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New & Noteworthy Releases


Fuego Box
You know, there’s an entire world of hot sauce outside the watered down, red salt water you get at your local diner. The hot sauce lover in your life probably already knows. The trouble is, there are so many different brands, flavors, peppers, sauces and rubs, it’s nearly impossible to taste them all — unless you know someone who has a good connection. Fuego box is ready to be that connection. Whether it’s the ridiculously spicy Scoville scale toppers or the mild flavor enhancers, Fuego box will package up some small-batch, craft hot sauces, every month. Since it’s the holidays, gift a subscription to the pepper head in your life. Use the code GPHOLIDAY for $10 off the first box.


1964 Datsun Fairlady 1500 For Charity
Our Friends over at Bring a trailer are auctioning off a pristine 1964 Datsun Fairlady 1500. The beautifully maintained roadster has benefited from a meticulous refurbishing, tune-up and service. The best part is that 100% of the winning bid will be donated by the seller to World Central Kitchen to support Puerto Rican hurricane relief efforts. — Bryan Campbell


Blink Video Doorbell
Blink is best known for its smart security solutions such as indoor and outdoor cameras and sensors. Today, the company announced its first smart doorbell that’s designed to work with its other devices. It has mostly the same capabilities as other smart doorbells — 24/7 live video feed, HD recording, 2-way audio, night vision, IP65 waterproofing, programmable alarms — but the real kicker is price. It’s $99, which is substantially lower than the Nest Hello ($229) and Ring’s Video Doorbell ($179), but (the other kicker) you’ll need Blink’s Sync Module hub for it to work. You’ll be able to buy the hub and video doorbell for $129, which is still really reasonable. The Blink Video Doorbell will be available for pre-order soon. — Tucker Bowe


Nio ES8
If you ever wished that the Tesla Model X was more of a proper SUV, listen up. Chinese outfit Nio released the all-electric ES8, which promises to be much more SUV-ish than the Model X. It features a 2-3-2 seating arrangement and a decididely Tesla-esque massive tablet control system on the dash. It also offers a host of different charging options as well as a range of 311 miles. It is launching in China in 2018, but fingers crossed that it comes stateside shortly after. — AJ Powell


Soundskins for Sonos Speakers
Soundskins is a new product, funding now on Kickstarter, that aims to make your Sonos speakers more design friendly for interior spaces. They essentially act as a sock that is 3D knit to fit the exact shape of the Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, Playbar and Sub. According to Soundskins, the material is accoustically transparent which means that it won’t interfere with the sound quality of your speakers. — AJ Powell


Fresh Deals


Vault by Vans OG Old Skool LX
Save 25%: Now at Need Supply Co., you can get 25% off these Van Vault Old Skool sneakers. The Vault line updates classic silhouettes with premium materials and limited colors, and these feature a nubuck upper and Winter Moss colorway. For less than $70, these are a worthy upgrade to your current everyday kicks. — John Zientek


Timex Archive Waterbury
Save 25%: Now at Need Supply Co., you can save 25% on the Timex Archive Waterbury Chrono. It features a black case and dial, a Quick Date day counter, quartz analog movement and a grosgrain strap. At 42mm, it’s a versatile watch that will look good on your wrist in any casual setting, and now, it’s even more affordable. — John Zientek


Gitman Vintage Oxford Shirt
Save 36%: Now at online retailer End, you can save 36% on this classic oxford shirt from Gitman Vintage. Made in America, it features a button-down collar, v-stitched chest pocket and a rear box pleat. This is a wardrobe staple fit for every man’s closet, so don’t wait — all sizes are still available. — John Zientek


Eero Home WiFi System
Save $50: This summer Eero announced the second-generation of its wi-fi hubs, called Eeros ($199/ea), and the all-new Eero Beacon ($149), which is effectively a wi-fi extender that plugs directly into the wall. The big thing was that the new Eero system was twice as fast and had more range than the original Eero hubs.

If your home or office is struggling with poor internet, there are a number of great Eero bundles you can jump on. Normally, one Eero and two Beacons cost $399, but Eero is offering the bundle for $349. You can get one Eero and one Beacon for $250, which normally costs $300. You can get this deal from Amazon or Eero’s website. — Tucker Bowe


Brooks Brothers Suits and More
Save Over 25%: Brooks Brothers — looking to clear out its end-of-year inventory — is taking an extra 25% off its clearance section (the deal applies at checkout). This happens to include scores of suits in different materials, cuts and colors, so if you’ve been looking to upgrade your formal attire, this is a great opportunity to do so. But while the litany of suiting options is undoubtedly the highlight here, there are plenty of other great deals from this sale, too, including outerwear, dress shirts, leather goods and Brooks Brothers’ contemporary Red Fleece collection. — Andrew Connor


Outerknown Highland Blanket Shirt
Save 20%: The shirt jacket represents truly versatile apparel: it’s at home wherever the weather is cool or unpredictable, whether that be along wild coasts or among rugged mountains. Outerknown’s take is also sustainably made (not to mention warm and comfortable) with organic cotton, wool and nylon. It’s also 20% off until the end of the year when you enter GPOK20 at checkout. — Gear Patrol


Cuisinart’s DBM-8AMZ Supreme Grind Coffee Grinder
Save 58%: Making great coffee requires a good brewer and quality beans. But also contingent is having them freshly ground. While many burr grinders cost hundreds (and rightfully so), there are still decent grinders in the sub-$100 range. Cuisinart’s DBM-8AMZ Supreme Grind is a great example, featuring 18 coarseness settings and automatic grinding (there’s no deadman’s switch like on other burr grinders). It can grind enough beans for up to 18 cups of coffee at a time and its grind chamber holds 32 cups so it’s ideal for making gratuitous batches of coffee in one go. While there are undoubtedly higher-end options out there, if you’re merely looking to upgrade your coffee game on a budget you could certainly do worse than the DBM-8AMZ, given Amazon is currently taking off a solid 58% on the already affordable grinder. — Andrew Connor


Fjällräven Jackets
Save 40%: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to look like a non-descript blob on your way to work every morning. Thankfully, Swedish style maven and outdoor powerhouse Fjällräven makes a plethora of jackets that will stand up the elements and look great while doing it. Over at Moosejaw, classics like the Greenland Jacket, Pak Down Jacket, Raven Jacket and Abisko Windbreaker are all on sale for up to 44% off. — AJ Powell


MSR Freelite 3
Save $180: Winter, more often than not, is the best time to stock up on summer camping gear. It can be tough to think about camping out on a sun-drenched beach while you’re stuck braving freezing temperatures and battling seasonal affective disorder as best you can — but that’s why we’re here. If you’re in need of a new tent, now’s the time to buy. One of our favorites, the MSR Freelite 3, is currently on sale for 36% off — down to the lowest price we’ve seen it at all year. The Freelite 3 is the perfect size for you and a friend with ample space to store your gear. — AJ Powell


Click and Grow Smart Farm
Save 34%: When the apocalypse hits, you’ll need to grow your own food. But even if feelings of paranoia don’t govern your everyday habits, Click and Grow’s Smart Farm is a sustainable way to raise an entire crop of food, indoors. The fully-automated farm can accommodate up to 288 plants in three platform levels. That may seem like a lot to handle, but the entire spread requires just two hours of work per week by a single person. Compared to the traditional outdoor farm, the Smart Farm saves on water and reduces waste — all without toxic pesticides or herbicides.

The Smart Farm is Click and Grow’s biggest product (it’s roughly 5′ 7″ by 16′ 5″), which works for larger homes or larger shared spaces like offices or schools. But if you don’t need an entire farm, Click and Grow does offer a range of smaller, home and apartment-friendly models. The Smart Garden, for instance, can hold three to nine plants and is ideal for countertops. These smaller models also come with great savings when you subscribe to a year’s worth of Click and Grow’s seeds, which include everything from romaine lettuce to purple chili peppers. — Tanner Bowden


Five Great Ski Goggles on Sale Now at Backcountry
Save up to 45%: Don’t get caught in a blizzard without a decent pair. — Tanner Bowden


Now in Stock at the Gear Patrol Store


Introducing the PATROL Sweatshirt
It’s simple, modern and here just in time for winter. We’ve sweated the fit and feel of it with a best of both worlds result: you’ll love the not-too-heavy wearability yet not-too-light feel. It sports just the right amount of warmth to be worn alone (underneath a shirt-jacket or insulated coat) or over a t-shirt for colder weather. We’ve also designed the PATROL logo with a tone-on-tone effect that pops enough to show your support without being a walking billboard.

Made from a premium tri-blend material and printed with water-based inks. And of course, the PATROL sweatshirt is 100% American-made.


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