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July 10, 2018 Briefings By

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Special dietary needs, especially when adhering to a strict meal management fitness plan, can make being on-the-go difficult. Prepared meals require bringing along multiple food containers for the day — on top of your EDC stuff.

This is the very problem Six Pack Fitness aimed to solve with their Expedition Backpack. A removable meal core offers stealthy built-in container storage for three leak-proof sure seal 20oz. meal prep containers (which come included with the bag). The insulated modular core system and anti-condensation side gussets ensure that the Expedition Backpack can keep up to three meals fresh and cool for eight hours. It also sports an inner lining compartment for laptops and tablets up to 15-inches and an extra large main compartment that can hold your workout clothing and gear.

If your previous excuses for not adhering to that fitness plan sounded something like, “But how I am going to take these meals with me every day?” then you can now leave your excuses at home.

Use code COOLBAG for 10-percent off.


New & Noteworthy Releases

Omega’s Speedmaster Ultraman Is Rad But Infuriatingly Limited
Omega’s Speedmaster Ultraman Is Rad But Infuriatingly Limited

It's based on a rare reference from 1968.

Nike’s Brand New Outdoorsy Sneaker Is Sure to Sell Out
Nike’s Brand New Outdoorsy Sneaker Is Sure to Sell Out

Nike's latest sneaker is the ACG Air Revaderchi, a shoe originally designed with hiking, trail running, mountain biking and general adventuring in mind.

A Classic Surf Brand Dips Into the Archives for the Perfect Summer Shorts
A Classic Surf Brand Dips Into the Archives for the Perfect Summer Shorts

Available in four different colors.

This Tablet Will Make You Think Twice Before Buying an iPad
This Tablet Will Make You Think Twice Before Buying an iPad

It's the smallest and most affordable Surface tablet ever.

Our Favorite Backpack Brand Just Made a Travel Bag and It Looks Perfect
Our Favorite Backpack Brand Just Made a Travel Bag and It Looks Perfect

Evergoods just launched an all-new adventure travel bag that's incredibly durable and versatile.

The New Chuck Taylors Are Indestructible, Excessive and Cool as Hell
The New Chuck Taylors Are Indestructible, Excessive and Cool as Hell

You may not need your Chuck Taylors to be stab-resistant, but it can't hurt.

The Ferrari Portofino Just Won the Red Dot Best of the Best Design Award
The Ferrari Portofino Just Won the Red Dot Best of the Best Design Award

For the fourth year running, Ferrari takes home a Red Dot Best of the Best award for ground-breaking design.

Patagonia Just Refreshed Its Awesome Everyday Backpacks
Patagonia Just Refreshed Its Awesome Everyday Backpacks

Patagonia's Arbor Collection of backpacks are designed for use beyond the trail. Use them for your daily commute or for less-technical adventures.

The Most Beautiful Custom Ducati Scrambler. Hands Down
The Most Beautiful Custom Ducati Scrambler. Hands Down

Everyone can stop building custom cafe racers now. Nothing will ever come close to the deBolex Engineering Ducati 803.


Fresh Deals


G.H. Bass & Co. Logan Flat Strap Weejuns
Save 25%: 82 years ago, Maine-based G.H. Bass and Co. designed a loafer that became a benchmark for men’s slip-on shoes. The iconic Weejuns style featured an unobtrusive silhouette, a stitched moc-toe and flat strap styling. You can now pick up the Logan Flat Strap Weejuns — a modernized version of the classic — for just $72 at Nordstrom. That’s a small amount to pay for such a versatile and timeless style. — John Zientek


Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker
Save $179: This is a powered Bluetooth speaker that looks like the company’s classic guitar and bass amps. You connect via Bluetooth (or via RCA or aux, in case you want to connect the speaker to a turntable or just don’t feel like dealing with Bluetooth) and then there are three tactile knobs for adjusting treble, bass and volume. The speaker is normally $349 — it’s a very good-sounding speaker — but Amazon Prime members can pick the speaker up for $170 today (black model only). That’s over half off. If you need further convincing, Best Buy has the same speaker on sale for $315 (here), which is nowhere near as good of a deal.


New Balance Running Shoe Sale
Save 37%: New Balance started in Boston, Massachusetts in 1906 as a company to improve shoe fit, but quickly found its niche in the running shoe world. The brand has found its way onto many online running forums thanks to its vast array of models and versions of speedy shoes. Running nerds (no shame) know the exact model numbers for their favorite sneakers and which version is better than the other — there was a lot of discussion on online forums about New Balance’s decision to radically change everything about the 1080 V5 when the V6 launched. And now the V7 is on sale. As with any running shoe, it’s best to try it on and test it out in store to see how it’ll feel when underfoot, but with deals this good, we’d understand if you purchased first, tested later.– Meg Lappe


ELAC Uni-Fi UB5
Save 30%: ELAC’s Uni-Fi UB5 bookshelf speakers have been universally praised for delivering true hi-fi sound performance at a relatively affordable price tag — CNET’s audio experts even called the UB5 “one of the best speakers we’ve seen in the last few years.” Created by legendary speaker designer Andrew Jones, the speakers feature a three-way design and a custom concentric driver. A pair of UB5s normally retails for $500, but right now you can score them for just $350, making them an astounding value for the money and an easy way to upgrade your home audio system. — Andrew Connor


Pelican Cases Sale
Save Up To 46%: Pelican is the largest equipment case manufacturer in the world, and their 40+ years of experience shine through in every product they make, whether that product is intended for commerical, private or government use (their tough-as-nails cases are used to store everything from cell phones to medical equipment to weapons, and everything in between). Right now, Amazon is running a sale on several of their products, which are all made of ABS structural plastic and feature built-in O-ring-sealed pressure purge valves for quick equalization after changes in altitude or temperature. Most cases come with pluck-n-fit or 3-piece foam that allows for customization of the case interior to precisely fit your gear, and the cases are guaranteed for life against breakage due to manufacture defects.
If you’re worried about taking your fancy new DSLR on that next adventure, pick up a Pelican case and worry no further! — Oren Hartov


Uniqlo Supima Cotton Crewneck
Save 20%: Between those who know and those who don’t know how to dress, Summer is the great equalizer. Gone are opportunities to show off your skills at matching patterns and textures and colors over a dozen layers. Summer is about how little you can wear without making other people uncomfortable. Hence the short-sleeved T-shirt reigns supreme.

The plain, boring, single color and otherwise altogether uninteresting T-shirt is the shirt of Summer. And if you’re as boring to look at but as concerned with getting peak value as I am, you’ll get Uniqlo’s wonderful Supima Crewneck.

It is unadorned and just there, but it’s made with Supima cotton, which is essentially the best cotton you could hope for any of your things to be made from if you want them to last and for them to be soft (sheets especially). Yes, even “Egyptian” cotton, which references nothing but where it was grown. Supima is grown in the states, represents less than 1 percent of cotton grown worldwide and sports an extra-long staple, granting it strength and resistance to pilling.

Uniqlo’s Supima shirt is cozy, airy, comes in 10 colors and, right now, it’s only $8. — Will Price


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All the Gear Used to Win One of the World’s Toughest 100-Mile Races
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