If you were to approach Ron Swanson and ask him to recommend a cookbook, he would, with absolutely no hesitation, tell you to pick up The Wild Chef ($23). Written by Jonathan Miles, Wild Chef columnist for Field & Stream, this is the ultimate outdoorsman's cooking companion. Whether you're just a fan of the taste of wild meat, you aspire to become a serious hunter-chef, or you've been butchering game for years, there's plenty to like in between these pages. Broken down into four sections by season, this cookbook is packed full of detailed recipes, anecdotes, and gorgeous photography of food and the outdoors.
Fortunately for the masses of music lovers out there who don't know a tweeter from a hole in the wall, it's easier than ever to set up a wireless speaker system in your place without audiophile expertise or dropping a month's pay. Case in point, the Bose SoundTouch ($400-$700) line of wireless speakers. Choose from three available options in the line: the SoundTouch 30, great for large spaces; the SoundTouch 20, perfect for bedrooms or kitchens; and the SoundTouch Portable, with a rechargeable battery for when you're on the move. All three are easy to set up on your existing WiFi, have preset buttons for a range of audio sources, and come with an iOS app that cues up any music source instantly.
If you spend your weekdays working in the city and your weekends retreating to the outdoors — whether you're backpacking, climbing, hunting, kayaking — you need a watch that looks great but won't fall apart the first time you bash it into a rock. The Montblanc Sport DLC Chronograph Watch ($6,100) was built with durability in mind, so it's trail ready, but was designed with a masculine minimalism that suits your business casual. It's made with a hardened stainless steel case, thermally treated, and coated with black carbon, all making it much harder than the average timepiece. The screwed case back and screw-down crown make it water resistant down to 200 meters, while the luminescent hands and face make it easy to read no matter the conditions.
Whether you already own one and are looking to upgrade, or you're still shopping around for a wearable fitness tracker, the newly-updated Nike+ FuelBand SE ($150) is a great option at an approachable price point. Nike has made some small adjustments to the similar-looking predecessor, improving it at nearly every turn. This version now comes in black with wild neon accents on the underside (choose crimson, pink, or volt), and features a more effective way to track actual movement. It's also more flexible, is more weather resistant, regularly reminds you to get up and move, and features Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Along with these improvements comes an updated iOS app with better access to usable data, your goals, and graphs of your activity across various timespans.
There are plenty of gimmicky craft beers hitting store shelves these days, and sadly, not very many of them live up to their unique descriptions. Windowsill ($20) from The Bruery however, is one of the rare exceptions. The idea hit KCRW's Good Food host Evan Klieman after enjoying a homemade Rhubarb Raspberry Pie, and a collaboration was born. Specialty grains were chosen to mimic the crust, and rhubarb and raspberries were used during stages of the brewing process. It has a tart fruit taste, a bit of pie crust malt, and a delicately masked 10.5% ABV.
Wearable technology is becoming increasingly common, making our devices easier to use and the information we have access to more useful than ever. The Oakley Airwave 1.5 Goggle ($650) features a unique heads-up display, delivering data unobtrusively to your field of view every time you hit the slopes. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS integration, you can control your music, analyze your speed and distance, determine the temperature, and even find your next run while you're on the move. You'll perceive the data in your goggles as if you were looking at a 14-inch screen five feet away, so you won't need to refocus your vision as you're moving. It's the perfect way to access all the information you need when you ski or snowboard, without the need to ever touch your smartphone.
Emmy and Grammy award-winning comic's comic Louis C.K. is back and more uncomfortable than ever with his raunchy, self-deprecating brand of observational humor in his latest HBO special Oh My God ($5). Whether he's riffing on the absurdities of road rage, discussing the uncomfortable realities of dating, or relating the advantages of being overweight, bald, and in your 40s in his own version of "It Gets Better," you won't know whether to laugh or cringe (and chances are you'll do both). This new show was recorded live at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, is downloadable from his website, and features 12 additional minutes of footage never seen in the original edition.
With Halloween just around the corner, there's still time to step your party game up a bit with a Pumpkin Tap Kit ($30). It might just be the best way possible to pour your favorite autumnal beer, pumpkin-flavored or otherwise. All you need to make your own pumpkin keg is a big, hollowed-out pumpkin, and this kit -- it's that easy. The faucet is made of brass with a chrome finish, and features a lever for easy pouring, as well as an easy-to-assemble three-inch shank.
Ideally at this point in your life you understand that ramen isn't just a cheap way to eat your way through college, but a versatile dietary staple that can actually taste incredible. As a middle-aged Jewish man originally from Long Island, Ivan Orkin — now owner of two Tokyo ramen shops and author of Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint ($18) — certainly has a unique perspective on these deceptively simple noodles. His book is part memoir, exploring how he became a culinary entrepreneur and minor celebrity in Japan, and part cookbook, exposing the secrets behind his now-legendary handmade noodles, broth, and toppings. After reading it, you'll have a new-found respect for this incredible food, and an admiration for a man who defied all odds to become who he is today.
A proper bike shouldn't be confined to just riding on the roads — it should give you the kind of freedom your adventurous spirit needs. The BMW R 1200 Adventure Motorcycle ($15,000) has everything you need for excitement on the roads and off, with a flat-twin two-cylinder four-stroke engine producing 92 lb-ft of torque and 125 brake horsepower, rain and road drive modes, and a nearly eight-gallon fuel tank. Muscular styling, plenty of options to outfit it for nearly any excursion, and three available color versions (olive matte, racing blue metallic matte, and alpine white) let you go anywhere in absolute style.
It's tough to think of anything other than Leatherman when considering a multi-tool — and for good reason, their history of making useful tools contained inside pliers started when they invented the things. The Leatherman Rebar ($75) is a nod to that heritage, though it's not without a few modern touches (things like the replaceable 154CM wire cutters). Measuring just four inches in length when closed, it packs pliers, a crimper, multiple knives, a file, a saw, small, large, and phillips screwdrivers, and an awl with a thread loop. Oh, and let's not forget the ruler, bottle opener, can opener, wire stripper, or lanyard ring, nor the stainless steel body and black oxide finish.
If you're considering upgrading your Fitbit Flex, then you owe it to yourself to check out the updated Fitbit Force ($130), the company's newest wearable activity tracker. While it still contains most of the features of the earlier model — you wear it on your wrist, it tracks your steps, the distance you've traveled, the calories you've burned, your minutes of activity, and the quality of your sleep — it also adds a couple of key features. It has an improved blue OLED screen letting you read the display more easily, as well as an altimeter, adding floors climbed to the data it tracks. It also features a clock, and a stopwatch, as well as the ability to sync with your phone automatically over Bluetooth.