Taipei-based 22 Studio specializes in the creative application of concrete and steel. The Contour Rollerball Pen is a unique, high-quality writing utensil constructed of high-density concrete and stainless steel.
The Camp Knife from Long Island-based Surname features handles made with reclaimed Ipé wood from the Coney Island boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy. It is artfully inlaid with bright maple. Cook a dog over the open campfire, stab it with your knife & raise that weiner in symbolic salute of a bygone New York landmark.
The power struggle is real but with Portiko, it’s easier to plug-in and power-up in tight places. This power supply hub features a 6-foot extension cord, two 110V outlets and 2 USB ports—one of which is a dedicated full-speed iOS port.
The Welly water bottle has an internal filter so you turn even the rankest tapwater or sketchy roadside creek water into fresh, clean drinking water. The 24-oz bottle is BPA-free, portable, & features sustainable bamboo side panels. One dollar of every Welly sale is donated to projects with CharityWater. Currently funding on Kickstarter.
Fitting the full-size studio synthesizer in your luggage is not an option. For on-the-go jams or composition, Sweden’s Cheap Monday has created a line of pocket-size synths. They offer three different models; the “Rhythm” operator is a drum machine, the “Sub” is a base line synthesizer, & the “Factory” provides a selection of melodies. They can be used separately or together.
With just the flick of your thumb, the patented spring-assist opening mechanism on Schrade’s SCHA5B folding knife snaps open & locks nearly as fast as a switchblade. It’s made of AUS-8 stainless and features a clip-point blade with ambidextrous thumb knobs, black aluminum handles & a pocket clip.
Heimplanet tents feature an inflatable frame that eliminates the need for tent poles. That means less weight in your pack & easier set-up. The compact Fistral tent is made for 1 or two people & to set it up, all you do is lay out flat & inflate the air frame.
The electric wakeboard has arrived. This new carbon-kevlar watersport vehicle combines the speed of wakeboarding with the freedom of surfing—but you don’t need waves, this board has a built-in jet-propulsion motor that reaches speeds up to 25 knots. The battery lasts 30-minutes running at full speed and re-charges in just 1 hour.
The shockproof, water-resistant Venture 30 charger from Goal Zero can be powered up by USB or optional solar panel. And with a full charge, it will juice up your phone 3 times, as well as tablets, headlamps, cameras and other devices. The whole kit is compact & weighs just 1.5 pounds.
Candylabs Toys is a Kickstarter success story. They make solid wood toy cars, inspired by classic 60s cars and mid-century design. Their latest collection includes 5 new vehicles: a pair of fastback muscle cars, a tow truck, a yellow taxicab, and a woody wagon with real walnut veneer and a tow-behind camper. They’re so cool your kids might even play with them.