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Today in Gear: TOMS’ New Lightweight Casual Sneakers, Oru’s First Foldable Tandem Kayak and More


August 14, 2018 Briefings By

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TOMS Birch Canvas TRVL LITE Low Sneaker
These days, casual sneakers need to do it all — they should dress up for the office just as well as they dress down for drinks with friends. A superb modern sneaker is built for life on the move.

Which is just what socially-conscious brand TOMS has achieved in the Birch Canvas TRVL LITE Low Sneaker—a comfortable, durable shoe that is significantly lighter than most others. That’s because TOMS paired a unique rubber-EVA blended cupsole with a molded cork-covered footbed, balancing lightweight construction and superior cushioning. The timeless profile, birch canvas upper and added features like a leather heel counter and grosgrain pull tab ensure these shoes not only go anywhere but go with anything.


New & Noteworthy Releases

The ‘Ferrari’ from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day off’ Is up for Grabs
The ‘Ferrari’ from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day off’ Is up for Grabs

If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

Like Retro Outdoor Gear? Look to Japan (and This Backpack)
Like Retro Outdoor Gear? Look to Japan (and This Backpack)

As a whole, Japan has been more receptive to retro outdoor lifestyle gear. Natal Design is one example of a brand that's doing it right.

This Is How Honda Plans To Fight Ducati
This Is How Honda Plans To Fight Ducati

It looks like Honda is bringing an all-new show-stopper to EICMA this year in the form a wholly revised 2019 Honda CBR1000RR.

These Trippy Tees Are Made from Organic Cotton
These Trippy Tees Are Made from Organic Cotton

Available in five colors.

Here’s a Sneak Peek of Oru Kayak’s First Foldable Tandem Boat
Here’s a Sneak Peek of Oru Kayak’s First Foldable Tandem Boat

It's like a bicycle built for two, but it's a kayak.



Fresh Deals



Brooks Brothers Clearance Sale
Save up to 70% Off Even if you don’t wear one every day, a great suit is worth the investment. And right now, a lot of sharp, classic versions from Brooks Brothers are deeply discounted. If you’re in the market for a new suit, now would be a good time to pick one up.
— Justin Fenner


Bose QC30 Noise-Canceling In-Ear Headphones
Save $50:
Whether you prefer in-ear or over-ear noise-canceling headphones, Bose arguably makes the best models of both. Its QC35 IIs are the most comfortable over-ear models that I’ve ever tried. And it’s QC30s are definitely the best in-ear ANC headphones you can buy. Now, Amazon is selling both Bose headphones at $50 off. The QC35 IIs cost $299, down from their normal $349. And the QC30s cost $249, down from their normal $299.


Adidas, Nike, Reebok and More EBay Sale
Save 70%: There’s never a time like the present to stock up on workout gear. There’s a massive sale on eBay with brand new Adidas, Nike, Reebok and Under Armour all for 70 percent off. Pick up a new pair of sweats, gym shorts or a long sleeve tech tee, and you’ll be all set for the next season of fitness. There are a few additional sales, like the buy-on-get-one 50 percent off deal with all adidas items. Then enter code POPULAR at checkout for an additional 15 percent off. There’s really no reason for why you wouldn’t go all in. Here are a few items we found to help you get started. — Meg Lappe


Alpina Alpiner Automatic
Save 65%: Alpina is a Swiss watch brand with a penchant for making accessibly priced, vintage style tool watches, but a campaign on Massdrop has one of the brand’s most basic watches, the Alpiner Automatic, at a massive discount: about 65 percent off. So, for just $500, you can get a well-rounded watch that features an automatic movement (basically a Sellita SW200), a handsome dial and a stainless steel bracelet. If you’ve been looking for a simple, reasonably-priced piece to dip your toes into mechanical watches, you can’t do much better than this. — Andrew Connor


Lawn Mowers, Hedge Trimmers and Leaf Blowers
Save Up to 80%>For those of us lucky enough to have a yard, today’s eBay sale is for you.

Markdowns up to 80 percent off established, trusted yardwork brands like Husqvarna, Dewalt and Makita are all over the place (as are the “Almost gone!” stickers). Take an 18-volt cordless chainsaw for $480 cheaper than retail, or a manual push mower for more than 80 percent off. Save an additional 15 percent on any one item with code POPULAR at checkout. — Will Price


Lodge Square 10.5-Inch Skillet
Save 58%>Lodge’s cast-iron skillets are the benchmark for American-made cookware that’s affordable and doesn’t completely suck, and one of its best products is half-off today.

The 10-and-a-half-inch squared cast-iron skillet isn’t as iconic as the traditional circle, but it’s every bit as functional — particularly at cooking more pieces of bacon and pork belly. There’s one key difference to keep in mind with the squared version — season it upside down. All bare cast iron needs to be regularly seasoned, of course, but the squared version has corners, corners that act as little hangout spots for oil to coagulate and pool — resulting in uneven, ugly and ineffectual seasoning.

Apart from that, the only thing you need to know about this skillet is that it usually sells for twice the price it is today. — Will Price


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A Guide to Watch Case Shapes and Designs
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