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9 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Onsen to Outerknown

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The sales are only getting stronger as we head into the holiday weekend. Today there’s a polo shirt made from recycled fibers, a set of bath towels with high-performing absorbency, and a backpack that fits in just as easily on campus and on the trail. Plus, Amazon has already started slashing prices while gearing up for Prime Day.

Early Prime Day deals are rolling in, with discounts on lots of Amazon’s in-house brands. These sweet daisy-print pajamas are perfect for hot summer nights — and they’re currently more than 50 percent off.

When former Strategist senior writer Karen Adelson investigated Amazon’s athleisure line Core 10, she was intrigued by the ability to design her ideal pair of yoga pants. She ordered two pairs — the full-length, high-waisted, short-inseam tights and the medium-waist, seven-eighth-length tights — and found them to be “supportive without being overly compressive … they’d work for a barre class or lifting weights in the gym, especially since the thicker material is opaque and won’t show panty lines.”

Strategist contributor (and former tech columnist) David Pogue declares that the Eero Wi-Fi system is the best Wi-Fi mesh network available — and he’s tried them all. “We went with the Eero for a few reasons — first, because the beacons are smaller, sleeker, and less technoid-looking than the other companies’ base stations,” Pogue writes. “Second, the app is fantastic — with a tap, we can shut off the kids’ Wi-Fi access at mealtime and sleepytime. [Third], Eero has been much more active than any other brands at adding new software features over time.” This discounted two-pack should provide enough coverage for a two-bedroom home.

If you’re trying to shop more responsibly, look no further than Outerknown, one of the best sustainable men’s clothing brands. It’s a favorite of environmental educator Isaias Hernandez because it uses renewable fibers to help fight against plastic pollution in the ocean. This cheerful polo is made from a blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester.

Whether you’re trekking through the Cascades or just trekking to class, Topo Designs’ Rover backpack is sure to be a faithful companion. Its large open compartment provides plenty of space for your main gear, while various strategically placed pockets can store plenty of sundries.

Use code EXTRA40 to take an extra 40 percent off already on-sale items at Kate Spade, including some classics like the Bradley large tote. This pastel-pink shade is very balletcore, but the bag is also available in more neutral colorways like black and taupe.

Or pick up this sleek Roulette wallet with room enough for 12 cards. Its soft pebbled leather will only get better with age.

With their quick-drying waffle weave and super-plush texture, Onsen’s Japanese-style bath towels are an excellent addition to any bathroom.

And finally, Madewell is currently taking 40 percent off shorts, tees, and swim and 25 percent off almost everything else. Use code SUNSHINE to snag an extra discount on these best-selling espadrilles that pair with everything from sundresses to mom jeans.

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

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