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New & Noteworthy Releases
Lincoln Is Finally Bringing Back Suicide Doors, Essentially Making Everyone’s Dreams Come True
The heavily-substantiated rumor that Lincoln is bringing back the suicide door is literally the best news (concerning ultra-specific details on under-purchased, premium-grade luxury cars) I’ve read in recent memory (read: the last couple months).
This New Flask Is Perfect for Taking into the Woods
Most who trek into the woods aim to keep their backpacks as light as possible. Here’s a 10-ounce exception to the rule.
This Turntable Package Makes It Easy to Play Vinyl on Your Bookshelf Speakers
It’s the “perfect addition” if you already have the company’s Stereo Console.
Brooks Brothers Dress Shoes
Save 48%: Now at Brooks Brothers, you can save 48 percent on three classic dress shoes: the Leather Captoe, Leather Wingtip and Long Wingtip. Depending on your taste, there’s a shoe for you. The Leather Captoe is simple and refined, the Leather Wingtip is embellished and elegant, the Long Wingtip is elaborate and substantial. John Zientek
Save $40: Ultimate Ears released the Wonderboom — a little waterproof Bluetooth speaker that pumps out 360-degree sound and can float — in early 2017. Originally $99, the Wonderboom is now going for just $60, which is the lowest we’ve seen it drop to. If you’re in the market for a little for a portable rugged Bluetooth speaker now that the weather is (hopefully) getting warmer, check out Amazon now. It’s available in 10 different colors. — Tucker Bowe
Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket
Save $60: The Micro Puff is Patagonia’s lightest synthetic jacket ever. Announced last fall, it has never been on sale — until now. Learn how to save $60 on the Micro Puff here. — Tanner Bowden
Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Compact Bomber Jacket
Save 33%: Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down Compact Bomber Jacket is essentially a dead ringer for a military bomber liner. Lined with down, this jacket features a nylon shell, three front pockets and a snap-front closure. Use it as a layering piece for cooler days or as an outer layer as the season warms. The olive colorway pairs well with a range of different outfits and the price is hard to beat — it’s just $40. — John Zientek
Save 20%: Perhaps the most beautiful thing about buying a cast-iron skillet is the knowledge that you, or whomever you entrust it to, may very well be cooking with it in 100 years. That’s why we get pretty excited when our absolute favorite cast-iron for every day (and outdoor) use is 20 percent off for the whole week.
The Field Skillet is not a newfangled design and it’s not going to be a showpiece like other more artful pieces, but that’s the whole point. At about the weight of a MacBook Pro (4.5 pounds), the Field Skillet is cast very light for a skillet of its size, and it’s easy-gripping handle doubly ensures your off-hand is always free. Its surface is a pre-seasoned, smoothly sheened, near-perfect non-stick surface that’s fried egg-ready out-of-the-box. After testing the skillet thoroughly, the regular price is surprising enough — other new age skillet makers are regularly selling their goods for north of $150 and well into the low $300s. For the remainder of this week, you can pick up a Field for $80 and use it for the rest of your life. Discount applied at checkout. — Will Price
J.Crew Nylon M-65 Jacket
Save 72%: First introduced in 1965, the M-65 field jacket is one of the most iconic pieces of military outerwear. The incredibly versatile silhouette is ideal for civilians, too, and is a solid casual option for cooler days. Now at J.Crew you can save 72 percent on the brand’s updated version of the M-65. Cut from nylon as opposed to cotton, this jacket features a hidden zipper with snap closure, four chest patch pockets and a soft lining. Instead of pawing around your local army surplus store, check out this jacket — with a sale this good, it won’t be around long. — John Zientek
Under Armour Spring Sale
Save 25%: Under Armour’s HeatGear was standard issue for all team practices — and while we’re no longer clamoring to buy some of that, UA still makes high-performing fitness apparel. The great news is that all spring workout gear is 25% off, and there are lots of options. Here are a few of our apparel and sneaker picks to get you started. — Meg Lappe
Save up to 40%: As of last Tuesday, it’s officially spring, although depending on where you are, it may not feel like it. That means swapping beanies for caps and down parkas for rain jackets. It also might mean stashing your favorite winter slippers in the closet — it shouldn’t. Slippers are a year-round thing, especially when they’re as versatile and well-rounded as Glerups.
Glerups are family-made in Denmark with a mix of merino and Gotland wool that’s felted and stitched to either a calfskin or rubber sole. The resulting slipper is clean, modern, and fit for any occasion, and any season. Imagine: an early summer morning, freshly-brewed coffee, dew glittering in the grass. It’s a picture best enjoyed outside, in slippers that can handle the chill, preferably rubber-bottomed so they won’t get trashed. Even when such idyllic scenery isn’t on hand, Glerups make excellent around-the-house footwear, even in warmer temperatures.
Huckberry still has plenty of Glerups in stock in both slip-on and ankle boot profiles, most of which are currently 40 percent off, bringing them down to the lowest prices we’ve ever seen them. — Tanner Bowden
Huckberry Camp Sale
Save 20%: It’s never too early to start preparing for spring weather camping — after all, those days are right around the corner. Some of the necessities (tents, sleeping bags, blankets) are on sale for the next few days. Whether you’re looking to update your gear, or finally committing to something new, this sale is the place to start. Here are a few picks we’re excited about. — Meg Lappe
Fujiwara Kanefusa Kitchen Knives
Save 50%: The path to giving yourself better knives generally begins with a dull knife edge slipping, maybe on a bit of particularly slimy onion skin, into your fingertip. Once the realization that the knife set you were given ages ago isn’t cutting it anymore hits, new knives are in order. Do your finger a favor and skip the first step.
Japanese knifemaker Fujiwara Kanefusa weaves an 800-year old history of blade-making into affordable, gateway-level kitchen knives that are tough and, surprisingly, ergonomic. The Fujiwara Kanefusa FKM Series, which is on Massdrop for nearly half its usual cost, opts to employ a Western-style handle with an elevated back grip — this is a small but useful addition, as Japanese kitchen knives’ handles generally provide very little in the way of grip guidance, which can create a learning curve for those new to them. It’s made out of black pakkawood, a hardwearing material typical of knives meant for daily use. The blade’s Rockwell rating (a scale that measures hardness) of 55-58 is also a few degrees tougher than the Victorinox Fibrox, another immensely popular entry-level knife, and on the same level as what you’d expect from a survival knife. As someone whose sliced, diced, chopped out three years worth of meals with the Santoku model, I can fully attest to its durability.
The deal has five days left and will ship mid-to-late April. It includes the Petty ($36), Santoku ($46) and Gyuto-style ($51) knives (choose your preference at checkout). — Will Price
PolyScience x Breville The Smoking Gun Pro
Save $40: The product of a collaboration between kitchenware giant Breville and kitchenware innovator PolyScience, the Smoking Gun Pro is a Swiss Army knife of flavor. You can load the device with virtually any material that produces unharmful, flavorful smoke — dried flowers, wood chips, teas, herbs, small fruits, etc. — and squeeze it into recipes. The handheld tool features a temperature-adjusting dial, easy self-standing and a one piece smoke chamber that’s exceedingly simple to clean.
The Smoking Gun Pro, which normally retails for $150, is on sale for $113 on Amazon right now. — Will Price
Today on Gear Patrol
Staub vs. Le Creuset: Which Brand Makes the Best Dutch Oven?
Any discussion pertaining to enameled cast-iron begins and ends with two brands. We tested them both to see which was truly superior.
This Is the Ultimate Post-Workout Beer. Here’s Why.
Drinking beer post-workout might actually help recovery — here’s why you should be drinking Sufferfest.
Review: Sony’s New Noise-Canceling Headphones are a True Bose QuietComfort Competitor
They definitely are more feature-packed than the QC35 IIs.
Baselworld 2018: Seiko Debuts a Trio of Vintage-Inspired Dive Watches
The SLA025, SPB077 and SPB079 all pay homage to the world’s first high-beat dive watch.
Baselworld 2018: Tudor’s New Black Bay Is Incredibly Thin for a Diver. Here’s Why It Matters.
In 2018, it’s all about going small.
Baselworld 2018: Why This $4,000 Watch Is Actually a Bargain
Sinn managed to offer a flyback chronograph at a price that greatly undercuts its competitors.