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Today in Gear: Lodge’s Latest Campfire-Friendly Cookware, a WWII Veteran’s Patek Philippe & More


November 1, 2018 Briefings By

Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and deals. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.


New & Noteworthy Releases

This Is the Perfect Affordable Wireless Hi-Fi System
This Is the Perfect Affordable Wireless Hi-Fi System

KEF has introduced the LSX, a stereo speaker system that's essentially just a smaller, cheaper and more colorful version of the company's elite LS50 Wireless speaker system.

These Might Be the Perfect Headphones for Long-Distance Runners
These Might Be the Perfect Headphones for Long-Distance Runners

14 hours of battery life and a personal audio experience. These are the Jaybird Tarah Pro wireless headphones.

Reebok’s New Sustainable Sneakers Are 100% Vegan
Reebok’s New Sustainable Sneakers Are 100% Vegan

These animal-friendly kicks are sleek and USDA certified.

One of America’s Best Roasters Just Made it Easier to Drink its Coffee
One of America’s Best Roasters Just Made it Easier to Drink its Coffee

Verve has led the American specialty coffee movement from early days. Now, its released a canned coffee that promises the freshness and quality to its lofty standards.

Lodge Released a Two-Piece Set of Cast-Iron Cookware That’s Tailored for the Outdoors
Lodge Released a Two-Piece Set of Cast-Iron Cookware That’s Tailored for the Outdoors

About a month ago, Lodge quietly released a pretty handy set of cast-iron cookware that's tailored for campfires.

This Might Be the Most Practical Bike Helmet for Commuters
This Might Be the Most Practical Bike Helmet for Commuters

It weighs less than a pound and fits right in your briefcase.

These Are the Most Travel-Friendly Bags We’ve Ever Seen
These Are the Most Travel-Friendly Bags We’ve Ever Seen

A fully-waterproof backpack that'll fit in the palm of your hand? Yeah, we'll take that.

An Ex-Government Land Rover is All the Defender You’ll Ever Need
An Ex-Government Land Rover is All the Defender You’ll Ever Need

There's no doubt about it: overlanding is an expensive (read: addictive) hobby, but getting a rig already perfectly set up can save you time and money.


Fresh Deals


Bonobos Very Good Final Sale
Save an Extra 40%: Bonobos’ final sale offers the kinds of jeans, sweaters, jackets and other staples that will keep you warm well into winter. And all you have to do to save is enter the code GHOULS at checkout — and make sure you pull the trigger before midnight on Nov. 3 to take advantage of the sale.— Justin Fenner


L.L. Bean Fleece Pullover Sale
Save 25% Beyond the Bean boot and the iconic Wicked Good Moccasins, L.L. Bean is the mothership for all things outdoor related. While some don’t have the instant name recognition that other items have, the brand creates a plethora of solid apparel, like the Sweater Fleece Pullover. The rugged knit is an easy basic to keep on hand for any number of activities and comes in eight colors. Need an extra layer on a hike? Throw this in your pack. Is the top of the mountain just too chilly? Add this under your coat. Trying to avoid using heat in your home? This heritage-inspired piece will help you cut costs. Right now, you can use code BIG25 to save 25 percent at checkout. The classic black color is down to $52.49 with the sale, while every other color is still under $60 with the discount. — Meg Lappe


Nelson Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag
Save 14%: Some tank bags merely hold a wallet, smartphone and various sundries. Then there’s the Nelson Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag which expands to 27-liters, has a multi-position GPS holder, can double as a backpack when you’re not on the bike and is hydration pack friendly. It’s a genuine multi-tool as far as motorcycle accouterments go and it’s on sale at $120. — Bryan Campbell


The Orient Bambino
Save $190: The Orient Bambino is a stalwart low-cost favorite amongst many watch enthusiasts for pairing an automatic, hacking and hand winding-capable movement with a clean, vintage-inspired design. You also get a domed dial and crystal, and a date at 3 o’clock, all at a relatively low price.

How low? Well, normally, the watch retails for around $300, but you can usually find the Bambino for sale online at a decent price cut. Huckberry, for instance, has 14 different versions of the Bambino on sale for between $110 and $125, including the 40.5mm Versions 1-3 and the 42mm version 4. — Oren Hartov


Wolverine Eckins Boot
Save 46%:For the fall and winter months, you need a well-made pair of go-anywhere boots. If you don’t already have some, head over to Nordstrom Rack and pick up the Wolverine Eckins boots. This Chelsea boot style features a brown leather upper, a heel pull-tab and a rubber lug sole. Made in the USA, it’s comfortable, durable and good-looking — it’s also just $100. — John Zientek


The North Face Ventrix Jacket
Save $76: Last year, when The North Face revealed Ventrix, its first take on active insulation, we were skeptical. Active insulation, a form of synthetic insulation that’s meant to be worn during activity and is highly breathable, isn’t new — if anything, The North Face was quite late to the game. But Ventrix is different; its fluffy structure is perforated with tiny holes that close and expand as the body moves, allowing for dynamic temperature regulation.

It’s an awesome concept, but again, when we first heard about it, we weren’t sold. But then we tried Ventrix — on hikes and ski tours and just around town — and it worked. It worked really well actually, so we included it on our list of Best Synthetic Down Jackets of 2018. We continue to stand by that choice even more so now that The North Face has expanded the scope of Ventrix into a variety of jackets (and a pair of wild-looking shorts) for 2019.

It’s still the most innovative iteration of active insulation we’ve seen, and right now you can even snag the original jacket in last season’s colors for $76 off. — Tanner Bowden


Today on Gear Patrol

A WWII Vet and His Patek Philippe Watch from 1944
A WWII Vet and His Patek Philippe Watch from 1944

The story of an American G.I. in World War II and the Patek Philippe he ordered for delivery to his POW camp.

9 Things J.W. Hulme Designer Ernest Sabine Never Travels Without
9 Things J.W. Hulme Designer Ernest Sabine Never Travels Without

Ernest Sabine, the creative director of the Minnesota-based leather goods brand J.W. Hulme, shares the things he never leaves home without.

Google’s Smart Display Doesn’t Have a Camera and I Love it
Google’s Smart Display Doesn’t Have a Camera and I Love it

The Google Home Hub is way more than a really intelligent smart speaker. It's great for playing music, helping you prep meals, watching YouTube videos and displaying your favorite photos.

The 10 Best Used Car Models from 2007 to 2019
The 10 Best Used Car Models from 2007 to 2019

CarGurus features "unbiased car reviews and over a million opinions and photos from real people." They've determined that these are the best used cars right now.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Review: A Huge Leap Forward for Adventure Motorcycles
Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro Review: A Huge Leap Forward for Adventure Motorcycles

The 2019 Multistrada 1260 Enduro is a leap forward for Ducati in the Adventure motorcycle segment. It will be available beginning in February 2019 at a starting price of $21,995.


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