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Win: A Trip to a Game-Changing Surf Contest
Two years ago, legendary surfer Kelly Slater unveiled something that changed the game with the Surf Ranch — the world’s best human-made wave.

For the first time, a professional surfing competition is open to the public at the Surf Ranch and Quiksilver wants to hook you up with the chance to win front-row tickets. The Founders’ Cup (May 5th and 6th) will feature the world’s best surfers competing in unprecedentedly consistent and epic conditions.

One reader and a guest will win a trip for two to the game-changing event. This includes flights (from the lower 48), accommodations and VIP tickets. You’ll also win a piece of Quiksilver’s most innovative gear (and the choice boardshort of many pros at Founders’ Cup), the Highline New Wave Pro.

The Highline New Wave Pro features groundbreaking materials and design to make them incredibly lightweight, flexible and quick-drying.

Head to Quiksilver’s website to enter a chance to win and view the Official Contest Rules.

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New & Noteworthy Releases


‘The Rarest Steak on the Planet’ Is Coming to the United States

Where's the beef? Here in the US, finally.

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Your New Summer Wardrobe Starts With These Affordable Essentials

Packable windbreakers, seersucker bombers, linen shirts and more.

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Yamaha Brought Insanely Beautiful Bikes to the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

When the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show pops up on the calendar, that's when salivary glands go into overdrive.

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These Packable Bags Are a Commuter’s Godsend

Durable, lightweight and water-repellent.

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Fresh Deals

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2017 Apple iPad
Save $59: You can’t buy the 2017 iPad anymore from Apple because the new model has taken its place. However, if you don’t care about using the Apple Pencil — and a lot of people don’t — because you just want a cheap iPad to answer emails and watch Netflix, you can get a brand new 2017 iPad for $270 on eBay. Essentially, you’re saving $60, or $160 when you factor in the price of the Apple Pencil, for a brand new (if slightly dated) iPad.

Buy Now: $329 $270

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Dyson Pure Cool Link Air Purifier
Save $220: The Dyson Pure Cool Link is a high-quality air purifier that we reviewed back in 2016. It’s wi-fi controlled and now works with Alexa, so you can control it with your voice if you have an Echo speaker. It doubles as a cooling fan, as well. But really, you want this thing because it’s basically a vacuum of the sky, sucking up pollen, dust, mold spores and pet dander. Normally $500, Amazon is offering the Dyson Pure Cool Link for as low as $280 today.

Buy Now: $500 $280

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Cole Haan Semi-Annual Event
Save 30%: Now until April 25, you can save 30 percent on orders over $175 at Cole Haan’s comprehensive Semi-Annual Event. No exclusions apply, so it’s a great chance to invest in new footwear like the 2.Zerogrand Chukka and the GrandPro Running Sneaker with Stitchlite, or a quality piece of leather luggage like the Saunders Attache. For the best deals, check out the sale section, but be forewarned, you’ll probably have to get a couple items to hit the $175 price point. — John Zientek

Learn More: Here

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Marmot PreCip Rain Pants
Save 25%: What are rain paints? The answer is simple: rain pants are the same as a rain jacket, but for the lower half of your body. Why you need them is a more difficult question to answer. Rain pants are arguably less versatile than an upper body shell; they aren’t the type of garment you’d throw on before heading to your office on a rainy morning — unlike other technical apparel, rain pants are not as socially-accepted beyond the outdoor realm.

But rain pants are useful, especially so if you’re an avid hiker or backpacker. Too often rain is an excuse to bail on a planned activity, but it shouldn’t be. A quality pair of rain pants along with a rain jacket will allow you to hike through the storm until it clears. Rain pants can also be used as a less-bulky alternative to snow pants when mountaineering or hiking in snow.

Marmot’s PreCip rain pants are among the best available (and they were rated so by Wirecutter). Like a rain jacket, they’re constructed with a waterproof membrane but are still breathable enough for active use. They also have three pockets — two on the side and one rear — and shin-high ankle zips that let you slide them on while wearing shoes or hiking boots (you don’t want to be taking those off if you get caught in a squall). The PreCip Pants also weigh just under nine ounces and can be easily stashed in a pack for those just-in-case moments.

The PreCip Pants are already affordable compared to other rain pants, but right now you can take an extra 25% off when you purchase a pair from Marmot — just use the code FRIENDS at checkout. — Tanner Bowden

Buy Now: $80 $60

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The North Face Apex Bionic 2 Softshell Jacket
Save 50%: Now that the warmer weather is rolling in, camping trips can be enjoyed in shorts and a t-shirt. But that’s during the day, as soon as the sun goes down and the wind picks up, you’ll need to layer up. When that’s the case, it’s always smart to pack a medium to lightweight layer like a soft shell fleece that keeps in the warmth and blocks out the cold. Today, on Backcountry you can get a The North Face Apex Bionic 2 Softshell Jacket for up to 50% off. Better to get it now than wish you had you’re huddling around the fire pit when the temperature drops. — Bryan Campbell

Buy Now: $150 $75

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KitchenAid Standing Mixer
Save $170: A KitchenAid mixer is a sign of many things: you have your act together and cook, you have a kitchen large enough to hold one, and you know what you’re doing in the kitchen. The quintessential wedding gift is a staple for a reason: who doesn’t want to look like they know what they’re doing? I don’t have to preach all the fantastic dishes you can make with this — but I will say it makes cookie baking a breeze. The smell of freshly baked cookies is a hard one to beat. There’s nothing you can’t conquer with a KitchenAid Standing Mixer. Now you can save $170 on the 5-quart tool in over 30 different colors. — Meg Lappe

Buy Now: $430 $259


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3 Rare Omega Speedmasters That Won’t Cost You a Small Fortune

Three weird and wonderful takes on the "Moonwatch."

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Can’t Afford Our Favorite Bookshelf Speakers? Get These Instead

If you're looking to start a hi-fi system on a budget, these new speakers, particularly the 3010i and 3020i, might be the best place to start.

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4 Wildly Impractical Vehicles We Want to Buy Right Now With a $10,000 Budget

At the moment, these seem fun enough to actually pull the trigger on.

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Essential, City-Ready Motorcycle Gear that Doesn’t Compromise on Style

When it comes to commuting by motorcycle, your choice of gear and clothing is crucial. Saftey is paramount, but looking as professional as possible walking into the office is key.

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This Mexican Booze Smells Like Pickles and Tastes Incredible In Everything

Wild-fermented from naturally-grown sugar cane in a cloud forest in central Mexico, this centuries-in-the-making Oaxacan rum is truly something special.

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I Have a Love/Hate Relationship With Spotify

No, I'm not switching to Apple Music. But please fix this.

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What the Heck Is a PowerDot and How Do You Use One?

A smart muscle stimulator that connects via bluetooth to any smart mobile device is a must-have

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