New & Noteworthy Releases
Vasque Snowburban II UltraDry
The Vasque Snowburban II UltraDry is a new model from the iconic footwear brand that’s built to handle everyday winter life in stride while still offering the fit and finish of an alpine hiking boot. It does everything great winter boots should. An all-new Nordic Rover sole with Vasque’s proprietary ColdHold compound provides exceptional traction, while an UltraDry waterproofing system keeps wet conditions out. Warmth comes from 400g of 3M Thinsulate Ultra Insulation as well as a Terry Loop Wool collar lining. So whether you’re hiking a mountain or hiking to your car, they’ll help you reach your destination in stride.
Damasko DS80 Chronograph
Damasko, a German watchmaker with a penchant for making tough, legible tool watches, has released a new chronograph that replaces traditional sub-dials with centrally-located chronograph seconds and minute hands. The result is a clean, easy-to-read dial. The brand heavily modified the ubiquitous Valjoux 7750 movement to achieve this. This being a Damasko, there’s loads of engineering in the name of durability — the case is ice-hardened, a black, scratch-resistant coating is available as an option, and the movement sits inside an anti-magnetic cage offering protection up to 1,000 gauss.
Drake’s 40th-Anniversary Capsule Collection
To celebrate four decades of business, Drake’s is releasing a collection of ties and pocket squares hand-printed in Macclesfield, England. The ties ($185) are cut from heavy silk twill and the pocket squares ($85) recreate original paisley and bird of paradise designs. The pieces are a great addition to any professional wardrobe, and, if you’re still holiday shopping, they make great gifts. — John Zientek
Gregory Divide Series Luggage
Backpackers have put their faith (and backs) behind the name Gregory for years. Its backpacks have been tested over miles of trail, so why shouldn’t it also make luggage capable of covering just as much distance on wheels? New to Gregory’s bag lineup is a travel collection called the Divide Series, which includes the rugged Quadro Hardcase Roller. The suitcase glides around on four multi-directional wheels and includes an expandable ActiveShield compartment that’s built to keep your dirty clothes separate from your clean. Gregory is well-versed in durability, and it’s constructed this suitcase’s exterior with a tough, reinforced polycarbonate that’ll stand up to continual abuse by baggage handlers. — Tanner Bowden
Haglöfs V-Series Down Jacket
In recent years outdoor companies have steadily integrated Dyneema into an extensive array of products. The spacey-looking ultralight material that by weight is purported to be the strongest in the world has been incorporated into duffels, backpacks, blue jeans and shell jackets. Now, Swedish-based Haglöfs has bound it to another performance favorite: down. Its V-Series Down Jacket brings the brawn of Dyneema to 900-fill goose down in a combination that’s exceptionally durable and supremely lightweight. The jacket features an adjustable hood, internal stow pockets and reflective accents, and is currently only available in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany and the UK. — Tanner Bowden
Save $50 If You Buy the PlayStation 4 Pro on Amazon Today
Sony recently revealed that, over the past four years, it sold more than 70 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide. That figure includes both PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro consoles, and it’s a major milestone, especially when you consider that in that same time period Microsoft’s Xbox One has sold less than half that (roughly 30 million). A big part of the PS4’s allure is its exclusive games. You can play wonderfully reviewed games like Uncharted 4, Persona 5, Bloodborne and Horizon: Zero Dawn on either PS4 console — but nowhere else. Plus, you can play all the blockbuster non-exclusive games as well, like Call of Duty, Assasin’s Creed, Grand Theft Auto and FIFA.
The PlayStation 4 is the most popular “new” gaming console you can buy. And if you’re shopping for one, here’s what else you need to know: the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro are very similar consoles — you can play the same exact same games. The difference is that the PS4 Pro is more powerful, outputting and upscaling video content at 4K resolution; it also supports HDR. Basically, the PS4 Pro is a little more expensive, but if you have a 4K TV, it’s the console you want. Normally, the PS4 Pro (1TB) goes for $400, but you can get it on Amazon for $50 less. No games are included.
Save Up to 15% on Santa Fe Stoneworks Knives Made From Wooly Mammoth Bone
Just in time or the holidays, Huckberry is shaving up to 15 percent off Santa Fe Stoneworks knives, which aren’t your run-of-the-mill pocket knives. The folding three-inch Damascus steel blades not only look beautiful but are known worldwide for the ability to hold a sharp edge over years of use. Handle materials range from gorgeous designs of Ironwood and obsidian to wooly mammoth and dinosaur bone; some are finished off with inlays of turquoise or amber. As far as stocking stuffers are concerned, this sets a pretty high bar.
Save $200 On One of the Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers of 2017
With a retro design and leather carry strap reminiscent of a ’60s radio, the BeoPlay A2 from Danish speaker legend Bang & Olufsen feels like it could have fallen off the set of an Ingmar Bergman domestic drama. Looks aside, the A2 provides surprisingly expansive sound in 360 degrees, thanks to speakers located on both the front and the back, making it ideal for camping or just a quiet soundtrack that fills your entire hotel room. Even at home, it can sometimes fool you into thinking it’s a bigger system. It may look big from a distance, but the aluminum and polycarbonate body is surprisingly flat, making it easy to pack. Best of all, the A2 lasts up to 24 hours before needing to be recharged. Right now on Amazon, you can pick one up for $200 off its regular retail price.
Today Only, Levi’s Is Offering an Extra 40% off Over 300 Sale Items
There’s a flash sale going on at Levi’s today wherein special sale items are an extra 40% off. When I saw the news, I thought it’d be a dozen dismal leftovers, but hundreds of jeans, shirts and outerwear are all up for grabs. Click through and use code FLASH40 at checkout, then tell a friend.
Deal: The Favorite Workhorse Knife of Professional Chef’s is Just $30
Walk into any world-class professional kitchen and you’re going to see at least one Victorinox knife. They are the workhorses of the professional restaurant industry. New York City-based chef and restauranteur (and two time James Beard Award winner) Andrew Carmellini had this to say when recommending a Victorinox knife to one of our writers: “The knife fetishists shun their noses at this one, but a good tool is a good tool. Best thing is to cut root vegetables without ruining your $500 Japanese knife.” And he’s right, you simply can’t beat the affordable reliability of the Victorinox. Right now, you can pick up the 8-inch chef’s knife for just $30 on Amazon.
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