Summer is finally here. It’s behind us here in the US, so you might be itching to spend more time outdoors—whether it’s for a run or bike ride, spending time in the yard, or planning a trip. No matter how you plan to shake off cabin fever, we’ve got a variety of gear on sale to make it more fun. Below you’ll find great deals on electric bikes, smartwatches, luggage, portable chargers and more. Want more discounts? Earlier this week we rounded up some great deals on phones, headphones, and video games.
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Electric bike and electric scooter discounts
Read our best ebikes and best electric scooters guides for more.
The Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser is our top utility right now, and it ships direct to you, no dealership required. We love the Shimano shifters and hydraulic brakes. The assist is a bit bumpy and unpredictable, so we recommend using the throttle for better maneuverability. If you opt for the passenger kit, it’s worth noting that the rear rack can only hold up to 150 pounds.
The Freedom X (7/10, WIRED Review) received an honorable mention in our Best Electric Bikes Buying Guide. It features powerful acceleration, built-in headlights and taillights, a seven-speed gearbox and five levels of pedal assist. At 39 pounds, it’s also lightweight for an ebike—a good choice if you live in an apartment building.
This electric scooter (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is perfect for anyone who lives in a hilly area. A 1,000-watt dual motor that can go up to 34 miles per hour, a choice between disc or hydraulic brakes, and LEDs are built around for visibility in the dark. And, although it’s a bit hard to read in sunny conditions, there’s a display that shows driving information like speed, battery life and the speed mode you’re in.
It’s a bit of a discount, but we loved riding this powerful electric scooter (7/10, WIRED Recommends). It weighs 53 kg, but it is easy to fold and hold with the handle. There’s a headlight and a taillight, not to mention visible lights on the deck, and it’s very powerful with two engines.
Discounts on outdoor gear and fitness trackers
If you’re looking to upgrade your helmet this spring, we recommend the Nutcase Vio (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It has LED lights built around the entire helmet and a front light with 200 lumens for better visibility. This way you don’t have to install separate headlights and taillights on your bike. It comes with a Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS): in the event of a crash, the helmet rotates slightly to avoid the impact. We’ve got more in our best bike accessories guide.
This bike lock is more expensive, but it offers a high level of security – essential if your bike is your primary mode of transportation. Each end of the U-bar is locked into a cylinder on either side of a 13mm thick bar, making a thief quick to grind. It often fluctuates in price, but this is still a good deal. Read our guide to the best bike locks for more.
Depending on where you live, the temperature may be warm enough to wear a jacket, but cold enough for a long-sleeved shirt. Made from merino wool, this one has a very comfortable and tight weave that keeps you warm without making you feel too hot. Ours is just clapping and it doesn’t come with a hat. You can find more base layers in our guide.
The Apple Watch Series 8 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Apple Watch of all. In addition to basic fitness tracking, it includes an ECG reader, heart rate monitor, blood oxygen level sensor, wrist-based temperature sensing feature that monitors your skin temperature, and crash detection. It has been lowered to this price before.
The Galaxy Watch5 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is our top pick for Android users. It tracks various health and fitness parameters including heart rate, sleep and SPO2– Exactly like the Apple Watch. If you have a Samsung phone, you can also use it to take electrocardiogram measurements. Those with larger wrists will want to check out the 44-mm version, which retails for $279 (a $30 discount).
We love the Polar Ignite for its low profile and extremely unique data collection. For example, you can use it to check how heart rate, heart rate variability, and breathing rate increase during exercise. It’s a great option for those looking for a fitness tracker that calculates your data rather than simply tracking it.
Camera bags and luggage discounts
Check out our best luggage and best camera bag guides for other picks.
The Claremont Crossbody is a great camera bag for anyone who doesn’t want to sacrifice fashion for functionality. It’s roomy for a mirrorless camera, a few lenses, and other essentials like memory cards and batteries, but it’s a sleek look that pairs well with cool clothes.
As you can probably tell by the design, this backpack is meant for walking on nature. A small DSLR or mirrorless camera can fit inside the portable cube (attached to the side), but there’s also room for hiking gear and snacks. 75 percent is made from recycled fabrics.
Travelpro’s Maxlite 5 is our budget luggage pick. It has an external toiletry pocket, sturdy zippers that don’t stick (a common problem with cheap luggage) and wheels that roll well. The aluminum extension for the handle is sometimes sticky, and the handle is not very durable, but it is still better quality than most bags at this price.
This is our favorite soft-shell bag. It has a variety of different compartments, including modules for dirty laundry, shirts and blouses (to keep them wrinkle-free) and other smaller compartments. There’s also a plastic pocket for toiletries that you can remove when going through security, and a battery bank pocket with a pass-through for the charging cable.
Mobile charging discounts
Read our best portable battery packs guide for more tips.
If you’re planning a spring break vacation, a portable charger is essential, and the Super Tank Pro is our pick for air travel. It has a 26,800mAh capacity (the largest power bank you can take on a flight), four USB-C ports (two 100W each and two 20W each) and a small OLED display. Displays remaining power as a percentage and in watt-hours. Comes with a zip up case with space for cables.
The PowerCore Slim is lightweight and compact, and packs your gear quickly. Equipped with one USB-A port and one USB-C port, it can charge most phones two to three times. We’ve also used the Fire HD 8 to charge tablets (twice) and camera batteries. Like all Anker chargers, this one comes with a pocket that’s great for storing cables.
We gave this power bank an honorable mention in our best portable chargers buying guide. It has a 20,800mAh battery, two USB-C ports (100W and 45W), USB-A (18W) and wireless charging (10W) with support for Apple MagSafe. It also has a unique green skin—a nice change from the aesthetics of most power banks—and a built-in display that shows the percentage of power remaining. Our complaint is that it is on the large side and is slowly leaking when not in use.
We tested the Sherpa 100 AC with a 100-watt AC port for gadgets that need a pronged plug. If you don’t need that, the Sherpa 100 PD is a great option, and it’s much cheaper. This model has one USB-C port, two USB-A ports, and a place to charge your Qi-compatible devices wirelessly.