JANUARY 23, 2020

Today in Gear: Lab-Grown Diamonds for Valentine’s, Apps That Help Cut Excessive Phone Use & More


January 23, 2020 Briefings By

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 tig@gearpatrol.com.


Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days of the year to get engaged, and if you’re going to pop the question in 2020, make sure you nail the ring. Before you trek out to the jeweler, check out Couple — the first luxury lab-grown diamond company. These lab-grown diamonds are no different than mined ones, all the way down to their atomic structure. The upside is that they’re 100% ethically sourced and sustainable. Even if you aren’t popping the question, Couple makes it easy to come through with a stellar Valentine’s Day gift. The brand makes the process of buying a diamond a whole lot easier by letting you shop directly online, or book an appointment with their virtual Diamond Concierge. Be sure to order by January 27th for delivery before Valentine’s Day.

New & Noteworthy Releases

One of Our Favorite Affordable Watch Straps Is Available in a Bunch of New Styles
One of Our Favorite Affordable Watch Straps Is Available in a Bunch of New Styles

Crown & Buckle's Chevon is a cross between a NATO strap and a perlon -- get it now in new colors, and even in leather.

Jeep Just Quietly Created a New Top-of-the-Line Wrangler
Jeep Just Quietly Created a New Top-of-the-Line Wrangler

For that rare person the Rubicon does not satisfy.

This Badass Dive Watch Is Now More Refined Than Ever
This Badass Dive Watch Is Now More Refined Than Ever

The new Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation is a hardcore diver with several retro-sporty touches and a chronometer-certified movement.

Burton’s Not the Only Brand Revolutionizing Snowboard Bindings
Burton’s Not the Only Brand Revolutionizing Snowboard Bindings

A new product out of Germany works with any soft boot, gets you in and out in seconds and just won an ISPO award.

Cadillac’s Next Great Sport Sedan Will Use the Engine from the CTS-V
Cadillac’s Next Great Sport Sedan Will Use the Engine from the CTS-V

Here's hoping they let it have all 640 horsepower.

Trying to Use Your Phone Less? These Apps Might Be Able to Help
Trying to Use Your Phone Less? These Apps Might Be Able to Help

Google's experimental Digital Wellbeing apps tackle excessive phone usage in some interesting ways.

This Retractable, Expandable Camper Van Add-On Is Brilliant—and Super-Cheap
This Retractable, Expandable Camper Van Add-On Is Brilliant—and Super-Cheap

A French camping trailer company brings its expertise to camper vans.

RTH Is One of the Coolest Brands You Need to Know
RTH Is One of the Coolest Brands You Need to Know

Rene Holguin's LA-based shop RTH is revered by fashion insiders and celebrities for its curated collection of Southwestern-inspired goods.


Fresh Deals


Yamazaki Home Goods
Save Up to 30%: Yamazaki is the epitome of Japanese minimalism and organization, and its thrifty organization gear is marked down 20 to 30 percent off on Huckberry right now.


Who Needs Leather? The Perfect Textile Motorcycle Jacket Is Just $175
Save 50%: It’s a great time to take advantage of the fact that the extremely cool warm-weather-ready Roland Sands Design Ronin perforated textile jacket is currently featured on sale at RevZilla.


Save More Than $780 on the Perfect Rooftop Tent for Overlanding
Save 33%: Tepui’s Explorer Autana rooftop tent is designed to keep its occupants protected from the element, and right now adding this rooftop tent to your personal off-roader’s kit is cheaper than usual.


All of Our Favorite Patagonia Gear Is on Sale
Save 30%: Many of the classic items Patagonia created decades ago are as capable as their newer releases. Right now, both are 30 percent off.


Vizio’s E6 Soundbar System
Save $100: It’s pretty unheard of to buy a surround sound system for just $120, but you can do just that on Amazon right now. That’s because Vizio’s E6 Soundbar is on sale for $100 off.


Timex Mako DGTL Watch
Save 48%: Right now, you can get Timex’s Mako DGTL watch, available in three colors (blue, black or white), for just $21.


Today on Gear Patrol

What’s the Best Sous Vide Circulator You Can Buy?
What’s the Best Sous Vide Circulator You Can Buy?

Two sous vides dominate the consumer-level circulator market. We pitted them against each other to see which is right for most home cooks.

A Day With a Top-Ranked Professional Bull Rider
A Day With a Top-Ranked Professional Bull Rider

The routine and gear of a 22-year-old professional bull rider.

This $50 Camera Changed My Photography Forever
This $50 Camera Changed My Photography Forever

The Olympus XA2 is everything that my more serious digital camera is not, and there are about a thousand things to love about its brilliant design.

2020 Audi RS Q8 Review: Take a Hike, Physics
2020 Audi RS Q8 Review: Take a Hike, Physics

Logic and the laws of nature alike are no match for this 592-hp super-SUV.

Are $700 Custom Jeans Worth It? I Got My Own Pair and Found Out
Are $700 Custom Jeans Worth It? I Got My Own Pair and Found Out

Whether the perfect-fitting pair of jeans eludes you or the control freak within also loves denim, a completely custom pair of jeans may be just the thing for you.

6 Questions to Ask on Your First Trip to a Dispensary
6 Questions to Ask on Your First Trip to a Dispensary

Walking into a store full of pot can be a bit confusing if you've never done it before. Thankfully, a team of pros has a reference sheet to make it a bit easier.

These Are Some of Our Favorite Travel and Adventure Watches of the Past Year
These Are Some of Our Favorite Travel and Adventure Watches of the Past Year

Dive watches, pilot's watches, chronographs — a variety of timepieces are perfectly suited for travel and adventure.


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