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Alps and Meters Alpine Winter Trouser
Before Day-Glo polyester mounted its ski slope takeover, wool was the go-to garment for a day on the hill. It was perhaps, a more refined (and much less crinkly) period for the sport; wool ski pants were warm and came with a tailored fit. Wool hasn’t lost those capabilities, and now Alps and Meters has merged it with modern textiles to create a ski pant that preserves the best of both old and new. On the surface, the Alpine Winter Trouser is a handsome pant designed with a water-repellent wool herringbone face and durable leather accents. But beneath is another fully waterproof membrane that’ll keep any skier dry a through a day. The combination creates the perfect pant for an active day of skiing and the good times that come after.



Montblanc Timewalker Manufacture Chronograph
Ahead of SIHH 2018, Montblanc unveiled the newest addition to its Timewalker collection: the Manufacture Chronograph. The watch takes on the same look as the standard Timewalker Chronograph but adds an in-house, column wheel chronograph movement (the standard Timewalker Chronograph uses a Sellita-based engine). On the outside, the watch also gets a vintage-inspired, black-on-white panda dial red accents and a black tachymeter bezel. The watch should go on sale in fall 2018 for around $5,900.— Andrew Connor


Pre-Order “Fundamentals” Kitchen Tool Bundle from Material
This seven-piece set — a chef’s knife, paring/utility knife, tongs and two spatulas, plus one of two wooden bases — is heavy on modern design and relatively light on price. Good for gifting someone who’s beginning to build out their living space, or for upgrading your own –Nick Caruso

The Most Affordable Way to Owning an AMG Will Also Be the Most Practical
The Most Affordable Way to Owning an AMG Will Also Be the Most Practical

Mercedes-AMG officially confirmed that starting next year, the most affordable way to owning a part of the AMG brand will be the AMG A35 hatchback.


Fresh Deals


There’s Still Time to Save Big on an Amazon Echo
Amazon is doing everything to get Alexa in your home. Its favorite tactic has been discounting Echo devices so much that it’s actually difficult to not purchase one. Over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it cut the price of all second-gen Amazon Echos by $20, dropping them down to $79; but if you thought that price was only available for a limited time, you underestimated how badly the e-commerce giant wants you and Alexa to become BFFs. The deal is still on and if you haven’t bought a second-gen Echo, this deal is still almost too good to pass up.

If you’re curious about the differences between the new Amazon Echo and the first-generation model, read our review below.



Save 25% on Every Color of YETI’s Bombproof Water Bottle
What makes a good water bottle? The ability to hold a substantial amount of water. A durable construction that can take a couple — no, numerable, drops. Insulation that’ll keep your drink cold, or hot, for as long as it takes you to finish it. A clip-friendly handle that won’t break on you (ahem, Nalgene).

YETI’s 26-ounce Rambler ticks all the boxes. It’s also sleek and features a wide mouth opening for less-awkward hydrating. And like the brand’s coolers, the Rambler is built with zero compromises on quality. But unlike those pricey coolers, it’s exceptionally affordable, especially with this 25% off deal on Amazon. One standout to note is that the deal applies to every color, so take your pick.



These Classic Red Wing Heritage Shoes Are Now Half Off
Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can get the Red Wing Heritage Postman Oxford for half off. Available in charcoal leather from the S.B. Foot Tanning Company, the shoe features a Goodyear welt, a leather insole and an Atlas Tred sole. It’s a classic silhouette that you can dress up or dress down, an ideal shoe for everyday wear.



Save $75 on BeatsX In-Ear Headphones
If you love your AirPods, but don’t want to ruin them by working out with them — AirPods aren’t sweatproof, after all — the BeatsX in-ear headphones are a solid alternative. Even though they aren’t truly wireless, they boast the same W1 chip and will instantly pair with your iPhone. Plus, you’re getting the quality audio (with heavy bass) that Beats is known for.

The BeatsX normally go for $150 — you can find them on Apple’s website in a range of colors for this price. If you’re looking for more of a deal, Best Buy is offering them for $130 (here), and Amazon has even lower deals (here), but require you to sign up for an Amazon credit card. The best deal on new BeatsX in-ear headphones can be found on eBay — get a pair (black only) for only $75 (here).



One of Our Favorite Affordable Dress Watches Is Now Just $170
We love the Orient Bambino for its vintage-inspired dial, domed crystal and, not least of all, its automatic movement. With a retail price around $300, it’s always been a great value for the money (it’s one of our favorite watches under $500), but now Huckberry is knocking $130 off its price, making it an even more affordable dress watch option. Give it as a gift to a stylish person in your life, or simply keep it for yourself.


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Aer Gym Duffel
You go to the gym to look and feel better, so why carry a bag that looks like it lost every one of your high school wrestling matches? (Projecting much?) Aer’s Gym Duffel offers top-level functionality in a slick, high-tech package. The key is breathability: vented panels allow “used” clothing to shed stench, while clean clothing pockets and hidden compartments keep all your other goods dry and fresh.


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The 100+ Best Holiday Gifts of 2017
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