September 4, 2019

Today in Gear: A Stress-Free Way to Shop for Engagement Rings, a 19-Year-Old Peat Bomb & 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

This Affordable, Blacked Out Timepiece Is Half-Dive Watch, Half-Streetwear
This Affordable, Blacked Out Timepiece Is Half-Dive Watch, Half-Streetwear

MVMT teamed up with digital artist Jeff Cole on a special collaboration watch, limited to 500 pieces.

Roku’s First Soundbar Is the Cheap Upgrade Your TV Needs
Roku’s First Soundbar Is the Cheap Upgrade Your TV Needs

Roku just announced its first-ever soundbar and wireless subwoofer.

This Mouse Will Give You Scrolling Superpowers
This Mouse Will Give You Scrolling Superpowers

The MX Master 3 mouse will ruin you for other scroll wheels forever.

One of the Most Beautiful Watches Ever Made Is Now Available in Steel
One of the Most Beautiful Watches Ever Made Is Now Available in Steel

The "Corne de vache" chronograph from Vacheron Constantin is available for the first time in serial production in stainless steel.

If You’re an Athlete, This Mattress Could Be Your New Secret Weapon
If You’re an Athlete, This Mattress Could Be Your New Secret Weapon

Zoma is a performance-enhancing sleep system with years of research, design, and testing in the books.

This Land Rover Defender Pickup Is Cool Enough to Make James Bond Jealous
This Land Rover Defender Pickup Is Cool Enough to Make James Bond Jealous

The Himalaya Spectre is a V8-powered crew cab truck worthy of a secret agent's love.

These Are a Great Outdoorsman’s Favorite Boots
These Are a Great Outdoorsman’s Favorite Boots

Wyman Meinzer's go-to boots.

The Jeep Wrangler’s New Engine Will Make It Even Better for Overlanding
The Jeep Wrangler’s New Engine Will Make It Even Better for Overlanding

Jeep's new engine option for the Wrangler will help it go harder and longer when it leaves the pavement.

This Borderline Insane New Downhill Mountain Bike Is Built for Speed
This Borderline Insane New Downhill Mountain Bike Is Built for Speed

Pivot's newest bike, the Phoenix 29, shines on downhills and all over the bike park.

Ardbeg’s New 19-Year-Old Scotch Whisky Is for Peat-Heads
Ardbeg’s New 19-Year-Old Scotch Whisky Is for Peat-Heads

The first addition to Ardbeg's permanent collection in 20 years is an almost-20-year-old peat monster.

Now You Can Get an Ultralight Raft Originally Designed for the Military
Now You Can Get an Ultralight Raft Originally Designed for the Military

Uncharted Supply Co. recently modified its military-only ultralight packraft design and brought it to the public.

Developing the All-Electric Porsche Taycan Wasn’t Easy
Developing the All-Electric Porsche Taycan Wasn’t Easy

We sat down with Porsche chassis engineer Ingo Albers at the launch of the all-new Taycan to learn just how hard it was to create the sport car brand's first electric vehicle.


Fresh Deals

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Timex X Todd Snyder Blackjack Watch
Save 50%: Todd Snyder’s access to the Timex archives has resulted in all sorts of cool collaborations over the past few years, but the updated versions of the once-obscure “Sprite” models from the 1970s have proven so be some of our favorites. 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 $69, a 50% savings. — Oren Hartov

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Lucchese Boots
Save up to 48%: Founded in 1883, Lucchese makes some of the finest boots in America. Originally based in San Antonio, the company moved to its current headquarters in El Paso in 1987. The brand has since outsourced some of its entry-level production to Mexico, but it still makes a range of top-tier boots in America. Shoppers new to Lucchese should note that the high prices rightly reflect the quality materials and domestic craftsmanship.

If you’ve been jonesing for a pair of Lucchese boots but haven’t wanted to pay list price, head over to Zappos. You can save up to 48 percent on a range of American-made styles including cowboy boots, Chelsea boots and more. There are plenty of sizes and colors available, so browse the selection and see what catches your eye — it’s hard to beat the quality and finishing of Lucchese boots. — John Zientek


Global Ukon Chef’s Knife
Save $60: When Komin Yamada first designed his bizarre take on the Japanese chef’s knife, it was sacrilege. Today, it’s one of the best values in the kitchen knife world.

From tip to handle, Global knives are single, continuous pieces of stainless steel. To keep the blade down, it’s weighted ever-so-slightly toward the tip. The heel of the knife (where the blade drops off into the handle) curves more gradually than a standard Japanese knife, making it much easier to choke up on. An array of golf ball-like divets designed to keep the blade firmly in hand, even the grips are odd. Despite the unfamiliar design, the knife was given a prestigious Good Design Award a few years after its 1987 launch, and was later awarded a Good Design Long Life Award for its staying power.

Global’s knives haven’t changed much since, and today one Amazon of its latest is heavily discounted. The Ukon 7-inch knife is a slightly thicker and heavier version of the classic G-2 knife, and you can get it for $90 instead of its regular $150 today.
— Will Price


Puma Gym Essentials Sale
Save 40% Fall is the perfect time to re-invigorate your goals — especially the fitness ones. Whether or not you’re going back to school, there’s a can-do vibe in the air that jump-starts any previously tabled resolutions. If going to the gym or working out more is one of them, Puma’s 40 percent off sale is the perfect reason to get going. Save on sleek gym sneakers like the Puma Cell Ultimate Knit Training Shoes as well as sweat pants and tees. Shop the entire sale on eBay today. — Meg Lappe

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All the Best Gear for Fall Hiking Is on Sale
Save up to 50%: Everything you need to take in the changing of the seasons is up to 50 percent off. — Tanner Bowden


Today on Gear Patrol

This Affordable Automatic Watch Has One of the Most Stunning Dials We’ve Seen
This Affordable Automatic Watch Has One of the Most Stunning Dials We’ve Seen

If you think "Made in China" doesn't smack of quality, think again — Atelier Wen's new watches are changing that narrative.

A Bugatti Designer Reveals How His New Car Channels One of the Coolest Supercars of the ’90s
A Bugatti Designer Reveals How His New Car Channels One of the Coolest Supercars of the ’90s

Bugatti head of design Frank Heyl talks about creating a limited-run car that manages to be a throwback while still looking to tomorrow.

Everything You Need to Know About Fall’s Most Hyped Bourbon Releases
Everything You Need to Know About Fall’s Most Hyped Bourbon Releases

Whiskey hunting season is around the corner. Here's your field guide.

Discover the Gear That Inspires Chris Burkard at Stocked 2019
Discover the Gear That Inspires Chris Burkard at Stocked 2019

We’re excited to announce that adventure photographer and documentarian Chris Burkard will be headlining day one of Gear Patrol’s upcoming event, Stocked.

The Case for Hair Conditioner (In Place of Shampoo)
The Case for Hair Conditioner (In Place of Shampoo)

The case for conditioning daily.

The Best Gear for Elk Bowhunting, According to Pro Hunters
The Best Gear for Elk Bowhunting, According to Pro Hunters

All the necessities you need to go deep into the backcountry in search of wild game.

Five Bags That Will Improve Your Next Trip
Five Bags That Will Improve Your Next Trip

There are a lot of bags that claim to do it all, sometimes you want a bag that’s been deeply designed for a specific use case.

This Is the Best Field Watch You Can Buy Right Now
This Is the Best Field Watch You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor's Pick for the best field watch you can buy right now is the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical watch.

8 Settings to Change on Your Smartphone Right Now
8 Settings to Change on Your Smartphone Right Now

New phone? Here are the tweaks you should make right away to ensure you get the most out of it.

The Best Gym Bags to Buy Now
The Best Gym Bags to Buy Now

Gym bags aren't all created equal. Find the one that meets your needs (and reflects your style) in our comprehensive list.


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