June 6, 2019

Today In Gear: DU/ER’s Ultra-Lightweight Summer Denim, the ‘Natural Wine’ of the Whiskey World & More


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Most of us retire our denim to a dark dresser drawer once the summer sun starts beating down. No matter how sick the fades are on your 20 ounce selvedge jeans, heavyweight denim just can’t beat the heat, and the last thing anyone wants to deal with is sweat running down their legs. The folks over at DUER might have solved this age-old problem, crafting the Weightless Denim Beachcomber Pant to keep your gams cool as temps creep upward. These denim pants weigh in at a petite 6 ounces, making them virtually weightless in the world of pants; most jeans are considered “lightweight” at a 12-ounce weight. Made from a unique blend of cotton, Spandex, and Coolmax, these might be the lightest pair of denim around — and as far as construction, they feature DUER’s signature gusset as well as a Silvadur treatment to maintain freshness between washes. Rounded out with a covert button at the hem to keep your pants rolled up, you’ve got a pair of pants that deserve “wardrobe staple” status.


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This Mini Materials Pallet of Mini Cinder Blocks and Mini Pallet Jack Combo is the perfect office distraction.

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This drop-dead gorgeous Toyota droptop will make you forget all about that brand new pickup Jeep just rolled out.

Apple Sidecar Turns Your iPad Into a Mac Monitor
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The new feature of macOS Catalina will turn any iPad running iPadOS 13 into an instant second monitor for extra screen space.

Rapha’s New Bags Make Any Bike Adventure a Joy
Rapha’s New Bags Make Any Bike Adventure a Joy

Whether you need to store a spare tube or a laptop, there's a bag for you.

John Mayer Customized These Rare Sunglasses With Tie-Dye Lenses
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Spotted during Mayer's Dead & Company soundcheck at the Hollywood Bowl.

These Italian Cotton Shirts Deliver the Cool for Under $35
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These affordable summer shirts manage to look the business while costing less than a good steak dinner.

This New Wind Jacket Is the Perfect Summer Outer Layer
This New Wind Jacket Is the Perfect Summer Outer Layer

When summer temperatures rise the wind can still cut through and make you cold, making the wind jacket the ideal technical layer.

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They have a good battery life (15+ hours), adjustable EQ, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and are sweatproof.

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Timex and Todd Snyder’s Latest Watch Is An Affordable Ode to Vintage Timepieces
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Fresh Deals


Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Save $130: Making a decent espresso at home requires a lot. You need a scale to weigh out a proper shot, you need a burr grinder to ensure you’re using fresh grounds and you need an espresso maker to pull everything together. The alternative is to get an espresso maker with all that built-in, and then some. Something like Breville’s Barista Express.

Among Breville’s line of espresso makers, the Barista Express stands out — it’s got all the additive performance features of its higher-priced siblings, but it’s the only all-in-one maker that’s not $1,000 or more. It’s got a built-in grinder and dose control, plus it’s operable in automatic and manual modes. The machine also features a really, really impressive milk wand and comes with all the ancillary parts needed to make it all go (tamper, milk jug, razor trim and so on). — Will Price


Weber Grills
Save Up to 25%: On Wayfair, nearly everything is on sale all the time. Exceptions typically include products from name brands — your KitchenAids, Brevilles and Staubs. Today, however, during the site’s annual Outdoor Sale, grilling’s biggest name brand has virtually its whole catalog of gas and charcoal grills marked down.

The majority of Weber’s grills are discounted anywhere from 15 to 30 percent off. The lot includes the compact Spirit II propane-fired grill, the most upgraded form of the classic kettle grill and others. — Will Price


Converse Jack Purcell Sneakers
Save 25%:Canadian badminton ace Jack Purcell designed his eponymous canvas sneaker back in the 1930s. Over the past eight decades, the style has gone essentially unchanged. It features a lightweight canvas upper, a rubber outsole with a signature ‘smile’ across the toe and medial eyelets for breathability. In the classic black colorway, it’s an essential spring sneaker: breathable, lightweight, casual. Normally $65, the style is 25 percent off at East Dane and now costs just $49. A range of sizes are still available but act fast because they’re selling quickly. — John Zientek


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


Spyderco Endela Pocket Knife
Save 35%: Spyderco makes some of the most identifiable pocket knives available. It’s all thanks to that circular cutout, which founder Sal Glesser designed as a simple one-handed opening alternative to thumb studs and other add-ons. In the decades since he created it, it’s become iconic in the knife world and is present in every Spyderco pocket knife.

Spyderco’s Endela, which is currently on sale for 35 percent off at Drop, exerts that same essence of simplicity in all of its features. It has a 3.4-inch VG-10 stainless steel drop-point blade and a synthetic handle that keeps its overall weight low (3.1 ounces). It also uses a basic and well-executed lockback to keep the blade secure when it’s open. You can get it with a plain or serrated edge right now and save $43 while you’re at it. — Tanner Bowden


Adidas Solar Boost Sale
Save $50:Today you can pick up a pair of Adidas Solar Boosts for $50 off, which is a steal. These running shoes are great for the roads and the gym, so whether your workout of choice is lifting weights, running on the beach or hitting the trails, these sneakers will do it all. The Solar Boosts have the same beloved foam as the Ultraboosts, just with a more durable upper that won’t stretch as much with time. Pick up a pair today for only $110.
— 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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Bulova Computron Digital Watch
Save 40%: At this year’s Baselworld, Bulova released a re-edition of the Computron, a unique LED watch with an angled display that allowed for ease of reading while driving. One of the three variants is this steel-cased version with blue LED. Featuring a day-date display and well as dual time zones and water-resistant to 30m, this re-issue with its matching bracelet brings back an awesome, futuristic look from the 1970s, reimagined in a unique colorway. Use the code “FRIEND” to take a total of 40% off the MSRP of the Computron and grab one for just $210. — Oren Hartov


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