Everyone likes Johnny Cash, even the U.S. Postal Service. This year they’re honoring “the man in black” with his own stamp featuring a classic black & white portrait by Frank Bez taken for Cash’s 1963 Ring of Fire record. Cash joins the ranks of Elvis & Marilyn Monroe, other famous pill-poppers honored with their own stamps. Coming soon. Source
Word to the wise: airline baggage handlers compete to see who can throw the bags the farthest & highest. When they come across that Louis Vuitton leather logo luggage, they go extra caveman on it. But if instead you checked a pre-smashed 4-wheeled roller bag from Crash Baggage, you’ll be carefree while L-V boy is sure to be left crying over the busted handle on his Alzer 80. Available March 20.
The Grub Hub is a complete backcountry camp kitchen, equipped with everything you need to turn camp cooking into a gourmet affair. It holds your stove, offers pockets for everything, a soft-sided sink for washing, 9 sq. ft of table space plus telescoping arms for holding lanterns, hydration, pots, pans, paper towels, you name it. It’s pretty much the kitchen equivalent of a Swiss Army knife.
Proper knot tying is just one on a long list of dying arts, being pushed yet further into the past with this American–made knotless gear tie called the Fish Bone. It’s designed for use with paracord, which is awesome for a million uses but often impossible to untie when a knot gets cranked tight. The Fish Bone keeps every locked-down and solid but eliminates the nasty knots.
The Klitch is a clip that lets you hang your kicks on the outside of your bag and keeps them conveniently paired up for transport from home to the gym to the golf course and everywhere else you need to bring spare footwear.
This magnetic widgetoid keeps the cords and cables that would otherwise slide off your desk & into the dusty darkness easily within reach. The base of the MOS unit suctions to any surface and included cable ties attach to cords of all sizes which then stick magnetically to the base, contributing to a neater & more organized work space.
Phones work fine for most of us, but if you’re one of those photographers or video enthusiasts who uses a camera so big that it needs its own bag, this SLR-size pack from Chrome is a solid choice. It offers weatherproof denier nylon construction and enough space to hold your SLR or video camera kit, lenses and accessories plus it’s got an interior laptop pocket, external tripod straps, and even a holster for your U-Lock if you happen to bike to your photoshoots.
Maybe putting your phone inside this case made of vegetable tanned leather and recycled wool felt will help you break your habit of picking it up every 15 seconds and staring at the screen. Probably not though.
For unexpected power outages or missions that take you off the grid, this portable, solar powered generator provides power to recharge laptops, phones, cameras, and lights, plus thousands of other electronics, with outlets for 12V, AC, and USB. The generator gets a full charge in 4 hours from a wall outlet or car charger & in 5-6 from the sun, providing enough juice to keep everything up & running until power is restored or you’re back from the boondocks. Available Spring 2013.
Protecting your iPhone 5 from the inevitable smashings it will endure no longer means hermetically sealing it in a giant PVC case with bulky rubber bumpers. G-Form’s XTREME iPhone 5 case uses a 3-layer system with soft but smashproof materials like TPE & RPT. Easily fits in the pocket of even the skinniest jeans.