The idea of being “off the grid” is highly romanticized these days but let’s face it, for the few who actually do it on their annual camp out or canoe trip, it can get freakin’ dull. This wood-powered BioLite camp stove could change that. Not only does it burn wood in a clean, no-smoky-taste way, it generates electricity, allowing you to power up iPods, phones and such, via its USB port. Camping season is coming.
Many fans of the groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen will get a bulge in their Batsuits when they hear this. Some comic purists will turn away in disgust. DC Entertainment is going back in time to tell seven all-new prequel stories that fill in the blanks of the Watchmen characters in the years before the original story. Rorschach, Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl Ozymandias, Silk Spectre and the 1940s-era team The Minutemen will all be featured in the stories created by the genre’s greatest comic creators, which will be released one-per-week this summer.
If this metal strongbox looks like a military surplus ammo box to you that’s because it is one. Actually, it’s a Zombie Box, which means it has been modified to be even more indestructible. They also get cleaned, blasted and refinished to look prettier than hell and even come with optional keyed locks. It’s like the ones your dad had only better.
The Key Fold from Hardgraft is made of premium leather and 100% wool felt and does exactly what the name implies. It folds and snaps shut to keep your keys from jingling around in your pocket like an off-duty janitor. It could even prevent your keys from jabbing you in the junk. And seriously, who doesn’t want to avoid that?
Unless you’re a top gun fashion photographer or out on assignment for NatGeo, Nikon’s new D800 is plenty of camera and costs much less than their flagship D4 model. The D800 however packs most of the firepower of its big brother. The 36-megapixel file size will surely surpass most people’s needs, as will all the other high-tech, low-light functionality but if you’re serious about photography and want a pro-level body, the D800, due out in late March, is most definitely the real deal.
X-mini Capsule Speakers are small enough to take anywhere and provide quality sound in all environments. And the latest model from X-mini got an upgrade. The KAI features a built-in Bluetooth device allowing you to stream music wirelessly from a paired device for up to four hours on a charge. This little unit also works great for mobile conference calls as well as acting as a dongle if you have more than one X-Mini speaker. Hook this up to your iPad or iPhone you’ve got yourself a ridiculously light yet powerful portable multimedia office.
Beards are so 2011. But now that everyone is shearing them off, there are a lot of hairless faces freezing in this winter weather. But don’t suffer, the Beardo bearded beanie can bring the feeling back into your face. You wear it like a normal beanie for general head warmth, but for that cold walk home or ski trips, or even armed robbery, just fold down the retractable beard for instantaneous coziness.
The classic Swiss Army knife is cool and all but here’s a new multi-tool from CRKT that does a whole helluva lot with minimal bulk. Designed by Custom knife makers Ed Van Hoy & Tom Stokes, this efficient little weapon features a utility blade, a sawtooth blade, multi-fit box wrench, wire stripper, Phillips & flat screwdrivers plus driver bits, and the essential bottle opener.
Detective Theo Kojak was the star of one the 70s most progressive TV-cop series. If you were a fan of this big, bald, Greek, lollipop sucking, New York City cop played by Telly Savalas, you also know there were a bunch of Kojak movies. If you didn’t, now you do. This new collection includes all 8 Kojak flicks including 1973’s The Marcus-Nelson Murders, the film that launched the TV show.
Nixon is set confidently apart from the whole watch-as-status-symbol world of Swiss timing snobbery. They stick to making cool products that work hard and look solid. The Ride is one of their new chronographs. It features a heavy-duty 49mm coated, stainless steel case with big, durable lugs and an American-made Horween leather band. It comes in three colors and you don’t need a yacht to understand why it’s good.