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The work commute is not necessarily something anyone looks forward to. For most, it means dealing with grueling traffic or the perils of public transportation — straphangers know all too well what a sardine feels like.

While electric skateboards (aka e-boards) have become more prevalent, many have battery limitations. Inboard Technology has developed last-mile transportation in the M1 e-board to ensure its PowerShift Battery can easily be swapped in seconds without any tools. That means you can extend the seven-mile range by popping in another battery. With a premium Poplar deck, regenerative braking and the added feature of head and tail lights, the M1 is a sensible option if you want to look forward to your commute every day.

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New & Noteworthy Releases

The New Ochs und Junior Day/Night Is Mesmerizing

This beautiful, complicated watch measures the length of day and nighttime for a selected location (plus much more).

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The New Audi Q3 Mimics the Style of the Big Q8 SUV

Audi redesigned the second generation compact Q3 SUV taking a heap of inspiration from the all-new Q8.

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This Chronometer Watch Is a Literal Piece of Art That Was Rigorously Tested for Accuracy

Featuring hand-finishing and a super reliable movement.

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J.Crew’s New Tech Shorts Are the Best-Looking Pair on the Market

Made from an environmentally friendly fabric, these shorts stretch to move with you and wick away moisture.

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A New Take on Omega’s Underrated Field Watch Is Inspired By Your Pants

Featuring a dial and strap inspired by the texture of denim.

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Huckberry And Alsta Teamed Up For A Special Edition Nautoscaph

Huckbery and Alsta have joined forces to bring you a special edition Nautoscaph III dive watch with black PVD case, limited to 50 pieces.

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Google Makes All of Its Employees Use This $20 Tool to Protect Their Data

The biggest tech company in the world issues out super affordable two-factor authenticators to its employees.

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This Heritage Bootmaker Released a Sneaker that Spares No Details

The only sneaker made entirely in Canada.

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This Wireless Speaker Is Basically a Way Nicer Amazon Echo

The Cavalier Maverick is a new wireless speaker that works similar to an Amazon Echo, but it's a way more premium product.

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The Monta Skyquest Is A Quality GMT That Won’t Break The Bank

Finally, a tough-as-nails GMT that you don't have to baby.

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The Best Electric Coffee Kettle Money Can Buy Just Got Better

Fellow's Stagg EKG kettles are wicked effective and gorgeous, and they just got even prettier.

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Nike’s Best-in-Class Workout App Now Works on the Apple Watch

Work out more efficiently while also closing out your Exercise ring.

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Omega Releases Five Japan-Only Speedmasters in Anticipation of the 2020 Olympics

It's apparently never too early to launch a limited edition watch.

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Fresh Deals


LG G7 ThinQ Smartphone
Save $100: The LG G7 ThinQ has only been available for a few months — we covered the smartphone’s launch event in early May — and today you buy a “factory unlocked” version on Amazon for $650, that’s $100 off what it was first going for. By all accounts, the LG G7 ThinQ is a very good smartphone with a big and bright display and built-in quad-DAC for hi-fi listening. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $750 $650

Allen Edmonds

Allen Edmonds Summer Savings Event
Save $64:According to a New York Times article published in 2011, only one percent of all shoes sold in the United States are actually produced here. Among the distinguished minority, you’ll find the Park Avenue, McAllister and Fifth Avenue oxford dress shoes from Allen Edmonds — all stalwarts in the Wisconsin brand’s legendary, 100-plus-year-old catalog. These classic models normally retail for $425 each but you can shave $64 (more than 15 percent) off retail during the Allen Edmonds Summer Savings Event, happening now. — Jack Seemer

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Roomba 960
Save 24%:The Roomba is and was so much better than its competitors it became a sort of generic trademark for its entire category of robo-vacuums. There are many models of Roomba — more affordable, less affordable, enormously powerful, sort of weak and so on.

The Roomba 960 falls into the category of enormously powerful and, typically, wholly unaffordable. Recommended as the “Upgrade Pick” by the super-reviewers at Wirecutter, it is heavy enough and totes enough suction to suck up dog hair, dust and whatever other particles float around one level of your home. Its iAdapt 2.0 Navigation program is able to differentiate change in elevation and act accordingly (it rolls up onto tall rugs to clean, but not down stairs) and it’s controllable via app or Alexa voice control.
Today the $700 robot vacuum is marked down 24 percent, good for its lowest price ever. — Will Price

Buy Now: $700 $530


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Leather Boots
Save up to 44%: Well-made leather boots are a footwear option worth investing in. Though initially expensive, the quality materials and manufacturing will stand up to years of use, and offer a great value over time (e.g. a lower cost-per-wear). If you’ve been waiting for a substantial sale to spend on a nice pair of boots, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is for you. Customers can save up to 44 percent on brands like Red Wing, Allen Edmonds and Wolverine, among others. The sale ends August 5, so if you see a style you like, don’t put off the purchase. — John Zientek

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Today on Gear Patrol

Nikon Announces That It’s About To Announce A Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Nikon's not ready to spill all the beans, but thankfully the internet is full of nerds.

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Our Favorite Gear from Outdoor Retailer, Day 2

The best new gear from Tepui, Wolverine, Kokopelli and more.

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Nike Pegasus Turbo Review: An Everyday Trainer That Feels Fast

Nike takes its famous ZoomX foam featured in the elusive 4% sneakers and adds it to the new Pegasus Turbo to create a quick and responsive everyday trainer. Here's what it feels like after a...

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Should You Buy Fake AirPods on Amazon?

How bad could they be, right?

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PKTX Folding Grill Review: This Is the Best Low-Maintenance Charcoal Grill You Can Buy Today

Easy to set up and impossible to break apart.

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Horological DIY: How To Open A Screw-Back Watch Case

Removing a screw-back watch case back isn't so difficult with the right tool - just make sure you've got a good reason for doing so!

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5 Stunning Vintage-Style Motorcycle Helmets From Boutique Brands

They may not have the mainstream recognition of Bell or AGV, but these lesser-known lids can go toe-to-toe with them in the style department.

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