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April 27, 2018 Briefings By

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These Are The Perfect Boardshorts for Surfing

Meet Quiksilver’s newest pair of boardshorts, the Highline New Wave Pro ($200). The 19-inch, knee-length boardshorts are engineered with Highlite 4-way stretch fabric to give you complete freedom of movement in and out of the water. Lightweight, comfortable and perfect for surfing all day long, each pair is coated with DryFlight hydrophobic so that they repel water and dry fast. They’re the iconic brand’s most technological pair of boardshorts ever.

If you want to check them out in action, Quiksilver athletes will be competing in the New Wave Pro at the Founders’ Cup on May 5 and 6. They’ll be riding the artificial-and-perfect waves at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch — super cool — and Quiksilver is giving away a trip for two with front row seats and VIP access to the event. Sign up for your chance to go, here. (Deadline to apply is May 3.) And yes, if you win you’ll also get a fresh pair of New Wave Pro boardshorts.

New & Noteworthy Releases

This New Swiss Army Knife Just Took Home One of the Most Prestigious Design Awards in the World
This New Swiss Army Knife Just Took Home One of the Most Prestigious Design Awards in the World

Victorinox's Jetsetter multitool has a super durable frame and clever features that made it a winner at this year's Red Dot Design Awards.

This New Travel Watch Blends Fine Watchmaking and Rugged Utility
This New Travel Watch Blends Fine Watchmaking and Rugged Utility

Apparently, it's made for "men of action." Whatever that means.

Mophie’s New Charging Cases Nearly Double Your Phone’s Battery Life
Mophie’s New Charging Cases Nearly Double Your Phone’s Battery Life

Yes, they also support Qi-wireless charging.

This Euro-Spec MX-5 Is Stunning. Thankfully, Its Paint Is Available in the US
This Euro-Spec MX-5 Is Stunning. Thankfully, Its Paint Is Available in the US

It's like a mirror reflection of a clear sky on a sunny day.

This New Boost Sneaker from Adidas Was Created for City Runners
This New Boost Sneaker from Adidas Was Created for City Runners

Speedy shoes created in a speed factory with data from fast folks.

Is This The Ultimate Low Light Portrait Lens?
Is This The Ultimate Low Light Portrait Lens?

Designed to work Leica M, Sony E and Fuji X mounts.


Fresh Deals


Patagonia Snap-T Fleece Pullover
Save $40: The Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T fleece pullover is a staple in every man’s closet. Everyone from backpackers to dads to hikers to college students to Coachella attendees to urbanites has made the style work for them — and somehow, it does. A polyester fleece made from recycled materials makes the outside feel as soft as the interior. It’ll keep you plenty warm throughout the rest of any in-between rainy season you’re dealing with, or those bizarrely cold San Francisco summers. Grab one of last season’s colors now for up to $40 off. — Meg Lappe


Mystery Ranch Mission Duffel
Save 45%: Summer travelers who eschew the roll-aboard face a crucial choice: duffel or backpack. The former is a stalwart gear-hauler with plenty of space, but it lacks interior organization while the latter is easy to carry and packed with pockets and features, but has poor access to its contents and broadcasts the globetrotting backpacker look to the locals. There is a middle ground though, and Mystery Ranch has found it expertly with its Mission Duffel.

The Mission, currently on sale in the 90-liter size for 45 percent off, is a duffel with backpack straps. In the past few years, these bags have found a place in almost every outdoor gear maker’s collection, but the Mission stands out among the pack thanks to its comfortable stow-away backpack straps. They’re not just an afterthought; Mystery Ranch has taken what it’s learned in building excellent backpacking bags and applied it to the duffel.

The Mission wins bonus points for its large, U-shaped opening that provides plenty of access and for the many zippered mesh organizing pockets found inside. The bag is also water-resistant, as any good duffel should be. All of these features helped make the Mystery Ranch Mission Duffel one of our favorites for 2018. — Tanner Bowden


Roomba 960
Save $100: It’s not often those keen on exercising control over machines before Skynet assumes control and want to save a cool $100 are satisfied with a single link, but today that changes. iRobot’s (not the Will Smith film) Roomba 960 is the second most powerful consumer robot vacuum available (only behind its big brother, the 980) and can actually be told what to do thanks to Alexa and Google Assitant integration, though commands are limited to the likes of “Roomba, clean,” “Roomba, charge,” and not “Roomba, you missed a spot.” It can also be controlled by an app on your phone when you’re away from home, and it’s smartly short (3.5 inches) enough to slip under most beds, chairs and couches.

The most respected name in robot vacuums rarely cuts prices on its high-end helpers, but today the asking price is at least slightly more reasonable — $100 shaved off the top, bringing it to $600. Consider, though, you’ll not only have a robot to boss around, it’ll also piss your cat off and clean the cat’s hair up, simultaneously. — Will Price


I Pack This Nonessential Accessory for Every Trip
Save 40%: I’m a purist when it comes to packing, choosing to bring only the items I know that I’ll use. That frees up space in my bag for some things that might be considered unnecessary, like Goal Zero’s Lighthouse Mini lantern, which is currently 40 percent off. — Tanner Bowden


Fulton & Roark Solid Cologne
Save 30%: If you refuse to check a bag as I do, the concept of transporting liquids (especially cologne) poses a potential challenge. Combat that stale plane smell with Fulton & Roark’s solid colognes that are travel-friendly. There’s no three-ounce rule to abide by with essentially a bar of soap. And now, all Shackleford colognes, shaving kits, and dop kits are up to 30 percent off. A one-stop-shop for all your travel needs. — Meg Lappe


Today on Gear Patrol

What Makes This Coffee Maker the Best? More Than You Might Think.
What Makes This Coffee Maker the Best? More Than You Might Think.

The Specialty Coffee Association does not pull punches when testing the coffee makers that eventually wind up in your kitchen.

After 110 Years, Morgan Still Handcrafts Its Cars Using Wood
After 110 Years, Morgan Still Handcrafts Its Cars Using Wood

To say Morgan Motor Company hasn’t strayed far from its roots would be too much understatement even for your average Englishman.

This Massive Curved Monitor Made Us Instantly More Productive
This Massive Curved Monitor Made Us Instantly More Productive

This week in the office, we have a huge curved monitor from BenQ, the Freefly Movi and a wireless charger by Native Union.

The 11 Best Camp Chairs of 2018
The 11 Best Camp Chairs of 2018

Lightweight seating for every type of camping out there.

The Affordable Alternative to the Expensive British Motorcycle Jacket Everyone Wants
The Affordable Alternative to the Expensive British Motorcycle Jacket Everyone Wants

With a garage full of countless motorcycle jackets, every time I jump on a motorcycle, I find myself pulling the Zircon off the rack.

We Found Three Unique Chronographs From the ’60s and ’70s
We Found Three Unique Chronographs From the ’60s and ’70s

Three vintage pieces from Seiko, Omega and Movado.

4 Affordable Four-Door Cars To Buy Before They Become Classics
4 Affordable Four-Door Cars To Buy Before They Become Classics

Soon enough, people will be clamoring for these cars in a desperate attempt to escape the dull, lifeless army of oddly sized compact SUVs roaming the earth.

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