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Claimers generally claim that they’re heading into the wilderness to disconnect. Yeah right! So why are there 57 different products for charging your phone in the woods? Exactly. Here’s another. The collapsible FlameStower captures the excess residual heat from your cookstove to charge USB powered devices. Phone, iPad, mini-RC helicopter, you know, all those things you need to get in touch with mother nature.

BUY IT   $60 Categories: Camping, Gadgets, Gear

Zippo Rugged Lantern at
Zippo Rugged Lantern

Yeah, Zippo makes it but don’t worry, it’s not flammable. Not going to turn your tent into a molten polyester death cocoon. It’s actually just a super-durable LED lantern that you can drop, soak, or throw at your snoring tent mate’s giant head. You can also extend the life of the Li-Ion battery with its adjustable brightness feature by turning it down as low as 10%.

BUY IT   $90 Categories: Camping, Gear


Yeah, a new Motorola phone. Before you scroll down, let us explain. This Android-based phone with its 4.7-inch screen will be fully customizable with 18 color choices, various trim colors, and later in the year even the option of real wood instead of plastic. Instant voice command & camera modes and optional storage up to 32GB will make the X a most-wanted Android when it’s released later this summer.

BUY IT   $200 Categories: Portable, Tech

Hotel Sidi Driss – Luke Skywalker’s Tatooine Home at
Hotel Sidi Driss – Luke Skywalker’s Tatooine Home

If you want to spend the night in a real Star Wars set, you don’t have to fly all the way out to the desert planet of Tatooine. The setting used for Luke Skywalker’s subterranean home in the movie is actually a real hotel carved into the cliffs of Matmata, Tunisia. Now go look for Tunisia on the map & if you still have your costume from ComicCon, pack it up & go. Photo credit Scott Roberts.

BUY IT   $10 night Categories: Escape

Best Made Oceanmaster Knife at
Best Made Oceanmaster Knife

From the fine folks who brought high-end woodchopping devices to Brooklyn comes a knife/multi-tool for the avid seaman. The British-made stainless steel knife features a marlin spike, a serrated sheep’s foot blade, can opener, & a locking slot shackle. A vital piece of hardware whether or not you ever set sail.

BUY IT   $84 Categories: Gear, Tools

Panasonic Lumix GX7 at
Panasonic Lumix GX7

It may look like grandma’s old hobby camera from the 60s but this is actually the new Lumix GX7, a micro 4/3s point & shoot with a magnesium-alloy body, a 16-MP sensor, built-in wi-fi & super-high 25.6K ISO for getting solid shots even in situations with terrible lighting. Available November 2013.

BUY IT   $1100 Categories: Photography, Tech

Lego Architecture Studio at
Lego Architecture Studio

Getting caught in the act while building your little dream office with the new Architecture Studio isn’t nearly as embarrassing as your inexplicable Star Wars Lego playtime. Which we found out the hard way. Comprised of over 1200 white & clear pieces, this set lets you build whatever you want & comes with a 250-page book of experimental projects for you to try.

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The Godfather Family Album at
The Godfather Family Album

The Godfather Family Album Awhile back we hyped-up Hollywood photographer Steve Schapiro’s book of incredible still images from the movie Taxi Driver. Taschen publishing is now releasing another book of Schapiro work. This time it’s a massive 600-hundred page collection from The Godfather trilogy with over 400 images plus contextual essays & interviews.

BUY IT   $29.43 Categories: Best Books for Men, Media

American Harvest Vodka at
American Harvest Vodka

Booze billionaire Sidney Frank created Grey Goose vodka & 7 years later sold the brand to Bacardi for a cool $2 billion. Instead of disappearing on the permanent vacation most of us would take, Frank turned his attention to developing American Harvest. Made with all organic ingredients, AH vodka is handcrafted in small batches with wheat from a family-owned sustainable farm, then distilled & bottled in Idaho. Smooth, crisp, & yes, 100% American made.

BUY IT   $24 Categories: Drink, Host

UpDesk UpWrite at
UpDesk UpWrite

You’re already late to the stand-up desk craze currently sweeping our cubicle nation but this convertible sit or stand desk will get you on trend instantly & let you sit back down when you’re over it. A dry erase surface coupled with push-button electronic adjustment for easily switching up your position, it’s also designed to accommodate your treadmill in case you wanna jog while pretending to work.

BUY IT   $1149 Categories: Space, Table
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