April 5, 2019

Today in Gear: The New World Champ of Single Malt Whiskey, Our Complete Audi Buying Guide & More


April 5, 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

Experts Just Named an Irish Whiskey the World’s Best Single Malt
Experts Just Named an Irish Whiskey the World’s Best Single Malt

The biggest Cinderella story of March? An Irish whiskey winning best single malt at the World Whiskies Awards.

There’s a Reason This Stunning Porsche Is Relatively Affordable
There’s a Reason This Stunning Porsche Is Relatively Affordable

When you find a '70s Porsche with an outward appearance this spectacular, you can expect a price somewhere close to the six-figure range.

This New Workout Apparel Could Make You a Better Athlete
This New Workout Apparel Could Make You a Better Athlete

Under Armour's new UA RUSH collection incorporates Celliant fabrics to improve bloodflow and circulation as well as regulate body temperature.

HODINKEE’S New Watch Strap is Available in Ten Colors
HODINKEE’S New Watch Strap is Available in Ten Colors

Nubuck leather makes for a unique look and a super comfortable strap, and HODINKEE's latest is available in a range of shades.

This Bold New Breitling Watch Is Tough & Packed With Tech
This Bold New Breitling Watch Is Tough & Packed With Tech

Breitling's bold new Professional watch is crammed with features and celebrates the first non-stop hot air balloon flight around the world.


Fresh Deals


Bose SoundTouch 10
Save $100 (50%): Even though the Bose SoundTouch 10 ($200 $100) has been around for a few years, it’s still one of my favorite wireless speakers for the home. It sounds great and it’s dead simple to use. All you do is plug it in, download the app and then connect the speaker to your home’s wi-fi network. It will play music directly from the Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, iTunes or Amazon Music app. It’s basically just like using a Sonos speaker, except if you want to integrate it into a wireless multi-room system, you have to do so with other Bose SoundTouch speakers instead of Sonos speakers.


CRKT Swindle
Save 34%: Deception lies at the core of CRKT’s aptly-named Swindle pocket knife. Closed, the Swindle appears to be a fairly-typical folder with a thumb stud opening. But the stud isn’t mounted to the knife’s spine; in fact, it isn’t part of the blade at all. The actual knife blade betrays conventional designs, deploying with a flipper tap from the other side to produce what CRKT describes as an “uphill curve.” The decoy stud isn’t just that either — that bit of protruding steel is an equally-unique, spring-assisted pocket clip that leaves the Swindle’s handle smooth.

Designed by revered knife maker Ken Onion, the Swindle won the award for “Most Innovative Imported Design” at the 2013 Blade Show and has continued in CRKT’s production line since. The blade is just over three inches and comes in two versions — one made of high-carbon steel, and a premium version with Sandvik stainless steel and a milled handle. Both are currently on sale at Amazon — the basic for 34 percent off and the premium for 42 percent off. — Tanner Bowden


Lodge Cast-Iron Grill Press
Save $16: Do you hate when bacon curls up in a pan and doesn’t build an even crust? Do you want a solution to this issue for the cost of roughly one packet of bacon? If you answered “yes” to both questions, consider Lodge’s discounted cast-iron grill press.

It’s heavy, rectangular and you drop it on top of food you’re trying to get a solid sear on. The three-pound weight evens out what you’re cooking and holds it in place — there’s not much to it. The press is marked down over 50 percent off on Amazon today. —Will Price


J. Crew Spring Sale
Save an Extra 50%: J. Crew might have a lot of sale events, but this is a big one — the website’s entire sale section is an extra 50 percent off with the promo code EXTRAEXTRA. Stock up on classic chinos, pastel sweaters, seersucker shirts and low-top sneakers while you can, and take on the remainder of spring in style. — Andy Frakes


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


Red Wing Shoes and Boots
Save up to 53%: It’s a rare occurrence when you can find discounted footwear from Red Wing Heritage. But every so often, Nordstrom Rack offers a range of shoes and boots from the brand at highly-reduced prices. Often, the styles are European or Japanese market styles or factory seconds, and the savings are usually at least half off. Currently, you can save up to 53 percent on shoes and boots from Red Wing Heritage. For the widest range of sizes, check out the derby shoes and engineer boots — they’re all $200 or less. — John Zientek


Dainese Stripes D1 Perforated Leather Jacket
Save $351: Dainese has been protecting riders on the street, on the track and in the dirt since the ’70s, so they know a thing or two about style and performance, and the Stripes D1 Perforated Leather Jacket is a prime example. The outer shell is tough full grain cowhide for a timeless casual style but hidden underneath are CE level 2 pads at the elbows and shoulders, and a pocket on the back for an option back protector. Between the style and design, the level of protection and the utility of the perforated leather for cooling, the Stripes D1 is an ideal jacket for going into the office straight from the morning commute — it just looks good everywhere. Best of all, the Stripes D1 usually retails for $600, but today it’s marked down to $249. — Bryan Campbell


Nike Gyakusou Sneakers
Save 15%: Inspired by Tokyo’s Gyakusou International Running Association, Undercover founder and designer Jun Takahashi has been collaborating with Nike since 2010 to produce impressive collections of forward-thinking, functional running gear and high end streetwear.

In a time when Nike sells its Epic React Flyknit 2 sneaker for $150 and the Pegasus 35 Turbo running shoe for $180, paying $190 for these special Takahashi-designed Gyakusou sneakers doesn’t seem too wild. And that price seems even less wild when it’s knocked down to $162, which is what you’ll pay today thanks to a sale from Need Supply. Snag yours while they last. — Andy Frakes


Anker Soundcore Liberty Air True Wireless Earbuds
Save $30: Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air ($80) are great AirPod alternatives for anybody shopping on a budget. If you’re interested, eBay is currently selling these true wireless earbuds for $30 off. Earlier this year, we reviewed the Soundcore Liberty Air and called them the best AirPod alternatives that actually still look like AirPods. Another positive: If AirPods don’t fit in your ears, there’s a chance these Anker earbuds will because they come with silicone ear tips so you can adjust the fit.

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