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Lodge Chef’s Skillet
Save 42%: The world of cast iron caters to wallets of all sizes. Spend $300+ on a piece of beautifully made, ethically produced cast iron from an incredible shop that still hand-casts every piece. Or, take the well-beaten path most Americans have taken for the last 50-some-odd years – the Lodge path.
You can count on Lodge’s skillets and cookware to be affordable, even at SRP, so when one its superior skillet line (which is already only $26 at full price) has its price cut nearly in half, the value skyrockets. The Chef’s Series skillets feature one significant change from the usual lot – almost 1.5 pounds of iron are shaved off. Where the typical 10-inch skillet weighs about 5.6 pounds, the Chef’s series is just over 4. It won’t seem like a lot until you’ve got a 32-ounce steak searing at 500 degrees and you want to tilt and baste.
Today, the Lodge Chef’s Skillet is $15 on Amazon. — Will Price
Citizen Promaster Diver
Save $140: We’ve extolled the virtues of Citizen’s Promaster Divers in the past, but the takeaway is this: with a solar-charged quartz movement, big-time depth ratings and chunky cases, they’re great all-around watches for active individuals who want an analog watch but don’t want to get too deep into the weeds with mechanical watches. They also come at bargain prices. This particular version, for example, is water-resistant to 200 meters, has a dial loaded with lume and comes affixed to a comfortable rubber strap — exactly the kind of configuration you want for summer excursions. While the watch retails for $350, Macy’s has it marked down to just $210 right now. — Andrew Connor
Stuart & Lau Gym Bag
Save $95: It can be tricky to find a gym bag that has just the right amount of pockets, keeps your sweaty gear under wraps and looks good, but we think we found The One. With a minimalist look to it, you’d never guess that the Regimen Gym Bag from Stuart & Lau has a ventilated shoe storage unit, water bottle pockets on the sides and a locker hook. Did we mention it comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s essentially a done deal for us. — Meg Lappe
Save 25%: OtterBox’s move into the cooler category began last summer with the release of the Venture series. It came as a surprise to those who recognize the brand from its domination of Best Buy’s phone case racks, but among the company’s first products were protective dry boxes, so the sidestep wasn’t entirely radical.
But does tech protection translate into making coolers? As it turns out, it does. OtterBox integrated rugged injection-molding and high-grade cooling technologies into its first cooler and brought the Venture straight to the front of the crowd. The Venture comes in 25-, 45- and 65-quart sizes and is rated to hold ice for up to two weeks. More minute details include anti-slip rubber feet and a bottom that’s slanted just slightly enough to make draining easier. And, as you’d expect from OtterBox, this thing has been dropped from every angle and on every side to ensure that it can’t be damaged, empty or full.
This year, the company introduced a line of soft coolers called the Trooper Series. Both of the coolers are IP-65-rated, which means they’ll keep out dust and the inadvertent splash of water. They also come with wide-mouth, one-handed-access openings made of plastic and exterior shells made of durable nylon that is resistant to water, UV damage, chemicals and punctures. The bases are laminated to be abrasion-resistant. Inside, the liners are food-grade. The bigger Trooper 30 also comes with backpack straps.
Both the Venture and Trooper coolers were among the best that we tested this year, and all sizes are currently 25 percent off at Huckberry. — Tanner Bowden