January 14-18, 2019
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, JANUARY 14
TRX Slam Ball Sale
Save 15% There’s never been a better time to upgrade your home gym. While you don’t need much to get it going, we’re big fans of the TRX (after all the Navy SEALS use it) and its corresponding tools. The TRX will help you improve strength, coordination and overall fitness. And to hit those high-intensity goals, TRX created a variety of gear you can also use to up your burn and sweat levels. The TRX training slam ball is one of those accessories that will help you push yourself past your current limits. — Meg Lappe
The North Face Base Camp Duffel Sale
Save 25% Whether you’re heading to Colorado for a ski trip or out to Jackson for some backcountry skinning and split-boarding, you’re going to need a durable duffel. The North Face’s Base Camp duffel is one of those time-tested bags that hasn’t changed much over the years, mostly because the original was pretty awesome. It’s of the best adventure duffels available thanks to an exterior of laminated ballistic nylon and a spacious main compartment. This durable duffel is a purchase you’ll never regret. — Meg Lappe | |
Sony-WH-1000XM2 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $168:Most retailers still sell Sony’s WH-1000XM2 headphones for $348 — like on Amazon — which is actually crazy considering Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones are the exact same price. That said, good deals on the WH-1000XM2 headphones are becoming more common. For example, one of the best deals we’ve seen is running right now on eBay — its selling WH-1000XM2 headphones for $180, which is almost half off. It should be noted that these are “manufacturer refurbished” models, but eBay has an excellent 30-day returns policy if you have any issues. Both black and silver models are available.
Furniture from Target
Save Up to 60% Target’s Home section is worthy of praise. The mega-retailer’s unlikely blend of frugality, surprising quality and clean looks is refreshing.
Today, a host of its already-cheap furniture is discounted even further. We’re talking couch for just over $100 cheap. —Will Price
Hestra Arthur Gloves
Save 52%:When it comes to leather gloves, Swedish brand Hestra makes some of the best for any activity. While the brand offers a range of rugged alpine skiing and mountaineering gloves, it also produces a line of dress gloves appropriate for daily use in the city.
The Arthur model is a quintessential example of this style. The glove is cut from hairsheep suede — sourced from the high altitude regions of Ethiopia, then tanned and dyed in Naples — and is lined with wool to keep your hands warm in freezing temperatures. It features elastic at the wrist for a secure fit and is handsewn throughout utilizing a technique perfected in the 17th century.
Normally $125, these gloves are now 52 percent off at Nordstrom Rack and cost just $60. They’re available in sizes S through XL, so if you’re in need of a new pair of winter gloves for everyday use, don’t pass on this sale.
— John Zientek
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15
Sony SP700N True Wireless Earbuds
Save $78: Sony’s SP700N’s do have a lot of redeeming qualities. They sound good. They are sweat- and water-resistant. And thanks to a combo of silicone earbuds and earwings, you can get them to fit very snugly in your ears. All in all, I’d recommend them to most anybody looking for true wireless earbuds to workout in. As for price, the SP700N’s are usually expensive, coming in at $178, eBay is selling them for more than $75 off.
Save 10% Among many internet furniture companies, Burrow manages to be a bit different. Its couches, chairs, throws and pillows are all made in the US and all ship to your place for free. The cushion fabric on the couch and chairs is stain-resistant, and there’s even a built-in USB port to plug a phone or laptop charger into.
Burrow furniture arrives at your home in a few boxes. This means there’s some assembly required, but it’s all snapping parts together and a bit of elbow grease (Burrow says it requires no tool and takes 10 minutes, max).
Today on Huckberry, Burrow gear is 10 percent off — a forgettable discount on most things, but not a couch. Ten percent off a Burrow couch is a cool $120 saved. Huckberry stocks the couch in grey, navy and charcoal. —Will Price
Filson Clothing and Accessories
Save up to 65%:Seattle-based brand Filson has been outfitting loggers, hunters and all forms of rugged outdoorsmen with clothing and gear since 1897. The brand’s wool and tin cloth outerwear has gone largely unchanged for a century and its bags are favorites of both city commuters and rural workers. Filson’s reputation for quality materials and American manufacturing justify the price point of its products — if you buy a Mackinaw jacket, chances are you’ll still be wearing it decades from now.
But if you want to pick up something from the brand for a substantial discount, head over to Filson’s Winter Sale where you can save up to 65 percent on a range of rugged clothing and gear. Pick from outerwear, bags and more, but don’t wait because things are selling out quickly. — John Zientek
Lodge Cast-Iron Skillets
Save Up to 50% The cast-iron skillet is heavy and occasionally tedious, but it’s the only piece of cookware that you can buy dirt cheap and not see much drop-off in performance. Truth be told, the pans boutique skillet-makers are putting out don’t perform that much better than your everyday Lodge skillets. They’ll typically be a fair bit lighter and sport a machined-smooth cooking surface (food will release from them with a bit less fuss), but it’s not necessarily game-changing.
Today on Amazon, Lodge’s cast-iron skillets are on sale. Starting a $5, Lodge’s range runs wide — a creme brulee-sized 3.5 inches at the smallest to a whopping 15-inch, 12-pound behemoth at the largest. Don’t forget to buy extra oil for seasoning. —Will Price
Save up to 30%:Founded in 1883, Texas-based Lucchese makes some of the finest boots in America. Originally based in San Antonio, the company moved to El Paso in 1987 where it is still headquartered today. While the brand has outsourced some of its entry-level production to Mexico, it still makes a range of top-tier boots in America. And while the high prices rightly reflect the quality materials and domestic craftsmanship, they also signal that these boots are investments.
If you’ve been jonesing for a pair of Lucchese boots but haven’t wanted to pay list price, head over to Zappos today. You can save up to 30 percent on a range of American-made styles including cowboy boots, Chelsea boots and more. There are plenty of sizes and colors available, so browse the selection and see what catches your eye — it’s hard to beat the quality and finishing on these. — John Zientek
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
Bonavita Coffee Maker
Save $60 Unlike kitchen gear brands who make a host of different appliances and products, Bonavita sticks to what it knows — coffee.
Despite its name, the Connoisseur isn’t snooty. It features the same Gold Cup brewing standards as Bonavita’s older brewers, a one-button off-on interface and a flat bottom filter basket. Its most notable change is the basket-to-carafe connection — instead of the basket resting atop the carafe during brewing (meaning you need to put the used grounds and filter basket on the counter or in the sink to pour coffee), it fits into a slot hanging over the pot. It’s a small change, and one we noted as one of the few issues with its predecessor.
Today on Massdrop, the Connoisseur is marked down $60 — good for the lowest price we’ve seen it listed for. —Will Price
Global Chef’s Knife
Save $80 Among a collection of other Global knives, the G-2 Chef’s Knife (its most popular blade) is more than 50 percent on Massdrop right now. That’s well under its lowest reported price on Amazon. The drop will be active for the next three days.
The North Face Ventrix Jacket
Save $76: It’s still the most innovative iteration of active insulation we’ve seen, and right now you can even snag the original jacket in last season’s colors for $76 off. — Tanner Bowden
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17
Oliver Peoples Sunglasses
Save up to 77%:Founded in 1987, Los Angeles-based eyewear brand Oliver Peoples made a name for itself producing tasteful and refined sunglasses. For three decades, the brand’s focus on quality Italian manufacturing and timeless designs have set it apart from the competition. And though its prices are normally quite expensive, you can you can save 77 percent on a few pairs of sunglasses today at Nordstrom Rack. Choose from fashion-forward colors or reliable classics — they don’t cost more than $120. — John Zientek
Chef’sChoice Knife Sharpener
Save $40 In the world of electric knife sharpeners, Chef’sChoice (no space) is the only name you need to know. Unlike companies with hundreds of products in dozens of product categories, since its 1985 founding Chef’sChoice has been almost exclusively focused on the knife sharpener. Its products are heralded by the gear testing savants at Cook’s Illustrated and Wirecutter, but typically come with a large caveat — price.
Today on Amazon, the Chef’sChoice 120 is marked down 31 percent — good for $40 off and its lowest price ever. Happy sharpening. —Will Price
Save $40 When arranged thoughtfully and outfitted appropriately, a home gym can be an entirely capable alternative to a pricey gym membership. It doesn’t have to call for heavy and bulky (not to mention expensive) equipment, either. TRX’s original suspension trainer was created with this type of functional minimalism in mind — it was invented by a Navy SEAL squadron commander named Randy Hetrick who was searching for a way to stay fit during deployment.
Hetrick’s original version was made of a jiu-jitsu belt and parachute webbing, but the design has since been refined. The system sets up virtually anywhere, and one size is suitable for upper body, lower body and core workouts. It comes with a mesh bag for storage and travel and includes workout primers developed by professional trainers.
Like an as-seen-on-TV contraption, it can be adapted to various workouts and targeted exercises. Unlike that hulking machine, it can be bought in fewer than 12 installments, especially now that it’s over 26 percent off — a savings of $40 — at Huckberry. — Tanner Bowden
Furniture from Target
Save Up to 60%Target’s unlikely blend of frugality, surprising quality and clean looks have earned its home section plenty of praise over the last few years. And today, a host of its already-cheap furniture is discounted even further. We’re talking couch-for-just-over-$100 cheap. Find some of our favorite items below. — Will Price
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
Kramer Zwilling Chef’s Knife
Save $90 For most people on the planet, buying a new Bob Kramer knife is a pipe dream. Owned by esteemed chefs and food moguls like Thomas Keller, Mario Batali, Charlie Palmer and Andrew Zimmern, Kramer’s custom knife waitlist is quite literally years long, and his knife auctions frequently see individual blades close at prices in the tens of thousands.
Thankfully, if you want a knife designed (but not made) by Bob Kramer, it’s markedly less expensive. Kramer’s series of knives produced by Zwilling are not as enviable as those that Kramer makes himself, but they much of the same knife DNA. The Kramer Euroline Essential chef’s knife sports a wide blade, polished bolster, curvy ergonomic handle and the tri-circle logo on the handle — all are indicative of a Kramer-designed blade. This is also the only Kramer-designed knife to be produced using stainless steel rather than carbon steel, making it perfect for those who don’t want to deal with the requisite maintenance of a carbon steel blade.
Today, that knife is 36 percent off — good for a $90 savings. —Will Price
TCL 5-Series 4K TV (65-inch)
Save $200+: If you’re looking for a 4K TV and you’re on a budget, you want to go TCL. The company makes the best bang-for-your-buck 4K TVs, and you really can’t go wrong. (Vizion also makes really good options.) Obviously, the biggest TV-watching event of the year is just a few weeks away and naturally, you’re going to see a lot of good deals on TVs in the coming days (especially considering that most manufacturers just announced new models at CES last week), but this is an early one that caught my eye. It’s on TCL’s 5-Series from last year (2018). It’s a beautiful 4K TV that supports Dolby Vision HDR — it looks great — and has a Roku smart interface. And now it’s on sale.
Bell Bullit Retro Helmet
Save $170 The Bell Bullitt is the quintessential vintage-styled motorcycle helmet on the market, right now. And it’s no surprise — the Bell Star, the first ever full-faced motorcycle helmet is the inspiration for the Bullitt. So technically, all the other retro lids out there are imitating the Bell, but hey, they say that’s the highest form of flattery. Today, different styles of the Bell Bullitt are nearly half-off, at $230. Stock up for the first ride of spring. —Bryan Campbell
Save up to 80%:New York-based clothing brand Faherty is having a huge sale right now with prices slashed by up to 80 percent. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some new threads for a good price as the Surplus sale includes shirts, sweaters, pants more. While the styles are all relatively standard, it’s the fabric that sets these apart from the competition. Designer Mike Faherty custom develops fabric for each garment in order to achieve a worn-in feel and sun-kissed appearance. So if you see a style you like, you can be sure the pictures don’t do it justice — it’s all about the in-person experience. An experience that’s much more accessible while this sale is running. — John Zientek