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Today in Gear: Grilling Upgrades, the Return of the Honda Cub and More

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New & Noteworthy Releases

3 Grill Upgrades for Labor Day Weekend

Upgrading your grilling setup just got very easy and very cheap.

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These Running Headphones Aren’t Just Sweatproof – They’re Completely Waterproof

You can dunk them in water and leave them there for 30 minutes. (Just don't expect to swim with them.)

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This Northwest Bootmaker Made the Ultimate Outdoor Boot for Filson

Waterproof boots with Vibram soles.

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This Pristine Mazda RX-7 Can Be Yours For Under $30,000

Cars like the 1994 Mazda RX-7 are of a breed on the brink of becoming classics and collectibles.

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Mophie’s Slick New Power Banks Can Wirelessly Charge Your Phone

Mophie's new powerstation wireless and powerstation wireless XL are power banks with a 6040mAh and a 10,000mAh battery capacity, respectively.

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These High-End Leather Watch Cases Will Protect Your Collection in Style

They're made from an oak tanning process that takes two weeks to finish.

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One of the Best Charcoal Grills Out There Just Got Way More Portable

PK Grills's new accessory takes the cooking from the backyard to the campsite.

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The Sonos Amp Connects Your Old Passive Speakers to Your TV (And So Much More)

Sonos's new Amp is upgraded with more power, an HDMI Arc port, and support for AirPlay 2. It basically makes it easier than ever to stream audio throughout the home.

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This Is the Most Important Motorcycle Ever Made and It’s Coming Back to the USA

After a 40-year absence in the US, the iconic Cub makes its return to our shores.

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Fresh Deals


J.Crew’s End-of-Summer Sale
Save an additional 40% At J.Crew right now, you can save an additional 40 percent off your entire purchase — including new arrivals and things that are already marked down. In some cases, that means savings of over 70 percent once you make your way to checkout. All you have to do to take advantage of that very deep discount is enter the appropriately articulated code BIGSALE.— Justin Fenner

Learn More: Here


Camouflage Nato Straps
Save $6: While a camo Nato strap might not pair perfectly with everything, they look damn good on tool watches both vintage and modern. Cheapestnatostraps.com, a great resource for all sorts of inexpensive watch straps, currently has a selection of some of their Premium Natos on sale for just a few bucks each in 20 and 22mm (their premium Natos feature heavy nylon that’s hand-sewn with strong threading for extra durability). Shipping is free on orders over $25 and most straps are very reasonably priced, so we would highly recommend that you peruse their entire site. — Oren Hartov

Buy Now: $10 $4


Stylmartin Wave Boots
Save 10%: Motorcycle boots you can wear casually yet still come with genuine protection aren’t too hard to find — you just have to know where to look. However, finding a pair that can double as semi-formal wear, those are a little rarer. The Stylmartin Wave boots land right in that niche with PU ankle protective inserts and wingtip style full-grain waxed leather uppers. You’ll notice the wingtip toe cap is slightly off-center, but that’s to double up against wear from your foot controls. Who said style and substance couldn’t go hand in hand?– Bryan Campbell

Buy Now: $255 $230


National Geographic Hiking and Travel Maps
Save 15%: There’s no substitute for a trail map. Even if you are an app-user, you should have one stashed in your backpack for worst-case scenarios. A hard copy of a trail map is at best an easy way to prevent catastrophe, and at worst, it’s a cheap memento of a trip that you can save on a bookshelf for future use.

National Geographic’s trail maps are some of the best available — they’re waterproof, tear-resistant and show essential information like points of interest and elevation. Right now, trail maps for many of the United States’ National Parks and wilderness regions are on sale for 15 percent off with the code LABORDAY15. (And if you need a road map or a t-shirt, the code applies to those items too — it applies to everything on the site.) — Tanner Bowden

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JackRabbit Labor Day Massive Sneaker Sale
Save up to 50% Finding a pair of decent running shoes under $100 is always a feat. One of the best ways to do it is to take advantage of sales that come around every so often. Those moments are happening right now at JackRabbit. Thanks to the massive amount of Labor Day sales everywhere, you can find sneakers for under $80, which is quite the steal — in addition to running apparel and hydration equipment. We picked out three of the shoes we’re most excited to see on sale. Each is an excellent addition to your running sneaker rotation, whether you love gym sessions or track workouts. — Meg Lappe

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TOPS Knives Little Bugger Fixed Blade
Save 37%: Earlier this summer, TOPS Knives released the Little Bugger, a miniature fixed-blade pocket knife designed for everyday carry. The decision to make a small blade was in keeping with the current trend of little everyday knives, but to make it a fixed blade, and a Wharncliffe at that makes the Little Bugger worthy of interest.

The Little Bugger has all the hallmarks of a well-built fixed-blade including a full-tang construction and micarta handles, but designer Matt Graham’s decision to use a Wharncliffe blade shape makes it ideal for shrinking. Wharncliffe knives feature a flat edge and a spine that slopes from handle to point, thereby creating a form that reduces the chances of accidental piercings while maintaining a practical cutting edge. Wharncliffes have historically been favored by woodworkers, farmers and sailors for its precision and utility.

The Little Bugger is 5.75 inches in length with a 2.38-inch blade made of 1095 stainless steel. The design leaves enough of a handle for a solid grip and enough blade for a range of tasks. The knife is still quite new, but right now you can add one to your kit for 37 percent off — that’s $45 in savings — thanks to a deal currently running at Massdrop. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $120 $75


Sony WH1000XM2 and the Bose QC35 II Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $50: The Sony WH1000XM2 and the Bose QC35 II are, undoubtedly, two of the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy. They’re fairly different, though, with Bose’s pair being more lightweight and comfortable to wear, and Sony’s pair being more feature-packed. Both sound great and have excellent noise-canceling abilities. And both normally hover in the $350 price range. You can read our full reviews on both the Sony WH1000XM2 (here) and the Bose QC35 II (here) if you want to dive a little deeper, but from a consumer’s perspective, both these top-tiered headphones are under $300 right now on Amazon.

Buy Now: $350 $298 (Sony)Buy Now: $349 $299 (Bose)


Persol Sunglasses
Save 71%: Founded in 1917, Persol has become a symbol of luxury Italian eyewear over the past century. The brand’s sunglasses have distinct silhouettes complimented with inset arrow details at the hinge and Meflecto flexibility. Worn by countless celebrities, vintage Persols command high prices on the secondhand market and are exceedingly hard to come by. Even new frames aren’t inexpensive with prices far exceeding $300. If you want to pick up a new pair of Persols, but don’t want to drain your savings, head over to Nordstrom Rack. Currently, three pairs of metal-frame shades are 71 percent off and cost just $100 — you’ll save $250 on each pair. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $350 $100

Today on Gear Patrol

Three Desirable Vintage Tool Watches You Can Buy at Reasonable Prices

Three vintage watches from Bulova, Gallet and Tudor.

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Meet the Instagrammer Creating Vivid, One-of-a-Kind Watch Dials

Like if Jackson Pollock designed a watch face.

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The 8 Best Sneaker Releases of the Month

Too many sneakers come out every month to keep up with, and most are so limited you don't have much of a shot at getting them.

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A Damn Fun, Affordable, Stripped-Down Overlander from Polaris: the Polaris General

Just like the Jeep, as an affordable, stripped-down overlander, the General makes a lot of sense.

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15 Summer Wardrobe Essentials Every Guy Needs

Sunglasses, caps, tees, trunks and more.

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Is Denim a Good Material for Outdoor Gear?

Big outdoor brands like Patagonia and Mountain Hardwear are getting into denim. Why? Is denim suitable for use in the outdoors?

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The 15 Best Watch Straps For a Cool and Casual Summer

Ditch the solid leather for something more breathable, durable and casual.

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7 Running Shoes Released This Month

It's hard to keep up with all the new releases each month. We've rounded up a few of them to help you keep track.

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The 10 Best Coolers of 2020

Looking to hide some sandwiches and 85 cans of beer from a bear? One of these will do the trick.

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The Best Summer Cycling Kits for Men

There's a reason why cyclists kit up in stretchy skin tight fabrics, and it's not just to look good. Here's the best new apparel for warm weather riding.

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The Best Swim Trunks for Men

From Outerknown, Patagonia, Onia and more.

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