If you want footage of yourself doing... pretty much any athletic endeavor, you could hire a filming crew, or you could pick up a Soloshot ($480). This unique gadget works as a base for any camera or camcorder with a tripod mount, following your movements wirelessly thanks to a small waterproof transmitter that you wear as an armband. It can rotate at speeds of up to 40º per second all the way around, and can track subjects up to 2000 feet away moving at speeds up to 140 mph. But most importantly, it won't laugh at you if you totally wipeout while it's filming.
It's not exactly water proof — you'd do well to avoid throwing it in the river — but the Braven BRV-1 All-Weather Speaker ($180) is IPX5 water resistant, making it an ideal speaker to use poolside, by the campfire, or anywhere else outdoors. Apart from its rugged build, it also features 3W of output per channel, a built-in rechargeable battery good for up to 12 hours of playtime, Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a 3.5 mm auxiliary input, and a mic for speakerphone use. Available later this month in teal and a handsome black and gray.
It does look quite a bit like any other C-class Benz — but a closer look at the hood should tell you that you're not dealing with any run-of-the-mill C250. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 ($TBA) is even more powerful than the standard C63, milking 507 hp from the naturally-aspirated, 6.3L V8. All that power is good for a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. Other features include that heat-expelling hood, taken from the Coupe Black Series, as well as light-alloy forged wheels, a sports stripe above the rocker panels, and exclusive interior and exterior liveries.
Yes, it's about a pair of cops, and yes, it's set in a bad part of Los Angeles. But just because End of Watch ($25) was written and directed by the scribe behind Training Day doesn't mean it's a rehash. In fact, it just might be better. All-time bros Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña serve as upstanding police officers who get more than they bargain for over the course of a few days (it gets weird, people), and thanks to plentiful use of first-person, hand-held cameras, it conveys a sense of excitement and visceral terror like few cop films before it. A must-see.
Pack everything you need for a full day of shooting with the Chrome Niko Camera Pack ($180). This rugged, unassuming bag features a waterproof denier outer shell, a tarpaulin liner, a customizable interior compartment for lenses and flashes, a padded laptop compartment that'll hold anything up to a 15" MacBook Pro, a quick-access compartment for essential gear, Velcro straps on the front for a tripod or skateboard, and plenty of pockets for cables, memory cards, and other miscellaneous gear.
Normally when buying a pair of headphones, you need to find a set with a sound that matches your preferences. With Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Headphones ($210), it works the other way around. Thanks to a custom sound slider that regulates the bass reflex vents, you can take the sound from clinical to booming with a flick of a finger. Other features include newly-developed 16-ohm drivers for peak performance from your smartphone or mp3 player, detachable cables, an in-line headset, and an interchangeable headband, ear pads, and ear cups for further personalization.
You drink from a reusable bottle. You recycle. You even compost. But yet you still use standard highlighters? Make the switch to these Eco Highligther Pencils ($9). Available in all your favorite highlighter colors — yellow, green, orange, pink, and blue — they contain no plastics, ink solvents, or volatile organic compounds, and can be sharpened using a jumbo sharpener. Oh, and they won't bleed through the page — something that few traditional highlighters can claim.
Of all the features your iPhone 5 offers, there's one it doesn't: NFC compatibility. Fix this oversight by protecting it in a CalypsoCase with CalypsoKey ($120-$130). This add-on for the stylish CalypsoCase Loop and CalypsoCase Ring adds a dual-band RFID antenna with 1k memory to the luxury leather cases, letting you keep all your RFID-enabled identification cards with you, virtually, without having to load up your wallet.
Like a golfer who knows the best courses around, it's no surprise that chefs tend to know of some good places to chow down. Where Chefs Eat: A Guide to Chefs' Favourite Restaurants ($13) is filled with wisdom from some of the world's best chefs, including reviews, quotes, maps, and over 2,000 personal recommendations from names like Ferran Adria, Matt Molina, Daniel Boulud, David Chang, and others. Just be aware that this isn't exactly a pocket guide — at over 700 pages, you'd best make your choices before you leave home.
It's great exercise, you get to enjoy the outdoors and it's environmentally friendly. This isn't a hobby, it's a way of life. At least that's what we've heard from our healthy friends.
La Reine Straight handle bars ($90). Levi's 511 Commuter Chino ($94). T by Alexander Wang Bomber Jacket ($475). G-Shock GW3000B-1A ($260). Nike Blazer Suede ($108). Hamilton 1883 Shirt ($285). Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 Bicycle U-Lock ($53). Avenir Classic Cool Cycling Gloves ($12). Superdry Camping Detroit Rucksack ($70).
We like watches with military style, but we also like it when they actually do something beyond just telling the time and looking cool. The Luminox Recon Nav SPC Watch ($TBA) is a perfect example. With a black carbon-reinforced 46mm polycarbonate case, ratcheting aluminum dive bezel, and a black dial, it has the military look down, but it also offers a walking speed tachymeter, a GMT function for checking the time in another time zone, and a strap with three map scales and a removable compass.
You know movies and futurists have for years been promising true "virtual reality"? Well, the Oculus Rift Gaming Headset ($300) can get you tantalizingly close. Currently available for order in developer kit form, the Rift utilizes dual 1280x800 monitors sitting just inches from your eyes to create a realistic, 3D VR gaming experience. Want to look around in the game? Just move your head. It's as close as you're going to get to having a personal holodeck for the foreseeable future.