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New & Noteworthy Releases
Though there was definitely an awkward phase in its third generation, the new one is back to being Defenderesque, in a good way.
The TCL Alto 5 and 7 Sound Bars will be available this Spring.
They’re modeled visually after Apple MacBook designs and include a 1-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan, to make photo and video processing much easier.
If you need to scratch that Jeep pickup itch before the 2019 Gladiator lands this spring, this J10 will undoubtedly do the trick.
The FoldiMate promises to make laundry day easier. But its main problem is that it isn't worth its lofty pricetag.
They have a 24-hour battery life with noise-canceling turned on, which is actually really impressive.
Garmin's addition of 4G LTE coverage means you really can leave your phone at home and head out for a run.
Finding lost gear is about to get a hell of a lot simpler.
Thinking about getting an Apple 4K TV? Just get a really nice 4K TV instead. They effectively do the same thing.
Each speaker has Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in. Support for Apple's AirPlay 2 is coming in early 2019.
High-End Fitness Apparel
Save 30%: Setting a fitness goal for the new year is easier said, easier done and difficultly executed. Here’s a perhaps obvious tip: make your goal specific and approachable. Here’s another that’s more obscure but just as important: invest in high-quality fitness clothing. Seriously. Working out, running, cycling, none of these activities are inherently comfortable, so providing yourself with as much physical ease as possible becomes paramount.
If you’re already shelling out for a new home machine or a membership to a gym, it might feel tempting to save on apparel. But don’t under commit — a $10 t-shirt is priced that low for a reason, and it won’t compare to the top-line threads from brands like Nike and Under Armour. The same philosophy applies to gym shorts, running shoes and fitness trackers.
This isn’t to say that you need to resign yourself to being priced out of your workout though. Deals are almost always to be found; right now there’s one at Mr. Porter that offers 30 percent off high-end fitness gear and apparel. Some of our favorite products — Nike Epic React running shoes, Suunto’s Spartan Sport GPS watch, 2XU compression tights, to name a few — are more affordable than ever. Sizes are limited, so do some picking, and you might find the thing to get you through 2019 without reneging on your resolution. — Tanner Bowden
Finex Cast-Iron Dutch Oven
Save $100 Released in April of 2018, Finex’s first cast-iron pot is just like its cast-iron skillets: octagonal, especially heavy and sporting steel coil handles. Unlike most Dutch ovens, though, Finex’s offering isn’t coated in enamel. This means two things that you’ll have to season and treat it as you would any other cast-iron skillet, and it can get a lot hotter than enameled Dutch ovens. Enameled ovens come with temperature limits (typically 400 to 500 degrees) because the bond between iron and enamel coating can begin to craze or crack at higher temperatures.
Today on Massdrop, Finex’s $300 pot is marked down 33 percent — good for a $100 savings. —Will Price
Helinox Chair One Camp Chair
Save 35%: Unlike a tent and a sleeping bag, the camp chair is a piece of outdoor furniture that many of us are perfectly okay with leaving behind. For many, the most packable of them aren’t comfortable enough to warrant schlepping up the side of a mountain, and the most comfortable are too cumbersome for any campsite that’s too far from a vehicle. Enter Helinox’s Chair One: it weighs roughly two pounds and packs down smaller than many sleeping bags yet offers elevated seating (so your bum won’t freeze on the ground) and comfortable back support. Helinox achieved this by building the chair with folding aluminum DAC poles that come together just like the ones your tent uses. The seat is nylon and mesh.
It doesn’t matter where you stand in regards to backcountry seating — if you hate camp chairs, this is the one to turn you; if you love them, here’s your upgrade. It’ll work for camping trips but can also handle outings to the neighborhood park and is ideal for outdoor concerts. It’s also marked down by 35 percent — that’s $35 off — at Backcountry. — Tanner Bowden
Saturdays NYC Clothing, Shoes and Accessories
Save 40%:Thanks to numerous sales, January can be a great time to invest in a few wardrobe additions. As many brands are already prepping for spring and summer inventory, you can score some great garments at substantial discounts. Case in point: now at Saturdays NYC, you can save 40 percent on jackets, shirts, pants and shoes (from FW18) along with additional garments from past seasons. There are many sizes and styles available, so head over to the site and peruse the extensive sale section. — John Zientek