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Today in Gear: Hi-Vis Reflective Sneakers, a Super-Slim All-in-One Desktop, One-Off Customer-Designed Bourbon and More

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New England-based brand, YORK Athletics, continues to disrupt the sneaker space with performance trainers and a minimal aesthetic that looks great both in the ring and the gym. The latest addition to the team is the Henry Black Reflective edition featuring a hi-visibility black reflective panel on the back half of the sneaker. Ideal for early birds, the reflectivity is perfect for being out in low-light conditions whether walking to the gym, running, or commuting and the light weight is exactly what you’ll want for boxing, cross training or conditioning. The new shoe comes in a runner or mid, and for the month of April you’ll get $15 off your first sneaker order.

Buy Now: $110-$120

New & Noteworthy Releases

The New Stillhouse Black Bourbon Gets its Flavor from Roasted Small Batch Coffee Beans

We're guessing it'll make a perfect camping companion and a top-rate gift. Either way, Black Bourbon, which Stillhouse says has "coffee and caramel" notes "with a distinctly balanced body and remarkably smooth finish" is bound...

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An Unassuming Off-Roader That Would Turn Heads at the Easter Jeep Safari

A Mitsubishi Jeep will definitely turn some heads at next year's Easter Jeep Safari in Moab.

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Collectors Will Go Nuts Over This One-Off Weller Bourbon

A few years ago Buffalo Trace Distillery solicited help from its customer to create their own perfect bourbon. Then they decided to make it.

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This Is Acer’s Slimmest All-in-One Computer, Ever

It's entirely black and champagne gold.

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Balega’s Blister Resistant Socks Have a Permanent Spot in Our Sock Drawer

Balega goes all-natural with its latest blister-resistant fabric — do they work?

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Exclusive: The Hi-Vis Reflective Kicks to Get You to the Gym Right Now

The newest sneaker from York Athletics offers a bit of a twist on one of its classic styles.

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Fresh Deals


Blundstone Super 550 Boot
Save 54%: It’s worth investing in an understated everyday boot that is both comfortable and durable. Blundstone’s Super 550 boot is a prime example that is surprisingly affordable. The Chelsea boot features a brown leather upper, a leather lining, a slip-resistant TPU outsole and a removable comfort footbed with XRD technology for comfort. Now at Nordstrom Rack, the style is 54 percent off and costs just $85 — that’s less than a lot of sneakers. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $185 $85

Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder + Rocky Mountain Featherbed Liner Down Jacket
Save 40%: Rocky Mountain Featherbed produced a range of hard-wearing outerwear for cowboys and ranchers in Wyoming. Active from the late ‘60s to the ‘80s, the brand then disappeared for nearly two decades until a Japanese collector revived the label in 2005. Utilizing archival designs, the brand expanded in Japan and is now offered at a range of American men’s retailers like Mr Porter and Todd Snyder. A great garment is the Liner Down Jacket, a collaboration with Todd Snyder, which features classic styling with a nylon shell, down insulation and a double zip with snap buttons. Now 40 percent off, you can pick this jacket up for less than $300. Not only is it a cool piece of outerwear, it’s also got a great backstory. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $498 $299

Snow Peak

Snow Peak Ti Mini Solo Combo
Save $23: Packing for a big camp trip calls for a lot of prep, and when planning for meals, it can be easy to defer to dehydrated meals, especially if you’re trying to go ultra-light. But if you have space and don’t mind carrying a little extra weight, we highly recommend you add backcountry cookware to your pack. This combo from Snow Peak is on sale today — a pot, cup and lid all crafted with corrosion-resistant titanium. Hurry, the deal through Massdrop only lasts through the early hours of tomorrow morning, so get it while you can. — Meg Lappe

Buy Now: $76 $52


Chrome Industries Soma Commuter Backpack
Save $50: A commuter bag must do three things: carry your things, keep them safe while doing so and be comfortable. Chrome Industries’s Soma commuter backpack fulfills each of these prerequisites and then some. Modeled after their popular Soma Sling Messenger, the Soma Backpack, which is $50 off its usual $120 price tag right now (olive only), is made with a 1050d nylon shell, also known as what the vests of a fighter pilot’s flak jacket was made from during WWII. It’s tear, abrasion and water-resistant and sports a carrying capacity of 22 liters. A laptop sleeve accommodates up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro and a flexible harness in tandem with an EVA foam back cushion rounds out the bag’s measurables.

Chrome Industries’s commuter backpack is just above 40 percent off today, a $50 savings. –Will Price

Buy Now: $120 $70


Boker Plus Gnome Pocket Knife
Save 35%: It’s no secret that even the smallest pocket knife can function well enough to make for a reliable everyday companion. Most mini blades maximize length with folding action, but Boker Plus’ Gnome is a fixed blade that’s less than four inches. Ignore its length, and the Gnome reads like other quality fixed blade knives — it’s made with a full tang construction using 440C stainless steel in a sheepsfoot shape and an olive wood handle and comes with an equally-miniature leather sheath. If you’re at all intrigued by little knives that aren’t keychain folders, the Gnome is a good place to start, especially now that it’s 35 percent off. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $54 $35


Adidas AdiZero Boston 6
Save $36: In honor of the Boston Marathon, which is just two weeks away, Adidas released its annual sneaker, the AdiZero Boston 6. If you’re looking for a fast shoe to race in, this might be your pick. Originally $120, the white version is now just $84 — a pretty good price for a pair of shoes to log 300 to 400 miles. — Meg Lappe

Buy Now: $120 $84


Your EDC Is Missing a Flashlight. Fill the Gap for as Little as $37.
Save up to 40%: Flashlights are an often-overlooked accessory in the periphery of your EDC. Knives, wallets and multitools get all of the attention, but a solid, pocket-sized flashlight can be just as important. Sure, everyone has a “flashlight” in their smartphone these days, but the photo flash-turned flashlights are weak in comparison to the LED lumen power of a dedicated EDC flashlight — and they don’t look nearly as good either. — AJ Powell

Learn More: Here


Orbitkey Organizers
Save 20%: I’m not a huge EDC guy. I don’t have a valet tray of knicks and knacks by my bed or anywhere in my house for that matter. My messenger bag isn’t stuffed to the brim with things I could use should I find myself lost in the wilderness on my commute to Manhattan and back. Orbitkey’s clever little key organizers, however, is an exception to my EDC-less lifestyle. Put simply, it holds your keys (up to seven) in a way that inhibits the keys from the evil deeds they commit when you sit down, shift slightly or god forbid put your phone in your pocket with them. A simple loop is fastened by a single, adjustable screw and that is literally it. There are extra bits you can purchase (like the mini-multitool I use), but this hyper-simple, hyper-smart product fixes an issue that needed fixing. The three black options — rubber, canvas and, my favorite, leather — are on Massdrop now for roughly 20 percent off their usual price. — Will Price

Buy Now: $44 $34


Levi’s Barstow Western Shirt
Save 31%: The Western shirt is a quintessential American garment. The snap-front style was first introduced by Jack Weil’s Denver-based brand Rockmount Ranch Wear in 1946. After that, numerous other brands iterated on the style — a slim-fit design with yokes that cover the shoulders, snap-button cuffs, a snap-button placket and unique chest pockets (e.g. sawtooth pockets, smile pockets). One of the enduring versions is made by Levi’s. A logical success for the brand that popularized denim, Levi’s offered the Western shirt in its recognizable fabric. The California brand now makes a few different styles of the shirt, and its most accessible model is on sale at Zappos for 31 percent off. That means you can get an iconic American shirt for just $41. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $60 $41


UE Blast
Save $50: The Blast and Megablast are Ultimate Ears’ first portable and rugged Bluetooth speakers that work with Alexa. When at home and connected to wi-fi, you can ask Alexa to play/pause to the song, tell you the weather or set alarms. And when you take the speakers outside, they work like traditional Bluetooth speakers. They’re essentially better-sounding versions of Amazon’s Echo Tap ($99). If there was a drawback the UE Blast, the smaller of the two speakers, it was the price. However now it seems like the UE Blast just dropped from $230 to $180 — that’s $50 off and the lowest we’ve seen it fall to ever. You can get it on Amazon, Target or Best Buy for $180, now. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $230 $180


Yeti Coolers and More
Save 20%: Yeti products are known for a particular set of qualities: they’re super-tough, and they come with a big, multi-digit price tag. They also rarely, if ever, go on sale. — Tanner Bowden

Learn More: Here

Today on Gear Patrol

The Most Beautiful Car Details at the New York Auto Show

Aside from a few headlining cars, the greatest aspects of New York Auto Show are the details -- some hidden, demanding a keen eye and others proudly on display.

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The Prison-Inspired Workout That’ll Get You in Shape

Coss Marte used his time in prison to get in shape and save his own life. Now, he's teaching ex-cons to do the same.

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10 Outdoor Products All City Dwellers Should Own

Many outdoor products pack the comforts of home into wilderness-friendly packages... that make them perfect for daily urban life, too.

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The Best Gaming Headsets for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch

If you want to boost your online gaming experience or just play late into the night with TV volume down -- you've come to the right place.

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Is Casper’s New High-End Mattress Really Worth Twice as Much as the Original?

Testing the Casper Wave after two-and-a-half years of sleeping on the brand's first bed-in-a-box.

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