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New & Noteworthy Releases

The 5 Most Important New Features Google Just Added to Gmail

Google just redesigned Gmail. It's the first major redesign since 2011. Here's everything you need to know, plus how to get started.

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An Relatively Affordable Armored Car Small Enough to Fit in Your Garage

Armored vehicles aren't just for the military.

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This Pilot’s Watch Is Made by an Underrated German Brand

It's inspired by a 1950s chronograph worn by Steve McQueen.

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Fresh Deals

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Levi’s Trucker Jacket
Save 22%: The denim Trucker jacket is an ideal piece of light outwear for transitional spring weather. You can throw it on over a light sweater on chilly mornings or you can roll up the sleeves and wear it with a tee on warm evenings. Now at Zappos, you can save 22 percent on Levi’s classic denim Trucker. Available in three different washes, it features a button closure, button-flap chest pockets, welt hand pockets and a straight back yoke. You’ll get plenty of wear out of this wardrobe classic — it’s a worthwhile investment at $70. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $90 $70


TRX RIP Trainer
Save $75: The TRX suspension trainer is a reliable way to crush a bodyweight workout anywhere you go. If you’re ready to push your limits on it, this TRX RIP Trainer is the next best tool. It uses a similar setup (resistance cord system) to help you tackle your core — and it’s just as travel-friendly as the original TRX. Not sure what to do with it? The Basic Training book will solve that issue. Today, it’s $75 off at $115. — Meg Lappe

Buy Now: $190 $115


Uniqlo Oxford Shirts
Save 50%: Uniqlo’s oxford shirts are normally a solid deal with a list price of $30. The classic button-front style features a single chest pocket, a button-down collar and a slim fit. Available in classic colorways, this quintessential shirt is now 50 percent off and costs just $15. At that price, it’s worth stocking up on a couple for the coming years. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $30 $15


Adidas Alphabounce Sneaker
Save 26%: We awarded the Adidas AlphaBounce as one of the best gym sneakers this year. The cushioning eats miles on the treadmill and shines at outdoor boot camps. And, they’re 26 percent off today, bringing the reasonable $90 down to a measly $67. For a pair of sneakers that can take you from the roads to the gym, this is a pretty stellar deal. — Meg Lappe

Buy Now: $90 $67


Bonobos Spring Sale
Save $10+: Bonobos is having a big spring sale, which means solid markdowns on a bevy of wardrobe staples. Sweaters. T-shirts. Light jackets. Jeans. You name it. If you’ve been looking to upgrade your wardrobe with transitional weather-ready essentials, this is as good a time and place as any. — Andrew Connor

Buy Now: $38+


CRKT Swindle Pocket Knife
Save 42%: Deception lies at the core of CRKT’s aptly-named Swindle pocket knife. Closed, the Swindle appears to be a fairly-typical folder with a thumb stud opening. But the stud isn’t mounted to the knife’s spine; in fact, it isn’t part of the blade at all. The actual knife blade betrays conventional designs, deploying with a flipper tap from the other side to produce what CRKT describes as an “uphill curve.” The decoy stud isn’t just that either — that bit of protruding steel is an equally-unique, spring-assisted pocket clip that leaves the Swindle’s handle smooth.

Designed by revered knife maker Ken Onion, the Swindle won the award for “Most Innovative Imported Design” at the 2013 Blade Show and has continued in CRKT’s production line since. The blade is just over three inches and comes in two versions — one made of high-carbon steel, and a premium version with Sandvik stainless steel and a milled handle. Both are currently on sale at Massdrop — the basic for 42% off and the premium for 37% off. (You can also get the Swindle at Amazon for 30% off.) — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $60 $35Amazon: $60 $39


Way Day Outdoor Furniture Sale
Save Up to 75%: Wayfair’s first Way Day is here (think Amazon’s Prime day, but with Wayfair), and few categories are as ripe for the picking as outdoor furniture. No, these Adirondack chairs, wicker couches, exceedingly multi-colored hammocks and unnaturally bright deck umbrellas are not necessarily exemplars of modern design. Nor can we vouch for the quality of every product. But, if you’ve got an empty deck and don’t want to sit on folding chairs like it’s Thanksgiving in 1999, the sheer wealth of hugely discounted products is sure to provide something worth taking a second look at.

Way Day is only live today, and includes deals in every product category on the site. — Will Price

Buy Now: Up to 75% Off

Today on Gear Patrol

This Is What 400 Megapixels Looks Like: The New Hasselblad H6D-400c MS

Don’t touch Hasselblad’s new $47,000, 400 megapixel H6D-400S MS. It’s very sensitive.

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These Are the Four Best New Products in Coffee, as Judged By Coffee Experts

The Specialty Coffee Expo is one of the largest gatherings of coffee experts on the planet – these four products are their favorite new innovations and designs in the coffee world.

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The 10 Best Car Interiors in 2018

In an age where exterior design is becoming increasingly similar, the interior is rapidly becoming a place of focus for manufacturers to let their designers roam free.

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How to Buy Better Coffee Beans, According to an Expert

Cutting to the heart of coffee bean flavor – what you need to know to pick the right bag.

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Here’s How to Wash Your Car Properly Without Damaging the Paint

Pollen and dirt are almost entirely unavoidable and can be much more than just an eyesore -- they put your precious paint at risk.

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The 10 Best Summer-Weight Blazers for Warm-Weather Weddings

Warm-weather style in linen, cotton, hemp and wool.

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The Best Outdoor Products for Backyard Cookouts

The grill is the foundation of any outdoor gathering, but the requisite equipment for a proper cookout goes beyond the centerpiece cooking appliance.

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The Best Gym Bags for Work in 2018: Perfect for Showing Off

Sneakers, laptop, water bottle and more.

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