July 11, 2019

Today In Gear: Adventure Insurance for the Adventurous Types, the New Tag Heuer Monaco & More


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If you have a taste for adventure — which is probably a safe bet here — then you probably also think about taking safety precautions before heading out. And while you can buy all the best gear available and can be a seasoned expert, you still need peace of mind. Whether you are hitting the slopes, diving below the waves, or repelling down a sheer rock face, you should probably have insurance. This is where Life by Spot comes in. A radical departure from the insurance companies you are used to dealing with, Life by Spot offers up short-term, on-the-spot injury protection for all matter of adventures. From cycling and surfing to rock climbing and skiing, Life by Spot delivers policies starting at $5 a day with up to $20,000 in accident coverage so you can get out and push yourself to the next level.

New & Noteworthy Releases

100 of the Rarest Sneakers Ever Made Are up for Auction
100 of the Rarest Sneakers Ever Made Are up for Auction

From Nike, Adidas, Jordan and more.

Amazon Prime Day 2019: Your Guide to the Best Deals
Amazon Prime Day 2019: Your Guide to the Best Deals

This year for Amazon Prime Day there's a change: it will be a full 48 hours from July 15-16. Get the lowdown on all the best Prime Day deals here.

Buffalo Trace’s New Bourbon Is the First of Its Kind
Buffalo Trace’s New Bourbon Is the First of Its Kind

The latest bottle of E.H. Taylor is made using a grain no other whiskey maker has tried before.

One of the Best Folding Pocket Knives Available Just Got Better
One of the Best Folding Pocket Knives Available Just Got Better

The Chris Reeve Knives Sebenza has been a favorite among knife enthusiasts for decades.

This New Tag Heuer Monaco Automatic Chronograph Watch Celebrates the ’90s
This New Tag Heuer Monaco Automatic Chronograph Watch Celebrates the ’90s

The third of five planned limited editions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Calibre 11 celebrates the '90s.

The Toyota Supra Could Get a Big Power Boost, Thanks to the BMW M3
The Toyota Supra Could Get a Big Power Boost, Thanks to the BMW M3

BMW's M division might be willing to slide its new 503-hp inline-six into the new Supra. If Toyota decides to ask.

This Wireless Headphone Adapter Is a Game-Changing Travel Gadget
This Wireless Headphone Adapter Is a Game-Changing Travel Gadget

Because you might as well use your nice noise-cancelling headphones to watch those in-flight movies, right?

One of Our Favorite Motorcycle Gear Brands Just Rolled Out These Cool Sunglasses
One of Our Favorite Motorcycle Gear Brands Just Rolled Out These Cool Sunglasses

Australian motorcycle and lifestyle brand Deus Ex Machina is diving into the sunglasses world with two new styles of shades designed for riding.

These Green-Dial Watches Reference Panerai’s Military Roots
These Green-Dial Watches Reference Panerai’s Military Roots

Panerai announces four new Radiomir references with hefty specs, a range of complications, and matte green dials.

Nike’s Fastest Shoe Is Back in Stock — Get It While You Can
Nike’s Fastest Shoe Is Back in Stock — Get It While You Can

Nike updates the Vaporfly 4% running shoe with the NEXT%, a sneaker that's meant to help runners hit new records.

This Field Watch Celebrates 30 Years of Making Some of the World’s Toughest Timepieces
This Field Watch Celebrates 30 Years of Making Some of the World’s Toughest Timepieces

Luminox's handsome new Sport Timer 0900 30th Anniversary model hearkens back to the golden age of field watches.


Fresh Deals


Breville Barista Express
Save $120: Among Breville’s line of espresso makers, the Barista Express stands out — it features 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 employs an 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

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Jabra Elite 65e Noise-Canceling Headset
Save $170: 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 $30. That’s a pretty steep discount. If you’re looking for a new pair, Amazon is discounting the Jabra Elite 65e for $159 right now. — Tucker Bowe

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Everything You Need for Awesome Summer Camping Is on Sale Now
Save up to 40%: Camping season is at its peak, and you can save up to 40 percent on any new gear you may need for the rest of summer. — Tanner Bowden

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Ray-Ban Polarized Aviators
Save 25%: Since 1936, aviator sunglasses have protected the eyes of pilots across the world. The original Bausch and Lomb model was branded ‘Ray-Ban’ upon release to the public, and over the later half of the 20th century, it became a staple style for civilians. The design hasn’t changed that much and features convex tear-drop lenses and thin metal frames.

Now at Zappos, you can save 25 percent on a pair of classic Ray-Ban polarized aviators. According to California eyewear designer Dave Barton, these are worth the money. “One of the best values out there is a glass polarized Ray-Ban aviator,” he told us. “That’s a great quality lens and they’ve been doing it for years.” So act fast — these shades are now just $153. — John Zientek


One of the Quietest Motorcycle Helmets On the Market Is On Sale Today
Save 53%: Riding a motorcycle is a delight for the senses, but it can grow a little weary on the ears after a while. Between the roar of the wind rushing past and the drone of the engine, it doesn’t take long for the sounds of a ride to push into the irritation zone — or even start to cause causing hearing damage.
Of course, a good helmet can help offset those potentially-deafening noises. And right now, one of the quietest helmets on the market today—the Schuberth C4 Spark Helmet—is on sale for a massive 53 percent off at RevZilla. If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a new lid now that riding season has picked back up and you’re a fan of this German helmet’s style, there’s no reason to wait. — Will Sabel Courtney

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Persol Sunglasses
Save 68%: 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 68 percent on three different Italian-made Persols: the Aviator, the Round and the Gio models. Normally $310, these shades are now just $100 while supplies last. — John Zientek


Black Diamond Jetforce Tour Backpack Sale
Save $350: Backcountry skiers and boarders know they need to take extra safety precautions when heading out for a day on the mountain, and a backpack with an airbag is just the thing to use. The Black Diamond Jetforce Tour 26-liters features a lightweight electrical airbag that won’t act up in frigid temperatures, which is the last thing you want to happen when you’re in an emergency. The pack charges with a USB, so you won’t depend on batteries, but you can pack two AA ones as a backup.

The 26-liter pack will fit everything you need to be out all day long — from food to a neck warmer to more layers, plus a first aid kit and water. Easily access your shovel and probe, both stored in a separate pocket. If you have any mountain sports plans, this is the pack to pick up right now. — Meg Lappe

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Fender Custom Shop NAMM Custom Built ’63 Journeyman Relic Jazzmaster Guitar
Save $186: Legendary guitar maker Fender is best known for its Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars, but the brand produces a number of other iconic models worth playing. One of these hidden gems is the Jazzmaster, a guitar with an offset body that initially debuted in 1958 and was later discontinued in 1980.

The guitar was re-released in ’84 from Fender’s Japanese factory (a ’62 reissue model) and then in ’99 as part of the American Vintage Series. Now, various iterations of the style are accessible across Fender’s range of guitars from affordable Squire instruments to collector-level Custom Shop guitars.

Currently, this Jazzmaster is reduced by almost $200 because it has an open box. Any discount on a mint-condition Custom Shop guitar is welcome, and it’s hard to argue with savings like this on such a detail-oriented axe. — John Zientek


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