Archive for July, 2020
Written by Megadeth frontman and metal icon Dave Mustaine with the help of Joel Selvin, who authored the best-selling Mustaine biography, Rust In Peace tells a legendary tale of the making of Megadeth’s finest studio effort, their 1990 album of the same name. It’s a story of Megadeth & metal itself moving toward the mainstream fueled by sex, drugs, & fame, & then ensuing chaos that would eventually envelop the band.
Lightweight & easy to handle are two key qualities for a pruning saw that puts a spinning chainsaw blade on a cordless hand tool. The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Hatchet Pruning Saw has the power to cut up to 3” hardwoods so it will handle all your pruning & shrubbery. It features an ergonomic design and is powered by an M12 REDLITHIUM XC 4.0Ah battery, which delivers up to 2X more runtime, 20% more power and 2X more recharges than standard lithium-ion batteries.
The Spark’N Sharp firestarter from CRKT is lightweight, versatile and it could save your life in a pinch. It’s a quick-release lanyard multitool that holds a magnesium fire starter rod & also has a tungsten carbide blade sharpener for keeping a perfect edge on all your knives.
The compact Double Tent Cot from Kamp-Rite gets you & your tent-mate up off the ground away from things like snakes, puddles, and half-buried boulders you’d rather not sleep on. The exterior is made of weather-resistant heavy duty 210D nylon and includes a rain fly. It sets-up and breaks down in seconds with a versatile design that allows you to transform the tent into a lounge, a chair, and a flat cot as well.
The launch of the Microblade 2.0 marks yet another solid entry into the EDC category from Detroit’s WESN Goods. It keeps the titanium construction that made it so popular but has been nicely upgraded with a high carbon, high chromium D2 tool-grade steel blade for even better hardness, toughness, and abrasion resistance. The locking blade is 1.5” long and the knife is 3.75” overall when open.
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70% smaller that your standard charging device, the pocketable 65W Mopoint is the world’s smallest Gallium Nitride (GaN) charger. With 65W, there’s plenty of power to share—enough to power 2 laptops and then some, with 2 USB-C ports (supporting Power Delivery 3.0) and one USB-A (supporting Quick Charge 3.0). The wall plug tines fold-in for portability and add-on travel converters/adapters make it universal. A funded Kickstarter.
Whether or not you feel it, pee is splashing back at you every time you drain the dragon. And not just flying onto your jeans but all over the toilet & floor. 2000 droplets per pee. Gross when you think about it. Enter Piss Pad, a simple device designed to redirect & diffuse your disgusting droplets. It’s a 40mm X 15mm adhesive pad made of dense PU fibers. It installs instantly & the waterproof adhesive can be easily removed & reapplied. Tests showed that PP users’ toilets required 67% less cleaning. Hard to argue with that. A funded Kickstarter.
With the unveiling of the 2021 Ghibli Hybrid, Maserati is casually breezing into the electric vehicle space. The luxury full-size 4-door sedan features a 48-volt hybrid system driven by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric supercharger. The output: 325 horsepower and impressive top speeds north of 150MPH. The car won’t be coming to the United States in 2021 but we suspect that could change.
Multi Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, the visionary behind cinematic classics including Platoon, Midnight Express, & Scarface, lays himself bare in this intimate new memoir. Blending his incredible personal story with an inside look at the Hollywood movie-biz through the 70s and 80s, it takes readers on-set and behind the scenes.
The Campster Chair from SitPack is a full-height go anywhere chair, designed to fold-down to the size of a water bottle for streamlined packing & portability. With its lightweight (2lb.) telescoping aluminum design, it pops up instantly to give you a 17” tall full-height seat. The seat is made of ripstop nylon and features a high backrest with mesh ventilation. Holds up to 300 pounds. A funded Indiegogo.
Equipped with a 4K camera and powered by AI that ensures an efficient & flawless job every time, the Toadi is smart little mow ’bot. It detects and avoids all obstacles in its path, teaching itself the perfect pattern to mow up those clean lines you want without ever having to lift a finger. The smart design eliminates the need for a perimeter wire or GPS to keep it on course as it navigates rough ground & hills up to 45º. Its titanium blades will mow 1.2 acres before Toadi returns autonomously to her outdoor base for charging. A funded Kickstarter.
The pop-culture crossover of Nintendo NES and LEGO makes perfect sense to fans of both iconic brands. The new buildable NES console set from LEGO is a detailed 2600 pieces that recreates the original console, including a controller & tv screen. A mechanical crank on the TV moves an 8-bit Mario to make the game “playable.” Available August 1.
Designed from the ground up to be Nike’s most sustainable shoe, the Air VaporMax 2020 Flyknit is constructed with 50% recycled content. There are a few qualifiers but this minimalist high-tech runner achieves a standard of efficiency & sustainability called Circular Design. The shoe features the brand’s first full-length VaporMax air unit and the Flyknit upper is made of yarn containing 67 percent post-industrial recycled content. Available July 23.
The Unlimited E-Bike Conversion Kit is the simplest, lightest e-bike conversion system in the world; turning your existing bike into a powerful electrified one in just minutes. The kit consists of just 3 parts: A replacement front wheel with an internal 250W or 750W motor, a bottle cage-mount screw-on battery, and a strap-on wireless sensor. Battery & motor options offer ranges from 22-50 miles & pedal-assist speeds from 16-22MPH. Fits most bikes.
You could call the Constellation a north star for the Omega watch brand; at 66-years, it is the oldest collection in the watch company’s history. Born as a chronometer in 1952, the Constellation is revived today in a 41mm case model, retaining the unique “claws” feature at 3:00 & 9:00 from the original design. Roman numerals are also carried over from past updates to the Constellation. Choose from stainless steel, steel with ceramic bezel, gold & steel, and gold with ceramic bezel variants.
Certain corners of the internet have been buzzing for years about the day Ford would finally bring back the Bronco. Well, at long last, the day has arrived. The 2021 Ford Bronco is here & it’s every bit the modern Hot Wheels truck everyone’s been hoping for. Boxy AF. Very short wheelbase. Available with 2 or 4 doors and 2 engine options so far—both EcoBoost turbos, it will also be available in the trail-ready Sasquatch trim package, which boasts HOSS (High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension) for crawling right past those Wrangler Rubicons & into the wild.
Consistently original in its vision, Vollebak strikes again with the creation of the Garbage Watch, comprised literally of components scavenged from stuff like the the motherboards of computers, microchips from a smartphone, or wiring from a TV. These raw materials are reconstructed and reconfigured into a luxury timepiece, presenting a unique story on the human relationship to technology. A waiting list for the watch is open now.
With clean, classic details and materials of exceptional quality, Hardgraft’s new Canvas Collection offers a range of functional, well-designed bags and accessories made to streamline modern mobile life. Italian made featuring locally-sourced materials, they feature cotton canvas twill construction and leather trims featuring vegetable-tanned European leathers.
Designed to mimic the feel of manual rangefinder photography in a compact digital camera, the Pixii A series combines classic function—manual controls, Leica M-mount compatibility, and no LCD display panel. Instead it connects with your smartphone, allowing that to be your screen, with an app that allows for easy editing & sharing. It features a 12-megapixel APC-S CMOS sensor and 8GB of on-board SSD image storage.
Following up on its original Airpod-alternative, Scottish audio brand RHA packed quite an impressive update into its TrueConnect 2 earbuds. Now with IP55 weather-resistance rating, they are more sweat-proof, they also boast 9 hours of playback & with the flip-top charging case, battery life ranges between 25-40 hours total. They’ve got upgraded drivers, too, ensuring cleaner, more powerful sound & clearer calls.