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Today in Gear: Urban Armor Gear’s Rugged Apple Watch Strap, How to Talk Bourbon & Much More

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Urban Armor Gear makes some of the sturdiest protective cases and accessories on the market to meet the demands of an active lifestyle. The rugged and innovative designs allow modern wanderers, outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and world travelers to always keep what they need — a phone, a tablet, even a laptop — with them through just about any scenario.

The latest evolution of that dedication to ruggedness is UAG’s Active Strap for the Apple Watch. This is an elevated NATO-style strap made from a high-strength nylon weave that can be fitted to any generation of the Apple Watch. It features custom stainless steel hardware, a hook and loop fastener for outstanding security, and a one-year warranty. No matter how high, low or far you’re going, you can rest assured the Active Strap is up for the challenge.

Buy Now: $60

New & Noteworthy Releases

This Is the Motorcycle Harley-Davidson Should Be Building

The Luxemburg-based Blacktrack Motors is showing Milwaukee an alternative path forward with the new BT-03 cafe racer.

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Skip Ultralight and Get This Massive Sleeping Pad Instead

Most camping companies are making gear smaller and lighter, but Nemo Equipment's Roamer sleeping pad is big, and that's a good thing.

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Two of Our Favorite Brands Team Up on These Summer-Worthy Sandals

The teams at Outdoor Voices and Teva partnered on a pair of colorful sandals that you'll want to live in come Memorial Day.

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This Is the Ideal Affordable Beach Watch for This Summer

Nixon's latest surfing-inspired watch is affordable and fun, perfect for casual wear and beachy frollicking -- or even catching waves.

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Everlane’s Summer-Weight Chinos Are Hard to Beat

Get prepared for the muggy months with these incredibly lightweight travel pants from one of our favorite brands.

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The Most Iconic Lamborghini Was Perfectly Restored And It’s Gorgeous

Lamborghini’s in-house heritage division, certified and restored the original orange Miura P400 used in the opening scene of one of the most iconic films of the '60s.

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A Knife Company and a Watch Company Teamed Up On This Blacked Out, Tactical Watch

Seattle-based Ares has partnered with SOG Knives on a special edition of the DIVER 1, a tool watch made for professionals.

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Master & Dynamic Unveils Its First-Ever Noise-Canceling Headphones

The MW65 are Master & Dynamic's first active noise-canceling headphones.

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This Is the Fixed-Blade Knife to Make You Want a Fixed-Blade Knife

The James Brand's newest knife is its first fixed blade.

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Fresh Deals


Kryptonite Kryptolok Mini 7 Bike Lock Sale
Save 40%: Aptly named, the Kryptonite Kryptolok Mini-7 with Front WheelBoltz is down from $33 to $20 today. No matter what city or town you bike in, it’s necessary to make sure your bike is safe from anyone who wants to get at it and buy a proper bike lock. The sleek black and silver vinyl-coated u-lock allows you to bike anywhere and attach your bike to the nearest pole and head to work, a class or a coffee meeting. With two stainless-steel keys, we recommend you keep one on your key ring and another in a safe spot (like your desk drawer or lock box at home), so you keep them separate in case one goes missing. Pick up one of these locks today for 40 percent off. — Meg Lappe

Buy Now: $33 $20


Italian-Made Tom Ford Sunglasses
Save 65%: Tom Ford makes some of the most tasteful luxury clothing and accessories available. As you’d expect with a reputation like that, the price point on everything from his shirts to sweaters to suits is sky high. Unsurprisingly, the brand’s sunglasses are something of a cult favorite and feature elegant curves and distinctive hinge detailing. Right now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 65 percent on a few different Italian-made styles. Normally priced at over $400, these frames won’t cost more than a pair of traditional Ray-Bans while supplies last. — John Zientek

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Orient Ray II Diver
Save 60%: With the Mako II, you get the new and improved Orient F6922 automatic movement with hand-winding capability and hacking seconds, a precise 120-click bezel, a mineral crystal, a 41.5mm stainless steel case, a stainless steel bracelet and 200m of water resistance. Available in three variations, this is a ton of value in a $325 watch, but right now you cab nab the Mako II on Drop for the almost laughably low price of $130. — Oren Hartov

Buy Now: $325 $130


Brooks Brothers Shirts and Polos
Save 40%: It’s easy to stick with plain white or blue shirts through the summer — they’re versatile and pretty fool-proof in terms of dressing up or dressing down. But in case you’re ready to freshen up your options, Brooks Brothers shirts and polos are up to 40 percent off right now at Nordstrom Rack. Choose from a selection of sturdy plaids, solid-color Oxfords and pique cotton polos in a variety of colors, and treat yourself to a hit of quality at a price that’s hard to argue with.
— Andy Frakes

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Patagonia Nine Trails Backpack
Save 55%: While some hiking backpacks cram as many functions into as few liters as possible, others opt for the opposite tack: achieve utility through minimalism. This was precisely what Patagonia strove for in its Nine Trails packs, which launched last spring, and the company (as usual) landed its mark.

Instead of multiple compartments and various access points, the Nine Trails backpack has one spacious main compartment that’s accessed through a large U-shaped zipper. On the exterior are multiple stretchy sleeve-style pockets for storing items that need to be accessed routinely on the trail, like extra layers, water bottles and snacks. That’s essentially it, and the backpack is a success because of that simplicity (it’s one of our favorite daypacks for hiking). The bag isn’t without a couple of extras though — there are small zippered stash pockets inside, on the top and on the hipbelt, and a hydration sleeve with a port for the hose.

Compared to other hiking bags in Patagonia’s line, the Nine Trails is still new, but as long as you don’t mind last season’s colors — Classic Red and Sprouted Green — you can find the bag on sale for up to 55 percent off at Backcountry in both 20- and 28-liter capacities. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $159 $72

Today on Gear Patrol

How to Talk Bourbon: 11 Slang Terms Every Wannabe Expert Should Know

Our guide to bourbon terms covers everything you need to know to sound like a bourbon bro.

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The Best Flower Delivery Services for Mother’s Day

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How the Ultimate Analog Music Player Is Making a Comeback

Reel-to-reel tape machines provide stellar quality, stunning looks and a direct connection to how music is made in the studio. No wonder hardcore audio geeks are rediscovering the tale of the tape.

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The 6 Best Electric Shavers You Can Buy in 2020

From Wahl, Panasonic, Braun and more.

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2019 Jeep Compass Review: The Cheap, Unsung Hero of the Lineup

The Jeep Compass offers Jeep looks and capability at a bargain price point and it’s a better overall package than the Renegade or the Cherokee.

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I Found the Perfect CrossFit Sneakers and I’m Never Looking Back

These CrossFit shoes have surprised me with every deadlift and KB swing.

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This Unconventional Watch Brought a Historic German Brand Back to Life

When A. Lange & Söhne unveiled the Lange 1 in 1994, it turned the watch world on its head and pointed a spotlight on German horology.

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The 60+ Best Mother’s Day Gifts of 2019

Shopping for the perfect Mother's Day gift may not be as easy as shopping for yourself, but it doesn't have to be wildly complicated either.

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