September 25, 2019
Today in Gear: Oakley’s Wild New Sunglasses, Our Favorite Internet Sofa Is Now a Sectional & More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New & Noteworthy Releases
An EV application could be a precursor to Mazda bringing a new RX-9
It comes in leather or upholstered fabric with loads of useful, thoughtful features. Now you can get it king-sized.
Oakley's latest offering, the Clifden, applies the company's eyewear know-how to a new sport.
The 2020 Toyota GR Supra is great, but expensive. Why not save $20,000 or more and buy the Subaru BRZ instead?
Smart technology could help Defenders clear off-road obstacles with ease—with the driver outside the car.
The Mido Ocean Star Tribute celebrates 75 years of the brand's well-known dive watch with a handsome and relatively affordable 1960s style.
A special edition of Montblanc's 1858 Monopusher Chronograph features a beautiful movement and a trip to see where it's made.
The famed pilots watch company has updated its Avengers line, with various models catering to the large-wristed.
Jabra Elite 65e headset
Save $160: The Jabra Elite 65e headset is arguably the best value proposition for anybody who wants in-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. Their nearest rival is the Bose QuietComfort 30, which costs $299, and that’s $99 more than the Jabra Elite 65e.
If you’re looking for a really sweet deal on in-ear noise-canceling headphones, you can buy a refurbished pair of Jabra Elite 65e on eBay for just $40. That’s a pretty steep discount. — Tucker Bowe
Filson Bandera Backpack
Save $75: Founded in 1897, Seattle-based Filson made a name for itself outfitting some of the hardest workers in the West. It’s bags accompanied workers to the rugged Alaskan wilderness and were proven year after year. While Filson still makes its classic designs, the brand also makes some backpacks more suited to everyday use.
The Bandera backpacks are made in the USA from hardwearing twill. The 22L bag has a large U-shaped zipper, an interior laptop pocket and a front zip pocket. Normally priced at $175, this discontinued model is now 43-percent off and costs just $100 — act fast if you want a great everyday pack. — John Zientek
Breedlove State Series Concert E Guitar
Save 20%: Founded in 1990, Oregon-based Breedlove makes a range of high-end guitars designed for discerning players. The Stage Series Concert E is no exception. Made in America, it features a solid mahogany top, back and sides in Breedlove’s original body shape, and an African ebony fretboard and bridge.
Designed for players, this guitar includes top-tier L.R. Baggs EAS electronics and a pinless bridge for easy string changes. And, the hand-rubbed, semi-gloss neck has a slim profile that is appropriate for many hand sizes. To top it off, the guitar features beautiful neck inlays, a simple rosette and a tasteful binding.
Normally priced at a very fair $830, the Stage Series Concert E now costs just $668. That’s almost too good to be true, so if it strikes your fancy, act fast — savings like this won’t be around long. — John Zientek
Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket
Save $114: For months now, we’ve been stressing that the best time to score cold-weather gear, particularly awesome down jackets, is when it’s not cold out. Today serves up yet more proof, in that the legendary Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket is currently on sale for a whopping $114 off at Backcountry. I have the non-hooded version of this jacket, and it’s just about perfect for fall weather — and with proper layering, winter weather as well.
Dropping from $379 to $265 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 10 colors is so sharply discounted: Deep Cove, which is sort of a light blue. But honestly, it’s a pretty good-looking color, and a month or so from now — if not sooner — you’ll be stoked to have it in your wardrobe.
Note: A couple other colors, Nocturne (a midnight blue) and Neptune (a sea green), are discounted to $305 in select sizes. — Steve Mazzucchi
L.L. Bean Boots
Save 20%: Heritage New England outdoor brand L.L.Bean has been in business for over 100 years. Its first-ever product? The sort-of ugly, undeniably-iconic Bean Boot. Leon Leonwood Bean (yeah, that’s what the L.L. stands for) designed them as a solution to prevent wet feet while hunting in Maine’s damp conditions.
The design of the boot hasn’t changed much since: it features a stout rubber bottom and a hardy leather upper, which makes them ideal for winter’s inclement conditions. The boots have spread beyond hunting though, and now come in different heights with various linings for different temperatures and uses.
Right now, there’s an extensive collection of Bean Boot models (as well as apparel) up for sale on L.L.Bean’s website — just use the code SPLASH20 at checkout. — John Zientek
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 $200 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. — Tucker Bowe
One of Our Favorite Motorcycle Gear Brands Is On Sale Right Now
Save Up to 50%: The name may be a little bit extra, as the kids say these days, but there’s no arguing that Rev’It! makes some dynamite motorcycle riding gear. From armored jackets to protective pants and tough gloves to bike-ready boots, Rev’It! cranks out solid apparel designed for riders seeking quality products made for the long haul — both in terms of miles and years. And right now, our old friends over at RevZilla are holding a big closeout sale on Rev’It! gear right now. — Will Sabel Courtney
Today on Gear Patrol
American-made "craft whiskey" is booming business — never mind that no one can seem to agree what it means.
Originally introduced in 1962, Rado's Captain Cook is back. This classic diver is back from the deep, new and improved for the 21st Century.
Vollebak recreated the iridescent wings of the Blue Morpho butterfly to make the jacket highly visible that changes wildly depending on the weather.
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