April 30, 2019

Today in Gear: Yeti’s Overbuilt Gear Storage Box, A New Virtual Reality Headset from Oculus & More


April 30, 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

Oculus Quest Review: Oculus Just Made VR Cool Again with Its $399 Headset
Oculus Quest Review: Oculus Just Made VR Cool Again with Its $399 Headset

The Oculus Quest is a portable VR headset that delivers Rift-like experiences.

A First Look at Yeti’s New Gear Storage Box
A First Look at Yeti’s New Gear Storage Box

Yeti's newest product is an overbuilt and nearly indestructible storage container.

The New Toyota Supra Has Another Surprise for Us
The New Toyota Supra Has Another Surprise for Us

A government filing reveals Toyota is indeed planning to bring the turbo four-powered Supra to American shores alongside its six-cylinder sibling.

You Can Now Customize Your James Baroud Rooftop Tent
You Can Now Customize Your James Baroud Rooftop Tent

Your hardshell tent can now match your house, Jeep, motorcycle or whatever you want.

This Is One of the Best-Looking Dress Watches You Can Buy for Under $1,000
This Is One of the Best-Looking Dress Watches You Can Buy for Under $1,000

The new Mido Multifort Patrimony collection combines retro looks and a 80-hour power-reserve automatic movement.

A Japanese Designer and an Italian Watch Manufacturer Teamed Up On This Beautiful Dive Watch
A Japanese Designer and an Italian Watch Manufacturer Teamed Up On This Beautiful Dive Watch

Unimaitc, makers of some of our favorite minimalist dive watches, worked with with Mihara Yasuhiro on a stonewashed blue version of the U1.

These Military-Inspired Boots from Japan Spare No Details
These Military-Inspired Boots from Japan Spare No Details

Horween leather, Goodyear-welt construction, horsehide linings and Vibram soles.

This Is the Most Travel-Friendly Coffee Maker There Is
This Is the Most Travel-Friendly Coffee Maker There Is

The most stowable coffee brewer there is.

New Land Rover Defender Pictures Reveal a Curvy-Faced Off-Roader
New Land Rover Defender Pictures Reveal a Curvy-Faced Off-Roader

With almost 750,000 development miles under the SUV's belt, Land Rover is preparing the new Defender for new challenges—and giving us our best look yet at its design.

The New Toyota 86 Is a Salute to a Legendary Driving Road
The New Toyota 86 Is a Salute to a Legendary Driving Road

The Toyota 86 Hakone Edition may not offer anything in terms of performance upgrades—but it looks good enough to earn a second look.


Fresh Deals


Timex Watches
Save Up to 25%: Just a week ago, Timex ran a sale on some of our favorite field watches. This week, the brand is going even further, offering a discount of 15% off purchases of $49+ or 25% purchases of $99+ with the discount code “TREATYOURSELF.” 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


Helinox Chair One Camp Chair
Save $55: Unlike a tent and a sleeping bag, the camp chair is a piece of outdoor furniture that many of us are perfectly okay with leaving behind. For many, the most packable of them aren’t comfortable enough to warrant schlepping up the side of a mountain, and the most comfortable are too cumbersome for any campsite that’s too far from a vehicle. Enter Helinox’s Chair One: it weighs roughly two pounds and packs down smaller than many sleeping bags yet offers elevated seating (so your bum won’t freeze on the ground) and comfortable back support. Helinox achieved this by building the chair with folding aluminum DAC poles that come together just like the ones your tent uses. The seat is nylon and mesh.

With the Chair One, it doesn’t matter where you stand in regard to backcountry seating — if you hate camp chairs, this is the one to turn you; if you love them, here’s your upgrade. It’ll work for camping trips but can also handle outings to the neighborhood park and is perfect for outdoor concerts too. It’s also marked down by 44 percent — that’s $55 off — at Mountain Steals. In addition to the Chair One deal, Mountain Steals is offering discounts on more packable outdoor seating from Helinox; there’s a larger (and smaller) version of the Chair One, a rocking chair, a swivel chair and more. — Tanner Bowden


Wolverine Boots
Save 25%: Founded in 1883, Michigan-based Wolverine builds a range of rugged and dependable boots. The brand’s classic style, the 1000 Mile boot, is now on sale at East Dane. Available in two iterations — the original 1,000 Mile style and the Evans style — you can save at least $96 a pair. If you’ve been waiting to purchase a pair of American-made boots, this is a chance to score one of the best for a solid price.
— John Zientek


Jenson’s Road and Mountain Bike Sale
Save 45%: Jenson’s, an online bike shop, has its annual sale this week. You can save up to 45 percent on a variety of high-end road, mountain and commuter bikes. If you were waiting for the perfect time to buy a mountain bike (the season’s starting this month) consider this your green light. We’ve picked through a couple of highlights below, but you’ll have to pick through as there are limited sizes in each model. — Meg Lappe


Instant Pot Duo
Save Up to 40%: Today, the Instant Pot Duo, the best model for people who aren’t worried about looks, is one of Amazon’s Deals of the Day.

Starting at $48, the three-, six- and eight-quart models are all marked down to prices that match all-time lows on Amazon. The Duo does everything that made the Instant Pot famous in the first place: pressure cook, slow cook, steam, sautee and a whole pile of presets for specific foods (chili, yogurt, soup and so on). But unlike the newer and more premium Ultra and Max models, it doesn’t have an LCD display or a few more fringe preset cooking modes. If you’re cooking for more than one person, we recommend upgrading to the six-quart Duo. If you’re new to the Instant Pot landscape, let some of our favorite IP-specific recipes be your guide. — Will Price


Jomers Long Sleeve Polos
Save 40%: If you’ve been looking to update your warm-weather wardrobe, you should consider picking up a long sleeve polo shirt from Jomers. Made in Peru, the fabric for this shirt is woven into a pique from Oxford Pima yarn. Then the brand roasts the fabric in an oven, singeing the wispy Oxford fibers to produce an incredibly smooth texture. Available in five colors — sky blue, white, navy, dark blue and burgundy — Jomer’s slim-fit long sleeve polo shirts are now 40 percent off and cost just $18. Sizes are already selling out quickly, so if you want to pick up one (or several) of these for yourself, don’t wait.
— Andy Frakes


Onkyo TX-RZ630 AV Receiver
Save $400: Looking for an AV receiver to drive your surround sound home theater system? Check out the Onkyo TX-RZ630. Normally $799, it’s on sale right now for $450. If you order from World Wide Stereo and use the code ‘GEAR’ at checkout, however, you can get another $50 off. The offer is valid through May 5.


Today on Gear Patrol

10 Awesome Things Gear Patrol Readers Bought in April
10 Awesome Things Gear Patrol Readers Bought in April

Summer's approaching, and GP readers are readying themselves with fitness gear, travel apparel and upgraded EDC. Read our breakdown here.

The Best Booze We Drank This Month: April, 2019
The Best Booze We Drank This Month: April, 2019

A mountain of booze passes through the Gear Patrol office every month. Here are some of our staff's favorites.

The Impressively Strong Case for Old-School Socks
The Impressively Strong Case for Old-School Socks

Nathan Levy of Dueple Socks is reviving old-school knitting methods to bring the best possible socks to the modern market.

Review: This Is the Perfect Travel Camera for Most People
Review: This Is the Perfect Travel Camera for Most People

Fujifilm calls the X-T30 the "Little Giant," and it inherits most of the best bits from the X-T3, its $500-more-expensive older sibling.

The Complete Panerai Buying Guide: Every Current Model Explained
The Complete Panerai Buying Guide: Every Current Model Explained

A comprehensive guide to and brief history of one of the most notable dive watch manufacturers in the world and all its timepieces.

The Best New Knives and EDC of April 2019
The Best New Knives and EDC of April 2019

Leatherman released its most significant overhaul to the multi-tool since the company invented it, CRKT made the biggest folder we've ever seen, and a Chinese maker revealed an affordable new model that's prettier than its...

The 13 Best College Graduation Gifts to Give Under $50
The 13 Best College Graduation Gifts to Give Under $50

Giving a thoughtful, useful gift to a new grad doesn't have to break the bank. Here are more than a dozen gift ideas that prove it, from thought-provoking reads to versatile accessories and tools any...

These Are Five of the Best Perpetually Glowing Tritium Watches
These Are Five of the Best Perpetually Glowing Tritium Watches

These watch brands are best known for using perpetually and autonomously glowing tritium gas tubes to illuminate their dials.


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