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If You’re an Athlete, This Mattress Could Be Your New Secret Weapon

Leading an active and athletic life can take its toll on your body. There are plenty of ways to jumpstart your recovery and get you feeling your best, but a good night’s sleep is a sure way to make a difference. The Zoma Sports Mattress is a performance-enhancing sleep system designed to deliver enhanced rest and rejuvenation no matter how demanding your workouts are, so you can get up and get back at it. Using cutting-edge design and technology, Zoma facilitates faster muscle recovery, improved athletic performance, and deeper sleep through three distinct layers perfect for those individuals with active lifestyles. The mattress is wrapped in a soft, lightweight cover that wicks away heat and moisture, keeping you cool throughout the night. Inside, there is the Triangulex™ pain relief layer, engineered with hundreds of triangular segments grouped into targeted comfort zones designed to soothe aching muscles. It also reduces pain-causing pressure points by up to 49%. The second layer consists of Reactiv™ material that contours to your body and minimizes motion transfer. Lastly, Zoma features its high-density Support+ core to provide long-lasting durability. With these unique layers, you get the perfect blend of comfort, pressure-relief, responsiveness, and support — whether you’re a pro athlete or living an active life.

Each Zoma Sports Mattress comes with a 10-year full warranty and a 100-night, risk-free trial. Plus, get free shipping and save $100 off your purchase with the code GEARPATROL100.

Today in Gear: One of the Best-Rated Beers’ Swan Song, Ford’s Revolutionary New Patent & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

Recondition Your Favorite Leather Jacket With Armstrong’s All Natural

Recondition Your Favorite Leather Jacket With Armstrong’s All Natural

Armstrong’s All Natural is a 100% natural leather conditioner and leather wax that will help you get new life out of your favorite leather apparel.

This Is Your Last Chance to Try One of the Highest-Rated Beers Ever

This Is Your Last Chance to Try One of the Highest-Rated Beers Ever

Founders Brewing has announced it will release the revered imperial porter beer CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) one final time this fall.

These New Boxer Briefs Are Insanely Light — and Perfect for Tough Workouts

These New Boxer Briefs Are Insanely Light — and Perfect for Tough Workouts

Mack Weldon’s latest undergarment (almost) feels like you’re wearing nothing at all.

These Affordable New Field Watches Feature Traditional Tattoo Design

These Affordable New Field Watches Feature Traditional Tattoo Design

An affordable new series from Timex fuses its Scout field watch with designs by traditional Hawaiian tattoo artist Keone Nunes.

McIntosh Announces Its Most Powerful Integrated Amplifier

McIntosh Announces Its Most Powerful Integrated Amplifier

The McIntosh MA352 is able to output 200-watts per channel, meaning it should be able to drive any loudspeakers.

Ford’s Newest Patent Could Revolutionize Tailgating and Camping

Ford’s Newest Patent Could Revolutionize Tailgating and Camping

Practical drawbacks may keep Ford’s new patent from ever hitting production, but that won’t stop your base-camp bliss.

Garmin’s Newest Smartwatch Gets Its Power From a Surprising Place

Garmin’s Newest Smartwatch Gets Its Power From a Surprising Place

Garmin’s Fenix 6 comes in three sizes and over 15 different looks.

This Ultra-Popular Military-Inspired Backpack Just Got an Upgrade

This Ultra-Popular Military-Inspired Backpack Just Got an Upgrade

Mystery Ranch just upgraded its best-selling Urban Assualt backpack to one that’s slightly bigger and packed with features.

This Elegant New Watch Is a Lot More Complicated than it Looks

This Elegant New Watch Is a Lot More Complicated than it Looks

The new H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Perpetual Calendar MD is a clever take on the brand’s signature complication with stunning dial executions.

The New Land Rover Defender Launch Schedule: Here Are All the Details

The New Land Rover Defender Launch Schedule: Here Are All the Details

We finally have a confirmed launch for the 2020 Land Rover Defender. Here is all the relevant information you need.


Fresh Deals

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Seiko Prospex “Monster” Diver
Save 36%: In the brand’s well-respected Prospex family, the handsome new Monster offers the classic bang-for-buck automatic watch Seiko’s known for, but with a distinctly mature presence. Right now, it’s on sale for 20% off in two versions, but in a Labor Day promotion, you can take a further 20% off the reduced price by using the promo code “WKND” at check out. That brings both awesome versions down by more than $175 from around $500 to just a little over $300. — Zen Love
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Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket
Save $100: Since it came out in the fall of 2017, Patagonia’s Micro Puff Jacket has been our choice for the best synthetic insulated jacket. Simply put, it strikes the perfect balance of warmth and weight (it’s the lightest insulated jacket that Patagonia has made to date). The secret to its innovation is a new type of insulation called PlumaFill that’s made up of down-mimicking polyester fibers that are secured together in one continuous, fluffy line, which zig-zags around beneath its ripstop nylon shell.

The Micro Puff has been such a success that Patagonia used it as the base for the Micro Puff Storm, a waterproof version of the jacket that came out in Fall 2018. Patagonia also recently released the Macro Puff, a heavier and warmer puffy jacket that uses a heartier helping of PlumaFill (and will likely be in as high demand as the Micro Puff).

That Patagonia has released variations of the Micro Puff by no means makes the jacket obsolete. If anything, it’s further verification that it, and it’s fluffy filling, work pretty damn well. Not just in winter either — the Micro Puff’s lightweight warmth makes it ideal for cool autumn nights and mornings as well as mountain adventures, too. Right now the Micro Puff is 40 percent off in past season colors — a savings of $100. — Tanner Bowden

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Hemp Sweatshirts from Wellen
Save 30%: If you’ve been eyeing all the new hemp tees and sweatshirts at stores in recent years, but haven’t wanted to pay a premium, head over to Huckberry today. Currently, you can save 30 percent on some versatile hemp sweatshirts from Wellen. Choose from crew neck and hoodie styles — both are made from a hemp-organic cotton blend — in a range of versatile colors. The styles are preshrunk and feature rib knit cuffs and hems. The best part is, they’re actually pretty affordable — don’t sleep on this deal. — John Zientek


Lululemon Summer Sale
Save $50: While I’d argue you can never have too much of a great thing, it seems like Lululemon might disagree. The brand made too many sweat-wicking workout pieces, and now it’s all on sale. Everything from backpacks to tees, joggers to sneakers are all offered at discounted prices — most of which is on final sale.

With the scorching hot temperatures slowing down and fall just around the coner, Lululemon has the freshest gear to keep you dry, stench-free and looking good. Some of our top-rated running shirts and gym shorts are included in the massive sale, so get them while you can. — Meg Lappe

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Levi’s Jeans, Jackets and More
Save 40%:Right now, Levi’s is offering 40 percent off sitewide. This is a great chance for those looking to bolster their fall wardrobe with some new garments from the iconic brand. Though some exclusions apply, there are tons of jeans, shirts, jackets and other great wardrobe staples up for grabs. Click through and use code SURPRISE at checkout, then tell a friend. — John Zientek


Wayfair Labor Day Clearance
Save Up to 65%: Like buying a sweater in March, the delayed gratification of buying patio gear at the tale-end of summer can be worth the cash saved. Part of the site’s Labor Day Clearance, Wayfair’s Outdoor Sale is the right place to start.

Everything from Adirondack chairs to a couple hundred firepits are marked down up to 65 percent off. — Will Price

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Fender Limited-Edition Player Stratocaster
Save $125: If you’re looking to purchase your first Strat, or just want another workhorse guitar to add to the rotation, head over to Guitar Center today. Currently, you can save $125 on a Limited-Edition Player Stratocaster. This model has an alder body, 22-fret modern-C shaped maple neck and a 2-point fulcrum tremolo bridge. In a nod to David Gilmour’s guitar used on classic Pink Floyd albums, it has a black finish, black pickguard and white pickups.

Other features are geared towards to frequent player: it has comfortable medium jumbo frets, a synthetic bone nut, vintage-style bent steel saddles and sealed die-cast tuners. Made in Mexico, this guitar normally costs $675 — act fast and you can pick it up for $550. — John Zientek

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Vizio 2018 65-Inch 4K TV
Save $200: Labor Day is right around the corner, meaning you can find some pretty big deals on some big-ticket items. If you’re looking for a good 65-inch 4K TV that won’t kill your wallet, you can get a pretty stellar deal on Vizio’s 2018 D-Series by visiting Walmart’s website: the normally $700 4K TV is on sale for less than $500. A quick refresher: The Vizio D-Series is the company’s most budget-friendly and entry-level line of 4K smart TVs. It’s compatible with Google Assistant and has Chromecast built-in, meaning if you have a Google Home smart speaker you can use your voice to control the TV (switch between apps and lower/raise volume). You can also cast YouTube videos or Spotify playlists straight from your smartphone to your TV.
— Tucker Bowe


Today on Gear Patrol

Grilling Tips and Recipes for a Tastier Labor Day Weekend Cookout

Grilling Tips and Recipes for a Tastier Labor Day Weekend Cookout

We’ve collected some of our favorite recipes and tips for making your Labor Day weekend cookouts the best they can be.

How to Break in a Pair of Boots the Right Way

How to Break in a Pair of Boots the Right Way

With advice from Eric Kinney of White’s Boots.

Should You Buy an OLED Laptop? Here’s What You Need to Know

Should You Buy an OLED Laptop? Here’s What You Need to Know

Also, when is Apple going to bite the bullet and release a MacBook with an OLED display?

2020 BMW M850i Review: A Grand Gran Turismo With a Sole Notable Flaw

2020 BMW M850i Review: A Grand Gran Turismo With a Sole Notable Flaw

The only thing standing between this Bimmer and perfection? Its steering.

This Is the Best Smartphone You Can Buy Right Now

This Is the Best Smartphone You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best smartphone you can buy right now is the Samsung Galaxy S10.

This Is the Best Entry-Level Turntable You Can Buy Right Now

This Is the Best Entry-Level Turntable You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best entry-level turntable you can buy right now is the Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB.

Here Is Sean Brock’s Recipe for the Perfectly Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet

Here Is Sean Brock’s Recipe for the Perfectly Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet

When Sean Brock tells you how he cares for his cast-iron skillet, take heed. Here’s some insight into his new book South.

These Are the 6 Watches We’re Obsessing Over in August 2019

These Are the 6 Watches We’re Obsessing Over in August 2019

We’re flipping our lids over a couple of Hamiltons, a Seiko 5, a vintage Rolex Datejust and more.

Is Audioengine’s A5+ Wireless the Best Bookshelf Speaker Under $500?

Is Audioengine’s A5+ Wireless the Best Bookshelf Speaker Under $500?

A wireless update on an old icon.

Everything You Need for a Proper Labor Day Camping Trip

Everything You Need for a Proper Labor Day Camping Trip

If you’re not sitting fireside with a drink, you’re doing it wrong.

This California Brand Is Making Affordable Field and Dive Watches for All

This California Brand Is Making Affordable Field and Dive Watches for All

We sit down with Nodus Watches in L.A. to discuss the brand’s beginnings, the idea of affordable American watchmaking and more.

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 in Gear: A Blacked-Out BMW, the New Alexa-Enabled Fitbit & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

The Toyota Land Cruiser Is Outdated and Overpriced

The Toyota Land Cruiser Is Outdated and Overpriced

How does Toyota expect anyone to take a 10-year-old luxury SUV with an $85,000 price tag and a mainstream badge seriously?

Business Travelers Will Love This Compact Suitcase

Business Travelers Will Love This Compact Suitcase

An everyday suitcase priced under $250.

We Finally Know What the New Land Rover Defender Really Looks Like

We Finally Know What the New Land Rover Defender Really Looks Like

Behold the new Defender, caught uncovered on the set of the next James Bond film.

One of Camping’s Most Creative Brands Just Made Its First Backpacks

One of Camping’s Most Creative Brands Just Made Its First Backpacks

Kammok, a gear company best known for its camping hammocks, made a new line of bags that includes two backpacks, a duffel, and a hip pack.

This $4,400 Luxury Fridge Is Secretly for Whiskey Lovers

This $4,400 Luxury Fridge Is Secretly for Whiskey Lovers

LG makes a refrigerator with a Craft Ice maker that mass produces spherical ice for a perfectly chilled and undiluted beverage.

This Blacked Out BMW Is So Dark, You Can Barely See It

This Blacked Out BMW Is So Dark, You Can Barely See It

For the launch of the all-new X6, BMW painted one in Vantablack—a substance so dark, the human eye cannot perceive it in three dimensions.

This Is One Hell of a Classy Way to Learn Watch History

This Is One Hell of a Classy Way to Learn Watch History

A gloriously illustrated new book traces the evolution of watches through the 20th century.

The New Ford Bronco Might Be Better than the Wrangler in an Important Way

The New Ford Bronco Might Be Better than the Wrangler in an Important Way

Like the Wrangler, the Bronco might be able to go doorless. But it might have an added way to keep you inside should you crash with the doors off.

Ask Alexa Anything on Fitbit’s Newest Smartwatch

Ask Alexa Anything on Fitbit’s Newest Smartwatch

Finally, you can bring Alexa with you everywhere.

Time Is Running Out to Score the Ultimate Labor Day Meat Deal

Time Is Running Out to Score the Ultimate Labor Day Meat Deal

Don’t let your grill cool down for the season without giving Porter Road a visit.


Fresh Deals



Herman Miller Aeron
Save 51%: By virtually any measure, Herman Miller’s Aeron task chair is one of, if not the, greatest desk chair of all-time. Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick’s design features supreme adjustability: seat height, arm height, lumbar support, reclining tension and forward and rear tilt locks. It was the first successful integration of airy mesh into task chair design. Shoot, it even earned a spot in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Fair or not, any company that releases a high-end office chair today must bear comparison to the Aeron.

Today, the Aeron is 51 percent off on Ebay. These specific products are open-box models, which means they’re somewhere between new and used — so it’s fair to approach with caution (it may be worth contacting the seller before dropping close to $500). That said, this is about as affordable as an Aeron will go for. — Will Price


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Seiko Prospex Solar “Arnie” PADI Dive Watch
Save 36%: Featuring on action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger’s muscular wrist in multiple 1980s films, the Seiko “Arnie” a technical look as well as solid tech specs including solar charging and Seiko’s famously rugged construction — and this particular version is co-branded with the PADI scuba diving association. Right now, it’s on sale at Macy’s for 36% off its retail price of $525 for a strong value at just $336.
— Zen Love
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Dr. Martens Chelsea Boots
Save 50%: If you’ve been dreaming of a new pair of Chelsea boots, now’s your chance to score a classic pair at a great price. The Dr. Martens Graeme Chelsea boots are now 50 percent off at Nordstrom Rack.

Made in England, this slim silhouette features Portuguese leather, elasticized gussets, Dr. Martens’ air-cushioned sole and Goodyear welt construction. They’re available in four versatile colors and a range of sizes, but if you see a pair you like, act fast — this deal won’t be around long. — John Zientek



Nike Summer Sneaker Sale
Save $50+: If you’re in the market for a new pair of running shoes or gym sneakers, now’s the time to shop at Nike thanks to an additional 20 percent off the top-performing sneakers.

The best-selling Epic React 2 running shoes are at least $50 off and one of our favorite pairs of training sneakers are down to $80. Use code SAVE20 at checkout to get an additional 20 percent off the already slashed prices. You’ll just have to poke around to find your size and the perfect color.— Meg Lappe



Remus Exhausts
Save 10%: It’s not enough for your bike to perform well. It should both sound and look cool as well. If going fast means sacrificing the other two qualities, what’s the point? That’s where the Austrian company Remus comes in.

Remus’s custom race-grade aftermarket exhausts are engineered to boost power delivery and torque, provide the right resonant sound and match your bike’s OEM aesthetic, all at the same time. Right now, you can get a great deal on them. RevZilla currently has a 10 percent off sale on all of their Remus brand products, from sound inserts to full HexaCone exhaust systems running into the thousands of dollars.

This offer can net you significant savings, but you have to act fast. While most sales this weekend will let you dawdle through Labor Day, RevZilla‘s Remus discount ends on Sunday. — Tyler Duffy

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Bose SoundSport Free
Save $80: When they were released around two years ago, the Bose SoundSport Free were selling for $250 a pop, but Bose had since lowered the price to $200; this is the current price of the SoundSport Free on Amazon (see here). However, you can currently get a pair of SoundSport Free that have been “factory renewed” on Bose’s website for $120. That’s significantly cheaper than AirPods. It’s true that Bose is selling “factory renewed” models, but every product comes with a 30-day trial period — if you’re not happy with the product you can return it and get a full refund.
— Tucker Bowe
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Todd Snyder Suits
Save up to 32%: If you’ve been waiting for a good summer sale to invest in a new suit, now’s your chance. Right now, you can save up to 32 percent on a range of timeless suits at Todd Snyder.

The New York designer discounted his Sutton suit in a variety of fabrics — charcoal wool, Prince of Wales check, navy plaid — fit for any professional occasion.

The tailored suit features a two-button jacket with a notch lapel, double vent and flap pockets. Its matching pants have a slim silhouette, a tab closure and a flat front. Prices start at just $418 and there are plenty of sizes still available, so if you see something you like, act fast. — John Zientek

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Nintendo NES Classic Edition
Save $30: Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, a miniature version of the NES console from 1985, in 2016 and at that time it was nearly impossible to find – demand was too high. Fast forward several years and it’s a little easier to buy, although for an uptick charge. Listed as $60 on Nintendo’s website, but in order to buy an NES Classic Edition you have to order from a third-party seller like Amazon, which is currently selling models for $80. For a little bit of a deal, however, check out eBay: it’s selling refurbished (by Nintendo) models for just $50. That’s $30 cheaper than what they’re going for on Amazon. — Tucker Bowe


Today on Gear Patrol

7 Brewers Name the Beers They’ll Be Drinking This Labor Day

7 Brewers Name the Beers They’ll Be Drinking This Labor Day

Not sure what beer to drink over Labor Day weekend? Let some of America’s best brewers decide for you.

The World’s Most Spectacular Dive Isn’t in an Ocean

The World’s Most Spectacular Dive Isn’t in an Ocean

The Silfra Fissure is the only place in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates. Here’s what you need to know and what to pack.

5 Great In-Ear Headphones for Hi-Fi Sound

5 Great In-Ear Headphones for Hi-Fi Sound

When nothing but the best sound will do, turn to these magnificent buds.

The Complete Buying Guide to Patek Philippe

The Complete Buying Guide to Patek Philippe

We break down the catalog of one of the finest watch manufacturers in the world, explaining what makes Patek a byword for fine watchmaking.

Discover the Gear That Inspires Chris Burkard at Stocked 2019

Discover the Gear That Inspires Chris Burkard at Stocked 2019

We’re excited to announce that adventure photographer and documentarian Chris Burkard will be headlining day one of Gear Patrol Stocked.

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 in Gear: The 2020 Land Rover Defender Leaks, One of 2018’s Best Bourbons Returns & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

Would You Rather Have a More Powerful Toyota Supra or a Manual Supra?

Would You Rather Have a More Powerful Toyota Supra or a Manual Supra?

Both could be in the cards, says the car’s chief engineer. It’s just a matter of what to prioritize.

Panerai Introduces a New Automatic Movement In Thin, Wearable Cases

Panerai Introduces a New Automatic Movement In Thin, Wearable Cases

Panerai has introduced 6 slim Luminor Due models including new automatic movements, lightweight titanium cases, and very wearable sizes.

The New Land Rover Defender Has Been Caught Undisguised

The New Land Rover Defender Has Been Caught Undisguised

Behold the new Defender, caught uncovered on the set of the next James Bond film.

Even at $95, These Stainless Steel Skillets Are an Absolute Steal

Even at $95, These Stainless Steel Skillets Are an Absolute Steal

Material Kitchen made expensive, chef-favorite cookware somewhat affordable.

Yeti’s New Dog Bed Is Made for the Outdoorsy Pooch

Yeti’s New Dog Bed Is Made for the Outdoorsy Pooch

Yeti has released the Trail Head Dog Bed that is built so your adventure companion can come with you and stay comfy.

Otterbox’s System of Stackable Batteries Is for People Who Hate Charging Cables

Otterbox’s System of Stackable Batteries Is for People Who Hate Charging Cables

Smartphones don’t need cables to charge. Neither should your portable batteries.

One of Last Year’s Best Bourbons Is Back in Stock. For Now

One of Last Year’s Best Bourbons Is Back in Stock. For Now

Pro tip: Old Fine Whisky is going to sell out again. Get a bottle before that happens.

Lifetime Leather

Lifetime Leather

Lotuff Leather’s hand-made bags are the essence of American craftsmanship; for a limited time, get free monogramming on all Lotuff Leather goods.

This Lightweight New Omega Watch Is Made Almost Entirely from Titanium

This Lightweight New Omega Watch Is Made Almost Entirely from Titanium

The fascinating, highly technical, and sporty new Aqua Terra Ultra Light watch is made almost entirely from titanium for real athletic use.

Specialized’s New Bike Saddle Makes Cycling Better in a Huge Way

Specialized’s New Bike Saddle Makes Cycling Better in a Huge Way

Specialized just revealed a new product that it will release in 2020: the world’s first 3D-printed bike saddle. We tested it.

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Buy These Ford SUVs, But Act Fast

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Buy These Ford SUVs, But Act Fast

Certain Ford SUV models are available for 20 percent off right now, but only until Labor Day.


Fresh Deals



Rhone Gym Short Sale
Save 60%: A crucial aspect of any workout is comfort — not just how your body feels, but what you’re wearing. It’s why the perpetually active can debate the merits of even the simplest piece of clothing, like a pair of shorts: details like pocket placement, waistband material and whether they include a built-in liner means the discerning consumer will find significant variability among available products.

Rhone tackles the finer points of workout shorts — for the gym, for running, for yoga and more — in creative (and comfortable) ways. Many of our favorite models, including those preferred by professional trainers, are currently on sale for an extra 40 percent off with code SaveSummer40. You can snag a pair of $78 shorts for just $32. There are a plethora of colors and styles available during Rhone’s surplus summer sale, so get them while you can. — Tanner Bowden




Huge Sale on Bell Helmets, With a Catch
Save Up to 50%: Bell’s Race Star helmet is a dynamite motorcycle lid for anyone who plans on hitting the track or back roads with verve. (Or at least wants other riders to think they’re hitting the pavement with verve.) Made with a carbon fiber 3K Carbon Shell to minimize weight, the Race Star doesn’t sacrifice offers protection at the altar of lightness; it meets or goes beyond Snell M2015 and DOT certifications, and packs a three-layer Flex Impact Liner to deal with crashes at any speeds. It’s been tested in wind tunnels to make sure the air flows over it with minimal fuss, while the Panovision viewport offers better visibility in all directions compared with Bell helmets past. And, of course, it just looks sweet.

Right now, thanks to a closeout deal over at Revzilla, you can pick up several variants of the Bell Race Star for massive savings — as much as 50% off on certain models. But there is, however, a catch: These sales are only available in small and extra-small helmets. If you need a bigger lid, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere; but if you’re cursed/blessed with a tiny head, well, today’s your lucky day. — Will Sabel Courtney

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Osprey Backpacks
Save 25%: Osprey has earned its clout amongst hikers and backpackers both hardcore and casual. And for good reason, too — its bags are some of the most comfortable we’ve carried. Beyond that, the company consistently finds the middle ground between lightweight minimalism and useful features. Right now, most of them are also on sale with a nice 25 percent chunk taken off the price.

The collection of discounted packs includes the award-winning Aether AG, a bag that’s ideal for multi-day treks and foreign travel. There’s also the smaller-volume Stratos, which is our choice for the best daypack for hiking. But Osprey makes more than hiking bags. Its line includes duffels, general-purpose travel packs and the newer Arcane, a town-oriented bag that’s perfect for commuting and school — that bag is 25 percent off, too. — Tanner Bowden

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Timex X Todd Snyder Blackjack Watch
Save 50%: Todd Snyder’s access to the Timex archives has resulted in all sorts of cool collaborations over the past few years, but the updated versions of the once-obscure “Sprite” models from the 1970s have proven so be some of our favorites. We were enthusiastic about the “Blackjack” watch when it first debuted, but in case you need a refresher, this is a sleek, automotive-inspired timepiece with cool “roulette wheel” dial done up in black and white, a black-finished case, 50m of water resistance, a quartz movement and a black Nato strap. The watch generally retails for only $138, but right now, you can nab it for just $69, a 50% savings. — Oren Hartov
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Goal Zero Sherpa 100AC
Save $60: Goal Zero is one of the biggest names in portable power, and right now through September 2 it’s having a big Labor Day sale – you can save 20 percent on some of its most popular products. There are deals on its large power station, the Yeti 1400 Lithium Power Station, as well as its portable solar panel, the Nomad 7 Plus. The one product that sticks out the most, however, is the Sherpa 100AC. The portable power banks is a beast, with a huge 25,600mAh capacity and a number of that allow you to charge everything from your smartphone to a laptop. Normally $300, Goal Zero is selling the Sherpa 100AC for $60 off right now. — Tucker Bowe
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Limited-Edition Gore-tex Clarks Wallabee Boots
Save 50%: These boots, a collaboration between End and Clarks, feature a modern pixelated camo leather upper and Vibram rubber outsole, with one pair available in the eye-catching “Earth Pixel” colorway and another pair in the more subdued “Gray Pixel.” Both pairs sport reflective 3M laces and branded pull tabs with military-style attachment loops along the heel. And thanks to a Gore-tex membrane built into the boot, you can stand in ankle-deep water without getting your socks wet.

While these boots are normally $235, End has a full-size run of each for just $119 today. — John Zientek


Today on Gear Patrol

Some of the Brand-New Cars We’re Still Excited to Meet This Year

Some of the Brand-New Cars We’re Still Excited to Meet This Year

Porsche and Volkswagen are going electric. Aston Martin will premier an SUV. And don’t forget the return of the iconic Defender.

NFL Star Carson Wentz on the Outdoor Gear He Can’t Live Without

NFL Star Carson Wentz on the Outdoor Gear He Can’t Live Without

As great as he is in the backfield, he may be even better in the backcountry.

How Topical Melatonin Can Improve Your Complexion

How Topical Melatonin Can Improve Your Complexion

With input from board-certified dermatologist James Collyer of Modern Dermatology.

This Unique Vintage Watch Offers a Complication You’ve Never Seen

This Unique Vintage Watch Offers a Complication You’ve Never Seen

These watches from the 1970s provided their intended customers with a reference for when to pray, and in which direction.

Here’s Everything You Need to Run Commute Like a Champ, According to Experts

Here’s Everything You Need to Run Commute Like a Champ, According to Experts

Five run commuting veterans share all the advice and gear you need to take your weekly mileage to the office.

The 25 Tools Every Home Needs

The 25 Tools Every Home Needs

Embrace your inner Tim Allen.

This Is the Best Smart Security Camera You Can Buy Right Now

This Is the Best Smart Security Camera You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best smart security camera you can buy right now is the Wyze Cam Pan.

How to Trim a Beard, According to an Expert

How to Trim a Beard, According to an Expert

Mike Gilman, the founder of the Grooming Lounge, shares his advice for taming stray follicles.

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 in Gear: A Laceless Nike Pegasus, a Look at Audi’s Futuristic Electric Off-Roader & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

Nike’s New Pegasus Lets You Go Laceless Without Looking Like It

Nike’s New Pegasus Lets You Go Laceless Without Looking Like It

Nike adds its FlyEase technology to its beloved Pegasus 36.

Toyota May Build a Land Cruiser Homage That’s Also Part Van

Toyota May Build a Land Cruiser Homage That’s Also Part Van

If the TJ Cruiser reaches production and matches the concept version, it could be part-SUV, part-van—and entirely awesome.

Audi’s New Electric Concept Is a Badass Futuristic Off-Roader

Audi’s New Electric Concept Is a Badass Futuristic Off-Roader

Audi’s new EV concept is an awesome off-roader that looks like something out of a video game.

This Elegant, Modern Dress Watch Now Features a Classic Complication

This Elegant, Modern Dress Watch Now Features a Classic Complication

The new Longines Master Moon Phase watches offer a range of sizes and dial options, all with a classic look and a cool complication.

This New E-Bike Is Insanely Affordable and Practical

This New E-Bike Is Insanely Affordable and Practical

Rad Power Bikes just revealed its most affordable e-bike to date, and depending where you live it might be practical enough to replace your car.


Fresh Deals



Adidas Ultraboost Sale
Save 30%: The feel-good Adidas Ultraboost is normally $180 but thanks to a summer sale, you can spend just $126 on a brand new pair. These best-selling sneakers are responsive, soft and fast — you can’t go wrong with a Boost purchase. Here at Gear Patrol, we’re big fans of all Boost sneakers – from the Ultraboost to the Solarboost, especially for running and the gym. The Solarboost was one of our best new running shoes of 2019, that’s 50 percent off today, and down to just $80. Head over to Adidas.com to check out all sale items. — Meg Lappe
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SunSki Sunglasses

Sunski Sunglasses Sale
Save 25% For the beach, mountains, and everywhere the sun’s out. Sunski Sunglasses are lightweight, polarized and made of recycled materials. For a limited time, get 25% off and free shipping on all models, only in the Gear Patrol Store.
— Gear Patrol Store

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Marathon General Purpose Field Watch
Save 25%: Right now, you can take around 25% off the quartz-powered date version of the General Purpose field watch on Huckberry, which has been discounted from $400 down to $301. The General Purpose field watch features tritium tube illumination on the hands and a 34mm case. While this may sound small by modern standards, the watch wears extremely well and its 12mm depth offsets somewhat the smaller width. — Oren Hartov


Moccamaster Coffee Pot
Save 20%: The champions of the coffee making space — Bonavita, Breville, Bunn, Cuisinart, Hamilton and the rest — all, to some extent, practice it. Every now and again, what we know about coffee changes and the coffee maker changes with it, but serious shifts seldom occur.

For those who’d prefer to get a coffee maker that resists change, there’s Moccamaster — the first drip coffee maker to obtain the SCA’s badge of approval (which is incredibly difficult) and one of the fastest brewers in the world.

Of its many features, two stand out: a copper heating element and the ability to disassemble. Given the material’s natural heat conductivity, copper coils heat water more quickly than machines using steel or other methods (the only machine we’ve tested that brews faster is Breville’s Precision Brewer). The ability to take the whole thing apart is also unique, and it allows for troubleshooting and fixing at home rather than losing your source of coffee to the mail for a few weeks (it’s also great for cleaning the machine).

Today, Moccamaster’s KBG model is 20 percent off on Amazon. It’s the 40-ounce model that uses a glass carafe and hot plate rather than the classic stainless steel thermo-carafe. — Will Price

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The North Face Summit L3 Ventrix Hoodie
Save $65: The North Face was late to ultra-breathable active insulation game. But when it ultimately made an entry with Ventrix in Fall 2017, it was easy to forgive the lag. Like other synthetic insulation, you can think of Ventrix as an alternative to down that’s more water-resistant, if a little less packable. But The North Face made sure to make it different; the polyester fluff is breathable because it has laser-cut perforations that open and close with motion. The idea here is that a jacket like the Summit L3 Ventrix Hoodie, for instance, works to keep you cooler during activity and warmer during rest.

It works remarkably well. We’ve skied, hiked and commuted in Ventrix in various forms cooked up by The North Face. The Summit L3 Ventrix Hoodie tops the list — and earned a spot in our ranking of the best synthetic down jackets available — and right now you can get it for 25 percent (that’s $65) off. Not bad, considering cold temperatures are only weeks away. — Tanner Bowden



Bell Race Star Helmets
Save Up to 50%: Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you need to roll your motorcycle back into the garage. There’s still plenty of time to hit the road and ride. Which means there’s no reason to wait to invest in one of those new helmets you’ve had your eye on for a while now.

And isn’t it your lucky day: Right now, RevZilla is offering big savings on Bell helmets equipped with Roland Sands Design liveries, with some on sale for as much as 50% off. These helmets bring all the trademark protection and security you’d expect from a legendary name like Bell, but with the retro cool brought to the table by motorcycle racer-turned-bike builder-and-accessorizer Roland Sands. A good motorcycle helmet deal is usually sure to perk any rider up — but being able to grab lids with these fresh looks for hundreds of dollars off sticker, well, that’s better than your morning coffee. — Will Sabel Courtney

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Mighty Vibe
Save $16: The Mighty Vibe ($85) is a little screen-less music player, sort of like an old iPod Shuffle, that’s specifically designed to work with Spotify. If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, you can download playlists and podcasts to the Mighty Vibe and then listen to them offline. This makes the Mighty Vibe a particularly useful gadget for runners (who are Spotify Premium subscribers) who don’t want to bring their smartphone on their run; it’s not only small, but it has a built-in clip that you can attach to your shirt or shorts. Right now, you can get a pretty good deal on the Mighty Vibe. Just enter the code “MIGHTYCHEAP” at checkout, and the normally $86 music player will cost you just $70. — Tucker Bowe


Burrow Sofas
Save Up to $600: Available upholstered and in leather, Burrow’s sofas ship in pieces that can be assembled or disassembled in about 15 minutes, making it the perfect renter’s sofa. The frame is birch wood, the legs are oak and there’s a nifty charging cable built into the base. While not as low as Ikea, it’s prices are fair (full-size couches start at $1,395). Now and until September 9, those prices are a bit better.

The company’s Labor Day sale is now live, offering sitewide discounts that scale with your order total — $50 off for $500 orders, $150 off for $1,100 orders and all the way up to $600 off for $2,600 orders. The sale is added to your cart using the code that corresponds to your order total. Codes are listed on the site’s homepage. — Will Price

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iPad Pro (2019)
Save $200 or More: If you’ve been considering picking up an iPad Pro, there’s never been a better time. Amazon has dropped the prices of the latest models and now they’re the cheapest they’ve ever been. The best deals are on “renewed” models. The smaller of the two tablets, the 11-inch iPad Pro, is $180 off if you opt for the configuration with cellular and Wi-Fi, and 256GB of storage. If you’d prefer the larger of the two, Amazon is selling renewed models of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Wi-Fi-only models with 512GB of storage for over $200 off. Both these days are part of Amazon’s “Deals of the Day” and aren’t expected to last long. — Tucker Bowe
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Today on Gear Patrol

Toyota’s 2 Best Off-Roaders Are Fresh for 2020

Toyota’s 2 Best Off-Roaders Are Fresh for 2020

The TRD Pro versions of Toyota’s 4Runner and Tacoma have been lightly refreshed. Hey, we’ll take any reason to drive them.

8 Things for Your Week: Labor Day Sales Galore, a Levi’s x Nike Collab & More

8 Things for Your Week: Labor Day Sales Galore, a Levi’s x Nike Collab & More

From product releases to sales to events, this is your weekly dose of gear intel for August 26 – September 1.

These Are the Best Labor Day Sales You Should Be Shopping

These Are the Best Labor Day Sales You Should Be Shopping

These Labor Day sales are the perfect opportunity to score some deals from the past season and to stock up for the cold months ahead.

The Bauhaus Is One of the Most Influential Design Movements in History

The Bauhaus Is One of the Most Influential Design Movements in History

Founded in Germany by Walter Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus continues to influence architecture, product design, watchmaking and more.

The Outdoor Gear Eagles QB Carson Wentz Can’t Live Without

The Outdoor Gear Eagles QB Carson Wentz Can’t Live Without

As great as he is in the backfield, he may be even better in the backcountry.

The Best Wireless Earbuds of 2019 – Which Is Right for You?

The Best Wireless Earbuds of 2019 – Which Is Right for You?

There are more wireless earbuds than ever before. In the market for some? Read this guide.

This Military Watch’s Bizarre Design Had a Critical Purpose in WW2

This Military Watch’s Bizarre Design Had a Critical Purpose in WW2

The “Canteen Watch” from WW2 looks totally impractical and outlandish, but it was very purpose-built indeed, with a totally badass backstory.

These Are the Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers You Can Buy Right Now

These Are the Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy right now are the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 and Megaboom 3.

The 6 Best Electric Shavers of 2019

The 6 Best Electric Shavers of 2019

From Wahl, Panasonic, Braun and more.

Save Over $100 on the Best Smart Lock for Most Homes

Save Over $100 on the Best Smart Lock for Most Homes

If you have August or Nest smart home products, this smart lock will work with them.

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 Bauhaus Is One of the Most Influential Design Movements in History

No art movement in history has impacted the world of products quite like the Bauhaus. Founded in 1919 by the architect Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany, the school’s original manifesto proposed a union of art, architecture and design via a curriculum that would “create a new guild of craftsmen, without the class distinctions that raise an arrogant barrier between craftsman and artist.”

Gropius and his fellow Bauhaus instructors — Paul Klee, Wasily Kandinsky, Oskar Schlemmer, Herbert Bayer and Marcel Breuer — preached a multidisciplinary approach to design that was built upon the tenets of modernism. Its central axiom has become prevalent across myriad disciplines: form follows function.

Thus, the products that emerged from Bauhaus were stripped of nearly all ornamentation and made from common materials that lent themselves to mass production — buildings, chairs, wristwatches and everything in between. Today, the influence of the Bauhaus is evident everywhere you look, from Apple’s iPod to the Porsche 911. Distinctly modern, relentlessly practical and admittedly polarizing, it was a movement that continues to inform multiple creative disciplines, and 100 years after the school’s founding, its popularity shows no signs of waning.

A Brief Illustrated History of Bauhaus Products

1924 — MT8 Table Lamp

by Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Carl Jakob Jucker

An early Bauhaus design, the MT8 lamp was crafted after the central tenets of the school, using simple shapes and, with the inner components mostly exposed, eschewing ornamentation. Though unpopular on its release, the MT8 lamp is still in production today and has since become one of the most recognizable designs to emerge from the school.

1925 — Fagus Shoe Last Factory

by Walter Gropius

Carl Benscheidt, the original owner of the Fagus Factory, was dissatisfied with the building’s exterior and hired Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius to redesign it in 1925. The result, which included liberal use of glass and rapid fluctuations in height and contrast, were revolutionary for the time. In 2011, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.

1925-1926 — Model B3 (“Wassily”) Chair

by Marcel Breuer

The so-called “Wassily” chair was created by famed master carpenter Marcel Breuer while he was an instructor at the Bauhaus. Inspired by bicycle design, Breuer used tubular steel to construct the chair’s frame, which was then covered in fabric or leather. The chair, another Bauhaus icon, has been mass-produced since the 1950s.

1926-1927 — Nesting Tables

by Josef Albers

Originally designed for a private apartment and crafted of solid oak and lacquered acrylic glass, Josef Albers’s nesting tables, meant to function “independently and interdependently,” brought the artist’s passion for color to an otherwise simple, utilitarian form. They were considered groundbreaking for their integration of color into furniture design and remain in production today.

1934 — Poli House

by Schlomo Liaskowski

After the Nazis came to power in 1933, Bauhaus-trained architects left Germany and settled throughout the world, including in Tel Aviv (in what was then still Palestine) where roughly 4,000 Bauhaus buildings would eventually be built. The Poli House, constructed at a major intersection, is characterized by its unusual shape and its horizontal ribbon windows. Having housed a printing press and a shoe store, it is now a luxury hotel.

1940 — Wristwatch

by A. Lange & Söhne

This wristwatch by A. Lange & Söhne featured many of the stylistic components now associated with Bauhaus watchmaking: a clean dial with plenty of negative space; a stylized, Arabic font; and a long, thin handset. Other famed watch companies such as Braun and Nomos would later utilize these design elements when crafting their own now-iconic watches.

1944 — Swiss Railway Clock

by Hans Hilfiker

Created in 1944 by engineer and Swiss Federal Railways employee Hans Hilfker in conjunction with clock manufacturer Moser-Baer, the Swiss railway clock has since been recognized as an icon by the Museum of Modern Art. Indeed, watch- and clockmaker Mondaine’s business is built largely upon the brand’s licensing and adoption of this heavily Bauhaus-influenced clock, which has been ongoing since 1986.

1946 — Nelson Platform Bench

by George Nelson

The Nelson Platform Bench has been part of Herman Miller’s furniture collection for decades. Originally crafted in 1946 by noted designer and teacher George Nelson for his office at Fortune magazine, the bench can be used as either a seat or a surface. It has been called “a landmark of modern design” for its clean, flexible-use form.

1958 — Institute of Design Campus

by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Developed over the course of nearly 20 years, the Institute of Design campus proved to be one of famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s most ambitious designs. Named by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 200 most significant works of architecture in the U.S., the plan made liberal use of an orderly grid pattern, steel and glass for a fresh, modern aesthetic that still feels contemporary today.

1960 — Vitsoe 606 Shelving System

by Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams’s 606 Shelving System has been produced by Vitsoe since 1960. A modular design that can be rearranged to suit a customer’s changing needs, the 606 includes numerous shelving and cabinet options for both residential and commercial use. Simple, economical and made to last a lifetime, the system was one of the original “green” furniture designs.

1961 — Junghans Max Bill

by Max Bill

In 1956, prolific Swiss designer Max Bill began a long and fruitful relationship with German watch manufacturer Junghans when he created a wall clock for the brand. A few years later, Bill designed his first wristwatch, a simple, manually wound timepiece that would later serve as the cornerstone to the entire Junghans catalog and which are still popular today.

1963 — Porsche 911

by Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche

While attending the Ulm School of Design, Ferdinand Porsche had the opportunity to learn from several Bauhaus-trained instructors, including its principal, Max Bill. Though Porsche was eventually dismissed from the school, the Bauhaus tenets of clean, uncluttered design and form after function made themselves apparent in Porsche’s most famous creation, the 911, which debuted in 1963.

1970 — Braun Cassett Electric Shaver

by Florian Seiffert

The Braun SM31 electric shaver of the early ’60s, available in black only, sold eight million units. In 1970, the Florian Seiffert-designed Cassett shaver — available in bright red, yellow or black — showed that colors could inject some fun into an otherwise utilitarian design.

1980 — Athens Conservatoire

by Ioannis Despotopoulos

In 1959, the Athenian government commissioned Ioannis Despotopoulos, the sole Greek architect to have studied under Walter Gropius at the Bauhaus, to design a large, multiuse cultural complex. Since its completion in 1980, the Athens Conservatoire has been utilized as a cultural hub for artistic performances and events, and stands as a testament to the Bauhaus’s adaptability to different types of spaces and uses.

1992 — Tangente Watch

by Nomos Glashütte

First released in 1992, the Tangente is Nomos Glashütte’s most recognizable design and one that’s built entirely upon the Bauhaus aesthetic. Everything from the linear typography to the long, thin lugs recalls early Bauhaus watchmaking from the 1930s. It has won numerous design awards, including the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

1998 — TT

by Audi

The need for aerodynamic performance in an automobile dovetails with the Bauhaus philosophy of form following function; excess ornamentation will only inhibit performance on a car. German manufacturer Audi put this design philosophy into practice most notably with its TT, a curvaceous two-seat sports car that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the 1940s or ’50s.

2001 — iPod

by Apple

Steve Jobs once said of Apple, “The product design, the advertising, it all comes down to this: Let’s make it simple. Really simple.” The original iPod featured simple geometry, a modern, sans-serif font — and little else. Even the packaging was designed to be as clean as possible. This Bauhaus-like approach now pervades the entire Apple product line.

2013 — Vision AMG Gran Turismo

by Mercedes-Benz

A concept developed for a famed video game franchise, the Vision AMG Gran Turismo may be a supercar, but it’s the incorporation of the Bauhaus design philosophy, with its clean lines and lack of ornamentation, that make for both a beautiful aesthetic and an aerodynamic vehicle.

2014 — Type 1

by Ressence

Ressence’s watches, a marriage of analog and digital technology, may be the stuff of the future, but their design philosophy is decidedly Bauhaus. With an emphasis on legibility and ergonomics (there is no conventional crown to disrupt the case), the Type 1 would have been recognizable to Herbert Bayer, designer of the “Bauhaus typography” in the late 1920s.

2018 Aluminum Chair

by Mark Newson

This chair, made by famed Australian industrial designer Mark Newson, looks like a successor to a design from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from 1930. Utilizing thoroughly modern materials in a form that completely eschews ornamentation, the Newson Aluminum Chair is a study in modern Bauhaus engineering.

A version of this article originally appeared in Issue Ten of Gear Patrol Magazine with the headline “100 Years of Bauhaus.” Subscribe today.

Today in Gear: A Sleek, Neo-Vintage Bell & Ross Watch, What We Know About the 2020 Ford Bronco & 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.


Bell & Ross is known for making precision watches for extreme professions, and its BR 03-92 Diver is no exception. This bronze and olive diver is made in Bell & Ross’ signature square case nodding to the roots of underwater exploring with an engraving of a 1940s diver on the case back. The combination of bronze — the diving industry’s metal of choice — and military olive green, work beautifully together to create this unique military-inspired diver. Crafted in total compliance with military and diving requirements, the monochromatic olive dial is perfectly readable at night with the gold plated Superluminova inserts. With the Bell & Ross motto that simplicity never needs to hinder luxury, the BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze is sleek, neo-vintage and ready to take on any dive.

New & Noteworthy Releases

The New Ford Bronco: What You Need to Know

The New Ford Bronco: What You Need to Know

2020 is fast approaching. Here’s the important information you need to know about the new Ford Bronco before it arrives.

Yeti’s Best Cooler Just Got Even Better

Yeti’s Best Cooler Just Got Even Better

Now featuring some intuitive upgrades, the Hopper is back and better than ever.

GMC Is Launching a New Off-Road Rival to the Gladiator and Tacoma

GMC Is Launching a New Off-Road Rival to the Gladiator and Tacoma

GMC has announced a new Canyon AT4. It should be smaller than the Sierra AT4, and more sophisticated than the Chevy Colorado ZR2.

The Best Damn Coffee Mug You Can Buy Just Got Better

The Best Damn Coffee Mug You Can Buy Just Got Better

An LA-based design studio made a coffee mug for baristas. Turns out it’s great for regular people, too.

The New Shelby GT500’s Racing Stripes Are Ridiculously Expensive

The New Shelby GT500’s Racing Stripes Are Ridiculously Expensive

Want some sweet painted racing stripes on your 760-hp Mustang? Yeah, that’ll cost as much as a used Mustang.

This $100 Light Switch Is Also an Alexa Smart Speaker

This $100 Light Switch Is Also an Alexa Smart Speaker

The iDevices Instinct is effectively a smart light switch combined with an Echo Dot smart speaker.

Here’s How to Minimize Your Keychain

Here’s How to Minimize Your Keychain

Quiet Carry’s new titanium key organizer is ultra-compact and comes with a knife blade or multi-tool implement.

One of America’s Best Cheap Sports Cars May Be Going Away Soon

One of America’s Best Cheap Sports Cars May Be Going Away Soon

Fiat’s CEO says the 124 Spider convertible is unlikely to stick around once this current model expires.


Fresh Deals

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Fender Special Edition Standard Jaguar
Save $125: If you’re looking to add this unique guitar to your arsenal, head over to Guitar Center today — currently you can save $50 on a Fender Special Edition Standard Jaguar guitar. The instrument comes in a Daphne Blue finish and has an alder body, a 22-fret maple neck and a Pau Ferro fingerboard. Unlike some of the single-coil models produced a half-century ago, this guitar has two humbucking pickups and a modern C shape neck.

Normally $625, this guitar now costs $500 and includes free shipping. — John Zientek


Audioengine Speaker Sale
Markdowns on Select Models: Audioengine’s line up of impressively-designed speakers and accessories brings high fidelity sound into your home or office space while offering wireless connectivity and analog compatibility. For a limited time, take 10% off select models. — Gear Patrol Store
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Reproduction Military Trainers
Save up to 70%: If you’re looking for a new pair of sneakers for fall and don’t want the ubiquitous styles offered at big-box stores, consider picking up a military trainer. Japanese footwear brand Reproduction of Found specializes in reproduction military trainers from a range of different countries and for a limited time, they’re on sale at Need Supply Co. Pick up familiar silhouettes from countries like Canada and the U.S. or step out of the box with styles from Russia and China. No matter the option, you’ll get a well-made sneaker that will differentiate you from the crowd. — John Zientek
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Bose QuietComfort 20 In-Ear Headphones
Save $120: Even though there are a bunch of really good over-ear noise-canceling headphones – the Sony WH-1000XM3 being our new favorites, edging out the Bose QC35 II – there aren’t nearly as many good in-ear models. In fact, Bose makes the two best noise-canceling in-ear headphones out there. There’s the Bose QC20s ($250, wired) and the Bose QC30s ($300, wireless). Both are fairly expensive, but you can get a pretty good deal on the wired models if you go on eBay right now. There you’ll find the Bose QC20s for $129, which is $120 less than buying from Bose directly.
— Tucker Bowe
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Dyson Vacuums, Fans & More
Save Up to 55%: The newest Dyson will always be the best Dyson. The brand consistently iterates and improves on its product for future generations of vacuums. That said, newer Dysons typically costs well over $500 (at present, the current release is $700). That’s where deals like this Nordstrom Rack Dyson event come in.

The sale is largely manufacturer refurbs marked down up to 55 percent off. Choice picks include the cordless V6 and Ball Multi-Floor (both released just four years ago) vacuums, which are both more than 50 percent off full retail. If you’re wary of used products, Dyson says machines sold through its refurbishment program have been tested to meet “like-new performance standards” and that products may arrive with scratches or other imperfections that don’t impact performance. — Will Price

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Black Diamond Deploy Wind Shell
Save 20%: The lighter-and-more-packable story is one that’s often told in outdoor gear. Companies have been using it since Eddie Bauer (the man, not the company) invented the down jacket in the 1930s, and you can count on them to continue to champion the message for as long as gear is made. But the thing is, it never gets old. Especially when a company like Black Diamond creates something like the new Deploy Wind Shell, a wind-cutting shield of a layer that weighs only 1.7 ounces.

To put that into perspective, the iPhone SE, Apple’s smallest smartphone, weighs more than double that at four ounces. Hell, your keys probably weigh more than 1.7 ounces. The Deploy doesn’t fill an ultra-technical niche that’s only home to professional athletes either; it’s a versatile layer that has the potential for year-round use (windchill can be enough to cause cold-related injuries such as frostbite). Black Diamond was able to get to that low weigh-in by working closely with its fabric makers and by using YKK’s Super Lightweight Zipper.

The Deploy is new for 2019, but right now Backcountry is offering shoppers a discount on one full-priced item with the code TAKE20SUMMER, which means you can get it for 20 percent off. — Tanner Bowden

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Symbol Audio Tabletop HiFi
Save $1,000: For those interested in beautiful hi-fi speakers, you’re going to want to check out this deal: Symbol Audio is selling its Tabletop HiFi, a normally $1,995 hi-fi speaker, for less than $1,000. That’s a crazy good deal, especially considering that Symbol Audio rarely discounts its speakers. The discount applies the Tabletop HiFi in any number of cabinet and front grille finishes; you can choose between finishes like jet black, glacier white (pictured) and natural walnut. — Tucker Bowe


Today on Gear Patrol

Terrific Tripods to Take Your Photography to the Next Level

Terrific Tripods to Take Your Photography to the Next Level

A tripod might be the signal most important tool for photographers and videographers.

The 25 Best Scotch Whiskies You Can Buy in 2019

The 25 Best Scotch Whiskies You Can Buy in 2019

Everything you need to know about Scotland’s favorite brown spirit, including important terminology and a cheat sheet to the best bottles across all price points.

This $99 Massaging Recovery Ball Is Great for After Any Workout

This $99 Massaging Recovery Ball Is Great for After Any Workout

Plus: the Specialized Tarmac Disc Pro road bike, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and shoes our style editor is saving to buy.

‘We’ve Got the Formula:’ Bentley’s CEO Talks the Future of the Luxury Brand

‘We’ve Got the Formula:’ Bentley’s CEO Talks the Future of the Luxury Brand

“We have to reinvent Bentley,” CEO Adrian Hallmark says. “If that appeals to vegetarians, carnivores, velociraptors, I don’t care. So long as they have a driver’s license.”

The Best Briefcases for Every Profession

The Best Briefcases for Every Profession

Trade in your backpack for one of these refined briefcases.

The Best Bang for Your Buck Gear

The Best Bang for Your Buck Gear

All the items we could think of that offer the highest quality at the most affordable price.

This Is the Best Camping Blanket You Can Buy Right Now

This Is the Best Camping Blanket You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best camping blanket you can buy right now is the Kammok Firebelly.

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 in Gear: A New Way to Shop for Engagement Rings, Seiko Watches for the Whole Family & 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.


Buying an engagement ring is a pivotal moment. It can also be incredibly stressful, between sourcing a diamond within your price range, picking a style and the mystery of whether or not you got a quality product. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Couple, the first luxury brand selling lab-grown diamonds, can help to make the process not only easier but actually enjoyable. The brand’s lab-grown diamonds are not only atomically identical to mined diamonds, but they are 35% larger for your money. The best part? Couple also offers a Diamond Concierge service that can help you to customize your own design and pick a stone that fits your budget and your style.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Lamborghini Very Likely Planning More Powerful, Rally-Ready Versions of Urus

Lamborghini Very Likely Planning More Powerful, Rally-Ready Versions of Urus

Lamborghini’s chief commercial officer opens up about the future of the company’s crossover. Spoiler alert: It’s gonna be cool.

Adidas Just Upgraded One of the Best New Hiking Boots of the Year

Adidas Just Upgraded One of the Best New Hiking Boots of the Year

The original Free Hiker blended urban aesthetics with outdoor functionality. The new version is even more technical, thanks to one upgrade.

The First True Wireless ‘Over-Ear’ Headphones Look Strange as Hell

The First True Wireless ‘Over-Ear’ Headphones Look Strange as Hell

The neat thing is that the two “earmuffs (?)” can snap together and turn into a portable Bluetooth speaker.

Seiko Designed Affordable New Back-to-School Watches for Kids, But Adults Will Love Them Too

Seiko Designed Affordable New Back-to-School Watches for Kids, But Adults Will Love Them Too

With a simple design intended for students, Seiko’s new JDM collection of affordable School Time watches will attract adult watch fans too.

Add Some Retro Style to Your Off-Roading With This Old-School Land Cruiser

Add Some Retro Style to Your Off-Roading With This Old-School Land Cruiser

The FJ40 is one of the most iconic Toyotas ever made—and you can snap this one up for yourself.

Here’s What’s (Probably) Coming at Apple’s Fall iPhone Event

Here’s What’s (Probably) Coming at Apple’s Fall iPhone Event

Apple’s upcoming iPhone event hasn’t been officially announced yet, but we’ve got a good guess what might be on stage thanks to a report from Bloomberg.

These Coffee Mugs Borrow Design Cues from a Famous Whiskey Glass

These Coffee Mugs Borrow Design Cues from a Famous Whiskey Glass

According to Avensi, the key to enjoying high-end coffee is the mug you pour it in.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Released a Beautiful New Special Edition of an Innovative Dive Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Released a Beautiful New Special Edition of an Innovative Dive Watch

The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date builds upon the legacy of an innovative dive watch, ditching the alarm function in favor of a date.

Lease a Jeep Gladiator, It’ll Be Cheaper Than a Wrangler

Lease a Jeep Gladiator, It’ll Be Cheaper Than a Wrangler

Don’t let the sticker price fool you. The Gladiator is cheaper to lease than the Wrangler.

Bose’s New Portable Speaker Also Works as a Multi-Room Home Speaker

Bose’s New Portable Speaker Also Works as a Multi-Room Home Speaker

It works as wireless multi-room speaker and a portable Bluetooth speaker.

This Iconic American Brand Just Introduced Its Boldest, Most Affordable Watch Yet

This Iconic American Brand Just Introduced Its Boldest, Most Affordable Watch Yet

The new Detrola is Shinola’s most affordable watch collection yet with bold colors in the brand’s popular signature style.

Smartwool’s New Baselayers Use the Same Tech as Your Favorite Nikes

Smartwool’s New Baselayers Use the Same Tech as Your Favorite Nikes

Smartwool’s new Intraknit baselayers use an up-and-coming apparel construction technique.

The Toyota Supra’s Father Wants to Partner With Porsche on a New MR2

The Toyota Supra’s Father Wants to Partner With Porsche on a New MR2

A Porsche engine plus Toyota build quality in an affordable sports car would be perfection. Too bad it’s not likely to happen.


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Seiko Prosper Solar Diver Street Series
Save $90: This Seiko dive watch has all the specs and performance expected of the brand’s Prospex line, but with a Solar-charging movement and a stylishly monochrome gray colorway. Part of Seiko’s “Street Series” of urban-themed watches, it features the distinctive “tuna-can” case with its protective outer “shroud,” crown at 4 o’clock, and a neat dial texture. It’s also boldly sized at 42mm wide, water-resistant to 200m and not lacking in character. Grab one right now at Macy’s for $90 off the list price of $450, for a final price of $360. — Zen Love
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Already Affordable Wardrobe Essentials
Save up to 48%: Thanks to Everlane’s “Choose What You Pay” sale, you can save up to 48 percent on a range of already affordable wardrobe essentials. The sale includes great discounts on tees, sweatshirts, cashmere sweaters, pants, shirts and more — perfect if you want to get ahead of the seasonal shopping curve. — John Zientek


Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket
Save $169: For months now, we’ve been stressing that summer is the best time to score cold-weather gear, particularly awesome down jackets. Today serves up yet more proof, in that the legendary Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket is currently on sale for a whopping 45 percent off at Backcountry. I have the non-hooded version of this jacket, and it’s just about perfect for fall weather — and even chilly summer evenings.

Dropping from $379 to $210 makes for quite a steal — as long as you’re not too picky. Don’t worry, the jacket is available in small through extra large. However, only one of the dozen colors is so sharply discounted: Caribou, which is sort of a dull bronze. But honestly, it’s a pretty good-looking color, and a month or so from now, you’ll be stoked to have it in your wardrobe. — Steve Mazzucchi

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Fender Special Edition Telecasater
Save $150: If you’ve been looking to add a Tele to your collection, head over to Guitar Center today. Right now, you can currently save $150 on an already affordable Special Edition Deluxe Telecaster. The guitar merges the best of the classic design with a few new player-centric features.

It has a solid ash body with an aged cherry-burst finish, a 1-piece fast-action maple neck with a modern-C shape, medium jumbo frets and Hot Standard Tele pickups. This Mexican-made Tele also has a vintage-style 3-barrel string-thru-body bridge and cast/sealed machine heads. — John Zientek



Wüsthof 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Save $81: There are three types of chef’s knives.

First, there’s the value knife, typically made of hardwearing, easy-to-dull stainless steel, that goes for $30 to $45 (think Victorinox’s Fibrox knife). The second comes in just under $100; the steel here keeps an edge longer, but it isn’t forged and, thus, it’s susceptible to chipping. But you’ll typically have to spend upward of $150 for a forged chef’s knife, something like Wüsthof’s Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife — a wide bevel knife designed in a classically German style.

The Wüsthof Classic is made of a stainless steel composite containing more carbon than is normal for a stainless blade, granting it some of the attributes associated with carbon steel knives (like markedly easier sharpening).

Today on Ebay, you can get it for 46 percent off. That’s more than $60 cheaper than its listed price on Amazon. — Will Price

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Garrett Leight Sunglasses
Save 84%: If you already have some classic shades and are looking for something new to compliment them, head over to Nordstrom Rack. Currently, you can pick up a pair of California-cool sunglasses for 84 percent off. Get a pair of $495 Garrett Leight California Optical Van Buren Combo shades for just 80 bucks.

The folding frame-style has a combo acetate-stainless steel frame with a color-filled top bar and temples, acetate temple inserts and glass lenses. Available in four unique colors, it comes with a case and cleaning cloth. If you like the silhouette, act fast — it’s hard to beat this deal. — John Zientek



Hydro Flask Soft Cooler Pack
Save $94: Long known for excellent travel and fitness bottles, Hydro Flask entered the soft cooler market last year and has been crushing the category ever since. No surprise, then, that the brand’s Soft Cooler Pack was one of our favorite backpack coolers of the summer. We took it to the recent Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival and it rocked, keeping our beer cold for several hours.

And now this high-quality item is on sale at a hard-to-beat discount at REI. At $181, this pack is not only 34% off its regular price of $275, but also the $94 you’ll save should be enough to buy several six packs, no matter your geographic location or level of beer snobbery. — Steve Mazzucchi


Today on Gear Patrol

7 Things San Francisco Chef Ravi Kapur Is on the Hunt for Right Now

7 Things San Francisco Chef Ravi Kapur Is on the Hunt for Right Now

A tent conversion for a Jeep, a live-fuel charcoal oven, barefoot shoes and more.

These Are the Best Passive Bookshelf Speakers You Can Buy Right Now

These Are the Best Passive Bookshelf Speakers You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best passive bookshelf speakers you can buy right now are the ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2.

Defender by Himalaya 110 Review: The O.G. Land Rover, Resurrected

Defender by Himalaya 110 Review: The O.G. Land Rover, Resurrected

It’s a Land Rover Defender made better than new. But not too much better.

Non-Chill Filtered Bourbon Is the Natural Wine of the Whiskey World

Non-Chill Filtered Bourbon Is the Natural Wine of the Whiskey World

From indie distillers to bourbon behemoths, skipping chill filtration is in. Here’s what that means.

The Best Multi-Room Wireless Speakers of 2019

The Best Multi-Room Wireless Speakers of 2019

Sonos, DTS Play-Fi, Amazon Multi-Room Music, AirPlay 2 and Chromecast — what’s the difference?

These Are the Best Labor Day Sales You Should Be Shopping

These Are the Best Labor Day Sales You Should Be Shopping

These Labor Day sales are the perfect opportunity to score some deals from the past season and to stock up for the cold months ahead.

Your Labor Day Weekend Wedding Essentials

Your Labor Day Weekend Wedding Essentials

Enjoy the last of the summer weather between vows — from the bag to stash your suit to the perfect trunks and shades for the end of summer.

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Today in Gear: The Perfect Alternatives to Rolex Bands, a Self-Driving Segway & 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.


If you want to change up the look of your Rolex, it can be difficult to find a strap that fits the quality and refined aesthetic of the one that came with it. That’s where Everest comes in. The aftermarket brand crafts the perfect alternatives for your Rolex bracelets. It’s all about the small details that elevate the Everest bands — like with its Rubber Watch Band designed for the Rolex Submariner. The band is designed with curved ends for the most precise fit, removing the gap between watch band and the watch’s case that you would typically find with other, run of the mill, watch bands. The Swiss-made vulcanized rubber watch band also boasts a unique channeling system on the underside that allows for air and water to filter through and escape while also reinforcing the strap’s pinholes. The Everest replacement band is the perfect way for you to change up the look of your Diver.

New & Noteworthy Releases

The Jeep Wrangler Has a Secret Discount, But There’s a Catch

The Jeep Wrangler Has a Secret Discount, But There’s a Catch

The Jeep Wrangler has an unadvertised cash incentive if you buy before Labor Day. But depending on how much you like to drive, it may not be for you.

Nike’s Wildly Popular Killshot Sneaker Is Back in Stock

Nike’s Wildly Popular Killshot Sneaker Is Back in Stock

You can now get the Nike Killshot 2 sneaker in either blue or sail green.

Audi’s Coolest Car Is Coming to America for the First Time

Audi’s Coolest Car Is Coming to America for the First Time

The 592-horsepower Audi RS 6 Avant station wagon will finally make it to the United States when it goes on sale in 2020.

This Sporty Zenith Chronograph Watch Recreates a Vintage Icon

This Sporty Zenith Chronograph Watch Recreates a Vintage Icon

The new Zenith El Primero Revival G381 Limited Edition is a faithful recreation of a classic chronograph that made watchmaking history.

We May Have to Say Goodbye to the Toyota Land Cruiser

We May Have to Say Goodbye to the Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota’s most iconic nameplate may depart from the U.S. after the 2022 model year, which would be sad—but also not too surprising.

This All-Black Pocket Knife Is One of the Best-Looking We’ve Seen

This All-Black Pocket Knife Is One of the Best-Looking We’ve Seen

The James Brand updated its sleek EDC pocket knife with new materials and an all-new, all-black look.

These Limited-Edition Guitars Were Developed with Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Carlos Santana

These Limited-Edition Guitars Were Developed with Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Carlos Santana

Five instruments from Fender, Gibson, Martin and Paul Reed Smith.

Upgrade Your Gym Bag with These Grooming Products Tested By the Special Forces

Upgrade Your Gym Bag with These Grooming Products Tested By the Special Forces

The military put this shampoo, body wash, face lotion and sunscreen through the paces.

Segway’s New Scooter Is Way Less Dorky, Can Drive Itself

Segway’s New Scooter Is Way Less Dorky, Can Drive Itself

Segway has revealed a self-driving scooter that should be the next big thing for mobility firms and well-heeled electric scooter enthusiasts.

This Smart Home Device Is Coming to Save You Money on Your Water Bill

This Smart Home Device Is Coming to Save You Money on Your Water Bill

A Belkin-owned company made a smart water monitoring system that catches leaks and frozen pipes before they become problematic.

The Last Umbrella You’ll Ever Have to Buy

The Last Umbrella You’ll Ever Have to Buy

Sick of going through crappy umbrellas year after year? So are we, that’s why we partnered with Blunt to offer the official Gear Patrol Umbrella. Buy one today and never throw an umbrella away again….


Fresh Deals

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Bose SoundSport Free
Save $80: When they were released around two years ago, the Bose SoundSport Free were selling for $250 a pop, but Bose had since lowered the price to $200; this is the current price of the SoundSport Free on Amazon (see here). However, you can currently get a pair of SoundSport Free that have been “factory renewed” on Bose’s website for $120. That’s significantly cheaper than AirPods. It’s true that Bose is selling “factory renewed” models, but every product comes with a 30-day trial period — if you’re not happy with the product you can return it and get a full refund.
— Tucker Bowe
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Carhartt Workwear
Save up to 60%: Carhartt might be the biggest name in workwear, and right now much of its hardwearing clothing is on sale at Mountain Steals for as much as 60 percent off. Chief among the selection is the company’s classic duck canvas work pants, which you can snag for just $19 thanks to a 53 percent discount. And if your size in those is no longer available, Carhartt’s work jeans are also just $23. Other fantastic deals include a canvas shirt jacket for $27, a crewneck sweatshirt for $19 and, for the die-hards, a one-piece cotton baselayer union suit for $22. There are plenty of other items in Mountain Steals’s Carhartt sale with limited colors and sizes, so if you’re in need for a refreshed set of clothing for spring and summer jobs, this is one sale not to miss. — Tanner Bowden
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Japanese-Made Salt Optics Sunglasses
Save 80%: If you’ve been eyeing a pair of beautifully-crafted Japanese sunglasses, but haven’t had the cash to spare, head over to Nordstrom Rack. Currently, you can save 80 percent on some great shades from California-based Salt Optics. The styles are crafted in the small Japanese city of Sabae, where one in six residents work in the eyewear industry. Normally priced over $500, these sunglasses are just $100 while supplies last. — John Zientek


Yamazaki Home Organization
Save 15%: Japan’s lesser-known Yamazaki is far less expensive and far more, well, useful than the world-famous whisky. In operation for more than 100 years, Yamazaki beat Marie Kondo to the tidying-up punch by a century. The company’s housewares are unobtrusive, sturdy and simple. They’re also incredibly affordable.

Its nifty rolling storage cart ($85) is slim and made of steel and real wood — not particle board and plastic screws. Its all-steel wall hanger ($69) is heavy enough to stay put when you hang a dozen coats over it. They even made a trashcan ($43) that does its job and doesn’t look goofy.

These pieces and more of Yamazaki’s thrifty organization gear are marked down 15 percent off on Huckberry today. — Will Price

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Red Wing Shoes and Boots
Save 49%: For over 110 years, Red Wing’s boots have embodied American-made quality. Crafted in Minnesota, the footwear styles are Goodyear welted and feature leather from a local tannery — the S.B. Foot Tanning Company — also owned by the company. Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 49 percent on classic silhouettes from the Red Wing Heritage, including the Merchant boot, the Engineer boot and the Lineman boot. Act fast, because with deals this good, these boots won’t be around long. — John Zientek
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TCL 6-Series 55-Inch 4K TV (2018)
Save $271: TCL’s 6-Series (2018) is still one of the best budget 4K TVs, and right now, a 55-inch model – a great size for most people – is on sale on Amazon. The 6-Series boasts very good image quality and supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision technologies, so no matter how you stream movies or shows, or which console you use to play video games, this TV is going to perform great. It’s a Roku TV, so most people will be familiar with it (if not, its interphase is really simple to figure out).

Need more of an endorsement? In a recent review, CNET‘s David Katzmaier wrote “TCL’s 6 series is the best TV value we’ve ever reviewed.” Boom. — Tucker Bowe



Patagonia Baggies Sale
Save 30%: It takes a lot for our team to agree on one pair of shorts that we all like, yet the Patagonia Baggies do just that. The shorts are great for hiking, running, swimming and leisurely bike rides all around the city or at home. They won our Best Gym Shorts award last year, thanks to its lightweight feel, adjustable drawstring waist and quick-drying fabric with mesh stash pockets that’ll hold your keys and snacks for long days on the trail. Right now, you can find a few of the patterned ones on sale for up to 35 percent off. — Meg Lappe
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Bertucci DX3
Save 33%: Featuring a 40mm fiber-reinforced poly-resin case with 50m of water resistance, a mineral crystal, luminous hands, a nylon strap and Japanese quartz movement, the Bertucci DX3 weighs only 1.5 oz and is available in multiple dial and case colors. Best of all, it’s available right now for just $50, a 33% savings off MSRP.
— Oren Hartov


Today on Gear Patrol

These Are the Best Wireless Earbuds You Can Buy Right Now

These Are the Best Wireless Earbuds You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best wireless earbuds you can buy right now are the Apple AirPods 2.

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Review: The Future of the Motorcycle?

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Review: The Future of the Motorcycle?

Harley’s new bike sets a course for a fossil-fuel-free tomorrow.

These Are the Most Expensive Watches Ever Produced

These Are the Most Expensive Watches Ever Produced

From Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman” to the Henry Graves Supercomplication, these are the ultimate “f*ck you” watches.

Propane vs. Natural Gas: How to Choose the Right Fuel for Grilling

Propane vs. Natural Gas: How to Choose the Right Fuel for Grilling

Natural gas grills are growing in popularity. Why?

How to Craft the Kind of Epic Adventure You’ll Never Find In a Guidebook, According to an Expert

How to Craft the Kind of Epic Adventure You’ll Never Find In a Guidebook, According to an Expert

Geordie Mackay-Lewis leads high-end, once-in-a-lifetime trips all over the world. Here are his top tips for planning one of your own.

To Take Better Photos, Start Shooting in Manual Mode. Here’s How

To Take Better Photos, Start Shooting in Manual Mode. Here’s How

If you want to be a better photographer, learn to take control with this strategy.

Having Problems Seasoning Your Cast-Iron Skillet? This Method Is Faster and Easier.

Having Problems Seasoning Your Cast-Iron Skillet? This Method Is Faster and Easier.

The single largest drawback to owning and cooking on cast-iron skillets is the application and maintenance of seasoning.

What’s the Difference Between a $100 and $25 Stainless Steel Skillet?

What’s the Difference Between a $100 and $25 Stainless Steel Skillet?

Everyone says All-Clad makes the best stainless steel skillets out there — and here’s why.

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 in Gear: A First-Time Collaboration for Oris, the One Place to Get Lagavulin’s New Whisky & 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.


In a first-time collaboration, Oris teamed up with Timeless Luxury Watches for a custom watch. The special edition Divers Sixty-Five has a wrist-friendly 40mm case and a vintage look you’d expect. It also has hints of bronze throughout the design and a new deep olive dial that stands out just the right amount. The watch’s bezel really shines, with only a faint overhang on the case — making it easy to grab onto — and a noticeably domed sapphire crystal giving the watch a unique silhouette. As far as how to strap one on, the Divers Sixty-Five comes with a leather option and an exclusive tropic rubber band with quick release. Be sure to pre-order the Timeless Sixty-Five Limited Edition while you can.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Simple Utility Never Looked So Good

Simple Utility Never Looked So Good

The Ellis uses a lock-back design so that you can do real work with a tool that locks; no more busted knuckles turning screws. Get yours in the Gear Patrol Store today.

Darn Tough Made ’80s Socks That Feel Way Better Than ’80s Socks

Darn Tough Made ’80s Socks That Feel Way Better Than ’80s Socks

Get that sweet retro tube sock style without that crappy retro tube sock quality.

The Porsche Taycan’s Gorgeous Interior Has Finally Been Revealed

The Porsche Taycan’s Gorgeous Interior Has Finally Been Revealed

Porsche teases a little bit of the new Taycan EV’s interior ahead of the upcoming model’s reveal.

There’s Only One Place to Get Lagavulin’s New Whisky

There’s Only One Place to Get Lagavulin’s New Whisky

Make room in your luggage.

This Cool New Electric SUV Will Offer a Feature Off-Roaders Should Love

This Cool New Electric SUV Will Offer a Feature Off-Roaders Should Love

The Rivian R1S electric SUV will offer four different types of roof—including a removable one sure to delight those who love the outdoors.


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Adidas x White Mountaineering Terrex Agravic Sneakers
Save $40: If you’re looking to pick up some limited-edition trail runners on sale, head over to Need Supply Co. today. Currently, the Terrex Agravic sneakers are $40 and cost just $160. The styles are made in collaboration with Japanese brand White Mountaineering and feature low-profile uppers and treaded outsoles.

The Speed + model has a mesh upper, sock-like collar, lace-up front and contrast details. If you prefer no laces, pick up the BOA version, which also includes a ripstop upper, Boost midsole and synthetic overlays. Both styles are available in sizes 8 to 12 — limit one pair per customer. — John Zientek

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Allen Edmonds Shoes, Boots and More
Save up to 75%: For over 95 years, Wisconsin-based Allen Edmonds has crafted a great selection of Goodyear-welted shoes and boots. Its dress styles are essentially the American standard and its casual boots are on-par with some of the best. If you’re in the market for some new footwear and have been waiting for a good sale, head over to Allen Edmonds today.

Many clearance styles — including American-made oxfords and Italian-made loafers — are up to 75 percent off. You can even score a great deal on shirts, sweaters and belts if your closet is also in need of some extra attention. — John Zientek

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Scottish-Made Sweaters by Howlin’
Save up to 50%: If you’re already stocking your fall wardrobe with new garments fit for crisp mornings, head over to End today. Currently, you can save up to 50 percent on some ridiculously cool Scottish-made sweaters from Howlin’. The pure wool knits have a classic silhouette and feature ribbing at the collar, cuffs and hem.
Unlike many traditional sweaters, they come in throwback colors and wild patterns. You can tell by the sweater names — “Birth of the Cool,” “Disco Dancer,” “Fall in Paradise” — the brand is anything but stuffy. Normally priced around $260, these sweaters are now as little as $109. — John Zientek
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The 5 Best Discounted Down Jackets to Buy Before Fall
Save up to 60%: It’s not Fall yet, which is precisely why now is the best time to buy a down jacket. Some of our favorites are up to 60% off. — Tanner Bowden
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Apple AirPods 2
Save $20: Apple’s second-generation AirPods with a wireless charging case are on sale on Amazon right now. The normally $200 package is selling for $180 right now, so it’s saving you $20 bucks. As a reminder, the new AirPods have Apple’s new H1 chip and that allows them to pair quicker to your iPhone and use “Hey Siri” completely hands-free Siri capabilities. Other than that, they look and sound the exact same as the first-generation AirPods. — Tucker Bowe
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Marpac Dohm White Noise Machine
Save $14: Since 1962, Marpac’s entire purpose has been rather singular: making people sleep better. The Dohm white noise generator is its most known, recommended and, arguably, most effective product. The Dohm is a small, sci-fi-looking sleep accessory that is about as simple as it gets to operate (turn it on and twist the top until you like the emitted sound). It comes recommended by the likes of Wirecutter, Health, Sleep Advisor and many more, too. — Will Price
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Patagonia Black Hole Backpack
Save $50: The 30-liter pack includes all the features you’d want in an everyday bag — multiple pockets, organizers for small essentials, exterior water bottle sleeves — and uses the same hardwearing TPU-laminated ripstop fabric in an everyday bag that’s well suited to commuting and shorter adventures.
Similar to the Black Hole duffel, the Black Hole Pack uses a wide opening to access its main compartment, which has a sleeve for a laptop or a hydration reservoir as well as smaller pockets for essential items. Unhindered by other unnecessary features, the bag is left to do what it should: provide ample space for whatever it is you might need to carry. — Tanner Bowden


Hyperlite Camping Sale
Save 20%: Hyperlite makes some of the lightest, yet most durable tents and hiking packs using the magic material, Dyneema. While the gear is remarkably simple, it’s also incredibly tough — after all Dyneema is 15 times stronger than steel. Right now, you can upgrade all your camping necessities thanks to the brand’s 20 percent off sale. Check out the Ultamid 2 Pyramid tent, the stuff sack pillows, and more to prep for Labor Day camp activities, leaf-peeping and beyond. — Meg Lappe


AGV Pista GP R Carbon Winter Test 2018 Helmet
Save 44%:  The AGV Pista GP R Carbon series is essentially the top-of-the-line MotoGP motorcycle race helmet. AGV uses a super-light 100-percent carbon fiber shell and optimizes it in the wind tunnel for optimal stability, aerodynamics, and ventilation. It also has an integrated, no-fuss hydration system.

Splurging on a helmet is not abnormal. It is, after all, the most important piece of gear a motorcycle rider can buy. But, even for the everyday rider willing to spend, the AGV Pista GP R Carbon tends to be overkill for an off-the-rack helmet, with pricing sitting at around $1,600. That calculation may change with this massive discount: RevZilla is currently having a closeout sale on the 2018 Winter Test graphic version of the helmet, a limited-edition collaboration worn by seven-time MotoGP champ Valentino Rossi. You can now get it for just $900 — a $700 discount.

One potential drawback to that helmet, however — the color pattern is a bit much. Fortunately for those who prefer a bit less exuberance, this more sedate Project 46 2.0 version of the AGV Pista GP R Carbon is available on RevZilla with an identical discount. — Tyler Duffy


Today on Gear Patrol

Do You Need a Vaccuum Sealer to Cook Sous Vide?

Do You Need a Vaccuum Sealer to Cook Sous Vide?

Are the style points worth the extra cash? We asked an expert.

18 Go-To Gadgets for the Dorm Room

18 Go-To Gadgets for the Dorm Room

Not only will these gadgets see their fair share of use around campus, but they’ll follow use them after graduation, too.

The Ugliest Crossovers and SUVs Ever Made

The Ugliest Crossovers and SUVs Ever Made

Crossovers and SUVs have taken over the automotive market. These attempts to capitalize on the craze fell horribly flat.

These Are the Best Noise-Canceling Headphones You Can Buy Right Now

These Are the Best Noise-Canceling Headphones You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy right now are the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.

26 Terms Every Knife-Lover Should Know

26 Terms Every Knife-Lover Should Know

The vocabulary used to describe a pocket knife may not be as complex as that which speaks to mechanical watches or automobiles, but if you want to sound like an expert, there are a few…

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 in Gear: A Zodiac Watch with “Floating” Hands, a Supreme-Branded Smartphone & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

Filson and Danner Created the Ultimate Fall Boots

Filson and Danner Created the Ultimate Fall Boots

Gore-Tex lined hunting boots with Mossy Oak Bottomland camouflage.

When Space Is at a Premium, Reach For a Matador

When Space Is at a Premium, Reach For a Matador

Constructed of weatherproof ripstop Cordura and boasting welded seams and waterproof zippers, Matador’s bags are incredibly strong yet pack down extremely small.

Pick up This Affordable Overshirt Before the Fall Weather

Pick up This Affordable Overshirt Before the Fall Weather

Made from rugged 8.6-ounce cotton twill.

The First Porsche Failed To Sell Amid Epic Auction Snafu

The First Porsche Failed To Sell Amid Epic Auction Snafu

An auctioneer created mass confusion, which caused the controversial “first Porsche” to miss its auction reserve.

This Funky Retro Watch Features Unique and Mysterious ‘Floating’ Hands

This Funky Retro Watch Features Unique and Mysterious ‘Floating’ Hands

The new Zodiac Astrographic reprises a 1969 watch marking the moon landing, and it features a “mystery dial” with hands that appear to float.

Supreme’s Upcoming Smartphone Is a Blast From the Past

Supreme’s Upcoming Smartphone Is a Blast From the Past

The Supreme/Blu “Burner Phone” is as basic as a phone can get, but it’s doubtful that anyone will actually use it to make phone calls.

What Just Happened at Trail Running’s Toughest Race — and How You Can Get Into the Sport

What Just Happened at Trail Running’s Toughest Race — and How You Can Get Into the Sport

The Leadville 100 race came to a close this weekend with two surprising winners — and we’ve got plenty of tips and tricks for emulating them.

Admit It — You Want These New Socks-and-Sandals Shoes

Admit It — You Want These New Socks-and-Sandals Shoes

Chaco’s new Z/Ronin shoes channel the socks-and-sandals look and are part of a broader clash between the outdoor and fashion worlds.

Supreme Collaborated With Honda on This Rad Dirt Bike

Supreme Collaborated With Honda on This Rad Dirt Bike

Supreme previewed its Fall/Winter collection for 2019. It includes an eye-catching Honda dirt bike.

This International Harvester Scout Wears Its Original Charm With Pride

This International Harvester Scout Wears Its Original Charm With Pride

This International Harvester Scout II has all of its patina, plaid and accrued charm intact.


Fresh Deals

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Calvin Klein Boxer Briefs
Save 50%: Like going to the dentist, eating raw vegetables, and getting eight hours of sleep, buying new underwear is one of those things everyone should do way more often. (The ideal cadence is to refresh everything in your underwear drawer every six months, but you should aim to do it at least once a year.) Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can pick up a pack of three black cotton boxer briefs from Calvin Klein, one of the best sellers in the category. Act fast and get them for an additional 50 percent off the list price of $40. That means they cost just $20 today. — John Zientek
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Levi’s Denim Essentials
Save up to 75%: If you’ve been waiting for a chance to stock up on some solid wardrobe basics, head over to Levi’s today. Currently, you can save up to 75 percent on a huge range of clothing at the Warehouse Event. Choose from jeans, jackets, tees and more — the prices are hard to beat. — John Zientek

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Seiko 5 SRP48X “Baby Monster”
Save 15%: Right now, you can nab a Seiko 5 SRP48X “Baby Monster” for just $152, an 15% savings off the MSRP of $180. The Baby Monster, which is available here in an orange dial, features now-iconic thick lumed indices and hands, a stainless steel 43mm case with 100m of water resistance, a mineral crystal, a notched unidirectional dive bezel and Seiko’s 4R36 automatic movement with day-date complication, which is viewable via an exhibition case back. — Zen Love


Wüsthof Chef’s Knife
Save 49%: The Wüsthof Classic is made of a stainless steel composite containing more carbon than is normal for a stainless blade, granting it some of the attributes associated with carbon steel knives (like markedly easier sharpening).

Today on Ebay, you can get it for 46 percent off. That’s more than $60 cheaper than its listed price on Amazon. — Will Price



Adidas Ultraboost Sale
Save 50%: The feel-good Adidas Ultraboost is normally $180 but thanks to a summer sale, you can spend just $100 on a brand new pair. These best-selling sneakers are responsive, soft and fast — you can’t go wrong with a Boost purchase. Here at Gear Patrol, we’re big fans of all Boost sneakers — from the Ultraboost to the Solarboost, especially for running and the gym. The Solarboost was one of our best new running shoes of 2019, that’s also 50 percent off today, too and down to just $65. Head over to Adidas.com and use enter AUGUST20 at checkout to get an additional 20 percent off all sale items. — Meg Lappe
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Bulova Chronograph C Special Edition 96K101
Save 62%: With an unbeatable style and colorful red-white-and-blue dial, this funky chronograph features Bulova’s High Performance Quartz movement and premium materials like domed sapphire crystal. It also hints at the brand’s roots as an American company that was prolific in the era from which this watch takes its inspiration (’60s-’70s). At 62% off its retail price of $750, it’s also a steal right now on Amazon for just $289. — Zen Love


Thermowork Thermapen MK4
Save $23: Ask anyone who knows their way around a grill and the answer will be the same: the meat thermometer is among the most essential grilling and barbequing accessories there is. And if you ask Cook’s Illustrated, Wirecutter or professional pitmasters who makes the best ones, it’s ThermoWorks.

The company’s business is the monitoring and regulation of heat grills and smokers. It makes humidity trackers, pH monitors, infrared heat-sensing guns and four-channel meat probes, but its marquee product has always been the humble Thermapen. It’s accurate and comes with helpful features like a rotating display, auto-enabled backlight and a category-leading IP67 waterproof rating.

Today on Thermoworks site, cop an open-box Thermapen for $23 off its usual $99 price tag. The on-sale units include sales demos, customer returns, cosmetic seconds, slightly damaged packaging and refurbished units (all come with Thermoworks’ full warranty). — Will Price

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $150: Right now, eBay is selling refurbished Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones for under $200. That’s a pretty terrific deal considering these are arguably the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy, and new models typically cost around $350.

It should be noted that Bose and Sony both recently dropped the prices of their QuietComfort 35 II ($349 $299) and WH-1000XM3 ($349 $299) headphones, respectively, by $50 — Amazon is selling both their headphones for under $300.

That said, if you’ve been wanting to purchase some really great noise-canceling headphones, which are right up there with the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 ($399) and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, then you should jump on this eBay deal. — Tucker Bowe

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Cotopaxi Outdoor Apparel
Save up to 70%: In its own words, Utah-based gear brand Cotopaxi is “into funky.” That proclamation becomes evident with a quick scroll through its site — there are a lot of colors. Even muted grays and blacks seem to pop, somehow. All that vibrancy and the eclectic pairing of clashing hues belies the fact that Cotopaxi’s gear is pretty damn technical. It’s Fuego Down Jacket, for instance, is stuffed with 800-fill water-resistant down, and its Sambaya Stretch Fleece Crew pullover is made of Polartec’s Power Stretch Pro fabric.

Both of those items are currently on sale — the down jacket is down from $230 to $140 and the pullover, originally $120, is just $30 — as part of a massive end of summer sale. In addition to those pieces, you can pick up a retro pile fleece pullover for just $42, a tech windbreaker for $32, an active tee for $15 and more.
— Tanner Bowden

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Dr. Martens Chelsea Boots
Save 50%: If you’ve been dreaming of a new pair of Chelsea boots, now’s your chance to score a classic pair at a great price. The Dr. Martens Graeme Chelsea boots are now 50 percent off at Nordstrom Rack.

Made in England, this slim silhouette features Portuguese leather, elasticized gussets, Dr. Martens’ air-cushioned sole and Goodyear welt construction. They’re available in four versatile colors and a range of sizes, but if you see a pair you like, act fast — this deal won’t be around long. — John Zientek

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12.9-Inch iPad Pro (Latest Model)
Save $399: Right now, Amazon is selling the latest 12.9 iPad Pro (Wi-Fi only) with 1TB of storage for $1,350 — that’s almost $400 less than the exact same model on Apple’s website. Of course, the 1TB of storage is probably overkill for most people; but if you’re a photographer or videographer who edits on-the-go (or basically anybody who doesn’t use iCloud for storage), this iPad Pro model makes sense.

If interested, act fast — these kinds of Amazon deals don’t typically last long.
— Tucker Bowe


Today on Gear Patrol

7 Things for Your Week: Huge Patagonia Sale, a Rare Watch Auction & More

7 Things for Your Week: Huge Patagonia Sale, a Rare Watch Auction & More

From product releases to sales to events, this is your weekly dose of gear intel for August 19 – 25.

2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo: Staying Ahead of the Curve

2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo: Staying Ahead of the Curve

Thanks to a new computer computer for a brain, the latest Huracan is smart enough to change the way you drive.

How to Buy a Rolex Watch

How to Buy a Rolex Watch

Buying a Rolex may sound simple but that is not always the case. Here’s a guide on how to buy the Rolex watch you want.

Surfline Has Given Every Surfer a Reason to Wear an Apple Watch

Surfline Has Given Every Surfer a Reason to Wear an Apple Watch

Thanks to technology, an easy way to get epic footage of yourself on the waves is finally here.

The 3 Best Cameras Under $1,000

The 3 Best Cameras Under $1,000

Problem: You want to buy a great camera but you only have $1,000 to spend. Which camera should you buy?

The Best Back to School Sales You Should Be Shopping

The Best Back to School Sales You Should Be Shopping

Whether you’re gearing up to go back to school yourself, are prepping for the kids to or just looking to take advantage of some deals, back-to-school sales are a good time to stock up.

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

Seven Innovative Products with Military Pedigree

Every great product has a story to tell. For these ubiquitous inventions, it starts on the battlefield.

Aviator Sunglasses

Salt Optics Francisco Sunglasses

After World War I, the Army Air Corps contracted Bausch and Lomb to create sunglasses that helped mitigate eye strain in fighter pilots at high altitudes. And whether or not you’ve seen an original pair, released in 1936, you’re certainly familiar with the shape: thin metal frames and convex, tear-drop shaped lenses that block a significant amount of incoming light. Originally called “Anti-Glares,” the style was rebranded “Ray-Ban” (sound familiar?) after release to the public in 1937.

The classic aviator design has since been widely co-opted for everyday use, and the style is still in use by military pilots. Most brands offer civilian consumers nothing more than an array of lens color options, but the Francisco aviators by Southern California eyewear brand Salt Optics feature a titanium frame and temples, and lightweight, scratch- and abrasion-resistant polarized lenses. They’re significantly lighter than traditional models but offer better eye protection. Those upgrades are reflected in the price but not the style; more than eight decades on from the original Bausch and Lomb models, the military-inspired design remains essentially unchanged.

Dive Watches

Panerai Radiomir California Dial

The 1920s saw several developments to water-resistant watch design, but it wasn’t until the following decade, in 1936, that a prototype timepiece presaging the modern dive watch was unveiled.

That watch, commissioned by the Royal Italian Navy from Panerai, in Florence, was dubbed the Radiomir, and it sported several features that are now hallmarks of the dive-watch genre: a large, legible dial; a robust case; and a strap long enough to fit over a wetsuit. The Radiomir also featured a new, radium-based compound for the hands and indices that gave off a constant glow and allowed the time to be read underwater. (Modern dive watches feature similarly luminous but less radioactive materials.)

In 1938, Panerai updated the Radomir with a new dial and reinforced wire lugs; the watch was refreshed again, in 1940, with integrated lugs. Though neither iteration featured a rotating bezel like those first seen on Rolex Submariners of the 1950s — and now inextricably linked with the dive-watch style — they paved the way for timepieces that would accompany civilian scuba divers to the world’s great reefs and Wall Street CEOs to the world’s great steakhouses. This modern version, the 47mm Panerai Radiomir California Dial, with the original’s gemlike contour and bold simplicity, is equally at home at both.

GPS

Wahoo Fitness Elemnt Roam GPS Bike Computer

The world runs on GPS. It’s in our cars, in our pockets. Tens of millions of computers all over the world use GPS to determine the time. But despite its ubiquity, GPS is a shockingly recent invention: the first commercial model didn’t hit the market until after mobile phones, CDs and Nintendo.

Back in the early ’70s, the U.S. Department of Defense was looking for a reliable means of electronic navigation. The DoD started using satellites to triangulate the location of handheld receivers — receivers at the time weighed around 35 pounds — but it took almost two decades for the world to get its first consumer GPS receiver in 1989: the Magellan NAV 1000, which cost $3,000, weighed 1.5 pounds and required six AA batteries to run for just a few hours.

Times have changed, fast. The U.S. Air Force currently operates 31 satellites orbiting the Earth at 7,000 mph, and receivers now weigh less than a hockey puck. Take the new Elemnt Roam, from Wahoo Fitness, a relatively affordable and incredibly lightweight bike computer (just 3.3 ounces), capable of setting routes, notifying riders when they’ve gone off course and providing expedited turn-by-turn directions home. And even with its 2.7-inch color Gorilla Glass display, the device will last 17 hours between charges. In our quest to know exactly how far we’ve gone, we’ve come a long way indeed.

Active Insulation

Houdini Wisp Jacket

In the early part of this decade, the U.S. military submitted a development brief for a new type of insulation: as warm as down but highly durable, wind-resistant and quick drying. Also, it had to be more breathable than any known insulation so that soldiers on the move wouldn’t have to fuss with dumping layers. In 2013 materials manufacturer Polartec unveiled Alpha, a fluffy insulation that checked every box. Working with designers at Patagonia, Polartec built Alpha into the Protective Combat Uniform Level 3A Jacket, a layer that became standard issue for every active Special Operations Forces operator.

“Active insulation” — the term Polartec coined to describe Alpha, and how we categorize the stuff today — caught on immediately among outdoorsy types, who coveted it for vigorous cold-weather pursuits like hiking and ski touring. Patagonia led the movement with its Nano Air jackets, a close facsimiles of the military model (except in bright colors instead of camo), and pretty much every company with a synthetic puffy jacket in its lookbook followed suit.

Polartec’s newest take on active insulation is Alpha Direct, a even-fluffier and more-durable material that calls to mind Grandma’s hand-knit sweaters, and integrates into jackets, like the Wisp from Swedish outdoor company Houdini, without the need for a liner. Alpha Direct is warmer, lighter and better at wicking body moisture than first-gen Alpha, so high-octane athletes — tactical and otherwise — can focus on more rigorous missions, and not their clothes.

Instant Coffee

Voila Instant Coffee

Before the U.S. got into WWI, three American companies produced a total of 6,000 pounds of instant coffee per year. After America entered the conflict, General Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front, ordered production be ramped up — by an additional 20,000 pounds.

The instant coffee doled out to GIs was nostalgia-inducing and inexpensive, but it was invaluable for another reason: chemical warfare. Speaking to a coffee trade publication after the war, a U.S. War Department representative noted that rolling kitchens weren’t considered safe after Germany’s use of mustard gas; thus, tiny packets of pre-rationed, water-soluble coffee that could be made in a trench with little or no heat became the chief delivery method for caffeine (and morale) at the front.

Notable for an above-average caffeine content, lower sugar levels and lower quality standards, old-school instant was typically made with robusta beans. Most traditional methods of manufacture involved the superheating of already-brewed coffee, evaporating the water and leaving only dried crystals.
Kickstarted in 2016, Voila is an instant coffee for the new era. Produced with specialty-grade beans that are ground, batch-brewed and frozen at a temperature ideal extraction, it has the nose and taste you’d expect from a high-quality coffee — anywhere, anytime, in an instant.

Drones

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

The first pilotless winged aircraft was developed in 1918, by British forces looking to destroy German Zeppelins, though it was never put to use. During WWII, the Germans created the “Fritz X,” a remote-controlled bomb — and the first proper military drone — to attack warships. Both examples leveraged radio-controlled technology similar to what’s used in today’s drones.

Drone use for combat surveillance didn’t take off until the ‘80s and wasn’t a widespread military tool — including for lethal purposes — until after 9/11, and it was only in 2006 that the FAA issued the first drone permits for civilian and commercial use. Parrot created the first quadcopter in 2010, after which manufacturers like DJI started adding advanced cameras and technologies like subject tracking and object avoidance.

The drone business, a $40 million industry in 2012, is worth well over a billion dollars today. Drones are popular for racing, filmmaking, oil and mineral surveillance, real estate photography and disaster relief — but the technology has most come into its own with aerial photography. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro, for example, features a Hasselblad-designed camera that shoots incredibly detailed photos and videos, with DSLR-levels of control even while hundreds of feet in the air. Consider it your (non)lethal weapon of choice for superb shots from on high.

Jeeps

2020 Jeep Gladiator

Sales don’t lie: the SUV is now the most popular passenger vehicle sold around the world. Drivers love them for their ample cabin and cargo space, and the high-riding sense of invincibility. But while the sport utility vehicle is newly popular, its origins go back several decades, to a go-anywhere people carrier developed for use during World War II, and still in production in various guises today: the Jeep.

In 1940, the U.S. Army gave specific guidelines to companies vying to produce its new reconnaissance vehicle: the prototype had to be a tough, four-wheel-drive vehicle with at least 600 pounds of payload, at least 6.25 inches of ground clearance, and a minimum of 85 lb-ft of torque from an engine that could run for long periods at low speeds without overheating. Willys Overland won the contract but couldn’t build the trucks fast enough on its own, so many examples of the original Jeep — known at the time as “U.S. Army Truck, ?1?4-ton, 4×4, Command Reconnaissance” — were actually produced by Ford. (The Jeep brand is currently owned by rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles). Over 700,000 Jeeps were produced during the war, for every branch of the U.S. military as well as Allied forces from Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand.

After VE Day, the greater public was turned on to the versatile recon vehicle. AMC made the first civilian version — a straight line can be drawn from this truck to the modern Jeep brand — and the basic idea has spawned everything from the Ford Bronco to the Toyota Land Cruiser.

So consider that; no matter what SUV you’re eyeing in no matter what part of the world, the basic DNA traces back to the original Willys Jeep. It gives another dimension to the idea of a “go-everywhere” vehicle.

A version of this article originally appeared in Issue Ten of Gear Patrol Magazine with the headline “Active Duty.” Subscribe today.

Today in Gear: The Return of a Nike Cult-Favorite Sneaker, Patagonia’s New Spicy Snack & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

This Military Tool Roll Is Made Specially to Hold Watch Straps

This Military Tool Roll Is Made Specially to Hold Watch Straps

Haveston’s M-6 Strap Storage Solution is made from 20 oz. cotton canvas and can store roughly 30 NATO or single-pass straps.

Timex Is Releasing New Affordable Automatic Watches

Timex Is Releasing New Affordable Automatic Watches

The new Waterbury Automatic Collection features 21-jewel automatic movements, date windows and 40mm or 42mm steel cases.

Act Fast: Nike’s Cult-Favorite Killshot Sneaker Is Back in Stock

Act Fast: Nike’s Cult-Favorite Killshot Sneaker Is Back in Stock

You can now get the Nike Killshot 2 sneaker in either blue or sail green.

Patagonia Provisions Spices Up Its Newest Snack

Patagonia Provisions Spices Up Its Newest Snack

What’s better than regular buffalo jerky? Spicy buffalo jerky.

Five Bags That Will Improve Your Next Trip

Five Bags That Will Improve Your Next Trip

There are a lot of bags that claim to do it all, sometimes you want a bag that’s been deeply designed for a specific use case.

Your New Wallet Is Tougher Than Steel

Your New Wallet Is Tougher Than Steel

Pioneer Carry’s custom fabric contains ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene which boasts fibers 10 times stronger than steel by weight. Get your new wallet at the Gear Patrol Store.

Two Luxury Brands Collaborated on the Most Laid Back Fall Basics

Two Luxury Brands Collaborated on the Most Laid Back Fall Basics

A capsule collection of 12 pieces.

This Beast of a Retro Dive Watch Is Finally Available in Steel

This Beast of a Retro Dive Watch Is Finally Available in Steel

The new Doxa Sub 200 T-Graph reprises a sought-after classic chronograph dive watch from 1969 with the brand’s signature orange dial.

Aston Martin Will Build You Your Own Bond Villain Lair

Aston Martin Will Build You Your Own Bond Villain Lair

Forget the quaint cottage. Aston Martin will build you a full-on Bond villain lair to house your new car.

This New EDC Knife Might as Well Be Custom-Made

This New EDC Knife Might as Well Be Custom-Made

GiantMouse’s mission is to bring to life custom-quality pocket knives made with high-grade materials at a more affordable price.

If You Love Old Land Rover Defenders, Check Out This Vintage Mercedes Wolf

If You Love Old Land Rover Defenders, Check Out This Vintage Mercedes Wolf

This 240GD Wolf is rugged, built by Mercedes, and will cost you far less than a restored Defender.

We Already Know What Beer You’ll Be Drinking Next Summer

We Already Know What Beer You’ll Be Drinking Next Summer

Bell’s Brewery will release a low-calorie version of its much-loved Two Hearted Ale in 2020 dubbed Light Hearted Ale.

This Ford Mustang Is the Most Famous Ever Made, and It Will Be Auctioned

This Ford Mustang Is the Most Famous Ever Made, and It Will Be Auctioned

The Ford Mustang Steve McQueen drove in Bullitt is coming up for auction. It should be the most expensive Mustang ever sold.


Fresh Deals



Adidas Ultraboost Sale
Save 50%: The feel-good Adidas Ultraboost is normally $180 but thanks to a summer sale, you can spend just $100 on a brand new pair. These best-selling sneakers are responsive, soft and fast — you can’t go wrong with a Boost purchase. Here at Gear Patrol, we’re big fans of all Boost sneakers — from the Ultraboost to the Solarboost, especially for running and the gym. The Solarboost was one of our best new running shoes of 2019, that’s also 50 percent off today, too and down to just $65. Head over to Adidas.com and enter AUGUST20 at checkout to get an additional 20 percent off all sale items. — Meg Lappe
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Kamado Joe 18-Inch Grill
Save $400: Most grillers have heard of the Big Green Egg — a heavy ceramic, heat-retaining, outdoor grill, smoker and oven. Anyone who’s tried to buy one also knows they don’t come cheap and that you can’t buy them online. The Egg didn’t have much real competition in its space for the first few decades of its existence (the company was founded in the mid-70s), but it has encountered a great deal of it with Kamado Joe.

The Kamado Joe is a heavy ceramic, heat-retaining, outdoor grill, smoker and oven that’s backed by a lifetime warranty), and it’s available online and comes with features the Big Green Egg doesn’t. The two most impactful is its patented Divide & Conquer cooking system, which manifests itself as grates that can be lifted up or down in certain sections (BBQ Guys has a nice illustration of it), and an ash drawer that slides out for simplified cleaning (the lid is also much easier to lift, for what it’s worth).

Typically retailing north of $1,000, the 18-inch Kamado Joe Classic is more than $400 off at Lowe’s right now. — Will Price

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Timex Blackjack Watch
Save 50%: We were enthusiastic about the “Blackjack” watch when it first debuted, but in case you need a refresher, this is a sleek, automotive-inspired timepiece with cool “roulette wheel” dial done up in black and white, a black-finished case, 50m of water resistance, a quartz movement and a black Nato strap. The watch generally retails for only $138, but right now, you can nab it for just $69, a 50% savings.
— Oren Hartov

Orox Leather Co.
Save 20%: Orox Leather’s blend of heritage and craftsmanship produces a unique blend of technique that feels at once classic, worldly and wholly new. Underpinned by tradition and a deep love for craftsmanship, Orox Leather is a promising fresh face in the world of American leather goods. Today only, take 20% off all Orox Leather Co. products, only at the Gear Patrol Store. — Gear Patrol Store
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Adidas x White Mountaineering Sneakers
Save $40: If you’re looking to pick up some limited-edition trail runners on sale, head over to Need Supply Co. today. Currently, the Terrex Agravic sneakers are $40 and cost just $160. The styles are made in collaboration with Japanese brand White Mountaineering and feature low-profile uppers and treaded outsoles.

The Speed + model has a mesh upper, sock-like collar, lace-up front and contrast details. If you prefer no laces, pick up the BOA version, which also includes a ripstop upper, Boost midsole and synthetic overlays. Both styles are available in sizes 8 to 12 — limit one pair per customer. — John Zientek

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Rockymounts Westslope 2 Bike Rack
Save $80: Of all the ways to transport a bike with your car, we’re partial to the hitch-mounted tray. Loading and unloading bikes on one is remarkably easy because it doesn’t require that you remove a wheel, and when you aren’t toting two-wheelers it folds up nicely against the back of your car. Rockymounts’s Westslope 2 spaces bikes perfectly to minimize handlebars getting in the way. Plus, it adds an extra layer of convenience in that it can tilt away from your rig so that when it’s full, you can still get into the trunk. 

Right now it’s 25% off (a rare sale), which hashes out to a welcome $80 in savings.
— Tanner Bowden

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $150: Right now, eBay is selling refurbished Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones for under $200. That’s a pretty terrific deal considering these are arguably the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy, and new models typically cost around $350.

It should be noted that Bose and Sony both recently dropped the prices of their QuietComfort 35 II ($349 $299) and WH-1000XM3 ($349 $299) headphones, respectively, by $50 — Amazon is selling both their headphones for under $300.

That said, if you’ve been wanting to purchase some really great noise-canceling headphones, which are right up there with the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 ($399) and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, then you should jump on this eBay deal. — Tucker Bowe

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Roku TV Wireless Speakers
Save $50: Most new TVs look gorgeous but they’re so thin that they can’t properly house good speakers – meaning they sound great. The other problem is that upgrading to a soundbar or receiver-based system can be expensive. Enter the Roku TV Wireless Speakers. The 2.0 system only costs $200 and is designed to pair perfectly with any Roku smart TV. The speakers connect over wi-fi and you just need to follow the setup instructions on your TV. There’s no dealing with any wires or finding the right HDMI or optical port on your TV. It’s easy. (Note: the speakers won’t work with Roku streaming sticks. The TV must have the Roku software baked into them to work with these speakers.) — Tucker Bowe


Today on Gear Patrol

The Complete Honda Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

The Complete Honda Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

Sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, minivans, alternative fuel vehicles, even a pickup truck—Honda’s lineup offers something from just about everyone.

These 3 Vintage Dress Watches Are Perfectly Sized

These 3 Vintage Dress Watches Are Perfectly Sized

We found three vintage dress watches that stand out for their beautiful designs, with case sizes that are just right.

The Right Way to Drink Rare Craft Beer at Your Next Bottle Share

The Right Way to Drink Rare Craft Beer at Your Next Bottle Share

Bottle shares can be a great opportunity for people to try beer they’ve never tasted. We talked with Ben Pratt of As Is for his expert tips.

6 Great Family Cars That Aren’t Dorky

6 Great Family Cars That Aren’t Dorky

Your next car will be roomier, less responsive and a little less fun. Truth be told, so will you.

Clams Are the Hands-Off Dinner Item You’re Not Making (but Should be)

Clams Are the Hands-Off Dinner Item You’re Not Making (but Should be)

Butter, wine, bread and beans — what could be bad?

This Is the Best Espresso Maker You Can Buy Right Now

This Is the Best Espresso Maker You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best espresso maker you can buy right now is the Breville Bambino Plus.

The 2019 Ford Raptor Annihilates Any Terrain Without Breaking a Sweat

The 2019 Ford Raptor Annihilates Any Terrain Without Breaking a Sweat

We spent three days at the Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival in Pennsylvania to test and review real outdoor gear in its ideal environment.

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 in Gear: Nikes for People Who Hate Running, Protecting Your Whiskey for $1 & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

Conquer Your Next Adventure with These American-Made Packs

Conquer Your Next Adventure with These American-Made Packs

Over the nearly twenty years since it was founded, Mystery Ranch has worked to solve the problems of real-life use through smart design, superlative materials and hawkish attention to detail.

James Bond’s Famous Aston Martin Goes Up for Sale Today. We Saw It First

James Bond’s Famous Aston Martin Goes Up for Sale Today. We Saw It First

The DB5 from “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” is James Bond’s best-known, most iconic car. And the best example in existence is up for sale.

An Incredibly Easy Way to Update Your Old Car

An Incredibly Easy Way to Update Your Old Car

AT&T is now getting into the aftermarket with a novel approach, the Harman Spark OBD II plug.

Hate Running? Try Nike’s Newest Sneaker

Hate Running? Try Nike’s Newest Sneaker

Even those who hate running will find it hard not to love this revolutionary Joyride.

The Best Hiking Boot of the 1980s Is Back and Totally Boss

The Best Hiking Boot of the 1980s Is Back and Totally Boss

Vasque revives the glorious Clarion GTX, a technical hiking shoe from 1988 that might be even more rad in 2019.

Top Gun Fans Will Love This Limited-Edition Bomber Jacket

Top Gun Fans Will Love This Limited-Edition Bomber Jacket

Only six will be made.

This New Brand Wants to Make Good Vapes Less Expensive

This New Brand Wants to Make Good Vapes Less Expensive

Airgraft’s new vape isn’t the most powerful device out there, but its blend of smart features, good design and fair price means its worth a look.

The Rarest Collection of Japanese Whisky in the World Goes on Sale Tomorrow

The Rarest Collection of Japanese Whisky in the World Goes on Sale Tomorrow

Finding all 54 bottles in Ichiro’s Malt Card Series is among the most difficult challenges in all of whiskey collection.

Audiophiles and Home Theater Buffs Will Love McIntosh’s Gorgeous New Preamp

Audiophiles and Home Theater Buffs Will Love McIntosh’s Gorgeous New Preamp

It combines the best components of a stereo preamp and an AV receiver.


Fresh Deals

Orox Bags

Orox Leather Co. Bags
Save 20%: Orox Leather Company is a fresh face in American leather working. Get 20% off the entire collection for a limited time, only at the Gear Patrol Store.
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Carhartt WIP Clothing
Save up to 55%: If you’re in the market for some solid wardrobe staples, head over to End today. Currently, you can save up to 55 percent on a bunch of garments from Carhartt WIP. The Work-in-Progess line produces hardwearing clothing — like the brand’s workwear — but with updated fits and colors. Choose from shirts, hoodies, pants and more — prices start at $25. — John Zientek

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Seiko Recraft Solar Chronograph
Save 33%: This fun, colorful chronograph watch seems straight out of the 1970s and, with its matching NATO strap, is a perfect way to get into the summer spirit. It exists in Seiko’s retro-inspired Recraft Series and features solar-charged quartz movement — which means it’s highly accurate and hassle-free, never requiring a battery change. At 43.5mm wide in steel, it will wear boldly with short sleeves, and the Seiko name means quality, value, and the respect of the watch crowd. Best of all, it’s on sale now for $220 by using the promo code “DAD” at checkout, 33% off its full retail price of $350. — Oren Hartov
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Todd Snyder Chinos
Save 33%: A well-made pair of chinos is essential to any man’s wardrobe. If you’re looking to invest in a new pair for the fall season, the Tab Front Chino from Todd Snyder should be at the top of your list. These slim-fit pants are from soft piece-dyed twill and feature belt loops and a zip fly. Normally $118, they’re now 33 percent off and cost $79 — not a bad price for some of the best chinos available. — John Zientek
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MVMT Watches, Sunglasses and Jewelry
Save 26%: Today, in honor of the brand’s 6th anniversary, everything on MVMT’s website (every.single.thing.) is 26% off. MVMT also happens to manufacture inexpensive but well made sunglasses and jewelry in addition to watches, so if you’re in the market for an affordable pair of shades to help finish out the summer, this may be the time to buy — especially with so many different styles on offer. Here are some of our favorite sunglasses and watches from the sale, but it’s worth heading over to MVMT’s site and checking out the full roster. — Oren Hartov


Belstaff Raleigh Jacket
Save 23%: Belstaff is a byword for quality in the motorcycle jacket world. For nearly a century, the British company has produced premium jackets using exceptional materials and strong attention to style and detail. The trouble is Belstaff is also a byword for expensive in the motorcycle jacket world. You pay for every bit of that quality and reputation. A high-end Belstaff jacket can run well north of $1,000. But, right now, you can get a huge discount on one of their high-end jackets.

The Belstaff Raleigh jacket is an excellent all-arounder for fall riding. It’s meant to combine fashion with hand-finished leather and a classic-meets-modern look, and it’s highly functional, with a 1mm-thick hide and low-profile, flexible armor. Normally, the Belstaff Raleigh jacket runs for $1,295. But, RevZilla’s sale this week will drop the price tag down to $999, a 23% discount. If you’ve been waiting to splurge on a high-end British motorcycle jacket, now may be the time. — Tyler Duffy

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Marathon General Purpose Quartz Field Watch
Save 20%: Marathon Watch Company makes some of our favorite military timepieces, including a General Purpose field watch available in both quartz and mechanical versions. Having tried both, we can attest to the fact that they’re comfortable, highly legible and robust. Right now, you can take 20% off the quartz-powered date version of the General Purpose field watch on Huckberry, which has been discounted from $400 down to $320. — Oren Hartov


L.L. Bean Boot Sale
Save 70%: The word “iconic” gets thrown around a lot these days, but in the case of L.L. Bean’s weather-beating duck boots, it’s a pretty spot-on descriptor. Their proven effectiveness at keeping your feet warm and dry in the slushiest of weather has made them a go-to shoe for everyone from hunters to city slickers. And right now, a ton of pairs are on sale, along with a plethora of clothing, outdoor goods, bags and more — all for up to 70 percent off. Check out the version above with a tumbled black leather collar and a cut that reaches just to the ankle, makes it easy to wear with a variety of trousers. Plus, the durable sole will help you get through all the cold and wet that fall and winter will likely bring. Stock up on all your winter boot needs today.
— Justin Fenner
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Mighty Vibe Spotify Music Player
Save $24: The Mighty Vibe ($85) is a little screen-less music player, sort of like an old iPod Shuffle, and it’s specifically designed to work with Spotify. For Spotify Premium subscribers, you can download playlists and podcasts right to the Mighty Vibe and then listen to them offline. This makes the Mighty Vibe a particularly useful gadget for runners who don’t want to bring their smartphone on their run; it’s not only small, but it has a built-in clip that you can attach to your shirt or shorts. Right now, if you act fast, you can get a pretty good deal on the Mighty Vibe and a carrying case. Add both to your cart, enter the code “ROOMY” at checkout, and the normally $98 combo will cost you just $75. This deal only applies to the first 100 people that order.
— Tucker Bowe
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Bose SoundSport Free
Save $80: When they were released around two years ago, the Bose SoundSport Free were selling for $250 a pop, but Bose had since lowered the price to $200; this is the current price of the SoundSport Free on Amazon (see here). However, you can currently get a pair of SoundSport Free that have been “factory renewed” on Bose’s website for $120. That’s significantly cheaper than AirPods. It’s true that Bose is selling “factory renewed” models, but every product comes with a 30-day trial period — if you’re not happy with the product you can return it and get a full refund.
— Tucker Bowe
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Today on Gear Patrol

Win: OXO’s Most Iconic Products for Your Kitchen

Win: OXO’s Most Iconic Products for Your Kitchen

Teaming up with OXO, Gear Patrol is offering a giveaway to you can see the OXO difference yourself at home.

6 Car Companies Avoiding the Automotive World’s 2019 Sales Dive

6 Car Companies Avoiding the Automotive World’s 2019 Sales Dive

Analysts have spoken of a “recession-level” sales decline in 2019, but these automakers are thriving.

This $1 Product on Amazon Is All You Need to Travel with Whiskey

This $1 Product on Amazon Is All You Need to Travel with Whiskey

Protecting all the wine, whiskey and beer you pick up on the road costs less than a cup of coffee.

These Are The Crazy Things Watch Dials Have Been Made Of

These Are The Crazy Things Watch Dials Have Been Made Of

The dial is where you can often find often exotic materials not used elsewhere in watchmaking, and some brands have gotten very creative.

The 12 Best Fitness Apps Right Now

The 12 Best Fitness Apps Right Now

Countless apps strive to help make you fitter, stronger, leaner, looser and more relaxed than ever before. Here are our favorites.

Behind the Scenes of Yeti’s Top Secret Innovation Center

Behind the Scenes of Yeti’s Top Secret Innovation Center

For Yeti to stay ahead, it had to invest in its own future. Now backed by a 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art prototyping facility, the cooler giant is expanding its product lineup and reaching new audiences.

The Most Reliable Car Brands and Their Most Reliable Cars

The Most Reliable Car Brands and Their Most Reliable Cars

Consumer Reports recently did a survey including over 500,000 vehicles for its Annual Auto Survey — these are the most reliable car manufacturers, and their most reliable cars.

This Is the Best Fixed-Lens Mirrorless Camera You Can Buy Right Now

This Is the Best Fixed-Lens Mirrorless Camera You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor’s Pick for the best fixed-lens mirrorless camera you can buy right now is the Leica Q2.

Drivers of These Cars Are Most Likely to Have Accidents

Drivers of These Cars Are Most Likely to Have Accidents

These cars were nearly twice as likely to have been in an accident as the average vehicle.

6 Designers Name Their Favorite Everyday Pens and Pencils

6 Designers Name Their Favorite Everyday Pens and Pencils

Take it from people working in one of the few industries people still regularly use and abuse writing tools.

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 in Gear: Stouts for Bourbon Lovers, a Swiss Army Knife for Watch Lovers & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

The Genuine TROPIC Strap Is Back and It’s Better Than Ever

The Genuine TROPIC Strap Is Back and It’s Better Than Ever

Once standard issue for the world’s most iconic dive watches throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the TROPIC strap is back, using a new and proprietary vulcanized rubber formula optimized to deliver unmatched comfort and quality.

If You Love Bourbon, You’ll Love the 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup

If You Love Bourbon, You’ll Love the 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup

Goose Island’s 2019 Bourbon County Stout lineup will include beers aged in Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey barrels.

This Swiss Army Knife Features an Essential Tool for Watch Lovers

This Swiss Army Knife Features an Essential Tool for Watch Lovers

A case knife is an essential piece of kit for the watch enthusiast — this version is a special collaboration between Victorinox and HODINKEE.

This Auction Features Some Exceptional Vintage Rolex Watches

This Auction Features Some Exceptional Vintage Rolex Watches

The “Driver’s Collection” auction features 18 fine watches, mostly of the vintage Rolex variety, coinciding with the RM Sotheby’s Monterey car auction.

These New Pocket Knives Channel Iconic American Blades

These New Pocket Knives Channel Iconic American Blades

Filson drew on classic American knife designs for its latest collection, which includes two folders and one fixed blade.

You’ve Never Seen Carpenter Pants Like These

You’ve Never Seen Carpenter Pants Like These

With a velcro waist and a relaxed fit.

The Ford Ranger’s New Off-Road Package Is a Great Deal, But Not for Everyone

The Ford Ranger’s New Off-Road Package Is a Great Deal, But Not for Everyone

The new Ranger FX2 brings all the all-terrain goodies you want…except for four-wheel-drive.

Upgrade Your Camp Breakfast with Our New Staff Favorite Meal

Upgrade Your Camp Breakfast with Our New Staff Favorite Meal

Just add water and you’re guaranteed a better breakfast.

Lodge Acquired Finex. What Does That Mean for the Cast Iron Enthusiasts?

Lodge Acquired Finex. What Does That Mean for the Cast Iron Enthusiasts?

Lodge, the biggest cast-iron skillet maker in the world, just bought Finex. Does that matter to anyone other than Lodge and Finex?

This Overlanding Toyota Camper Van is Made With Land Cruiser Bits

This Overlanding Toyota Camper Van is Made With Land Cruiser Bits

Australia’s Bus 4×4 combines a Toyota HiAce with Land Cruiser componentry to create the ultimate overlanding van.


Fresh Deals

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Seiko Men’s Watches
Save 33%: Seiko consistently offers some of the best value for money in watches, even before the sales start. That being said, we all relish the opportunity to save even more, and right now Macy’s is offering deep discounts on tons of popular models (roughly 33%), from the Presage dress watch line to the professional Prospex diver models. With such variety on offer, there’s truly something for everybody.
— Oren Hartov


Outerknown Apex Trunk
Save 30%: The Kelly Slater-designed Apex Trunk by Outerknown is the pinnacle of technical swim trunks with a price tag to match. The swim trunks have a starting price of $125, which may steer some people away. But there’s a reason the Apex Trunk is the best pair of board shorts money can buy.

The Apex Trunk continues the legacy of Outerknown’s commitment to sustainability, constructed with about 12 plastic bottles worth of recycled polyester. The trunk is designed with stitch-free seams, 14 percent stretch and a slimmed-down construction. It’s a pair of board shorts worthy of an 11-time world champion surfer.

For one day only, the full Kelly Slater line of Apex Trunks is on sale. Take 30 percent off all Apex Trunks by entering the discount code APEX30 at checkout. This is the first time the brand is marking down these trunks, so there’s never been a better time to stock up on the best board shorts. — Tyler Chin

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Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
Save $50: The Nano Puff Jacket runs typically for $199, but right now you can score one for 25% off in previous season’s colors at REI. It’s one of those if-it-ain’t-broke pieces that Patagonia launches every season in new colors but the guts of the jacket remain the same. You’ll never need to update it either because Patagonia’s zero-questions repair program will take care of any fixes as it continues to age. (I’ve taken advantage of this multiple times, and my jacket has the new zipper and patch to prove it.) — Tanner Bowden


Kryptonite Evolution Bike Lock Sale
Save 26%: Looking up a bike outside always comes with its fair share of risk. A proper bike lock can help lower the chances that your bike will go missing overnight or while you’re at work. Right now, you can pick up a lock from Kryptonite for 26 percent off. The Kryptonite Evolution 11-14mm U-Lock Mini 7 usually sells for $67, but today, you can pick one up for just $50.

The Mini comes with 13 mm hardened steel that claims to hold together through hand tools and bolt cutters. A steel looped cable increases your bike’s protection. Each lock comes with three keys that you can store on your person, at work and home. Pro tip: register your keys as soon as you get your lock and Kryptonite will send you two new ones in case you lose them. Pick up one of Kryptonite’s most robust locks today.
— Meg Lappe

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $150: Right now, eBay is selling refurbished Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones for under $200. That’s a pretty terrific deal considering these are arguably the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy, and new models typically cost around $350. It should be noted that Bose and Sony both recently dropped the prices of their QuietComfort 35 II ($349 $299) and WH-1000XM3 ($349 $299) headphones, respectively, by $50 – Amazon is selling both their headphones for under $300. That said, if you’ve been wanting to purchase some really great noise-canceling headphones, which are right up there with the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 ($399) and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, then you should jump on this eBay deal. — Tucker Bowe
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Apple Watch Series 3
Save $80: The Apple Watch Series 3 is on sale on Amazon right now for $199, which is $80 off its normal price. It’s the lowest price that Apple’s smartwatch has dropped to, and it’s a great deal for most people looking to buy their first Apple Watch. The catch is that this on-sale Series 3 is only available in a 38mm model, meaning you probably need to have a small wrist to wear it. (The 42mm model is not on sale.)
— Tucker Bowe
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Dr. Martens x Engineered Garments 1461 Smith Shoes
Save 20%: New York clothing brand Engineered Garments teamed up with Dr. Martens to riff on a classic shoe style. The collaboration 1461 Smith shoe has a smooth leather upper, a lace-up closure and a velcro strap. Made in the UK, the oxford silhouette features a branded hell loop, a leather lining, Dr. Martens’ Air-Cushioned sole and Goodyear welt construction.

Available in a range of colors, the shoe is now 20 percent off at Need Supply Co. and costs just $184. If you’re looking for an iconic silhouette with a twist, don’t sleep on this. — John Zientek


Today on Gear Patrol

Review: These Wireless Earbuds Are AirPod Alternatives for Audiophiles

Review: These Wireless Earbuds Are AirPod Alternatives for Audiophiles

The company’s first true wireless earbuds are a bonafide AirPod competitor.

5 Trail Running Tips and Tricks a Top Ultra Runner Swears By

5 Trail Running Tips and Tricks a Top Ultra Runner Swears By

Katie Arnold, the 2018 Leadville 100 women’s champ, makes it easy for anyone to transition from road to trail running.

Some of the Best Phone Charging Cables for the Car

Some of the Best Phone Charging Cables for the Car

These great charging cables will cut down on tech clutter and enhance your driving experience.

5 Things to Cook Sous Vide Besides Steak

5 Things to Cook Sous Vide Besides Steak

Your sous vide circulator can do more than cook the perfect steak. Here are five things you’re not making but should.

Handsome Mechanical Watches for Less Than $500? Look No Further Than Lorier

Handsome Mechanical Watches for Less Than $500? Look No Further Than Lorier

Lauren and Lorenzo Ortega’s Lorier Watches is crafting some of the best values in mechanical tool watches in the U.S.

2020 McLaren 720S Spider Review: Pop the Top for Added Fun

2020 McLaren 720S Spider Review: Pop the Top for Added Fun

McLaren’s 720S redefined super sports car performance when it arrived in 2017. Now, the droptop Spider brings open-air joy to the package.

3 Northwestern Boot Makers You Should Know

3 Northwestern Boot Makers You Should Know

Boots from the American Northwest were created to survive flames and rough terrain. Here are the companies that make them best.

Affordable Alternatives to 5 Iconic Watches

Affordable Alternatives to 5 Iconic Watches

They aren’t knockoffs or homages, either. They completely stand on their own.

The Best (and Mostly Affordable) Classic Cars You Can Buy from 1985-1995

The Best (and Mostly Affordable) Classic Cars You Can Buy from 1985-1995

The best combination of affordability, performance and personality, without sacrificing modern tech comforts and old-school simplicity.

Beware: Your MacBook Pro Might Not Be Allowed on a Plane Anymore

Beware: Your MacBook Pro Might Not Be Allowed on a Plane Anymore

In June, Apple issued a recall for certain MacBook Pros sold between 2015 and 2017 because their batteries pose a fire risk. Now, the FAA is banning the affected models from flight as well.

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 in Gear: The Ultimate Custom Beach Cruiser, Fall-Ready Chore Pants & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

This Stunning Land Rover Defender Is the Ultimate Custom Beach Cruiser

This Stunning Land Rover Defender Is the Ultimate Custom Beach Cruiser

U.K.-based Land Rover restoration firm Arkonik has unveiled its latest custom build, the SoCal D90. It’s hard to imagine a prettier beach cruiser.

The Most Compact Folding Kayak Is Also the Most Affordable

The Most Compact Folding Kayak Is Also the Most Affordable

Oru’s newest boat, the Inlet, is its smallest, most packable and cheapest origami-inspired kayak yet.

Your Fall Wardrobe Needs These Chore Pants

Your Fall Wardrobe Needs These Chore Pants

Made with 8.6-ounce cotton twill.

Lego, Harley-Davidson Join Forces to Create the Ultimate Motorcycle Model

Lego, Harley-Davidson Join Forces to Create the Ultimate Motorcycle Model

With more than 1,000 pieces, building this foot-long model will likely take you longer than it takes Harley to build an actual bike.

Ordering Is Opening for One of Our Favorite Field Watches

Ordering Is Opening for One of Our Favorite Field Watches

The Astor & Banks Sea Ranger is a combination-field and dive watch, and it’s finally available for order again beginning at 12pm CST today.

One of the Best Folding Pocket Knives Available Just Got Better

One of the Best Folding Pocket Knives Available Just Got Better

The Chris Reeve Knives Sebenza has been a favorite among knife enthusiasts for decades.

Want to Be a Better Smartphone Photographer? Get DJI’s Affordable New Gimbal

Want to Be a Better Smartphone Photographer? Get DJI’s Affordable New Gimbal

The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is the company’s best-ever smartphone gimbal. It’s also its cheapest.

One of Our Favorite Energy Drink Brands Launched a CBD Beverage, and We’re Intrigued

One of Our Favorite Energy Drink Brands Launched a CBD Beverage, and We’re Intrigued

KILLCLIFF has waded into the hemp-infused market with a little something called Orange Kush. Here’s our gut reaction.

Specialized’s New Enduro Bike Looks Scary in the Best Way

Specialized’s New Enduro Bike Looks Scary in the Best Way

Specialized just revealed its all-new Enduro 29, an upgraded version of its classic downhill-oriented mountain bike, and this beauty is all about speed.

The New Supra Can Indeed Be Had With a Manual Gearbox

The New Supra Can Indeed Be Had With a Manual Gearbox

Toyota won’t change its mind about adding a manual transmission for the Supra. But, a Texas tuner is stepping into the breach to provide one.

How Michter’s Distills the Best Rye Whiskey

How Michter’s Distills the Best Rye Whiskey

Michter’s is the small scale distillery making wakes in rye. Using a “cost be damned” approach, they are making some of the best around.


Fresh Deals

These Head-Turning Leather Bags Are 20% Off

These Head-Turning Leather Bags Are 20% Off

Orox Leather Company is a fresh face in American leatherworking. Get 20% off the entire collection for a limited time, only at the Gear Patrol Store.

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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Tough Watch
Save 28%: The Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Tough is one of the hardiest watches available. Featuring a surface-hardened treatment to its 42mm steel case, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, 200m of water resistance, a matching steel bracelet and a quartz movement powered by any available light, this is a watch that’s practically begging to get the crap kicked out of it in the great outdoors.

If this is the sort of timepiece that appeals to you, well, you’re in luck — right now you can get the Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Tough for about 28% off using the code “SHINE” at checkout on Macy’s, a savings of $139 off the list price of $495.
— Oren Hartov




Keen Sandal Sale
Save 50%: Keen makes some of the best breathable and functional hiking sandals and boots and today, they’re all up to 50 percent off. While some sandals look like something your dad would wear, we love the latest ones for rafting, boating and yes, hiking. Thanks to sturdy rubber soles and arch-cushioning footbeds, you can rock these puppies on the mountain, relaxing around the campfire and even biking. A few of our top picks? The Evofit One and the Rialto II H2. Shop a variety of styles and colors on Keen.com today. — Meg Lappe
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Levi’s Warehouse Event
Save up to 75%: If you’ve been waiting for a chance to stock up on some solid wardrobe basics, head over to Levi’s today. Currently, you can save up to 75 percent on a huge range of clothing at the Warehouse Event. Choose from jeans, jackets, tees and more — the prices are hard to beat. — John Zientek


Jaybird Run Headphone Sale
Save $65: Jaybird makes some of the best running headphones available, and right now, the Jaybird Run earbuds are 36 percent off and down to just $115. There’s never been a better time to buy a pair of sweat-proof true wireless earbuds. Back when Jaybird first launched the Run earbuds, we tested and were impressed. Our editors liked how easily they fit in their ears, the customizable audio menu (via the app) and the quick charge ability — five minutes in the case for an hour of sound. The Jaybird Run earbuds typically sell for $180, but on Amazon today they’re just $115. Shop the deal while you can. — Meg Lappe


Breville Bambino Espresso Machine
Save $100: Breville rules the home espresso world with a quality-focused, user-friendly fist. Available in late 2018, the Bambino Plus is one of the newest and most affordable machines in the company’s espresso machine portfolio. It’s simple to use, compact and comes with Breville’s standard (and exceptional) milk frothing wand, PID temperature control and event, consistent shots. It’s one of very few legitimately good espresso makers at the $500 price point. Today on Amazon, it’s $97 off its usual asking price; good for its lowest price ever. — Will Price
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Fluance Turntables and Bookshelf Speakers
Save 20%: Fluance is a Canadian-based audio company that makes some of the best entry-level turntables and bookshelf speakers you can buy. Today, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the company is holding a site-wide, 20-percent-off sale. Just enter the code FLUANCE20 at checkout.

This means that you can buy the Fluance RT81 ($250) and the Fluance RT82 ($300), two entry-level turntables that appear on many audio publications’ “best of” lists (including our own), for $50 and $60 off, respectively. You can also get the Fluance Ai40 ($200), a pair of powered bookshelf speakers, for $40 off. — Tucker Bowe


Today on Gear Patrol

10 Things We’re Excited About This Week

10 Things We’re Excited About This Week

From product releases to sales to events, this is your weekly dose of gear intel for August 12 – 18.

The New Ford Ranger Was Outsold By The Notably Ancient Nissan Frontier

The New Ford Ranger Was Outsold By The Notably Ancient Nissan Frontier

Ford plants were working “massive overtime” to produce more Rangers to meet demand, but so far, early sales figures are anything but impressive.

These Are Some of the Best Leather Watch Straps, and They’re Available Again

These Are Some of the Best Leather Watch Straps, and They’re Available Again

The Crown & Buckle Black Label leather straps are some of the nicest you can get for the money, and now they’re back with new options.

The 25 Best Kitchen Tools You Can Buy for Less Than $25

The 25 Best Kitchen Tools You Can Buy for Less Than $25

Hardwearing, essential and altogether overlooked.

This Eye-Catching Vintage Dive Watch Deserves a Reissue

This Eye-Catching Vintage Dive Watch Deserves a Reissue

The Mido Ocean Star Powerwind “Rainbow Diver” is one of the most obscure but distinctive and coveted vintage dive watches out there.

Listen to Spotify on Your Phone? Here Is a Hi-Fi Upgrade

Listen to Spotify on Your Phone? Here Is a Hi-Fi Upgrade

The AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt is the ultimate DAC/headphone amplifier for anybody that listens to music on their smartphone or laptop.

2020 Airstream Caravel Review: A Small-Scale Return to Form

2020 Airstream Caravel Review: A Small-Scale Return to Form

The snubby Airstream Caravel offers high-end amenities and iconic design in a compact package that takes much of the stress out of trailer life.

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 in Gear: A Practical and Affordable Watch, a Potential Land Rover Defender Pickup & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

The New Land Rover Defender Could Spawn a Pickup Truck

The New Land Rover Defender Could Spawn a Pickup Truck

Land Rover doesn’t yet have plans for a body-on-frame Defender pickup—but an exec says a truck “is being considered.”

You’ll Never Believe the Recycled Material This Bike Is Made of

You’ll Never Believe the Recycled Material This Bike Is Made of

Nespresso pods are upcycled into a beautiful bike.

This Ultra-Thin, Affordable Chronograph Watch Packs Tons of Practical Tech

This Ultra-Thin, Affordable Chronograph Watch Packs Tons of Practical Tech

Casio Edifice offers tons of practical features and a great value, and the newest model has the latest tech in a case that only 8.9mm thick.

The Toyota Supra Is Almost Guaranteed to Get More Powerful

The Toyota Supra Is Almost Guaranteed to Get More Powerful

Toyota’s chief engineer served up some strong hints that upcoming versions of the Toyota Supra will gain power.

National Park Rangers Helped Make This Cool New Bag in an Unexpected Way

National Park Rangers Helped Make This Cool New Bag in an Unexpected Way

Parks Project’s new Ranger Fanny Pack draws a direct line to the rangers who serve America’s National Parks.

These Rugged Boots Are Designed for the City

These Rugged Boots Are Designed for the City

With all the features of a serious work boot.


Fresh Deals

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Timex X Todd Snyder Blackjack Watch
Save 28%: We were enthusiastic about the “Blackjack” watch when it first debuted, but in case you need a refresher, this is a sleek, automotive-inspired timepiece with cool “roulette wheel” dial done up in black and white, a black-finished case, 50m of water resistance, a quartz movement and a black Nato strap. The watch generally retails for only $138, but right now, you can nab it for just $99. — Oren Hartov
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Seiko SNN241 Chronograph Watch
Save 56%: This chrono features a larger 42.6mm steel case with a Japanese quartz movement powering two sub-dials — a 60-minute counter at 12 o’clock, and a running seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, as well as a date window. The SNN241 has a brown dial with Hardlex crystal and a matching contrast-stiched brown leather band with double-locking clasp. It’s also water-resistant to 100m, so while it’s splash-proof, it’s best to switch to a trusty dive watch for serious water sports. — Oren Hartov

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Barbour x Engineered Garments Jackets
Save 35%: British outerwear brand Barbour has been making durable weather-resistant jackets since 1894 and has a reputation for quality. Recently, the brand teamed up with NYC-based label Engineered Garments to reimagine a number of classic silhouettes. The collab pieces — a bomber jacket, a cropped jacket, a riding coat and a smock — are made in England from lightweight, hydrocarbon-coated cotton and feature raglan-sleeve construction. And now at End, they’re priced to sell at a 35 percent discount. If you need a lightweight layer to keep you dry as summer comes to an end, these styles are definitely worth a look. — John Zientek


Bell Race Star Helmets
Save Up to 50%: Bell’s Race Star helmet is a dynamite motorcycle lid for anyone who plans on hitting the track or back roads with verve. (Or at least wants other riders to think they’re hitting the pavement with verve.) Made with a carbon fiber 3K Carbon Shell to minimize weight, the Race Star doesn’t sacrifice offers protection at the altar of lightness; it meets or goes beyond Snell M2015 and DOT certifications, and packs a three-layer Flex Impact Liner to deal with crashes at any speeds. It’s been tested in wind tunnels to make sure the air flows over it with minimal fuss, while the Panovision viewport offers better visibility in all directions compared with Bell helmets past. And, of course, it just looks sweet.

Right now, thanks to a closeout deal over at Revzilla, you can pick up several variants of the Bell Race Star for massive savings — as much as 50% off on certain models. But there is, however, a catch: These sales are only available on small and extra-small helmets. If you need a bigger lid, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere; but if you’re cursed/blessed with a tiny head, well, today’s your lucky day.
— Will Sabel Courtney

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American-Made New Balance 990V4 Sneakers
Save up to 25%: As the weather in North America transitions from warm summer evenings to crisp fall mornings, consider investing in a new pair of sneakers. If you’re looking for a domestic option that won’t break the bank, head over to Zappos. today. The retailer is currently offering 20 percent off the American-made New Balance 990v4.

Available in two tonal colorways, the style features a pigskin nubuck upper, an Encap midsole and a rubber outsole. Either is a solid option for any casual wardrobe, so if you’ve been prepping for fall, don’t sleep on these. — John Zientek



Chaco Sandal Sale
Save 70%: Sandals are made for summer, and thanks to recent reductions in the stigmatization of strappy, open-toe footwear, this particular summer seems to be the ideal season to dust off the pair at the back of your closet. Sandals aren’t just for camping and whitewater rafting anymore either: fashionistas might hate to admit it, but sandals are a common sight everywhere from Colorado to downtown Manhattan (wearing them with socks — gasp! — is also becoming a thing).

Maybe you missed this bandwagon the last time it came around, or your old pair is in need of a refresh. In either case, now is an excellent time because REI is selling Chaco sandals in a range of different styles at up to 70 percent off. — Tanner Bowden



All-Clad Factory Second Cookware
Save Up to 75%: All-Clad’s covetable cookware has been the option for high-end stainless steel since the brand literally invented bonded cookware in 1971. The only knock against them? That price tag.

Today, however, is a mammoth exception — the All-Clad factory seconds sale is live. The lot includes pieces from all the brand’s classic lines — D5, C4, non-stick and a few limited edition lines. But if you just want classic All-Clad, look under the section labeled “Stainless Cookware.” There you’ll find all the saute pans, fry pans, stock pots and sauciers you could ever want.

At up to 75 percent off, these are the lowest prices you’ll find on unused All-Clad outside of visiting the company’s in-person seconds sale at the factory. — Will Price

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RMU Outdoors BRFCS Travel Bag
Save 15%: Rocky Mountain Underground, or RMU for short, is a ski company, but its BRFCS is a contender in the realm of adventure travel bags. The BRFCS — fill in the vowels for pronunciation — was the Colorado brand’s second foray into outdoor and travel and builds on the success of its Core Pack, an all-purpose backcountry adventure backpack.

The BRFCS is a carry-on compatible bag with a 35-liter base capacity that expands to 50 liters. RMU outfitted its interior with compartmentalized storage for clothing, (there’s enough room for ski boots), and smaller zip pockets for necessities and essentials; there’s also a false bottom. The BRFCS also features a padded laptop sleeve and a removable compression strap with hardware that doubles as a bottle opener. It can be carried like its namesake, with backpack straps and a stow-away hipbelt or as a shoulder bag.

The BRFCS is currently available at a discount of 15% off at Huckberry.
— Tanner Bowden

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Bose QuietComfort 20 In-Ear Headphones
Save $100: Even though there are a bunch of really good over-ear noise-canceling headphones – the Sony WH-1000XM3 being our new favorites, edging out the Bose QC35 II – there aren’t nearly as many good in-ear models. In fact, Bose makes the two best noise-canceling in-ear headphones out there. There’s the Bose QC20s ($250, wired) and the Bose QC30s ($300, wireless). Both are fairly expensive, but you can get a pretty good deal on the wired models if you go on eBay right now. There you’ll find the Bose QC20s for $149, which is over $100 less than buying from Bose directly.
— Tucker Bowe
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Special Edition Fender Deluxe Telecaster
Save $150: For almost 70 years, the Fender Telecaster has been a integral part of countless hit records and live rigs. The workhorse guitar was first introduced as the Broadcaster in 1950, and since then the instrument hasn’t changed a whole lot. The dead-simple design features a solid body with a single cutaway, a bolt-on neck and a couple pickups. That basic setup allowed for versatility and it became a favorite of musicians in genres ranging from country to jazz to metal.

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If you’ve been looking to add a Tele to your collection, head over to Guitar Center today. Right now, you can currently save $150 on an already affordable Special Edition Deluxe Telecaster. The guitar merges the best of the classic design with a few new player-centric features.

It has a solid ash body with an aged cherry-burst finish, a 1-piece fast-action maple neck with a modern-C shape, medium jumbo frets and Hot Standard Tele pickups. This Mexican-made Tele also has a vintage-style 3-barrel string-thru-body bridge and cast/sealed machine heads.

Normally $700, this guitar is just $550 today — act fast if you want a great deal.
— John Zientek

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Apple Watch Series 4
Save $50: The Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) is the Apple Watch that most people should buy. It’s the best-looking smartwatch with the biggest and brightest display that Apple has ever created; plus it has all the new features that the Series 3 lacks, including fall detection, a built-in EKG and a variety of fitness features. This model lacks built-LTE, however, but I’d argue that most people don’t need to use their Apple Watch as a phone, nor do they want to pay the extra $10 each month on their phone bill. Right now you can save $50 on either the 40mm or 44mm model. If you’re looking for an even cheaper deal and you’re cool with buying the older Apple Watch, the Series 3 (GPS) is selling for just under $200. — Tucker Bowe
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Ikea Furniture and Home Goods
Save Up to 25%: Hidden beneath the release of its mammoth 2020 product catalog, Ikea announced price reductions for hundreds of products online and in-store. The price drops are permanent, so the discounts aren’t sales, but they do represent affordable products becoming more affordable. The lot isn’t skewed to one area of the home, with everything from drawers to silverware included. — Will Price


Today on Gear Patrol

These Are the Best Backpacks for Back to School

These Are the Best Backpacks for Back to School

The backbone of any back to school kit is the backpack. Here are some of our favorite picks from Under Armour that will last all year.

How to Use Your Watch for More Than Just the Time

How to Use Your Watch for More Than Just the Time

How to read a watch’s bezel, be it a simple count-up, count-down, slide-rule, tachymeter, 12-hour or more.

The Current State of Wearables, Explained

The Current State of Wearables, Explained

Wearables have come a long way from the simple fitness trackers of a decade ago.

8 Essential Grooming Products for the Outdoor Athlete

8 Essential Grooming Products for the Outdoor Athlete

Recovery cream, sunscreen, deodorant and more.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Review: A Few Tricks Up Its Sleeve

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Review: A Few Tricks Up Its Sleeve

The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class treats passengers like the royalty and is a legit off-road beast.

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 in Gear: A 3-In-1 Wireless Charger for Your Apple Products, Smart Swimming Goggles & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

One of Our Favorite Camp Blankets Gets a Material Upgrade

One of Our Favorite Camp Blankets Gets a Material Upgrade

Rumpl changes the materials in its beloved camp blanket.

MG Still Exists, And Now They Make a Pickup Truck

MG Still Exists, And Now They Make a Pickup Truck

British manufacturer MG has gone from legendary two-seater sports cars to midsize pickup trucks with the new “MG Extender.”

Apple Finally Sells a 3-In-1 Wireless Charger for Your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch

Apple Finally Sells a 3-In-1 Wireless Charger for Your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch

It’s made by Mophie and it’s creatively called the 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad.

This Room Spray Combats Cannabis Odor with Science

This Room Spray Combats Cannabis Odor with Science

Veil promises to break down lingering pot smells at a molecular level.

This Powerful Hi-Fi Speaker Is the Complete Compact Package

This Powerful Hi-Fi Speaker Is the Complete Compact Package

And yes, it also has one of the coolest volume dials in all of speakers.

How a Lamborghini Huracan Ended Up For Sale At a Hyundai Dealer in Missouri

How a Lamborghini Huracan Ended Up For Sale At a Hyundai Dealer in Missouri

You would expect to find a 531-mile Lamborghini Huracan in Monaco, Dubai, or your local impound lot. Not for sale at a Hyundai dealership.

This Incredibly Accurate Watch Features New Japanese Paper Dials

This Incredibly Accurate Watch Features New Japanese Paper Dials

The Citizen Chronomaster is technically fascinating and practical, and now features attractive new colored Japanese paper dials.

Can a Pair of Goggles Improve Your Swim Performance?

Can a Pair of Goggles Improve Your Swim Performance?

These smart goggles will track your every lap, and lots more.


Fresh Deals



This Could Be the Best Deal on Fleece Jackets Before Fall
Save over 50%: It may not feel like it, but fall is coming. The best way to layer up is with a fleece, and right now some of the best available are on sale. — Tanner Bowden


Seiko Prospex PADI Dive Watch
Save 43%: Powered by the cal. V157 quartz movement, the PADI special edition features a 47mm case, Hardlex mineral crystal, date display, Lumibright-coated hands and markers, and a unidirectional rotating dive bezel. It’s water-resistant to 200m and features a screw-down crown and case back. Once fully charged, the power reserve on the V157 movement lasts roughly 10 months.If mechanical watches aren’t your thing, then this PADI special edition could be your water watch this summer. — Oren Hartov



Gerber Center-Drive Plus Multi-Tool
Save $46: The right multi-tool has all the functions you need but none you don’t, making it streamlined and easy to access the implement you require at any given time. Gerber’s Center-Drive Plus is just such a product, delivering — among other things — a 3.25-inch partially serrated blade, spring-loaded needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, pry bar and bottle opener.

Most of these tools can be deployed quickly and smoothly thanks to the one-thumb opening system, and right now you can score this beauty for a whopping 32 percent off thanks to Drop. The Center-Drive Plus comes with a good-looking leather sheath, too, but this deal disappears Wednesday, so shop fast. — Steve Mazzucchi



$350 Persol Sunglasses for $100
Save up to 71%: If you’ve been waiting to invest in an iconic pair of Persol sunglasses, Nordstrom Rack has a deal for you. Right now, you can save 71 percent on three different Italian-made Persols: the Aviator, the Round and the Sartoria models. Normally $350, these shades are now just $100 while supplies last. — John Zientek


Todd Snyder Dylan Suede Trucker Jacket
Save up to 50%: New York designer Todd Snyder recently gave the classic trucker jacket a major overhaul. Instead of crafting the casual style in denim or roughout suede, he opted to use luxe Italian suede.

Made in Italy, the Dylan jacket features a snap-front closure, two chest pockets slant hand pockets. It has a trim fit, hits at the hip and is unlined. Available in pink or green, it now starts at $499 — act fast to score this great fall upgrade. — John Zientek


Today on Gear Patrol

The Complete Buying Guide to Weber Grills: Every Model Explained

The Complete Buying Guide to Weber Grills: Every Model Explained

From the Smokey Joe to the brand-new Genesis II, here’s everything you need to know about Weber, America’s favorite grill makers.

10 of the Weirdest Branded Products Car Companies Sell Today

10 of the Weirdest Branded Products Car Companies Sell Today

From Ferrari to Tesla, from Dodge to Porsche, car companies churn out some very odd products with their logos on them. These are the weirdest we found.

The Best Active Speakers of 2019 (And Which Pair You Should Buy)

The Best Active Speakers of 2019 (And Which Pair You Should Buy)

It’s all about the speaker-and-amplifier combo. And bigger better sound.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Founder of Patagonia

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Founder of Patagonia

A new book published by Patagonia details the life and exploits of the company’s outdoorsman-founder, Yvon Chouinard.

Three Affordable Vintage Watches From a Historic American Brand

Three Affordable Vintage Watches From a Historic American Brand

Three vintage watches from the historic, once American brand Gruen show how this under-appreciated brand changed over the decades.

How to Buy a Suit for Warm Weather

How to Buy a Suit for Warm Weather

With advice from Suit Supply Vice President Nish de Gruiter.

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Today in Gear: Celebrating 100 Years of Bauhaus in a Watch, a Style Shoe Flex & More

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


New & Noteworthy Releases

This Is One Vans Sneaker Not to Miss

This Is One Vans Sneaker Not to Miss

Mismatched cow hair, suede and patent leather.

These Affordable Swatch Watches Celebrate 100 Years of the Bauhaus

These Affordable Swatch Watches Celebrate 100 Years of the Bauhaus

With 25 different models to choose from, there’s a Bauhaus-inspired watch for everyone. But the automatic Sistem 51 is the coolest.

Why Would a Climbing Company Make Denim?

Why Would a Climbing Company Make Denim?

Black Diamond is a core rock climbing company, so why did it recently introduce denim into its collection? Here’s why it makes sense.

Is an All-New Toyota Land Cruiser About to Be Revealed?

Is an All-New Toyota Land Cruiser About to Be Revealed?

The aging Toyota Land Cruiser’s replacement could be revealed as soon as November, according to a new report.

This Ultra-Thin Laptop Can Last Up to 23 Hours on a Single Charge

This Ultra-Thin Laptop Can Last Up to 23 Hours on a Single Charge

It will be available this September, in either gold or gray finishes, and start at $999.

This Watch Brand Supplied Some of the Most Famous Watch Companies in the World

This Watch Brand Supplied Some of the Most Famous Watch Companies in the World

Squale celebrates 60 years of the 30 Atmos with a new edition watch, replete with vintage touches and a beautiful design.

This New Bike Product Could Save Your Life

This New Bike Product Could Save Your Life

This new bike light might mean the difference between you getting hit on your bike and you getting home safely.

The Jeep Wrangler Has a Secret Discount, But There’s a Catch

The Jeep Wrangler Has a Secret Discount, But There’s a Catch

The Jeep Wrangler has an unadvertised cash incentive if you buy before Labor Day. But depending on how much you like to drive, it may not be for you.

Seiko’s Famous ‘Monster’ Dive Watch Is Back and Better than Ever

Seiko’s Famous ‘Monster’ Dive Watch Is Back and Better than Ever

The latest generation of Seiko’s popular and affordable “Monster” dive watches are sleek, handsome and refined.


Fresh Deals



Calvin Klein Underwear
Save 50%: Like going to the dentist, eating raw vegetables, and getting eight hours of sleep, buying new underwear is one of those things everyone should do way more often. (The ideal cadence is to refresh everything in your underwear drawer every six months, but you should aim to do it at least once a year.) Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can pick up a pack of three black cotton boxer briefs from Calvin Klein, one of the best sellers in the category. Act fast and get them for an additional 50 percent off the list price of $40. That means they cost just $20 today. — John Zientek


Campsite Coffee Makers
Save up to 25%: There’s something wonderful about enjoying a freshly-brewed cup of coffee in the wilderness. All of the pleasures that the beverage imparts when experienced in the comforts of home or at a favorite cafe are multiplied at a campsite, even when high-end barista machinery is unavailable.

Without a countertop appliance, coffee making becomes a modified and slightly more humble process. However, there is a range of lightweight and packable brewers available, from French press to pour over, but GSI’s JavaPress is our favorite for its ability to serve multiple cups in one batch and for its easy-to-clean construction. It’s currently 20 percent off at Huckberry.

French press not your brewing method of choice? GSI’s Packable Campsite Pour-Over Set is also on sale at Huckberry for 25% off. The kit includes an adjustable crank-powered burr grinder, a collapsible pour-over cone, a reusable nylon mesh filter and a spoon. All are lightweight and packable (as camping gear should be) yet fully fit for wilderness caffeinating. — Tanner Bowden

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Breville Bambino Espresso Maker
Save $97: Breville rules the home espresso world with a quality-focused, user-friendly fist. Available in late 2018, the Bambino Plus is one of the newest and most affordable machines in the company’s espresso machine portfolio. It’s simple to use, compact and comes with Breville’s standard (and exceptional) milk frothing wand, PID temperature control and event, consistent shots. It’s one of very few legitimately good espresso makers at the $500 price point. Today on Amazon, it’s $100 off its usual asking price; good for its lowest price ever. — Will Price


Outdoor Voices Gym and Running Apparel Sale
Save 50%: Outdoor Voices makes some of the softest and most comfortable tanks, tees and shorts, and right now, you can save up to 50 percent off. Whether you’re looking for a new pair of gym shorts, or something to wear around all weekend long, we give Outdoor Voices shorts and shirts our seal of approval. OV was a winner in both our Best Gym Shorts and Best Running Shorts of 2018.

The brand rarely has sales, especially ones this big, so we highly recommend you check it out immediately. Shop the below items while supplies last. — Meg Lappe



Seiko Prospex SRPB97 “Orange Samurai”
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 $263 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



Carhartt WIP Wardrobe Basics
Save up to 55%: If you’re in the market for some solid wardrobe staples, head over to End today. Currently, you can save up to 55 percent on a bunch of garments from Carhartt WIP. The Work-in-Progess line produces hardwearing clothing — like the brand’s workwear — but with updated fits and colors. Choose from shirts, hoodies, pants and more — prices start at $25. — John Zientek


Jabra Elite 65e headset
Save $160: The Jabra Elite 65e headset is arguably the best value proposition for anybody who wants in-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. Their nearest rival is the Bose QuietComfort 30, which costs $299, and that’s $99 more than the Jabra Elite 65e.

If you’re looking for a really sweet deal on in-ear noise-canceling headphones, you can buy a refurbished pair of Jabra Elite 65e on eBay for just $40. That’s a pretty steep discount. If you’re looking for a new pair, Amazon is discounting the Jabra Elite 65e for $153 right now. — Tucker Bowe



Dyson Vacuums
Save $100: Deals can be found on Dyson’s covetable vacuums fairly frequently through third-party vendors on Ebay and its certified manufacturer-refurbished program, but deals on newer vacuums are rarer. Today on its site, vacuums like the classic MultiFloor and cordless V8 are marked $100 off their retail prices. Are they cheap? No, this is Dyson. Are they more reasonable? Yes. — Will Price


Today on Gear Patrol

FILA’s New Collection Brings The Best of Outdoorsy Vibes

FILA’s New Collection Brings The Best of Outdoorsy Vibes

FILA Explore is tapping into the brand’s deep archive of ski, hiking, alpine, and trek collections dating back to the 1970s and 80s.

These 5 Cars Receive the Most Speeding Tickets

These 5 Cars Receive the Most Speeding Tickets

The list probably won’t surprise you all that much.

6 Questions to Ask on Your First Trip to a Dispensary

6 Questions to Ask on Your First Trip to a Dispensary

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

How to Host a Bottle Share: 7 Tips from a Beer Expert

How to Host a Bottle Share: 7 Tips from a Beer Expert

Bottle shares can be a great opportunity for people to try beer they’ve never tasted. We talked with Ben Pratt of As Is for his expert tips.

The 5 Best Protein Powders Available — and How to Use Them

The 5 Best Protein Powders Available — and How to Use Them

Protein powders are polarizing. We chat with a sports nutritionist to get a better picture of what’s really needed.

Can Better Denim Change the World? Levi’s Is Betting on It

Can Better Denim Change the World? Levi’s Is Betting on It

Paul Dillinger has given himself the impossible task of transforming the global apparel business into a cleaner, more ethical, more sustainable industry.

From Haversacks to Skate Bags: The Secret History Of Military Packs

From Haversacks to Skate Bags: The Secret History Of Military Packs

Intertwined with civilian innovations, they’ve come a long way since the Civil War. Here’s an enlightening rundown.

2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 Review: A Continent Crusher Steps Up Its Game

2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 Review: A Continent Crusher Steps Up Its Game

Elegant, athletic and luxurious in equal measure, the Bentley Continental GT is the sort of vehicle that defines what a luxury car should be.

7 Simple Productivity Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your PC

7 Simple Productivity Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your PC

Here are 7 tools, features and options for productivity tricks you should know about Windows.

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