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October 30, 2017 Briefings By Photo by Plum

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New & Noteworthy Releases


Plum
When it comes to wine, the saying “use it or lose it” actually rings true. An opened bottle of wine has a relatively short shelf life before it’s relegated to cooking-wine status or turns into, essentially, fancy vinegar fit only for the drain. Plum changes all of that. Plum automatically identifies any bottle from a cloud database, perfectly preserves it and keeps it at the serving temperature it was intended for, all without actually opening it. All you have to do is push a button, and Plum gives you the perfect glass of vino, every time. — Gear Patrol


M.1 by JLA Sound Systems
The M.1 is the first speaker by JLA Sound Systems, an upcoming hi-fi company based in Brooklyn and founded by two brothers — one, an architect, and the other, an engineer — who originally founded the company as a passion project. Their wireless hi-fi speakers are beautifully designed to look like side tables, meaning they’re functional and also sound great. You can order the M1 in black or white, and each supports a number of streaming services (iTunes, Airplay, Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio, TuneIn). — Tucker Bowe


Rapha Brevet Flyweight Wind Jacket
Cycling brand Rapha is known for calculated understatement, not hyperbole. So when it releases a product that can be described with any word ending in “-est,” it’s worth taking note. Rapha’s latest external layer, the Brevet Flyweight Wind Jacket, is its lightest and most packable yet. The Brevet weighs only 2.61 ounces (in size medium), which is lighter than a deck of cards. It packs down to be about the same size, too, which means it’ll easily go unnoticed in any pocket. In fact, the only thing “big” about the Brevet is the stylish twin stripes circumnavigating the jacket’s chest. — Tanner Bowden


The James Brand Chapter X Salomon Super 8 Knife
In one of the more unlikely product collaborations of the year, boutique knifemaker The James Brand has joined forces with the biggest name in mountain sports, Salomon, to create a unique take on a wildly popular pocket knife. The Chapter has been in The James Brand’s lineup since the get-go (it’s often sold out) and features a drop-point steel blade just under two and a half inches. The product of that collaboration is louder than the subtle aesthetic The James Brand is known for; its handle is made with orange anodized aluminum and features topographical detailing that denotes the two brands’ common motif: adventure. — Tanner Bowden


Cockpit USA x American Trench Snorkel Parka
American Trench teamed up with military contractor Cockpit USA to produce a jacket ready to take on winter’s worst. This N3B Snorkel Parka is made from rip-stop Ventile fabric and filled with Primaloft insulation. It features American coyote fur trim around the hood, and it has both a zip closure and button placket. Made in New Jersey, this coat will stand up to years of hard use. — John Zientek


Fresh Deals


Yeti’s Original Hopper 20 is Still Available for $120 Off
If you’ve ever considered picking up one of Yeti’s nuke-proof soft-side Hopper coolers, now’s the time to buy. Today on eBay, you can pick up the Hopper 20 for $120 off. Even though Yeti released a newer version called the Hopper Two, the original Hopper 20 is still a fan favorite and worth pulling out your credit card for — especially at this price.

 

These Affordable, Vintage-Inspired Watches Just Got Even More Affordable
Save 40%: Timex has always been a great option for people looking for a handsome-yet-affordable analog watch. The company’s Archive project — which draws from the brand’s long, long history for inspiration — is especially appropriate for those who love vintage design and Americana style. Now, Nordstrom is offering a solid 40% off several styles from the series, making the watches an even bigger bargain. Highlights include a stealthy take on the Waterbury Chronograph, the minimal Fairfield Pavillion and the field-ready Scout. If you’ve been looking to revamp your wristwear game on the cheap, it’s a solid deal worth jumping on.


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