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The Best Yoga Mat Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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Yoga mats are an essential and versatile item for your home gym, whether you have a dedicated yoga practice or need a supportive surface to crank out some pushups and sit ups. Even if you don’t work out, a yoga mat can be a portable and easy-to-clean place for your dog to chill.

Premium yoga mats from top brands like Manduka or Lululemon can get pricey. But Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals can be a great time to save.

Check back frequently as we will be updating with new Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals as they go live. Didn’t see a mat you like? You can always check out a great selection of the best mats at Backcountry.

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Don’t Miss Out on Mr Porter’s Massive Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

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Mr Porter’s cemented itself as the online destination for all things tasteful. Whether that’s an opulent watch, a rare streetwear collab or the classic menswear staple, Mr P’s got it. Now, it’s offering 30 percent off on its well-rounded range of goods for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

And the deals go beyond the closet, too. Catch some serious savings on stocking stuffers, home goods, grooming gifts and more.

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Workwear Is Back, but Not Like You Remember

In the late-2000s, menswear saw a revival. Young men’s interest in fashion was surging and propelled a number of trends to the fore. There was dash for suiting, endless queues for sneakers and droves of style obsessives converging at J.Crew, drinking an Americana Kool Aid. Stores like Self Edge and Unionmade pushed Japanese reproduction labels like Buzz Rickson and orSlow, and helped fuel interest in workwear and heritage brands like Red Wing and Barbour.

Workwear’s influence on style certainly wasn’t new during this time. But this period saw a massive shift in menswear trends toward raw denim and heavy Goodyear-welted boots, an overtly masculine ‘lumbersexual‘ aesthetic and a general pursuit of a head-to-toe heritage look.

This wasn’t the first time workwear ascended to popularity. Workwear had entered the zeitgeist in the ’90s thanks to a buzzing skateboarding scene as well as artists like Wu Tang Clan, Tupac and Kurt Cobain. These style icons were birthed through surplus, vintage and workwear stores. But the rockstar aura — and the fame and fortune that come with it — distract from the fact that the local Army/Navy wasn’t exactly their first choice when they were first entering the spotlight.

“When you would see your icons walking in the room and they got their Carhartt hoodie on, it’s not because they chose to do that,” designer Darryl Brown says. “It was a product of their environment.” The stuff was cheap and durable. And for a typical skater or young artist, options were limited. But as they gained traction within pop culture, they brought their art and clothes with them.

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As streetwear and athleisure became more popular in the 2010s, startup denim brands went defunct and period-correct workwear was pushed aside.

But in recent years, there’s been a shift back to workwear. Except this time around, it looks a little different. “It’s more refined,” says Tommy Dorr, who runs Moth Food, a vintage shop based in Los Angeles. “[Customers] may not know about the pieces they’re buying, but they have such a great eye for color.” He says that Carhartt is overwhelmingly popular with his customers these days. “I could sell Carhartt all day and never keep it in stock.”

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The approach is less rigid than it was a decade ago. Workwear’s proponents used to favor heritage brands and designers, practicing a sort of conservatism that eschewed both high and fast fashion, but today’s micro-influencers like @withdnl and @fuegojoel frequently pair their vintage Carhartt Detroit jackets with Comme Des Garçons trousers and Nike Air Jordans.

Rare vintage pieces like WWII U.S. Navy Deck Jackets, which, in workwear’s last revival, were likely to be paired with Japanese repro denim labels and brown leather engineer boots, are now thrown atop faded band tees and black Margiela boots. “If you look at the way people dress now, it’s about mixing contemporary, archive designer and select vintage workwear,” trend forecaster Samual Trotman says. “Sneaker culture has become such a big trend too and that has had a huge impact on the style.”

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While sneaker culture has clearly influenced today’s crop of workwear fans, the overall shift to a more eclectic, high-low mix of clothing is a sober departure from the maximalist attitudes and logo-frenzied trends in recent years. The average consumer is more knowledgeable, too.

Now, style is more about the low-key flex. “Workwear is interesting because it creates a subtlety that encourages the ‘if you know you know’ culture,” costume designer Justin Boone says. “You can wear a look featuring artisanal brands like Visvim, Guidi, Greg Lauren, and David x Goliath that creates mystery because nobody can pinpoint exactly what you’re wearing unless they are already familiar. This feeling has brought a new level of excitement as everyone turned away from the heavily branded product era and gained more fulfillment in the need to be asked, ‘where did you get that?'”

Though much of the trend has been menswear focused, it has shed some of the overt machismo of its previous incarnation. “It’s definitely opened up the workwear trend to a wider audience now too because combined with the 90s styling it has a much more relaxed appeal and crosses genders too,” Trotman says. “It’s not wearing rigid denim, a Stetson hat and big leather boots. It’s more about relaxed fits in washed and worn vintage fabrics that are comfortable.”

Like workwear’s pop-culture rise in the ’90s, today’s workwear found salience thanks to streetwear and hip-hop. “I think designers like Heron Preston really put a new focus on utility style when we first introduced his collaboration with NYC Sanitation Department in 2016,” Trotman says. “This was really about fetishizing workwear uniforms and reevaluating what Americana meant again.” Trotman also cites the importance of Raf Simons’ short stint at Calvin Klein with his fireman jackets and the rise of brands like Fear of God and Billy Los Angeles that pushed wide-leg work-style pants with heavy canvas jackets.

Credit is also due to none other than Kanye West and his Yeezy collection. Dorr cites West as a major force in pushing lowkey workwear into the style space, recalling West’s team making the rounds in various vintage showrooms for inspiration. West has also been known to sport Carhartt and Dickies on the daily.

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And it’s not just high-fashion brands that have taken notice. Heritage brands have recognized their influence on the culture and leaned into it. Stan Ray pivoted its products to a more editorialized, streetwear aesthetic while other heritage brands are quick to collaborate with hot brands like Stussy and Awake NY.

At the height of this boundary-free workwear trend, the world was hit by COVID-19, changing the way people work and dress across the planet. With the pandemic, sweatpants and sweatshirts have exploded in popularity and denim sales have tanked. “Workwear has progressed and become extremely popular over the last few years,” Boone says, “but I see it beginning to make its way out of popularity within the next few seasons.”

But, Trotman thinks it’s here to stay. “I feel like this iteration of workwear has much more staying power than before because its fits modern lifestyle better,” he says. “Plus with everything going on in the world now and all the instability and fears around sustainability people are looking more and more to timeless garments that are both functional and high quality so that they last.”

The Survivor Endurance Case Is Refined and Rugged Protection for Your iPhone 12

If you just got a new iPhone 12, or you’re thinking about it, you need a case that will protect your investment and look good in the process. Enter the Survivor Endurance case. Made to…

Joe Biden Has Surprisingly Good Taste in Watches

They say you can tell a lot about a person from their watch. What about United States presidents?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, wristwatches are easy to politicize. Presidents who surely can afford and possibly have a taste for more expensive watches can’t appear too aloof from their electorate and often need to wear very humble watches. Bill Clinton’s famous Timex Ironman, for instance, has seen less wrist time since his retirement in favor of an impressive collection of Panerais to A. Lange & Söhne watches.

The case of president-elect Joe Biden is a curious one. At first glance, his fondness for Seiko watches supports the Average-Joe persona he projects. But a closer look reveals the president-elect has a quiet penchant for the finer things as well.

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For his victory speech in Wilmington, DE, on November 7, 2020, Biden wore the simple Seiko chronograph he’d also been seen with on the campaign trail. The two-tone finish is aesthetic only (a coating over steel): this is a practical, inexpensive quartz watch, but choosing Seiko hints at his watch awareness — a harmless dog whistle for watch enthusiasts, if you will. He appears to have several such Seiko watches as well as more expensive Swiss ones in his arsenal.

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Vulcain Cricket

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It’s natural for any vice president to consider running for the top office, and Biden had done so before running alongside Barack Obama. So it’s perhaps unsurprising that he’d been spotted with the Vulcain Cricket. Otherwise known as the President’s Watch, Vulcain has made a tradition of gifting a Cricket presidents since Harry Truman in 1953. It features a mechanical alarm that earlier presidents especially found useful. Since he’s already got one, it’ll be interesting to see if Vulcain sends him another.

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch

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Seen in an interview with the magazine In Style, Biden variously sported jeans, a sweatshirt, a denim shirt, a leather jacket, his trademark aviator sunglasses and an Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. This seems to show Joe’s casual side and personal taste: it’s down-to-earth workwear but communicates that he values quality and style. The Speedmaster, of course, appropriately has a US government connection with its use by NASA. As one of the best values in modern watches, it reflects on Biden as serious but not extravagant.

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Omega Seamaster 300m Diver

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Biden is clearly a Seiko man but also an Omega fan. He’s been spotted with a Seamaster 300m Diver, pairing a dive watch to a suit, 007-style. Though irreproachably tasteful, the watch doesn’t seem like an overly calculated wardrobe choice (though it’s not an inexpensive watch) and is more representative of his own personality — and watch collection.

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Apple products might be polarizing, but Biden wearing an Apple Watch as he’s occasionally done seems practical. It’s of less interest to watch collectors and enthusiasts than the watches above, but will be familiar and approachable to voters. However, the Secret Service could conceivably not allow the president to wear such technology for security reasons, and Joe will surely be happy to return to his Seikos and Omegas.

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Yeti Is Selling off a Hoard of Rare, Discontinued Gear

With the continued surge in coronavirus overtaking “trampling by stampede” on the list of Black Friday perils, it’s no wonder that many retailers have made the deals digital. Most of them are already active ahead of the unofficial holiday, too — you can get everything from mattresses to speaker sets — though one thing you shouldn’t bank on scoring a deal on is a Yeti cooler. Alas, the brand’s ultra-rugged gear is proving as durable to price cuts as grizzly attacks; there’s no busting these doors.

That said, the company is running a rare promo that could please some of its devoted fans. It opened up a section of its website called Gear Garage Finds that features an array of products available in discontinued sizes and colors. There’s a lot of drinkware here, but there are also backpacks and totes, and, if you refuse to buy a cooler in any hue other than coral, you’re in luck. Stock is limited, naturally, but Yeti says it’ll update the page daily with new items.

Oh, and we did manage to find one noteworthy Yeti discount: 40 percent off an 18-ounce stainless steel water bottle.

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This Could Be Our Best Look Yet at the New Toyota Tundra

Recently, reports have been suggesting Toyota is planning some massive lineup changes over the next few years. Overhauling the brand’s aging trucks and SUVs will be one of the major projects. We don’t know whether (or under what branding) the U.S. will get the new Land Cruiser, but Americans will be getting the Tundra full-size pickup, reportedly arriving in late 2021. And as often happens these days, pictures of what appears to be the new truck have leaked on Instagram.

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While this is our “best look” so far at the new Tundra, there’s not too much we can glean from the low-quality photos. Toyota is not radically rethinking conventional pickup truck body-design, a la the Cybertruck. The truck has the front and rear LED lighting one would anticipate on a modern truck. There may be some form of a light bar beneath the Toyota grille emblem.

Toyota enthusiasts love the Tundra for its off-road capability and build quality. But for a broader audience, the Tundra is ancient — especially by the standards of the hyper-competitive American full-size truck segment. The second-generation Tundra went into production 14 years ago; in comparison, Ford has released a new F-150 three times during that span.

What changes are in store? Reports suggest the Tundra will be switching from a V8 to a twin-turbo V6; the current version, which gets 14 mpg combined in 4×4 spec, is one of the least environmentally-friendly vehicles one can buy. There should be many ride quality and safety improvements from moving to a new, more advanced truck platform. Toyota was also conspicuously hiding something about the Tundra’s rear axle and suspension during testing. Expect to find out all the answers in 2021.

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Want to Save Big on Great Motorcycle Gear? Black Friday Is the Time

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Depending on what the weather is like where you are right now, riding a motorcycle might be the last thing on your mind — whether you’re a rider or just looking to buy a gift for one. But while you can very much ride in the winter (just make sure you have the right gear), the warmer weather is just a few months away. And Black Friday and Cyber Monday makes for a great time to snag deals on all sorts of riding gear.

RevZilla, for example, is offering a massive sale on all kinds of riding gear ahead of Black Friday, with new deals popping up every day.

In addition, Bike Bandit is likewise serving up plenty of great opportunities to save big on motorcycle jackets, helmets, gloves and more.

The above is just a smattering of the deals out there; if you want to see more, it’s worth checking out RevZilla and BikeBandit directly, too.

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Prince’s 1984 Purple Rain Tour Bus is For Sale

Forget that fat Winnebago camper you’ve been eyeing when you could seriously rock out in Prince’s 1984’s Purple Rain tour bus. That’s right, the 1983 Eagle Model 10 Motorcoach is big, purple, and up for…

New Balance x J.Crew 997 10th Anniversary Sneakers

New Balance and J.Crew are both storied American that have each produced more than a few closet’s worth of iconic style pieces over the past couple decades. While we were definitely fans of their previous…

Kanevas New Men’s Collection Briefcase and Duffel Bag

As an urban commuter going on a trip for business or pleasure, it can be a struggle to switch from a briefcase, or a carry-on to a backpack. You want versatility when it comes to your bag and you want one that caters to both situations.  Canadian retail company Kanevas understands this need and thus they specialized in bags that are one of a kind, “designed for you, by you.”

The company has been in the market providing the women population comfort and convenience with their travel needs. They make handmade custom bags that adapt to their carrying needs in any given situation. As such, they want to give the same satisfaction to the opposite gender with the briefcase and duffel bag from their new men’s collection.

Your Style, Your Satisfaction

Founded in Quebec City in 2017 by Mylène Cusson and Marie-Hélène David, Kanevas gives customers the freedom to express their inner fashion designer. They want users to create bags that match their style and personal needs. The customization process allows them to choose their desired fabric, accessories, colors, features, and more. The outcome then is a bag that becomes a form of self-expression.

The briefcase and duffel bag easily adapts to your personal style and taste while offering multiple storage solutions for a functional carry. You can transform the briefcase into a backpack in a few easy steps. The duffel bag can easily get you from work to the gym or to a weekend getaway.

One-Of-A-Kind Creation

There is no one bag that can truly satisfy anyone when it comes to practicality. Those in retail markets are either missing one feature you’re looking for, too expensive, or not to your liking. They may look appealing but they don’t do bags justice in general. They end up being fashion accessories and gathering dust after just a few uses.

Kanevas, on the other hand, lets you “make your own choices without compromise” so you don’t settle for anything less. You get to take part in the creation of your bag from the ground up. You get the liberty to decide on the how and why: how you want your bag to look and why you want it designed as such. Thus, no bag is ever alike with the other. Each is unique to each user.

Convertible, Organization-Master

The Briefcase from Kanevas new men’s collection is one great example of elegance and extreme organization. Multiple zippered compartments and internal pockets give you plenty of storage options for your work essentials.

Call it your portable office if you will.  Its practical storage solution keeps your items organized and safe. There is space for your laptop, tablet, cellphone, credit cards, power banks, documents, other tech gadgets, and more. The briefcase even comes with a built-in external quick-access port for your mobile charger.

As for portability and convenience, the briefcase from Kanevas easily switches from handheld to backpack carry in two simple clicks. The stowaway backpack straps are neatly concealed in the zippered back pocket.  It retains its elegant edge all throughout regardless of carrying method.

On-The-Go, Anytime And Anywhere

Meanwhile, the Kanevas duffel bag is as versatile as it can get. You can take it to work or to your next weekend trip. It provides enough space to store a quick change of clothes and has a built-in laptop compartment. You also get the option of adding a side pocket for dirty clothes or dirty shoes.

This bag features a two-way carry method just like the briefcase. It has a couple of short handles for hand carry and an adjustable shoulder strap for hands-free.

Sustainable, Durable, High-tech

Kanevas prides itself on using sustainable rPet fabrics for the bags’ inner lining. 30 percent of the composition comes from recycled water bottles. The bags can be made with genuine or vegan leather or with felt.

The company also incorporates technology with their fashion designs. As such, they make use of augmented reality to bring their product to life. This helps customers get a visible idea of their finished design. It shows them how it will look like on all sides and angles at the comfort of their homes.

Conclusion

In this modern world of advanced technology and a fast-paced lifestyle, one thing you can rely on to get you to your destination is a fully-functional, reliable, and durable bag. One with great and timeless appeal is a bonus.

All these qualities Kanevas delivers. The briefcase and the duffel bag from their new men’s collection cater to the active lifestyle of business and travel. As such, they are versatile, sturdy, boasts a great appeal, and comes with an exterior slip pocket for easy transport with your suitcase.  All these commendable features prove that you can never go wrong with owning a Kanevas bag.

The new men’s collection is now available for an early-bird purchase over at Kickstarter. The campaign will end on Nov. 28 afterward the bags will be accessible at Kanevas online studio.

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The 10 Best Bathrobes to Lounge in at Home

If you’re not born into a very specific blood line or marry into one, buying a bathrobe is the closest thing you can do to feel like royalty. Whether it’s stepping out of a hot shower or cozying up on the couch in front of the latest episode of The Crown, a bathrobe takes it to the next level. Sure, you may not have any subjects to lord over (aside from your cat). But that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve something nice. The way we see it, a bathrobe is self care. The market for this most plush of home garb is fraught with options. So we decided to distill it down to the only ones worth considering. Here they are, your majesty.

Schiesser Towelling Bath Robe

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Best Overall Bathrobe

Schiesser’s been around since 1875, so they know a few things about making a quality garment. Its Towelling Bath Robe is made with an all-cotton French terry material that’s plush, breathable and absorbent. The fit is generous and easy to slip on, but unlike many hooded options, features a hood that’s not too floppy.

Price: $115

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Offhours Homecoat

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Another way to look at a robe is to see it as a blanket cut into the shape of a human body. That’s exactly what Offhours’ Homecoat is: Your comfiest duvet, swaddling you in thick, quilted warmth.

Price: $295

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David Archy Soft Fleece Plush Robe

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David Archy’s luscious robe is an Amazon best-seller for a reason. The polyester velveteen fleece is more plush than any baby sheep could ever hope to be and it comes with all the trappings you’d expect of a good bathrobe — roomy pockets, a belt and even a hood.

Price: $53

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L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Robe

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Is it any surprise that one of our favorite flannel shirts also makes for a great robe? Real-deal registered tartan patterns rendered in brushed all-cotton flannel and a classic belted shawl collar design make this a great year-round pick.

Price: $70

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Parachute Waffle Robe

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Going to the spa might not be an option for a while, but you can bring it home with you. Parachute’s Waffle Robe is made with super soft long-staple Turkish cotton, woven into a plush waffle knit that’s just like the one from the luxury spa you go to to for a birthday treat.

Price: $119

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Ugg Robinson Robe

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The undisputed champion of cozy is an obvious contender in the bathrobe category. Its Robinson Robe features a double-knit fabric with a silky smooth fabric on the outside and a plush high-pile polyester fleece on the inside because, remember, it’s all about you.

Price: $145

Coyuchi Cloud Loom Robe

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One of the softest robes on this list is also one of the most earth-friendly. Coyuchi’s Cloud Loom Robe uses 100 percent organic cotton, spun using an Aersopin process which produces a fluffy an absorbent fabric that’s a perfect replacement for your bath towel.

Price: $148

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Brooklinen Linen Robe

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For those of us who live in milder climates, a fluffy fleece robe is nothing more than a nice thought. Brooklinen’s breathable linen robe is made in Portugal using premium Belgian and French flax that gets softer with age, just like the heirloom linens passed down from your grandfolks.

Price: $148

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Reigning Champ Midweight Terry Robe

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Made using an all-cotton French terry cloth fabric, Reigning Champ’s decadent robe is a perfect post-bath fit, complete with a hood. Think of it like if your favorite hoodie had a growth spurt. Coincidentally, Reigning Champ also makes one of the best hoodies.

Price: $160

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Zimmerli Piped Silk Robe

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If you truly want to feel like royalty, a silk robe is what you need. Zimmerli’s mastered luxury lounging and its Piped Silk Robe is peak. It’s made of 100 percent silk. features a shawl collar (the sexiest of collars), a belt and three pockets.

Price: $433

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The Best Outdoor Odds and Ends on Sale for Black Friday

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On the prowl to snag some winter layers, round out your camp set-up or stock up on stocking stuffers? You’ve come to the right place, as we’re compiling all the best deals on a wide range of miscellaneous outdoor goods here. Who knows? You might even snag a sweet kayak bundle.

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REI Is Closed on Black Friday but Is Having an Awesome Sale Now

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REI is continuing its Black Friday tradition of shuttering its stores and placing a halt on online orders for the sixth year in a row. Instead, the outdoor gear retailer encourages shoppers to #OptOutside — to forego the shopping holiday entirely and do something fun outdoors. However, there is still a way to get a discount on outdoor gear from REI, thanks to a massive sale going on now until November 23. Here’s a selection of some of our favorite gear included in the sale.

The above is just a taste of the discounts on offer, which range from 25 to 50 percent off on gear from awesome brands like Patagonia, The North Face, Danner and many more (shop the full sale here). Don’t forget: this sale ends on November 23.

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This Land Rover-Esque Off-Roader Could Get a Futuristic Powertrain, Thanks to Hyundai

Hyundai, reportedly, has been monitoring the off-roader space for a potential Land Cruiser rival. Meanwhile, British company Ineos announced that it will build the Grenadier — essentially, a modernized version of the old Land Rover Defender. Now, the two companies have announced a partnership that could yield exciting developments for future off-roaders.

The two companies are partnering, specifically, on hydrogen fuel cell powerplants. Ineos, primarily a chemical company, knows how to manufacture hydrogen. Hyundai, which has a modular hydrogen fuel cell system used in the Nexo crossover, knows how to use hydrogen in vehicles; part of their agreement will be testing Hyundai’s fuel cell system for use in the Grenadier, which is on track to start production in late 2021.

Hydrogen power would give the Grenadier a raison d’etre beyond, y’know, being an expensive vehicle that sort of looks like the modern Defender Land Rover won’t build. But it also could prevent an existential crisis for the brand; they’ll need an alternative to their current gas and diesel powertrains soon, as Britain plans to outlaw sales of fossil fuel vehicles by 2030.

Partnering with a chemical manufacturer on this makes sense for Hyundai. The hurdles for potential widespread use of hydrogen as a fuel source are production-related; hydrogen needs to be extracted, stored and transported easily and cheaply, none of which are simple tasks. And the infrastructure for doing all three must scale up dramatically if it’s to become a viable fuel for mainstream vehicles; the number of hydrogen fuel stations in the U.S. sits in double digits right now, and nearly all of them are in California.

It’s not clear what Hyundai’s plans are for hydrogen on the passenger vehicle front, and whether those plans might include an off-roader fuel cell powertrain that could also work in a yet-to-be-confirmed Hyundai Land Cruisier rival. Hyundai, we should note, just launched Ioniq as a standalone electric brand. But even if battery-electric vehicles make less sense for passenger vehicles, hydrogen is still likely to play a key role in long-haul trucking, airlines and shipping.

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The Best Workout Clothing Black Friday Deals We Could Find (So Far)

With seemingly every Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale starting early this year, it can be difficult to sift through everything and find the best of the best. We decided to do some of the legwork for you. Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking to add some elite pieces to your workout wardrobe or someone just looking for a comfortable pair of sweats for a Sunday run (that one is me), there is a deal for you.

You can save up to 65% on the deals we found, but don’t wait, some of these items will sell out before you can say Turkey Day 5K.

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