March 26, 2019

Today in Gear: Life After Denim’s Spring Wardrobe Essentials, a Stunning Meteorite-Dial Rolex GMT & More


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Long, bitter months of waiting for winter to end have finally brought us to the light at the end of the tunnel. And with spring’s warm welcome, you’re going to need clothing made for warmer months, like the lightweight, short-sleeve button ups.

Life After Denim makes plenty of winners in this category, and the Taronga is a major standout. The subtle microprint adds just enough visual interest without being loud or overbearing. It’s made from cotton poplin and has a classic collar that stands up but isn’t fully structured like a dress shirt. The versatility of the short sleeve button up is where the Taronga thrives: Wear it with pants, shorts, under a blazer or layered under a light sweater all season long.


New & Noteworthy Releases

This New Rolex GMT Master II Features a Rare Meteorite Dial
This New Rolex GMT Master II Features a Rare Meteorite Dial

The new Rolex GMT Master II for Baselworld 2019 offers a unique look with a meteorite dial and "Pepsi" bezel, in white gold.

This Is the Sonos x Ikea Bookshelf Speaker (And It Already Has a Design Award)
This Is the Sonos x Ikea Bookshelf Speaker (And It Already Has a Design Award)

The Symfonisk is a Sonos-powered bookshelf that IKEA will sell this August. It's already won a 2019 RED Dot award for its product design.

Seiko’s New Astron Watches Celebrate Quartz Timekeeping
Seiko’s New Astron Watches Celebrate Quartz Timekeeping

Seiko's Astron technology powered the first-ever quartz watch in 1969, and 50 years hence it's both incredibly accurate and impressive to behold.

Apple’s Big TV Event: A Quick Recap of Everything You Missed
Apple’s Big TV Event: A Quick Recap of Everything You Missed

The star attraction for today's event was Apple TV+, a new streaming service where all the Apple-exclusive films and shows will live.

This Japanese Brand Makes Boxers That Are Actually Cool
This Japanese Brand Makes Boxers That Are Actually Cool

A range of tasteful designs.

Ducati Just Won One of the Most Prestigious Design Awards
Ducati Just Won One of the Most Prestigious Design Awards

For the third time in history, Ducati takes home the Red Dot "Best of the Best" Award, this time with the 2019 Diavel 1260.

This Bargain BMW M3 Might be Worth the Risk
This Bargain BMW M3 Might be Worth the Risk

If you treat this E36 M3-in disguise as the bastardized weekend car that it is and only drive it for the thrill, the bargain might be worth the risk.

This New Customizable Protein Powder Actually Tastes Good
This New Customizable Protein Powder Actually Tastes Good

We love the personalized feel of these protein powders.

The Sony RX0 II Is “the World’s Smallest and Lightest” Compact Camera
The Sony RX0 II Is “the World’s Smallest and Lightest” Compact Camera

The Sony RX0 II blurs the line between action cameras and traditional compact shooters.


Fresh Deals


Patagonia Micro Puff Sale
Save 20%: Last year, we awarded the Patagonia Micro Puff jacket our editor’s choice award for best synthetic down jacket. We were impressed by the weight, water-repellent nylon shell and use of a unique baffling construction that prevents insulation from bunching. The PlumaFill insulation ensures warmth during some of the coldest days. Right now, you can pick up this jacket and save over $50. Just use the code TAKE20MARCH to get 20-percent off the Micro Puff at Backcountry. The code is applicable to one full-priced item, so if the Micro Puff isn’t for you, there are plenty of other awesome jackets to choose from.
— Meg Lappe


Persol PO9714 Foldable Sunglasses
Save 80%: If you want a screaming deal on a pair of iconic Italian sunglasses, don’t sleep on this deal. Right now at Massdrop, you can save 80 percent on the classic PO9714 folding sunglasses from Persol. The style comes in three colors — red tortoise, yellow tortoise and madreterra — and costs just $85 (the shades will ship on April 16).

The PO9714 is a modern take on the brand’s famous 9649 style (made famous by Steve McQueen) and features a handmade acetate frame with signature arrow hinges and a keyhole bridge. Made in Italy, the style folds for easy storage and comes with a carrying case. If you’ve been waiting to buy a great pair of shades, don’t wait — this deal ends in a couple of days. — John Zientek


REI Camping Bundle Sale
Save $75: Right now, you can pick up a three-season tent, the REI Co-op Passage 2-person tent with a Stratus insulated air pad and Trail Pod 30 sleeping bag all together for just $200. If you’re looking to start camping this spring, this set has everything you need. Pick a spot, book it and take those vacation days.

The tent weighs just over five pounds and comfortably sleeps two. The floor is water-resistant for those dew-covered mornings, and thanks to the sleeping bag, you’ll stay warm in case the temperatures drop down to 30F.

You’ll save $75 on the bundle when you buy the tent, pad and sleeping bag together, plus if you’re an REI member, you’ll get 10 percent back that you can spend in April.

— Meg Lappe


Tons of Grills
Save Up to $200: Today, for reasons unknown, the internet is riddled with deals on grills. Not deals on just any grills, but grills we genuinely like. And not just deals on grills we like, but grills in almost every category of grilling. We’re talking Weber’s well-reviewed entry-level gas grill, a stowable, cast-aluminum charcoal grill, a wood pellet grill-smoker combo and more. We’ve picked our favorite of the lot below. —Will Price


Kershaw Shuffle Folding Knife
Save Over 50%: Kershaw is a manufacturer well known by people who rely on their blades to get a job done, and the brand’s Shuffle folding knife offers more than just a clean cut. A bottle opener is built into the back of the knife handle; the butt of the knife is shaped to double as a flathead screwdriver, and can also be used as a lanyard or keychain attachment. The small size and ergonomically-shaped grip make this a pocketable piece of gear that can work for anybody’s EDC kit, and today you can get two for the price of one thanks to this Massdrop deal.

Get yours before they’re gone — after all, the stock’s going to sell out twice as fast. — Andy Frakes


Today on Gear Patrol

The 13 Best Watches Under $5,000 from Baselworld 2019
The 13 Best Watches Under $5,000 from Baselworld 2019

Baselworld 2019 introduced watches at a wide range of price points. Here are the best relatively affordable watches coming in under $5,000.

Apple’s Big TV Event: A Quick Recap of Everything You Missed
Apple’s Big TV Event: A Quick Recap of Everything You Missed

The star attraction for today's event was Apple TV+, a new streaming service where all the Apple-exclusive films and shows will live.

10 Workout Recovery Products That Feel Damn Good
10 Workout Recovery Products That Feel Damn Good

These 10 items are worth stocking in your home, gym bag and travel kit -- you never know when you might need one.

10 Best True Wireless Earphones of 2019 – Which Is Right For You?
10 Best True Wireless Earphones of 2019 – Which Is Right For You?

Apple finally has released its second-generation AirPods, but that doesn't mean that they're the best true wireless earbuds for you.

Now Is the Time to Buy a Vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
Now Is the Time to Buy a Vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Buying a Vintage Silver Shadow has become almost stupidly reasonable compared to much of the luxury car market.

The 11 Best Rain Jackets of 2019
The 11 Best Rain Jackets of 2019

A lot has changed since heavy, unbreathable plastic rain slickers were standard all-weather apparel; today's rain jackets are lighter, softer, more breathable, stretchy and more waterproof than ever.


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