If you still haven't picked up a Nike+ Fuelband or Jawbone Up, you ought to add the Fitbit Flex ($100) to your list of fitness trackers to check out. Like the others, the Flex is designed to be worn on your wrist, and tracks your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes, and quality of sleep, all of which it syncs to your iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth 4.0. It can even vibrate to wake you up gently. Arriving this Spring in a variety of stylish colors.
Not feeling the watch-based movement and health trackers? Check out the Withings Smart Activity Tracker ($TBA). Able to slim into a pocket or into the included belt clip or arm band, it tracks heart rate, steps taken, strides run, distances covered, calories burned, and quality of sleep, all in a tiny 8 gram form factor. Other features include an OLED touchscreen display, a rear-mounted heart rate sensor, a two-week battery life, micro USB port for charging, and Bluetooth 4.0 for low-power wireless syncing to the Withings Health Mate App. Arriving Q1 2013.
You won't be using it to train for the World's Strongest Man competition, but if all you're looking for is enough weight to keep tone while you're sitting at your desk, the Alias Barbell ($150-$200) is all you need. Available in 1kg (2.2lbs) or 2kg (4.4lbs) varieties, these sleek fitness implements are made from chromed casting brass, and feature thermoplastic rubber on the ends to keep your desk — and the weight — from getting scratched up. Designed by the one and only Philippe Starck.
We all know that while there are many fine fragrances out there, few can begin to compare to the perfection of bacon. Now you can wear that scent proudly by working up a rich lather of Bacon Shaving Cream ($15). Crafted by the bacon masters at J&D's, this high-end cream includes moisturizers and essential oils to leave your skin feeling great and heat-activated aromatic technology to ensure that you smell like wonderful, glorious bacon for hours.
Why should you have to wear your activity tracker on your wrist? The Misfit Shine ($80) is a quarter-sized sensor that hooks up to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device via magic. Or actually, some sort of new sync paradigm where all you need to do is set it on your device. It's also crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum and sports a built-in clip, which makes you wonder if it isn't a secret Apple skunkworks project gone rogue.
Everything else in your house seems to connect to your smartphone, so why not your scale? The Withings WS-30 Wireless Scale ($130) sports built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to let you keep track of your weight and BMI via the company's own app or one of the 60 other apps that support it. After each weigh-in, it automatically uploads and syncs your weight data, but that's not its only trick — it also automatically calibrates itself while you're away, helps keep you in the same position for accurate measurements, and gets to know your weight, so it knows if it's you on the scale or your roommate/spouse/overly curious dog.
It's Movember once again, which means its time to get that two-week growth in check. Man's Face Stuff Moustache Wax ($5-$28) makes it easy. Handmade in facial hair mecca Portland, Oregon, it's weather-resistant, and comes in a variety of subtle scents — the tobacco and coffee infused All Nighter, Gin & Tonic, the crisp, cologne-inspired Stiff Breeze, the cinnamon-tinted Red Hot, and unscented for all you purists out there.
What do you get when you combine years of axe-making skill with a razor? Something along the lines of the Baxter Base Camp X Straight Razor ($280). This limited-edition razor features a Tennessee hickory handle produced by Base Camp X and a square point Hart Steel razor crafted in northern Michigan by artisans that hand grind, mark, and sharpen each blade. The entire package comes wrapped in a rolled pouch crafted from waxed canvas and oiled leather.
No, it's not a joke — although we wouldn't blame you for thinking as much. Campfire Cologne ($13/box) is a package of cedar, oak, or birch wood chips and a pack of matches. Light up a piece — or several — and waft in the authentic smell of a campfire. Of course, you could just go sit around a real fire, but that's not the easiest thing to do in an urban area, or when it's raining. [Scouted by Brent]
Everyone knows that climbing is a great workout — but installing a climbing wall in your house isn't exactly a viable idea. Enter the Treadwall ($TBA). This innovative machine offers a 4 foot-wide climbing area and acts just like a treadmill, only for climbing instead of running. If a vertical climb sounds too dull for you, pony up for the Pro model and tackle inclines/declines of +5 to -20 degrees — or as we like to call it, Spidey-training.
Keep track of your activity day and night with the Fitbit Zip & One ($60-$100). The colorful Zip tracks your steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned, and lets you simply tap to get your stats, while the One also tracks stairs climbed and monitors how long and how well you sleep, and can quietly wake you up in the morning by gently vibrating on your wrist. As a bonus, both sensors sync to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth 4.0, making battery life worries a thing of the past.
Montblanc is best known for its pens and watches — but luckily, its fragrance doesn't smell like ink and grease. Instead, Montblanc Legend ($57-$72) is a clean, masculine fragrance that offers a mix of bright, fresh notes, woodsy floral tones, and a core of tonka beans and sandalwood. Sounds ideal for the upcoming fall season.