Working out is no longer about pumping iron or getting cardio with old-fashioned roadwork. These days it involves brutal stuff more like actual roadwork. Swinging a pitchfork, carrying logs, or flipping tractor tires ’til your veins burst is standard for popular Crossfit and Seal Training workouts. It’s more dynamic and supposedly more fun. In fact, you won’t believe how fun it is to lift and carry heavy bags of sand from point A to Point B. The heavy-duty sandbags from Brute Force come in a range of sizes and capacities that (unfortunately) won’t make it any easier, just less messy.
What makes this soap exclusively for men? Well, it’s not pink or shaped like a dolphin and it comes in scents like Beer and the naturally insect-repellent Camper’s formula. If that’s not manly enough for you try dropping it in the sand and then washing up with it.
The Backcountry Boiler is a camp stove that burns stuff like sticks, pinecones and leaves instead of fossil fuel. It’s super light and the design of the little combustion chamber gulps in air for a quick heat up. Overall it’s a great idea unless it rains.
This product is designed for tenderizing meat and that’s a good thing because real brass knuckles are outlawed in all 50 states. Fathers of teenage daughters, you probably already know this but the Knuckle Pounder could be your loophole for keeping those slimy senior boys at bay. Just answer the door with this on and he’ll know exactly where he stands.
If you’re among the curious who want to know what type of crazy shit has been happening in our shadowy Afghanistan war, this book by Army captain Sean Parnell will blow your mind. Back in 2006, at age 21, Parnell led his unit into the mountains of the Hindu Kush for what they thought was a routine patrol. It exploded into 16-months of deadly hell that Parnell and his 10th Mtn. Division unit—nicknamed the Outlaws—barely survived. This is their tale and it’s true, man, it’s war.
You’ve really got to be into some heavy construction to need the torque offered in this new ½-inch Hammer Drill from Milwaukee Tools. With a burly 650-lbs. of torque this thing will bore through wood, steel, and concrete like it’s going through microwaved margarine. Its brushless motor lasts longer and works harder while a Red Lithium battery extends run time by 50%.
The only way this book could be better is if it were a bit broader in scope. Like maybe 5000 or 10,000 whiskies. But it’s not that bad, after all it does include expert commentary and info on everything from the world’s best Scotches to Ryes to Bourbons, so that’s cool. And Editor Dominic Roskrow knows what he’s talking about. He was the editor of Whisky Magazine for several years and has a written a few other well-respected books on humanity’s finest beverage.
Thanks to Miveu’s upcoming unit that turns your iPhone 4S into a POV cam, you can capture sweet digital videos of all your exploits without being one of those guys with a little video camera suction-cupped to his helmet. The Miveu functions by way of a wide-angle glass lens that attaches with a sturdy protective phone case. The tactile shutter can easily be pressed with gloves or gear on and gives a cool perspective that makes the helmet heads look even dorkier. Dorkier is a word, right?
Suunto is known for making powerful, portable sports instruments like heart monitors, altimeters, and the like. Now, they’ve released the Ambit GPS watch, a sturdy, streamlined watch that works great for everyday use but also packs some serious tech. It combines a GPS navigation system, altimeter, 3D compass and advanced heart rate monitoring called FusedSpeedTM. This technology works to keep you in your peak training zone for optimum training. All your workout data is stored for analysis online at Suunto’s site Movescount.com. Available March 2012.
If you’re a real wine expert you’ll be able to guess the winery this oak barrel stave chair comes from just by the tint of the burgundy highlights in the finish. Or you could cheat by looking under the seat where the winery’s name is branded. The chairs fold up flat and work great for indoor or outdoor use, where their natural oil finish will stand up to the elements. They also make a bench model for you cuddlers.