October 3, 2019

Today in Gear: The GoPro HERO8 Has Arrived, Two Long-Awaited Seiko Chronographs & More


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GoPro is launching its latest camera, and it’s worth a serious look. HERO8 Black is a true game-changer, with a streamlined design and beefed-up tech. And now there are built-in mounting fingers, so you can move the camera from mount to mount in a flash. But as HERO8 Black marks the first major design update since HERO5 Black, the features inside have been steadily getting more powerful. Let’s start with HyperSmooth 2.0. Now you get three levels of stabilization—including an incredible Boost mode—delivering the smoothest video ever offered by a HERO camera. Then there is TimeWarp 2.0, which auto-adjusts speed based on your motion. You can even slow down the effect to real-time—savoring interesting moments—and then tap to speed it back up. You’ll also dig the improved SuperPhoto + HDR that makes capturing brilliant pics easy, the four digital lenses and the mega-convenient custom presets. There’s also a new accessory system called mods—plug-and-play add-ons like lights, mics and more. Pre-order now, or get yours as soon as it drops in late October.

New & Noteworthy Releases

You’re Almost Out of Time to Buy This Incredible Vintage Toyota Land Cruiser
You’re Almost Out of Time to Buy This Incredible Vintage Toyota Land Cruiser

British Racing Green paint, a V8 engine, and a ton of overlanding mods—all for a cheap price.

Just Some of Our Staff’s Favorite Places to Find the New Issue of Gear Patrol Magazine
Just Some of Our Staff’s Favorite Places to Find the New Issue of Gear Patrol Magazine

Each Gear Patrol editor has a favorite spot to chew on content, from local coffee shops to quiet hotel lounges. Naturally, these are some of the places where we decided to stock Gear Patrol Magazine.

At Last, a New Ultralight Backpack with Tons of Features
At Last, a New Ultralight Backpack with Tons of Features

While most ultralight backpacks contain few extra bells and whistles, Hyperlite Mountain Gear's new Prism is packed with features.

Seiko Added Chronographs to Two of Its Most Popular Collections and It’s About Damn Time
Seiko Added Chronographs to Two of Its Most Popular Collections and It’s About Damn Time

Long-awaited automatic chronograph watches from Seiko are finally here, and they celebrate significant watches from the brand's past.

Levi’s Made a Tech-Infused Jacket You’ll Actually Want to Wear
Levi’s Made a Tech-Infused Jacket You’ll Actually Want to Wear

A Trucker and Sherpa Trucker for fall.

What the Surface Pro X Has That the iPad Pro Can’t Match
What the Surface Pro X Has That the iPad Pro Can’t Match

Microsoft's new Surface Pro X promises the best of both tablet and laptop worlds. It could be a real beast, if its hardware guts can keep up with the demands of Windows 10.

Is Mitsubishi About to Reveal the Plug-In SUV Everyone Really Wants?
Is Mitsubishi About to Reveal the Plug-In SUV Everyone Really Wants?

Mitsubishi's new concept is roofless, ready for off-roading—and could be the future template for plug-in-hybrid machines.

The GIGA 6 Is So Much More Than an Espresso Machine
The GIGA 6 Is So Much More Than an Espresso Machine

This Swiss-made machine is crafted for your countertop to make the most luxurious coffee without leaving home.


Fresh Deals


ChefsChoice Knife Sharpener
Save $52: Chef’sChoice knife sharpeners are widely considered the best electric sharpeners a non-absurd amount of money can buy, particularly by folks who took the time to test out the competition (namely, Cook’s Illustrated and Wirecutter). The most-recommended option is the electric Trizon XV is deeply discounted on Amazon today.

Wirecutter writes the electric sharpener “brings the metal of the blade to an infinitesimally fine point rather than to the relatively coarse edge that [the manual version] produces.” At $98, it’s cheaper than it’s ever been. — Will Price


Moccamaster Coffee Maker
Save $90: Of its many features, two stand out: a copper heating element and the ability to disassemble. Given the material’s natural heat conductivity, copper coils heat water more quickly than machines using steel or other methods (the only machine we’ve tested that brews faster is Breville’s Precision Brewer). The ability to take the whole thing apart is also unique, and it allows for troubleshooting and fixing at home rather than losing your source of coffee to the mail for a few weeks (it’s also great for cleaning the machine).

Today, Moccamaster’s CDGT model is $90 off on Drop. It’s the 10-cup model that uses a stainless steel carafe. This is as affordable as Moccamasters get. — Will Price


Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
Save $60: Regular GP readers are well aware of how much we love Patagonia’s Nano Puff line. Constructed using the most thermally efficient synthetic insulation out there — 55 percent recycled 60g PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco — Nano Puffs are simultaneously ultralight, travel-friendly and warm. Take along on any plane trip and you have both a comfy pillow and an extra layer any time temps drop.

As unseasonably warm as those temps have been lately, a drop is most certainly coming, making now the perfect time to stock up on this essential garment. And if you’re not too picky about color (that’s the catch), you can score one for 30 percent off at REI right now. Just click over to the good-looking color shown above (“Big Sur Blue”) to score the discount in size S through XXL while supplies last. — Steve Mazzucchi

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New Balance 900V4 Sneakers
Save 40%: As the weather in North America transitions into full-fledged fall, consider investing in a new pair of sneakers. If you’re looking for a domestic option that won’t break the bank, head over to Zappos. today. The retailer is currently offering 20 percent off the American-made New Balance 990v4.

Available in two tonal colorways, the style features a pigskin nubuck upper, an Encap midsole and a rubber outsole. Either is a solid option for any casual wardrobe, so if you’ve been prepping for fall, don’t sleep on these. — John Zientek

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Frye Zip Boots
Save 56%: Since its inception in 1863, Frye has made a name for itself with a diverse range of quality leather footwear. While the brand now offers many more styles than it did a century ago, it hasn’t strayed from its dedication to using top-tier construction and high-grade leathers. If you’re in the market for a new pair of boots, Nordstrom Rack is currently offering up to 56 percent off a pair of hard-wearing zip boots from Frye. If you see something you like, don’t wait long — sizes will go fast with prices like these. — John Zientek


Adidas Ultraboost Shoes
Save $54: It’s sometimes tough to tell if a sneaker innovation has hit the mark. But when a brand expands its use from, say, running sneakers to hiking shoes — the way Adidas has by incorporating a Boost foam midsole into its Terrex Free Hiker — you know it’s got legs, so to speak. We’re big believers in Boost, especially in its original incarnation as a running shoe ingredient. The super-responsive cushioning platform delivers a bouncy energy return with every stride, providing a significant mental lift to go along with the physical one.

Given that benefit, it’s no surprise the Adidas Ultraboost is one of the brand’s most popular running sneakers — and one that’s especially worthy of consideration when it’s on sale. Right now, six different colorways, in a respectable range of sizes, are 30 percent off at adidas.com. Grab a pair today and you’ll be bouncing through the streets with a smile on your face all fall. — Steve Mazzucchi

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Todd Snyder x Timex 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 percent savings. — Oren Hartov

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Nest Protect (2-Pack)
Save $48: The Nest Protect is the company’s new-and-improved smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector, and it’s been named the “best smart smoke detector” by numerous tech publications, including Wirecutter, Tom’s Guide and Lifewire. The Google Store sells the Nest Protect for $119 a pop, which is fairly expensive, but if you’re willing to buy a two-pack (which is perfect for larger homes), Home Depot is running a pretty good deal: buy two Nest Protects for $190, which is almost $50 off.


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2020 Lincoln Aviator Review: A Well-Dressed Beast, Best Tasted in Hybrid Form
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7 Vintage Dealers on Pieces They Wish They Never Sold
7 Vintage Dealers on Pieces They Wish They Never Sold

A railroad jacket, a USARP Parka, Carhartt overalls and more.

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It's as easy as arms, core, legs — legs, core, arms. Repeat, over and over.

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