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Cole Haan Smooth Leather Briefcase
Save 70%: If you work in a traditional office, your everyday bag needs to be both functional and professional. While capacity and organization is an easy box to check, the professional appearance — smooth leather, minimal branding — usually comes with a higher price-point. Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can have it for less and save 70 percent on a sleek leather briefcase from Cole Haan. Featuring dual top handles, an adjustable shoulder strap, two exterior pockets and a handful of interior organizational pockets, this is a great choice for an everyday work bag. — John Zientek
Randolph Engineering Aviator Sunglasses
Save 30%: In 1978, Randolph Engineering began producing aviator sunglasses for the US military. The brand offered frames to law enforcement and precision shooting markets in the ’90s but didn’t stray from its military roots. In 2000, it was awarded a government contract for the Frame of Choice program, which offered the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and NASA an alternative to standard-issue sunglasses. Now, Randolph’s aviators — still built to MIL-S-25948 standards — are widely available to the public. You can save 30 percent on a few different frames at Zappos, including styles with both polarized and non-polarized lenses. — John Zientek
Save $25: It looks like spring temperatures are here to stay, which means you can finally store your fleece-lined leggings. Swap them out for a pair of sweat-wicking shorts, a long sleeve, and new kicks. Having trouble getting out the door to go running? A new kit is sure to help. We pulled together three options — all on sale — that are sure to inspire you to get moving. And when you spend $150 (which is easy to do on just one new pair of shoes), you’ll save $25 on the entire order. Use the code BUNNY25. — Meg Lappe
REV’IT! Memphis H2O Jeans
Save 31%: There are very few ways more torturous to test out riding gear than to take it 2,674 miles from Seattle, Washington to Anchorage, Alaska. That’s exactly what we did for Gear Patrol Magazine Issue Five last summer. We put the Ducati and Triumph through the wringer, of course, but so was the rest of the kit we brought along and among the pieces that impressed the most were Memphis H2O Jeans by Rev’It!. The Memphis H2O has everything you need from a riding pant: abrasion resistant construction, a waterproof and breathable hydratex 3L pro lining, Knox Lite CE at the knees and Seesoft CE-level 1 type B on the hips. The Memphis H20 provides the necessary all-day comfort and protection necessary for 500 mile plus stints on the bike and casual, classic style for when you’re not in the saddle. — Bryan Campbell
RavPower Wireless Charging Pad and Stand
Save up to $41: RavPower’s wireless chargers are amongst our favorites. They’re well-made, fast charging and, for the most part, very affordable. And today they’re really affordable. Amazon is having a daily deal — RavPower’s wireless charging pad is going for just $9; that’s way down from its normal $50 price tag. You can also pick up its wireless charging stand for $38, down from its normal $50.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8
Save $201: The Beoplay H8 are Bang & Olufsen’s lavish and wireless active noise-canceling headphones. Released in 2015, the on-ear headphones are made of metal and leather and they sound like what you’d expect from a Bang & Olufsen pair of headphones — excellent. However, the company recently released the next-gen version of the Beoplay H8, the Beoplay H8i, which come with a few new features and USB-C charging, and they’ve taken the place of the Beoplay H8 in the Bang & Olufsen lineup. All this means is that you can now find some pretty great deals on the Beoplay H8. Originally $500, you can now snag them on Amazon for as low as $299, depending on the color. — Tucker Bowe
Lodge 8-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet
Save 48%: Point blank: there’s not an American made piece of cast-iron out there that is a better deal at retail price than a Lodge. The only widely available producer of American cast-iron has been cranking out all manner of cookware from the same factory in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee for more than 120 years, and selling skillets that can last a lifetime for what a trip to the movies costs. Lodge’s 8-inch skillet will fit a single large steak just fine, is more maneuverable than its larger cousins (only a bit over 3 pounds) and simply takes up less precious cabinet space. It also happens to be the perfect size for a dual serving of crispy, hearty breakfast hash. Just saying.
Right now, along with a slew of equally enticing (though less multi-functional) products, the 8-inch cast-iron skillet is discounted to a whopping $10. $10. — Will price
Salewa Firetail 3 GTX Hiking Shoe
Save $59: By now, hordes of thru-hikers have departed from Georgia’s Springer Mountain on a summer’s long journey north along the Appalachian Trail. Most of them are wearing sturdy, ankle-high hiking boots, but if you’re a hiker of a more casual sort than you may not need footwear so rugged. Consider a hiking shoe instead.
Lacking an upper cuff, hiking shoes are smaller and lighter than boots but still provide plenty of stability and arch support on top of a sticky lugged sole. They’re a substantial upgrade from the running shoes or athletic trainers that you might typically substitute when tackling shorter distances or in trying to avoid an expensive boot purchase altogether. Hiking shoes are ideal for travel too — they’re more supportive than sneakers and more versatile than boots. Plus, the low cut won’t shout “tourist” or “hiker” quite as loudly when exploring cities.
Salewa’s Firetail 3 GTX, on sale now for 37 percent off, is an excellent shoe for this purpose. Technically the Firetail is an approach shoe — lightweight yet sturdy footwear designed to help rock climbers carry fully-weighted gear packs to their ascent — but don’t let that categorization deter you. The main difference between an approach shoe and say, a trail running shoe, is that the former has a much more rugged sole that can handle technical paths. The Firetail uses Vibram’s Reptail sole with a Megagrip compound to do so. Salewa also gave the Firetail lacing that extends closer to the toe and a heel-locking system that provides an extra-snug fit, making it a solid choice for hiking and travel this summer. — Tanner Bowden
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