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New & Noteworthy Releases
This New Affordable Bourbon Whiskey Was Made Like a Japanese WhiskyLegent is the first bourbon released under the Jim Beam brand since the ’90s and it’s completely unlike anything else out there. Value, Durability and Tritium Combine in an Awesome Dive WatchThe Ball Roadmaster StarLight watches offer tritium tube illumination, several dial and movement options and good looks, to boot.A Ski Boot Company Just Released the Best Hiking Shoe of the yearTecnica, a company known for its ski boots, just released the Plasma, a new hiking shoe that’s completely heat-moldable.Only 30 of These Waterproof Trench Coats ExistA water-repellent style that costs $715.One of Our Favorite Brands Just Dropped a New Pair of SunglassesRoka’s newest pair of high-performance sunglasses is the Oslo. At less than an ounce, these will never fall off your face — no matter how sweaty you get.
Lucchese Jonah Boots
Save 37%:Founded in San Antonio in 1883, Lucchese offers some of the best Western boots of the market. Along with its more traditional styles, it offers some modern silhouettes that are appropriate for a range of settings. For example, its Jonah boot blends the heel and toe of a traditional roper with a narrow side-zip shaft. The Lucchese site says it’s equestrian-inspired, but apart from the zipper and slim profile, the style doesn’t scream horseman. It’s a slim boot that pairs well with modern pants, a style both versatile and rooted in tradition.
Handmade in Texas, the boot features a black suede upper, a 7-inch shaft with a Riri zipper and a leather outsole. If you’re looking to pick up a pair, head over to Zappos where the style is currently 37 percent off. Though pricey at $500, it’s a versatile, well-made boot that will serve you for years to come. — John Zientek
Nemo Losi 3-Person Tent
Save $195: Tentmakers employ their most advanced manufacturing processes and innovative materials to make shelters as packable and lightweight as possible. Backpackers are the primary demographic in mind here, but more casual adventurers — the type who head out for one or two nights rather than seven, or regularly make camp next to their car — form a more substantial proportion of those enjoying wilderness. Nemo’s Losi tent is for these folks, and right now it’s 40 percent off (a savings of $195) at Mountain Steals.
The Losi isn’t like the big-enough-to-stand-up-in tents you can find at Walmart, but neither is it an ounce-counting ultralight trekker’s dream shelter. Instead, it’s somewhere in the middle; small and light enough to carry in a backpack when weight isn’t paramount yet roomy enough — thanks to a unique pole configuration — to enjoy hanging out in. It’s perfect for casual campers and those who want to balance their experiences at camp and on the trail, and nearly $200 in savings isn’t a discount to ignore. — Tanner Bowden
Sony SRS-XB41 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
$170: The SRS-XB41 is the largest Bluetooth speaker in Sony’s Extra Bass line, comparable in size and sound quality to the Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus ($239) or an Ultimate Ears Boom 3 ($150). It normally sells for $250 — which is what Best Buy is selling it for right now – but you can currently buy a SRS-XB41 on eBay for just $80. Granted, the models that eBay is selling are manufacturer refurbished, but this still feels like a pretty phenomenal deal.
Huckberry Fitness Spring Clearance Sale
Save 55%: Huckberry’s spring clearance sale has hundreds of items all up to 55 percent off. If you’re a fitness-lovers, we highly recommend you check out this sale as it’s a great time to upgrade your home gym with jump ropes, TRX machines, gym sneakers and more. Here are a few of our top pick, but be sure to check out the sale online at Huckberry.com to shop many more. — Meg Lappe
Bulova Hack Watch
Save 32%: If you’re looking for an updated version of a classic American military watch with more modern case proportions, you should definitely check out the Hack watch from Bulova, currently available on Macy’s for 32% off ($186, down from $275). The Hack watch uses a three-hand quartz movement housed in a 38mm steel case, comes with a black leather strap and is water-resistant down to 30 meters. It also comes with a 3-year limited warranty. — Oren Hartov
Bose Home Theater Systems
Save Up to $150: Bose released two new soundbars, Soundbar 500 and the Soundbar 700, at the tail end of 2018. You can buy the Bose Soundbar 500 for $550 or the Bose Soundbar 700 for $800. But if you want to build a home theater system around either of these soundbars, say you want to add a bass module and/or surround speakers, you can – and you can get a pretty good deal while doing so. World Wide Stereo is selling Bose’s home theater systems for up to $150 off.
Today on Gear Patrol
What’s the Best Bourbon Whiskey in Texas? Ask a Roomful of Texans, Led by a World-Famous ExpertAt the first-ever Texas Bourbon Shootout, Balcones and Garrison Brothers led an improving pack of Texas distilleries.3 Vintage Rectangular Watches That Scream “Art Deco”We found three examples of cool Art Deco watches that offer a unique look into another era when rectangular watches were all the rage.In Defense of the Most Despised TransmissionThe CVT is, without a doubt, here to stay and will likely be the transmission of choice in the not so distant future.Some of America’s Best Bourbon Whiskey Is Coming Out of TexasLooking for the most exciting whiskey state outside of Kentucky? Try Texas.6 Recovery Tools from One of the Fastest Runners on EarthJohnny Gregorek just became the second fastest American man to run an indoor mile. Here’s all the gear he uses to recover. The 12 Best Cars of the Geneva Motor Show 2019Here are some of our favorites among the many machines that took a bow in Switzerland.Honda Super Cub Review: The World’s Most Popular Bike Is BackThe $3599 Super Cub – which costs the same as Honda’s best-selling Grom should be a hit.
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