Kelly Slater, arguably the greatest surfer of all time, just launched a new brand with his longtime sponsor, surfwear mega-corp Quiksilver. Slater’s new imprint is a small batch deal called VSTR (visitor). Out of the gate they teamed up with designers at NYC’s Partners & Spade to create this travel pack. It’s big and burly and built to go long miles without the “Everest-wannabe” vibe. Made of waxed canvas, it features a stowaway mini hammock and detachable laptop/messenger bag. Source
Most guys with a Dremel rotary tool keep it in a holster strapped to their hip. Now Dremel has introduced the Saw Max. It’s like a miniature circular saw that’ll cut through just about anything. With a 6 amp motor and Worm Drive gearing, it’ll rip through wood, metal, masonry, and tile. Fits right in the palm of your hand or your handy holster.
Arrive looking like a polished pro instead of a wino who slept in the bushes last night. The Shirt Shuttle is like a portable Fort Knox for your shirts. It features an internal folding board with rounded edges that prevent creasing. The zip-closure, soft-sided case keeps shirts wrinkle-free and your collar crisp whether you’re cycling to the office or flying around the world.
This travel duffel bag is made of hand-cracked Italian leather and lined with bright Chinese silk brocade. It’s got classic written all over it but it’s not a vintage reproduction. It’s brand new. It came from the drawing board of designer Marc Marmel, winner of the 2011 Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International, who found his inspiration for the design on a trip to the French Riviera.
If you make up stupid reasons to go down to Home Depot or Lowe’s just to get out of the house, guess what, you’re not alone. But instead of walking around clueless then heading home with a carload of shrubs you don’t want to plant, check out Bosch’s 18V Rotary Hammer cordless drill. With it you can spend more time in the garage “working” rather than digging up the yard.
This protective case for the iPhone 4S is thin, light and will prevent damage from drops and heavy impacts. That’s because the Gunnercase borrows design technology used in the padding for shotgun and rifle butts. Upon impact, air cells in the case material collapse and distribute the impact in the same way the pad works in a 12-gauge shotgun and keeps the kick from dislocating your shoulder.
How do you now if an artist has sold out? They get themselves photographed holding a poster of their own work. It’s something nobody needs to see, sort of the artist’s equivalent of a self-shot phone photo in the bathroom mirror. Unlike the artists he’s laughing at, designer Joseph King has a sense of humor about his work and makes these “poster cred” stickers to turn anything into presentable art. In fact, they’re free. Ask him for some.
There are some tools you may not be comfortable having your lady play with. That’s why this handy, combination cordless screwdriver and flashlight is the perfect tool for a kitchen drawer or cabinet. She can use it when you’re not around. It’s small but powerful enough for household jobs and having a bright LED flashlight on hand is great for emergencies after dark.
Wenger, makers of genuine Swiss Army knives for over 100 years has introduced a new line of precision multi-purpose tools and blades. Their HypeX Pendants are survival tools you can wear. There’s a handful of different models in this line of lightweight “toolery”, & they’re all designed for action. We’re not sure who’s really going to need a flint and a knife sharpener hanging from their neck, but the Wyss model features a bottle opener & that’s one tool that always makes sense. Available June 2012.
The Cinch is better than the standard SLR camera strap for two reasons. It features quick-adjusting pull tabs that let you crank it down tight or loosen it up to get the shot with one easy pull of the strap. The other improvement is that instead of using your camera’s two top strap mounting brackets, the Cinch mounts to only one and the other connector goes though the tripod mount which keeps the camera in a more natural and easier-to-carry position against your body. If you tote a big, heavy camera around, you’ll want this.