Unless you’re a top gun fashion photographer or out on assignment for NatGeo, Nikon’s new D800 is plenty of camera and costs much less than their flagship D4 model. The D800 however packs most of the firepower of its big brother. The 36-megapixel file size will surely surpass most people’s needs, as will all the other high-tech, low-light functionality but if you’re serious about photography and want a pro-level body, the D800, due out in late March, is most definitely the real deal.
X-mini Capsule Speakers are small enough to take anywhere and provide quality sound in all environments. And the latest model from X-mini got an upgrade. The KAI features a built-in Bluetooth device allowing you to stream music wirelessly from a paired device for up to four hours on a charge. This little unit also works great for mobile conference calls as well as acting as a dongle if you have more than one X-Mini speaker. Hook this up to your iPad or iPhone you’ve got yourself a ridiculously light yet powerful portable multimedia office.
Beards are so 2011. But now that everyone is shearing them off, there are a lot of hairless faces freezing in this winter weather. But don’t suffer, the Beardo bearded beanie can bring the feeling back into your face. You wear it like a normal beanie for general head warmth, but for that cold walk home or ski trips, or even armed robbery, just fold down the retractable beard for instantaneous coziness.
The classic Swiss Army knife is cool and all but here’s a new multi-tool from CRKT that does a whole helluva lot with minimal bulk. Designed by Custom knife makers Ed Van Hoy & Tom Stokes, this efficient little weapon features a utility blade, a sawtooth blade, multi-fit box wrench, wire stripper, Phillips & flat screwdrivers plus driver bits, and the essential bottle opener.
Detective Theo Kojak was the star of one the 70s most progressive TV-cop series. If you were a fan of this big, bald, Greek, lollipop sucking, New York City cop played by Telly Savalas, you also know there were a bunch of Kojak movies. If you didn’t, now you do. This new collection includes all 8 Kojak flicks including 1973’s The Marcus-Nelson Murders, the film that launched the TV show.
Nixon is set confidently apart from the whole watch-as-status-symbol world of Swiss timing snobbery. They stick to making cool products that work hard and look solid. The Ride is one of their new chronographs. It features a heavy-duty 49mm coated, stainless steel case with big, durable lugs and an American-made Horween leather band. It comes in three colors and you don’t need a yacht to understand why it’s good.
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.