April 12, 2019

Today in Gear: Whiskey Industry Controversy, Our Coverage of the Sea Otter Classic & More


April 12, 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

Should This $35 Bourbon Really Have Won Best Whiskey of the Year?
Should This $35 Bourbon Really Have Won Best Whiskey of the Year?

How a Cinderella story win for one of America's best bourbons turned into an angry mob.

This 1989 Nissan Skyline Will Make You Forget All About the New Supra
This 1989 Nissan Skyline Will Make You Forget All About the New Supra

This isn’t the famous GT-R Skyline R32. That car can be more expensive. But, the GTS-t Type M is still a rather special version.

First Impressions: Nike’s ACG Shoes are Built for the Trail
First Impressions: Nike’s ACG Shoes are Built for the Trail

The ACG line from Nike is built for all conditions, and these new hiking shoes stand up to that promise.

Now You Can Make Your Bike Lighter for Only $38
Now You Can Make Your Bike Lighter for Only $38

Buying an ultralight bike frame or wheelset can cost a fortune, but Tubolito's new tubes definitely does not.

Don’t Buy a Golf R Just Yet. A New Mazdaspeed3 May Be On the Way
Don’t Buy a Golf R Just Yet. A New Mazdaspeed3 May Be On the Way

It's been six long years since Mazda graced the roads with a high-performance hatchback, but that could be about to change.

A Bond Villain’s Chair from ’70s Comes Back Into Production
A Bond Villain’s Chair from ’70s Comes Back Into Production

Bond foe Karl Stromberg and his weird webbed hands made this chair famous in the '70s. Now it's back.

Bikes This Good Are Never This Affordable
Bikes This Good Are Never This Affordable

Given that road bikes can cost as much as cars, Canyon's new Grail AL is an affordable marvel that performs well beyond its price.

This Japanese Brand Just Created the Ultimate Travel Wardrobe
This Japanese Brand Just Created the Ultimate Travel Wardrobe

San Francisco-based DSPTCH and heritage performance brand Descente just collaborated on a minimal range of gear focused on packability and travel comfort.

These Stylish American Watches Now Come in Technicolor & Copper
These Stylish American Watches Now Come in Technicolor & Copper

American watch company Brew celebrates coffee culture and vintage watch styles, and new dial colors really pop with retro charm.

This Affordable New Mountain Bike Is Perfect for First-Timers
This Affordable New Mountain Bike Is Perfect for First-Timers

Diamondback's Sync'r Carbon is a versatile hardtail mountain bike that first-time riders and trail verterans can agree on.

The VW Atlas Basecamp Is the Overlanding Heir to the Westphalia
The VW Atlas Basecamp Is the Overlanding Heir to the Westphalia

Volkswagen's Atlas Basecamp Concept builds upon the carmaker's family crossover by adding off-road goodies and a capable all-terrain camper.

This Might Be Your Perfect Travel Shirt
This Might Be Your Perfect Travel Shirt

Proof recently expanded its 72 Hour Merino collection to include new shirts that you'll never have to take off on the road.


Fresh Deals


Timex x Todd Snyder Ironman watch
Save 40%: If you’re into throwback digital watches, don’t miss out on the Timex x Todd Snyder Ironman watch. This reissue was first developed in 1984 in partnership with the Ironman triathlon and features 200-meter water resistance, an Indiglo night light, a 100-hour chronograph, a 99-lap counter and a 24-hour countdown time. Though the contemporary model features an enlarged face and dial, it’s just as lightweight and durable as the original.
— John Zientek


Perfect Keto Sale
Save 20%: Right now, Perfect Keto products on The Feed are up to 20 percent off — including supplements, bases and powders. Each item is designed to help you get the nutrients you need if you’re doing keto. If you’re looking for a keto diet-approved base, pre-workout or MCT oil powder (to replace your liquid creamer) today’s the day to check out the sale. — Meg Lappe


Barbour Jackets from END Clothing
Save up to 50%: For those of you that buy new outer layers towards the end of the season, your patience may have just paid off. Thanks to End’s mid-season sale, today you can save up to $230 on a pair of Barbour jackets.

The first of the two jackets (and the most steeply discounted at $230 off) is the product of a collaboration between Barbour and Engineered Garments. The lightweight outer layer features a 4-ounce waxed fabric with a hem that sits right at the waist, raglan sleeves and two welt pockets.

The navy Beaufort, on the other hand, features a hem that sits a bit lower and a handsome sylkoil outer and an interior lining with a tartan print. Whatever your preference, it’s hard to deny that these jackets are made all the more attractive by their discounted prices. Act while you still can, though, because we known that these deals won’t last for long. — JD DiGiovanni

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Coleman Coolers
Save up to 50%: Rotomolded coolers, the kind you can get from companies like Yeti, OtterBox, Orca and Pelican, are indestructible and will keep contents cold for days. But they’re also expensive — a 40- to 50-quart cooler can cost as much as $350. There’s something to be said for cheap coolers though, the kind you’ve seen at barbecues and tailgates (red or blue bottom, white lid). A cheap cooler won’t keep ice frozen for three days, and if you hurl it off a cliff, it’ll probably break. But it will work for short-term gatherings, and depending on the size, it’ll cost less than $50. Actually, if you buy one from the selection of Coleman coolers currently on sale at REI, it could cost less than $20. — Tanner Bowden


Persol Sunglasses
Save up to 75%: Nordstrom Rack is having a crazy sale on Persol sunglasses right now and all available styles cost $100. Normal retail prices hover up around $350 which means you’ll save up to 75 percent if you shop now. With a history dating back to 1917, Persol epitomizes Italian luxury sunglasses and its vintage frames are highly collectible. Now owned by Luxottica, the frames are more widely available than in past decades but the styles are no less iconic. If you’re in need of a new pair of everyday shades, don’t pass on this sale — it’ll be hard to find prices like this again. — John Zientek


A Pair of Cordless Dyson Vacuums
Save Up to $100: Dyson unveiled the V6 line of cordless vacuums four years back. It was the brand’s initial foray into the cordless market, and thanks to the rapid pace of releases the brand has adopted, it’s now the cheapest.

Today on Walmart and Jet, the V6 Absolute and the V6 Handheld are both marked down from their already-low prices. Both are outfitted with HEPA filtration systems that are fully washable (meaning you don’t have to buy new ones every few months). — Will Price

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Today on Gear Patrol

5 Brutal Torture Tests Brands Use to Vet Their Watches
5 Brutal Torture Tests Brands Use to Vet Their Watches

You will be shocked by some of the extreme and unusual methods watch companies have devised to demonstrate their watches' durability.

Reader Survey: What Are the Best Weed Accessories?
Reader Survey: What Are the Best Weed Accessories?

Weed, like coffee, is a gear lover's dream. What's your favorite thing in the wide world of pot products?

Why the iPad Mini Just Won’t Die
Why the iPad Mini Just Won’t Die

Behind the scenes, the iPad Mini has quietly become one of Apple's most pervasive — and beloved — products.

2020 Range Rover Evoque Review: Chic, Compact, and Capable
2020 Range Rover Evoque Review: Chic, Compact, and Capable

The 2020 Range Rover Evoque offers bite-sized luxury and sharp styling along with a surprising range of off-road skills.

All of our Coverage From the 2019 Sea Otter Classic
All of our Coverage From the 2019 Sea Otter Classic

Your place to keep tabs on all the big bicycling news being made just outside of Monterey, California.

The 8 Best Packing Cubes for All Trips
The 8 Best Packing Cubes for All Trips

Streamline your pre-trip preparations with these time-saving packing accessories.

3 Vintage Watches Illustrate Movado’s Overlooked History
3 Vintage Watches Illustrate Movado’s Overlooked History

Three vintage watches from Movado's early years give a more nuanced picture of the brand than many associate with the modern company.

100+ Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
100+ Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

On the hunt for a great gift for mom? Take a look through our comprehensive roundup of the best stuff to get mom this year.

Ducati’s Director of Design Talks About the Award-Winning Diavel 1260S
Ducati’s Director of Design Talks About the Award-Winning Diavel 1260S

We chatted with Ducati Design Director Andrea Ferraresi to hear why he thinks the Diavel is every bit deserving of the Red Dot Best of the Best Award.


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