We're willing to bet you've never seen anything quite like the Nissan BladeGlider Concept ($TBA) before in your life — and for good reason — it is one radical ride. Based on a delta (or triangular) shape, this electric sportscar features a one-plus-two interior layout, with the driver seat isolated up front and the passenger seats in the rear. This design, along with plenty of surfaces designed to create downforce and minimize drag, help to optimize its aerodynamics, while carbon-fiber body panels and a lightweight battery help keep weight down. Little is known yet about the power output of its in-wheel motors, but chances are this thing will be as fast as it looks. The best thing about it: the BladeGlider isn't just a concept, it's also a plan for the future of Nissan's electric sportscar lineup.
Know who's knocking on your door — no matter what time of day — from any place on the planet with the DoorBot ($200). Whether you're just venturing into the world of complete home automation, or you already have your place efficiently networked to a range of devices, this is a great piece to add to your setup. It easily connects to your smartphone or tablet over WiFi, letting you communicate with anyone at your door (from inside your home, at the office, or away on vacation). It features night vision, an adjustable camera angle, a rechargeable battery, and the ability to connect to your existing doorbell wiring.
Forget packing a whole slew of silverware when you head out into the wilderness — all you really need is this Ka-Bar Hobo Knife ($19). Like any quality transient tool, it packs multiple uses into a single punch, as it contains a fork, knife, and spoon all into a single stainless steel package, sliding apart for when you
find some excellent dumpster fare are ready to eat, and transforming back into a pocket-friendly shape when you're on the move. It even comes with a nylon carrying case to keep it safe when it's in your bag/bindle.
The Jet Capsule ($250,000 and up) is a boat like no other, powered using a similar propulsion system to a jet ski, measuring 24 feet in length, and completely customizable to your every whim. Its base configuration comes with a 325 horsepower diesel engine capable of speeds up to 28 mph — but you can choose two 350 horsepower gasoline engines that bring the top speed up to 57 mph. Various layouts are available to choose from, including an empty shell, ready to be kitted out, a comfort option with two convertible sofas, a taxi layout ready to fit nine passengers, or a living capsule, outfitted with a kitchen, bathroom, and two convertible sofas. If none of those options quite meet your needs, they'll work with you to build the miniature yacht of your dreams.
Whether you have a seemingly never-ending list of chores to do around your property, or you're just trying to access your favorite hunting outpost, the Yamaha Tactical Black Rhino 700 ($13,000) will get you there quicker, and more comfortably. Based on the well-known Yamaha Rhino 700, this special edition gets an all-matte-black paint treatment that conveys the toughness and capability riders have come to expect. With cushy bucket seats, three-point seat belts, controls that will feel natural to any car driver, and independent four-wheel suspension, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable off-road vehicle. Powered by a 686cc liquid and oil cooled four-stroke engine, with an automatic transmission, and with three-position four-wheel drive, there's pretty much nowhere this thing can't go.
If you aren't familiar with great rye whiskey, it might be time to get acquainted with one of the best, E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey ($70). Rye Whiskey has seen a resurgence of late, after mostly disappearing after Prohibition. Taylor Rye is made by the same folks who bring you the fantastic Sazerac Rye, but is a totally different recipe. One thing that is not different however, is the high quality it's produced with, and the satisfying taste it yields. A quick whiff brings notes of vanilla, black pepper and dark sugars. Of course the taste meets our standards as well, packing a spicy punch with a satisfying dry finish.
Anyone who has ever built a deck knows what a pain fastening board after board can be — what with stripped screws, dropped nails, banged fingers, and pre-drilling holes. With Outlaw Fasteners ($30-$55), all of those frustrations become a thing of the past. They are made with an innovative multi-level hex head and a custom bit that creates 18 points of contact, eliminating stripped heads, making driving easier, and holding onto fasteners without the need for magnets. A self-drilling cutting tip helps get rid of screw wobble, while removing the need to drill a pilot hole. Available in a wide range of sizes, these fasteners are ready for any job you can throw at them.
It's a delicate goal, and one that most men spend the majority of their young lives trying to achieve, the much-sought-after work-life balance. You get up early for your job, work until late, and head out to meet friends for drinks — only to get up the next day and do it all again. With Ficks Cocktail Fortifiers ($15), you can maintain that careful balance, without feeling like crap after an overindulgent night. Each of these bottles (available in ginger, lemon, and lime) mixes deliciously with your favorite cocktail, and contains all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to get you going the next day.
No matter how prepared you think you are for the day the dead begin to walk the earth, your zombie apocalypse arsenal just isn't complete without the Gerber Downrange Tomahawk ($285). This tomahawk is built with a triple-purpose ax head featuring a sharp beveled edge that can tear through drywall, doors, or pretty much anything that stands in your way. The other side of the ax head works as a hammer, letting you smash off door knobs, locks, and more. The cutaway grip on the ax head gives you excellent leverage to use the pry bar found on the other end — perfect for getting into heavily-fortified spaces, or getting out of a jam.
Imagine a motorcycle helmet that not only protects your head, but keeps you safe by providing real-time information and video with a simple voice command. The makers of the Skully Heads Up Display Helmet ($TBA) plan on bringing riders exactly that. While still equipped with all the standard safety features the Department of Transportation requires, the helmet also includes a host of Android-powered technology — technology like a rear-facing 180-degree camera, GPS navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a compass, and a rechargeable battery. All of this gets projected non-obtrusively on the visor of the helmet, and can be controlled completely hands-free thanks to voice recognition software.
The Der Ziesel Offroad Driving Machine ($30,000) — the unlikely and bizarre offspring of an M1 Abrams battle tank and a Hoveround mobility scooter — is one serious vehicle, ready to handle snow, sand, mud, and grass. It's essentially a tube steel frame and a racing seat bolted onto two off-road tracks powered by two PMS electric disk motors producing 21 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque. The battery pack will last up to five hours, though driving at the top speed of 22 mph will reduce that dramatically. All of this is controlled by a simple one-handed joystick, and is fitted with wood armrests, metal mudguards, and a range of good-looking paint schemes.
There's no right or wrong. Whatever gets you out of bed and out the door.
Timberland Abington Hiking Boot with Woolrich® Fabric ($180). Timberland Earthkeepers Briefcase ($375). Cherry Wood Handle Shaving Brush ($42). Merkur Safety Razor 34 ($52). Woodlands Shawl Neck Sweater ($445). Burgus Plus Jeans ($132). Unionmade x Baxter of California CNG Soap ($20). Howlin by Morrison Steely Hat ($60). Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses ($175). Binchotan Toothbrush ($7). Grant's Golden Brand Jake Comb ($4).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Timberland.