February 13, 2019

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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 All-in-One Camping Hammock Could Replace Your Tent
This New All-in-One Camping Hammock Could Replace Your Tent

Kammok just revealed the Mantis, an all-in-one camping hammock that uses integrated features and an easy setup.

This Will Be Your Wall Charger for the Next Five Years
This Will Be Your Wall Charger for the Next Five Years

Anker just announced its new line of USB-C devices designed to quickly and easily charge your gadgets.

BMW Just Raised the Bar for CUVs
BMW Just Raised the Bar for CUVs

BMW just announced the X3 M and X4 M Competition trims will come with the most powerful straight-six engines ever fitted to one of its cars.

This Cult-Favorite Japanese Brand Just Released a Rare Collection
This Cult-Favorite Japanese Brand Just Released a Rare Collection

Denim jackets, jeans and tees.

This Study Says Electric Vehicles Are Cheaper to Own. Is that True?
This Study Says Electric Vehicles Are Cheaper to Own. Is that True?

Even making considerable changes over that would require a long time before the fuel savings from an EV accounted for the premium to buy it.

Stay Dry Through Spring with Norse Projects’s and Gore-Tex’s Stylish, New Jackets
Stay Dry Through Spring with Norse Projects’s and Gore-Tex’s Stylish, New Jackets

These Scandinavian-inspired jackets are 100 percent waterproof to get you through winter and spring.

No Need to Buy an Apple TV with These Gorgeous 4K TVs
No Need to Buy an Apple TV with These Gorgeous 4K TVs

The fancy new QLED TVs that Samsung announced earlier this year at CES 2019 are now available for purchase or pre-order on Samsung's website.

Everlane’s Excellent $68 Jeans Now Come in a Lighter Wash
Everlane’s Excellent $68 Jeans Now Come in a Lighter Wash

Everlane is lightening up its denim, just in time for spring.

This Lightweight Rain Jacket Is Ideal for Spring Travel
This Lightweight Rain Jacket Is Ideal for Spring Travel

Made from water-resistant recycled polyester.


Fresh Deals


Orient Mako II Dive Watch
Save DEAL: Available with a black dial with black bezel, blue dial with blue bezel or blue dial with a blue bezel in which the first 15 minutes are demarcated in red, this is a ton of value in a $325 watch, but right now you cab nab the Orient Mako II on Massdrop for the almost laughably low price of $130.
— Oren Hartov


Kinetic Fluid Trainer Road Machine Sale
Save $100Riding your bike through winter is often a slog. Trudging through the wind, snow, sleet and ice can add some variety to your rides, but also some danger that you can easily avoid. If you’re looking for an easy way to stay indoors, yet keep up your mileage base and stay in shape, it’s time to invest in a smart bike trainer. Pop it in front of your TV and keep the rides going until the temperatures finally rise again. The Kinetic Road Machine Smart Bike trainer is currently on sale on both eBay and Amazon (eBay has the slightly better deal).
— Meg Lappe

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Two Great Coffee Makers
Save Up to 42% For those playing with the idea of getting into specialty coffee, look toward Bonavita’s SCA-certified brewer — the compact BV1500TS. It may not look like it, but thanks to a showerhead water drip, precise temperature control and a pre-infusion mode, it’s one of those best coffee makers you can buy. The 5-cup model — which is the smaller version of the dollar-for-dollar best coffee maker you can buy — is marked down from $140 to just $80 today. —Will Price


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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Solar Dive Watch
Save $100: We’ve extolled the virtues of Citizen’s Promaster Divers in the past, but the takeaway is this: with a solar-charged quartz movement, big-time depth ratings and chunky cases, they’re great all-around watches for active individuals who want an analog watch but don’t want to get too deep into the weeds with mechanical watches. They also come at bargain prices. This particular version, for example, is water-resistant to 200 meters, has a dial loaded with lume, and comes affixed to a comfortable rubber strap, which is perfect for the water. — Zen Love


Black Diamond Momentum Climbing Shoe
Save up to 27%: Maybe you’re thinking about leaving your gym behind, about trading a dungeon filled with ellipticals for a vast space filled with… fake rocks? You wouldn’t be alone.

Black Diamond, a company well-known for its climbing hardware, released its first climbing shoe in the fall of 2017. Called the Momentum, the climbing shoe features an engineered knit upper, much like Nike’s Flyknit shoes. Black Diamond implemented the tech to make the shoe as comfortable as possible, which, when combined with its friendly, flat profile, make it ideal for beginner climbers. The shoe is currently on sale at Backcountry for as much as 27 percent off in select sizes and colors (use the dropdown menus to see which are discounted). — Tanner Bowden


Dyson Vacuums, Air Purifiers and More
Save Up to 65% Today on Ebay, a Dyson catalog sale event. Take 20 percent off already discounted Dyson gear with code JUST4DYSON at checkout — including air purifying fans, cordless vacuums, upright vacuums and more. Out of the nearly 70 products included in the sale, we’ve listed our three favorites below (Hint: refurbished models are much, much more affordable than new models). This is how you get a head start on spring cleaning. —Will Price


Today on Gear Patrol

Meet the Man Behind Some of the Best Modern Military-Inspired Watches
Meet the Man Behind Some of the Best Modern Military-Inspired Watches

Mk. II makes modern versions of classic military watches long since unavailable. We speak to Bill Yao about his brand and his journey.

The Future of Motorcycles Is Stylish and… Rechargeable?
The Future of Motorcycles Is Stylish and… Rechargeable?

At EICMA late last year, two distinct trends made themselves known: Future Classics and Electrics.

The 13 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For the Gym Rat
The 13 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For the Gym Rat

There’s a gift in here that’s sure to please yogis and mountain bikers alike.

Two-Seater Stories: How Car Enthusiasts do Valentine’s Day
Two-Seater Stories: How Car Enthusiasts do Valentine’s Day

Sharing a quick drive or a long road trip can be deeply personal, if only because it's so relaxing and joyful.

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.

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