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January 22, 2018 Briefings By

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Kammok Camping Accessories
Kammok’s latest collection of camping accessories is devised to make life in the woods more convenient. New from the Austin, Texas brand is the Joey, a hammock-like gear sling designed to keep your stuff off the ground, the Pika Pack, a lightweight hip pack meant for quick jaunts and an entire line of organizing stuff sacks called Burro Bags. Everything is designed with weather repellant ripstop nylon and packs down small to fit inside a backpack.
— Tanner Bowden



In a Galaxy Far, Far Away: A New York Times Book
This book “contains all the important Times articles about the films and their legacy, including reviews…graphics, photos, obituaries and behind-the-scenes exclusives. If you’re looking for a (fictionalized) chronicle of an evil empire and the folks fighting it, this book is your only hope. Buy it you must. — Nick Caruso



Lenovo 100e Laptop
Microsoft announced its latest lineup of education-focused laptops — the most notable of the bunch is the $189 Lenovo 100e. The 100e’s specs won’t blow you away, as you’d expect for that price. It’s has a hardy, but plastic design. Its only “glamorous” feature is that its screen can be pushed back 180-degrees so that the laptop lies completely flat. The 100e also packs Intel’s new Celeron Apollo Lake processor (which we assume is decently powerful). This is Microsoft’s and Lenovo’s most extreme competitor to a Chromebook, and they’re hoping school systems will want to adapt it. Release date info is unknown at this time. — Tucker Bowe



Joshu + Vela Zip Briefcase
This hard-wearing briefcase from San Francisco-based Joshu + Vela is the perfect option for your daily driver. It’s made from durable materials that are guaranteed to age beautifully. The body of the bag is cut from 18-ounce cotton twill and features American-sourced bridle leather handles and a solid brass zipper. The interior has numerous pockets for organization including a laptop sleeve. It’s a great alternative to Filson’s ubiquitous briefcase and is offered in tan, natural and black colorways. — John Zientek



Omega Olympic Games Seamasters
In anticipation of the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Omega has released two new special editions of the Seamster. The new Olympic Games Collection is comprised of the burly Seamster Professional ($6,950) and the more everyday Aqua Terra ($6,400). Both get new blue dials and accents like a red bezel on the Professional and “Peyongchang 2018” lettering on the Olympic colors on the Aqua Terra. Omega will only be making 2,018 examples of each. — Andrew Connor



Vans Versa Hoodie DX
Built with skateboarders in mind, this hoodie is breathable, durable and water repellent. It’s made from a heavyweight fleece that has a hydrophobic shield, and features reflective details on the pocket, hood and lower back. A hidden media pocket allows the wearer to secure their phone during periods of extended activity. Available on January 20, the Versa Hoodie DX comes in cement heather, old gold and classic black colors and retails for $95. — John Zientek


The Best Deals of the Day


SmartyPants Gummy Vitamin Men’s Complete On-The-Go!
Save 20%: SmartyPants has streamlined the vitamin process. Each pack contains just what your body needs daily: multivitamin, omega 3, Vitamins A, C, D, B12, and more. Plus, they actually taste good and are easy to grab for travel or on your way to work. Use code JETSMARTY18. — Meg Lappe


Grenson Declan Suede Chelsea Boot in Chocolate
Save 25%: Grenson has been making Goodyear welted shoes since 1866. The English brand’s take on the Chelsea boot is hard to beat: it features a slim profile, an unbranded heel-pull and premium chocolate suede. If you’re looking to invest in a quality pull-on boot, these should be at the top of your list. — John Zientek


Billykirk Winter Clearance Sale
Save 30%: Any chance you’re a huge fan of well-made, stylish leather and canvas goods like wallets, bags, camera straps and belts? Yeah, thought so. Now’s the time to shop Billykirk for all the above and more — all for super deep discounts. — Nick Caruso


Breville Barista Express Esspresso Machine
Save $140: Breville’s been responsible for many innovations over the years, the least of which includes kitchen-friendly espresso machines. The Australian company, known for its ethos of affordable luxury, launched the 800 Series Class Espresso Machine in 2003. Two years later, espresso machines were outselling drip coffee machines in Australia. Most recently, Breville launched the Oracle Touch ($2,500) — perhaps the most advanced home espresso machine ever made. Suffice to say: If you’re looking to upgrade your home coffee set-up, Breville’s a good place to start.

Today, one of the brand’s more affordable models, the Barista Express, is on sale from the top-rated eBay seller electroniccityinc for $460. Bed Bath & Beyond sells the same machine for $600. The machine features a steel conical burr grinder, PID regulated temperature control and swivel mounted steam wand. — Jack Seemer


Outerknown Wellthread Trucker Jacket
Save 20%: Late last year, Outerknown teamed up with Levi’s to create a line of sustainable denim that’s easier on the planet than traditional denim. The jeans feature Levi’s Water-less fabric that saves more than 65 percent of the water used in the dye process (compared to conventional dying) and up to 50 percent less water than traditional finishing. One of the standouts from the collection, the Wellthread Trucker Jacket, is currently on sale for $117 (normally $145). — Gear Patrol


Greats The Royale Sneaker
Save $80: The clean look of the Royale Royale from Greats makes them a stylish option for anyone looking to update their shoe game. Handmade in Italy with premium leather, these best-selling shoes are primarily all-white, with pops of three different colors of corduroy — brown, oxblood or navy — on the heel tab and tongue. They’ve been marked down 45% off their original $179, and they’re already limited in blue, so get moving. — Meg Lappe


TRX Home Gym Essentials
Save up to 24%: A good home gym doesn’t have to entail heavy and bulky — not to mention expensive — equipment. In fact, it can be portable, something that you can carry on an airplane and set up in a hotel room when on the road. The idea has been proven by TRX, a fitness company that began with a highly-portable suspension training system designed by a Navy SEAL. TRX’s collection of at-home fitness products has since expanded to include grippy medicine balls, foam mats, resistance bands and kettlebells.

For a limited time, you can purchase any of TRX’s training essentials from Huckberry and save up to 24% — it’ll be cheaper than a gym membership. — Tanner Bowden


POC Fornix Ski Helmet
Save 40%: With ski season in full swing, now’s a good time to upgrade your ski helmet. Consider picking up the Fornix from Poc, a trusted brand in the helmet and goggle space that’s lightweight and breathable. The foam liner is molded to provide plenty of protection for your cranium, while also looking good. The goggle vents and clips mean there’s no more adjusting your goggles on the chairlift. It’s on sale now, in white, at Paragon Sports for 40% off in a variety of sizes. — Meg Lappe


Under Armour Military and Tactical Gear
Save up to 50%: Under Armour’s line of tactical gear is popular with law enforcement and military personnel for good reason — it’s effective and really cool. During UA’s semi-annual event, going on now, a good amount of their tactical collection is on sale. Get a tactical bucket hat for $15 and Storm Tactical Patrol pants for $48; Silencer Headphones for shooters are $200 (half off); 8-inch FNP Zip boots are just $117. There’s plenty more in the sale, so now is a great time to stock up. — Nick Caruso


Filson Dry Messenger Bag
Save $80: Instead of the rugged twill that Filson is known for, this messenger bag is made from waterproof vinyl-coated polyester. To heritage Americana purists, this may seem like blasphemy, but performance is hard to argue with; it will keep your goods dry, no matter the weather conditions. If you’re in need of an all-weather bag, this American-made option is now 57% off. — John Zientek


Penfield Outerwear and Apparel
Save 30%: Born from harsh Massachusetts winters, Penfield was known in its early days for crafting apparel that could stand up to fickle seasonal changes, with ripstop nylon shells and down insulation. Penfield still constructs its garments with high-quality performance materials, but also with a keen eye on contemporary style trends. Its parkas, rain jackets, fleeces and flannels are pure New England city-to-mountain, meaning they’ll pull through a Nor’Easter blizzard and look exceptional from Boston to Maine. If you’re looking to add any of Penfield’s latest winter collection to your wardrobe, whether that be a t-shirt or a parka, you can do it now for 30% off. — Tanner Bowden


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