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September 17, 2018 Briefings By

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Revtown Denim
We’re living in an era when consumer demand for better quality and fit means companies are working harder to produce innovative products. Take denim startup Revtown — it’s the result of masters of craft at Italian fabric mills and denim wash houses coming together with leading designers in athletic apparel to change the way we think about jeans.

Revtown’s comfort-forward signature Decade Denim is made from a premium Italian yarn that’s then infused with four-way, dynamic stretch and constructed with the strongest fibers in apparel design today. Placed in the Sharp Jeans fit, the result is a pair of jeans worn-in just right that offers an ideal balance of mobility and style. Slim, but not too skinny, they can go with anything to make a superb everyday jean.


New & Noteworthy Releases

When You Modify a BMW 1M, It Goes From Good to Great
When You Modify a BMW 1M, It Goes From Good to Great

A slightly modified future-classic plays well into the hands of a buyer.

The Latest Levi’s x Outerknown Collection Is Full of Fall Staples
The Latest Levi’s x Outerknown Collection Is Full of Fall Staples

A lined denim jacket, a quilted western shirt, a new tee and more.

Curious About Front Flipper Pocket Knives? This is the One to Get
Curious About Front Flipper Pocket Knives? This is the One to Get

What is a front flipper? A new pocket knife from maker Elijah Isham provides the best example, and it's now available for preorder.

Ralph Lauren’s New App Was Made for Polo’s Biggest Fans
Ralph Lauren’s New App Was Made for Polo’s Biggest Fans

The new app lets users carry the American heritage brand in their pockets.

This Indie Watchmaker Just Made an Insane Moon Phase Watch
This Indie Watchmaker Just Made an Insane Moon Phase Watch

Featuring a Vantblack dial and a super-precise movement.

Hey Bose and Sony, Meet the New Competition
Hey Bose and Sony, Meet the New Competition

The AKG N700NC over-ear headphones will be available later this year.

Yuketen’s American-Made Guide Boots Are Why We Love Fall
Yuketen’s American-Made Guide Boots Are Why We Love Fall

Yuketen releases new, American-made moccasin boots in three different colorways for cold weather wear this fall and winter.

Why this $1,650 Japanese Leather Jacket Is Worth Every Penny
Why this $1,650 Japanese Leather Jacket Is Worth Every Penny

Made from vegetable-tanned, aniline-finished horsehide from Himeji, Japan.

Upgrade Your Wall or Table With this Handsome Minimalist Clock
Upgrade Your Wall or Table With this Handsome Minimalist Clock

It's two clocks in one.

Timex and Todd Snyder Release a New Marlin on a Mesh Bracelet
Timex and Todd Snyder Release a New Marlin on a Mesh Bracelet

This version of the throwback mechanical Marlin ships on a comfortable mesh strap that looks great for everyday wear.


Fresh Deals


Vitamix S50 Blender
Save $39Buying a Vitamix (or any other performance blender) is not a decision one takes lightly, and is typically reserved for the person who already knows or has researched what a Vitamix is capable of (hint: it’s not just for milkshakes). One overlooked aspect of buying a Vitamix, however, has nothing to do with its performance and has everything to do with a far more boring subject — square footage. The 5200 and the E310 (the two most accessible, popular models for home use) both take up a lot of countertop space when in use and cabinet space when in reserve.

Vitamix’s S50 blender, however, does not have this issue and is made to the same rigorous, unbending specifications its bulkier cousins are (that is to say its motor, blades and component, performance-related parts are all materials that do not wear down easily). More specifically, the S50’s base takes up 49-square-inches of real estate, where the other two take up 63 (the 5200) and 84 (the E310). The S50 also comes with two blend chambers — one for single-serve smoothies and a typical blender top — where the other two come with just the standard blend chamber. — Will Price


EcoFlow River Backup Batter
Save $160: Backup batteries were once seen as overkill, as unnecessary for all except paranoid doomsday preppers. Now they’re just another common tech accessory that many tote around on a daily basis. These types of batteries are small, and usually only good for a few phone or laptop charges, which is sufficient for the needs of most. For those who need even more power though, there’s the River.
EcoFlow calls the River a power station, and it designed it to replace a gas generator that can be used base camp-style to power everything from small devices to mini fridges. The portable lithium-ion battery houses 11 ports — including four USB ports, two USB-C ports, two AC and DC outputs, and a 12-volt car port — that can be used at the same time for a total output of 500 watts. They can all be used at once too, as the unit will appropriately regulate the flow energy to each device that you’re powering.
Maybe it is overkill if all you need is a backup charge for your iPhone, but if you’re in search of a real power solution for off-grid pursuits, or something to have in a pinch when the power goes out, the River is an entirely viable option. Right now it’s also on sale at Huckberry for 23 percent off, which makes it $160 cheaper. — Tanner Bowden


Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket
Save 61%Truth be told, there are but few singular items of clothing worthy of the word “essential.” Among them are a good pair of boots, well-worn jeans, a cozy hoodie and, at least stateside, a denim jacket. And there’s no more affordable, less fussy or more iconic design than that of Levi’s denim trucker. Unchanged (for the most part) since 1962, its shape and design is the standard to which you compare all other denim jackets. One-hundred percent cotton, machine washable and supremely cool, the Levi’s trucker is 61 percent off today on Amazon, making it $35. — Will Price


New Balance Sneakers
Save up to 35% Off: Boston-based New Balance could easily be called a heritage running brand. Founded in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Support Company, the brand mainly sold supports until 1960, when it manufactured the world’s first ripple sole running shoe. In 1972, the current chairman of New Balance, Jim Davis, bought the company, and with only six associates working to build shoes, began to lay the framework for a manufacturing network in the Northeast. The rest, as they say, is history.

The brand’s running and lifestyle sneakers are an industry standard, manufactured in factories in Maine, Massachusetts and overseas. If you’re looking to pick up a pair of classic kicks, you can save up to 35 percent on a range of New Balance sneakers now at Nordstrom Rack. Including the 574, the 520 and the 515, among others, prices are all very reasonably priced and cost $65 or less. — John Zientek


Bondhus 9-Piece Wrench Set
Save $13: Anyone who uses Allen wrenches a lot knows the necessity of always having the right sizes available — and trying to do any kind of work without the right piece of equipment can be a total nightmare. But thanks to this deal, you have no excuse for those gaps in your toolbox.

Bondhus uses a proprietary material for these tools called Protanium™ which is up to 20% stronger than what other toolmakers use. And if you’ve ever broken off the end of a wrench trying to loosen a difficult bolt (I have) you’ll understand why this matters.

The wrenches also feature balldriver ends for angled fits, allowing you to work on hard-to-access spots easier than with standard wrenches, and the chrome-like finish makes them corrosion-resistant and easy to keep clean. All in all, this nine-piece set would be a great buy for their regular price of $23, and at only $10 this set is a downright bargain.


Today on Gear Patrol

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Each speaker has a snazzy two-tone fabric design. Plus, one-touch controls.

The All-New 2019 Cadillac XT4 Ticks the Right Boxes for $36,000
The All-New 2019 Cadillac XT4 Ticks the Right Boxes for $36,000

A solid yet conservative entry that won’t disappoint buyers, just as long as they come in with the right expectations.

The 11 Best Small Outdoor Brands from Across the Globe
The 11 Best Small Outdoor Brands from Across the Globe

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