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Today in Gear: Snowe’s Perfect Beach Towel, Refurbished Gear From The North Face, the Amazon FireCube TV and More


June 7, 2018 Briefings By

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New & Noteworthy Releases


The One Beach Towel You Need to Make it Through Summer
Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, meaning summer is here to stay. The one accessory that’s a must-have (besides a swimsuit, obviously) is a beautiful towel. Snowe’s beach towel is wider than a twin bed so that you can nap on it without any sandy worries. It’s pretty much big enough for two (nearly a foot longer than most standard beach towels), so you get to be the hero if someone forgets theirs. The 100 percent long staple cotton is made in Portugal and is super plush, but can still get thrown in the washer and dryer — because no-frills is always best.

This Is the Craighill Desk Knife, and You Need One Immediately
This Is the Craighill Desk Knife, and You Need One Immediately

The Desk Knife is just over five inches long and slightly thicker than a half inch. It's milled in Wisconsin from a solid shaft of stainless steel, then notched every half inch to improve grip...

Carry Your Watch in ’90s Style with These Colorful (But Durable) Pouches
Carry Your Watch in ’90s Style with These Colorful (But Durable) Pouches

They're crafted from durable 100D nylon and soft, crystal-protecting neoprene.

Alpina’s New Sub-$1,000 Travel Watch Is Built for Adventure
Alpina’s New Sub-$1,000 Travel Watch Is Built for Adventure

It boasts a travel-ready GMT complication and a 300-meter depth rating.

Introducing the New Most Protective Helmet in the World
Introducing the New Most Protective Helmet in the World

The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile has been working on a new standard for helmets in motorsport. This is now safest and most protective helmet you'll be able to buy.

There’s a New Way to Get Cheap Gear from The North Face
There’s a New Way to Get Cheap Gear from The North Face

The North Face is the latest on a growing list of big outdoor gear companies that are facing up to the environmental impact caused by manufacturing. Its new site, The North Face Renewed, is dedicated...

Amazon’s New Set-Top Box Is Pretty Cool — But Should You Buy It?
Amazon’s New Set-Top Box Is Pretty Cool — But Should You Buy It?

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is a hybrid between an Amazon Echo speaker and a Fire TV streaming dongle. Plus, it functions as a universal remote for your home theater.

Fresh Deals


Rains Waterproof Bags
Save 30%: Everyone should have a solid waterproof commuter bag for days with predicted showers. Danish brand Rains makes a range of minimalist waterproof bags that feature Aquaguard coil zippers to keep all your necessities dry. Now at Need Supply, a number of the brand’s bags are 30 percent off. Choose from a tote, a backpack and a duffel, among others, but if you see something you like act fast — prices start at just $35, so the inventory won’t be around long. — John Zientek


Snake River Farms Father’s Day Deal
Save 10%: Snake River Farms, a family owned and operated business, brings some of the best cuts of beef to your home kitchen. Just in time for Father’s Day, you can save 10 percent on all gift sets with code HEARTDAD. Pick from Wagyu beef, tomahawk steaks, Kurobuta pork and other cuts for Dad. The meat is aged for 21 days or more and is hand cut by a master butcher. Whether dad is a Sunday-exclusive grill guy, or an ‘every night is grill night’ man, Snake River Farms has something for him. — Meg Lappe


Huckberry x Chippewa Service Boot
Save $97: Finding a boot that’s built to last isn’t that difficult. However, getting your hands on a boot that’ll stand up to everything you throw at it and has an affordable price tag is a much rarer item. Right now, you can save $97 on the exclusive Huckberry and Chippewa Service boot made from full-grain American-hide. Additionally, there’s no break-in period — these boots come as comfortable as they’ll probably ever get. You could go out of your way, spend a few hundred dollars more on custom-tailord boots with a torturous two-year break-in period, but why would you when this beautiful bot presents itself? The Huckberry x Chippewa Service Boot will be the last pair of boots you’ll have to buy for quite some time. — Bryan Campbell


Snow Peak Giga Power Stove
Save $18: The Snow Peak Giga Power Stove will get you through just about any summer camping adventure. Weekend warriors will appreciate the collapsible leg design that packs down into a plastic carrying case no bigger than a deck of cards. Be sure to add a gas canister to your shopping cart, so when the stove arrives, you’re ready to hit the road. Originally $40, you can save $18 now. — Meg Lappe


Hudson London Sandgate Suede Chelsea Boots
Save 30%: Chelsea boots are one of the more versatile boot styles you can own. The hard-wearing style looks just as good with faded jeans as it does with slacks and a blazer. If you’re looking for an affordable pair to invest in, consider the Sandgate model from Hudson London. Available with both brown and black suede uppers, the boot features crepe soles, pull tabs and elasticized side goring. And now at Need Supply, the style is 30 percent off and costs just $115. — John Zientek

Today on Gear Patrol

2019 Subaru Ascent Review: A Much-Needed and Very Good Three-Row SUV
2019 Subaru Ascent Review: A Much-Needed and Very Good Three-Row SUV

The Ascent comes loaded with cool features and innovative twists, and it finally brings Subaru’s A-game to the contest. It’s late to that particular game, of course, but it’s playing catch-up for all it’s worth.

The Outpost Trade is Where We’ll Be Come September
The Outpost Trade is Where We’ll Be Come September

Music, food and discussions around the best new gear, make the Outpost an ideal weekend away.

Sony’s Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker Is Now $102 Off
Sony’s Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker Is Now $102 Off

If you're looking for a very good and rugged portable Bluetooth speaker for summer, strike now while the prices are low.

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