September 3, 2019

Today in Gear: The “Oscars” of Watches, the Return of Jeep’s Wrangler Willys & More


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New & Noteworthy Releases

The Watch World’s “Oscar” Contenders Were Just Announced. Here Are 5 of Our Favorites
The Watch World’s “Oscar” Contenders Were Just Announced. Here Are 5 of Our Favorites

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) are like the Academy Awards of the watch world and include 84 watches up for 18 prizes.

What You Need to Know About E-Biking in National Parks
What You Need to Know About E-Biking in National Parks

The NPS just announced its official policy on the matter — here are the highlights.

One of Our Favorite Versions of the Jeep Wrangler Has Returned
One of Our Favorite Versions of the Jeep Wrangler Has Returned

The Wrangler Willys offers a spectacular combination of off-road features at a great price—and it's back for the 2020 model year for the first time on the latest model.

This Affordable Chore Coat Is a Fall Must-Have
This Affordable Chore Coat Is a Fall Must-Have

A workwear classic available in green, blue and tan.

This Whiskey Will Be a Serious Contender for Best Bourbon of the Year
This Whiskey Will Be a Serious Contender for Best Bourbon of the Year

A blend of some of the oldest Four Roses bourbon ever bottled.

Bugatti Shatters Record to Become the Fastest Car in the World, But There’s a Catch
Bugatti Shatters Record to Become the Fastest Car in the World, But There’s a Catch

The Bugatti Chiron has become the first car to break the 300-mile-per-hour barrier. But does it count if it's not production-spec?

This Might Be the Best Version of the Standard Everyday Backpack
This Might Be the Best Version of the Standard Everyday Backpack

Evergoods recently revealed the Civic Half Zip 22L, its take on the classic single-compartment everyday backpack.

If You Own a Nintendo Switch, Get These Wireless Headphones
If You Own a Nintendo Switch, Get These Wireless Headphones

Tired of using wired headphones with your Switch? Ya, we are too.


Fresh Deals

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Au Sabot L’Armor
Save 50%: Au Sabot’s sheepsfoot knife references sailors though, not shepherds — specifically, 19th Century sailors embarking from England with a similar looking tool called The London. Characterized by a straight cutting edge and a spine that curves down to meet it at the point, sheepsfoot blades were ideal for seamen because the wide angle of the point helps prevent accidental puncture while, say, working on rigging while floating on an undulating ocean. The flat edge is ideal for slicing and straightforward cutting tasks. Sheepsfoot knives are practical by design, a fact that hasn’t changed in over two hundred years — today, the shape is often favored by emergency response teams.

Au Sabot’s L’Armor pocket knife still has that function at its heart, but it adds an appropriate amount of flair too. The four-inch blade is made of Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel, a well-rounded Swedish steel known for its hardness and toughness (it’s often used to make ice skate blades) and is available with handles made of palo santo and olive. Both are currently available at Huckberry at a 50 percent discount.
— Tanner Bowden

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Fender Limited-Edition Stratocaster
Save $125: If you’re looking to purchase your first Strat, or just want another workhorse guitar to add to the rotation, head over to Guitar Center today. Currently, you can save $125 on a Limited-Edition Player Stratocaster. This model has an alder body, 22-fret modern-C shaped maple neck and a 2-point fulcrum tremolo bridge. In a nod to David Gilmour’s guitar used on classic Pink Floyd albums, it has a black finish, black pickguard and white pickups.

Other features are geared towards to frequent player: it has comfortable medium jumbo frets, a synthetic bone nut, vintage-style bent steel saddles and sealed die-cast tuners. Made in Mexico, this guitar normally costs $675 — act fast and you can pick it up for $550. — John Zientek

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Nike Air Max 1 Premium Sneaker
Save 50%: Whether you’re off to college or are just back at work after a long weekend, now’s the perfect time to pick up a new pair of shoes for fall. Currently at Nordstrom, you can save 50 percent on a pair of Nike Air Max 1 sneakers. That means the tonal off-white style is just $65 while supplies last, so don’t wait — these will be gone before you know it. — John Zientek


Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker
Save $38: Functionally, a drip coffee maker must only possess a tank for water, a water heating element and a basket to hold coffee grinds. This one-touch 8-cup Bonavita coffee maker, along with 24 other coffee makers in the world, has these things, but also satisfies the highest standards known to drip brewing. These drip makers are all certified by the Specialty Coffee Association, a non-profit coffee trade organization.

Its list of drip makers is tiny relative to the number of drip makers out there, and this probably won’t change. To be certified by the SCA a company must submit its machine for thorough testing to the SCA, testing that will determine if the machine is capable of brewing a pot to the “Golden Cup” coffee standard, and if it does so within a specific amount of time (4 to 8 minutes), at a specific temperature (195 to 205), with razor-sharp uniformity and consistency and preferably do all of this in a machine that fits under your cabinet.

Dive deeper into the SCA’s standards and it will become clear why so few achieve this certification, or, pick up Bonavita 8-cup drip coffee maker, which is on sale at the lowest price we’ve ever seen it. It’s our pick for the best budget coffee maker you can buy, and it’s all of $92 right now. — Will Price


Topo Designs Summer Sale
Save 50% Until midnight tonight, you can save up to 50 percent on a plethora of excellent Topo Designs goods. We’ve dragged the classic Y-Pack through Outdoor Retailer and countless weekend trips, always impressed with how much it carries. And we’d be remiss not to mention the handy accessory packs, which are also on sale in a handful of colors and sizes. And if you’ve been holding back on the constantly sold out Ultralight Jacket, now’s the best time to pick one up for $20 off. Whether you need a good pair of hiking pants, a new gym bag or an additional layer, we highly recommend checking out the Topo Designs website today. — Meg Lappe

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Martenero Kerrison
Save 25%: NYC-based Martenero makes awesome, affordable mechanical watches, of which the Kerrison is one. A dress watch in the guise of a steel tool watch, the Kerrison can be dressed up or down, and features a 42mm case with exhibition case back, 50m of water resistance, a high quality leather strap handmade in the USA, and the Japanese-made Miyota 9015, which features 42 hours of power reserve and a date complication.

Normally $595, two versions of the Kerrison are currently available for $447 on Huckberry, a 25% savings. What’s more, the Kerrison is covered by Martenero’s 2-year warranty. — Oren Hartov


Dainese Misano D-Air Perforated Jacket
Save 48%: In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, motorcycles aren’t as safe as cars. No matter how much defensive and proactive riding we do, life on two wheels out on the open road is inherently more dangerous than driving. The best thing motorcycle riders can do to keep themselves safe, then, is wear the right gear — an armored jacket, pants, boots and gloves — to stave off possible injury.

Even then, though, it’s always not enough. Seat belts just aren’t an option on a bike…but these days, airbags can be. Dainese took a giant leap forward with its top-of-the-line riding gear incorporating the D-Air system. And right now, you can get the Misano D-Air Perforated Jacket for $700 less than it normally costs.

Using a wireless airbag system, microprocessor, internal sensors and a GPS system, a D-Air equipped jacket can determine if an accident is imminent and deploy extra protection in less than 15 milliseconds to protect the riders shoulders, collarbone and body. The inflated airbags will also mitigate helmet roll in an accident, keeping your lid from making direct contact with the collarbone. It’s a technology only top-level MotoGP riders and racers had access to until recently, but now it’s available for street riding…and right now, it’s 41% off. — Bryan Campbell

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Anker Soundcore Space NC Headphones
Save $40: While the best noise-canceling headphones might be a battle between the Sony WH-1000XM3 ($300), Bose Headphones 700 ($400) and Bose QuietComfort 35 II ($349), one thing is not debatable – all those headphones are expensive. If you’re looking for a significantly cheaper option, check out Anker’s Soundcore Space NC; the headphones earned a spot in last year’s GP100, where we select the 100 best products of the year, because they delivered solid sound and above-average noise-canceling abilities for a ridiculously affordable price.

The Anker Soundcore Space NC headphones normally cost $100, but they’re on sale right now on Amazon for just $60 today. — Tucker Bowe


Today on Gear Patrol

The Best New Knives and EDC of September 2019
The Best New Knives and EDC of September 2019

Benchmade created a limited-edition of a classic folder, Filson launched three blades that channel Americana knife design and more.

Reader Survey: What Gear Have You Tested Out Lately?
Reader Survey: What Gear Have You Tested Out Lately?

We want to know what products our readers have used recently. Like it, love it or hate it, we want your input on the gear you've been testing out lately.

The One Tip Every Sonos Speaker Owner Should Know
The One Tip Every Sonos Speaker Owner Should Know

There's a quick way to regroup a rouge speaker back into your Sonos multi-room system.

An Affordable, Mechanical Dive Watch for About $300? Check This Out
An Affordable, Mechanical Dive Watch for About $300? Check This Out

Merlin is new microbrand is launching with a solid dive watch offering a ton of value, especially at early-bird pricing.

This Is the Best NATO Strap You Can Buy Right Now
This Is the Best NATO Strap You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor's Pick for the best NATO strap you can buy right now is the Crown & Buckle Supreme NATO.

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Review: Over-the-Top Drop-Top
2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Review: Over-the-Top Drop-Top

Aston Martin's most powerful roadster is a powerful argument for keeping the V12 around.


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