June 3, 2019

Today In Gear: Urban Armor Gear’s Rugged Apple Watch Strap, Just-Announced iOS 13 Features & More


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You already know Urban Armor Gear for making some of the most hard-wearing protective cases for your tech. The brand now offers an Apple Watch strap made to the high standards of explorers, athletes and world travelers. UAG’s Active Strap for the Apple Watch is a sturdy woven band that can stand up to the most rigorous of tasks. Made from a high-strength nylon weave and outfitted with custom stainless steel hardware, the Active Strap can be fitted to any generation of Apple Watch right up to the most current model. The hook-and-loop fastener means there’s no way it will give your wrist the slip. No matter what you’re in for next, this strap can take it, and with UAG’s one year warranty you’ll have plenty of time to put that to the test.


New & Noteworthy Releases

Even at $250, The Macallan’s Latest Scotch Whisky Feels Like One Hell of a Deal
Even at $250, The Macallan’s Latest Scotch Whisky Feels Like One Hell of a Deal

The Macallan's limited edition offerings are typically pure unobtanium. Not this one.

The Most Ludicrous Specs of Apple’s Overkill Mac Pro
The Most Ludicrous Specs of Apple’s Overkill Mac Pro

The Mac Pro starts at $5,999 with an 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of memory, an AMD WX 7100 graphics card and a 256GB SSD. The Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999.

The Best iOS 13 Features and Apps Coming to Your iPhone
The Best iOS 13 Features and Apps Coming to Your iPhone

iOS 13 promises to make unlocking your phone with Face ID 30-percent faster and all apps will launch twice as fast.

You’ll Never Be Able to Buy This Custom Off-Road Pickup Truck
You’ll Never Be Able to Buy This Custom Off-Road Pickup Truck

Sorry, folks: Even if the one-off Skoda Montiaq concept were to go into production, you'd probably never be able to buy it in America.

These Are the Shades You Need for All Your Summer Adventures
These Are the Shades You Need for All Your Summer Adventures

Not all sunglasses can handle the transition from street to surf and back again, but with Kaenon's latest shades you won't have that problem.

This Is the Most Cutting-Edge Nissan 180SX You’ll See All Month
This Is the Most Cutting-Edge Nissan 180SX You’ll See All Month

It doesn't take much work to make the 1989 Nissan 180SX a modern-day sports car competitor, but this one goes above and beyond.

These New Minimalist Sneakers Are Just What Your Wardrobe Needs
These New Minimalist Sneakers Are Just What Your Wardrobe Needs

Available in quarter sizes.

This Bold New Bike Just Won a 200-Mile Race on the Country’s Worst Roads
This Bold New Bike Just Won a 200-Mile Race on the Country’s Worst Roads

Colin Strickland and Amity Rockwell just won the 200-mile Dirty Kanza on the same ride: the new Able gravel bike from Allied Cycle Works.

Don’t Waste Your Time Hunting for the Perfect Summer Tee. Look Here
Don’t Waste Your Time Hunting for the Perfect Summer Tee. Look Here

Mr Porter just launched a summery range of exclusive t-shirts from brands like Carhartt WIP, Kapital, Aimé Leon Dore and Noon Goons.

Could This Gorgeous Speedster Be the Best Car Porsche Never Sold?
Could This Gorgeous Speedster Be the Best Car Porsche Never Sold?

In spite of its jaw-dropping looks and pumped-up performance, the one-off, single-seat Porsche Boxster Bergspyder never reached production. That's a crying shame.

These Complicated Watches Offer Tons of Functionality Without Breaking the Bank
These Complicated Watches Offer Tons of Functionality Without Breaking the Bank

Three new Classima watches from Baume & Mercier offer stylish, classic looks and genuinely useful features at appealing prices.

The Tracker Navy SEALs Swear By Gets an Upgrade
The Tracker Navy SEALs Swear By Gets an Upgrade

Whoop launches the third iteration of the tracker loved by trainers and military personnel.


Fresh Deals


Seiko SNN241
Save 54%: This chrono features a larger 42.6mm steel case with a Japanese quartz movement powering two sub-dials — a 60-minute counter at 12 o’clock, and a running seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, as well as a date window. The SNN241 has a brown dial with Hardlex crystal and a matching contrast-stiched brown leather band with double-locking clasp. It’s also water-resistant to 100m, so while it’s splash-proof, it’s best to switch to a trusty dive watch for serious water sports. — Oren Hartov


Bodum French Press
Save 45%: Though coffee brewing styles come and go, the French press hasn’t budged. The simplest way to brew well without having to practice a routine and recipe, it’s the coffee beginner’s best friend (it also impresses guests). Today on Amazon, Bodum’s iconic, easy-to-use French press is marked way down. Though the 12-ounce press — good for about three cups of coffee — is just $16, we recommend buying bigger. The 34-ounce, 8-cup press is $30 and makes brewing coffee for a crowd that much easier. — Will Price


Persol Aviators
Save 71%:If you’ve been waiting to invest in an iconic pair of Persol sunglasses, Nordstrom Rack has a deal for you. Right now, you can save 71 percent on three different Italian-made Persols: the Aviator, the Sartoria and the Pilot models. Normally $350, these shades are now just $100 while supplies last. — John Zientek


Patagonia Black Hole Backpack
Save 30%: Of the well-loved products that Patagonia has created over the years — from ultralight synthetic insulation jackets to iconic fleeces — the Black Hole duffel is one that has weathered the years. The utilitarian gear hauler is made rugged enough to handle the rigors of weeks-long field expeditions yet practical enough that its features aren’t lost on casual travelers. (The 60-liter version is perfect for carry-on-only trips.)

Similar to the duffel, the Black Hole Pack uses a wide opening to access its main compartment, which has a sleeve for a laptop or a hydration reservoir as well as smaller pockets for essential items. Unhindered by other unnecessary features, the bag is left to do what it should: provide ample space for whatever it is you might need to carry.

Right now the Black Hole Pack is available for 30-percent off at both Nordstrom and Patagonia. — Tanner Bowden


Reebok Apparel and Sneaker Sale
Save 30%:Right now, you can save up to 30 percent off a variety of Reebok gear on eBay — including the Reebok Fast Tempo Flexweave Shoes. The sneakers are down from $100 to $75 in a couple of colors and a handful of sizes. If you’re looking for a new pair of shoes for the gym and to hop on the treadmill, this is the shoe for you. — Meg Lappe


2018 LG C8 OLED TV (65-inch)
Save 50%: LG’s 2018 C8 series of 4K OLED TVs are expensive. When they were released last past spring, a 65-inch model was going for $3,500. Almost a year later, however, that price has dropped over to around $2,597 — that’s over $1,000 off. But today eBay is running a deal on a brand-new C8 for $1,699 – that’s half off. Yes, it’s still expensive, but it’s not that bad considering that we’re talking about LG’s top-of-the-line 4K OLED TV. And LG makes the best 4K OLED TVs.

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Sony WH1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $52: Sony released the WH1000XM3 this past fall and they’re better than the Sony WH1000XM2 in every way. They sound better. They’re better at noise-cancellation. They have modern perks, like USB-C charging. And they still cost $350. Again, these are the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy. Period. And now you can get them for a discount. Amazon is selling new models for $52 off. Both black and silver models are available at this discount.


Bell Race Star RSD Formula Helmet
Save up to 50%: The Bell Race Star helmet is explicitly tailored to compliment sport bike levels of performance, whether that’s on the street or circling a track. The 3K carbon fiber shell and Panovision viewport offer some of the best impact protection and field of vision on the market and are the same sort of features you’ll see top-flight racers putting to the test and enjoying on the global stage of motorsports. That kind of technology and design usually comes with a hefty price tag, but today you can get the Bell Race Star RSD Formula Helmet 50 percent off at $375. — Bryan Campbell


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The Best Grilling Gifts to Give Your Dad This Father’s Day
The Best Grilling Gifts to Give Your Dad This Father’s Day

We round up the best tools and gadgets to give dads who love nothing more than to spend time around the grill.

Counterpoint: In Praise of the One-Watch Collection
Counterpoint: In Praise of the One-Watch Collection

Surrounded by collectors, one proud watch owner sees more advantage in buying one thing you love, and nothing more.

10 Amazing New Cars We Wish We Could Buy in America
10 Amazing New Cars We Wish We Could Buy in America

For those of us in the United States, these 10 cars are the ripest examples of the automotive kingdom's forbidden fruit.

You’re Invited: An Evening of Gear Testing with Dyson
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