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Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and deals. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Citizen Has Announced a Range of New Affordable, Automatic Dive Watches

Citizen's new limited-edition Promaster automatic dive watches come on steel bracelets with a range of color options and affordable prices.

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Now’s the Time to Buy the Last Cheap Porsche 911

The 996-generation Porsche 911 Carrera gets far less respect than its air-cooled ancestors or its updated descendants. Which makes it a bargain—but likely not for long.

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Live #VanLife Like Jimmy Chin by Renting His Personal Camping Van

Oscar-winning director and mountaineer Jimmy Chin is placing the van he lived in while making Free Solo for rent on Turo.

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This Brand Is One of the Only Watch Companies to Use This Technology

Tockr is using hydro-dipped technology to coat the cases of its Air Defender line, resulting in wild colors and unique patterns.

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This Is the Best Hiking Boot You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor's Pick for the hiking boot you can buy right now is the Tecnica Forget GTX Hiking Boot.

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Now You Can Own the Clothing Pro Cyclists Wish They Could Wear

Pro cyclists have to wear what their sponsors tell them to. So Velocio set out to make riding apparel that they can only dream of.

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Fresh Deals


Todd Snyder x Timex MK1 Steel
Save 34%: Based on a watch produced by Timex to military specifications for the US Marines in 1982, Todd Snyder helped bring it back in this undeniably cool-looking modern form called the Timex MK1. In an all-steel 40mm case water-resistant to 30m and topped with a domed acrylic crystal, the dial is illuminated by Indiglo luminescence, and time-keeping is powered by a quartz movement. Right now, the Timex MK1 SST is on sale at Todd Snyder for 34% off its retail price of $119, which means you can grab it for just $79. — Zen Love

Buy Now: $119 $79


Global 4-Piece Steak Knife Set
Save $121: In our testing, we found Global’s G-2 to be the best Japanese kitchen knife you can buy. It’s made from proprietary Cromova 18 steel — that mean’s it’s super durable, and it resists corrosion and staining better than other knives in its class. The company’s steak knives, meanwhile, share all of these properties. And right now, a set of four is going for 43 percent off on Amazon — good for $121 in savings.

Buy Now: $279 $158


Chaco Sandals
Save up to 50%: Sandals are made for summer, and thanks to recent reductions in the stigmatization of strappy, open-toe footwear, this particular summer seems to be the ideal season to dust off the pair at the back of your closet. Sandals aren’t just for camping and whitewater rafting anymore either: fashionistas might hate to admit it, but sandals are a common sight everywhere from Colorado to downtown Manhattan (wearing them with socks — gasp! — is also becoming a thing).

Maybe you missed this bandwagon the last time it came around, or your old pair is in need of a refresh. In either case, now is an excellent time because REI is selling Chaco sandals in a range of different styles at up to 50 percent off. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $120 $72


Dyson V11 Torque Drive
Save $101: Every year, Dyson charts new territory in the vacuum world with iterative improvements upon older models, usually in the form of more battery, more power. This year’s V11 Torque Drive stayed true to that trend; it also additional space in the dustbin and a novel LCD display that tells users how much juice is left in the battery. Right now, buy it for $100 off the normal retail price at Amazon. — Jack Seemer

Buy Now: $700 $599


Red Wing Heritage Moc-Toe Boots
Save 36%: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 36 percent on a pair of classic Red Wing Heritage Moc-Toe boots available in sizes 7 to 11. This American-made style features Brown Boomer 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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Dainese Chido72 Leather Jacket
Save 59%: Motorcycle jackets are one of the most important pieces of safety gear to wear when riding — but let’s face it, many of them stick out like sore thumbs in non-biker circles. Even the ones that do without space-age wicking materials and bright hi-viz colors often look a little extra, as the kids say, what with features like inflexible armor, heavy padding and offset zippers.

Well, the zipper on the Dainese Chido72 motorcycle jacket may ride a little left of center, but this leather outer layer is far from your stereotypical biker jacket. It’s a stylish throwback to the era before modern safety technology turned moto jackets into flexible armor. Of course, it’s made by Dainese, so it’s still plenty functional and safe: beneath that soft cowhide are pockets to slide back, elbow and shoulder protectors. And while it normally sells for $560, right now, you can snag it for 59% off during Revzilla’s flash sale. Click the button below and upgrade your riding style with a few strokes of your finger. — Will Sabel Courtney

Buy Now: $560 $230


Teva Hurricane XLT 2 ALP Sandals
Save 50%: If you don’t have a great pair of sandals, head over to Need Supply Co. today. Currently, you can save 50 percent on some great options from Teva. The Hurricane XLT 2 ALP sandals — featuring water-ready web straps, an EVA midsole and a rugged rubber outsole — will save your feet in the sweltering August heat. They now start at $42, so act fast — sizes are limited. — John Zientek

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KEF LS50 Wireless
Save $200: The KEF LS50 Wireless are without a doubt some of the best active bookshelf speakers you can buy, and right now you can purchase a pair of them for $200 off on Amazon. When we reviewed them in 2018, we called the speaker pair a “one-stop-shop hi-fi system.” Each speaker has two built-in amplifiers, one for its tweeter and one for its woofer, and a dedicated DAC (up to 24-bit/192kHz) and DSP for each. In addition to sounding amazing, the KEF LS50 Wireless are versatile. They have built-in Wi-Fi and work seamlessly with Spotify and Tidal; you can stream to the speakers directly from those apps. The speakers also have built-in Bluetooth (aptX), making it easy for anybody to play music (not just those connected to Wi-Fi). And have a number of wired connections (optical, USB-A. RCA), meaning you can quickly and easily turn them into your TV’s or turntable’s speakers. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $2,200 $2,000


Wardrobe Essentials from Outerknown
Save 70%: California-based clothing brand Outerknown makes some of our favorite wardrobe staples. Its laid back threads are easy to integrate into your daily wardrobe and will quickly become the first things you reach for in the morning. Now during the brand’s Summer Sale, you can save up to 60 percent on a huge selection of clothing. Pick from shirts, pants, shorts and more — deals start at just $9. — John Zientek

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Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Razor Blade Refills
Save 36%: Now at Amazon, you can save 36 percent on some annoyingly expensive Gillette Fusion5 razor blade refills. This is a great chance to stock up if you shave regularly with a Fusion5 ProGlide razor. Each cartridge features five of Gillette’s thinnest blades (for a more comfortable shave) and a precision trimmer to help groom hard-to-reach areas. Normally $36 for 8 cartridges, the package costs just $23 today. — John Zientek

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Vuori Gym Shorts and Shirts Sale
Save 50%: Vuori makes some of the most comfortable sweats, shorts and tees — and today you can snag both tops and bottoms from JackRabbit for up to 50 percent off. The silky fabric upgrades your basic gym tee, so you can wear the shirt to a HIIT workout or a Saturday afternoon soccer game. Each piece features performance-enhancing add-ons, like ventilating perforations, moisture-wicking fabric and an athletic fit. Vuori gear rarely goes on sale, so we highly recommend you take advantage of this sale while it lasts. Shop all your new favorite gym gear today at JackRabbit.com. You’ll have to poke through to find what colors are on sale, but all the items below are an excellent place to start. — Meg Lappe

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Google Nest Hub
Save $70: The Google Nest Hub is one of the best smart displays you can buy and right now you can buy one on eBay for over half off. (Google still sells them for $129 a pop.) It works just like a Google Home smart speaker — it can play music, tell you about the news or weather, set alarms, and control your smart home devices – but the addition of its 7-inch touchscreen gives it extra abilities; you can ask “Hey Google” to show you videos on YouTube, directions on Google Maps, or live feeds from your Nest security cameras. The Google Nest Hub also integrates seamlessly with Google Photos and can work as a digital picture frame when idle. The other neat thing is that Google Nest Hub does not have a camera, so you can be comfortable placing it on your nightstand and using it as a smart alarm clock. — Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $129 $59

Today on Gear Patrol

U.S. Presidents Relied on This Innovative Alarm Watch

The Vulcain Cricket pioneered fascinating technical solutions, a mechanical alarm, and was the choice of mountain climbers and U.S. presidents.

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Instant Pots Are Overrated

All good cooks know the power of simplicity. But simple doesn’t mean brainless.

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What Everyday Athletes Need to Know About Supplements

The future of supplements continues to expand, but what should you actually take?

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How to Make the Only Steak Sauce You’ll Ever Need

There's something profound, maybe even a little magical, about a good steak sauce. And chimichurri is the king of them all.

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