New & Noteworthy Releases
Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
Sony’s a6000 series of mirrorless cameras just got a new companion. The company announced a new stabilized 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens — its 48th E-mount lens — which weighs 325 grams and has a minimum focus distance of 45cm. It’ll be available in February for $599.
— Tucker Bowe
Hults Bruk Arvika Five Star Axe
The Five Star has already proven itself; it’s been in production by Swedish axe maker Hults Bruk for 50 years, but now it makes its USA debut. The 32-inch two-handed axe is designed to make fast work of even the hardest woods, thanks to a 5.5-inch steel head hand-forged in a foundry that’s been in operation since the 17th century, and a shapely hickory handle. — Tanner Bowden
The Buffy Comforter
Buffy is a New York-based bedding company that specializes in comforters made with eucalyptus fibers, which it claims to be the lightest fibers on earth (seven times finer than an eyelash). Skeptical? The brand will let you sleep with a comforter for 30 days before charging your card. — Jack Seemer
Lum-Tec Super Combat B4 GMT
Ohio-based watch brand Lum-Tec has just released a limited edition variant (100 pieces will be made) of its Combat B field watch. The Super Combat B4 GMT sports a bold 45mm case made from titanium and runs a mechanical GMT movement from Swiss ebauche maker ETA. The dial comes in black and grey to complement the stealthy dark hue of the case and is adorned with beige lume markers that add a bit of vintage flair. Its $1,695 MSRP is pretty reasonable given the titanium build and mechanical GMT movement, but if you pre-order now, you’ll get a sweet 15 percent discount. — Andrew Connor
New Balance 574 Classic
Since it debuted in the 1990s, the New Balance 574 quickly became an icon in the sneaker world. Now, for 2018, the brand is giving the classic silhouette some subtle upgrades. Most noticeably, the shoe gets a lower toe height, yielding a sleeker overall profile, while the seam construction has been simplified and the lining has changed to a one-piece construction. They may be modest changes, but they do give the aging 574 new life. — Andrew Connor
Have you ever opened a bottle of wine and wished the format catered more to individuals, rather than groups? Meet Standard. The newly launched company offers two types of wine — red and white —- each housed in single-serving bottles designed by Karim Rashid. One gripe: You have to buy in bulk for $8 per serving. — Jack Seemer
Fellow Coffee Supplies
Save 10%: Too often coffee drinking is nothing more than an unceremonious step in a busy daily routine. Sure, we all need a need a morning caffeine boost, but the process should be a gratifying one, and that starts with the making. Fellow’s kettles and pour over sets are designed with precision and a quality cup in mind — its electric kettle, for instance, employs exact temperature control to get steeping and brewing just right. That it looks great on any counter is a nice added perk. — Tanner Bowden
Conway Electric Fremont Spun Pendant Light
Save 24%: Change up your ceiling lights with this pendant light from Conway Electric. It features a 12-foot cotton-covered chord and a powder-coated stainless steel bullet shade. It’ll fit bulbs up to 100W, and will add a nice pop of color to your current combination of lighting fixtures. — John zientek
Kika NY Leather Belts
Save 50%: Made in Brooklyn from Italian leather, these belts feature rugged hand-tooled brass buckles. There are a range of styles to compliment your existing wardrobe, and now at Man of the World’s online shop, they’re 50% off. Our favorites are the oval buckle and conway buckle. — John Zientek
Bruder Toys Land Rover Defender Station Wagon
Save 43%: There’s never a good time to take a Defender out in the snow. But, for when you absoulutely can’t, when stuff like work or weather-related road closings get in the way, there’s always the Bruder Toys Land Rover Defender. Just think, you could make off-road courses with the random things on your desk. It defnitely won’t be as fun, but hey, it’ll pass the the time. — Bryan Campbell
Alpinestars Lane Split Jacket
Save 60%:The Lane Split looks like your average motorcycle-style jacket, but its cotton and polyurathane construction and down lining give this stylish outerlayer a three-season performance window. The Lane Split keeps out the wind and retains heat beautifully in the colder months and breathes great in the shoulder seasons for near year round comfort. — Bryan Campbell
Everlane Cashmere Sweaters
Save 62%: Now seems like a good time to stock up on warm sweaters, especially when they’re more than 60% off and spring weather is nowhere in sight. Everlane’s Cashmere Crew is made from lightweight Grade-A cashmere so it’s more resistant to pilling and only gets softer over time. Right now it’s offered in eight solid colors like navy, charcoal and black, as well as five color-blocked or striped designs — so there are plenty of options to choose from. And at just $100, it’s a great buy. — Meg Lappe
Eero Home Wifi Systems
Save $50: This summer Eero announced the second-generation of its wi-fi hubs, called Eeros ($199/ea), and the all-new Eero Beacon ($149), which is effectively a wi-fi extender that plugs directly into the wall. The big thing was that the new Eero system was twice as fast and had more range than the original Eero hubs.
If your home or office is struggling with poor internet, there are a number of great Eero bundles you can jump on. Normally, one Eero and two Beacons cost $399, but Eero is offering the bundle for $349. You can get one Eero and one Beacon for $250, which normally costs $300. You can get this deal from Amazon or Eero’s website. — Tucker Bowe
Zinus Green Tea Mattress
Save $100: While there is a plethora of affordable memory foam mattresses available online, Zinus’s 12-inch thick Green Tea mattress is notable both for its incredibly low price tag and for being Amazon’s top-selling mattress. It’s comprised of four different layers of foam and is infused with green tea extract, supposedly meant to absorb unfavorable odors (though some Amazon reviewers have reported the mattress having a funky smell out of the box). Still, it has received overwhelmingly favorable reviews, both on Amazon and elsewhere online for the comfort and support it offers at its low price point. Right now, Amazon is offering it at an even lower price: just $189 for a queen-sized mattress (other sizes have been given smaller markdowns, too). — Andrew Connor
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