Not everyone needs (or even wants) a full-fledged RV when they take to the road, and for some, even a small towable trailer is overkill. For the guy who doesn't need much, but still wants the comfort and security of an enclosed space to rest his head, there's the Firefly Trailer ($TBA). Designed and built by a former NASA architect who specializes in small habitats (and being sold by the company behind the unique Cricket Trailer) , this lightweight aluminum living space drops easily into the bed of a pickup truck. It features a folding couch perfect for sleeping and sitting, plenty of storage space to hold your essentials, and lunar-lander-like legs to keep it safely off the ground.
Forget about all of those lightweight, plastic audio boxes out there that feel like they would crumble with their first fall, and embrace the Grain Audio Packable Wireless Speaker ($250). Its solid walnut construction gives it some heft and durability, while lending the natural beauty and acoustic properties of a hardwood cabinet. Dual two-inch drivers, a passive radiator, and the technical proficiency Grammy Award-winning Waves MaxAudio Suite deliver music the way it was meant to sound — without all the gimmicky enhancements found in lots of portable speaker systems. Combine all that with powerful Bluetooth connectivity, eight hours of battery life, and a carrying pouch, and what you get is one of the best (and best looking) small speakers available.
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Sometimes you just want the comfort of knowing that no matter what — post-apocalyptic undead hordes, floods on a biblical scale, stranded in the middle of a scorching desert — you can bug out and escape unscathed. The SkyRunner ($125,000) is the ultimate getaway vehicle, whether you're fleeing for your life, or just heading out into the unknown. It's part high-powered all-terrain vehicle, part fan-propelled paraglider, so there's really no obstacle too large to tackle. Powered by a one-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 125 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, and weighing in at just under 1,000 pounds, this vehicle is capable of land speeds of up to 115 mph, and can reach 62 in just 4.3 seconds. Once you're moving, just open up the parasail and take to the skies, soaring comfortably at altitudes up to 15,000 feet. [Scouted by Doug]
Whether you're an aspiring club DJ, or a seasoned veteran who has been spinning records in crowded dance halls for years, the Nocs NS900 Headphones ($250) were made with you in mind. Enclosed, interchangeable ear cushions house specially-developed 40 millimeter titanium coated drivers to deliver dynamic, balanced sound, even in spaces filled with the loudest audiences. The durable construction features replaceable parts, a PVD-coated adjustable stainless steel headband with a comfortable inner band, and a range of available cables to connect to just about any device. So, no matter where you find your next gig, you'll have a set of headphones that fits perfectly, sounds great, and will never let you down.
Even though inspiration for this scent was drawn from every facet of the whiskey production process, Hylnds Spirit Of The Glen Whiskey Fragrance ($180) won't leave you smelling like the crusty drunk at the end of the bar. Instead, it channels the deep distilling heritage of Speyside, Scotland (home of The Glenlivet), including the floral notes characteristic of its legendary spirit, the woody scent of aged oak casks and charred bourbon barrels, and the sweet aroma of wild pineapple weed. What you get is a unisex cologne that begins with the vanilla scent of wood, and finishes with the deep and unmistakeable scent of Scotch Whiskey.
The Connor Woody Cruiser ($3,500) combines everything you appreciate about handmade wooden objects into a beautifully crafted, yet utterly simple bicycle. Constructed from layers of responsibly-sourced American ash wood, bonded, laminated with carbon fiber for addition strength without added weight, and sealed with marine spar varnish, these bikes are individually made in a shop in Denver, Colorado. They weigh in at a comfortable 25 pounds, and feature a two-speed internal gear hub, coaster brakes, 29er wheels with fat tires, leather handles and seats, as well as a stylish walnut center strip.
Just because you're sleeping outdoors doesn't mean you have to live like some kind of wild animal — step up your campground game and become king of the wilderness in this gigantic Safari Tent ($2,000). At ten feet by twelve feet, this tent is so big you may never miss the comforts of home. You'll have plenty of space for your inflatable mattress, all the gear you could ever need, and even a few (or eight) of your closest friends. With a nylon cordura outer skin and an aluminum inner frame, it can handle nearly anything mother nature throws at it, while the massive interior space will let you stand up while you wait out the storm.
There's nothing quite like a nip of the good stuff to keep off the cold during a long Fall hike or run down the bunny hills — and there's no better way to discreetly stow it than the Stanley Adventure eCycle Flask ($20). It's leak proof, so you never have to worry about waste, or spilling on your expensive outdoor gear. A two-stage lid makes cleaning and filling a breeze, while still making it easy to take a quick pull. And with a 12-ounce capacity, you can forget about running out at inopportune times (like getting stuck on a chair lift).
Frequently overshadowed by bourbon renowned neighbors like Kentucky, our home state of Ohio is beginning to grab some of the spotlight for their distinctive spirits. One that stands out in particular is OYO Michelone Reserve Bourbon Whiskey ($50) from Middle West Spirits in Columbus. The first Master's Blend from the Columbus distillery is also the first 100% wheat whiskey produced in Ohio in nearly a century. The outcome is a smooth, sweet, wheated bourbon deserving of the family name and tradition it was inspired by.
Faced with the choice of spending your afternoon mopping the floors, or doing just about anything else, nine times out of ten, you'll choose something else. But with the iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot ($300) you'll never have to mop your floors again. The rechargeable battery lets it dry sweep for up to three hours on a single charge, or wet mop for up to two hours. Its intelligent sensors know when to avoid carpets, raised surfaces, and area rugs, while its perfect edge technology lets it get right up against walls and other obstacles.
Channel your late grandpa every time you engage in the manliest of morning rituals with the Jack Black x Muhle Safety Razor & Shave Brush ($200). This combination safety razor and shave brush takes shaving back to the old days, before razors had multiple blades, vibrating heads, moisturizing strips — and whatever other crap the big shaving companies cram onto a razor to try and make a buck. This classic shaving method helps prevent razor burn and bumps, will giving you a closer shave with less irritation. They feature tastefully-designed long blue handles, replaceable blades, and bristles made from Silvertip Fibre, so you don't have to feel bad about badgers losing their coats to give you that perfect coating of shaving cream.
When you choose to compete with giants like Amazon, you've definitely got your work cut out for you — but Barnes & Noble's new Nook GlowLight ($120) may have just what it takes to make a go at it. While it may never be able to boast the kind of ecosystem available with Amazon, its feature set and competitive price point make it an option worth considering. They've stuck with e-ink, and made the reading experience better than ever, with 60 percent more pixels, no glare, and a higher 1024 by 768 resolution. They've also put it on a diet, reducing overall weight by nearly a fifth, while the four gigs of storage will hold up to 2,000 books, and the battery will last up to eight weeks on a single charge.