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Deals of Note: December 18, 2017


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Jaybird X3 Wireless Headphones
Save $50: Running headphones can be pretty expensive. No, let me rephrase that. Quality running headphones can be pretty expensive. I’ve tested a lot of sweat-resistant wireless headphones in the past year, and some of my favorites by Bose, Beats and Jabra go for between $130 and $200. The Jaybird X3s, which I also like, usually cost $130, but you can buy them now on Amazon or Best Buy for $80 — that’s $50 off. (Best Buy edges Amazon out by offering the X3s in more colors.)

Additional info: The X3s share many of the same features as other wireless workout headphones, but Jaybird claims, with the X3s’ slim design, that they’re also great for skiers and mountain bikers who need to fit them under a helmet. Additionally, the X3s also have a longer Bluetooth range than the traditional 30+ feet; and, via the MySound app, you can tinker with the music’s EQ levels — Tucker Bowe


Adidas x Wings+Horns NMD R2 Primeknit Sneakers
Save 25%: Now at Need Supply Co., you can get 25% off the Adidas x Wings+Horns NMD R2 Primeknit sneakers in Core Black. This understated shoe features a wool Primeknit upper in a black/grey gradient that sits on a Boost midsole. It also has a leather heel patch, leather lining and flat woven laces. If you’re in the market for a comfortable sneaker that will pair with most items in your closet, don’t pass this up. — John Zientek


Velomacchi Motorcycle Gear
Save 30%: Despite all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that bombard the end of November, nothing can stop the annual tradition of last minute shopping. Now, over at Velomacchi.com, you can get 30% off everything on the site. That even includes the new 35-liter Giro Backpack and 40-liter Speedway backpack. Both of which are constructed to incredibly high standards and made with a waterproof and abrasion resistant material — perfectly suited for any two-wheeled commute next year has to offer. — Bryan Campbell


Zojirushi Rice Cooker
Save 34%: Zojirushi makes some damn fine rice cookers, and though it’s a more entry-level model in the brand’s lineup, this NS-LGC05XB should be enough for most casual home cooks. It will make three cups of rice at a time and has settings for long grain rice, brown rice and steel-cut oatmeal. It even features a microcomputer that can make human-like judgments and adjustment cooking time and temperature based on imperfect conditions (this is known as fuzzy logic) to produce perfect rice every time. Normally, the NS-LGC05XB retails for $150, but right now Amazon has given the cooker its biggest markdown to date, so you can snag it right now for just under $100. — Andrew Connor


Bose Soundlink Color II
Save 30%: Bose makes a number of portable Bluetooth speakers that we love. Released in late 2016, its SoundLink Color II is a small-yet-big-sounding speaker that’s available in several “fun” colors (blue, red, black, white). It’s splash resistant (IPX4-rated) and has a built-in mic so you can answer calls without having to pick up your phone. It’s a solid speaker whether you want to listen to music while camping or even in the shower. Bose currently sells the SoundLink Color II for $130, which is a pretty good deal as it is, but if you act fast you can save an extra $40 by getting the speaker on eBay. The eBay deal applies only to the black colorway.

Yes, it’s manufacturer refurbished, but eBay offers a 30-day return policy.— Tucker Bowe


Rumpl Adventure Blankets
Save up to 35%: It’s official: 2017 was the year of the adventure blanket. Yep, sleeping bags are no longer the only viable option for outdoor bedding, and the company leading that charge by diving head first into the trend is Rumpl.

Uninspired by the lack of innovation happening in the world of bedding (and holed up in a frozen car), Rumpl’s founders drew inspiration directly from technical outdoor gear to redesign the blanket and make it fit for hammock camping, cabin hanging, #VanLifing and every other pursuit that gets people out and adventuring. Rumpl’s first product, the Original Puffy Blanket, is constructed with a water repellent ripstop nylon shell, filled with lofty synthetic insulation and compresses into a convenient stuff sack. Right now it’s also 23% off.

Prefer to keep your adventures indoors? Rumpl’s Super Fleece comforter is also 35% off. It’s built for beds, but it still packs plenty of tech-heavy features, such as antimicrobial and odor-resistant fleece and a stain- and water-resistant shell. — Tanner Bowden

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Luminox P-38 Lightening Automatic
Save $900: Luminox’s P-38 Lighting is a part of the brand’s aviation-inspired lineup and is fitted with a dial meant to look like it was ripped straight from the cockpit of Lockheed’s funky, two-tailed fighter. As a part of its military-inspired look, it comes with a hulking 44mm case; this might be a non-starter for some guys, but if you have a predilection for big watches, it’s an excellent choice in wristwear. Similarly, the watch comes adorned with stylish and legible Arabic numerals as well as tritium gas lume and a chunky rotating bezel that sits atop the square case.

This iteration of the P-38 Lighting, in particular, comes packing a Swiss-made automatic movement which contributes to its $1,400 MSRP, but right now you can get a massive $900 markdown at Huckberry. — Andrew Connor


Allen Edmonds McAllister Wingtips
Save $150: Allen Edmonds’ McAllister Wingtips are made out of high-quality leather, in Allen Edmonds’ Wisconsin factory, by skilled shoemakers utilizing classic machinery and techniques. It should be no surprise, then, that they retail for a fairly hefty $395. That said, Allen Edmonds is currently offering a solid $150 discount on the shoes in a rich and versatile “bourbon” colorway. Given that Allen Edmonds’ shoes are known for exceptional durability and longevity, the far more palatable $245 price tag is a worthy investment for a pair of dress shoes that may very well last you a lifetime. — Andrew Connor


ELAC B5 Debut Series 5.25″ Bookshelf Speakers
Save 22%: When it comes to well-respected, affordable, high-performance bookshelf speakers, Andrew Jones is king. He’s best known for his work with Pioneer, but his designs for ELAC are equally impressive. The Jones-designed B5 Debut Series speakers are perfect to pair with an entry-level vinyl kit or even a home theatre system. They feature custom drivers and woven aramid fiber woofers. Right now, they are available on Amazon for their lowest price ever. — AJ Powell


LG Minibeam Ultra Short Throw Projector
Save $400: When building your home theater, a projector has several key advantages over a television. You can have a much larger screen, for one, and the image is actually easier on your eyes — the light that reflects off a white or gray screen is less intense than the light that’s beamed directly at you as on an LED and OLED TV. That said, setting up a projector can be more complicated, as you need to consider things like the room’s size, wall space and brightness, as well the projector’s throw distance.

If you’re set on buying a projector, LG’s Minibeam Ultra Short Throw Projector (PF1000U) is a great one to consider. It’s an ultra-short throw projector, which means that it only needs a few inches of space to throw a really big screen — it can project up to a 100-inch screen from 15 inches away. It produces a full HD 1080p picture and also acts as a smart TV, via WebOS, so that you can stream apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and HBO Now. It also has built-in wi-fi for easy installation.

The LG PF1000U normally costs $1,400, which is fairly expensive, considering it was released in 2015 and isn’t capable of 4K. However, you can get it on Amazon for $997, which is $400 off its normal MSRP. — Tucker Bowe


Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones
Save $52: When they launched in September, the Sony WH-1000XM2 headphones replaced the popular MDR-1000X in Sony’s wireless noise-canceling lineup. They look almost identical but the WH-1000XM2s boast a slightly grippier texture and come with a few extra features, including Sony’s Quick Attention — it allows users to lower the volume of music by putting their hand over the right earcup. Though the WH-1000XM2 headphones normally retail for $350, they’re currently 15% off on Amazon for a $52 discount. If you’re shopping for Christmas, note that the black pair is out of stock until December 21, 2017. — Jack Seemer

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