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November 8, 2017 Briefings By Photo by Baro

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New & Noteworthy Releases

Brockton by Baro
Thoroughly modern with inspiration drawn from classic military styles, the Brockton by Baro is a waterproof, breathable jacket designed to withstand rainy fall weather and yet comfortable and stylish enough for everyday use. The outer shell is a sturdy cotton/nylon blend sealed with taped seams and supplemented by a membrane that allows moisture to travel only one way: away from your body, thanks to laminated moisture-wicking technology. The hooded fish-tail construction is designed for ultimate practicality, while the streamlined silhouette featuring a trim cut and oversized pockets remains simple and handsome. Choose either colorway, and you’ll be hoping for rain this season.

2018 BMW M3 CS
BMW’s just given the latest M3 the “CS” treatment, making it the baddest iteration of the sport sedan yet. Power has been bumped to 453 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque (a solid increase from the standard M3’s 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft) and has lost a claimed 110 pounds in weight. Bestowed with a seven-speed DCT gearbox (and a DCT only), it’s good for a 0-60 sprint in 3.7 seconds. — Andrew Connor

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth
I’ve been using the SteelSeries Arctis 3 headset ($80) for months; frankly, it’s great. Its over-ear design doesn’t crush my ears when I’m playing Xbox Live for hours, and the mic is super clear. Now SteelSeries has launched the same headset with the same everything, except it’s integrated with Bluetooth. The idea is that you can use them as wired headphones, to plug into your Xbox One controller or Nintendo Switch, and simultaneously have them connected via Bluetooth to your phone to take calls or listen to music. This “dual threat” costs more — $130 vs. the non-Bluetooth Arctis 3’s $80 — but it could be worth it if you spend a heck of a lot of time gaming. — Tucker Bowe

Seiko Presage “Cocktail Time” New Additions
Seiko just added two new dial designs to its “Cocktail Time” Linup, both inspired by two cocktails from a cocktail bar in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo. The “Starlight” design features a deep gradient blue dial with imperfect, non-linear etchings, while the “Sakura Habuki” features a light pink dial with wave-like guilloche. Both watches are available with either Seiko’s 4R57 automatic with a power reserve indicator, or the simpler 4R35 auto with three hands and a date. — Andrew Connor

American Giant Duffel
American Giant has applied its no-nonsense approach to clothing to the minimalist duffel bag. The focus is on quality materials and design, not reinventing the wheel. This bag is made from durable cotton duck canvas, features load-bearing seams and zippers and is big enough to carry everything you need for two days. If you need a well-made multi-function duffel, check this one out first. — John Zientek

Now in Stock at the Gear Patrol Store

Rudy’s showerbombs are an easy way invigorate your morning grooming routine. Made with natural ingredients and essential oils, this set contains all of Rudy’s exclusive fragrances including Eucalyptus, Woodsman, Citrus and Lemongrass. They’re all made in Colorado exclusively for Rudy’s and make a great stocking stuffer.

Fresh Deals

Pioneer’s Excellent, Entry-Level Turntable Is 47% Off On Amazon
There are certainly advantages to spending over $1,000 on a turntable, but the reality is that budget-friendly turntables can also sound excellent. The Fluance RT81, which my colleague AJ Powell reviewed and really liked, is one of them. The Pioneer PL-30-K turnable is another one.

The Pioneer PL-30-K has an Audio-Technica 3600L moving-magnet cartridge, a built-in phono preamp, and can be set up in less than five minutes. It’s also fully automatic — you just place the record on the platter, press the start button, and the metal platter, tonearm, and stylus will automatically do everything else for you; you don’t have to worry about moving the tonearm into position, as you would with a manual turntable.

The Pioneer PL-30-K turnable normally goes for $300, but Amazon is offering it for $159. Pair it with desktop speakers and your favorite LPs, and you’re good to go. The deal ends later today.

Get Clarks’ Classic Chukka Boots for Less Than $50
Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save $65 on Clarks’ Bushacre Chukka boot. Easy wearing and versatile, the Bushacre Chukka features the same silhouette as Clarks’ iconic desert boot, but it features a lightweight rubber sole and cushioned insole for comfort. This leather boot will run you less than a pair of canvas sneakers and is available in sizes between 7 and 13. At $45, it’s a deal that’s hard to pass up.

Shure’s Best-in-Class Hi-Fi Earphones Are Now $100 Off
The Shure SE535 have consistently been one of the best in-ear hi-fi earphones for years. They’re compact, powerful (with three high-definition drivers) and sound incredible. CNET‘s Jasmine France wrote that they “definitely live up to their lofty price point.” And The Verge‘s Vlad Savov called them “a little bit perfect.” If there’s ever been a knock against this pair, it’s been the steep price: $499. However, Shure has recently knocked the price down to $399 — that’s $100 off. You can find the SE535s on Amazon for $399, as well.

And there are a couple of other good deals to be had on Shure’s website. The brand is offering $20 off the MV88 microphone for iPhone and iPad, and its MV51 recording microphone for artists and podcasters is $50 off.

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