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Today in Gear: A Great Travel Backpack, an Absurdly Affordable Watch 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


Gnarbox 2 SSD

The Gnarbox 2.0 SSD aims to streamline what it takes to get a photo or video from the press of the shutter button to your Instagram feed and beyond.

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Ball Engineer Master II World Time

Another under-the-radar hit from Ball.

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Mack Weldon Ion Convertible Backpack

It can actually function as a backpack, briefcase or a messenger bag.

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Outerknown Sea Shirt

Cut from organic cotton and available in 10 colors.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Based on how the Jetta's price tag has fluctuated over the years -- even considering inflation and market conditions -- it's safe to assume the next-generation Jetta will be at it's most affordable as soon...

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Victorianox I.N.O.X Automatic

It happens to be an excellent caliber.

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Todd Snyder x New Era Spring 2018 Collection

Todd Snyder's latest collab with New Era uses some of the last Denim made at the legendary Cone Denim White Oak plant.

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The Best Deals of the Day

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BAD Bags No. 3 Duffel Backpack Hybrid
Save 30%: BAD stands for “Best American Duffel,” and you don’t give a product a name like that without making sure it can stand up to some serious abuse. BAD makes its bags with 1,000-denier Ballistic CORDURA nylon fabric that’s urethane-coated for additional weather resistance. Seams are taped, stitches are doubled and hardware is nickel-plated and rust-resistant. The Duffel No. 3 is also wrapped with a length of two-inch, 6,000-pound break-strength seat-belt webbing to ensure durability over time and help with weight distribution when fully-loaded. It isn’t just a tank though; BAD equipped the No. 3 with pack-away backpack straps and ensured that it’s carry-on compliant, making it the last travel duffel you’ll ever have to buy.
Right now the BAD No. 3 Duffel is available at Huckberry in an exclusive tan and black colorway for almost 30 percent off. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $120 $85

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Steven Alan Optical Sunglasses
Save 30%: Now’s the time to invest in a nice pair of shades before the long sunny summer sets in. Take advantage of pre-season savings from Steven Alan Optical with 30 percent off three vintage-inspired sunglasses. The range of frame shapes includes an aviator, a Wayfarer-esque model and a clip-on style. These acetate glasses feature real temple rivets and come with a hardshell case. Why settle for the norm when you can invest in a pair of these unique frames starting at $130? — John Zientek

Buy Now: $130 +

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Sony WH-1000XM2
Save $143: Frankly, the Sony WH-1000XM2 and the Bose QC35 II ($350) are the two best wireless active noise-canceling headphones you can buy in 2018. And the Sony WH-1000XM2 are going for $205 on eBay right now — which is almost $150 less than its normal $348 MSRP. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen the Sony WH-1000XM2 going for. It’s also important to point out that these headphones are “manufacturer-refurbished.” If you’re worried about them not meeting your expectations, remember that each pair comes with a warranty and a 30-day return policy.

Buy Now: $348 $205 (eBay)

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Altra Running Shoes
Save $50: The brand that made zero drop running sneakers with a wide toebox commonplace to see on the road and trail is having a big sale. Altra’s Torin 3.0, Instinct 4.0 and Olympus 2.5 sneakers are all up to $60 off original prices. Now’s a good time to stock up on sneakers for a great price. — Meg Lappe

Learn More: Here

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Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II
Save $150: The Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II was released in 2016 as a follow up to the PowerShot G7X, which was the company’s first camera with a 1-inch sensor. The Mark II came with the same sensor-and-lens combo as its predecessor (4x optical zoom lens, aperture range of f/1.8-f/2.8.), but it also had a few modest upgrades, like as better battery life and a tilting touchscreen. The big improvement, however, was that the Mark II had a significantly better image processor (DIGIC 7), allowing it to be a faster burst shooter and have better focus tracking capabilities.

Today, the PowerShot G7X Mark II is still an excellent travel camera that’s particularly great in low-light situations. And it’s usually affordable, coming in at $699, but today it’s extra affordable — get it for $549 on Massdrop today.
— Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $699 $549

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Chippewa General Utility Boot
Save 70%: Chippewa’s General Utility Boot was built to take abused. This boot from the century-old American company features a tough Vibram Heritage Christy outsole and a cushy-but-supportive Texon Poron maple leather insole. A Goodyear Welt construction combines with a steel shank to provide support and long-lasting durability, and minimal design flourish and branding mean they’re wearable to work or in the field.
The Chippewa General Utility Boot typically retails north of $400, today the Cognac model is at the absurd price of $114. Sizes seven to eleven available as of posting. — Will Price

Buy Now: $404 $114


Today on Gear Patrol


5 Historically Significant Watches You Can Buy on the Cheap

Some watches had big impacts on the industry but can still be had for a few hundred dollars.

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The 12 Best Lightweight Chinos to Wear All Summer Long

From Todd Snyder, Everlane, Bills and more.

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Ditch Your Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor and Use This Instead

The newest heart rate tracker doesn't need to sit right on your chest — and for that we like it.

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Opinion: Why Watch Enthusiasts Should Love Hand-Wound Movements

Most mechanical watches today feature automatic winding, but there's charm in twisting the crown to get your watch going.

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Where to Buy the Country’s Best Craft Coffee Online

Trade works with more than 40 coffee roasters and purveys 411 different bean roasts.

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