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Leatherman’s Best-Selling Multi-Tool
Save 20%: Leatherman, like Kleenex and Band-Aid, is one of those brand names that has come to stand for the category of products it produces: multi-tools. That’s because we’ve collectively agreed that Leatherman produces some of the best available, and among the 50-plus tools in its arsenal, the Wave is the best-seller.
The Wave features all the tools one might imagine should be present in a multi-tool: serrated and plain-edge knives, pliers, scissors, a bottle and can opener, wire cutters, a screwdriver, a ruler, a file. Nothing overly-specialized or unnecessarily specific is present, just the essentials. It opens in a butterfly shape; it’s made of stainless steel; it is the classic Leatherman, which makes it the classic multi-tool.
Right now the Wave is on sale for 20 percent off from Leatherman. The multi-tool is four inches when closed, weighs 8.5 ounces and comes with a classic leather sheath and a 25-year warranty. — Tanner Bowden
New Balance ML574v2
Save 25%: While known for performance footwear, New Balance also makes a range of sneakers designed for everyday wear. Before becoming the über-shoe brand it is today, New Balance produced arch supports for the first half of the 20th century. Things changed for the brand when it manufactured the world’s first ripple sole running shoe in 1960. Through the ‘70s the brand grew from a team of six shoe builders to a large-scale operation — now, there are three factories in Maine (Norridgewock, Skowhegan, and Norway), a plant in Boston and another in Lawrence, Massachusetts. There are also factories across the world that produce the brand’s more affordable styles.
One of the brand’s most iconic and affordable everyday styles is the 574 silhouette. First introduced in ’88, the style quickly became one of New Balance’s most popular models. The shoe features a combination suede-nylon upper, an Encap midsole for cushioning and a durable rubber outsole. Now at Zappos, you can save 25 percent on the New Balance ML574v2 sneaker in five different colorways. That means you can pick it up for just $60.
That said, if you’d rather invest in an American-made silhouette, you can pick up the 997 in Khaki and Gray for 31 percent off at End. The slightly sleeker silhouette features a suede upper, a perforated toe box and an Encap midsole. Also, another American-made style just launched today at Todd Snyder. The New Balance + Todd Snyder 998 in Sunset Pink ($218) has a gray and pink suede upper and is limited to 300 pairs. Whatever style you decide on, you’ll be investing in a piece of classically American footwear. — John Zientek
Save $79: Miir makes commuter and daypacks that are ideal to get you to and from work thanks to bombproof nylon, pockets galore and water resistant zippers. In black or grey, the urban-friendly bags come in four styles: a pouch, daypack, commuter pack and tote. Each is on sale today for up to 50 percent off. If you’re experimenting with bike commuting (it is National Bike to Work Month) this pack will help streamline your morning. — Meg Lappe
Anker LC90 Tactical Flashlight
Save 62%: Before the advent of the smartphone, with its built-in flash, flashlights were an everyday essential. They were kept on bedside tables, in pantry drawers, one in the garage and one in the glovebox — in an emergency, there was no substitute. That’s still true though, despite our complacent notion that a cell phone’s light is a viable stand-in.
It’s time to give back the flashlight its due, and if that means a restock, then Anker’s LC90 is a solid choice. The LC90, currently on sale at Amazon, is super-bright, with an adjustable output of up to 900 lumens that can light up roughly an eighth of a mile’s worth of distance. The tactical flashlight comes with five different modes that include three different brightnesses, a flashing strobe and SOS. Gone are the days of hoarding AAA Duracells — the six-hour battery on this flashlight charges with a micro USB cable. If you need any further convincing, check with the almost 2,000 customers who have purchased and reviewed the Anker LC90 to make it one of top-100 sports and outdoors products on Amazon. — Tanner Bowden
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