February 22, 2019

Today in Gear: A $99 Smart Doorbell to Secure Your Home, Farer’s Affordable New Chronograph and More


February 22, 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

To Hell With the Purists. This AWD Porsche 356 Is Badass
To Hell With the Purists. This AWD Porsche 356 Is Badass

The Emory Motorsports 356 C4S is a 1956 356C with underpinnings from an AWD 911 form the '90s, dubbed the "AllRad."

One of the Most Iconic Sneakers Just Got an Invisible Upgrade
One of the Most Iconic Sneakers Just Got an Invisible Upgrade

The biggest improvement to sneaker technology so far this year comes from an unexpected source.

Consumer Reports Withdraws Tesla Model 3 Recommendation
Consumer Reports Withdraws Tesla Model 3 Recommendation

CR cited paint and trim issues, touchscreens going on the fritz, and glass defects from its owner survey.

This New Multicooker One-Ups the Instant Pot with a Welcome Feature
This New Multicooker One-Ups the Instant Pot with a Welcome Feature

Brooklyn-based Gourmia's new multicooker is the latest in a long line of Instant Pot foes.

Our Favorite Jeans Now Come in 3 New Colors
Our Favorite Jeans Now Come in 3 New Colors

Light blue, black and light brown.

These Complicated, Colorful Chronograph Watches Offer Tremendous Value
These Complicated, Colorful Chronograph Watches Offer Tremendous Value

Rising microbrand favorite Farer introduces feature-packed chronograph watches that are kept thin and affordable with Swiss quartz movements.

This One Water Bottle Eliminates 1000 Plastic Bottles From the Ocean
This One Water Bottle Eliminates 1000 Plastic Bottles From the Ocean

The proceeds from the purchase of an Ocean Bottle will help keep our oceans free from plastic.

These Replica Gov’t Issued Basketball Sneakers Are Choice
These Replica Gov’t Issued Basketball Sneakers Are Choice

Featuring a water-resistant Ventile upper.

American Apparel’s Fitness Line Is Perfect for Affordable Basics
American Apparel’s Fitness Line Is Perfect for Affordable Basics

American Apparel's newest activewear line called Forward has all the gym essentials you need all less than $38.

This $99 Video Doorbell Is All the Security Your Front Door Needs
This $99 Video Doorbell Is All the Security Your Front Door Needs

It's cheap. It comes with three days of free video storage. And it's compatible with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT.

The Least Popular Car in America Is Secretly One of the Best
The Least Popular Car in America Is Secretly One of the Best

The Fiat 124 Spider earns the "Least Popular Car" award, which is a damn shame because it's one of the best cars currently on the road.


Fresh Deals


WWII-Inspired Bulova Hack Watch
Save 36% Bulova created this watch, a 38mm quartz model on an unadorned leather strap, in homage to the timepieces of that era and the soldiers they served; this model is more accurate than any hand-winding watch from the 1930s or 40s (and likely more shock- and water-resistant to boot). And today it’s a whopping 36 percent off MSRP, making for great deal on a classic, simple watch that’s awfully hard not to love. — Andy Frakes


4 Awesome Rain Jackets Are on Sale Now
Save up to 36%: Rain season is coming, and if you’re in need of a new rain jacket, there are plenty of great ones on sale now. — Tanner Bowden


Kershaw Chive Pocket Knife
Save 33%: Tiny pocket knives have proven over and again that in everyday scenarios, size doesn’t count for everything. Kershaw’s Chive demonstrates the point perfectly. The Chive the smallest in a line of veggie-themed blades designed by renowned knifemaker Ken Onion; the biggest of the group is the Leek with a three-inch blade, and then there’s the middle child Scallion at 2.4 inches. Kershaw knocks another half inch off to bring the Chive’s blade down to 1.9 inches.

Over time, Kershaw has released the Chive in various builds, but right now a version with a Damascus steel blade is on sale at Massdrop for 33 percent off. — Tanner Bowden


Apple HomePod (Refurbished)
Save $64: A few weeks ago, we ran a pretty awesome HomePod deal: Best Buy was selling Apple’s $350 smart speaker for just $280, so $70 off. Today, however, you can purchase a HomePod for even cheaper. Woot is running a deal on refurbished HomePods for $234, which is way cheaper ($64 cheaper to be exact) than Apple is selling those same refurbished speakers. If you’re an Apple Music subscriber and have been jonesing for Apple’s smart speaker, this is the cheapest we’ve seen the HomePod going for. Both white and space gray models are available.

Also, if you’re worried about shopping for refurbished HomePods, rest easy. Woot has a 90-day return policy, so you can send it back if there are any issues at all.


Two Great Coffee Makers
Save Up to 42% If you’re in the market for a new coffee maker — no matter how into or not into coffee you are — there’s a good chance the perfect one is on sale today. Hamilton Beach’s ultra-affordable option comes with a recommendation from the gear nerds at the Wirecutter. It has programmable brew timing, a detachable water reservoir and an absurdly low price tag of $29. For some context, this is the coffee maker to get if you view coffee as a means of waking up.

For those playing with the idea of getting into specialty coffee, look toward Bonavita’s SCA-certified brewer — the compact BV1500TS. 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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Persol Sunglasses
Save up to 73%:Nordstrom Rack is having a crazy sale on Persol sunglasses right now and all available styles cost $100. Normal retail prices hover up around $350 which means you’ll save up to 71 percent if you shop now. With a history dating back to 1917, Persol epitomizes Italian luxury sunglasses and its vintage frames are highly collectible. Now owned by Luxottica, the frames are more widely available than in past decades but the styles are no less iconic. If you’re in need of a new pair of everyday shades, don’t pass on this sale — it’ll be hard to find prices like this again. — John Zientek


Seiko Watches
Save TONS Seiko consistently offers some of the best value for money in watches, even before the sales start. That being said, we all relish the opportunity to save even more, and right now Macy’s is offering deep discounts on tons of popular models, from the Presage dress watch line to the professional Prospex diver models. With such variety on offer, there’s truly something for everybody. Use the code “BIG” at checkout to nab the extra 15% off. — Oren Hartov


Today on Gear Patrol

Running With Music: Our Favorite Songs and Gear For the Road
Running With Music: Our Favorite Songs and Gear For the Road

We all have that song that comes on while we're running and we instantly pick up the pace. GP staffers share their picks, plus the gear they use to listen.

The 18 Most Gorgeous Shifters to Ever Grace an Automobile
The 18 Most Gorgeous Shifters to Ever Grace an Automobile

The shifter is, literally and figuratively, the centerpiece of a car's cabin.

Here are 25 of the Best Boutique Watch Companies You Should Know About
Here are 25 of the Best Boutique Watch Companies You Should Know About

"Indies," "microbrands" — whatever you call them, these smaller, independent watch companies are making waves in the market right now.

The 4 Pieces of Gear You Need to Start Boxing
The 4 Pieces of Gear You Need to Start Boxing

Everything you need to take your first steps in the ring.

This Crazy-Looking Wireless Speaker Sounds Like Nothing Else
This Crazy-Looking Wireless Speaker Sounds Like Nothing Else

It's small and not unrealistically expensive, either.


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