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May 15, 2018 Briefings By

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These Towels Are Big and Cozy Enough to Replace Your Throw Blanket
To be perfectly frank, life is way too short to use shitty towels, and I for one will no longer put up with the thin garbage that would hardly wrap around a light pole, much less a person. Enter Brooklinen’s righteously enormous terry weave towels. Long-staple cotton makes these towels durable and long-lasting, but not at all rough or irritating on the skin. The Super-Plush Complete Towel Set comes with two bath sheets (think a typical bath towel, but more like an adult-sized swaddle), two bath towels, two hand towels, two washcloths and a bath mat.


New & Noteworthy Releases

Every Traveling Wireless Headphone Owner Needs This $40 Accessory
Every Traveling Wireless Headphone Owner Needs This $40 Accessory

Don't be forced to used the cheap wired earbuds from Delta.

Nike Just Redesigned One of Its Best Running Shoes, and We Can’t Wait to Test It
Nike Just Redesigned One of Its Best Running Shoes, and We Can’t Wait to Test It

Nike announces its newest sneaker update and we can't wait to run in them.

A 35-Year Old Scotch Whisky Club Just Dominated the Most Important Event in Spirits
A 35-Year Old Scotch Whisky Club Just Dominated the Most Important Event in Spirits

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society just took home Best Blended Malt Scotch, the prestigious Director's Award of Excellence and Best in Show Whisky (that would be the best whisky in any category) at the 2018...

IWC’s New Portofino Watches Get Enthusiast-Approved Dials and Straps
IWC’s New Portofino Watches Get Enthusiast-Approved Dials and Straps

Small tweaks that make a big impact.

Rapha’s Latest Product Launch Does Something Better than Any Other Cycling Brand
Rapha’s Latest Product Launch Does Something Better than Any Other Cycling Brand

Bib shorts and saddles were previously considered separately by cyclists. Rapha is looking to change that.

The Fitness Tracking Tech Used by Active Navy SEALs is Now Even More Accessible
The Fitness Tracking Tech Used by Active Navy SEALs is Now Even More Accessible

With data taken 100 times per second, this tracker offers a unique look at your everyday performance.

Master & Dynamic’s New Headphones Let You Swap Between Over-Ear and On-Ear Fits
Master & Dynamic’s New Headphones Let You Swap Between Over-Ear and On-Ear Fits

Can't decide want style of wireless headphones you want? Now you don't have to.

Nike’s Newest Sneaker Is on Fire, and These Just-Released Colors Are the Best Yet
Nike’s Newest Sneaker Is on Fire, and These Just-Released Colors Are the Best Yet

Nike's Air Max 270 Flyknit finally gets the love it so very much deserves.

Yamaha’s A/V Receivers Use Artificial Intelligence So Movies Sound Even Better
Yamaha’s A/V Receivers Use Artificial Intelligence So Movies Sound Even Better

They support the latest HDR and surround sound technologies, too.


Fresh Deals


Leatherman’s Best-Selling Multi-Tool
Save 20%: Leatherman, like Kleenex and Band-Aid, is one of those brand names that has come to stand for the category of products it produces: multi-tools. That’s because we’ve collectively agreed that Leatherman produces some of the best available, and among the 50-plus tools in its arsenal, the Wave is the best-seller.

The Wave features all the tools one might imagine should be present in a multi-tool: serrated and plain-edge knives, pliers, scissors, a bottle and can opener, wire cutters, a screwdriver, a ruler, a file. Nothing overly-specialized or unnecessarily specific is present, just the essentials. It opens in a butterfly shape; it’s made of stainless steel; it is the classic Leatherman, which makes it the classic multi-tool.

Right now the Wave is on sale for 20 percent off from Leatherman. The multi-tool is four inches when closed, weighs 8.5 ounces and comes with a classic leather sheath and a 25-year warranty. — Tanner Bowden


New Balance ML574v2
Save 25%: While known for performance footwear, New Balance also makes a range of sneakers designed for everyday wear. Before becoming the über-shoe brand it is today, New Balance produced arch supports for the first half of the 20th century. Things changed for the brand when it manufactured the world’s first ripple sole running shoe in 1960. Through the ‘70s the brand grew from a team of six shoe builders to a large-scale operation — now, there are three factories in Maine (Norridgewock, Skowhegan, and Norway), a plant in Boston and another in Lawrence, Massachusetts. There are also factories across the world that produce the brand’s more affordable styles.

One of the brand’s most iconic and affordable everyday styles is the 574 silhouette. First introduced in ’88, the style quickly became one of New Balance’s most popular models. The shoe features a combination suede-nylon upper, an Encap midsole for cushioning and a durable rubber outsole. Now at Zappos, you can save 25 percent on the New Balance ML574v2 sneaker in five different colorways. That means you can pick it up for just $60.

That said, if you’d rather invest in an American-made silhouette, you can pick up the 997 in Khaki and Gray for 31 percent off at End. The slightly sleeker silhouette features a suede upper, a perforated toe box and an Encap midsole. Also, another American-made style just launched today at Todd Snyder. The New Balance + Todd Snyder 998 in Sunset Pink ($218) has a gray and pink suede upper and is limited to 300 pairs. Whatever style you decide on, you’ll be investing in a piece of classically American footwear. — John Zientek


Miir Bags
Save $79: Miir makes commuter and daypacks that are ideal to get you to and from work thanks to bombproof nylon, pockets galore and water resistant zippers. In black or grey, the urban-friendly bags come in four styles: a pouch, daypack, commuter pack and tote. Each is on sale today for up to 50 percent off. If you’re experimenting with bike commuting (it is National Bike to Work Month) this pack will help streamline your morning. — Meg Lappe


Anker LC90 Tactical Flashlight
Save 62%: Before the advent of the smartphone, with its built-in flash, flashlights were an everyday essential. They were kept on bedside tables, in pantry drawers, one in the garage and one in the glovebox — in an emergency, there was no substitute. That’s still true though, despite our complacent notion that a cell phone’s light is a viable stand-in.

It’s time to give back the flashlight its due, and if that means a restock, then Anker’s LC90 is a solid choice. The LC90, currently on sale at Amazon, is super-bright, with an adjustable output of up to 900 lumens that can light up roughly an eighth of a mile’s worth of distance. The tactical flashlight comes with five different modes that include three different brightnesses, a flashing strobe and SOS. Gone are the days of hoarding AAA Duracells — the six-hour battery on this flashlight charges with a micro USB cable. If you need any further convincing, check with the almost 2,000 customers who have purchased and reviewed the Anker LC90 to make it one of top-100 sports and outdoors products on Amazon. — Tanner Bowden


Today on Gear Patrol

The 12 Best Sweat-Wicking Running Shirts Right Now
The 12 Best Sweat-Wicking Running Shirts Right Now

You just need one great running shirt to be convinced — and we have 12 of them.

Kind of Obsessed: My Go-To Motorcycle Jacket Is Outdated and Wildly Impractical
Kind of Obsessed: My Go-To Motorcycle Jacket Is Outdated and Wildly Impractical

It nails the racing aesthetic of the seventies but still hasn't broken in after 500 miles of riding.

This Korean BBQ Sauce Makes My Cooking Seem Way Better Than it Is
This Korean BBQ Sauce Makes My Cooking Seem Way Better Than it Is

This sauce is the perfect match for otherwise boring meal prep lunches.

The 9 Best Baseball Caps to Wear This Summer
The 9 Best Baseball Caps to Wear This Summer

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