May 14, 2019

Today In Gear: La Sportiva’s Newly-Upgraded Trail Shoe, a Better Travel Charger for MacBooks & More


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There are trail running shoes and then there’s the La Sportiva Bushido. A trail runner that provides the protection of a hiking shoe, it was built to eat technical mountain terrain for breakfast. La Sportiva has recently given the Bushido an upgrade that’s focused on even more comfort.

The La Sportiva Bushido II brings everything we love from the Bushido and increases the cushioning by 4mm throughout the midsole. The breathable slip-on upper wraps your foot like a sock for a secure fit, and an ergonomically improved padded tongue and stays in place thanks to gusseted construction. Traction and performance are also heightened with a FriXion XT V-Groove2 lugged outsole, which incorporates dual-compound rubber for improved wear resistance without sacrificing grip. These all-around improvements guarantee superb comfort and under-foot feel on any terrain — dry, wet and anything in between.


New & Noteworthy Releases

Your Sonos Speakers Just Learned a Cool New Trick
Your Sonos Speakers Just Learned a Cool New Trick

If you have a Sonos One or Sonos Beam smart speaker, you can now choose Google Assistant as your default virtual assistant instead of Alexa.

This Breitling Dive Watch Highlights Ocean Conservation Efforts
This Breitling Dive Watch Highlights Ocean Conservation Efforts

Breitling's new Superocean Heritage II Chronograph is made in collaboration with the Ocean Conservancy and comes with a recycled nylon strap.

Where to Find Some of the Country’s Best Pork Chops? Amazon
Where to Find Some of the Country’s Best Pork Chops? Amazon

A collab between Georgia's White Oak Pastures and an old Spanish ham-making family, this is pork taken to new heights.

This Tiny Wall Charger Is the Perfect MacBook Travel Accessory
This Tiny Wall Charger Is the Perfect MacBook Travel Accessory

It's smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 61-watt MacBook charger that Apple sells.

This Forgotten Special Edition Tacoma Is Still a Great Truck
This Forgotten Special Edition Tacoma Is Still a Great Truck

It had nowhere near the power as other muscle trucks, but the Toyota Tacoma X-Runner made for one hell of a pickup and still does today

Everlane Made Your New Favorite T-Shirt
Everlane Made Your New Favorite T-Shirt

Available in a v-neck, henley and a crew with or without a chest pocket.

The Next VW GTI Will Be “Cool As Hell”
The Next VW GTI Will Be “Cool As Hell”

And that's straight from the mouth of someone who knows: VW of America's CEO.

Pro Athletes Swear by This Ancient Himalayan Plant Supplement
Pro Athletes Swear by This Ancient Himalayan Plant Supplement

Hanah's latest wellness-boosting product is Shilajit+, a supplement derived from decomposed plant matter that oozes out of the Himalayas.

The Least Popular Car in America Is Secretly One of the Best
The Least Popular Car in America Is Secretly One of the Best

The Fiat 124 Spider earns the "Least Popular Car" award, which is a damn shame because it's one of the best cars currently on the road.

A Veteran Automotive Designer Has Produced a Stealthy New Automatic Watch
A Veteran Automotive Designer Has Produced a Stealthy New Automatic Watch

Matthew Humphries, previously Head of Design at Morgan Car Company, produces watches with clear automotive influence.

This Spartan-Approved Shoe Will Likely Survive an Apocalypse
This Spartan-Approved Shoe Will Likely Survive an Apocalypse

Properly prepare for your next obstacle race with Spartan's newest pair of shoes.


Fresh Deals


Bulova Accu-Swiss Murren Automatic Watch
Save 74%: Among historic brand Bulova‘s various notable collections, Accu-Swiss-branded watches contain Swiss mechanical movements and often have a retro styling. This currently deeply discounted Murren is a great example, and it is particularly handsome with that bracelet which recalls the brand’s past. It contains a Swiss automatic movement — probably a Sellita SW 200 with 38 hours of power reserve. With an easy-wearing 40mm-wide, 11mm thick steel case topped with sapphire crystal, this is a great deal for just $375, or 74% off its retail price of $1,450. — Zen Love


Vans Sneakers
Save 43%: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


Hario V60 Pour-Over Coffee Brew Set
Save 20%: Baristas will argue to the moon and back over pour-over coffee — the best grind size, the best water temperature, the best pouring pattern and other brewing dark arts. But the most consistent argument of them all is that of the brew device itself, a discussion dominated by the Kalita Wave, Chemex and Hario V60. The latter is most-prized by coffee professionals and is very, very cheap today.

The V60 is a cone-shaped brewer with a single hole in the base and grooves running down the inside. It specializes in bringing out the lighter, more floral notes you see on bags of coffee, but there is a small learning curve. Because the water you pour over it runs straight through the bed of beans and into a mug or carafe, any water that lands on the side of the brewer can run right under the filter without touching the grounds, making for a very watery cup. Specialty roaster Intelligentsia has a concise, definitive guide on the subject of V60 brewing. Plus, the V60 is also small enough to fit in a carry-on, unlike its rival Chemex brewer.

Today on Drop, the glass V60 brewer, a carafe to brew into, a scoop and 100 filters is just $16. If you want to try pour-over coffee, this is about as low an investment as you could hope for. — Will Price


Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 60-Liter
Save 30%: If you’ve never heard of Patagonia’s Black Hole duffel bags, you’ve likely spotted one in an airport, foreign train station or strapped to the roof of an overlander. Patagonia built the weather-resistant and sturdy bags to last decades with a rugged TPU-laminated ripstop nylon. They also include removable backpack straps that make carrying one a breeze, even when it’s fully loaded.

The 60-liter version is arguably the most versatile size; it’s big enough to pack everything you’ll need for a weekend or a week, and it still fits into the overhead bins on planes. We’ve put this bag through its paces on all kinds of adventures, from a ski weekend in Vermont to a month-long trip to Ecuador. It’s one of the best rugged duffel bags available, and right now it’s also 30 percent off at Backcountry. — Tanner Bowden


Kryptonite Bike Lock Sale
Save $30:The Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini heavy Duty Bicycle lock is under $100 today. Originally $114, you can pick up this steel shackle u-lock for $82 on Amazon. Biking around a city makes life easier, but it’s infinitely more complicated when your bike gets stolen. A hardcore bike lock is a necessity if you ride your bike and leave it outside while you run errands, grab a bite or log hours at the office. This max performance lock has a double deadbolt with a protective vinyl coating and comes with three keys. The hardened steel eliminates bolt cutters as a threat, and the small size helps to keep pros with levers away. Keep one at home, another at the office and the third on your person at all times. Pro tip: Register your five-pound lock as soon as you get it and get a secondary cable to protect your wheels.
— Meg Lappe


Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush
Save $40: Last year, I splurged on a Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean toothbrush. It was the best thing I bought all year.

The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean is a weighty brush that uses vibration and water movement to shake plaque and other gross substances off your teeth and gums. The electric brush has five power levels — clean, white, sensitive, gum care and deep clean — and charges via conduction in a small glass cup that comes with it.

Beyond that, it’s the electric toothbrush that made me realize the value of electric toothbrushes. Morning and night, every brushing ends in that indescribably smooth post-dentist gum and teeth feel — a feeling nigh impossible to achieve with a manual brush.

Today on Amazon, the $200 Diamond Clean is $160. It’s worth every penny. — Will Price


Today on Gear Patrol

11 Great Father’s Day Gifts for the Stylish Dad
11 Great Father’s Day Gifts for the Stylish Dad

Great sneakers, stylish sunglasses, a durable bag and more.

Some of the Best Upgrades For Your Dad’s Daily Driver
Some of the Best Upgrades For Your Dad’s Daily Driver

A creature comfort here or a subtle-but-useful upgrade there can go a long way to improving your dad's day-to-day driving experience.

Kind of Obsessed: I Found the Perfect Carry-On Weekender
Kind of Obsessed: I Found the Perfect Carry-On Weekender

I'm constantly traveling for my job, and few weekenders have ever impressed me. Now, I've found the perfect travel pack.

The Best Outdoor Gifts for Dad
The Best Outdoor Gifts for Dad

Your dad taught you how to tie a knot, how to pitch a tent and how to cast a fishing line. Repay the favor with one of these outdoorsy gifts.

Seven of the Best G-Shock Watches You Can Buy Right Now
Seven of the Best G-Shock Watches You Can Buy Right Now

In production for over 35 years, the G-Shock is the global standard in toughness for a wristwatch. We highlight seven of our favorites.

The Best Vinyl LPs to Really Show Off Your Turntable
The Best Vinyl LPs to Really Show Off Your Turntable

Put on these records and they'll sound are a million light years away from today’s sterile digital soundscapes. Consider a seat belt.

The 17 Best Apple Accessories for Buyers on a Budget
The 17 Best Apple Accessories for Buyers on a Budget

Apple makes dependable accessories for all its products — but they're not the cheapest.


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