April 30, 2019
Today in Gear: Yeti’s Overbuilt Gear Storage Box, A New Virtual Reality Headset from Oculus & More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New & Noteworthy Releases
The Oculus Quest is a portable VR headset that delivers Rift-like experiences.
Yeti's newest product is an overbuilt and nearly indestructible storage container.
A government filing reveals Toyota is indeed planning to bring the turbo four-powered Supra to American shores alongside its six-cylinder sibling.
Your hardshell tent can now match your house, Jeep, motorcycle or whatever you want.
The new Mido Multifort Patrimony collection combines retro looks and a 80-hour power-reserve automatic movement.
Unimaitc, makers of some of our favorite minimalist dive watches, worked with with Mihara Yasuhiro on a stonewashed blue version of the U1.
Horween leather, Goodyear-welt construction, horsehide linings and Vibram soles.
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.
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
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.
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