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Today in Gear: October 4, 2017

October 4, 2017 Briefings By



We’ve made some new adjustments to Today in Gear, including a new publishing time of 4 p.m. in order to capture all the day’s new stories. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Bespoke Post
The contents of each Bespoke Post box, delivered monthly straight to your door, are worth over $70. But you pay only $45, no shipping costs whatsoever. Depending on your interests, some variation of grooming, food, drink, fashion, travel and other stuff guys love comes in each box — and it’s all high end and masterfully curated, which we love even more. Unlike other monthly subscriptions, Bespoke Post won’t ask you to commit — and you can preview your box before it arrives. If you want to skip a month, you can. It’s a win-win subscription, so why wait?

Fender ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb Amplifier
The mid-‘60s Deluxe Reverb is something of a gold standard in the amp world, a moderately powered tone machine used on countless hit recordings over the past half century. This reissue from Fender features all-tube hand-wired AB763 circuitry (which sets it apart from the more common Blackface ’65 Deluxe Reverb), tube-driven spring reverb and tremolo, and a Jensen C-12Q speaker. It’s a 20-watt workhorse that’ll give you some of the warmest clean tones and moderate breakup imaginable without actually going vintage. — John Zientek

Smith Lowdown Focus Sunglasses
Smith calls this the “first brain-sensing eyewear.” Within the side-frames are advanced sensors that monitor brain activity and transmit data to your phone via Bluetooth. Then, on the Smith Focus app, the brainwave data is translated into “guiding sounds” that help you focus on breathing, unperturbed relaxation, sports performance and a host of other things. — Michael Finn

Google Pixelbook
From the ashes of the Google Chromebook Pixel rises the Pixelbook. Weighing just 2.2 pounds and measuring 10mm thick, it’s Google’s lightest and thinnest laptop yet — and arguably its most luxurious. It’s the first Chromebook to offer built-in Google Assistant support; the new touchscreen-friendly Pixelbook Pen stylus ($99) is sold separately. A 360-degree hinge allows the aluminum-body laptop to morph into a tablet. Available for preorder now, the Pixelbook officially launches October 31. Prices start at $999 for 128GB of storage and climb up to $1,649 for 512GB. — Emily Singer

The Most Important Things to Know about Google’s New iPhone Rival, the Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL
The newest flagships Android devices from Google may be pragmatic, but there’s still a ton to love about them.

Meet the Google Home Mini, a $49 Amazon Echo Dot Alternative
It’s cheaper than ever to get Google Assistant into your home.

The $399 Google Home Max Is a Sonos and Apple HomePod Competitor

It also supports Bluetooth and boasts a 3.5mm audio jack.

This Is the New Sonos. It’s $199 and Works with Alexa (and Google, Siri and Spotify)
The most popular multi-room speakers can now be controlled by the most popular virtual assistant.

The New Range Rover Sport SVR Is as Quick as a Porsche Boxster S
The relevant numbers: 575 horsepower, 4.3 seconds, $114K.

Fresh Deals

Get the Timex x Redwing Waterbury Watch for Only $75
The Timex Waterbury classic field watch design is based on a vintage model from the company’s archive. In collaboration with Red Wing, the watch features a beautiful leather strap from the iconic Minnesota boot maker. It’s available in both 38mm and 40mm size options and is on sale for only $75 right now. You’d be hard pressed to find a better watch for that price — it’s a steal.

Get This Tactical Kershaw Pocket Knife for Just $13
Kershaw’s Identity tactical blade, a drop-point, assisted-opening, frame-lock pocketknife, is currently on sale at Amazon for just thirteen dollars. For less than you spend on coffee in a week (or a day, if you live in New York City), you can add a workhorse of a pocketknife to your EDC.