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August 16, 2018 Briefings By


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Katin Swimwear
Summer clothing should be ready for anything at a moment’s notice. When it comes to shorts, having a pair of hybrid trunks can mean the difference between taking an unplanned dip in the ocean and standing on the sand while all of your friends cool off.

OG surf brand Katin takes a unique approach to hybrid trunks by blending the technical features of a walk short with the iconic look of a Katin trunk. The trunks are made from polyester with a hint of spandex that allows for ample stretch and lets them dry quickly. They also feature front slash pockets with mesh drainage and a snap fly closure. Coming in plenty of different styles, the retro-inspired Katin hybrids can go from the beach to the city at the drop of a hat.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Combat Screen-Time Fatigue With This Wearable Eye Massager
Combat Screen-Time Fatigue With This Wearable Eye Massager

The Vortix Eye Massager v2.0 deals with the side effects of constant screen time by alleviating eye fatigue and soothing eye muscles.

The New Timex/Todd Snyder Beekman Celebrates Racing Heritage
The New Timex/Todd Snyder Beekman Celebrates Racing Heritage

The newest collaboration between two storied brands combines modern features with a racing-inspired dial.

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s New Reverso Is Two Watches in One
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s New Reverso Is Two Watches in One

A watch with two dials and a tourbillon is watchmaking flexing at its very best.

This New Smart Fitness Machine Will Change How You Lift Weights
This New Smart Fitness Machine Will Change How You Lift Weights

Time to clear space — you're going to want one of these for your home.

The Most Famous Task Lamp Ever Made Just Got More User-Friendly
The Most Famous Task Lamp Ever Made Just Got More User-Friendly

Anglepoise's mini version of its mini version is ideal for tiny desks.

Want Custom Bikepacking Gear? This Is the Brand to Know
Want Custom Bikepacking Gear? This Is the Brand to Know

Rockgeist was founded in 2014 in North Carolina, and is bringing its gear expertise to the growing world of bikepacking.

The G-Shock GA710B-1A2  is Feature-Packed and Extremely Affordable
The G-Shock GA710B-1A2 is Feature-Packed and Extremely Affordable

Available in a black finish with metallic blue accents, this new G-Shock combines ruggedness and utility.

In a World Plagued With Dull Car Colors, Volkswagen Is Offering 40 Different Hues
In a World Plagued With Dull Car Colors, Volkswagen Is Offering 40 Different Hues

For $2,500, you can get a hot hatch in pretty much any color you could want.


Fresh Deals

Vortix Eye Massager V2.0
Screens are unavoidable these days — you’re even reading this off a screen right now. With the constant strain on your eyes, it’s become increasingly important to give your eyes rest. If you suffer from headaches and irritated eyes, a wearable eye pillow might be the solution you’re looking for.

The Vortix Eye Massager v2.0 uses a gentle air pressure system combined with heated massaging technology to relax the ciliary muscles of the eyes and soothe fatigue with a therapeutic experience. Designed by a team of software and hardware engineers who certainly know the effects of screen usage, the device also addresses insomnia, dry eyes and sinus pressure. With added benefits like playing relaxing nature sounds during use and being foldable for travel, this eye massager has your peepers in mind.

Use the code GP30 for 30 percent off the Vortix Eye Massager v2.0.


450+ Outerknown Basics
Save Up to 60%>A quick glance over Outerknown’s wares and its values are pretty apparent — unfussy, sustainably-made clothes that are easy to fit into your wardrobe. They also happen to be reasonably affordable — which is why when they go on sale, the moment is to be seized. Going on right now, Outerknown’s Sunset Sale has t-shirts, sweaters, button downs, pants, shorts and plenty in-between discounted up to 60 percent (I found a few items up to 70 percent, too, like this denim shirt). Mainline colors and sizes are mostly still in stock as of publishing. — Will Price


Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket
Save 30%: The Beta LT sets the bar for all other technical wet-weather shells, and at a list price of $525, one would certainly hope so. But there are loads of expensive jackets out there, many of them featuring Gore-Tex fabrics and sophisticated construction.

So why choose this one? The fit, for one, is a cut above the competition; a slightly-extended rear hem fits comfortably under a climbing harness, the hood is cut with enough room to wrap over a skiing or climbing helmet and the trim fit through the body keeps the all-important interior layers closer to your skin. All these elements come together to help make the best use of the carefully-chosen fabrics and sealed seam placements.

All in all, you’re getting a Gore-Tex Pro shell with the great styling and attention to detail that Arc’teryx is known for, making for an outer layer that can keep you dry and comfortable season after season. Best of all, today you can knock $157 off the list price — making one of the best rain jackets available just within reach. — Andy Frakes


Simplehuman 38-Liter Trash Bin
Save $30: We’ve tried to tell you before about the virtues of Simplehuman’s sleek and sturdy garbage bins — and how when they go on sale, the value jumps from “good” to “excellent.”

So why pay upwards of $100 for a place to put your trash? It might be hard to believe, but Simplehuman’s bins actually are that much better than the average plastic or steel bin you might already have in your kitchen. These over-engineered bins are practically a home-improvement investment, because you’re unlikely to ever need a new one. The lid-lift pedals on every Simplehuman model are built to withstand 150,000+ actuations, the soft-close lids are damn near airtight (odors in, bugs and curious pets out), and every unit comes with a 10-year warranty. Take more than 20% off the list price, and pick up one of these today — you won’t be sorry. — Andy Frakes


Bonobos Clothing
Save an Extra 40% Off: All around the country, campuses are gearing up for classes and office workers are squeezing in pre-Labor Day getaways. As summer comes to an end, take a moment to spruce up your current wardrobe. It doesn’t have to be a paycheck-draining endeavor, and if you shop at Bonobos, you can save an extra 40 percent on already reduced merchandise. Just use the code DOPE at checkout to take advantage of the substantial discount on trousers, shirts, suits and more. Check out a few of our favorite garments below — they’re available in practically every size. — John Zientek


Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Series
Save 20%: Packing for a trip, especially one out into the wilderness, can be stressful. There’s almost always something that doesn’t end up in the bag — those bars you’d been saving, that extra layer, sunglasses. Sometimes a first aid kit doesn’t even make the list in the first place though, and that’s an oversight.

Adventure Medical Kits makes a collection of pre-arranged packable kits geared to specific uses. Like the Whitetail, which is currently 20 percent off, and is designed for hunting and fishing trips. It weighs under a pound and includes bandages, wound care essentials, blister and burn care items, a CPR face shield, common medications, and essential tools like shears and tape. It’s the type of thing you can put in your bag and leave it there, so there’s never a chance of forgetting it at home.

The Bighorn Kit, which is designed for larger groups, is also available at a discount for Prime members — just apply the coupon using the button near the price listing. — Tanner Bowden


Taylor Stitch Clothing
Save up to 50%: It’s worth investing in well-made wardrobe essentials. The core components of your closet create a timeless foundation that can be worn year after year, regardless of season. If you’re looking to pick up some quality staples for a good deal, head over to Taylor Stitch where you can save up to 50 percent on a range of garments. The brand’s Last Call section has some great trousers, shirts, jackets and more, but don’t wait because sizes are limited. — John Zientek


Today on Gear Patrol

The Latest Socks from Stance Are Made to Jimmy Chin’s Standards
The Latest Socks from Stance Are Made to Jimmy Chin’s Standards

Stance and Jimmy Chin have done the footwork for socks tough enough for any outdoor adventures.

The 8 Best Camping Blankets of 2018
The 8 Best Camping Blankets of 2018

Made using the same functional materials as sleeping bags — materials like water-repellent down insulation and ripstop nylon shells — camp blankets are perfect for warm weather camping and fit right in inside the home...

JBL Xtreme 2 Review: The Big Bluetooth Speaker for Big Parties
JBL Xtreme 2 Review: The Big Bluetooth Speaker for Big Parties

It's for people looking to have a good, loud time.

Front Runner Slimline 2 Roof Rack Review: The Best and Last Overland Rack You’ll Ever Buy
Front Runner Slimline 2 Roof Rack Review: The Best and Last Overland Rack You’ll Ever Buy

If you can stomach the $1,226 price tag (cost varies by model), this may be the last rack you ever buy.

How a Watchmaker Reinvented a Complex Movement And Made It Affordable
How a Watchmaker Reinvented a Complex Movement And Made It Affordable

The mostly unknown Habring² Doppel-Felix is a watchmaking triumph.

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