If you grew up with side-scrolling run-and-jump video games like Super Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog, you probably spent a little bit of time imagining what it would be like to make your own. With Pixel Press ($10), you too can create your own video game (without ever writing one line of code). Start with their downloadable grid paper by drawing your own paths, obstacles, moving platforms, spikes, and more. Then scan it into the app using your iOS or Android device — the app takes it from there, letting you test, design, and even play your creation. Once you're satisfied with the game, share it with the world and give others the opportunity to beat your high score.
Make the best of your sick day and cover some ground. Just don't ride anywhere close to work.
Mission Workshop The Monty Messenger Bag ($155).Mission Workshop The Stahl Short ($135). Mission Workshop The District Henley ($135). Mission Workshop The Orion Waterproof Riding Jacket ($415). Bern Allston ($90). Full Windsor The Nutter ($55). Bontrager Air Support HV ($35). Van Moof Design Bikes ($790). Pedaled Summer Bike Shoe ($238).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Mission Workshop.
Upgrade your tailgating experience this football season with freshly-cooked pizza, using the Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven ($300). This propane-powered, highly-portable pizza oven can reach temperatures of up to 700 degrees, and preheats in only ten minutes, so you can cook up plenty of pizza in no time. It features a dual-layer pizza stone that heats evenly, so your pizza gets evenly-baked every time, while a moisture vent ensures great, crisp crust. It's also easy to clean, assembles and disassembles in just minutes, and includes just about everything you need to start cooking (except the gas).
For those of you who put a lot of thought into your everyday carry, you know exactly how important it is to make the best-possible use of your limited pocket space. The creators of Tuls ($22 and up) had just that in mind when they came up with the Stan, the Lucy, the Roul, the Ollie, and the Opie. These credit-card-sized tools are perfect for slipping into your wallet or money clip, giving you a huge variety of important gadgets without taking up much space. Whether you need a set of hex wrenches, rulers, bottle openers, or a smartphone stand that doubles as a cord wrapper, they've got you covered.
There are few joys in life greater than partaking in delicious preserved meats — and it's with that pleasure in mind that we present to you In The Charcuterie: The Fatted Calf's Guide to Making Sausage, Salumi, Pates, Roasts, Confits, and Other Meaty Goods ($24). With 125 recipes for preparing meats, brought to you by the proprietors of San Francisco's legendary charcuterie, The Fatted Calf, you'll be able to make some of your favorites (and probably some things you've never heard of) right in your own home kitchen. They'll walk you through everything from preparing your kitchen, to selecting the right cuts, to the basics of butchering, to salting, curing, bringing, stuffing, and much more.
Make dead devices a thing of the past with the Dark Energy Reservoir ($129). You've all been in situations where your smartphone, tablet, or camera needed some extra juice — whether you're traveling on a plane, train, or bus, you're in an emergency scenario, or you're outdoors miles from an outlet. This slim, portable charger holds enough power to charge the average smartphone for an entire week, and it does it as fast as a wall outlet. With the ability to charge two devices at once, and compatibility with any USB charging device, you'll never have to worry about charging again.
If you're looking for pro-level construction, DLSR-quality images, and the kind of compactness and portability you can only get with mirrorless, you need the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera ($1,400). With a body made completely from magnesium alloy, this camera is dust-proof, water-resistant, freeze-proof, and very durable, so you can put it through a lot out in the field. Its 16 megapixel live MOS sensor shoots stunning photos — combine that with image stabilization, accurate autofocus, built-in WiFi, as well as a range of excellent lenses, and you get great photos every time in an easily-managed package. Its micro four-thirds design means this camera is small, light, and portable, so you can pack along more gear on your next photo trip.
If the Frankfurt Motor Show is any indication, this is shaping up as the year of the crossover SUV — and if that means the Jaguar C-X17 ($TBA) is the new standard, you won't hear much complaining from us. While not particularly daring in terms of style, it has a look that fits surprisingly-nicely with other models we've seen so far from Jaguar, in spite of its higher stance. It's still just a concept, and as is typical, there are scant details about the engine, though it will likely bare some resemblance to its cousins at Land Rover. With any luck, it'll make it into production some time in the near future, making it the first SUV from a company typically known for sports coupes and luxury sedans.
Urban living gives you a great excuse to ditch your wheels and start taking advantage of your proximity to everything — but often you're not willing to rely entirely on the power of your legs to get you where you need to go. Greyp Bikes ($8,000) give you a choice, letting you use them as a bike when you want it, or a motorcycle when you need it. With a maximum speed of about 40 mph, and a range of almost 75 miles, it's the perfect vehicle for getting around the city, whether you choose to pedal, use battery power, or both. An LCD panel gives you all kinds of useful feedback, a fingerprint scanner lets you customize the experience and access for multiple riders, and the battery can reach a full charge in just under an hour and a half.
Whether you're a craftsman by trade, or simply a hobbyist, you know from first-hand experience how messy things can get around the shop — that's why it's important to have the right clothes for the job. The El Solitario Bonneville Selvedge Denim Coverall ($670) gives you a stylish, well-made workwear option that will last for years of hard, dirty work. They feature a button fly with tab closures, plenty of pockets, and pads on the knees, shoulders and neck. Handmade from genuine 14-ounce redline selvedge denim, they're perfect for protecting you from the hazards of working with and around tools.
Writers, artists, designers, musicians, and other creative sorts know the importance of a great notebook (and no we aren't talking about your laptop) as a place to catalog your ideas and inspirations. But, it can be really tough to find one that suits you perfectly — until the Baron Fig Notebook ($20). Designed with creativity in mind, these notebooks open flat and are available with blank, lined, and grid pages depending on your preferred style. They're also thick, with nearly 200 pages, so you can write as much as you like. Perforated pages in the back of these notebooks let you pull out a sheet without ruining the binding, and their small size means you can easily take them with you.
Things just got a lot more colorful in Cupertino with the iPhone 5c ($100-$200), Apple's first iPhone made for the entry-level market. Available in either 16GB or 32GB models, the new colorful plastic phones will come in green, white, blue, red, and yellow, with custom Apple-made perforated cases available to show off their colorful shells. While most of the insides are the same as the previous model, its polycarbonate construction features steel reinforcement that also acts as an antenna. Expect a somewhat-faster A6 chip, and an improved front-facing camera. Pre-orders start September 13.