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Today in Gear: Blundstones You Can Dress Up, Harley Davidson’s First Adventure Bike & More


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Blundstone makes some pretty rugged boots. With premium soles, they’re boots that you can wear doing just about anything. Though if you’re looking for a series that is going to look a little bit more appropriate for a night out on the town in addition to looking the part for a day in the woods, you can opt for the Men’s Dress Chelsea Boots, Rustic Brown #1306. The dress boots are made slightly slimmer with a less beefy sole, giving them a dressier look overall with its chiseled toe. Don’t let the handsome appearance fool you however; the dress boots still offer all of the rugged specs of other Blundstone models like premium leather, a TPU outsole and a comfort shock absorption footbed, so you can enlist these boots for double duty for both work and play.

New & Noteworthy Releases

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: A Way Station to the Future2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: A Way Station to the Future

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: A Way Station to the Future

America’s most popular car is more powerful and more efficient.

These Are the Winners from the Oscars of the Watch WorldThese Are the Winners from the Oscars of the Watch World

These Are the Winners from the Oscars of the Watch World

Audemars Piguet had a huge year, winning prizes in several categories as well as the Grand Prix.

An American Motorcyle Icon is Finally Making Adventure BikesAn American Motorcyle Icon is Finally Making Adventure Bikes

An American Motorcyle Icon is Finally Making Adventure Bikes

Meet the Harley-Davidson Pan America—an ADV made to whup trails the Milwaukee way.

This Is the Rolex Daytona Jay-Z Used as a Party InvitationThis Is the Rolex Daytona Jay-Z Used as a Party Invitation

This Is the Rolex Daytona Jay-Z Used as a Party Invitation

Think a paper invitation is fancy in 2019? Try a yellow gold Rolex Daytona and a bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne.

Forget Black Friday; Grab These Great Child Car Seats for 50% Off Now (But Act Fast)Forget Black Friday; Grab These Great Child Car Seats for 50% Off Now (But Act Fast)

Forget Black Friday; Grab These Great Child Car Seats for 50% Off Now (But Act Fast)

You can get all the car seats you will ever need for around $200, but the deal expires soon.

Will This Patek Philippe Be the Most Expensive Watch Ever Sold?Will This Patek Philippe Be the Most Expensive Watch Ever Sold?

Will This Patek Philippe Be the Most Expensive Watch Ever Sold?

If Patek Philippe’s complicated watch hammers for more than Paul Newman’s own Rolex Daytona, a new record will be set.

Salomon Is Developing Fully Recyclable Sneakers and It’s a Big DealSalomon Is Developing Fully Recyclable Sneakers and It’s a Big Deal

Salomon Is Developing Fully Recyclable Sneakers and It’s a Big Deal

Known for performance sneakers and ski boots, French footwear brand Salomon’s latest concept is the former which can be recycled and turned into the latter.

The Mercedes G-Wagen Will Never Die, But It Will Go ElectricThe Mercedes G-Wagen Will Never Die, But It Will Go Electric

The Mercedes G-Wagen Will Never Die, But It Will Go Electric

Mercedes-Benz’s iconic off-roader has a long future, but we’re going to see a significant change.


Fresh Deals



Graco Child Car Seats
Save 50%: Target is getting in on Black Friday early with massive 50-percent-off deals on child car seats. The two seats on sale together can take care of all of your car seat needs from infancy through adolescence for a little over $200.


One of the Best Quiet Motorcycle Helmets On Sale Is $450 Off
Save 53%: It doesn’t take long for the sounds of a ride to push into the irritation zone. Right now, one of the quietest helmets on the market today—the Schuberth C4 Spark Helmet—is on sale for a massive 53 percent off at RevZilla.



Nike Shoes and Apparel
Save 20%: Some of Nike’s newest and best running shoes are on sale. Best of all, you have a choice when it comes to color, and yes, your size is in stock (we checked).


Levi’s Jeans, Jackets and More
Save 30%: Levi’s has a ton of jeans, shirts, jackets and other great wardrobe staples up for grabs. Click through and use code TAKE30 at checkout, then tell a friend.


Persol Sunglasses
Save 70%: Originally engineered for race car drivers, Persol sunglasses have made their way to the faces of 4-cylinder sedan driving laypeople and train-commuting pedestrians the world over.


A Bunch of Bose Wireless Headphones
Save Up to $100: Amazon is having a big sale right now on Bose Headphones. If in-ear headphones are more of your thing, there are deals on Bose’s wireless earbuds, the SoundSport Free, as well as its sport neckbuds, the SoundSport Wireless.


Apple HomePod
Save $100: Right now, Best Buy is selling the Apple HomePod for $100 off. That’s a pretty excellent deal for anybody in the market for a HomePod, which is still one of the best-sounding smart speakers you can buy.
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Apple Watch Series 4
Save $100: The Apple Watch Series 4 is the cheapest it has ever been right now. Both Amazon and Best Buy are selling the Series 4 for as low as $299 for 40mm models and $329 for 44mm models (both GPS-only models).
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Seiko 5 Sports Watches
Save 40%: The King of Beater Watches, the Seiko 5 Sports, recently got some great updates, and they’re now on sale with great gifting or wearing options starting at $117.


Today on Gear Patrol

3 Vintage Watches You Can Buy for Less Than $5003 Vintage Watches You Can Buy for Less Than $500

3 Vintage Watches You Can Buy for Less Than $500

You don’t have to drop tons of money to snag your first cool vintage watch — or your 100th. Doxa, Wittnauer and Baylor deliver the goods.

17 Best Gadget Gifts for the Fitness Geek17 Best Gadget Gifts for the Fitness Geek

17 Best Gadget Gifts for the Fitness Geek

We’ve rounded up the best gift ideas for serious athletes as well as fitness geeks.

The Best Coffee Grinders You Can Buy in 2019The Best Coffee Grinders You Can Buy in 2019

The Best Coffee Grinders You Can Buy in 2019

If you want to make good coffee at home, you need a coffee grinder. These are the only four you need to consider.

Reader Survey: What Gear Have You Tested Out Lately?Reader Survey: What Gear Have You Tested Out Lately?

Reader Survey: What Gear Have You Tested Out Lately?

We want to know what products our readers have used recently. Like it, love it or hate it, we want your input on the gear you’ve been testing out lately.

Win $2,000 Worth of Bedding, Cast Iron and More, All Made in the USAWin $2,000 Worth of Bedding, Cast Iron and More, All Made in the USA

Win $2,000 Worth of Bedding, Cast Iron and More, All Made in the USA

Whether your idea of a fall adventure is heading to a far-off cabin to unplug or hunkering down by the fire at home, you’ll need the proper gear to enjoy the season.

A Bunch of Bose Wireless Headphones Are on SaleA Bunch of Bose Wireless Headphones Are on Sale

A Bunch of Bose Wireless Headphones Are on Sale

There are deals on Bose’s true wireless and noise-canceling headphones, as well as a few other things.

I Ran the NYC Marathon Without Training — Here’s What I LearnedI Ran the NYC Marathon Without Training — Here’s What I Learned

I Ran the NYC Marathon Without Training — Here’s What I Learned

In which one foolish runner attempts 26.2 miles with an utter lack of preparation.

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: A Sale on Bose Headphones, $100 off Apple’s HomePod & 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.

Motoring



Graco Child Car Seats
Save 50%: Target is getting in on Black Friday early with massive 50-percent-off deals on child car seats. The two seats on sale together can take care of all of your car seat needs from infancy through adolescence for a little over $200.



One of the Best Quiet Motorcycle Helmets On Sale Is $450 Off
Save 53%: It doesn’t take long for the sounds of a ride to push into the irritation zone. Right now, one of the quietest helmets on the market today—the Schuberth C4 Spark Helmet—is on sale for a massive 53 percent off at RevZilla.

Outdoors and Fitness



Nike Shoes and Apparel
Save 20%: Some of Nike’s newest and best running shoes are on sale. Best of all, you have a choice when it comes to color, and yes, your size is in stock (we checked).

Style



Levi’s Jeans, Jackets and More
Save 30%: Levi’s has a ton of jeans, shirts, jackets and other great wardrobe staples up for grabs. Click through and use code TAKE30 at checkout, then tell a friend.


Persol Sunglasses
Save 70%: Originally engineered for race car drivers, Persol sunglasses have made their way to the faces of 4-cylinder sedan driving laypeople and train-commuting pedestrians the world over.


Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars
Save 64%: Currently, you can save 64 percent on a pair of black Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars — that means the classic style costs just $25. If you want a pair, act fast because they’ll sell out quickly.

Tech



A Bunch of Bose Wireless Headphones
Save Up to $100: Amazon is having a big sale right now on Bose Headphones. If in-ear headphones are more of your thing, there are deals on Bose’s wireless earbuds, the SoundSport Free, as well as its sport neckbuds, the SoundSport Wireless.


Apple HomePod
Save $100: Right now, Best Buy is selling the Apple HomePod for $100 off. That’s a pretty excellent deal for anybody in the market for a HomePod, which is still one of the best-sounding smart speakers you can buy.
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Apple Watch Series 4
Save $100: The Apple Watch Series 4 is the cheapest it has ever been right now. Both Amazon and Best Buy are selling the Series 4 for as low as $299 for 40mm models and $329 for 44mm models (both GPS-only models).
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Watches



Seiko 5 Sports Watches
Save 40%: The King of Beater Watches, the Seiko 5 Sports, recently got some great updates, and they’re now on sale with great gifting or wearing options starting at $117.

See More Deals

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Tim Burton’s Batman Celebrates 30 with a Lego Batmobile

The 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s iconic Batman movie has arrived in a 3300-piece commemorative Lego Batmobile kit. The car measures over 23-inches long, highlighted by the dual turbine exhaust and goth batwing fairings. It comes with a Batman mini-fig and a rotating display that features classic branding from the 1989 film. Available November 29.

Carhartt & Chevy Team Up On Special Edition 2021 Silverado

Iconic American workwear brand Carhartt teamed up with Chevy on a rugged, hardworking special edition 2021 Silverado 2500 LTZ crew cab. Based on a Z71 Off-Road model it features Rancho shocks, Hill Descent Control, 20-inch A/T tires and skid plates. Lowkey gold Carharrt branding & a special Mosaic Black Metallic paint color complete the package.

I Ran the NYC Marathon Without Training — Here’s What I Learned

Humans are good at many things, but we — some of us, anyway — are particularly specialized to do two of them: planning, and running long distances. The marathon combines both skills into one grueling package. It’s a 26.2-mile test of technique, endurance and willpower, one that can push body and mind to their limits. (Remember that legend has it the first guy to ever run one collapsed dead at the end.)

I’ve been running for exercise and fun since high school, but I’ve never tried competition, group events — or a distance of more than eight miles with any regularity. The longest run I’d made in my life was 12.5 miles, and that left me staggering and drained. But when the kind folks at Michelob’s Team Ultra hit Gear Patrol up to see if anyone in our office was interested in participating in New York’s famous version of the world’s best-known endurance race, I signed up tout suite.

See, the New York City Marathon is a beast unto itself in the running world. It’s not just 26-miles-and-change of asphalt and cement; it’s a chance to be the center of attention at the center of the universe. Hundreds of thousands of people crowd the sidelines almost every step of the way, cheering you on like you’re starting for the Yankees, the Rangers and (a less sucky version of) the Knicks all at once. Live bands and DJs line the route. For a few hours, the greatest city in the world peels off its calluses and reveals the good-natured soul beneath it all — and the runners get the best seat in the house. There was no way I wasn’t going to do it.

But I was going to do it my way. While serious marathoners do extensive training — precise workout regimens, careful diet plans, personal training sessions and app-based preparation — I decided to follow the Barney Stinson Method of Marathon Preparation. Here’s how you run a marathon. Step 1: You start running. Step 2: There is no step 2.

My normal life involves running three or four miles three or four nights a week. Plus, I’ve spent many a day walking 10, 15 or 20 miles through the streets of New York. How tough could a few more miles at a couple more miles per hour be? Just keep putting one foot in front of the other like animals have been doing for 350 million years; there’s beer waiting for you at the end of it.

So with a headful of nonchalance and a heartful of maximum effort, I knocked out the New York City Marathon. Here’s what I learned along the way.

1. Know the Distance

OK, fine, I did a little bit of preparation. In addition to my normal workout routine, I took a day a few weeks before marathon Sunday and attempted to run the equivalent distance. I only managed to run about 60 percent of it, but it still proved to be one of the best decisions I made in the lead-up to the race.

Pre-running (slash pre-walking) the equivalent of the marathon gave me the chance to better pace myself when race day came. I had a general idea of how far I’d come, and how far I still had to go. Better yet, it took away the looming fear of the unknown that comes with running your first marathon, the irrational flare-up that comes every time somebody gives you a surprised look when you mention your plans to bust ass for 26.2 miles. As The Little Engine That Could showed us all, there’s nothing like jumping from I think I can, I think I can to I know I can, I know I can.

If you don’t have the endurance yet to run it, then walk it. Or grab that fancy Specialized off the wall and ride 26.2 at an easy pace. Hell, hop on a Segway and zoom it. No matter how you do it, any means of understanding the distance when traveling at a human pace will pay off on race day when you’re rationing out your muscles and willpower.

2. Gear Up

Sure, humans have been walking and running long distances since the mid-Pleistocene, back in the days when Gear Patrol’s purview would have been limited to a section called “Fire” and a section called “Rocks.” But as the old Virginia Slims ads used to say, we’ve come a long way, baby. Human ingenuity has created all sorts of equipment that makes covering long distances easier (if not easy; that’s what cars are for).

I ran the NYC Marathon in a pair of Brooks Ghost 11 sneakers, which served adequately; they were fine for the first two-thirds of the course, but by mile 20, my feet were crying enough to make me wonder if I should have gone for some Nike VaporFly NEXT% hoof-covers instead. I knew I’d be holding my iPhone a lot during the race to take pictures, so I popped it into an OtterBox hard case to protect it in the event I wiped out. And with race day temperatures in the mid-50s, I popped a short-sleeve Under Armour T-shirt beneath the singlet that Team Ultra had kindly branded with my full name, enabling bystanders to clarify which Will they were cheering on.

3. Know Yourself

Gear Patrol’s own runner extraordinaire Meg Lappe offered a key piece of advice in the days ahead of the marathon: don’t vary things up on race day. Whatever habits you’ve adopted during your training (or lack thereof), stick with them for the big event.

If you don’t chug water while you normally run, don’t try and guzzle down tons of it at once. That goes double for food; if your body’s not used to eating when you’re on the move, don’t try and down PowerBars on the course, or they may wind up splattered on your feet a few minutes later. (I don’t normally get hungry during a run, but I caved and sucked down a couple of the Honey Stinger energy gels being offered by the kind volunteers; I still can’t decide whether the added energy was worth the stomachache.) If you like listening to Lizzo and Taylor Swift when you run for fun, don’t switch over to Anthrax and Metallica to pump yourself up for those 42 klicks. Familiarity is your friend.

4. Have Fun

If you’re reading this story and actually considering running a marathon without formally training for it, odds are good you’re not going to set any sort of record. So instead of trying to squeeze every possible second out of your body, why not dial it back a bit and enjoy the ride, so to speak?

After all, 26 miles gives you a lot of time to think, and a lot of sights to see. Especially in New York City, where the route carries you through all five boroughs (though, admittedly, Staten Island and the Bronx effectively get token stretches) and where there’s literally something new to see every time you turn your head. It’s worth running the NYC marathon just to see all the clever signs people come up with to cheer you — yes, you! — along with. (“Pain is just the French word for bread” was the most common witty one I saw.)

I may not have set a record, but I got to see New York at its best. “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world,” F. Scott Fitzgerald observed; I can vouch for that sentiment — and tell you that’s doubly so when you’re hoofing towards it on that roadway Gatsby drove across. I ran past Ben Stiller, two feet away from him as he cheered me on. I ran past a hundred places you’ve seen in movies and a thousand places where peoples’ lives have changed forever. That’s the beauty of the New York City Marathon.

Oh, and for the record: I finished in 4 hours and 49 minutes.

Brooks Ghost 11

OtterBox Defender Series Screenless Edition Case

Under Armour MK-1 Men’s Short Sleeve Shirt

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gels Variety Pack

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Greys Outdoor Slippers are Winter Worthy

Crafted from a temperature-regulating wool blend, Greys Outdoor slippers are perfect for chilly winter mornings & feature a grippy rubber outsole that will keep you cozy & dry even for outdoor use. Comfy with or without socks, they also feature a stub-proof toe box & leather pull tab quick on/off.

Will This Patek Philippe Be the Most Expensive Watch Ever Sold?

Tomorrow, November 9, 2019, the annual Only Watch auction in Geneva will see 50 one-of-a-kind watches auctioned to benefit research of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Among them is a steel version of the most complicated wristwatch ever made by one of the most prestigious watchmakers, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime. Speculation is naturally part of the auction market, but this particular lot is being watched to potentially become the most expensive watch ever sold. What’s interesting is just how different it is from the incumbent watch it has to beat.

In 2017, Paul Newman’s own Rolex Daytona, which led to the exotic-dial variant of the Daytona being christened the “Paul Newman,” sold at Philips for… a lot of money — $17,752,500, including including buyer’s premium, to be exact. It became the most expensive watch ever sold because of its celebrity association — or perhaps, more accurately, its own celebrity status. Unlike Patek Philippe’s entrant this year, the Rolex Daytona is a relatively simple tool watch, featuring only the time and a chronograph complication. This shows starkly how wide-ranging the elements can be that determine a watch’s value.

The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime, on the other hand, features no fewer than 20 complications packed into a 47.7mm wide, 16.07mm-thick case, including five different chiming modes, perpetual calendar and more, to the point that its displays won’t even fit on a single dial. The solution? Both sides of the case (which is designed to be reversible) feature dials with different information, and every last teeny-tiny component is finished to a ridiculously high degree.

Also made in very limited quantities, of course, the most recent versions of the Grandmaster Chime have come in precious metal with a retail price of $2.2 million. Since brands like Patek Philippe rarely use stainless steel outside of their sport watches, it’s one of the quirks of the high-end watch collecting world that collectors value such steel watches disproportionately for their novelty and rarity. This particular Grandmaster Chime, a “grand complication,” is in steel.

As is the case with all other watches made for Only Watch, the Grandmaster Chime is being produced as a one-off, and the dial even reminds you with “The Only One” text. Watches like this and the Rolex Daytona were never made to compete with one another, but in this unique situation, vying for a prestigious title, they seem to each represent different aspects of what enthusiasts like about watches in general. Will it set a new bar for how much a watch can cost? We’ll find out soon enough. For most people, it’s not even important whether it dethrones the cool-kid Rolex Daytona, but it’s fun to spectate and discuss.

Forget Black Friday; Grab These Great Child Car Seats for 50% Off Now (But Act Fast)

The day after Thanksgiving that’s commonly known as Black Friday is still three weeks away, but Target is getting in on the act early, with massive 50-percent-off deals on child car seats. Buying those car seats can be confusing and expensive; these Target deals can make doing the entire process for the first time (or picking up a second seat) easy and incredibly affordable.

The Graco Nautilus 65 3-in-1 booster seat, normally $180, is on sale for $90. The Graco Slim Fit 3-1 Convertible Car Seat, usually $230, is on sale for only $115. Those two seats together can take care of all of your car seat needs from infancy through adolescence for a little over $200.

Many parents will opt for an infant car seat instead of a convertible seat for the first year. This type of seat allows you to move the potentially sleeping child from the car to a stroller quickly and easily. The Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 LX Infant Car Seat, which includes the car seat base, is on sale for just $100.

If you want to score these great car seats for a super low price, you must act fast. These Target deals expire on November 9, which is this Saturday.

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat ($200)
Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna Car Seat ($349)
Britax Advocate ClickTight Convertible Car Seat ($385)

The Best Boots for Snow and Rain

Last Updated November, 2019.

The path varies, but the conditions are the same: wet, muddy, icy and caked with snow. If it’s a bucolic stroll through the High Country, more power to you. For most of us, it’s the morning commute in 25-degree temps and freezing rain coming down in horizontal sheets. Those days, the last thing we want to worry about is our dogs getting soaked.

So, we rely on the hearty welts of waterproof boots. There are varying levels of style, price and lower-leg coverage, but one thing remains constant among these sturdy stompers — they’ll get you from A to B safe and warm. All come with grippy, hearty outsoles that are welded to be totally waterproof. Uppers and liners vary by style, so consider your temp (insulated or not) and your usage. Then, tie up the laces (or slip ’em on) and go out into the world without fretting the wet.

L.L. Bean Boots

Tried, true, still made in Maine and still waterproof.

Hunter Rain Boot

When you think of rain boots, you’re thinking of Hunter. This shorter version is easier to slip into than its taller counterparts and just as waterproof, assuming you don’t fall into a foot of water.

Ugg Mini Zip Waterproof Boot

Who could argue against a boot that’s comfy, cozy and waterproof? No, you’re not too good for Ugg boots.

Roclite 286 GTX

Trail runners will be happy to know that they can keep on the path with dry feet thanks to the Gore-Tex lining employed in these shoes.

Timberland Heritage 6″ Boot

A staple work boot that holds water, literally.

Haix Black Eagle 2.0 GTX Hi

If Haix shoes are good enough to equip emergency and military service personnel, they’re probably good enough for most civilian activities, too. Anti-slip, shock absorbing and watertight construction make this pair hard to pass up.

Red Wing Heritage Sawmill

Red Wing Heritage pulled this style out of the ’70s section of their archives and it’s made to take on terrain and torrential rain.

Russell Moccasin Hiker

More than a century has gone by for Russell Moccasin and they’re still kicking with their genuine moccasin-construction boots. Their Hiker promises rugged all-terrain capabilities with a variety of lugged Vibram soles and weather-proof chrome-tanned leather uppers.

Vans Sk8-Hi MTE

Some of us just are not boot guys. And that’s okay. Vans’ Sk8-Hi sits among their bevy of verified classics and this one is a rain-ready iteration.

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

The Best Coffee Grinders You Can Buy in 2019

This definitive guide to the best coffee grinders of 2019 covers everything you need to know before you buy your next brewing companion. We tested what most experts consider the world’s best coffee grinders, comparing size, speed, price and performance, to identify which machines to buy (and which to avoid).

Baratza Encore

Baratza is a coffee grinder company. Not a home appliance company, a kitchenware company or even a coffee company, Baratza only makes coffee grinders, and that’s why it’s the most respected name in the grinding business. The brand is lauded for its use of heavy stainless steel burrs, replaceable parts, modularity and its unrivaled customer service department. The Encore is its entry-level grinder.

Best Overall Coffee Grinder

What We Like: The most consistently good grind for the money. Period. Though $140 is not cheap — a great coffee maker can be had for less — no grinder under $200 can chew through beans with as reliably as the Encore. This, plus the ability to order more burrs when the original eventually wear out and stellar customer service, ensures the Encore can sit on a countertop for as long as you can stand it.

What We Don’t Like: The matte black plastic body leaves something to be desired (though it is the standard for its price bracket). The On/Off knob on the exterior has a knack for popping off every now and again. The lack of a timer is a bummer, considering there are grinders (one on this list) within its price range that have them.

Oxo Brew Grinder

There’s a high probability that there are more Oxo products in your kitchen than any other brand. The company that makes brilliant garlic slicers also makes a mean kitchen scale. Its Brew line is newer, but it follows a similar “intuitive and effective” design ethos. The Conical Burr Grinder is as good as a $100 coffee grinder gets.

Best Affordable Coffee Grinder

What We Like: For $100 and under, there’s not a better coffee grinder. Oxo’s first stab at a craft coffee-driven grinder ticks all the boxes you want out of a grinder — conical steel burrs, adjustable grind settings, a timer — and comes in a lot cheaper than most with similar specs. Plus, Oxo’s grinder occasionally goes on sale (we’ve seen it as low as $70 on Amazon), where most high-end grinder prices are stable. This is as little as you should spend on an electric grinder.

What We Don’t Like: Like the Encore, there’s a lot of flimsy plastic on the exterior, and though it doesn’t directly influence performance, more weight would ensure less vibration, which means quieter operation and a lesser likelihood it knocks itself out of calibration. The ground coffee it produces is a step or two down from Baratza products, but still noticeably more consistent than anything in its immediate price range.

Baratza Virtuoso+

Baratza is the only brand to feature two products on our list, and for good reason. Unlike other specialty coffee grinder producers, its products cover the spectrum of coffee nerdery — beginner to commercial-grade. The Virtuoso+, which replaced the discontinued Virtuoso, is the ideal upgrade pick from the Encore.

Best Upgrade Coffee Grinder

What We Like: It replaces the annoying plastic build of less-premium grinders with a heavier, metal foundation that reduced vibration and risk of decalibration. Its burrs are the same size (40mm, one for each grind setting) as the stainless steel burrs in the Encore, but they’re cut sharper and thus able to producer finer grounds. The guts of the machine are made of more metal and less plastic than its sibling, too. Plus, the Virtuoso+ has a sturdy knob and timer system that the Encore — and most grinders that aren’t commercial-grade — don’t have. The timer allows you to figure out exactly how much coffee you grind per pot once and, from there on out, it’s set-and-forget.

What We Don’t Like: The price is an obstacle that is difficult to get around. Paying $250 for a coffee grinder is not an easy decision, and Baratza’s products aren’t on sale often (you can buy manufacturer-refurbished products at a significant discount on the brand’s website). Though grind uniformity is about as good as a home coffee grinder gets, it’s finest setting is, at best, average for espresso grinding. There’s also no slot for a portafilter under the grinder.

Breville Smart Grinder Pro

Breville makes the best home espresso for most folks, so it stands to reason they’d make a pretty good espresso grinder, too. Expect products that obsess over details wrapped in a nice commercial-residential aesthetic.

Best Coffee Grinder for Home Espresso

What We Like: Compared to other grinders in its price range (and some well above), Breville’s offers extraordinary precision and customization. It’s got more grind settings (60) than any other grinder on this list, supreme programmability and loads of helpful presets. Plus, it’s got a nifty hook to slot in a portafilter for espresso grinding and it’s fairly simple to take apart and maintenance. The ability to buy it in different colors is a nice touch.

What We Don’t Like: It’s confusing for the newcomer, but it’s fairly clear it wasn’t designed for the newcomer; the number of things it can do, like many Breville products, is slightly intimidating. It’s also slightly bulkier than the other grinders we recommend.

Why Do You Need a Coffee Grinder?

As it pertains to making better coffee in the morning, no decision yields a greater effect than switching from pre-ground to whole bean coffee. Roasted whole bean coffee carries with it the aromatics of the bean for a few weeks after roasting, and remains stable and “fresh” for much longer. Pre-ground coffee expels all the bean’s natural aromatic and exposes the grounds to particles that distort flavor — in other words, pre-ground coffee is stale coffee.

To convert whole bean coffee to ground coffee, we need a coffee grinder. But not all grinders are created equal.

What Makes a Good Coffee Grinder?

Burrs, Not Blades

A rule of thumb: burr grinders rule, blade grinders drool. Where a blade grinder works more like a blender, chopping away at beans at the blade level, burr grinders effectively chew and crush beans. The difference between the two is dramatic. When coffee is put in a blade grinder — which are typically inexpensive and designed for spice grinding — only the beans that are in contact with the blade are brought to size. This means the beans that sit below the blade, or wedge themselves into corners, are left at a completely different size, while the beans at blade-level are turned to dust. These differences ruin good whole bean coffee by creating ground coffee that’s inconsistent and prone to weird extraction. In short, pots of coffee will never be replicable.

Sturdy Construction

With coffee grinders, the heavier the better. There are a few reasons for this. One, more weight means the machine’s motor won’t knock itself out of calibration or grind setting mid-grind. But it also means the grinder you’re buying — a relatively small machine tasked with crushing coffee beans for 30 seconds every day — is less liable to break internally because there’s less plastic and more metal.

Serviceability

No matter how nice the machine, every grinder requires service now and again. Even if there’s not a mechanical issue, you’ll need to remove the burr and guts of the machine to clean coffee from months ago off the internal gears. If you can’t take it apart easily, don’t buy it.

Popular Coffee Grinders to Avoid

Krups Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder

What We Like: It’s small enough to fit in a drawer under a countertop and it’s affordable.

What We Don’t Like: It’s a blade grinder, so there is no such thing as grind or brew consistency. There were enormous discrepancies in grind coarseness in coffee from the same grind session. The blade may very well be the only part of the machine that isn’t plastic. It may be affordable but, in this case, it’s also just cheap.

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind

What We Like: A really, really competitive price for a burr grinder and a small countertop footprint.

What We Don’t Like: The grinder produced fairly consistent grinds for the most part, but, without fail, every grind also results in a strange amount of too-fine coffee that makes the coffee you’re brewing exceedingly bitter and full sediment. The machine also experienced frequent hiccups in the middle of a grind session, ceasing operation and requiring teardown maintenance. Only buy this if you need a grinder in a pinch.

KitchenAid Blade Coffee Grinder

What We Like: Again, a very small build and a decent price. The brushed stainless steel exterior looks nice, too.

What We Don’t Like: Blade grinders should stick to spices. This grinder is basically a more expensive version of the Krups grinder above. Both are popular because they’re small, affordable and easy to use, but they’re equally liable to break down early and turn out consistently inconsistent coffee.

Baratza Sette 270

What We Like: Make no mistake, Baratza’s Sette machine is an incredible tool. It’s meant for baristas to accurately grind out shots of espresso in real-time, so it has a built-in scale and dosing system to go along with a category-leading 270 grind settings. It’s also significantly faster at getting through espresso grinds than others within a couple hundred dollars.

What We Don’t Like: The price and performance far exceed what most home coffee or espresso brewers require. If you’re pulling espresso on an automatic machine, the Sette is too much machine. Only consider upgrading to this if you know you’re what you’re doing around a manual espresso machine.

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17 Best Gadget Gifts for the Fitness Geek

Exercising has become incredibly data-driven. There are gadgets and sensors that measure every possible metric, from stride length and cadence to power and water intake. It’s a verdant time to be a serious athlete or a fitness geeks just trying to get in the best possible shape. The following gadgets are ideal gift ideas for both kinds of people.

1. Tangram Smart Rope

Price: $40
From: tangramfactory.com

Yes, this is a smart jump rope and it’s way more sophisticated than the regular jump rope you’ve been using all these years. It’s able to keep track of the expected things, like number of jumps, calories burned and workout times. Also, for iPhone users and Apple Watch wearers, its data syncs with Apple HealthKit.

2. Garmin Running Dynamics Pod

Price: $58
From: amazon.com

The Running Dynamics Pod clips onto a runner’s waistband, captures extra important metrics — such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation and vertical ratio — and relays the data to a compatible smartphone (works with the Garmin Connect Mobile app). If they have a Garmin smartwatch, it will work with that, too.

3. Quad Lock Run Kit

Price: $60
From: quadlockcase.com

Today’s smartphones are too big to fit in the pockets of most running shorts — that’s a fact. Nobody wants to hold their smartphone on a run, and this armband and smartphone case combo conveniently alliviates that problem.

4. Ozmo Active Smart Bottle

Price: $60
From: amazon.com

For anyone who takes hyrdration extra seriously, this smart water bottle keeps track of how much water (or coffee) you’re drinking throughout the day. And it reminds you when you’re not drinking enough. It’s compatible with Fitbit and Garmin devices, as well as Apple Health.

5. Mighty Vibe

Price: $83
From: amazon.com

This is a great running accessory for any Spotify Premium subscriber. You can download Spotify playlists, albums and podcasts and then listen to them offline. For runners, this means you don’t have to have your phone on your person to listen to music.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Polar H10 Heart Rate Strap

Price: $90
From: polar.com

The Polar H10 remains one the best heart rate monitors you can buy. It’s compatible with most popular fitness apps and, since it has built-in memory, it means that the H10 can continue to collect heart rate date even if your phone isn’t nearby.

7. Jaybird Vista

Price: $179
From: amazon.com

The Vista are one of our favorite new pairs of running headphones. They’re super lightweight and durable, and have an excellent battery life, which is something that endurance runners need.

8. Apple Watch Series 3

Price: $199+
From: apple.com

Apple just recently released the Apple Watch Series 5, which the best smartwatch it has ever made, but it also dropped the price of its now two-year-old Apple Watch Series 3. For just $200, this is no-doubt the best entry-level smartwatch for anybody with an iPhone.

9. Form Swim Goggles

Price: $199
From: formswim.com

While swimming, these special goggles have an augmented reality display that will show you workout stats: things like laps, lap times, strokes, stroke rate and split times. It’s a great workout gadget for swimmers. It’s also competivitely priced at $200, which is less than most fitness-focused smartwatch.

10. PowerDot 2.0 Muscle Stimulator

Price: $199+
From: powerdot.com

The PowerDot is a smart electric muscle stimulator. The little pods stick to your muscles, which you then control via an app on your smartphone. There are over 12 different programs that you can choose from, depending on whether you want to recover faster or just massage out some tightness. One pod costs at $199. Two pods cost $349.

11. HyperIce Vyper 2 Foam Roller

Price: $199
From: amazon.com

Sure, this vibrating foam roller has its drawbacks. It’s a little loud and might be too powerful at times. On the flipside, for people who love foam rollers yet still have a difficult time relieving stubborn muscle stiffness, the HyperIce Vyper 2 will succeed when traditional foam rollers fail.

12. Fitbit Versa 2

Price: $200
From: bestbuy.com

The Fitbit Versa 2 is the main rival to the Apple Watch Series – both are excellent entry-level smartwatches with great workout tracking. The Versa 2 is the better option for anybody with an Android smartphone, or wants a smartwatch with significantly better battery life than any Apple Watch.

13. JaxJox Kettlebell Connect

Price: $229
From: jaxjox.com

The Kettlebell Connect can switch between 12-pounds to 42-pounds in a matter of seconds. (There are six weights to choose from: 12, 18, 24, 30, 36 and 42-pounds.) But more than that, it works with a companion app that tracks home much weight you’re lifting, your movements and your reps. No need to worry about forgetting where your workout is at.

14. Apple AirPods Pro

Price: $249
From: apple.com

Apple’s new “pro” AirPods add more than just new features, like noise canceling and transparency modes, and better sound quality to its best-selling wireless earbuds. They also have a snugger fit and they’re finally sweat and water-resistant. These are going to be widely popular running headphones.

15. Favero Assioma Bike Power Meter Pedals

Price: $407+
From: favero.com

The Italian company Favero sells two different power meter pedals, the Assioma Uno and Assioma Duo, and if you couldn’t tell by the names, the Uno only has a sensor in the left pedal, while the Duo has sensors in both pedals. The latter is pricier and more accurate, but both are wildly useful for tracking a cyclist’s various metrics. If they’re training for cycling races or an Ironman, this is a great tech gift.

16. Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

Price: $450
From: garmin.com

If you’re looking for a serious smartwatch for running, you want to start and end at Garmin’s Forerunner series. The neat thing about the Forerunner 645 Music is able to store music on the smartwatch so you can run without your smartwatch nearby. You can easily upload MP3 files directly to the smartwatch, or access music apps like Spotify, iHeartRadio and Deezer.

17. The Mirror

Price: $1,495
From: mirror.com

The Mirror isn’t going to be for everybody. However, for people who can afford it and don’t want time (or want) to go to a crowded gym, it’s going to be ideal. The full-length mirror turns into a screen that shows you live or recorded workout sessions. It’s like a private gym, but it’s also just a mirror.

Twelve South AirFly

Price: $45
From: store.gearpatrol.com

A lot of people wear their AirPods in the gym, piping tunes in to keep heart rates up and the reps flowing. But for long cardio stints on static machines like treadmills, rowing machines or the like, it’s nice to be able to pull up the news, watch the markets or keep tabs on the game. That’s where the AirFly comes in. Though they were originally designed for use on board airplanes, the AirFly can also bridge the gap between the standard 3.5mm headphone jack on the treadmill and your wireless earbuds.

Everything Pro Surfer Jamie O’Brien Packs for a Surf Trip

Jamie O’Brien is not quite normal. While other pro surfers follow the competition circuit on the hunt for a world title and others probe the Earth’s coastal nooks and crannies in search of the perfect wave, you’re more likely to find O’Brien at his home wave, Bonzai Pipeline. Perhaps dressed as a caveman. Or surfing the famous wave on a blow-up couch he bought at Walmart.

O’Brien documents all of the mayhem on his YouTube channel, which has drawn hundreds of thousands of subscribers. “It’s funny how our YouTube channel has taken off,” he muses. “We’ll get more views than an edit that someone will put up and they’ll spend a ton of money on it. We’re trying to show the world that surfing’s not as serious as everyone portrays it to be.” That agenda comes through in videos that are more reminiscent of Jackass than a dreamy surf flick.

O’Brien does compete a little though; he and his crew recently won Red Bull Party Wave by riding a knee-high wave on a giant, roughly 800-pound board. And he travels too; earlier this year, he and his team ventured to Bali, not to seek out the flawless waves the Indonesian island is known for but to go on vacation and have some fun. Of course, even low-stakes travel can produce hiccups — O’Brien seemed to hold in his frustration while recounting how his group arrived at the airport to face an extra charge of $165 for each surfboard they traveled with (nine in total).

Once in Bali, though, everything ran smoothly. “We ended up surfing this small wave in Bali called Dreamline. I think when people see a pro surfer and their crew going to film something, they think they’re going to get these big crazy perfect waves, and we went total opposite,” he recalls. There was no shortage of antics, either, mainly involving foam surfboards and a few inflatable pool toys from a convenience store. When it came time to fly home, O’Brien and his friends blew off their nickel-and-diming airline and bought tickets to Australia instead (and didn’t have to pay extra for their boards, either).

O’Brien is an atypical pro surfer, and as such, the packing list for a trip to Bali might not be what you’d expect.

Jamie O’Brien’s Packing List

Catch Surf Womper

It’s like a mini boogie board that you use for hand planing in body surfing. I brought some fins so if the waves ended up being knee-high, I could still get barrelled.

Catch Surf Beater

It has no fins, and you ride it kind of like a stand-up boogie board. From doing six or seven 360s on one wave to running people over — but it doesn’t matter because you don’t have fins — it’s just a cool board to have in your board bag. Even though I paid $165 to get it over there — it was just like, you deal with price. I’ve been bringing it on a lot more trips, but I’d never brought one to Bali.

Vendetta 9’0″ Single Fin Log

Bringing my girlfriend’s board was a good idea. The waves were small most of the trip, so we got to surf together a lot and have a good time. And at the same time, being able to film it all and everyone’s reaction, I loved it.

Forgotten Item: Fin Screw

I forgot the screw to screw in [my girlfriend’s] fin. Trick tip: if you have the plane ticket, you put it in between the fin and the board, and you jam the fin in and rip the sides of the plane ticket out. The paper swells, and then you don’t need a screw, and your fin stays in.

Ride Anything Hat

It’s so hot over there; it’s so nice to change your hat. If you only brought one hat to Bali, that thing would get so grimy. We started making these last year. It’s a nice, comfortable five-panel hat. I love the term “Ride Anything” because that’s literally what we do, it really fits the script of who we are.

Inflatable Pool Tubes

I bought a bunch of floaties from the ABC store for about $3 each. We brought them down to the beach, and the next thing you know, we’re going over the falls and getting barreled on inflatables. It was so much fun, and we got so much use out of them. And none of them popped — it was pretty amazing, people were baffled.

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8 Gear Essentials Every Adventurer Needs

For professional athletes, having high-quality, reliable gear can mean the difference between a PR or WR and having to call SAR. The modern adventure enthusiast expects the same level of quality-products they can trust. With this in mind, these pieces of gear blend innovative technology with dependable design and tried-and-true construction to guarantee an elevated experience — whether navigating the complexities of day-to-day life or your next trip off-grid.

Garmin Fenix 6 — Sapphire Edition

As wearable technology becomes increasingly powerful, the marker of success for a smartwatch in the outdoors is its ruggedness and purpose-built features. Garmin’s fenix 6 Sapphire Edition not only fits that bill, but is a force in the field. Built for those who want to take their adventures further, the multi-sport watch is packed with features like GPS, a barometric altimeter and weather. It’s capable of tracking everything from calories burned and steps taken to sleep cycles and even stress levels. Preloaded topo and ski maps (for more than 2,000 international resorts) mean you’ll always find the trail or line, while an industry-first technology helps manage pace over variable terrain. Best of all, you can enjoy streaming music and control loads of smartphone features, all from your wrist.

Leatherman PST Collector’s Edition

Few products transcend the level of influence and authority quite like the PST — or Pocket Survival Tool. Inspired by Tim Leatherman’s original 1983 design, the new Collector’s Edition PST packs 14 tools into just 5.2 ounces of made-in-the-USA stainless steel. It’s complete with a throwback leather case and will be the tool you reach for daily in the city and on the trail.

Mammut Ducan Knit High Gore-Tex

Boots that balance aesthetics with ruggedness are the pair you’ll reach for more often than not. The feature-heavy Ducan Knit High GTX from historic Swiss mountaineering brand Mammut perfectly blends form and function into a modern hiker that looks as good as it performs. Built with a 3D-knit upper for a supportive, sock-like fit with a spring-steel sole, these Gore-Tex boots ensure traction and comfort you can count on mile after mile on most any terrain.

The North Face Summit L5 Futurelight Jacket

Truth is, hyperbolic claims are the norm in the outdoor industry, but The North Face’s new Futurelight material lives up to the hype. Developed in-house by the brand (materials are often created by third parties), Futurelight makes use of nanospinning to laminate tiny fibers in a complex network which creates a material with space for air to flow, but not water. The result is a durable outer layer that is more waterproof and breathable than anything else on the market. While the yellow and black color-blocked version is a timeless look for alpine summits, this taupe colorway offers enough city crossover to make the L5 an easily justified multi-use investment.

Fjällräven Keb Trekking Trousers

Leave it to the Swedes to create a pair of pants that work in all weather conditions, feature enough pockets for your EDC and the day’s lunch, vent in four places, stretch where you need it and look great while doing all of it. Fjällräven’s Keb Trousers are built with enough features for a multi-day trek through the forests of Scandinavia but look subdued enough for a visit to the pub after a day outdoors too.

Snow Peak Kanpai Bottle 500ML

Hydration is essential for any day of adventuring. Japan’s original outdoor outfitter, Snow Peak, created the Kanpai bottle to be the last liquid holder you’ll ever need (or want). Leak-proof, double-walled and stainless steel, the sleek bottle keeps liquids hot or cold for over six hours. Equipped with three lids for retaining heat, cold or drinking, the Kanpai can also act as a micro cooler for a can.

District Vision Yukari

Every detail of the frames and lenses that come from New York City-based District Vision’s sunglasses are carefully considered and backed by research with athletes and experts. The Yukari is designed for running but is at home anywhere performance and dependability are needed. An adjustable anti-slip rubber nose pad allows for a customized fit, while high light transmission polycarbonate lenses brighten views in low light conditions.

Mystery Ranch Mission Rover

With experience building bags for elite military units and wilderness firefighting crews, Montana-based Mystery Ranch exclusively makes products that meet a rigorous set of standards. Its 43-liter Mission Rover pack carries that same quality pedigree into a highly versatile bag driven by an open-book design with internal zippered dividers and capacity to be carried as a backpack, briefcase or duffel.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: A Way Station to the Future

The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling passenger vehicle in the United States that’s not a full-size pickup. Its name is a bit misleading: while the word “RAV4” seems to promise all the 1990s fun you can handle, the reality is far more prosaic. It’s a practical, capable, affordable, and inoffensive means of conveyance, manufactured by a trusted brand manufactures it. It’s what most buyers want from a car.

For the fifth-generation redesign, the RAV4 receives edgier styling that tries (and succeeds, on some level) to make the crossover appear more like the Tacoma and 4Runner and less like a chopped-up minivan. It also picks up a more-powerful-and-more-efficient 2.5-liter hybrid engine.

We in the automotive industry spend a lot of time discussing electric cars as the default vehicles of the future. But that technology remains expensive; most buyers aren’t in the market for a Porsche Taycan or a Bollinger truck, given their six-figure price tags. The less-sexy component of making our roads greener in the short-term is manufacturers making the cars most people buy more efficient — and making those efficient options more compelling.

After spending a week with a RAV4 hybrid, I can say Toyota succeeded at that — for the most part.

The Good: The RAV4’s 2.5-liter hybrid delivers greater efficiency than its predecessor. EPA testing rates the RAV4 at 40 mpg combined; I earned more like 36 mpg over a week of driving, but that’s still significant savings over the 30 mpg of the gas-only version, which itself is fairly economical for an SUV. The money you save on fuel, over time, should help offset the additional cost of the hybrid engine, which comes to a little over $2,000 when you factor in paying for all-wheel-drive.

Besides being more efficient, the hybrid performs better. At 219 hp and 206 lb-ft, it offers 13 more horsepower and 22 more lb-ft of torque than the gas engine. The peak torque is more useful, too, coming lower in the rev range (3,600 rpm versus 5,000). The hybrid will accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 7.5 seconds. That’s hardly blazing, but it’s a half-second quicker than the gas version.

The RAV4 is also comfortable and useful, with a sizeable, ergonomic cabin. It’s the right height and the doors wide enough to make entry and exit easy for all ages. Its ample trunk handled everyday life—which in my case was a couple of yoga mats, a diaper bag, and a week’s worth of groceries—with room to spare. Toyota doesn’t lux things up with gusto — that’s what Lexus is for—but the materials seemed high-quality in my fancy Limited trim, and the seats felt cushy.

Toyota now permits just about everyone to use their smartphone in the car, too. The RAV4 now supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Who It’s For: Smaller sport-utility vehicles sell well because they have incredibly broad appeal. The RAV4 is great for older people. It’s great for young families and singles. The RAV4’s target demo is basically anyone in America with two or fewer children, no particular need for extreme speed or off-road prowess, and a less-than–excessive amount of wealth. So, pretty much everyone.

Watch Out For: A traditional complaint about the RAV4 is its uncouth amount of cabin noise. That’s still an issue. The internal combustion engine belts out a grating groan when you place even slight pressure on the gas pedal. Technically, you hear less of that engine with the hybrid, but the inline-four’s constant cutting in and out draws even more attention to the noise. You can mitigate the auditory assault with a light touch on the gas, but you’ll have to accelerate at some point.

The electric motor’s hum is not especially pleasant either. It sounds like something between a stereotypical flying saucer and an ambulance far off in the distance. It’s more subtle than the gas engine, though. (My wife accused me of being dramatic when I brought this up to her.)

Alternatives: The most prominent CUV competitors for the RAV4 include the Honda CR-V ($24,450), the Nissan Rogue ($25,200) and the Ford Escape ($24,885).

Verdict: The hybrid powertrain is the best buy in the RAV4-verse. You don’t get the cool styling of the TRD Off-Road trim, but the fuel savings and improved performance should trump any aesthetic concerns.

That said, don’t go wild on the options. My Limited Hybrid trim priced out to $40,883, which felt like an absurd price to pay for a RAV4. A more cost-effective route would be to select the second-tier XLE trim and add on any desired packages from there.

More broadly, the RAV4 falls into the category of sensible vehicles worth suggesting to family and friends. It meets their needs, and it’s reliable. As a car guy, I’m not sure it has enough personality to make me want to drive it every day. There are more entertaining Toyotas, and there are other family cars with more pizzazz in the price range. But the RAV4 Hybrid’s great fuel economy keeps me from immediately recommending you go buy a Subaru Outback instead.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Key Specs

Engine: 2.5-liter inline-four hybrid
Horsepower: 219 hp
Torque: 206 hp
0-60 mph: 7.4 seconds
EPA Fuel Economy: 41 mpg city/38 mpg highway

Toyota provided this product for review.

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The temperature is beginning to dip in most places, and you are probably gearing up for the long winter ahead. It’s a good idea to have a standup jacket in your corner when the frost comes. KÜHL’s Burr Lined Jacket is just that — a perfect winter companion. Constructed for harsh conditions and demanding workdays, the Burr Lined Jacket gives you relentless protection from the elements along with refined style and craftsmanship. Italian Berber fleece and thermal lining maximize warmth while you are bundled. The exterior of the jacket is cut from abrasion-resistant ottoman weave canvas with a proprietary articulated design, tailored specifically for freedom of movement. The canvas is also made with an exclusive patina dye that gives this timeless jacket a lived-in look that only gets better with age. KÜHL’s Burr Lined Jacket will help you stick out the winter chill.

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The 21 Best Gifts for Skiers and SnowboardersThe 21 Best Gifts for Skiers and Snowboarders

The 21 Best Gifts for Skiers and Snowboarders

An epic array of apparel, hard goods and accessories any serious shredder will be stoked to unwrap.

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