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Thermacell Mosquito Repellent
Anybody who has used mosquito spray — which I assume is everybody — knows that there are obvious downsides. It’s oily. It smells bad. And it doesn’t always work. There are other alternatives to spray, of course, such as torches or candles, but those aren’t always effective either and are more sedentary. A better solution, and one that’s also portable (making it just as ideal for backpacking and picnicking as it is for the backyard), is Thermacell’s Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent ($50). It’s a rechargeable gadget that’s smaller than most Bluetooth speakers, and it’s super simple to use. Press a single button and it creates a 110-square foot
New & Noteworthy Releases
Giro releases the Aether MIPS, a new road bike helmet that makes no compromises in providing the utmost in comfort, ventilation and safety - and it looks pretty damn good too.
In case you missed it, the best basketball player alive is now a member of the most famous basketball team of all time. And jerseys are already selling out.
In addition to finally coming back in stock, the sought-after Marlin now comes with a handsome new dial.
It doesn't matter what your approach to packing for a trip is, Eagle Creek's new travel organizers will change the way you prepare for a trip.
It comes with built-in Chromecast, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth -- basically everything you need.
Save up to 57%: If you’ve always fancied the style of Italian-made Ray-Ban sunglasses, but haven’t been able to stomach the list price, Nordstrom Rack has a deal for you. Currently, three different frames are up to 57 percent off and each one is selling for just $80. You have options including both polarized and non-polarized lenses, and black and Havana acetate frames. If that doesn’t do it for you, Backcountry is offering 25 percent off on a pair of polarized Aviators — they’re more expensive, but a completely different style. — John Zientek
Save up to 49%: The summer heat is just settling in, but there’s still a chance to score some warm-weather kicks for a good deal. Now at Huckberry, you can save up to 49 percent on a bunch of summer sneakers from SeaVees. Pick from slip-on or lace-up styles with durable vulcanized soles in a range of colorways — prices start at just $45. — John Zientek
Worn & Wound Watch Accessories
Save 15%: Every watch nerd knows the watch obsession doesn’t stop at just the watch. There’s a whole world of accessories out there — cases, pouches and tools — that will keep your watch protected and looking fresh. Worn & Wound, in particular, makes some excellent options, and if you’re in need of a new band of a protective case for traveling with your collection, now’s a great time to pounce, as its having a site-wide sale until July 8th. Simply use the code JULY42018 and you can score 15 percent off Worn & Wound’s wide selection of nylon NATOs, leather straps, travel cases, tools and more. — Andrew Connor
Steelcase Gesture Office Chair
Save $208: Office furniture and Steelcase may as well be synonymous. And though Steelcase may not be the maker of the office chair (by most accounts, that would be Herman Miller’s Aeron), its Gesture seating was and is a game-changer.
Gesture was released five years ago, and represented something of a shift in how Steelcase viewed products for office use. Mostly, it showed the company understood the office worker of real life is not an android — more simply, people naturally slouch, bend, lean and sit on chairs how they please, not how models in a showroom might.
Wirecutter, who named the Gesture the best office chair you can buy, wrote this of it: “One of the most adjustable chairs available — anyone can make the Gesture comfortable, regardless of their height or size—and built to last.”
The gist is it’s built to automatically adjust to you and how you sit at different points in the day at work, and today it is more than $200 off its usual price on Amazon, good for its lowest price ever. — Will Price
Alpinestars New Land Gore-Tex Jacket
Save 33%: Any long adventure or touring ride will inevitably see a broad spectrum of weather. It might be sweltering riding through a desert during the day, but you better believe the temperatures will drop as quickly as the sun sets. And if your altimeter reading is on the rise so are your chances of seeing multiple seasons along the way — you don’t want to be caught unprepared. — Bryan Campbell
J. Crew All Stars Sale
Save up to 57%: If you’re always admiring the window display at J. Crew (and maybe flinching at some of the price tags) we’ve got something for you — a smattering of great warm-weather styles, on sale this week.
Freshen up your summer look with some of our top picks below, and make sure to shop the rest of the sale while you’re there. — Andy Frakes
Fly Fishing Essentials On Sale
Save up to 50%: Fly fishing is typically thought of as a kind of “gentleman’s sport,” mainly because it can get really costly really fast. And for those of us who don’t live anywhere near a decent stream or river, it’s likely to involve some travel, too. But you don’t need to blow a month’s salary on gear to hit the daily limit on rainbow trout — you just need to get out there and, ideally, be smarter than the fish. And with a basic lineup like this one you’ll be spinning line in no time.
BackCountry has a big, big sale going on right now, and it’s got everything you need to go from streets to stream (or boardroom to boulder wall, for that matter). Check out our list of fly fishing essentials, and shop the rest of the sale to pick up anything you need for hiking, camping, climbing or skiing. — Andy Frakes
Today on Gear Patrol
A $400 electric wood pellet smoker could very well be the best in its class.
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Thanks to durable materials and innovative constructions, sandals aren't just for beaches and poolsides anymore. The six on this list are built for river trips and full-on hikes -- you can wear them anywhere.
The sweat-wicking shirts from Endeavor are enhanced with DryForce technology — we put the shirt through the ringer to get a feel for how it really performs in the heat.
This year, three of our favorite cooler companies gave their best soft-sided cold-keepers backpack straps. We put them to the test to figure out which one is worth your money.
The KEF LS50 Wireless speakers are way more than your average bookshelf speakers. It's a hi-fi speaker system that's primed for audiophiles.
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