May 6-10, 2019
All the Deals You Might Have Missed This 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, MAY 6
Coway Mighty Air Purifier
Save $68: On the cusp of allergy season, a timely deal: the Coway Mighty air purifier is marked down $68 at Amazon.
Recommended by everyone from the Wirecutter to Home Air Guides, the Mighty boasts a four-stage filtration system, washable pre-filter and “eco mode.” It’s not ideal for big rooms — Coway recommends placing it in spaces no bigger than 361 square feet — but it’s the right choice for most bedrooms and city apartments. The Mighty is already significantly less expensive than the competition, and today its discounted below last year’s Prime Day price. — Will Price
Cheap Outdoor Furniture
Save 25-75%: No one would blame you for prioritizing indoor furniture to outdoor furniture when filling out a home. But, with warmer months fast approaching (or already here for some states), now is the moment to get at least something on the patio, porch or balcony.
That’s where Houzz’s Mid-Season Sale comes in, with a few thousand products marked down anywhere from 25 to 75 percent off. And while there are deals in nearly every furniture category, the markdowns on outdoor dining sets and weatherproof sofas and couches are the most noteworthy. The Mid-Season Sale will run until May 12. — Will Price
Snow Peak Collapsible Umbrella
Save 40%: It’s easy to leave your umbrella at home when your only option is a three-foot-long behemoth that doesn’t fit in your work bag. But any time an afternoon thunderstorm rolls into town, you probably find yourself wishing you’d brought it — or had bought one to keep in your office as well.
That’s the real joy of a compact and lightweight umbrella: you can drop it into your briefcase, backpack or messenger bag and forget it’s even in there (until the next mid-day storm, anyway). This specific model from Snow Peak — one of our favorite brands — measures only nine inches folded, weighs just under five ounces and is designed to collapse during heavy wind gusts rather than breaking or ripping, meaning it’ll get you through the season and many more to come. Best of all, it’s on sale at Nordstrom for just $34 today — that’s savings of more than 30 percent.
— Andy Frakes
Fitbit Versa Smartwatch
Save $20: Fitbit’s entry-level smartwatch, the Versa, is $20 off at Best Buy right now. The normally $200 smartwatch is a great option for anybody who doesn’t want to spend big on an Apple Watch, but still wants an easy way to track steps, calories burned, sleep and heart rate. Other than its looks — the Versa has a slim and lightweight design — a big selling point of this Fitbit smartwatch is its battery life; it can last several days, even if you wear it to bed. On the downside, the Versa doesn’t have a built-in GPS, meaning it’s not quite as capable a fitness tracker as other smartwatches.
Traska Freediver Watch
Save $50: With a 40mm stainless steel case, Seiko NH38A automatic movement, Super LuiNova lume, a 120-click unidirectional dive bezel and a sapphire crystal, the Traska Freediver is the perfect watch for summer, and best of all, you don’t have to allocate a month’s rent toward buying one. Right now, you can grab a Freediver in steel with a black sapphire bezel or in DLC-coated steel with a sapphire DLC bezel for just $350, or in steel with a stainless steel bezel for $375. — Oren Hartov
The Best Hiking Socks Are on Sale
Save 20% and Up: Hiking socks are vital yet often overlooked kit for walking in the woods and mountains. — Tanner Bowden
TUESDAY, MAY 7
Kryptonite Kryptolok Mini 7 Bike Lock Sale
Save 40%: Aptly named, the Kryptonite Kryptolok Mini-7 with Front WheelBoltz is down from $33 to $20 today. No matter what city or town you bike in, it’s necessary to make sure your bike is safe from anyone who wants to get at it and buy a proper bike lock. The sleek black and silver vinyl-coated u-lock allows you to bike anywhere and attach your bike to the nearest pole and head to work, a class or a coffee meeting. With two stainless-steel keys, we recommend you keep one on your key ring and another in a safe spot (like your desk drawer or lock box at home), so you keep them separate in case one goes missing. Pick up one of these locks today for 40 percent off. — Meg Lappe
Italian-Made Tom Ford Sunglasses
Save 65%: Tom Ford makes some of the most tasteful luxury clothing and accessories available. As you’d expect with a reputation like that, the price point on everything from his shirts to sweaters to suits is sky high. Unsurprisingly, the brand’s sunglasses are something of a cult favorite and feature elegant curves and distinctive hinge detailing. Right now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 65 percent on a few different Italian-made styles. Normally priced at over $400, these frames won’t cost more than a pair of traditional Ray-Bans while supplies last. — John Zientek
Orient Ray II Diver
Save 60%: With the Mako II, you get the new and improved Orient F6922 automatic movement with hand-winding capability and hacking seconds, a precise 120-click bezel, a mineral crystal, a 41.5mm stainless steel case, a stainless steel bracelet and 200m of water resistance. Available in three variations, this is a ton of value in a $325 watch, but right now you cab nab the Mako II on Drop for the almost laughably low price of $130. — Oren Hartov
Brooks Brothers Shirts and Polos
Save 40%: It’s easy to stick with plain white or blue shirts through the summer — they’re versatile and pretty fool-proof in terms of dressing up or dressing down. But in case you’re ready to freshen up your options, Brooks Brothers shirts and polos are up to 40 percent off right now at Nordstrom Rack. Choose from a selection of sturdy plaids, solid-color Oxfords and pique cotton polos in a variety of colors, and treat yourself to a hit of quality at a price that’s hard to argue with.
— Andy Frakes
Patagonia Nine Trails Backpack
Save 55%: While some hiking backpacks cram as many functions into as few liters as possible, others opt for the opposite tack: achieve utility through minimalism. This was precisely what Patagonia strove for in its Nine Trails packs, which launched last spring, and the company (as usual) landed its mark.
Instead of multiple compartments and various access points, the Nine Trails backpack has one spacious main compartment that’s accessed through a large U-shaped zipper. On the exterior are multiple stretchy sleeve-style pockets for storing items that need to be accessed routinely on the trail, like extra layers, water bottles and snacks. That’s essentially it, and the backpack is a success because of that simplicity (it’s one of our favorite daypacks for hiking). The bag isn’t without a couple of extras though — there are small zippered stash pockets inside, on the top and on the hipbelt, and a hydration sleeve with a port for the hose.
Compared to other hiking bags in Patagonia’s line, the Nine Trails is still new, but as long as you don’t mind last season’s colors — Classic Red and Sprouted Green — you can find the bag on sale for up to 55 percent off at Backcountry in both 20- and 28-liter capacities. — Tanner Bowden
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
Clarks Desert Boots
Save 30%:Few shoes have the kind of pedigree assigned to the Clarks Desert Boot — a simple suede chukka inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by British officers in World War II. Sold by Clarks since the early 50s, the boots later became a favorite of style icons like Steve McQueen and Bob Dylan. Today, it’s the brand’s best-selling shoe, beloved for its unique combination of comfort, durability and polish. And, right now, you can score a pair in taupe suede for 30 percent off the normal asking price ($40 savings). — Jack Seemer
Breville Barista Touch
Save 37%: Breville’s collection of espresso machines strives to offer a machine fit for every level of coffee nerd. Today on Amazon, its most frugal touchscreen model is at an all-time low price.
The Barista Touch, which usually runs $1,000 or more, is outfitted with a built-in grinder, automatic dose control, a milk frothing wand and a touchscreen that allows you to customize and save drink profiles. It also uses Breville’s ThermoJet heating system, which primes the machine for shot pulling in three seconds or less.
It is worth noting that this machine doesn’t have an auto-tamp function, a vital and often misunderstood step in the espresso making process (ChefSteps does a good job explaining how to tamp properly). — Will Price
Timex MkI Field Watch
Save 38%: The Timex MkI, modeled after a military reference from the Timex catalog, is light, inexpensive, handsome, and perfect for the outdoors. It features a 40mm anodized aluminum case, a 24-hour dial, an acrylic crystal, a quartz movement, Indiglo illumination and 30m of water resistance. Right now, you can grab this black version of the MkI for just $59, a 38% savings off the list price of $95. — Oren Hartov
Vasque Clarion ’88 Hiking Boot
Save 25%: It used to be that only self-proclaimed “outdoorsy folks” with a deep knowledge of vintage gear could spot the value in a battered pair of Bean Boots or a well-worn Patagonia fleece at thrift stores. Now it seems as though everyone is into retro outdoor gear, whether the aim is to wear it ironically in the field or make a style statement in the streets. Recently though, the brands have caught onto the nostalgia, and are now digging into product archives to make the old new again.
Some of it, like The North Face’s Rage ’92 collection, aims for style. Others products integrate decades of technical innovations into dated silhouettes to make items that work as well as they look. Vasque’s Clarion ’88 hiking boot is one such example; the boot first debuted over 30 years ago, but Vasque brought it back last year with a durable waterproof upper and Vibram rubber outsole that make it a reliable model for trail use to this day. It’s on sale at REI for 25 percent off right now, along with a full range of other models from brands like Merrel, Keen, Salomon and more. — Tanner Bowden
Save 50%: Today at Nordstrom, you can save 50 percent on some excellent sunglasses from the California-based brand Raen. Typically these sturdy, high-quality shades would run you upwards of $140 per pair, but thanks to this sale you can grab some before beach season hits for much, much less.
— Andy Frakes
5.11 Tactical Sale
Save 20%: If you’re always ready, the 5.11 Tactical sale is for you. Today through Sunday, May 12, everything is 20 percent off. The brand makes tactical vests, shirts and pants in addition to bags, boots and carry-alls. Since 2003, 5.11 Tactical has worked with public safety professionals to make sure the gear they make works for first responders, law enforcement and fire and EMS volunteers. Here are a few items to help get you started. — Meg Lappe
THURSDAY, MAY 9
Orient Defender Watch
Save Over 50%:Right now, you can get an Orient Defender for just $140 on Drop. The Defender features a steel 42mm case with 100m of water resistance, a mineral crystal, the Orient 46B40 automatic movement with day-date display and 24-hour indicator and a matching bracelet. Best of all, the Defender is available in multiple dial colors and, if you prefer a strap to the bracelet, you can take ad additional $10 off. — Oren Hartov
Julbo Cham Aviator Sunglasses
Save $50: Originally released in 1972, Julbo’s Cham Sunglasses are the direct result of the exploits of a nearly unknown mountain climber. His name was Yannick Seigneur, and he was the first person to ascend Makalu, the fifth-tallest mountain in the world by its West Pillar Route, among other feats. He also helped Julbo, a decades-old leader in mountain eye protection, test and refine eyewear. The Cham Sunglasses are a direct result of that collaboration.
In recent years, Julbo revived the Cham from its archives. Leather eye shields and nose pieces aren’t used commonly on expeditions today, but they do lend themselves to nostalgic mountain style. Right now, they’re 30 percent off at The Drop. — Tanner Bowden
Save up to 50%: Thanks to a massive sale at SneakersnStuff, you can pick up a new pair of shoes today for up to 50 percent off list price. Nike, Adidas, Reebok and New Balance are just a few of the brands you’ll find in the complete sale, and depending on what size you wear, you might find the perfect new kicks for as little as $30.
— Andy Frakes
Victorinox Fibrox Kitchen Knives
Save 25%: Ultra-cheap kitchen knives are a crapshoot — some are great values, others aren’t worth considering. Generally speaking, it’s a category rife with Chromium-rich knives that are shiny, totally resistant to water damage but chip and dull easily. From our testing, the best of the lot is Victorinox’s collection of Fibrox-handled knives — all of which are on sale on Drop today.
Of the thirteen discounted knives, the chef’s knife gets the most press. Recommended by Cook’s Illustrated, it’s tough, comes with a less-cumbersome handle than other frugal options and takes well to honing steel. The knife usually runs about $45, but can be had for $32 on Drop. — Will Price
Jegs Performance Tools
Save up to 33%: Committing to the “at-home mechanic” lifestyle isn’t an all or nothing deal. You can take it in steps and phases. Are you sticking to basic maintenance? You probably won’t need more than a decent wrench and socket set. Are you looking to do an engine swap? Well, that requires some more heavy-duty appliances. But, no matter how deep into the automotive DIY life you’re looking to go, there’s a big sale on Jegs performance tools today that’ll have you covered in some capacity. — Bryan Campbell
Save 20%: Right now, you can save up to 20 percent off a variety of Fitbit trackers ranging from the entry-level Fitbit Charge 3 to the stat-heavy Versa and Ionic. All three come in a variety of color options. All three make great last minute gifts for Mother’s Day — which is this Sunday. Whether you’re looking to start counting your steps or need a way to send text message alerts to your cheer squad during your next marathon, one of these Fitbits will work. — Meg Lappe
Save 20%: Leatherman’s best-selling Wave is one helluva a multi-tool. It has spring-action scissors, two knives, a saw and a ruler … not to mention 13 other tools you can read about here. But let’s face it. Most people don’t need that level of hardware. And that’s precisely why Leatherman offers other minimalist multi-tools like Skeletool.
The Skeletool is small, light and it only features things you’ll actually use — like a bottle opener and needle-nose pliers. The real kicker? It’s on sale, and you can pick one up at its cheapest price ever.
FRIDAY, MAY 10
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Save $80: Bose’s QuietComfort 35 IIs are some of the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy. Even with stiff competition from the likes of Sony, Bowers & Wilkins and Sennheiser, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II stand out: they’re lighter and more comfortable than any other headphones in their class. The noise-canceling abilities are pretty damn good, too. And today, they’re $80 off.
The headphones are refurbished, but this is the best deal we’ve seen on the Bose QuietComfort 35 IIs in a long time. According to the eBay seller, the pair has “been tested and restored to full function, factory standard condition” and they come with free, 30-day returns. The discount only applies to black models. — Tucker Bowe
Seiko 5 SNK615k1
Save 77%: Who can argue with a $70 mechanical watch? You get a perfectly sized 38mm case, 30m of water resistance, a scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal and a beautiful blue dial with lumed hands and a combination of slim indices and Arabic hour markers. An automatic Seiko 7S26 movement gives you 40 hours of power reserve and a day-date complication, and you also get a matching steel bracelet.
— Oren Hartov
Red Wing Heritage Moc-Toe Boots
Save 36%: When you’re presented with the chance to save on Red Wing Heritage boots, you’d be foolish to pass it up. The brand’s boots are rarely on sale and when they are, sizes are often limited. But now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save 36 percent on a pair of classic Red Wing Heritage Moc-Toe boots available in sizes 7 to 13. This American-made style features Brown Boomer leather from the S.B. Foot Tanning Company in Minnesota and a non-marking outsole. What are you waiting for? — John Zientek
Italian-Made Oliver Peoples Sunglasses
Save 30%: If you’ve been waiting for a great sale to invest in a new pair of quality sunglasses, this is your chance. East Dane is currently offering 30 percent off a range of Italian-made shades from Oliver Peoples. At the sale, you can pick up both acetate and metal framed styles from the cult-favorite LA brand for as little as $266 — but sizes are selling quickly. — John Zientek
Gerber Center-Drive Plus Multi-Tool
Save 21%: After months of testing and evaluation, we recently published an updated version of our guide to the best multi-tools available. Our list includes one significant change in that our new Editor’s Pick is Leatherman’s Free P2, which unseated Gerber’s Center-Drive. Both tools rank highly because they’re incredibly easy to use with one hand, making them practical for a wide variety of jobs and tasks, but the Free P2 edged out the Center-Drive because each one of its tools deploys with one hand, not just the pliers.
The newest iteration of the Center-Drive, the Center-Drive Plus, comes equipped with scissors and a premium leather sheath. It’s 21 percent off at The Drop right now, bringing its price down to $100. — Tanner Bowden
Costa Farms Houseplants
Save 25%+: Thanks to a host of enormous horticulture companies enrolling as sellers, buying live plants on Amazon has become commonplace. One of the largest live plant operations in the world, Costa Farms sells a rotating stock of its 1,500-plus varieties on Amazon — some of which are on sale today.
The lot includes the flowering peace lily, a classic queen fern, succulents or, if you’re up for taking care of it, a bonsai tree. It’s worth noting that neither Costa Farms or Amazon is guaranteeing a Mother’s Day delivery, so tread carefully. All are at least 25 percent off and come pre-potted. — Will Price
Yamaha TT-S303 Turntable
Save $70: The Yamaha TT-S303 is a manual belt-drive turntable that sells for $450, but you can nab it for $380 at World Wide Stereo using the code GEAR at checkout. Aside from its good looks, the TT-S303 is a solid turntable for both vinyl lovers and those just getting into analog audio. The turntable has a built-in phono preamp, meaning you can hook it up directly to some bookshelf speakers and play; or you can turn off the built-in preamp and hook the TT-S303 up to your own amp or receiver, which caters it to more serious listeners. The turntable also comes with a pre-mounted cartridge so there’s no complicated installation process.
Arai Moptorcycle Helmets
Save up to $520: There’s a massive sale on Arai Helmets going on over at Revzilla where you can save up to $520 on certain models and sizes. Whether you’re preferred style is full-face helmets, three-quarter shell, or you prefer dirt, there’s an opportunity to save hundreds of dollars with most of the helmets upwards of 40% off. If you haven’t picked up a new lid for the 2019 riding season, now would be a good time to think about taking a look. — Bryan Campbell
United By Blue Warehouse Sale
Save 80%: Today starting at noon, you can shop United by Blue’s Warehouse sale where everything is over 50 percent off. The responsible brand will pick up one pound of trash from waterways for each product sold. Beyond buying a product, you can join the team on cleanups year round. And in the meantime, you can shop tees, jackets, boardshorts, hoodies and more at a seriously discounted price today. — Meg Lappe