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October 12, 2018 Briefings By

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Roush Performance Superchargers
Roush Performance was founded by Jack Roush, who is the winningest owner in NASCAR history and an icon of American performance automotive innovation. So, you know that its aftermarket parts are fine-tuned for consumers to get the most power and best performance out of their vehicle.

Roush Performance Superchargers, developed in partnership with Ford Performance, maximize and unleash the true potential of a Mustang or Ford truck. The newest Mustang Supercharger Kit produces 700 horsepower and 610 ft-lbs of torque, an incredible increase of 240 horsepower and 190 ft-lbs, designed to fit all 2018 and 2019 5.0L V8 Mustang GTs. The newly-launched F-150 Supercharger Kit kicks out 650 horsepower and 610 ft-lbs of torque — an increase of 255 horsepower and 210 ft-lbs — designed to fit all 2018 and 2019 5.0L V8 F-150 trucks. Born from over 50 years of racing heritage and engineering excellence, Roush Performance Superchargers are a high-yield aftermarket upgrade with a powerful pedigree.


New & Noteworthy Releases

Only 1,200 of These Minimalist Dive Watches Will Be Produced
Only 1,200 of These Minimalist Dive Watches Will Be Produced

The ABYSS Collection from BOW & STERN just launched on Kickstarter and adheres to the company's mission of planting a tree for every order.

The New Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Proves that 2019 Is Going to be Big for ADV Bikes
The New Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Proves that 2019 Is Going to be Big for ADV Bikes

The new Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro doesn't just get a new engine (good for 158 horsepower and 94 lb-ft), but the chassis and body get a list of further upgrades – aiming it squarely at...

This New American Knitwear Line Is Making the Wildest Sweaters You Can Wear
This New American Knitwear Line Is Making the Wildest Sweaters You Can Wear

Meet Camp High.

Grado Cuts the Cord on Its Hi-Fi Headphones
Grado Cuts the Cord on Its Hi-Fi Headphones

Before, if you were looking for great open-back headphones, you had to "go wired" – not anymore.

Persol Just Brought Back a Very Cool Retro Aviator
Persol Just Brought Back a Very Cool Retro Aviator

One of the oldest sunglass makers in the world.

The M2 CS Is the Car BMW Should’ve Made All Along
The M2 CS Is the Car BMW Should’ve Made All Along

A hardcore, lightened M2 CS is on the way in 2020, which just begs the question, why did this type of car ever disappear from the lineup, to begin with?

One of Our Favorite Small Cycling Brands Just Launched a New Collection
One of Our Favorite Small Cycling Brands Just Launched a New Collection

Can you spot the leaves?

Seiko Updates and Refines Its GPS-Connected Analog Watch
Seiko Updates and Refines Its GPS-Connected Analog Watch

A watch that always has the correct time.


Fresh Deals



Crepe Sole Shoes from H by Hudson
Save up to 65% Crepe sole shoes are made from textured sheets of coagulated latex, a material that offers noticeable flexibility and cushioning. If that sounds like something you’d like on your feet, head over to Nordstrom Rack. Currently, you can save on a range crepe-sole shoes from H by Hudson. Prices are $70 or less and styles include derbies, loafers and chukkas, among others.
— John Zientek



Handmade Chelsea Boots from Astorflex
Save $45 Astorflex’s Bitflex provides a model example of what a Chelsea boot can be: it’s handmade in Italy in an eco-friendly process using premium leather and a natural rubber sole. It sounds like hippie-fodder, but it’s handsome enough to pull off at sophisticated summer gatherings. Right now, they’re on sale for $45 less than their full price.— Tanner Bowden


The Best Hiking Socks Available
Save up to 70%: Socks don’t have the same appeal as technical daypacks or down jackets — they’re boring. They aren’t something we get excited to buy. Like all outdoor gear, technical socks — this means zoned cushioning, improved durability and merino wool — serve a purpose. They prevent blisters, frostbite and trench foot. In a word, they’re vital.

They can also be expensive though, but there’s a big difference between a $25 pair and the kind that come in packs of 12. Luckily, Backcountry is hosting a massive sale on all types of technical socks for running, skiing and more, and it includes some of the best hiking socks available. — Tanner Bowden


Levi’s Warehouse Sale
Save 70% Finding the perfect pair of jeans is akin to locating the ideal bottle of wine — tricky, dependent on the day and the weather. And you’ll likely have to test a lot to figure out what your preferences are. While we can’t help you figure out if you like red or white best, we can direct you to the massive sale that’s happening at Levi’s, a heralded name in the denim world. And if you don’t have a pair yet, now’s the ideal time to save on jeans. Just be warned, you will have to enter your email address to get access to the warehouse sale. But the sale is vast — beyond jeans, you can shop for shirts, outerwear, sweaters and sweatshirts all for 70 percent off. — Meg Lappe


Finex Cast-Iron Skillets
Save 25%Love them or despise them, Finex’s cast-iron cookware inspires a certain level of devotee that few other cookware items can claim. Its octagonal shape, golden lid pull, machine-smoothed cooking surface and stainless steel coil handle (which I’m not completely sold on) are instantly recognizable, and a large part of the pan’s allure. On the other end of the love-hate spectrum lies the price — $125 for an 8-inch skillet, $175 for a 10-inch skillet and $195 for a 12-inch skillet (that’s without a lid).

Today on Massdrop, this problem is alleviated (somewhat) — the 8-, 10- and 12-inch skillets are all discounted significantly (click “Join Drop” to get exact prices on each). The drop includes the option to pick up a lid as well, if desired. — Will Price


American Trench Ventile Jackets
Save 25%: We usually tend to avoid cotton in looking for a piece of outerwear; “cotton is rotten,” the old hiker’s mantra goes. The primary reason for that is because cotton garments absorb moisture easily and once they’re wet their warmth benefits are zapped. Not ventile though. Ventile is made from 100 percent extra-long-staple cotton that’s woven in such a tight weave that it’s water repellant.

American Trench’s Ventile jackets — a field coat and a bomber — are also treated with DWR as an extra barrier against the elements. Both are military-inspired styles, which makes sense because Ventile’s first application was in the immersion suits worn by British fighter pilots during WWII and the British Royal Air Force still uses it today. Beyond that, Sir Edmund Hillary wore a Ventile jacket during the first-ever ascent of Mount Everest.

Right now both of these jackets are available for 25 percent off; use the code LAYERUP for the discount. — Tanner Bowden

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Vans Vault Leather Sneakers
Save up to 59%:Every so often it’s worth treating yourself to something nice. Take, for instance, a pair of everyday sneakers from Vans. You could either buy a pair of classic canvas Old Skools for $60, or you could treat yourself to something nice and pick up a pair of premium leather Old Skools from Vans Vault for as little as $59. It’s kind of a no-brainer. To pick up that style — or a handful of others — head over to End, where leather shoes from Vans Vault are currently up to 59 percent off. — John Zientek


Today on Gear Patrol

The 10 Best Bar Carts You Can Buy in 2018
The 10 Best Bar Carts You Can Buy in 2018

The best bar carts provide ample space for your spirit collection, but they mostly just look good.

Review: The New Apple Watch Is the Best Smartwatch You Can Buy, And That Might Be Its Only Problem
Review: The New Apple Watch Is the Best Smartwatch You Can Buy, And That Might Be Its Only Problem

The Series 4 is the first Apple Watch to have a real hardware redesign.

Essential Gear For Surviving an All-Day Adventure Ride
Essential Gear For Surviving an All-Day Adventure Ride

Keeping your skills sharp is one thing – you can't predict every fall or flat tire, but you can be ready if and when they happen.

Three Japan-Only Omega Watches You Can Get Right Now
Three Japan-Only Omega Watches You Can Get Right Now

Omega has made tons of beautiful timepieces exclusive to Japan.

I Found My Favorite Travel Backpack
I Found My Favorite Travel Backpack

For weekend travel, I typically default to a small duffel, but this pocket-filled travel bag is my new go-to.

The 6 Best Off-Road Trailers of 2018
The 6 Best Off-Road Trailers of 2018

Somewhere between the luxury of an RV and the essentials-only tent experience, sits the sweet spot of off-road trailers.


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