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.
If your sleeping clothes make it through the day you’re either really successful or really suffering. But these new dress sweatpants from Betabrand put a new spin on an old standby. They take the comfort of your old pajama pants and blend it with the fit and cut of trousers suitable for a day in the office. One Monday in these bad boys and you may never go back to pressed wool slacks again.
Most cameras that work underwater are big and bulky, but Sony’s latest, the TX200V Digital Camera is a slim, pocket-sized model that will handle underwater action down to 16-feet. And even if you’re no Jacques Cousteau, it’s airtight, meaning dust-proof, spilled coffee-proof and so on. It also shoots a big ol’ 18.2 MP image in bursts up to 10 FPS and it shoots full HD video.
New Hampshire is known as the Granite State and the motto is Live Free Or Die. And up there they put state liquor stores on the sides of the freeway. True story. This stone drink dispenser, handmade in the Granite State combines everything N.H. is famous for: Yankee ingenuity, drinking and granite rocks, known to hikers there as “babyheads.” This babyhead holds a bottle of booze and dispenses it through a stainless steel tap with a stone handle. And like the state’s locals, each and every one is unique.
It makes no sense that you’d protect your phone’s glass screen with another piece of glass, but since you’re not a glass expert, let us explain why it works. Firstly, the screen protector from Spigen isn’t just glass, it’s actually Oleophobic coated chemically treated tempered glass. That’s science-speak for “Smashproof.” Get it? Ok, later. Source