September 6, 2019

Today in Gear: A Skeletonized Oris Pilots Watch, the Next Generation of Audi’s Baddest Sport Sedan & More


September 6, 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.


The Oris Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115 with its in-house developed movement is impressive to begin with, but skeletonize the face to reveal its inner workings and you have a true piece of art. The timepiece provides a window into the function of the 10-day power reserve and the patented non-linear power reserve indicator. Inspired by the architecture, aviation and nature in the Waldenburg Valley, which has been Oris’ home since it was founded in 1904, the watch displays true nature and beauty. The Oris Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115 is innovative, unique and a fitting addition to the Oris legacy. Even to those who would consider themselves watch novices, it’s easy to appreciate the beauty of this watch – a premier example of Swiss watchmaking prowess. The watch is available on Oris’ website in either a metal bracelet or leather strap.

New & Noteworthy Releases

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These New Mid-Century Modern Tables Are Going to Sell Out in Hours
These New Mid-Century Modern Tables Are Going to Sell Out in Hours

There's 600 of them available and they're made with wood from the Eameses own house.

These New Red Wing Heritage Boots Are Inspired by Vintage Hikers
These New Red Wing Heritage Boots Are Inspired by Vintage Hikers

Available in Briar Oil Slick and Olive Mohave leathers.

These Look Like Noise-Canceling AirPods. What’s the Catch?
These Look Like Noise-Canceling AirPods. What’s the Catch?

The Sony WF-1000XM3 are really the only great noise-canceling true wireless earbuds. Could these AirPod lookalikes be their next big rival?

We Love The North Face’s Classic ’90s Styles With a Twist
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The North Face brings back three '90s showstoppers, all re-designed with sustainable materials.

The Next Generation of Audi’s Baddest Sport Sedan Is About to Be Revealed
The Next Generation of Audi’s Baddest Sport Sedan Is About to Be Revealed

Audi is not finished dropping flashy high-performance RS models on us in 2019.

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These Are the Best New Bikes and Bike Products, According to Experts
These Are the Best New Bikes and Bike Products, According to Experts

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Fresh Deals

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12.9-Inch iPad Pro (2019)
Save Up to $399: Right now, Amazon is selling the latest 12.9 iPad Pro (Wi-Fi only) with 1TB of storage for $1,350 – that’s almost $400 less than the exact same model on Apple’s website. Of course, the 1TB of storage is probably overkill for most people; but if you’re a photographer or videographer who edits on-the-go (or basically anybody who doesn’t use iCloud for storage), this iPad Pro model makes sense. Meanwhile, every cellular model of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is at least $200 off, with the 64GB model at a $250 discount, if you don’t quite need 1TB of storage.

If interested, act fast — these kinds of Amazon deals don’t typically last long.
— Tucker Bowe

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Ray-Ban Wayfarers
Save $98: In the world of sunglasses, it doesn’t get much more iconic than a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers. First released in 1956, the design has hardly changed in over half a century. If you’ve been wanting the style, but the list price is more than you want to spend, Nordstrom Rack has you covered; you can get a pair of $178 Wayfarers in either black or Havana for just $80. What’s more, these Italian-made shades also come with polarized lenses to protect your eyes all summer long — hard to beat that. — John Zientek

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Hickey Freeman Suits
Save 59%: Founded in 1899 by Jacob Freeman and Jeremiah Hickey, Hickey Freeman specializes in high-quality American-made suiting. With a garment factory in Rochester, New York, the brand produces a range of ready-made suits and also offers a made-to-measure program. Its classic two-button suit features a notch collar, two flap welt pocket, a chest welt pocket and two back vents. The matching trousers feature a flat front, two front slant pocket and back besom pockets. Normally priced up to $1,595, it’s now 59 percent off and costs just $650 — that’s a steal for an American-made suit of this quality. — John Zientek


Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trouser
Save $75: We are big fans of Swedish brand Fjallraven’s quality in general, but we are especially stoked when we can score it at a deep discount. And right now, the brand’s Vidda Pro Trouser is a whopping 50% off at Backcountry, dropping the price from $150 to $75. Thanks to a tough, water-resistant fabric, reinforced knees and several smart pockets, they are perfect for tackling any outdoor work, hiking or camping. The only hangup? The sale only applies to a limited range of colors and styles, so you’ll have to hunt and hope. But hey, if you happen to be, say, a size 29 and are simply mad for “Dark Olive,” head on over to Backcountry right now. — Steve Mazzucchi


Now’s the Best Time to Buy Winter and Snow Tires
Save $80: Do you live in a part of the world that regularly sees snow fly? Then you need winter tires for your car. Winter-specific rubber is the single best feature for any car that finds itself navigating snow and ice — better than four-wheel-drive, better than plentiful ground clearance, even better than seat heaters. (Well, the latter might feel like a bit of a toss-up sometimes.)

With Labor Day fresh in the rearview, odds are good winter driving is the last thing on your mind right now. But this deal is big enough to warrant snapping your thoughts ahead a few months: Right now, Tire Rack is offering $80 in savings when you buy a set of four winter tires. (The money comes in the form of a prepaid Mastercard the company mails to you, but hey, saving are savings.)

The eligible list of tires stretches longer than that skid mark you left when you were 16 and lost control during your first winter behind the wheel; the sale includes 15 types of Michelins, 14 types of Pirellis, nine varieties of Goodyears, 4 types of Continentals, and a whopping 18 types of Bridgestones. Suffice it to say, if you can’t find tires for your car here, you might want to consider trading in for a new model.
— Will Sabel Courtney


Lodge 12-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet
Save $13: Good news: Lodge’s 12-inch skillet is marked down to just $15 at Sierra Trading Post. Its 10 inches of cooking space (the 12-inch designation refers to a wall-to-wall measurement, not cooking space) is the ideal size for most stovetop burners — any bigger and heat distribution issues are exacerbated, any smaller and you sacrifice meaningful cooking space. Plus, unlike Lodge’s behemoth 13- and 15-inch pans, the 12-inch will actually fit in a kitchen cabinet. As with all Lodge pans, the 12-inch comes pre-seasoned and ready to cook out of the box. — Will Price


Adidas Ultraboost Sale
Save $54: The feel-good Adidas Ultraboost is normally $180 but thanks to a summer sale, you can spend just $126 on a brand new pair. These best-selling sneakers are responsive, soft and fast — you can’t go wrong with a Boost purchase. Here at Gear Patrol, we’re big fans of all Boost sneakers – from the Ultraboost to the Solarboost, especially for running and the gym. The Solarboost was one of our best new running shoes of 2019, that’s 50 percent off today, and down to just $80. Head over to Adidas.com to check out all sale items. — Meg Lappe

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