August 12, 2019
Today in Gear: A Practical and Affordable Watch, a Potential Land Rover Defender Pickup & More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New & Noteworthy Releases
Land Rover doesn't yet have plans for a body-on-frame Defender pickup—but an exec says a truck "is being considered."
Nespresso pods are upcycled into a beautiful bike.
Casio Edifice offers tons of practical features and a great value, and the newest model has the latest tech in a case that only 8.9mm thick.
Toyota's chief engineer served up some strong hints that upcoming versions of the Toyota Supra will gain power.
Parks Project's new Ranger Fanny Pack draws a direct line to the rangers who serve America's National Parks.
Timex X Todd Snyder Blackjack Watch
Save 28%: We were enthusiastic about the “Blackjack” watch when it first debuted, but in case you need a refresher, this is a sleek, automotive-inspired timepiece with cool “roulette wheel” dial done up in black and white, a black-finished case, 50m of water resistance, a quartz movement and a black Nato strap. The watch generally retails for only $138, but right now, you can nab it for just $99. — Oren Hartov
Seiko SNN241 Chronograph Watch
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
Barbour x Engineered Garments Jackets
Save 35%: British outerwear brand Barbour has been making durable weather-resistant jackets since 1894 and has a reputation for quality. Recently, the brand teamed up with NYC-based label Engineered Garments to reimagine a number of classic silhouettes. The collab pieces — a bomber jacket, a cropped jacket, a riding coat and a smock — are made in England from lightweight, hydrocarbon-coated cotton and feature raglan-sleeve construction. And now at End, they’re priced to sell at a 35 percent discount. If you need a lightweight layer to keep you dry as summer comes to an end, these styles are definitely worth a look. — John Zientek
Bell Race Star Helmets
Save Up to 50%: Bell’s Race Star helmet is a dynamite motorcycle lid for anyone who plans on hitting the track or back roads with verve. (Or at least wants other riders to think they’re hitting the pavement with verve.) Made with a carbon fiber 3K Carbon Shell to minimize weight, the Race Star doesn’t sacrifice offers protection at the altar of lightness; it meets or goes beyond Snell M2015 and DOT certifications, and packs a three-layer Flex Impact Liner to deal with crashes at any speeds. It’s been tested in wind tunnels to make sure the air flows over it with minimal fuss, while the Panovision viewport offers better visibility in all directions compared with Bell helmets past. And, of course, it just looks sweet.
Right now, thanks to a closeout deal over at Revzilla, you can pick up several variants of the Bell Race Star for massive savings — as much as 50% off on certain models. But there is, however, a catch: These sales are only available on small and extra-small helmets. If you need a bigger lid, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere; but if you’re cursed/blessed with a tiny head, well, today’s your lucky day.
— Will Sabel Courtney
American-Made New Balance 990V4 Sneakers
Save up to 25%: As the weather in North America transitions from warm summer evenings to crisp fall mornings, consider investing in a new pair of sneakers. If you’re looking for a domestic option that won’t break the bank, head over to Zappos. today. The retailer is currently offering 20 percent off the American-made New Balance 990v4.
Available in two tonal colorways, the style features a pigskin nubuck upper, an Encap midsole and a rubber outsole. Either is a solid option for any casual wardrobe, so if you’ve been prepping for fall, don’t sleep on these. — John Zientek
Chaco Sandal Sale
Save 70%: Sandals are made for summer, and thanks to recent reductions in the stigmatization of strappy, open-toe footwear, this particular summer seems to be the ideal season to dust off the pair at the back of your closet. Sandals aren’t just for camping and whitewater rafting anymore either: fashionistas might hate to admit it, but sandals are a common sight everywhere from Colorado to downtown Manhattan (wearing them with socks — gasp! — is also becoming a thing).
Maybe you missed this bandwagon the last time it came around, or your old pair is in need of a refresh. In either case, now is an excellent time because REI is selling Chaco sandals in a range of different styles at up to 70 percent off. — Tanner Bowden
All-Clad Factory Second Cookware
Save Up to 75%: All-Clad’s covetable cookware has been the option for high-end stainless steel since the brand literally invented bonded cookware in 1971. The only knock against them? That price tag.
Today, however, is a mammoth exception — the All-Clad factory seconds sale is live. The lot includes pieces from all the brand’s classic lines — D5, C4, non-stick and a few limited edition lines. But if you just want classic All-Clad, look under the section labeled “Stainless Cookware.” There you’ll find all the saute pans, fry pans, stock pots and sauciers you could ever want.
At up to 75 percent off, these are the lowest prices you’ll find on unused All-Clad outside of visiting the company’s in-person seconds sale at the factory. — Will Price
RMU Outdoors BRFCS Travel Bag
Save 15%: Rocky Mountain Underground, or RMU for short, is a ski company, but its BRFCS is a contender in the realm of adventure travel bags. The BRFCS — fill in the vowels for pronunciation — was the Colorado brand’s second foray into outdoor and travel and builds on the success of its Core Pack, an all-purpose backcountry adventure backpack.
The BRFCS is a carry-on compatible bag with a 35-liter base capacity that expands to 50 liters. RMU outfitted its interior with compartmentalized storage for clothing, (there’s enough room for ski boots), and smaller zip pockets for necessities and essentials; there’s also a false bottom. The BRFCS also features a padded laptop sleeve and a removable compression strap with hardware that doubles as a bottle opener. It can be carried like its namesake, with backpack straps and a stow-away hipbelt or as a shoulder bag.
The BRFCS is currently available at a discount of 15% off at Huckberry.
— Tanner Bowden
Bose QuietComfort 20 In-Ear Headphones
Save $100: Even though there are a bunch of really good over-ear noise-canceling headphones – the Sony WH-1000XM3 being our new favorites, edging out the Bose QC35 II – there aren’t nearly as many good in-ear models. In fact, Bose makes the two best noise-canceling in-ear headphones out there. There’s the Bose QC20s ($250, wired) and the Bose QC30s ($300, wireless). Both are fairly expensive, but you can get a pretty good deal on the wired models if you go on eBay right now. There you’ll find the Bose QC20s for $149, which is over $100 less than buying from Bose directly.
— Tucker Bowe
Special Edition Fender Deluxe Telecaster
Save $150: For almost 70 years, the Fender Telecaster has been a integral part of countless hit records and live rigs. The workhorse guitar was first introduced as the Broadcaster in 1950, and since then the instrument hasn’t changed a whole lot. The dead-simple design features a solid body with a single cutaway, a bolt-on neck and a couple pickups. That basic setup allowed for versatility and it became a favorite of musicians in genres ranging from country to jazz to metal.
If you’ve been looking to add a Tele to your collection, head over to Guitar Center today. Right now, you can currently save $150 on an already affordable Special Edition Deluxe Telecaster. The guitar merges the best of the classic design with a few new player-centric features.
It has a solid ash body with an aged cherry-burst finish, a 1-piece fast-action maple neck with a modern-C shape, medium jumbo frets and Hot Standard Tele pickups. This Mexican-made Tele also has a vintage-style 3-barrel string-thru-body bridge and cast/sealed machine heads.
Normally $700, this guitar is just $550 today — act fast if you want a great deal.
— John Zientek
Apple Watch Series 4
Save $50: The Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) is the Apple Watch that most people should buy. It’s the best-looking smartwatch with the biggest and brightest display that Apple has ever created; plus it has all the new features that the Series 3 lacks, including fall detection, a built-in EKG and a variety of fitness features. This model lacks built-LTE, however, but I’d argue that most people don’t need to use their Apple Watch as a phone, nor do they want to pay the extra $10 each month on their phone bill. Right now you can save $50 on either the 40mm or 44mm model. If you’re looking for an even cheaper deal and you’re cool with buying the older Apple Watch, the Series 3 (GPS) is selling for just under $200. — Tucker Bowe
Ikea Furniture and Home Goods
Save Up to 25%: Hidden beneath the release of its mammoth 2020 product catalog, Ikea announced price reductions for hundreds of products online and in-store. The price drops are permanent, so the discounts aren’t sales, but they do represent affordable products becoming more affordable. The lot isn’t skewed to one area of the home, with everything from drawers to silverware included. — Will Price
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