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January 10, 2018 Briefings By

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New Rugged Gear from Yeti
Due to its line of everything-proof coolers and drinkware, Yeti gained a cult following. Last summer, the Austin, Texas-based company expanded its offering beyond products that have extreme ice retention with the release of a waterproof duffel and a creative take on a five-gallon bucket. Today Yeti takes another step with the announcement of five more items. Standout among the release is a folding camp chair called the Hondo, but there’s also a rugged tote called the Camino, a backpack version of the Hopper called the Backflip, a waterproof version of the SideKick and a new Rambler made for wine drinkers. All of these items will be made available later this year. — Tanner Bowden



Bang and Olufsen Beoplay H8i and H9i
High-end Danish audio company Bang and Olufsen has updated two of its wireless headphones for 2018. Along with refined aesthetics, the new models will feature better mics and improved battery life. The H8i model ($399) features Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, a proximity sensor and up to 30 hours of playtime. The H9i model ($499) has many of the same features but also includes an aluminum touch interface. — John Zientek


Nike Air Max 270
Nike’s new Air Max 270 is the brand’s first lifestyle Air unit, designed with everyday wear in mind. Available February 1, the Air Max 270 features a 32mm heel unit which offers more cushion and comfort. In 2018, the unit will be included in a range of sneaker silhouettes and variety of colors. — John Zientek


PicoBrew PicoStill
At CES this week, PicoBrew unveiled an attachment to the Pico C, its popular homebrewing appliance. Dubbed the PicoStill, it lets users craft citrus or hop oils to enhance the aromatics of their homebrew; it can also make culinary oils from any number of herbs, spices or fruits. For those with permits — note: it’s illegal for individuals to distill spirits at home — the PicoStill lets users make pilot batches of gin and vodka. — Jack Seemer



Investment-Grade 1991 Acura NSX
Now that the vintage car bubble is absorbing vehicles from the early-’90s, desirability and the number of cars earning collector-status is increasing, which means price tags are on the rise too. That doesn’t mean every Honda Civic hatchback out there is going to be worth a gold mine, though. Cars that were special when new and are still in good condition stand the most chance of becoming a true collectible. Take this first year, one-owner ’91 Acura NSX; it’s in mint condition, only has 15,515 miles on the clock and is completely stock. That said, making money on a car is never a sure thing, but an NSX like this sure makes a good bet. — Bryan Campbell



Onewheel+ XR
In case you missed it, The Future has arrived, and while we aren’t zooming around on hoverboards just yet (sorry Marty McFly), we are getting pretty close. One device helping us get there is the Onewheel — an off-road-capable machine that’s part skateboard, part Segway. The latest model, the Onewheel+ XR, has a range of 12 to 18 miles depending on terrain (double that of its predecessor) and improved torque for taking on steep climbs, both of which make it more than worthy for formidable commutes. — Tanner Bowden

Today’s Best Deals


Battenwear Sale
Save 40%: Gear designed with the big city in mind, but still well equipped enough for the great outdoors is what Battenwear does best. All of their fall and winter apparel is up to 40% off online right now. Of particular note are the Utility Jackets made of military Nyco fabric (a mix of cotton and nylon), and the Northfield Parka, that’s water- and wind-resistant and also lined with shearling. It’s warm enough to spend the rest of winter in. — Meg Lappe



Anker Premium 5-Port USB Wall Charger
Save 29%: You have more USB and USC-C cables and devices than you know what to do with — with this little fella, what you can do is charge up to five. Quickly. All at once. — Nick Caruso



Iron and Resin Post-Holiday Sale
Save up to 70%: Iron and Resin is having a Post-Holiday Sale to start off the new year. Select items, from hats and sweaters, to denim shirts and board shorts are up to 70% off, including the timeless Tide Tee which is now 50% off. — Bryan Campbell



NutriBullet Pro 900
Save 20%: If your New Year’s resolution includes a health kick supported by daily smoothies, you’ll need to ensure that your blender is up to the task. The NutriBullet was designed with juices and smoothies in mind — it’s equipped with a 900-watt motor capable of emulsifying even the heartiest fruits and veggies and its main vessel acts as both blender and drinking cup. Pro tip: the NutriBullet can also be used to create nut butters, soups, sauces and more. — Tanner Bowden



Jaybird Freedom F5 Headphones
Save 67%: When Jaybird, one of the leading manufacturers of sports headphones, released the Freedom line in 2016, David Carnoy at CNET called it the “the best Jaybird headphone yet.” Michael Calore at Wired also had nice things to say; he scored the Freedom a 9/10, noting just one flaw: the $200 price tag. “For a wireless sports headset as stable, nice-sounding, and long-lasting as the Freedom,” he wrote, “they’re worth it, if you can afford them.”

Jaybird’s released other headphones since — perhaps most notably the X3 — but the first-generation Freedom is still a solid set of Bluetooth headphones for light workouts, daily commutes, etc. And it doesn’t cost $200 anymore. Right now on Amazon, the Freedom F5 (in black) is just $50. — Jack Seemer



Greats Sneaker and Boot Sale
Save up to 60%: If you aren’t the type to geek out over the newest collaborations and colorways or have strong opinions about which brand is currently “killing the game” (or whatever), Greats makes some excellent everyday shoes. The brand is known for its affordability, clean unbranded designs and comfortable styles. Right now, Greats is offering up to 60 percent off select footwear styles, making them even more of a no-brainer buy. Prices range from $25 sneakers to $129 leather chukkas, but in any case, they offer some amazing value for the money. — Andrew Connor



Timex x Redwing Field Watch
Save 25%: The classic field watch design of the Timex Waterbury is based on a vintage model from the company’s archive. In collaboration with Red Wing, the watch features a beautiful leather strap from the iconic Minnesota boot maker. Today, the 38mm version is on sale for just $75. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better watch for that price — it’s a steal. — John Zientek



Philips Wake-Up Light
Save 20%: While smartphone alarms have become an exceedingly common way to wake up, research shows that having a smartphone in your bedroom has an overall negative impact on the quality of your sleep. While there are plenty of traditional analog and digital alternatives, Phillips’ unique Wake-Up Light promises to offer a gentler end to slumber. You still set a designated wake-up time, and an alarm does sound, but 30 minutes before you’re set to rise, the Wake-Up Light will gradually turn on and brighten, mimicking the natural waking ability of the sunrise. Right now, the clock is marked down to $88 — the lowest price ever offered on Amazon — when you clip the $25 coupon. — Andrew Connor



Rotring 800 Retractable Mechanical Pencil
Save 25%: As much as I’d like to mix metaphors and puns with phrases like “get the lead out” and “full metal jacket,” this pencil speaks for itself: a thoroughly over-built mechanical writing implement that will likely outlast whatever life-ending apocalypse finally destroys humankind. Our robot overlords will be drawing razor-sharp graphite lines and jotting notes well into the next epoch. Meantime, allow yourself a little new year splurge and enjoy showing off your new old-school tool.

The knurled grip, “brass mechanism for precision lead advancement” and “fixed lead guidance sleeve” are enough to warrant this pencil’s premium, but it’s the two-year limited warranty that really speaks to its quality. When’s the last time you sent in your pencil for service? Besides, we covered this guy’s legit little brother in our roundup of Best Mechanical Pencils a few years back. — Nick Caruso


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