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New & Noteworthy Releases
2016 Apple MacBook
Save $300: Amazon is currently selling 2016 MacBooks for as low as $1,000 — that’s $300 off. They’re still not super cheap, mind you, but these laptops also aren’t super old. Each 12-inch model packs a Retina display, Intel processor, USB-C charging port, Force Touch trackpad and an all-day battery life. If you’re not sold on a MacBook Pro (or its Touch Bar), and you have no problem not getting the latest and greatest laptop, these 2016 MacBooks are both reliable and affordable — and a great option if your several-years-old laptop just isn’t cutting it anymore. (This is deal is part of Amazon’s Deal of the Day, so don’t expect it to last long.) — Tucker Bowe
Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chukka Boot
Save 55%: Love the American-made quality of Red Wing Heritage boots, but hate the hefty build? For you, the brand offers a stripped-down chukka featuring Copper Rough and Tough Leather and stitchdown construction. They’re lightweight and comfortable from the first wear, and now at Nordstrom Rack, they’re 55% off. — John Zientek
Topo Designs Klettersack Bag
Save 30%: Topo Designs crafts durable functional bags here in America. Built to withstand everyday use, they utilize materials like Cordura nylon and seatbelt webbing. The brand’s versatile Klettersack bag features a top-entry main compartment and padded shoulder straps and is fit for both urban and rural activities. If you’re in the market for a replacement pack, this one will run you less than $120. — John Zientek
KitchenAid 6-Quart Mixer
Save $200: The ubiquity of the KitchenAid mixer is not some mistake or stroke of luck — the classic kitchen gadget came to dominate through efficiency and longevity, and now it can be yours for $200 off the sticker price. This six-quart version comes with a spiral dough hook, flat beating and stainless steel wire attachments and a six-quart bowl stainless steel hard-locking bowl, which provides plenty of space and sturdiness for your next batch of cookies. (According to KitchenAid, by the way, it can handle more than 150 cookies in a single batch). Monetary roadblocks to culinary stardom be damned. The KitchenAid KL26M1XSL Pro 6-Qt Lift Stand Mixer is 48% off.
— Will Price
Today on Gear Patrol
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