Memorial Day is upon us and the official start of summer is the perfect time to upgrade you’re old beach chair. We like the Tommy Chair from Business & Pleasure. It’s a recliner with 3 position comfort, a wood frame, and a durable umbrella-canvas seat in a classic stripe design. Built-in padded backpack straps make for easy transport from parking lot to the beach. Available in navy or black.
Panasonic’s video-friendly GH5 has been updated to deliver even more prosumer performance. With a new processor, improved autofocus, and enhanced image stabilization, the GH5 Mark II is pretty much all new. It captures 4K UHD video at 60p and Cinema 4K at 24p with 10-bit 4:2:2 color output. A 20.3-MP Live MOS MFT sensor does this free of ghosting & flairing thanks to a new anti-reflective coating. The Venus Engine image processor is new, as well as up to 6.5 stops of compensation for smooth, stable moving shots in all kinds of conditions. Available for pre-order now.
This is it. The biggest LEGO set ever—by number of pieces—is an all-new map of the world created entirely from 2-D tiles. With 11,695 pieces, it measures an impressive 41” X 25.5.” The kit consists of 40 Technic baseplates and mainly 1X1 round tiles. Of course you can customize the map by making your own continents and countries but brick-built pins also allow you to mark out places you’ve been to or want to visit. Recommended for ages 18+. Available June 1.
Inflatable Everglow Light Tubes from Klymit deliver pure function and incredible portability, shining a light where you need it most—far from the closest plug. Designed for off-grid, adventure, and emergency use, Light Tubes feature built-in LED lights within a soft-sided inflatable bladder that packs down for easy portability. There are also integrated magnets to hold the tube to your tailgate, camp kitchen, or truck bed. They’re adjustable from 0-270-lumen output and come in a range of different sizes.
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Equipped with two, waterproof & grounded 3-prong outlets and a USB-A charging port, plus support for Alexa, Apple Home Kit and Hey Google voice control, the WeMo wi-fi Smart Outdoor Plug gives you precise mobile control for all your outdoor devices & appliances. An “Away mode” function turns various lights in the home on and off to make it appear occupied, when you’re away.
With the launch of their innovative AER Rooftop Tent, Crua Outdoors is pushing RTT design in a new direction—off the roof and out onto the ground. The AER pitches on the vehicle roof, on the ground, or it can connect-up with additional modular tents to create a multi-story tent basecamp. It features wraparound windows and skylights for epic campsite views. Depending on model & configuration, the AER can sleep from 2 up to 5 people.
With its beach-friendly waterproof design and pocketable size, Sony’s SRS-XB13 speaker makes a cool companion for hot summer days. With an IP67 rating for dust- and water-proofing plus a UV-coated finish, it’s built for all-weather outdoor action. Shorter than a common 12-ounce can, it is also very packable; with a webbing strap loop for lashing it to your pack or carrying around your wrist. Battery life: 16 hours. Available in a range of colors.
The incredible charging power & small size of Anker’s gallium nitride chargers makes them a mobile-friendly option that really works—they’re about 20% faster than standard plug-in chargers. And the new Nano II GaN chargers offer this speedy performance in an even smaller package. Available in 30W, 45W, & 65W models, they feature a single USB-input to power all your devices.
Equipped with crisp 4K clarity and HDR10, Samsung’s M7 is a 43-inch all-in-one; the latest in its growing Smart Monitor lineup. It offers Alexa, Google Assistant and Bixby voice control as well as connectivity with select Samsung devices that enable it to function as a desktop computer as well as streaming Netflix using the brand’s Tizen Os. Also available in 27” & 32” sizes.
Designed for everyone from beginners to professional producers, the OXI ONE is a digital sequencer & MIDI controller that empowers you to make music with nearly unlimited creative control. It’s based around a performing keyboard with incredible connectivity, including, central & peripheral bluetooth wireless. It’s got 4 fully configurable sequencers, 32 track capability, loopers, arpeggiators, harmonizing with 150 different chord variations & so much more, making it a powerful modular component for live or studio use. A funded Indiegogo.
The expansive 3-volume Modernist Pizza is the definitive guide to one of the world’s most popular foods. Broken into 3 books: History & Fundamentals, Techniques & Ingredients, and finally, Recipes, this groundbreaking set is the culmination of exhaustive research, travel, and experiments to collect and advance the world’s knowledge of pizza. Spanning 1,708 pages, it is much more than a cookbook: it’s an inspiring resource for all who love ’za.
Noori’s V02 Airy is a multi-function outdoor rocket stove, firepit, grill, and pizza oven in one. A captivating design that draws all into its warmth. Constructed of refractory concrete, high-heat steel, and built with premium components, the Airy showcases the play of flames against its patterned metal mesh for a mesmerizing visual effect. Converts instantly from grill-mode to firepit.
Designed for Apple users, Belkin’s Soundform Connect dongle is a smart little nugget that transforms any powered home speaker into an AirPlay smart speaker that can cast using newer iPhone, iPad, Macs, and Apple TVs running iOS 11.4 or later. Robust controls allow you to customize the experience through multiple speakers and rooms using the app or Siri.
The Misen Oven Steel is a slab of A36 carbon steel that will take the guesswork out of baking and roasting, solving the problem of inconsistent oven temps. Just place in the oven & turn up the heat. With the steel’s high thermal mass, it buffers and replenishes the heat inside your oven to maintain temps within a range of 5 to 10 degrees, for better results no matter what’s on the menu.
In a range that includes more than 20 different speakers, the latest addition to Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound lineup is the portable Beosound Explore, a waterproof, dust-proof, travel-friendly speaker boasting 27 hours of continuous playback. Its small size, sturdy aluminum-body construction, and an integrated carabiner clip make it a great option for on-the-go audio. Just remember, most other hikers don’t want to hear your Travis Scott playlist.
For such a well-equipped and technical alpine pack, Matador’s rolltop Freerain32 packs down to an incredibly small size, making it the perfect companion for travel. With waterproof construction using siliconized 30 Denier Cordura, it’s built for all-weather adventure. It is hydration compatible and features a padded waist belt, sternum strap, and external gear tethers for lashing on extras. Weight: 10.6 ounces!
This could be game over for those other electric truck dreamers. Ford just unveiled its all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning pickup. Boasting 563 HP and 775 lb-ft. of torque, it’s the most powerful factory-produced F-150 ever. Beyond fierce towing power and payload, plus a 300-mile range, this full-size pickup can power your house. Ford’s Intelligent Power Backup system allows you to use the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro to actually power your home in emergencies. For 3 up to as many as 10 days. And because there’s no motor under the hood, it’s got a frunk. Yup, front-trunk.
Icegone might be the most advanced defrosting tray ever. It can defrost frozen food 8-times faster than room temperature, thawing your meats from frozen to cooking-ready in just 10-20 minutes. Made of food-safe aluminum, it requires no electricity and helps all types of food to thaw quickly and safely. This will be a life-saver for last-minute meals and surprise dinner guests. A funded Kickstarter.
Known for their handy home goods and kitchen tools, OXO has created a new outdoor line of products. The lineup includes grilling season essentials like an 8-inch chef’s knife, bottle & can openers, non-slip cutting boards, spatula & tongs, scrubbers, silicone utensil sets—even a French Press (coming soon) for proper camp coffee. Available exclusively at REI.
With 3772-pieces and a total of 25 mini figs, LEGO’s Spider-Man Daily Bugle set is the ultimate Spidey set for older builders. At 33-inches tall, the Daily Bugle skyscraper becomes the largest Lego set in the Marvel universe. Between the building and the mini-figs, the set follows 4 classic comic storylines that fans will know; along with Green Goblin, Sandman, Daredevil & others.