The Mason jar: an iconic drinking vessel in much of the South, and at the very least a reliable form of food storage everywhere else. Now the Portland Press ($100) is here to turn the Mason jar into something else: a French Press. Made in Oregon from US-sourced materials, the Press includes a 24-oz. Mason jar, a wooden lid and handle, metal and plastic interior components, a custom grey felt cozy, and a lifetime warranty. We must admit — the cozy's are quite handsome, so much so that we'd consider ponying up the extra $50 to score two 12-oz. versions for use on our normal Mason jars.
Water, fire, phone charger — all the essentials.
Timberland Earthkeepers Heritage 2-Eye Boat Shoe ($100). Timberland Waterproof Technical Wharf Jacket ($168). Timberland Earthkeepers Seacrest Canvas Messenger Bag ($175). Paracable iPhone/iPad Lightning Cable ($28). Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Maser Watch ($795). NanoStriker Fire Starter ($28). Clean Bottle Square Water Bottle ($45). Timberland Harmon Plaid Shirt w/CoolMax Fabric ($68). Timberland Earthkeepers Oakham Chino Short ($68).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Timberland.
Somewhere between the dirt bike and the full-size motorcycle lies the Honda Grom ($3,000 and up). Fun for experienced riders but small enough to be handled by first-timers, the Grom features a 125cc fuel-injected engine paired to a four-speed transmission, a low 29.7-inch seat, a curb weight of just 225 pounds, 12-inch 10-spoke wheels, hydrailic disc brakes, and an LED taillight and projector-style headlamp. It's not going to win any races (against other bikes, at least), but it'll get you where you need to go, let you have some fun while you're en route, and virtually guarantees a parking spot once you get there. What's not to like about that? [Scouted by Jon]
Zippo knows an awful lot about making metal things that go in your pockets, so when we heard they were working on a wallet, we were rightly intrigued. The Zippo Stainless Steel Wallet ($50) looks great and does double duty as a tin foil hat, using its stainless steel outer shell to protect against RF theft. It also features a flexible polymer body, six credit card slots, an ID window, and a money pocket. At 1 cm thick, it's right on the border of being front pocketable, so we'll leave that decision up to you.
If you're using Square to run the cash register at your small business, odds are you might already have an iPad mount — but odds are it isn't as sleek and functional as the Square Stand ($300). This modern white stand connects to your iPad 2 or 3 (no Lighting support yet), providing power and securing it to the counter. It also features an accessories hub that makes it quick and easy to connect a cash drawer, receipt printer, and barcode scanner, with a wireless connection to a kitchen printer, giving you a complete POS system in just minutes. Shipping in July.
If you liked the features of the Lumia 920 but simply couldn't get behind the colorful, oversized polycarbonate body, you're likely love the Nokia Lumia 925 ($TBA). Like the 920, it offers an 8.7 megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization, a 1.5 GHZ dual-core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM, a 4.5" WXGA screen, and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. But instead of polycarbonate, the 925's outer frame is made from metal, with the plastic stuff relegated to a white, black, or grey panel on the back, a feature that makes possible the optional wireless charging cover. Arriving next month.
Sure, you can make time lapse videos using just about any camera — but if it doesn't have a built-in intervalometer, you might end up clicking the camera button yourself, and in any case you're going to spend some time converting those stills into a video. Or you could just use the Brinno HDR TIme Lapse Camera ($400). Made specifically for the task, the Brinno features a 1.3 megapixel HDR image sensor that it uses to produce 720p time lapse video, with the ability to set the interval between frames from 0.3 seconds to 24 hours. It also features a CS lens mount, so you can swap out the included 14 mm f/2.0 lens for a wide range of glass. Once it's done shooting, all you need to do is pop out the SD card, pop it into your computer, and enjoy the video that's already been assembled.
You've spent a lot of coin building your collection of timepieces, so it only makes sense that it'd be worth the money to protect them when you travel. These Martinator Watch Cases ($150-$450) can do exactly that. Based on Pelican cases, these custom carriers are available in 4-, 6-, 18-, and 32-watch versions, each with separate padded inserts for each watch. Already have a Pelican case? You can order the inserts by themselves. Either way, it sure beats doing nothing more than throwing your best wristwear into a bag.
If you were paying close attention last weekend, you might have noticed Tiger Woods wearing different kicks from the ones he's sported for the last couple years. That's because he used his first Players Championship win in over a decade to debut these Nike TW 14 Golf Shoes ($180). The TW'14 keeps the prior model's Nike Free-inspired base, but adds Dynamic Flywire technology to help stabilize your foot when you're swinging, as well as a full mesh tongue to increase breathability. The traditional white and black colorways will be dropping June 7, alongside complete Nike iD customization — a first for a Nike Golf Shoe.
It's not completely klutz-proof — it lacks the ruggedness of those old yellow-and-black, construction-grade Nextel phones — but the Sony Xperia ZR Waterproof Phone ($TBA) will be ready for your next pool party. It's IP55 and IP58 compliant, letting you keep it submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water — roughly five feet — for up to 30 minutes, allowing you to capture shots and 1080p videos with its 13 megapixel fast capture camera that an iPhone can only dream about. Other features include a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 4G LTE, a 4.6" HD Reality display, and NFC capabilities. Arriving later this year.
Remember Yankee's line of masculine candles, meant to liberate your man cave from the oppression of your significant other's preferred floral scents? Well, they're back, and better than ever. Yankee Man Candles II ($18-28) keeps the grassy Riding Mower, the leathery First Down, and the musky Man Town from the original series, while replacing the 2x4 scent — honestly, we suspect it probably just smelled kinda like the lumber department at Lowe's, which is to say like sweat, bratwurst, and cedar — with the far more mouthwatering Mmm, Bacon! and the buttered popcorn-inspired Movie Night.
Plenty of cars — even Lamborghinis — draw inspiration from aviation, but few take the concept as far as this. Created to celebrate Lambo's 50th anniversary, the Lamborghini Egoista Concept ($TBA) takes many of its styling cues from the Apache helicopter. Named after the Italian word for "selfish", this unique concept is centered around a single-person, carbon fiber and aluminum cockpit that's actually removable, and is designed around the driver, with a racing seat, four-point restraints, and a heads-up display. LED clearance lights replace traditional headlights, hidden xenon headlamps provide distance lighting, and flaps on the bodywork help increase stability and airflow to the 600hp, 5.2L V10 engine. If that wasn't enough, the body and wheels are made from anti-radar material, giving us just one more reason to believe that this beast won't be going into production any time soon.