June 20, 2019

Today In Gear: WHOOP Fitness Tracker, the Perfect Travel Water Bottle & More


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We’ve talked about enjoying WHOOP in the past, but now it’s launched the new generation of its fitness tracker. WHOOP is the training and recovery tool that has changed the way athletes can track their fitness and optimize performance with a wrist-worn heart rate monitor that connects to WHOOP’s app, which provides daily personalized analytics and insights on everything from recovery to strain and sleep. The new WHOOP Strap 3.0 is chock-full of upgrades to hardware and unlocks a suite of new software features to its app. The updated tracker now also has a 5-day battery life, an improved band and WHOOP Live: a robust suite of features to improve real-time training feedback and analysis.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Your Perfect Travel Water Bottle Is Almost Here
Your Perfect Travel Water Bottle Is Almost Here

Over anything else, a water bottle might be the most important travel accessory. For 2020, Matador will make a better one.

Darn Tough’s Retro-Styled Gym Socks Will Upgrade Any Workout
Darn Tough’s Retro-Styled Gym Socks Will Upgrade Any Workout

Our gym bags are packed and ready to go.

This Duffle Survived Two Weeks Under Water
This Duffle Survived Two Weeks Under Water

Whether you're a river guide or planning a surfing trip, this duffle will keep your belongings safe.

2019’s Most Popular Hiking Shoe Gets an Earth-Friendly Update
2019’s Most Popular Hiking Shoe Gets an Earth-Friendly Update

A little bit of ocean plastic goes a long way.

This Impossibly Small Canister Stove Is the Sleekest We’ve Seen
This Impossibly Small Canister Stove Is the Sleekest We’ve Seen

It weighs less than four ounces yet packs a fiery punch on the trail.

This 2020 Sleeping Bag Is Warmer and Lighter — Thanks to Titanium?
This 2020 Sleeping Bag Is Warmer and Lighter — Thanks to Titanium?

Rab's forthcoming Mythic Ultra sleeping bag uses an innovative process to increase warmth without affecting weight.

Garmin’s New GPS Is a Nav System Made Just for RV Drivers
Garmin’s New GPS Is a Nav System Made Just for RV Drivers

The new Garmin RV 785 provides RV-specific navigation, and brings advanced safety features to help keep your family safe.

Kawasaki’s New Dirt Bikes Are Affordable Off-Road Fun
Kawasaki’s New Dirt Bikes Are Affordable Off-Road Fun

The new KLX 300R and the KLX 230R may not be all that mighty, but they're just what the doctor ordered for pavement-free joy.

This Field Watch Is Stylish, Inexpensive and Available in Multiple Colors
This Field Watch Is Stylish, Inexpensive and Available in Multiple Colors

The new Field Watch from California-based brand MVMT comes in numerous dial, case and strap combinations.

We’re in Love with the Lightest, Most Packable Camp Stool Ever
We’re in Love with the Lightest, Most Packable Camp Stool Ever

Weighing less than a pound, the ingenious Hillsound BTR is totally worth a sit.

Phones That Can Charge in Just 15 Minutes Are Coming
Phones That Can Charge in Just 15 Minutes Are Coming

A demonstration by Chinese company Vivo shows how a full 4,000mAh phone battery can be charged from empty to full in 13 minutes.


Fresh Deals

Mott & Bow Soft Twill Denim

Most denim produced these days includes a bit of stretch — typically one to two percent is standard. Stretch, in this case, equates to comfort since the fabric moves with you instead of staying rigid. Mott & Bow’s latest soft twill denim line offers a greater percentage of stretch without losing a familiar feel. Made with 20-percent stretch Mercer denim, these jeans are probably the most comfortable you’ll ever wear.

The Mott & Bow soft twill denim is available in both slim and straight cuts and five washes (two shades of khaki, two shades of blue and olive green). The range of colors is incredibly versatile and you can wear them just like your favorite pair of chinos. So if you’re in the market for a new pair of comfortable go-anywhere pants, these jeans are worth checking out this summer.

Get 10 percent off your first Mott & Bow purchase when visiting its site through this story.


Jabra Elite 65e Noise-Canceling Earphones
Save $160: The Jabra Elite 65e headset is arguably the best value proposition for anybody who wants in-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. Their nearest rival is the Bose QuietComfort 30, which costs $299, and that’s $99 more than the Jabra Elite 65e. If you’re looking for a really sweet deal on in-ear noise-canceling headphones, you can buy a refurbished pair of Jabra Elite 65e on eBay for just $40. That’s a pretty steep discount.


Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses
Save 55%:In the world of sunglasses, it doesn’t get much more iconic than a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers. First released in 1956, the design has hardly changed in over half a century. If you’ve been wanting the style, but the list price is more than you want to spend, Nordstrom Rack has you covered; you can get a pair of $178 Wayfarers in either black or Havana for just $80. What’s more, these Italian-made shades also come with polarized lenses to protect your eyes all summer long — hard to beat that. — John Zientek


Clarks Desert Boots
Save 32%:Few shoes have the kind of pedigree assigned to the Clarks Desert Boot — a simple suede chukka inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by British officers in World War II. Sold by Clarks since the early 50s, the boots later became a favorite of style icons like Steve McQueen and Bob Dylan. Today, it’s the brand’s best-selling shoe, beloved for its unique combination of comfort, durability and polish. And, right now, you can score a pair for 32 percent off the normal asking price ($40 savings). — Jack Seemer


Seiko Recraft Automatic Watch
Save Over 50%: The Seiko Recraft SNKP23 features a Seiko cal. 7S26 automatic movement with 41 hours of power reserve and a day-date display, a rectangular 39.5mm case that’s water-resistant to 50m and a matching stainless steel bracelet with fold-over push-button clasp. If you’re going for that funky 1970s look, this Recraft could be the move. Best of all, it’s only $132 right now on Amazon. — Oren Hartov


Logitech MX Sound Computer Speakers
Save $40: The MX Sound desktop speakers have a number of features that most people — especially Mac owners — will like. They’re matte gray and will match nicely with any iMac. The 24-watt speakers sound way bigger than they actually are. They have speakers feature motion-activated backlit controls so you can discreetly adjust the volume. And they have built-in Bluetooth so you can stream music straight from your smartphone if you don’t feel like walking over to your desktop.



Bell Race Star Surge Helmet
Save 47%: Choosing a motorcycle helmet can be tricky. After all, you’re picking a piece of gear that not only needs to protect your face and brain in the event of an accident, but also defines your look when you’re on the bike. Should you prefer to paint the image of yourself as a MotoGP aspirant — or better yet, if you really do hit the track on your bike from time to time — well, then this is your lucky day. Right now, Bell’s Race Star Surge helmet is available on RevZilla for a massive 47 percent off. — Will Sabel Courtney


PRS S2 Custom 24 Guitar
Save $300: Right now, you can save $300 on the PRS S2 Custom 24, bringing the price down to a very reasonable $1,200. The guitar features a Whale Blue maple top, mahogany back, 24-fret mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. It includes two 85/15 “S” pickups with a push/pull tone knob, a 3-way blade switch and a PRS tremolo bridge. So if you’ve been in the market for a PRS guitar and haven’t quite been able to secure the funds for a flagship model, this is a deal worth acting on. — John Zientek


Roomba i7+ Robo-Vacuum
Save $151: When we reviewed iRobot’s i7+ robo-vacuum, we called it the best robo-vacuum you could buy. But we did so with one caveat: price. The full setup — which includes the vacuum and its charging and trash-dumping base — starts at $1,099. Today on Amazon, the cost is a little more wallet-friendly. — Will Price


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