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Today in Gear: Better Boxer Briefs, Folding Smartphones, Seiko’s Orange ‘Samurai’ and More

October 18, 2017 Briefings By Photo by Airship Apparel

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New & Noteworthy Releases

Airship Apparel Cockpit Boxer Briefs
No matter what you call your manhood, your twig and berries tend to get uncomfortable, whether due to stickage, bunching, misalignment or otherwise. In every situation, the best we’ve been able to do is a discrete yet awkward readjustment (cue: hip wiggle and pocket acrobatics). No longer. Thanks to the Cockpit Boxer Briefs from Airship Apparel, your family jewels will be carried in comfort, with patent-pending U-CORD technology handily keeping your bait and tackle separate from your legs. In addition, the great-fitting Cockpits are moisture-wicking and ultra soft, so your soldiers will stay complaint-free, no jiggling necessary. Made in the U.S.A. with a great return policy and free domestic shipping.

ZTE Axon M
The flip phone is back (sort of). The ZTE Axon M is a new Android that’s really unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The foldable phone has two identical HD screens that fold back onto each other with a hinge. The foldable design enables you to use the phone in several unique modes; you can stretch one app over two screens and you can mirror screens, which allows you and a friend to sit across from each other and watch the same Netflix show on one device). You can also keep the phone folded and use it with one hand.

The trade-off is that there’s no rear-facing camera (the front camera pulls double duty), not to mention the phone itself is much clunkier than your iPhone. It’s expected to be available before 2018. — Tucker Bowe

1997 McLaren F1 with 148 Miles
The lowest-mileage McLaren F1 just popped up for sale on tomhartleyjnr.com; “low mileage” here means only the 148 miles from testing are on the clock. Beyond that, it’s never been driven or registered. The protective factory wrapping hasn’t even been removed. You’ll have to send an email for the price; don’t expect a factory-fresh F1 to be cheap. — Bryan Campbell

Stocked Kitchens Quickles
Making pickles is a great way to flex your homesteading muscles — and make your entire house smell like vinegar. Stocked Kitchens’ “Quickles” are the solution: a concentrate of vinegar and spices made to be diluted with water, poured over chopped vegetables (or fruit; you do you) and refrigerated overnight. What remains is a jar of homemade pickles that require virtually no effort and still taste better than the store-bought stuff. — Emily Singer

Seiko Prospex SRPB97 “Orange Samurai”
After reviving the cult-favorite “Samurai” diver earlier this year, Seiko has just unveiled a new version of the watch in a new orange-and-black colorway. In addition to the bright color scheme, the watch comes with an automatic movement housed in a chunky 44mm case to culminate in a package that’s good for a 200-meter swim. — Andrew Connor

The North Face NSE Traction Chukka Lite WP II
The North Face continues its push into the style realm with two new winterized shoes. Emulating a down bootie, the Chukka features Primaloft insulation, a water-resistant nylon upper and a grippy rubber sole. The NSE Traction Lite Moc II has many of the same features, but in a slip-on, more casual shape. — Michael Finn

Fresh Deals

Stock Up on Jeans as Low as $14 with This Levi’s Mega Sale
Right now at Levi’s Warehouse, you can save up to 75% on scores of garments ranging from jeans to shirts to jackets. The majority of items on sale are $20 and under, making this the perfect opportunity to stock up on wardrobe essentials. Just visit the link below, sign up with your email address and get instant access to huge savings.

Thermos Season Is Here. Grab One of Stanley’s Classic Vacuum-Insulated Bottles for Cheap
From now until October 25, a variety of Stanley products are on sale at Huckberry. The sale includes vacuum-insulated thermoses (a Stanley classic for over 100 years), growlers, flasks, a robust camp cook set and an all-in-one French press coffee system. By now, you know the schtick with vacuum insulation — hot liquids stay piping hot for 12+ hours, cold liquids stay cold for up to 27 — but what separates Stanley’s bottles from the rest of ’em is their hard-wearing, no-nonsense, long-lasting versatility. Buy just one, and you’ll likely enjoy it forever.

Timbuk2 “Friends With Benefits” Sale
Save 30%: Backpacks, duffels, suitcases, messenger bags — hundreds of them, in all kinds of sizes and colors and styles, are now 30% off on Timbuk2’s website. Simply enter the code FRIENDS? at checkout, and the deal is yours. — Michael Finn

Bosch Drills
Save up to 37%: Fall is a great time of year to wrap up — or finally get around to starting — any DIY projects that need to be taken care of before winter sets in. Even if you’d rather hire out the work to someone else, a solid drill is essential for any home tool kit (it’ll beat a screwdriver any day). These two Bosch models are safe bets. — Tanner Bowden

Deep Blue NATO Diver 300 Automatic
Save 26%: Deep Blue is an underrated boutique watch brand with a penchant for making heavy-hitting divers at reasonable prices. Proof positive is this “Pepsi” bezel diver packing a Seiko automatic movement and a respectable 300-meter depth rating. — Andrew Connor

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