DECEMBER 18, 2019

Today in Gear: A Leathery Fragrance from Montblanc, a Gravel Bike You Can Ride Anywhere & More


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Of all the senses, none conjures up a mood or brings back old memories quite like the sense of smell. If you’re looking for a fragrance that hits all the right notes, Montblanc’s Explorer Eau de Parfum is a good place to start. Launched earlier this year, Explorer is a woody, worldly, leathery aroma — with top notes of Sicilian bergamot, a powerful body of Haitian vetiver and a base made from Montblanc’s exclusive, ethically sourced Indonesian patchouli. And to complete your aura, pick up Montblanc’s Explorer fragrance in the gift set, which includes an aftershave balm in the same scent. The gift set also includes a travel spray that you can take with you to maintain your essence wherever you go.

New & Noteworthy Releases

This Leather Pouch Is the Perfect Last-Minute Gift for a Watch Lover
This Leather Pouch Is the Perfect Last-Minute Gift for a Watch Lover

These mini leather watch pouches are made specifically for storing or traveling with bracelet-equipped watches.

Mazda’s Sporty, Affordable New Crossover for Millennials Is Now on Sale
Mazda’s Sporty, Affordable New Crossover for Millennials Is Now on Sale

It looks great, it drives well, and you can afford it without giving up your avocado toast.

This Affordable, Automatic Watch Is Sized and Priced Just Right
This Affordable, Automatic Watch Is Sized and Priced Just Right

UK-based microbrand Hervé's first watch is the Alvia, and it features an automatic movement, 38mm case, versatile looks and a $380 price tag.

Why Do the Subaru Outback’s Headlights Make It Less Safe than the Legacy? We Found Out
Why Do the Subaru Outback’s Headlights Make It Less Safe than the Legacy? We Found Out

The IIHS's ratings for the Outback and Legacy didn't seem to make sense, so we started asking questions.

These California-Made Sweats Are Twice as Beefy as Any Other Sweats You Own
These California-Made Sweats Are Twice as Beefy as Any Other Sweats You Own

Contemporary New York label 18east and California-based knitwear brand Standard Issue Tees have just sweat out a heavy collab.

Is Land Rover Planning to Attack the Ford Raptor With a Badass Defender?
Is Land Rover Planning to Attack the Ford Raptor With a Badass Defender?

So, Land Rover just bought a company that specializes in making off-road-racing-spec Defenders...


Fresh Deals


Vitamix 5200 Blender
Save $130: Vitamix’s flagship blender, the 5200, is on sale on Amazon for $270; that’s a savings of $130. It’s a great deal on what will likely be the last blender you’ll ever buy.


All-Clad Cookware
Save Up to 75%: At up to 75 percent off, these are the lowest prices you’ll find on unused All-Clad outside of visiting the company’s in-person seconds sale at the factory.


This Camping Sale Is Filled with Great Last-Minute Gift Ideas
Save 30%: Gifts so good, they’ll make it seem like you put more time into thinking about it.


Adidas Ultraboost 19
Save $94: The popular Adidas Ultraboost 19 normally goes for $180, but thanks to a sale and a promo code, you can spend just $86 on a brand-new pair.


Need Supply Shoe Sale
Save 68%: There are plenty of great pieces on sale over at Need Supply, but the selection of shoes is especially tasty with some of the best styles priced at more than 50 percent off.


Apple AirPods
Save up to $30: Apple’s AirPods make great holiday gifts, and you can actually get a pretty good deal on them, too. At Amazon, you can save $20 on regular AirPods and $30 on AirPods with the wireless charging case.

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SimpliSafe Security System
Save 51%: If you’re looking for a smart security system that’s affordable and simple to set up and use, SimpliSafe is a great place to start. Right now its 8-piece system is over 50-percent off on Amazon.


Casio Pro Trek PRW2500R Watch
Save 55%: The Casio Pro Trek PRW2500R is tough and practical, and it’s on sale now for 55% off its retail price at just $135.


Today on Gear Patrol

How One Man Designs and Sells Watches, Sunglasses, Microphones and More
How One Man Designs and Sells Watches, Sunglasses, Microphones and More

Deni Mesanovic studied audio engineering, but his widespread interests lead to his designing watches, sunglasses, microphones and more.

Own a Nissan Rogue? Consider Upgrading To These 3 Cars
Own a Nissan Rogue? Consider Upgrading To These 3 Cars

These cars take the qualities you love about the Nissan Rogue to the next level.

23 Last-Minute Gifts that Don’t Feel Last-Minute
23 Last-Minute Gifts that Don’t Feel Last-Minute

More than 20 gifts that ship in two days or less.

Are Jabra’s Latest True Wireless Buds Still the Best AirPod Alternatives?
Are Jabra’s Latest True Wireless Buds Still the Best AirPod Alternatives?

Jabra's Elite 65t have been some of the best wireless earbuds you can buy. The next-generation models, the Jabra Elite 75t, are better in almost every other way.

The 19 Best Gifts for Kids at Every Age
The 19 Best Gifts for Kids at Every Age

Toys, games and must-have tech. Conquer the 2019 shopping season with our guide to the best kids gifts you can order online.

The Best Accessories to Give the Most Stylish Man You Know
The Best Accessories to Give the Most Stylish Man You Know

Hunting down a gift for your most fashionable friend is a target that's easy to miss. We caught these accessories out in the wild web so you don't have to.

The 10 Best Flasks You Can Buy Right Now
The 10 Best Flasks You Can Buy Right Now

From $15 to $250, there's a tiny bottle of joy for everyone.

The 10 Best Slippers to Keep You Warm This Winter
The 10 Best Slippers to Keep You Warm This Winter

If you don't own a pair of slippers then you're missing out on the good life.

The 7 Best Winter Running Shoes of 2020
The 7 Best Winter Running Shoes of 2020

Don't want to stop training outside, despite the cold? These waterproof, grippy sneakers conquer ice and snow like no other.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Review: Cutting the Right Corners
2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Review: Cutting the Right Corners

Porsche's newest crossover may stretch the definition of "coupe," but don't hold that against it.

The Complete Mercedes-Benz Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained
The Complete Mercedes-Benz Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

How to tell your GLA, GLB, GLC, GLE, GLS, and G-Class apart.

The 3 Best Buying Guides for the Fitness Freak
The 3 Best Buying Guides for the Fitness Freak

These are the 63 of the best fitness gifts for the most active people in your life.

Like Bean Boots? Try These 3 Other Waterproof Styles
Like Bean Boots? Try These 3 Other Waterproof Styles

From Sperry, Sorel and Quoddy.

The 18 Most Gorgeous Shifters to Ever Grace an Automobile
The 18 Most Gorgeous Shifters to Ever Grace an Automobile

The shifter is, literally and figuratively, the centerpiece of a car's cabin.

The 7 Best Gift Guides for the Techie
The 7 Best Gift Guides for the Techie

The best tech gifts to give for the holidays in one place.

These Retailers Will Make Sure You Get Your Christmas Gifts on Time
These Retailers Will Make Sure You Get Your Christmas Gifts on Time

Take advantage of free shipping promotions while you can. Otherwise you'll pay a pretty penny for expedited shipping.

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