October 4, 2019

Today in Gear: The Down Jacket Built for All of Winter, Tesla’s Idea for Heated Seats & More


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When the mercury drops, you want a good jacket in your corner. Backcountry’s Silver Fork 750 Hooded Jacket can get you through winter’s coldest days. Available only from Backcountry, the Silver Fork 750 is the perfect technical down jacket for skiing or hiking, but won’t look out of place in the cityscape. The lofty goose down will keep toasty without weighing you down, while the water-resistant finish wards of dirt and moisture. The whole jacket even packs down into its own internal chest pocket meaning you can bring it anywhere you may need — even if you are tight on space. You can snap up the Silver Fork 750 in some all-new colorways this autumn to boot. Let the Backcountry’s Silver Fork 750 Hooded Jacket keep you warm through all your winter adventures. Gear Patrol readers also get the added bonus of 20 percent off with the code GEARPATROL20.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Tesla’s Idea for Heated and Cooled Seats Could Revolutionize In-Car Comfort
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This Tesla patent could revolutionize the car seat, or create a huge, expensive mess.

This Affordable New Automatic Dive Watch Has a Unique Kind of Dial
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The Nodus Duality is a new dive watch from a California-based microbrand, and it offers a lot of value -- and an unusual kind of dial.

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Stock Up With 20% Off at the Gear Patrol Store
Stock Up With 20% Off at the Gear Patrol Store

Whether you’re looking for everyday carry items, elevated leather goods, audio and hi-fi equipment or refined home goods, we’ve got you covered. For a limited time, get 20% select brands.

Everything We Know About Apple’s Next iPhone, Rumored to Come Out in Early 2020
Everything We Know About Apple’s Next iPhone, Rumored to Come Out in Early 2020

Apple is expected to release a second-generation version of the iPhone SE. Here's what we know so far.

Study Shows Why You Can’t Rely on High-Tech Safety Systems to Save Pedestrians
Study Shows Why You Can’t Rely on High-Tech Safety Systems to Save Pedestrians

AAA found automakers' collision and pedestrian avoidance technologies to be alarmingly ineffective, especially at night.

This Affordable German Pilot Watch Is a Stylish Take on a Classic
This Affordable German Pilot Watch Is a Stylish Take on a Classic

The new Verus Grau watch from historic German brand Stowa offers a fresh take on the classic military watch in a collab with Worn & Wound.

Finally, an Affordable High-Performance Cycling Shoe
Finally, an Affordable High-Performance Cycling Shoe

At just $100, the Specialized Torch 1.0 is a fraction of the cost of many of its brethren, yet it still packs several high-end features.


Fresh Deals


Huge Sale on Bell Helmets, With a Catch
Save Up to 50%: Bell’s Race Star helmet is a dynamite motorcycle lid for anyone who plans on hitting the track or back roads with verve. (Or at least wants other riders to think they’re hitting the pavement with verve.) Made with a carbon fiber 3K Carbon Shell to minimize weight, the Race Star doesn’t sacrifice offers protection at the altar of lightness; it meets or goes beyond Snell M2015 and DOT certifications, and packs a three-layer Flex Impact Liner to deal with crashes at any speeds. It’s been tested in wind tunnels to make sure the air flows over it with minimal fuss, while the Panovision viewport offers better visibility in all directions compared with Bell helmets past. And, of course, it just looks sweet.

Right now, thanks to a closeout deal over at Revzilla, you can pick up several variants of the Bell Race Star for massive savings — as much as 50% off on certain models. But there is, however, a catch: These sales are only available on small and extra-small helmets. If you need a bigger lid, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere; but if you’re cursed/blessed with a tiny head, well, today’s your lucky day. — Will Sabel Courtney


Dyson Upright Ball Vacuum
Save $272: The headline says it all. The Dyson Ball Upright vac, equipped with the cyclone suction technology you’ve no doubt heard about in TV commercials for nearly a decade, is $272 cheaper than normal.

It should be noted that these Dysons are refurbs, but importantly that they are manufacturer refurbs, meaning Dyson has received them, patched them up, rigorously tested them and released them anew. — Will Price

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Samsung The Frame TV (2019 Models)
Save Up to $500: Samsung’s The Frame TV is one of the most unique 4K TVs that you can buy. As its name gives away, The Frame TV looks like a framed piece of art hanging on your wall. Not only does it work as a normal TV, but it can display actual art or various beautiful photos when nobody is watching it; this way it blends into your home’s decor. Not everybody likes the idea of having a black box hanging on their wall, after all.

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