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Rarely does a piece of gear come along that can replace a whole range of other necessities. But that’s exactly what the Shovel from EST Gear can do if you bring it on a trip that involves hiking, camping, overlanding or trail maintenance. That’s because this tactically-inclined shovel is actually more than a dozen tools in one package — shovel, saw, axe, knife, spear, bottle opener, fire starter, wire-cutter, trowel, hex wrench set, nail puller, pick, ruler, hook, screwdriver, whistle compass and rope cutter. And small-item storage inside the hollow handle piece is waterproof to boot.
The EST Shovel is lightweight (2.5lbs) and made to last a lifetime with components forged in 420 high-carbon steel and aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. The well-appointed tool is a packable and impressively useful addition to any adventure that lies ahead of you. And for the next month, the EST Shovel is half-off on Indiegogo; a great value at its usual price of $120, you can get it during the month of May for only $60.
New & Noteworthy Releases
Embrace Your Amateur Status with This New Running Apparel
Tracksmith’s newest collection of running apparel celebrates all of us amateur runners who do it for love, not world records.
Nike Fit is The App That Will End You Buying The Wrong Size Shoe
Say goodbye to ill-fitting sneakers.
Want a Better Sound than Sonos? Get This Beautiful All-in-One Speaker
The Naim Mu-So 2 is a high-end wireless speaker with two standout features: excellent sound and an incredible volume knob.
This Pilot’s Watch Offers an Entry Point to a Historic German Brand
For 2019, German brand Tutima, known for its aviation history, announces its latest pilot’s watch at an entry-level price.
Orient Defender Watch
Save Over 50%:Right now, you can get an Orient Defender for just $140 on Drop. The Defender features a steel 42mm case with 100m of water resistance, a mineral crystal, the Orient 46B40 automatic movement with day-date display and 24-hour indicator and a matching bracelet. Best of all, the Defender is available in multiple dial colors and, if you prefer a strap to the bracelet, you can take ad additional $10 off. — Oren Hartov
Julbo Cham Aviator Sunglasses
Save $50: Originally released in 1972, Julbo’s Cham Sunglasses are the direct result of the exploits of a nearly unknown mountain climber. His name was Yannick Seigneur, and he was the first person to ascend Makalu, the fifth-tallest mountain in the world by its West Pillar Route, among other feats. He also helped Julbo, a decades-old leader in mountain eye protection, test and refine eyewear. The Cham Sunglasses are a direct result of that collaboration.
In recent years, Julbo revived the Cham from its archives. Leather eye shields and nose pieces aren’t used commonly on expeditions today, but they do lend themselves to nostalgic mountain style. Right now, they’re 30 percent off at The Drop. — Tanner Bowden
Save up to 50%: Thanks to a massive sale at SneakersnStuff, you can pick up a new pair of shoes today for up to 50 percent off list price. Nike, Adidas, Reebok and New Balance are just a few of the brands you’ll find in the complete sale, and depending on what size you wear, you might find the perfect new kicks for as little as $30.
— Andy Frakes
Victorinox Fibrox Kitchen Knives
Save 25%: Ultra-cheap kitchen knives are a crapshoot — some are great values, others aren’t worth considering. Generally speaking, it’s a category rife with Chromium-rich knives that are shiny, totally resistant to water damage but chip and dull easily. From our testing, the best of the lot is Victorinox’s collection of Fibrox-handled knives — all of which are on sale on Drop today.
Of the thirteen discounted knives, the chef’s knife gets the most press. Recommended by Cook’s Illustrated, it’s tough, comes with a less-cumbersome handle than other frugal options and takes well to honing steel. The knife usually runs about $45, but can be had for $32 on Drop. — Will Price
Jegs Performance Tools
Save up to 33%: Committing to the “at-home mechanic” lifestyle isn’t an all or nothing deal. You can take it in steps and phases. Are you sticking to basic maintenance? You probably won’t need more than a decent wrench and socket set. Are you looking to do an engine swap? Well, that requires some more heavy-duty appliances. But, no matter how deep into the automotive DIY life you’re looking to go, there’s a big sale on Jegs performance tools today that’ll have you covered in some capacity. — Bryan Campbell
Save 20%: Right now, you can save up to 20 percent off a variety of Fitbit trackers ranging from the entry-level Fitbit Charge 3 to the stat-heavy Versa and Ionic. All three come in a variety of color options. All three make great last minute gifts for Mother’s Day — which is this Sunday. Whether you’re looking to start counting your steps or need a way to send text message alerts to your cheer squad during your next marathon, one of these Fitbits will work. — Meg Lappe
Save 20%: Leatherman’s best-selling Wave is one helluva a multi-tool. It has spring-action scissors, two knives, a saw and a ruler … not to mention 13 other tools you can read about here. But let’s face it. Most people don’t need that level of hardware. And that’s precisely why Leatherman offers other minimalist multi-tools like Skeletool.
The Skeletool is small, light and it only features things you’ll actually use — like a bottle opener and needle-nose pliers. The real kicker? It’s on sale, and you can pick one up at its cheapest price ever.
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These Are the Best Rubber Watch Straps to Wear This Summer
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The Best Bike Racks of 2019 for Any Vehicle
Whether you’re headed on a weekend trip, to the local trail system for a lunch ride or the top of your favorite descent, a good bike rack is crucial. These are the best available now,…