July 18, 2019

Today In Gear: America Loses Its Last VW Station Wagon, the Perfect EDC Carabiner & More


July 18, 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 Might Be the Perfect EDC Carabiner
This Might Be the Perfect EDC Carabiner

The James Brand's second EDC carabiner, the Holcombe, is as compact and clever as they come.

Discover Products and Explore the Stories That Surround Them at Stocked: A Product Culture Conference
Discover Products and Explore the Stories That Surround Them at Stocked: A Product Culture Conference

We’re bringing our mission to life this September, and you’re invited to join us.

What Gear Patrol Readers Bought on Prime Day
What Gear Patrol Readers Bought on Prime Day

With Prime Day in the rearview mirror, we asked Gear Patrol readers what they purchased during those 48 hours of sweet, sweet deals.

The Best Place to Get Your CBD
The Best Place to Get Your CBD

BKLYN CBD makes all its products locally in New York City from full spectrum CBD oil with no added plants or coloring

These Bold New G-Shocks Bring a ’90s Urban Vibe
These Bold New G-Shocks Bring a ’90s Urban Vibe

Casio's new GA140 line of G-Shock watches feature the bold designs, tough cases, and practical tech, but with a new 1990s design theme.

Say Goodbye to VW’s Last Station Wagons, America
Say Goodbye to VW’s Last Station Wagons, America

The VW Golf SportWagen and Alltrack have drawn critical acclaim for their blend of handling, space and price. But that won't save them from a sad fate.

This New Meditation Tool is Like a Pillow For Your Brain
This New Meditation Tool is Like a Pillow For Your Brain

This new meditation tool will soothe your body and your mind.


Fresh Deals


Arc’teryx Jacket Sale
Save 40%: Arc’teryx specializes in a high-performing and good-looking city to mountain gear — making it a favorite brand around the GP offices. Today you can save up to 40 percent award-winning jackets. One of the best synthetic down jackets of 2019, the Arc’teryx Atom LT, is currently on sale at Backcountry in addition to a plethora of other technical winter coats. — Meg Lappe


Instant Pot Duo
Save $50: Prime Day may be over but Amazon is still running a ridiculous deal on the Instant Pot Duo, one of the best-selling items from the retailer’s two-day extravaganza earlier this week. Pick up the 6-quart size for just $50 — that’s half off.
Like more expensive models in the Instant Pot lineup — Ultra and Max models — the Duo can pressure cook, slow cook, steam and sautee. It doesn’t have an LCD display or a few more fringe preset cooking modes (sous vide), but the OG Instant Pot still boasts presets common foods like chili, yogurt, soup and so on. — Jack Seemer

grey_placeholder
Klipsch Speakers
Save Up to 50% Off: Klipsch is currently having its huge annual “Christmas in July” sale and you can find many of the company’s best products — including bookshelf speakers, Bluetooth speakers, outdoor speakers and a trove of home theater systems — at deeply discounted rates. A lot of these discounted speakers are up to 50-percent off. Check out all the deals on the company’s website by clicking the link below. — Tucker Bowe


Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Save $15: If there’s one camping accessory to buy for summer, it’s a headlamp. And Black Diamond’s Spot, which is currently only $25 at Amazon (a 37 percent discount) is better than a safe bet. It’s simple, but don’t take that to mean it’s basic. The Spot uses three AAA batteries, is fully waterproof, and features a main light with 300 lumens of brightness. According to Black Diamond, it can shoot a beam of light 80 meters (262 feet), but we’re more impressed by how easily you can swap between its various modes (beam, flood, strobe, red night vision) and how its brightness is adjustable as necessary.

Black Diamond recently updated the Spot — it’s smaller, brighter and has a second button — and the model that’s on sale is the older one. At $25 (for the black colorway; other hues are a bit more), it’s still an excellent deal on a headlamp that we’ve considered to be the best for years. But if you have to have what’s new, the updated version is only $11 more (you can buy it here). — Tanner Bowden

grey_placeholder
Seiko Silvertone Solar-Powered Watch
Save 63%: Though we tend to focus on its mechanical timepieces, Seiko’s quartz-powered watches are equally compelling and offer a good value proposition. The Silvertone is solar-powered quartz watch with a 43mm case, a day-date complication, a 12-month power reserve, a matching bracelet and 100m of water resistance. If you’re looking for an inexpensive everyday watch, the Silvertone is discounted 63% right now on Amazon, down to $92. — Oren Hartov

grey_placeholder
Fender ’68 Reissue Guitar Amps
Save up to $156: Now at Guitar Center, you can save over $100 on a range of classic Fender guitar amps. The Silverface ’68 Custom reissue line — a Princeton, a Deluxe Reverb, a Vibrolux Reverb and a Twin Reverb — is currently discounted. These classic tube amps recreate styles from a transitional year in Fender’s amp production: the tones were classic Fender — warm and bell-like — but they were also noticeably dirtier than amps produced in the mid-‘60s. The amps also presented a new aesthetic with a silver-and-turquoise front panel and an aluminum grille-cloth trim. Rarely on sale, these amps have open-box discounts of up to $156 — hard to argue with that for brand-new gear. — John Zientek

grey_placeholder
Red Wing Heritage Moc Toe Boots
Save 36%:When you’re presented with the chance to save on Red Wing Heritage boots, you’d be foolish to pass it up. The brand’s boots are rarely on sale and when they are, sizes are often limited. But now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 36 percent on a pair of classic Red Wing Heritage Moc-Toe boots available in sizes 7 to 11. This American-made style features Brown Boomer leather from the S.B. Foot Tanning Company in Minnesota and a non-marking outsole. What are you waiting for? — John Zientek

grey_placeholder
Seiko SNN241 Chronograph
Save 56%: This chrono features a larger 42.6mm steel case with a Japanese quartz movement powering two sub-dials — a 60-minute counter at 12 o’clock, and a running seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, as well as a date window. The SNN241 has a brown dial with Hardlex crystal and a matching contrast-stiched brown leather band with double-locking clasp. It’s also water-resistant to 100m, so while it’s splash-proof, it’s best to switch to a trusty dive watch for serious water sports. — Oren Hartov


Schuberth ED1 ADV Motorcycle Helmet
Save 65%: Properly putting your big adventure bike to the test means racking up hundreds if not thousands of miles — both on the road and off. For those types of rides, you need equipment that will not only go the distance itself, but make it easier for you to go that far. And few helmets can outgun the Schuberth E1 in that territory.

By putting the engineers to work in the aeroacoustics lab, Schuberth created some of the quietest helmets on the road — and in the E1’s case, off the road as well. Wind noise and lift are at an all-time minimum, even with the E1’s articulating sun visor made for off-road riding. The E1 also comes with a built-in antenna — ready for Schuberth’s SRC-System, which doubles as a GPS, and has Bluetooth connectivity and an intercom for communicating with your buddies out on the road.

It’s one of the most technologically advanced and comfortable helmets on the road, and it usually goes for close to $900. But right now it’s selling for a whopping 65% off, at just $300 — Bryan Campbell


Today on Gear Patrol

The Best Shorts to Wear This Summer
The Best Shorts to Wear This Summer

Beat the heat in style.

How to Use and Maintain That Product You Just Bought on Prime Day
How to Use and Maintain That Product You Just Bought on Prime Day

From cleaning your coffee maker to the best Instant Pot recipes to keeping your kitchen knives sharp, maintaining any product is key.

2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 Review: Here’s How You Make a Jack-Of-All-Trades
2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 Review: Here’s How You Make a Jack-Of-All-Trades

The third-generation CLS-Class bridges the gap between coupe and sedan better than ever. But how does the new 53 version work as a stepping stone into the AMG realm?

The 3 Best Summer Running Kits of 2019
The 3 Best Summer Running Kits of 2019

Even as we aim to wear as little of it as possible, the clothing that we throw on for a summer run is wildly important, for comfort and style.

This Watch Was Exactly What Pilots Needed in 1953
This Watch Was Exactly What Pilots Needed in 1953

The Glycine Airman was an innovative watch when it launched in response to a simple conversation with a commercial pilot.

Soundbar Versus Speakers: Which Is Better for Your TV Setup?
Soundbar Versus Speakers: Which Is Better for Your TV Setup?

The sound quality of your TV's built-in speakers is trash. Fix it.

Why You Should Care About How to Grind Coffee Beans
Why You Should Care About How to Grind Coffee Beans

There's a lot of science involved in making great coffee. Here are a few tips on one of the essentials: grinding your beans.

Note: Purchasing products through our links may earn us a portion of the sale, which supports our editorial team’s mission. Learn more here.

Newsletter Sign-Up
Get the best new products, deals,
and stories in your inbox daily.

By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy to receive email correspondence from us.