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Lodge 8-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet
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 cookware 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 three 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 products, the 8-inch cast-iron skillet is discounted to a whopping $10. $10.
Rachio Wifi Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller
Save $48 The Rachio Wifi Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller is the only sprinkler system you need to save money and water while you keep your lawn growing like a botanical garden. The system adapts to the plants you already grow, plus monitors the weather around you to adjust automatically. Connect it to Amazon Alexa and the Google Home to control it with a straightforward ‘hey Alexa.’ Buy one today and save almost $50 off the original price of $250. — Meg Lappe
Save up to 71%: Nordstrom Rack is having a crazy sale on Persol sunglasses right now and all available styles cost $100. Normal retail prices hover up around $350 which means you’ll save up to 71 percent if you shop now. With a history dating back to 1917, Persol epitomizes Italian luxury sunglasses and its vintage frames are highly collectible. Now owned by Luxottica, the frames are more widely available than in past decades but the styles are no less iconic. If you’re in need of a new pair of everyday shades, don’t pass on this sale — it’ll be hard to find prices like this again. — John Zientek
Today, You Can Save 52% On Fjällräven’s Most Classic Jacket
Save $105: “We have new fabrics and new materials, but when something works, we’re not afraid of keeping it and staying true to that,” said Henrik Andersson, Fjällräven’s head of Innovation & Design. He was referring to the Swedish outdoor brand’s G-1000 fabric, which is a blend of recycled polyester and organic cotton that is infused with the brand’s proprietary wax blend called Greenland Wax. The material is quintessential Fjällräven, and its potential is perhaps best exemplified in the brand’s classic Greenland Jacket.
The jacket was first introduced in 1968 and was among the first products that Fjällräven’s founder, Åke Nordin, developed. The original jacket was crafted from a heavy-duty material that Nordin was using to build tents. The jacket was touted for its durability by climbers. Today, it’s appreciated by city dwellers and outdoorsman the world over. If you need a lightweight jacket that’s versatile enough for anything that you can throw at it, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option. Today, you can pick up the Greenland Jacket for 52 percent pff at Mountain Steals in a variety of colors and sizes. — AJ Powell
Converse Jack Purcell Sneaker
Save 51%: Canadian badminton ace Jack Purcell designed his eponymous canvas sneaker back in the 1930s. Over the past eight decades, the style has gone essentially unchanged. It features a lightweight canvas upper, a rubber outsole with a signature ‘smile’ across the toe and medial eyelets for breathability. In the crispy white colorway, it’s an essential summer sneaker: breathable, lightweight, casual. Normally $65, the style is 51 percent off at Nordstrom Rack and now costs just $32. A range of sizes are still available but act fast because they’re selling quickly. — John Zientek
Bose SoundLink Revolve and Revolve Plus Speaker
Save up to $30: Bose’s newest and best-sounding portable Bluetooth speakers, the SoundLink Revolve (
$199 $179) and the SoundLink Revolve Plus ( $299 $269), were released just over a year ago, in Spring 2017. The new models differ drastically in design and size of Bose’s previous portable Bluetooth speakers, the SoundLink Mini II ($180) and SoundLink III (now discontinued), as they’re the company’s first cylindrical-shaped Bluetooth speakers. Yes, they play true 360-degree sound, just like an Amazon Echo, but they sound way better. They’re also splash-proof (IPX4), which the Echo is not. The difference between the Revolve and Revolve Plus is the latter is bigger, more powerful and more expensive; it also comes with a handle.
On Amazon right now, both speakers are on sale.
Edgevale Merritt Jacket
Save $150: A good shirt jacket will get you through the times when Mother Nature is a bit fickle — so pretty much all year long. 70 degree days in November? We’ve had them here in the Northeast. 40 degrees during summer? San Francisco is no stranger to colder temps in vernal equinox. This hybrid jacket with moisture-wicking Polartec fabric is comfortable, versatile and reinforced to prevent rips over time. Bring it along to the backcountry or use it as an extra layer for your bike commute. — Meg Lappe
Faherty All Day Short
Save 48%: If you’re anything like us, you expect more from your garments. It’s not enough to have a piece of clothing fit for only a single application — it should be versatile and multipurpose. New York-based Faherty understands your needs and created the All Day short, a hybrid between a swim trunk and a traditional short perfect for summer wear.
This understated short has a nine-inch inseam and is made from a cotton-recycled poly blend with a touch of stretch for comfort. It borrows design elements lifted from traditional shorts like a fly-front zipper, a button closure and side pockets so you can wear them to dinner without looking like you just came from the beach. What’s more, they’re quick-drying, odor repellent and feature easy-draining pockets.
Normally $98, the All Day short is 48 percent off at Nordstrom Rack and only costs $51. If you’re looking for an affordable summer short that does more, this is it. — John Zientek
Sedici Avventura Carbon Helmet
Save $100: Despite being in mass market products for a more than a few years now, carbon fiber, well, anything, tends to be more expensive than products made with more conventional materials. However, because the woven material is lighter and stronger than steel, investing a few extra dollars in a carbon fiber motorcycle helmet is justifiable, even if they are on the higher side of the price spectrum. Which makes the Avventura Carbon Helmet by Sedici a rare find.
Normally, it goes for $280, which is still relatively inexpensive, but today you can snag one for $180. And if you think the lower price means a lesser helmet, know the Sedici meets or exceeds DOT and ECE standards. Is this the beginning of affordable CF products? We hope so. — Bryan Campbell
Victorinox Swiss Army Knives
Save up to 40%: There may be no pocket knife more classic than the Swiss Army Knife. It was the original multi-tool before Leatherman made multi-tools a separate category. In the more than 100 years since Victorinox, the Swiss company behind the red-handled tool created its first blade for the actual Swiss Army; it has produced so many versions of the knife that now one exists for every conceived use. There are knives with pens, knives with USB sticks, knives with golf club head-scrapers.
The original still holds true though, and Victorinox’s Evolution series is an update on that pocket knife that avoids gimmicks — the most notable new feature is an ergonomically-designed handle. Scissors, bottle openers, corkscrews, screwdrivers and of course, knives, are all present in the series. Right now, almost every pocket knife in the collection is up to 40 percent off on Amazon, depending on which model you buy (and how many tools you want in your pocket). — Tanner Bowden
Pendleton Towel Sale
Save 13%: Beach season is around the corner meaning it’s time to take stock of the towels you currently own. If you’ve had the same towel for the past few years and it’s showing some wear and tear, time to upgrade. Oregon-based brand, Pendelton, knows how to make great blankets with style. Now you can save 13 percent on these soft cotton towels. Take them surfing, canoeing, or beach camping and they’ll do all the heavy water lifting. — Meg Lappe
Arai Defiant Pro-Cruise Mimetic Helmet
Save 46%: When it comes to motorcycle helmets, it’s the one piece of gear you shouldn’t feel guilty about spending extra money on. Afterall, it’s the only thing protecting your head as you barrel down the highway at 75mph. However, it’s entirely understandable if you don’t want to blow your whole budget on an $800 helmet.
Well, today is your lucky day because the top-o-the-line Arai Defiant Pro-Cruise Mimetic Helmet has been marked down from $800 to $430. You get all the best functionality, style, ventilation and aerodynamics of Arai’s top-dollar lid in addition to the Pro Shade System, which can run an extra $100-plus as an add-on with other helmets. The cheek pads also contain integrated space for a third-party Bluetooth communication system and speaker. — Bryan Campbell
Seiko Prospex SRPB97
Save $210: The Seiko Prospex SRPB97 “Orange Samurai” is exactly what you want in a summertime timepiece. It has a boldly-colored orange dial, runs Seiko’s proven 4R35 automatic movement and has a chunky case to keep it that movement safe at depths up to 200 meters (not to mention the occasional careless knock here or there). Best of all it’s cheap. Right now, thanks to Macy’s “Friends & Family” sale, you can get for an extra 25 percent off, when you use the code FRIEND at checkout. That takes the price down to just $315. And if orange isn’t exactly your thing, the discount extends to tons of other Seiko dive watches. — Andrew Connor
Saucony Freedom ISO
Save $40: If you’re a big fan of one of the best selling running shoes from last year, you’re in luck. All in one day, Saucony announced that the Freedom ISO is on sale for $40 off, and the Freedom ISO 2 is available for pre-order now. Take it on roads, tracks or the treadmill for both short speed and long distance running. If you’re not ready to wait for version two, you can pick up a pair of the originals for just $120.– Meg Lappe