Archive for July, 2021
Metallica super-fans will be fiending for this one. In it, renowned rock writer Ben Apatoff takes the ultimate deep dive into the dark legend of Metallica, one of rock’s weirdest and most fascinating mysteries. With chapters devoted to each member, each album, touring, fashion, books, film, influences, fandom, history, and more, it takes you to the very core of the world’s most influential metal band.
Bang & Olufsen is back with another first. Their Beoplay EQ Earbuds are the brand’s first to feature Active Noise Cancelling technology. The flagship buds feature a dedicated ANC chip, while a separate chip handles bluetooth—making for flawless connectivity. Battery life is 6.5 hours with 2 additional full charges from the case. Available August 19.
For all those beaches, parks & places that don’t allow wood-burning campfires, the Ignik FireCan is a portable propane-powered fire pit that gives you a legal, low-emission alternative; that cozy campfire feel without a visit from the ranger. Made of heavy-duty steel, the collapsible “can” carries like an ammo box & features fold-out legs, 360º mesh to manage sparks & a quick-adapter to your fuel tank. Available Fall 2021.
Premium running shoe upstart Speedland partnered with Michelin to create a trail runner that will never get caught slipping. The SL:PDX features a lugged outsole with knobbies & knurls you can cut, modify & customize to your needs. The upper features recycled material & the custom-comfort of dual Boa closure.
Taking direct aim at Apple AirPods, Nothing—a brand created by OnePlus founder Carl Pei—has just unveiled its noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds called simply “Ear 1”. The pods are equipped with 11.6mm drivers and offer 5.7 hours of playback & up to 34-hours using the charging case. They also offer Qi wireless charging for a pretty remarkable price. On sale on August 17th.
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The Cinema 1200 soundbar from Klipsch is the brand’s first soundbar speaker to feature Dolby Atmos. The 54-inch long soundbar also boasts 1200 watts of power & includes a wireless subwoofer plus a pair of surround speakers for a cinematic & deeply immersive 5.14 surround sound experience.
Combining a heavy-duty gear cart with the ultimate beach lounger, the Wanderr Chair is made to get all your stuff down to the beach in one trip. It features five modes: cart, low-slung beach chair, upright camp chair, reclining lounger, and camping cot/bench. Patented Sandtrakz wheels mean you can roll over everything—especially sand.
The ascent of NBA MVP & Milwaukee’s top Buck, Giannis Antetokounmpo from poverty in Athens, Greece to super-stardom in America is an extraordinary story. Written by award-winning basketball reporter and feature writer at The Ringer Mirin Fader, it touches universal themes of family, immigration, hard work, and dreaming big.
EcoFlow’s Delta Pro is a high-output 6000W portable home battery that gives you not just plenty of power but security & independence, too. It can power your home appliances, charge your EV, & offers fast-charging for all AC powered devices. The system is also expandable to link multiple units for more power & optional solar panels enable off-grid generation. A funded Kickstarter.
With the ability to tilt your bike up to 20º, the Rizer is a stationary cycling system that makes it feel like you’re really climbing. Following along with interactive classes or simply looking to make indoor spinning more dynamic, the Rizer gradient simulator combines a traditional stationary set-up for the back wheel, while the fork is connected to the riser. The wheel is held stable but handlebars that are able to move, making it feel more like real riding. Available in November.
Fjorden is a tool that makes the most of your iPhone’s camera. It’s a comfy camera grip that not only feels right, it offers DSLR-like controls so you never miss the shot. Unlike the phone’s internal controls, Fjorden responds like a real camera. It features a 2-stage shutter button, custom control dial, multi-function button, and a zoom lever. All together, they give you unrivaled creative control. A funded Kickstarter.
This collaboration between Filson & Danner brings together a pair of iconic American brands for a pair of badass boots. The Trail 2650 is a mid-high hiker with the waterproof breathability of a Gore-Tex liner, OrthoLite insoles for comfort, and rugged upper for marathon mountain treks. Collab logos & branding looks solid while staying understated.
For fans of extreme off-road action, the LEGO Technic 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros Trial Truck is not just a mean RC machine, it’s a big build. With 2110 pieces, builders get 4 functioning doors and hood, independent 4-wheel suspension and other real-deal features. Once built, connect 6 AA batteries and use the LEGO Technic app & bluetooth control to drive this dirt-blasting Benz!
For your equipment, tools, toys, and gear, Sidiocrate is a tougher, more technical storage crate. Designed for stable stacking and custom organization, they feature a straight wall w/ structural ribs, removable dividers that move easily to keep stuff from shifting and sliding around. A padded bottom mat and a snap-on lid seal the deal to keep your stuff right where you want it. Sidiocrates measure 18.5” X 12.5” X 6.5”
Till the End is the thrilling memoir of one of baseball’s most beloved and successful pitchers, CC Sabathia, veteran star of the New York Yankees. It’s also a book about addiction, CC’s long journey to redemption and ultimately, the game of baseball—covering the ins and outs of its most important and technical position and its evolution in a volatile era of the sport’s history.
No doubt you’ve seen your share of sweet Sprinters. But take a second and scope the latest from Alphavan. The German conversion company blew minds with its big-boy debut Sprinter in 2020 but now they’re back with a 4X4 version. It comfortably sleeps and houses four plus it carries all your gear, bikes, kayaks, and other toys with its flexible interior architecture. All the comforts of home plus legit off-road capability.
Smooth minimalism and the precision of Martin-Baker’s battle-tested aviation engineering combine to create a technically flawless automatic in Bremont’s newest Britain-built watch, the MB Savanna. With its 43mm Grade 5 Titanium case and BE-36AE movement, it is both lightweight & heavy-duty. Knurled lugs and a scratch-resistant matte coating keep it looking fresh through all you dish out. A skeletonized rotor and stepped windows in the case back showcase its mechanical movement.
Certified Metal God & 2-time best-selling author Nikki Sixx is back with another heavy hitter. It tracks the early years and salad days of Franklin Carlton Feranna, a troubled L.A.-kid who would one day become a global rock-n-roll icon with his bros in Mötley Crüe. But this is no tale of 80s debauchery—this is a story of overcoming the odds & living out your dreams. Regardless of where you come from.
Sony’s Dolby Atmos-equipped HT-A9 surround sound system is comprised for 4 identical wireless cylindrical speakers that can be placed anywhere in the room & use internal microphones to recognize obstacles like walls, and echo, then self-adjust to optimize audio. A small control box drives the 4 speakers, it connects via wi-fi & is compatible with both Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant.
Hollywood A-Lister and Academy-Award winning director Ron Howard got his show-biz start as a kid actor on TV hugest hits of the 60s & 70s, like Happy Days, The Andy Griffith Show, & Gentle Ben. In this new book by Ron & his co-star brother Clint, they share what it was like to grow up on TV, giving readers an intimate look at their amazing lives in entertainment.