Celebrating decades of hip-hop hits, Def Jam Records is releasing the 30th anniversary box-set: 3 exclusive mixed CDs, including one curated by Rick Rubin titled “Selections from the Roots of Def Jam.” The CDs also come with a t-shirt, a 16 page book and the entire bundle is delivered in a package designed as a turntable.
It’s pronounced “no key” because, duh. This Bluetooth padlock replaces a key or combination with what else, your phone. It senses your signal & pops open when you get within 10-feet. When you walk away, it automatically re-locks. The iOS/Android app lets you give others permission to use it, too.
Having all your survival essentials together in one place makes it harder to forget that one thing you will inevitably forget. This kit from VSSL is an 8-inch long by 2-inch diameter tube made of anodized aluminum that carries your supplies: fire starters, fishing tackle, reflective trail markers, a wire saw, water purifiers, and so on.
Headlines about factory-farmed meat recalls & stats on bGH. No bueno. If you consider yourself a conscientious carnivore, try this instead: AgLocal sends pasture-raised meats from local farms fresh to your mailbox every month & with it provide animal sourcing info to give you peace of mind.
It may look like a classic canvas log tote for carrying actual firewood & it is, except it’s also designed for carrying other stuff, too. Like maybe a beach blanket and a couple growlers or some extra camping gear. There’s a little interior pocket for stashing keys or small contraband items and it’s made of 18 oz. canvas and features vegetable-tanned leather handles.
Your Macbook & iPad are most prone to impact damage at their edges, where the glass meets the metal; drop it once without a case & unless you’ve got really good luck or one of these new sleeves from Incase, say goodbye to your precious Mac. These sleeves use a lightweight, shock absorbing material called Tensaerlite creating a bumper frame to protect your device at the edge & also soft neoprene to protect the front & backside of your laptop or tablet.
Unless you happen to be into couponing or hoarding receipts, a thin leather wallet is all you really need to carry cards and cash. And this one made by a San Diego cowboy named Mr. Lentz is a fine specimen. Thin, leather, & built to last. Giddyup.
The built-in microphone on your iPhone & iPad isn’t that great. If you want to record stuff like live music or an interview and truly capture clean, full-range sound, this mic will actually do it. It can handle input up to 130dB—that’s loud. It also features a 230º swivel head so you’re always aimed right at your subject & a 1/8” stereo input let’s you plug straight in.
How interested are you in your own sleep data? If there answer is somewhere between somewhat and super, the Sense sleep tracker will be useful. It tracks your sleep patterns as well as info about your sleeping environment: noise, light, temp & humidity giving you plenty of info about why you’re feeling so tired/rerfeshed. It also works as an alarm clock. A funded Kickstarter project.
Classic British saddle-maker Brooks has been building better bike stuff since the handlebar mustache was supposedly cool the first time. And they’re still at it. This new tool features 7 allen keys, 3 screwdrivers, four spoke wrenches, a chain tool, a bottle opener, & a knife. It comes in a leather case.