July 9, 2019

Today In Gear: Specialized’s New Mountain Bike, a Totally Unique Rolex Daytona & More


July 9, 2019 Briefings By

Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and deals. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.


New & Noteworthy Releases

This Is the Best New Outdoor Gear, According to Experts
This Is the Best New Outdoor Gear, According to Experts

Boasting breathable fabrics and sustainable materials, these ambitious products won over judges at Europe's biggest outdoor trade show.

This Insane Rolex Daytona Proves Bling Can Be Stealthy Too
This Insane Rolex Daytona Proves Bling Can Be Stealthy Too

Customizers MAD Paris have extensively modified this Daytona with an all-black coating and black sapphires for a totally unique Rolex.

Specialized’s New Mountain Bike Might Be Its Fastest Yet
Specialized’s New Mountain Bike Might Be Its Fastest Yet

The just-dropped redesign of the brand's flagship downhill mountain bike is focused on one thing: speed.

This Minimalist Italian Dive Watch Can Only Be Bought in Japan
This Minimalist Italian Dive Watch Can Only Be Bought in Japan

Unimatic has partnered with Japanese retailer Biotop for a slick limited edition of its first model, the Modelo Uno.

These Shirts Are a New Take on a Classic Style
These Shirts Are a New Take on a Classic Style

Palermo Prints is making screen-printed cotton shirts with designs inspired by the Argentinian landscape.

Hertz Is Giving Old-School Fiats a New Lease on Life in Italy
Hertz Is Giving Old-School Fiats a New Lease on Life in Italy

Going to Italy? Now you can snag an electrified vintage Fiat 500 Jolly for all your motoring fun, thanks to Hertz.

The Chromecast and Fire TV Just Lost Their Biggest Downsides
The Chromecast and Fire TV Just Lost Their Biggest Downsides

Finally, you can watch Prime Video on your Chromecast and YouTube on your Fire TV.

Your New Favorite Polo Shirt Is Now Just $15
Your New Favorite Polo Shirt Is Now Just $15

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

Get an Affordable Field Watch with Your Choice of Dial, Movement and Straps
Get an Affordable Field Watch with Your Choice of Dial, Movement and Straps

Vaer's first foray into automatic watches is thorough and comprehensive, allowing you to choose from myriad different models.

Need New Kitchen Knives? Skip the Knife Block and Get This Instead
Need New Kitchen Knives? Skip the Knife Block and Get This Instead

You don't need a block with 12 different knives. You just need these three.


Fresh Deals


There Are Insane Deals on Top-of the-Line Motorcycle Helmets Right Now
Save Up to 50%: The gear you wear when you ride can literally save your skin, so it’s worth investing a little extra to make sure you’re protected as well as possible. 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. –Bryan Campbell

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Seiko Prospex Special Edition Diver
Save 36%: Macy’s is running deals on several great Seiko watches right now, including this badass looking black and blue Prospex special edition with a 44mm steel case and automatic movement. It’s also got a screw-down crown, unidirectional dive bezel, 200m of water resistance and a blue silicone dive strap, all for just $335 in celebration of July 4th. (Use code “JULY” at checkout to realize the full discount.) — Oren Hartov

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The 2019 MacBook Pro
Save $100: The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated more considerably. First of all, it’s now impossible to buy a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a row of function keys — everyone will now have a Touch Bar. Apple has given these MacBook Pros newer, better and faster Intel processors, as well as Touch ID so you can unlock them with just your finger. Just like the new MacBook Airs, these new 13-inch MacBook Pros will have newer updated keyboards. The price of the new MacBook Pro has been dropped by $100, too; they start at $1,299 (or $1,099 if you’re a college student) instead of the previous $1,399. — Tucker Bowe

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Engineered Garments x Uniqlo Polo Shirts
Save 33%: Uniqlo’s latest collaboration is with another Japanese brand that workwear aficionados might already be familiar with: Engineered Garments. The range currently consists of slouchy, oversized polo shirts that feature unconventional patterns and construction; some are made with patched panels, and several feature screen-printed patterns. And for those looking to play it safe(r) there’s a plain, standard polo — still distinctly belonging in this collection — available in three neutral colors. Coming from someone who’s tried them on, you’d be safe going down a full size if you want the great fabrics and construction with a slightly more conventional fit.

Engineered Garments items don’t typically come at a low price; a mesh polo from the brand currently retails for $236, and its outerwear can easily exceed the $400 mark. But because Uniqlo is Uniqlo, you can stock up for summer with these of-the-moment polo shirts for just $20. — John Zientek

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Iconic Vans Sneakers
Save up to 48%: If you’re in need of some new sneakers for the warm-weather months, head over to Todd Snyder today. Right now, you can save up to 48 percent on a bunch of iconic styles from Vans. Choose from slip-on and lace-up styles in a range of colors — prices start at just $29. — John Zientek


Wüsthof Chef’s Knife
Save 46%: There are three types of chef’s knives.

First, there’s the value knife, typically made of hardwearing, easy-to-dull stainless steel, that goes for $30 to $45 (think Victorinox’s Fibrox knife). The second comes in just under $100; the steel here keeps an edge longer, but it isn’t forged and, thus, it’s susceptible to chipping. But you’ll typically have to spend upward of $150 for a forged chef’s knife, something like Wüsthof’s Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife — a wide bevel knife designed in a classically German style.

The Wüsthof Classic is made of a stainless steel composite containing more carbon than is normal for a stainless blade, granting it some of the attributes associated with carbon steel knives (like markedly easier sharpening).

Today on Ebay, you can get it for 46 percent off. That’s more than $60 cheaper than its listed price on Amazon. — Will Price

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Kammok Bobcat Trail Quilt
Save 20%: The Bobcat looks like a sleeping bag that’s been given the blanket treatment — it’s rectangular with down-filled diamond baffles — but it hides an array of smart features that give it the extra functionality it needs to become a reliable piece of camping gear. For one, Kammok used top-notch Atmos 20D ripstop nylon and responsibly-sourced, water repellent down. It also has cinch cords at either end and snaps running down its sides so that it can effectively close up like a sleeping bag if that’s the way you want to use it. It also comes with straps that link it to your sleeping pad so it won’t fall off in the middle of the night and a conversion kit that turns it into an underquilt for sleeping in a hammock. These attributes make the Bobcat ideal for backpacking and camping, but even if you have no use for them the quilt is still a warm and light solution for the home or the camper.

The Bobcat is rated for comfortable use down to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, weighs 19 ounces and packs down to the size of a football. Kammok initially launched the quilt on Kickstarter, where it earned over $265,000 (of a $50,000 goal). Right now, you can pick up the trail quilt at Huckberry for 20 percent off. — Tanner Bowden


Free Fly Hydro Short Sale
Save 30%: If you pack a pair of Free Fly’s Hydro shorts in your weekender, it’s all you’ll need for beach and lake vacations. Surf, swim and cannonball without tugging at the waistband of these flexible shorts. Thanks to the UPF 50+ rating, these work wonders for any lazy river excursions. When you’re ready to hang up your shorts, you’ll be thankful for the quick-drying bamboo fabric. Skip the washer and don’t bother worrying about any smell issues — the bamboo charcoal is naturally antibacterial and odor-resistant. Pick up a pair today for $20 off in a couple of colors. — Meg Lappe

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The 2019 MacBook Air
Save $100: The new MacBook Air now has True Tone display technology, which allows it to automatically brighten or dim depending on the ambient light in the room; this is designed to help colors look more natural, but it’s also a feature that can be turned off, of course. The price of the new MacBook Air has been dropped by $100, too, meaning it now starts at just $1,099 (or $999 if you’re a college student). It should also be noted that the new MacBook Air will have redesigned keyboards, which Apple introduced this past May. — Tucker Bowe


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These 9 Brilliant Items Could Save Your Night Running Life
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