August 22, 2019

Today in Gear: A New Way to Shop for Engagement Rings, Seiko Watches for the Whole Family & More


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Buying an engagement ring is a pivotal moment. It can also be incredibly stressful, between sourcing a diamond within your price range, picking a style and the mystery of whether or not you got a quality product. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Couple, the first luxury brand selling lab-grown diamonds, can help to make the process not only easier but actually enjoyable. The brand’s lab-grown diamonds are not only atomically identical to mined diamonds, but they are 35% larger for your money. The best part? Couple also offers a Diamond Concierge service that can help you to customize your own design and pick a stone that fits your budget and your style.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Lamborghini Very Likely Planning More Powerful, Rally-Ready Versions of Urus
Lamborghini Very Likely Planning More Powerful, Rally-Ready Versions of Urus

Lamborghini’s chief commercial officer opens up about the future of the company's crossover. Spoiler alert: It's gonna be cool.

Adidas Just Upgraded One of the Best New Hiking Boots of the Year
Adidas Just Upgraded One of the Best New Hiking Boots of the Year

The original Free Hiker blended urban aesthetics with outdoor functionality. The new version is even more technical, thanks to one upgrade.

The First True Wireless ‘Over-Ear’ Headphones Look Strange as Hell
The First True Wireless ‘Over-Ear’ Headphones Look Strange as Hell

The neat thing is that the two "earmuffs (?)" can snap together and turn into a portable Bluetooth speaker.

Seiko Designed Affordable New Back-to-School Watches for Kids, But Adults Will Love Them Too
Seiko Designed Affordable New Back-to-School Watches for Kids, But Adults Will Love Them Too

With a simple design intended for students, Seiko's new JDM collection of affordable School Time watches will attract adult watch fans too.

Add Some Retro Style to Your Off-Roading With This Old-School Land Cruiser
Add Some Retro Style to Your Off-Roading With This Old-School Land Cruiser

The FJ40 is one of the most iconic Toyotas ever made—and you can snap this one up for yourself.

Here’s What’s (Probably) Coming at Apple’s iPhone Event Tomorrow
Here’s What’s (Probably) Coming at Apple’s iPhone Event Tomorrow

Apple's upcoming iPhone event hasn't been officially announced yet, but we've got a good guess what might be on stage thanks to a report from Bloomberg.

These Coffee Mugs Borrow Design Cues from a Famous Whiskey Glass
These Coffee Mugs Borrow Design Cues from a Famous Whiskey Glass

According to Avensi, the key to enjoying high-end coffee is the mug you pour it in.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Released a Beautiful New Special Edition of an Innovative Dive Watch
Jaeger-LeCoultre Released a Beautiful New Special Edition of an Innovative Dive Watch

The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date builds upon the legacy of an innovative dive watch, ditching the alarm function in favor of a date.

Lease a Jeep Gladiator, It’ll Be Cheaper Than a Wrangler
Lease a Jeep Gladiator, It’ll Be Cheaper Than a Wrangler

Don't let the sticker price fool you. The Gladiator is cheaper to lease than the Wrangler.

Bose’s New Portable Speaker Also Works as a Multi-Room Home Speaker
Bose’s New Portable Speaker Also Works as a Multi-Room Home Speaker

It works as wireless multi-room speaker and a portable Bluetooth speaker.

This Iconic American Brand Just Introduced Its Boldest, Most Affordable Watch Yet
This Iconic American Brand Just Introduced Its Boldest, Most Affordable Watch Yet

The new Detrola is Shinola's most affordable watch collection yet with bold colors in the brand's popular signature style.

Smartwool’s New Baselayers Use the Same Tech as Your Favorite Nikes
Smartwool’s New Baselayers Use the Same Tech as Your Favorite Nikes

Smartwool's new Intraknit baselayers use an up-and-coming apparel construction technique.

The Toyota Supra’s Father Wants to Partner With Porsche on a New MR2
The Toyota Supra’s Father Wants to Partner With Porsche on a New MR2

A Porsche engine plus Toyota build quality in an affordable sports car would be perfection. Too bad it's not likely to happen.


Fresh Deals

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Seiko Prosper Solar Diver Street Series
Save $90: This Seiko dive watch has all the specs and performance expected of the brand’s Prospex line, but with a Solar-charging movement and a stylishly monochrome gray colorway. Part of Seiko’s “Street Series” of urban-themed watches, it features the distinctive “tuna-can” case with its protective outer “shroud,” crown at 4 o’clock, and a neat dial texture. It’s also boldly sized at 42mm wide, water-resistant to 200m and not lacking in character. Grab one right now at Macy’s for $90 off the list price of $450, for a final price of $360. — Zen Love

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Already Affordable Wardrobe Essentials
Save up to 48%: Thanks to Everlane’s “Choose What You Pay” sale, you can save up to 48 percent on a range of already affordable wardrobe essentials. The sale includes great discounts on tees, sweatshirts, cashmere sweaters, pants, shirts and more — perfect if you want to get ahead of the seasonal shopping curve. — John Zientek


Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket
Save $169: For months now, we’ve been stressing that summer is the best time to score cold-weather gear, particularly awesome down jackets. Today serves up yet more proof, in that the legendary Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket is currently on sale for a whopping 45 percent off at Backcountry. I have the non-hooded version of this jacket, and it’s just about perfect for fall weather — and even chilly summer evenings.

Dropping from $379 to $210 makes for quite a steal — as long as you’re not too picky. Don’t worry, the jacket is available in small through extra large. However, only one of the dozen colors is so sharply discounted: Caribou, which is sort of a dull bronze. But honestly, it’s a pretty good-looking color, and a month or so from now, you’ll be stoked to have it in your wardrobe. — Steve Mazzucchi

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Fender Special Edition Telecasater
Save $150: 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. — John Zientek


Wüsthof 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Save $81: There are three types of chef’s knives.

First, there’s the value knife, typically made of hardwearing, easy-to-dull stainless steel, that goes for $30 to $45 (think Victorinox’s Fibrox knife). The second comes in just under $100; the steel here keeps an edge longer, but it isn’t forged and, thus, it’s susceptible to chipping. But you’ll typically have to spend upward of $150 for a forged chef’s knife, something like Wüsthof’s Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife — a wide bevel knife designed in a classically German style.

The Wüsthof Classic is made of a stainless steel composite containing more carbon than is normal for a stainless blade, granting it some of the attributes associated with carbon steel knives (like markedly easier sharpening).

Today on Ebay, you can get it for 46 percent off. That’s more than $60 cheaper than its listed price on Amazon. — Will Price

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Garrett Leight Sunglasses
Save 84%: If you already have some classic shades and are looking for something new to compliment them, head over to Nordstrom Rack. Currently, you can pick up a pair of California-cool sunglasses for 84 percent off. Get a pair of $495 Garrett Leight California Optical Van Buren Combo shades for just 80 bucks.

The folding frame-style has a combo acetate-stainless steel frame with a color-filled top bar and temples, acetate temple inserts and glass lenses. Available in four unique colors, it comes with a case and cleaning cloth. If you like the silhouette, act fast — it’s hard to beat this deal. — John Zientek


Hydro Flask Soft Cooler Pack
Save $94: Long known for excellent travel and fitness bottles, Hydro Flask entered the soft cooler market last year and has been crushing the category ever since. No surprise, then, that the brand’s Soft Cooler Pack was one of our favorite backpack coolers of the summer. We took it to the recent Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival and it rocked, keeping our beer cold for several hours.

And now this high-quality item is on sale at a hard-to-beat discount at REI. At $181, this pack is not only 34% off its regular price of $275, but also the $94 you’ll save should be enough to buy several six packs, no matter your geographic location or level of beer snobbery. — Steve Mazzucchi


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These Are the Best Passive Bookshelf Speakers You Can Buy Right Now
These Are the Best Passive Bookshelf Speakers You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor's Pick for the best passive bookshelf speakers you can buy right now are the ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2.

Defender by Himalaya 110 Review: The O.G. Land Rover, Resurrected
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It's a Land Rover Defender made better than new. But not too much better.

Non-Chill Filtered Bourbon Is the Natural Wine of the Whiskey World
Non-Chill Filtered Bourbon Is the Natural Wine of the Whiskey World

From indie distillers to bourbon behemoths, skipping chill filtration is in. Here's what that means.

The Best Multi-Room Wireless Speakers of 2019
The Best Multi-Room Wireless Speakers of 2019

Sonos, DTS Play-Fi, Amazon Multi-Room Music, AirPlay 2 and Chromecast -- what's the difference?

These Labor Day Sales Are the Best Deals You’ll See Until Black Friday
These Labor Day Sales Are the Best Deals You’ll See Until Black Friday

These Labor Day sales are the perfect opportunity to score some deals from the past season and to stock up for the cold months ahead.

The Rolex Essentials for Any End of Summer Occasion
The Rolex Essentials for Any End of Summer Occasion

Enjoy the last of the summer weather between vows — from the bag to stash your suit to the perfect trunks and shades for the end of summer.


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