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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3



Select Motorcycle HelmetsUnder $150
Under $150: Investing that little extra into a helmet is always a good idea. It is, after all, the only thing in your repertoire that protects your head. But, helmets can get pretty pricey and not every rider has the budget to pickup the same $900 helmet Marc Marquez wears when he’s bussy racking up MotoGP championships. As long as the helmet you’re looking to but is DOT, ECE or SNELL rated, you’re in good hands. So when there’s a sale for motorcycle helmets going for under $150, there’s a good chance you can land a hell of a deal on quality head protection. — Bryan Campbell



Fimbulvetr Snowshoes
Save 20%: When native North American tribes created them decades ago, snowshoes were designed for travel. They were long and wide (as they still are today) to provide a wearer with a platform that would prevent him or her from sinking into deep snow, making winter travel faster and less strenuous. The modern application of snowshoes is perhaps more aligned with sport than necessity, but they’re still built with that same concept, and thanks to the availability of strong and lightweight materials, they’re better than ever.

Fimbulvetr’s snowshoes are high-end and come with a price to match, but right now Backcountry is offering 20 percent off one full-priced piece of camping or climbing gear, and these innovative Norwegian winter walkers are included in that collection. To apply the discount, use the code Take20CC at checkout. — Tanner Bowden




Woolrich Camp Blanket
Save 16%: Now that they’ve adopted the same ripstop nylon exterior and warm fluffy interior found in sleeping bags, camp blankets have staked their resolute claim as functional outdoor bedding. Like that more traditional backcountry sleep sack, these new blankets are super-light, highly packable and incredibly warm. This newness hasn’t made long-established outdoor blankets obsolete either (if anything, it’s helped popularize them again). Those original blankets were made of wool, and there are some, like Woolrich in Pennsylvania, that continue to use the material to produce fabrics that are durable, warm and satisfyingly heavy. Plus, they look as good on a bed or couch inside as they do at a campsite.

Right now, Huckberry is offering Woolrich’s Camp Blanket, a throw-sized model made of a blend of recycled and new wool with a touch of nylon, for 16 percent off, along with a handful of other styles. — Tanner Bowden



Moccamaster KBS Coffee Maker
Save $120 Among the Moccamaster’s features and accolades, two things are most crucial: copper tube heating and the ability to disassemble. Copper coils, given the material’s natural heat conductivity, heat the water much more quickly than machines using steel or other methods (the only machine we’ve tested that brews faster is Breville’s Precision Brewer). The ability to take the whole thing apart is also unique, and allows for troubleshooting at fixing at home rather than losing your source of coffee to the mail for a few weeks (it’s also great for cleaning the machine).

Today, Moccamaster’s KBS model is more than $100 off on Massdrop. It’s basically a blacked-out version that uses a glass carafe and hot plate rather than the classic stainless steel thermo-carafe.



Sonos One
Save Up to $50: During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Sonos offered its Sonos One speaker for $25 off, from $199 down to $175, but that deal has since dried up. Fortunately, it’s still a great time to buy this entry-level, Alexa-integrated speaker as Sonos is running another holiday deal; you can buy one Sonos One for $20 off, from $199 down to $179, which isn’t quite as good of a deal as before but it’s still decent. And if you buy two Sonos One speakers, you get $50 off, which is just as good as the deal Sonos ran over the Thanksgiving holiday. Both white and black models of the Sonos One are available. This deal will stay valid through December 25, 2018, or while supplies last.
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Garmin Forerunner Sale
Save $130:Garmin pumps out some of the best GPS running watches available. It starts with the Forerunner 25 and moves up to the 935 (at a cool $500). The higher the number, the more bells and whistles the smartwatch has, and the greater the price. The Garmin Forerunner 235 is a solid pick for someone who doesn’t want to spend $500 on a smartwatch but needs it to track every single run with just the push of a button. The 235 monitors your VO2 max and heart rate throughout the day, so you can keep up with your physical fitness levels and make sure they’re all in alignment. The battery life of 12 hours or possibly 12 weeks (depending if you use GPS tracking) is hard to match. A colorful watch face comes in three different watch bands: black, red or light blue.

Typically, the Forerunner 235 is $330 but is $130 off today. If you’re looking to spend less than $200 for a watch that still has GPS, it’s worth checking out the Forerunner 35, which is also on sale for $60 off. Pick one and get running. — Meg Lappe

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Red Wing Heritage Card Holders
Save 40%:A well-made wallet makes for a functional, thoughtful holiday gift. It’s something that the recipient will use day after day for years, something that’s hard to say about many other seasonal gifts. One of the better examples available is the Red Wing Heritage Card Holder. Made in Minnesota from S.B. Foot Tanning Co. leather, it features four slots for cards and a pocket for cash. Its slim profile is appropriate for both professional and casual settings and its durable stitching will hold up to years of constant use. But if the person on your list prefers something that folds, the brand also offers a sleek folding Card Holder Wallet. Now at End, both models are 40 percent off and cost just $59 — you won’t break the bank with these gifts. — John Zientek

Get These Superb $1,595 Suits for Only $650
From Hickey Freeman Hickey Freeman’s classic two-button suit features a notch collar, two flap welt pocket, a chest welt pocket and two back vents. Available in both navy and gray, they’re worth the investment at full price. N— John Zientek


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4



Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest SOLite Sleeping Pad
Save 53%: There are three main types of sleeping pad: air pads, self-inflating pads and closed cell pads. Air pads, which are like packable, miniaturized versions of the full-sized inflatable beds you might buy to accommodate guests in your home, have quickly become popular because they’re the lightest and the most comfortable option. But closed-cell sleeping pads — the old school type made of foam that look like ridged yoga mats — shouldn’t be disregarded, and here’s why.

The main reason to opt for a closed-cell pad over an air mattress is durability. These pads will never puncture, and you’ll never wake up in the middle of the night to find that a tiny, indiscernible hole has brought you down to the cold ground. In this same vein, closed-cell pads are weatherproof. This is why you’ll often see long distance thru-hikers with these pads strapped to the outside of their backpacks — during multi-day treks through remote terrain a deflated sleeping pad isn’t an option. (Foam pads also make for handy seats when picnic tables aren’t available.)

Closed-cell pads gain that durability without adding too much additional weight, and they’re plenty warm also (they’re ideal for winter camping). What’s the downside then? They’re bulky, and not as comfortable as air pads. In the end, choosing the right sleeping pad will depend on the type of trip you’re setting out on, but there is one more factor to consider: price. Closed-cell pads are far and away the cheapest available — even the best of them can cost as little as $40, but there are great options available for even less.

Like Therm-a-Rest’s Ridge Rest SOLite, which is currently down 40 percent from its original price of $30 to $18 at Mountain Steals. Enter the code CYBER20 at checkout, and you can knock another 20 percent off that and bring it to $14. It’s as affordable as sleeping pads get. — Tanner Bowden



Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Set
Save 26%: I had a friend growing up who, when we went to summer camp, would show up with all of his clothing for the week carefully folded and contained in separate, labeled Ziploc bags. We were at that merciless age of adolescence during which something like this was worthy of ridicule — caring too much about anything was decidedly uncool — and he was routinely gibed every morning as we prepped for each day. But year over year he stuck to his system, and I know why: packing organizers make life out of a suitcase so much easier.

In multi-day backpacking trips and full-on expeditions, separating different items into individual containers is essential for not only for knowing where particular things are in a pinch but also for keeping clothing dry; organizers aren’t a matter of debate, they’re necessary. The consequences during casual trips are less dire but the benefits are the same: everything is easy to find, space inside luggage is maximized and clean clothing can be kept separate from the dirty.

One of our favorite collections of packing organizers, Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Specter Cubes, comes in a variety of sizes for varying needs and is ultralight so as not to take up any additional space inside a bag. Currently, a three-piece set is on sale at Amazon for 26 percent off. — Tanner Bowden



J.Crew x Red Wing Boots
Save $135 Back in 2007, also known as the year that featured T-Pain’s “Buy U a Drank” cracking the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, J. Crew and Red Wing came together to make a boot. That boot, known as the Roughneck, is (like all Red Wing’s) made in the US, features a leather upper and liner, a hardwearing Vibram rubber sole and Goodyear welt construction.

As we speak, the Roughneck is marked down 48 percent during J.Crew’s 48-hour sale — cutting the $280 price tag to $145. Use code 48HOURS at checkout for the discount. —Will Price



Common Projects Sneakers
Save up to 40%:In the world of luxury sneakers, Common Projects has set the bar in terms of style, quality and price-point. The brand’s elevated versions of iconic silhouettes are made in Italy from top-tier leather and feature gold-stamped serial number on the heels. The list prices are a hard sell for many people and the sneakers rarely go on sale, so when they do, you’d best act fast. Now at Need Supply Co., you can save up to 40 percent on two of the brand’s newer models. The Skate Low and New Track styles are available in various colors and EU sizes 40 to 45. Sure, they’re still expensive, but if you’ve had your eye on a pair, this is your chance! — John Zientek



Adidas Adizero Sale
Save 50% Every year, the marathon majors bucket list re-starts. Six grand marathons span the globe from London to Boston to Chicago to Tokyo. While the location and dates change and the weather varies immensely, one thing that you can always count on is seeing the same shoes. You’re going to spot the Nike 4%, a version of the Reebok Floatride, likely many variations of Brooks sneakers and the Adidas Adizero. The Adizero is Adidas’ race day sneaker. It’s lightweight so you can feel fast from the start line to the end of your 26.2 miles. Right now you can save 50 percent on a pair of Adidas Adizeros. — Meg Lappe



Amazon’s Furniture
Save 20% Near the end of 2018, Amazon announced the arrival of two of its own in-house furniture collections — Rivet and Stone & Beam. The prices are slightly higher than what’s typical of Amazon’s own brands (AmazonBasics in particular), but the collections are surprisingly, well, decent-looking. Rivet dons the mid-century modern cape and carries loads of more inexpensive versions of classic items, while Stone & Beam leans more into the faux-rustic farmhouse look.

Today, a few pages worth of Amazon furniture brands (there are a couple smaller lines, too) are marked 20 percent off. It should be noted that we haven’t tested these items out ourselves, but for the prices some of these items are going for, it’s worth a look. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites from the sale below. —Will Price


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5



Sennheiser CX 6.00BT Earbuds
Save $30: The Sennheiser CX 6.00BT were released earlier in 2018 and, in all honesty, they’re pretty standard wireless in-ear headphones. They’re lightweight and adaptable. And they boast the signature high-end sound that Sennheiser is well known for, supporting Bluetooth 4.2 and aptX codecs, too, so you can stream really high-quality tracks. Normally $100, you can order Sennheiser CX 6.00BT today from worldwidestereo.com for $70, which is $30 off and a deal you can’t find anywhere else. Just make sure to type in the code GEAR at checkout. At the very least, these headphones will make a great stocking stuffer.



Garmin Fenix 5X Sale
Save $130 Garmin makes some of the most reliable GPS tracking watches around. We’ve run with the Forerunner 235, the Vivoactive 3 and the Fenix 5S. Beyond marathon training, one of our favorite ways to use the Fenix 5S is for hiking. We awarded it one of the Best Hiking Watches this year and are still wearing it around town. It tracked our routes seamlessly, and the battery life is pretty impressive. Right now, you can save $130 off a Garmin Fenix 5X.

Whether you love running, hiking or adventuring, the Fenix 5X is the perfect model. It’s a hefty watch but comes with 20 hours of battery life, a super strong face and design, and a comfortable band. Check your VO2 max, messages, steps and more after each run around the block or down the hill. The watch monitors training status as well as how long you need to recover after your logged workouts. Shop this Amazon deal while it lasts.
— Meg Lappe



Computer Monitors
Save Up to 30% Good computer monitors are both expensive and, once purchased, very worth it. That is to say that once you’ve dipped your toes into the world of monitors with higher refresh rates (standard monitors operate at 60 Hz), shrunken response times, framerate smoothers and superior color depth, there’s no turning back.

Today, a slew of these monitors are on sale during Amazon’s PC-focused segment of its 12 Days of Deals. We’ve picked out a few below, but if you’re new to the jargon-filled world of computer monitors, prepare to do some Googling. An example: if you’re buying a monitor as a gift for a PC user, you should know what kind of graphics card the giftee uses — if it’s Nvidia look for G-Sync, if it’s AMD look for FreeSync. —Will Price



Frye Suede Boots
Save up to 40%:Contrary to some widely held beliefs, you don’t have to be cautious with suede boots. Roughout styles can take the same use and abuse as full-grain alternatives, and they age just as well. Now at Zappos, you can save up to 40 percent on a range of rugged suede boots from Frye. The selection includes Chelsea boots, harness boots and zip boots, available in a range of neutral colors. And for those who prefer slim or tapered pants: these styles are designed to sit under the cuff without causing abnormal bulging. — John Zientek


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6



Rev’It Watson Jacket
Save $150: When you invest over $400 into a motorcycle jacket it better be versatile. Rev’It’s City Collection is aimed at not only providing you with protection while riding but also looking stylish off the bike as well. Only a few motorcycle jackets can claim to accomplish that — the Watson goes one step further with removable waterproof and thermal linings making it an ideal jacket for three out of the four seasons. Even at its regular price of $450 you’d certainly get your money’s worth, but today the Watson is 33%, which saves you $150. — Bryan Campbell



Eddie Bauer BC EverTherm Jacket Sale
Save 50$Eddie Bauer sends its athletes and influencers out on the mountains, in the backcountry and all over places that have some of the most extreme weather. In that adventurous spirit, the Eddie Bauer year is built to tackle anything you want to throw at it— including the most inclement weather you might come across. The BC EverTherm jacket uses Thindown, a fabric technology Eddie Bauer developed last year to make its coats lighter and warmer. The feathers all line up in sheets rather than loose clusters, so there’s no need for baffles. The new technology helped this jacket make our best down jackets of 2019 list. — Meg Lappe



Bose SoundTouch 10 Multi-Room Speaker
Save 50%: Even though the Bose SoundTouch 10 ($200 $100) has been around for a few years, it’s still one of my favorite wireless speakers for the home. It sounds great and it’s dead simple to use. All you do is plug it in, download the app and then connect the speaker to your home’s wi-fi network. It will play music directly from the Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, iTunes or Amazon Music app. It’s basically just like using a Sonos speaker, except if you want to integrate it into a wireless multi-room system, you have to do so with other Bose SoundTouch speakers instead of Sonos speakers.
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Sony MP-CD1 Portable Projector
Save $100: Earlier this year I reviewed the Sony MP-CD1, the company’s 2018-released pico projector that can work with pretty much all the latest laptops, smartphones or gaming consoles to produce a 100-inch screen. It’s straightforward to use. It’s travel-friendly. And it has a decent 2.5-hour battery life. And Sony just dropped the price by $100, so the normally $400 pico projector is now $300.

Trim Package
Save on 2 Great Beard Trimmers from Philips Norelco Two of our top beard trimmers of 2018 — both multipurpose workhorses from Philips Norelco — are on sale right now. The hyper-affordable Philips Norelco Multi Groomer MG3750 is normally $21, but right now you can get it for around $13. The Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer BT7215/49, a cordless, rechargeable option, features a handy vacuum to help keep those little hairs from flying all over the bathroom. It’s normally priced at $60, but you can take $10 off today.— Justin Fenner



Cardo SmartPack Headset
Save $200: Standard Bluetooth helmet headsets tend to be limited in that they only have basic functions like taking calls, play music and connect to one or two other headsets. The Cardo SmartPack Headset uses a stronger-than-Bluetooth mesh network to connect up to 15 riders within a massive three-mile range. And along with the basic functions the Cardo SmartPack Headset gives you FM radio, lets you listen to audio instructions from a navigation device and lets you share music with friends on your ride. It’s one of the most advanced systems on the market, and today it’s 40%, saving you $200.— Bryan Campbell


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7



Fox Racing Comp 5 Boots
Save $50: The initial dive into off-road riding can be a daunting one. It’s a different world than pavement — there are new techniques to learn, skills to sharpen and new gear to acquire. It’s best then to efficiently prepare as much as possible, and a good place to start, with boots at least is the Fox Racing Comp 5 Boots.

The Fox Racing Comp 5 Boots don’t lean too far towards dedicated touring boots, nor are they designed for all-out racing — they land in a healthy middle ground of design, protection and comfort. Since the Comp 5 Boots aren’t the super-focused boots experienced and veteran riders look for, the price tag isn’t sky high. Today, they’re even more affordable at 25% off. — Bryan Campbell



Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 Tent
Save 50%: Unlike sleeping bags, backpacks, headlamps, jackets, skis — every piece of outdoor equipment really — tents don’t adhere to the same seasonal schedule of innovation and updates. It’s because even tents from years ago were built with high-quality materials that expertly blend durability with low weight — there’s not a ton of room for improvement (although a handful of companies are indeed producing creative new designs). But it’s also a result of the fact that tents are big purchases that generally last a long time, a characteristic that’s bolstered by the fact that tents are also easy to repair. A casual outdoorsy type might replace a ski jacket after two years but use the same tent for 10. Before I bought my own tent, which I’ve had for four years, I borrowed from my dad the one he purchased more than 25 years ago.

All this is to say that you shouldn’t have any misgivings about purchasing a tent that a company has had in its catalog for a while. With tents, the latest and greatest isn’t always the best, and that’s why Mountain Hardwear’s Optic 2.5, which the company released in 2014, is still a good purchase. The tent is more for casual campers than die-hard backpackers; it weighs over five pounds but has a roomy interior that fits two people plus gear (or a dog) and a unique door arrangement that provides 180-degree views from inside. Right now, it’s also 50 percent off, which drops its price down to just $120. — Tanner Bowden



Bunn BX-B 10-Cup Coffee Maker
Save $29 The engineering behind making consistently great cups of coffee is not to be taken lightly. The drip brewer must heat water to an exact temperature, pre-infuse the grounds, water the entirety of the brew bed evenly and pull a precise amount of coffee solids (the stuff that makes coffee taste like coffee). And it’s gotta do all these things in less than five minutes or we get ornery.

A lot of credit is given to the rigor of the Specialty Coffee Association’s home brewer program, and for good reason — it’s the most difficult to achieve certification stamp in the coffee world. But there’s barely 15 brewers on its list, and all of them sell for north of $100 (and up to $350). Bunn, a company steeped in coffee-making history, mostly works on the commercial side of the business (you’ve probably seen its grinders in your grocery store or local coffee shop), but its small line of home coffee makers is no joke.

Bunn’s 10-cup BX-B home brewer is among the very best of affordable coffee makers and does everything a great coffee maker needs to and, thanks to a pre-heated water tank, could very well be the quickest brew out there. In testing, the BX-B brewer brewed its maximum load of coffee in 3 minutes and 10 seconds. That is lightning quick. The downside to this is it is using a small amount of power whenever it’s plugged in, but if good and fast coffee is what you’re after, it’s hard to beat.

The 10-cup BX-B is discounted to an all-time low price on Amazon today. —Will Price



Adidas Sneaker Sale
Save 30%Just in time for the holiday madness, a variety of best-selling Adidas shoes are on sale. Whether you’re in the market for a new Ultraboost, want to try out a pair of Pureboosts or one of our top sneakers of 2018, the Solarboosts, you can save 30 percent on your total purchase. Below are some of our favorites. — Meg Lappe



L.L.Bean Packaway Jacket
Save 25%: Price doesn’t always denote quality, but in down and synthetic insulation jackets, it can give you a pretty good clue as to how warm, packable and durable they’ll be. Usually, the lightest and warmest are the most expensive. But in the case of L.L.Bean’s PrimaLoft Packaway Jacket, that rule deflates.

The Packaway is a synthetic jacket, so it’s a water-resistant and sturdy alternative to down. The fluffy fill inside these types of jackets is sometimes seen as inferior to down because it doesn’t provide as much warmth for its weight, but thanks to manufacturing advances, synthetic insulation is catching up. Inside the Packaway is PrimaLoft Gold insulation with Cross Core technology, which was initially developed for NASA and uses aerogels to increase warmth without doing the same to weight.

For comparison, Patagonia’s highly-favored Nano Puff Jacket relies on PrimaLoft Gold too but doesn’t include Cross Core. That jacket costs $199, but L.L.Bean’s Packaway is only $159. Today you can pick one up for $119 when you enter the code SAVEBIG at checkout. The discount applies to lots of other items on L.L.Bean’s website, just in case you need a new pair of boots or an ultralight sleeping bag. — Tanner Bowden



Todd Snyder Polartec Sherpa Vest
Save 40%:Need a warm mid-layer to throw on as the temps drop this winter? Head over to Todd Snyder and pick up the Polartec Sherpa Vest made in collaboration with Champion. Incredibly lightweight, this understated vest is breathable, durable and quick-drying. It features a mock neck, two hand pockets and a small logo on the chest. Best of all, it’s now 40 percent off and costs just $89 — a fair price for something this versatile. — John Zientek



Seiko Prospex For Macy’s
Save $184: The Seiko Prospex line is perfect for both the casual wearer and the serious diver alike — there are high-end, professional models as well as those geared more toward streetwear , and just about everything in between. Macy’s, which almost always carries a healthy stock of all sorts of Seikos, recently collaborated with the Japanese brand on a limited edition blue dial Prospex, which you can nab right now for $276, a significant savings off the list price of $460.

The limited edition features a 42.3mm cushion case, blue dial with automatic date movement, 200m of water resistance, unidirectional dive bezel, black silicone dive strap and limited 3-year warranty. This is a serious tool watch for not a lot of money, so if you’re in the market for a new diver or you’re in need of a holiday gift for someone, this is a deal not to be missed. — Oren Hartov

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