Target, Therabody, Verishop
Part percussive device, part foam roller, the Wave is good for general workout recovery or muscle relaxation. For more affordable Theragun products designed to pinpoint specific areas, the Solo for $59 ($20 off) or Duo for $79 ($20 off) might be better options. Read more about there here.
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When it comes to price, the SKG F5 is a fantastic massage device that delivers heat as well as percussive therapy. There are three attachments and three intensity levels. It goes on sale all the time, but we have not seen it sell for less than this.
The Elite D9 has arguably too many intensity levels and attachments, but for those interested in truly customizing muscle therapy day to day, it may be the best choice. This price is the best WIRED has tracked since last April.
Amazon, Best Buy
Stop slouching! Did that make you sit up straight? Well, this device (8/10, WIRED Recommends) might actually help improve your posture. It sticks to your back via an adhesive strip (or a necklace) and it vibrates when your back reaches a specific angle you calibrate in the companion app (kind of like a shock band, minus the shocking part). WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano says it’s the only device that’s made her think about her posture even when she’s not wearing it.
Bikes and Bike Accessories
Biking can be gear-intensive, especially if you use your machine as a commuter or an errand-runner. Check out our guides to the Best Bike Locks, Best Bike Accessories, and Best Ebikes.
The Propella is my favorite budget ebike of all those I’ve tested at WIRED. The components are quality, the bike weighs a svelte 37 pounds—that’s light for an ebike—and its looks don’t scream “ebike.” Associate reviews editor Parker Hall awarded it an 8/10 and a WIRED Recommends award in his review of the very similar V3.2 model last year.
I gave the more expensive Freedom X model a 7/10 in my review for its good looks, stronger-than-typical acceleration, and low 39-pound weight. The Freedom 2 has all those things minus the so-so torque sensor and integrated LCD display. They’re both good models, but between the two I recommend you save $200 and go for the Freedom 2.
The Lectric XP is the Best Affordable Electric Bike. When we reviewed the original (7/10, WIRED Recommends), we commended its smooth ride and solid range. The discounted 2.0 has an even smoother ride, wider handlebars, and generally improved comfort, plus baked-in water resistance. This bike is heavy, but the deal is great, especially since it includes a premium headlight, bike lock, and a few other accessories.
The Apollo Ghost (8/10, WIRED Recommends) usually costs $1,699, so this deal nets you a free Apollo Air free. Reviews editor Julian Chokkattu loves the Ghost for its speed and power. The Air Pro won’t go as fast and suffers from a much-limited range, but it’s still a solid entry-level e-scooter. The Apollo Ghost is also discounted on its own for $1,399 ($200 off).
REI (Select Colors are $60), Nutcase
The Street is a sharp-looking helmet for those who don’t want to look like a weekend racer. Many of Nutcase’s helmets now come with MIPS (multi-directional impact system). It’s a liner inside the helmet that allows some rotation to absorb energy and reduce the risk of rotational brain injuries. The Nutcase Vio is also $120 ($30 off). It has 360 degrees of LED light coverage for those of you who don’t have (or want) to mount bike headlamps and tail lamps.
Arkel has a full range of bags that mount to pannier racks, from the laptop-carrying Commuter to the grocery-getter Shopper. All of them utilize Arkel’s excellent attachment system that keeps the bag from shifting and flopping around during rides. These Canadian-made bags are pricey, so take advantage of this rare sale.
Camping and Hiking Deals
Swing by our wide range of hiking and camping guides, such as All the Gear You Need to Start Hiking, Best Camp Stoves, Best Tents, and a Gift Guide for Outdoorsy People.
Towering chunks of wood on a bonfire are a lot of fun, but finding a lot of dry wood takes a serious time commitment. The smokeless Solo Stove requires less wood than an open bonfire and burns more completely, and it lets fewer sparks go astray, which is an important consideration if you’re setting it up in a backyard or a forested campsite. Associate reviews editor Parker Hall fell in love with the larger Yukon model.
Moosejaw, Backcountry ($85)
Canister stoves might have the market corned on ease of use, but liquid-fuel white gas stoves like the WhisperLite offer the most versatility, especially internationally, where isobutane canisters are less available. The WhisperLite is a quieter (but not super quiet) version of MSR’s venerable, dependable camp stove.
You can get a wide range of bottles, tumblers, and travel mugs at Hydro Flask. The brand pops up in our best reusable water bottles and best travel mugs guides, as they are generally tough and don’t leak.
Titanium is both a stalwart and, because of its often high price, a punchline in the hiking community. For around $50 though, this deal on MSR’s Titan Kettle brings lightweight cooking equipment within the range of slightly cheaper (but heavier) steel. The Titan Kettle is a wee bit thicker and sturdier than the (also fantastic) competitors Evernew and Toaks.
Tie up for a rest during a day hike, take a snooze between two trees in your backyard, or spend a night outdoors under the clear sky. This two-person nylon hammock weighs only 19 ounces, but it supports up to 400 combined pounds of snugglin’. This is also a pick in our stress relief gift guide.