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PolarTec’s Andover Pullover
Back in 1981, a small upholstery mill invented a new kind of fabric and called it PolarFleece. Snow and outdoor brands took notice. Warm, soft, breathable, and often imitated, an icon was born. It’s a classic look that began as a humble pullover. And that mill? It became Polartec.
Fast forward to today. PolarFleece has returned by paying homage to the original style with the custom, made-to-order Andover Pullover. Cut and sewn in New England for that warm, homegrown feeling, PolarFleece uses Polartec Classic 200 Series Fleece made from 100% upcycled plastic bottles. With advanced thermal regulation, increased range of motion, and endless color combination possibilities, this modern update is no ’80s relic.
New & Noteworthy Releases
This past week, some of the cycling industry's most important brands gathered in Reno, Nevada for the annual Interbike trade show.
Nike borrowed from its best running shoe to make Jordan's new basketball shoe.
Seiko SKX Diver
The Seiko SKX diver is sort of the epitome of a value-packed watch. You get an automatic movement, you get a well-finished case and you get 200-meters of water-resistance, all for a couple hundred bucks. You’d be hard-pressed to find a watch that offers so much for so little. Even better, though, is the fact that you can get a few versions of the SKX over at Massdrop for just $190 or $220. That includes the SKX007K1, SKX009K1, SKX007J1, SKX009J1 and SKX011J1. Their differences come mostly form colorway, but note that some of these are “J” models (which will cost an extra $30), which usually go for a bit of a premium. That means that no matter what reference you’re picking, you’re getting a great price; for the most part, online dealers like Amazon and Long Island Watch are selling the cheaper K models around $200 or more while the J versions usually exceed $250. — Andrew Connor
Knoll Mid-Century Furniture
Save 15%Knoll’s importance in the realm of furniture design is unquestioned. Since its 1938 founding, it’s released products in any and all categories, many of which that would come to dominate and matriculate through said categories — the Florence sofa, the Barcelona chair, the Generation Series of office seating and way more (there’s more than 40 Knoll products in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection).
Naturally, this often means its products are far out of the reach of most people’s wallets. Today, those products are a little closer.
Design Within Reach, which is basically a museum of the most impressive furniture in the world, is offering 15 percent off all Knoll products (free shipping, too). The sale is live until Saturday. — Will Price
Schuberth E1 Crossfire Helmet
Save 35% Properly putting you big adventure bike to the test means racking up hundreds if not thousands of miles both on the road and off. For those types of ride, you need the equipment that will not only go the distance itself but make it easier for you to go just as far and only a few helmets can outgun the Schuberth E1 in that territory. — Bryan Campbell
Anker Portable Chargers
Save Up to 58% If you’re thinking about pulling the trigger on a portable power bank, today looks like the day to do so. Two of Anker’s high-end power banks are super cheap today on Amazon. The PowerCore+ 26800 PD is nearly 60 percent off and the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD is half off. While each comes bundled with a high-quality, quick-charging wall adapter, if you’re in need of a two-port wall adapter, some of Anker’s best are also on sale. We’re not sure how long these deals will last, so act fast. — AJ Powell
Sorel Winter Boots
Save Up To 50%: Finding a pair of fall boots that has the style to fit your aesthetic and the grit to actually, you know, survive the season can sometimes be a tall order. Thankfully, Sorel’s Cheyanne II boots — a modern, monochromatic take on the duck boot — are almost half off right now. They feature a lightweight, waterproof canvas upper and a vulcanized rubber shell, making them a great way to keep your feet dry and warm. — Justin Fenner
Norse Projects Aros Chinos
Save 49%: A pair of dark chinos is one of the more versatile pants in your wardrobe. It looks just as appropriate with sneakers and a tee as it does with brogues and a blazer. Danish brand Norse Projects makes a great mid-rise option called the Aros that features a zip fly, front slash pockets and back welt pockets. Now at Need Supply, these great everyday chinos are 49 percent off. Available in sizes 28 to 36, they cost $91 — not a bad price for such a multipurpose garment. — John Zientek
Milwaukee Tool Toolkit
Save $260Born in 1924, Milwaukee Tool is among the most respected names in power tools. Its wares are designed for professional use and in collaboration with professional craftsmen. This is best seen in the company’s understanding of how and when tools are used — namely, when a tool needs to be heavy and when it’s better to be light and agile, and when tools need to be more or less compact.
This means its products don’t typically fall on the affordable end. Luckily, today you can grab two drill drivers, a residential-sized circle saw, a hacksaw (spelled with a “z” for some reason) and a few spare batteries (it’s all wireless). The set, which retails for $560, is a much more manageable $299 today on Home Depot’s site. — Will Price
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