August 7, 2019

Today in Gear: A 1960s-Throwback Oris Chronograph, an Affordable Bob Kramer Chef’s Knife & More


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This is Oris’ first series-produced chronograph, and it doesn’t disappoint. Continuing the high-quality watchmaking legacy of Oris, the Divers Sixty-Five draws inspiration from the original diver’s watches the brand produced in the 1960s. While vintage-inspired, the Divers Sixty-Five also draws on more than five decades of watchmaking innovations like a well-built 43mm stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal and an ever-correct, Swiss-made, automatic mechanical movement. So while it has the vintage flair of chronograph pushers and a bi-compax dial layout, it is as modern as a timepiece can be. The bronze bezel edge and rose-gold plated dial details also add to the retro feel of the timepiece. All of the well-placed details and thoughtful updates make this the throwback watch you need on your wrist.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Here’s Everything New and Cool About Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10
Here’s Everything New and Cool About Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10

First, there are two smartphones: the Note 10 and Note 10+.

You Don’t Have to Go on a Retreat to Love These Essentials
You Don’t Have to Go on a Retreat to Love These Essentials

Tees, sweats, sunglasses and more.

America’s Best Knife Maker Just Released His Most Affordable Chef’s Knife in Years
America’s Best Knife Maker Just Released His Most Affordable Chef’s Knife in Years

Bob Kramer's legendary chef's knives regularly sell for $20,000. You can get these for a fraction of that.

This Might Be the Cheapest Way to Upgrade Your Bike in a Big Way
This Might Be the Cheapest Way to Upgrade Your Bike in a Big Way

Archer Components is making an aftermarket electronic shifting system that's easy to install and won't deplete your wallet.

America Is Losing the VW Golf R
America Is Losing the VW Golf R

Volkswagen has announced major cutbacks for the 2020 Golf lineup in the US, and the hottest hatchback has been extinguished.

You Can Get Your Hands on This Professional Racing Drone, If You Think You Can Fly It
You Can Get Your Hands on This Professional Racing Drone, If You Think You Can Fly It

DJI and Parrot have brought quadcopters to the masses the drones professional fliers use for racing are a completely different beast. Now as part of a Kickstarter by the Drone Racing League, you can buy...

If You’ve Wanted to Try an E-bike, This Is the One to Start With
If You’ve Wanted to Try an E-bike, This Is the One to Start With

The Townie is the perfect e-bike for any beginner to start out with for commutes, plus it's relatively affordable.

One of Our Favorite Bag Makers Just Released a Premium Line for Everyday Use
One of Our Favorite Bag Makers Just Released a Premium Line for Everyday Use

A backpack, a sling and a tote.

This Motorcycle–Barbeque Grille Combo Is the Greatest Thing We’ve Seen All Week
This Motorcycle–Barbeque Grille Combo Is the Greatest Thing We’ve Seen All Week

Traeger Grills and Indian Motorcycles teamed up to create a motorcycle with a wood-fired grille for a sidecar. Not surprisingly, we're in love.


Fresh Deals


Bose SoundSport Free
Save $80: When Bose released the SoundSport Free around two years ago, they were selling for $250 a pop, but Bose had since lowered the price to $200; this is the current price of the SoundSport Free on Amazon (see here). However, you can currently get a pair of SoundSport Free that have been “factory renewed” on Bose’s website for $120. That’s significantly cheaper than AirPods. — Tucker Bowe

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Fender Custom Shop Joe Bonamassa Vintage Collector Series Special Mod 1955 Relic Telecaster
Save $1,151:The Custom Shop Joe Bonamassa Vintage Collector Series Special Mod 1955 Relic Telecaster has an ash body, 21-fret quartersawn maple neck with a ’57 soft-V profile, a vintage bridge and a single-ply parchment pickguard. The guitar has two hand-wound Tele pickups — a ’55 Tele pickup in the neck and a ’51 Nocaster pickup in the bridge — and a 3-way pickup switch. Also notable: the Tele has a heavily-worn 3-tone sunburst finish that was virtually non-existent on models from the mid-‘50s.
Limited to just 40 instruments which are exclusively carried at Guitar Center, this model is geared towards serious players or avid collectors. And while normal Custom Shop prices can be hard for some to swallow, this guitar is now 25 percent off. That means you can save $1,151 on this ridiculously nice Tele and take it home for just under $3,500. For a person obsessed with the details, this is a deal worth acting on. — John Zientek


Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses
Save $98%: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


The North Face Apparel Sale
Save up to 43%: You know The North Face for things like down jackets, hiking backpacks and innovation breakthroughs in technical outerwear. The company makes everything required to get you to the top of a mountain or down a hundred-mile trail, but if you’re like us, you don’t find yourselves in those environments as often as you’d like. That’s where hats and tees come in. These basics are to everyday life what jackets and tents are to expeditions — you can’t live without them. And right now, you can stock up on t-shirts, hoodies, beanies and caps at Nordstrom for up to 43% off. (More technical pieces like insulating jackets, fleece, and rugged packs and duffels are also included in the sale.) — Tanner Bowden


Yeti Tocayo Backpack Sale
Save $70: Yeti Nation will be sad to see the Tocayo Backpack 26 disappear from Yeti’s site and stores as it’s headed for retirement. However, that means right now is the best time to buy the black or tan backpack. It’s tough, durable and sturdy, just like all its fellow Yeti comrades. Spacious pockets and interior divisions mean it’s easy to keep everything organized. Pair all that with a waterproof exterior (will stay dry in the rain), a padded laptop sleeve and firm EVA padding along the base and back and you have, quite possibly, the last backpack you’ll ever have to buy. Save over $70 today — before the Tocayo disappears into the archives of Yeti legacy. — Meg Lappe


Timex Expedition Scout
Save 40%: Right now you can grab Timex Men’s Expedition Ranger Watch in one of three iterations for between $40 and $47, depending on the model (a blue-dial version is available on a brown leather strap for $40, while a grey-dial version ships on a matching bracelet for $43, and a black-dial version ships on a matching bracelet for $47). All three versions feature an identical 43mm steel case with 50m of water resistance (good for the field, but not for diving), an analog quartz movement with date display and a unidirectional count-up bezel. The highly legible dials also feature sword hands and Indiglo illumination for low-light visibility. — Oren Hartov


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Sony WF-1000XM3: The Best Noise-Canceling Wireless Earbuds of 2019
Sony WF-1000XM3: The Best Noise-Canceling Wireless Earbuds of 2019

Sony has brought the sound quality, noise cancellation ability and the best features from its WH-1000XM3 over-ear headphones, and packed them into a pair of true wireless earbuds.


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