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February 23, 2018 Briefings By

We’ve made some new adjustments to Today in Gear, including a new publishing time of 4 p.m. in order to capture all the day’s new stories. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.


New & Noteworthy Releases

Sandqvist William Commuter Bag
Sandqvist William Commuter Bag

Sandqvist's latest offering is damn tough.


Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye
Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye

Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye, made in accordance with the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, builds off what some drinkers call the best value whiskey in the liquor store.


Mammut Spindrift Ski Backpack
Mammut Spindrift Ski Backpack

Thanks to two extra-large hipbelt pockets and a few innovative on-the-go features.


Nike All-Black Zoom Vaporfly 4%
Nike All-Black Zoom Vaporfly 4%

All black everything sneakers are always a good idea, especially when they're an iteration of Nike's fastest shoes.


Today’s Best Deals


Red Wing Heritage Sale
Save up to 66%: Red Wing Heritage boots are a solid example of quality American manufacturing. They feature quality materials like leather from Minnesota’s S.B. Foot Tanning Company, and they utilize time-tested constructions like Goodyear welting. Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 66 percent on a range of Red Wing Heritage footwear. Nothing costs more than $200 and most boots don’t top $150. If you’re in need of a new pair of durable kicks, don’t miss this sale. — John Zientek



Barbour Duke Waxed-Cotton Jacket
Save 33%: A lightweight waterproof jacket is a necessity for the spring’s unpredictable weather. Barbour’s classic Duke jacket is a solid option, cut from waterproof waxed-cotton fabric. The style features four flap pockets, a snap-tab throat latch, adjustable cuff and a zip closure. It’s also 33 percent off at Nordstrom right now, so you can save before the seasons change. — John Zientek



Anker PowerPort Elite 2 Ports Wall Adapter
Save $20: The 24-watt wall adapter takes up one wall outlet and can charge two devices, but it’s more than that. Its top USB port is equipped with PowerIQ technology, which means it can fast-charge my iPhone X. While that’s happening, I can use the other port to charge my MacBook Pro. (It’s powerful enough charge my MacBook Pro while I’m not using it. If I’m using the MacBook Pro, it’ll basically just keep the laptop at the same battery level.)

The Anker PowerPort Elite 2 Ports Wall Adapter usually goes for $30, but today it’s one of Amazon’s Deals of the Day. Pick it up for just over $7. — Tucker Bowe



Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Earbuds
Save $50: The landscape for truly wireless earbuds has gotten seriously competitive, so much so that earbuds with the best sound and most prestige are becoming more accessible. Case in point: Bose. The audio giant has dropped the price of its first truly wireless earbuds, the Bose SoundSport Free, from $250 to $200, pulling them within touching distance of the $159 that Apple’s AirPods continue to go for. — Tucker Bowe



Timex x Todd Snyder Ironman Digital Watch
Save 30%: If you’re into throwback digital watches, don’t miss out on the Timex x Todd Snyder Ironman watch. This reissue was first developed in 1984 in partnership with the Ironman triathlon and features 200-meter water resistance, an Indiglo night light, a 100-hour chronograph, a 99-lap counter and a 24-hour countdown time. Though the contemporary model features an enlarged face and dial, it’s just as lightweight and durable as the original. Better yet, it’s 30% off right now. — John Zientek



The North Face End of Season Sale
Save 30%: The North Face is holding its end-of-season sale, which offers 30% off its full range of winter apparel. Among that crowd is the Ventrix, an award-winning synthetic insulation jacket. — Tanner Bowden



Urban Outfitters Home Goods
Save an Additional 40%: Long a home to the quirky and eccentric, Urban Outfitters’s selection of home goods is surprisingly centered. And also cheap, especially on days like today where you can take an additional 40 percent off sale items.

We’re talking a $480 modernist coffee table for $240, a $70 industrial wall shelf for $24 and a $675 rustic mango wood platform bed for all of $250. Now go shop for yourself.

The discount is applied automatically at checkout. — Will Price



Bonobos Essentials
Save an Additional 50%: The time to stock up on wardrobe basics has arrived. Beginning today and running through the weekend, Bonobos is offering 50% off all current sale items using code FIFTY at checkout. Bonobos is an NYC-based maker of good quality clothing essentials, and with some items discounted up to 80% off (check out the Shearling Collar Bomber), these are seriously high-value cops. — Will Price



Fisher Space Pen Co. AG7 Original
Save 20%: Fisher’s AG7 Original pen is special for a couple reasons. It’s made in the USA, functions in temperatures from -30 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and also performs at any angle, even upside down. But you’d probably be most impressed by the fact that it’s the only pen to have ever made it to the moon; it was selected by NASA to accompany the early Apollo astronauts to outer space and has been used on every manned space flight since. And, right now, it’s 20 percent off at Kaufmann Mercantile with the code INBLOOM. — Jack Seemer



Blanc Creatives Carbon Steel Skillet
Save 20%: If you’ve been reading Gear Patrol lately you’d know we’re feeling carbon steel cookware, and the folks at Blanc Creatives represent the best a pan can get. The Charlottesville forge uses pressed-out, thick-gauge steel then hammers each by hand into its final shape. They look almost as good as they cook.

Save 20 percent on a Blanc piece (or this very pretty knife roll) now during Kaufmann Mercantile’s pre-spring sale with code INBLOOM. — Will Price



Vault by Vans OG Old Skool LX Sneakers
Save $32: Vault by Vans gives the brand’s iconic shoes a premium upgrade. For example, this low-top Old Skool features a tasteful green-on-green nubuck upper along with the iconic rubber waffle outsole. And right now, you can save $32 on this versatile style at Need Supply Co. — that’s essentially the same price as the non-luxe version. — John Zientek



A.P.C. Leonard Chelsea Boot
Save $170: Understated leather Chelsea boots look good with just about anything in your closet. You can pair them with jeans, chinos or slacks; you can wear them on a lazy weekend or at the office. French brand A.P.C. makes a great option called the Leonard Chelsea boot that features YKK zippers instead of the normal elastic side-panels. With a suede upper and quality Portuguese construction, these are a perfect fit for any wardrobe — not to mention, they’re $170 off. — John Zientek



Frye Footwear
Save between 46% and 56%: Today, Nordstrom Rack is offering savings between 46 percent and 56 percent on quality Frye footwear. The substantial sale covers a wide range of styles including oxfords, chukkas, lace-up boots and more. This is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your current footwear rotation with a new leather option for spring — just don’t wait because the sale ends soon. — John Zientek



Now in Patagonia’s Sale Section, the Last Jacket I’ll Ever Have to Buy
Save up to 50%: I’ve taken mine backpacking through Chilean Patagonia and continue to wear it daily in New York City. — Tanner Bowden


Today on Gear Patrol

Kind of Obsessed: This Affordable Desk Organizer Will Be My Best Impulse Buy of 2018
Kind of Obsessed: This Affordable Desk Organizer Will Be My Best Impulse Buy of 2018

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The New Audi RS5’s Aggressive V6 Easily Rivals BMW, Mercedes
The New Audi RS5’s Aggressive V6 Easily Rivals BMW, Mercedes

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Report: Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Arrives in March and Will Cost $200
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The Used Cars We’d Buy Right Now For $10,000
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The 11 Best Mechanical Watches to Wear When Traveling in 2018
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