February 28, 2019

Today in Gear: A Productivity App for Every Mac User, L.L. Bean’s Updated Boots & Much More


February 28, 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

Celebrate the Grand Canyon’s Birthday with New Sandals
Celebrate the Grand Canyon’s Birthday with New Sandals

The Grand Canyon just turned 100, and both Teva and Chaco are celebrating with new limited edition adventure sandals.

L.L. Bean Updates Its Bean Boot for the First Time in 107 Years and You Need to See It
L.L. Bean Updates Its Bean Boot for the First Time in 107 Years and You Need to See It

Maine-based brands L.L. Bean and Flowfold team up to update the iconic Bean Boot.

This Supple Leather Jacket Costs $2,600. Here’s Why
This Supple Leather Jacket Costs $2,600. Here’s Why

Based on a Depression-era deerskin sports jacket.

This Is the Productivity App That Every Mac Should Have
This Is the Productivity App That Every Mac Should Have

It's basically Spotlighter, but even faster and more convenient.

Did This Grill Company Make a Better Big Green Egg?
Did This Grill Company Make a Better Big Green Egg?

The masters of luxury grilling just showed off their first new grill since 2014.

Up Your EDC Game with a Great Deal on This Brass Pen
Up Your EDC Game with a Great Deal on This Brass Pen

Inventery's carefully considered Bolt Action Pen is available for 25 percent off through this special Gear Patrol discount code.


Fresh Deals


Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket
Save 30%: Since it came out in the fall of 2017, Patagonia’s Micro Puff Jacket has been our choice for the best synthetic insulated jacket. Simply put, it strikes the perfect balance of warmth and weight (it’s the lightest insulated jacket that Patagonia has made to date). The secret to its innovation is a new type of insulation called PlumaFill that’s made up of down-mimicking polyester fibers that are secured together in one continuous, fluffy line, which zig-zags around beneath its ripstop nylon shell.

That Patagonia has released new variations of the Micro Puff by no means makes the jacket obsolete. If anything, it’s further verification that it, and it’s fluffy filling, work pretty damn well. Right now the Micro Puff is 30 percent off at Backcountry — a savings of $75. — Tanner Bowden


Red Wing Heritage Postman Boot
Save 50%:In 1954, Minnesota-based Red Wing Shoes built a sturdy black oxford shoe for the Postal Service. The style No. 101 featured a smooth black upper, moldable insole and durable outsole, and was designed to stand up to daily use on mail routes. Red Wing Heritage recently revived the style, updating it with a black cushion crepe wedge sole. They also created a chukka and boot, based on the original model, to compliment the low-profile oxford.

Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save 50 percent on a pair of ridiculously sharp Postman Boots. The American-made style features a 6” black leather upper from the S.B. Foot Tanning Company and a black wedge sole. The toe box is distinctly different than other Red Wing boots, making it a versatile option to dress up or dress down. Available in sizes 7 to 13, this boot now costs just $135 — that’s less than many sneakers. — John Zientek


Backcountry Travel Bags Sale
Save up to 50% Packing can be stressful, but the right type of bag can help streamline, and ease that process. After all, the result is always worth it. Travel backpacks and suitcases are up to 50 percent off today at Backcountry, including great bags from The North Face, ranging from 7 to 40-liters. Today is the last day to take advantage of the semi-annual sale, so whether you have a spring break trip that demands a rolling duffel or a weekend trip where a small hiking pack would come in handy, now’s the time to shop.

Since today is the final day of the Backcountry sale, many of the packs are only available in certain colors. We picked out a few of our favorites to help get you started.

— Meg Lappe


Marathon Navigator Watch
Save 33%: Marathon watches are made to actual military specifications (“mil-spec”), and we have noted time and again their serious build quality and value proposition. The Navigator is a prime example, and it was among our 25 Best Outdoor Watches for 2018. A good value even at retail price, you can get them now for only $199. — Zen Love


Bell Helmets
Save Up to $300: There’s a massive sale on Bell Helmets right now, just in time for the 2019 riding season. All styles have markdowns so no matter what kind of riding you’re looking to get done, you’ll be able to save on a new lid. The dirt-focused MX-9 is currently 19 percent off, and you can even grab a vintage-styled Bullitt at a 42 percent markdown. But, the biggest savings, by far, are on the Bell Star line where you can look forward to saving $300 on a top-notch lid. — Bryan Campbell


Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $143: If there’s an issue with Bang & Olufsen’s wireless noise-canceling headphones, the Beoplay H9i, it’s the price. The headphones normally cost $500, which is $150 more than the Sony WH-1000XM3 and Bose QC35 II. Of course, Bang & Olufsen’s speakers and headphones have always had more of a focus on design and fashion, so the Beoplay H9i has been a solid option for anybody who wants good noise-canceling headphones that look a tier above everything else.


Today on Gear Patrol

10 Products GP Readers Bought in February
10 Products GP Readers Bought in February

We take a look back at the most popular stories and products from the past month.

Bollinger Motors: a Refreshingly Traditional 4×4 Company
Bollinger Motors: a Refreshingly Traditional 4×4 Company

“If someone really, really wants airbags,” Bollinger said. “They don’t need to buy our truck.”

Why Stainless Steel is an Ideal Watchmaking Material
Why Stainless Steel is an Ideal Watchmaking Material

We explore the history of the world's most popular watch case material, which was once relegated to the fringes of horology.

The Best 4K TVs Under $1,000 That You Can Buy Right Now
The Best 4K TVs Under $1,000 That You Can Buy Right Now

If you don't want to break four digits on a 4K TV, you no longer have to.

The Ultimate Hut Trip Touring Kit
The Ultimate Hut Trip Touring Kit

Whether you're a regular at the huts near your home base, or you're planning for your first trek out, these 13 items are essential.


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