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Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses
Save 55%: In the world of sunglasses, it doesn’t get much more iconic than a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers. First released in 1956, the design has hardly changed in over half a century. If you’ve been wanting the style, but the list price is more than you want to spend, Nordstrom Rack has you covered; you can get a pair of $178 Wayfarers in either black or Havana for just $80. What’s more, these Italian-made shades also come with polarized lenses to protect your eyes all summer long — hard to beat that. — John Zientek
CRKT Swindle Pocket Knife
Save 34%: Deception lies at the core of CRKT’s aptly-named Swindle pocket knife. Closed, the Swindle appears to be a fairly-typical folder with a thumb stud opening. But the stud isn’t mounted to the knife’s spine; in fact, it isn’t part of the blade at all. The actual knife blade betrays conventional designs, deploying with a flipper tap from the other side to produce what CRKT describes as an “uphill curve.” The decoy stud isn’t just that either — that bit of protruding steel is an equally-unique, spring-assisted pocket clip that leaves the Swindle’s handle smooth.
Designed by revered knife maker Ken Onion, the Swindle won the award for “Most Innovative Imported Design” at the 2013 Blade Show and has continued in CRKT’s production line since. The blade is just over three inches and comes in two versions — one made of high-carbon steel, and a premium version with Sandvik stainless steel and a milled handle. The basic version is currently on sale at Amazon for 34 percent off. — Tanner Bowden
Levi’s Jeans, Jackets, Tees and More
Save an Extra 40%: Right now, Levi’s is offering a pretty big deal: special sale items are an extra 40 percent off. When I saw the news, I thought it’d be a dozen dismal leftovers, but hundreds of jeans, shirts, jackets and other great wardrobe staples are all up for grabs. Click through and use code EXTRA40 at checkout, then tell a friend. — Nick Caruso
Keen Summer Hiking Sandal Sale
Save 45%: Keen makes some of the best breathable and functional hiking sandals and boots and today, they’re all up to 45 percent off. While sandals tend to look like something your dad would wear, we love them for rafting, boating, and yes, hiking. Thanks to sturdy rubber soles and arch-cushioning footbeds, you can wear these on the mountain, relax around the campfire and even bike in them. A few of our top picks? The Evofit One, Arroyo III and the Clearwater CNX. Shop a variety of styles and colors on Keen.com today. — Meg Lappe
ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Bookshelf Speakers
Save $70: If you’re in the market for some affordable passive bookshelf speakers, check out the ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 — we named them as one of the “best bookshelf speakers under $300” in our recent bookshelf speaker buying guide. Designed by famed loudspeaker designer Andrew Jones, who is known for his award-winning work at KEF, Pioneer and TAD, the Debut 2.0 B6.2s are solid speakers that are able to produce a strong, clear sound. They have a 6.5-inch Aramid fiber woofer and a 1-inch cloth dome tweeter, and because the bass port is on the front of the speaker, they can be placed against a wall and still sound great. — Tucker Bowe
D’Angelico Premier Madison Acoustic Guitar
Save 44%: Founded in 1932, New York guitar maker D’Angelico made a name for itself producing some of the best archtop guitars in the world. John D’Angelico opened up a guitar shop in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood where he built and sold handmade jazz guitars with designs informed by his experience as an apprentice to a violin builder. In 1952, he hired James D’Aquisto –another revered name in the jazz guitar community — as an apprentice and worked with him for 12 years, until D’Anglico’s sudden death in 1964. Since then, the company has gone through many changes, but its instruments still reflect the designs of the founder.
Today at Guitar Center, you can save 44 percent on a great affordable acoustic guitar from D’Angelico. The Premier Madison jumbo acoustic guitar has a solid Sitka spruce top, a laminated mahogany body, a slim C-shape mahogany neck and a bone saddle and nut. This guitar is designed for playability and features a single cutaway and side-mounted preamp with a 3-band EQ.
With the discount, this guitar is now just $280 — a ridiculously good price for a guitar with these features. If you’re a beginner looking for a great acoustic or a regular player looking for a performance-ready jumbo, this is worth checking out. Act fast though, because this is a one-day sale. — John Zientek
Optoma UHL55 Portable 4K Projector
Save $500: The Optoma UHL55 is a portable 4K projector that was released in the fall of 2018. It’s capable of projecting a 150-inch image and it normally costs $1,500, but Amazon just lowered the price by quite a lot — for the first time, you can purchase the Optoma UHL55 for under $1,000. — Tucker Bowe
Elusive Red Wing Boots
Save 44%: For over 110 years, Red Wing’s boots have embodied American-made quality. Crafted in Minnesota, the footwear styles are Goodyear welted and feature leather from a local tannery — the S.B. Foot Tanning Company — also owned by the company. Now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 44 percent on classic silhouettes from the Red Wing Heritage, including the Merchant boot, the Engineer boot and the Lineman boot. Act fast, because with deals this good, these boots won’t be around long. — John Zientek
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