Set in a private community in the central Cascades about 90 minutes from Seattle, the Tye Haus A-Frame is an ideal basecamp for your next PNW adventure. The cabin itself was built in the late '70s, sleeps six, and has everything you need for your stay, save for food. It's the surrounding area that's real draw, however, with thousands of miles of trails, skiing, fishing, and kayaking all nearby.
If the cloying sweetness of most of the mass produced ciders on the market right now have turned you away from this historic beverage, a taste of Farmhouse Cider from Shacksbury might bring you back around. It's crafted in Vermont using apples from their home state as well as Herefordshire, England and is light, effervescent, with a slightly dry finish. It's also been lightly barrel-aged in bourbon and rye barrels, and slow fermented. Great during any season, but ideal as fall approaches, it's time to back away from that pumpkin beer and reach for this memorable hard cider.
It used to be that if you wanted a military-style vehicle, you bought a Hummer. Now, you procure an Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. Recently awarded a huge contract to replace much of the Army and Marine's legacy Hummer fleet, this lightweight tactical vehicle comes in two- and four-seat variants, uses the battle-tested Core1080 protection system to keep the occupants safe, and has a Tak-4i intelligent independent suspension to traverse rugged terrain, with 20 inches of wheel travel and the ability to raise or lower the suspension as needed from inside the vehicle.
Even the best designed computers still look like technology, giving them a cold edge. The Wood Kubb Computer means to do the opposite by appearing to be nothing but a single block of wood. It measures roughly 5" x 5", is available in three finishes, and despite its small body still has full-size specs, with Intel Core i3 or i5 processors, Intel HD graphics, SSD storage, and up to 16GB of RAM. You'll still be responsible for adding a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, but at least it will be one less thing in your life made from plastic, metal, and glass.
Using .02 micron medical-grade hollow fibers, the MSR Guardian Water Purifier removes viruses, microbes, contaminants, and other particulates from even the nastiest of water. Its unique design automatically back-flushes 10% of its water with every pump, meaning you never have to manually scrub it, and it's also surprisingly durable, standing up to both freezing environments and drops of up to six feet. It can clean up to 2.5 L of water per minute, and since it's rated for over 10,000 liters before it needs a filter change, it might just be the last filter you ever buy.
Our phones are filled with apps that attempt to recreate the casual, random style of toy camera photos. Now you can get the real thing with the Holga Digital Camera. Using original Holga optics — and compatible with Holga lenses — this new digital camera gives you a low-fi shooting experience, with manual controls for aperture (f/2.8 or f/8.0), shutter (Blub or 1/60 sec), and image ratio (4:3 or 1:1). It comes in four colors, captures 8 megapixel shots, and supports Wi-Fi SD cards, so you don't even need a cord to post your artsy, heavily vignetted snaps to Instagram.
Small space, big plans. The Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects is an environmentally friendly getaway overlooking the ocean in Victoria, Australia. At only 60 square meters, it's meant to be as tiny as possible while still being livable, with a single open space broken up by the kitchen island, floating fireplace, and partial walls. Living small is already good for the planet, but it takes the idea a step further with timber that's free to expand and contract as the seasons change, rainwater collection, and shutters that encourage natural airflow.
Impeccably designed and hopelessly addicting, Monument Valley is the rare game that's both simple and surprisingly deep. Winner of multiple awards, this puzzler places you in a world of incredible isometric architecture, and has you guide a princess through the mazes by twisting, dragging, and otherwise tapping your way to safety. The visuals are stunning, but the audio is equally well-crafted, so be sure to throw on a pair of headphones before you begin.
Maybe a shot and a beer is your order of choice, or maybe you haven't pounded one since college, either way The Architecture of the Shot: Constructing the Perfect Shot from the Bottom Up is worth exploring. The book provides a model for creating the perfect shot, with ideal measurements, recommended brands, and recipes for classic shots, along with plenty you've never heard of, but really need to sample. Illustrated in blueprint-inspired form and ready to compliment your home bar.
We've seen some really nice axes over the years. But aside from adding extra functionality to the blade and/or handle, we haven't really seen a complete rethink of this ancient tool. Until now. The Leveraxe was designed from the ground up for splitting wood, with an asymmetric iron alloy head that has a side hook to reduce the chance of hitting yourself, and a counterweight to turn it to the side, splitting the log in the process. In addition, the handle is made of a hollow composite, meaning it takes even less effort to get results.
If there's one thing we know about WhistlePig, it's that they select some of the best rye whiskey barrels around. It turns out they have a knack for experimentation as well, as evidenced in their award winning Old World Rye Whiskey. The 12-year-old expression is a blend of ryes finished in French Sauternes, Madeira and Port casks, creating a smooth, flavorful experience that is truly unique. It took home the Double Gold Award for best rye at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and is a must for all rye whiskey fans.
The book itself might not be giant — at 9" x 12", it's a pretty standard size, although the 624 pages do give it some heft — but its subject certainly was. Andy Warhol: Giant Size covers the life and work of the pop art legend from his early days in Pittsburgh through his influential run at The Factory and beyond. Told through a mix of artwork reproductions, witty quotations, and longer texts, it's a fascinating read for anyone interested in the man behind the work. Also available in its original, 16" x 12", 15-pound format if you're willing to dig around.
Whether you're heading off road for an adventure, need extra space for your gear, or just want a cozy option for rest after a hard day of travel, Vintage Overland Caravans are up for the challenge. Designed in a classic teardrop shape, each caravan is built by hand and comes with features like an oversized door, hardwood interior, vintage style tail lights, a solar panel, a memory foam mattress, and insulation made from repurposed denim. All three models are lightweight, durable, and can be hitched to vehicles of any size.
A collaboration between the German optics house and the Italian auto firm, the Leica x Zagato Ultravid 8×32 Binocular offer exceptional quality in a sleek design. The outer shell is crafted from aluminum, with hundreds of fine grooves milled into the surface for a unique tactile experience. Red anodized aluminum is used to carry the Zagato branding in rings set directly in front of the forward lenses, which help to bring objects in the distance into crystal clear view. Limited to 1,000 examples, it arrives with a Zagato-designed case and matching hand and carrying straps, both crafted from Italian leather.
What's the biggest hassle when it comes to air travel? Driving to, arriving at, and dealing with the airport. The TriFan 600 VTOL Plane aims to eliminate those steps by using three ducted fans to takeoff and land from areas no bigger than a heliport. Once in the air, the five-passenger aircraft closes a door over one of the fans and engages its dual turboshaft engines, reaching cruising speed in as little as 90 seconds and covering as many as 1,200 miles without refueling. It can also hit altitudes of over 30,000 feet, letting it fly over troublesome weather, and by landing vertically, it ensures you can go right to your destination — no rental car required.
There are better cassette players, and there are better turntables. But none of them can match the versatility of the Ion Duo Deck USB Turntable & Cassette Player. This highly portable rig can playback your mom's mixtapes and the vinyl your dad used to make them, with built-in speakers making it an all-in-one affair. Of course there's a output jack if you want to crank it up with external speakers or listen privately through headphones, and thanks to the included software, you can hook it up to your computer and rip both formats straight to your digital library.
Classic looks meet the convenience of instant in the Lomo'Instant Montenegro Camera. Inspired by the picturesque Balkan country, it's clad in genuine black leather complemented by a silver finish, lending it a formality most instants lack. Like its stablemates, it uses readily-available Fujifilm Instax Mini film, and offers rock-solid reliability. It ships with three add-on lenses — fisheye, portrait, and close-up — to extend the built-in, 27mm wide-angle lens' capabilities, as well as several color gels and a "splitzer for even greater creative freedom.
You might not associate Major League Baseball stadiums with art that deserves a place on your walls, but Ballpark Diamonds are certainly worthy. These mini stadium sculptures are made using a single layer of oak, and are each assembled by hand. A custom frame is then added and they're ready to hang. To start, Busch Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park, and Kaufmann Stadium are the only parks available, but there is a special option to have a custom stadium built, past or present, if you can't wait for the rest to roll out.
You might not realize it, but In N' Out and Chipotle aren't the only places around with secret menus. Off The Menu can fill you in on otherwise unlisted menu items from eateries both casual and formal across the country. Broken up by city, this comprehensive list of stealth menu items includes descriptions for each dish, letting you order like a local even if you're visiting for the first time from the opposite coast.
Designed by world record speed climber Hans Florine, the CRKT Niad Climber's Knife is the perfect blade to carry when you're heading up the slopes. It's super light, weighing just of half an ounce, and uses a two-piece design to remove unnecessary parts and complications. The stainless steel blade has a flat top serrated edge, while the handle is made of corrosion-resistant titanium and has a loop on the end for attaching to a carabiner, something you'll no doubt have on hand as you start your ascent.
While there are plenty of apps out there that attempt to turn your mobile device into a graphics tablet, most are buggy, slow, are a pain to setup, and rarely work. Built by former Apple engineers, Astropad transforms your iPhone or iPad into a Retina-screened, professional graphics tablet for your Mac, is easy to setup, and actually works when you need it most. You can even enjoy a zero lag experience working offline, as it works both wirelessly and over USB. This professional tool for photo editing and drawing is also now available as an Apple watch app for customizable shortcuts from your wrist.
As you might imagine, Tacopedia serves as a great resource for taco lovers, with 100 recipes for fillings, salsas, and more spread throughout its 240+ pages. But the book also serves as an exploration of Mexican food culture, placing every recipe in context with interviews, photography, and other extras that flesh out the story far better than a simple list of ingredients ever could. An essential read for any lover of Mexican cuisine or just food in general.
Named after the city where it was designed — San Francisco — the Obi Worldphone SF1 has global aspirations. It's aimed at emerging markets but is far from generic, with a unique design that includes a squared-off top, curved bottom, and floating 5-inch, Full HD display. It's powered by a 1.5 GHz 64-bit Octa-core Qualcomm processor, and has up to 32GB of storage, expandable via micro SD, up to 3GB of RAM, dual SIM slots for travel, a Sony-made 13 megapixel rear camera, and support for Dolby Audio 7.1 surround sound. Oh, and its name isn't its only connection to the Bay Area — company co-founder John Sculley was a former CEO of Apple, and is otherwise known as the guy who ran off Steve Jobs.
You can use it for recreation, sure. But the U-boat Worx C-Researcher 3 Submarine isn't built for play — it's built for business. Scientific research, to be exact, and thanks to a huge number of available tools, it can collect samples and organisms, check water conditions, and create underwater maps, all while operating from a wide variety of vessels. It can also analyze the seabed, and thanks to new advancements in construction, it's the first transparent 3-person (one person, two passengers) submarine capable of diving to 1,700 meters, or well over one mile down, giving those aboard a view of the ocean most people only get to see on TV.
Combining the sports of table tennis and soccer, Teqball is a new game that's ideal for spaces too small for a pitch but large enough to accomodate wild kicking. The Teqboard, a ping pong-like table with a fixed polycarbonate and plexiglass net in the middle and sides that slope down at the ends, serves as the playing surface, while the players themselves can use any soccer-legal body — basically anything but their hands — to return the ball towards their opponent. The game can be played with two, 4, or even more players, and if you're considering about putting a board in your office, just remember to hide the computers first, since soccer balls aren't nearly as forgiving as their table tennis equivalents.
Tucked between the property's edge and an existing birch tree, the Little Big House is at once both airy and private. The two levels of the house allow it to match the hilly terrain of the site, while the large windows open to the side and front only, concealing the interior from the nearby road. The cantilevered end of the front room creates a storage space for firewood underneath, and the open plan of the main living space allows for fantastic views from the balcony above.