February 4, 2019

Today in Gear: The Stateside Debut of Japan’s Vermicular Cookware, the Best New Outdoor Gear We Saw at ORSS 2019 & Much More


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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

Jerry Seinfeld Is In Trouble Over This Rare Porsche 356 – Here’s the Deal
Jerry Seinfeld Is In Trouble Over This Rare Porsche 356 – Here’s the Deal

If it's authentic, this particular 356 is exceptionally special. If it isn't, well... not funny.

This New Bag Collection from Arc’teryx is Perfect for Your Commute
This New Bag Collection from Arc’teryx is Perfect for Your Commute

These packs from Arc'teryx will quickly become your new favorite commuter bags.

Vermicular, the Le Creuset of Japan, Brings Its Cast-Iron Cookware to America
Vermicular, the Le Creuset of Japan, Brings Its Cast-Iron Cookware to America

After some 10,000 prototypes, Japan's favorite cast-iron pot is finally coming to stateside.

These New Travel Pouches Are Incredibly Innovative
These New Travel Pouches Are Incredibly Innovative

Travel essentials are usually basic goods to help you pack, but Nite Ize has included a far-reaching innovation in its RunOff Collection.

This $15 Device Addresses One of the Biggest Gripes with Apple AirPods
This $15 Device Addresses One of the Biggest Gripes with Apple AirPods

This accessory slips over your current AirPods' case and, from there, you can place them right on your Qi-wireless charging pad.

We Can’t Wait to Wear These Sharp New Chelsea Boots this Fall
We Can’t Wait to Wear These Sharp New Chelsea Boots this Fall

Stylish enough for a suit and built for the long haul, Blundstone's new City Dress boots are worth the wait.

This Rugged Canvas Jacket Is Versatile and Affordable
This Rugged Canvas Jacket Is Versatile and Affordable

An insulated work jacket for less than $100.


Fresh Deals


Jabra Elite Active 65t
Save $65 (34%): Jabra’s Elite Active 65t are essentially sweatproof versions of the Jabra Elite 65t ($170) wireless earbuds. They sound superb and have an impressive mic array to make taking calls clear and easy. The Elite Active 65t also work with Amazon Alexa, as well as your smartphone’s native assistant. Normally $190, eBay is selling Jabra’s Elite Active 65t for $125. The catch is that they’re “Manufacturer Refurbished”, but if you have any issues with them, eBay has a pretty lenient return policy (30 days). It’s no doubt this is a pretty great deal on some seriously good true wireless earbuds.


Gerber Paraframe Sale
Save 39%If you want a well made everyday carry, look no further than Gerber. This Gerber Paraframe mini knife is the smallest knife of the Paraframe series at just 1.4-ounces. A knife this small is typically low in cost, but also is a high-performer. It’s simple, easy-to-use and rugged. The high carbon stainless blade and stainless steel handle use a frame locking construction to open seamlessly.

All Gerber products come with a limited lifetime warranty, so whether you use this daily or once a week, this $8 knife will last you forever. If you need a new everyday carry, you can pick one up today from Amazon. — Meg Lappe


Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket
Save 30%: Since it came out in the fall of 2017, Patagonia’s Micro Puff Jacket has been our choice for the best synthetic insulated jacket. Simply put, it strikes the perfect balance of warmth and weight (it’s the lightest insulated jacket that Patagonia has made to date). The secret to its innovation is a new type of insulation called PlumaFill that’s made up of down-mimicking polyester fibers that are secured together in one continuous, fluffy line, which zig-zags around beneath its ripstop nylon shell.

The Micro Puff has been such a success that Patagonia used it as the base for the Micro Puff Storm, a waterproof version of the jacket that came out in Fall 2018. Later this year Patagonia will also release the Macro Puff, a heavier and warmer puffy jacket that will use a heartier helping of PlumaFill (and will likely be in as high demand as the Micro Puff).

That Patagonia has released variations of the Micro Puff by no means makes the jacket obsolete. If anything, it’s further verification that it, and it’s fluffy filling, work pretty damn well. Right now the Micro Puff is 30 percent off at Backcountry — a savings of $75. — Tanner Bowden


Orient Sun And Moon V. 3
Save $40 If you’re looking for a complicated watch because you’re into the idea or the mechanics but don’t want to drop a ton of money, you could do much worse than the Orient Sun & Moon V.3 Orient is one of our favorite budget brands, and for good reason: they pack a ton of value into incredibly affordable packages that utilize in-house movements.

Right now, the black dial Sun & Moon V.3 is available on Amazon beginning at just $197 for Prime customers – roughly $40 off its already competitive price. All variants include the following functions: 21-jewel automatic in-house movement with 40 hours of power-reserve, stainless steel 42.5mm case with sapphire crystal and display case back, hours/minutes/seconds hands, day and date display, AM/PM indicator in the form of a rotating disc displaying either the sun or moon, and water resistance to 50m. —Oren Hartov


Lodge Dutch Oven
Save 47% Enameled Dutch ovens are good at cooking almost anything. They retain heat like a cast-iron skillet but don’t require seasoning and aren’t bothered by highly acidic foods. They’re also big enough to work as a decent chili pot, braise short ribs or make homemade stock. This, coupled with good looks, makes for a pot that never has to leave the stove (except for cleaning).

Lodge’s 4.5-quart enameled Dutch oven isn’t the pinnacle of Dutch oven design, but it’s remarkably affordable and will do the job. It’s 47 percent off on Sierra Trading Post today, bringing its price down to $29. —Will Price


Patagonia Backpacks
Save 30%:Whether you live in the city or country, a hard-wearing versatile backpack is a necessity for daily life. While there are countless brands offering solid options, California-based outdoor brand Patagonia makes a range of styles fit for various pursuits. If you’re in need of a new bag, head over to Nordstrom today: you can now save 30 percent on a handful of great backpacks from Patagonia. Ranging in size from 25L to 32L, they start at just $62 and come with the brand’s Ironclad Guarantee which promises repair, replacement or refund if you’re not completely satisfied. — John Zientek


Today on Gear Patrol

The Best Handmade Skis and Snowboards for Small-Batch Shredding
The Best Handmade Skis and Snowboards for Small-Batch Shredding

As with craft beer and so many others, ski and snowboard manufacturing is going back to its small-batch roots.

How to Take Care of Your Combination Skin
How to Take Care of Your Combination Skin

To help formulate the right plan of action, we talked to board-certified dermatologist Jeremy Fenton who was selected by the Mt. Sinai Dermatology Department as teacher of the year.

The 10 Best Products We Saw at Outdoor Retailer
The 10 Best Products We Saw at Outdoor Retailer

These award-winning 10 products are the ones we can't wait to get on the mountain, in the backcountry and on the roads.

The Complete Land Rover Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained
The Complete Land Rover Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

Rugged and synonymous with prestige; they'll even fit in on Rodeo Drive. If you're in the market, here's everything you need to know.

5 Reasons to Try Meditation This Year and The Gear You Need to Get Started
5 Reasons to Try Meditation This Year and The Gear You Need to Get Started

Meditation can help you succeed in work and in sports, so why not give it a try?

Three American Icons Join Forces On a New, Affordable Watch
Three American Icons Join Forces On a New, Affordable Watch

The latest collaboration from Todd Snyder and Timex is based on mid-century styling and features a day-date function for just $158.


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