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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

Recondition Your Favorite Leather Jacket With Armstrong’s All Natural

Armstrong's All Natural is a 100% natural leather conditioner and leather wax that will help you get new life out of your favorite leather apparel.

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This Is Your Last Chance to Try One of the Highest-Rated Beers Ever

Founders Brewing has announced it will release the revered imperial porter beer CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) one final time this fall.

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These New Boxer Briefs Are Insanely Light — and Perfect for Tough Workouts

Mack Weldon's latest undergarment (almost) feels like you're wearing nothing at all.

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These Affordable New Field Watches Feature Traditional Tattoo Design

An affordable new series from Timex fuses its Scout field watch with designs by traditional Hawaiian tattoo artist Keone Nunes.

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McIntosh Announces Its Most Powerful Hybrid Integrated Amplifier

The McIntosh MA352 is able to output 200-watts per channel, meaning it should be able to drive any loudspeakers.

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This Ford Patent Could Revolutionize Tailgating and Camping

Practical drawbacks may keep Ford's new patent from ever hitting production, but that won't stop your base-camp bliss.

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Garmin’s Newest Smartwatch Gets Its Power From a Surprising Place

Garmin's Fenix 6 comes in three sizes and over 15 different looks.

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This Ultra-Popular Military-Inspired Backpack Just Got an Upgrade

Mystery Ranch just upgraded its best-selling Urban Assualt backpack to one that's slightly bigger and packed with features.

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This Elegant New Watch Is a Lot More Complicated than it Looks

The new H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Perpetual Calendar MD is a clever take on the brand's signature complication with stunning dial executions.

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The New Land Rover Defender Launch Schedule: Here Are All the Details

We finally have a confirmed launch for the 2020 Land Rover Defender. Here is all the relevant information you need.

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Fresh Deals

Seiko Prospex “Monster” Diver
Save 36%: In the brand’s well-respected Prospex family, the handsome new Monster offers the classic bang-for-buck automatic watch Seiko’s known for, but with a distinctly mature presence. Right now, it’s on sale for 20% off in two versions, but in a Labor Day promotion, you can take a further 20% off the reduced price by using the promo code “WKND” at check out. That brings both awesome versions down by more than $175 from around $500 to just a little over $300. — Zen Love

Buy Now: $525 $336

Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket
Save $100: Since it came out in the fall of 2017, Patagonia’s Micro Puff Jacket has been our choice for the best synthetic insulated jacket. Simply put, it strikes the perfect balance of warmth and weight (it’s the lightest insulated jacket that Patagonia has made to date). The secret to its innovation is a new type of insulation called PlumaFill that’s made up of down-mimicking polyester fibers that are secured together in one continuous, fluffy line, which zig-zags around beneath its ripstop nylon shell.

The Micro Puff has been such a success that Patagonia used it as the base for the Micro Puff Storm, a waterproof version of the jacket that came out in Fall 2018. Patagonia also recently released the Macro Puff, a heavier and warmer puffy jacket that uses a heartier helping of PlumaFill (and will likely be in as high demand as the Micro Puff).

That Patagonia has released variations of the Micro Puff by no means makes the jacket obsolete. If anything, it’s further verification that it, and it’s fluffy filling, work pretty damn well. Not just in winter either — the Micro Puff’s lightweight warmth makes it ideal for cool autumn nights and mornings as well as mountain adventures, too. Right now the Micro Puff is 40 percent off in past season colors — a savings of $100. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $249 $149

Hemp Sweatshirts from Wellen
Save 30%: If you’ve been eyeing all the new hemp tees and sweatshirts at stores in recent years, but haven’t wanted to pay a premium, head over to Huckberry today. Currently, you can save 30 percent on some versatile hemp sweatshirts from Wellen. Choose from crew neck and hoodie styles — both are made from a hemp-organic cotton blend — in a range of versatile colors. The styles are preshrunk and feature rib knit cuffs and hems. The best part is, they’re actually pretty affordable — don’t sleep on this deal. — John Zientek

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Lululemon Summer Sale
Save $50: 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 slowing down and fall just around the coner, Lululemon has the freshest gear to keep you dry, 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. — Meg Lappe

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Levi’s Jeans, Jackets and More
Save 40%:Right now, Levi’s is offering 40 percent off sitewide. This is a great chance for those looking to bolster their fall wardrobe with some new garments from the iconic brand. Though some exclusions apply, there are tons of jeans, shirts, jackets and other great wardrobe staples up for grabs. Click through and use code SURPRISE at checkout, then tell a friend. — John Zientek

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Wayfair Labor Day Clearance
Save Up to 65%: Like buying a sweater in March, the delayed gratification of buying patio gear at the tale-end of summer can be worth the cash saved. Part of the site’s Labor Day Clearance, Wayfair’s Outdoor Sale is the right place to start.

Everything from Adirondack chairs to a couple hundred firepits are marked down up to 65 percent off. — Will Price

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Fender Limited-Edition Player Stratocaster
Save $125: If you’re looking to purchase your first Strat, or just want another workhorse guitar to add to the rotation, head over to Guitar Center today. Currently, you can save $125 on a Limited-Edition Player Stratocaster. This model has an alder body, 22-fret modern-C shaped maple neck and a 2-point fulcrum tremolo bridge. In a nod to David Gilmour’s guitar used on classic Pink Floyd albums, it has a black finish, black pickguard and white pickups.

Other features are geared towards to frequent player: it has comfortable medium jumbo frets, a synthetic bone nut, vintage-style bent steel saddles and sealed die-cast tuners. Made in Mexico, this guitar normally costs $675 — act fast and you can pick it up for $550. — John Zientek

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Vizio 2018 65-Inch 4K TV
Save $200: Labor Day is right around the corner, meaning you can find some pretty big deals on some big-ticket items. If you’re looking for a good 65-inch 4K TV that won’t kill your wallet, you can get a pretty stellar deal on Vizio’s 2018 D-Series by visiting Walmart’s website: the normally $700 4K TV is on sale for less than $500. A quick refresher: The Vizio D-Series is the company’s most budget-friendly and entry-level line of 4K smart TVs. It’s compatible with Google Assistant and has Chromecast built-in, meaning if you have a Google Home smart speaker you can use your voice to control the TV (switch between apps and lower/raise volume). You can also cast YouTube videos or Spotify playlists straight from your smartphone to your TV.
— Tucker Bowe

Buy Now: $699 $499

Today on Gear Patrol

Grilling Tips and Recipes for a Tastier Labor Day Weekend Cookout

We've collected some of our favorite recipes and tips for making your Labor Day weekend cookouts the best they can be.

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How to Break in a Pair of Boots the Right Way

With advice from Eric Kinney of White's Boots.

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Should You Buy an OLED Laptop? Here’s What You Need to Know

Laptops with OLED displays, instead of the traditional LCD, are more popular than ever. So what's the deal?

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2020 BMW M850i Review: A Grand Gran Turismo With a Sole Notable Flaw

The only thing standing between this Bimmer and perfection? Its steering.

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This Is the Best Smartphone You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor's Pick for the best smartphone you can buy right now is the Samsung Galaxy S10.

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This Is the Best Entry-Level Turntable You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor's Pick for the best entry-level turntable you can buy right now is the Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB.

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Here Is Sean Brock’s Recipe for the Perfectly Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet

When Sean Brock tells you how he cares for his cast-iron skillet, take heed. Here's some insight into his new book South.

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These Are the Watches We’re Obsessing Over in August 2019

We're flipping our lids over a couple of Hamiltons, a Seiko 5, a vintage Rolex Datejust and more.

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Is Audioengine’s A5+ Wireless the Best Bookshelf Speaker Under $500?

A wireless update on an old icon.

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Everything You Need for a Proper Labor Day Camping Trip

If you're not sitting fireside with a drink, you're doing it wrong.

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This California Brand Is Making Affordable Field and Dive Watches for All

We sit down with Nodus Watches in L.A. to discuss the brand's beginnings, the idea of affordable American watchmaking and more.

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