It used to be that if you wanted a military-style vehicle, you bought a Hummer. Now, you procure an Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. Recently awarded a huge contract to replace much of the Army and Marine's legacy Hummer fleet, this lightweight tactical vehicle comes in two- and four-seat variants, uses the battle-tested Core1080 protection system to keep the occupants safe, and has a Tak-4i intelligent independent suspension to traverse rugged terrain, with 20 inches of wheel travel and the ability to raise or lower the suspension as needed from inside the vehicle.
Using .02 micron medical-grade hollow fibers, the MSR Guardian Water Purifier removes viruses, microbes, contaminants, and other particulates from even the nastiest of water. Its unique design automatically back-flushes 10% of its water with every pump, meaning you never have to manually scrub it, and it's also surprisingly durable, standing up to both freezing environments and drops of up to six feet. It can clean up to 2.5 L of water per minute, and since it's rated for over 10,000 liters before it needs a filter change, it might just be the last filter you ever buy.
We've seen some really nice axes over the years. But aside from adding extra functionality to the blade and/or handle, we haven't really seen a complete rethink of this ancient tool. Until now. The Leveraxe was designed from the ground up for splitting wood, with an asymmetric iron alloy head that has a side hook to reduce the chance of hitting yourself, and a counterweight to turn it to the side, splitting the log in the process. In addition, the handle is made of a hollow composite, meaning it takes even less effort to get results.
Whether you're heading off road for an adventure, need extra space for your gear, or just want a cozy option for rest after a hard day of travel, Vintage Overland Caravans are up for the challenge. Designed in a classic teardrop shape, each caravan is built by hand and comes with features like an oversized door, hardwood interior, vintage style tail lights, a solar panel, a memory foam mattress, and insulation made from repurposed denim. All three models are lightweight, durable, and can be hitched to vehicles of any size.
A collaboration between the German optics house and the Italian auto firm, the Leica x Zagato Ultravid 8×32 Binocular offer exceptional quality in a sleek design. The outer shell is crafted from aluminum, with hundreds of fine grooves milled into the surface for a unique tactile experience. Red anodized aluminum is used to carry the Zagato branding in rings set directly in front of the forward lenses, which help to bring objects in the distance into crystal clear view. Limited to 1,000 examples, it arrives with a Zagato-designed case and matching hand and carrying straps, both crafted from Italian leather.
What's the biggest hassle when it comes to air travel? Driving to, arriving at, and dealing with the airport. The TriFan 600 VTOL Plane aims to eliminate those steps by using three ducted fans to takeoff and land from areas no bigger than a heliport. Once in the air, the five-passenger aircraft closes a door over one of the fans and engages its dual turboshaft engines, reaching cruising speed in as little as 90 seconds and covering as many as 1,200 miles without refueling. It can also hit altitudes of over 30,000 feet, letting it fly over troublesome weather, and by landing vertically, it ensures you can go right to your destination — no rental car required.
Designed by world record speed climber Hans Florine, the CRKT Niad Climber's Knife is the perfect blade to carry when you're heading up the slopes. It's super light, weighing just of half an ounce, and uses a two-piece design to remove unnecessary parts and complications. The stainless steel blade has a flat top serrated edge, while the handle is made of corrosion-resistant titanium and has a loop on the end for attaching to a carabiner, something you'll no doubt have on hand as you start your ascent.
You can use it for recreation, sure. But the U-boat Worx C-Researcher 3 Submarine isn't built for play — it's built for business. Scientific research, to be exact, and thanks to a huge number of available tools, it can collect samples and organisms, check water conditions, and create underwater maps, all while operating from a wide variety of vessels. It can also analyze the seabed, and thanks to new advancements in construction, it's the first transparent 3-person (one person, two passengers) submarine capable of diving to 1,700 meters, or well over one mile down, giving those aboard a view of the ocean most people only get to see on TV.
Combining the sports of table tennis and soccer, Teqball is a new game that's ideal for spaces too small for a pitch but large enough to accomodate wild kicking. The Teqboard, a ping pong-like table with a fixed polycarbonate and plexiglass net in the middle and sides that slope down at the ends, serves as the playing surface, while the players themselves can use any soccer-legal body — basically anything but their hands — to return the ball towards their opponent. The game can be played with two, 4, or even more players, and if you're considering about putting a board in your office, just remember to hide the computers first, since soccer balls aren't nearly as forgiving as their table tennis equivalents.
Forget pocket knives — the Screwpop Utlity Knife 2.0 is the thinnest, most compact way to keep a blade on you wherever you go. This simple EDC tool uses standard 2 or 4 step blades, and has a lever system to allow for up to four different cutting depths. It uses a neodymium magnet to hold the blade in place so you're not stabbing yourself in the leg every time you put it in your pocket, weighs under an ounce, even with a blade, has a bottle opener at one end, and a hole on the other end for attaching to a keychain or carabiner. And it's very travel-friendly, since you can throw the current blade away before your flight and just pop in a new one after you land.
Get a little extra out of your next ride with the Siva Atom Bicycle USB Charger. This clever gadget attaches to your rear hub, transferring your momentum into energy you can use to keep your USB devices charged and keep the included, detachable 1650mAh battery pack juiced up. It installs easily, doesn't offer so much resistance as to slow you down, and is weather resistant, so you needn't worry about running over a puddle or two.
If you already feel bogged down by the upcoming Presidential election, with more than a year to go, The Contender might be what you need to keep things light. Following a similar premise as Cards Against Humanity, The Contender has one player act as moderator, while the other players take the roles of candidates during a debate. Candidates are charged with creating the best, funniest argument that supports their position using cards that contain sarcastic and hilarious summaries of actual statements from some previous presidential hopefuls.
You make some sacrifices while camping, but don't let those sacrifices include enjoying a great sandwich. This Sandwich Maker from Poler will make campfire dinners way more interesting, giving you the ability to makes melts, grilled cheese sandwiches, or even a new take on a camping staple — the S'more. Just add the ingredients to the cast iron press and place it over an open fire. In fact, these sandwiches might just trump whatever you're making at home as well.
Most drivers feature new technologies. You just can't see them. The Cobra King LTD Driver lets you see its internal advancements, thanks to the first-of-its-kind SpacePort. Inspired by the International Space Station's cupola module and developed in collaboration with the Centre for the Advancement of Science in Space, this 16-gram removable aluminum weight lets you get an inside view of the club, so you can see the 811 titanium E9 face, low CG hosel, and carbon composite crown. The result of all these changes is the lowest CG on the driver market today, giving you greater ball speeds, higher launch angles, lower spin, and ultimately, longer, straighter drives.
When it won't fit in your backpack, but you have to haul it using a bicycle, it's tough to top this Sidecar Bicycle from Horse. As easy to look at as it is to ride, this 3 wheeler offers Brooks England saddle and grips, 35mm tires, and a flatbed made of either hardwood oak or Coney Island Boardwalk salvaged from Hurricane Sandy. And the strong chromoly alloy steel frame can handle weight up to 100 pounds, allowing packages, surfboards, dogs, and even small children to ride along.
It doesn't have the range or the expandability of the X15. But the XM42 Handheld Flamethrower also doesn't require any oversized tanks or harnesses to use. Instead, this self-contained fire-breather fills up just like any other lawn tool, but instead of letting you cut, trim, or blow things, it sets things ablaze from distances of up to 25 feet, all while looking like something out of a fictional WWII video game. Made in Michigan.