September 9, 2019

Today in Gear: Demystify the Endeavor of Finding the Perfect Ring, a Sleeper-Hit Bourbon Returns & More


September 9, 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.


Buying a ring for someone — especially an engagement ring — can be a bit tricky. Honestly, it may be one of the most daunting challenges you will face. Luckily, JamesAllen.com is helping demystify the whole endeavor of finding the perfect ring, all from the safety of your home. With 200,000 plus certified diamonds, including its newly introduced collection of lab-created diamonds, JamesAllen.com will be sure to help you find the one for you. And with its Diamond Display Technology, you will be able to see the exact diamond you are buying in magnified 360° HD — that’s better than a jeweler’s loupe! That means if you land on the classic 18K white gold tapered baguette diamond engagement ring you can pick the exact diamond that it will be set with. Also, buying online can help save you a bundle opposed to buying in-store — about 50% to be precise — making JamesAllen.com the smart and modern way to buy.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Odell Beckham Jr. Rocked a $350,000 Watch on the Field
Odell Beckham Jr. Rocked a $350,000 Watch on the Field

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver played Sunday's game wearing a timepiece worth more than your house.

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.

This Affordable, Field-Inspired Watch Celebrates Fossil Watches of the 1990s
This Affordable, Field-Inspired Watch Celebrates Fossil Watches of the 1990s

The new Defender, which celebrates a cool field watch from the 1990s, is the latest entrant in the Archival Series from Fossil.

This Elegant GMT Watch Is Now Available in a Special Limited Edition
This Elegant GMT Watch Is Now Available in a Special Limited Edition

Swedish microbrand Bravure has released a new limited edition version of its Geography watch with a gold-toned case and attractive green dial.

The Website Making Diamonds No Fuss
The Website Making Diamonds No Fuss

Jamesallen.com is helping demystify the whole endeavor of finding the perfect ring, with 200,000 plus diamonds, you will find the perfect one.

These Boots Mark 40 Years of Danner Using Gore-Tex
These Boots Mark 40 Years of Danner Using Gore-Tex

A 6-inch boot with a Gore-tex membrane and Vibram sole.

We’ll Have to Wait Even Longer to See Tesla’s ‘Heart-Stopping’ Pickup Truck
We’ll Have to Wait Even Longer to See Tesla’s ‘Heart-Stopping’ Pickup Truck

CEO Elon Musk previously suggested his company's "cyberpunk" electric pickup truck would arrive in September or October. Now it seems November might be more likely.

These Dieter Rams-Designed Speakers Are High-End Alternatives to Sonos
These Dieter Rams-Designed Speakers Are High-End Alternatives to Sonos

Braun hasn't been in the speaker-making business for nearly 30 years, but that's changing.

This Fixed-Blade Knife Is Ready For Anything
This Fixed-Blade Knife Is Ready For Anything

The Hell Gap is built to be capable of doing everything from digging roots in the backyard to dicing onions for your camp breakfast burrito.

The New Land Rover Defender: What You Need To Know
The New Land Rover Defender: What You Need To Know

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is about to debut. Here's what we know about the engine, platform, off-road capability and price.

Off Shelves for Years, This Insider-Favorite Bourbon Is Finally Coming Back
Off Shelves for Years, This Insider-Favorite Bourbon Is Finally Coming Back

Back this fall: Smooth Ambler's Old Scout 99.

Run Faster Than Ever With the Shoes That Just Won the Fifth Avenue Mile
Run Faster Than Ever With the Shoes That Just Won the Fifth Avenue Mile

The sneakers are finally available for all those who want to shave time off their mile PR.

Nike Launches One of the Lightest Jordans Ever
Nike Launches One of the Lightest Jordans Ever

Nike updates the Air Jordan XXXIV to look like no other Jordan of the past.

These New Levi’s Shirts Are Game Changing
These New Levi’s Shirts Are Game Changing

The fabric, thread, buttons and labels are made completely of cotton.


Fresh Deals

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G-Shock DW5600E-1V Watch
Save 37%: Right now, you can take 37% off the normally-$70 DW5600E-1V, for a sale price of $44. The DW5600E-1V features all the usual G-Shock goods: 200m of water resistance, a backlight with Afterglow, a multi-function alarm, a 1/100th-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, an auto calendar accurate until the year 2039, and much more.— Oren Hartov

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Fluance Turntables
Save Up to 16%: Fluance is a Canadian audio company that makes some of the best entry-level turntables and bookshelf speakers you can buy. And right now through September 16, you can get a great deal on its entry-level turntables if you shop on Amazon. The Fluance RT81 ($250 $210), which is most review publications’ pick for “best entry-level turntable,” and the Fluance RT80 ($200 $170) are both on sale. The main difference between the two is that the RT81 has a solid wood plinth, as opposed to the RT80’s hollow one, so it’s better at preventing vibrations. The two turntables have a built-in preamp that you can turn on or off, enabling you to buy upgraded external pre-amp further down the road if you so decide.

Additionally, the Fluance Ai40 ($250 $210) powered bookshelf speakers are also on sale, but only in black. — Tucker Bowe


Global G-2 Chef’s Knife
Save $65: The Global kitchen knives are made of Yoshikin’s (its parent company) proprietary Cromova 18 steel, a semi-mysterious mixture of chromium, molybdenum and vanadium, and is semi-analogous to VG-10 stainless steel, a popular steel for both Japanese and western-style kitchen knives. The key difference being, due to higher (though undefined exact percentage) chromium levels, it’s significantly hardier than VG-10, and most stainless knife steel in general. This means it’s unlikely to chip, is supremely corrosion resistant and doesn’t stain under any circumstances. Naturally, you do lose just slightly in the edge-holding department, and it’s not as easy to sharpen as softer steels (this is the balance of hardness and toughness versus cutting utility).

On all Global knives, as noted above, the handle is an extension of the blade. This is incredibly useful for an everyday kitchen knife, as there are no nooks or crannies for food particles or moisture to hide in and ruin the knife. The lack of bulky handle also allows the knife to be incredibly lightweight, but still well-balanced (to achieve this, the handle is hollow and filled with sand).

Today on Amazon, Global’s G-2 Chef’s Knife is on sale for $95, matching the lowest price on record on the platform. — Will Price

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Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket
Save 25%: Umbrellas are easy to hate. For caving in at the first threatening gust of wind, for holding their spikey arms at eye level, for taking up more than their share of sidewalk space. Rain jackets, on the other hand, do the same job of warding off precipitation without such a fuss. What’s more, their hands-free method of keeping dry makes them better for things like hiking, riding bikes and working outdoors. One of our favorites for all of these things, Patagonia’s Stretch Rainshadow Jacket, is currently 25 percent off at Backcountry.

The two and a half layer rain jacket is more breathable than other similar coats, which helps in these early days of fall when the temperature hasn’t fully dropped. Plus, when it does get hot, there are two underarm vents to help shed heat. The Rainshadow is also great because, as its full name implies, its nylon material is stretchy instead of stiff, which makes it great for activity (we even take it backcountry skiing). And on top of that, it’s exceptionally light, so you can shove it into your bag without a thought, even if the chance of rain is only 10 percent. — Tanner Bowden


This Iconic Motorcycle Jacket Is a Steal Right Now
Save 43%: Belstaff has been producing legendary motorsport apparel for nearly 100 years. Born from motorcyclists’ universal need for sturdy all-weather gear, Belstaff made a name for itself with its waxed-cotton-and-leather equipment. Developed for racers and adventurers, these jackets largely lived on the fringes until they were carried into the mainstream on the back of actor/racer/badass Steve McQueen. And if, like McQueen, you have your eye on a Belstaff, now is the time to pick one up at RevZilla.

The Belstaff Brooklands Jacket is an eight-ounce waxed cotton classic buzzing and ready for two-wheeled adventure. The Brooklands is made with removable armor in the shoulders and elbows, as well as a sleeve in the back to insert further protection. The Brooklands jacket was made with its namesake race track in mind, with an added padded layer for extra safety. The jacket is not only made for a tightly-tucked cafe racer, it’s such a stylish design, it can be worn right off the track and straight to dinner.

Buy this piece of gear as beautiful as it is rugged while the getting’s good. And the getting’s real good. — Peter Corn

Buy Now: $695 $399

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Catalinbread Belle Epoch Guitar Echo Pedal
Save $32: Now at Guitar Center, you can save $32 on one of the best echo pedals for guitar. The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Tape Echo was inspired by the iconic Maestro Echoplex EP-3 tape delay and packs all its nuanced features into a small, easy-to-use package.

“The Catalinbread Belle Epoch is the closest thing to a real EP-3 that I’ve ever played,” said legendary guitarist Eric Johnson in a statement. The Belle Epoch features a Mix knob to control volume, a Rec Lev knob to control how hard the delay is hit, a Mod knob to control the amount of random tape flutter, an Echo Sustain knob to control the number of repeats and an Echo Delay knob to control delay time.

Normally $210, the Belle Epoch is now $178 at Guitar Center. If you’ve been searching for a great echo pedal to add to your rig, don’t pass this one up.
— John Zientek

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Oakley Airbrake XL Prizm Goggles
Save up to $108: If Abraham Maslow worked at a ski shop, he’d tell you that after your skis, snowboard, and boots, goggles are the most important piece of mountain equipment you can own. Goggles are annoying to buy though. A good pair will often cost well over $100, while an affordable $30 lens will fog up before you make it out of the lift line and fall apart before your trip is over. But being able to see the snow beneath your feet is of the utmost importance, so our advice here is straightforward: spend more money on a decent pair of goggles.

The good news is that if you do your shopping ahead of time — as in, now — you might find a great deal on goggles from last season. We dug one up for you: Oakley’s Airbrake XL, which features the company’s contrast-boosting Prizm lens tech. New, they’ll run you $240. But with a discount at Backcountry, you can pick up a pair for more than $100 off that price. The catch? Only a handful of colors are available with the deepest discount, but others are marked down nearly as much. — Tanner Bowden


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