Archive for May, 2015

Roger Stool by Sika-Design at

Roger Stool by Sika-Design

Posted in Home Stuff and Seating

This handmade 3-legged stool from Denmark’s Sika-Design is made of Suar wood; a fast-growing sustainable tropical wood used for the strength & good looks of its interlocking grain. Designed for use indoors or out.

Coney Island Boardwalk Camp Knife by Surname at

Coney Island Boardwalk Camp Knife by Surname

Posted in Gear for Men

The Camp Knife from Long Island-based Surname features handles made with reclaimed Ipé wood from the Coney Island boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy. It is artfully inlaid with bright maple. Cook a dog over the open campfire, stab it with your knife & raise that weiner in symbolic salute of a bygone New York landmark.

Air Combat USA at

Air Combat USA

Posted in Gear for Men

If you always wanted to fly a fighter jet but couldn’t find one on Craigslist, Air Combat USA can help. They offer tours that put you in the cockpit of a Marchetti SF260 fighter jet for an afternoon of aerial combat. Instructor pilots back you up as you pull gut-twisting G-forces & acrobatic maneuvers. Cameras mounted to the plane catch your flight from multiple angles for the souvenir video. Locations nationwide.

Pixelkabinett 42 at

Pixelkabinett 42

Posted in Game Room and Home Stuff

Designed in Sweden, Pixelkabinett 42 brings 80 vintage video games into your home hidden in a spouse-approved Ash wood & American walnut pop-top cabinet. Play Space Invaders, Centipede, Asteroids and 77 other games in style and customize your configuration to suit your favorite game titles. Only 50 of these game consoles will be made.

Ikawa Roaster at

Ikawa Roaster

Posted in Home Stuff and Kitchen

Ikawa is the world’s first digital micro-roaster, a compact countertop unit that allows you to roast your own coffee at home for maximum freshness & flavor. The Ikawa App provides roasting recipes for a variety of beans that the company offers for delivery or use your own beans to create a custom homemade roast. A funded Kickstarter project.

Portiko at


Posted in Gear for Men

The power struggle is real but with Portiko, it’s easier to plug-in and power-up in tight places. This power supply hub features a 6-foot extension cord, two 110V outlets and 2 USB ports—one of which is a dedicated full-speed iOS port.

Welly Bottle at

Welly Bottle

Posted in Gear for Men

The Welly water bottle has an internal filter so you turn even the rankest tapwater or sketchy roadside creek water into fresh, clean drinking water. The 24-oz bottle is BPA-free, portable, & features sustainable bamboo side panels. One dollar of every Welly sale is donated to projects with CharityWater. Currently funding on Kickstarter.

Cheap Monday “Pocket Operators” Micro Synthesizers at

Cheap Monday “Pocket Operators” Micro Synthesizers

Posted in Gear for Men

Fitting the full-size studio synthesizer in your luggage is not an option. For on-the-go jams or composition, Sweden’s Cheap Monday has created a line of pocket-size synths. They offer three different models; the “Rhythm” operator is a drum machine, the “Sub” is a base line synthesizer, & the “Factory” provides a selection of melodies. They can be used separately or together.

Ecocapsule at


Posted in Home Stuff

Ecocapsule is a portable, off-grid two-person house that offers solar & wind power generation as well as a design that collects & stores rainwater. Inside there’s a bed, a kitchenette, toilet & shower. The capsule can be dragged, shipped, airlifted or towed into virtually any location you choose.

Schrade SCHA5B M.A.G.I.C. at

Schrade SCHA5B M.A.G.I.C.

Posted in Gear for Men

With just the flick of your thumb, the patented spring-assist opening mechanism on Schrade’s SCHA5B folding knife snaps open & locks nearly as fast as a switchblade. It’s made of AUS-8 stainless and features a clip-point blade with ambidextrous thumb knobs, black aluminum handles & a pocket clip.

Nike Vapor Speed TW at

Nike Vapor Speed TW

Posted in Golf and Sporting Gear

The Vapor Speed Driver was designed by and for Tiger Woods. This driver combines Nike’s FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back design and a new Compression Channel all packed into a smaller head shape; a design that creates more stability, better launch conditions and faster ball speeds.

Heimplanet Fistral at

Heimplanet Fistral

Heimplanet tents feature an inflatable frame that eliminates the need for tent poles. That means less weight in your pack & easier set-up. The compact Fistral tent is made for 1 or two people & to set it up, all you do is lay out flat & inflate the air frame.

Solartab Solar Charger at

Solartab Solar Charger

Posted in Portable and Tech & Gadgets

Summer is here and that means the beach is where you’ll be staring at your phone and scrolling. And if you’ve got Solartab, a 5.5-watt solar charger designed specifically for charging your phone & tablet, you can soak up the rays & scroll your summer away. The charger’s 13K mAh battery even stores the power for later use.

The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut at

The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut

Clayton C. Anderson was a small-town boy from Nebraska who applied to the NASA astronaut program 15 times in 15 years before being selected and realizing his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut. Anderson eventually spent 167 days on the International Space Station and did over 40 hours of space walks. This is his tale, from the prairie to outer space, told in his own words.

Wakejet Cruise at

Wakejet Cruise

The electric wakeboard has arrived. This new carbon-kevlar watersport vehicle combines the speed of wakeboarding with the freedom of surfing—but you don’t need waves, this board has a built-in jet-propulsion motor that reaches speeds up to 25 knots. The battery lasts 30-minutes running at full speed and re-charges in just 1 hour.

Nomad Chair at

Nomad Chair

Posted in Home Stuff and Seating

The Danish designers behind the Nomad Chair—an homage to the classic 19th century Roorkhee safari chair—are working toward a sustainable model for furniture making. In creating this chair they use fast-growing Moso bamboo farmed using no chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides. It sets up and breaks down easily for transport & features high quality construction & components that will last a lifetime.

Voltus Mobile Power For MacBook at

Voltus Mobile Power For MacBook

This portable, lithium-Ion power supply offers backup power via 2X USB-C in & 2X USB 3.0 out that will keep your MacBook & two USB devices charged & running for 13 hours. The first we’ve found for the new MacBook.  A funded Kickstarter project.

Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Pack at

Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Pack

The shockproof, water-resistant Venture 30 charger from Goal Zero can be powered up by USB or optional solar panel. And with a full charge, it will juice up your phone 3 times, as well as tablets, headlamps, cameras and other devices. The whole kit is compact & weighs just 1.5 pounds.

Candylab Classic Wooden Cars at

Candylab Classic Wooden Cars

Posted in Gear for Men

Candylabs Toys is a Kickstarter success story. They make solid wood toy cars, inspired by classic 60s cars and mid-century design. Their latest collection includes 5 new vehicles: a pair of fastback muscle cars, a tow truck, a yellow taxicab, and a woody wagon with real walnut veneer and a tow-behind camper. They’re so cool your kids might even play with them.

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery at

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

“It’s not brain surgery,” they say. That’s because nothing is brain surgery except the technically complex and highly specialized science of actual brain surgery. This new book by neurosurgeon and author Henry Marsh provides unique insight into this strange & stressful branch of medicine. Due out May 26, the book is already a finalist for a half-dozen book awards.