For fast, light solo backpacking or trips where cargo must be minimal, like motorcycle touring, this 1-man shelter is perfect. Your head & shoulders stay inside the mosquito-proof tent and the bivy bag style lower section keeps the crawly things out of your sleeping bag. Packed it measures 6” X 15” & weighs less than 5 pounds.
When you break out the cast iron Dutch oven for camp cooking it’s about to get serious. The versatile, heavy duty cook pot hangs from metal tripod legs right above the fire for slow-simmering and/or blazing braising guaranteed to elevate your wilderness dining experience. Made in the USA.
The Nest Smart thermostat is so 2011 & actually seems stupid compared to the Lyric. The Lyric is connected to an app, the internet & the National Weather Service so it knows the weather outside & adjusts the inside accordingly. It does a lot of other stuff too, so you don’t have to. Available August 2014.
This little black box is Sony’s PlayStation TV console, offering direct access to the multiverse of Sony’s entire PS library for streaming, download, and play. Later this summer the device will fully come to life with the release of PS Now; Sony’s forthcoming game streaming subscription service. Available December 31, 2014.
A team of Scandinavian craftsmen from Copenhagen are ready to build your custom Viking ship. Using traditional production methods and materials, the crew from Culture Nordic will build you whatever you want: from a small wooden Gokstad sailer for two up to a 36-foot party & pillage vessel.
Just press the button & this 14-oz. travel mug brews coffee on the go. Hey Joe provides the company’s custom coffee pods; you just add water and the cup brews up your Joe at 140º, a hotter 155º, or press the button 3 times & it’ll make a cold brew.
4-channel amplifiers for each woofer & tweeter plus upgraded audio input converters and a clean teak veneer finish makes the Hampden Bluetooth speakers from Polk Audio a welcome addition to your desktop.
Perhaps you use an actual Marshall amp, or maybe just got the mini fridge, bluetooth speaker, or even their headphones. Well, now you can also get your hands on the iPhone 5 case that bears the classic Marshall wordmark. The pebbled black finish on the case matches the Tolex that wraps the brand’s legendary amps & speakers. Availability TBA.
Roadies have been using electronic shifting systems for years but Shimano has just released the first one for mountain bikes. It’s called the XTR M9050 Di2. It runs off a single battery wired to the auto-shifting derailleurs with a bar-mounted LCD that feeds you gear info. Available Fall 2014.
Stopping just short of showing you how to distill your own moonshine, this book is a history of America’s most infamous liquor and author Jaime Joyce thoroughly explores the legends and lore of America’s early ’shiners as well as its origins, legal history and pop-cultural significance.