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Sunski Shades Sale
After testing a pair for work back in 2016, I’ve been a devotee ever since. Finding a pair of sunglasses that works for works for a full day of hiking as well as it does a day trip to an orchard upstate is hard to find. The polarized lenses combined with a lightweight frame mean theses beauties stay on your face, even if you’re running up a mountain. Today, on Huckberry, you can find a variety of styles on sale for up to 22 percent off. Whether you buy one, or five, there’s a perfect summer activity for each pair.
— Meg Lappe
AmazonBasics Hardshell Suitcase
Save 50%: Big enough to tow anything you could need for a long weekend (cough, ask off work July 4th weekend, cough) and small enough to avoid paying for a checked bag, AmazonBasics’s Hardshell Spinner suitcase is for the budget traveler. Its 20 inches of storage space include a few zip pockets for shoes and personal items, and its 4 360-degree rotating wheels navigate TSA checkpoints and hotel lobbies without much trouble (avoid hard, bumpy surfaces; this isn’t luxury luggage). It’s also covered in a very thick layer of a very light and very tough ABS thermoplastic.
The weekender, which is usually just $60, is 50 percent off right now (grey only), good for its lowest price ever. — Will Price
Bell Helmets Bullit
Save 25%: The Bell Helmets Star was the first full-faced helmet to ever hit the market back in 1963. Since then, the Star model line evolved with the times and after more than 50 years of technological advancement, it’s a far cry from the ’63 original. To bring back some of that ’60s style, Bell introduced the Bullit, effectively remaking the original star, but with modern safety. Today on Revzilla, you can get this timeless, stylish full-faced lid for 25 percent off, saving yourself $100. That’s a great deal, regardless of the decade. — Bryan Campbell
Bathing Suit Sale
Save 50%: As temperatures continue to rise, the time to head to the beach, lake, ocean or pool is now. Finding the perfect pair of boardshorts means a style that looks like it can go to the brewery after a full day in the sun, but also quick drying and comfortable in the water. Versatility is the name of the game, but don’t be afraid to add a little spark to your summer wardrobe.Huckberry is offering up to 50 percent off a variety of shorts — from brands like Onia, United by Blue, Finisterre, Iron and Resin, and more. Below are a handful of our favorites to get you started, and then it’s time to head to the sand. — Meg Lappe
Dyson V6 Vacuum
Save 25%: In the world of vacuums, you settle or you splurge. Though most would not blame you for rolling with an inexpensive vacuum, there’s a reason Dyson’s super-premium models have endured as the vacuum — so much so that the brand’s biggest competition is itself.
The newest Dyson vac — the product whose release halted production of any corded, upright vacs forever — is effective, but almost $1,000. The V8 is a good alternative, but still $350 at its cheapest. What’s left? The V6.
Dyson’s V6 vacuum was the British brand’s first real push into the cordless handheld vacuum market. Its top-end suction power (100 air watts) is significantly less than the V10 (151 air watts), and somewhat less than the V8 (115 air watts), but that literally does not matter as any of these on the normal or middle suction zone is absolutely plenty of pull.
This V6 is refurbished by Dyson itself, and comes with a specific warranty guaranteeing a replacement within 6 months if it doesn’t fit the brand’s high standards. Where the V10 is $700, the V8 is $350, it is a mere $180. That’s about as affordable as a Dyson gets.
The refurbished V6 is 25 percent off on Amazon until early tomorrow morning. — Will Price
Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag
Save $50:When Peak Design put The Everyday Messenger together, it certainly made photographers’ day-to-day needs a top priority. With features like dedicated Capture Clip attachment points, a built-in tripod carry feature, an expandable, multi-paneled exterior and “origami-inspired” removable dividers; it makes the accessing gear in a hurry easy and intuitive. Then again, when you work with Tery Ratcliff on a bag, what do you expect?
That’s not to say this 20.5-liter bag isn’t useful if you don’t sling a camera around for a living. The weatherproof waxed shell, adjustable strap and protected laptop sleeve make the Everyday Messenger just as ideal for any commuter. It’s also hard to argue with a design that raised $4.7 million on Kickstarter to earn the title of the site’s Most Successful Camera Bag. — Bryan Campbell
Save $40+: 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 to joggers to sneakers are all offered at discounted prices. With the scorching hot temperatures arriving just in time for the longest day of the year, Lululemon has the freshest gear to keep you dry and stench-free. Some of our top-rated running shirts and gym shorts are included in the massive sale, so get them while you can. We picked out a few favorites to help you get started. — Meg Lappe
Alpinestars Devon Airflow Jacket
Save 18%: When it comes to summer riding and hot weather, it’s easy to be tempted to dress down. But, there’s a reason the saying “dress for the slide, not the ride,” exists. It’s important to keep yourself protected when you ride, and it’s also just as important to not pass out from heat exhaustion. With that said, you don’t need to compromise, all you need is a jacket like the Alpinestars Devon Airflow Jacket.
A Bit of a hybrid jacket, the Devon Airflow utilizes protective leather in areas where you might need it in case of a fall and perforation and mesh where airflow is also critical. As far as summertime riding jackets go, the Devon Airflow rates among the best. — Bryan Campbell
Bellroy XO Wallets
Save 60%: Though not typically something to be shown off (unless you want to robbed), the wallet is the most classic and most essential EDC. Truthfully, it’s the only EDC you need. And because it is the most essential, and because the things it carries may literally be the difference between lunch and no lunch, investing in one that won’t fall apart on you may be worth a second thought.
Enter, enormous discounts on Bellroy and Barney’s New York’s collaborative collection of cardholders, slim wallets and billfolds. The collection is made with eco-friendly (and patina-building) vegetable-tanned leather, hand-painted edges, plenty of color and size options and Bellroy’s trademark owl stamp.
Every wallet in the collection is at least 59 percent off right now on Barney’s site. — Will Price
Save $50: Today is the first time that I’ve seen that you can actually score a pretty good deal on the HomePod. It’s still going for $349 on Apple’s website, but Best Buy is selling the speaker for $299, in both space gray and white colorways. — Tucker Bowe
Save 71%: If you’ve been waiting to invest in an iconic pair of Persol sunglasses, Nordstrom Rack has a deal for you. Right now, you can save 71 percent on three different Italian-made Persols: the Icona Evolution, the Sartoria and the Pilot models. Normally $350, these shades are now just $100 while supplies last. — John Zientek
Logitech Computer Accessories
Save up to 67%: If you’re in the market for some desktop accessories, such as a mouse, wired or wireless keyboard, or some computer speakers, head on over to Amazon now. For today only, you can find great deals (up to 67-percent) on a trove of Logitech accessories — some old, some new — that could improve upon your current setup. We’ve highlighted some of my favorite products that are on sale below, but you can check out all Amazon’s current deals on Logitech accessories by clicking the button below. — Tucker Bowe
Save over 50%: Affordable low-top sneakers are a summer essential. If you’re in need of a new pair of versatile warm-weather kicks, head over to Tillys and peruse a huge selection of sneakers that are 50 percent off. Brands include Adidas, Converse and Vans, among others, and prices start at just $10. Right now, a wide range of sizes are still available, so if you see something you’re into, don’t wait — with these prices, they’ll be gone soon. — John Zientek
Yeti Tundra 65
Save $69: Finding a deal on a Yeti is a tough thing to do — almost as hardcore as the extra-thick walls that make up the bulk of this cooler. Online, the Yeti Tundra 65 already $50 off on Yeti.com (down from $400), but thanks to a steal on eBay, you can pick one up for another $50 off, and get it down to $331 after taxes — just use code PLAYFUL15. Let’s face it; once you have one of these coolers, you’re sure to win any barbecue you have planned all summer long. — Meg Lappe
Danner Mountain Light Hiking Boots
Save $114: Ask I child to draw a picture of a someone wearing hiking boots. She’ll likely illustrate footwear that’s somewhat clunky with some heavy tread, and if you give her colored pencils, chances are that boot will be brown. Task an adult with the same assignment and the result may be a more skillful reproduction (depending on the adult) but the image will essentially be the same — a brown leather boot, heavy tread; it’s the icon image that’s come to stand for the entire hiking boot category.
It also happens to be a very close representation of Danner’s most iconic hiking boot, the Mountain Light. That boot is a contemporary iteration of Danner’s very first hiking boot, the 6490, which was released in 1973 and quickly gained acclaim from numerous outdoor publications at the time. The boot was durable, comfortable and lighter than any other rugged hiking footwear at the time.
The Mountain Light continues the legacy of the 6490. It’s built with an upper made from a single piece of full-grain leather and hefty Vibram Kletterlift rubber outsole. The construction provides ample stability and support, and after the requisite break-in period, the Mountain Light’s leather conforms to the foot for a close fit akin to which only a custom bootmaker can provide. Treat them well, and they’ll likely last long enough to pass on to the next generation.
Right now, Danner’s Mountain Light hiking boots are on sale at Backcountry for 30 percent off, with plenty of sizes and colors in stock. It might be the cheapest way to pick up a pair (other than searching for the ones that Reese Witherspoon threw off of a cliff in Oregon’s Willamette Forest during the filming of Wild).
Note: Danner recommends buying a half-size down from what you typically wear for the best fit. — Tanner Bowden
Sony NW-A45 Walkman
Save $42: You can still buy a Sony Walkman these days, it’s true, but they aren’t the Walkmans of yesteryear that play cassette tapes. Instead, Sony’s current crop of Walkmans are portable high-res audio players that look similar to an iPad Touch. The NW-A45 Walkman is one of the company’s newer models — released in 2017 — and it’s also one of the most budget-friendly you can find. It has a built-in amplifier and is able to play 24-bit audio at 96kHz, which is significantly higher-resolution than what you’d get from a CD player. And it has 16GB of storage with a microSD slot in case you need more. For musicians, audiophiles on a budget, and or anybody who wants to take the first steps into hi-fi, this device is a pretty good upgrade from your smartphone.
Save up to 70%: Now at Outerknown, you can save up to 70 percent on a range of summer wardrobe essentials. Known for its focus on sustainability, the LA-based brand makes a range of tasteful garments appropriate for casual-wear in any locale. The brand’s Sun Sale includes markdowns on tees, trunks, outerwear and more, and prices start at just $19. Many styles and sizes are available now, but they won’t be for long with savings like this, so check out a few of our favorite pieces below for inspiration. — John Zientek
Samsung MU6300 4K TV (50-inch)
Save $150: A 50-inch Samsung MU6300 4K TV currently goes for $479 at Best Buy (or $750 on Samsung’s website), but right now you save a decent amount by picking up a refurbished model on eBay today. It’s going for just $379, plus you get an extra $50 off if you use the code “PLAYFUL15” at checkout, bringing the total down to $329 — and that’s about as budget-friendly as a quality 4K TV can get. — Tucker Bowe
The North Face Apex Flex GTX Hooded Jacket
Save 30%: Soft shell jackets land somewhere in the space between tradition windbreakers and fleece jackets. However, instead of getting lost in the shuffle, the softshell’s versatility helps it stand out. Today, you can get the Apex Flex GTX Hooded Jacket by The North Face for $161, when it usually retails for $229.
A three-layer GoreTex liner makes the Apex Flex GTX both wind and waterproof while venting under the arms works to regulate the temperature inside the jacket. More so, the fit of the jacket makes it possible to use as a base or mid-layer on chillier days. It’s most definitely a three season item, but if you plan on heading anywhere with serious altitude or a chance of a temperature drop a good soft shell like the Apex Flex GTX Hooded Jacket by The North Face is essential.
— Bryan Campbell
The North Face Bags
Save 30%: If you’re in need of a new bag for your summer travels, Nordstrom currently has some great markdowns on options from The North Face. You can save 30 percent on a range of bags and luggage including backpacks, duffels and wheeled luggage. No matter your destination, there’s a bag that will fulfill your needs, and among the current options, prices start at just $69. — John Zientek
Taschen Coffee Table Books
Save up to 75%: Your home is more than a living space; that term would imply that the sole purpose of everything inside it is to aid in the functions of daily survival. The truth is that your apartment or house is filled with a consciously- and unconsciously-collected group of objects that together act as a representation of who you are. (And if it truly is empty, well that says a lot, too.)
As a focal point of one of the more social rooms in any space — the living room — the coffee table provides an opportunity to curate how visitors might understand you. Yes, it’s a surface for remote controls and drinking vessels, but it can also accommodate larger objects, like books. There’s even a term for this: the coffee table book.
These publications are extensive and usually filled with as many pictures as words. Every subject is fair game too — the art lover might display a tome on Matisse’s work with paper cut-outs, while a vagabond would favor photographer Steve McCurry’s photographic work in Afghanistan. These two books and many more are currently featured in Taschen’s sale on display and slightly-damaged models. Discounts range from 25-75 percent off, and given that these big books can cost as much as $700, it’s a sale worth checking out. — Tanner Bowden
Mountain Steals Tent Sale
Save 46%: While Memorial Day Weekend is often symbolic of the beginning of Summer Fridays (if you’re lucky enough to get them), today is the summer solstice. It’s also the longest day of the year and the official start of summer. The weather is currently cooperating, and bringing with it nights that are often pleasant, temperature-wise. If sleeping outdoors is your jam, you know the time to do so is now. And while there are many ways to do so in your backyard — hammock, tree house, etc. — this sale on tents is the best way to do it everywhere. Save up to 46 percent on tents from Sierra Designs, The North Face, Eureka, Big Agnes, Nemo and more. Pick one up that is light, portable and spacious, as well as minimalist in nature. Here are a few to get you started. — Meg Lappe
Stanley One Hand Vacuum Mug
Save 32%: There’s something understated about a travel mug; it doesn’t have the flair of a martini glass or the classic appeal of a French Picardie tumbler or even the familiar hominess of an open-top ceramic mug. And yet, the travel mug is judged harsher than any of these vessels and upon a much more rigorous set of standards.
Heat retention, cold retention, leak-resistance, cup holder compatibility, in-hand ergonomics and ease of cleaning are all must-have properties, and insufficiency in any one can be cause for abandonment. Plus, it should be durable enough to last years.
Stanley’s classic One Hand Vacuum Mug is a humble and competent contender for the best travel mug available. I discovered this as the pre-dawn cold of Wyoming — not the shiver-inducing type of cold but the kind that kills the nerve endings inside your nostrils with every inhale — prompted me to undertake a search for a container that could maintain its internal heat better than my own body. The One Hand Vacuum Mug does that almost too well; once safely indoors I often remove the mug’s lid to bring my drink down to tastebud-friendly temperatures.
That this mug can also be operated with one hand is a boon to frozen fingers everywhere, and it’s never let loose a single drop of fluid (even after a sufficient jostling inside my backpack). Given the amount of use it’ll undoubtedly see, it’s an easy way to spend $28. Right now though you can get one for just $19 — even better. — Tanner Bowden
Cole Haan Leather Bags
Save up to 75%: If you want to upgrade your current bags, consider investing in understated leather styles. Leather’s a classic choice that is both tasteful and durable, albeit expensive. For some affordable options, head over to Nordstrom Rack where a range of leather bags from Cole Haan are currently up to 75 percent off. Pick from staple styles like backpacks, messenger bags, duffel bags and more — prices start at just $100. — John Zientek
Barebones Living Cast-Iron Cookware
Save 15%: Barebones Living is a Utah-based maker of many outdoor products that all have one thing in common — stellar looks — and its cast-iron cookware may very well be the best example.
The brand’s cast iron catalog is not meant for kitchens so much as it is the campsite. It skips the practice of machining the cooking surface smooth in favor of a nice and heavy body, big hand grips and handles that rise a bit more than usual (in case you’re grabbing it from the fire). Its Dutch oven even sports “legs,” which are essentially there to lift it up enough to put coals under it.
J.Crew Summer Essentials Sale
Save up to 70%: Now at J.Crew you can save up to 70 percent of a range of reliable wardrobe basics for summer. Peruse everything from socks and shorts to shirts and shoes — you’re bound to find something you like. Prices start at just $1 (for socks), so you’ll be able to score a few necessities without breaking the bank. — John Zientek
BioLite BaseLantern XL
Save 15%: On a recent night in Brooklyn, a group of friends took advantage of the warmer weather and gathered in a rare parcel of lawn amongst the brownstone and brick for a cookout. As the sun set behind the skyscrapers to the west and details of their cheeseburgers and spare ribs became less-perceivable, the hostess brought out a geometric lantern that looked nothing like the old Colemans her family used to take camping Upstate.
The group was immediately impressed. The light — BioLite’s BaseLantern XL — illuminated the assembly and urged the feast to continue. Once the plates were replaced with a few additional bottles and cans, the hostess marked the shift and simultaneously awed her guests by adjusting the lantern’s settings to emit a constantly-changing rainbow spectrum of LED. That, she was able to accomplish from an app in her phone, which, for the record, was refilling its battery via a USB port in the lantern’s casing.
When the crowd finally succumbed to the lateness of the hour and the persistent flocks of mosquitos, she brought the lantern back inside and extinguished one of its sides to reserve battery and direct its radius for use as a bedside reading lamp.
Its versatility was as undeniable as its value; which normally sits at $130. Right now though, in preparation for the upcoming Independence Day holiday, BioLite is offering a 15 percent discount that can be accessed by entering the code FIREWORKS at checkout. The code works for BioLites other products like its wood-fueled pizza oven — see the full offering here but note that some new items aren’t included in the sale. — Tanner Bowden