OCTOBER 16, 2019

Today in Gear: The Blundstone Boot That Improved upon Perfection, a Strange New Coffee Maker & More


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As if there isn’t enough to love about the original Blundstone 500 boot, the Blundstone Men’s Classic 550 Chelsea Boot, Style 558, brings even more to the table. Most of Blundstone’s offerings start with premium leather and a slip-resistant TPU outsole — and the 550, Style 558 builds on that foundation with a leather-lined interior, supremely comfortable footbeds and double stitching along the heel for good measure. They’re also surprisingly lightweight and about as comfortable as boots get. The water-resistant finish and leather-lined interior will keep you warm and dry through the colder months, so if you’re in the market for some new boots this fall, don’t sleep on the 550s.

New & Noteworthy Releases

The 8 Best Family Cars for New Dads
The 8 Best Family Cars for New Dads

New parents need cars that are safe, practical, and reasonably priced. Here are some options that are more fun than minivans.

Patagonia Turned One of Its Best Jackets into a Hat
Patagonia Turned One of Its Best Jackets into a Hat

That's right, you can now wear a Nano Puff on your head.

One of the Most Important Events in the Watch World Is Changing for the Better
One of the Most Important Events in the Watch World Is Changing for the Better

SIHH 2020 will now be known as Watches & Wonders Geneva, with days open to the public (for a fee) and exhibitions throughout the city.

One of the Best New Cars On Sale Is Shockingly Cheap Right Now
One of the Best New Cars On Sale Is Shockingly Cheap Right Now

The Golf Sportwagen is shuffling out of American dealerships soon, so take advantage of the crazy discounts.

These Are the Only Coffee Makers You Should Buy, Say the World’s Most Rigorous Testers
These Are the Only Coffee Makers You Should Buy, Say the World’s Most Rigorous Testers

Braun, Ninja and Brim get their first brewers on the most important list in home coffee brewing.

Watch an Aerobatic Pilot Take to the Skies Over Namibia with This Pilot’s Watch
Watch an Aerobatic Pilot Take to the Skies Over Namibia with This Pilot’s Watch

Turns out that soaring over the African coastline at over 300 km/h with a Hamilton X-Wind pilot's watch makes for pretty good television.

Warby Parker’s Affordable Glasses Now Come in a Range of Sizes
Warby Parker’s Affordable Glasses Now Come in a Range of Sizes

7 much-loved frames in sizes extra narrow to extra wide.

Every Photographer Should Download This $5 Weather App
Every Photographer Should Download This $5 Weather App

It's all about knowing the quality of light.

This Is the Most Interesting New Coffee Maker in a Very Long Time
This Is the Most Interesting New Coffee Maker in a Very Long Time

The new FrankOne brewer from Colombia has the potential to be the best (and most affordable) way to make cold brew coffee. Period.

A Watchmaker and High-End Speaker Company Teamed Up on this Chiming Watch
A Watchmaker and High-End Speaker Company Teamed Up on this Chiming Watch

High-end watchmaker Ulysse Nardin and audiophile favorite Devialet have combined their experise to make a remarkabe chiming watch.

This $165 Merino Wool T-Shirt Is The First of Its Kind
This $165 Merino Wool T-Shirt Is The First of Its Kind

Using the finest Tasmanian merino wool, Merz B. Schwanen has used their rare loopwheel knitting machines to create an even-rarer t-shirt.

Barbour Modified a Vintage Range Rover, and It Could Be Yours
Barbour Modified a Vintage Range Rover, and It Could Be Yours

It does not get more English aristocratic than this.


Fresh Deals


Clif Builders Protein Bar
Save $15: In 2019, if you can find a quality protein bar for less than two dollars, more power to you. But what if we said you could score a 12-pack for less than one dollar a bar? You’d probably think we’d lost our minds, but it’s true. Right now Amazon is peddling Clif Builders Protein Bars in the best flavor, Crunchy Peanut Butter, for $11 per 12-pack, a full $15 off the regular price of $26. These bars are loaded with 20 grams of complete plant protein. They are also non-GMO, gluten-free and pretty damn delicious. Amazon is offering some nice deals on other flavors as well, but this 56 percent discount leads the pack. — Steve Mazzucchi


Everlane Wardrobe Essentials
Save 65%:Thanks to Everlane’s “Choose What You Pay” sale, you can save up to 65 percent on a range of already affordable wardrobe essentials. The sale includes great discounts on tees, sweatshirts, cashmere sweaters, pants, shirts and more — perfect if you want to get ahead of the seasonal shopping curve. — John Zientek


$350 Persol Sunglasses for $100
Save up to 82%:If you’ve been waiting to invest in an iconic pair of Persol sunglasses, Nordstrom Rack has a deal for you. Right now, you can save 82 percent on a bunch of different Italian-made Persols: the Geo, the Round and the Sartoria models are just a few. Normally up to $570, these shades are now just $100 while supplies last. — John Zientek


Orox Leather Co.
Last Day to get 20% off:Orox Leather Company arrived on the scene in 2012 in the heart of Portland, Oregon. For this family business, craftsmanship is a birthright that crossed four continents and four generations. Today, the Orox founder José Martinez and his three sons Martin, Kevin and Levi blend designs and techniques from Japan, Mexico and America. Every Orox Leather Co. product comes backed with a limited lifetime warranty that covers all defects in materials and craftsmanship for the life of the product. And, while leather will naturally age and change over time and with use, each product is designed from the beginning to fashionably patina with wear and use without compromising the look and feel of the product. Get 20% off the entire collection, free monogramming on select models and free shipping. Promotion ends tonight at midnight. — Gear Patrol Store


Alpha Industries L-2B Jacket
Save 50%:When you think of the iconic military bomber jacket, you’re no doubt picturing one from Alpha Industries. The brand has been outfitting the world in iconic military garms for 60 years, even supplying the U.S. military early on. Now you can nab one of their classic L-2B flight jackets on the cheap. A close sibling to the MA-1 bomber jacket, the L-2B was issued to the USAF in the ’50s and features snap handwarmer pockets, rib-knit wool details and utility pockets at the sleeve. Best of all, it’s entirely reversible. So really, you’re getting two jackets on sale. — Gerald Ortiz


Audioengine HDP6 Bookshelf Speakers
Save $150: Audioengine’s HDP6 are wonderful passive bookshelf speakers and right now they’re on sale. The Drop is selling them for $250, which is $150 less than what Audioengine is selling them for, as well as pretty much every third-party seller. The Drop’s deal applies to all three finishes: black, walnut and cherry. The HDP6 are essentially passive versions of Audioengine’s HD6 ($699) active speakers. (The “P” in the name stands for passive.) Instead of plugging each speaker into the wall and streaming music directly to them, like you’re able to with the HD6, Audioengine’s HDP6 speakers are designed to connect directly to your home’s current receiver or amplifier. Each speaker has a 5.5-inch aramid fiber woofer and a 1-inch silk dome tweeter, which according to many reviews, helps them sound much bigger than they are. — Tucker Bowe


Orient Mako II Dive Watch
Save $206: Available with a black dial with black bezel, blue dial with blue bezel or blue dial with a blue bezel in which the first 15 minutes are demarcated in red, this is a ton of value in a $325 watch, but right now you cab nab the Mako II on Drop for the almost laughably low price of $119. — Oren Hartov


Today on Gear Patrol

The Case for Carrying a Flashlight on Your Keychain
The Case for Carrying a Flashlight on Your Keychain

Using a mobile phone regularly as a flashlight is like moving your stuff to a new apartment in a Corvette. Sure, it can do the job but it is so ill-suited to the task that...

How to Pick the Best Whiskey in the World, According to the World’s Most Influential Critic
How to Pick the Best Whiskey in the World, According to the World’s Most Influential Critic

Infamous whiskey critic and author Jim Murray opens up about his ascetic tasting methods, the “utterly vile” horrors of sulfurous whiskey and the power to start the occasional fistfight in a liquor store.

How to Break in Raw Denim, According to the Experts
How to Break in Raw Denim, According to the Experts

We spoke to experts at three of the world’s most respected denim shops: Kiya Babzani, co-owner of Self Edge; Jeremy Smith, co-owner of Standard & Strange; and Okayama Denim owner Merv Sethi.

The Best Dumbbells for Your Home Gym — And the Best Moves to Do With Them
The Best Dumbbells for Your Home Gym — And the Best Moves to Do With Them

These expert-recommended weights will help you push yourself to the next level of fitness.

Take a Look Inside the Newest Issue of Gear Patrol Magazine
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