June 19, 2019

Today In Gear: Montblanc’s Adventure-Inspiring Fragrance, an $8,000 Cast-Iron Skillet & More


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The perfect smell can transport you across the globe. The scent of a place — and the accompanying memories — can stay with you forever, evoking the adventures of younger days and the people you shared them with. The unique power of scent was certainly in the minds of Montblanc’s perfumers as they scoured the globe for the perfect ingredients for the new Explorer Eau de Parfum Spray. The expert team sourced all those components to craft a masculine, aromatic fragrance, something worldly and wild but with enough restraint to attract the kind of attention you want. Such an undertaking required trips to find the right Sicilian Bergamot, the perfect vetiver from Haiti and a perfectly-balanced Indonesian Patchouli — exclusively grown for Montblanc to the highest ethical standards and an impeccable level of quality control. All of these fine ingredients come distilled and packaged in a boldly handsome European-crafted bottle, the perfect accent for your dresser top or preparation space. Whether you find yourself tomorrow at home, ordering room service in an urban hotel room or rising with the sun in a beachside lodge, the scent of Montblanc’s Explorer Eau de Parfum will remind you that this, too, is an adventure worth having.

New & Noteworthy Releases

An 87-Year Old Company Just Made Its First True EDC Pocket Knife
An 87-Year Old Company Just Made Its First True EDC Pocket Knife

Helle of Norway has made only three folding knives in its 87-year history.

Muji’s Cult-Favorite Gel Pens Just Got Better
Muji’s Cult-Favorite Gel Pens Just Got Better

There's a lot to like about Muji's cheap and charming pens. Now there's more.

You’re Invited: Run with Our Editors in Brooklyn
You’re Invited: Run with Our Editors in Brooklyn

Join Gear Patrol for In the Field: Run at JackRabbit Brooklyn, a two-mile run through Park Slope and the surrounding area.

This New Camping Trailer Is So Nice, You Just Might Sell Your House to Buy It
This New Camping Trailer Is So Nice, You Just Might Sell Your House to Buy It

The Bowlus Road Chief Endless Highways may have a long name and a big price, but its lightweight construction and luxurious interior mean you might just wind up calling it "home."

This Might Be the Best Version Yet of Seiko’s Vintage-Inspired Dive Watch
This Might Be the Best Version Yet of Seiko’s Vintage-Inspired Dive Watch

Seiko's vintage-inspired Prospex dive watch collection just got a new model with a striking geen dial & gold highlights, and it looks killer.

This Is the Most Elegant Suit Carrier We’ve Seen
This Is the Most Elegant Suit Carrier We’ve Seen

A carry-on with an integrated garment bag.

Why This Cast-Iron Skillet Costs $8,000
Why This Cast-Iron Skillet Costs $8,000

Pre-World War II cast-iron skillets are wildly collectible, but none come close to the draw of Erie's legendary Spider Skillet.

This Land Cruiser By Another Name Is Getting an Off-Road Upgrade
This Land Cruiser By Another Name Is Getting an Off-Road Upgrade

Lexus's GX may be growing old, but updates for the 2020 model year mean this smaller, rebadged Land Cruiser Prado is better than ever off-road.

Ace Your Next Cookout With Snow Peak’s Three-Layered Charcoal Grill
Ace Your Next Cookout With Snow Peak’s Three-Layered Charcoal Grill

Cook a bird plus some veggies and bacon on the side.

Your Dog Needs a Perfectly Constructed Dog Bed — That’s Also Easy to Clean
Your Dog Needs a Perfectly Constructed Dog Bed — That’s Also Easy to Clean

Yeti's newest creation is a smartly designed dog bed that's guaranteed to last a lifetime.

The New Skechers Trail Shoe Looks Radically Fast
The New Skechers Trail Shoe Looks Radically Fast

This lightweight and super grippy runner boasts style and performance for days.

Lululemon Made Your Post-Gym Grooming Essentials
Lululemon Made Your Post-Gym Grooming Essentials

Deodorant, dry shampoo, moisturizer and more.


Fresh Deals


Seiko Prospex PADI Diver
Save $203: Powered by the cal. V157 quartz movement, the PADI special edition features a 47mm case, Hardlex mineral crystal, date display, Lumibright-coated hands and markers and a unidirectional rotating dive bezel. It’s water-resitant to 200m and features a screw-down crown and case back. Once fully charged, the power reserve on the V157 movement lasts roughly 10 months. If mechanical watches aren’t your thing, then this PADI special edition could be your water watch this summer. — Oren Hartov


Lundquist Baby Barlow Knife
10% off pre-order: Urban EDC Supply’s new Lundquist Baby Barlow is an impressively compact companion; it can easily fit in the coin pocket of your jeans and boasts modern design elements while feeling totally timeless. This is a front flipper knife with a slip-joint pattern –drawing inspiration from the #25 pattern of a traditional folding knife your grandfather used to carry — with caged ball bearings and a steel inset lock bar allowing for more control as you open and close the blade. This knife will be available in early November, but you can pre-order now; it’s already discounted to $199 for the pre-order, but with the code GearPatrol10 you can get an additional 10% off this titanium go-anywhere, do-anything blade.— Gear Patrol


Insane Motorcycle Helmet Sale
Save up to $700: Today, however, is the day to upgrade your head protection if there ever was one. Right now over at Revzilla, there’s an insane sale on top-of-the-line motorcycle helmets. You can save up to $700 on select top-tier motorcycle helmets from brands like AGV, Bell and Schuberth. If you’ve always wanted the performance and protection from one of the best motorcycle helmets available today (and really, why wouldn’t you want that?), now’s your chance to save a few hundred dollars and upgrade your lid game.— Bryan Campbell

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Fender Custom Shop Black Moon Telecaster
Save 31%:Ron Thorn makes some truly jaw-dropping guitars as a Principal Master Builder for the Fender Custom Shop. But with his experience, that’s no surprise. Before joining the brand in his current role, his inlay business, Thorn Inlay, was the sole inlay provider for the Custom Shop since the mid-‘90s. What’s more, he’s also built over 800 custom guitars with his own brand Thorn Guitars. Right now, Thorn’s first guitar built as Fender Custom Shop Master Builder is on sale at Guitar Center, and it’s truly stunning.

Originally listed for $8,000, this one-of-a-kind guitar is now 31 percent off and costs a hair less than $5,500. If you’re looking for a truly unique Tele from a world-class builder, this is definitely worth considering — and if you’re in New York City and are contemplating the purchase, you can stop by Guitar Center and play it yourself. — John Zientek

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Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph
Save 50%: Citizen’s Eco-Drive watches feature quartz movements that are powered by light and don’t require battery changes — perfect for summer adventuring and travel. The AT0200-05E features a 3-register chronograph and date display built into a 40mm case with mineral crystal, luminous hands and 100m of water resistance. It also ships on a green canvas two-piece strap that lends a cool military look. Right now, you can take half off the $250 MSRP, for a price of just $125. — Oren Hartov

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August Smart Lock Pro
Save $50: In our recent smart lock buying guide, we named the August Smart Lock Pro as the best overall smart lock — and right now it’s on sale. The normally $230 smart lock is currently $50 off. It’s a pretty good deal for anybody that wants to buy a smart lock, considering it’s easy to install and works with August’s and Nest’s line of smart home products (both of which are extremely popular). The Smart Lock Pro can work with Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, meaning you can use voice commands to lock and unlock your door.


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The 10 Best Aviator Sunglasses for Men
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Hasselblad’s Lovable, Neo-Retro 907X Makes No Sense And I Want It
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This goofy miniature medium format camera isn't particularly useful, but it is adorable.

The Featherweight Essentials for Any Trip
The Featherweight Essentials for Any Trip

From the right lightweight socks to the right face wipes to keep you looking fresh, these are the featherweight travel essentials you need.

The 5 Flies You Should Always Have In Your Fly Box (and How to Fish Them)
The 5 Flies You Should Always Have In Your Fly Box (and How to Fish Them)

These five flies are all you need to catch some fish.

2019 Lexus LS 500 AWD Review: Big Car, Big Grille, Big Luxury
2019 Lexus LS 500 AWD Review: Big Car, Big Grille, Big Luxury

The Lexus LS 500 is the luxury brand's flagship sedan—a rolling palace designed to move four around in comfort. It's also unabashedly odd in a few ways.

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