May 24, 2019

Today In Gear: Montblanc’s Worldly New Fragrance, 25 Beers to Try Before You Die & More


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A fragrance should evoke thoughts and memories of someplace else when you put it on. It should elevate the moment you’re in, maybe enough to help you catch sight of possibilities farther afield. By sourcing key ingredients from different regions around the globe, Montblanc achieves all this and more in its worldly-but-refined Explorer Eau de Parfum Spray .

To create such a distinct, woody aroma, Montblanc used only premium elements. Italian Bergamot offers the energetic and uplifting side of the fragrance’s top note. Haitian vetiver — organically and ethically produced — presents smoky hues with a slight overtone of hazelnut. A last stopover in Indonesia provides the body of the scent with a new type of Patchouli, developed exclusively for Montblanc fragrances. Astutely presented in a strapping European-crafted bottle, Explorer is a scent that can make every day seem less like another mark on the calendar and more like an adventure ready to happen.


New & Noteworthy Releases

This Multi-Phone Wireless Charger Is What AirPower Could Have Been
This Multi-Phone Wireless Charger Is What AirPower Could Have Been

It's sort of like AirPower, or what AirPower should have been, but in vertical stand form.

This Stunning Little Honda CL350 Would Make a Great City Bike
This Stunning Little Honda CL350 Would Make a Great City Bike

This particular 1972 CL350 lived with its original owner until 2017, is now up for sale by its second owner and at the time of this writing, the bidding sits at a temptingly low $2,050,...

These Affordable Watches Are Perfect for a Carefree Summer
These Affordable Watches Are Perfect for a Carefree Summer

The new Swatch Big Bold collection of watches are the perfect inexpensive short-sleeved accessory for summer 2019.

This Might Be the World’s Smartest Portable Freezer
This Might Be the World’s Smartest Portable Freezer

In the age of smart objects, this cooler's intelligence comes from more than its ability to connect to your phone with Bluetooth.

Save Big on These Tom Ford Shades from Stepani Style
Save Big on These Tom Ford Shades from Stepani Style

Summer is here which means it's the time of year you dust off your old sunglasses and realize you probably need an upgrade. Stepani Style can help with that.

Is the BMW M4 About To Get Even Better?
Is the BMW M4 About To Get Even Better?

The BMW M4 may be long in the tooth, but a report claims the carmaker plans to inject an extra dose of sportiness before it's replaced with an all-new model in the next couple years....

Shop This Constantly Sold Out Jacket from Topo Designs Today
Shop This Constantly Sold Out Jacket from Topo Designs Today

The icy blue and red are already close to selling out again.

This Is One of the Coolest Black Watches Available
This Is One of the Coolest Black Watches Available

Ressence's Type 1 was futuristic enough, but with its new black DLC coating, the watch of tomorrow looks even stealthier.


Fresh Deals


Oak Street Bootmakers
Save up to 40%: The old adage goes something like this: Invest in your shoes, your sheets and your car tires, because they come between you and the ground. And common wisdom will tell you if you’re not currently using one — shoes, sheets or tires — you’re almost certainly using another. When properly cared for, an excellent pair of shoes or boots can last for a very long time, making them all the more investment-worthy from a cost-per-wear standpoint.

Even with that in mind, spending hundreds of dollars up front on a pair of shoes can be a tough sell when there are inexpensive (or downright cheap) pairs beckoning from the bargain aisle. We get that. It’s why we’re all the more excited about a sale event from the premiere American footwear producers at Oak Street Bootmakers, where you can save 20, 30 or even 40% on boots, shoes, loafers and moccasins made to last. Check out the full sale here. — Andy Frakes


Huckberry Backpack Memorial Day Sale
Save 40%:Evergoods first two backpacks, the Civic Panel Loader and the Mountain Panel Loader — or CPL24 and MPL30 for short — are on sale at Huckberry for 40 percent off right now. There are two reasons why you should take note of this.

Firstly, Evergoods is the brand to watch right now when it comes to backpacks. The small company is lead by Jack Barley, one of the original co-founders of GORUCK, and Kevin Dee, a former product engineer at Patagonia. Their combined expertise produces backpacks that are truly multi-purpose; the CPL24 works as an ideal around-town pack but has features, like a hydration sleeve and ports, that make it suitable for hiking too. On the other side, the MPL30 has an integrated hipbelt and lightweight aluminum frame for supporting heavier loads on the trail but includes a sleeve that can accommodate a laptop around town.

Secondly, Evergoods is still small, and its backpacks can sell out. To find them on sale is rarer still. If you are considering one of these two bags, how you plan on using it will guide your choice. If you need a hiking bag, go with the MPL30. If it’s an everyday pack that you’re looking for the CPL24 is the one. We’ve spent a lot of time with this bag in particular, and consider it to be the best all-purpose backpack available. Period. “This bag is simple, durable and understated,” notes one of our editors. “It’s got GoRuck vibes without screaming mil-spec intensity.” Simply put, nobody else is making a backpack like this.
— Meg Lappe


Berucci A-2TR Vintage
Save 50%: This A-2TR Vintage model offers the same titanium case construction (here, 40mm) and Swiss quartz movement that make Bertucci field watches easy to recommend for the price, but it includes a rotating bezel that is useful for timing in a range of situations. Right now, the A-2TR is on sale at Drop for just $125, half-off its retail price of $250, on your choice of black or green straps. — Zen Love


6 Awesome Camping Essentials Are on Sale This Weekend
Save up to 50%: It’s too late to upgrade your camping setup for the holiday weekend, but it’s the perfect time to take advantage of sales for as much as 50 percent off at retailers like REI, Backcountry and Huckberry to ensure that you’re well prepared for summer. — Tanner Bowden


Audioengine A5+ Wireless Bookshelf Speakers
Save $50: The Audioengine A5+ Wireless are some of our favorite bookshelf speakers and, as part of World Wide Stereo’s special Memorial Day sale, you can save $50 of them right now — normally $499, the speakers cost $449 after you enter the promo code MEMDAY at checkout.

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Satisfy Memorial Day Sale
Save $80+:Satisfy makes some of the best running apparel in the world, but it also happens to be one of the most expensive, which is why we can’t believe that it’s on sale right now. The high-performance apparel company, founded by Brice Partouche, pulls heavily from his fashion background, and seamlessly blends technical features into every item. The minimalist and worn-in looks feature mostly black and white designs in a fabric that never chafes. Testers claim the gear is the best they’ve ever worn. The brand rarely has sales, so we’re shocked to find it up to 30 percent off. Sizes are limited, but shop while you can — these prices are likely never to be seen again. — Meg Lappe


Velomacchi Memorial Day Sale
Save up to 25%: A commute on two wheels can be the harshest part of your day, whether you cycle to and from work under your own power or sit over an internal combustion engine. The elements, the traffic, the exposure, it all takes a toll on you and the gear you use, so it makes sense to invest in durable equipment that lasts. Velomacchi uses designs, technology and construction fit for the National Gaurd and military Spec Ops, so it stands to reason something like the 28L Speedway Backpack can handle your nine-to-five rat race. Starting today and running until midnight on Memorial Day, Velomacchi is running a sale not just on its bags, but the entire site, where everything is 25 percent off. — Bryan Campbell


Today on Gear Patrol

The 25 Beers You Need to Try Before You Die
The 25 Beers You Need to Try Before You Die

We asked a dozen masters of beer and brewing to name which beers every drinker should try at least once in their lifetime. How many have you tried?

Review: Nike Terra Gobe Hiking Shoes Are as Comfortable on the Streets as They Are in the Woods
Review: Nike Terra Gobe Hiking Shoes Are as Comfortable on the Streets as They Are in the Woods

These loud hiking shoes make a statement — and inspire adventurous moves — in and out of the city.

These Are the Best Rental Cars to Grab This Summer
These Are the Best Rental Cars to Grab This Summer

We combed through the prominent rental car companies's inventories and picked out the best cars they offer, so you can make the most of your summer.

Here Are Three Affordable Vintage Watches for Sale
Here Are Three Affordable Vintage Watches for Sale

These three affordable beauties offer all the charm that make vintage watches fun to collect without the price tags to burst your bubble.

Porsche 944 Turbo Prices Are Getting Out of Hand
Porsche 944 Turbo Prices Are Getting Out of Hand

Once seen as the affordable way into the brand, prices for the Porsche '80s-'90s 944 sports car are on the rise and nearing absurd heights.

How To Buy Your First $1,000 Watch
How To Buy Your First $1,000 Watch

We go through the ins and outs of what to look for in a watch that costs about $1k, and offer four different possibilities.


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