The team behind Civilware has one goal in mind when they're making something new — it should provide a "lifetime of service". They first proved that statement a year ago with the Striker Utility Knife, then followed it up with the pocket-ready Striker Folding Knife. So when we heard a hatchet was next on Civilware's list, we knew we had to jump onboard. Built to those same standards by a respected maker in El Salvador, the Civilware Hatchet, with our edition clad in an all-black Uncrate colorway, has a drop-forged 1060 high carbon steel head that holds a sharp edge on one end and doubles as a hammer on the other. The well-balanced American Hickory handle is the perfect length for everything from splitting campfire wood to hammering in tent stakes or even protecting your beautiful beard and/or loved ones from predators in the wild. A leather cover keeps the hatchet nice and warm when you're not putting it to use. Also available with a natural wood handle or a quick-to-spot red handle.
Swishless. That's what life's like playing basketball without a net. Unfortunately, in many public parks across the country, that's simply the way it is. Black Net aims to change that. This portable add-on goes on in seconds — just put the ball in the net and shoot — and comes down just as easily by shooting the ball back up through the hoop. It's made from high-quality composites that are both durable and soft to the touch, so your hand won't get jacked up on forceful dunks, and the black-on-black color scheme stands out in a way no orange rim and tattered white net ever could.
Heat things up on the slopes this winter with Burton x Playboy Centerfold Snowboards. Available in three models, these versatile boards feature vintage centerfolds taken straight from the magazine on the bottom, tastefully overlaid with artwork from tattooist Chris Nunez. It performs well, too, with a sintered base, frostbite edges for hold, a core that uses stronger and lighter woods in the core for added pop, strength, and reduced weight, and a perfectly symmetrical flex that rides great regular or switch.
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Leveraging technology that powers the helmet-mounted displays of fighter pilots, Everysight Raptor Smartglasses is ready to help you get the most out of your cycling. Its unique transparent, lens-based display overlays information like distance, speed, elevation, navigation, and elapsed time directly in your line of sight, updating in real-time. There's also a built-in camera for capturing the moment directly from your own point of view. Arriving in 2016.
Sure, you can carry a separate firestarting kit when heading into the wilderness. But you're already wearing shoes, so why not just secure them with some Survival Laces instead? Available in a number of lengths, these replacement laces work for everything from footwear to hoodies, and hide a ferro rod, tinder, and fishing line inside their paracord exteriors. To access them, just remove the metal aglet on the end holding the tinder, start your fire, and pack the unused tinder away for your next fire.
Staying prepared for an emergency doesn't have to mean keeping a gaudy red box around. Born from the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011, the Minim Aid Emergency Kit offers a number of useful items in a sleek package. The tube-like waterproof case, light enough to be buoyant and available in three colors, holds a series of tube-shaped tools — a hand-crank radio that can also charge other USB devices (like the included lantern), a simple raincoat, a water container/cup, and a multipurpose case. There's a removable strap for carrying it with you, and the whistle hidden in the cap makes sure you can get the attention of rescuers should you need it.
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Ferrari doesn't make tractors. But if they did, they'd probably look a lot like this Zetor by Pininfarina Tractor. Only a concept — for now — this masculine farm machine was penned by the Italian design firm, and their racing heritage shows in the bold lines and functional elements like the cooling vents, sloped engine hood, and modular elements meant for reuse across the Czech company's entire lineup. In addition, the two-tone paint job helps separate the technical from the ornamental, with the former in black and the latter in red.
Inspired by survival tools and field weaponry, this special edition EDC Card is an ideal travel companion. It's crafted from military-grade S35VN blade steel, coated in weapons grade ceramic, and equipped with over 30 functions, keeping you prepared for a host of situations. At 2.84 mm thick, it's a durable and discreet way to travel with 23 hex wrenches, a phillips, a bottle opener, a pry bar, and a straight edge, with each function laser-etched on the surface. As a result, it's compact enough for your pocket or wallet, and also TSA compliant, so you don't have to worry when trekking through security.
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Folding bikes are great for commuters, but they're also heavy enough to make you want to leave them at home. Weighing just 14.3 pounds thanks to a carbon fiber build, the Hummingbird Folding Bike is light enough to carry anywhere. Its patented design sees the rear wheel pivot at the bottom bracket shell, removing the need for a tensioner and eliminating the possibility of the chain falling down. The handlebars fold down, the seat retracts, and the resulting form is small enough to carry nearly anywhere, including onto subway cars, buses, and even planes.
Ski bikes have been around for over a century, but there's never been one like the Snogo Ski Bike. It uses a unique 3-blade design that articulates with your side-to-side movement to offer an experience that blends traditional skiing with downhill biking. Thanks to a heat-treated aluminum alloy frame, it weighs just 32 lbs, and comes with interchangeable parts — including the handlebar and fork — so you can customize it as much as you want. A chairlift hook counterbalances the bike on your way up the slopes, and a quick release system lets the bike quickly disassemble for travel to and from the mountain.
With a sleek design and tons of custom options, McClure's Contempo Shuffleboard Tables are a thing of beauty, but the pro-level gameplay is what really stands out. Crafted entirely by hand, every Contempo table is built in Grand Rapids, Michigan using locally-sourced hard maple for both the playing surface and cabinet. The table is available in models ranging from 9 to 16 feet, and comes with your choice of solid color or two-tone finish to mesh perfectly with your game room, man cave, or office. Every table includes 8 pucks and wax.
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Traveling is a big enough hassle without having to worry about your bags. Alleviate those concerns with the AirBolt Smart Travel Lock. Designed for use on checked baggage but good for a multitude of other things, this rope-based lock uses Bluetooth to let you lock and unlock it with nothing but an app. You can set a backup unlock code for times when you don't have your device around, set alerts that will buzz you should you and your bag become separated, and use crowdsourced GPS networks to show the lock — and therefore your bag's — last known location should it not arrive on time. TSA-compliant, it will also tell you if the TSA opened your bag during your trip.
In the movies, you need a team of people to drive a sub. In the Deepflight Dragon Submarine, all you need is yourself. This two-person craft uses proprietary technology to monitor and manage critical functions, letting you pilot it with minimal training. It can dive down to 400 ft under the surface, uses its quad brushless DC thrusters to let you hover in place, and its lithium-ion battery pack is good for up to six hours per charge. It weighs only 1,800 kg and is only 5 m in length, letting it work with most standard yacht tender systems, and should something go wrong during your adventures, it has a fixed positive buoyancy, so it will always float back to the surface even if it runs out of juice.