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May 7, 2018 Briefings By


This Genius Parka Converts Into a Backpack
Life After Denim designed a creative piece of light outerwear ideal for spring adventures. Dubbed the Packaway Parka, it is cut from a water-resistant nylon-poly blend, and features snap cuffs, adjustable side-toggles and three front pockets. When not in use, the parka packs into its own pocket and turns into a simple backpack. Designed for variable weather, its appropriate for everything from afternoons around town to light weekend hikes in the mountains. If you’re in need of a versatile piece of outerwear for the warmer months with a convertible design, the Packaway Parka is a worthwhile investment at $198.


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Blundstone Chelsea Boots
Save 30%: Founded in 1870, Tasmania-based Blundstone makes a range of rugged all-around Chelsea boots. The brand’s most well-known style is the Original 500 boot, a comfortable pull-on style with a slip-resistant TPU outsole. The boot also features a cushioned midsole, an SPS Max Comfort system for shock absorption and a removable footbed for ease of wear. Now at Zappos, you can save 30 percent on this classic lightweight model in a range of colorways. Choose from charcoal water-repellent suede, chestnut leather, black pebble-grain leather or black nubuck. With prices as low as $120, it’s hard to pass on such a versatile boot. — John Zientek


Seiko Prospex SRPB97
Save $210: The Seiko Prospex SRPB97 “Orange Samurai” is exactly what you want in a summertime timepiece. It has a boldly-colored orange dial, runs Seiko’s proven 4R35 automatic movement and has a chunky case to keep it that movement safe at depths up to 200 meters (not to mention the occasional careless knock here or there). Best of all it’s cheap. Right now, thanks to Macy’s “Friends & Family” sale, you can get for an extra 25 percent off, when you use the code FRIEND at checkout. That takes the price down to just $315. And if orange isn’t exactly your thing, the discount extends to tons of other Seiko dive watches. — Andrew Connor


J. Crew Factory
Save $210: If you’re looking to restock your warm-weather wardrobe, J. Crew Factory would be a great place to start, considering that it’s having a flash sale, marking everything down by 50 percent. That means you can get everything from t-shirts and shorts to linen blazers and lightweight pants for a song. It’d be best to act quickly, though: this deal ends tonight at 11:59 pm EST. — Andrew Connor


Saucony Freedom ISO
Save $40: If you’re a big fan of one of the best selling running shoes from last year, you’re in luck. All in one day, Saucony announced that the Freedom ISO is on sale for $40 off, and the Freedom ISO 2 is available for pre-order now. Take it on roads, tracks or the treadmill for both short speed and long distance running. If you’re not ready to wait for version two, you can pick up a pair of the originals for just $120.– Meg Lappe


MSR WhisperLite Universal Stove
Save $52: Every backpacker is familiar with MSR’s WhisperLite stoves, period. They’re relied upon daily by hikers, mountaineers and campers across the globe, primarily because they’re lightweight, compact and remarkably easy to repair (even in the field). The Universal is perhaps the most multifaceted stove in the WhisperLite family — it can burn using either liquid fuel or gas (the original stove, now 35 years young, relies solely on liquid). That gives users the ability to adjust their backcountry kit depending on the requirements of a particular trip and use whichever fuel is most easily available.

Right now, the WhisperLite Universal, normally $140, is on sale for $110 at Mountain Steals. Enter the code MAY20 at checkout though and you’ll receive another twenty percent off, bringing the Universal down to an all-time low of $88. It’s a great deal, especially considering it might be the last camp stove you’ll ever need. — Tanner Bowden


Arc’teryx Packing Organizers
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Hario V60 Coffee Dripper
Save $10: This device makes better coffee simpler, is super compact and, frankly, is worth every cent of $15. — Will Price


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