August 21, 2019

Today in Gear: The Perfect Alternatives to Rolex Bands, a Self-Driving Segway & More


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If you want to change up the look of your Rolex, it can be difficult to find a strap that fits the quality and refined aesthetic of the one that came with it. That’s where Everest comes in. The aftermarket brand crafts the perfect alternatives for your Rolex bracelets. It’s all about the small details that elevate the Everest bands — like with its Rubber Watch Band designed for the Rolex Submariner. The band is designed with curved ends for the most precise fit, removing the gap between watch band and the watch’s case that you would typically find with other, run of the mill, watch bands. The Swiss-made vulcanized rubber watch band also boasts a unique channeling system on the underside that allows for air and water to filter through and escape while also reinforcing the strap’s pinholes. The Everest replacement band is the perfect way for you to change up the look of your Diver.

New & Noteworthy Releases

The Jeep Wrangler Has a Secret Discount, But There’s a Catch
The Jeep Wrangler Has a Secret Discount, But There’s a Catch

The Jeep Wrangler has an unadvertised cash incentive if you buy before Labor Day. But depending on how much you like to drive, it may not be for you.

Nike’s Wildly Popular Killshot Sneaker Is Back in Stock
Nike’s Wildly Popular Killshot Sneaker Is Back in Stock

You can now get the Nike Killshot 2 sneaker in either blue or sail green.

Audi’s Coolest Car Is Coming to America for the First Time
Audi’s Coolest Car Is Coming to America for the First Time

The 592-horsepower Audi RS 6 Avant station wagon will finally make it to the United States when it goes on sale in 2020.

This Sporty Zenith Chronograph Watch Recreates a Vintage Icon
This Sporty Zenith Chronograph Watch Recreates a Vintage Icon

The new Zenith El Primero Revival G381 Limited Edition is a faithful recreation of a classic chronograph that made watchmaking history.

We May Have to Say Goodbye to the Toyota Land Cruiser
We May Have to Say Goodbye to the Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota's most iconic nameplate may depart from the U.S. after the 2022 model year, which would be sad—but also not too surprising.

This Minimalist Multi-Tool Got a Handy Upgrade
This Minimalist Multi-Tool Got a Handy Upgrade

The James Brand updated its sleek EDC pocket knife with new materials and an all-new, all-black look.

These Limited-Edition Guitars Were Developed with Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Carlos Santana
These Limited-Edition Guitars Were Developed with Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Carlos Santana

Five instruments from Fender, Gibson, Martin and Paul Reed Smith.

Upgrade Your Gym Bag with These Grooming Products Tested By the Special Forces
Upgrade Your Gym Bag with These Grooming Products Tested By the Special Forces

The military put this shampoo, body wash, face lotion and sunscreen through the paces.

Segway’s New Scooter Is Way Less Dorky, Can Drive Itself
Segway’s New Scooter Is Way Less Dorky, Can Drive Itself

Segway has revealed a self-driving scooter that should be the next big thing for mobility firms and well-heeled electric scooter enthusiasts.

This Smart Home Device Is Coming to Save You Money on Your Water Bill
This Smart Home Device Is Coming to Save You Money on Your Water Bill

A company made a smart water monitoring system that catches leaks and frozen pipes before they become problematic.

The Last Umbrella You’ll Ever Have to Buy
The Last Umbrella You’ll Ever Have to Buy

Sick of going through crappy umbrellas year after year? So are we, that’s why we partnered with Blunt to offer the official Gear Patrol Umbrella. Buy one today and never throw an umbrella away again....


Fresh Deals

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Bose SoundSport Free
Save $80: When they were released around two years ago, the Bose SoundSport Free 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. It’s true that Bose is selling “factory renewed” models, but every product comes with a 30-day trial period — if you’re not happy with the product you can return it and get a full refund.
— Tucker Bowe

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Carhartt Workwear
Save up to 60%: Carhartt might be the biggest name in workwear, and right now much of its hardwearing clothing is on sale at Mountain Steals for as much as 60 percent off. Chief among the selection is the company’s classic duck canvas work pants, which you can snag for just $19 thanks to a 53 percent discount. And if your size in those is no longer available, Carhartt’s work jeans are also just $23. Other fantastic deals include a canvas shirt jacket for $27, a crewneck sweatshirt for $19 and, for the die-hards, a one-piece cotton baselayer union suit for $22. There are plenty of other items in Mountain Steals’s Carhartt sale with limited colors and sizes, so if you’re in need for a refreshed set of clothing for spring and summer jobs, this is one sale not to miss. — Tanner Bowden

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Japanese-Made Salt Optics Sunglasses
Save 80%: If you’ve been eyeing a pair of beautifully-crafted Japanese sunglasses, but haven’t had the cash to spare, head over to Nordstrom Rack. Currently, you can save 80 percent on some great shades from California-based Salt Optics. The styles are crafted in the small Japanese city of Sabae, where one in six residents work in the eyewear industry. Normally priced over $500, these sunglasses are just $100 while supplies last. — John Zientek


Yamazaki Home Organization
Save 15%: Japan’s lesser-known Yamazaki is far less expensive and far more, well, useful than the world-famous whisky. In operation for more than 100 years, Yamazaki beat Marie Kondo to the tidying-up punch by a century. The company’s housewares are unobtrusive, sturdy and simple. They’re also incredibly affordable.

Its nifty rolling storage cart ($85) is slim and made of steel and real wood — not particle board and plastic screws. Its all-steel wall hanger ($69) is heavy enough to stay put when you hang a dozen coats over it. They even made a trashcan ($43) that does its job and doesn’t look goofy.

These pieces and more of Yamazaki’s thrifty organization gear are marked down 15 percent off on Huckberry today. — Will Price

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Red Wing Shoes and Boots
Save 49%: For over 110 years, Red Wing’s boots have embodied American-made quality. Crafted in Minnesota, the footwear styles are Goodyear welted and feature leather from a local tannery — the S.B. Foot Tanning Company — also owned by the company. Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 49 percent on classic silhouettes from the Red Wing Heritage, including the Merchant boot, the Engineer boot and the Lineman boot. Act fast, because with deals this good, these boots won’t be around long. — John Zientek

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TCL 6-Series 55-Inch 4K TV (2018)
Save $271: TCL’s 6-Series (2018) is still one of the best budget 4K TVs, and right now, a 55-inch model – a great size for most people – is on sale on Amazon. The 6-Series boasts very good image quality and supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision technologies, so no matter how you stream movies or shows, or which console you use to play video games, this TV is going to perform great. It’s a Roku TV, so most people will be familiar with it (if not, its interphase is really simple to figure out).

Need more of an endorsement? In a recent review, CNET‘s David Katzmaier wrote “TCL’s 6 series is the best TV value we’ve ever reviewed.” Boom. — Tucker Bowe


Patagonia Baggies Sale
Save 30%: It takes a lot for our team to agree on one pair of shorts that we all like, yet the Patagonia Baggies do just that. The shorts are great for hiking, running, swimming and leisurely bike rides all around the city or at home. They won our Best Gym Shorts award last year, thanks to its lightweight feel, adjustable drawstring waist and quick-drying fabric with mesh stash pockets that’ll hold your keys and snacks for long days on the trail. Right now, you can find a few of the patterned ones on sale for up to 35 percent off. — Meg Lappe

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Bertucci DX3
Save 33%: Featuring a 40mm fiber-reinforced poly-resin case with 50m of water resistance, a mineral crystal, luminous hands, a nylon strap and Japanese quartz movement, the Bertucci DX3 weighs only 1.5 oz and is available in multiple dial and case colors. Best of all, it’s available right now for just $50, a 33% savings off MSRP.
— Oren Hartov


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