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Today in Gear: Unique iPhone X Cases, Mission Workshop’s New Commuter Backpack and More

The best way to catch up on the day’s most important product releases and stories.



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New & Noteworthy Releases


iPhone X Case by Caudabe
The iPhone X is out now. It’s the most beautiful and most expensive iPhone ever. It’s also made almost entirely of glass, so even though you’ll want to show it off, it’ll need your protection. (A cracked screen repair will run you $279, in case you were wondering.) Enter the folks at Caudabe, designers of ultra slim and sleek iPhone production. Its Lucid Clear collection of cases is basically invisible, yet will still prevent the screen from cracking when the iPhone X falls off your nightstand. Then there’s The Sheath, which adds more shock absorption while keeping your phone super slim. (In the past, Wirecutter has named The Sheath the “Best Thin Case” for iPhone 7/8 and 7/8 Plus.) Finally, there’s The Synthesis, the most rugged of the bunch, which Caudabe says is “virtually indestructible.” Pick whichever works for you and don’t worry about dropping your $1,000+ investment. — Gear Patrol

Buy Now: $25+


Corridor Overshirts
Drawing from the tradition of French workshirts, Corridor’s line of overshirts features a patch pockets, corozo buttons and a standard collar. The shirts are cut from Japanese fabric and come in a range of colors: indigo, olive, rose, black and natural. For $250, they’re definitely an investment, but the style is timeless and you’ll be able to pair it with most things in your closet. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $249 +


Mission Workshop The Rhake
Mission Workshop, one of the precious few backpack makers who understand the concept of form meets function, today announced a new backpack. The Rhake is designed mostly for carrying everyday gadgets and cables (laptop, tablet, chargers and other peripherals), but a plethora of pockets make a wonderfully versatile weekend companion, too. Like all Mission Workshop backpacks, it’s built with tough-as-nails weatherproof nylon, and has modular attachment points placed intelligently throughout. To get a real sense of just how seriously Mission Workshop takes form and function watch this oddly satisfying video. — Michael Finn

Buy Now: $365


Burrow Chaise Sectional Sofa
Burrow, the so-called “Casper of couches,” launched last year with just one product: an attractive, functional and affordable sofa that can be taken apart and assembled in under 10 minutes. The brand is now building off the sofa’s inherent modularity by offering customers the option to add on an attached sectional, or a separate ottoman, for just a few extra C-notes. For more flat-pack furniture brands, read our guide. — Jack Seemer

Learn More: Here


Timex Marlin
With few exceptions, Timex long abandoned mechanical movements in favor of digital and quartz movements years ago. That’s exactly why Timex’s latest watch, a reissue of the famed Marlin, is so exciting. It comes with a hand-winding movement underneath, and if that weren’t enough, it comes with a sleek case, dial and strap design that truly look like they were plucked from the 1960s.

Buy Now: $200

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Fresh Deals


Shop This Huge Camping Gear Sale Happening Right Now at Backcountry
Over 130 Big Agnes products are now on sale at Backcountry. Most are 25% off; some are up to 50% off. The sale includes tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and inflatable pillows in a huge variety of colors, prices, and styles. Big Agnes is particularly well regarded for its tents; the Fly Creek HV UL Tent, one of the lightest backpacking tents money can buy, is $140 cheaper than usual. Ultralight backpacking isn’t your jam? Well, there’s plenty of great car-camping tents, like the Rabbit Ears 6-Person (25% off), or the Big House Deluxe 4-Person (also 25% off). As for sleeping gear, you’ll find just about every size and temperature rating imaginable. Planning a winter camping trip? Go for the Blackburn UL Sleeping Bag 0-Degree (25% off); for an all-around sleeping pad, get the Burgess Creek Air Pad (45% off.) Those are the pieces that caught our eyes. Now go see what you can find.

Buy Now: $15+


Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cube Set
Save 20%: It’s easy to just toss everything you need for a trip into a duffel, but there’s a reason Mom sent you away to summer camp with your clothing neatly organized in Ziploc bags. Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Specter Cubes are a technical solution to a problem you didn’t know you had; they’re built to be technical with water-resistant lightweight nylon ripstop, and this set comes in three convenient sizes. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $32


Club Monaco Merino Crew Sweater
Save $28: Club Monaco is offering an extra 20% off all its sweaters for a limited time. This dark green merino crewneck sweater is a versatile garment and one of the best buys of the sale. It’s the perfect layer piece for the cooler months, and can stand in for you hoodie whenever you need to dress things up. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $71

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