March 28, 2019

Today in Gear: Leather Accessories from Bull & Stash, Affordable Pappy Van Winkle Alternatives & More


March 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.


A well-built leather portfolio is a must-have for any professional on the go. Bull & Stash has devoted itself to creating better stationary accoutrements in a smart, innovative way. While anyone can make an ordinary leather portfolio, the Allison Slim Portfolio perfectly balances craftsmanship and superior design.

Bull & Stash utilizes the unique Expedition Leather that is tanned in León, Mexico. Unlike the orthodox European standards, León’s leather process is so distinct that Expedition Leather is unlike much else. It’s tumbled and infused with oils to give it a rich, creamy feel that only gets better over time — the leather’s color and finish burnish with wear to build character as it ages. Combined with details like stainless steel hardware, thick 105 GSM (grams per square meter) refillable paper and a magnetic closure, this portfolio is built for a lifetime of daily use.


New & Noteworthy Releases

The 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata Is Criminally Undervalued
The 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata Is Criminally Undervalued

It's not a million-dollar car, but for the driving experience it's capable of delivering, this 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata should be going for a hell of a lot more.

This Is the Biggest Pocket Knife We’ve Ever Seen
This Is the Biggest Pocket Knife We’ve Ever Seen

CRKT's new XOC — pronounced "shock" — is a premium folding pocket knife on a huge scale.

The 10 Most Overlooked Cars in America Last Year
The 10 Most Overlooked Cars in America Last Year

In a few years, preferences will shift again, but for now, these are 10 of the slowest-selling cars in America last year.

The New Carhartt WIP Sunglasses Are Beyond Hip
The New Carhartt WIP Sunglasses Are Beyond Hip

Handmade with Italian Mazzucchelli acetate and Carl Zeiss lenses.

Incase Made a Collection From Flight Nylon, And it Looks Seriously Good
Incase Made a Collection From Flight Nylon, And it Looks Seriously Good

The new Flight Nylon Collection from Incase is a tough yet stylish line with materials coming straight off the backs of pilots.

Backcountry’s New Climb Line Launches Today
Backcountry’s New Climb Line Launches Today

Backcountry sells some of the best gear for the outdoors and now they make their own, too.


Fresh Deals


Stutterheim Raincoats
Save 35%: If you don’t have a reliable raincoat, now’s the time to buy. With rainy spring weather already forecast, a lightweight, waterproof jacket is something of a necessity. And if you’re looking for a good option, head over to East Dane today. You can save 35 percent on a range of reliable raincoats from Stutterheim. The Swedish stalwart makes classic styles that now cost less than $150 — that means you won’t break the bank to stay dry this season. — John Zientek


Clif Bar Shots, Hydration Mixes and Energy Snacks
Save up to 30%: Clif Bar, which makes some of our favorite pre, during and post-workout snacks are currently on sale at The Feed. Now’s a great time to stock up on Clif shots, energy bars, recovery mixes and our favorite for fueling mid-run, Clif Bloks. Each energy snack is measured to provide everything an athlete needs when working out: protein, sugars, carbs and salt. Each will help your body replenish the nutrients lost during exercise — and they taste good, too. — Meg Lappe


GSI Outdoors JavaPress
Save 20%: There’s something wonderful about enjoying a freshly-brewed cup of coffee in the wilderness. All of the pleasures that the beverage imparts when experienced in the comforts of home or at a favorite cafe are multiplied at a campsite, even when high-end barista machinery is unavailable.

Without a countertop appliance, coffee making becomes a modified and slightly more humble process. However, there is a range of lightweight and packable brewers available, from French press to pour over, but GSI’s JavaPress is our favorite for its ability to serve multiple cups in one batch and for its easy-to-clean construction. It’s currently 20 percent off at Backcountry when you enter the code TAKE20MARCH at checkout.

Note: Backcountry’s discount code applies to any one full-priced item, so if you’re more of a tea person, or want something like a new rain jacket or cooler, you can get 20 percent those things too. Remember, you can only use the discount once. — Tanner Bowden


Samsung QN65Q9FN 4K TV
Save Over $800: There are big TVs, and then there are big TVs — this 65-inch Samsung QN65Q9FN verges toward the latter. There’s also 4K screen resolution, smart interface, Dolby Digital Plus integrated audio and Samsung’s flagship quantum-dot QLED display technology, which claims more than a billion shades of color in addition to the best possible overall brightness and contrast.

On the average day, all that tech would cost you a lot — the TV sells for $2,800 on Samsung’s website. But thanks to an eBay sale, you can get the complete package, factory-sealed and delivered, for just $1,949. — Andy Frakes


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This Performance Vest Stands Apart from the Usual Suspects
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Forgotten BWC Watches Offer Tons of Fun & Value for Vintage Fans
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6 Affordable Bourbon Whiskeys to Drink Instead of Pappy Van Winkle
6 Affordable Bourbon Whiskeys to Drink Instead of Pappy Van Winkle

Want a whiskey that's sweeter, softer, fruitier and smoother? Simple. Try a wheater.

Affordable Dream Car: The Poor Man’s Porsche
Affordable Dream Car: The Poor Man’s Porsche

While other '80s-era sports cars were trying to kill its drivers with massive power curves and no electronic aides the 944 kept an even keel, was easily controllable and enjoyable to almost everyone.

Baselworld 2019’s Top Watch Complication? The Ever Practical GMT
Baselworld 2019’s Top Watch Complication? The Ever Practical GMT

A notable trend of Baselworld 2019 was the growing popularity of watches featuring the GMT second time zone function. Here are the best ones.

6 Cycling Brands You Need to Know Now
6 Cycling Brands You Need to Know Now

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