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Today in Gear: Aether’s Standout Quilted Down Jacket, Our Favorite Cast-Iron Skillet Alternative & More


November 7, 2018 Briefings By

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Quilted jackets are a fall must-have. A good one can complete any outfit and keep you warm with its insulation for the months ahead. Aether’s Omega Jacket ticks both those boxes and then some.

The Omega’s diamond quilting on the body and a clean finish at the bottom combine well with ribbing at the collar and cuff, for a simple yet sophisticated look. The jacket is constructed with a midweight stretch ripstop (which makes it durable while also allowing for ease of movement) and is insulated with 800-fill-power grey-goose down. The front placket hides the zipper and snap closures, adding a level of refinement not found in other quilted jackets. If you’re looking for a jacket that will keep you cozy, without sacrificing on style, look no further.


New & Noteworthy Releases

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Fresh Deals

The Very Warm offers some incredibly unique clothing. The art-focused designer brand works directly with artists and dedicates each garment to celebrating art and the artists that have inspired the pieces.

The Very Warm’s outerwear collection, in particular, is full of timeless items that subtly intertwine art. The Hyde — a mixed fabric bomber in a stylish pattern — features Gil Goren’s “Fresh Love” print as a lining inside the jacket. In navy plaid, it’s an instant classic. And if you use the discount code GEAR20 at checkout, you can get 20 percent off this jacket, and all outwear from The Very Warm.



Backcountry Access Tracker 2 Avalanche Package
Save $91: Backcountry skiing has blown up in recent years, and in response, the equipment that helps skiers and snowboarders do it — from backpacks and jackets to skis and boots — has become lighter and more versatile than ever. But for anyone just beginning to explore beyond ski resort boundaries these items should be secondary purchases. There are three that you need first: a shovel, a probe and a beacon.

It isn’t the most glorious collection of items; unlike a new pair of skis, the hope is that you’ll never have to use these things. They’re safety tools designed to mitigate the risk of the backcountry’s primary danger: avalanches. To wander into avalanche terrain without them is to gamble one’s life, along with those of any other riders who might also be exploring the area. Backcountry Access is one of the most well-recognized names in avalanche safety equipment, and it offers all three tools in one convenient bundle. Right now it’s on sale for 25 percent off for a savings of $91. Pick one up, and then go sign up for an avalanche safety course. — Tanner Bowden


Flylow Mittens and Gloves
Save 20%: Maybe you’ve noticed this at ski hills: the lift operators, instructors, groomers and bartenders — in other words, the locals — can often be seen wearing tan-colored leather gloves with quilted backs. They’re called Kincos, and they cost less than $20 (compared to high-end ski gloves that can run in the hundreds). Skiers and snowboarders wear them until they’re ragged and then head to the hardware store or gas station to pick up another pair.

Kinco gloves will suffice for many, but others who want more durability and more warmth without the price can look to Flylow, a company that used the cheap work glove as a platform and refined it for the mountain. Flylow uses pigskin leather baked with SnoSeal beeswax for waterproofing and a layer of synthetic insulation for additional warmth. Beyond that, its gloves and mittens remain simple, and they aren’t expensive either — right now you can get a pair for just $40. — Tanner Bowden

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Dyson Multifloor 2 Vacuum
Save $150 Dyson’s upright vacuums may have gone by the wayside with this year’s release of the wireless V10, but that doesn’t mean they’re not any good. On the contrary, Dyson’s uprights are what made the brand famous in the first place, and one of the best uprights ever made — the Ball Multifloor 2 — just dropped its price significantly.

The Multifloor 2 was already one of the best value buys in Dyson’s lineup before this drop, as it’s significantly easier to maneuver than previous uprights, adjusts the suction head height to accommodate shifting surfaces, is a bit more compact than the original Multifloor and comes HEPA-certified (this is important to your health).


Frye Boots
Save 65%:You’ll get a lot of mileage out of a low-profile ankle boot. The versatile style pairs just as well with slacks and blazer as it does with ripped jeans and a hoodie. So, if you’re looking to pick up a pair that won’t break the bank, head over to Nordstrom Rack. Right now you can save 65 percent on two suede ankle boots from Frye: a Chelsea boot and a harness boot. So for less than what you’d spend on many sneakers, you can pick up a pair of sleek, versatile boots — not bad for a mid-week sale. — John Zientek


Dainese Freccia72 Leather Jacket
Save 40%: Dainese’s racing heritage stretches back decades, so when it goes looking for inspiration for styling new vintage jackets, the well is never dry. Earlier this year Dianese introduced its 72 collection as top-of-the-line vintage pulling designs from the first jackets raced in, back in the ’70s. There’s no shortage of style or protection — there’s removable soft Pro-armor in the shoulders and elbows. And now, you can get the Freccia72 Leather Jacket for nearly half off and save $240. — Bryan Campbell


Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 Sale
Save 60% If you watch the CrossFit Games (basically the Olympics of CrossFit) you’ll see a lot of Reebok Nanos. The sneaker is one of Reebok’s top performing shoes for weightlifting and WODs (workout of the day). Now on its seventh iteration, the Reebok CrossFit Nano currently features a NanoWeave mesh upper to keep feet cool and breezy, even while you’re deadlifting or sprinting across a hot track. An external heel counter helps supported from the ground up, and the high abrasion rubber outsole enables you to keep a tight grip during rope climbs. You can walk confidently into any gym or Box with these, knowing they’ll help you perform. Right now, you can score a pair for 60 percent off at JackRabbit. — Meg Lappe


Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket Sale
Save 30% As the cusps of seasons continue to change and weather blows in and out, one thing remains constant: the need for a good raincoat. Here at Gear Patrol, we take waterproof gear seriously. We test bags in showers, take shoes out during rainstorms and even encourage you to re-waterproof your jackets. One of our best rain jackets of 2018 is the Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Pullover. This year, it won the award for best ultralight rain jacket due to its 2.5-layer waterproofing and 30-denier ripstop nylon. The pullover is pretty stretchy, and the kangaroo pocket makes for easy access storage for whatever you need to keep dry. Today, you can grab the jacket for 30 percent off at just $125.30. Sizes are limited, so get one while you can. — Meg Lappe


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