The Best Deals of the Week
Welcome to Deals of the Week, where Gear Patrol captures all the best deals that are still going strong. You can also follow all our deal posts in the Deals section. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10
Backcountry Camping and Climbing Sale
Save 20%If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the camp lover in your life, right now is an excellent time to make a purchase. At Backcountry, you can save 20 percent off one full priced item that will get you camping and climbing faster. Some of our favorite picks include one of the best camp chairs, one of our favorite cooler brands and more. Use code TAKE20CC at checkout to get 20 percent off one full priced item. And now is a good time to remind you that there are only ten more shipping days until the holidays. — Meg Lappe
L.L.Bean Canvas Tote
Save 25%: If you’ve recently been to a farmer’s market or urban downtown area, then you know this: tote bags are trendy. They’re replacing backpacks and briefcases as the go-to carrier for errand-running and commuting; they’ve become stand-ins for plastic and paper shopping bags at upscale stores; they come with magazine subscriptions. But the bag that popularized the tote wasn’t made to carry laptops or groceries — it was meant to haul ice and wood, and L.L.Bean created it in 1944.
That bag is still around today, and it’s called the Boat and Tote. It’s made in Maine from rugged 24-ounce cotton canvas just as it was all those decades ago when it was known as the Ice Carrier, and even though it’s more likely to transport supplies for a weekend at a cabin than firewood or block ice, it can still support loads that weigh up to 500 pounds. L.L.Bean’s design for the tote actually hasn’t changed much at all beyond the addition of colored handles and trim. It’s still the original rugged tote, and today you can pick one up in any of its four available sizes for 25 percent off by entering the code GIFT25 at checkout. — Tanner Bowden
Lodge Cast-Iron Skillets
Save $12 Lodge was making skillets similar to the competition back then (all of which are highly collectible today) — near-perfectly smooth cooking surfaces, light seasoning layers and lighter weights. But a reckoning came at the turn of the mid-century, as the rise of stainless steel cookware forced every major name in cast-iron cookware to fold or consolidate. Lodge was the only manufacturer to make it out alive, and it did so by making the most resource-efficient cast iron ever.
The company shifted from handcrafting each and every piece to making heavier, more easily replicable pots and pans. Instead of machining the surfaces, they left them as-cast — this is when the gritty hand feel comes from. Instead of casting thinner iron and risking chips and breaks during production, today’s Lodge’s are thicker and heavier — a tradeoff that’s still hotly debated in the cast-iron collecting world.
Most importantly, though, Lodge made its pans affordable to everyone, and in doing so made cast iron democratic. Today, a host of its American-made skillets are discounted on Amazon– including an 8-inch skillet for a whopping $7. —Will Price
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Purifier
Save 40% After conquering the world of floor cleanliness, Dyson turned its gaze to air cleanliness. Among its lineup of sci-fi-looking air treatment products is the Pure Hot + Cool Link, a purifier that sucks in a room’s air, cycles it through a HEPA filter and pushes it back into the room at whatever temperature you want, all while feeding you a real-time report of your home’s air quality (via Dyson’s Link smartphone app).
Today, the machine is discounted 40 percent off on Amazon — its cheapest price ever. —Will Price
Anker Charging Accessories
Save Up to 40%: One of today’s featured “Deals of the Day” on Amazon is on a bunch of Anker’s latest and greatest charging accessories — all up to 40 percent off. While “charging accessories” might not be the sexiest of topics, there’s actually a bunch of practical items on sale, from power strips to portable power banks.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
Peak Design Camera Bags and Accessories
Save 10%: It sounds hyperbolic to say that Peak Design makes the best damn photography accessories available, but it’s true. The brand marked itself apart in 2011 when it launched a unique tool called Capture that lets photographers mount their cameras to backpack straps, belts or wherever the little clamp fits. Then it doubled down on its success with a line of thoughtful straps that are incredibly easy to adjust, can support more than your camera will ever weigh and use a distinct anchor mounting system that makes it easy to transfer them from camera to camera (or to bags — you can use these as shoulder straps too).
Peak Design also produces a collection of bags and pouches, the most recent of which is designed for travel and optimized — but not solely created for — photography. Along with that bag, the company made camera cubes, a tech pouch and a very impressive Dopp kit. All of these items are united by the brand’s unmatched capability to marry minimalism with functionality so seamlessly that the results come off as obvious. At the moment, they’re all also 10 percent off when you enter the code FRIENDS at checkout. — Tanner Bowden
Finex Cast-Iron Skillets
Save 20% As odd as this sounds, Finex’s cast-iron skillets and greater cookware line are probably the most divisive pans in the cooking world right now. The bulky coil handle and the wealth of corners make sure of that. But one thing is certain: the people who like their Finex pans, really, really like them.
Other than the more obvious design idiosyncrasies, Finex’s pots and pans are exceptionally thick in the base, which means they will take longer to heat through than a thinner iron. The machined cooking surface also allows for easier food release right out of the box.
Today, you can nab however many you want for 20 percent off on Kaufmann Mercantile’s site using code GIFT20 at checkout. —Will Price
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless
Save $65: Released last year, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless are wireless noise-canceling headphones that currently cost $150 on Best Buy and Jet.com. Obviously, these aren’t Sennheiser’s high-end noise-canceling headphones, the HD1 Wireless, that cost between $250 and $300, and there are some noticeable differences. The HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless aren’t made with the same premium materials, and they’re arguably not quite as comfortable – but they still deliver premium sound and very good noise-cancellation. Also, they have an excellent 20-hour battery life. They’re also cheap right now, going for just $85 on eBay.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12
Everyone needs a trusty duffel bag. One you can toss in the back of the car for that weekend trip or bring with you on an international flight. The Mountain Duffel 40L from Topo Designs checks all of the boxes.
An ideal utilitarian haul bag, the Mountain Duffel is made of a 1680D ballistic nylon base for standing up to the rigors of use wherever you bring it. The padded base and sides keep your belongings protected while multiple internal and external pockets organize your smaller items. The best part is, Topo Designs is offering the Mountain Duffel at 50-percent off to Gear Patrol readers when you use the discount code GPDUFFEL50 at checkout (valid only Dec. 12).
Citizen Promaster Diver
Save $190: We’ve extolled the virtues of Citizen’s Promaster Divers in the past, but the takeaway is this: with a solar-charged quartz movement, big-time depth ratings and chunky cases, they’re great all-around watches for active individuals who want an analog watch but don’t want to get too deep into the weeds with mechanical watches. They also come at bargain prices. This particular version, for example, is water-resistant to 200 meters, has a dial loaded with lume and comes affixed to a comfortable rubber strap, which is perfect for the water. While the watch retails for $350, Massdrop has it marked down to just $160 right now, or $190 on a steel bracelet.
If you prefer the look of the BN0150 or NB0151 on rubber, the primary deal on this page is for this model in either blue or black for $140 (scroll down to the middle of the Massdrop page for the different watches available). — Oren Hartov
Just in Time for the Holidays
Take 30% Off Everything on Levi.com Levi’s is offering 30 percent off everything on its website — including clothing, shoes and accessories that are already discounted. The sale ends December 16. Just be sure to use the code HOL30 at checkout to take advantage of the deal.— Justin Fenner
Kershaw Brawler Pocket Knife
Save 63%: Above all else, an EDC pocket knife should be practical. It should be easy to hold, easy to open and easy to wield. It doesn’t matter how affordable a knife is if it can’t maintain a sharp edge against the common tasks it might come up against, like opening boxes. And it doesn’t matter how pretty or well-made it is if those same factors make you reluctant to use it for the prying, cutting and scraping that knives are designed for. That’s why Kershaw’s Brawler is a good everyday blade — it’s practical.
The Brawler’s three-inch blade is made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, which is also used often by Spyderco and SOG and is known as a quality yet affordable material. Kershaw added a black oxide finish to give the knife a stealthy aesthetic that, combined with the tanto blade shape, adds to the Brawler’s overall tactical appearance. The blade can be deployed with a thumb stud or a flipper, and it includes Kershaw’s SpeedSafe technology, which kicks into action to speed up deployment as you unfold the blade. — Tanner Bowden
Houseplants on Amazon
Save Up to 40% As dumb as you feel opening an Amazon box with plants in it, Amazon and Costa Farms have entry-level greenery nailed down. The flora selection is basic; but it’s all cheap, hard to kill and accomplishes the ultimate goal of making a better home.
Today, a handful of the most popular starter houseplants you can buy are up to 40 percent off on Amazon. Notable among those on sale are a 3-foot rubber tree for $30, an unkillable snake plant for $27 and a potted peace lily for $28. —Will Price
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
Outerknown’s 24 Hour Sale
Save 30% on These World-Saving Jeans Outerknown’s sustainable S.E.A line includes three truly great looking pairs of jeans in a variety of colors, and all of them are built from earth-friendly materials in a construction that’s made to last. For the next 24 hours, you can take 30 percent off a pair of jeans that just might help save the world. All you have to do is enter the code JEANS30 at checkout to take advantage of the deal.PIECE— Justin Fenner
J.Crew’s Extremely Affordable Cashmere
From Under $100 to Under $60 J.Crew’s Everyday Cashmere Sweater is a bargain at its full price of $98, but right now Nordstrom has marked it down by 40 percent.— Justin Fenner
Titleist Golf Balls
Save $8 Among the hundreds of deals and price drops associated with Amazon’s sports-themed Deal of the Day today, a diamond of a deal lies hidden in the rough. That diamond is actually a dozen diamonds, and it’s Titleist golf balls. The V1 and the V1x sets (the only difference is softness) are down a paltry $8, but seeing as that’s the lowest price either set has ever been on Amazon, the drop is welcome all the same. It’s likely this will be the easiest stocking stuffer decision of the year. —Will Price
Winter Vacation Clothing
Save up to 79%:If you’re using the winter holiday to escape to a warmer climate, it’s worth picking up some new clothes suitable for your trip. Though most retailers are still hocking cool-weather garb, a couple stores are selling beach-ready clothing at steep discounts. Head over to Todd Snyder for Los Angeles-made polos and swing by Nordstrom Rack to score some understated trunks — you’ll save up to 68 percent. — John Zientek
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
Huckberry Backpacks Sale
Save 30% Right now, you can pick up a new bag at Huckberry where pretty much all bags are 30 percent off. You’ll also find travel bags, duffels and survival get out bags. Shop today and get ready to walk into 2019 with a brand new bag.
— Meg Lappe
Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 Sale
Save 60%If you’re looking for a way to get a head start on your 2019 resolutions (or want to feel better about yourself) a new pair of gym sneakers is just the gift you need. While your bank account might be in a sorry state thanks to holiday gifting, the best news of all is that Reebok’s top-performing sneakers are just $65 today. The CrossFit Nano 7 is a fantastic all-around gym show that shines outside of just CrossFit classes. If you’re looking for a gym sneaker to lift weights in, this supportive and breathable sneaker is for you. The Nano 7 will eat HIIT workouts for breakfast thanks to a high abrasion outsole that lets you quickly stop, pivot, jump and move in a variety of directions at a speed that might trip you up in other clunkier shoes. Pick up a pair for $60 off today. — Meg Lappe
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Sleeping Bag
Save up to $115: It isn’t uncommon that a brand will adapt a well-received product into a full collection. This year, Patagonia did that with it’s award-winning Micro Puff Jacket, by giving it a waterproof shell and The North Face expanded its Ventrix insulation into a full collection that includes jackets, pullovers and a pair of shorts. It makes sense to transfigure a jacket into other pieces of clothing, but Mountain Hardwear went a step further this year by turning its popular Ghost Whisperer jacket into a sleeping bag.
Mountain Hardwear debuted the Ghost Whisperer in 2012. The ultralight down jacket that weighs 7.8 ounces was the product of a collaboration with Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck, who was an advocate for the fast-and-light approach to mountaineering. Despite its lightness, the jacket is windproof and water-resistant. These same characteristics went into the Ghost Whisperer Sleeping Bag, which Mountain Hardwear released this year in 20- and 40-degree versions. The bags are stuffed with water-resistant Q.Shield 900-fill down and feature super-light Whisperer exterior fabric, cinching mummy-style hoods and specially-designed no-snag zippers.
Both are currently available at Mountain Steals at a discount — $90 off the 40-degree bag and $115 off the 20-degree bag. — Tanner Bowden
Red Wing Engineer Boots
Save up to 50%:Minnesota-based bootmaker Red Wing has been making hardwearing footwear since 1905. The range of styles it produces are distinctly American: Moc-toe work boots with non-marking outsoles for factory workers , hefty oxfords designed for the postal service, pull-on roper boots appropriate for the ranch. It also makes a range of engineer boots which are now primarily sold in the Japanese and European markets.
Originally, engineer boots were designed to protect the feet of men who fed coals into steam engines. The silhouette melded the tall pull-on style of horse riding boots with the supportive arch and sole of a work boot. A buckled ankle strap makes the style instantly recognizable. After WWII, engineer boots became a favorite of motorcycle riders across America and the style saw an increase in popularity in the ’50s and ’60s.
While engineer boots aren’t as prominent today as they once were, they’re no less rugged or functional. If you want to pick up a pair for yourself, head over to Nordstrom Rack, where a bunch of Red Wing engineer boots are half off right now. That means for as little as $160, you can add this distinctly American boot to your own wardrobe. — John Zientek
J.Crew Clothing and Accessories
Save 50%:If you’ve still got holiday shopping to do, head over to J.Crew today. When you use the code FRIDAY, you can save 50 percent on your entire purchase including things for men, women and children. It’s a great opportunity to get some bigger ticket items like cashmere, denim or suiting — but act fast, this discount is available today only. — John Zientek
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