Archive for January, 2021
For 2022, Indian Motorcycles is upgrading five of its best bikes with an FTR package—a performance & styling upgrade that refines the engine to deliver a smoother, more predictable throttle response, an enhanced suspension tuned for the street, and 17” tires and wheels, delivering world-class performance while making the bike feel more compact and maneuverable. Look for the FTR, FTRS, FTRR Carbon, and Scrambler-style FTR Rally. A full lineup of more than 60 FTR accessories let you get crazy custom.
For manhandling red-hot logs & cookware at the fireplace, burn pit, or BBQ grill, Burch Barrel’s Stockman Gloves keep your fingers from frying. Constructed of heavy-duty leather with heat-resistant insulators, these high gusset gloves offer protection for your hands, wrists & forearms, when duty demands that you reach into the fire.
Inspired by the snowboard brand’s late founder Jake Burton Carpenter, his eponymous Mine77 collection just dropped a limited winter capsule that merges cutting edge technologies with timeless mountain style. Look for 3-layer Gore-Tex outerwear, functional layering, an aprés Moc boot, and some mighty fine touring hardgoods through collabs with Black Diamond & Drift Approach.
Designed for creative pros, the LG UltraFine OLED Pro is a 31.5-inch 4K display that enables users to individually dim each of the display’s 8 million-plus pixels. In addition to industry-leading clarity & a million-to-one contrast ratio, it offers all the essential ports: 1X USB-C port with 90-watt power delivery, #3X USB-A, 2X DisplayPorts, an HDMI port, plus a 3.5mm headphone input. Release date not yet available.
With the goal of reducing impact and maximizing energy return, The North Face’s newest footwear tech is a system called VECTIV that brings carbon fiber and composite plates to their trail running and hiking range. Utilizing rocker in the outsole, these shoes reduce downhill tibial impact, offering lightweight construction plus enhanced forward spring & energy return. VECTIV debuts in eight run and hike styles.
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Sony has just unveiled its most advanced mirrorless camera yet and, as expected, the flagship Alpha 1 is truly a beast: 50.1MP full-frame sensor, 8K video at 30fps, and continuous shooting at 30-images per second. Alpha’s incredible, standard-setting Eye AF autofocus systems is now ever faster. Flash sync speeds got bumped to 1/400th. With an external recorder, the camera’s 10-bit video output can be pushed up to 16-bit. Release date: early March 2021.
With the capacity to store up to three-times more than Tesla’s PowerWall 2 home batteries, the Lavo Green Energy Storage System connects to your solar inverter & your water main, then electrolyzes the water to store the hydrogen—up to 40kW hours worth. That’s enough to power the average home for 2 full days. Technically, this is not a battery, rather it is a home electrolysis system & hydrogen storage array. Also, the world’s first.
The Key Capsule is a smart & stealthy EDC container that fits on your keyring, offering protection for small items—everything from medication to mints. Made of food-safe anodized aluminum, the waterproof screw-on lid features an integrated loop for easy connection.
Appointed by infamous Nazi commander Hermann Göring to Hitler’s art looting agency in Paris, Bruno Lohse went on to become one of the most notorious art plunderers of the war. He trafficked more than thirty thousand artworks, including masterpieces he later tried offering to museums around the world. After his death in ’05, dozens of paintings by Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro, were found in his Munich vault. This book tracks a strange and nefarious life indeed.
For cleaning up the edge & maintaining your knife blades, WESN’s Pocket Sharpener is a convenient and capable little tool. Its thin minimalist design makes it super portable while the electroplated diamond and ceramic surfaces ensure a sharper edge on all your blades.
The electric Jet-Ski has finally arrived upon our shores. Quieter of course & much cleaner than its gas-powered yet water-cooled counterparts, the Narke GT95 travels at speeds up to 34.5 MPH and offers 2-hours of battery powered fun before needing a recharge. Which it can get back up to 80% in 2 hours with optional Quick Charge. Onboard navigation runs via bluetooth from your phone.
Kichware makes it simpler to cook perfectly portioned dishes & clean up quick. It’s oven-safe & microwave-safe non-stick silicone bakeware that you use like a sheet pan for oven-roasting & cooking without the soaking & scrubbing. They are conveniently sized for a variety of uses & all feature rugged integrated handles that won’t burn fingers. A funded Kickstarter.
Winner of the 2021 CES Innovation Award, the Vespera Smart Telescope uses cutting-edge optical tech that allows anyone to observe deep-sky objects like galaxies and nebulas. But not through an eyepiece—the image is viewed through your phone or tablet. Positioning is also controlled by GPS. This makes setting up to stargaze almost instant. The telescope uses a refractor lens to create colorful 2MP images. It stands just 15-inches tall & the sleek fold-up design makes for easy transport.
Powered by a 400-horsepower all electric motor, the new Porsche Taycan is the brand’s entry-level electric sedan. EPA efficiency has not yet been released but it is a rear-wheel drive design with a 0-60 time of 5.1 & a top speed of 143. Its 79.2-kWh battery pack supports DC Fast Charging. Arriving Spring ’21.
Created in partnership with Huy Fong Foods, makers of the original Sriracha, Spiceology has mixed up an inspired range of Sriracha dry spice blends. They feature the snap of dehydrated sriracha of course, and come in 6 unique flavors: Miso Teriyaki, Honey Garlic, Candied Bacon, Black Truffle, Thai Lime, & Smoked Maple. Just like the sauce—they add zest to everything you eat.
Like a puffy jacket for your feet, Greats’ Foster Slipper is a winter & WFH do-it-all. It features the puffy upper, a leather band at the midsole, and a cushy rubber outsole for indoor-outdoor versatility. Available in black or army green.
With its eye-catching cast aluminum frame, low center of gravity and a hub motor that hits 14.5-kW at peak power, SONDORS Metacycle is fast but not so furious. It moves in silence but boasts a top speed of 80MPH and a range of about 80 miles. Sleek, streamlined function for that urban commute or Sunday spin. The removable battery recharges in about 4 hours.
When it first launched more than 40 years ago, Korg’s miniKORG 700S was an overnight sensation—bringing studio-quality synth sounds to home players & touring acts alike. Today, the iconic analog monosynth returns as the miniKORG 700FS, featuring modern function and key classic features like a secondary detunable oscillator for thick bass plus an arpeggiator, spring reverb and aftertouch. Korg has not yet announced a release date.
Showcasing more than 200 images of space exploration’s most iconic objects, as you’ve never seen them before, This is NASA: Past and Present Dreams of the Future, is a new book from space-obsessed master photographer Benedict Redgrove. Launching on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, it chronicles the groundbreaking work and images behind the achievements of NASA. The first 100 buyers of this oversized, 11-pound tome will get a limited hand-signed copy.
Combining the precision beam of a pocketable flashlight with the ambient illumination of a lantern, Black Diamond’s Zip Lantern does double duty for any dark night in the backcountry. A compact, 150-lumen design switches between lantern & torch mode & offers IPX-4 weatherproof rating. Includes a hook for hanging & adjustable dimming. Powered by 4 AAA batteries.