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Today in Gear: Spot X’s Off-Grid Messenger Device, DOXA’s Aqua-Lung Diver Reissue and More

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Going into remote areas demands preparation. When there are major risks involved, having a communication option without cell phone service is crucial.

The SPOT X is an off-the-grid device that looks like a Blackberry sprouted an antenna, offering two-way satellite messaging and email with no annual commitment and affordable monthly plans. SPOT X communicates via GPS tracking and the Globalstar satellite network while providing navigation tracking by way of Google Maps. It also has the ability to post to social media. An illuminated QWERTY keyboard means it’s usable in any light, and it averages 10 days of battery life when tracking in 10-minute intervals. Impact resistant, dust and waterproof, the SPOT X can hold up just about anywhere in the world.

Learn More: Here

New & Noteworthy Releases

Paul Smith Made a Comfortable Leather Dress Shoe That’s Perfect for Traveling

Featuring a soft leather upper and a padded sole.

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The Wheels on This Rare BMW M3 Are Reason Enough to Fight for It

Despite the searing Fire Orange II paint job, the main draw is the more subtle but equally mesmerizing wheel design.

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A Fan-Favorite DOXA Dive Watch Makes a Return and You Can Get It at a Discount

DOXA's fast-selling Aqua-Lung reissue is making a return with an understated dial color. Get in on the pre-order and you can save $400.

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This 3-in-1 Cable Is the Perfect Travel Accessory (It Can Charge All Your Devices)

If your current Lightning, micro-USB, USB-C cable is on the fritz, this is the charging cable I would recommend.

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This Award-Winning Portable Coffee Maker Actually Works, and It’s Finally Available

Affordable and award-winning, Soma's latest product is simple and close to perfect.

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An Off-the-grid Messaging Device for Peace of Mind

The SPOT X is an off-the-grid device that offers two-way satellite messaging and email, the ability to post to social media and is rugged enough for any conditions.

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Fresh Deals


Rapha Archive Sale
Save Up To 60%: Among the two-wheeled and well-heeled, Rapha is pretty much the gear and garb go-to. Everything the brand sells has an understated, luxe quality that’s reinforced by careful construction and premium materials. Those factors, combined with plenty of brand hype, can lead to a bit of sticker shock when you go to buy your own Rapha kit.

But thanks to the brand’s ongoing Archive Sale, you can get your hands on past-season garb, accessories and sample gear like the stylish GT shoes, the classically simple Rapha cap and much more, all for much less than MSRP.

Available sizes are limited and the best color options are sure to sell out, so the sooner you can browse the sale yourself, the better. — Andy Frakes

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Bonobos Summer Clearance Sale
Take an additional 40% off sale prices: Starting today, you can take an additional 40 percent off sale prices on a wide range of wardrobe staples from the fit-obsessed brand. To take advantage of the deal, all you have to do is enter the code BUCKETS when you check out. — Justin Fenner

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Hunter Boots
Save 41%: In much of the US, summer showers aren’t an everyday occurrence, but when thunderstorms and inclement weather do hit, they bring heavy unpredictable rains. For weather like this, light waterproof jackets and umbrellas are essential, as are a good pair of rain boots. If you’re in need of waterproof footwear, East Dane is currently offering styles from Hunter at much-reduced prices. You can get into a pair of Short Boots of Chelseas for under $100 or pick up a pair of sandals for $60 if you’re so inclined. A range of sizes are still available, so invest now and prepare for whatever the next months have in store. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $87+


AGV Sport Sareno Jacket
Save 20%:Adventure motorcycle jackets go for function over form, nine times out of ten. And because they’re one of the more technical pieces of gear you can own, subsequently they also tend to carry a high price tag too. ADV Jackets have to be able to withstand am an incredibly wide range of elements and riding environments while staying comfortable all day long. The AGV Sport Sareno Jacket breaks that expensive-equals-quality mold by being a wickedly versatile jacket yet coming in under around the $200 mark. And today, it’s even more affordable because it’s 20-percent off. — Bryan Campbell

Buy Now: $199 $160


Converse Chuck Taylors
Save 60%:Converse’s Chuck Taylors are perhaps the most iconic sneaker silhouette ever produced — thanks in large part to accessibility and a look that seems to find a new niche to conquer every decade. What started out as the most ubiquitous basketball shoe ever made became punk rock, and later a preppy suburban kid staple. Now, everyone wears Chucks — and today a bunch of them are marked down to $35.

The Converse Chuck 70 Heritage model — of which plenty of sizes in high- and low-top are still available — is an homage to the days when the shoe was a sport sneaker. Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain wore them, as did literally everyone else in that era of basketball. This updated version mimics them aesthetically but adds in an OrthoLite cushion for a bit of comfort.

The Chuck 70s typically run for $80 or more, but today they’re more than 50 percent off. — Will Price

Converse Chuck Taylors: $80+ $35


Frye Leather Bags
Save up to 61%: Very few bags are truly all-purpose. While canvas and nylon styles are great for everyday use and more technical applications, they can miss the mark aesthetically in professional situations. If you’re in need of a bag that will compliment your business wardrobe, consider investing in an understated leather bag. Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 61 percent on a wide range of bags from Frye including backpacks, duffels, messenger bags and more. Prices start at $180, which, though not inexpensive, isn’t a huge price to elevate your professional style. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $180+


Succulent Houseplants
Save Up to 32% Off: Succulents have two outstanding qualities. They’re low maintenance, so they don’t need a lot of sun or water to thrive. And they’re handsome, able to add color and vigor to an otherwise stale room or workspace. If you’re interested in such a low-maintenance houseplant, Amazon is having a special succulent deal where packs up 4, 12 and 20 succulents are selling for up to 32-percent off. It’s a pretty good deal, especially considering you don’t have to go to a plant shop. These will just show up at your door. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $40 $28 (20-Pack)Buy Now: $30 $21 (12-Pack)Buy Now: $19 $13 (4-Pack)

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The Sunglasses Gear Patrol Staffers Are Wearing This Summer

From Spy, Oakley, Ray-Ban and more.

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These Are My Favorite Noise-Canceling Headphones Under $100

They're also some of the most comfortable headphones that I've ever worn.

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These Stylish, Affordable Summer Motorcycle Gloves Are Perfect for Hot Rides

When the temperature starts to climb, it's tempting to start shedding layers. The last thing you should do is completely forgo proper protection.

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The Best Desks to Deck Out Your Home Office for Every Budget

Building out a place to get work done at home can be difficult. Our collection of 18 of the best desks for every price range makes it suck a bit less.

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Andy Mann Has Perfected the Craft of Filming Sharks

Adventure photographer and filmmaker Andy Mann swims with and films oceanic whitetip sharks off Cat Island in the Bahamas in this video exploring his underwater pursuits.

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Yeti SB100 Review: A Speedy Climber That Dominates on Technical Downhills

The SB100 could just be your new favorite trail bike.

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The Best Leather Watch Straps You Can Buy

Not all leather watch straps are created equal, and more and more options seem to crop up every day. Here, we break down 11 of our favorites.

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