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Today in Gear: Perfect Summer Travel Apparel, Mophie’s New Charging Kit, & Much More


May 25, 2018 Briefings By

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New & Noteworthy Releases

The Material on These Jeans Is Perfect for Summer Heat
The Material on These Jeans Is Perfect for Summer Heat

Cut from a lightweight cotton-linen blend.

This New Drink Is like Beer-Flavored Gatorade. And We Can’t Wait to Try It.
This New Drink Is like Beer-Flavored Gatorade. And We Can’t Wait to Try It.

The newest beer from Sufferfest is sure to please athletes everywhere.

This Skiwear Brand Just Made the Perfect Travel Apparel for Summer
This Skiwear Brand Just Made the Perfect Travel Apparel for Summer

Featuring breathable and quick-drying materials.

Mophie’s Wireless Charging Kit Is Perfect for Travelers
Mophie’s Wireless Charging Kit Is Perfect for Travelers

It's a dopp kit for your electronics. And it only costs $50.

Fresh Deals


BioLite Coffee Lover Kit
Save 17%: A good cup of coffee isn’t something you should have to go without when you’re camping. The coffee lover kit from BioLite includes a four-pack of Kuju coffee and an insulated MiiR mug, so you don’t have to worry about getting your caffeine fix any longer. Snatch one while you can — the limited edition packs and mug might not last past Memorial Day. — Meg Lappe


Faherty Clothing
Save up to 70%: With beach weather just around the corner, it’s an opportune time to pick up some laid-back summer threads. Fortunately, at Huckberry’s Memorial Day Sale you can save up to 70 percent on sun-ready clothing from Faherty. Choose between patterned shirts, versatile swim trunks and cozy sweatshirts for cool evenings. Faherty designs every fabric from scratch, so you’ll get a well-considered, comfortable garments at a great price. — John Zientek


My Favorite Daypack Is Currently on Sale
Save 25%: Unlike my stance on expedition bags, I never used to give much thought to daypacks. I’d prep for any outing that didn’t require the capacity of my 65-liter trekking pack by dumping my things into whatever school bag or ski pack was at-hand. As a kid, that was a forest green L.L.Bean backpack with my initials stitched to its face, and later in life, it was a multi-sport bag by Dakine.

Oh, what a world I was missing. Last fall, I picked up Osprey’s Stratos in its 24-liter volume (there’s also a larger 34-liter version), and it has since changed how I think about the daypack. For instance, I had no idea that my back could be anything but hot and sweaty, and didn’t realize that hip support is still crucial, even on short hikes.

The Stratos is outfitted with all the pockets, compression straps and access points you’d expect from a backpack company — especially one with a golden reputation among long-distance thru-hikers — but the standout for me has been its mesh back panel. It’s raised and tensioned away from the pack’s main vestibule, which provides a comfy trampoline-like feel and allows lots of air to flow between my back and the bag, which minimizes the sweaty back issue I had used to view as unavoidable. The mesh also integrates into the hipbelt, wrapping its arms around my lower torso like a well-studied dance partner for a fit that’s more comfortable than any I’ve known before.

Right now Backcountry is holding a Memorial Day Sale, and the Stratos is currently 25 percent off. It’s perfect timing for a deal — just in time for hiking season. — Tanner Bowden


YLighting Memorial Day Sale
Save 40%: YLighting is an online purveyor of high-design lighting (think Design Within Reach, but just lights). As you might expect, much of its wares are typically pricey and out of reach for the normal, everyday buyer. This weekend that all changes — a least a little.

YLighting’s Memorial Day Sale brings actual truckloads of outdoor lighting, wall sconces, desk lamps, floor lamps, overhead lights, whatever.

The company, which has 20 percent off sales quite often, cut prices to up to 40 percent for its Memorial Day sale, which is live right now. — Will Price


Cheap Outdoor Furniture
Save up to 70%: At Gear Patrol, we value products that last, are innovative and generally, in one way or another, bring an extra kernel of joy to your life. The products on sale in eBay’s absolutely enormous outdoor sale are not these things, but for those with an empty back porch at this point in the season, it can certainly fill a hole.

The sale, all 54,014 listed items of it, is live now, and slices up to 70 percent off a range of outdoor and patio furniture. Use code PMEMDAY for an extra 15 percent off at checkout (capped at $50), too. — Will Price


Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Speaker
Save $60 plus a Power Bank: Right now, Huckberry is offering a wide range of Memorial Day deals, on everything from boots (here) to backpacks (here), outerwear (here) to home accessories (here). In the consumer electronics realm, which is where my eye tends to go, you can get a great deal on Bang & Olufsen’s small-yet-powerful Bluetooth speaker — the Beoplay A1. It normally costs $249 on the company’s website, but if you act now you get it and a portable power bank for $188. The combo will give you well over 24 hours of playtime. It’s the perfect picnic partner.


Velomacchi Memorial Day Weekend Sale
Save 30%: Use the code SPRING30 at Velomacchi when you checkout and save 30% on everything, sitewide now through May 27. Whether you’re heading into the city on your daily commute or escaping the urban sprawl all together for the weekend, Velomacchi’s tough-as-hell roll-top backpacks, duffle bag and impact sleeves are up to the task. We put them to the test on a seven-day ride from Seattle to Anchorage through British Columbia and the Yukon, and they all came out the other end looking better than us — so yeah, they’re filed tested and Gear Patrol approved. — Bryan Campbell

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