August 6, 2019

Today in Gear: Columbia’s Push Into the Sneaker Game, a 007-Worthy Vintage Aston Martin & More


August 6, 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

Need for E-Bike Speed? This Vintage Electric Roadster Goes 36 Miles per Hour
Need for E-Bike Speed? This Vintage Electric Roadster Goes 36 Miles per Hour

Blurring the lines between bicycle and motorcycle, big time.

Samsung’s Galaxy Active Watch Is Back With LTE and a Heart Rate Monitor
Samsung’s Galaxy Active Watch Is Back With LTE and a Heart Rate Monitor

Samsung's spilled the details on the Galaxy Active Watch 2 which will sport a few upgrades, including an LTE flavor and heart-rate monitoring (eventually).

This Vintage Aston Martin Shooting Brake Is the Wagon James Bond Would Drive
This Vintage Aston Martin Shooting Brake Is the Wagon James Bond Would Drive

This long-roof version of the iconic James Bond car is stunning—and will likely sell for more than $1 million at auction.

Until Now, Only Rolex Regularly Used This Type of Stainless Steel
Until Now, Only Rolex Regularly Used This Type of Stainless Steel

The new Ball Roadmaster Icebreaker uses the 904L steel made famous by Rolex and offers strong features at a competitive preorder price.

The New Toyota Supra Can Make 420 HP With a Cheap Software Upgrade
The New Toyota Supra Can Make 420 HP With a Cheap Software Upgrade

Tuning the Supra to 420 hp (or more) will be relatively easy, and almost certainly come at a very reasonable price.

IWC Teamed Up With a Famed Retailer on This Special Edition Watch
IWC Teamed Up With a Famed Retailer on This Special Edition Watch

IWC's famed Portugieser gets a special blue treatment in this limited edition produced in partnership with Bucherer.

The Next BMW M3 Will Definitely Keep the Stick Shift Alive
The Next BMW M3 Will Definitely Keep the Stick Shift Alive

You'll still be able to drive the ultimate driver's car as the driving gods intended.

An 80-Year Old Outdoor Company Is Getting Into the Sneaker Game
An 80-Year Old Outdoor Company Is Getting Into the Sneaker Game

Columbia is best known for winter jackets and hiking boots, but its new SH/FT footwear release is geared toward urban use.


Fresh Deals


Schuberth C4 Spark
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. — Will Sabel Courtney


MacBook Air 2019
Save 18%: Last month, Apple quietly updated the MacBook Air with a True Tone display that can adapt its color temperature to the room plus a new keyboard, pairing these minor updates with a price drop from $1,199 to $1,099 (and $999 for college students). But now, anyone can get a 128GB model for just $899 thanks to a deal at Best Buy.

Before the Air’s redesign and resurrection in 2018, the plucky little laptop was notable for being the only sub-$1,000 notebook in Apple’s lineup. While the official list price may still be above that threshold, this deal will let you relive the glory days of buying a MacBook that won’t break the bank. — Eric Limer


Chris Reeves Limited Edition Inkosi Knife
Save $97: Anyone who saw our behind-the-scenes profile of Chris Reeves Knives knows the place is downright legendary when it comes to crafting blades of incredible quality, design and aesthetics. The Sebenza was one of the first to garner national acclaim, and the Inkosi is its equally fantastic followup. The drop-point blade is made of S35VN, the best cutlery steel money can buy, and this knife also features thumb studs for ambidextrous use, the signature Reeve “integral” frame lock and simply stunning good looks.

It’s no wonder these knives never go on sale. And yet right now, this Limited Edition Inkosi from Best Made Co. is nearly $100 off — down from $425 to $328 — for those who are willing to wait. Click the link below to sign up, and you’ll get an email when the next batch drops, along with a chance to score a great deal on the last EDC knife you’ll ever need to buy. — Steve Mazzucchi


Foehn Apparel Sale
Save 50%: By now, you’ve heard the catchline “city to mountain;” maybe even “trail to tavern,” “backcountry to bar,” “slope to sidewalk” and all the other alliterations that describe versatile gear that’s both functional and stylish. Not all items that get the distinction actually work that way though — they’re often less technical and don’t look that great, jacks of both trades and masters of neither. One brand that’s managed to find that perfect balance is Foehn, a small rock climbing apparel company based in Canada.

We’ve tested everything that Foehn makes — from the pants that the company launched with to its down hoodie pullover — everywhere from the streets of Brooklyn to the high crags of the Rocky Mountains. It works. It looks good. It draws attention in both urban and backcountry environments (“Who makes those pants?!”). It’s also on sale for 50% off right now when you use the code SUMMER50. — Tanner Bowden


Seiko Prospex PADI Solar Watch
Save 39%: If you’re still on the lookout for an affordable, robust dive watch to accompany you on your summer adventures, you could do much worse than this PADI-edition Seiko Prospex solar diver, the SNE435P1. Featuring a 43.5mm stainless steel case with 200m of water-resistance, a unidirectional dive bezel, luminous hands and indices, date window and matching steel bracelet, the SNE435P1 makes use of a solar-powered quartz movement. Once fully charged, you won’t have to worry about the battery running out of juice for a full 10 months, giving you plenty of bottom time with this handsome diver.

Best of all? The SNE435P1 is currently 39% off on Amazon, for a final price of just $240. — Oren Hartov


Gitman Brothers Vintage x Need Supply Shirts
Save 60%:If you’re looking for a new shirt to compliment — or contrast — your traditional white and blue button-down styles, head over to Need Supply Co. today. Gitman Brothers Vintage is offering some wild versions of the traditional American silhouette for 60 percent off. Pick from various tie-dyed colors — each shirt features the button-down collar, front button placket, chest pocket and center back pleat you already love. — John Zientek


Lodge Cast-Iron Cookware Set
Save 47%: Though a swell of craft cast-iron cookware makers have sprung up in recent years, none match the value of America’s longest-running iron pan manufacturers. Today on Amazon, three separate pans (griddle, grill pan, skillet), pan scrapers, a pot holder and a handle mit can be had for all of $52. That’s 47 percent off the “Essential” pan set’s usual $99 retail price — good for its lowest-recorded price ever. Our recommendation: start with bacon. — Will Price


Made In Butcher Block
Save 25%: The maker of some of our favorite cookware and kitchen knives, Made In’s Austin, Texas-based operation recently expanded to butcher block cutting boards. The juice grooves are cut extra-deep, it comes pre-oiled, there’s a pair of clever handles cut into the sides for carrying and they’re made of the leftover bits of 100 percent Maplewood from a Wisconsin furniture maker. Today on Made In’s site, the $99 cutting board is 25 percent off. Use code BB25 at checkout for the discount. — Will Price


Today on Gear Patrol

2020 Subaru Outback Review: Hitting All the Right Notes
2020 Subaru Outback Review: Hitting All the Right Notes

The all-new Subaru Outback doesn't look all that new. But that's because it's giving buyers exactly what they want: the same car as always, just better.

How to Make a Cuban Sandwich — The Right Way
How to Make a Cuban Sandwich — The Right Way

One of the most famous sandwiches of our time.

For Better Iced Coffee, Pros Swear by This $40 Amazon Buy
For Better Iced Coffee, Pros Swear by This $40 Amazon Buy

Cold brew's upper hand on iced coffee comes down to convenience. What if iced coffee could compete?

7 Things Designer John Moore Is on the Hunt for Right Now
7 Things Designer John Moore Is on the Hunt for Right Now

A vintage Donald Judd table, a reusable cup, a planet-friendly Bronco and more.

This Company Is at the Forefront of Modern American Watchmaking
This Company Is at the Forefront of Modern American Watchmaking

We sat down with Justin Kraudel to discuss Monta, the state of American watchmaking, and what's next for the brand.


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