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Today in Gear: A Woody Fragrance from Montblanc, the Electric VW Bus & More

The best way to catch up on the day’s most important product releases and stories.

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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.


Of all the senses, none conjures up a mood or brings back old memories quite like the sense of smell. It’s a fact that a certain French writer found out firsthand when he was so moved by the scent of a madeleine biscuit that he had to go and write a four-thousand-page novel just to clear his head. To that effect, if you’re looking for a fragrance that hits all the right notes, Montblanc’s Explorer Eau de Parfum is a good place to start. Launched earlier this year, Explorer is a woody, worldly, leathery aroma — with top notes of Sicilian bergamot, a powerful body of Haitian vetiver and a base made from Montblanc’s exclusive, ethically sourced Indonesian patchouli. The fragrance comes in a contemporary glass bottle printed with a distinctive Saffiano leather motif and a matching outer box. Explorer is a bold but balanced scent, evoking a timeless sense of masculinity and inspiring new memories for years to come.

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New & Noteworthy Releases


This Is The Ultimate Buy for TAG Heuer Watch Lovers

Why stop at one Monaco automatic chronograph when you can have a box set of five?

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REI Is Closed on Black Friday — Here’s Where to Get Your Outdoor Deals Fix Instead

There are plenty of sales to be had if you know where to look. Here are several inside scoops we've scored.

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These Affordable Automatic Tool Watches Got a Colorful Makeover

The California-based microbrand Seals has released two vibrant versions of its affordable, military-inspired tool watch.

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An AirPods Keychain Will Save You a Lot of Pain, and Money

Think of it as insurance that keeps your AirPods from going missing.

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Volkswagen Made an Electric VW Bus, And It’s Incredibly Cool

More than twice as powerful than the original—with zero emissions.

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the New Adidas Ultraboost 20 Running Shoe

To update its top-tier running shoe, Adidas is drawing inspiration from a partnership with the International Space Station.

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This Limited-Edition Winter Collection Looks to Irish Fisherman for Inspiration

In collaboration with contemporary Aran knitwear brand Inis Meain and heritage footwear brand Padmore & Barnes, the latest capsule from cult brand 18east is all about Aran fisherman.

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Two of Our Favorite SUV Makers May Be Teaming Up

Lincoln luxury, Rivian power and tech. What's not to love?

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These New Protein Bars Claim to Slow Down the Effects of Alcohol

Sobar protein bars claim to slow down alcohol absorption in the body, better than eating regular food alone.

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The Forbidden Toyota Land Cruiser of Your Dreams Just Came Up for Auction

This 70 Series Cruiser is no longer out of reach...and it's in need of a home for the holidays.

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Fresh Deals

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Wayfair Sale
Save up to 80%: Wayfair’s major Black Friday blowout is happening right now, with savings up to 80 percent. With deals this good, it feels like Wayfair is just giving away its inventory.

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Grab a Great Deal on Some of Arai’s Amazing Helmets Right Now
Save Up to 60%: Black Friday is almost here, so why not take this chance to grab a new Arai helmet for up to 60 percent off at RevZilla’s closeout sale?

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Here’s How to Score Insane 70% off Deals on Patagonia, The North Face and More BEFORE Black Friday
Save 70%: Although REI isn’t open on Black Friday, the retailer is offering major discounts on its entire Good and Used collection, today and tomorrow only.

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Ray-Ban Aviators
Save 30%: Now at Amazon, you can save 30 percent on a pair of classic Ray-Ban aviators. So act fast — these shades are now just $107.

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Fender Guitars, Amps and Accessories
Save up to 62%: For Black Friday, Fender is offering deals on a range of gifts for guitarists. Choose from guitars, accessories, apps and more.

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Guitar Center Has Deals on Fender, Gibson and Martin
Save $150 or More: On Black Friday, Guitar Center is offering huge deals on brands like Fender, Gibson, Martin and more.

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Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar
Save $300: The Bose SoundTouch 300 is an excellent soundbar that will work well with any of the latest 4K TVs. Bose was selling the SoundTouch 300 for $699, but Amazon has dropped its price to $399, which is the cheapest it has ever been.

Buy Now: $699 $399

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Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones
Save $72: Right now, Amazon is selling brand-new Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones for $278, which is $72 off what they normally go for.

Buy Now: $350 $278

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Victorinox INOX Carbon
Save 50%: Get this true beater watch in carbon from Victorinox with the choice of a paracord or a rubber strap for 50% off its retail price.

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Today on Gear Patrol


Like Ray-Ban Sunglasses? Upgrade to These Shades Next

Ray-Ban sunglasses are classic for a reason, but if you're looking to upgrade your standard shades to something new, try these.

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

We're flipping our lids over two Yemas, a military-inspired Mk. II, a Tudor that's impossible to come by, and more.

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23 Last-Minute Gifts that Don’t Feel Last-Minute

More than 20 gifts that ship in two days or less.

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Thanksgiving Is Here. These Are Last-Minute Tips to Make It the Better

Thanksgiving prep goes on until the very last second. Here are tips and tricks to have a successful holiday.

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Instant Pots Are on Sale During Black Friday. These Are the Models to Buy

Which Instant Pot is the best for tight budgets? Which is the best, period? Which Instant Pot should be avoided? Answers within.

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Pile Fleece Is In and These Are the Best to Buy

The earliest iteration of fleece was pile, the fluffy, sheep-like stuff that's now considered retro enough to be trendy again.

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How to Carve a Turkey Like a Pro Chef

So you roasted your turkey. Now what?

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Don’t Use an Electric Knife to Carve Turkey. Here’s Why.

Electric knives aren't just unnecessary, they have the potential to ruin whatever it is you're cutting. Minutes before the most important meal of the year, that's not okay.

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The 2019 Gear Patrol Holiday Pop-Up

On December 12-15 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we'll be popping up with a selection of curated products that help you get to where you're going during the holiday season and beyond.

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The Best Gifts for a New Driver

Help a teenager celebrate one of the great milestones on the way to adulthood.

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A Competitive Eater’s Guide to Crushing Thanksgiving

Practice your chews. Get hammered the night before. Ask for extra gravy. And steel yourself for a lot of pain and suffering.

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How to Get the Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

For only the best deals from across the web, handpicked by our team of product experts, subscribe to our daily newsletter. Here's how.

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What Wine Should You Serve With Turkey?

Though Zinfandel might be the all-American grape, there are better wines to put on the table.

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