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Today in Gear: A Mini Crossbow For Your Desk, Toyota’s New Sport Hatchback, New Belgium Beer and More

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The Miniature Crossbow You Never Knew You Wanted
There’s a certain level of sophistication that goes into miniature or scaled down engineering. Watches have it, so do well-executed model trains, airplanes and cars. Sometimes, though, it’s good to add a sense of humor. The Bowman by Uncommon Carry has a sharp-looking handmade design, constructed from stainless steel and colored in gold, silver or black. But let’s be honest, it’s a mini crossbow that launches toothpicks, q-tips and matches (we won’t suggest lighting them first, but if it happens it happens.) Knowing it has a range of 30 to 50 ft, you could let it sit on your desk as a decoration or you could work on your target practice from across the office. The Uncommon Carry Bowman is fit for both, but we won’t be held responsible for any in-office shooting match beefs or trash fires.

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New & Noteworthy Releases

Toyota Is Going After the Volkswagen Golf and It Might Just Pull It off

The last time a Toyota Corolla hatchback received this much fanfare, Ronald Reagan was in office and Michael Jackson was serenading us over the radio waves with Billie Jean.

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1620 Workwear Beats Carhartt at Its Own Game, Again

1620 Workwear's Double Knee pant, which was already a success, just got an upgrade.

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This Might Be the Most Beautiful Keyboard I’ve Ever Seen

Milled from a single piece of brass and aluminum, hand-polished and bead-blasted.

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New Belgium’s Latest Beer Is Illegal in One State

Set for (near) national distribution, The Hemporer HPA is brewed with, you guessed it, hemp.

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Organize Your Home with This Magnetic Wall-Mounted Storage Solution

A simple, clean solution to decluttering your drawers and cabinets.

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Fresh Deals


Red Wing Heritage Footwear
Save up to 62%: For over 110 years, Red Wing’s boots have embodied American-made quality. Crafted in Minnesota, the footwear styles are Goodyear welted and feature leather from a local tannery — the S.B. Foot Tanning Company — also owned by the company. Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 62 percent on classic silhouettes from the Red Wing Heritage including the Postman derby, the Moc Boot and the Iron Ranger boot. Act fast, because with deals this good, these boots won’t be around long. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $99 +


Samsung Gear S3
Save $115: Samsung still doesn’t make a better, bigger and more rugged smartwatch than the Gear S3. Released in 2016, the Gear S3 has a wonderful rotating bezel, an IP68 waterproof rating, and a built-in heart-rate monitor and GPS tracker. Plus, with built-in LTE, you can completely ditch your phone and still answer calls and texts. Obviously, you shouldn’t buy the Gear S3 is you have an iPhone, but for Android users — and especially those with Samsung’s newer smartphones — the Gear S3 is a fantastic smartwatch. And now you can get it get a great deal on it.

Samsung and Best Buy currently sell new Gear S3 for $300, but Best Buy is also offering refurbished models (Geek Squad certified) for just $185. These refurbished models are only available in black and come with a 90-day return policy. If you just but a Galaxy S9 or Note8 and want a large smartwatch you can take outdoors, here’s your chance to save $115 on the Gear S3.

Buy Now: $300 $185


End-of-Season Parkas
Save up to 65%: End-of-season sales give you an excellent opportunity to save on quality outerwear. If you’ve been waiting for prices to drop on parkas, now’s the time to act. You can save up to 65 percent on styles from Canada Goose, Rocky Mountain Featherbed, Nigel Cabourn and more. You might not get much wear out of it this season, but you’ll be prepared for whatever next year has in store. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $284+


Save $300: The C7P is LG’s flagship OLED TV. It has the same stunning 4K picture quality as the brand’s high-end W7 OLED, just without the wallpaper-thin design and extremely high price tag. We also selected it as one of the best OLED TVs in 2017. It’s an excellent TV to consider if you’re looking to make the jump to OLED, and eBay is currently offering a 55-inch C7P for $1,399 — that’s $300 less than what it’s going for on Best Buy. If you’re looking for a bigger TV, you can buy the 65-inch C7P on eBay for $2,099, which is also significantly less than what it’s going for on Best Buy ($2,600) and Amazon ($2,597).

Buy Now: $1,399 (55-inch)Buy Now: $2,099 (65-inch)


The $280 U.S. Special Forces-Grade Alpha Lite Pullover Is 60% Off
Save $167: Made of weather-resistant Japanese ripstop nylon and assembled in North America, Coldsmoke’s Alpha Lite pullover is filled with insulation “originally developed for U.S. Special Forces.” It’s a slimmer-fitting (sizing up is recommended) shirt that’ll work as a mid- or outer layer. I’ve been eyeing this guy for awhile, and now that it’s dipped well below half its original price, it may be time to act. I’m especially partial to the colorway — the dark navy, black and cream combo is unique enough to catch my eye every time. — Nick Caruso

Buy Now: $279 $113


MSR Kitchenware
Save 25%: When you’re camping out in the middle of nowhere, there’s no reason you can’t have a good meal to make you feel right at home. To make it easier on yourself, and your camping buddies, building an outdoor kitchen with MSR cookware is a good place to start. Today, at Backcountry, you can built a complete campfire kitchen, all at 25% off.— Bryan Campbell

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Today on Gear Patrol

Landscape Photographers Need to Stop Manipulating Their Photos, Here’s Why

Photographers need to get the shot themselves — or be clear about digital sleight-of-hand.

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The Best Whiskey Glasses to Pair with Your Favorite Bourbon or Scotch

These whiskey glasses do what you need them to, and they won’t cramp your style along the way.

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5 Used Top-Trim Sports Cars Worth the Extra Money

More isn't always better, but there are a few cars out there that are miles ahead of the next model down, they're worth the splurge.

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How Kayaking Saved the L.A. River

What's it take to rescue a waterway? Just an out-of-touch governmental agency, a whistleblower's bold move and an unlikely hero's ad hoc, bootleg journey.

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Kind of Obsessed: I Found the Perfect Notebook for Left-Handed People

It's a simple and irritating fact of life that lots of products just don't work for left-handed people. Not so with this stellar notebook from Moo.

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