February 5, 2019

Today in Gear: The Best Phono Cartridges to Upgrade Your Turntable, Strava Goes 3D for Skiers & 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

This New Line of Mixers Lets You Stock Your Home Bar Like World’s Best Bartenders
This New Line of Mixers Lets You Stock Your Home Bar Like World’s Best Bartenders

Muyu sources inspiration for its trio of liqueurs from the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

Strava Adds Slopes So You Can Now See Your Ski Lines in 3D
Strava Adds Slopes So You Can Now See Your Ski Lines in 3D

Strava teams up with Slopes so that your apres will consist of checking your runs, vertical and distance.

This Is the First Time We’ve Seen This Tech in Skis
This Is the First Time We’ve Seen This Tech in Skis

G3 is adding magnets to its backcountry-specific Findr ski, making it the first model to integrate the tech.

Land Rover Announces the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic
Land Rover Announces the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic

“SV” means it will be high performance. "Autobiography" means it will be fancy. "Dynamic" means it will be more aggressively styled. This model will be a one-year special edition.

These Sharp Dress Shirts Were Made to Feel Like Pajamas
These Sharp Dress Shirts Were Made to Feel Like Pajamas

They blend cotton, silk and micro modal to create some of the most comfortable shirts on the market.

Sonos Finally Made an Outdoor Speaker — Well, Sort Of
Sonos Finally Made an Outdoor Speaker — Well, Sort Of

They'll have no problem handling humidity, water, salt spray, heat, UV rays, and freezing temperatures.

This New Dive Watch is Comfortable and Perfectly Sized
This New Dive Watch is Comfortable and Perfectly Sized

The new Rado Captian Cook Mk II may be styled and even sized like its 1962 ancestor, but modern features make it remarkably robust.

These Fragrances Are as Dependable as Your Favorite Pair of Jeans
These Fragrances Are as Dependable as Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

Made with natural essences and oils from around the world.


Fresh Deals


Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Backpack
Save 28%: The Urban Assault pack (currently 28 percent off at Huckberry in select colorways) utilizes the same technical design features that make Mystery Ranch bags suitable for the most rigorous users but includes features that make it ideal for the urban inhabitant. It’s made with 500-denier Cordura nylon and has a unique three-zipper opening system, two internal accessory pockets, a laptop sleeve and a quick-access lid pouch. It also employs a fixed-harness frame system, which allows the commuter-friendly pack to perform like a high-end expedition backpack. — Tanner Bowden


Saint Laurent Sunglasses
Save up to 58%:Dominated by the same aviator- and Wayfarer-inspired designs, the sunglasses market can seem a bit uninspired at times. If you’ve been yearning for a frame that breaks from the status quo, consider a style from Saint Laurent. The Parisian fashion house offers a range of distinct sunglasses, all crafted in Italy. From a combination acetate-metal Clubmaster style to a chunky Havana-acetate square silhouette, these well-made shades are anything but bland. And now at Nordstrom Rack, some of these sunglasses are up to 58 percent off while supplies last — that’s savings of $271. — John Zientek


Instant Pot Lux
Save $30 Of the many Instant Pot variations, the Lux is probably the least fussy. It does the Instant Pot things that folks go on and on about their Instant Pots doing — pressure cooking, rice cooking and slow cooking — but isn’t programmable and doesn’t give you a plethora of power options or customization features. It keeps the virtues of the astronaut helmet-looking kitchen appliance that took over the web intact while offering much less space to screw up dinner by adjusting one too many dials.

Today on Ebay, the 6-quart Instant Pot Lux is just $65 — nearly as cheap as we’ve ever seen it. —Will Price


Apple HomePod
Save $70: Apple released the HomePod ($350 $280), its first smart speaker, a little over a year ago and since then, the HomePod stayed pretty at the same price ($350). We haven’t seen it on sale that many times. That said, a HomePod sale isn’t unheard of. Right now, for example, you can nab a HomePod — in either white or space gray — for $280 at Best Buy, which is $70 off. It’s a pretty excellent deal considering that the HomePod is, in our opinion, the best sounding smart speaker you can buy.


Adidas Ultraboost Sale
Save 30%Here at Gear Patrol, the Boost sneakers we’ve tested have been some of our favorites — including the Solarboost — one of our best new running shoes of 2019. The announcement of the Adidas Ultraboost 19 proved to be extremely exciting and pushed the original Ultraboost to go on sale quite frequently this year, and who knows how long that will last. It’s responsive, so each footfall is soft yet fast. You can’t go wrong with a Boost purchase. — Meg Lappe


Today on Gear Patrol

The Best Phono Cartridges to Upgrade Your Turntable
The Best Phono Cartridges to Upgrade Your Turntable

Rule #1: Do not spend more on the cartridge than the table.

2019 Chevy Blazer Review: Now a (Really Good) Crossover
2019 Chevy Blazer Review: Now a (Really Good) Crossover

Rugged SUV no more, the new Blazer is still a solid performer and a good-looking ride that looks good and performs surprisingly well.

The 7 Best Cleansers for Combination Skin
The 7 Best Cleansers for Combination Skin

From Aesop, Perricone MD, Cetaphil and more.

The 11 Best Small Outdoor Brands from Across the Globe
The 11 Best Small Outdoor Brands from Across the Globe

Where there are mountains, there are people making the equipment needed to play in them. Ditch the big brands and go international.

SCUBA Diving in Bermuda With the Seiko SKX007
SCUBA Diving in Bermuda With the Seiko SKX007

The Seiko SKX007 is one of the most beloved of all modern, affordable dive watches, but how does it actually perform beneath the waves?

This Quaint LA Store Sells Better Versions of Everything You Own
This Quaint LA Store Sells Better Versions of Everything You Own

The Good Liver, a tightly-curated general store in the shadow of I-10 in Los Angeles, doesn't just sell products — it tells stories.


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