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The Best Deals of the Day: April 9, 2018

How to save on a Vitamix blender, a dog tag-sized knife, Mystery Ranch backpacks and more.


Welcome to Deals of Note, where Gear Patrol captures all the best deals of the day. You can also follow all our deal posts in the Deals section. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at deals@gearpatrol.com.


Onia Calder Swim Trunks
Save 58%: If you’ve been daydreaming about warmer months, the latest Onia sale at Nordstrom Rack gives you something to act on. You can get a pair of the brand’s Calder swim trunks for 58 percent off. The mid-rise short is a versatile enough to be worn both in and out of the water. It features a zip fly, a mesh brief lining, two front slash pocket and a back patch pocket. Though the weather may not be beach-appropriate yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $130 $55

Mystery Ranch

Mystery Ranch Backpacks and Bags
Save 45%: Mystery Ranch is known for creating some of the toughest backpacks on earth, so it’s no surprise the brand has worked with the Navy SEALS, backcountry firefighters and the US Forest Service. Now you can save up to 45% off some of the backpacks, wheelies and duffels, making this lifetime purchase every sweeter. — Meg Lappe

Learn More: Here


Persol Pilot Sunglasses
Save 71%: It’s hard to fault the classic styling of Persol’s PO7359S sunglasses. Made in Italy, the pilot style features metal frames, tasteful hinge accents and light brown flash lenses. If you’re looking to invest in some new eyewear before the sunnier months, now’s the time. This pair is 71 percent off at Nordstrom Rack and costs just $100. — John Zientek

Buy Now: $350 $100


Nike Tanks and Shorts
Save 70%: Nike knows how to make running gear — every tank, short and legging it produces is breathable, has the right amount of stretch and never chafes. Find remarkable shorts and tanks for up to 70 percent off now. Whether you’re a 5-, 7- or 9-inch inseam, there’s a variety of colors and styles on sale now. — Meg Lappe

Learn More: Here


Vitamix Vita-Prep 2.3 HP Blender
Save $500: There comes a time in every person’s life when a blender with actual horsepower is on the shopping list. If you’re that person, and that time is now, you’re in luck.

Vitamix’s all-powerful Vita-Prep blender is slashed big time right now — from north of $800 to $358. The Vita-Prep is the original all-in-one appliance, and it does it without wi-fi connectivity and LED screens and programmability overload. Its aerospace-grade, laser cut steel blades are powered by a 2.3 HP motor which, together with a simple speed-changing knob, make a blender that can dice whole vegetables, make ice cream, cook soup, whip cream, liquify nuts and make the smoothest of smoothies. It generates so much suction it actually sucks air bubbles back into the blades and limits over-frothy end products.

Don’t look at Vitamix’s Vita-Prep as a blender — look at it as the original Instant Pot. Save $500 on the professional grade model today — Will Price

Buy Now: $860 $358


Adventure Duffels
Save $88: Travel duffels need to be dependable, durable and simple. Waterproof materials and zippers and padded backpack straps are the highest forms of technological advances we see in this field, and that’s okay with us. Five of the ten award-winning adventure duffels are on sale today. Now’s a great time to buy one for life, and simultaneously book your next epic trip — after all, these duffels can handle anything you throw at them. — Meg Lappe

Learn More: Here


Riedel Vinum Extreme Cabernet Glasses
Save $20: In 1986 Master Austrian glassmakers Riedel changed the glassware game by introducing the first line of machine-made pieces tailored to different wine types — this was the Vinum collection, which has held as the standard for affordable, varietal-specific glasses since. The Vinum collection, which features a glass for cabernets to rosés, is made with dishwasher-safe crystal glass and also comes in an “extreme” model, providing an upgraded glass size. Right now, a set of two Riedel Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon (Merlot and Bordeaux, too) Extreme series glasses is $39, $20 off its usual price. — Will Price

Buy Now: $59 $39


This Dog Tag Should Be Standard Issue for the Military
Save Over $85: Spyderco’s Dog Tag Folding Knife is the result of a collaboration with Ukranian knifemaker Serge Panchenko, and is nearly the same dimensions as the current mil-spec dog tag. Its 1.22-inch sheepsfoot blade is made from high-quality CPM S30V stainless steel, while its handle is a combination titanium and aluminum. The knife is a slip joint design, which means that it doesn’t lock open. If you live somewhere like New York City with stringent knife laws, that’s good news. Spyderco doesn’t provide ball chain with the Dog Tag folder, so you’ll need to pick one up separately.

The knife is currently available on Massdrop for $45, down from its retail price of $130, and ships April 24. But if you don’t want to wait that long, you can also pick one up from Amazon (Prime eligable) for $56. — AJ Powell

Buy Now: $130 $45 (Massdrop)Buy Now: $130 $56 (Amazon)


Bonita BV1901TS
Save $50: Bonavita’s drip coffee makers are praised both for their ability to make a cup of Joe on par with manual pour-over methods (sans fuss) and their relatively affordable price (they’re a hell of a lot cheaper than a comparable Technivorm, that’s for sure). The BV1901TS, for example, has a pre-infusion mode for freshly-ground coffee and consistently heats water to the ideal brewing range. Thanks to a campaign on Massdrop, its been discounted to just $110, though only 100 coffee makers are available. — Andrew Connor

Buy Now: $110

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