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Today in Gear: Nixon’s Tide-Tracking Surf Watch, a Badass Dog Leash, Rexford’s New EDC Utility Knife and More


June 25, 2018 Briefings By

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Nixon Base Tide Pro
Nixon released a watch that is essential for beachgoers featuring 550 pre-loaded tide locations, along with sunrise and sunset times for each and every spot. The Base Tide Pro is housed in a durable 42mm TR90 case that is water resistant up to 100 meters. Other functions include three types of alarms, a countdown timer and a chronograph with split function. Available in seven different colors, the watch features a 24mm silicone band with a patented double-locking looper and stainless steel buckle. So whether you’re into surfing, SUP, bodyboarding or swimming, this affordable watch is the water-resistant accessory you need this summer.

New & Noteworthy Releases

This Is the Only Utility Knife You’ll Ever Need
This Is the Only Utility Knife You’ll Ever Need

If anyone is going to update a classic utility tool, it better be the lauded creator himself.

This Might Be the Most Badass Dog Leash Ever Made
This Might Be the Most Badass Dog Leash Ever Made

The Lifetime Leash from Atlas Pet Company ensures you and your dog go on longer, better and safer walks – whether those walks take place in the neighborhood or climbing a mountain.

Breathe New Life Into Your Watch With These High-End Leather Straps
Breathe New Life Into Your Watch With These High-End Leather Straps

Made from calfskin sourced from the best French and Italian tanneries.

The All-New Ford Ranger Raptor Looks Insanely Good Off-Road
The All-New Ford Ranger Raptor Looks Insanely Good Off-Road

As of now, a US-bound Ranger Raptor is still undecided. But if the excitement over this promo video is anything to go by, Ford would be insane to hold back from the American market.

Fresh Deals


Brooks Brothers Summer Sale
Save up to 40%: Off-season sales are an ideal time to invest in multi-season wardrobe classics that you can wear for years to come. A great example is the Brooks Brothers Summer Sale, where discounts are up to 40 percent on a range of well-made garments. Pick from blazers, shirts, shoes and more, but don’t wait because the sale ends on July 8. — John Zientek


Allen Edmonds Bourbon and Merlot Collection Sale
Save over 40%: A quality pair of dress shoes is often a sizable investment. If you’re in need of a reputable pair but have been waiting for a good sale, Allen Edmonds has you covered. You can now save over 40 percent on classic styles from the Bourbon and Merlot collection. The sale includes wingtips, cap-toes, penny loafers and more, so there’s something for everyone. Savings are substantial — the iconic $425 McAllister Wingtip is now selling for $249 — and styles are timeless, so there’s no better time to buy. — John Zientek


Design Within Reach Midsummer Sale
Save Up to 70%: There’s no lack of levels in the strata of furniture design. From Ikea to Herman Miller to custom pieces, there are options for every taste at every price point — but most every design style has an origin or a standard that got it off the ground. These are the products furniture outlet Design Within Reach deals in. And as you might expect, these types of products aren’t often discounted.

Hence why DWR’s Midsummer Sale is worth a few minutes of your time. The high design retailer has cut prices on outdoor furniture, lighting, bar stools and virtually every in-between and adjacent category.

The mountain of discounted design wares is on sale now and until July 10. — Will Price


Classic Items from Patagonia
Save More Than 30%: Patagonia may be the most iconic outdoor brand in the world, and rightly so. Right now some of its most well-known products, including its famous Synchilla fleece pullover, are on sale for over 30 percent off. — Tanner Bowden


FRONTEER Ahwahnee Hiker
Save $110: In case you missed it, last week we published an interview with footwear designer Jon Tang, otherwise known as the brains and brawn behind the outdoor lifestyle footwear brand FRONTEER. Tang had previously worked for Puma and other shoe companies for over a decade before using that experience, along with a penchant for adventure and a love of NASA, to build shoes inspired by the outdoors. (To read the full interview with Tang, click here.)

One of those shoes, the Ahwahnee Hiker, is currently available at Backcountry for 65 percent off. That brings the price from $170 down to just $60, which is a huge discount, especially considering that FRONTEER is a small brand that prizes craftsmanship and quality over large-scale production.

The Ahwahnee is also the epitome of the new category of outdoor lifestyle gear (and was featured in our latest magazine story about the topic, which you can read here). It looks like a hiking boot, but is built for the everyday use and is suitable for life in towns and cities. — Tanner Bowden


The North Face Apex Flex GTX Jacket
Save 30%: Whether you’re a softshell convert yet or not, this one is definitely worth adding to your gear lineup. The North Face has packed a lot of tech into this jacket; it’s got a 3-layer GoreTex membrane to keep you totally shielded from wind and rain, plus sealed seams and zippers. And unlike a lot of dedicated all-weather shells, this one has a full brushed knit lining for a great next-to-skin feel, meaning it’s comfortable and breathable even without multiple layers under it. If you need a jacket that excels in transitional weather — spring skiing, late-fall hikes and January bike commutes — we’d say you just struck gold. — Andy Frakes


Niner RIP 9 RDO XT Complete Mountain Bike
Save 30%: It doesn’t take long to figure out that a quality mountain bike can cost a small fortune — they land in the same price range as some used cars, after all. SO when a complete bike like the carbon fiber Niner RIP 9 RDO XT goes on sale, it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

The Niner RIP 9 RDO XT is ideal for the rockier trails you’ll likely come across. Not only is it able to take three-inch wide 27.5-inch tires in the back as well as 29-inch tires, but the CVA suspension also allows you nearly six-inches of suspension travel — all come together to give you an incredibly controlled ride. Right now, you can head over to Backcountry and save nearly $1600 off the Niner RIP 9 RDO XT’s regular price of $5600. This might be the deal of the season. — Bryan Campbell


Vans Sneakers From Need Supply Co.
Save 30-50%: Very few things say casual summer style like a fresh pair of Vans canvas or leather sneakers. And if you’re like most of us, you’d prefer to find a pair in a cool colorway instead of rocking the old standards. The brand has recently been putting out some of their classic silhouettes like the Old Skool and Sk8 Hi in cool color combos — Porcini, Marshmallow and Apricot Ice to name a few — and thanks to the site’s big summer sale, Need Supply has these kicks at a steep discount.

Popular sizes should sell fast — get yours while the getting’s good.— Andy Frakes

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