April 23, 2019

Today in Gear: Palm’s Incredibly Compact Smartphone, Used Motorcycles We’d Buy Right Now & More


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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.


Smartphone screens are only getting bigger, which is great for catching up on Game of Thrones but not necessary when it comes to answering email and queuing up a pre-run playlist. That’s where Palm comes in. The device started as a companion to your smartphone, but it’s finally available as a primary smartphone option that comes with its own phone number and data plan.

Measuring 3.8 by 2 inches — that’s roughly the size of a credit card — Palm is perfect for active lifestyles. It’s water and dust-resistant, while new software updates have extended the battery life to three-plus days for standby time. An improved rear camera offers 12-megapixels and includes improved HDR, color balance and low light performance. With all the Android apps you’re used to, Palm has made it easy to size down your smartphone — especially since it’s on sale for $199 until May 1.


New & Noteworthy Releases

Looking for a Lightly Modified Subaru WRX STI? This Is the Jackpot
Looking for a Lightly Modified Subaru WRX STI? This Is the Jackpot

Finding a well-maintained WRX STI not driven to with an inch of its life is near impossible, but this is probably the next best thing.

Theragun’s Lower Priced Massage Tools Will Help Eliminate Soreness
Theragun’s Lower Priced Massage Tools Will Help Eliminate Soreness

You can forgo your next massage once you buy one of these new massage tools from Theragun.

Exotic Features Make this Affordable Dress Watch Stand Out
Exotic Features Make this Affordable Dress Watch Stand Out

Microbrand Mercer celebrates its fifth anniversary with an affordable watch combining an enamel dial and vintage French mechanical movement.

Why You Should Care About Igloo’s New $10 Cooler
Why You Should Care About Igloo’s New $10 Cooler

Igloo's new cooler isn't indestructible and it won't keep ice frozen for days on end. What it can do might be more important though.

The Best Couch on the Internet Now Comes in Leather
The Best Couch on the Internet Now Comes in Leather

A satisfying marriage of price, quality and technology.

Everlane Has Discovered a Way to Make a Better Chino
Everlane Has Discovered a Way to Make a Better Chino

In preparation for the spring, the San Francisco-based clothing company has introduced pants designed to be as flexible and active as you are.


Fresh Deals


Timex Field Watches
Save Up to 50%: Just in time for summer, several of Timex’s field watches are on sale, some of which, like the Mk 1 Aluminum, are based on vintage references from the company’s vast archives. Whether you need a watch for the beach or something with a 12-hour bezel for keeping track of a second time zone, Timex has a summer watch for you. — Oren Hartov


Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Backpack
Save 39%: In 1985 the founder of Mystery Ranch, Dana Gleason, invented a revolutionary internal frame design called ArcFlex that permanently changed how pack makers think about load bearing. But Gleason and co-founder Renee Sippel-Baker hit their stride when Navy SEALs approached them in search of custom packs. Now they craft bags for the military, backcountry firefighters and the US Forest Service, but they haven’t forgotten the everyday outdoorsman.

The Urban Assault pack, which is currently 39 percent off at Huckberry, utilizes the same technical design features that make Mystery Ranch bags suitable for the most rigorous users but it includes features that make it ideal for the urban inhabitant. It’s made with 500-denier Cordura nylon and has a unique three-zipper opening system, two internal accessory pockets, a laptop sleeve and a quick-access lid pouch. It also employs a fixed-harness frame system, which allows the commuter-friendly pack to perform like a high-end expedition backpack. — Tanner Bowden


White Sneakers for Summer
Save up to 50%: If you’re looking to get some fresh new kicks before the summer months, head over to End today. Right now, you can save up to 50 percent on a range of white sneakers from brands like Adidas, Reebok and Vans. Most styles are well under $100, so if you see something you like, act fast — it won’t be around for long. — John Zientek


Kettlebell Sale
Save 43%: Right now, you can save up to 43 percent off the only two kettlebells you’ll need to stock up your home gym. Both the 10- and 20-pound Yes4All cast iron kettlebell sets are on sale on Amazon. Each pair has a painted black finish that will help with grip when you’re pumping out that last thruster and making it easier to hold steady during Farmer Walks. The flat bottom is imperative for put-downs and pick-ups, and the wide handle offers enough space for single and double arm swings, deadlifts, skull crushers, bicep curls and overhead presses. If you’re looking for a way to increase the intensity on your body weight workouts, these two sets of weights are a great place to start. Shop both sales today on Amazon. — Meg Lappe

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LG 2018 E8 OLED 4K TV
Save $1,150: If you’re in the market for a really nice 55-inch 4K TV, we’ve got good news: nearly every one of LG’s 2018 OLED TVs is currently on sale. Of course, these deals aren’t totally out of left field. It’s that time of year where all TV manufacturers are gearing up to release their new models, so naturally, the old models are going to come down. But they’re not just on sale — many of them are nearly half off. The best deal is on the LG E8. It’s a high-end OLED TV that costs $2,500 on the company’s website, but it’s currently selling for $1,350 on Newegg.


Rev’It Pilot Jacket
Save 40%: Rev’It made a name for itself in the adventure motorcycle and high-performance spaces in Europe, protecting riders from head o toe with tactical-looking gear. Once they made the jump to the States, they learned low-key, subtle styling and minimal branding is the name of the game. Rev’It didn’t forget its roots, but pieces like the PilotJacket prove the Dutch brand can successfully jump into any space and meet the needs of riders.

The Pilot Jacket takes inspiration from WWII bomber pilots, its outer shell is made from 100 percent buffalo leather and comes with a detachable thermal liner. The Pilot jacket isn’t just some fashion-forward piece of outerwear, either, it’s built to hold CE-rated protective armor at the elbows, shoulders and back. Today, the Rev’It is marked down from $670 to $400. — Bryan Campbell


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The Small Company Making Some of the World’s Best Headphones
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We Field-Tested Two Military Watches in the Army and This is What We Found
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The Used Motorcycles We’d Buy for Under $2,500 Right Now
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How One of the World’s Most-Popular Knives Is Made
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The Complete BMW Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained
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The 7 Best Car Infotainment Systems You Can Buy
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