As it marks its centennial, Germany’s iconic Braun brand has created a unique collab with global design influencer Virgil Abloh. From deep in the Braun archive, Virgil unearthed and updated the 1965 Wandanlage hi-fi audio wall unit; a stunning & fully functional Dieter Rams-designed sound system with a fresh chrome finish.
Created in collaboration with Jim Morrison’s estate, the forthcoming The Collected Works … is an almost 600-page anthology of the writings of the late poet and iconic Doors’ front man. It is a landmark publication—the definitive opus of Morrison’s creative output—and the book he intended to publish. In addition to the writings, it features rare photographs and numerous handwritten excerpts from his 28 privately held notebooks. Available June 8.
Designed for high-risk urban areas, the Litelok Core is a flexible, wearable, and lightweight bike lock. Super secure too, even rated strong enough for a motorcycle. Its strength its Boaflexicore, a layered, multi-material construction built to endure sustained attack. Let’s hope you don’t really need that! The Core is available in 2 different lengths, and 4 hi-vis colors.
For all 20 of the various Leatherman multi-tools that feature a bit driver—cranking down screws is about to get easier. The Ratchet Driver snaps on to your bit driver, adding the leverage power of a 3-way locking ratchet system to your tool. With its magnetic mount, it fits all standard ¼” bits.
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As the world’s only 2-in-1 solution for cleaning up dog poop, the PooPail eliminates the part of pet ownership that really stinks. The 4-gallon pail carries comfortably with an extended handle & flips open allowing you to scoop in the waste with a handy scooper, then lift it to close, sealing the poop in the odor-less bin. Biodegradable poo bags keep the pail clean.
BMW just unveiled its first all-electric sedan, the i4. Boasting 530 horsepower and a range of up to 300 miles, it will also be offered in an M performance model. BMW hasn’t released full specs on the i4 yet but this sleek full-size sedan will be among the brand’s cleanest and most advanced vehicles yet. Available in 2022.
Clip Garmin’s Approach G12 to your pocket or golf bag & this thin GPS range finder displays distances to the green at a glance on more than 42,000 courses worldwide. On top of robust course data, the G12 pairs with the brand’s Approach CT10 club trackers, for amazingly accurate shot tracking as well as with Garmin’s Golf App. Big Numbers Mode makes is easier to read & IPX7 rating insures all-weather performance. Battery life is 30 hours.
The Acoustasonic Jazzmaster is Fender’s newest electric-acoustic hybrid, blurring the line—deliberately so—between guitar and digital device. The results are interesting. It’s got a thin-line mahogany body and a Humbucker pickup. There’s also an integrated digital processor that lets you toggle through an array of ten different “sounds” controlled by a Strat-style blade selector. And with its unique body design, players say it sounds pretty sweet unplugged.
Google’s 2nd-Gen Nest Hub is a home assistant & smart display made for your nightstand. In addition to its AI-driven capabilities in running your connected home, it now offers sleep sensing to track your rest. To do this it uses a Soli radar chip which is hidden in the display. It tracks both macro & micro movements which are sent to Google for your review. Gesture controls for the alarm clock are a handy feature as well as an improved speaker that delivers 50% more bass for cranking up those morning jams.
The MacBook Air is 2.8-pounds, so a laptop that weighs in at a mere 2.45 is impressive. Especially if it’s got an OLED display. That’s the deal with the new ZenBook 13 OLED from ASUS. Its full HD 13.3-inch OLED display delivers 400 nits of brightness and supports 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut—for flawless cinematic visuals. Wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 and all the ports: one HDMI 2.0, 2X Thunderbolt, 4X USB-C, 1X USB-A and a MicroSD card slot. Sound by Harmon Kardon.
Nike’s latest addition to the Air Max legacy is the all-new Air Max Pre-Day. Named for running legend Steve Prefontaine, it merges 70s-era styling cues with modern tech. Recycled materials throughout the upper compliment a re-designed & streamlined Air Max outsole with a big window to display the airbag. Available on Air Max Day, March 26.
Building on Braun’s iconic Dieter Rams-designed DN40 alarm clock, the new BC21 offers a familiar slanted LCD display but adds 10W Qi wireless charging to the feature set. It’s a soft, silicone pad for your phone, watch or earbuds. Yes, the analog snooze button is still there, as well as tactile clock controls you can operate half-asleep.
The NS-1 off-road teardrop from Colorado Campworks is equipped for tackling tough terrain with full-length rock sliders and A/T tires but also generates its own power once parked. Two hundred watts of roof-mounted solar deliver AC power through a 3000-watt inverter for lights, kitchen, cooking, and charging as well as heating water in the 76-liter tank for sink & shower. Custom options, like adding a Traeger grill or Breville smart oven will make for quite comfy overlanding.
The FishFace from True Utility is an 18-in-1 EDC multi-tool no larger than the other keys on your keychain but it puts in overtime. It features Phillips and flat screwdrivers, wrenches, hex drive, pry bar, file, nail tool, bottle opener, box opener and cutter. Made of stainless steel with a black titanium coating, it’s built for daily duty & with its sprung ’biner clip, stays right by your side.
Combining the slipper-like comfort of a classic espadrille with rugged tactical materials, the Explorer’s Espadrille is a tough & minimalist all-terrain performer. Constructed of water-resistant neoprene camo material that molds to your foot, the upper is finished with rubber mud guards on the toe and heel. The front and back pull tabs feature reflective hits for safety & a layer of Kevlar in the insole provides extreme protection for walking on harsh, dangerous surfaces.
The Pocket Mini Blanket will literally save your butt. It provides a clean, dry seat for two. Great for walks, hiking, parks, or shared public seating … you’re covered. Pocketable and weatherproof, it spreads out to a picnic-friendly 44” X 28”. When you’re ready to go just jam it back into the integrated stuff sack. Weight 1.3-ounces.
It’s a big claim but GigaDrive is putting it out there. This is the world’s fastest external SSD drive. It is powered by Thunderbolt4 and USB4—a next-gen universal cable connectivity that allows lightning fast yet stable read and write speeds of 2,800MB-per-second. Available in 1, 2, & 4TB capacity, it is a rugged, waterproof, & pocketable storage device that offers performance beyond all the rest. A funded Indiegogo.
In the vein of Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog Nike memoir, Authentic is a candid, compelling memoir by a high school dropout who went on to establish one of the world’s most iconic brands. Paul Van Doren founded Vans—the shoe company at the heart of SoCal youth culture for generations, and famous for its people-oriented company culture. In Authentic, the innovator & entrepreneur shares his unlikely story and how he built Vans into a household name & massive business success.
For being so small & light, the iSwift Pi does a lot. It’s a super-thin laptop desk designed for use in bed, on a sofa and even at a desk if you use one. It offers 2-level height adjustment as a lap desk & also works as a stand in 4 different configurations to suit all environments. It’s durable, unfolds in seconds, and stores flat. A funded Kickstarter.
To create this well-titled book, bestselling author and globe-trotting golfer Tom Coyne spent an entire year crisscrossing the USA in search of its greatest golf experience, playing every course to ever host a US Open, along with more than 200 hidden gems and heavyweights spread across all 50 states. Coyne’s travels take him (& readers) from the most coveted tee times in America to unique spots in the nation’s most far-flung corners. For the curious golfer, there’s lots to discover in this one.