May 21, 2019
Today in Gear: Bespoke Post Offers Subscription Boxes for Every Guy, The Coffee Mug That Always Sells Out & More
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Subscription boxes make for a great gift, even if that means gifting it to yourself each month for a little quality-of-life boost. But not all subscription boxes are equal. The themed boxes from Bespoke Post are built explicitly for guys, designed to help freshen up your life one month at a time. Each box is packed with $70+ of unique gear, style items, advice, tips and more for only $45 (for members, $55 for non-members). The initial lifestyle quiz you take when signing up will help Bespoke Post know what kinds of things you’re interested in, so your boxes can be even more customized and relevant just to you. You also get a preview of each box, allowing you to swap items out, add things on or skip a month if you need to. All in all, it’s tough to find a subscription box service offering more value and utility for your month-to-month pursuits than Bespoke Post.
New & Noteworthy Releases
Omega's excellent hand-wound Master Co-Axial technology finds its way into one of the brand's most elegant dress watches.
First generation BMW M5s don't come up for sale very often, and when they do, they're rarely in the same condition as this 1988 example.
Seiko Recraft Series Chronograph
Save 45%: For under $200, the Recraft may be the perfect fun summer chronograph — it charges via ambient light and features fun 1970s looks, 100m of water resistance and a matching NATO strap. — Oren Hartov
Essential Summer Sneakers
Save 55%: If you’re looking to get some fresh new kicks before the summer months, head over to Zappos today. Right now, you can save up to 55 percent on a range of white sneakers from brands like Converse, PF Flyers and Superga. Most styles are well under $50, so if you see something you like, act fast — it won’t be around for long. — John Zientek
Everything at Levi’s
Save 30%: If the warmer spring weather has you dreaming of a new wardrobe, you’re in luck. Levi’s is offering 30 percent off everything on its website including clothing, shoes and accessories that are already discounted. So if you want to get a classic western shirt, a denim trucker jacket or even just a great pair of jeans, you won’t have to break the bank to do it. Just be sure to use the code FUNSUN at checkout to take advantage of the deal. — John Zientek
Save 71%: If you’ve been waiting to invest in an iconic pair of Persol sunglasses, Nordstrom Rack has a deal for you. Right now, you can save 71 percent on three different Italian-made Persols: the Aviator, the Sartoria and the Pilot models. Normally $350, these shades are now just $100 while supplies last. — John Zientek
Naglev Unico Hiker
Save 10%: 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 $208, which is 10 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
Bowers & Wilkins PX Noise-Canceling Headphones
Save $100: The Bowers & Wilkins PX are the company’s flagship noise-canceling headphones and they are $100 off on Amazon right now — it’s the cheapest they’ve ever been. The discounted headphones are available in both colors, space grey or gold. If you’re looking for high-end noise-canceling headphones that look beautiful and sound excellent (and cost less than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and the Sony WH-1000XM3), these are great headphones to consider. — Tucker Bowe
Garmin Forerunner 935 Smartwatch
Save 19%: The Garmin Forerunner 935 is one of the best GPS smartwatches for serious runners, and today you can get it on Amazon for the cheapest it’s ever been. The normally $500 smartwatch is almost $100 off. — Tucker Bowe
Oxo Nonstick Frypans
Starting at $30: Cast-iron skillets are great for cooking steaks and bacon, but when it comes to eggs and all manner of fish, you’re better off reaching for a nonstick frying pan like those in Oxo’s pro line — they feature three layers of nonstick coating that prevent delicate foods from sticking but also make cleaning a breeze. There’s no plastic, either, so feel free to throw these suckers in the oven to finish off a chicken breast. The 8-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch sizes are all discounted on Amazon, starting at just $30. — Jack Seemer
REI, Janji and Biolite Memorial Day Sales
Save 50%: With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, the big sales are starting to crop up already. Brands try to get ahead of the rush with a week-long relay push until Monday. We’ve rounded up a few of the top sales that start right now, so you can make sure to stock your cart with all the good stuff. — Meg Lappe
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