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This Flip-Flop Only Gets Better with Time
In the Hawaiian language, hoe means paddle. In a sense, OluKai’s Hoe sandal is much like a paddle — it’s an instrument built to facilitate motion, not across the water, but over land. The Hoe situates itself apart from other flip-flop sandals; OluKai crafts it from full-grain leather with hand-sewn stitching on its strap and along its perimeter. The strap’s perforations are inspired by the markings found on sea urchins (wana). The Hoe’s underside invokes its native islands, with non-marking rubber traction infused with coconut fibers. The summation is lasting comfort and durability — budget sandals will deteriorate before developing a time-worn patina, but the Hoe paddles on.

Buy Now: $150


New & Noteworthy Releases


Patagonia’s Mussels in a Can Actually Taste Good

Add a little seafood to your camp meals.

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You’ll Use This Minimalist Pocket Knife Every Day

Minimalism can translate into knife design in many ways, and in the Massdrop x Brad Zinker Dogtooth it's defined most accurately as everything you need and nothing that you don't.

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Kind of Obsessed: This Pillow Improved My Sleeping Habits and My Sanity

This pillow is engineered to help up your performance.

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This Affordable Commuter Backpack Has All the Right Features

An affordable, well-made pack.

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The Most Affordable Way to Dominate a Weekend Off the Grid

You could easily spend thousands on flights, rooms and accommodations, or you can just get this pop-up camper.

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This Mechanical Stationery Set Is Designed to Feel Disposable but Last a Lifetime

Long-lasting pens and pencils that take the iconic shape of the Bic Cristal and make it truly timeless.

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Fresh Deals

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Char-Griller Kamado Grill
Save $45: Due to reasons unknown to me, the Big Green Egg has utterly dominated the kamado grilling space since its popularity explosion in the early aughts. For the uninitiated, a kamado grill as we know them stateside is a very heavy egg-shaped outdoor grill that performs like an oven, smoker and high-temp grill rolled into one. The oval design allows heat to rise from its source at the base and flow up through the grates to your food, then up to the roof of the dome, where it’s promptly ushered back down the walls, into the base, to repeat the process again and again. These types of grills are traditionally made of insulating, but fragile ceramics; this is where Char-Griller’s Akorn kamado differentiates itself. The Akorn opts for three layers of 22-gauge steel with a porcelain-coated interior and powder-coated exterior. The result is a kamado that’s significantly lighter, significantly more affordable and, for most grillers (myself included), and unnoticeably different cooking experience. Char-Griller also throws in cast-iron grates (this should be more commonplace than it is) and a removable heating rack, both of which do not come standard with a Big Green Egg, which already runs almost $600 more than the Akorn.

Char-Griller’s affordable Akorn kamado is $45 more frugal today on Amazon. — Will Price

Buy Now: $300 $255

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Hunter Rain Boots
Save up to 40%: Hunter Boots makes a range of waterproof footwear appropriate for any number of rainy-day activities. Its roots go back over 150 years to when American entrepreneur Henry Lee Norris founded the brand in Scottland in 1856, calling it The North British Rubber Company. While the brand’s iconic Original Rain Boot was introduced in 1956, the design hasn’t changed much in over half a century: it’s a combination of 28 parts assembled over three days.

Now at East Dane, you can get up to 40 percent off three of its classic pull-on styles including the Original Refined Chelsea Boot, the Original Chelsea Boot and the Original Short Boot. Time-tested and durable, these rain boots set the standard by which all others are judged. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $93 +

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Sonos Play:1 Speaker
Save $50:The Sonos Play:1 speaker remains a terrific entry-level speaker for the home. It touts the same audio abilities as the new Sonos One, just without Alexa voice commands (which could be a good or bad thing depending on how you plan on using the speaker). The Play:1 speaker usually costs $199, but you can buy a brand new one on eBay right now for $149. If you missed the super sales during the holiday period, this is great chance to snag a discounted Sonos speaker.

Buy Now: $199 $149

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Plantronics Voyager 8200 UCs
Save $38: The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UCs are active noise-canceling headphones designed for office settings. You can read our full review of the headphones here, but in a nutshell, they have a four-mic array so phone calls are crystal clear; they can sync via Bluetooth to multiple devices at the same time, say your phone and computer; and they’re Skype for Business certified. If you’re looking for more professional ANC headphones (in abilities, not in looks) than Bose’s or Sony’s offerings, these Plantronics are a great choice. And now you can pick them up for a few bucks off on Amazon today.

Buy Now: $264 $226

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Asics Sale
Save 40%: Some of Asics’ best selling sneakers are on sale today. Grab a pair of the GEL-Nimbus 19, down from $160 to just $99 or the Gel-Kayano 24, down to $120 from $160. Your joints will thank you. — Meg Lappe

Gel-Nimbus 19: $160 $99 Gel-Kayano 24: $160 $120

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Arc’teryx Veilance Casing Card Wallet
Save 25%: Eight years ago I invested in my first minimalist wallet. After years of using a chunky bi-fold, making long drives across the Pacific Northwest, my lower-back was worse for wear. I wanted a wallet I could carry in my front pocket, something that wouldn’t throw my hips out of alignment while sitting, so I got a small card holder. Over the years, I’ve used a variety of leather minimalist wallets with both glued and stitched constructions, but they all eventually fell apart due to failure of seams and stitching.

Recently I encountered the Arc’Teryx Veilance Casing Card Wallet. Unlike traditional card holders, it features a laminate construction that is both low-profile and durable. I was very skeptical of the design at first, based on previous experience with glued wallets, but Veilance Chief Brand Director Taka Kasuga showed me his personal Casing Card Wallet which had been used for over a year. It had stretched to accommodate his cards but didn’t show any signs of structural failure.

The wallet utilizes a lamination process that fixes Veilance-spec water-resistant Horween leather to a durable nylon backing. The construction is precise and clean, and the design features two card slots which can hold up to four cards each. It has no exterior branding, so it can be whatever you want it to be. Use it as your daily wallet with suits or jeans, or use it as an extra wallet for business events or travel. The aesthetic is far more versatile than other options on the market.

Now at East Dane, the Casing Card Wallet is 25 percent off and costs $131. While this is admittedly still a lot of money, it is one of the best leather card holders you can buy. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $175 $131

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Dyson Vacuums
Save Up to 28%: Dyson needs no introduction; for years its highly-technical, highly-effective vacuums have been the gold standard for de-nastifying your home’s various surfaces. As such, that means a lofty price tag, but every so often Amazon offers some reasonable discounts making these vaunted vacs more accessible. As it so happens, you can get solid savings on three Dysons: both the V6 and V7 variants of the hair-sucking cordless Animal Vacuum (the former is refurbished) and the feature-packed Big Ball Canister. — Andrew Connor

Buy Now: $200+

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Huckberry’s Mystery Ranch Bag Sale
Save up to $85: GoRuck is known for making some of the most durable bags on the market, but the brand isn’t without its competitors. One such competitor, Mystery Ranch, makes everything from commuter bags to travel bags from ultra-durable Cordura nylon. In fact, Mystery Ranch’s bags are so durable that the brand was rewarded with a military contract to produce backpacks in Montana for the armed forces. That type of quality comes with a price though. Mystery Ranch bags can command price tags upwards of $300. But today at Huckberry, you can pick up a Mystery Ranch bag for as little as $105. There are a handful of bags included in the sale, and there’s sure to be something for everyone. — AJ Powell

Buy Now: $105+

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Triumph Quilted Barbour Jacket
Save 40%: When two storied brands get together to make a product, it’s not always guaranteed it’ll be worth throwing down the extra cash for the special collaboration. But when those two brands are British icons Triumph Motorcycles and Barbour, that’s not the case. What’s more is today, you can get their collaborative waxed cotton jacket for 40% off and save $200 in the process. The motorcycle jacket is TriTex waterproof, windproof and comes with removable CE certified D3O protectors at the elbows, shoulders and back, so you know it’s a legitimate motorcycle jacket and not just a vintage-inspired fashion statement. — Bryan Campbell

Buy Now: $500 $299

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J.Crew Factory Sale
Save 50%+: Let’s get straight to the point — J.Crew Factory, the familiar designer’s online outlet, is currently offering 50 percent off on new styles for summer. It’s a suitable opportunity to refresh your work week look with linen shirts and seersucker stripes and prep for warm weather weekends with aloha prints and solid polos. But J.Crew’s sale offers much more than that, and right now you can use the code SPRINGTIME at checkout for an additional 20 percent off the already-discounted price. — Tanner Bowden

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Seiko 5 SNK793
Save $40: The Seiko 5 is the archetypal beginner’s watch, responsible for getting many individuals into mechanical timepieces. It’s made by a beloved brand, powered by a utilitarian mechanical movement, has been produced for decades in tons of configurations — including field watches, divers and dress watches — and no matter the style can be picked up for a song. This reference SNK793 is a dressier variant, sporting a stainless steel bracelet and a metallic blue dial. — Andrew Connor

Buy Now: $70


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The 10 Best Blacked-Out Watches You Can Buy in 2019

With black cases and black dials, these stealthy tool watches fly under the radar.

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15 Best Products That Work with Apple HomeKit

From lights to cameras, outlets and sensors – get Siri to control them all.

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The Best New Outdoors and Fitness Gear We Discovered Last Month

Everything from Nike's latest kicks to the biggest multi-tool we've ever seen.

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Stock Your Garage Like a Championship-Winning Mechanic

Chris Bennet uses widely available wrenches, sockets and power tools that you can easily stock in your own garage.

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