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Today in Gear: TAG Heuer’s New Everyday Timepiece, Porsche’s Sleek Speedster Concept, Titanium Blades from James Brand and More


June 11, 2018 Briefings By

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Though the Carrera name is usually associated with TAG Heuer’s iconic chronograph, the watchmaker’s entry-level time-and-date version looks perfect for everyday wear. Coming in at 39mm in diameter, it’s the ideal size for almost any wearer, remaining reserved in profile with just the right amount of wrist presence. The case design is clean and modern (just like the brand’s most well-known designs) and the dial features guilloche finishing and polished hour indices.

The heart beating inside the Carrera is TAG Heuer’s Calibre 5, a workhorse automatic ticking away at 28,8000 beats per minute, and operable at up to 100 meters in water thanks to the Carrera’s case and sturdy build. It comes affixed to a stainless steel bracelet that’s refined enough to wear on special occasions and durable enough to wear to the beach. And given that the entire package costs just $2,500, it’s a reasonable amount to pay for a watch that’ll function day-in and day-out for an entire lifetime of use.


New & Noteworthy Releases

Volkswagen Just Canceled the Passat GT, an Audi A4 for $7,000 Less
Volkswagen Just Canceled the Passat GT, an Audi A4 for $7,000 Less

Based on a concept Volkswagen brought to Automobility LA in 2016, Wolfsburg gave the new sporty Passat GT the green light.

This New Knife Is Subtle, Futuristic and Practical
This New Knife Is Subtle, Futuristic and Practical

Zero Tolerance is known for working with knife makers to create forward-thinking blade designs. Its latest model, a folding pocket knife called the 0470, follows the trend while maintaining plenty of practical everyday use.

Porsche’s New Drop-Top Is an Ode to Some of the Prettiest Roadsters Ever Made
Porsche’s New Drop-Top Is an Ode to Some of the Prettiest Roadsters Ever Made

Featuring a chopped-down windshield, an analog powerplant and a spartan interior.

One of Our Favorite Knife Makers Has a New Collection
One of Our Favorite Knife Makers Has a New Collection

The minimalist designs and high-quality builds have made pocket knives from The James Brand some of our favorites. Today, the blade maker revealed its new Titanium Collection.

This Affordable Fitness Tracker Lets Your Kids Compete With You
This Affordable Fitness Tracker Lets Your Kids Compete With You

It's another way to compete against your son or daughter.


Fresh Deals


MSR Hubba Hubba NX Tent
Save $80: If any tent could be considered a modern classic, it might just be the Hubba Hubba. MSR’s experience designing tents goes way back — its first shelter debuted in 1973. It built the Hubba Hubba for lightweight backpacking but constructed it with enough space to keep even the once-in-a-while camper comfortable. That’s largely a result of an innovative single-unit pole design that stretches the interior walls wide and lifts the tent ceiling at the same time. The result is a two-person tent that is 43 cubic feet in volume, weighs just under four pounds and packs down smaller than most sleeping bags. That makes the tent light enough for multi-day treks and spacious enough for a weekend music festival.

Now through June 16, you can get this best-selling tent for $80 less than full price at Backcountry when you enter the code SMR20 at checkout. The discount applies to a handful of pieces of camping and climbing gear; you can shop the full sale here. — Tanner Bowden


L.L. Bean Father’s Day Deal
Save 20%: The bean boots are an iconic style that L.L. Bean just keeps pumping out of Brunswick, Maine. While they’re not the prettiest boots we’ve seen, the bean boot is a staple in every dad’s wardrobe. Save 20 percent on all men’s clothing and footwear now through Sunday. If you haven’t started shopping for Father’s Day, now seems like a good time to do so. Be sure to use code FORDAD at checkout. — Meg Lappe


Alternative Apparel Heavyweight T-Shirt
Save 69%: A quality t-shirt is never a bad investment. Chances are, you’ll wear it more than many other items in your closet. If you’re looking for a good option, Alternative Apparel makes a heavyweight pocket tee that is both soft and durable. Available in black, navy and vintage coal colorways, it’s now 60 percent off at Nordstrom Rack — that means you’ll only pay $15 for this understated wardrobe staple. — John Zientek


Nike Exercise Sneakers
Save 20%: Lost in the hubbub of new releases and colorway updates is a simple truth: athletic footwear of the year past (or in some cases just a few months ago) is not completely worthless immediately upon a newer model’s release.

For those who follow value before hype, there’s this summer sneaker sale from Nike. Some of our staff’s favorite sport sneakers that were already on sale are now even more so – think the Metcon 4, Pegasus 34, Zoom Flyknit Racer, among others.

On sale models and colorways that qualify are 20 percent cheaper with code 20SUMMER applied on the cart page. — Will Price


Cheap Patio Furniture
Save Up to 70%: Yes, even in the realm of outdoor furniture and gear, high design has its place – but for the new homeowner or renter, the budget reservoir tends to be on the dryer side once it comes time to outfit the backyard.

Enter, Wayfair’s Summer Outdoor Sale: the sale for the budget-absent owner of a new backyard. Questionable quality, high affordability and acceptable looks combine in a whirlwind of perfectly mediocre outdoor products – a functional porch lamp, a 5-seater sofa that isn’t completely atrocious, an entry-level smoker, a chaise to get a tan on and so, so much more.

The sale encompasses cheap outdoor furniture, grills and accompanying accessories, sheds, waterproof cushions, firepits and even hot tubs, all up to 70 percent off. — Will Price


Clarks Desert Boots
Save $40: Few shoes have the kind of pedigree assigned to the Clarks Desert Boot — a simple suede chukka inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by British officers in World War II. Right now, you can score a pair in taupe suede for 30 percent off the normal asking price. — Jack Seemer


Indochino Suits on Sale
Save up to 60%: Purchasing a made-to-measure suit is a great way to get that “custom” look without shelling out for a fully bespoke item – you simply choose an available style, enter in your own measurements and order. These days, you don’t even have to visit a physical retailer to get this experience, as many brands allow you to enter your measurements online, and several weeks later, the suit shows up at your doorstep.

Indochino is currently offering up to 60% off their made-to-measure suiting in a multitude of colors, materials and styles – there’s merino, mohair, linen and even a two-piece, teal corduroy option for that one friend whom you feel obliged to invite to the wedding because you’ve known him since kindergarten but whom you’d prefer would generally disassociate himself from you when in public. Customizable options include the number of vents on the jacket, the number of buttons, the lapel type, whether there are pleats on the pants and more. With something for everyone and at these prices, a custom-cut suit is clearly a no-brainer. — Oren Hartov


Today on Gear Patrol

This Year’s Best Commuter Bikes for Any Budget
This Year’s Best Commuter Bikes for Any Budget

Get from home to work and back again in fine style.

The 9 Best Earbuds Under $50
The 9 Best Earbuds Under $50

No, the 3.5mm headphone jack isn't dead. And it won't be for some time.

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T Review: All the Best Performance Goods, None of the Excess Weight
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T Review: All the Best Performance Goods, None of the Excess Weight

All this less-weight and more tech will cost about $10,000 more than the standard 911 Carerra. For about nine percent more money, you get approximately 25 percent more experience.

There’s More to Scandinavian Design Than Ikea — Here Are 5 Designers to Know
There’s More to Scandinavian Design Than Ikea — Here Are 5 Designers to Know

Coast-to-coast, Scandinavian design has taken root and dug deep. But Ikea is only the start of it.

The Best Sunglasses You Can Buy All Come From Japan
The Best Sunglasses You Can Buy All Come From Japan

They come with a premium price tag, but that’s to be expected given the level of craftsmanship.

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