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Today In Gear: Montblanc’s Adventurous New Fragrance, 3 Common Cast-Iron Skillet Mistakes & More

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A scent can conjure up distant memories and bring them into sharp relief. Long forgotten adventures and far-flung locales, remarkable people, views better than any picture could be. If you want all of that sweeping spirit in a bottle you can keep with you, consider the wish granted — Montblanc has pulled together ingredients from all across the globe to craft a masculine, aromatic fragrance that’s undeniably worldly with enough refinement to attract the right kind of attention.

To achieve all this with its new Explorer Eau de Parfum spray, Montblanc’s perfumers scoured the globe for the perfect ingredients. The distinctive spicy-floral top note of the fragrance comes from Sicilian Bergamot; vetiver from Haiti grounds the combination with its warm, earthy tones. Indonesian Patchouli — exclusively cultivated for Montblanc to the highest ethical standards and with extreme quality control — boldly rounds out the body of the final scent. All of this is distilled into a weighty European-made bottle wrapped in textured leather, sporting the simple-but-iconic white Montblanc star.

Let Montblanc’s Explorer fragrance keep your voyages close at hand. Let it encourage you to make way for more.

Buy Now: $98

New & Noteworthy Releases

This May Be the Perfect Summer Watch

Autodromo's automotive-inspired Group B was already a damn good casual wearer, but the new Corsica Blue dial makes it that much more fun.

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Apple’s Best Trick In Ages May Be Helping You Keep Your Email Private

"Sign In with Apple" and other privacy features in iOS 13 are giving you the power to decide who gets your data and who doesn't.

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Lamborghini Turned Its Best Sports Car Into an Off-Roader

Jack up a Huracan and slap on off-road tires? Sounds insane. But "insane" is Lamborghini's middle name.

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One of Our Favorite Shave Brands Just Launched a Hair Care Line

This new range from Harry's includes two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, texturizing putty, hair gel and taming cream.

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This Vibrant Dive Watch Is a Reissue of a Vintage Favorite

Vibrant new automatic dive watches from Zodiac's popular Super Sea Wolf collection are extremely wearable and fun summer wrist gear.

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Nike Updates Its Best-Selling Running Shoe

Nike announces the latest iteration of the famed Pegasus franchise, complete with a more breathable upper.

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This Is Our Best Look Yet at the New Land Rover Defender

The newest images of the 2020 Defender undergoing field testing in Africa are the best look yet at highly anticipated off-roader.

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Dark Mode on the iPhone: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

And what iOS apps will Dark mode work with? And will it work with iPad?

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For Urban Exploration, Skip the Backpack and Bring This Sling Bag

While a backpack might leave you with lots of unused space, Bellroy's new Sling bag keeps everything you need tight and at-hand.

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One of Our Favorite Grill Makers Now Makes Kick-Ass Grill Accessories

From the people behind PK Grills comes all the other grilling supplies you need. Only better.

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What Makes Apple’s Bonkers New Display So Special?

The Pro Display XDR is Apple's new standalone monitor. It's beautiful, innovative and capable of achieving a similar picture quality as today's OLED TVs.

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Fresh Deals


Lululemon Sale
Save 75%:While I’d argue you can never have too much of a great thing, it seems like Lululemon might disagree. The brand made too many sweat-wicking workout pieces, and now it’s all on sale. Everything from backpacks to tees, joggers to sneakers are all offered at discounted prices — most of which is on final sale. With the scorching hot temperatures arriving for summer, Lululemon has the freshest gear to keep you dry and stench-free, and looking good. Some of our top-rated running shirts and gym shorts are included in the massive sale, so get them while you can. Did we mention Father’s Day is right around the corner? We picked out a few favorites to help you get started. — Meg Lappe

Learn More: Here


Orient Mako XL Dive Watch
Save 60%: With the Orient Mako XL Automatic dive, you get an in-house, 21-jewel automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve, a stainless steel 44.5mm case, a mineral crystal, steel bracelet, day-date display, unidirectional rotating bezel, 200m of water resistance, and the choice of 4 dial colors: black with black bezel, black with green bezel, vaguely-yellowish-greenish-mintish with black bezel and black with orange bezel. And all this for $130 right now on Drop. — Oren Hartov

Buy Now: $320 $160


Red Wing Heritage Moc Toe Boots
Save up to 46%:When you’re presented with the chance to save on Red Wing Heritage boots, you’d be foolish to pass it up. The brand’s boots are rarely on sale and when they are, sizes are often limited. But now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 46 percent on a pair of classic Red Wing Heritage Moc-Toe boots available in sizes 7 to 11. This American-made style features Sand or Navy Portage leather from the S.B. Foot Tanning Company in Minnesota and a non-marking outsole. What are you waiting for? — John Zientek

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Garmin InReach Mini
Save $50: In an always-connected world, it can sometimes seem inconceivable that there are still places that lack cell phone service. But they exist, and not only in the most remote locations imaginable, like the Atacama Desert or Himalaya, either. Drive just two hours away from New York City, and you’ll find yourself in the Catskill Mountains, which is where we tested seven off-grid satellite communication devices and found that Garmin’s InReach Mini, which is currently $50 off at Amazon, is the best you can buy.

The InReach Mini is, as its name implies, small (it weighs 3.5 ounces). But it packs a ton of utility: you can send and receive messages directly from the device or a paired phone, you can access offline maps and you can set it to automatically update friends and family with your location at set intervals of time. With the discount, it costs just $300, which is a small price to pay for the ability to stay in contact no matter where you go and the peace of mind that in the worst situations, help is a button push away. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $350 $300

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Crate&Barrel Outdoor Furniture
Save Up to 40%: If you’re looking to outfit your patio with sturdy, solid-looking outdoor furniture quickly, you’re in luck — Crate&Barrel just cut prices on all its outdoor collections by up to 40 percent.

The collections, which are just different style and color combinations, range from airy and beachy to clean, modern lines. Or, if you’re a traditionalist, the company has Adirondack-style chairs and side tables in just about every color you could want. Shop the whole sale here. — Will Price

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Today on Gear Patrol

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4 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Cast-Iron Skillet

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The 8 Best Hiking Daypacks of 2020

These aren't the 60-liter-plus bags used for long-distance trekking, but they come with all the same features that make walking in the wilderness enjoyable.

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The Best Outdoor Gifts for Dad

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And the one piece of gear you need to keep it all organized.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC Review: Pushing Electric Power Into the Mainstream

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10 Incredible Classic Audio Components That Still Sound Awesome

You can still find some of these great components which were manufactured and then went out of production decades ago.

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Some of the Best Upgrades For Your Dad’s Daily Driver

A creature comfort here or a subtle-but-useful upgrade there can go a long way to improving your dad's day-to-day driving experience.

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Great sneakers, stylish sunglasses, a durable bag and more.

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3 Excellent Knives for Your Dad This Father’s Day

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