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February 12, 2019 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

It’s True Love: Leatherman’s Valentine’s-Perfect Multi-Tool
It’s True Love: Leatherman’s Valentine’s-Perfect Multi-Tool

Nothing says I love you like a personalized multitool.

These High-Tops Will Make You Say Goodbye to Your Low-Tops
These High-Tops Will Make You Say Goodbye to Your Low-Tops

Even people who swear by their low-top sneakers are getting weirdly excited about the Koio Primo Triple White.

Fender Just Reissued an Amp from 1962 for Chris Stapleton
Fender Just Reissued an Amp from 1962 for Chris Stapleton

A hand-wired 12-watt amp with a custom 12-inch speaker, not to mention a cover made by Filson.

James Brand Ellis Review: This is the Modern Swiss Army Knife We’ve Been Waiting For
James Brand Ellis Review: This is the Modern Swiss Army Knife We’ve Been Waiting For

The James Brand released the Ellis, its modern reinterpretation of the iconic Swiss Army Knife. Here's how the company created it.

Reebok’s Best-Selling Sneaker Is Now Budget Friendly
Reebok’s Best-Selling Sneaker Is Now Budget Friendly

Finding a pair of running shoes that will hold up for hundreds of miles and is $100 or less can be difficult. Reebok makes it easy.

A Legendary Name Will Return at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
A Legendary Name Will Return at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

The New Stratos made it to production and of the 25 Ferrari-based coupes, at least one is making its way stateside.

What If Apple Made a Shower Head? Meet the Nebia 2.0
What If Apple Made a Shower Head? Meet the Nebia 2.0

A few years ago, Nebia released a shower head that atomized water on the fly and save huge amounts of water (and money). Launched today, Nebia 2.0 is even better.


Fresh Deals


Marathon Watches
Save 20%: Canadian tool watch brand Marathon offers some of the most genuinely no-nonsense military watches out there. Normally well-priced to begin with, Marathon is offering 20% off their watches site-wide for Valentines Day now through February 14th. Marathon watches are also typically decked out with bright, perpetually luminous tritium gas tubes that will shine in those dimly-lit situations. With a range of styles and prices, both mechanical and quartz, you can forgo the expected chocolate-and-flowers cliche for the tough guy or tough gal in your life. — Zen Love


Brooks Brothers Suits
Save 70%:Even if you don’t wear one every day, a great suit is worth the investment. And right now, a lot of sharp, classic versions from Brooks Brothers are deeply discounted. The brand’s clearance sale has some lightweight summer suits marked down by as much as 70 percent. These sale prices tend to hit the under-$1,000 sweet spot that most guys are willing to spend on tailoring, but what you’re getting is well worth it. Brooks Brothers’ cuts all of its suits from premium Italian fabrics and tailors them right here in the United States, giving you the best of both worlds. If you’re in the market for a new suit, now would be a good time to pick one up. — Justin Fenner


Bose SoundLink Micro Portable Speaker
Save $20: Out of all the new portable speakers that Bose makes, the SoundLink Micro is the smallest and cheapest. And it’s really rugged, too. It’s waterproof and drop-proof, so you don’t really have to worry about breaking it, and since it has a tear-resistant silicone strap, you can attach it to your belt loop, your bike’s handlebars or onto any bag — backpack, messenger bag, hiking pack or golf bag — and take it everywhere you go. It’s just convenient. And, obviously, because it’s made by Bose, the speaker sounds pretty good, too.


Mountain Hardwear Outdoor Gear Sale
Save Up To 35%: Whether you’re after a full-surround mummy bag or something a little more casual for your shoulder-season camping and backpacking jaunts — or if you just want to start thinking summer now — there’s an option on Mountain Hardwear’s site that’s discounted today. — Andy Frakes


Bodum French Press
Save 33%: Of the many ways to make coffee, the French press is undeniably the simplest. Unlike brewing pour-over or in a drip machine, the process is the same across the spectrum of French presses: measure beans, grind beans, dump grounds in carafe, pour hot water over beans, push lever down, wait. Because of this, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to invest in pricier presses (unless you understand you’re paying for aesthetic and not performance).

Instead, go cheap — Bodum’s one-liter plastic French press is not a looker, but it does its job just as well as brewers two, three and four times the price. The Bodum Brazil French Press is on sale for all of $10 today on Amazon. —Will Price


Glycine Combat 6 Automatic Watch
Save Over 75%: A solid Swiss automatic watch for under, say, $500 isn’t a bad find, but with great specs, myriad dial colors and two case sizes, the Glycine Combat 6 Classic Automatic watch is about as good as it gets for under $300 and an absolute steal considering the original MSRP of $1,250. Available in both 36mm and 43mm case sizes, a total of nine variants offer choices of dial color and straps or bracelets. — Zen Love


Today on Gear Patrol

The Hidden History of Swiss Watchmaking’s Biggest Rivals
The Hidden History of Swiss Watchmaking’s Biggest Rivals

We take a look at Asian watchmaking — the history, the companies, and of course, some of the best watches available for purchase.

The 100+ Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas of 2019
The 100+ Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas of 2019

Still trying to figure out what to give for Valentine's Day this year? No worries. We have a huge selection of gifts to choose from.

The Best New and Upcoming Middleweight Adventure Bikes
The Best New and Upcoming Middleweight Adventure Bikes

With the selection growing by the day, it's tricky to keep a keen eye on what's out there. These are the best of all.

How to Use Siri Shortcuts As a Productivity Tool
How to Use Siri Shortcuts As a Productivity Tool

Shortcuts initially seems dense and daunting. Don’t fret; we’ll walk you through how to set Shortcuts up, and give you some top shortcuts to start.

The 11 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Car Lover
The 11 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Car Lover

Look no further than these 10 gifts for the car lover for a guaranteed victory.

How a First Date at 13,770-Feet Sparked A Uniquely Adventurous Love Between Two Alpinists
How a First Date at 13,770-Feet Sparked A Uniquely Adventurous Love Between Two Alpinists

They climbed the 13,770-foot Grand Teton peak on their first date. What'd you do?

10 of the Best Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts
10 of the Best Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Running down to the wire and don't have a gift? We have you covered with 10 of the best things to grab before the clock strikes midnight.

This Travel Adapter Will Change the Way You Use AirPods
This Travel Adapter Will Change the Way You Use AirPods

New ways to use your AirPods, all thanks to this little nifty gadget.

The 15 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Men Under $75
The 15 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Men Under $75

Gift shopping is a breeze when money's no object, but for the rest of us, it's nice to show our love and appreciation without breaking the bank.

Are Unisex Models the New Big Trend in Watchmaking?
Are Unisex Models the New Big Trend in Watchmaking?

With the downward trend in watch case sizes, more companies are producing watches that are distinctly (though perhaps unintentionally) unisex.

These Cashmere Blend Beanies Are Now 50% Off
These Cashmere Blend Beanies Are Now 50% Off

Constructed in a single piece (no seams!) from a 70/30 blend of merino and cashmere, the Gear Patrol x American Trench Beanie is soft and lightweight, perfectly balancing comfort and warmth.

15 Stylish Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Well-Dressed Man in Your life
15 Stylish Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Well-Dressed Man in Your life

From Rowing Blazers, Nike, Levi's and more.

Save Big on the Faribault Scout Blanket
Save Big on the Faribault Scout Blanket

The Scout blanket is Faribault’s re-interpretation of the classic Civil War stripe blanket, made from 100% wool in one of the last vertically-integrated mills in the United States.

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