Before the cold weather sets in completely step up your cocktail game and stock up your bar with Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks ($15). Winter cocktails — whether mulled wine, spiced cider, eggnog, hot buttered rum, or hot chocolate — are the perfect way to get you through the chill, and a great way to bring friends together once the days get shorter. More than just a simple drink recipe guide, this book covers everything a budding bartender needs to know to assemble a well-stocked winter bar, prepare garnishes, procure proper glassware, and of course, make drinks.
The latest in their series of collaborations with fellow Oregon native Nike, the Nike x Poler Vapen Snowboard Boots ($240) give us one more reason to like camo this winter. While meant for the snow, they come in an otherwise autumnal colorway — sporting shades of brown, green, and of course Poler's signature camouflage on the tongue and interior liner. They feature a mid-flex feel best for all around riding, with plenty of insulation to keep your feet warm throughout the season, and a weatherproof exterior to make sure your toes stay nice and dry.
Information surrounds us at every turn in our daily lives — we're consumed with numbers, whether it's the number of emails we have yet to read, miles we've run that week, or minutes (perhaps hours) we'll spend in traffic on the way to work. The Nimbus Personal Dashboard ($130) gives you a visually intriguing way of displaying all that data, so you can consume it at a glance. In order to set it up, you just pair it with an iOS or Android app, choose which data sources feed to which gauge, and let the dials start turning. Uses for it are seemingly endless, as it syncs with a huge array of services, including your FitBit, your email provider, and your favorite social media sites.
While knocking down entire trees can be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, not everyone likes to occupy their day chopping up fireplace-sized chunks of wood. For the lazy woodsman with a strong back and plenty of space in their living room, there's this Spruce Stove ($TBA). Built to accommodate an entire tree trunk (so long as it's straight and has been pruned of all its branches), this stove features a camera-aperture-like opening that allows you to slowly feed in a log as it burns. All you need to do is find an appropriately-sized log, set it up on a couple of saw horses, and watch as the stove consumes anything you feed into it.
Unfortunately, all good things must at some point come to an end — and this gull-winged thing of German beauty is no exception. But at least the Mercedes SLS AMG GT Final Edition ($TBA) gets to go out in style. Limited to a run of just 350 units, those lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the last SLS AMG will get to experience every bit of its naturally-aspirated 6.3-liter 591-horsepower V8 engine. Set to be revealed at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show, the Merc gets a special two-tone red and black paint scheme worthy of such an iconic sportscar. While sad to see it go, we can think of no better way to watch it leave.
The The Cornetto Trilogy ($35), also known as the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, also known as the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, or better known as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End is now available for the home in a Blu-ray digital download combo pack. This series of comedic genre movies — whether it's lampooning zombie flicks, cop movies, or science fiction horror — stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and promises the kind of laughs only dry, British humor can. Named for the Cornetto ice cream company, each film is connected to a specific flavor associated with a thematic element from the movie: strawberry for zombie guts and gore, blue original for the police uniform, and mint chocolate chip for those little green men. These movies, each critical and box office successes, quickly became cult favorites for their unique blend of action, silliness, and bizarre situational hilarity.
With all the cards we carry in our wallets — multiple credit cards, debit cards, bank cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, gift cards — we run the risk of looking a little like George Costanza. But with Coin ($100), we can finally start slimming down our every day carry to something a little more manageable. This connected device (shaped and sized like a credit card) lets you scan all the cards you typically carry in your wallet, and then leave them at home. It works just like a regular card, letting you swipe it the same way you normally would, and lets you easily swap which card you're using at any given moment. Manage your collection of cards with their mobile app, and never lose track of your Coin thanks to low-energy Bluetooth alerts.
Get a little more mileage out of your regularly-scheduled trips to the dentist with the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Black Edition ($190). More effective than your typical toothbrush, this one removes double the plaque, resulting in healthier gums and whiter teeth. The set includes a durable travel case for when you're on the road that also doubles as a USB charging station, as well as a unique charging glass that gives the batteries some juice while it sits on your sink. And with its all-black finish, chances are your roommate won't mind you leaving it sitting out.
Mezcal is a unique, ancient, and quite amazing spirit that has yet to break through to the mainstream. You could say it's a relative of tequila, because both use agave, but that's where the similarities end. Mezcal is best described by the term it is derived from, "oven-cooked agave", a process that gives this spirit it's unique qualities. Espadin Marca Negra Mezcal ($100) is a great place to start, especially if you enjoy the smoky qualities found in scotch. Marca Negra (Black Hand) might be one of the smokiest Mezcal's around actually, making it a fine candidate to pair with a fine cigar on a cold night.
If you're in the market for a fitness tracker, but aren't wild about the idea of a cheap-looking piece of plastic adorning your wrist at all times, you're in luck. The first in its limited edition series of metallic colorways, the Nike+ FuelBand SE Rose Gold ($170), is made for those who are both style- and fitness-conscious. The clasp, bezel, and screws are made from 316 series stainless steel, hand polished, and finished in durable PVD coating. It has all the same features as the typical Nike+ FuelBand SE, without all the bright neon. If gold isn't quite your look, just wait, more finishes are set to be released in the coming months.
In a partnership with Korg sure to please electronics tinkerers and synth musicians alike, LittleBits ($100 and up) is the perfect combination of DIY circuit-board construction and musical exploration. Each kit — whether you choose the base kit, the premium kit, or the deluxe kit — requires no soldering or programming, all you need to do is plug your circuits together, add found materials, and start playing. The kits also include a 35-page instruction booklet that contains all the details you need to construct your own keytar, synth spin table, noise-making shoes, and much more. Or you can use your imagination to construct the homemade synth instrument of your dreams.
Tired of the same ole workspace? Why don't you go out and find some inspiration on your own. But as always, go prepared.
Bonobos Monticello Sweater ($340). Bonobos Rhodes Collar Slim Shirt ($88). Bonobos Slim Straight Jet Blues Pants ($88). Eastland Sherman 1955 Boot ($225). Topo Designs Daypack ($89). Bonobos Capstone Hat ($55). Bonobos Stretto Belt ($90). Cold Steel Axe Gang Hatchet ($30). Kaufman Mercantile Waterproof Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag ($48). Suunto Core Crush Multifunction Watch ($299). Snow Peak Titanium Flask ($170). PARACORD Survival Bracelet ($3).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Bonobos.