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August 9, 2018 Briefings By

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New & Noteworthy Releases

The Brand Behind Some of the Best-Selling Mattresses on Amazon Just Released a Line of Dirt-Cheap Sofas
The Brand Behind Some of the Best-Selling Mattresses on Amazon Just Released a Line of Dirt-Cheap Sofas

Zinus's new series of couches and loveseats are all under $400.

The 4 Coolest Vehicles Tom Cruise Abused in ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’
The 4 Coolest Vehicles Tom Cruise Abused in ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’

I am in the three-ish percent of people who did not care for the new MI movie, "Fallout," but that didn't stop me from lusting after some of the vehicles featured, like a Defender 110...

According to Design Experts, These Are the Best Outdoor Products of the Year
According to Design Experts, These Are the Best Outdoor Products of the Year

From a treadmill to a triathlon bike, these are some of the most beautiful outdoor products of the year.

This Kickstarter Watch Company Offers a Feature-Filled Diver at A Reasonable Price
This Kickstarter Watch Company Offers a Feature-Filled Diver at A Reasonable Price

And a dial inspired by a sea urchin skeleton. Really.

The Galaxy Note 9 Is Like a Laptop That Fits in Your Pocket
The Galaxy Note 9 Is Like a Laptop That Fits in Your Pocket

Here's everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

The Sunglasses From ‘The Big Lebowski’ Just Got Two Big Upgrades
The Sunglasses From ‘The Big Lebowski’ Just Got Two Big Upgrades

Classic shades, now with a gradient frame and lenses that'll help you see better in low light.

Fresh Deals

Heimplanet Transit Bags
Heimplanet first made its mark in 2011 when it launched The Cave, an inflatable tent based on the crystalline structure of a diamond. The brand’s latest endeavor is born out of the fluidity of life between travel, work and play, aiming to create a line of bags that can transition between all three facets.

The Transit Line is made up of three bags: the Sling Pocket, the Rolltop Messenger and the Travel Pack. The outer shell of each bag is made from ultra-durable DYECO, a sustainable material Heimplanet developed specifically for this line that uses two different dope-dyed yarns intertwined into an irregular ballistic weave. The result is a line of bags focused on organization that doesn’t sacrifice on style and will fit your lifestyle — whether you need a large travel bag for weekend getaways, a rolltop messenger bag for daily carry in the city or a minimalist bag to carry nothing but the essentials.

Pre-order through the Transit Line Kickstarter campaign and get up to 35-percent off.


5 of My Favorite Camping Items, on Sale Now
Save 20%: Backcountry is offering 20 percent off one full-priced item. Here five of my favorite pieces of gear from its vast selection. — Tanner Bowden


Ralph Lauren Wardrobe Staples
Save an Additional 40%: Summer sales may be one of the best opportunities to refresh your wardrobe staples. To ready themselves for shipments of new fall inventory, brands are offloading older merchandise at great prices. One of the best sales right now is at Ralph Lauren where you can save an additional 40 percent on already reduced sale items. That means you can get wardrobe staples like polos, sweaters, jeans and more for surprisingly affordable prices. Check out of a few of our favorites garments below. — John Zientek


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Save $10: Essential to campers and hikers, a dependable water filter should really accompany any trip to someplace where potable water might be an issue. The LifeStraw Personal Water Filterrecommended by The New York Times‘ Frugal Traveler, Lucas Peterson — filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water without chemicals like chlorine or iodine. It also functions without batteries or moving parts. Today, you can score one on Amazon for just $15 — that’s 40 percent off the normal retail price of $25. — Jack Seemer


Timex Watches
Save at least 20%: Timex makes some fantastic timepieces we’d consider to be dirt-cheap to begin with, and now a big selection of its watches are getting even cheaper. For its end of season sale, the brand is offering an extra 20 percent off its clearance items. That covers most things from its simple Weekender and Easy Reader analogs to its chunky digital Iron Man watches. — Andrew Connor


L.L. Bean Packaway Jacket
Save $125: In the wake of So you’ve developed a lust for Patagonia’s Nano Puff jacket; I don’t blame you. A few months ago I wrote my love letter to the puffy coat — how it accompanied me everywhere from the Tetons to the Andes and now lives dutifully by my side in Manhattan, far from any mountains. I recommitted to my vows by buying the anorak pullover version, too.
If you haven’t committed to the Nano Puff just yet, and price is the primary factor holding you back, there’s another option: L.L.Bean’s Primaloft Packaway Jacket, which is on sale today for just $75 when you use code SAVE25 at checkout from L.L. Bean’s site. I know what you’re thinking — it’s not Patagonia — and I get that. The Patagonia brand has a particular magnetism to it. But, like Patagonia, L.L.Bean is also a heritage outdoor brand that is, objectively, iconic.
Both the Nano Puff and the Packaway possess a 100% recycled polyester, water-repellent shell cut with two hand pockets and another interior chest pocket. The Packaway has an additional exterior chest pocket as well. Both have drawcord-equipped hems. The jackets are nearly identical. And while love and loyalty keep me true to the Nano Puff, I will admit that the addition of Cross Core insulation does give the Packaway one-up over Patagonia’s jacket.
And the Packaway has another advantage to it as well: it’s only $75 today, which is a full $125 cheaper than the Nano Puff, which costs $199. If you aren’t drawn to one brand over the other, or a specific color, the choice is an easy one to make. — Tanner Bowden


Vintage Turkish Rugs
Save 15%>When Revival Rugs launched it had a single, hopeful goal in mind — to sell exceptional, old-school Turkish rugs at prices that don’t physically repel a normal person. It’s done that and then some, selling a myriad of style and pile rugs to people since opening shop last year. The premise — selling vintage handwoven rugs made with handspun wool for reasonable prices — typically doesn’t allow much room for sales. That’s what makes today’s deals a decent grab.

Thirteen different style, size and pile rugs are 15 percent off right now on Huckberry (five others are already out of stock). — Will Price


Levi’s Short Sleeve Shirts
Save up to 35%: The summer is far from over and some of the hottest days are still ahead. If you’re looking for a new wardrobe addition fit for the sweltering heat, Nordstrom has you covered. Currently you can save up to 35 percent on short sleeve shirts from Levi’s. Available in a few different styles, these indigo shirts will keep you looking good and staying cool through the dog days. — John Zientek


Today on Gear Patrol

This Cheap Paintball Gun Got Me Back Into Playing Paintball
This Cheap Paintball Gun Got Me Back Into Playing Paintball

Paintball became so expensive it stopped being feasible. These types of guns are giving it a second life, and I couldn't be happier about it.

Who Makes the Best NATO Strap?
Who Makes the Best NATO Strap?

An analysis of eight fan-favorite NATO straps.

The Toughest Camp Chair Ever Built
The Toughest Camp Chair Ever Built

Of course the makers of some of the most durable coolers wouldn’t skimp in their very first base camp chair.

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