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The 15 best winter gloves for every need - whether you"re skiing, hiking, or shoveling your walk

A good pair of gloves is a necessity in the winter. These are the 15 best pairs we've found in 2021. Rafael Elias/Getty Images Whether you're hiking, skiing, or just shoveling your walk, you need a good pair of winter gloves. You might need different pairs of gloves made of different materials for multiple situations. Winter gloves come in a variety of materials each with its own benefits and downsides. When the temperatures drop and the chill gets into your bones, it's time to slip on some winter gloves. Like other cold-weather gear essentials, you need to consider what you'll be using them for. Fine leather driving gloves won't cut it snowboarding and thick ski gloves probably aren't the best for driving. We've included some all-purpose gloves and purpose-designed selections. If you're looking for mittens, see our guide here. At the very least, winter gloves should have some sort of water resistance and a modicum of insulation. From there, you'll find styles that offer a wide range of water and windproofing and insulating materials, like PrimaLoft and Thinsulate (the same synthetic fibers found in many winter coats). There are even gloves with built-in battery-powered heaters. Some selections in this roundup also offer touchscreen compatibility and while they all work to varying degrees, the Moshi Digits gets the best reviews in this area. Even so, you're never going to have the same level of touchability as your bare fingers, so you might want to save your Tweeting for indoors this winter. Many of the selections have unisex sizing. Some come in gendered sizing, but can be worn by any gender identity. Here are the best winter gloves in 2021:Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Patagonia R1 Daily Gloves Patagonia Patagonia's R1 Daily Gloves are sustainable, sleek, stretchy, and versatile.Sizing options: XS to XLColor options: Ink Black, Classic NavyPatagonia's unisex R1 Daily Gloves are great all-around winter gloves that are made from recycled polyester and spandex (making them environmentally friendly), low-profile enough to use as liners if need be, and stretchy so you have lots of mobility. They're also touchscreen compatible at the thumb and forefinger, moisture-wicking, and have a grippy palm with an aesthetically appealing design.  Moshi Digits Touchscreen Gloves Moshi Moshi's Digits Touchscreen Gloves give you touchscreen compatibility with all 10 fingers in a knit fabric with a soft, warm microfleece interior.Sizing options: S to LColor options: Light GreyThe Moshi Digits Touchscreen gloves have been getting rave reviews for their true touchscreen compatibility at all 10 fingertips, along with their minimalist looks and ability to keep your hands warm. These unisex knit gloves combine high-tech conductive fiber with a soft, warm microfleece interior. They only come in three sizes but are stretchy enough to fit onto larger hands. Norrona Unisex Trollveggen Gore-Tex Gloves Norrona The Trollveggen Gore-Tex Gloves from Norrona, a Norwegian brand with a storied history of creating products able to tackle the infamous Scandinavian winters, are perfect for whatever cold-weather adventure you throw at them.Sizing options: XS to XLColor options: BlackThe Norrona Trollveggen Gore-Tex Gloves have you covered for all your winter sports adventures, whether you're skiing, hiking, or even ice climbing. The outer shell is made from a combination of durable goat leather and Cordura ripstop fabric with a waterproof Gore-Tex liner and 130 grams of PrimaLoft insulation. The inside is lined in warm, soft wool. These unisex gloves from this storied Norwegian brand are water and windproof while still being breathable, and come in a wide range of sizes so you should be able to find a perfect fit. Kate Spade Quilted Leather Gloves Zappos The Kate Spade Quilted Leather Gloves are attractive, subtle, made from supple lamb leather, and lined in polyester for extra warmth. Sizing options: XS to XLColor options: BlackIf you're looking for gloves that are as stylish as they are warm, the Kate Spade leather gloves with a quilted spade pattern on the back, are a good option. Sleek but with a pop of eye appeal from the monochrome pattern, these gloves are made from buttery lamb leather and lined in polyester.  The North Face Men's Denali Etip Gloves The North Face The North Face's Denali Etip Gloves improve upon traditional fleece gloves with touchscreen compatibility, nylon at the knuckles and fingers for added durability, and a hefty fleece to keep your hands warm in the dead of winter. Sizing options: S to XXLColor options: TNF Medium Grey Heather, TNF BlackFleece gloves are an excellent winter companion for their freedom of movement, warmth, and softness. The North Face improves on this with touchscreen compatibility, a silicon gripper print on the palm, and nylon over the knuckles and fingers for added durability. They're also super soft and are made from 300-weight fleece (that's a high count!) that can handle cold winter weather.  Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Training Glove Smartwool Smartwool is best known for its performance socks, but the brand also makes exceptional winter gloves for running and other outdoor athletic activities.Sizing option: XS to XLColor options: BlackSmartwool, an outdoor industry innovator that turned Merino wool into the beloved performance fabric it is today, may be best known for its socks, but they also make fantastic running gloves. The Merino Fleece Training Glove—like the brand's socks—is moisture-wicking, warm, soft, and naturally antimicrobial, making them perfect for winter runs, or other physical activities. They also feature silicone grippers on the palm and fingers to keep a grip on your ski pole or snow shovel. These aren't 100 percent wool but a poly-wool-elastane blend for better finger mobility and durability. Find men's sizes here.Find womnen's sizes here. Hestra Heli Insulated Gloves Hestra Hestra's Heli Insulated Gloves offer dexterity and exceptional warmth for your next skiing or snowboarding outing. Sizing options: 6 to 11 (XS to XL)Color options: Black, GreyHestra, another old-school Scandinavian brand, makes some of the best winter gloves around. The Heli Insulated Gloves combine tough goat leather and wind and nylon that's both wind and waterproof, yet breathable, along with a lot of insulation. These unisex gloves offer dexterity and exceptional warmth in extremely cold conditions so you can focus on avoiding other skiers and trees on your downhill run and not on having chilly hands. Barbour Insulated Leather Gloves Barbour Barbour's men's Insulated Leather Gloves are handsome enough for a night out but still rugged enough for winter chores.Sizing options: M to XLColor options: Olive, Black, TanBritish heritage brand Barbour has been making rugged and handsome country wear for more than 120 years. Their men's Insulated Leather Gloves combine style with substance, making them perfect for any number of occasions, whether it's a night out in the city or a brisk walk in the country. The water-resistant nubuck outers are classically good-looking and feature a wrist strap to keep the wind and snow out. Inside, the gloves are lined with thermal fleece for a warm and comfortable feel. Harssidanzar Women's Winter Lambskin Gloves Amazon Harssidanzar's Women's Winter Gloves are made from smooth lambskin, lined in cashmere, offer a wide range of sizes and colors, and come in at under $30. Sizing options: S to XXLColor options: 13 colorwaysHarssidanzar's Women's Winter Gloves are made of a smooth lambskin, lined in cashmere, and come in at under $30. They offer a wide range of sizes and colors, from basic black to bright orange. These make great driving gloves and are elegant enough for an evening out.  Give'r 4 Season Gloves Huckberry Give'r 4 unisex Season Gloves are some of the best overall winter gloves for whatever you get up to when the temperatures drop.  Sizing options: S to XXLColor options: 3 ColorwaysGive'r 4 Season Gloves are some of the best all-around winter gloves around whether you're on the slopes, chopping wood, or yanking a log out of the fire (yes, you can apparently do that with these gloves). They're made from wax-coated heavy-duty leather, have a waterproof membrane, and are insulated with 40 grams of Thinsulate. These unisex gloves are ruggedly good-looking and breathable so you can look good and feel good no matter what you get up to in them. Marmot Unisex BTU Gloves Marmot Marmot's Unisex BTU Gloves can tackle the wind and snow and still keep your hands comfortable and dry. Sizing options: S to XLColor options: BlackMy wife, a longtime skier, swears by Marmot and she's both a gearhead and very choosy. The BTU gloves are gauntlet-style—meaning they extend past the wrist—for more protection from the elements, waterproof, breathable, and warm thanks to the high-loft fleece lining and Thermal R insulation. They have a good weight-to-warmth ratio, a removable waterproof liner, and even include an absorbent nose wipe for when there's no Kleenex around. L.L. Bean Katahdin Gloves L.L. Bean Get that retro look with L.L.Bean's classic knit Katahdin gloves. Sizing options: S/M, L/XLColor options: 3 ColorwaysSometimes you just want a classic and the L.L.Bean unisex Katahdin Gloves have that retro feel with their throwback colorways that feature a stylized image of Maine's highest mountain, Mount Katahdin. Pair them with the Katahdin Pom Hat, and a puffer jacket, and you'll nail that nostalgic 80s vibe. M Gore Windstoppers Gorewear The M Gore Unisex Windstoppers are my favorite winter running gloves. They're windproof, warm, water-resistant with a lightweight design. Sizing options: XS to XXXLColor options: 3 ColorwaysThese are my winter running gloves. I wore them all last winter (I live in New York's Hudson Valley and winter can be pretty brutal) and my hands stayed dry and warm during four-mile runs along the Hudson River. The Gore Windstoppers are especially windproof, as the name suggests, but are also water-resistant, and very breathable. These unisex gloves are light, especially considering how well they keep your hands warm, fit snugly, and have reflective details if you're into evening runs. Snow Deer Waterproof Heated Gloves Amazon When it's time to bring out the big guns against winter weather, the Snow Deer Waterproof Heated Gloves get the job done.  Sizing options: XS to XXXLColor options: BlackSometimes you need to bring out the big guns when winter weather becomes unrelenting. The unisex Snow Deer Waterproof Heated Gloves are definitely big guns against the cold. They're made from a combination of lambskin and polyester, have an adjustable temperature setting (low, medium, high), and the battery power lasts up to 6.5 hours, giving you plenty of time to ski or shovel the walk. The heating element gets the fingers and back of the hands warm in only 30 seconds, according to the company, and they're wind and waterproof too. Carhartt Women's Quilts Gloves Amazon Carhartt's Quilts Gloves have everything you'd expect from the iconic workwear brand plus some nice color choices, quilting, and an adjustable strap. Sizing options: S to LColor options: 4 ColorwaysCarhartt is well known for its tough workwear, but the company also has a more colorful side. The Women's Quilts Gloves have all the qualities you'd expect from the brand—waterproofing, a soft microfiber liner that's quick-drying, tough ripstop taffeta outer shell, reinforcement in all the right places—plus quilting and nice color choices like Nightshade (dark purple) and Crabapple (bright red). It also features an adjustable strap to keep snow and wind out and a stretch fleece cuff.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 27th, 2021

The 15 best winter gloves for whatever your situation - whether you"re skiing, hiking, or shoveling your walk

A good pair of gloves is a necessity in the winter. These are the 15 best pairs we've found in 2021. Rafael Elias/Getty Images Whether you're hiking, skiing, or just shoveling your walk, you need a good pair of winter gloves. You might need different pairs of gloves made of different materials for multiple situations. Winter gloves come in a variety of materials each with its own benefits and downsides. When the temperatures drop and the chill gets into your bones, it's time to slip on some winter gloves. Like other cold-weather gear essentials, you need to consider what you'll be using them for. Fine leather driving gloves won't cut it snowboarding and thick ski gloves probably aren't the best for driving. We've included some all-purpose gloves and purpose-designed selections. If you're looking for mittens, see our guide here. At the very least, winter gloves should have some sort of water resistance and a modicum of insulation. From there, you'll find styles that offer a wide range of water and windproofing and insulating materials, like PrimaLoft and Thinsulate (the same synthetic fibers found in many winter coats). There are even gloves with built-in battery-powered heaters. Some selections in this roundup also offer touchscreen compatibility and while they all work to varying degrees, the Moshi Digits gets the best reviews in this area. Even so, you're never going to have the same level of touchability as your bare fingers, so you might want to save your Tweeting for indoors this winter. Many of the selections have unisex sizing. Some come in gendered sizing, but can be worn by any gender identity. Here are the best winter gloves in 2021:Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Patagonia R1 Daily Gloves Patagonia Patagonia's R1 Daily Gloves are sustainable, sleek, stretchy, and versatile.Sizing options: XS to XLColor options: Ink Black, Classic NavyPatagonia's unisex R1 Daily Gloves are great all-around winter gloves that are made from recycled polyester and spandex (making them environmentally friendly), low-profile enough to use as liners if need be, and stretchy so you have lots of mobility. They're also touchscreen compatible at the thumb and forefinger, moisture-wicking, and have a grippy palm with an aesthetically appealing design.  Moshi Digits Touchscreen Gloves Moshi Moshi's Digits Touchscreen Gloves give you touchscreen compatibility with all 10 fingers in a knit fabric with a soft, warm microfleece interior.Sizing options: S to LColor options: Light GreyThe Moshi Digits Touchscreen gloves have been getting rave reviews for their true touchscreen compatibility at all 10 fingertips, along with their minimalist looks and ability to keep your hands warm. These unisex knit gloves combine high-tech conductive fiber with a soft, warm microfleece interior. They only come in three sizes but are stretchy enough to fit onto larger hands. Norrona Unisex Trollveggen Gore-Tex Gloves Norrona The Trollveggen Gore-Tex Gloves from Norrona, a Norwegian brand with a storied history of creating products able to tackle the infamous Scandinavian winters, are perfect for whatever cold-weather adventure you throw at them.Sizing options: XS to XLColor options: BlackThe Norrona Trollveggen Gore-Tex Gloves have you covered for all your winter sports adventures, whether you're skiing, hiking, or even ice climbing. The outer shell is made from a combination of durable goat leather and Cordura ripstop fabric with a waterproof Gore-Tex liner and 130 grams of PrimaLoft insulation. The inside is lined in warm, soft wool. These unisex gloves from this storied Norwegian brand are water and windproof while still being breathable, and come in a wide range of sizes so you should be able to find a perfect fit. Kate Spade Quilted Leather Gloves Zappos The Kate Spade Quilted Leather Gloves are attractive, subtle, made from supple lamb leather, and lined in polyester for extra warmth. Sizing options: XS to XLColor options: BlackIf you're looking for gloves that are as stylish as they are warm, the Kate Spade leather gloves with a quilted spade pattern on the back, are a good option. Sleek but with a pop of eye appeal from the monochrome pattern, these gloves are made from buttery lamb leather and lined in polyester.  The North Face Men's Denali Etip Gloves The North Face The North Face's Denali Etip Gloves improve upon traditional fleece gloves with touchscreen compatibility, nylon at the knuckles and fingers for added durability, and a hefty fleece to keep your hands warm in the dead of winter. Sizing options: S to XXLColor options: TNF Medium Grey Heather, TNF BlackFleece gloves are an excellent winter companion for their freedom of movement, warmth, and softness. The North Face improves on this with touchscreen compatibility, a silicon gripper print on the palm, and nylon over the knuckles and fingers for added durability. They're also super soft and are made from 300-weight fleece (that's a high count!) that can handle cold winter weather.  Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Training Glove Smartwool Smartwool is best known for its performance socks, but the brand also makes exceptional winter gloves for running and other outdoor athletic activities.Sizing option: XS to XLColor options: BlackSmartwool, an outdoor industry innovator that turned Merino wool into the beloved performance fabric it is today, may be best known for its socks, but they also make fantastic running gloves. The Merino Fleece Training Glove—like the brand's socks—is moisture-wicking, warm, soft, and naturally antimicrobial, making them perfect for winter runs, or other physical activities. They also feature silicone grippers on the palm and fingers to keep a grip on your ski pole or snow shovel. These aren't 100 percent wool but a poly-wool-elastane blend for better finger mobility and durability. Find men's sizes here.Find womnen's sizes here. Hestra Heli Insulated Gloves Hestra Hestra's Heli Insulated Gloves offer dexterity and exceptional warmth for your next skiing or snowboarding outing. Sizing options: 6 to 11 (XS to XL)Color options: Black, GreyHestra, another old-school Scandinavian brand, makes some of the best winter gloves around. The Heli Insulated Gloves combine tough goat leather and wind and nylon that's both wind and waterproof, yet breathable, along with a lot of insulation. These unisex gloves offer dexterity and exceptional warmth in extremely cold conditions so you can focus on avoiding other skiers and trees on your downhill run and not on having chilly hands. Barbour Insulated Leather Gloves Barbour Barbour's men's Insulated Leather Gloves are handsome enough for a night out but still rugged enough for winter chores.Sizing options: M to XLColor options: Olive, Black, TanBritish heritage brand Barbour has been making rugged and handsome country wear for more than 120 years. Their men's Insulated Leather Gloves combine style with substance, making them perfect for any number of occasions, whether it's a night out in the city or a brisk walk in the country. The water-resistant nubuck outers are classically good-looking and feature a wrist strap to keep the wind and snow out. Inside, the gloves are lined with thermal fleece for a warm and comfortable feel. Harssidanzar Women's Winter Lambskin Gloves Amazon Harssidanzar's Women's Winter Gloves are made from smooth lambskin, lined in cashmere, offer a wide range of sizes and colors, and come in at under $30. Sizing options: S to XXLColor options: 13 colorwaysHarssidanzar's Women's Winter Gloves are made of a smooth lambskin, lined in cashmere, and come in at under $30. They offer a wide range of sizes and colors, from basic black to bright orange. These make great driving gloves and are elegant enough for an evening out.  Give'r 4 Season Gloves Huckberry Give'r 4 unisex Season Gloves are some of the best overall winter gloves for whatever you get up to when the temperatures drop.  Sizing options: S to XXLColor options: 3 ColorwaysGive'r 4 Season Gloves are some of the best all-around winter gloves around whether you're on the slopes, chopping wood, or yanking a log out of the fire (yes, you can apparently do that with these gloves). They're made from wax-coated heavy-duty leather, have a waterproof membrane, and are insulated with 40 grams of Thinsulate. These unisex gloves are ruggedly good-looking and breathable so you can look good and feel good no matter what you get up to in them. Marmot Unisex BTU Gloves Marmot Marmot's Unisex BTU Gloves can tackle the wind and snow and still keep your hands comfortable and dry. Sizing options: S to XLColor options: BlackMy wife, a longtime skier, swears by Marmot and she's both a gearhead and very choosy. The BTU gloves are gauntlet-style—meaning they extend past the wrist—for more protection from the elements, waterproof, breathable, and warm thanks to the high-loft fleece lining and Thermal R insulation. They have a good weight-to-warmth ratio, a removable waterproof liner, and even include an absorbent nose wipe for when there's no Kleenex around. L.L. Bean Katahdin Gloves L.L. Bean Get that retro look with L.L.Bean's classic knit Katahdin gloves. Sizing options: S/M, L/XLColor options: 3 ColorwaysSometimes you just want a classic and the L.L.Bean unisex Katahdin Gloves have that retro feel with their throwback colorways that feature a stylized image of Maine's highest mountain, Mount Katahdin. Pair them with the Katahdin Pom Hat, and a puffer jacket, and you'll nail that nostalgic 80s vibe. M Gore Windstoppers Gorewear The M Gore Unisex Windstoppers are my favorite winter running gloves. They're windproof, warm, water-resistant with a lightweight design. Sizing options: XS to XXXLColor options: 3 ColorwaysThese are my winter running gloves. I wore them all last winter (I live in New York's Hudson Valley and winter can be pretty brutal) and my hands stayed dry and warm during four-mile runs along the Hudson River. The Gore Windstoppers are especially windproof, as the name suggests, but are also water-resistant, and very breathable. These unisex gloves are light, especially considering how well they keep your hands warm, fit snugly, and have reflective details if you're into evening runs. Snow Deer Waterproof Heated Gloves Amazon When it's time to bring out the big guns against winter weather, the Snow Deer Waterproof Heated Gloves get the job done.  Sizing options: XS to XXXLColor options: BlackSometimes you need to bring out the big guns when winter weather becomes unrelenting. The unisex Snow Deer Waterproof Heated Gloves are definitely big guns against the cold. They're made from a combination of lambskin and polyester, have an adjustable temperature setting (low, medium, high), and the battery power lasts up to 6.5 hours, giving you plenty of time to ski or shovel the walk. The heating element gets the fingers and back of the hands warm in only 30 seconds, according to the company, and they're wind and waterproof too. Carhartt Women's Quilts Gloves Amazon Carhartt's Quilts Gloves have everything you'd expect from the iconic workwear brand plus some nice color choices, quilting, and an adjustable strap. Sizing options: S to LColor options: 4 ColorwaysCarhartt is well known for its tough workwear, but the company also has a more colorful side. The Women's Quilts Gloves have all the qualities you'd expect from the brand—waterproofing, a soft microfiber liner that's quick-drying, tough ripstop taffeta outer shell, reinforcement in all the right places—plus quilting and nice color choices like Nightshade (dark purple) and Crabapple (bright red). It also features an adjustable strap to keep snow and wind out and a stretch fleece cuff.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 27th, 2021

The 5 best snowshoes for winter hiking or getting around town after a snowstorm

Whether you enjoy hiking in the snow or just want to be prepared for a snowstorm, you need a durable pair of snowshoes. Here are our favorites. REI Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Snowshoeing is a fun and casual winter activity that's easy to pick up, but it can also be quite challenging. Snowshoes vary in style with some designed for running, walking around town, or with added traction for slick terrain. Our top pick, MSR's EVO Ascent, is a great all-around snowshoe with a high level of traction and a stable fit. Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to get outside and enjoy winter, whether you're out for a run, enjoying a hike, or traversing town after a snowstorm. The shoes keep you afloat while treading through packed snow or powder and provide much-needed traction in slippery conditions. Each pair of snowshoes has its own recommended range of use, not unlike the way some pairs of hiking boots are better for varied terrain than others. Some snowshoes are made for walking while others are designed specifically for winter running or serious backcountry expeditions.As a year-round hiker, I traverse as many snow-covered trails during the winter months as I do dirt paths in the summer. Needless to say, a reliable pair of snowshoes is a must in my outdoor kit. Because of that experience, I've worn dozens of pairs of snowshoes over the years, and have compiled my five favorite models below. I've also included some added insight into how I tested each of the snowshoes that made the cut, as well as answers to a few snowshoe FAQs, like how sizing differs by shoe and the different styles there are.Here are the best snowshoes:Best overall: MSR EVO AscentBest for rugged terrain: Atlas Helium MtnBest for casual outings: Crescent Moon EVABest for traction: Kahtoola Microspikes Traction SystemBest for runners: TSL Snowshoes Symbioz Hyperflex Best snowshoes overall REI MSR's EVO Ascent is a user-friendly snowshoe that's easy to adjust and highly versatile for both walkers and hikers.Pros: Highly stable, provides excellent traction on a variety of terrain, great for day hikes or casual strollsCons: Its highly useful tail extender isn't included, the rigid deck was loud on icy terrainA great do-everything snowshoe, MSR's stable and high-traction Evo Ascent has enough traction for backcountry adventures without feeling too aggressive when worn on day hikes. The shoes feature toothy underfoot rails that work in tandem with an aggressive toe claw to offer incredible traction, whether you're on ice and hardpack, or just soft snow. The EVO Ascent is built on a highly durable, injection-molded plastic deck that supports both big and smaller feet equally well. The binding fits almost any boot but because of its unique attachment system, which needs to be extremely tight to keep this shoe on, it worked best with hiking boots and shoes, or even bulky winter boots.When I was wearing sneakers or sneaker-like hikers, the tightened straps felt too tight. Once the straps were secured, they stayed tight through hours of ups and downs, even on stretches of off-camber side-hilling. When it got steep, I was even able to flip up the heel lifter without taking off my gloves.  Another feature that made these shoes so versatile was their modular tail. By adding MSR's six-inch deck extender (unfortunately, sold separately) I could turn my everyday snowshoe into one capable of handling deeper powder or that would hold up when I'd carry a heavy pack for winter camping.   And although it has aggressive traction, it's designed in such a way that on more mellow adventures, it was fun, not a burden. The EVO Ascent has been my favorite snowshoe this season. Best snowshoes for rugged terrain Atlas The Helium MTN from Atlas is the most comfortable snowshoe I've worn, and, it's one I'd depend on in challenging conditions and advanced, rough terrain. Pros: Comfortable and supportive even in rough terrain, lightweight at just over 3 lbs., uses a Boa binding to dial in a perfect fitCons: ExpensiveLight, tough, and aggressive, Atlas' Helium MTN is a comfortable and supportive snowshoe, even in the most challenging terrain. It has some of the best traction of any snowshoe I tested, too, capable of getting me through an icy hike up a mountain without the need for added traction via crampons.The Helium's composite deck is flexible at both the tip and tail which allows the vertical rows of ice-biting teeth and an under-toe claw to always be in contact with the surface you're walking on. This makes icy stretches of open rock far easier to navigate. As the shoe flexes, it also sheds snow so there's never heavy buildup on the deck weighing your foot down as you haul it along.The deck also features several big cutouts throughout, but Atlas kept enough deck material to keep the shoe afloat in soft and deep snow. This unique design lets Atlas keep the shoe light as it weighs around just 3 lbs. 3 oz. per pair.The Helium MTN's Boa-tightened binding slides on flexible plastic rails that wrapped across my foot securely while comfortably cradling it even on rugged terrain. The binding avoids any pressure points caused by individual forefoot straps, too. The pull-to-tighten Voile-style heel strap was secure and didn't slip off my boot heel regardless of what I was wearing on my feet — be it standard hiking boots or bulky, insulated winter footwear.Under the heel, these shoes have a wire heel lift that takes the stress out of steep climbs and can be adjusted without taking gloves off (though, when I was wearing mittens, I did need to remove one to pull up the lift). When I was back on flat ground, I was able to click the lift down with my gloves (and mittens) still on.  Even though these are some of the most expensive snowshoes, they're highly worth it. Best snowshoes for beginners REI For easy cruising and mellow outings, Crescent Moon's EVA Snowshoes welcome anyone to the sport. Pros: Easy to put on and take off, rockered design propels you forward, works well on packed powder or pre-groomed trailsCons: Only come in one adjustable size, light to moderate grip doesn't do well on icy inclinesThe Crocs of the snowshoe world, Crescent Moon's EVA Snowshoe is molded from the same rubbery, spongey material used in sneaker midsoles instead of composite, plastic, or aluminum like most other snowshoes. It has a simple and user-friendly binding and isn't intimidating to use, even for newbies headed out for winter walks on hard-packed snow and groomed trails.Crescent Moon's EVA Foam Snowshoe features a rockered design, so it actually propels you forward as you walk. The snowshoe's platform flexes with each step to roll you into the next one while simultaneously keeping you afloat. These are best for packed powder and groomed trails as foam sneaker treads do well to grip those kinds of surfaces. The grip is enhanced by seven low-profile underfoot ice spikes set in the foam tread that can also keep you striding with confidence when it gets a little slick underfoot. Because this snowshoe is made from foam, not only is it shock-absorbing but it insulates your foot from the cold snow underneath. It's also aggressively curved, which is hard to get used to right at first but when you do, its curved chassis is a dream on uneven terrain (and it doesn't kick snow up your back as others do). The EVA's simple Velcro strap binding was secure enough for flat to rolling terrain but it doesn't fit bulky footwear that well, so you'll want to wear a low-profile boot or regular shoes. It's important to keep snow out of the Velcro, too, as the bindings are much more inclined to come undone if that happens.Its Velcro bindings are intuitive and the metal spike-enhanced foam traction lugs provide plenty of float and make the snowshoeing a breeze. Its aggressively rockered sole rolls you right into the next step, so you'll never feel like you're dragging any extra weight on your feet. It helps that these are virtually unbreakable, too. Best snowshoes for traction REI MicroSpikes are an excellent tool for icy hikes, or when there's a lack of deep snow but you still need added traction.Pros: Highly portable, easy to slip on, they provide incredible traction, perfect for hikes that mix both snow and iceCons: Not a traditional snowshoe that provides floatWhen you don't need float but you do need traction, Kahtoola's spike and chain shoe covers deliver exactly that. I've used these for years for winter hiking throughout the Northeast and continue to make sure these are stashed in my winter kit any time I leave the house.Each Microspike has 12 triangular hardened-steel spikes attached to ice-biting chains threaded onto a stretchy, silicone-rubber harness through reinforced eyelets. The spikes are 3/8 inches long and heat-treated to avoid bending under strenuous conditions.To put the Microspikes on, you just need to loop the front edge of the harness over the toe of your shoe or boot and stretch the Microspike until you're able to hook it around your heel. Metal toe bales hold the spikes in place once they're on, and when you're done, it takes just a few seconds to remove them. They're even compact enough that they pack easily into a tote sack about the size of a small orange, and they weigh just 11.9 oz. in size medium.MicroSpikes have been one of my most trusted winter walking aids for years and they were even recently updated with a significantly lighter elastomer harness than previous versions. Now, the attachment stays stretchy down to -22°F.Because Microspikes use flexible chains to connect the spikes, I never once had them break on me, and I've used them for years for hikes across New York's Adirondacks or through Vermont's exposed, rocky highest peaks. Best snowshoes for runners Backcountry TSL's Symbioz Hyperflex is a great shoe for runners. They're efficient, light, and have plenty of traction on packed trails while also providing added grip on the occasional patch of ice.Pros: Flexible frame makes running feel relatively natural, binding can be pre-setCons: Hard to fit on those with big feet/shoesRunning snowshoes have their own set of specific design demands. When running on snow, not only do you need float but you want a binding that won't pinch your feet through lightweight running shoes. You need enough traction to avoid slipping on ice yet you want to be able to move fast (so you can't be weighed down). Few snowshoes check these boxes but TSL's Symbioz Hyperflex does it all. Made for snowshoe racers and runners, these have a composite frame that flexes as you push off the snow. That flex makes running feel much more natural than when wearing a stiff snowshoe, even if it's a small one.The Symbioz Hyperflex has an adjustable webbing binding riveted to a flexible toe cup that holds sneakers firmly without squeezing. It's quick to get on and off and also lets you pre-set it for your sneaker size so you won't have to fiddle with adjusting straps when you just want to head out the door.Four steel spikes on the Symbioz base deliver enough traction to run up slick hills and can prevent you from wiping out on icy straightaways. Cutouts and molded snow-probing cleats in the composite deck gripped on hardpack and packed powder providing enough stable footing to efficiently propel forward with each step.The exaggerated turned-up toe helps prevent you from catching a toe on a chunk of ice or snow, and its rockered design helps maintain momentum (and doesn't fling snow everywhere). They're an incredibly light 1.4 lbs. per pair (less than half the weight of other snowshoes), which help feel like there's barely anything strapped to your feet. Snowshoes FAQ Pixabay What are the different types of snowshoes?There are several variations of snowshoes and some are better for walking on beginner-friendly trails, while others are best for those who want to go off the trail entirely. Recreational/flat terrain: Entry-level models fit in this category, as these snowshoes are aimed at beginners. They're made for walking across a field or on a novice trail. They have simple systems for gaining traction and work well for hard-packed snow. You'll often see a wide tail on these types of shoes to help with balance.Running/rolling terrain: When hiking on normal trails in hilly areas, these types of snowshoes have a nice mixture of performance and comfort. They aren't made for the steepest conditions, but they do have solid bindings and mid-level crampons. This will be the most common style of snowshoe for most people.Backcountry/mountain terrain: When hiking on difficult trails or when hiking to a remote area for snowboarding, you'll want some top-end snowshoes. These shoes often are small, allowing the wearer to have more control while hiking on icy and steep terrain. You'll find strong, highly adjustable bindings on these shoes to ensure they stay on your feet, as well as aggressive crampons for maximum control.How do you pick out the right size of snowshoes?When you think of the size of the snowshoe, you don't want to think about the fit on the foot, as you do with other types of shoes. A snowshoe size refers to the amount of coverage area the snowshoe has. Use the right size of snowshoe and you'll enjoy wearing it a lot more.Larger shoes: A larger snowshoe will be one that has a lot of surface area. Men's snowshoes will be larger than those designed for kids or women, so they can carry more weight. You'll also want a larger surface area if you plan to be carrying a large backpack while hiking. Snowshoes with larger surface areas work better on powdery snow.Medium-sized shoes: For average-sized people, you can make use of an average-sized surface area, such as 9 by 25 to 30 inches. If you're going to be hiking with a day pack, an average-sized snowshoe should work well.Smaller shoes: If you're going for a day hike with little to no extra gear or walking on icy surfaces or hard-packed snow, a smaller-sized snowshoe works well. Both aluminum and composite snowshoes fit into this category.What's kind of snowshoe binding should I use? Picking out the right snowshoe binding is highly important. You'll notice these come in a variety of sizes, as some are meant for running shoes (and are inherently smaller) while others are for big winter boots.You'll want to choose a snowshoe with a binding that matches your preferred footwear, and one that's suited to the kind of walking or hiking you plan to do. Also, If you're hiking strictly on ice (and not on snow), spiked traction that slips over your shoes is a much better choice than a full-on snowshoe. How we test snowshoes Each pair of snowshoes in this guide went through a series of on-foot and on-snow tests to see how well they compared based on these four categories: Performance, fit, durability, and value. Here's how we specifically considered each category while testing:Performance: Though we tested a variety of snowshoes with a range of use cases, there were still a few key performance traits we looked for in each pair: traction and stability. For the pairs meant to give you float on deeper snow, we looked at how well these held up on both fluffy powder, as well as packed snow, along with how well they did in terms of providing traction and stability underfoot. For those meant strictly for hardpack (like the pairs intended for runners), stability and traction were the highest priority.Fit: An ill-fitting snowshoe can make even a casual jaunt around town an annoying affair. To judge this, we looked at how easy the fit system was to use, whether the straps stayed snug or go loose over time, and how the system fared across a variety of shoe and boot choices. We've noted where some shoes fit tighter than others, as well as how they worked with regular tennis shoes or hiking boots.Durability: Most snowshoes are designed to take a bit of a beating, as they're essentially extensions of your hiking boot (and are built to take on rugged terrain). However, testing for durability is more than just assessing build strength but also how well the fit system holds up to long-term use, if the built-in or attached spikes chip away on rougher terrain, and if the structure of the shoe can handle constant stress. Value: A snowshoe's value is a combination of the three categories above, as well as how much of an investment it entails. We often recommend that it's better to spend more on a premium pair of snowshoes than to spend less, more often on an inferior product. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 8th, 2021

The best dog boots and paw wax in 2021, according to dog walkers and trainers

Dog walkers and trainers told us what boots and paw wax they recommend dogs wear on walks. These are the best dog boots for snow, rain, and hiking. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Nine dog walkers and trainers told us about their favorite dog snow boots, hiking boots, and paw wax. Our experts said the best dog boots go on easily and protect paws without minimizing sensation. Find out more about how Insider Reviews tests and evaluates pet products. This article was medically reviewed by Karie Johnson, DVM, veterinarian and co-founder of VIP Vet Visit, a mobile vet service in the south suburbs of Chicago. Neither sleet nor rain nor heat nor snow will stop your dog from wanting to go out for a walk, but bad weather may make you think twice. Extreme temperatures can irritate a dog's sensitive paws, and ice and snow can be downright dangerous.There's no need to skip the walk altogether when the weather isn't cooperating. A set of dog boots or high-quality paw wax can protect your dog from freezing, hot, or rough terrain, so they can do the thing they love most.To come up with our selections for this guide to the best dog boots, we consulted nine dog walkers and trainers from across the United States. We asked them about their preferences for keeping dog paws protected during icy winters and hot summers as well as on outdoor adventures. According to our experts, the best dog boots overall are Pawz Rubber Dog Boots, a set of waterproof slip-ons that are easy to get on, hard to kick off, and inexpensive.Here are the best dog boots in 2021Best dog boots overall: Pawz Dog BootsBest dog boots for winter: Muttluks Original All-Weather Boots Best dog boots for hiking: Ruffwear Grip Trex All-Terrain BootsBest paw wax for protection: Musher's Secret Paw Wax Best dog boots overall Amazon Waterproof Pawz rubber dog boots protect paws in extreme heat, ice, and snow and are well tolerated by most dogs.Pros: Rubber boots, waterproof, slip-on, sold in packs of 12Cons: May not hold up to rough terrain, not reflective, uninsulatedSizes: 7 sizes, from tiny (paws up to 1-inch long) through extra large (paws over 4-inches long)Colors: Varies by sizeWashing instructions: Spot cleanWhether your dog's paws need protection from ice, snow, and salt in the winter or hot asphalt in the summer, several of our dog pros agreed that Pawz waterproof dog boots are the best option. "We have found these boots to be by far the best for staying on a dog's paws during a walk," said Megan Selheim, owner of Come, Sit, Stay in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Stacia Anderson, co-founder of RuffCity Dog Walking in New York City, agreed. "In my experience, all dog boots are inferior to Pawz balloon booties," she said.Pawz are made from flexible, durable all-natural rubber and come in a variety of sizes to fit dogs from tiny Chihuahuas to huge Newfoundlands. The dog booties slip over the paw and stay secure without straps or buckles. While they have enough traction to prevent a dog from slipping and sliding, they don't have a cumbersome sole, a feature that adds to their usefulness."Most dogs adapt to them quickly because they are not bulky and they can still feel the sensation of the ground through these boots," Selheim said. The lack of a reinforced sole, however, makes it easier for sharp rocks and other sidewalk hazards to tear through the rubber and scratch a dog's paws.Because they are made without reinforcements, Pawz do wear out. There's no need to feel guilty about throwing them out, however, because they're sustainably sourced and biodegradable.Pawz are sold in packs of 12, so you can easily replace one that goes missing. That's important to Lori Riegler, owner of Off Leash MKE, a dog walking and pet sitting business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "Booties are like socks and mittens, you are always losing one," she said. Best dog boots for winter Amazon Warm, cozy Original All-Weather Muttluks provide everyday paw protection against frigid winter temperatures.Pros: Stretchy fabric boots, tough leather sole, reflective, sold in packs of 4, storage bag includedCons: Not water-resistantSizes: 8 sizes, from XXXS to XXLColors: Yellow or blackWashing instructions: Machine washableOriginal All-Weather Muttluks are like reinforced mittens for a dog's paws. The boots slip over the paw with the kind of stretchy fabric preferred by the dog walkers and trainers we consulted. A velcro strap across the ankle keeps them securely in place on cold-weather walks.The soles of Original All-Weather Muttluks are reinforced with a thin layer of treated suede leather. While their smooth surface can be slippery in slush and rain, they are durable enough to prevent sharp objects like rocks and nails from slicing through to the paw pad. The nylon fabric exterior provides insulation to keep sensitive toes toasty. Reflective material on the strap makes them easier to see in low light.These booties are warm and comfortable for everyday winter wear, but they aren't water-resistant and can get waterlogged when walking in heavy rain, snow, and slush. And even though their tough soles will also hold up well against hot sidewalks in the summer, they may become overly warm if worn for long periods in the heat. The boots are machine washable, and for best results, the company recommends retreating the leather after cleaning.Unlike most boots, sizing is determined by measuring from the paw's front to back instead of side to side across its widest point. The boots are sold in a pack of four and come in a mesh storage bag. Best dog boots for hiking Ruffwear Ruffwear Grip Trex Dog Boots provide adventurous dogs with paw protection when covering long distances on rocky or uneven terrain.Pros: High-traction, flexible water-resistant rubber soles, reflectiveCons: Fastening strap may chafe, only sold in pairs of 2Sizes: 8 sizes, from paws up to 1.5-inches wide through paws up to 3.5-inches wideColors: Blue, black, redWashing instructions: Machine washable, air dryRuffwear Grip Trex Dog Boots protect paws from the scrapes and abrasions that can develop during long days on the trail. With breathable mesh on top and flexible, water-resistant soles made from Vibram vulcanized rubber, these booties provide powerful traction on slippery or uneven surfaces without overly compromising paw sensation.Ruffwear was a popular brand among the dog professionals we surveyed who said the Grip Trex boots are ideal for hiking and other outdoor adventures. They are less bulky than the brand's snow boots and have a thicker rubber sole than its everyday boots. The mesh polyester upper has a wide opening for pulling the boot on and off and a reinforced toe. Each boot has reflective trim for low-light visibility. To keep the boots from slipping off, Ruffwear's Grip Trex cinch around the leg just above the paw and fasten with a velcro closure. Because there is very little material between the stiff strap and the ankle, this boot may rub and cause abrasions when worn for extended periods of time, said Jacob Venter, owner of Denver Dog Joggers in Denver, Colorado. Breaking in the boots on everyday walks before taking them out on an excursion may help, as can pairing them with Ruffwear's dog socks.As the size of a dog's front paws is often different from that of their back paws, Grip Trex boots are sold in pairs instead. These booties are the most expensive of those we selected for this guide, but their wide range of sizes ensures you'll get just the right fit for every paw. Best dog paw wax for protection Chewy Musher's Secret Paw Wax is a reliable alternative to boots in conditions ranging from snow and ice to extreme heat.Pros: Protects paws from ice, snow, and heat; made from natural ingredients; affordableCons: Provides limited protection against rocky terrain, may need to be reapplied in snowDogs who refuse to wear boots can find relief from ice, snow, sidewalk salt, and extreme heat with Musher's Secret paw wax. "Musher's Secret is very effective for protecting paws and so much easier than booties," said Katie Westling, co-owner of Paw Pet Care Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.The Canadian-made balm works by establishing a wax barrier between the paw pads and the ground without impacting a dog's ability to feel the terrain. It is made from four types of wax — white and yellow beeswax, carnauba palm wax, and candelilla wax — combined with vegetable oil and vitamin E. The food-grade ingredients are nontoxic and won't harm a dog who attempts to lick it off.While it might seem that all that wax and oil would result in greasy hands and a slick trail of puppy paw prints, Melody Koney a dog walker with Windy City Paws in Chicago, Illinois, assured us that's not the case. "It's easy to put on a dog's paws, and it doesn't leave a mess on floors and carpets," she said.An added benefit of Musher's Secret is the soothing and conditioning its oils and vitamin E provide for dry, cracked winter paws and dog noses. The balm doesn't provide as much protection against rocky terrain. It may help to keep paws safe from excessive rubbing and scratching, but it won't stop a sharp stone from slicing a sensitive paw pad. In snowy conditions, the wax may have to be reapplied on longer outdoor adventures.Affordable Musher's Secret paw protection comes in three sizes — 60 grams, 200 grams, and 1 pound — and will remain shelf-stable year after year if you don't use it all up in a single season. How to fit your dog for boots Most dog boots are sized with the width of a dog's paws in mind. To get the ideal fit, put a piece of paper on the floor and grab a pencil. Place one of your dog's front paws on the page and lift up the other so they have all of their weight flat on the paper. Draw an outline using your pencil. Since the back paws may be smaller than the front, repeat the process with them.When you have your outlines, measure the widest point of the paw from toe-to-toe. The width should correspond to the sizes in which the boot is sold. If your dog's paw falls between sizes, go with the smaller option.For boots that are measured by length instead of width, measure the paw outline you've drawn from the longest toenail to the "heel" and find the correct size on the sizing chart. A snug fit is better than a loose one, so if your dog's paw falls between sizes, choose the one that is smaller. How to keep dogs safe in cold weather Even though they come with built-in fur coats, dogs can still get cold in extreme temperatures. Unless you have a hearty Northern breed like a Husky or Bernese mountain dog, protecting a dog with a coat and boots can help to prevent them from developing frostbite or hypothermia when the mercury drops below freezing. "A good rule of thumb is if it is too cold for you, it is too cold for them," said Zay Satchu, DVM, chief veterinary officer and co-founder of Bond Vet in New York, New York.When a dog is cold, their body reacts by shivering and hunching to conserve warmth. They may also lift or hold their paws off the ground or make a beeline for enclosed spaces they believe will be warmer. A dog that is exposed to freezing temperatures for too long can develop frostbite on their ears, nose or paw pads or, in extreme cases, hypothermia.On days where the only way to be comfortable outdoors is to swaddle yourself head to toe in clothing, only cold-weather-loving breeds should be spending a lot of time outdoors, especially if you aren't at their side. "If you aren't directly supervising, it can be difficult to pick up on signs of hypothermia, which can be life threatening," Satchu said. You should contact your vet immediately when symptoms like lethargy, muscle stiffness, weakness, decreased alertness, and loss of consciousness indicate that your dog's body temperature has dropped to dangerous levels.An insulated coat and boots can help to keep your dog warm in the winter cold. "If you're grabbing a coat on the way out, you might as well grab one for Fluffy too," said Satchu. Like mittens or gloves for your hands, boots can protect the paws from freezing salty sidewalks, snow, and slush. If your dog refuses to wear boots, Satchu recommends trying a paw balm to create a barrier between sensitive paw pads and the sidewalk and wiping salty paws down with a warm damp cloth after the walk. Our experts For guidance on selecting the best dog boots, we went straight to those who spend their days walking and training dogs in all types of weather. Nine dog professionals from around the United States responded to a survey designed to identify the features of a good dog boot and the brands and designs they most prefer. Our list of experts includes:Krissia Chanto, co-owner of Rock Paw Pet Care in Boulder, ColoradoJacob Venter, owner of Denver Dog Joggers in Denver, ColoradoLaura Ryan, owner of Pup Patrol Walkers & Pet Care in Worcester, MassachusettsStacia Anderson, co-founder of RuffCity Uptown Dog Walking in New York, New YorkMelody Koney, dog walker at Windy City Paws in Chicago, IllinoisLori Riegler, owner of Off Leash MKE in Milwaukee, WisconsinDawn Jacques, owner of Milwaukee Paws Pet Care in Milwaukee, WisconsinMegan Selheim, owner of Come, Sit, Stay in Minneapolis, MinnesotaKatie Westling, co-owner of Paw Pet Care Company in Minneapolis, MinnesotaWe also consulted Zay Satchu, DVM, chief veterinary officer and co-founder of Bond Vet in New York, New York, on the best practices for keeping a dog safe in cold winter weather. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytOct 20th, 2021

This resort is like an adult summer camp with hiking and archery, but with all the features of a spa hotel

Ojo Santa Fe is a spa resort with all-inclusive activities that feels a lot like summer camp for adults with mineral baths instead of a mess hall. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider I wanted the outdoor fun of summer camp but am too old for a dining hall or forced group activities. I found just that at Ojo Santa Fe in New Mexico with swimming, hiking, archery, and more included. The whole stay was fun but also relaxing with a spa, mineral baths, and my casita with a fireplace. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyAfter a year and a half of feeling locked inside amid the pandemic, I was itching to get outdoors. I craved wide open spaces, crisp air, and invigorating activities. What I wanted it felt like, were the summer camps I experienced as a kid. While summer camps for adults do exist, it seemed like each one was meant for day drinking 20-somethings whose idea of fun was a three-legged race followed by a boisterous meal in the dining hall.Being well north of that age, I knew I needed more privacy, high thread count sheets, and the ability to choose my activities.I decided to design my own adult summer camp at Ojo Santa Fe in New Mexico where camp-inspired activities like swimming, archery, hikes, and animal interactions were all-inclusive alongside a spa, mineral baths, and a restaurant. Designing my own summer camp was a great experience and one I'd gladly replicate throughout the year.Keep reading to see how I designed my own adult summer camp. Choosing the location Ojo Santa Fe sits on 77 sprawling, lush acres. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider I've been to New Mexico many times and knew the confluence of Native American and Mexican American cultures and the mountains would make an ideal setting.I landed on Ojo Santa Fe, with a spa, restaurant, and all-inclusive camp-inspired activities with no extra resort fee. As children under 16 were not permitted it also had an adults-only feel.The 77-acre resort is a 20-minute drive southwest of Santa Fe, with 52 rooms ranging from $290 for a garden room with a balcony or patio to $395 for a stand-alone casita. I booked a casita for four nights with my boyfriend, who planned to work and needed the extra room. Getting there A car is essential to reach Ojo Santa Fe, though you won't need one once you're on-site. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider My boyfriend and I flew from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Albuquerque International Sunport, from where we rented a car to reach Ojo Santa Fe.Ojo Santa Fe offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Santa Fe Regional Airport. Direct commercial flights to Santa Fe are only available from Dallas, Denver, and Phoenix.Driving to Ojo Santa Fe, GPS was essential on the winding country roads. I was grateful we arrived in the daytime. The security guard at the entrance to the hotel confirmed our reservation before letting us in. The grounds Picturesque hotel grounds felt plucked from a Monet painting. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider Walking to the small building that houses the front desk, we passed a bubbling fountain surrounded by native plants. Just beyond was the patio of the on-site restaurant, Blue Heron, perched above a mineral spring-fed pond. The idyllic scene felt plucked out of Monet's garden at Giverny. Mineral baths shimmered, hammocks swayed, and it was clear that the pictures on the website do not do this place justice.Check-in was easy and the staff was courteous. We were given our keys and driving directions to our casita.  Guest rooms Casitas are standalone lodgings with private patios. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider Our casita was located at the far end of the resort with a private entrance lined with native lavender and sage. The decor was classic Southwest with adobe walls, earth-tone furnishings, and artful driftwood. The casita counted 600 square feet, but the layout made it feel bigger. There was a sitting area, a desk, a gas fireplace (AC, too), and a bedroom with a Queen bed. The bathroom had a separate dressing area with a mirror, good lighting, and a mini-fridge. Coffee, tea, bath, and body products were provided and we also had a private patio.A central ice machine and shared microwave were available for casitas but there are no TVs. Wi-Fi, however, was provided and fast enough for video streaming.Sadly, there were no views to be enjoyed from our casita. From what I could see of the garden rooms, all overlooked the well-kept grounds, and from some, you could catch a glimpse of the mountains. Except for a few minutes of stargazing every night, our patio became a depository for wet bathing suits and pool towels. The space was pin-drop quiet and plenty big for a couple but could also easily work for a family. Adjusting to the elevation Lisa Marion Smith/Insider After settling in, we headed out to explore but quickly felt exhausted as Santa Fe is 7,000 feet above sea level.  The dramatic change in altitude required adaptation. If you are coming from a place with lower elevation, be prepared to spend a couple of days adjusting. Altitude sickness is not uncommon. Mineral baths and spa During our altitude adjustment days, I found myself in an endless loop, going from one bathing area to the next. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider As such, we started with low-exertion activities such as the three mineral spring-fed bathing areas that are the star of Ojo Santa Fe.I strolled the grounds in the provided white bathrobes, starting the day by the spa and moving between the hot baths that ranged in temperature from 98 to 104 degrees.These tubs overlook the pond, a gas fire pit, and hammocks. Private soaking tubs are available. Swimwear is optional in the private tubs but required everywhere else.  The pool After swimming a few laps, I'd walk to the shaded plunge pool with in-water seating. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider When I was ready to move on, I headed to the comparatively cool 85-degree, Olympic-sized saltwater pool. It was the only area with music playing, though the mood was still refined. Private poolside cabanas were available for an additional fee. Here, I noticed my fellow guests, which included couples, women for friends' getaways, solo travelers, and large groups. At the spa, I perused treatments like the Cactus Flower Massage and Scrub and the CBD Massage, but settled on the Bamboo Massage, which used heated bamboo rolling pins of different sizes to access deep tissue. It was one of the best massages I've ever had. Checking out the Puppy Patch The dogs are kept in their own small house and before entering the Puppy Patch, guests were required to sanitize their hands and take off their shoes. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider Ojo Santa Fe had one major advantage over the summer camp of my youth: it came with puppies. The Puppy Patch was open daily each morning, where guests could play with puppies in a fenced-in yard to socialize the animals while providing a calming, restorative effect for us humans.Ojo Santa Fe has fostered over 250 puppies for adoption through the Puppy Patch. At any given time, there are one to six puppies in residence. In the days I was there, three dogs found homes, and several new puppies arrived. Feeding hens in the Chicken Chat The hotel says the chickens will plop themselves in your lap to be pet, but I found most of the fowl to be skittish. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider There was also a daily Chicken Chat, where guests and I — many in our bathrobes — sat among the flock on stools in an outdoor coop with 25 Silky chickens with names like Bok Choy. I fed a few grains out of my hand, though most were a bit skittish.  Going for hikes The views from our hikes were stunning. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider Once we were acclimated to the altitude, we signed up for a guided morning group hike, which started with a drive to a trailhead about 25 minutes away, just outside of downtown Santa Fe. We enjoyed a moderate, shaded hike, and we were so impressed, we signed up to do another trail the next day. Having a guide to take us on hikes was something we would have paid for; the fact that the guide and transportation were included was a big bonus. Trying out archery The guide did his best to help us hit the target once or twice. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider This same guide led target arts in the afternoon. It turns out archery is a lot harder than I remembered from kids' camp. The guide did his best to help us hit the target once or twice.  Other things to do and winter activities Air rifles was one of many interactive activities offered. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider We did better with the air rifles. I have never shot anything and was squeamish at the thought of holding the thing, but soon took great satisfaction in making mincemeat of the paper targets.Alas, ax throwing was not available due to construction.Yoga and Pilates classes were also offered and required reservation,  and there was a small gym with basic cardio and weight equipment. When I peeked inside, there was only one guest using it and he wasn't wearing a mask. Since I can do all these things at home in Chicago, I opted to spend time doing outside activities instead.It's also worth noting that Ojo Santa Fe is a worthy place to design a winter camp, too. When snow makes hiking untenable, activities shift to feature snowboarding, cross country and downhill skiing, and interactive art experience at museums and galleries in the city. Dining at Blue Heron restaurant There is enough variety at Blue Heron to there every night, and we often had enough left over for lunch the next day. Lisa Marion Smith/Insider The resort had only one on-site dining option, the Blue Heron restaurant. The menu featured a range of food skewing healthy-ish, but with plenty of variety. They did not serve hard alcohol, only wine, even in their cocktails, which I decided were not worth the calories or money. The view overlooking the pond from the outdoor patio was stunning. Waiting for our food to arrive, I watched enormous carp lazily skim the water's surface while an actual Blue Heron looked on from the branches of a nearby tree. COVID-19 precautions Ojo Santa Fe follows the CDC recommendations for COVID precautions. I saw all staff wearing masks indoors, 100% of the time. Hand sanitizer was readily available in public areas as well.At the restaurant and spa, the staff wore masks outside, too. Prior to my massage, I had to answer health screening questions and keep my mask on throughout the treatment. None of the guests wore masks at the bathing areas, and some outdoor activities, such as the Puppy Patch, required masks. Others, like target arts and the chicken chat, did not.When indoors, guests were expected to wear masks in the spa and restaurant. Most followed the rules; some did not. The bottom line We loved the upscale, adult summer camp atmosphere and well-maintained grounds of Ojo Santa Fe.Ojo Santa Fe is for people whose idea of a party is going for a hike, followed by a dip in a mineral bath, puppy playtime, and capping the day sitting by a fire. This is not for those seeking a rollicking stay.If I were to go back with girlfriends, I would skip the casita and get a garden room since the extra space was nice, but not necessary, and lacked any views.For those seeking to replicate the feeling of summer camp as an adult, Ojo Santa Fe offered a variety of all-inclusive outdoor activities with the amenities of an upscale spa for a stay that felt like I received a lot of value for the cost. I loved designing my own summer camp here and I'd gladly do it again in fall, winter, or spring, too.Book Ojo Santa Fe starting at $290 per night Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 1st, 2021

No Trucking Way

No Trucking Way By Michael Every of Rabobank The financial economy and real economy used to live with each other happily: now they are in a long-distance relationship reliant on logistics to keep in touch. What happens when those logistics break down? (Very bad things, as I was discussing here the other day.) We have covered the ocean-carrier side of this crisis (‘In Deep Ship’), and the new fee equivalent to $1m a day, and rising $1m each following day, for a 10,000 TEU vessel whose cargo is stuck in LA/LB port. However, we stressed in that report that the supply chain issue is more systematic. So, allow me to share quotes from an article exposing there is ‘No Trucking Way’ we are about to return to normal: “Think of going to the port as going to WalMart on Black Friday, but imagine only ONE cashier for thousands of customers…Most port drivers are ‘independent contractors’, leased onto a carrier who is paying them by the load. Whether their load takes two hours, fourteen hours, or three days to complete, they get paid the same, and they have to pay 90% of their truck operating expenses…I honestly don’t understand how many of them can even afford to show up for work…In some cases they work 70 hour weeks and still end up owing money to their carrier. So when the coastal ports started getting clogged up last spring due to the impacts of COVID on business everywhere, drivers started refusing to show up. Congestion got so bad that instead of being able to do three loads a day, they could only do one. They took a 2/3 pay cut and most of these drivers were working 12 hours a day or more…Many drivers simply quit. However, while the pickup rate for containers severely decreased, they were still being offloaded from the boats. And it’s only gotten worse…The ‘experts’ want to say we can do things like open the ports 24/7, and this problem will be over in a couple weeks. They are blowing smoke, and they know it.” The author also points out a crippling shortage of truck chassis; warehouse workers, again due to low-pay and Covid, so unloading takes longer; and warns soon there will be less, not more truck drivers. Crucially, he bewails that ocean carriers, ports, trucking companies, warehouses, and retailers are all making great money – so won’t invest before the system collapses further. If so, this book-ends the 1980 deregulation of the US trucking industry under President Carter. Meanwhile, Senator Manchin just said ‘No Trucking Way’ to the White House’s fiscal plans, again, which already fail to address the above logistical problems. Perhaps it’s time for US economists to study what weak, share-cropper logistics and on-off fiscal and central-bank liquidity largesse do for emerging markets’ macroeconomic and financial stability? Indeed, Bloomberg reports: “Chinese households are encouraged to stock up on a certain amount of daily necessities, such as vegetables and meat, in preparation for the winter months, according to a notice from Ministry of Commerce aimed at ensuring supply and stabilizing prices of such items for the next few months. Major agricultural distributors are encouraged to sign long-term contracts with producers. Reserves of meat and vegetables will be released on a timely basis to replenish market supply.” At least they are being proactive on supply chains. This news, the US trucking/logistics tragedy, and much else that is going around us in politics collectively reminds me of a classic Soviet joke: It’s winter in a rural town in the 70’s USSR. The town radio crackles: “All comrades, please come to the town square to receive a ration of fresh red meat!” The people gather, hungrily. The radio continues: “Please wait to receive your ration from the glorious Soviet system!” After a frosty hour, the radio says: “We regret there is not as much meat as we had expected. All Jews, go home now.” One third of the town trudges off. After another bitter hour, the radio says: “We regret there is not as much meat as we had expected. All non-Party members, go home now.” Another third walk off. After another two freezing hours, the radio says: “We regret there is no meat today. Go home now. Glory to the Soviet Union!” As people are leaving, one man turns to another and asks: “Why do the Jews always get the preferential treatment?” So, that’s the real economy for you – and ironically, four decades of neoliberalism has delivered a supply-chain system that in some ways risks becoming as structurally inefficient as six decades of central planning. For years, I have quipped that just as the USSR wrestled with its self-admitted structural problems, and yet always ended up building another statue of Marx or Lenin as a can-kicking compromise, so neoliberalism says Build Back Better….and then builds another skyscraper plutoflat or business park. Even in space now. Which the Soviets also did while still not being able to feed their people properly, by the way. And what does that mean for the financial economy? Nothing, apparently - central banks are acting like the Soviet voice over the radio! Today it’s the RBA. What exactly can they say to calm volatile markets given they are tipped to retreat from their policy of yield curve control (YCC) even though it costs them nothing to retain it, and in doing so, the market will chatter louder about when the first rate hike comes – and it will not be late 2024 they have in mind? I doubt the RBA will come up with a sophisticated way to sell a humiliating and prima facie unjustified-by-data policy U-turn today. They will probably just tweak a few key phrases in their statement, and may even retain the 0.1% YCC target while de facto ignoring it. In short, parading with the calm dignity of an emperor with no clothes, as the little boy of the yield curve points at them in hysterics, yelling “Policy error!” The housing-market hysterics, of a different sort, will begin later.   Of course, it’s the Fed’s turn tomorrow, so any bad Aussie headlines will only last just over 24 hours, and then the brickbats can head at a different set of dingbats. As Philip Marey notes in his FOMC preview: “During the press conference Powell is likely to stress again that the end of tapering does not automatically mean the start of hiking. And that the high inflation readings are transitory. We’ll put $5 in the Atlanta Fed’s swear jar.” Lastly, COP26 is underway, where President Biden has just channeled the 70’s Brezhnev vibe further by falling asleep in front of the camera. Can you blame him though? As my wife asked when seeing queues of private jets, thousands of globe-trotters staying in heated hotel rooms, and mass gatherings, are our elite trying to be helpful by showing us what we shouldn’t all be doing if we want to deal with the climate and virus crises? Greta “How dare you?!” Thunberg, who of course wasn’t invited to Glasgow, seems to think so on the former at least. She says there is ‘No Trucking Way’ this confab will produce the desired outcome. We shall see. Tyler Durden Tue, 11/02/2021 - 09:09.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeNov 2nd, 2021

29 car gift ideas for the auto enthusiast - from driving gloves to custom artwork

Car lovers tend to be particular about their rides, so finding gifts for them can be tough. As a car enthusiast myself, here are the gifts to give. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Respoke Care If you're shopping for someone who loves cars, you want a gift to match their automotive passion. As a car enthusiast, I've carefully selected 29 gifts that any car lover would appreciate. From car accessories and key chains to driving shoes and video games, these are the best gifts. Car enthusiasts are naturally meticulous and picky about their preferences, so shopping for them during the holiday season can be a challenge. I know from experience because I'm one of those people.If you don't have the know-how or the funds to gift them the rare and expensive cars or parts they dream of, there are still a ton of cool and useful gifts any car lover will appreciate. To make shopping for the car enthusiasts on your list easier, I rounded up 29 clever gift ideas they'll be happy to receive. 29 gifts that car enthusiasts will love: A custom poster or canvas of their favorite ride Respoke Collection Respoke Collection Custom Car Print, starting at $49Real car lovers look back at their ride whenever they park it and start to walk away. With a Respoke Collection Custom Car Print, they can get a glimpse of their car even when they're not in the driveway, garage, or parking lot. Simply upload a picture of their personal car (or another favorite car) and have it turned into high-quality wall art. Custom floor mats Coco Mats Coco Mats Gift Box, starting at $219.60Coco Mats make some of the best-looking, best-fitting, and most durable floor mats you can buy. The brand has custom-fitted formats for a wide assortment of vehicles and probably has a template for the car you're shopping for. If not, it will send you blank templates you can cut to the exact specifications. The Gift Box comes with floor mat swatches and a gift certificate. A smartphone mount Amazon iOttie Easy One Touch 5 Phone Mount, $24.95Car lovers would much rather spend their money on cool parts and accessories than pay a hefty fine for using a phone while driving. Giving them the iOttie Easy One Touch 5 is like giving the gift of safety. It can be mounted to the dash or windshield and is compatible with all smartphones. A LEGO McLaren kit Amazon LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR, $40If they're more interested in new cars than old ones, this gift is sure to please. The LEGO McLaren Senna GTR is nothing like the LEGOs from back in the day. This 830-piece kit can be built into a stunning supercar that auto enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy building.  Gran Turismo 7 for PS5 Best Buy Gran Turismo 7 25th Anniversary Edition, $89.99Gran Turismo 7 will be an absolute must-have for auto enthusiasts who own a PS5. The realistic driving simulator is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022, and pre-ordering it now will be enough to get them excited. A Hot Wheels track Amazon Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set, $49.99Hot Wheels have been on holiday wishlists for generations and that's not changing any time soon. This set is great for kids, but chances are older car lovers will have fun with it, too. A car cleaning kit Amazon Chemical Guys 16-Piece Car Wash Bucket Kit, available at Amazon, $99.99They say a clean car always drives better, so any auto lover will appreciate The Chemical Guys 16-Piece Car Wash Kit. It includes wash soap, detail spray, glass cleaner, wheel cleaner, cream wax, tire shine, and professional grade accessories like a wheel cleaning brush, scratch-free microfiber cloths, and a wash mitt. The Brush Hero Brush Hero's Facebook Brush Hero Water-Powered Wheel Brush, available at Amazon $24.99One of the hardest areas to clean on a car is the wheels — especially if they're a tightly woven pattern. The "Shark Tank"-featured Brush Hero harnesses water pressure from a garden hose to knock away dirt and grime without ruining the finish of wheels. After testing it on my own car, I know that any car enthusiast will appreciate the amount of time this clever device can save them. Driving loafers made from recycled plastic Amir Ismael/Insider Rothy's Driving Loafer, $185Although you don't necessarily need to be a car enthusiast to enjoy a good pair of driving loafers, this pair from Rothy's is one they'll appreciate. They're super lightweight, breathable, and made from recycled plastic bottles. Whether they're going for a spirited drive or walking around, their feet will always be comfortable.Read my full review here. An Alexa-enabled navigation system and dash cam Amazon Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa and Dash Cam, available at Amazon, $84.99Designed to provide turn-by-turn directions with a clear, unobstructed view while driving, the Garmin Speak Plus is super compact. With Alexa integration, they'll never have to pull out their phone to get directions, control music, or make a phone call. On top of that, the windshield-mounted device has a built-in camera for added safety like forward collision and lane departure warnings. An Alexa-enabled car charger Amazon Roav Viva by Anker with Amazon Alexa, available at Amazon, $68.92Most people enjoy using Alexa in their homes, but the Roav Viva by Anker now makes it possible to bring it on the road. Simply plug it into the 12-volt adapter and gain voice-controlled access to music, directions, audiobooks, and more. It also provides two USB high-speed charging ports for your devices. A Bluetooth aux adapter Amazon Anker Soundsync Bluetooth Receiver, available at Amazon, $32.99If you're shopping for someone who recently upgraded or will soon be upgrading to a smartphone without a 3.5mm auxiliary port, the Anker Soundsync Bluetooth Receiver is an extremely thoughtful gift. Rather than spending hundreds on a new Bluetooth-compatible car stereo, they'll be able to pair their phone via Bluetooth with ease via the aux port.  Two personalized leather keychains Etsy JooJoobs Custom Leather Keychain, available at Etsy, from $47.25Most car enthusiasts are all about customization and that even includes minor details like keychains. These custom leather keychains can be personalized just for them. For $47.25 you can get one side of each keychain stamped with words or letters of your choice. For $57 you can have both sides done. A Tile Mate keychain Amazon Tile Mate, available at Amazon, $20.50Going on a spirited drive will almost certainly put a smile on the face of a car enthusiast, but without car keys, it won't be possible. The Tile Mate Key Finder is an easy solution to keep track of the keys. It attaches to your key ring, syncs to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and can be tracked down using GPS on the Tile App. A map shows where that specific Tile Mate is so you can better locate it. Tile Mates also work well with wallets, so they won't have to worry about not being able to find their driver's license before heading out. A book on the history of cars Amazon "Car: The Definitive Visual History of the Automobile", available at Amazon, $23.36Covering everything from the very first automobiles to iconic cars like the Ford Model T, Porsche 911, and Ferrari F40, this book will keep any car enthusiasts entertained for hours on end. With a plethora of pictures and information from past generations of cars, it makes for a great coffee table read. A mechanic's tool kit Amazon Craftsman 450-piece Mechanic's Tool Set, available at Sears, $439.99Every car person needs their own set of tools. Instead of rummaging through the random assortment of tools they've accumulated over time, the Craftsman 450-piece tool kit is well organized and includes everything they'll need to tackle mechanical work.  Dirt 5 for PlayStation 5 Best Buy Dirt 5 for PlayStation 5, available at Best Buy, $39.99He might not be a professional driver in real life but Dirt 5 will make him feel like he's going off-roading. If he owns a PS5, this is fun to play for a life-like driving experience. Forza Horizon 4 for XBOX One Best Buy Forza Horizon 4 for XBOX, available at Best Buy, $59.99If the car enthusiast you're shopping for owns an XBOX, Forza Horizon 4 is the best racing game for their console. It features a realistic competitive racing game that can be enjoyed at any level.  A cordless tire inflator Amazon Avid Power Cordless Air Compressor, $62.99, available on AmazonThis air compressor is a gift anyone, whether an enthusiast or not, will be able to use. Its cordless design makes inflating tires easier than ever before. And with an auto-off feature, they'll never have to worry about over-inflating. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch Best Buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch, available at Best Buy, $50.99Although the driving experience is far from realistic, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is extremely fun. They'll race their way through crazy tracks filled with obstacles like banana peels, bombs, and more. Car fan or not, it's a must-have game for all Nintendo Switch owners. Clutch and Gas Socks Amazon Clutch and Gas Socks, available at Amazon, $6.99If you insist on buying that special someone a pair of socks for the holiday season, these clutch and gas socks are a fun option. Even when they're not behind the wheel, they'll remind them of their love for driving. Gear to match his BMW, Mercedes, or dream Ferrari Puma Motorsport Shop the Puma Motorsport Collection herePuma is one of the most deeply rooted sportswear brands in racing culture and its Motorsport collection proves that. With apparel for BMW Motorsport, Mercedes-Benz AMG, Ferrari, Porsche, and Redbull Racing, they've got pieces for lovers of Bimmers, Benzes, and more. A pair of driving loafers Wolf & Shepherd Wolf and Shepherd Gunner Driver, $195, available in four colorsFor days when full race gear isn't needed, nice driving loafers are the perfect shoes for cruising. The Wolf & Shepherd Gunner Drivers are handcrafted using waterproof suede and they're also super comfortable. Car guys will be able to easily hit the clutch when driving and still look stylish when they park the car and get out. A pair of driving gloves Amazon Riparo Genuine Leather Full-Finger Driving Gloves, available on Amazon, from $59.97Even if you're not shopping for a race car driver, a pair of driving gloves will be appreciated by any car enthusiast. During the fall and winter, they keep hands from freezing on a cold steering wheel without losing the necessary grip for maneuvering. A California Car Duster Amazon California Car Duster, available on Amazon, $31.98The California Car Duster is an awesome gift for all types of car enthusiasts. Whether they're a meticulous collector who needs to dust off their garage queen every so often or they just like to keep their ride free of pollen and dirt in between washes, it's an effective tool to have. An experiential gift Groupon Search for local Groupons in your area hereNot every gift you give has to be tangible. In fact, experiences are sometimes an even better option and Groupon has plenty to choose from. If you want to gift the person on your list an unforgettable experience, you can find everything from auto-cross lessons in an exotic car to go-kart races and rentals. Since search results vary based on your location, you should browse Groupon to see what's available in your area. An outrageous coffee table Houzz Engine Block Coffee Table, available on Houzz, $1,898If you're shopping for the auto enthusiast who already has everything you could possibly think of (and you happen to have an extra $1,900 laying around), this big-bore, V8-style engine block coffee table will blow them away. Plus, you probably won't have to buy another gift for the next few years. A handheld vacuum Amazon BLACK+DECKER Lithium Hand Vacuum, available at Amazon, $62.99Since keeping the inside of a car clean is equally as important as the outside, a hand-held vacuum is another must-have for car lovers. The BLACK+DECKER Lithium Cordless Hand Vacuum fully charges in 6 hours to provide strong and efficient suction. With a flip-up brush head for dusting and cleaning upholstery and a pull-out crevice tool for hard to reach areas, it'll clean every corner of a car's interior. A laser radar detector Amazon Cobra RAD 450 Laser Radar Detector, available at Amazon, $131.16You shouldn't encourage the car lover on your list to exceed the speed limit, but let's face it — some people just have a heavy foot while driving. The Cobra RAD 450 Radar Detector can help alert them of police scanners ahead, so they'll know when it's time to slow down. If it saves them from getting one speeding ticket, it will essentially pay for itself — and then some. Keep in mind that radar and laser detectors are legal in all states except Virginia and Washington D.C. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 1st, 2021

The 5 best dog snow jackets and coats, according to dog walkers from the coldest cities in the US

A good dog coat will keep your pup warm & dry on walks & hikes. These are the best dog snow jackets for small dogs, large dogs, & all sizes in between. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Dog walkers and trainers from cold climates shared what dog snow jacket features and styles they like. Our experts said the best dog snow coats are water-resistant, lined, and cover a dog's belly. Find out more about how Insider Reviews tests and evaluates pet products. When winter weather comes calling, people aren't the only ones who struggle to stay warm and dry. Blustery days complete with snow, slush, and ice are enough to make all but the hardiest dog breeds think twice about going for a walk. But, with a dog insulated from the cold and wet in a cozy jacket, bad weather doesn't have to mean a day stuck indoors.Given the vast number of dog snow jackets available - from parkas to snowsuits to blankets - it can be a challenge to figure out which one is the best fit for your dog and their winter exploits. To help us navigate market, we spoke with 13 dog walkers and trainers from among the coldest, snowiest cities in the United States. We then analyzed their opinions on the features, styles, and brands that make the best dog coats to come up with our recommendations for dogs of all sizes, shapes, and needs.Here are the best dog snow jackets in 2021Best dog snow jacket overall: Ruffwear Powder Hound JacketBest dog snow jacket for outdoor adventures: Hurtta Expedition ParkaBest dog jacket for snow and slush: Canada Pooch Slush SuitBest budget dog snow jacket: Frisco Boulder Plaid Insulated Puffer CoatBest snow jacket for barrel-chested dogs: Weatherbeeta Comfitec Reflective Parka 300D Best dog snow jacket overall Ruffwear With full belly coverage and an insulated top layer, Ruffwear's Powder Hound Jacket keeps your dog warm and dry no matter what the weather has in store.Pros: Insulated and lined, full chest and belly coverage, water-resistant, reflective trimCons: Pricey, harness must be worn over the jacketSizes: 6 sizes, XXS to largeColors: Green, red, blueWashing instructions: Machine washable, hang to dryRuffwear's Powder Hound is a high-quality jacket that will keep your dog warm and dry in cold, wet, and windy winter conditions. According to Jacob Venter, owner of Denver Dog Joggers in Denver, Colorado, the jacket is not only water-resistant, but it also fits tightly enough to prevent snow from building up inside. As a brand, Ruffwear was the clear favorite among the dog pros we consulted for this guide. "Ruffwear has the best dog gear," said Krissia Chanto, co-owner of Rock Paw Pet Care in Boulder, Colorado. Megan Selheim, owner of Come, Sit, Stay in Minneapolis, Minnesota, agreed. "Ruffwear jackets are long lasting and high quality," she said.The upper panel of the Powder Hound Jacket is filled with recycled polyester insulation and its lower panel is stretchy and form-fitting, with cap sleeves over the front legs and full chest and belly coverage. The jacket's interior has a soft lining to prevent chafing and discomfort. It is easy to put on and take off quickly with a single zipper that runs the length of its left side.Reflective trim provides better visibility at night and there is a loop at the base of the neck for attaching an additional light. Although this jacket does not have an opening for securing a leash to a harness worn underneath, it is slim fitting enough that most harnesses will fit easily over the outside.  Best dog snow jacket for outdoor adventures Chewy The insulated Hurtta Expedition Parka moves with an active dog to keep them protected on outdoor adventures in the snow, sleet, wind, and cold.Pros: Insulated and lined, full chest and belly coverage, waterproof, built to move with an active dog, reflective trimCons: PriceySizes: 16 sizes, from 8 to 32 inches longColors: Black, red, blue, orangeWashing instructions: Machine washable, hang to dryDogs who love a good outdoor winter adventure will stay toasty and dry in Hurtta's insulated Expedition Parka. Designed in Finland to withstand harsh Nordic winters, this jacket moves with an active dog and allows extended range of motion. "It's easy to get on and off, warm, waterproof, durable, and fashionable," said Lori Riegler, owner of Off Leash MKE in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "I want one for myself!"Made from a laminated water- and windproof nylon fabric, the Expedition Parka is built to withstand temperatures as low as -20 F. The jacket slips over the head and chest, wraps around the belly, and is secured with a single adjustable buckle. Both its wide snood and the section around the shoulders have elastic drawstring cords that adjust to a dog's unique shape.The interior of the parka is lined with soft, breathable fabric. Its exterior is trimmed in highly visible reflective piping. Elastic sections at the front legs flex with a dog's movement and elastic straps at the hind end can be slipped over the back legs for added security. An opening at the back can be used for connecting a leash to a harness worn underneath the jacket.One of the best things about the Expedition Parka is the wide variety of sizes to choose from. Included among the brand's 16 size options are two long-but-small options perfect for hot dog-shaped canines and two small-but-wide options for chesty bully breeds. Like our best overall pick, Ruffwear's Powder Hound, the Hurtta Expedition Parka doesn't come cheap, but what you get for your money is durable and hard-working enough to last a lifetime. Best dog jacket for snow and slush Canada Pooch The Canada Pooch Slush Suit offers full-body water-resistant protection to keep snow, slush, and sidewalk salt at bay.Pros: Insulated and lined, full-body coverage, water-resistant, reflective trimCons: Only sold in two colors, handling-sensitive dogs may struggle with leg holes, pricey for large dogsSizes: 11 sizes, from 8 to 28 inches longColors: Black, pinkWashing instructions: Machine washable, hang to dryWhen the forecast calls for snow, wind, or freezing rain, the Canada Pooch Slush Suit is ready to keep your dog warm and dry from head to toe. The full-body onesie covers the most sensitive areas of your dog's body and its soft polyester lining helps to insulate them from frigid temperatures."[My dog] and I are big fans of the Canada Pooch Slush Suit," said Sydney Fontaine, owner of Zippy Pet Care in Chicago, Illinois. "It can double as a full-body rain jacket, as well, which is perfect for his thick, curly hair."The Slush Suit is a step-in jacket that zips closed along the length of the dog's right side. Melody Koney, a dog walker with Windy City Paws in Chicago, Illinois, said that this style not only fits most dogs well but also keeps them warm in frigid winter temperatures. Two snaps at each ankle and a drawstring cord at the neck help to adjust the suit for the right fit.The shell is made from water-resistant polyester and reflective tape runs along the zipper for better visibility. The Canada Pooch website has a breed sizing tool to help identify which size is best for your dog. Inside, the suit is fully lined, a feature that Fontaine said is important in Chicago's cold winters. "Dogs hold most of their heat along their back and spine so keeping that insulated is the top priority," she said. It also has an opening at the back for attaching a leash to a harness worn underneath.Because the suit requires each leg to be placed individually in its own opening, dogs who are sensitive to handling may struggle with it. And although it's moderately priced for smaller dogs, the price rises for larger pups, topping out at $85. Nevertheless, whether you live in Northern climes or frequently get away to the mountains, the Canada Pooch Slush Suit's got your dog covered. Best budget dog snow jacket Chewy The super affordable Frisco Boulder Plaid Insulated Puffer Coat is a cozy everyday option for winter walks.Pros: Insulated and lined, water-resistantCons: Minimal belly coverage, may not hold up to heavy rain or excessive snow, no reflective trimSizes: 7 sizes, XS to XXXLColors: Red, blue, pinkWashing instructions: Machine washable, dryer safeFrisco's range of affordable dog snow jackets don't just look cute, they provide a good quality alternative to pricier pet apparel, according to Stephanie Gonzales, owner of Maw and Paws Dog Walking in Brooklyn, New York. With its quilted, water-resistant polyester exterior and plush fleece lining, the Frisco Boulder Plaid Insulated Puffer Coat, in particular, is a great option for cold, damp conditions.The Boulder Plaid Insulated Puffer is easy to put on your dog and secured with two velcro straps that wrap under the belly and around the neck. This makes it a great option for squirmy dogs who can't stand still long enough to step through tight leg holes and dogs who are sensitive to having a jacket pulled over their head.Because the jacket leaves the belly and chest mostly exposed, you may want to throw on a second layer on wet or snowy days when your pup is likely to kick up a lot of bone-chilling water and mud.This puffer is designed to fit a range of body types. "My dog Rocko is a Chiweenie, which means it can be difficult to find something that fits his long skinny torso while still providing length to keep his little butt warm. Frisco seems to have that figured out," said Gonzales.A harness worn underneath the puffer can be connected to a leash through an opening at the back. And when it's collected its fair share of mud and salt, the jacket can be thrown in a washing machine and dryer.While this coat may struggle to stay dry in heavy rain or deep snow and has no reflective trim, it's a solid everyday option for keeping your dog cozy in the cold without emptying your wallet. Best snow jacket for barrel-chested dogs Weatherbeeta The waterproof, insulated Weatherbeeta Comfitec Reflective Parka 300D has an adjustable strap to accommodate broad and barrel-chested dogs.Pros: Insulated and lined, full chest and belly coverage, adjusts to fit dogs with broad or irregularly sized chests, waterproof, reflective trimCons: Handwashing recommended, only available in two colorsSizes: 11 sizes, from 12 to 32 inches longColors: Orange, yellowWashing instructions: Machine washable on delicate cycle, handwashing recommendedWeatherbeeta's Comfitec Reflective Parka 300D Deluxe Dog Coat comfortably fits dogs with broad, barrel, or irregularly shaped chests for whom regular jackets are too snug. With full chest and belly coverage, this waterproof, insulated snow jacket will keep dogs of all sizes warm and dry.The velcro closure like that on Weatherbeeta's parka is preferred by several of the dog pros we consulted. "I don't like coats that have buttons or zippers on them simply from an ease of use standpoint," said Anderson. "When my dogs are wiggling to get outside, I like to get them geared up and out the door as quickly as I can which makes velcro my best friend." The beauty of the strap on the Comfitec Reflective Parka is that it wraps around the chest and belly, so it can be pulled tighter for narrow-chested dogs or fastened more loosely across broader dogs.The parka has a wide collar that can be worn flipped up or down, and an opening at the back can be used to connect a leash to a harness worn underneath the jacket. Elastic at the chest allows the parka to move with your dog and elastic straps at its tail end can be slipped over the legs for added security. The jacket is lined with fleece and filled with polyester material that will keep a dog with medium-thick fur warm in near-freezing temperatures. The polyester exterior is trimmed in reflective tape, ensuring your dog stays highly visible day or night. If you'd rather your dog's snow apparel be a little more low key, though, you'll have to look elsewhere. While this jacket can be machine washed on the delicate cycle in cold water, Weatherbeeta recommends handwashing it with mild soap. How to fit your dog for a snow jacket Getting the right fit on a dog snow jacket is rarely as simple as choosing between small, medium, and large. Depending on the shape of their body, a dog that's considered "small" may fit better in a large-size jacket, while a slim, leggy dog may need a smaller one. To get the right fit for your dog's snow jacket, pull out the measuring tape and calculate the following measurements.Length: Body length is the primary way to determine what size jacket a dog will need. To get the most accurate measurement, measure your dog while they are standing in a relaxed position from the shoulder blades to the base of the tail. If your dog's measurements are between sizes, go with the larger option. Sometimes a brand suggests a breed type or body weight that typically fit its different sizes. This can be helpful, but don't use it as your only guide; body types can vary drastically among different dogs of the same weight.Chest girth: Since most jackets are not adjustable around the chest, it's important to get this measurement right. This is especially true for broad or barrel-chested pups. To get chest girth, measure the circumference of your dog's chest at its largest point right behind the front legs while they are in a standing position. Go with the larger option if your dog's measurements fall between sizes. If you have an active dog that does a lot of running and jumping, you may want to add 1 to 2 inches to your figure to assure they have full freedom of movement while wearing the jacket.Neck girth: To get the right fit on a jacket with a nonadjustable neck opening, measure around the thickest part of the neck, right below where their collar sits. As with the other measurements, when in doubt size up.Drop: The drop indicates how low a jacket hangs on a dog's body and legs. If the jacket is too long, it may restrict their movement. If it's too short, it may not provide adequate coverage. To determine how a jacket's drop will lay on your dog, compare its length to their length, measuring from the base of the tail down the hind leg to the ankle just above the paw. The ideal jacket covers the body but extends less than halfway down the leg. Cold-weather safety for dogs cmannphoto/Getty Images When the mercury drops, a dog who's not prepared for the cold may be at risk of developing frostbite or hypothermia. And while some breeds are more susceptible to cold than others, a good winter-weather rule of thumb is that if it's too cold for you, it's too cold for them, said veterinarian Zay Satchu, chief veterinary officer and co-founder of Bond Vet in New York, New York.When cold, a dog may shiver, hunch their body, lift or hold their paws off the ground or seek out warmth, said Satchu. But while those signs may be obvious when you're at their side, a dog who's left outdoors without supervision in cold weather may become dangerously cold without you realizing it. When a dog's body temperature drops, hypothermia is a real possibility, not to mention the fact that extreme cold can lead to frostbite on exposed areas like the ears, nose, and paws.Anytime you are really feeling the cold, there's no harm in putting a jacket on your dog, Satchu explained. "They're more likely to let you know they are feeling toasty by panting than to let you know they are chilly," she said. It's easier to cool down a warm dog by removing an outer layer than to warm up a dog that's chilled to the bone.Boots can also help to keep a dog warm by protecting their sensitive paws from snow, ice, and salty sidewalks. "Booties are similar to you wearing gloves during the cool months," Satchu explained.Unless you have a hearty Northern breed like a husky or Bernese mountain dog, it's important to bring an outdoor dog inside when temperatures drop below freezing. And if it's cold enough that you need to cover every bit of your exposed skin to feel somewhat comfortable, you should stick to bringing your dog outdoors for only quick potty breaks instead of longer walks.Anytime a dog who has been in extreme temperatures is showing symptoms of lethargy, muscle stiffness, weakness, decreased mental alertness, or loss of consciousness, you should contact your vet immediately. These signs of hypothermia can be life threatening. Our experts To come up with our selections for this guide, we consulted dog professionals from across the United States who walk and train dogs in cold, snowy winter climates. The majority of our experts responded to a survey that inquired about brands, designs, and features they prefer in a dog snow jacket. Those who did not respond to the survey were sent questions to answer via email. Our list of experts includes:Catherine Adamo, owner of Loyal Dog Club in Detroit, MichiganStacia Anderson, co-founder of RuffCity Uptown Dog Walking in New York, New YorkKrissia Chanto, co-owner of Rock Paw Pet Care in Boulder, ColoradoSydney Fontaine, owner of Zippy Pet Care in Chicago, IllinoisStephanie Gonzales, owner of Maw and Paws Dog Walking in Brooklyn, New YorkDawn Jacques, owner of Milwaukee Paws Pet Care in Milwaukee, WisconsinArelys Jimenez, dog walker at Windy City Paws in Chicago, IllinoisMelody Koney, dog walker at Windy City Paws in Chicago, IllinoisLori Riegler, owner of Off Leash MKE in Milwaukee, WisconsinLaura Ryan, owner of Pup Patrol Walkers & Pet Care in Worcester, MassachusettsMegan Selheim, owner of Come, Sit, Stay in Minneapolis, MinnesotaJacob Venter, owner of Denver Dog Joggers in Denver, ColoradoKatie Westling, co-owner of Paw Pet Care Company in Minneapolis, MinnesotaWe also consulted Dr. Zay Satchu, chief veterinary officer and co-founder of Bond Vet in New York, New York, on how to keep a dog safe in cold winter weather. 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Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 21st, 2021

The 5 best fire pits of 2021 to keep warm in the backyard or while camping

A fire pit brings warmth to outdoor hangouts during the fall and winter, be it in a backyard or while camping. Here are the five best we've tested. BioLite Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky A fire pit warms up any outdoor area, creating a relaxing space for family and friends to enjoy year-round. The best are easy to light and channel smoke away from the pit - some even allow you to grill food on them. Our top pick, Breeo's X Series 24, is a stylish and solidly built fire pit that can also help you cook dinner. There's no question that gathering around a fire with friends and family is a fun and communal outdoor experience, even when it starts to get colder during the fall and winter months. Whether you're making s'mores and telling ghost stories with the kids, catching up with the neighbors over drinks, or just stargazing with a partner, the warmth and light of fire are incredibly relaxing. These kinds of experiences are so popular now that buying a fire pit has become standard practice for homeowners. But with so many different options to choose from, it's not always easy to know which ones are worth investing in.Having spent many a night huddled around my own assortment of fire pits both in my backyard and on many camping trips, I've become accustomed to this brand of relaxation. And although there's no shortage of fire pit variety available for purchase, I've learned along the way the best qualities that make some worth owning over others.So, no matter if you want a fire pit that runs on propane, one that's highly portable, or something that burns wood, there's an option for everyone - and I've rounded up my five favorite below from brands like BioLite and Breeo.I've also included answers to a few fire pit FAQs and fire safety tips, as well as how I tested each of the models featured to decide which made the cut. Here are the best fire pits:Best overall: Breeo X Series 24Best smokeless: BioLite FirePit+Best propane: Outland Living Fire BowlBest portable: Snow Peak Pack & Carry FireplaceBest on a budget: Kingso Outdoor Fire Pit Best fire pit overall Breeo Durable, versatile, and beautiful, the Breeo X Series 24 is an outstanding fire pit that serves as a hub for outdoor entertainment, can help you cook dinner, and looks like a piece of art all at the same time. Pros: Looks great, incredibly well-built, doubles as a wood-fired grill, high-quality components, and lifetime warranty.Cons: HeavyWhen Breeo created its new X Series line of fire pits, a lot of time was spent on design and engineering. The result is a fantastic model that includes integrated airflow technology that makes it easier to get a blaze going while keeping the level of smoke that's produced to a minimum. The company also chose to manufacture the X line from high-quality Corten steel, which allows it to naturally weather over time. This gives it a unique, timeless look that isn't found in most other fire pits. In fact, the level of craftsmanship on display here is head and shoulders above just about anything else on the market, which in turn allows Breeo to confidently back its products with a lifetime warranty.Large enough to accept big logs, the X Series 24 keeps a flame going for hours. Its 24-inch opening makes it easy to continue to feed the blaze for as long as you like. And since this model is nearly 30 inches in diameter, there's plenty of room for people to gather around it to bask in warmth and comfort.As good as the X Series 24 is as a fire pit, it might be even better as a wood-fired grill. The stainless-steel outer ring makes for a nice cosmetic touch, but it actually doubles as a sear plate, sizzling steaks, burgers, chicken, or just about anything else you'd want to grill. This model is also compatible with Breeo's Outpost Grill add-on (which we didn't test at this time) that opens up the possibilities for cooking a meal even further. This optional accessory seamlessly connects to the fire pit while cooking but can just as easily be removed once the meal is done. Breeo's X Series 24 is incredibly well-built and is an upscale product in every way. Unsurprisingly, this makes it one of the more expensive models in our guide at $579. Because it's made with premium materials, it's also a bit heavy, weighing in at 78 pounds — so, don't expect this model to be especially portable. That said, if you're looking for a quality and dependable fire pit designed to last — that also doubles as a reliable grill —the X Series 24 from Breeo is what you seek. Best smokeless fire pit BioLite Technology and design come together in the BioLite FirePit+, a model that not only excels at grilling but comes equipped with an onboard rechargeable battery pack and a unique airflow design.Pros: Great for grilling, burns both wood and charcoal efficiently, integrated fan and battery pack make starting a fire easy and keeps the FirePit+ relatively smoke-free.Cons: The battery pack needs to be recharged regularly.BioLite's original FirePit has been a staple in this guide, so it should come as no surprise that I'm equally as thrilled about its second-generation FirePit+. And it's not just a carbon copy of the first iteration with a new colorway — it actually features some significant upgrades.Most notable among the FirePit+'s upgrades is a new body design that helps radiate more heat outward, something that's been much appreciated during colder shoulder season nights (and even during a few ambitious winter evenings when it was frigid). It also now has a new enamel coating that better holds up to high temperatures and allows for easy cleaning.Even the onboard battery pack got an upgrade, as it's now a 12,800 mAh battery capable of running the fan for far longer compared to the first FirePit. And why would a fire pit need a fan, you ask? For starters, it helps keep air flowing inside the unit itself, which not only allows the fire to burn more efficiently but keeps the amount of smoke produced at a minimum. FirePit+ owners can control the speed of the fan using a button on the device itself or via their smartphone over Bluetooth. Made from a material BioLite calls X-Ray Mesh, the FirePit+ is unique and stylish looking, too. Its mesh sides allow it to keep the fire — and any errant embers — from escaping, while still providing a 360-degree view of the flames.In addition to making a great fire pit, the FirePit+ also doubles nicely as a grill. Because it burns wood and charcoal, it has a high level of versatility. The FirePit+ even comes with a removable grill grate that facilitates hibachi-style cooking. Simply slide the grate into place and you'll be cooking up burgers, hot dogs, steaks, and a variety of other items in no time. And since the FirePit+ weighs less than 20 pounds — and comes with folding legs — it's easy to take with you on camping trips, to the beach, or while tailgating. But do remember to keep the battery charged. If you forget to recharge the power cell on a regular basis, you run the risk of the fan running out of juice. This isn't the end of the world but it does take away some of the shine that helps the FirePit+  rise above its competition. Best propane fire pit Amazon For the ultimate in convenience, it's tough to top the Outland Living Fire Bowl, a propane-powered fire pit that looks great, burns efficiently, and can produce a flame in seconds. Pros: Uses propane as a fuel source, looks great, fast and easy to use, and is smoke-freeCons: Not as versatile as wood-burning models and if you run out of propane you won't be able to maintain a fireWith its sleek, modern design, low profile, and efficient helios burner, the Outland Fire Bowl is a fire pit built for anyone who places a high value on convenience. Thanks to its ability to use propane as a fuel source, this unit can have a flame going in a manner of seconds. This makes it an ideal choice for someone who doesn't have the skills, patience, or inclination to build a fire by hand.It also opens the door for more frequent use simply because it is so easy to start the Fire Bowl up, enjoy a fire for a short time, then shut it off again. Something that a regular wood-burning model simply can't match.  Propane fire pits have other benefits above and beyond just speed and convenience. They also happen to burn more cleanly, which means you won't be dealing with smoke, ash, or soot. This not only makes them easier to keep clean, but also more fun to use, whether it's in the backyard, while car camping, or tailgating at the game. Unlike some propane fire pits, the Fire Bowl doesn't have a push-button ignition which means you'll still have to use matches whenever you want to get a fire going. Once the flames start burning, however, you can adjust the size and intensity of the blaze with the simple turn of a knob. Having this level of control over your fire pit is a real game-changer, although you'll want to make sure you always have an extra propane tank around to avoid running out of gas in the middle of a gathering.Outland ships the Fire Bowl with some handy accessories, including a  pre-attached 10-foot hose and regulator, a stabilizing ring for the propane tank, and lava rocks to put inside the fire pit itself. The unit also comes with a cover and a carrying case, both of which are nice additions when it comes to keeping the Fire Bowl well protected from the elements. Lightweight, easy to set up and use, and affordable, the Outland Fire Bowl is an excellent option for those who want a fire pit without having to deal with the actual fire. While it isn't as versatile as some of the wood-burning options on this list, it does its job very well.  Best portable fire pit Snow Peak When it comes to portability, the Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace is our go-to option. This model is lightweight and collapses down for ease of transport while offering excellent durability and performance wherever you take it. Pros: Lightweight and collapsible, the Snow Peak Fireplace is very easy to transportCons: Limited features out of the boxMost companies that manufacture fire pits don't take into account weight and portability when designing them. After all, the vast majority of these products will be installed in a backyard and likely aren't moved very far after that. But if you do happen to need a fire pit that you can take with you, you're in luck. Snow Peak's Pack & Carry Fireplace is exactly what you're looking for. Snow Peak is a Japanese outdoor brand that is well known for making clever and well-built products for camping. The Fireplace is a perfect example of this, as it features a design that is both simple and brilliant at the same time. This fire pit actually has the ability to collapse down and fold flat, which makes it extremely easy to carry with you to any outdoor setting. And since it weighs just 11.9 pounds and comes with its own carrying case, there really isn't any excuse to leave it behind.Once you reach your destination, the Fireplace expands back into its regular shape in a matter of seconds, with wide, rounded-off legs securely holding it in place even when resting on uneven terrain. A series of small holes in the fire pit's frame help to facilitate airflow, while its bucket-like receptacle can hold moderate-sized pieces of wood. Because it has a wide opening, visibility is great from all angles, and adding more wood to the fire is safe and easy.Despite its ability to collapse flat, the Fireplace is well-engineered and very durable. Made from high-quality stainless steel, this model is designed to withstand the elements and be transported from one location to another on a regular basis. Because it is made of rugged metal, however, it does take a bit of time to cool down after the party is over.Out of the box, the Fireplace doesn't have a lot of features or frills, although Snow Peak makes a number of accessories that extend its use even further. The company offers an array of cooking utensils for instance, and a grill top allows owners to cook over the fire. Without spending extra money on those add-ons, however, this model isn't quite a versatile as some other options.  Best budget fire pit Amazon Sturdy and durable, the no-frills Kingso Outdoor Fire Pit is affordable enough that anyone can add one to their backyard.Pros: Attractive, inexpensive, and comes with some handy accessoriesCons: Not weather-resistant, requires some assembly, not a lot of frillsWho says you need to spend a lot of money to get a quality fire pit for your backyard? The Kingso Outdoor Fire Pit may not have all of the bells and whistles found on the other models on this list, but it is durable, good-looking, and gets the job done. It also happens to be so affordable that it won't do much damage to your wallet. Even though this model is priced surprisingly low, the Outdoor Fire Pit isn't entirely without its amenities. Kingso does ship this model with a mesh cover that prevents sparks from escaping the flames without obstructing the view in any way. It also comes with a metal poker that makes it easy to safely remove that lid and adjust logs while the fire is going. Lightweight and relatively compact, the Outdoor Fire Pit is made of rugged, heat-resistant steel. This makes it easy to move around or even take with you on a camping trip should you choose. Sadly, however, the metal used in its construction is not particularly well suited for resisting the elements. In fact, the manufacturer recommends that you take it inside when not in use in order to avoid rusting. This model isn't fully assembled out of the box, although it doesn't take particularly long to put it together. Once all of the parts are locked firmly into place, the fire pit proves to be very stable, even on uneven ground. Its 22-inch bucket can hold a surprising amount of wood and can comfortably accommodate a small gathering of people. That said, this unit is a bit smaller than the others on this list, which makes it a good choice for those with a smaller deck or patio. The real selling point of this particular model is without a doubt the price. For less than $60 you can own a reasonably well-made, portable, and attractive fire pit. While not as well constructed or feature-rich as more expensive options, as long as you're aware of its limitations going in, the Outdoor Fire Pit is a good buy.  Fire pit safety tips You should always take proper care when starting a fire, as well as putting one out. We strongly advise against using any of these fire pits if you lack the experience and recommend consulting an expert before using them.You should also double-check where you can and can't start a fire, be it in a residential setting or while camping. Not all campgrounds allow fires but in those that do, it's important to understand the guidelines. It doesn't hurt to take note of Smokey Bear's fire safety rules, either. FAQs How do you clean a fire pit?It's important that you first wait until your fire pit is completely cooled off before attempting to clean any part of it. Ideally, you'd clean it on a day when you haven't used it at all.Actually cleaning the pit is a straightforward process. First, unhook any propane tanks or unplug any cords, and then remove all ash, burned wood, and debris from inside. You can then use some dishwashing soap (the grease-cutting kind tends to work best) and a warm cloth or scrub brush to scrub the inside of the pit. It's recommended you wear some kind of protective gloves, and be careful not to get any electronics wet in the process. Let the fire pit fully dry (especially for those that plug into a wall or use some sort of battery) before using them again. Fire pits that just use wood can be used immediately.How do you put out a fire in a fire pit?If you're using a fire pit that burns actual wood, you'll want to make sure you effectively extinguish the blaze before leaving it. To do so, douse the flame with water and stir the ashes with a poker or stick. You should see the coals start to cool off. If they're still lit (and the pit still feels warm), pour more water over them. Don't leave the pit until it's entirely cooled off. For propane fire pits, many just require you to turn off the propane (or turn off the pit via a built-in switch) and they'll completely turn off. Check the owner's manual for proper operation as some may differ from others. You'll always want to have some sort of emergency extinguisher nearby should any fire get out of control, too. This could be anything from a bucket of water set somewhere close, a nearby hose turned on and ready to use, or even a fire extinguisher. If a fire becomes unruly, call 911 immediately. What should I look for in a fire pit?While the concept of a fire pit has been around for centuries, modern versions elevated the concept to new heights. Thanks to a blend of innovative engineering and thoughtful design, today's fire pits not only look great but are highly functional, too. Strategically placed vents, air holes, and tubes make starting a fire easier than ever, while at the same time channel away excess smoke. This makes for a much more enjoyable experience for everyone involved, while allowing you to walk away without the smell of smoke on your clothes or in your hairModern fire pits come in all shapes and sizes, too, ranging from small, portable, wood-burning models, up to massive propane-powered structures permanently installed on a patio. No matter which size or model you choose, it's likely to become the centerpiece of your outdoor space anytime a fire is lit. It also provides plenty of heat and light, allowing you to enjoy being outdoors even during the colder times of the year.Some fire pits even make excellent grills, allowing you to cook entire meals over a flame. But most important of all, they're a safe way to enjoy a bonfire in your backyard, without fear of the fire getting out of control.  How we test fire pits Each fire pit featured in this guide went through a series of tests to see how it compared across these four categories: Ease of use, versatility, design, and value. Specifically, here's how each category factored into which fire pits we ultimately included:Ease of use: If you're unable to easily start a fire, what good is a fire pit really? While no fire pit is as easy as snapping your fingers, some are designed not just for easy fire starting but also in keeping the flame lit and full for several hours. If it feels like a chore to get it lit and to stay burning, you're less likely to want to use it very often.Versatility: A fire pit's sole job is to, well, be a fire pit but there are some (i.e. BioLite's aptly named, FirePit) that come with additional functionality such as being able to throw a grill on them and barbecue some food or pack down small enough to be portable enough for camping trips. Of course, we still considered home-specific fire pits that excelled at their lone purpose but did make not of multi-faceted options where necessary.Design: The design of a fire pit affects which models made this guide in a number of ways. First, a poor design could mean that the fire may burn out more quickly or that it doesn't quite ration the wood as well. A bad design can also just be an eye-sore, and if it's something you're looking to keep in your backyard, it's likely you prefer one that not only maintains fire but looks good doing it.Value: Value is the sum of the categories above, as well as some attention toward its actual price. Though it's ideal to not have to spend a fortune on a simple fire pit, it's smart to invest in something that's premium and high quality as opposed to spending less money more often on a cheaply-built model.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 18th, 2021

The best winter boots for men in 2021

When the cold weather, ice, and snow come, you'd best be prepared with a good pair of winter boots. These are the best winter boots for men in 2021. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Timberland When winter hits, be prepared with the best boots for inclement weather. Whether you're interested in stylish or utilitarian boots, here are 15 great choices. All these boots are insulated and waterproof or water-resistant. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyWinter is on the way and when the temperature drops, you better have something on your feet that will keep your toes from freezing. Whether you're looking for a boot that's super stylish or a utilitarian boot for shoveling snow, we've put together a guide to 15 of the best choices available. At the very least, a winter boot should be waterproof and have insulation, whether from materials like PrimaLoft or Thinsulate, which are both lightweight and made of synthetic fibers, or wool, which some people prefer since it isn't man-made. Besides waterproofing and insulation, a third major consideration is how a boot will handle icy conditions. Look for a boot with good traction. Many of the selections below use outsoles from Vibram, a storied Italian company famed for its rubber lug soles.The last consideration is use. We've included winter boots that work for the office or social events but can still handle foul weather, all the way to boots built for winter hiking through snow and across ice. And many that fall in between these two extremes. You're probably not going to want to wear a handmade pair of Italian boots to shovel snow or sport high rubber boots at the office, but we're sure you'll find exactly what you need in this roundup. Here are the best winter boots for men in 2021: L.L.Bean 10-inch Shearling-Lined Bean Boots L.L. Bean L.L.Bean's 10-inch Shearling-Lined Bean Boots feature waterproof leather on the outside to handle snow and sleet while soft shearling lining and PrimaLoft insulation keep your feet warm. Sizing options: 7 to 14Color options: BrownL.L.Bean has been crafting winter boots for more than 100 years — it was the first product when the brand launched in 1912 — and today it still makes the Bean Boot in Maine. This 10-inch shearling-lined duck-style boot incorporates waterproof leather uppers that are triple-stitched, with a steel shank and a rubber chain-tread bottom to keep you stable. Inside, a natural shearling lining and PrimaLoft insulation keep your feet warm down to 25°F for light outdoor activity and -20°F for moderate activity.10-inch Shearling-Lined Bean Boots (button) Merrell Men's Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boot Merrell Merrell's Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boots are the perfect winter hikers, especially if your toes tend towards being cold. These boots are also lightweight, waterproof, and great in icy conditions. Sizing options: 7 to 15Color options: Earth, Merrell GreyIf you're looking for some winter hikers, Merrell has been making exceptional hiking boots for 40 years, and the Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boot is one of its bestsellers. According to shoppers, these boots are light, extra warm, comfortable, durable, completely waterproof, and have great traction in icy conditions. They feature Vibram outsoles, a bellows tongue to prevent moisture and debris from getting in, are lined in fleece, have PrimaLoft Aerogel insulation over the toes, and a heat-reflecting insole that traps body heat around the foot.Men's Thermo Snowdrift Zip Mid Shell (button) Sorel 1964 Pac T Boot Zappos Sorel's 1964 Pac T boots have everything you'd want in a winter boot, plus eco-friendly materials like leather from a sustainable tannery and recycled felt. Sizing options: 7.5 to 14 Color options: Black, Hickory/BlackSorel's 1964 Pac T Boot has everything you want in a winter boot, plus it's made using eco-friendly materials. The Pac T features waterproof leather from a sustainable tannery and vulcanized rubber upper that's seam-sealed to keep moisture out. It's insulated with a removable washable recycled felt inner boot, is lined in micro-fleece, and has a Sherpa pile snow cuff for extra warmth. Finally, it has a molded EVA footbed and a thick rubber outsole to keep your feet happy and steady when you're tromping around in the snow. 1964 Pac T boots (button) Nisolo All-Weather Andres Boot Nisolo Beauty and brawn meet in the Nisolo All-Weather Andres Boot that works as well in the office as it does outdoors.Sizing options: 8 to 13Color options: 6 colorwaysNisolo's All-Weather Andres Boot combines elegance and toughness for a boot that works as well in the office as it does on a winter hike through the woods. These beauties are Nisolo's version of a traditional trench boot and are handcrafted in Peru using sustainably produced water-resistant leather for the uppers in a factory that pays its workers a living wage. The gusseted tongue keeps out moisture and the shock-absorbing studded rubber outsoles will keep you surefooted when it's slippery out. All-Weather Andres Boot (button) Timberland Premium 6-inch Waterproof Boots Timberland The Timberland Waterproof Boots are iconic for a reason: They have unmistakable style and what it takes to keep you comfortable when the temperature drops. Sizing options: 6 to 18; regular and wide sizesColor options: 6 colorwaysThe Timberland Waterproof Boots are iconic not just for their unmistakable style but because they can actually stand up to the elements. They have sustainably produced waterproof leather uppers that are seam-sealed to prevent moisture from seeping in, 400 grams of PrimaLoft ECO insulation inside to keep out the chill, and thick rubber lugged outsoles to keep you from slipping on the icy pavement. There's a good amount of padding on the collar around the ankle and a leather-lined footbed for comfort. Then there are the unique colorways available, but the basic black is also a real standout. Men's Premium 6-inch Waterproof Boots (button) Danner Hood Winter Light Boot Danner Danner's Hood Winter Light Boot has a full-grain leather upper, a waterproof Gore-Tex liner, Thinsulate insulation, and Vibram outsole, all in one stunning package. Sizing option: 7 to 15; regular and wide sizesColor options: BrownThe American heritage brand Danner began making boots for Oregon loggers back in 1932 and, as you'd expect, its footwear is built for the outdoors and harsh weather. It is also stunningly handsome. The Hood Winter Light Boot is a style Danner recently brought back just in time for colder weather. It's got a full-grain leather upper, a breathable waterproof Gore-Tex liner to keep out the rain and snow, 200 grams of Thinsulate to keep out the cold, and a Vibram Kletterlift outsole with tons of traction. And, it's made in the U.S. Hood Winter Light Boot (button) Muck Boots Men's Arctic Outpost Pull-On The Original Muck Boot Company The Original Muck Boot Company is famous for its rain boots but its winter boots are also superb. The Arctic Outpost Pull-On has a full-grain leather and thick neoprene upper and is lined in fleece for those cold winter days. Sizing options: 7 to 15Color options: BrownYou may know the Original Muck Boot Company for its rain boots, but the brand also makes wonderful winter boots. The Arctic Outpost Pull-on has a full-grain leather and thick waterproof neoprene upper that protects you from the snow, a soft fleece lining to protect you from the cold, and a Vibram Arctic Grip Outsole to protect you from falling down. And the pull-on style means they're easy to get in and out of. Men's Arctic Outpost Pull-On (button) Kamik Men's Hunter Cold-Weather Boot Amazon The Kamik Hunter Cold-Weather Boot is made in Canada, rated for -40°F, and is a great value at under $60. Sizing options: 7 to 15Color options: BlackKamik is a family-owned Canadian company with a history going back to the turn of the 20th century. The Hunter Cold-Weather Boot is made of waterproof synthetic rubber and includes a removable thermal liner. It hits about mid-calf so it's high enough to keep deep snow out, and has a nylon collar to further prevent snow from getting in. It's rated to -40°F, manufactured in Canada, and will cost you less than $60. Men's Hunter Cold-Weather Boot (button) Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boot Irish Setter Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boots are your cold-weather friends that are insulated, waterproof, sturdy, and easy to get on and off. Sizing options: 8 to 14; regular and wideColor options: BrownThe Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boot is a Chelsea-style boot made for winter weather. It features full-grain waterproof leather uppers, 200 grams of PrimaLoft insulation, and even has an exclusive ScentBan process that kills odor-causing bacteria to keep your boots smelling fresh. The Vibram outsole will keep you surefooted no matter the terrain.Canyons Pull-On Boot (button) The North Face Chilkat IV The North Face The North Face Chilkat IV boots are attractive enough for city wear but serious enough for a winter trek in the woods.Sizing options: 7 to 14 Color options: Zinc Grey, Utility Brown, and TNF Black The North Face Chilkat IV is a serious winter boot that features waterproof leather and molded rubber uppers, ample insulation that's also eco-friendly, and temperature-sensitive rubber lugs for increased traction in icy conditions. Then there's the EVA midsole and molded footbed for a comfortable ride. And above and beyond all that, they're attractive enough for tromping through city streets and are also snowshoe compatible for weekends in the country. Men's Chilkat IV Boots (button) Keen Slater II Waterproof Boots Keen The Keen Slater II Waterproof Boots are stylish, yes, but more than that. They're also waterproof, insulated, have a wool collar, and use environmentally friendly leather. Sizing options: 7.5 to 11.5 Color options: MagnetKeen is better known for shoes you wear in the summer, but its winter boots are also impressive. The Slater II Waterproof Boots are, as their name indicates, waterproof. They're also insulated, supportive, use environmentally friendly leather for the uppers, have warm wool at the ankle, and look quite stylish when paired with your favorite jeans and a thick winter sweater. KEEN Slater II Waterproof Boot - Men's (button) Wolverine Yak Insulated Boot Wolverine The Wolverine Yak Insulated Boot is like a duck boot on steroids.Sizing options: 7 to 14; regular and wide  Color options: Brown, GravelWolverine is known for its hard wearing work boots and its winter boots are no exception. The Yak Insulated Boot is like a duck boot on steroids — waterproof, breathable, nicely insulated and cushioned in all the right places. The uppers have full-grain waterproof leather, there are 200 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation on the inside, and they have thick rubber outsoles for gripping the winter ground. Men's Yak Insulated Boot (button) Fracap M120 Alto Brill Boots Fracap The Fracap M120 Alto Brill Boots are works of art you can wear on your feet in the winter. Sizing options: 6 to 16; regular and wide  Color options: BrownIf you're looking to splurge on winter boots, you couldn't do any better than the Fracap M120 Alto Brill Boots. Sure, they're alluring because of their full-grain Italian calf leather uppers, fur collars, and hand-milled outsoles. But they're also handmade in Italy by a small family-run business that's been around since 1908 and will ship your boots internationally for free. These are works of art that double as winter boots. M120 Alto Brill Boots (button) Blundstone Thermal Boot Irish Setter The Blundstone Thermal Boots are just like your favorite Blunnies, except that they're built for winter with added insulation and shearling footbeds. Sizing options: 8 to 13 Color options: Antique Brown, Black, and Rustic BrownThe Blundstone Thermal Boot is just like your favorite Blundstone Chelsea — premium waterproof leather uppers, patented comfort system for all-day wear, and durable TPU outsoles to keep you surefooted — plus these Blunnies are winterized. They have plush, removable shearling footbeds and Thinsulate insulation to keep your feet warm when the temperature drops. Blundstone Thermal Boot - Men's (button) Columbia Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot Zappos The sleek design of the Columbia Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot hides a ton of functional elements to keep your feet warm and comfortable. Sizing options: 7 to 14Color options: Dark Grey, BlackStreet style meets winter functionality in the Columbia Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot. The boot holds a surprising amount of functional elements in its sleek design that are all there to help keep your feet warm and comfortable. The Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot includes 200 grams of insulation plus the company's patented heat reflection system that helps retain heat while allowing moisture to dissipate. Then there's the lightweight midsole with plenty of cushioning for all-day comfort. Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall (button) Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 14th, 2021

26 iPhone accessories that make great gifts in 2021

There are plenty of accessories out there that can help you make the most of your iPhone, and they make great gift ideas. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. If the iPhone user in your life doesn't have AirPods yet, they make a great gift. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider There are plenty of great gift ideas for iPhone owners, from fun cases to game controllers. Our top picks cover a wide range of interests and budgets. Visit Insider Reviews for more gift ideas. We use our phones for almost everything, so it's no surprise that there are so many accessories to choose from. From high-end headphones and durable Lightning cables to a magnetic tripod and even a game controller, there are plenty of products out there that make perfect gifts for iPhone owners.At Insider Reviews, we've tested tons of devices and researched many others. Here's a look at some of the best gift ideas for the iPhone owner in your life, from affordable cases to the Apple Watch. A tripod with MagSafe for shooting steady video on a new iPhone Joby Joby GripTight GorillaPod for MagSafe, available at Joby, $69.95Apple's new iPhone 13 lineup boasts some cool camera features. With a new Cinematic mode and the ability to shift focus in videos, new iPhone owners might want to try shooting their own homemade films. A tripod with MagSafe capabilities is an ideal gift to help amateur filmmakers capture steady shots on their iPhone.Joby's GripTight GorillaPod for MagSafe magnetically attaches to iPhone 12 and 13 models. The unique tripod has two clamps for an even more secure smartphone grip. Gorillapod stands are flexible and help users film from unique angles. A cleaning kit for dirty, finger-smudged screens Amazon Whoosh! Screen Cleaner Kit, available at Amazon, $14.99Fingerprints can easily get all over an iPhone. You can help your gift recipient keep their phone smudge-free with a screen cleaning kit. This bundle from Whoosh! includes a 3.4 ounce bottle, a 0.8 ounce bottle that can fit in pockets, and three microfiber cloths.The cleaner is even alcohol and ammonia free, so you can rest easy that it's safe to use on a phone screen without stripping the factory coating. Apple's MagSafe leather wallet to keep your ID and other cards close Apple Apple iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe, available at Apple, $59A stylish leather wallet from Apple will help iPhone 12 and 13 owners get the most out of their device's MagSafe capabilities. The wallet stores three cards and attaches directly to the back of the phone or onto any case compatible with MagSafe.You can find the perfect match for your giftee's iPhone and personality with color options like golden brown, dark cherry, and sequoia green. A PopSockets PopGrip to make handling your phone easier PopSocket PopSockets PopGrip, available at PopSockets, from $8It seems like iPhones get bigger every year, so why not buy a nice sturdy PopSockets PopGrip and save your loved one the pinky strain? These handy grips stick on the back of most iPhone cases with ease and pop out twice to provide excellent grip. Your giftee can even use them to prop up their phone so it stands alone as they watch videos.PopSockets PopGrips come in more patterns, colors, and styles than I can count, so you'll be sure to find one that matches the personality of your loved one. I personally love my PopSockets PopGrip so much that I can't imagine life without it. Apple's tracking device so that you never lose your wallet or keys Lisa Eadicicco/Insider Apple AirTags, available at Apple, $29If the person you're shopping for can't seem to keep track of their belongings, try gifting them an AirTag. The accessory from Apple is a tiny Bluetooth tracker that you can use to keep tabs on belongings like keys, wallets, and bags. But what really distinguishes AirTags from Tile is the fact that it can use nearby iPhones to find your lost items when they're out of Bluetooth range.Unfortunately, you'll need to purchase an accessory to add AirTags to your keychain. But AirTags' ability to leverage other iPhones as a finding network still makes them the most useful Bluetooth trackers for Apple fans. A pair of glasses to make your iPhone's screen easier on the eyes Felix Gray Felix Gray Glasses, available at Felix Gray, $95Whether you're reading work emails, binging Netflix, or playing a game, a pair of blue light filtering glasses can make your phone's screen much easier on the eyes. Felix Gray made a name for itself early on in this space, and it's one of our top choices for blue light filtering specs thanks to the company's relatively affordable prices and stylish designs. Frames start at $95, and they're available in prescription and non-prescription versions. A long, weighted iPhone cable Amazon Native Union Night Cable, available at Amazon, $39.99There are two things wrong with the Lightning cable Apple includes in the box with each new iPhone: The cable is too short and it's too weak. Native Union's Night Cable solves both those problems with a 10-foot-long durable cable that can easily reach to charge your phone.It also has a handy knotted weight on it that you can move up and down the cable to ensure that your iPhone stays on the table while it charges without falling or moving. It's our favorite long iPhone cable. A gorgeous leather case Nomad Nomad iPhone cases, available at Nomad, from $24.95There's nothing better than a leather iPhone case and Nomad makes our favorite ones. Not only are they durable and protective, but the cases are also made with soft Horween leather that ages beautifully. Nomad cases are also easy to clean and maintain, so you don't have to worry if they pick up a little dirt, dust, or debris. We can't recommend these cases enough. A fun case Case-Mate Case-Mate iPhone cases, available at Amazon, from $6.95Case-Mate makes lots of fun iPhone cases, so there's sure to be one that your iPhone fan will like. From sparkly cases and iridescent ones to retro Kodak and camo cases, Case-Mate has a ton of designs. The cases are protective, too, but the prices will vary depending on the case and phone model.  A Bluetooth speaker for listening to music anywhere Amazon Bose SoundLink Revolve+II, available at Amazon, $329With its convenient handle for easy carrying, water resistance, and extra-long battery life, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is a speaker you can truly take anywhere. Those qualities alone makes it a great choice for anyone who loves listening to music on-the-go. But Bose's compact music player also impresses with excellent sound quality and useful features like the ability to take calls and trigger your phone's virtual assistant, making it one of our favorite portable Bluetooth speakers. A wireless charger that can power your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods at once Apple Belkin Boost Charge 3-in-1, available at Apple, $139.95Charging multiple devices can be an annoyance, but that's where devices like Belkin's 3-in-1 dock come in handy. Not only does it wirelessly charge your iPhone, but there's also an Apple Watch dock and charging pad for your AirPods. We've crowned it our favorite charging device for powering up multiple Apple devices, thanks to its sleek design, 4.5-foot power cord, and  90-degree Apple Watch stand placement, which makes it ideal for using the watch in Nightstand Mode. Just be sure that the person you're shopping for has the wireless charging case for their AirPods. Stylish on-ear wireless headphones B&O Bang & Olufsen H4 headphones, available at Amazon, $250.58Bang & Olufsen makes gorgeous wireless headphones that look as great as they sound. They are expensive, but the sound quality, classy design, and stable Bluetooth connectivity make them a great choice — especially for people who have an iPhone 7 or newer without the headphone jack. An affordable smart watch Lisa Eadicicco/Business Insider Apple Watch SE, available at Best Buy, starting at $279Just about every iPhone owner will love to have an Apple Watch, so this is really a fail-safe gift. Although it's not as advanced as the brand-new Apple Watch Series 7, the Apple Watch SE has most of the features people want for less. It can track fitness metrics, keep tabs on heart rate and health, go swimming, buzz with notifications, and so much more. It's a true companion to the iPhone for an affordable price. A dedicated iPhone gaming controller Amazon SteelSeries Nimbus+ for iOS and Apple TV, available on Amazon, $59.99For the mobile gamer in your life, chances are they'd appreciate some dedicated controls for their favorite games. As excellent as Apple's touchscreens may be, they just don't compare to buttons and joysticks for games. A controller like the SteelSeries Nimbus+, which was designed specifically for Apple devices, should make gaming on the iPhone feel much more console-like. An effective waterproof case Lifeproof Lifeproof Fré Case, available at Amazon, $49.99-$89.99If your loved one lives a life aquatic — or is just a lovable klutz — they need the Lifeproof Fré iPhone case. This case is fully submersible in water that's up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) deep for one hour. It's also fully sealed with its built-in screen protector and port covers, so it's safe from the elements.These waterproof cases are currently available for the iPhone 6 through the iPhone 12. On the Lifeproof product pages, you can sign up to be notified when iPhone 13 sizes become available. A pair of touchscreen gloves so that you can keep using your iPhone in the cold The North Face North Face Etip Gloves, available at North Face in men's and women's sizes, $45Whether you're in the car or out for a walk this winter, these gloves from North Face are a great choice for anyone that wants to keep their phone handy on-the-go. We love these gloves because they have a natural fit and allow you to use your phone with any finger, not just your index finger or thumb.  A fast charger and USB-C-to-Lightning cable Belkin Belkin USB-C-to-Lightning Cable, available at Amazon, $13.08Belkin USB-C Wall Adapter, available at Amazon, $16.99With Belkin's USB-C-to-Lightning Cable and USB-C Wall Adapter, anyone who has a newer iPhone can take advantage of faster charging speeds. The cable is also durable and well made, plus, it's MFi certified by Apple to be safe. An easy, durable screen protector InvisibleShield InvisibleShield Screen Protectors, available at Zagg, from $39.99It's so easy to scratch or crack a phone screen by accident, so we recommend picking up a screen protector as a small, practical gift. Zagg is famous for its screen protectors because they are durable, easy to apply, and some offer special features like blue light blocking and privacy shields. Price and availability may vary depending on which iPhone model you're shopping for. Screen protectors for newer iPhones are typically more expensive.  The most ubiquitous wireless earbuds Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Apple Airpods, available at Amazon, $129.00Although there are true wireless earbuds that sound better, Apple's Airpods are among the best you can buy because they are just so simple and easy to use with an iPhone. They pair effortlessly, never lose connection, and they come in a wirelessly charging case that charges them. Apple's ultimate AirPods Crystal Cox/Business Insider Apple AirPods Pro, available at Amazon, $179.00For those that either have more expensive taste or want the absolute best and latest Apple tech, whoever you're gifting will definitely appreciate the AirPods Pro — especially for its water resistance and active noise cancelling, neither of which the traditional AirPods have. A portable battery pack Simon Hill/Business Insider Elecjet PowerPie Battery pack, available at Amazon, $49.99Although iPhone battery life has improved markedly over the years, it's still a good idea to have a portable battery pack on hand for charging emergencies. Elecjet makes our favorite battery pack with its 20,000mAh of capacity that can charge up iPhones, tablets, and even laptops. A camera lens for capturing unique shots Moment Moment Fisheye 14mm Lens, available at Moment, $129.99Our iPhones already have excellent cameras, but nothing beats having a dedicated lens. Moment's Fisheye 14mm Lens lets you shoot images from a wider 170-degree perspective than you'd normally be able to get, even on the iPhone 12 series, which has an ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view. We recommend the Fisheye lens because it offers a perspective that you can't already get with the iPhone. However, Moment's lenses are expensive and they require a compatible case from the company to work, so we'd only suggest this if you're buying for someone who truly loves photography, especially street photography. A clever way to expand storage SanDisk SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive 64GB for iPhone, available at Amazon, $20.98There is nothing worse than running out of storage on your iPhone or struggling to transfer photos and files from your phone to your laptop. SanDisk's iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone solves both problems with an elegant solution that works effortlessly.The drive has a regular USB-A end that will fit in most laptops and a lightning end that fits all iPhones so you can offload files and transfer them back and forth. It's great for extra photo storage. A portable photo printer Lifeprint Lifeprint 3 x 4.5 Portable Photo and Video Printer, available at Amazon, $129.99Although sharing digital photos is fun, sharing physical photos is wonderful. Lifeprint's portable photo printer can reproduce high-quality photos on special photo paper in a 3-by-4.5-inch size that's perfect for sharing.You can do lots of fun things with the app, too, and make your Live iPhone photos come to life as animated GIFs as you hold your phone above the printed photo. Lifeprint's printers can communicate with each other, too, so if both you and your loved one have a Lifeprint printer, you can send photos to print at each other's printers. A straight-up fitness tracker Fitbit Fitbit Charge 4, available at Best Buy, $129.99When it comes to fitness trackers, Fitbit is the most well-known brand and the Charge 4 is an excellent gift for iPhone owners who want to get and stay fit. An effective and reliable car mount iOttie iOttie Easy One Touch 5 Air Vent Car Mount Phone Holder, available at Amazon, $24.95Driving without a car mount for your phone is a recipe for disaster, but luckily, you can get your loved one a phone mount like this one from iOttie for a great price. It adjusts to fit any iPhone and it'll fit in any car's air vent. It's easy to angle any which way so you can see the phone properly when you drive. It's a godsend for when you need GPS for driving directions. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 7th, 2021

The 23 best Cyber Monday clothing deals you can still shop today including up to 40% off at REI

Cyber Monday 2021 is here. These are the best fashion deals you can still shop today, including Old Navy, Lululemon, Everlane, and REI. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Girlfriend Collective; Everlane; Bonobos; Rachel Mendelson/InsiderThe season of deals isn't over just yet — Cyber Monday is here. From air fryers to OLED TVs, every shopper can find something to save on today. For the fashion-oriented, we've rounded up some of the best sales worth checking out. Whether you're shopping for some workout leggings, cocktail dresses, underwear, or hiking boots, we've got you covered. Stores like REI, Nordstrom, and Banana Republic are dropping their prices to the best numbers we've seen all year. It's a rare chance to save on clothes for wearers of any age, gender, and size, for a variety of occasions. Keep scrolling to find the retailers we trust participating in the Cyber Monday festivities. For deals on more than just clothes, check out our round-up of the best tech and mattress deals here. Tommy John, 30% off everythingTommy JohnShop all Tommy John deals here. Tommy John Apollo Mid-Length Boxer BriefAs one of Tommy John's most durable underwear, the Apollo boxers passed 100,000 rounds of applied friction tests.$29.40 FROM TOMMY JOHNOriginally $42.00 | Save 30%Tommy John Cotton Basics Boxer BriefAs Tommy John's most affordable boxer brief, the Cotton Basics version still provides top-notch quality. At 30% off, this is the lowest discount we've ever seen — especially without an order minimum.$12.95 FROM TOMMY JOHNOriginally $18.50 | Save 30%Tommy John Women's Lounge JoggerThese joggers are super soft, lightweight, and have a nice, tapered fit. They feel like pajamas, but look presentable enough to wear out of the house, which I did and was pretty happy about.$54.60 FROM TOMMY JOHNOriginally $78.00 | Save 30%Outdoor Voices, up to 70% select styles and 25% off everythingOutdoor VoicesShop all Outdoor Voices deals here. OutdoorVoices The Exercise DressOutdoorVoices makes a few of our favorite athleisure items, and they're another example of a company that can balance form and function. It's also on the Insider Reviews 100 All Time Best products list.$75.00 FROM OUTDOORVOICESOriginally $100.00 | Save 25%Outdoor Voices Circuit BraThe Circuit Bra is medium support bra made with sweat-resistant material and elastic straps for a personalized fit. $41.00 FROM OUTDOOR VOICESOriginally $68.00 | Save 40%Banana Republic, 50% off everythingBanana RepublicShop all Banana Republic deals here.Banana Republic Water-Resistant Field JacketWith extra room in the chest and sleeves, the Banana Republic Water-Resistant Field Jacket offers a longer style great for bigger and broader builds.$84.50 FROM BANANA REPUBLICOriginally $169.00 | Save 50%Banana Republic Italian Wool-Cashmere Blend Turtleneck SweaterCrafted from Italian wool and cashmere, this luxurious turtleneck sweater is great for layering thanks to its boxy fit and side slits. $50.00 FROM BANANA REPUBLICOriginally $100.00 | Save 50%REI, up to 40% offREIShop all deals at REI here.Mountain Hardwear Ghost Shadow Insulated Hoodie (Womens)Weighing just 10.5 oz, this ultra lightweight jacket still provides plenty of warmth. Plus, it zips into its own pocket, making it great for on the go. Right now it's 50% off and currently still available in every size in all three colors it comes in.$131.99 FROM REIOriginally $250.00 | Save 47%Mountain Hardwear Ghost Shadow Insulated Vest (Mens)The Ghost Shadow Insulated Vest weighs less than 9 ounces and will keep you warm on the coldest days.$89.99 FROM REIOriginally $150.00 | Save 40%Abercrombie, 30% offAbercrombie & FitchShop all deals at Abercrombie here.Abercrombie & Fitch Teddy CoatA super soft sherpa fabric and oversized, slouchy fit are a unique topper to any outfit.$112.00 FROM ABERCROMBIE & FITCHOriginally $160.00 | Save 30%Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love High Rise Mom JeansThe Curve Love High Rise Mom Jeans have a flattering vintage look that taper down the leg for a fitting but comfortable style.$62.30 FROM ABERCROMBIE & FITCHOriginally $89.00 | Save 30%ASOS, up to 80% offAsosShop all deals at ASOS here.Adidas Originals Nizza SneakersThe Nizza sneakers are some of the most popular sneakers from Adidas. $56.00 FROM ASOSOriginally $70.00 | Save 20%Juicy Couture Round Lens SunglassesJuicy Couture is known for their iconic sweatsuits but they also make adorable accessories like these round lens sunglasses.$41.20 FROM ASOSOriginally $188.00 | Save 78%JW Pei, up to 40% off handbagsJW PeiShop all deals at JW Pei here.JW Pei Gabbi BagThe best part is, every item is under $100 and one hundred percent cruelty free. $64.00 FROM JW PEI Originally $89.00 | Save 28%JW Pei Julia Chain Crossbody Bag - Ice CrocJW Pei's Black Friday sale is offering some of the lowest prices we've seen on a variety of classic handbags that are cruelty-free. Score one of their bestselling bags like the Julia Acrylic Chain Crossbody Bag are more than 40% off right now.$39.00 FROM JW PEIOriginally $69.00 | Save 43%Old Navy, 50% offOld NavyShop all deals at Old Navy here.Old Navy Straight Rigid Jeans For MenA classic pair of straight-leg jeans, these are a staple pant for any wardrobe. $17.50 FROM OLD NAVYOriginally $34.99 | Save 50%Old Navy Water-Resistant Frost Free Short Puffer Jacket for WomenPuffer jackets are a stylish and trendy way to stay warm in the winter. The Water-Resistant Frost Free Short Puffer Jacket from Old Navy can be dressed up or down for a versatile winter look. $39.99 FROM OLD NAVYOriginally $79.98 | Save 50%Madewell, 30% off sitewideMadewellShop all deals at Madewell here.Madewell The Perfect Vintage JeanWith their waist-accentuating high rise and tapered legs, these are "mom jeans"...if your mom was a '90s supermodel. Plus, they're made of denim that has an old-school look and a touch of give for a perfectly broken-in feel.$80.50 FROM MADEWELLOriginally $115.00 | Save 30%Madewell Waller Crop Cardigan SweaterThe perfect winter green color for the holidays, the Waller Crop Cardigan Sweater is a stylish chunky knit cardigan. $68.59 FROM MADEWELLOriginally $98.00 | Save 30%GlassesUSA, up to 65% off select stylesGlassesUSAShop all GlassesUSA deals here.GlassesUSA.com Elliot Computer GlassesIn comparison to brick-and-mortar stores with limited selections and high prices, GlassesUSA.com offers all of your favorite brands for less.$32.90 FROM GLASSESUSA.COMOriginally $94.00 | Save 65%RayBan RB3025 AviatorThese aviators are classics for a reason. You can score them for 30% off during GlassesUSA's Black Friday sale.$112.70 FROM GLASSESUSAOriginally $161.00 | Save 30%Dagne Dover, 20% off everythingDagne Dover/FacebookShop all Dagne Dover deals here.Dagne Dover Indi Diaper BackpackDagne Dover's Indi Diaper Backpack adds a stylish neutral flair while holding every basic essential.$160.00 FROM DAGNE DOVEROriginally $200.00 | Save 20%Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene BackpackNo backpack has taken over the scene more than the Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack. The easily recognizable neoprene bag seamlessly transitions from office to gym thanks to its organization features and versatile look. $148.00 FROM DAGNE DOVER Originally $185.00 | Save 20%Lululemon, up to 50% off iconic tights and breezy men's workout teesLululemon Cyber Monday deals include 50% off cult-favorite leggings.LululemonShop all deals at Lululemon here.Lululemon Hooded Define JacketA fan-favorite, now with a hood. Between the technical fabric and a do-anything fit, it's easy to see why this one's a hit. Right now you can save up to 50% on this versatile piece, but sizes are selling out quickly. $64.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $128.00 | Save 50%Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise TightLululemon is, in many ways, the genesis of athleisure, so it's not surprising that the company has an edge in the space.$69.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $98.00 | Save 30%Bonobos, 30% off sitewideBonobosShop all Bonobos deals here.Bonobos The Sherpa JacketBonobos is a favorite for its outerwear, and during the brand's Black Friday sale, you can get $30 off this cozy shacket. Just use code friday30 at checkout. $91.00 FROM BONOBOSOriginally $139.00 | Save 35%Bonobos Corduroy 5-Pocket PantsThese corduroy pants can be easily dressed up or down. During Bonobos' Black Friday sale, you can sang them for just $70.$65.00 FROM BONOBOSOriginally $99.00 | Save 34%Everlane, 40%-60% on luxe sustainable clothingEverlane Cyber Monday deals include 60% off its sustainable clothing.EverlaneShop all deals at Everlane here.Everlane The Utility Boot in ReKnitThe Utility Boot is made from a textured knit fabric with a high ankle height and a chunky lug sole, making the fit and each step more secure. $69.00 FROM EVERLANEOriginally $115.00 | Save 40%Everlane The Canvas OverallsToss these chic overalls on over just about any shirt for a cool, relaxed outfit instantly. $58.00 FROM EVERLANEOriginally $98.00 | Save 41%Nordstrom, 45% off Barbour, 30% off Thread & Supply coatsNordstrom department store, with logo and signage, in the upscale Broadway Plaza shopping center in downtown Walnut Creek, California.Smith Collection/Getty Images)Shop all deals at Nordstrom here.Thread & Supply Dolman Sleeve Quilted JacketDesigned with a stand collar and lightweight material, the Dolman Sleeve Quilted Jacket is perfect jacket to wear between seasons. $33.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $55.00 | Save 40%True & Co. True Body Triangle Convertible Strap BraletteThe convertible straps on this wireless bra can be worn either straight or crisscrossed, and the smooth material appears invisible under clothes.$30.80 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $44.00 | Save 30%Spanx Faux Leather LeggingsMade with the same level of support as its signature shapewear but with a little extra stretch, these leggings are designed to not only make you look great but feel great, too. $78.40 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $98.00 | Save 20%$78.40 FROM SPANX Originally $98.00 | Save 20%Adidas, up to 50% off slides, joggers, and UltraBoostsAdidasShop all deals at Adidas here.Adidas Adilette Boost SlidesWith full-length Boost soles, these slides are designed for ultimate comfort.$35.70 FROM ADIDAS Originally $60.00 | Save 41%Adidas UltraBoost 21 (Women's)Updated for 2021, the Ultra Boost 21 features more Boost cushioning than its predecessors. $126.00 FROM ADIDASOriginally $180.00 | Save 30%Adidas Ultimate 365 3-Stripes Tapered PantsIf you're a fan of the classics, then look no further than Adidas to supply you with great performance gear that looks good, too.$63.00 FROM ADIDASOriginally $90.00 | Save 30%Columbia Sportswear, 50% off warm winter jacketsColumbia SportswearShop all deals at Columbia Sportswear here.Columbia Men's Lake 22 Down Hooded JacketThis water-resistant jacket is stocked with 650-fill power down insulation, zippered hand pockets, and a structured hood to keep you zipped up and toasty through any winter weather.$69.98 FROM COLUMBIAOriginally $140.00 | Save 50%Columbia Men's Cascade Peak™ IV Interchange JacketThis two-for-one deal includes an outer, waterproof but breathable shell and an inner 700-fill down puffy jacket for full weather protection. It rocks tons of protective features like a structured hood and Omni-Heat thermal reflectivity to keep you super warm, and vents when you need to cool down a bit.$149.99 FROM COLUMBIAOriginally $300.00 | Save 50%Columbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece JacketWomen's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket$29.99 FROM COLUMBIAOriginally $60.00 | Save 50%$28.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $47.89 | Save 39%$29.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 50%Crocs, 20-50% off classic clogsCrocs Cyber Monday deals include up to 50% off its classic clogs.Hou Yu/China News Service/Getty ImagesShop all deals at Crocs here.Crocs Classic Clog (Unisex)The shoe that really started it all, the Classic Clog is comfortable, breathable, and easy to slip on whenever. With over 20 fun colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong.$39.99 FROM CROCSOriginally $49.99 | Save 20%$27.55 FROM AMAZONCrocs Kids' Classic ClogAvailable in children's sizes 4 to 13, juniors' sizes 1 to 3, and 16 different colors.$27.99 FROM CROCSOriginally $34.99 | Save 20%Girlfriend Collective, 30% off everythingGirlfriend Collective Cyber Monday deals include 30% off its sustainable athleisure.Girlfriend CollectiveShop all deals at Girlfriend Collective here.Girlfriend Collective High Waist Full-Length LeggingsThe Girlfriend Collective High Waist Leggings are lightweight but truly supportive workout pants. $54.60 FROM GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVEOriginally $78.00 | Save 30%Girlfriend Collective Simone BraThe Simone Bra from Girlfriend Collective is built for support, with a criss-cross style and sizes up to 5XL. $36.40 FROM GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVEOriginally $48.00 | Save 24%Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike ShortGirlfriend Collective has some of the best athleisure leggings we've ever tried, and we appreciate the brand's color variety, relatively low price points, and inclusive size range.$33.60 FROM GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVEOriginally $48.00 | Save 30%Levi's, 60% off iconic denimLevi's Black Friday deals include 60% off denim.Levi's FacebookShop all deals at Levi's here.Levi's 501 Original Fit JeansA blank canvas for self-expression, featuring the iconic straight fit and signature button fly.$58.80 FROM LEVI'SOriginally $98.00 | Save 40%Levi's Women's Ribcage Straight Ankle JeansThe Ribcage Jean — with its soaring 12-inch rise — has become a hip-slimming, waist-defining, leg-lengthening obsession. $64.80 FROM LEVI'SOriginally $108.00 | Save 40%Parade, 30% off comfy underwearParadeShop all deals at Parade here.Parade ThongParade is a body-positive underwear startup that focuses on inclusivity and affordability.$6.00 FROM PARADEOriginally $9.00 | Save 33%Parade High Rise Boyshort UniversalWhen I first saw these boy shorts, I thought they'd be perfect for wearing under sundresses in the summer. And I was right! There's plenty of coverage, but the material is so lightweight and comfortable that it feels much closer to underwear than actual shorts. Based on similar pairs I own, I expected the one drawback to be that the high waist would roll down, but that hasn't been my experience yet. To my surprise, there was no rolling or bunching. They're also great for sleeping in. Similar to the thong, I went with my usual size and had no issues with the fit. I'm not sure they'll replace all of my everyday pairs, but everyone needs a few seamless styles and these offer some of the best value I've ever seen.$7.00 FROM PARADEOriginally $10.00 | Save 30%Bombas, 20% off sock bundles to giftBombasShop all deals at Bombas here.Bombas Women's Calf & Ankle Sock 12-PackCozy socks never look so good than with this colorful 12-pack of vibrant print socks. Bombas socks guarantee extreme comfort thanks to its soft cotton, cushioned footbed, and arch support detail. $130.56 FROM BOMBASOriginally $192.00 | Save 32%Bombas Youth Sesame Street 8-Pack Gift BoxBombas partnered with Sesame Street to bring color and comfort to youth socks, featuring stay-up technology and a different Sesame Street character on every pair. $56.00 FROM BOMBASOriginally $70.00 | Save 20%Bombas Women's Gripper Slipper (Sherpa Lined) 2-PackA mix between socks and slippers, Bombas' Gripper Slippers include a cozy sherpa lining and sole grippers to prevent slips. $72.95 FROM BOMBASOriginally $96.00 | Save 24%Saxx, 20-40% off boxers, sweatpants, and shortsSaxxShop all deals at Saxx here.Saxx Ultra Boxer BriefThe Saxx Ultra Boxer Brief features the Ball Park Pouch for support and an easy access fly.$24.89 FROM SAXXOriginally $32.00 | Save 22%Saxx Snooze PantsMelting into the couch, devouring munchies and upping your comfort level from sunrise to sunset.$51.89 FROM SAXXOriginally $65.00 | Save 20%Saxx Nightcrawler Onesie Made using premium Modal fabric, the Nightcrawler onesie is ready to take your comfort to a whole other level.$56.89 FROM SAXXOriginally $95.00 | Save 40%L.L.Bean, 15% off cozy slippersSally Kaplan/InsiderShop all deals at L.L.Bean here.L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers - Men'sThis shearling-lined, leather-bottom slipper is one of the best men's slippers we've ever tried.$75.65 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $89.00 | Save 15%L.L.Bean Toddlers' Wicked Good SlippersEverything we love about L.L.Bean's Wicked Good Slippers — but mini. These shearling-lined, leather-soled booties will keep kid's feet, sizes 3-10, toasty around the house and in a stroller.$33.96 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $39.95 | Save 15%L.L.Bean Wicked Good Shearling-Lined Slides - Women'sThese ridiculously-cozy, shearling-lined slides are easy to slip on and off, and keep your feet toasty around the house.$67.15 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $79.00 | Save 15%Macy's, 40% off Levi's jeans, 30% off The North Face hoodiesAP Photo/David ZalubowskiShop all deals at Macy's here.The North Face Women's Osito Quarter-Zip HoodieTK$76.30 FROM MACY'SOriginally $109.00 | Save 30%JBU Women's Maplewood Casual Duck BootTK$34.99 FROM MACY'SOriginally $69.98 | Save 50%Thirdlove, 45% off pajamas, up to 72% off brasThirdLoveShop all deals at Thirdlove here.Thirdlove WonderKnit™ Pajama TeeFor you to rest easy, meet the Wonder™ Knit Pajama Tee. Made in airy modal, perfectly draped, and effortlessly flowy, it’s like a cool breeze you can wear to bed.$20.00 FROM THIRDLOVEOriginally $45.00 | Save 56%Thirdlove WonderKnit™ Pajama ShortMade in airy modal, with a clean elastic waistband and effortlessly flowy, these shorts are like a cool breeze you can wear to bed.$20.00 FROM THIRDLOVEOriginally $45.00 | Save 56%ThirdLove 24/7 Perfect Coverage BraThe 24/7™ Perfect Coverage Bra’s signature cups are designed with hybrid memory foam that does double duty, providing softness inside and support outside. $49.00 FROM THIRDLOVEOriginally $65.00 | Save 25%Cyber Monday 2021 FAQsWhat is Cyber MondayCyber Monday is the online-only sibling of Black Friday. Over the years, it's grown to be a deal holiday of equal caliber, with many retailers offering deals just as good as Black Friday's. The main difference between the two is that Cyber Monday is exclusive to online orders, whereas you can find Black Friday doorbusters and deals in-stores and online. When is Cyber Monday 2021?Cyber Monday falls on November 29, 2021 — just a few days after Black Friday. What should you buy on Cyber Monday?If you're hoping to snag only the best deals, we highly recommend shopping for smart home devices, kitchen appliances, TVs, luxury bedding, home gym equipment, and gaming consoles if you're already in the market for them, as there's a huge slash in prices for these items this year.Cyber Monday is also a great opportunity to clean out your holiday shopping list. We have incredibly thorough gift guides available for every budget and every type of person, and this sales event is a great time to score those giftable items for less.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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150+ of the best Cyber Monday deals to shop now: Target, Amazon, Walmart, and more

Shop Cyber Monday deals now. Save big at Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Nordstrom, and with small brands like Outdoor Voices, Eberjey, and Kiehl's. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Alyssa Powell/InsiderIt's November 29, which means Cyber Monday is live. Cyber Monday is explicitly an online-shopping event — even more so than Black Friday — and it's historically brought some of the sales weekend's lowest prices. While Cyber Monday is officially live now, many retailers are continuing Black Friday deals right now.Cyber Monday is a particularly great time to shop for tech, smart home, and gift cards, but categories like kitchen and home, as well as personal care are also very active.  Stock is typically more limited than Black Friday, which means acting fast is key to getting a good deal. Bookmark this page and check back throughout the day to keep up with discounts without spending all day combing the internet; we'll do the heavy lifting for you.At Insider Reviews, we test products all year and track their price history so we can give you solid buying advice during big shopping events like Cyber Monday. Tons of deals are available now on products we love and trust, and we're highlighting the best ones below.Spotlight: Our top 10 standout Cyber Monday dealsSony WH-1000XM4, $248 (originally $349.99)Amazon Echo (4th Gen), $59.99 (originally $99.99)KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series 5-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer, $294.11 (originally $429.99)Molekule Air Purifier, $479 (originally $799)Dyson V8 Absolute, $399.99 (originally $449.99)Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX, $169.99 (originally $279.99)Hulu Monthly Subscription, $0.99 (originally $6.99)Amazon Prime Video Channel Add-Ons, $0.99 for up to two months (originally up to $10.99 per month)L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers, Men's $75.65 (originally $89), Women's $67.15 (originally $79), and Toddlers $33.96 (originally 39.94)Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise Tight, $69 (originally $98)Best Cyber Monday 2021 tech dealsAnker PowerWave Alloy PadIf you have a phone capable of charging at 15W or you want to future-proof, then the Anker PowerWave Alloy Pad is best for you.$24.79 FROM AMAZONOriginally $30.99 | Save 20%Belkin 15W Boost Charge Wireless ChargerBelkin's Boost Charge Wireless Charger is inexpensive, includes a charger and cable, and works as well as all the other options we tested.$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $39.99 | Save 25%Apple MagSafe ChargerApple’s MagSafe wireless charger uses magnets snap in place on the iPhone 12 and delivers charging of up to 15 watts. It is still compatible with wireless Qi charging, so older iPhone models can use it too, though they have to rest flat against the charger, as they lack the embedded magnets to take advantage of snap-on alignment. This is great for any iPhone owner looking for wireless charging and is on sale for $34.$29.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $39.00 | Save 23%Roku Streaming Stick 4K (2021)Compared to the Roku Streaming Stick+, the new Streaming Stick 4K provides an improved viewing experience by adding support for Dolby Vision. This advanced high dynamic range (HDR) format can provide better picture quality on TVs that support it.$29.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $49.99 | Save 42%$29.99 FROM ROKUOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%$29.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $49.99 | Save 42%Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)The Apple Pencil is a special stylus that lets you draw and handwrite on your iPad. There are two versions of the Apple Pencil, and they each work with a different collection of iPads.$99.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $129.00 | Save 23%$99.00 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $129.00 | Save 23%$99.99 FROM VERIZONOriginally $129.99 | Save 23%$129.00 FROM APPLERoku Streambar 2020Too much clutter under the TV? The interesting Roku Streambar combines all of the features of a Roku 4K player with a compact soundbar.$79.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $129.99 | Save 38%$79.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $129.99 | Save 38%$79.98 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 38%$99.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $129.99 | Save 24%Google Nest Hub (2nd gen)The Google Nest Hub is a smart display with a unique Sleep Sensing feature to help you monitor your sleep habits. $49.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $99.99 | Save 50%$49.98 FROM WALMARTOriginally $99.98 | Save 50%$49.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 50%Apple Watch Series 7Much more than a timepiece, the Apple Watch can also be used for keeping track of workouts, making phone calls, sending text messages, setting timers and alarms, counting calories, and more.$379.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.00 | Save 5%$379.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.00 | Save 5%$399.00 FROM APPLESamsung Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm)The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is the obvious choice for Android users looking for a comprehensive, quality, premium smartwatch experience. However, it's a shame that the ECG feature is limited specifically to Samsung phone owners. $199.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%$199.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%$199.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%MasterClass 2-for-1 membershipGet two MasterClass subscriptions for the price of one! Each subscription gets you access to all of MasterClass, so you can watch or sample unlimited celebrity and expert-led classes across a wide range of topics.$180.00 FROM MASTERCLASSOriginally $360.00 | Save 50%Bose QuietComfort 45The QuietComfort 45 have a refreshed design with improved noise cancelling and better battery life.$279.00 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%$279.00 FROM BOSEOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%$279.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%$279.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $329.00 | Save 15%Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)Apple's third-generation AirPods offer longer battery life, a MagSafe charger, water resistance, and support for spatial audio. $169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $179.00 | Save 5%$179.00 FROM APPLE$179.00 FROM BEST BUY$174.98 FROM WALMART$154.99 FROM MICRO CENTEROriginally $179.99 | Save 14%Apple Airpods (2nd Generation)You’ll need to pick up your pair from your local Micro Center, but this is a solid deal price for the second-generation Apple AirPods. You can often find them discounted as low as $120, making this extra $5 drop noteworthy. $104.99 FROM MICRO CENTEROriginally $129.99 | Save 19%$114.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 12%$114.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $129.99 | Save 12%$119.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $129.99 | Save 8%Apple MacBook Air (M1)The latest MacBook Air released in late 2020 gains Apple's new M1 processor, which brings impressively fast performance and long battery life, for under $1,000, making it the best Apple laptop overall.$899.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $999.99 | Save 10%$999.00 FROM APPLE$999.00 FROM B&HApple 2020 MacBook Air (M1 chip, 8GB RAM, 512GB)The latest MacBook Air released in late 2020 gains Apple's new M1 processor, which brings impressively fast performance and long battery life, for prices starting at under $1,000, making it the best Apple laptop overall. The 512GB storage model adds to the price over the base 256GB model. $1099.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $1199.00 | Save 8%$1149.00 FROM B&HOriginally $1199.00 | Save 4%Apple MacBook Pro with M1 Processor (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB)Apple's latest MacBook Pro with the M1 processor is leaps and bounds beyond its predecessor, but the Intel MacBook Pro still has some tricks.$1199.00 FROM B&HOriginally $1299.00 | Save 8%$1299.00 FROM APPLELG 65-inch C1 OLED 4K TVLG’s C1 is one of the best 4K TVs you can buy. The OLED panel delivers incredible image quality with an infinite contrast ratio. This deal price matches the lowest we’ve seen so far.$1796.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $2499.98 | Save 28%$1796.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $2499.98 | Save 28%Samsung 65-inch Q60A QLED 4K TVSamsung's Q60A is the company's less expensive lineup of premium QLED TVs. $849.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $999.99 | Save 15%Amazon Fire TV 50" Omni SeriesAmazon launched its own smart TVs in fall 2021 and the Omni Series boasts features like hands-free Alexa support and video calling along with the latest Fire TV software.$359.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $509.99 | Save 29%Amazon Echo (4th Gen)The latest Echo speaker from Amazon takes on a spherical design for more effective room-filling audio. $59.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K MaxThe Fire TV Stick 4K is designed to be 40% more powerful than Fire TV Stick 4K. It also adds Wi-Fi 6 support.$34.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%$34.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%$34.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $54.99 | Save 36%Ring Video Doorbell (2020)The latest affordable Video Doorbell model from Ring features 1080p recording and improved motion tracking. It's a great deal if you're looking to start adding smart devices to your home. Orders made now will be fulfilled in 6 to 7 weeks.$79.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 20%Google Nest Cam Outdoor Battery (2021) Elegant design, reliable performance, and wireless battery power make the Nest Cam Outdoor a tempting option to add peace of mind and checking in on your home's exterior when you're away. $149.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$149.99 FROM GOOGLEOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$149.99 FROM BED BATH & BEYONDOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$149.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $179.99 | Save 17%$198.00 FROM AMAZONGoogle Nest ThermostatGoogle Nest makes some of the best smart thermostats you can buy. This model lets you control your home's temperature via the internet or through a mobile app. It can also learn your preferred temperature settings over time. $99.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 23%$89.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $129.99 | Save 31%Vizio Elevate 5.1.4 SoundbarVizio's Elevate soundbar offers a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos experience with performance that rivals many full-fledged home theater systems.$798.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $1099.99 | Save 27%$799.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $1099.99 | Save 27%GoPro Hero 10 BlackThis video and still camera has similar capabilities to larger variants, while maintaining the small go-anywhere form-factor it's known for.$349.98 FROM GOPROOriginally $499.99 | Save 30%Best Cyber Monday 2021 kitchen dealsZojirushi MaestroThis bread machine is specifically calibrated to bake excellent one-pound loaves of bread, making it a solid choice for one or two-person households.$242.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $329.99 | Save 26%$339.99 FROM ABTOriginally $395.00 | Save 14%Café Specialty Drip Coffee MakerWhat makes this coffee maker the best I tested is its combination of simplicity and customizability. It’s also extremely consistent — every cup of coffee brewed at every setting tasted just like it should. $279.95 FROM WILLIAMS SONOMAOriginally $349.95 | Save 20%$279.00 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $349.99 | Save 20%KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series 5-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand MixerThis KitchenAid is a powerful mixer that can handle sticky doughs and a few quarts of cake batter, but isn't too bulky for a home kitchen. It comes in eight colors, and each includes a flat beater, a spiral dough hook, and a wire whisk. $249.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $429.99 | Save 42%GreaterGoods Kitchen ScaleThis basic food scale is reliable and easy to use, for a low price.$8.39 FROM AMAZONOriginally $19.95 | Save 58%Nespresso Vertuo Next Deluxe Coffee and Espresso MakerA truly versatile machine, the Nespresso Vertuo Next uses capsules to make both coffee and espresso in a variety of cup or carafe sizes.$126.75 FROM TARGETOriginally $169.99 | Save 25%Ninja Professional Plus Food ProcessorThe Ninja Professional Plus makes food prep fast and easy with presets for chopped vegetables, shredded cheese, more.$79.98 FROM KOHLSOriginally $119.99 | Save 33%Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer, Roast, Bake & DehydrateThe Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 has five functions, including grill, bake, and dehydrate. Its temperatures range between 105°F to 500°F, giving it a lot of versatility in cooking options. Many of the parts are dishwasher safe for easier cleanup. $169.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $229.99 | Save 26%$169.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $249.99 | Save 32%Vitamix Explorian BlenderThe renewed Vitamix Explorian is pre-owned, but every bit as good as new and comes with a 90-day Amazon Renewed Guarantee on top of a 3-year full warranty.$289.95 FROM TARGETOriginally $449.99 | Save 36%$289.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $345.99 | Save 16%Instant Pot Duo Plus Pressure Cooker BundleThis bundle is a Target exclusive, and it includes an extra silicone egg rack and stainless steel steam rack for your pressure cooking needs. It’s only $60 right now — an excellent value for such a multifunctional kitchen appliance.$50.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 61%Cuisinart Chef's Classic 17-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware SetThis nonstick set includes nine different pans, lids to match, and a steamer for a total of 17 pieces. $219.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $399.99 | Save 45%Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee MakerThe slim 6- to 12-ounce coffee maker will fit neatly on any kitchen counter and save energy with the auto-off feature after brewing.$49.99 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $79.98 | Save 37%$89.99 FROM TARGETBest Cyber Monday 2021 home dealsHammam Linen Bath Towels 4-PackThese 100% cotton towels are big, soft, and fluffy.$33.15 FROM AMAZONOriginally $69.98 | Save 53%AeroGarden SproutA smaller option from AeroGarden's lineup, the Sprout lets you grow up to three plants in its narrow footprint. It's down to $70 with promo code SUMMER20 through May 31, a rare and excellent deal direct from AeroGarden.$49.95 FROM AEROGARDENOriginally $99.95 | Save 50%$49.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.95 | Save 50%Chewy Pet ProductsFor Cyber Monday, Chewy is offering $30 off purchases of $100 or more. This is only for select products, including food, treats, beds, and more.$70.00 FROM CHEWYOriginally $100.00 | Save 30%Dyson Outsize Absolute+The Dyson Outsize Absolute+ is ideal for whole home, deep cleaning with its full-size dustbin and large cleaner head. $799.99 FROM DYSONOriginally $899.99 | Save 11%Dyson V8 AbsoluteBuilt with a soft roller head for hard floors and a motorized cleaner head for carpets, the Dyson V8 Absolute handles all surfaces efficiently.$399.99 FROM DYSONOriginally $449.99 | Save 11%Dyson Cyclone V10 AbsoluteEquipped with a sensor to detect the difference between carpets and hard floors, the Cyclone V10 Absolute is the perfect vacuum cleaner for any room in the house. We've seen it go for as low as $350 before (it's usually $550), but during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you'll get it for $400 while supplies last.$499.99 FROM DYSONOriginally $549.99 | Save 9%Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAXQuiet, slim, and powerful, the eufy RoboVac 15C Max is a solid investment if you're looking for a robot vacuum. It's already very affordable at retail price, but you can also often find it on sale, making it an even better deal.$169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $279.99 | Save 39%$169.99 FROM EUFYOriginally $249.99 | Save 32%iRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Robot VacuumThe i3+ costs considerably more than your average robot vacuum, but it also does a lot more than the average robot vacuum. It develops personalized cleaning schedules and empties itself. $399.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM IROBOTOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $565.47 | Save 29%$399.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot VacuumThe  Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo Pro Mopping System thoroughly cleans floors as opposed to pushing a wet cloth around. When paired with the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum, the two make easy work of time-consuming chores.$499.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $749.99 | Save 33%$799.99 FROM BEST BUYBissell SpinWave Robot VacuumThe Bissell SpinWave Robot Vacuum picked up all the pet hair on carpet in our tests and has a great assortment of mop attachments and accessories. The company is also committed to helping homeless pets and helps them find loving homes. $249.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.99 | Save 38%$299.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.99 | Save 25%Dewalt Atomic 20-Volt Max Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit This 20-Volt MAX Brushless Compact 2-Tool Combo Kit includes 1 cordless Drill/Driver, 1 cordless Impact Driver, two 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Batteries, 1 charger, and a carrying bag. $149.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $229.00 | Save 35%Kitchellence 3-Stage Knife SharpenerThis knife sharpener includes three stages to help repair and sharpen dull blades. It also includes cut-resistant gloves. $19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $30.00 | Save 33%Best Cyber Monday 2021 gaming dealsSony Spider-Man: Miles Morales Launch Edition (PS5)An all-new Spider-Man experience, Spider-Man Miles Morales has you master explosive new powers along with some classic web-slinging acrobatics. The PS5 update even lets you play the game in the gorgeous raytracing mode at a smooth 60 fps.$29.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%$29.83 FROM AMAZONOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Digital Download)The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017, but still remains one of the best Switch games out there. Right now, a physical copy is selling for $40, which is a solid price on this rarely discounted game.$35.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 42%Nintendo eShop $50 Gift CardThe Nintendo eShop is the best place to shop for digital copies of Nintendo's games. This gift card is the perfect gift or investment for anyone with a Nintendo Switch. Better still, Nintendo's eShop offers several sales throughout the year. This means, patient shoppers can double their savings.$45.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $50.00 | Save 10%$50.00 FROM BEST BUY$45.00 FROM NEWEGGOriginally $50.00 | Save 10%Xbox Game Pass for PC (3-Month Membership)Typically, you can get a 3-month Game Pass subscription for $30. Right now, it's only $20, a solid deal. This is the PC version, which gets you EA Play, exclusive member discounts, and unlimited to access to over 100 games. $1.00 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $29.99 | Save 97%$19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%$19.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%Microsoft Xbox Series S|X Wireless ControllerThis latest-gen Xbox gamepad is the best Microsoft has ever made, and during Cyber Monday, shoppers can save $20 on this recently released controller.$49.99 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $59.99 | Save 17%$54.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 8%$49.00 FROM GAME STOPOriginally $54.99 | Save 11%$49.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $64.88 | Save 24%Death Loop for PlayStation 5“Death Loop” is an unusual first-person shooter that challenges players to escape a day-long time loop by assassinating specific targets. The game is a great pick for fans of spy movies, sci-fi, and creative gunplay.$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 50%Call of Duty Vanguard for PlayStation 4The latest Call of Duty game is now on sale for $20 off, just a few weeks after its release.$39.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 35%$44.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $59.99 | Save 25%Call of Duty Vanguard for PlayStation 5The latest Call of Duty game is now on sale for PlayStation 5 just a few weeks after its release.$54.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $69.98 | Save 21%$39.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.94 | Save 35%Nintendo Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Nintendo Switch Set EditionYou can use a Nintendo Switch to control this real-life Mario Kart toy, and watch Mario or Luigi’s perspective as they zoom around your home.$88.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 11%$99.99 FROM BEST BUYLogitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming MouseCompact and portable, the Logitech G305 is great to take on the go. It's best if you prefer smaller mice and right now it's only $40, a great price drop from a typical selling price of $50.$29.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 50%$29.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $48.97 | Save 39%Nintendo Switch Ring Fit Adventure"Ring Fit Adventure" for the Nintendo Switch uses the exclusive "Ring-Con" attachment and a leg strap to track movement and provide resistance for workouts. The game also includes an adventure mode. Right now, it's selling for $55 at Target and Amazon, $25 off its usual price and the lowest price we've ever seen on this game.$54.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $79.98 | Save 32%$54.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $80.00 | Save 33%$79.98 FROM BEST BUY$79.98 FROM TARGETBest Cyber Monday 2021 streaming dealsHulu Monthly Subscription (Deal)Save a huge 85% on an ad-supported Hulu subscription for an entire year. That amounts to just 99 cents per month. This deal is live until Monday, November 29. $0.99 FROM HULUOriginally $6.99 | Save 86%Disney Plus Free Trial with Amazon Music UnlimitedNew Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can get six months of Disney Plus for free when they sign up. Current Music Unlimited members can get three months of Disney Plus. Music Unlimited costs $8 a month for Prime members or $10 a month without Prime.$0.00 FROM AMAZONAmazon Prime Video Channel Add-OnsPrime Video subscribers can choose from a variety of channel-add ons including Starz, Showtime, Paramount+, AMC+, Discovery+, and more.$0.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $10.99 | Save 91%YouTube PremiumYouTube Premium lets you stream videos and music on YouTube without any ads. The service also features exclusive programs.FREE FROM YOUTUBEOriginally $11.99 | Save 100%Best Cyber Monday 2021 health & fitness dealsTheragun PrimeTheragun's Prime massage gun is the perfect blend of performance and value. It delivers a high-quality massage, is durably built, and features an ergonomic design that makes it easy to use anywhere on your body. It's also half the price of the flagship Pro model.$249.99 FROM THERABODYOriginally $299.00 | Save 16%$249.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $299.99 | Save 17%RENPHO Foot Massager MachineWith customizable patterns of kneading, compression, and heat therapy, the RENPHO Foot Massager Machine is a full-service Shiatsu device and feels like a home spa for your feet.$129.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $149.99 | Save 13%Garmin Forerunner 245 MusicThe Garmin Forerunner 245 is a great choice for runners and offers features like calendar syncing, weather forecasting, and notifications, so you can leave your phone at home. $249.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $349.99 | Save 29%$249.99 FROM GARMINOriginally $349.99 | Save 29%Garmin Fenix 6SThe Garmin Fenix 6S Sapphire smartwatch is a premium watch perfect for those looking for enhanced GPS capabilities in a rugged design. The Fenix 6S features an always-on display, stainless steel bezels, an enhanced pulse oximeter for sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation, grade-adjusted pace guidance, and comes preloaded with maps, as well as the ability to tap into three different navigation satellite systems. $549.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $749.99 | Save 27%Philips Sonicare 9900 PrestigeDentists love Philips Sonicare and its new 9900 Prestige has every bell and whistle you could want in an electric toothbrush, including the ability to adjust its vibrations based on how hard you're brushing.$299.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $349.99 | Save 14%$299.95 FROM PHILLIPS SONICAREOriginally $349.99 | Save 14%Fitbit LuxeThe Fitbit Luxe is the company's latest fitness band that comes with a sleek design and advanced health features like stress management and the ability to measure heart rate variation.$99.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $149.99 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM FITBITOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%Mirror from lululemonThis isn't just a mirror. It's a cardio class, it's a yoga studio, it's a boxing ring, it's your new personal trainer, and it's so much more. For Cyber Monday, Mirror is on sale for $500 with the code "CYBERMONDAY20"$995.00 FROM MIRROROriginally $1495.00 | Save 33%Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth This bottle has all the hallmark features of a Hydro Flask water bottle — 12-24 hours of temperature retention, powder color coating that won't chip or fade with time, a silicone twist top — with the very convenient wide mouth for easy pouring and drinking.$33.71 FROM HYDRO FLASKOriginally $44.95 | Save 25%Amazon HaloAmazon's Halo fitness tracker can analyze the tone of your voice to help you understand how you sound to others.$54.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 45%LifeSpan TR1200i Folding TreadmillThe TR1200i is the baby sister of our top pick for a folding treadmill, the TR300i, with fewer built-in training programs and fewer fancy features like manual instead of digital buttons. But it's nearly the same size, has the same motor, and the same shock absorption — but for significantly cheaper.$899.00 FROM LIFESPANOriginally $1199.00 | Save 25%Best Cyber Monday 2021 style & beauty dealsKiehl's Powerful-Strength Vitamin C SerumThis serum by Kiehl’s boasts its ability to reduce fine lines, and customers agree—one even called it “botox in a bottle.”$44.00 FROM KIEHL'SOriginally $88.00 | Save 50%$70.00 FROM SEPHORAKiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado This hydrating, fragrance-free eye cream de-puffs under-eyes. $25.00 FROM ULTAOriginally $50.00 | Save 50%$25.00 FROM KIEHL'SOriginally $50.00 | Save 50%Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow KitA palette with four metallic highlighter shades compatible with many skin tones, the Sugar Glow Kit is nice to have to change up your daily highlight or to do someone else's. Down to $20, this is a solid price on a palette from a brand known for it's popping highlights.$20.00 FROM SEPHORAOriginally $40.00 | Save 50%Fenty Beauty Portable Contour & Concealer BrushFenty Beauty Portable Contour & Concealer Brush $6.00 FROM FENTY BEAUTY Originally $24.00 | Save 75%Levi's Men's 501 Original Fit JeansNot too skinny and not too baggy, the Levi's 501 features a timeless fit that you'll be able to wear for years to come.$35.70 FROM LEVI'SOriginally $59.50 | Save 40%$35.70 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $59.50 | Save 40%$32.79 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.50 | Save 45%Levi's 501 Original Fit JeansA blank canvas for self-expression, featuring the iconic straight fit and signature button fly.$58.80 FROM LEVI'SOriginally $98.00 | Save 40%Adidas Adilette Boost SlidesWith full-length Boost soles, these slides are designed for ultimate comfort.$35.70 FROM ADIDAS Originally $60.00 | Save 41%L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers - Men'sThis shearling-lined, leather-bottom slipper is one of the best men's slippers we've ever tried.$75.65 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $89.00 | Save 15%L.L.Bean Wicked Good Shearling-Lined Slides - Women'sThese ridiculously-cozy, shearling-lined slides are easy to slip on and off, and keep your feet toasty around the house.$67.15 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $79.00 | Save 15%L.L.Bean Toddlers' Wicked Good SlippersEverything we love about L.L.Bean's Wicked Good Slippers — but mini. These shearling-lined, leather-soled booties will keep kid's feet, sizes 3-10, toasty around the house and in a stroller.$33.96 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $39.95 | Save 15%Lululemon Hooded Define JacketA fan-favorite, now with a hood. Between the technical fabric and a do-anything fit, it's easy to see why this one's a hit. Right now you can save up to 50% on this versatile piece, but sizes are selling out quickly. $64.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $128.00 | Save 50%Bombas Women's Gripper Slipper (Sherpa Lined) 2-PackA mix between socks and slippers, Bombas' Gripper Slippers include a cozy sherpa lining and sole grippers to prevent slips. $72.95 FROM BOMBASOriginally $96.00 | Save 24%Columbia Men's Lake 22 Down Hooded JacketThis water-resistant jacket is stocked with 650-fill power down insulation, zippered hand pockets, and a structured hood to keep you zipped up and toasty through any winter weather.$69.98 FROM COLUMBIAOriginally $140.00 | Save 50%Adidas Climacool VentoThe Adidas Climacool Vento features a highly breathable mesh upper to help keep your feet cool.$98.00 FROM ADIDASOriginally $140.00 | Save 30%Nike Adapt Auto MaxThe Nike Adapt Auto Max uses advanced technology to automatically form to your foot without laces.$288.97 FROM NIKEOriginally $400.00 | Save 28%Nike Space Hippie 01The Nike Space Hippie 01 is made from 50% recycled materials and features a lightweight, track-inspired look.$77.56 FROM NIKEOriginally $130.00 | Save 40%Crocs Classic Clog (Unisex)The shoe that really started it all, the Classic Clog is comfortable, breathable, and easy to slip on whenever. With over 20 fun colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong.$39.99 FROM CROCSOriginally $49.99 | Save 20%$27.55 FROM AMAZONDagne Dover Indi Diaper BackpackDagne Dover's Indi Diaper Backpack adds a stylish neutral flair while holding every basic essential.$160.00 FROM DAGNE DOVEROriginally $200.00 | Save 20%Rough Linen St. Barts Linen RobeThe Rough Linen St. Barts Robe is made from top-notch linen that offers a light feel and a cool, casual look.$131.93 FROM ROUGH LINENOriginally $167.00 | Save 21%Kiehl's Since 1851 Avocado Nourishing Hydration MaskWinter is coming, and Kiehls' Avocado Mask is here to provide your skin with hydration all season long. This nourishing treatment infuses your face with avocado and evening primrose oils, offering sumptuous moisture after just one use. Plus, it's green tint is a total throwback. You can save 50% on a jar during Black Friday sale. $21.50 FROM MACY'SOriginally $45.00 | Save 52%Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid LipstickA liquid lip color that gives you a super matte look, but it's so light it feels like a lip stain. The formula is highly pigmented, smudge-resistant, and comfortable on your lips.$19.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $38.00 | Save 50%Nike Sportswear Essential Fleece PantsMade from soft fleece material, these sweats are perfect for everyday comfort.$48.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $60.00 | Save 20%Thread & Supply Double Breasted PeacoatThis peacoat from Thread & Supply is a classic with a twist. The oversized buttons extend up the lapel to the collar, giving you the option to bundle up if necessary. And if you don't love it in black, never fear — you can save 31% on this coat in black, camel, or light gray. $39.90 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $58.00 | Save 31%True & Co. True Body Triangle Convertible Strap BraletteThe convertible straps on this wireless bra can be worn either straight or crisscrossed, and the smooth material appears invisible under clothes.$30.80 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $44.00 | Save 30%Chaps Mens Long Sleeve Button DownMade from an easy-to-care-for cotton blend and a dose of stretch, this men's button-down shirt will keep you looking polished all day.$19.98 FROM WALMARTOriginally $60.00 | Save 67%Nine West Car Coat CardiganThi cozy topper is part coat, part cardigan, and will keep you warm all winter. Save an extra 15% on this cardigan with the code ENJOY15 at checkout.$35.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 40%When is Cyber Monday?Cyber Monday falls on the Monday after Black Friday every year. In 2021, the shopping event will land on November 29.As a continuation of sorts to Black Friday, Cyber Monday gives shoppers another opportunity to save on tech, home goods, clothing, and more that you might've missed while digesting Thanksgiving dinner. Unlike Black Friday, though, Cyber Monday is entirely online.What time does Cyber Monday start?Cyber Monday officially begins at 12 a.m. ET on November 29. That said, the event is expected to carry over many deals from Black Friday, so some discounts are already available.What is Cyber Monday?Cyber Monday began as the online version of Black Friday, where online retailers offered big discounts to match their brick-and-mortar counterparts. Now, Cyber Monday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, often surpassing even Black Friday in terms of revenue and sales. Previously, the main distinction between Black Friday and Cyber Monday was that Black Friday focused on in-store sales and Cyber Monday on online sales. But as shopping habits have increasingly favored the internet, shoppers can look forward to a very online-focused Cyber Monday and Black Friday. Cyber Monday offers a great opportunity to save on all your holiday gifts. How long do Cyber Monday sales last? Though Cyber Monday sales once took place on Monday only, we've seen them extend to longer and longer durations, with a handful lasting through the rest of the week. However, the best discounts we see are in limited supply and expire soon after they become available.What's better, Black Friday or Cyber Monday?With more and more buyers shopping online, the debate over which shopping holiday wins, is practically moot. Both events will be held predominantly online, and more than a few deals overlap. In fact, many Black Friday deals become Cyber Monday deals when the dates change. If possible, buyers should shop on both holidays. We've seen different products receive better discounts on each day, and the deals that each retailer offers will vary. Generally speaking, consumers shopping for big-ticket items, such as laptops, TVs, and kitchen appliances, can expect more opportunities on Black Friday. Shoppers looking for last year's models, smart home gadgets, digital subscriptions, and gift cards will likely find more luck during Cyber Monday.What should I buy during Cyber Monday?If a retailer offers Black Friday deals, it's a near guarantee that it will offer Cyber Monday deals, too. Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are some noteworthy retailers that we know will participate in the shopping event, with deals across many product categories.We will likely see massive discounts on some of our favorite direct-to-consumer products during Cyber Monday, such as retail startups like Leesa and Brooklinen. For some online stores, Cyber Monday (or Cyber Week) will be one of the few times of the year when their products see major markdowns.Will there be Cyber Monday shipping delays?Shipping delays and shopping holidays are inextricably linked, so there's always a risk of late deliveries.To help you avoid the shipping crunch and get your stuff sooner, several retailers, including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, offer in-store pickup and contactless curbside pickup. This means shoppers can grab their orders at a nearby location, provided that the retailer has it in stock. Best Cyber Monday deals we saw last yearLast year, we saw a lot of great sales on Cyber Monday ranging from sitewide discounts to specific products. Everything from home and kitchen, to subscription services were on sale during last year's annual savings event.Here are a few of the best Cyber Monday deals from 2020.  Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Classic Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush was $179 from Kohl's, originally $229.FujiFilm Instax Mini 11 Camera Bundle was $70 from Kohl's on Cyber Monday last year, originally $120.Keurig K-Supreme Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker was $84 from Target on Cyber Monday last year, originally $140.How we select the best Cyber Monday dealsWe only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage, and that we've either used ourselves or researched carefully.We compare the prices among top retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart and only include the deals that are better than all others offered (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).All deals are at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsized value.Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsider20 hr. 5 min. ago

The 17 best early Nordstrom Cyber Monday deals handpicked by our editors — from Spanx, Rag & Bone, and more

Cyber Monday is November 29, but Nordstrom's sale is live now. You'll find rare discounts from brands like UGG, Dyson, Alo Yoga, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Nordstrom; Rachel Mendelson/InsiderCyber Monday is tomorrow, but Nordstrom's sale is live now, and we're seeing plenty of amazing discounts already. Following the retailer's Black Friday sale, the Cyber Monday sale runs through Tuesday, November 30, with up to 50% off on women's, men's, and children's clothing, skincare, makeup, home goods, and more.During the Cyber Monday sale, you'll be able to score rare discounts from brands like UGG, Dyson, Clinique, and Rag & Bone. We'll keep this post updated while the sale is live to make sure you get the best deals available. Below we've highlighted the best Nordstrom items on sale now.Shop all deals at Nordstrom here.Shop Nordstrom deals by categoryWomen's fashionMen's fashionKids' fashionHomeBeauty and fragranceBest early Cyber Monday deals at Nordstrom in 2021All-Clad 8-Inch & 10-Inch Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Fry Pan SetThis set of two All-Clad nonstick frying pans is made with a PFOA-free nonstick coating and stainless steel base to prevent difficult cleaning and uneven cooking temperatures. The set comes with an 8-inch and 10-inch frying to use on a stove or oven up to 500 degrees. Right now, you can get the All-Clad set of two nonstick frying pans for $60 during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.$55.99 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $90.00 | Save 38%Spanx Look at Me Now Seamless LeggingsThese stretchy Spanx leggings have built-in shaping and a double-layered waistband that delivers a smooth look.$34.00 FROM NORSTROMOriginally $68.00 | Save 50%Sweaty Betty After Class SweatshirtOversized and ultra soft, this cotton and modal sweatshirt is perfect for after workouts or lounging around the house.$46.80 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $78.00 | Save 40%Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle CorrectorClinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector brightens dark circles while hydrating and de-puffing the sensitive under-eye area. $36.54 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $43.00 | Save 15%$43.00 FROM SEPHORAClinique Liquid Facial Soap CleanserTK$13.30 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $19.00 | Save 30%True & Co. True Body Triangle Convertible Strap BraletteThe convertible straps on this wireless bra can be worn either straight or crisscrossed, and the smooth material appears invisible under clothes.$30.80 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $44.00 | Save 30%Mac Cosmetics MAC Red Lipstick (Ruby Woo)MAC Ruby Woo is the ideal matte cherry red lipstick, no matter your skin tone.$15.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $19.00 | Save 21%$19.00 FROM MAC COSMETICSRag & Bone Classic Slim Fit HenleyTK$112.50 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $150.00 | Save 25%Hyperice Hypervolt PlusThis upgrade to our pick for the best low volume massage gun, is currently $100 off at Best Buy. It's more powerful than the model we recommend. $299.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $399.00 | Save 25%$299.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $399.99 | Save 25%Alo Moves One-Year Membership Gift BoxThis box comes with a gift card for a one-year subscription to Alo's wellness platform so they can stream on-demand fitness classes anytime, anywhere.$99.50 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $199.00 | Save 50%Wayf Nelle Half Zip PulloverWith a half-zip neckline and cropped hem, this cozy knit sweater is right on trend for Winter 2021. Choose from five neutral colors.$49.90 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $78.00 | Save 36%APL TechLoom Breeze Knit Running ShoeThe knit, sock-like upper of these neutral running sneakers keeps you light on your feet and comes in four color options.$149.96 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $199.95 | Save 25%Mario Badescu Full Size Drying Lotion, Face Mist & Lip Balm SetThis set includes full sizes of three Mario Badescu favorites: the Drying Lotion, Facial Spray and Rose Lip Balm.$19.55 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $23.00 | Save 15%BLANKNYC Faux Leather Bomber Jacket with Removable HoodThis faux-leather jacket comes with a removable hood, so it's like getting two jackets in one.$40.97 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $98.00 | Save 58%ZELLA Moto Ribbed High Waist Ankle LeggingsForm meets function with these leggings that pair a no-slip waistband and moisture-wicking fabric with cool moto details.$29.90 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $69.00 | Save 57%Calvin Klein 3-Pack Boxer BriefsStock up on the basics at a great price with this three-pack of boxer briefs featuring the iconic Calvin Klein waistband.$36.11 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $42.50 | Save 15%What should I buy from Nordstrom this Cyber Monday?Nordstrom's Cyber Monday sale is a great time to stock up on everything from essentials like socks, underwear, winter coats, hats, and gloves, to splurge items like sunglasses, handbags, jewelry, and beauty products. You'll also find home goods like pillows, candles, diffusers, and more. The Cyber Monday sale is an especially good chance to score items from rarely-discounted brands like UGG and Reformation.How do we select Cyber Monday deals from Nordstrom?We only choose products that meet our standards for coverage. These items come from trusted brands that we know and use or have tested ourselves.The deal price must be better than the retail price or the normal sale price.We anticipate many deals from Black Friday to roll over to Cyber Monday.When does Nordstrom's Cyber Monday sale start?Nordstrom's Cyber Monday sale is live now and runs through November 30.What is Nordstrom's return policy?Nordstrom doesn't have a traditional return policy. Instead, returns are handled on a case-by-case basis, and the company tends to be very accommodating. Can I shop at the Nordstrom store near me?Yes, Nordstrom's Cyber Monday deals will be available in stores. You can also order online and choose in-store pick-up or curbside pickup. We recommend shopping online for public health reasons and so that you can skip this year's likely long and slow lines.  How does Nordstrom stand up to the competition on Cyber Monday?While other department stores will also have Cyber Monday sales, Nordstrom stands out for its wide range of affordable brands and luxury brands. Nordstrom's lenient return policy is also a major plus for shopping during the holiday season. You won't have to worry about strict return windows.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 28th, 2021

We visited 2 Walmart stores more than 2,000 miles away on Black Friday and found sparse crowds on both coasts

Both stores were calmer and emptier than a typical Black Friday morning, with no major crowds or rushes for deals. Mary Meisenzahl/Insider We visited Walmart stores in New York and California on Black Friday. Both were calmer and emptier than a typical Black Friday morning. Some customers came for specific deals, while other just wandered through the stores.  The sun didn't rise in Los Angeles on Black Friday until 6:30 a.m., but around 55 people were in line to enter Walmart by 6 ahead of the store's 7 a.m. opening. Unlike Black Fridays of years past, the scene was calm.Fortesa LatifiEveryone stood quietly, a few feet between each group of people. It was a cool morning, only 50 degrees out, which counts for winter in Los Angeles.Fortesa LatifiAs customers waited in line, two employees wheeled a cart around adorned with a large poster that featured the "Hot Items" that were on sale for the holiday. Included were: Nintendo Switch, Apple Airpods Pro, Gateway computers, various Apple Watches, an Xbox Series S, and two SmartCast TVs.Fortesa LatifiThe poster featured the prices of the items as well as the part of the store in which they could be found. The employees wheeling the cart took time to explain the deals. If a customer wanted one of the deals, the employee handed them a card, which guaranteed the item.Fortesa LatifiOnce inside, the Walmart employees explained, the customer would take the card to the designated store area and retrieve their item. The item would be held for the customer for two hours, at which point the hold would be released and the item would be available for purchase to the general public.Fortesa LatifiThe majority of items included in the Black Friday deals were electronic. A Nintendo Switch went for $299, Apple Airpods Pro for $159, a Gateway Pent OPP laptop for $179; an Apple Watch S3 38MM for $109; an Xbox Series S Digital Version for $299; a 70-inch CLASS 4K Smart TV for $398.Fortesa LatifiAs the employees featured the deals, they crossed out items whose stock had already been claimed. The first to be crossed off was an Apple Watch, followed by a laptop and television.Fortesa LatifiWhen the doors opened at 7 a.m., the customers, masked as according to Los Angeles County COVID-19 precautions, trailed into the store calmly. Employees also wore masks and some had on festive holiday headbands and Santa hats.Fortesa LatifiThroughout the store, there were red bows adorning signs naming the price of items. It was apparent we're in the holiday season, but reminders of the pandemic were also everywhere: signs for available vaccines, masked employees and patrons, and sanitizing stations.Fortesa LatifiThe only place where there was even a line was in the electronics section, where customers were let in in groups of three to browse the televisions, phones, and video games. One employee said that thanks to the ubiquity of online advertising, customers come in knowing what they want.Fortesa LatifiOne associate who's worked at Walmart since 2011 said that each year, Black Friday has gotten progressively calmer.Fortesa LatifiShe said it's nothing like the mayhem that used to happen — partly because of the pandemic and partly because of technology. With online shopping, it's just easier to access Black Friday deals online than to wait in line in the predawn hours the day after Thanksgiving and hope you score.Fortesa LatifiAnother employee said that people only come into the store for Black Friday if they want an item immediately and don't want to wait for shipping.Fortesa LatifiIt's more chaotic than a normal morning, he said, but nothing like it used to be.Fortesa LatifiIn 2021, at least in this Walmart in Los Angeles, the scene was more reminiscent of a midnight book launch than a frenzied shopping craze.Fortesa LatifiAt a Walmart in Rochester, New York, we found a similar scene.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderThe store was surprisingly empty for a major shopping holiday.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderWorkers and security staff seemed to almost outnumber shoppers.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderIt was easy to walk down some of the less popular aisles and not see anyone else.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderCustomers that did show up seemed to mostly congregate around electronics, which are some of the most expensive items that Walmart sells.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderSome video games were heavily discounted, and people were picking through what was left.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderA display of games for the Nintendo Switch seemed to be especially popular, with few games left.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderA display of discounted Ring Lights was disheveled, with many of the remaining boxes opened.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderThe other highly trafficked section of the store was some of the toy aisles.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderSome shelves of Legos and Matchbox cars were totally wiped out.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderOther toys didn't seem particularly popular, though.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderWalmart was completely stocked with air fryers, one of the biggest Black Friday items so far according to data from Adobe.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderOther kitchen appliances, including Instant Pots and mini waffle makers, were also in stock.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderEven in the most crowded areas of the store, there was nothing like the chaos I've read about from other Black Fridays in the past.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderEven with about half of the registers closed, lines never got more than a few carts deep.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderMy Black Friday Walmart experience was underwhelming. There were no items that seemed to be deals too good to pass up. Hardly anyone even seemed to be in a rush, and most customers were more casually browsing.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderDo you have a story to share about a retail or restaurant chain? Email this reporter at mmeisenzahl@businessinsider.com.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytNov 26th, 2021

Rabobank: Really Black Friday

Rabobank: Really Black Friday By Michael Every of Rabobank Welcome to Black Friday, where the emphasis is sadly on the darker interpretation of that title. I wish I could be referring to the classic South Park trilogy about the zombie-like surge of US consumption the day entails, but five far more serious developments are underway.   #1. Key US banks scrambling to revise their rates views in the wake of the Fed’s minutes. One headline is the Fed now seen accelerating tapering to $30bn a month, ending it by mid-2022, and hiking in June, September, and December, then twice in 2023, taking Fed Funds up 125bp. That would either see US 10-year yields move significantly higher, or the US curve threaten to invert. Are markets and the economy set up to handle that pace of hiking? Are emerging markets? What do they say about tech – “Move fast and break things”…well, the shoe may soon be on the other foot. (And note the Wall Street Journal suddenly grasping rents are about to lift US CPI sharply: it is not just used cars, folks.) Presuming Powell and Brainard get approved by the Senate ahead, would both back that course of action over time? #2. The B1.1.529 Covid variant suddenly surging across Southern Africa has mutations that could potentially mean higher transmissibility and the ability to evade vaccine defenses. Scientists and the financial press are worried in equal measure, and are talking about it as potentially the ‘next Delta’. There are already fresh travel restrictions from six African countries to the UK. Using plain language to not be ‘Ivermectine-d’ or ‘Nordea-d’, despite the market’s focus on the ever-increasing vaccination threshold level that means ‘Covid freedom’, science always said a non-sterilizing vaccine and a mutating coronavirus were not a combination guaranteed to see Covid disappear like Smallpox. Rather, it could keep adapting to move ahead of vaccines. This is not to be anti-vaccine, but to stress that in a ‘war’ against a coronavirus, both sides can and do change strategy. #3. The Russian build-up vs. Ukraine has military experts as concerned as Covid scientists: The UK is sending its armoured division back to Germany again, whose new government promises a “less naïve” foreign policy towards Russia and China, and higher defence spending; Rochan Consulting says the emptying of Russian storage facilities is a very ominous sign, as is logistics (sub)units being activated, while there has also been a sharp increase in anti-Ukraine and anti-NATO rhetoric coming from Moscow; The CNA Director of Russian Studies underlines Russia has moved its red lines from Ukraine never joining NATO to NATO defence cooperation (e.g., arms transfers, use of territory, etc.) - which is already underway on the ground; and The Director of @RiddleRussia talks of an imposed choice between Finlandization and war. Suggestions are that were war to occur, Russia could at least destroy the dam in Ukraine stopping the flow of water to Crimea, and seize the key Black Sea port of Mariupol, but may grab land up to the border of Moldova. In direct terms for markets, the potentially impacted areas account for 32% of Ukraine’s wheat production and 43% of barley; but a border-changing Russia-Ukraine conflict could up-end the world order in ways markets aren’t willing or able to price for. #4. Bloomberg says ‘China’s Property-Led Economic Slowdown Shows No Signs of Ending’, as car and home sales dropped again in November according to their leading indicators. They also say only export orders are doing well and domestic demand remains in the doldrums. Perhaps that’s why the China Securities Journal reports ‘relatively high mortgage interest rates in some Chinese cities may be lowered in the future.’ Via lower bank profits or targeted rate cuts, and is this not a retreat from the retreat from asset-bubble based growth? Caixin global reports trust firms are pulling back from property, cutting off funding for developers and bubblicious income for households. The state *might* fill the lending gap for developers, but who fills the gap for households relying on trust returns to save/consume? Many questions: few answers – and slower Chinese growth – and for Tencent, given it is again in regulators’ crosshairs, it seems. By the way, if you want to see consumption, try Australia, where retail sales just leaped 4.9% m/m vs. 2.2% expected. The problem is that the RBA now have even more reason to be nervous: if you think the Chinese economy has problems dealing with a property bubble… #5. The US is threatening to confront Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) next month if it does not cooperate more with the nuclear watchdog, which could undermine the foot-dragging, I mean talks, about reviving the 2015 deal. Iran still insists the US has to walk back all sanctions first, and promise to never renege on the deal again, which is undeliverable by any president. Some observers say the US, with an eye on Russia and China, is not willing to act regardless of what Iran does. However, Israel has made its own position clear: its defence minister hopes a better nuclear deal will come out of upcoming talks, but is hedging his bets and building up military capabilities; and the prime minister says he will not be bound to the deal regardless. Overall, therefore risk is off so far (albeit in Asian time, as the US still rubs its belly full of Turkey). US 2-year yields are down 3bp to 0.61% and 10s down 4bp to 1.60%, while USD/JPY is back under 115. And, as a reminder of how much wilder things can always get in markets, the Wall Street Journal reports ‘Turks Abandon the Lira for Dollars as Currency Crisis Deepens’. Let’s hope for the best, but imagine how the five risk points flagged above could conflate for both developed and emerging markets in a worst-case scenario. Happy really Black Friday. Tyler Durden Fri, 11/26/2021 - 11:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeNov 26th, 2021

47 startup brands with incredible Black Friday 2021 sales, including Bombas, Mejuri, Away, Brooklinen, and more

The best Black Friday 2021 startup deals are here. Here are the best discounts to take advantage of right now, including bedding, cookware, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.BrooklinenBlack Friday is today, November 26, and all of the best startup deals are live. While many retailers continue to struggle amidst supply chain issues and shortages, that doesn't mean your Christmas shopping is ruined, especially not with a lot of direct-to-consumer startups that have tighter supply chains.Below, we've rounded up the best deals from startup brands around the web on everything from bedding and sheets to clothing, apparel, and wine. All of the deals below are live now, and most of them will run through Cyber Monday, November 29 and beyond.Best Black Friday 2021 deals from startupsBrooklinenBrooklinenThe deal: Save 20% off sitewideWhat we recommend:Luxe Hardcore Sheet BundleAll-Season Down ComforterRead more about Brooklinen: Brooklinen sheets review: One of the best purchases I've ever madeBrooklinen vs Parachute sheets: How 2 of the most popular bedding startups stack upPopular bedding startup Brooklinen has launched a new baby collectionBrooklinen's $100 bathrobe is the little luxury I never thought I neededEverlaneEverlaneThe deal: Take up to 30% off top winter stylesWhat we recommend:The Day BootSlim Four-Way Stretch Uniform JeanRead more about Everlane: The best women's cashmere sweatersThe best men's cashmere sweatersThe best women's flatsWe wore Everlane's $236 Day Boots regularly over the last year — here's how they held upWe swear by Everlane for affordable, quality basics — these are the 21 styles that stay in our everyday rotationTommy JohnTommy JohnThe deal: Take 20% off purchases $100+, plus get free shipping on orders $75+What we recommend:Men's Second Skin Boxer Brief (3-Pack)Women's Air Mesh ThongRead more about Tommy John: Tommy John clothing review: You'll want to wear it all the timeTommy John women's collection review: They're worth every pennyTommy John men's leggings review: Really comfy for cold-weather runsTommy John men's dress shirts review: They won't come untucked and they fit like a gloveTommy John is offering 25% off all orders of $100 or more, from November 24 through Cyber MondayBombasBombasThe deal: Take 20% off of everything with the code MERRY20 through Friday, December 3What we recommend:Women's All-Ankle Sock (12-Pack)Men's Dress Calf Sock (4-Pack)Read more about Bombas: Meet Bombas, the cult-favorite sock startup that has donated millions of pairs to homeless sheltersBombas' hiking socks are engineered for the outdoor adventurer, but they're comfortable enough to wear every dayCult-favorite sock startup Bombas is ending the plague of missing socks by promising to send a replacement pair if one gets lostBombas is having a 20% off sale right now for Cyber Monday 2020LeesaLeesa/InstagramThe deal: Take up to $500 off a new mattress (with two free down pillows), and take 20% off bundles (with two free down pillows)What we recommend:Leesa Mattress (Queen)Hybrid Mattress (Queen)Read more about Leesa:Leesa Hybrid mattress review: The best bed-in-a-box I've triedReview: The Leesa Original mattress works for every type of sleeperLeesa pillow review: It always stays extremely coolLeesa bed frame review: It adjusts for better supportGreat JonesGreat JonesThe deal: Take 25% off all orders and get free shipping on orders $100+What we recommend:Fully BakedThe DutchessRead more about Great Jones: Great Jones makes luxury cookware more accessible and affordable — it even has a cooking hotline you can text for advice12 direct-to-consumer kitchen startups that are changing the way we shop for cookware and knivesFresh off a $1.75 million investment, Instagram-friendly cookware brand Great Jones expands into bakeware as Americans spend more time in the kitchen than ever beforeMirrorMirrorThe deal: Save $500 on a Mirror and get free delivery ($250 value) and installation ($500 value)What we recommend:MirrorRead more about Mirror: Mirror turns your living room into a boutique fitness studio but its $1,500 price tag isn't a practical investment for most peopleCasperCasperThe deal: Take 20% off mattresses and bundles, and take 10% off everything elseWhat we recommend:Casper Wave Mattress (Queen)Casper Mattress (Queen)Read more about Casper: Casper Wave mattress review: It's truly a marvel of engineeringReview: Casper's affordable pillow totally exceeded our expectationsCasper sheets review: They're actually really impressiveReview: Why I switched to a Casper adjustable bed frameCasper has a new line of dog beds — I got one for my new puppy, and he's in love with itCoop Home GoodsCoop Home GoodsThe deal: Get 20% off pillows, 25% off bedding, and 30% off support pillows with the code FRIYAY at checkoutWhat we recommend:Coop Original PillowEden PillowRead more about Coop Home Goods:The best pillows for your bedThe best memory foam pillowsThe best gel pillowsThis memory foam pillow is a hit with everyone I know — it can be customized to support many sleeping positionsI sleep on my side and use this full-body pillow to reduce strain on my knees while keeping my spine alignedParachuteParachuteThe deal: Save 20% sitewide, excluding bed framesWhat we recommend:Parachute Percale Venice Sheet Set (Queen)Parachute The Mattress (Queen)Braided Wool RugParachute Classic Bathrobe (for women)Parachute Classic Bathrobe (for men)Read more about Parachute:Parachute is my go-to choice for its softness, comfort, and range of understated colorsHome startup Parachute sells more than sheets and towelsCozy bedding startup Parachute is now making eco-friendly, plush mattressesThe 5 best men's bathrobes we tested in 2021The 7 best women's bathrobes we tested in 2021FullyFullyThe deal: Take 15% off sitewide through Tuesday, November 30What we recommend:Jarvis Bamboo Standing DeskCora Standing Desk ConverterRead more about Fully: The best standing desks for your home officeA guide to everything you need to work from home, according to product reviewersOutdoor VoicesOutdoor VoicesThe deal: Take 25% off sitewideWhat we recommend:TechSweat Core 7/8 LeggingRelay ShortThe Exercise DressRead more about Outdoor Voices:I asked several people to test the Outdoor Voices TechSweat leggings, and the verdict was unanimous — they're some of the most comfortable we've ever wornI worked out in a dress from Outdoor Voices exercise dress and it was surprisingly practicalAUrateAUrateThe deal: Get 25% off everything with the code STOCKEDWhat we recommend:Solid Circle EarringsStackable Twist RingRead more about Aurate:Popular jewelry startup AUrate used its customers' feedback to create a stunning new collection — here's your first lookThe best places to buy affordable fine jewelry8 people share the best pieces of jewelry they've ever bought or received — from $7 Etsy purchases to $1,500 splurges they don't regretMejuriMejuriThe deal: Take 20% off everything when you spend $150+What we recommend:Duo RingEditor HoopsZodiac NecklaceRead more about Mejuri: Mejuri, a popular online jewelry startup, has launched a collection of unique engagement rings — all under $2,000Popular jewelry startup Mejuri has an under-$80 zodiac collection — and the styles are great for subtly personalized Mother's Day gifts8 people share the best pieces of jewelry they've ever bought or receivedDagne DoverDagne Dover/InstagramThe deal: Take 20% off everything with the code HOLIDAZE at checkout (note that due to shipping delays, the brand recommends ordering gifts as soon as possible)What we recommend:Allyn ToteDakota BackpackLandon CarryallRead more about Dagne Dover: The best backpack for womenThe best work bag for womenThe 16 weekender bags we turn to most often because they're easy to pack and comfortable to carryFirstleafConnie Chen/InsiderThe deal: Join the club by Cyber Monday, November 29, and get your first six bottles for $29.95 and free shipping for a year with promo code CYBERWINEWhat we recommend:Firstleaf Monthly Wine SubscriptionRead more about Firstleaf:I tried Firstleaf, a subscription box that delivers wines from top vineyards around the worldThe best wine subscriptionsOtherlandOtherlandThe deal: Take 20% off candle bundlesWhat we recommend:Silk Pajamas CandleFallen Fir CandleBuild Your Own Candle Box (3-pack)Read more about Otherland:This candle startup has a beautiful gifting and unboxing experience, making them foolproof giftsThe best places to buy candlesMade InMade In; Alyssa Powell/Business InsiderThe deal: Take up to 25% off sitewideWhat we recommend:Stainless Clad SaucierServing Platter8-inch Chef KnifeRead more about Made In:Made In review: all the cookware pieces we've triedMade In saucier reviewMade In carbon steel pan reviewM.GemiM.GemiThe deal: Get 20% off sitewideWhat we recommend:The Palestra DueSacca Donna LoafersFeliz LoafersThe CorsaThe EspertoNote: things are selling out quickly during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.Read more about M.Gemi: Online luxury startup M.Gemi only makes limited quantities of all its shoes, and its cult-favorite suede flat is sure to sell out again this fallYou may know footwear startup M.Gemi for its colorful loafers — but here's why its ankle boots are the real standout5 cool online startups that drop new products every single week of the yearPartners Coffee Co.Partners Coffee Co.The deal: Save 20% off sitewideWhat we recommend:Manhattan roastColombia - El Ramo roastDriftawayDriftawayThe deal: Get up to $60 off Annual Gift Subscriptions with code BF21What we recommend:A customizable gift boxA personalized coffee subscriptionRead more about Driftaway: This coffee subscription box helped me figure out what kinds of coffee I actually enjoy drinkingThe 7 best coffee subscriptions in 2021HavenlyHavenly/InstagramThe deal: Get a 50% discount plus a price match of 5% on top of existing deals with promo code 50PERCENTWhat we recommend:The Style QuizHavenly MiniRead more about Havenly:You can have any room in your home made over by an expert interior designer through this online service — here's how it worksThe SillThe SillThe deal: Take up to 50% off best-selling plants, planters, plant care accessories, nature-inspired gifts, and moreWhat we recommend:ZZ & BalboaBeginner BundleRead more about The Sill:Plant delivery startup The Sill makes it easy to learn about which plants are right for your home — here's how it worksWe compared 3 of the most popular online plant shops — here's how their shipping and return policies and plant care advice stack upVivinoVivinoThe deal: Take up to 50% off wines and an additional 10% off with code BFRIWhat we recommend:Bordiga Vermouth Rosso N.V.Altaneve Prosecco Superiore N.V.Polar Bear CoolersPolar Bear CoolersThe deal: Get 50% off sitewide including deals on coolers, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), drinkware, and accessories with code FOXWhat we recommend: Original 12-Pack Soft CoolerPolar Bear Topper 20Stuart and LauStuart & LauThe deal: Save up to 50% sitewide, plus get an additional 10% off with promo code BCFM2021What we recommend:The Cary BriefcaseThe Regimen Gym BagRead more about Stuart and Lau:This briefcase has survived a year's worth of daily commuting and traveling and is still in tip-top shape — here's why it's worth $350 to meSafelySafelyThe deal: Get 20% off using the promo code SAFELYSALERead more about Safely:Kris Jenner's line of cleaning products just landed a major placement at Bed Bath & BeyondBurrowBurrowThe deal: Save up to 15% with code BF21What we recommend:Burrow Nomad SofaThe Mid-Century Ranch SetRead more about Burrow: This startup makes sofas that sound almost too good to be true — they're easy to move and only take 10 minutes to buildWe compared online sofas from Campaign and Burrow to determine which couch startup deserves a spot in your living roomThis Burrow couch is made with full-grain leather that will last for years — here's what it feels like and why it's worth $3,800OnsenConnie Chen/InsiderThe deal: Get 30% off sitewide with promo code BF2021What we recommend:Bath TowelBath Towel SetRead more about Onsen: The best bath towelsOur PlaceOur Place/InstagramThe deal: Save up to $125 on popular items, including the cult-favorite Always PanWhat we recommend:Always PanDinner for 4Read more about Our Place: This cleverly designed pan replaces 8 traditional pieces of cookware to help streamline my small kitchen8 tableware startups changing the way we shop for dishes12 direct-to-consumer kitchen startups that are changing the way we shop for cookware and knivesBear MattressBearThe deal: Get 25% sitewide plus a free Cloud Pillows, and a free sheet set ($250 value) with promo code BF25What we recommend:Bear Mattress (Queen)Bear Hybrid (Queen)Read more about Bear Mattress: I tested this startup's mattress and it helped me with one of my biggest sleeping problemsLuxury 'hybrid' mattresses are taking over the mattress industry — here's what they are and what it's like to sleep on oneGlossierGlossierThe deal: Take 20% off everythingWhat we recommend:Boy BrowCloud PaintSolutionRead more about Glossier:7 of our favorite products from Glossier, the internet's favorite beauty startupThe best facial exfoliatorsGlossier's Futuredew serum-oil hybrid gives my skin a glassy, dewy effect all day — and it's pretty affordable at $24Glossier's Lash Slick mascara has little fibers that add length and definition to my eyelashes without clumping or smudgingEqual PartsEqual PartsThe deal: Take 20% off Pattern-owned brands including Letterfolk, Open Spaces, and GIR, and get free shippingWhat we recommend:Sauce PanThe Utensils SetRead more about Equal Parts:I tried nonstick cookware from new kitchen startup Equal Parts — it's not perfect, but it's still excellent for the price12 direct-to-consumer kitchen startups that are changing the way we shop for cookware and knivesI tried the bright, customizable doormat that's all over social media, and it's my new favorite piece of decorPactPactThe deal: Shop deals starting at 20% offWhat we recommend:Shelf Bra CamisoleClearance ThongRead more about Pact:8 clothing brands we count on for affordable women's basics12 ethical companies to shop from if you like to put your money where your values areThis $32 Fair Trade wrap dress from a little-known startup is one of my wardrobe's best-kept secretsThe InsideThe Inside/FacebookThe deal: Take 20% off sitewideWhat we recommend:Modern Platform BedThrow PillowRead more about The Inside:These new sofas are the colorful, cool antidote to every boring couch you've seen online — they start at $1,599 and max out at $3,800 for a sectionalFrank and OakFrank And OakThe deal: 30% off everything with free shipping and returns through Saturday 11/27. Use code BF30What we recommend:Hemp Polo ShirtCircular Denim CollectionRead more about Frank and Oak:This women's clothing subscription box is the first I've tried that I kept everything from, and it's a nice bonus that its clothes are sustainableThis startup is recycling old denim to make new jeans for under $100 and you'd never know the differenceMeUndiesMeUndies Color Scale lineMeUndiesThe deal: Save up to 60% on Packs (Save on Undies, Bralettes, Socks, Stretch Cotton, and Breathe with the Pack Friday sale)What we recommend:Second Skin BriefAir CheekyAir ThongRead more about MeUndies:The best women's underwear6 of the most comfortable online underwear brands we've tried — from $10 pairs to $26 premium stylesSenreveSally Kaplan/INSIDERThe deal: Shop 25% off and get free gifts when you spend $400, $600, and $1000What we recommend:Maestra BagRead more about Senreve:This Instagram-famous convertible backpack and shoulder bag is nearly $900 — I thought the price was ridiculous until I actually used itGreatsGreatsThe deal: Get 50% off select styles and a free tote on orders $150+What we recommend:Greats Royale (men's)Greats Royale (women's)Read more about Greats:The best leather sneakers for menThe best leather sneakers for women9 footwear brands that make sustainable sneakers from recycled and renewable materialsMVMTMVMTThe deal: Save up to 50% sitewideWhat we recommend: Beverly WatchAstro WatchRead more about MVMT: One of our favorite startups proves you don't have to spend more than $200 to get a stylish watchMVMT's new $300 automatic watch proves that you don't need deep pockets to get your hands on a luxury timepieceI've written about a bunch of great watches, but this is the one I wear to work every day — here's whyNaadamNaadamThe deal: Get 40% off (almost) everything and free domestic shipping with code BLACKFRIDAYWhat we recommend:Women's Recycled Cashmere Crewneck SweaterMen's Recycled Cashmere Crewneck SweaterSignature Ribbed Cashmere BeanieRead more about Naadam: This online startup is reinventing luxury with $75 cashmere sweaters — and they're among the best I've ever worn6 places to buy affordable, top-quality cashmere sweaters for as little as $75The best cashmere sweaters you can buySnoweSnowe/InstagramThe deal: Get 20% off plus free shipping until 2:59 am EST, Tuesday, November 30What we recommend:Classic BathrobeThe Complete Eat BundleRead more about Snowe: Here's why a new home store founded by Wharton MBA grads is a favorite among millennial shoppersThis up-and-coming startup makes luxury bedding accessible and low-maintenance — here's why I'm a convert to their wrinkle-resistant sheetsThis $98 bathrobe is truly the best one out there — here's whyUnited by BlueUnited By BlueThe deal: Take 20% off sitewide and an extra 50% off select sales with promo code TGIFWhat we recommend:Men's Bison Puffer JacketWomen's Bison Long JacketRead more about United by Blue: This $228 slim puffer jacket is filled with bison down — a surprisingly sustainable material that's seriously warmDanner Boots partnered with a small outdoors startup to give its classic pair of hiking boots a sustainable facelift — here's why they're worth the costHedley & BennettHedley & Bennett/InstagramThe deal: Take 20% off sitewide and 30% off orders over $150What we recommend:The Big ApronThe Essential ApronThe Baker BundleRead more about Hedley & Bennett: More than 6,000 restaurants worldwide use these colorful, sturdy aprons. We tested them out in our home kitchens.AutonomousJada Wong/InsiderThe deal: Save up to 50% on select items from AutonomousWhat we recommend:Autonomous SmartDesk 2 PremiumRead more about Autonomous:The best standing desks for your home officeSardelSardelThe deal: Save 15% on orders up to $350, 20% on orders over $350, and 25% off orders over $750What we recommend:Sauté Pan (4-quart)Skillet (12-inch)Skillet (10-inch)Saucepan (2-quart)Read more about Sardel:Cookware startup Sardel makes some of our favorite pots and pans12 direct-to-consumer kitchen startups that are changing the way we shop for cookware and knivesWild OneShoshi Parks/InsiderThe deal: 25% Off Sitewide (including Kits, which are discounted only twice a year)What we Recommend: Wild One Travel CarrierRead more about Wild One:The best airline cat carrierHow do we select the best startup deals?We choose brands that we've tested or deeply researched.We compare prices against Amazon, Target, Walmart, and other retailers.We look at products' price histories to evaluate how significant the savings are.When do Black Friday sales start at startups?Black Friday 2021 is November 26 and Cyber Monday is November 29, but many startups have already started their sales, just as many will extend beyond Cyber Monday.What should I buy from startups on Black Friday?You'll be able to find deals on just about anything and everything from direct-to-consumer startups during Black Friday. Great categories to keep an eye on for better-than-normal deals are mattresses and bedding, kitchenware, clothing, and home furnishing and decor.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 26th, 2021

Transitory Is Dead: Goldman Now Expects Fed To Double Pace Of Tapering In December, Hike Three Times In 2022

Transitory Is Dead: Goldman Now Expects Fed To Double Pace Of Tapering In December, Hike Three Times In 2022 Less than a month after Goldman capitulated and finally admitted it was dead wrong about its "transitory" inflation thesis - a laughably fragile argument, as just one look at the bank's linearly rising monthly inflation forecasts would immediately reveal... ... and the bank pulled forward its first rate hike forecast from by one year mid 2023 to July 2022, this morning Goldman has fully thrown in the towel on any pretense that inflation will drop in the next few months (or year). As a result, after noting that not only the latest FOMC Minutes released yesterday hinted at faster than expected inflation if not outright stagflation, but that Several FOMC participants have signaled over the last couple of weeks that they are open to accelerating the pace of tapering - including Vice Chair Clarida and most recently San Francisco Fed President Daly ... ... the bank concludes that "the increased openness to accelerating the taper pace likely reflects both somewhat higher-than-expected inflation over the last two months and greater comfort among Fed officials that a faster pace would not shock financial markets" - something Goldman's highly paid economists clearly were unable to express until just weeks ago. The increased openness to accelerating the taper pace likely reflects both somewhat higher-than-expected inflation over the last two months and greater comfort among Fed officials that a faster pace would not shock financial markets. Some Fed officials might be persuaded to accelerate the taper by the upside inflation surprises over the last two months, especially on the shelter component. Other Fed officials, especially in the leadership, might have already expected inflation prints to remain high through the winter, but—with market pricing of rate hikes in the first half of 2022 rising—might now feel more confident that accelerating the pace, which is already more than twice as fast as the pace last cycle, will not produce the sort of unexpected market turmoil that reductions in balance sheet accommodation have sometimes caused in the past. So with the Fed now also conceding that a faster taper is in the works, Goldman which was dismally wrong in its Fed forecasts until last month, now expects the Fed to announce at its December meeting that it is doubling the pace of tapering to $30bn per month starting in January.  In that scenario, "the FOMC would announce the final two tapers at its January meeting and implement the final taper in mid-March, several days before the March FOMC meeting" And since the taper will now end in March, it also means that more hikes are coming: according to Goldman, while this faster pace of tapering would allow the FOMC to consider a rate hike as early as March, the bank's best guess is that it will wait until June. By that point, a few additional employment reports will be available and will - perhaps - show a labor market that Fed officials feel more comfortable characterizing as having reached maximum employment. According to Goldman "The FOMC might say at its March meeting that it is evaluating the impact of tapering and will begin the discussion of rate hikes soon, then hint at its May meeting that a hike is coming soon, before ultimately hiking in June." In other words, Goldman now expects hikes in June, September, and December, for a total of three in 2022 (vs. two in July and November previously), followed by two hikes per year starting in 2023 (this is completely laughable as the market will crash long before then but let's pretend Goldman knows what it is talking about for once). It gets even funnier, because according to Goldman's chief economist Jan Jatzius, there is also an alternative path of hikes at the May, July, and November meetings as a realistic possibility too. Such an aggressive hawkish view from Goldman - which has been highly bullish on the state of the US economy in 2022 - is understandable, if odd especially when one considers that Morgan Stanley, which has a far more bearish outlook on the US economy in 2022 sees no rate hikes next year whatsoever. In other words, 2022 is shaping up as a giant clash between the two most notable economist teams on Wall Street - Goldman, which sees three rate hikes, and Morgan Stanley, which sees zero. That's also why as Hatzius concedes, the "largest risk to our expectation of an early liftoff is that some participants might find it hard to square a still-large employment gap relative to the pre-pandemic level with the guidance that the FOMC will not hike until the labor market reaches maximum employment... But we expect the unemployment rate to have fallen to 3.7% by June 2022, and we think that most participants, even many of the doves, will conclude that after a prolonged period in which job opportunities have been plentiful, any decline in the participation rate that remains by the middle of next year is likely to be mostly voluntary or structural." Actually there is an even larger risk: a recession next year as the economy collapses under its own weight since no more stimmies are propping up the US consumer. The largest risk, however, is a "catastrophic" 10%+ drop in the market which would put an immediate end to any tightening plans the Fed may have and lead to QE and potentially NIRP over the next 12 months. We will be sure to follow up on this post in 12 months to see who was right. Tyler Durden Thu, 11/25/2021 - 15:10.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeNov 25th, 2021

The 5 best snow shovels in 2021

You need a quality snow shovel to clear your driveway and sidewalks. Here are the best options, including ergonomic and electric ones. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.Amazon With the right snow shovel, you can clear your porch, walkways, driveways, and more easily.  The Dmos Alpha Expedition Shovel is our top pick. It has a serrated blade that cuts into snow piles. If you need to move a ton of snow with minimal effort, read our guide to the best snow blowers. Read more about how Insider Reviews tests and researches home products. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.With the proper snow shovel, removing snow from your stoop, driveway, deck, and walkways can be faster and easier.  No matter which snow shovel you use, it's more important to use it safely to help reduce the chance of injury.You can read proper safety tips here, along with how to choose the right snow shovel for your needs.Here are the best snow shovels in 2021Best snow shovel overall: Dmos Alpha Expedition ShovelBest ergonomic snow shovel: Snow Joe SJ-SHLV01 Shovelution Snow ShovelBest electric snow shovel: Greenworks 2600802 Electric Snow ShovelBest compact snow shovel: Lifeline Aluminum Sport Utility ShovelBest snow pusher: Manplow RevolutionX Snow Pusher Best snow shovel overallDmosWhen fully assembled, the collapsible Dmos Alpha Expedition Shovel is as capable as any classic snow shovel, easily tossing scoop after scoop of snow. Pros: Collapses for stowing, serrated blades cuts into packed snow, lightweight but ruggedCons: Can become heavy when lifting a lot of snow The Dmos Alpha Expedition Shovel has a clever build that can help you move snow all day long. It's a newer version of the original Alpha I tested. Its stronger aircraft-grade aluminum is slightly heavier, but it's otherwise very similar.The Alpha was the best snow shovel I have ever used, and it's still one of my go-to shovels. The slender, serrated edge of the shovel's blade cuts into all sorts of snow with ease, lifting fresh powder, heavy slush, and icy chunks alike. The long handle makes lifting easier, while the all-metal construction ensures that the shaft won't bend or break and the scoop won't crack or buckle.Despite the rugged appearance, the Alpha Expedition only weighs 4.4 pounds. But once you scoop up a large pile of snow, it can become much heavier, so avoid overexerting yourself.The secret here is the shovel's collapsible and detachable handle. The shaft telescopes out to a generous 61.5 inches, giving taller users plenty of length for proper leverage, and it can be shortened for users of differing heights. Though this shovel isn't cheap, the durable construction ensures it lasts for years.$189.00 FROM DMOS$189.00 FROM AMAZONBest ergonomic snow shovelJada Wong/InsiderThe ingenious two-handle design of the Snow Joe SJ-SHLV01 Shovelution Shovel can reduce back strain when compared to a traditional snow shovel and speed up the snow clearing process.Pros: Reduces back strain, speeds up the snow-removal process Cons: Initial use is awkward until you get used to itShoveling snow can lead to a sore lower back. The Shovelution Shovel has a unique design that helps reduce the strain from shoveling, scooping, and tossing piles of snow.Essentially, it's a regular snow shovel with a straight handle and an 18-inch shovel blade that's curved to help you collect loads of snow. But right above the main handle is a spring-assisted handle that helps counterbalance the weight of each shovel full of snow.By keeping one hand on the main shaft and another on the secondary handle, the Shovelution Snow Shovel allows you to stand up straighter as you work and reduces the strain put on the back's lumbar region.The spring-action second handle also helps you fling aside heavy snow with less effort and with reduced shock at the end of each toss. This limits the strain on your joints, muscles, and skeletal system, so you don't wind up with a sore back after shoveling. Former senior editor Jada Wong has used her Shovelution for over a year to remove snow that's about a foot deep around her driveway, walkway, porch, and deck. She said the second handle seems flimsy at first and takes getting used to, but it's ultimately a much better shoveling experience. $19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%$21.20 FROM THE HOME DEPOTBest electric snow shovelAmazonThe Greenworks 2600802 Electric Snow Shovel can clear snowfall of up to a half-foot deep with a single pass, and you never even have to lift it off the ground.Pros: Minimizes effort and backache, quickly clears shallower snowfall, lightweightCons: Can't handle deep or wet/heavy snowThis electric shovel can help you clear an area quickly and with much less effort than a traditional shovel requires. But with snow any deeper than that or with snow that's particularly wet and heavy, it can get jammed up.The Greenworks Electric Snow Shovel is ideal for people who live in areas that get moderate snowstorms a few times per season. While it can't handle deep snow, it clears the result of light precipitation right down to the pavement. Just push a button to start it, and you're off. This electric shovel is best suited to mid-sized properties, as it tosses snow a distance of about 20 feet. If you have a large driveway or patio, some of that snow is going to fall right back onto it, doubling your work. It does have a cord, so you may need an extension cord to get to the end of your driveway.For sidewalks, stoops, or small-to-medium-sized driveways, it's a great tool. The thrower cuts a 12-inch swath as it moves along, so you can clear a 1,000 square foot area covered by 4 inches of snow in about 20 minutes.$99.00 FROM AMAZONBest compact snow shovelAmazonThe Lifeline Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel weighs less than 1.5 pounds and folds down to just over 2 feet long, making it perfect for storing in the trunk of a car.Pros: Compact size is ideal for storage in the car, adjustable handle length Cons: Too small for serious shoveling jobsSometimes a snowstorm can happen out of nowhere, so it's a good idea to keep the Lifeline Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel in your car in addition to an ice scraper.You can stow this compact and multipurpose shovel in the trunk or backseat. It's around 1.3 pounds and can be adjusted from 25 to 32 inches in length, allowing for comfortable use by people of various heights.The blade is smaller than most traditional snow shovels, but it can still scoop enough snow to clear steps outside your home, carve out a narrow walking path, or help dig your car tires out of the snow.Because this shovel is so compact, don't expect to use it for large snow-clearing jobs. The handle is quite short, and it will be rough on your back. Think of this as more of an emergency-preparedness tool than an everyday shovel.$44.95 FROM AMAZON$29.99 FROM LOWE'SBest snow pusherAmazonThe extra-wide blade of the Manplow RevolutionX Snow Pusher can clear 48-inch swaths of sidewalk, driveway, patio, and more in a single pass.Pros: Clears huge swath in one pass, the reversible blade extends the working life, will not damage terrainCons: Not effective with deep snow, not meant for scoopingThe Manplow RevolutionX Snow Pusher is not technically a snow shovel because it's not meant for lifting and tossing scoops of snow. Instead, it's an extra-wide tool that clears a 42-inch swath of snow in a single pass.The broad blade is designed not to damage terrain, so you can use the RevolutionX on cobblestone, brick, wood, and more as long as it's smooth — it's easy to get jammed up on uneven heights. Yet it's rugged enough to shove heavy loads of snow out of the way without bending your body. For quickly clearing most driveways and walkways, it's hard to beat a big snow pusher like this. If the snow piles up more than three or four inches high, the RevolutionX becomes less effective, as snow can spill over the top of the blade.The Manplow RevolutionX Snow Pusher is a great alternative to a more traditional shovel. And thanks to its clever reversible blade, it will serve you for years, too: When the edge of the pusher becomes too worn down and uneven to be effective, just remove the blade, flip it upside down, and enjoy a like-new snow tool.$87.67 FROM AMAZONSnow shovel research methodologyThis guide is a mix of hands-on testing and research. We've tested some products on the list, like the Snow Joe Shovelution Shovel. The rest of our selections are based on research of reputable brands and reviews. We plan on testing the rest of our picks in the coming months. Snow shovel FAQsIs a metal or plastic snow shovel better?While both plastic and aluminum snow shovels are fine options, they do differ somewhat. While aluminum shovels are more durable and less likely to snap or crack like plastic versions, they tend to be a bit heavier, and are more likely to have snow stick to their blade during use (although this can be solved by spraying them with a nonstick cooking spray before shoveling). Plastic shovels are also a better choice for use on wooden decks and steps, since metal blades can easily scratch or scrape delicate material. What size snow shovel is the best?You might assume that bigger is better when it comes to snow shovels, but that's not always the case. If your shovel is too large, you might not be able to lift and toss a shovelful of snow comfortably. If your shovel is too small, you won't be able to move the amount of snow you need to, and you won't be working efficiently. As a general rule of thumb, go with a larger blade, like 30 inches, for when you plan on simply plowing snow out of the way. Opt for a smaller blade, around 18 or 20 inches, if you plan on lifting and throwing your snow out of the way. Which is better, straight or bent handle?Both straight and bent-handled snow shovels are popular styles, with strong supporters of each. Some prefer the straightforward control of the straight handle, while others are more comfortable with the ergonomic style of a bent-handle design. (This University of Ottawa study claims that bent-handle shovels can reduce the chances of lower back injury). This choice ultimately depends on several factors of the user, like height, weight, and strength level, so it's best for you to get some hands-on testing with both before you make your decision. Which shovel is best for my physical type?In addition to the factors listed above, you also need to consider your physical shape when choosing a snow shovel. If you have any physical issues due to age, injury, or illness, then opt for a tool that uses wheels, focused leverage, or even a motor to help minimize the effort needed to move that snow. If you think shoveling will take a toll on you, consider the ergonomic snow shovel or electric snow shovel we recommend above. You should also take factors like snowfall, terrain, and area size into account, and take the necessary breaks to prevent overexertion. Even a fit person can be overwhelmed by hours of shoveling.How do you shovel snow?Before the snow falls, lay down some salt or ice melt on the area you'd need to shovel to prevent snow from sticking and ice from forming. Rub wax or nonstick cooking spray on your shovel so snow doesn't cling on.  If safe to do so, shovel while it's snowing, before the snow accumulates into a heavier and more solid mass. Shoveling snow in layers, rather than all at once, also reduces stress on your body. Bend your knees and use your legs — not your back — when shoveling to reduce the chance of injury. Switch off hands and grips, and take periodic breaks to reduce body strain. Once you're done shoveling, lay down some more ice melt to keep the ground clear. The best deals on snow shovels from this guideIf you live anywhere that sees even the slightest amount of snow, a snow shovel is a must-have item to keep in your garage. There is nothing worse than waking up to a few inches of snow and not owning any type of shovel. Whether you're looking for an electric or ergonomic snow shovel, we researched the best snow shovels to save you time before winter settles in. The best time to buy a snow shovel is before it starts to snow so you can avoid scrambling to the hardware store only to find all snow-related items have sold out. The spring, summer, and fall are all solid times to buy a snow shovel. If you wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you could find great discounts, but you also risk shovels being sold out by then. More winter-related buying guidesJada Wong/InsiderThe best snow blowersThe best snow and ice meltThe best winter boots for menThe best winter boots for womenRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 24th, 2021

The 5 best snowblowers in 2021

Snowblowers can make clearing snow from your driveway easier than shoveling. We spoke with an expert to find the best snowblowers of 2021. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.Toro A good snowblower should efficiently clear snow, be easy to operate, and last through many winters. Our top choice is Toro's 37798 because of its quality construction and 24-inch clearing width. If you're not quite ready to buy a snowblower, check out our guide to the best snow shovels. Learn more about how Insider Reviews tests and researches home products. When winter is in full swing and snowstorms are frequent, it's time to pull out the right tool for the job: the snowblower. This type of snow-removal equipment clears snow quickly with minimal effort, making it a must-have for anyone who lives in a place where snowfalls are common.To find the best snowblowers, we reached out to an expert on the topic, Derek Palma, Midwest regional parts and service manager of Northern Tool + Equipment. If you're not sure what to look for when buying a snowblower, you can read his advice here.Here are the best snowblowers in 2021Best snowblower overall: Toro 37798 Power Max 824 OE 24-Inch Two-Stage Gas SnowblowerBest snowblower on a budget: Snow Joe SJ627E 22-Inch SnowblowerBest single-stage snowblower: Toro Power Clear 38753 721 E 21-Inch Gas SnowblowerBest cordless electric snowblower: Ego SNT2102 21-Inch Cordless Electric SnowblowerBest electric snow shovel: Greenworks 2600802 12-Inch Electric Snow ShovelBest snowblower overallToroThe Toro 37798 Power Max 824 OE 24-Inch Two-Stage Gas Snowblower and its powerful 252cc engine will allow you to clear large driveways with minimal effort.Power source: GasWeight: 184 poundsWidth: 24 inchesThrow distance: 45 feetWarranty: 3-year limitedPros: Far throw distance, variable speed, remote chute controlCons: Expensive An impressive 24-inch width gives this Toro 37798 Power Max blower the ability to carve a wide swath. Combined with the 20-inch depth, it allows you to clear a huge amount of snow with every pass. This productivity means that not only will you do less work, you'll also get finished much faster than you would with a smaller blower.As Palma recommended, we made sure that our top pick included an easy chute-control system. The straightforward chute controller of the Toro Power Max 824 OE allows you to easily and quickly adjust the direction of the expelled snow. You move the joystick-style controller wherever you want the chute to go, and since it's mounted on the main control panel, you can always stay safely behind the machine at all times.The heavy-duty rubber tires are 4 inches wide, allowing you to use this blower on relatively steep slopes, and it will maintain traction without sliding and slipping around.If you know you'll be tackling large amounts of snow and want to be prepared to move it safely and effectively, we're confident that this model is a great choice. However, it is very expensive, and if you have a smaller area to work with or don't get a lot of snow, you might want to consider a more compact option.$1199.00 FROM HOME DEPOTBest snowblower on a budgetSnow JoeThe length of your power cord will limit you, but the low price and 22-inch width of the Snow Joe SJ627E Snowblower still make it a great choice for some users.Power source: Electric, cordedWeight: 34.6 poundsWidth: 22 inchesThrow distance: 25 feetWarranty: 2 yearsPros: Low price, instant start, LED headlights, includes a chute cleaning toolCons: Limited to length of power cord, not practical for clearing large areasThis Snow Joe unit costs significantly less than our other blower options but should still be a valuable alternative to using a snow shovel. It's not as portable as cordless options; you'll need to plug it into your home's power outlet. Since it's better suited for walkways and decks, this limitation should be less of an issue. The Snow Joe SJ627E has a relatively easy chute adjustment system and a convenient electric quick start. Our expert recommends both features when you're looking for a snowblower. A rotating handle on the primary handle allows you to swivel the chute up to 180 degrees, and twin LED headlights also increase visibility and safety in low-light conditions.Another valuable feature of this blower is its lightweight design, which makes it much more comfortable to push and steer than heavier models. If you don't have a lot of space to clear, it's much more practical to move a 35-pound machine than one weighing twice as much, especially considering it's not self-propelled. You'll appreciate this light weight if you plan on carrying it up a set of stairs to clear off a deck.$169.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $224.86 | Save 25%Best single-stage snowblowerThe Home DepotThe Toro Power Clear 38753 721 E 21-Inch Gas Snowblower is lightweight and self-propelled, perfect for light jobs.Power source: GasWeight: 84 poundsWidth: 21 inchesThrow distance: 35 feetWarranty: 2 yearsPros: Compact, lightweight, easy to maneuver, self-propelledCons: Not meant for heavy snowfalls, no headlightIf you need a light-duty blower to handle sidewalks, pathways, decks, or small driveways, this single-stage blower from Toro is a great choice. It's small enough to be easy to maneuver and operate but still has a wide, 21-inch width to make it productive. Its self-propelled mechanism is another convenient perk, allowing you to finish the job with minimal effort.Although the chute adjustment handle isn't as convenient as others — it uses a long handle attached to the chute instead of a controller mechanism up by the handle — it's still straightforward to use and allows you to stay completely behind the machine while you work. The electric start mechanism also makes this model a good choice for those who lack sufficient upper body strength or dexterity or who just want the option of opting out of a pull-start.Even though this single-stage machine doesn't have the power of a two-stage blower, it can still power through snow up to 9 inches deep and launch it 35 feet away. Palma recommended Toro as one of his most trusted blower brands, citing its machines' ability to perform when you need them to.$649.00 FROM ACE HARDWARE$699.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTBest cordless electric snowblowerEgo/FacebookIf you don't want to bother with gas and snow in your area is measured in inches instead of feet, then the Ego SNT2102 21-Inch Cordless Electric Snowblower is a great choice.Power source: Lithium batteriesWeight: 51 poundsWidth: 21 inchesThrow distance: 35 feet Warranty: 5-year tool, 3-year battery Pros: Twin headlights, relatively quiet operationCons: 45-minute run time might be too short for some Even though it might lack the raw power of a gas model, Ego's battery-powered blower is still packed with a nice amount of useful features. A pair of LED headlights make it ideal for use in low-light conditions.  Your neighbors will thank you since it's significantly quieter than its gas-powered counterparts. It's powerful enough to handle depths of up to 10 inches and launch snow a nice medium distance away.We're also big fans of the fact that this blower includes two 5.0Ah batteries, allowing you to keep one on the charger while you're working. These two batteries, combined with the 40-minute charging time on the rapid charger, mean that you won't need to worry about running out of juice while you work. The convenient LED charging indicator makes it easy to know how much time is left before they're fully charged. This blower is also a convenient option for those short on storage space, thanks to a foldable handle that collapses down.The main drawback is that the Ego SNT2102 is not self-propelled, so you'll have to use a bit more elbow grease when using this blower. We consider this blower a great choice for areas with relatively light snowfalls and homeowners who don't want to deal with messy fuel.$649.00 FROM LOWES$649.99 FROM ACE HARDWAREBest electric snow shovelAmazonA low-cost alternative to a snowblower, the Greenworks 2600802 12-Inch Electric Snow Shovel will take up significantly less room in the garage.Power source: Electric, cordedWidth: 12 inchesWeight: 14 poundsThrow distance: 20 feet Warranty: 4-year limitedPros: Lightweight, low price, easy to useCons: Only for light-duty useAlthough it's technically not a snowblower, this power shovel from Greenworks could be a great choice for those who lack the space for a larger machine. Its 12-inch width isn't practical for large areas, but this compact size does make it a versatile option for tasks that bulkier blowers wouldn't be able to handle, like, clearing narrow pathways. It's also easier to carry up and down the stairs to clear off an elevated deck.  A secondary, weed whacker-style handle makes it comfortable to use and should help maintain control and reduce arm fatigue as you go. Best of all, it will take up about the same amount of space as a shovel. The Greenworks Electric Snow Shovel will require a bit more effort to use than a self-propelled snowblower but should still be much more comfortable than a standard snow shovel. Plus, it launches snow further than you could on your own.  We've used a variety of Greenworks power tools in our time, including leaf blowers and lawn mowers, and have always been impressed with how well they perform. If you're looking for a reliable, light-duty tool for clearing snow, this should get the job done.$99.00 FROM AMAZONSnow blower shopping considerations and tipsHonda HSS928AT 28-Inch Hydrostatic Track Drive 2-Stage Gas Snowblower: This Honda blower was our top pick until supply issues made it unavailable. Its tank-style treads make it ideal for heavy-duty blowing projects, and the impressive 28-inch width makes it perfect for extra-large jobs. Its electric start and remote chute control make it comfortable and convenient to use as well.Wen 5662 Snow Blaster Electric Snow Thrower: Our previous budget pick, this corded Wen blower is still a great option, but supply issues have made it harder to find. The chute can be easily adjusted with a convenient handle, and its 18-inch width should be sufficient for most light-duty blowing tasks. Toro 39909 Power Shovel: This shovel-style model is powered by a 60V battery pack, making it extremely convenient for carrying up and down exterior stairs or out to the sidewalk. It's fairly expensive, but its two-speed operation and 12-inch width could make it worth the investment to the right customer. This is another blower that's currently unavailable and should hopefully be back on our list soon. Ryobi RY40890VNM Brushless Single-Stage Snowblower: This popular Ryobi model could be a great choice for those looking for a relatively affordable battery-powered model, although its lack of a second battery did keep it out of our top five. We'd especially recommend this blower if you already have other Ryobi power tools and already have a supply of extra batteries on hand. Our snowblower research methodologyAlthough I've used my share of snowblowers, I reached out to a certified expert in the field to ensure I had a good grasp of the current market and user needs. After reviewing and collecting a number of popular blower models on my own, I contacted Derek Palma, Midwest regional parts and service manager of Northern Tool + Equipment, to help point me in the right direction. Palma walked me through what to look for when considering a blower, the pros and cons of battery versus gas, and his specific brand recommendations based on his extensive experience. Using all of this information and recommendations, I assembled the list of options listed above.Snowblower FAQsWhat are the best snowblower brands?When I reached out to Palma regarding the best snowblower brands, Honda was his top pick. "Honda only makes high-quality blowers," he said. "Their two-stage blowers are usually the most expensive, but I feel they are the best." He added that the service techs at Northern Tool think Honda machines are the best as well. Palma added that Toro is also high quality.Due to supply issues, we weren't able to include any Honda models on our list. As soon as an appropriate model is in stock, we'll be sure to add it to our list.What is the difference between a single- or two-stage blower?All snowblowers use some type of rotating auger to capture snow. Single-stage blowers use a rotating, fast-moving auger that, when moved over packed snow, both captures the snow and launches it out of a chute in a single step.Two-stage snowblowers are similar, but after using the auger to capture the snow, they use a separate propeller to launch the snow through the chute. There are also three-stage blowers, which add another auger to chop and break up compacted snow.  Which is better: gas or electric snowblowers?"Gas is still the king," said Palma. "If you're buying one blower, make it a two-stage gas." Those are the best all-around blowers for all conditions, he said. If you prefer to avoid buying and dealing with fuel and oil, you might want to consider an electric model, though, especially if you don't have a ton of area to cover. Although corded models are convenient for their hassle-free startup — just plug them in, and you're good to go — you're also limited to the length of your power cord. Battery-powered machines allow you more portability, but you'll still have to keep an eye on the battery run time, which is usually shorter than a gas-powered option. Electric blowers are typically less powerful than gas-powered machines and are better suited for light-duty work.What size snowblower is best?Palma recommends snowblowers between 18 to 28 inches for most homeowners. If you have especially small areas to tackle, a power shovel like the 12-Inch Greenworks Electric Snow Shovel could still be a good choice. What are some important features to look for when considering a snowblower?Palma explained that the first thing to consider is what exactly you need the blower to do. If you'll be tackling an entire driveway, he recommends a two-stage blower. But if you'll be sticking to sidewalks, garage aprons, and decks, a single-stage blower would be a better choice. Palma also recommended choosing a blower with an easy chute-control system, saying "simpler is better here." He also added that an electric start is a valuable feature as well. When is the best time to buy a snowblower?The best time to buy a snowblower is before it actually snows. Prices for snowblowers generally go down in early spring through the fall, but you can still score major discounts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. What is the best snowblower for a gravel driveway?Since single-stage blowers maintain contact with the ground while they work, they're not suited for gravel driveways. Two- or three-stage blowers feature augers that you can adjust and raise off the ground, making them ideal for use on gravel.  Should I buy a snowblower?Deciding whether or not to purchase a snowblower depends on a few factors, including the frequency and average amount of snowfall in your location. If you live in an area that has a few snowstorms a year with 6 inches of snow each, a snowblower could be a helpful investment.The size of your property is also important, especially if you have a large driveway, sidewalks, or stairs. Consider that it takes time to prep, use, and store the snowblower every time, and you'll still have to shovel tight spaces like stairs or around cars.You'll get the most use out of a snowblower if it regularly takes your household more than half an hour to fully shovel your property.The best deals on snow blowers from this guideA snow blower can save you time and labor in the winter months, especially if you live in a place where it snows frequently. Before choosing a snow blower, it is important to consider factors such as price, whether you want it to be gas or electric-powered, and the size of your property.The best time to buy a snow blower is before it actually snows. Prices for snow blowers generally go down in early spring through the fall, but you can still score major discounts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here are the best deals on our favorite snowblowers.Snow Joe SJ627E Snowblower$169.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $224.86 | Save 25%Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us. Check out more great winter guidesAmazonThe best snow shovelsThe best snow and ice meltThe best winter boots for menThe best winter boots for womenRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 24th, 2021

Global Spotlight: Living in the Lap of European Luxury

Above: Thonon-les-Bains Established in 2015 and located along the French shores of Lake Geneva, the team at Leman Property continues to raise the bar with their steadfast commitment to putting people first. Dedicated to working hand-in-hand, sharing the same objectives, values, professionalism and convictions, the team works together to bring their clients’ dreams to life. […] The post Global Spotlight: Living in the Lap of European Luxury appeared first on RISMedia. Above: Thonon-les-Bains Established in 2015 and located along the French shores of Lake Geneva, the team at Leman Property continues to raise the bar with their steadfast commitment to putting people first. Dedicated to working hand-in-hand, sharing the same objectives, values, professionalism and convictions, the team works together to bring their clients’ dreams to life. Here, Co-Founder Loïc Daly takes us inside the picturesque real estate market. Daly Please describe your current housing market. Loïc Daly: The price of homes in our market is currently rising, while holding fairly stable for apartments. That said, the average home price in our market is between 550,000 – 600,000 euros (approx. $644,415 – 702,993 USD). We’re also seeing a lot of demand for housing, with houses selling after one or two showings. Tell us about the types of properties in your market and which are most popular. LD: While we work with clients to buy and sell single-family homes, condos and townhomes in urban, suburban and rural environments, single-family homes located in suburban areas are the most popular type of property in our market. Our customers want privacy, space and comfort while being 15 to 20 minutes from the city center. Annecy What home features or amenities are popular with your buyers? LD: We’re located in an area that sits in between Lake Geneva and the French Alps, so our customers are always looking for a spot that will provide the best panoramic view. The sunsets on Lake Geneva are breathtaking, as the sky sets fire to the water with tints of red, orange, purple and pink. And our mountains are majestic. We are lucky to witness a living postcard every day. What are some of the most important trends in your market? LD: One of the biggest trends we’re experiencing is more and more clients leaving big cities and coming to enjoy nature for a change of pace. Whether they’re retired or working professionals coming to take advantage of Switzerland’s economic appeal, the trend today is toward urban exodus, which is beneficial to us. What are your biggest challenges and opportunities for growth? LD: Our biggest challenge is to differentiate ourselves from the competition. Our region is attractive, and there are many of us in the space. Standing out will make the difference as far as remaining essential. We’re constantly looking for new services and new ways of approaching things in order to be pioneers, and we know we’re on the right track when we see other companies borrow our ideas. Les Gêts Are you seeing much foreign investment—and, if so, from which countries? LD: Most of our overseas buyers are from England, Russia and the Middle East. With Brexit, British investors have taken a step back and are being more cautious when it comes to buying second homes in the mountains (mainly for skiing). For other nationalities, it was the pandemic above all that slowed things down. We’re waiting for things to return to normal in order to see what the consequences will be on our foreign customers. What advice do you have for foreign buyers interested in buying in your area? LD: Our market isn’t extremely large, but it’s very heterogeneous in terms of price. In fact, in less than two kilometers, prices can double or even triple. Our advice to buyers who may be interested in purchasing a property in the area is to come and scout out a variety of locations. We want to ensure that buyers don’t get trapped in the most popular places, but rather, work with a local real estate professional who can help them discover places that have been spared by the rise in prices. Thonon-les-Bains What do you love most about living in your area? LD: One of the things I love most about this area is the combination between nature and modern comfort. Within the span of a few minutes, it’s possible to escape to either the mountains or the water. Whether you’re passionate about skiing, cycling, hiking, windsurfing or sailing, there’s always something to enjoy. How does being part of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) help advance your business? LD: With regard to our personal philosophy, LeadingRE shares this vision of outreach through service. We’re local experts, and LeadingRE allows us to meet our peers around the globe so that the services provided to our clients have no limits. For more information, please visit www.leman-property.com. The post Global Spotlight: Living in the Lap of European Luxury appeared first on RISMedia......»»

Category: realestateSource: rismediaNov 24th, 2021