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February 15, 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

2018’s Knife of the Year Just Got an Upgrade
2018’s Knife of the Year Just Got an Upgrade

Fox Knives's Suru won the award for Knife of the Year at the 2018 Blade Show and just months later it's getting a new look.

This Modernized Classic Mini Is the Perfect City Car
This Modernized Classic Mini Is the Perfect City Car

The Swindon Powertrain E Classic Mini should drive with the comfort of a modern vehicle and none of the quirks of an iconic British classic.

Lexus Is the Most Dependable Luxury Brand of 2019
Lexus Is the Most Dependable Luxury Brand of 2019

J.D Power just released its 2019 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study findings, and Lexus tops the list.

Seiko Teamed Up With a California Jeweler On a Stealthy Dive Watch
Seiko Teamed Up With a California Jeweler On a Stealthy Dive Watch

Seiko and Topper Jewelers worked together on the new SBP107 diver, a limited-edition watch with a blacked-out case.

RxBar’s New 10 oz. Jars of Nut Butters Will Make You Rethink Your Old Peanut Butter
RxBar’s New 10 oz. Jars of Nut Butters Will Make You Rethink Your Old Peanut Butter

Our team loves the RXBAR nut butter pouches, so we're pretty psyched about this development.

Don’t Want an iPad? This Is the Cheap Tablet You Should Buy
Don’t Want an iPad? This Is the Cheap Tablet You Should Buy

The interesting thing about the Galaxy Tab S5e is that, for roughly half the price, you'd think it be a far worse tablet than the Tab S4. But it's not.

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing Made a 1,600-Horsepower Boat
Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing Made a 1,600-Horsepower Boat

“You want to try feeling like this on land?” shouts a champion speed boat racer named Bud. “Just go 100 in a convertible and stand up.”

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.

Tesla Has Reinvented The Car Alarm, But Why?
Tesla Has Reinvented The Car Alarm, But Why?

For all the technology involved, the primary function of Sentry Mode remains that of a common car alarm: making loud noises.

The Details on These Jeans Are Second to None
The Details on These Jeans Are Second to None

Using proprietary Black-Seed denim from Cone Mills White Oak plant.


Fresh Deals


Sony WH1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $70: The Sony WH1000XM3 are the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy. This past December we gave them a 2018 GP100 award, which we give to the 100 best products of the year. Here’s what you need to know: Sony released the WH1000XM3 this past fall and they’re better than the Sony WH1000XM2 in every way. They sound better. They’re better at noise-cancellation. They have modern perks, like USB-C charging. And they still cost $350. Again, these are the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy. Period. And now you can get them for a discount. A big discount. Both Amazon and eBay is selling refurbished models for $280. Both black and silver models are available at this discount.

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Todd Snyder X Timex “Blackjack” Watch
Save 30%: We were enthusiastic about the “Blackjack” watch when it first debuted, but in case you need a refresher, this is a sleek, automotive-inspired timepiece with cool “roulette wheel” dial done up in black and white, a black-finished case, 50m of water resistance, a quartz movement and a black Nato strap. The watch generally retails for only $138, but right now, using the code “NEW30” at checkout, you can nab it for about $97.— Oren Hartov


J. Crew President’s Day Weekend Sale
Save 40%: J. Crew holds big sales several times each year, but that’s no reason to sleep on this big President’s Day event. Take 40% off everything in stock — and we do mean everything. — Andy Frakes


Patagonia Sale
Save 50% Just in time for President’s weekend, Patagonia is looking to clean house on a huge amount of gear. Now through February 28th, you can get 50 percent off all past season Patagonia products — the micro puff, black hole backpacks, Snap-T and more. There are still almost six weeks left of winter weekends, so there’s still plenty of time to stock up (and use) ski gear and hiking apparel.
— Meg Lappe


Evergoods Backpacks
Save 20%: Evergoods first two backpacks, the Civic Panel Loader and the Mountain Panel Loader — or CPL24 and MPL30 for short — are on sale at Huckberry for 20 percent off right now. There are two reasons why you should take note of this.

Firstly, Evergoods is the brand to watch right now when it comes to backpacks. The small company is lead by Jack Barley, one of the original co-founders of GORUCK, and Kevin Dee, a former product engineer at Patagonia. Their combined expertise produces backpacks that are truly multi-purpose; the CPL24 works as an ideal around-town pack but has features, like a hydration sleeve and ports, that make it suitable for hiking too. On the other side, the MPL30 has an integrated hipbelt and lightweight aluminum frame for supporting heavier loads on the trail but includes a sleeve that can accommodate a laptop around town.

Secondly, Evergoods is still small, and its backpacks can sell out. To find them on sale is rarer still. If you are considering one of these two bags, how you plan on using it will guide your choice. If you need a hiking bag, go with the MPL30. If it’s an everyday pack that you’re looking for the CPL24 is the one. We’ve spent a lot of time with this bag in particular, and consider it to be the best all-purpose backpack available. Period. “This bag is simple, durable and understated,” notes one of our editors. “It’s got GoRuck vibes without screaming mil-spec intensity.” Simply put, nobody else is making a backpack like this. — Tanner Bowden


Lightweight Spring Outerwear
Save up to 40%:Before the weather transitions into the balmy rhythms of spring, you’d be smart to invest in a nice lightweight coat, if you haven’t already. And if you’re looking to save a few dollars, head over to Nordstrom where a range of transitional outerwear is up to 40 percent off. Choose between brands like Barbour, Golden Bear and Canali, among others, but don’t wait — sizes are selling quickly. — John Zientek


President’s Day Target Furniture
Save Up to 40% There’s more to the world of cheap furniture than Ikea. Target’s mixture of clean looks, sturdy materials and extra-low prices has earned its furniture — and most of its home category — plenty of praise in the last few years. Today a whole lot of that gear is on sale.

Home items are marked down up to 25 percent off during the site’s President’s Day sale, and loads of furniture is marked down again with code HOME at checkout. The sale ends Monday. —Will Price


Wayfair President’s Day Sale
Save Up to 75% Wayfair is not a place you go to acquire your grail furniture, it’s a place you go to get the things you’ll sit on until you can afford said grails. And while the site operates on a rolling everything-is-always-on-sale basis, this weekend’s President’s Day sale is a whole lot broader than the usual. From cheap outdoor furniture to mattresses to pet supplies, virtually everything on the site is discounted up to 75 percent until the end of the long weekend. This is a sale worth doing a little digging on. Happy shopping. —Will Price


Vizio 2019 P-Series 4K HDR TV
Save $200: President’s Day is upon us, and with it, you can expect some pretty excellent TV deals. One of those deals is on the Vizio 2019 P-Series, which was just announced earlier this year at CES. A 65-inch model normally costs $1,199, but you can get it for $999 — that’s $200 off. If 65-inch is too big you, you can get a 55-inch model for $699, which is $100 off.

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Today on Gear Patrol

The Real Story Behind Big Beer’s Ingredient War
The Real Story Behind Big Beer’s Ingredient War

There isn’t much difference between beer brewed with rice and beer brewed with corn, ingredients commonly referred to as adjuncts. And neither is inherently bad.

3 Cushion-Shaped Vintage Chronograph Watches
3 Cushion-Shaped Vintage Chronograph Watches

These three vintage chronograph watches with sporty racing themes feature cushion-shaped cases that scream 1960s-1970s cool.

The Best From-the-Factory Overlanders in 2019
The Best From-the-Factory Overlanders in 2019

While some names like Jeep and Toyota are well-versed in the adventure lifestyle world, Chevy and Ford are putting some pressure on those segment stalwarts.

The 8 Best Gym Shoes for Every Type of Workout
The 8 Best Gym Shoes for Every Type of Workout

Whether you hit the CrossFit Box or lift weights at the gym, there's a gym sneaker in here for you.

The Ultimate Hotel Room Workout
The Ultimate Hotel Room Workout

Traveling is no excuse to let your body go soft. This workout takes just 20 minutes, and can be done in any hotel room.

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