May 31, 2019

Today In Gear: Sennheiser’s First Soundbar, the Coolest Coolers of 2019 & More


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Sennheiser has been making microphones for the pros and headphones for audiophiles since 1945, but now with their AMBEO Soundbar, they are offering something different. The new Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar is the future of home cinema, delivering a 3D home audio experience like nothing before it. The 13 speakers work in unison to create a 5.1.4 sonic experience that you will feel — with no additional subwoofer. The one bar makes it sleek enough to fit in any room, while delivering unparalleled audio that enhances even the most casual streaming. The immersive sound is thanks to Sennheiser’s AMBEO 3D audio technology that can be precisely calibrated to your specific room — you will be able to hear the difference. You can grab the AMBEO Soundbar starting June 12, but you can also pre-order it now.

New & Noteworthy Releases

The Inventor of the Sweatshirt Is Now Making a Premium Line
The Inventor of the Sweatshirt Is Now Making a Premium Line

After nearly a century of producing athletic uniforms and basics, Russell Athletic is making some of the best heritage-inspired apparel and streetwear on the market.

This New Printer Is Actually Worth Getting Excited About
This New Printer Is Actually Worth Getting Excited About

The HP Tango X is a compact, minimalist laser printer with home-friendly design elements and all the tech you could ask for.

This Might be the Coolest Pair of Shoes Danner’s Ever Made
This Might be the Coolest Pair of Shoes Danner’s Ever Made

Made for the Japanese market.

Buffalo Trace’s New Whiskey Pushes the Boundaries of Bourbon, for the Better
Buffalo Trace’s New Whiskey Pushes the Boundaries of Bourbon, for the Better

Buffalo Trace Distillery's Old Charter Oak line is a big science experiment.

Seiko Has Released a New Affordable Field Watch, But It’s Not Easy to Get
Seiko Has Released a New Affordable Field Watch, But It’s Not Easy to Get

Seiko's basic new quartz "SUS" field watch is inexpensive and stylish, but you can currently only buy it in Japan.

This New Grill Solves One of Gas Grilling’s Biggest Problems
This New Grill Solves One of Gas Grilling’s Biggest Problems

If you're going to go gas over charcoal, you might as well do it big.

Your New Favorite Polo Is Slouchy as Hell, and It Comes from… Uniqlo?
Your New Favorite Polo Is Slouchy as Hell, and It Comes from… Uniqlo?

Uniqlo and Engineered Garments have joined forces to give us the perfect polo shirts for a long, hot summer.

This Smart Device Seamlessly Makes All Your Bike Rides Better
This Smart Device Seamlessly Makes All Your Bike Rides Better

Never get lost again.

In Performance Terms, Cadillac’s New V-Series Sedans Are a Huge Step Down
In Performance Terms, Cadillac’s New V-Series Sedans Are a Huge Step Down

The new CT4-V and CT5-V ostensibly replace the ATS-V and CTS-V, respectively, but they pack far fewer ponies than the models they're subbing in for.

Is Another Jeep Wrangler Rival On the Way?
Is Another Jeep Wrangler Rival On the Way?

General Motors was spotted testing a pair of Jeeps at its Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan, hinting GM is cooking up a Wrangler rival.

This Affordable Battery Is the Space Gray Accessory Your iPhone Needs
This Affordable Battery Is the Space Gray Accessory Your iPhone Needs

Mophie's new line of smartphone chargers start at just $40.

Baboon Launches Bright New Daypacks You’ll Want for Your Commute
Baboon Launches Bright New Daypacks You’ll Want for Your Commute

Thanks to a combo of technical features and colorful style, Baboon's new bags are worth a look.


Fresh Deals


Seiko Black Recraft Chronograph
Save 51%: The Seiko Recraft Chronograph features the solar-powered Seiko cal. V175 quartz movement with date complication, a steel 43.5mm case with screw-down case back, 22mm lugs, 100m of water resistance and a Hardly crystal, as well as LumiBright-coated hands. Now, you can take over 50% off a blacked-out version of the Recraft Chronograph — you get all the same features, but with a black dial and black case, all for just $183. With its matching black, grey and orange NATO strap, this is the type of tactically-inspired chrono that you can wear all year long.
— Oren Hartov


Cap Barbell Set
Save $20: Taking care of yourself can be expensive. Healthy eating, breathable clothes, the inevitable physical therapy sessions, and of course gym memberships all really add up. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great savings to be had. Rather than pay a recurring monthly fee for access to a facility with plenty of weights, you can get your own — and for not that much.

This set from CAP Barbell includes a whole lot for probably less than you’re paying a month to get access to your gym. The 40-pound set comes with four collars, two handles, four 2.5-pound plates, and four 5-pound plates all in a convenient carrying case. Sure, they may not completely replace your current gym, but they could be the first step towards your own home setup.
Save $20: — J.D. DiGiovanni


Fox Knives Suru
Save $53: Blade Show, the annual cutlery industry trade show that takes place in Atlanta, Georgia each year, is just around the corner. Last year, Fox Knives worked with designer Jesper Voxnaes to produce the Suru, the blade that took home the event’s grand prize distinction of Knife of the Year. Coincidentally, that knife is currently on sale at The Drop for 23 percent off.

The Suru won the top prize at Blade Show 2018 because its ultralight skeletonized handle was the first to use a carbon fiber frame lock. Overall, the knife weighs just 2.04 ounces. The version that’s on sale doesn’t use carbon fiber though — but you can find that knife for sale at BladeHQ — it uses aluminum. That bumps its weight up to three ounces but allows for a couple of new colorful finishes.

Beyond the handle, nothing else about the Suru has changed. It has a drop-point blade that’s 2.32 inches long and it wielders can deploy it using either a thumbhole or flipper tab. To build more utility into his small-ish pattern, Voxnaes gave the Suru two choils (the unsharpened finger cutouts where the blade meets the handle) that allow for a firm and full-handed grip. — Tanner Bowden


Sony WH-CH700N Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $70: The Sony WH-CH700N, for example, came out in 2018 and is definitely a cheaper alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM3. It delivers good noise-canceling, a long battery life (up to 35 hours on a single charge) and the ability to quick charge. Normally $200, Best Buy is selling them for $70 off.


Today on Gear Patrol

10 Awesome Things Gear Patrol Readers Bought in May
10 Awesome Things Gear Patrol Readers Bought in May

Summer is nearly here, and GP readers are getting ready for grilling, hiking and travel seasons. Read our breakdown here.

Vintage Watches from this Forgotten Brand Are Affordable and Awesome
Vintage Watches from this Forgotten Brand Are Affordable and Awesome

These affordable vintage watches from the relatively unknown Swiss brand Royce offer great fun for vintage watch lovers.

The Everyday Carry Picks That Will Have You Ready for Father’s Day
The Everyday Carry Picks That Will Have You Ready for Father’s Day

The James Brand was founded by an eclectic group of designers who were looking to create modern and minimalist everyday carry essentials.

The 14 Best Coolers of 2019
The 14 Best Coolers of 2019

Looking to hide some sandwiches and 85 cans of beer from a bear? One of these will do the trick.

The Best New Knives and EDC of May 2019
The Best New Knives and EDC of May 2019

An EDC brand made its first fixed blade while other well-known knife makers like Spyderco and Benchmade expanded on already-popular collections.

The Complete Lexus Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained
The Complete Lexus Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

As the luxury arm of Toyota, Lexus's lineup isn't nearly as complicated as its German rivals, but it could still use some explaining.


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