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.
Whether you're outfitting your local militia, or you just need the kind of vehicle that will stand up to some serious punishment, you need the Polaris Sportsman WV850 H.O. ATV ($15,000). Built to military specifications, this ATV features industry first non-pneumatic tires that can't get flats, won't tear, rip, or otherwise puncture — they can actually stand up to a .50-calibre round and still ride for up to 350 miles. It also comes with a single-speed transmission, steel exoskeleton, steel racks, huge towing and hauling capacity, 77 horsepower, and all-wheel drive.
We're all well aware the American maker mentality has waned in recent times, but at Shinola in Detroit, made in the USA is alive and well. What started as a local watch company quickly transitioned into a purveyor of all things made in America. Possibly the finest example of this is The Runwell Di2 Bicycle from Shinola ($4,500). Starting life at the legendary Waterford Precision Cycles factory in Wisconsin and then hand-assembled in Detroit, this handsome commuter improves on the company's two-wheel offerings, upgrading the bike with more performance and technology. Built upon a lugged steel frame and fork, the classically-styled Runwell Di2 offers smooth riding and excellent handling, and features Shimano electronic shifting, Alfine hydraulic brakes, a handlebar-mounted LED control panel, internal cable routing, an aluminum front rack, black alloy fenders, as well as front and rear lights. On top of all of that, she's a real looker too, sporting a stark black-and-white design. Built to order, only one remaining, and shipping in March 2014.
The Jet Capsule ($250,000 and up) is a boat like no other, powered using a similar propulsion system to a jet ski, measuring 24 feet in length, and completely customizable to your every whim. Its base configuration comes with a 325 horsepower diesel engine capable of speeds up to 28 mph — but you can choose two 350 horsepower gasoline engines that bring the top speed up to 57 mph. Various layouts are available to choose from, including an empty shell, ready to be kitted out, a comfort option with two convertible sofas, a taxi layout ready to fit nine passengers, or a living capsule, outfitted with a kitchen, bathroom, and two convertible sofas. If none of those options quite meet your needs, they'll work with you to build the miniature yacht of your dreams.
Whether you have a seemingly never-ending list of chores to do around your property, or you're just trying to access your favorite hunting outpost, the Yamaha Tactical Black Rhino 700 ($13,000) will get you there quicker, and more comfortably. Based on the well-known Yamaha Rhino 700, this special edition gets an all-matte-black paint treatment that conveys the toughness and capability riders have come to expect. With cushy bucket seats, three-point seat belts, controls that will feel natural to any car driver, and independent four-wheel suspension, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable off-road vehicle. Powered by a 686cc liquid and oil cooled four-stroke engine, with an automatic transmission, and with three-position four-wheel drive, there's pretty much nowhere this thing can't go.