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Clarks Desert Boots
Save 30%:Few shoes have the kind of pedigree assigned to the Clarks Desert Boot — a simple suede chukka inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by British officers in World War II. Sold by Clarks since the early 50s, the boots later became a favorite of style icons like Steve McQueen and Bob Dylan. Today, it’s the brand’s best-selling shoe, beloved for its unique combination of comfort, durability and polish. And, right now, you can score a pair in taupe suede for 30 percent off the normal asking price ($40 savings). — Jack Seemer
Breville Barista Touch
Save 37%: Breville’s collection of espresso machines strives to offer a machine fit for every level of coffee nerd. Today on Amazon, its most frugal touchscreen model is at an all-time low price.
The Barista Touch, which usually runs $1,000 or more, is outfitted with a built-in grinder, automatic dose control, a milk frothing wand and a touchscreen that allows you to customize and save drink profiles. It also uses Breville’s ThermoJet heating system, which primes the machine for shot pulling in three seconds or less.
It is worth noting that this machine doesn’t have an auto-tamp function, a vital and often misunderstood step in the espresso making process (ChefSteps does a good job explaining how to tamp properly). — Will Price
Timex MkI Field Watch
Save 38%: The Timex MkI, modeled after a military reference from the Timex catalog, is light, inexpensive, handsome, and perfect for the outdoors. It features a 40mm anodized aluminum case, a 24-hour dial, an acrylic crystal, a quartz movement, Indiglo illumination and 30m of water resistance. Right now, you can grab this black version of the MkI for just $59, a 38% savings off the list price of $95. — Oren Hartov
Vasque Clarion ’88 Hiking Boot
Save 25%: It used to be that only self-proclaimed “outdoorsy folks” with a deep knowledge of vintage gear could spot the value in a battered pair of Bean Boots or a well-worn Patagonia fleece at thrift stores. Now it seems as though everyone is into retro outdoor gear, whether the aim is to wear it ironically in the field or make a style statement in the streets. Recently though, the brands have caught onto the nostalgia, and are now digging into product archives to make the old new again.
Some of it, like The North Face’s Rage ’92 collection, aims for style. Others products integrate decades of technical innovations into dated silhouettes to make items that work as well as they look. Vasque’s Clarion ’88 hiking boot is one such example; the boot first debuted over 30 years ago, but Vasque brought it back last year with a durable waterproof upper and Vibram rubber outsole that make it a reliable model for trail use to this day. It’s on sale at REI for 25 percent off right now, along with a full range of other models from brands like Merrel, Keen, Salomon and more. — Tanner Bowden
Save 50%: Today at Nordstrom, you can save 50 percent on some excellent sunglasses from the California-based brand Raen. Typically these sturdy, high-quality shades would run you upwards of $140 per pair, but thanks to this sale you can grab some before beach season hits for much, much less.
— Andy Frakes
5.11 Tactical Sale
Save 20%: If you’re always ready, the 5.11 Tactical sale is for you. Today through Sunday, May 12, everything is 20 percent off. The brand makes tactical vests, shirts and pants in addition to bags, boots and carry-alls. Since 2003, 5.11 Tactical has worked with public safety professionals to make sure the gear they make works for first responders, law enforcement and fire and EMS volunteers. Here are a few items to help get you started. — Meg Lappe
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