May 1, 2019

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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.


New & Noteworthy Releases

These Shorts Are Perfect for Wearing Every Day
These Shorts Are Perfect for Wearing Every Day

Swedish company åäö recently revealed a pair of shorts that are wildly versatile yet good-looking enough to get away with every day.

This Ultra Tough Watch Is Made for Firefighters
This Ultra Tough Watch Is Made for Firefighters

Victorinox's ultra tough new INOX watch is built with a lightweight carbon case and color highlights for maximum visibility.

This 1993 Subaru WRX Is Rare and Wildly Affordable
This 1993 Subaru WRX Is Rare and Wildly Affordable

Right now, over on Japanese Classics, there's a mint condition 1993 Subaru WRX GC8 for sale and it's wildly affordable at just $12,995.

Garmin’s 4 New GPS Watches are Perfect for Runners and Triathletes
Garmin’s 4 New GPS Watches are Perfect for Runners and Triathletes

Garmin updates the Forerunner 45, 45S, 245, 245 Music and 945 with all new stats, Spotify integration and more to help you become a better athlete.

The Aston Martin Vantage AMR Keeps the Stick Shift Alive
The Aston Martin Vantage AMR Keeps the Stick Shift Alive

Hooking a seven-speed manual gearbox to an AMG-sourced twin-turbo V-8, then cramming it into a tiny two-seat sports car? Sounds like driving heaven.


Fresh Deals


Kershaw Natrix Knife Sale
Save 34%: Kershaw’s blacked out Natrix pocket knife is down to just $28 today on Amazon. The handle and blade are sleek, yet tactical-looking. The just over three-inch blade of 8Cr13MoV black-oxide coated steel performs in all conditions, yet is still affordable. Deploy the blade quickly thanks to a KVT ball-bearing opening or SpeedSafe assisted opening (early production models have the latter). It weighs in under 3-ounces so you can clip it to any pocket or belt loop without feeling a thing.

You can pick up the EDC on Amazon for 34 percent off.
— Meg Lappe


Filson Shirts
Save Up to 55%: Filson’s high-quality shirts are known to be expensive. They typically cost around $115 — a significant chunk of change — and are extremely well-made and durable. But thanks to this sale from Zappos, several great Filson shirts are up to 55 percent off. That means you’ll pay as little as $52 for a shirt that’s likely to outlast everything else in your closet. Deals like this don’t come around too often, so pick up one of these while you can. — Andy Frakes


Burrow Sofas
Save Up to 20%: Last week, Burrow, the company that makes our favorite internet sofa, released an updated take on its original couches. The Nomad Collection comes with a slew of neat updates and a new leather upholstery option.

You could hop on the company’s new couch train, or you could take advantage of its newly discounted old ones — all of Burrow’s first sofas, loveseats, chairs and chaise kings are marked down between 15 and 20 percent off. They’re modular, covered in stain-resistant fabric, have a built-in USB cord, come in a variety of colors and ship for free. Available while supplies last. — Will Price


R.M. Williams Chelsea Boots
Save 25%:In 1932, Reginal Murray Williams founded his eponymous brand in Adelaide, South Australia, offering saddles, riding boots and other leather goods for cattlemen. The boots, in particular, were a hit. Made from a single-piece leather upper, they had a clean silhouette, a simple pull-on style and superior durability. And over the past eight decades, the design hasn’t changed much.
In recent years, however, the brand received investment from L capital — a private-equity fund sponsored by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) — along with IFM Investors and Hugh Jackman. The influx of resources and capital has allowed R.M. Williams to expand on a global scale, offering its iconic boots to a much wider audience. You can pick up a pair at East Dane, where the classic Chelsea boot style is now on sale.
Available in both full-grain leather and suede, it features elastic insets, branded pull-tabs and leather soles. The current sale offers 25 percent off — that’s savings up to $162. — John Zientek


Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Save 37%: If there’s one camping accessory to buy heading into summer, it’s a headlamp, and Black Diamond’s Spot, which is currently only $25 at Amazon thanks to a 37 percent discount, is better than a safe bet. It’s simple, but don’t take that to mean that it’s basic. The Spot uses three AAA batteries, is fully waterproof, and features a main light with 300 lumens of brightness. According to Black Diamond, it can shoot a beam of light 80 meters (262 feet), but we’re more impressed by how easily you can swap between its various modes (beam, flood, strobe, red night vision) and how its brightness is adjustable as necessary.

Black Diamond recently updated the Spot — it’s smaller, brighter and has a second button — and the model that’s on sale is the older one. At $25, it’s still an excellent deal on an even better headlamp that we’ve considered to be the best for years, but if you have to have what’s new, it’s only $15 more (you can buy it here). — Tanner Bowden


Succulents on Amazon
Save 25%: If you are someone with a thing for succulents, you need to get to Amazon quickly.

Part of today’s lot of Amazon Deals of the Day, a whole mess of succulents (and bonsai trees, for what it’s worth) are discounted by 25 percent. The sale includes everything from packs of five to packs of twenty, all pre-potted with soil.

If you’re new to keeping plants alive, here’s the short of it: succulents don’t need water often, prefer long bouts of direct sunlight and take up very little space. Buy a pack of 20 and dole them out on Mother’s Day. — Will Price


Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Save $80: You can buy the normally $350 headphones on eBay for $270 — that’s $80 off. They are refurbished which might be a red flag for some, but this is still the best deal we’ve seen on the Bose QuietComfort 35 II in a long time. You can occasionally find them discounted on Amazon or Best Buy for $300, but it’s not that often. The discount only applies to black models.


Today on Gear Patrol

15 Last Minute Graduation Gifts for Him
15 Last Minute Graduation Gifts for Him

Graduation sneak up on you? No worries. We rounded up fast shipping gifts to give the matriculating student in your life.

Gear Patrol Readers Get $40 Off Tickets to WatchTime Los Angeles
Gear Patrol Readers Get $40 Off Tickets to WatchTime Los Angeles

Check out new watches, attend panels and meet Watchtime editors in L.A. for just $10 using a special discount code for Gear Patrol readers.

Montblanc’s 1858 Watches Get a Handsome Bronze and Green Makeover
Montblanc’s 1858 Watches Get a Handsome Bronze and Green Makeover

The Swiss manufacturer expands its lineup with new 1858 Automatic, Automatic Chronograph and Geosphere models in bronze and steel.

How to Find Grail-Level Clothing Online
How to Find Grail-Level Clothing Online

Grailed, TheRealReal, StockX and more.

Should You Buy Fake AirPods on Amazon?
Should You Buy Fake AirPods on Amazon?

How bad could they be, right?

These Hybrid Watches Combine Mechanical Craftsmanship with Quartz Sensibility
These Hybrid Watches Combine Mechanical Craftsmanship with Quartz Sensibility

The mechanical-quartz hybrid is a small and strange part of horology. But its ingenious movement offers consumers the best of both worlds.

The 7 Best Inflatable SUPs for Summer 2019
The 7 Best Inflatable SUPs for Summer 2019

Hit the waves in style this morning, or take to the lake and cruise around with one of these top picks.


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