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Today in Gear: August 31, 2017

Travel books from The New York Times, tactical Under Armour hiking boots, a limited-edition racing watch and much more.

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More Smartphone Woes: The Essential Phone is off to a rocky start. Delays have plagued the much-hyped smartphone, which was supposed to ship to customers weeks ago. Recently, Essential’s customers were startled to receive a suspicious email, apparently from Essential’s customer care department, asking for photo ID, signature and billing address in order to ship the phone they have already purchased.

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Today’s Gear


What’s New, Now


Devils Backbone Gold Leaf Lager

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Light-to-medium bodied, with complex tasting notes of fresh bread and a crisp, clean finish, Gold Leaf Lager is a refreshingly drinkable lager made from 100 percent malted barley. Its tastiness has earned plenty of prestigious beer awards, including four Great American Beer Festival awards — two of which are golds, no less (plus one silver and one bronze). A perfect toast to the end of summer.

Learn More: Here

The New York Times Explorer Books

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In each book, some of the world’s finest travel journalists detail 25 off-the-beaten path adventures, from mountains and beaches and everything in between.

Buy Now: $40

Rhino-Rack Spade

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Keep one stashed in your trunk, right next to your tire iron and roadside emergency kit.

Buy Now: $59

Flos Piani Desk Lamp

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An elegant desk lamp that’s bound to win a design award or two.

Buy Now: $395

Under Armour Field Ops Gore-Tex Boot

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Part combat boot, part hiking boot. And yet another example of Under Armour’s no-holds-barred quest for the pinnacle of boot technology.

Buy Now: $200

Tag Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition

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In commemoration of Gulf Racing’s 50th anniversary, TAG Heuer released this gorgeous, limited-edition watch. Oh, and Steve McQueen used to wear one just like it.

Buy Now: $5,900

Horse Brand Camping Knife

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From the Gear Patrol Store: At first glance, the Camping Knife appears to be a simple fixed blade. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find a handle constructed with reclaimed wood from the historic Coney Island Boardwalk and a razor-sharp high carbon steel blade. At just under seven inches, the Camping Knife may be small, but it will stand up to a range of tasks thanks to its subtle drop-point design and a sturdy full-tang construction.

Buy Now: $240

Deals of Note


Great Products, Great Prices


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Diamondback

How to save on a Lucky Peach cookbook, Kaufmann Mercantile driving gloves and a Diamondback mountain bike.

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• The Can-Am Maverick X3 X DS is a completely insane toy for speed-hungry maniacs. And it’s totally worth its insane price tag.
• Tons of big announcements are coming out of Eurobike right now. Up first: Scott’s new Genius 700, one of the most beautiful mountain bikes we’ve seen in long time.
• The Avigation Big Eye is the latest example of Longines’ mastery of vintage-inspired watches.
Cargo pants are becoming stylish again. (But not all cargo pants.)
• Looking for some new grilling tools? Go titanium.

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