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Today in Gear: UAG’s Rugged New Phone Case, the 2018 NY Motorcycle Show & More


December 3, 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.


There are few things more frustrating than buying a brand new smartphone and dropping it — even worse, turning it over to see a shattered screen. Spending hundreds of dollars on a new phone only makes sense when you get a case that will keep it safe at all times. With Urban Armor Gear’s Pathfinder SE Camo Cases, you don’t have to worry about damaging your new phone when you drop it, or about carrying around a phone with a bulky case.

Available for the Galaxy S9+, the iPhone Xs/X, the iPhone 8/7/6s and the iPhone 8/7/6s+, the stylish new colorway series of protective cases are the lightest that UAG makes, thanks to the feather-light composite construction. They come with scratch-resistant skid pads and are compatible with mobile pay and wireless charging. If you’re looking for legendary protection, a fresh look and a case that helps you stay on the go, then this rugged series from UAG is the ticket.


New & Noteworthy Releases

This Euro-Spec MX-5 Is Stunning. Thankfully, Its Paint Is Available in the US
This Euro-Spec MX-5 Is Stunning. Thankfully, Its Paint Is Available in the US

It's like a mirror reflection of a clear sky on a sunny day.

Buy This Matte Black Pocket Knife and You Might Win a Bottle of Pappy
Buy This Matte Black Pocket Knife and You Might Win a Bottle of Pappy

While you still have to buy something to enter, this is as close as it gets to giving away ultra-rare bottle of Pappy.

This Scottish-Made Horsehide Jacket Has All the Right Features
This Scottish-Made Horsehide Jacket Has All the Right Features

A collaboration with Oakland retailer Standard and Strange.

Nobull’s New Knit Runners Look Just Like Ultraboosts and Cost $20 Less
Nobull’s New Knit Runners Look Just Like Ultraboosts and Cost $20 Less

These runners are good-looking and come in many colors.

This Perfectly Upgraded Overlander Has One Major Problem
This Perfectly Upgraded Overlander Has One Major Problem

On the face of it, this 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser is an ideal vintage overlander but a small detail could prove to be a big problem .


Fresh Deals


Select Motorcycle HelmetsUnder $150
Under $150: Investing that little extra into a helmet is always a good idea. It is, after all, the only thing in your repertoire that protects your head. But, helmets can get pretty pricey and not every rider has the budget to pickup the same $900 helmet Marc Marquez wears when he’s bussy racking up MotoGP championships. As long as the helmet you’re looking to but is DOT, ECE or SNELL rated, you’re in good hands. So when there’s a sale for motorcycle helmets going for under $150, there’s a good chance you can land a hell of a deal on quality head protection. — Bryan Campbell


Fimbulvetr Snowshoes
Save 20%: When native North American tribes created them decades ago, snowshoes were designed for travel. They were long and wide (as they still are today) to provide a wearer with a platform that would prevent him or her from sinking into deep snow, making winter travel faster and less strenuous. The modern application of snowshoes is perhaps more aligned with sport than necessity, but they’re still built with that same concept, and thanks to the availability of strong and lightweight materials, they’re better than ever.

Fimbulvetr’s snowshoes are high-end and come with a price to match, but right now Backcountry is offering 20 percent off one full-priced piece of camping or climbing gear, and these innovative Norwegian winter walkers are included in that collection. To apply the discount, use the code Take20CC at checkout. — Tanner Bowden


Woolrich Camp Blanket
Save 16%: Now that they’ve adopted the same ripstop nylon exterior and warm fluffy interior found in sleeping bags, camp blankets have staked their resolute claim as functional outdoor bedding. Like that more traditional backcountry sleep sack, these new blankets are super-light, highly packable and incredibly warm. This newness hasn’t made long-established outdoor blankets obsolete either (if anything, it’s helped popularize them again). Those original blankets were made of wool, and there are some, like Woolrich in Pennsylvania, that continue to use the material to produce fabrics that are durable, warm and satisfyingly heavy. Plus, they look as good on a bed or couch inside as they do at a campsite.

Right now, Huckberry is offering Woolrich’s Camp Blanket, a throw-sized model made of a blend of recycled and new wool with a touch of nylon, for 16 percent off, along with a handful of other styles. — Tanner Bowden


Moccamaster KBS Coffee Maker
Save $120 Among the Moccamaster’s features and accolades, two things are most crucial: copper tube heating and the ability to disassemble. Copper coils, given the material’s natural heat conductivity, heat the water much more quickly than machines using steel or other methods (the only machine we’ve tested that brews faster is Breville’s Precision Brewer). The ability to take the whole thing apart is also unique, and allows for troubleshooting at fixing at home rather than losing your source of coffee to the mail for a few weeks (it’s also great for cleaning the machine).

Today, Moccamaster’s KBS model is more than $100 off on Massdrop. It’s basically a blacked-out version that uses a glass carafe and hot plate rather than the classic stainless steel thermo-carafe.


Sonos One
Save Up to $50: During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Sonos offered its Sonos One speaker for $25 off, from $199 down to $175, but that deal has since dried up. Fortunately, it’s still a great time to buy this entry-level, Alexa-integrated speaker as Sonos is running another holiday deal; you can buy one Sonos One for $20 off, from $199 down to $179, which isn’t quite as good of a deal as before but it’s still decent. And if you buy two Sonos One speakers, you get $50 off, which is just as good as the deal Sonos ran over the Thanksgiving holiday. Both white and black models of the Sonos One are available. This deal will stay valid through December 25, 2018, or while supplies last.

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Garmin Forerunner Sale
Save $130:Garmin pumps out some of the best GPS running watches available. It starts with the Forerunner 25 and moves up to the 935 (at a cool $500). The higher the number, the more bells and whistles the smartwatch has, and the greater the price. The Garmin Forerunner 235 is a solid pick for someone who doesn’t want to spend $500 on a smartwatch but needs it to track every single run with just the push of a button. The 235 monitors your VO2 max and heart rate throughout the day, so you can keep up with your physical fitness levels and make sure they’re all in alignment. The battery life of 12 hours or possibly 12 weeks (depending if you use GPS tracking) is hard to match. A colorful watch face comes in three different watch bands: black, red or light blue.

Typically, the Forerunner 235 is $330 but is $130 off today. If you’re looking to spend less than $200 for a watch that still has GPS, it’s worth checking out the Forerunner 35, which is also on sale for $60 off. Pick one and get running. — Meg Lappe

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Red Wing Heritage Card Holders
Save 40%:A well-made wallet makes for a functional, thoughtful holiday gift. It’s something that the recipient will use day after day for years, something that’s hard to say about many other seasonal gifts. One of the better examples available is the Red Wing Heritage Card Holder. Made in Minnesota from S.B. Foot Tanning Co. leather, it features four slots for cards and a pocket for cash. Its slim profile is appropriate for both professional and casual settings and its durable stitching will hold up to years of constant use. But if the person on your list prefers something that folds, the brand also offers a sleek folding Card Holder Wallet. Now at End, both models are 40 percent off and cost just $59 — you won’t break the bank with these gifts. — John Zientek



Get These Superb $1,595 Suits for Only $650
From Hickey Freeman Hickey Freeman’s classic two-button suit features a notch collar, two flap welt pocket, a chest welt pocket and two back vents. Available in both navy and gray, they’re worth the investment at full price. N— John Zientek


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