May 8, 2019

Today In Gear: Aether’s Versatile New Motorcycle Jacket, What to Know Before Buying a Grill & 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.


Spring is touring season. But the varying weather patterns and temperatures also present plenty of unpredictable conditions that can change quickly. So if you’re about to embark on that long-anticipated motorcycle adventure, you’ll need a jacket that can breathe well, shield you from the elements and keep you protected if anything should happen. In the stylish and minimalist new Divide Motorcycle Jacket, Aether has gone ahead and made exactly that.

Made using GORE-TEX Pro fabric and fully-sealed seams, the Divide Jacket is both abrasion-resistant and waterproof. It’s also surprisingly breathable with pit zips and zippered back vents to keep air flowing on warm days. A double layer of fabric at the shoulders and outer sleeves helps with protection in essential areas, and that security is taken one step further with CE-rated D3O protective armor at the elbows, shoulders, back and chest. For the ultimate in comfort and versatility, these soft, flexible pads are all removable to ensure this sturdy jacket can stay on your shoulders even after you turn off the bike and call it a day.


New & Noteworthy Releases

The Most Coveted Subaru Impreza STI Ever Is Up For Sale
The Most Coveted Subaru Impreza STI Ever Is Up For Sale

In the grand scheme of cult status cars, only a handful command a following like the Subaru Impreza 22b, but this one is a certified unicorn.

You Will Stand Out On The Bike in Cafe du Cycliste’s Patterned Jerseys
You Will Stand Out On The Bike in Cafe du Cycliste’s Patterned Jerseys

Cafe du Cycliste's toile patterns are inspired by France's Cote d'Azur.

16 of the Best Used Cars to Buy in 2019
16 of the Best Used Cars to Buy in 2019

CarGurus just announced its yearly list of the Best Used Cars and this year, there's a total of 16 winners.

What Is Up with This Strange-Looking Pocket Knife?
What Is Up with This Strange-Looking Pocket Knife?

In its latest product reveal, Spyderco showed off a folding pocket knife with a strange-looking hook on the blade. It has one important use.

This Affordable German Pilots Watch Looks Killer in Blue
This Affordable German Pilots Watch Looks Killer in Blue

The new Pioneer One recalls Hanhart's history of military chronographs, but is simpler, more affordable and now comes in a handsome blue.

These Japanese-Made Socks Are Worth the Money
These Japanese-Made Socks Are Worth the Money

Featuring three distinct styles.

These Pilots Watches Are Made for the Swiss Air Force’s Display Team
These Pilots Watches Are Made for the Swiss Air Force’s Display Team

Fortis celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force's Display Team with chronograph and time-only pilots watches.


Fresh Deals


Clarks Desert Boots
Save 30%:Few shoes have the kind of pedigree assigned to the Clarks Desert Boot — a simple suede chukka inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by British officers in World War II. Sold by Clarks since the early 50s, the boots later became a favorite of style icons like Steve McQueen and Bob Dylan. Today, it’s the brand’s best-selling shoe, beloved for its unique combination of comfort, durability and polish. And, right now, you can score a pair in taupe suede for 30 percent off the normal asking price ($40 savings). — Jack Seemer


Breville Barista Touch
Save 37%: Breville’s collection of espresso machines strives to offer a machine fit for every level of coffee nerd. Today on Amazon, its most frugal touchscreen model is at an all-time low price.

The Barista Touch, which usually runs $1,000 or more, is outfitted with a built-in grinder, automatic dose control, a milk frothing wand and a touchscreen that allows you to customize and save drink profiles. It also uses Breville’s ThermoJet heating system, which primes the machine for shot pulling in three seconds or less.

It is worth noting that this machine doesn’t have an auto-tamp function, a vital and often misunderstood step in the espresso making process (ChefSteps does a good job explaining how to tamp properly). — Will Price


Timex MkI Field Watch
Save 38%: The Timex MkI, modeled after a military reference from the Timex catalog, is light, inexpensive, handsome, and perfect for the outdoors. It features a 40mm anodized aluminum case, a 24-hour dial, an acrylic crystal, a quartz movement, Indiglo illumination and 30m of water resistance. Right now, you can grab this black version of the MkI for just $59, a 38% savings off the list price of $95. — Oren Hartov


Vasque Clarion ’88 Hiking Boot
Save 25%: It used to be that only self-proclaimed “outdoorsy folks” with a deep knowledge of vintage gear could spot the value in a battered pair of Bean Boots or a well-worn Patagonia fleece at thrift stores. Now it seems as though everyone is into retro outdoor gear, whether the aim is to wear it ironically in the field or make a style statement in the streets. Recently though, the brands have caught onto the nostalgia, and are now digging into product archives to make the old new again.

Some of it, like The North Face’s Rage ’92 collection, aims for style. Others products integrate decades of technical innovations into dated silhouettes to make items that work as well as they look. Vasque’s Clarion ’88 hiking boot is one such example; the boot first debuted over 30 years ago, but Vasque brought it back last year with a durable waterproof upper and Vibram rubber outsole that make it a reliable model for trail use to this day. It’s on sale at REI for 25 percent off right now, along with a full range of other models from brands like Merrel, Keen, Salomon and more. — Tanner Bowden


Raen Sunglasses
Save 50%: Today at Nordstrom, you can save 50 percent on some excellent sunglasses from the California-based brand Raen. Typically these sturdy, high-quality shades would run you upwards of $140 per pair, but thanks to this sale you can grab some before beach season hits for much, much less.
— Andy Frakes


5.11 Tactical Sale
Save 20%: If you’re always ready, the 5.11 Tactical sale is for you. Today through Sunday, May 12, everything is 20 percent off. The brand makes tactical vests, shirts and pants in addition to bags, boots and carry-alls. Since 2003, 5.11 Tactical has worked with public safety professionals to make sure the gear they make works for first responders, law enforcement and fire and EMS volunteers. Here are a few items to help get you started. — Meg Lappe


Today on Gear Patrol

10 Spring-Weight Chinos to Curb Your Denim Addiction
10 Spring-Weight Chinos to Curb Your Denim Addiction

From J.Crew, Incotex, Faherty, Bills and more.

3 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Buy Your Next Grill
3 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Buy Your Next Grill

The path to buying a grill isn't that complicated. These are the three things to consider.

The Railroad Influenced Modern Watches in Fascinating and Unexpected Ways
The Railroad Influenced Modern Watches in Fascinating and Unexpected Ways

Watchmaking and railroads developed side by side to bring timekeeping into the modern era, and led to some beautiful and interesting watches.

How to Buy a Pre-Owned Watch on StockX
How to Buy a Pre-Owned Watch on StockX

The journey of buying a pre-owned watch on StockX is simple and reassuring, but here are answers to the questions you may have.

The Best Sun Shirts of 2019
The Best Sun Shirts of 2019

These nine shirts will help protect you from getting red this summer.

The Brand Devoted to Making You a Better-Fitting Custom T-Shirt
The Brand Devoted to Making You a Better-Fitting Custom T-Shirt

Danish brand Son of a Tailor was founded in 2014 to change the t-shirt manufacturing paradigm with custom t-shirts for a better fit.

The 15 Best Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50
The 15 Best Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50

For Mother's Day gifts, it's really the thought that counts. In that spirit, here are 15 ways to say "I love you, Mom" without completely emptying your billfold.


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