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December 21, 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 Might Be the Most Hands-Off Charcoal Grill Ever
This Might Be the Most Hands-Off Charcoal Grill Ever

One of the best chef's in the world launched a new line of things to cook with, including a charcoal grill that lights itself.

You Should Know About This Boutique Cycling Brand
You Should Know About This Boutique Cycling Brand

Isadore is a boutique cycling apparel company that was founded by two former World Tour riders, Martin and Peter Velits.

These No Nonsense Gloves Sets Have Everything You Need
These No Nonsense Gloves Sets Have Everything You Need

Roughout leather gloves or mittens, mil-spec liners, Sno-Seal and more.

This New Watch From Parmigiani Features an Unusual, Utterly Captivating Dial
This New Watch From Parmigiani Features an Unusual, Utterly Captivating Dial

The newest offering from Michel Parmigiani's eponymous watch brand blends disparate inspirations into a beautiful, unique design.


Fresh Deals


Jabra Elite Active 65t
Save $50: The Jabra Elite Active 65t are great true wireless earbuds that are both sweat- and water-resistant, and thanks to a four-mic array, they’re actually better for calls than AirPods. In our true wireless earbuds buying guide, we named the Jabra Elite Active 65t as “best for active professionals.” Normally $190, the Jabra Elite Active 65t are on sale right now for $140 — that’s $50 off — which brings down to being even more affordable than AirPods. They’re available in two colors, copper blue or copper black.


Instant Pot Smart Wifi
Save 40% It is the Friday before Christmas and you’ve completely forgotten to get a gift for someone. Luckily, if that someone likes to cook, likes to eat food or lacks the time to smoke ribs the usual way, you’re in luck: Instant Pot’s 6-Quart Smart Wifi pot is 40 percent off on Amazon today and, according to Amazon, will arrive pre-Christmas.

The Smart Wifi Instant Pot is one of the less-recommended models, but not because it can’t do what other Instant Pots can; it’s mostly knocked because Instant Pot’s app, a key feature on the Smart model, is fairly inconsistent (I’ve also had problems with updates causing connectivity issues). The good news: it’s got buttons on the front just like every other Instant Pot out there and, today, it’s the best deal of the bunch. —Will Price


Todd Snyder Dylan Shearling Suede Jacket
Save 40%:New York designer Todd Snyder gave the classic trucker jacket a major overhaul this season. Instead of crafting the casual style in denim or roughout suede, he opted to use sueded merino shearling. Made in Italy, the Dylan Shearling Suede Jacket features a slim fit and includes two chest pockets and two handwarmer pockets. Available in sizes XS to XXL, the jacket is now 40 percent off and costs just over $1,000. Normally for a trucker jacket, that’s a lot of money. But in this case, for an Italian-made shearling trucker, it’s incredibly reasonable. — John Zientek


CRKT Swindle
Save 37%: Deception lies at the core of CRKT’s aptly-named Swindle pocket knife. Closed, the Swindle appears to be a fairly-typical folder with a thumb stud opening. But the stud isn’t mounted to the knife’s spine; in fact, it isn’t part of the blade at all. The actual knife blade betrays conventional designs, deploying with a flipper tap from the other side to produce what CRKT describes as an “uphill curve.” The decoy stud isn’t just that either — that bit of protruding steel is an equally-unique, spring-assisted pocket clip that leaves the Swindle’s handle smooth.

Designed by revered knife maker Ken Onion, the Swindle won the award for “Most Innovative Imported Design” at the 2013 Blade Show and has continued in CRKT’s production line since. The blade is just over three inches and comes in two versions — one made of high-carbon steel, and a premium version with Sandvik stainless steel and a milled handle. Both are currently on sale at Amazon — the basic for 37% off and the premium for 42% off. — Tanner Bowden


Today on Gear Patrol

The Best Long Underwear for Men
The Best Long Underwear for Men

From Uniqlo to Sunspel, there are plenty of great pairs to keep you warm this winter.

The 8 Best Apps of the Year,  According to Apple
The 8 Best Apps of the Year, According to Apple

Apple's App Store has selected the best apps and games of the year for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.

12 Caps and Beanies to Keep Your Head Warm This Winter
12 Caps and Beanies to Keep Your Head Warm This Winter

From Ralph Lauren's Polo Bear cap to cashmere beanies from J.Crew and The Elder Statesman, these hats will keep your head toasty this season.

Camper Van Restoration Pros at Peace Vans Make Modern Magic of Retro VWs
Camper Van Restoration Pros at Peace Vans Make Modern Magic of Retro VWs

“Van life is evocative of authenticity and nostalgia, of simpler times, of an escape and disconnection.”

The Best Handmade Steel Bike Makers
The Best Handmade Steel Bike Makers

Looking for a new custom bike? Consider getting on a custom steel frame from one of these bike-smiths.

9 American Watches Worthy of Your Wrist
9 American Watches Worthy of Your Wrist

The recent resurgence of American watchmaking has seen loads of interesting new watches come to market recently — here are 9 favorites from 2018.

The 100 Best Products of 2018, Now in Print

Introducing Issue Eight, the sixth iteration of the GP100 and the first-ever in print. Get Your Copy Today

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