Double-take! No, it’s not a restored and modded ’66 Toyota Land Cruiser. It might actually be better than the classic safari wagon it’s modeled after. The FJ44 is a new, handmade custom utility machine built by Van Nuys, California’s ICON. Designer/builder Jonathan Ward produces this and other models marrying classic ’Yota styling with new alloy bodies, new engines and a sick array of custom parts. Like a steering wheel from a Caterpillar earth mover, Mercedes softtops, and interior bits from Lear jets.
When the movie SuperSize Me revealed that one McDonald’s burger contained meat from up to 500 different cows, people freaked. As they should. In general, eating red meat is risky enough. So knowing where your meat is coming from is critical knowledge. Food expert Deborah Krasner explains the best ways to source (and prepare) grass-fed, free-range and local meats in this 400-page guide/cookbook.
You can’t safely open a 1961 Chateau Cheval Blanc or a bottle of Ponsot’s Clos de la Roche 1980 with the corkscrew you keep on your keychain. When it comes to fine vintage wines, uncorking them with care is the only way. Fragile corks are easily removed with this simple, 2-part cork tool designed for and used by wine collectors the world over. When you’re drinking your best bottles, hints of “cork” are not what you want for a finish.
Hope you never have 127 hours to yourself, stuck out in the wilderness. But with this ultra-compact survival kit, you might actually make it out without having to cut off your arm. Weighing just over 6 ounces, it’s light enough to bring on every adventure. It’s got fire-starting tinder, 150lb-test nylon cord, mil-spec stainless steel wire, and an emergency fishing kit. Better to have it and not need it than vice-versa.
Unlike many rock stars, guitar legend Eric Clapton survived addiction. Back in the 80s, he started helping others do the same by opening a rehab facility in the Virgin Islands. And now “Slow Hand” is auctioning off truckloads of his personal gear to help out his Crossroads Centre. In March, classic amplifiers and guitars will go up on the auction block. Imagine, you can own an axe he used in Derek & The Dominos or an amp he played on tour: that’s more amazing than a rock star recovery.
It looks like it came straight out of a workshop at the North Pole, but the boys behind Mountain Boys Sledworks build their classic, handmade toboggans in a place that’s much better for testing. In Colorado’s steep & deep San Juan Mountains the boys create killer sleds made of only the best materials. Steam-bent basswood planks, stainless hardware and lead-free natural finishes make for high quality sleds and old-fashioned fun.
Novelist Cormac McCarthy will someday be recognized as one of the greatest voices in modern American fiction. Author of All The Pretty Horses, No Country For Old Men, and the haunting, post-apocalyptic father and son survival tale The Road, McCarthy narratives speak the difficult truth. The movie adaptation of The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen will simply horrify you and tear your heart out. Like the book, it is deep and dark and feels so real.
Even though they sort of look like it, these wallets aren’t made from old couch fabrics. The name actually comes from when the dudes who started the brand had to move out of their apartment and sleep on a buddy’s couch until they got their brand off the ground. They started by making vegan, recycled, affordable guitar straps and have now expanded to wallets. Every Couch product is handmade in the USA. Back that.
Iron Design Company makes hand-formed iron products like this smooth and simple, hot-punched steel bottle opener. Brand founder and metal-smith Marc Maiorana also supports an apprenticeship program for local high school kids, teaching them to work with their hands. It’s a safe bet those kids all want to make a bottle opener instead of the coat hook.
Aside from those little jellybean/roller skate cars they have over there, the European car market offers much cooler choices than we have here. This burly Volkswagen Transporter is a good example. The new Rockton “expedition” package is a factory-custom kit that loads VW’s trusty cargo van with tons of off-road utility features. It’s got a lift, a beefy 2-liter TDI motor, all-wheel drive, heavy-duty suspension, and skid plates. We’re thinking gray market import right now, are you?