August 13, 2019

Today in Gear: The Ultimate Custom Beach Cruiser, Fall-Ready Chore Pants & More


August 13, 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 Stunning Land Rover Defender Is the Ultimate Custom Beach Cruiser
This Stunning Land Rover Defender Is the Ultimate Custom Beach Cruiser

U.K.-based Land Rover restoration firm Arkonik has unveiled its latest custom build, the SoCal D90. It's hard to imagine a prettier beach cruiser.

The Most Compact Folding Kayak Is Also the Most Affordable
The Most Compact Folding Kayak Is Also the Most Affordable

Oru's newest boat, the Inlet, is its smallest, most packable and cheapest origami-inspired kayak yet.

Your Fall Wardrobe Needs These Chore Pants
Your Fall Wardrobe Needs These Chore Pants

Made with 8.6-ounce cotton twill.

Lego, Harley-Davidson Join Forces to Create the Ultimate Motorcycle Model
Lego, Harley-Davidson Join Forces to Create the Ultimate Motorcycle Model

With more than 1,000 pieces, building this foot-long model will likely take you longer than it takes Harley to build an actual bike.

Ordering Is Opening for One of Our Favorite Field Watches
Ordering Is Opening for One of Our Favorite Field Watches

The Astor & Banks Sea Ranger is a combination-field and dive watch, and it's finally available for order again beginning at 12pm CST today.

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.

Want to Be a Better Smartphone Photographer? Get DJI’s Affordable New Gimbal
Want to Be a Better Smartphone Photographer? Get DJI’s Affordable New Gimbal

The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is the company's best-ever smartphone gimbal. It's also its cheapest.

One of Our Favorite Energy Drink Brands Launched a CBD Beverage, and We’re Intrigued
One of Our Favorite Energy Drink Brands Launched a CBD Beverage, and We’re Intrigued

KILLCLIFF has waded into the hemp-infused market with a little something called Orange Kush. Here's our gut reaction.

Specialized’s New Enduro Bike Looks Scary in the Best Way
Specialized’s New Enduro Bike Looks Scary in the Best Way

Specialized just revealed its all-new Enduro 29, an upgraded version of its classic downhill-oriented mountain bike, and this beauty is all about speed.

The New Supra Can Indeed Be Had With a Manual Gearbox
The New Supra Can Indeed Be Had With a Manual Gearbox

Toyota won't change its mind about adding a manual transmission for the Supra. But, a Texas tuner is stepping into the breach to provide one.

How Michter’s Makes Some of the Best Rye Whiskey in America
How Michter’s Makes Some of the Best Rye Whiskey in America

Michter’s is the small scale distillery making wakes in rye. Using a “cost be damned” approach, they are making some of the best around.


Fresh Deals

These Head-Turning Leather Bags Are 20% Off
These Head-Turning Leather Bags Are 20% Off

Orox Leather Company is a fresh face in American leatherworking. Get 20% off the entire collection for a limited time, only at the Gear Patrol Store.


Outerknown Apex Trunk
Save 30%: The Kelly Slater-designed Apex Trunk by Outerknown is the pinnacle of technical swim trunks with a price tag to match. The swim trunks have a starting price of $125, which may steer some people away. But there’s a reason the Apex Trunk is the best pair of board shorts money can buy.

The Apex Trunk continues the legacy of Outerknown’s commitment to sustainability, constructed with about 12 plastic bottles worth of recycled polyester. The trunk is designed with stitch-free seams, 14 percent stretch and a slimmed-down construction. It’s a pair of board shorts worthy of an 11-time world champion surfer.

On Wednesday, August 14, Outerknown will offer 30 percent off the full Kelly Slater line of Apex Trunks. But thanks to Outerknown, Gear Patrol readers can shop the sale 24 hours early by entering our exclusive discount code GEARPATROL at checkout. — Tyler Chin

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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Tough Watch
Save 28%: The Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Tough is one of the hardiest watches available. Featuring a surface-hardened treatment to its 42mm steel case, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, 200m of water resistance, a matching steel bracelet and a quartz movement powered by any available light, this is a watch that’s practically begging to get the crap kicked out of it in the great outdoors.

If this is the sort of timepiece that appeals to you, well, you’re in luck — right now you can get the Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Tough for about 28% off using the code “SHINE” at checkout on Macy’s, a savings of $139 off the list price of $495.
— Oren Hartov


Keen Sandal Sale
Save 50%: Keen makes some of the best breathable and functional hiking sandals and boots and today, they’re all up to 50 percent off. While some sandals look like something your dad would wear, we love the latest ones for rafting, boating and yes, hiking. Thanks to sturdy rubber soles and arch-cushioning footbeds, you can rock these puppies on the mountain, relaxing around the campfire and even biking. A few of our top picks? The Evofit One and the Rialto II H2. Shop a variety of styles and colors on Keen.com today. — Meg Lappe

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Levi’s Warehouse Event
Save up to 75%: If you’ve been waiting for a chance to stock up on some solid wardrobe basics, head over to Levi’s today. Currently, you can save up to 75 percent on a huge range of clothing at the Warehouse Event. Choose from jeans, jackets, tees and more — the prices are hard to beat. — John Zientek


Jaybird Run Headphone Sale
Save $65: Jaybird makes some of the best running headphones available, and right now, the Jaybird Run earbuds are 36 percent off and down to just $115. There’s never been a better time to buy a pair of sweat-proof true wireless earbuds. Back when Jaybird first launched the Run earbuds, we tested and were impressed. Our editors liked how easily they fit in their ears, the customizable audio menu (via the app) and the quick charge ability — five minutes in the case for an hour of sound. The Jaybird Run earbuds typically sell for $180, but on Amazon today they’re just $115. Shop the deal while you can. — Meg Lappe


Breville Bambino Espresso Machine
Save $100: Breville rules the home espresso world with a quality-focused, user-friendly fist. Available in late 2018, the Bambino Plus is one of the newest and most affordable machines in the company’s espresso machine portfolio. It’s simple to use, compact and comes with Breville’s standard (and exceptional) milk frothing wand, PID temperature control and event, consistent shots. It’s one of very few legitimately good espresso makers at the $500 price point. Today on Amazon, it’s $97 off its usual asking price; good for its lowest price ever. — Will Price

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Fluance Turntables and Bookshelf Speakers
Save 20%: Fluance is a Canadian-based audio company that makes some of the best entry-level turntables and bookshelf speakers you can buy. Today, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the company is holding a site-wide, 20-percent-off sale. Just enter the code FLUANCE20 at checkout.

This means that you can buy the Fluance RT81 ($250) and the Fluance RT82 ($300), two entry-level turntables that appear on many audio publications’ “best of” lists (including our own), for $50 and $60 off, respectively. You can also get the Fluance Ai40 ($200), a pair of powered bookshelf speakers, for $40 off. — Tucker Bowe


Today on Gear Patrol

10 Things We’re Excited About This Week
10 Things We’re Excited About This Week

From product releases to sales to events, this is your weekly dose of gear intel for August 12 - 18.

The New Ford Ranger Was Outsold By The Notably Ancient Nissan Frontier
The New Ford Ranger Was Outsold By The Notably Ancient Nissan Frontier

Ford plants were working “massive overtime” to produce more Rangers to meet demand, but so far, early sales figures are anything but impressive.

These Are Some of the Best Leather Watch Straps, and They’re Available Again
These Are Some of the Best Leather Watch Straps, and They’re Available Again

The Crown & Buckle Black Label leather straps are some of the nicest you can get for the money, and now they're back with new options.

The 25 Best Kitchen Tools You Can Buy for Less Than $25
The 25 Best Kitchen Tools You Can Buy for Less Than $25

Hardwearing, essential and altogether overlooked.

This Eye-Catching Vintage Dive Watch Deserves a Reissue
This Eye-Catching Vintage Dive Watch Deserves a Reissue

The Mido Ocean Star Powerwind "Rainbow Diver" is one of the most obscure but distinctive and coveted vintage dive watches out there.

Listen to Spotify on Your Phone? Here Is a Hi-Fi Upgrade
Listen to Spotify on Your Phone? Here Is a Hi-Fi Upgrade

The AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt is the ultimate DAC/headphone amplifier for anybody that listens to music on their smartphone or laptop.

2020 Airstream Caravel Review: A Small-Scale Return to Form
2020 Airstream Caravel Review: A Small-Scale Return to Form

The snubby Airstream Caravel offers high-end amenities and iconic design in a compact package that takes much of the stress out of trailer life.


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