The Best Deals of the Week: March 4-8, 2019
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MONDAY, March 4
Blackyak Modicana Jacket
Save $114: When we first saw Blackyak’s Modicana jacket, we were impressed. The coat is part of the South Korea-based apparel brand’s Midshell collection, which combines properties from mid-layers with those of outer layers to produce versatile pieces that can be worn as either. Blackyak exhibits this idea in the Modicana with a soft, stretchy shell that’s also waterproof yet impressively breathable. The interior is lined with merino wool for warmth and wicking; the cuffs, hem and hood include a form-fitting sticky elastic that promotes movement.
All of these details — it’s clear just by looking at it how much the designers thought about its construction — make the Modicana the type of jacket that can be worn as functionally with other pieces as it can go it alone. Right now, as part of Backcountry’s winter clearance sale, it’s 30 percent off, which amounts to a savings of over $100. The great thing is that while the Modicana is an excellent jacket for winter, it isn’t strictly a winter jacket. — Tanner Bowden
Target Threshold Percale Sheets
Save Up to 25% When you think of buying cheap, you think of tradeoffs — what am I willing to put up with in the name of saving some cash? Target’s Threshold-branded percale sheets are very cheap and make you forget tradeoffs altogether.
Marked down up to 25 percent, these sets don’t show the obvious tells of other cheap sheets — poor stitching, chemical smells, lack of crispness and so on. They’re airy and crisp out of the box. They also don’t flub thread count numbers like many other options in this category, a problem that’s stemmed from the belief that larger thread count numbers equal more comfort. “The [thread count] numbers are often lies to begin with. A higher thread count doesn’t equate to better quality. Stay within the 200- to 300-range and you’ll be good,” co-founder of Authenticity 50, Jimmy McDonald said.
At a solid 300 thread count, they’re also easily the best cheap sheets we’ve ever tested. Search your mattress size and pick from a variety of colors and patterns — they’re all on sale. —Will Price
Save up to 50%:Founded in 2006, denim-retailer Self Edge is revered by style aficionados. The store’s mix of premium Japanese brands is second-to-none, a unique curation of world-class garments and accessories that are unusually hard to come by. That said, these aspirational products are priced accordingly.
But, for those looking to save a few bucks, Self Edge’s Warehouse Sale currently has a range of detail-oriented Japanese jackets for up to 50 percent off. Pick from brands like Strike Gold, Stevenson Overall Co., Iron Heart and more, but don’t wait — stock is limited. — John Zientek
Dyson V7 & V8 Vacuums
Save Up To $150: Today at Amazon, you can find two great Dyson vacuums for some of the lowest prices we’ve seen — and they’re not refurbished, they’re brand-spanking-new.
The smaller of the pair, the V7, boasts a max suction power of 100 air watts (Dyson claims it’s the strongest of any handheld vacs) and can run for up to 30 minutes on a single charge. The V7 also comes with a special motorized head attachment for pet hair and loose debris, and the suction hose attachment will help you reach narrow spaces.
As for the larger vacuum, the V8 Absolute Cordless, you’re getting a more powerful (115 air watts) and longer-running (40 minutes) cordless machine. This model was made to deep-clean carpets and with the included motorized cleaning head, you get eight straight minutes of serious carpet-cleaning action. Yes, there are plenty of great corded vacuums out there, and yes, many of them cost less than the V8. But Dyson has a hardcore following, and this machine is part of the reason why. — Andy Frakes|
TUESDAY, March 5
Save $95: 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.
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 $95 off. — Tanner Bowden
Bulova Lunar Chronograph Moon Watch
Save 54%: While the Omega Speedmaster is considered the preeminent moon watch, there have been many timepieces that have ventured into space, including a Bulova chronograph worn by Commander David Scott on the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. The reissue retails relatively cheap, at $675 on the bracelet, but right now, Amazon is offering the watch with a 54 percent markdown, making this already-affordable tribute to space exploration even more accessible. — Zen Love
WEDNESDAY, March 6
Orient Mako XL Dive Watch
Save $190: Japanese brands continuously offer great value for money with respect to watches. Take the Orient Mako XL Automatic dive watch as a case in point: you get an in-house, 21-jewel automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve, a stainless steel 44.5mm case, a mineral crystal, steel bracelet, day-date display, unidirectional rotating bezel, 200m of water resistance, and the choice of 4 dial colors: black with black bezel, black with green bezel, vaguely-yellowish-greenish-mintish with black bezel and black with orange bezel. And all this for $130 right now on Massdrop.— Oren Hartov
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Save $120: Making a decent espresso at home requires a lot. You need a scale to weigh out a proper shot, you need a burr grinder to ensure you’re using fresh grounds and you need an espresso maker to pull everything together. The alternative is getting an espresso maker with all that built-in, and then some. That’s what Breville’s Barista Express is.
Among Breville’s line of espresso makers, the Barista Express stands out — it’s got all the additive performance features its higher-priced sibling have, but it’s the only all-in-one maker that’s not $1,000 or more. It’s got a built-in grinder and dose control, plus it’s operable in automatic and manual modes. The machine also features a really, really impressive milk wand and comes with all the ancillary parts needed to make it all go (tamper, milk jug, razor trim and so on).
Today on Ebay, Breville’s Barista Express is available for $120 off its retail price. —Will Price
New Balance 990v4 Sneakers
Save 20%: As the weather in North America transitions from winter snowstorms to balmy spring days, consider investing in a new pair of sneaker for the warmer months. If you’re looking for a domestic option that won’t break the bank, head over to Need Supply Co. today. The retailer is currently offering 20 percent off the American-made New Balance 990v4.
Available in two tonal colorways, the style features a pigskin nubuck upper, an Encap midsole and a rubber outsole. Either is a solid option for any casual wardrobe, so if you’ve been prepping for sunny days, don’t sleep on these. — John Zientek
Ski Goggles Sale
Save up to 65%: If you only ski a few times a year, now’s the best time to buy a pair of goggles. Right now, there are steep discounts on a variety of styles at Backcountry that are ideal for any type of snow day. Like a quality pair of sunglasses, ski goggles present an opportunity to make a style statement up on the mountain. They allow skiers and snowboarders to see the minute details of the slope — even during a blizzard — and protect the eyes from dangerous UV rays as they bounce off the reflective white snow surface.
Unfortunately, decent goggles are often overlooked as unnecessary or simply too expensive (and no, the $40 pair at the ski shop won’t cut it). Renting them is out of the question, but if you hit the slopes a handful of times each year, the discounts on these five high-quality pairs from Backcountry make each pair worth it.
— Tanner Bowden
Yamazaki Organization Gear
Save 15%: Japan’s lesser-known Yamazaki is far less expensive and far more, well, useful than the world-famous whisky. In operation for more than 100 years, Yamazaki beat Marie Kondo to the tidying up punch by a century. The company’s housewares are all unobtrusive, sturdy, simple and bent toward organizing your place. They’re also incredibly affordable.
Its nifty rolling storage cart ($85) is slim and made of steel and real wood — not particle board and plastic screws. Its all-steel wall hanger ($69) is heavy enough to stay put when you hang a dozen coats over it. They even made a trashcan ($43) that does its job and doesn’t look goofy.
These pieces and more of Yamazaki’s thrifty organization gear is marked down 15 percent off on Huckberry today. —Will Price
Save $100+: Last fall, Sonos introduced its new Amp, which is an all-around better version of the Connect:Amp. The new Amp is twice as powerful and has an HDMI ARC port, so you can also hook it directly to your TV and play your TV’s audio throughout your house. The new Sonos Amp just went on sale in early 2019. Sonos still sells the Connect:Amp for $499, and for anybody who doesn’t need to power really expensive speakers or hook up their speakers to their TV (the Amp essentially works as an AV receiver), it’s probably still the better option; it’s most definitely cheaper. Amazon was selling the Connect:Amp for the lowest its ever been – $384 – but it appears that that deal is dead. You can still find discounted Connect:Amp models on eBay and B&H for around $370, although they are refurbished. |
Nike 20% Off Sale
Save 20%: Three of Nike’s best-selling running shoes of 2018 are currently on sale for an even deeper discount. Enter code SAVE20 at checkout to get an additional 20 percent off all sale styles, meaning there are a ton of gym and running shoes available, all under $100. We picked out a few of our favorites below — all of which we heavily tested last year, as well as awarded in our Best New Running Shoes of 2018 and GP100. If you’re training for any spring or summer races, now is a good time to stock up on shoes that you can rotate through (one for long, easy and speed runs) so your shoes stay fresher for longer — your legs and feet will thank you. — Meg Lappe
Save $200+: The LG UK6300 is an entry-level 4K TV that was released in 2018, and it’s a solid option for anybody looking to make the upgrade from their old HDTV. It supports HDR10 and can be set up to work with Google Assistant or Alexa. Also, it’s pretty affordable right now. LG just dropped the price of the UK6300 by several hundred dollars; on its website, LG is selling 55-inch models for $499, which is $200 off the original MSRP. You can pick up the same TV for a little bit less on either eBay or Amazon, too. |
THURSDAY, March 7
Weight Rack and Weights Sale
Save $300: Right now, Weider weight rack and five sets of dumbbells are $300 off. While weight racks and dumbbells are typically pricey, having more than one pair is imperative for your home gym. If you’re looking to hit your goals this year, this deal is too good to pass up. For $300 you get a set of 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30, plus a rack, so that you can tuck the five sets in a corner out of the way. It’s an easy (and cost-effective) way to upgrade your home gym.
A good weight rack can last through a lifetime of burpees, overhead presses, squats, lunges and rows. These weights are ergonomic with hexagonal ends so that easily do push-ups on them, without them sliding out from under you. Plus, when you drop them, they won’t roll away from you. Each set is made with chrome and rubber, so they’ll survive a powerlifting session or a quickie post-HIIT workout — sweat won’t cause them to slip out of your hands. — Meg Lappe
Seiko 5 “Baby Monster” Watch
Save Over 50%: Right now, you can nab a Seiko 5 SRP48X “Baby Monster” for just $140, which is over half-off an MSRP of $320. The Baby Monster, which is available in both white and orange dials, features now-iconic thick lumed indices and hands, a stainless steel 43mm case with 100m of water resistance, a mineral crystal, a notched unidirectional dive bezel and Seiko’s 4R36 automatic movement with day-date complication, which is viewable via an exhibition case back. — Oren Hartov
Naglev Unico Hiker
Save 25%: A pair of handmade hiking boots can cost as much as $750, but right now there’s a pair made by a small Italian brand called Naglev available for $173, which is 25 percent off its regular price of $230. Before you discount that as small change, know that the shoe, called the Unico Hiker, is unlike any other hiking shoe available (it’s also on our list of the best hiking boots available).
Naglev is based in the Alps, where outdoor footwear was invented, and it created the Unico to function as a middle ground between a hiking boot and a trail running sneaker. It calls to mind approach shoes (sturdy, low-cut hiking shoes typically used by rock climbers who face long treks through technical terrain on the way to a climb) but it’s built much differently. The upper is made of one single piece of Kevlar fabric — yes, the same stuff used to make body armor — and its inside is lined with a with a sock-like wool liner. This construction creates a remarkably durable shoe that’s unexpectedly comfortable, and entirely unique. — Tanner Bowden
Red Wing Round Toe Suede boot
Save 46%: It’s no surprise that Red Wing boots are an American classic. Since 1872, the brand has made no-nonsense footwear, designed to stand up to years of hard use. The Minnesota-based maker utilizes leather from the S.B. Foot Tanning Company, also located in the city of Red Wing, and produces nearly 1 million pairs of boots every year from its large mid-century factory.
If you’ve been waiting for a sale to purchase your own pair of Red Wing boots, head over to Nordstrom Rack. Currently, you can save 46 percent on a pair of rugged suede lace-up boots. This classic American-made round toe style now costs just $150 and comes in sizes 7 to 13. But with a deal this good, sizes are bound to sell quickly, so act fast. — John Zientek
FRIDAY, March 8
Lucchese Jonah Boots
Save 37%:Founded in San Antonio in 1883, Lucchese offers some of the best Western boots of the market. Along with its more traditional styles, it offers some modern silhouettes that are appropriate for a range of settings. For example, its Jonah boot blends the heel and toe of a traditional roper with a narrow side-zip shaft. The Lucchese site says it’s equestrian-inspired, but apart from the zipper and slim profile, the style doesn’t scream horseman. It’s a slim boot that pairs well with modern pants, a style both versatile and rooted in tradition.
Handmade in Texas, the boot features a black suede upper, a 7-inch shaft with a Riri zipper and a leather outsole. If you’re looking to pick up a pair, head over to Zappos where the style is currently 37 percent off. Though pricey at $500, it’s a versatile, well-made boot that will serve you for years to come. — John Zientek
Nemo Losi 3-Person Tent
Save $195: Tentmakers employ their most advanced manufacturing processes and innovative materials to make shelters as packable and lightweight as possible. Backpackers are the primary demographic in mind here, but more casual adventurers — the type who head out for one or two nights rather than seven, or regularly make camp next to their car — form a more substantial proportion of those enjoying wilderness. Nemo’s Losi tent is for these folks, and right now it’s 40 percent off (a savings of $195) at Mountain Steals.
The Losi isn’t like the big-enough-to-stand-up-in tents you can find at Walmart, but neither is it an ounce-counting ultralight trekker’s dream shelter. Instead, it’s somewhere in the middle; small and light enough to carry in a backpack when weight isn’t paramount yet roomy enough — thanks to a unique pole configuration — to enjoy hanging out in. It’s perfect for casual campers and those who want to balance their experiences at camp and on the trail, and nearly $200 in savings isn’t a discount to ignore. — Tanner Bowden
Sony SRS-XB41 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
$170: The SRS-XB41 is the largest Bluetooth speaker in Sony’s Extra Bass line, comparable in size and sound quality to the Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus ($239) or an Ultimate Ears Boom 3 ($150). It normally sells for $250 — which is what Best Buy is selling it for right now – but you can currently buy a SRS-XB41 on eBay for just $80. Granted, the models that eBay is selling are manufacturer refurbished, but this still feels like a pretty phenomenal deal.
Huckberry Fitness Spring Clearance Sale
Save 55%: Huckberry’s spring clearance sale has hundreds of items all up to 55 percent off. If you’re a fitness-lovers, we highly recommend you check out this sale as it’s a great time to upgrade your home gym with jump ropes, TRX machines, gym sneakers and more. Here are a few of our top pick, but be sure to check out the sale online at Huckberry.com to shop many more. — Meg Lappe
Bulova Hack Watch
Save 32%: If you’re looking for an updated version of a classic American military watch with more modern case proportions, you should definitely check out the Hack watch from Bulova, currently available on Macy’s for 32% off ($186, down from $275). The Hack watch uses a three-hand quartz movement housed in a 38mm steel case, comes with a black leather strap and is water-resistant down to 30 meters. It also comes with a 3-year limited warranty. — Oren Hartov
Bose Home Theater Systems
Save Up to $150: Bose released two new soundbars, Soundbar 500 and the Soundbar 700, at the tail end of 2018. You can buy the Bose Soundbar 500 for $550 or the Bose Soundbar 700 for $800. But if you want to build a home theater system around either of these soundbars, say you want to add a bass module and/or surround speakers, you can – and you can get a pretty good deal while doing so. World Wide Stereo is selling Bose’s home theater systems for up to $150 off.