April 1, 2019

Today in Gear: Felix Gray’s Blue Light-Filtering Glasses, Testing Spatulas with Alex Honnold & More


April 1, 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.


If you’re anything like the average American adult, you probably spend at least eight hours a day staring at screens that constantly emit blue light. Blue light can have unpleasant side effects: eye strain, headaches, blurry vision, sleep cycle disruption, eye fatigue and even long-term consequences from prolonged exposure. Felix Gray has designed some of the highest quality blue light-filtering glasses out there to help keep your peepers happy, healthy and productive.

Felix Gray’s proprietary blue light-filtering technology is derived from a naturally occurring ocular pigment to protect against digital eye strain without distorting color — 93 percent of Felix Gray customers report an improvement in their digital eye strain symptoms. The lenses are housed in beautiful, handcrafted Italian acetate and German metals for the perfect blend of fashion and function. Available in both prescription and non-prescription, styles like the Roebling and Nash are some of our favorites to keep your eyes safe and you looking good.

New & Noteworthy Releases

This Pocket Notebook Will Make You Want to Plan a Road Trip
This Pocket Notebook Will Make You Want to Plan a Road Trip

Just the look of a Field Notes notebook is enough to keep one handy all the time and the new limited run "Mile Marker" Edition is no different.

This Is a Surprisingly Funky Watch for Conservative Patek Philippe
This Is a Surprisingly Funky Watch for Conservative Patek Philippe

The new Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G for Baselworld 2019 introduces a sporty look with khaki green dial and matching rubber strap.

The Best AirPower Alternatives You Can Buy Right Now
The Best AirPower Alternatives You Can Buy Right Now

Because the dream is still to be able to charge your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods on the same wireless charging pad.

Want to Pack Lighter for Camping? Get a Hammock
Want to Pack Lighter for Camping? Get a Hammock

Kammok's new Ultralight Collection is a full camping setup that's lighter and cheaper than the most progressive tents available.

These Limited-Edition Shoes Embody American-Made Quality
These Limited-Edition Shoes Embody American-Made Quality

Three exclusive styles.

These Bright New G-Shock Watches Will Get You in the Mood for Spring
These Bright New G-Shock Watches Will Get You in the Mood for Spring

Casio has introduced fresh new colors to its G-Shock G-Carbon GA2000 watches in bright red, yellow, and blue.

This Is the Ultimate Starting Point For an Adventure Van Project
This Is the Ultimate Starting Point For an Adventure Van Project

If you're looking to start an adventure vehicle project this 1979 Volvo C202 Laplander 4×4 is the way to go.

Lemon Lovers, This New RxBar Flavor Is for You
Lemon Lovers, This New RxBar Flavor Is for You

Banana Chocolate Walnut, Chocolate Cherry and Lemon are bound to find their way into our pantries this spring.


Fresh Deals


Todd Snyder X Timex Blackjack Watch
Save 28%: Todd Snyder’s access to the Timex archives has resulted in all sorts of cool collaborations over the past few years, but the updated versions of the once-obscure “Sprite” models from the 1970s have proven so be some of our favorites. 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, you can nab it for just $99 — Oren Hartov


P.F. Flyers Sneakers
Save up to 64%:Today P.F. Flyers has marked down nearly 20 styles in a last call sale. Sizes are limited, but given the broad range of options, there is a good chance you can find something to your liking to wear into spring.

Whether you’re partial to low or high-top lace-ups, slip-ons or even shoes with velcro closures (why not?), you can find something here. Mark-downs on sneakers from the classic Boston-based brand range from just $10 to $70, making the already reasonably priced canvas sneakers all the more attractive. This sale isn’t likely to go on for long though, so it’ll pay to act quickly. — John Zientek


Drake’s Ties
Save up to 39%:There’s no reason you shouldn’t have a range of well-made ties. Having a few great options will serve you well either at work (if your office has a professional dress code) or at upcoming summer weddings.

If you’re looking for a quality tie at a bargain price, head over to Todd Snyder: you can currently save up to 39 percent on some of the best ties available. Made in the U.K. by Drake’s, the ties are cut from wool, cashmere, linen and silk, and come in range of colors and textures. Act fast if you see something you like — a deal like this won’t last long. — John Zientek


Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar
Save $200: The Bose SoundTouch 300 is an excellent soundbar that will work well with any of the latest 4K TVs. It supports Alexa as well. When it was released in 2017, Bose was selling the SoundTouch 300 for $699 — but being two-years-old, Amazon has dropped its price to $499. It’s a pretty solid deal, especially considering the soundbar is very similar in price, size and capabilities to the Sonos Playbar ($699); actually, according to CNET‘s Ty Pendlebury, the SoundTouch 300 has the Playbar beat “in terms of both sound stage and ‘you are there’ detail.”


CAP Dumbbell Sale
Save 23%: CAP makes some of the best dumbbells available, and you can pick up a pair of 20- or 25-pounders for up to 23 percent off. Weights are requisite home gym gear and necessary for strength-based at-home workouts. And these durable CAP rubber coated dumbbell weights are ideal for a variety of exercises. While you can do most fitness moves with just your bodyweight, adding a pair of dumbbells ups the intensity level leading to the results you want.

The rubber ends mean they won’t rust, and the hex-shaped design makes it easy to hold a plank and row. Right now, you can pick up a couple of 25-pounders for $13 off or 20-pounders for $16.70 off. Buy a pair, then start pumping out overhead presses, dumbbells squats and AMRAP (as many reps as possible) bicep curls. — Meg Lappe


Some of the Best Workout Shorts Available Are on Sale
Save 30%: A crucial aspect of any workout is comfort, not just in how you feel but what you’re wearing. It’s a fact that makes an outwardly simple piece of clothing like a pair of shorts all-important, and mundane details like pocket placement and waistband material (not to mention the debate over built-in liners) introduce a significant level of variability into the span what’s available. Today, a dedicated group of brands is addressing workout shorts — for the gym, for running, for yoga and more — in creative (and comfortable) ways. Many of our favorite models, and those preferred by professional trainers, from Ten Thousand, Rhone, Wolaco and more are currently on sale at Huckberry for 30 percent off. — Tanner Bowden


Baratza Virtuoso Burr Coffee Grinder
Save $40: The best coffee grinders in the world are big, heavy and industrial, like the Mahlkonig EK43. But unless you’re ready to fork over a couple of Gs and half the real estate of your kitchen counter, you’re better off going with a Baratza Virtuoso — on sale today for the lowest price we’ve ever seen. — Jack Seemer


Lodge 12-Inch Cast Iron Skillet
Save $17: Good news: Lodge’s 12-inch skillet is marked down to just $25 at Amazon. Its 10 inches of cooking space (the 12-inch designation refers to a wall-to-wall measurement, not cooking space) is the ideal size for most stovetop burners — any bigger and heat distribution issues are exacerbated, any smaller and you can’t cook a whole lot. Plus, unlike Lodge’s behemoth 13- and 15-inch pans, the 12-inch will actually fit in a kitchen cabinet. — Will Price


Today on Gear Patrol

Testing Forks and Knives, er, Spatulas With Alex Honnold
Testing Forks and Knives, er, Spatulas With Alex Honnold

Thanks to this newly developed high-performance sporting utensil, you too can eat like a free-soloing champion.

The Best No-Hassle Vinyl Setups for Every Budget
The Best No-Hassle Vinyl Setups for Every Budget

Forget all the moving parts. With these hi-fi setups, all you need is a turntable and a set of speakers.

The 10 Best Travel Running Shoes of 2019
The 10 Best Travel Running Shoes of 2019

The only shoes you’ll want to wear all spring long -- plus, they won't make your suitcase overweight.

The Biggest Spring Splurge Is the Drug Rug
The Biggest Spring Splurge Is the Drug Rug

From the Elder Statesman, Alanui, Amiri and more.

The 7 Best Under-Eye Creams for Men
The 7 Best Under-Eye Creams for Men

But consider this: if the eyes are the window to the soul, would you want them sitting in a crappy frame?

Opinion: Forget Every Other Soundbar And Just Buy This
Opinion: Forget Every Other Soundbar And Just Buy This

If you're in the market for a soundbar, don't think too hard about it. Just read this and hit the "Buy Now" button at the end.


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