Don't let the name fool you — you don't need to be on the front lines battling Vietcong to drive the Starwood Full Metal Jacket Jeep ($107,000). But we're willing to bet it would be just as at home on the battlefield as it is on the toughest friendly terrain. This heavily-customized Jeep Wrangler features a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower, letting it get from zero to 60 in 8.4 seconds (not bad for something this big). A fully-upgraded suspension and lift kit, LED light bars all around, and kevlar panels on the interior and exterior make it one bad ride.
Ever since we first watched Robot Wars, we've wished for a fighting 'bot of our own. Our wish has been granted with Attacknids ($70-$80). These roughly one foot-tall robots feature six legs that can move through water and mud up to three inches deep, 360-degree rotating heads, and weapons that fly up to 30 feet. You control all the action via a 2.4GHz wireless remote with a range of up to 200 feet — and don't worry about not being able to tell who won the battle. A direct will cause your armor to explode off your body; three hits and your 'bot shuts down, saving itself for the next fight. Sure, they look a little creepy, but they are based on spiders, after all.
Magnifying glasses are great for examining ancient texts and burning ants — but if you really want to see what's going on at a small scale, grab this NPW Pocket Microscope ($42). Measuring roughly 6" x 4", this pocket-friendly tool offers sharp 30x magnification, letting you see close-up details of everything from flowers and fibers to smartphone screens and counterfeit bills. We're kidding, of course — we think.
Games on the iPhone are great, and they only seem to get better — but controlling a game by tilting, shaking, and occasionally poking at a glass screen leaves something to be desired. With the Moga Ace Power Controller ($100), you get all the controls you're used to with console gaming, without sacrificing the convenience and portability of your phone. The controller expands to cradle your phone, and collapse back down to a small size to fit in your pocket or bag. It features dual analog sticks, a directional button, four action buttons, as well as left and right bumpers and triggers. Best yet, the controller also doubles as an extra battery pack, letting you keep a charge while you play. Compatible with all fifth generation iPhones and iPod touches.
Few products that are truly useful in the great outdoors also offer utility back at home — but Looprope ($20-$50) is one of the happy exceptions. Made from 1/4" heavy duty shock cord, this flexible cargo tie down system features multiple built-in flexible attachment points, letting you use it for everything from securing cargo to hanging lights, supplies, or pretty much anything else you can think of. Each rope also comes with two stainless steel carabiners for securing the rope itself, and holds up just fine in a washing machine — letting you use it for even the dirtiest of jobs without hesitation.
Make life around the campsite just a little bit more comfortable with this Easy Camp Tipi Tent ($150). Built as a modern take on an old-school teepee, this tent features a single pole through the center for support, with plenty of guy lines all around adding structure. Its hexagonal design gives it additional strength, while allowing it to accommodate up to four sleepers (or a whole lot of gear). Taped seams keep things nice and dry, while mesh prevents unwanted bugs and other pests, and fire-retardant polyester construction keeps you safe in case of a mishap.
You'll soon be making the rounds and gaining the pounds. This Thanksgiving, at least head home in style.
Todd Snyder Selvedge Oxford Shirt ($195). Todd Snyder + Champion Baseball Sweater ($295). Todd Snyder Olive Selvedge Officer Pant ($250). Todd Snyder Camel Wool Cable Hat ($125). Oak Street Bootmakers Navy Hunt Boot ($376). Wallace & Barnes Batten Belt ($98). Cavalier Original Leather Duffle ($1,695). Jack Spade Luggage Nylon Carryall Case ($145). Oliver Peoples Bernardo Sunglasses ($390). Izola Collapsible Travel Cup ($18).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Todd Snyder.
There's something about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe ($65,000 and up) that appeals to us somewhere deep down — maybe it's the gorgeous lines leading back to the rearward cabin, or maybe it's the sound of that throaty 5.0-liter supercharged V8 revving to 5,000-plus RPMs. Either way, this fine piece of British metal is one beautiful beast, whether it's standing still, or tearing down the track. The R variant — which, if we're being honest, is all we really care about — features the aforementioned V8 producing all of 550 horsepower, in addition to a lot of race-inspired kit (things like adaptive suspension, electronic active differential, 15-inch brakes, and much more). It will hit 60mph in just four seconds, and reaches a top speed of 186. Of course, you could go with either of its V6-powered cheaper siblings, but who'd want to do that?
Whether you have a hangnail that you just can't fix, or you're particularly obsessive about the appearance of your nails, the Niegeloh Toplnox Manicure Set ($200) is the one for you. Manufactured in Germany from high-quality stainless steel, this set will last for years without tarnishing or dulling. Each set comes with seven pieces: two pairs of scissors, a pair of tweezers, a nail file, a cuticle clipper, and two nail clippers in different sizes. The whole set comes packaged in a handsome black carrying case with slots for each tool — perfect for storing it away without losing important pieces, or taking it with you on the road.
Light up your space while adding a 1970s-inspired aesthetic with these Roll & Hill Woody Lights ($4,800). Crafted from aluminum, acrylic, and wood, these LED lights join together to create an endless lighting fixture that can wrap around an entire room. This modular system consists of three units, but can be expanded to whatever extent you need to light up a room — you can even purchase angled sections that allow it to continue around corners. Each 35-inch unit mounts to the ceiling with 3/8th-inch aluminum stems that are finished in black matte.
Most skateboards — and certainly most electric skateboards — are designed for use on the smooth, man-made trails we like to call sidewalks and roads. The Emad Dirt Rider Electric Skateboard ($650) lets you leave these paved paths behind. Thanks to large off-road tires, a powerful 800-watt motor, and flexible trucks, this versatile board can handle sand, mud, gravel, and dirt with the best of them, propelling persons up to 330 lbs. at speeds of up to 19 mph. Just don't forget to wear a helmet — word has it that hitting a tree going downhill at 20+ mph is a lot rougher than simply bailing off the rail at the local skatepark.
There's nothing quite like the holiday season, mostly because of the unique beer releases that make their way to bottle shop shelves. 21st Amendment Brewing in San Fransisco agrees, and treats us with Fireside Chat ($12) to help usher in the season. Just like the depression-era radio addresses FDR used to churn out, this spiced winter ale is both warming and illuminating. It's a dark English-style ale with a nice balance of spices that bring to mind vanilla, nutmeg and caramel malt. A flavorful, comforting beverage for any winter evening.