On the unending quest to find the best duffle bag ever made, there is certainly no shortage of choices. Here’s a fresh entry in the waxed cotton canvas and leather variety from a North Carolina-based purveyor of supplies for the “rugged gentleman” called Buffalo Jackson Trading Co.
If you want your whiskey or beer diluted add water but if you want to keep it pure, drop in a couple of 100% soapstone Whiskey or Beer Rox. After sitting in the freezer for awhile, these stones will cool your beverage of choice perfectly without diluting it or adding an unwanted freezer burn taste that ice cubes often do.
Nine different hi-fi speakers are wedged into the nearly 36-inch wide Playbar, a new wireless soundsystem from Sonos. If you like clean, understated design & also want “live concert” sound in your living room, this is your rig.
Do you have a wearable monitor yet? Under Armour’s chest-strap mounted Armour39 Performance Monitor tracks the intensity of your workouts & then crunches the numbers and delivers analysis via Bluetooth to your smartphone app. Other popular monitors like Nike’s FitBand & the Fitbit only track your “activity.” & what does that tell you? Anyone else picturing this thing strapped to Ivan Drago?
Adidas’ Boost cushioning technology is the secret ingredient in their new Energy Boost series running shoes. Boost is an ultralight, super high-rebound TPU foam used in the midsole that gives the shoes the most energy return of any running shoe on the market.
Red rum. Red rum. That creepy little telepathic kid Danny from The Shining is now a middle-aged man. Time flies, right? Anyway, Doctor Sleep: A Novel is Stephen King’s follow-up to the 1977 horror classic. Didn’t see that coming, did you? Due out in September.
A lightweight, portable campstove that burns wood instead of fossil fuel. That’s cool. It’s also an off-grid USB charging station. Even better. And now the BioLite campstove gets one more genius point for this new attachment that turns it into a packable backcountry barbecue grill. Cue the meat.
Listening to music in headphones played off iTunes on your laptop is a C-minus grade audio experience unless you have something like this pocket-sized USB DAC from Meridian. It turns those flattened out digital files into the full-range masterpieces they’re supposed to be.
This is a great example of how SLR & video camera bags are getting more functional and versatile. The weather-resistant Perspektiv pack will carry a full DSLR or video kit to the summit or when you just need a pack for the hike, pull out the padded SafeZone pod and stuff it with other stuff.
Those enthusiastic motorcycle misfits known as Ural owners are always dressing up their Russian iron in wartime paint schemes with tricked out sidecars. But the builders at Icon 1000 don’t. They took the stock Ural Solo and tweaked it pretty hard, transforming yet another unlikely vintage ride into some sort of future-retro-enduro-street fighter.