conca dei Marini, which is just west of Amalfi, the Monastero Santa Rosa hotel sits in a fortress-like cloister. The space, originally built for Dominican nuns, overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. As a result, there are no sidewalks crowded with tourists. In other words, it’s just you, alone, in this beautiful slice of sublime.

The ancient monastery turned vacation spot features 20 guest suites. The space also boasts an original vaulted ceiling and a handful of Italian antiques. Each room offers an elegant residential atmosphere with sweeping views of the nearby sea. The highlight is a four-tier garden, home, previously, to medicinal herbs. Now, the grounds produce organic ingredients for the on-site restaurant.

The eatery, which earned a Michelin star some years back, offers local dishes and wines housed in the hotel’s 400-bottle cellar. Go to the edge of the garden and you’ll find a stone poolside terrace. Here, you’ll come face to face with the scenic panorama of the Amalfi coast, which is breathtaking in every sense of the word.

Vacations, we often forget, isn’t just about frolicking about. It’s also, more importantly, about capturing the sense, the essence, the “feel” of a place. Which is all to say this wee sanctuary in southern Italy will help you have that experience. Hit the link below if you want booking details.

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Photos courtesy of Monastero Santa Rosa

Grand Seiko SBGC229 Watch

Grand Seiko has shown off its latest collaboration with Nissan, this slick-looking limited edition watch that commemorates their respective 20th and 50th anniversaries. The Grand Seiko SBGC229 is the latest addition to the watchmaker’s Spring Drive Chronograph lineup. If you’re a fan of that series, you’ll love this new entry. It features the same stunning aesthetics and innovative construction found on the other watches.

Modeled after Nissan’s iconic Japanese sports car, the GT-R, The Grand Seiko SBGC229 watch gets the “Bayside Blue” colorway of the original ride. The ceramic case and white dial recalls the classic Skyline 2000 GT-R. There’s even an anniversary emblem coated in 18-karat yellow gold atop the oscillating wight. It complements the watch’s handful of car-related flourishes.

Grand Seiko also opted to add a GS-stamped crown just to give a watch a more authentic vibe. You’ll also find a chronograph function and titanium internals. Just 200 pieces are available, which is to say this is going to fly off quickly. In European markets, it’ll retail for €21,600 — stateside pricing is yet undetermined, but chances are it’ll sell for around $21,000 there. Check back with Men’s Gear as we learn more.

You can find the watch at select Grand Seiko boutiques and retail partners around the world. You can also hit the link below to find out more about the watch from Grand Seiko’s website. If you’re a sports car nut, this is a no-brainer. Provided you can afford its lofty price tag, of course. Hurry, though.

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Photos courtesy of Grand Seiko and Nissan

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour

With HBO’s Game of Thrones officially wrapped up, fans started to wonder what the premium cable company was up to next. The fantasy series did not exactly end on a high note, with fans clamoring for a redo of the ending. However, instead of giving in, a historical drama miniseries quickly followed and became a huge hit worldwide. Thanks to the TV show, the area is seeing a huge spike in tourism as fans want to get an up-close experience. For those who are willing to take a unique adventure, then its time to book your trip for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour.

The miniseries is hardly the first platform to generate a lot of publicity regarding this place. In 2007, Activision released Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which was another entry to its popular first-person shooter franchise. One of the game’s missions takes you through a thrilling and dangerous mission across the city of Pripyat. Players experience tense moments as you avoid areas with high radiation as well as enemy units. Not only will this tour cater to fans of the HBO show, but gamers will likewise have a field day of their own.

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour is an 11-day expedition will have tourists explore ground zero and the areas nearby. Each group will consist of no more than 12 people as you travel throughout Ukraine. You will be able to view the iconic landmarks such as the amusement park and the nuclear power plant. Other notable stopovers will include the presidential palace, Odessa, the catacombs, and so much more.

Book your trip here