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Today in Gear: Optoma’s Affordable Wireless Earbuds, a Deco-Inspired New Panerai and More


September 11, 2018 Briefings By

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Optoma NuForce True-Wireless Earbuds
Choosing a pair of wireless earbuds can be overwhelming. There are tons of options, but you should look for earbuds that have a few key features: serious audio quality, a shape that fits securely and comfortably in your ears and some quality battery life.

Optoma’s NuForce BE Free5 wireless earbuds hit all of those points. To build them, Optoma leveraged third-party analysis of over 1,000 ears to optimally design a more secure and comfortable fit for all environments (they’re sweat-proof, water- and weather-resistant). Featuring dynamic graphene drivers, these earbuds deliver a warm and crisp audio experience with deep bass. They also provide four hours of continuous sound, with a portable charging case that gives three extra full charges — offering a total of 16 hours of listening time. And if you’re in a hurry, 15 minutes of the quick charge feature can provide one hour of battery life. Best of all, they’re just $99.

Receive 20% off the NuForce BE Free5 when you use code 20GEARPATROL.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Best Made’s New Pants Look as Good as Its Axes
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You know Best Made Co. for its stylish, hand-painted axes. Its expanding line of apparel will soon change that.

The Iconic Panerai Radiomir Has a Fresh New Face
The Iconic Panerai Radiomir Has a Fresh New Face

Panerai's classic diver has a new dial dripping with art deco style.

This Is the Most Interesting New Coffee Maker in a Very Long Time
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The new FrankOne brewer from Colombia has the potential to be the best (and most affordable) way to make great coffee without the work.

Mr Porter Just Dropped an Insanely Luxurious Capsule With Brunello Cucinelli
Mr Porter Just Dropped an Insanely Luxurious Capsule With Brunello Cucinelli

Prices range from $325 to $11,995.

Vacheron’s Vintage-Inspired Collection Now Features a Tourbillon
Vacheron’s Vintage-Inspired Collection Now Features a Tourbillon

The tourbillon cage alone takes 12 hours to finish by hand.

OtterBox’s Latest, Waterproof Duffels, Are Now Available
OtterBox’s Latest, Waterproof Duffels, Are Now Available

Announced earlier this summer, OtterBox's Yampa dry bags are now available for purchase. They're waterproof, as well as puncture-, UV- and chemical-resistant.


Fresh Deals


W.R. Case & Sons Pocket Knives
Save 45%: A pocket knife can be many things. The sheer variety of blade shapes and availability of materials mean that the possibilities for knife designs are endless — in just the last year we’ve seen the release of miniature cleavers and coin-shaped folders. Finding the perfect knife for one’s needs has never been easier, but the potential for a blade to become iconic has shrunk in response. Some designs, like those of W.R. Case & Sons, have earned everlasting distinction.

Right now, Massdrop is running a sale on Case pocket knives with navy blue jigged bone handles. Five different versions are available, including the three iconic models mentioned above as well as the newer Mini Copperhead and Mini Trapper. Customarily priced above $70, these pocket knives are now available for roughly $40, which is a great deal for collectors as well as those in need of a handy everyday sidekick. — Tanner Bowden


Cast-Iron Chicken Fryer
Save 15%The Dutch oven is a kitchen essential. Few pieces of cook or kitchenware are as multifunctional as the Dutch oven, and even fewer have the potential to outlive you. That all said, they are often pricey and large (especially the oval-shaped ones), two qualifying factors that don’t agree with everyone’s kitchen situation.

Enter, the chicken fryer, savior of small stovetops. More specifically, Cuisinart’s discounted chicken fryer which, like all chicken fryers, is lighter, smaller, cheaper and more humble than their Dutch oven counterparts. They are no less functional, though — the chicken fryer, despite its weirdly exclusive name, is essentially a miniature Dutch oven with cutouts to drain sauces (or frying oil). Those pour spouts also create a lid that isn’t airtight (though no dutch oven lids are airtight at all), which allows more liquid to boil off, making it ideal for reducing soups and other liquid-heavy dishes (I’m talking about chili) into a thicker, richer spot.

Cuisinart’s chicken fryer is modesty discounted at 15 percent off today. — Will Price


Belkin 8-Outlet Power Strip
Save 28%: Belkin makes quality stuff for your quality stuff, from chargers and power supplies to cases, screen covers and myriad other tech accessories. So of course we’re telling you this power strip is worthy of getting between your treasured tech and a whole lotta high voltage.

Belkin’s active power filtration actually cleans the electrical input as it passes through — this means no buzzing or whining noises, at least not where your stuff gets plugged in — and protects from surges to keep everything pleasantly un-fried. As for daily functionality, you’re looking at 8 outlets spaced far enough apart that your charger bricks won’t fight for space, and yet it retains a nice slim profile that doesn’t totally muck up the corner of your living room. Wrap all that in a durable wear-resistant casing (classic Belkin) and you’ve got a winner.


Frye Ankle Boots
Save up to 55%: Since its inception in 1863, Frye has made a name for itself with a diverse range of quality leather footwear. While the brand offers many more styles than it did a century ago, it hasn’t strayed from its dedication to using top-tier construction and high-grade leathers. If you’re in the market for a new pair of boots, Nordstrom Rack is currently offering up to 55% off a range of boots from Frye. Styles include a zip boot, a Chelsea boot and a roper boot, and prices start at $180 for imported boots and $200 for American-made boots. If you see something you like, don’t wait long — sizes will go fast with prices like these. — John Zientek


Morakniv Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife Sale
Save $40+ When you head out to the woods, you’re going to need a knife. This fixed blade knife from Morakniv made from top grade 14C28N Sandvik stainless steel helps start fires, feather sticks for tinder, carve shelter stakes and splitting little logs. Each Morakniv comes from Mora, Sweden. The Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife is one of the toughest fixed blades the brand has ever made. The 4.3-inch Sandvik stainless steel blade comes with an anti-slip handle, so your performance in both dry and wet weather is the same.

It’s offered in two versions: one with a leather sheath or one with a Molle multi-mount system. The Molle system attaches itself to cars, backpacks or clothes, so you can easily reach, grab and use. Each is sold separately, but the multi-mount system is on sale right now. You can scoop up a $100 knife for just $56 on Amazon.
— Meg Lappe


Clarks Desert Boots
Save $50: Not much in the world of footwear can claim the same versatility as classic Clarks desert boots. These ankle-high boots ride the line between dressed-up and ready-to-rumble, with supple leather uppers and soft crepe soles that work just as well with chinos or denim as they can with a suit.

The desert boot is Clarks’ biggest seller, and for good reason —- you won’t regret adding these to your rotation, especially at $50 less than MSRP. They’ll bring the style; you bring the attitude and make of them what you will.


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