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Today in Gear: Boots to Pair with Any Look, The North Face Black Series and More

November 28, 2017 Briefings By Photo by Frye

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New & Noteworthy Releases

Frye Officer Lace Up Boot
These sophisticated lace-up boots are made from dark green oiled suede. They feature a cap-toe design, Goodyear welt construction, a rubber sole and waxed laces. The slim profile pairs with chinos or jeans and the aesthetic will lend a respectable air to any casual outfit. They’ll also compliment trousers and a suit if your wardrobe trends that direction. If you’re looking for a versatile design and a quality construction, this is your boot. — John Zientek

Savage Industries EDC One
Adam Savage, the real-life mad scientist famous for blowing shit to smithereens on Mythbusters, is returning to his roots in industrial design. His first creation is the EDC One, a wonderfully unique everyday bag inspired by the tool carriers used by NASA astronauts on the moon. It’s constructed with insanely strong and lightweight upcycled sailcloth, and hidden magnets keep the clamshell mouth locked shut. — Michael Finn

The James Brand Elko Knife
At just 2.6 inches when closed, the Elko is The James Brand’s smallest EDC knife yet. Along with a 1.74-inch drop-point steel blade, the Elko has a pry bar that doubles as a key ring, bottle opener and screwdriver; its lightweight anodized aluminum handle further bolsters its minimalist EDC perfection. — Michael Finn

The North Face Black Series
The North Face may be one of the biggest outdoor gear companies on the planet, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t experiment with small, sometimes secretive, side projects. The Black Series used to fit into that category — as part of the brand’s lesser-known Urban Exploration project, the Black Series marries the outdoor function of some of its most successful pieces with a style that leans heavily on cues picked up from Japanese streetwear. The catch? The collection was only available in a few brick and mortar stores located around the world (the only North American location was in San Francisco). But “was” is the key word here — because the Black Series is now available online, for a limited time, of course. — Tanner Bowden

Seiko SRPC “Mini-Turtle”
While Seiko’s launch of the SRP777 “Turtle” in late 2015 was met with nearly universal acclaim, one sticking point with some enthusiasts was its large 44mm case diameter. As an alternative, Seiko has just launched a quartet of new divers in its Prospex range that take the basic look of that watch but scales it down to a more manageable 42mm in diameter. Another big change is the repositioning of the crown at three o’clock (in lieu of four o’clock) and a magnifier over the date window. Prices have yet to be announced, but odds are it won’t eclipse the current SRP777’s $475 MSRP. — Andrew Connor

Fresh Deals

VSSL Flask
Save 15%: Flashlights are great, essential even, especially when it comes to adventure. But they’re also a little boring. But not VSSL’s; inside the handle of this 200-lumen torch is a chamber that’s lined with glass at the molecular level so that it can safely store up to ten ounces of your favorite beverage. The Flask also comes with a compass and two collapsible shot glasses, and when you enter GearPDon15 at checkout you’ll save 15% on the least boring flashlight you’ve ever seen.

Vans Authentic Sneaker
Save 20%: It’s hard to go wrong with a pair of Vans. They’re a minimalist, low-profile shoe that looks great in any casual situation — and they’re affordable. Now, you can get $10 off the Authentic silhouette in dark blue with a gum sole. It’s a good-looking colorway at a ridiculously good price, so why wait? — John Zientek

Citizen BM8180-03E Eco-Drive
Save $88: Citizen’s affordable Eco-Drive field watch might be the perfect casual timepiece for the price. Its 37mm size would work for anyone, it has a solid 100-meter depth rating and with a solar-charged quartz movement you’ll never have to worry about battery changes. Now you can get it at an even better price than usual, at 50% off its MSRP.
— Andrew Connor

Blundstone Boots
Save 15%: Blundstone’s Tasmanian-made boots are one part Chelsea and one part work. They’ve become widely accepted as a stylish addition to a practical wardrobe but haven’t lost their rugged roots and are fully capable of dealing with whatever the elements throw your way. — Tanner Bowden

LG 55-Inch OLED TV
Save $1,501: If you’re up to date on the latest TV technologies, you’ll know that OLED TVs are the nicest TVs you can buy. They produce darker blacks and more vibrant colors than any LCD TV. And yes, this superior picture quality comes at a cost. Most 55- and 65-inch OLEDs by LG — who make the crème de la crème of OLED TVs — cost a couple grand. That doesn’t mean there aren’t deals to be had, however.

The 2017 LG E7 OLED is one of the company’s high-end OLEDs — even nicer than its flagship C7P OLEDs — and a 55-inch model usually goes for $4,500. Right now, you can get a holiday deal on that same TV on Amazon for $2,500 (link here). But if you want a real steal, you can get that same TV for $1,500 on eBay. That’s 66-percent off, a total saving of $3,000, and it puts this 2017 OLED in the same price range as pretty-nice-but-not-OLED TVs. Insanity.

Yes, this TV has been “manufacturer refurbished,” which can be a red flag for some. If you need some reassurance, it comes with a one-year warranty and a 30-day return policy. — Tucker Bowe

Sony a7RII
Save $500: Since it came out a couple years ago, the Sony a7R II has set the standard for mirrorless cameras. It has a full-frame 42MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, up to 102,400 ISO and the ability to shoot 4K video. What’s more, it weighs in at 1 pound 6 ounces, and can seriously lighten your load if you’re traveling and shooting. It performs well and is durable, and now on Amazon, you can get $500 off this pro-level camera. If you’ve been contemplating investing in a mirrorless set-up, let this be the incentive to guide you. — John Zientek

Now in Stock at the Gear Patrol Store

Ezra Arthur Medium Notebook
Call it want you want: notebook, journal, memo book, diary, logbook, ledger, portfolio, daybook or scratch pad, this is what you have been looking for. Hand stitched and bound with full grain premium Horween Chromexcel leather and constructed with Tomoe River paper. World-renowned Tomoe River paper is known for being the thinnest and highest quality writing paper. It has a smooth texture that is excellent for a variety of writing instruments, particularly fountain pens. It is ultra thin and ideal to reduce bulk yet resistant to bleed through and feathering.

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