This hot rod-inspired bike is perfect for those of us who don't plan to enter the Tour de France and just want something cool to cruise around the neighborhood in. Crafted out of hydro-formed aluminum, the Rockabilly Boogy ($570) from Electra features a cool retro paint scheme, a super comfy seat, and uses "Flat Foot Technology" (forward pedaling with a low-slung seat) for lots of torque, and "Lounge Geometry" for a really relaxing ride.
A lot of outdoor settings provide some sort of shelter — a gazebo, the all-encompassing tent, and a simple lean-to all come to mind — but none provides the design and elegance of these. Available in both small and large sizes, the Wogg-Pavilion (starting at $1190) features a design that incorporates both industrial and organic influences, such as aerodynamic testing and animal shells. For all of you techies that long for a place to work in your backyard — that is, our readers who have a casper-like complexion — this is the best bet we’ve seen to make it happen. [Thanks, Peter]
These high-tech Caidon Hiking Boots ($140) from Timberland are the best you can buy. They were designed with help from badass climber Ed Viesturs to be exceptionally lightweight — Timberland asked him because he's so pro that he breaks his toothbrush in half to reduce weight in his backpack on treks. The durable Cadions have all of the expected features of an expert boot — memory foam, Vibram outsole, and Gore-Tex membrane to keep your feet dry.
Whether you use it to store your tools and outdoor gear or you turn it into your home office, you'll be more than proud to have the Modern Shed (starting at $5,700) in your backyard. As its name implies, the building features modern achitecture and materials that you could only wish for in your home's design. It's available in three basic sizes — 10x12, 8x10 and 6x8 — and comes nearly completely finished so it can be assembled over a weekend.
It may not look like much unfolded, but the Kelsyus Backpack Beach Chair ($40) has a super handy feature that, like its name implies, turns the chair into a backpack so you can use both hands for more important things (such as beer and snacks). Like a Transformer, the chair's armrests turn into padded shoulder straps, letting you take this puppy anywhere. And surprisingly, it doesn't even look that dumb on your back. It has a built-in mesh drinkholder and can be ordered with a canopy to keep you in the shade.