No, it's not a flying saucer — put your camera away. It's the Sierra Designs Mojo UFO Ultralight Tent ($1,800). At an almost-unnoticeable one pound and 11 ounces, you might swear you left it behind. The durable, yet light Cuben Fiber single-wall design and Easton Carbon poles mean it can stand up to nearly any condition, while keeping you dry and comfortable. Its lack of a rainfly, exoskeleton structure, and envelop carrying pouch help you put it up and tear it back down in no time, so you can get back to enjoying the great outdoors, and that bourbon you were able to bring along with all the weight you saved.
Anyone who's ever had the (dis)pleasure of tripping over the guy lines of their tent knows how important actually being able to see those ropes can be. Nite Ize Reflective Rope ($12) is here to help. Each pack includes 50 feet of green reflective cord that's great for setting up tents, hanging traps, tying up
prisoners tarps or shelters, or just marking the trail between the camp and the designated outdoor restroom area. Just remember: it only works when light shines on it, so if your flashlight goes dead, you're still screwed.
Bring Porsche Design's signature clean aesthetic to the course with the Adidas Porsche Design Cleat II Golf Shoe ($TBA). Made in Adidas' Scheinfeld, Germany plant, these stylish shoes feature a leather upper with Porsche Design's laser flex graphic, a leather lining, a low-profile Thintech outsole with outstand grip thans to Pins technology, Traxion for a lock-down fit, and the assurance that no one else at your local club will be wearing them. Available in in black or white.
Reduce the amount of gear you're packing to and from the lake by carrying the Kombo Fish Tool ($30). This fisherman's multi-tool works as a fish "bonker", a scooper, and a sharpener, and hides a high-quality stainless steel filet knife inside its plastic body, using a patent-pending locking mechanism to keep it from sliding out accidentally. Of course, it's going to be around water an awful lot, so it's also a good thing to point out that it floats — so there'll be no need to go diving out of the boat on a tool rescue mission with this one.
We often speak of something melding the old and the new, but it's still pretty rare to such a literal example as these Tonke Campers (€95,000-€103,000; roughly $123,000-$133,000). These intriguing vehicles pair a retro, gypsy cart-style camper with a modern Mercedes truck, creating a happy juxtaposition of looks on the outside. On the inside, you'll find a yacht-style interior, with room for two or three people depending on the model, and expected niceties like showers, toilets, kitchens, and beds. Each one is custom designed and built-to-order in the company's workshop, so if you'd like to get your hands on one this summer, you'd best get moving.
If you were paying close attention last weekend, you might have noticed Tiger Woods wearing different kicks from the ones he's sported for the last couple years. That's because he used his first Players Championship win in over a decade to debut these Nike TW 14 Golf Shoes ($180). The TW'14 keeps the prior model's Nike Free-inspired base, but adds Dynamic Flywire technology to help stabilize your foot when you're swinging, as well as a full mesh tongue to increase breathability. The traditional white and black colorways will be dropping June 7, alongside complete Nike iD customization — a first for a Nike Golf Shoe.
True, there are probably several gadgets on your desk that can tell you the date — but none of them can offer the old-world appeal of the Type Letterpress Calendar ($35). Printed by hand on a 1960s letterpress using 55pt 100% cotton heavy stock, this reusable calendar (new editions will be printed every year) offers outstanding typography, and comes with a stylish bamboo stand. Each card goes through the press twice — once for each color — and is then cut down with a die cutting machine, which also gives it rounded corners. In other words, each set is a handmade object that adds a nice touch of craftsmanship to your desk or countertop.
Used to be that if you wanted to stay in touch outside of cell phone range, a gigantic satellite phone was your only option. The InReach SE ($300) promises to provide off-the-grid communications without the need for a bulky phone. The SE itself is waterproof, dustproof, and impact-resistant, with a color screen, GPS, and a battery that lasts for up to 100 hours. It can send and receive texts (sorry, no voice communication), trigger an SOS signal that goes to the company's 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center, and track your GPS coordinates and share them via Facebook and Twitter. It also pairs with your smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth, giving you even more features while letting you take advantage of the larger screen — but just remember that while the InReach is fairly rugged, your smartphone probably isn't. [Scouted by Scott]
You've got the movies, you've got the authentic Stormtrooper helmet, and now the only thing standing between you and becoming a
complete nerd true Star Wars hero is your own Custom D-Tech Me Stormtrooper Action Figure ($100). For that, you'll need to head to Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. Each weekend — May 17 - 19, May 24 - 26, May 31 - June 2, and June 7 - 9 — you'll be able to line up for a 10 minute experience that sees your face scanned with the world's highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner, data from which will be used to make your custom figurine. The figure itself should arrive after the longest 7-8 week wait of your lonely life. Oh, and if the Dark Side isn't your thing, just get yourself cast in Carbonite instead. [via]
Roof boxes are a necessary evil from time to time — so why not make sure they do something more for you than just carry your stuff? The Boatpack ($1,600) is an ingenious box that, as the name suggests, doubles as a boat. Crafted from Acrylic-capped ABS plastic, the 'pack is double-skinned, offers a capacity of 650 Liters, and can unclip from its base in seconds. As a boat, it weighs under 50 lbs., and includes a wooden seat, folding oars, and rowlocks. It's a great way to make your summer adventures a little more fun.
The paddle-powered kayak has been a reliable mode of transportation for ages — but unfortunately, there are some places they simply can't reach without some mechanical help. For those times, there's the Mokai Motorized Kayak ($4,800). Powered by a 4-stroke Subaru EX21 electric start engine that's coupled to Mokai's proprietary jet drive, this polyethylene boat can manage shallow waters and potential hazards like a champ, letting you reach fishing, hunting, and remote camping sites that were previously unaccessible.
We all know the deal — gas grills get going instantly, while charcoal imparts more flavor but can take a while to warm up. Or at least it used to. The BBQ Dragon ($50) is a new grilling gadget that starts charcoal faster than a traditional chimney by blowing large amounts of low-velocity air at the fire. Capable of starting a charcoal grill in just 10 minutes — without the need for lighter fluid — it also works great for campfires, fireplaces, wood stoves, and smokers, all while giving you more precise control over the temperature. Expected to arrive in August, or just in time for Labor Day cookouts.