April 24, 2019
Today in Gear: DUER’s Versatile Travel Pants, the History Behind 21 Great Military Watches & More
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Vancouver-based DUER designed some of the season’s best travel pants. The Live Free Adventure Pant is made from the brand’s lightest proprietary fabric, the Live Lite blend. A blend of Tencel, cotton, polyester and Lycra, this material is light, high stretch and seriously comfortable.
These are all characteristics any great pair of travel pants should possess, but DUER added function with additional features like stealth cargo pockets that’ll keep your phone safe and out of the way while riding a bike in, say, an exotic locale. Other upgrades include a Rainshield DWR coating (making the pants resistant to oil, dirt and water) and convertible snap cuffs for added versatility. So if you have adventure plans and need a reliable pair of pants, the Live Free Adventure Pants should be your new go-to.
New & Noteworthy Releases
Save up to 68%: New York-based clothing brand Faherty makes a range of hoodies designed for the beach. Inspired by the Baja poncho, the styles feature relaxed fits and breathable knit fabrics. If you’re looking for a lightweight layer perfect for breezy mornings and cool evenings, these are worth checking out. What’s more, a few different colors are currently up to 68 percent off — act now if you want a deal.
— John Zientek
Save up to 40%: If you’re in need of some new sneakers for the warm-weather months, head over to Zappos today. Right now, you can save up to 40 percent on a bunch of iconic styles from Vans. Choose from slip-on and lace-up styles in a range of colors — prices start at just $36.
— John Zientek
Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket
Save $62: Since it came out in the fall of 2017, Patagonia’s Micro Puff Jacket has been our choice for the best synthetic insulated jacket. Simply put, it strikes the perfect balance of warmth and weight (it’s the lightest insulated jacket that Patagonia has made to date). The secret to its innovation is a new type of insulation called PlumaFill that’s made up of down-mimicking polyester fibers that are secured together in one continuous, fluffy line, which zig-zags around beneath its ripstop nylon shell.
The Micro Puff has been such a success that Patagonia used it as the base for the Micro Puff Storm, a waterproof version of the jacket that came out in Fall 2018. Later this year Patagonia will also release the Macro Puff, a heavier and warmer puffy jacket that will use a heartier helping of PlumaFill (and will likely be in as high demand as the Micro Puff).
That Patagonia has released variations of the Micro Puff by no means makes the jacket obsolete. If anything, it’s further verification that it, and it’s fluffy filling, work pretty damn well. Not just in winter either — the Micro Puff’s lightweight warmth makes it ideal for cool summer nights and mornings and mountain adventures. Right now the Micro Puff is 25 percent off at REI in past season colors — a savings of $62. — Tanner Bowden
Adidas Ultraboost Sale
Save 20%: Pick up a pair of Adidas’s feel-good running sneakers for just $144 today. The Adidas Ultraboost is normally $180 but is 20 percent off. Here at Gear Patrol, the Boost sneakers we’ve tested have been some of our favorites — including the Solarboost — one of our best new running shoes of 2019. The hype around the new Adidas Ultraboost 19 is real, which means the original Ultraboost has been on sale quite frequently this year, but who know how long that will last. It’s responsive, so each footfall is soft yet fast. You can’t go wrong with a Boost purchase. — Meg Lappe
Viking 5-Ply Stainless Steel Fry Pan
Save 50%+: “Clad” in stainless steel cookware patois is code for a pan with various types of metals bonded to one another. Think of clad skillets like a sandwich; typically, the top and bottom layers are hardwearing, shiny stainless steel and the middle layers are various forms of quick-heating aluminum. Because of this, the best stainless steel cookware is clad metal — it heats faster and lasts longer than pure steel or aluminum cookware.
Today on Massdrop, Viking’s 5-ply fry pans in 8-inch and 12-inch options are well over 50 percent off retail price. The pans feature a more upward-sloping handle, slightly higher walls and heavier construction than similarly priced competition (like All-Clad). — Will Price
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