Most fans of writer/director/producer/creative badass J.J. Abrams know about his mystery box — if you don't, go watch this — and now you can bring a little bit of that mystery home with the J.J. Abrams x Theory11 Mystery Box. A collaborative effort from Abrams and magic makers Theory11, this unique offering consists of a handcrafted lockbox made from 100-year-old reclaimed wood, iron-branded with a question mark and arriving with an alphanumeric lock. But unlike J.J.'s box, you'll know what's inside — 12 decks of playing cards wrapped in letterpressed kraft paper and a letterpressed note from Abrams himself.
If you grill with gas, chances are you've been there — you get all the necessary stuff together, and are all set to cook up a great dinner, when you realize you've run out of gas. But with the Refuel Smart Propane Tank you can leave these problems in the past, because you'll always know how much propane you have left. It uses a waterproof scale to keep track of your propane levels, wirelessly transmitting the information to an app on your phone. An included wired indicator attaches magnetically to your grill, so you can tell at a glance when it's time to fill your tank, even without pulling out your phone.
Throwing knives, whether it be at playing cards, tree trunks, animals, or (especially) people, is serious business. Show your commitment to the craft with this set of BCX Furies Throwing Knives. The pack includes two frontier-inspired knives and one Pro X Thrower, all made from forged high carbon steel and giving you enough variety to become quite the hurler. They all arrive in a handsome, handcrafted heavy canvas roll with leather scales, point pockets, flaps, and straps — a fittingly rugged yet refined accessory for a wilderness-friendly skill.
Keeping a multitool handy when you head into the wilderness is always a good idea. Weighing down your pockets isn't. That's why they make these CRKT Survival Bracelet Tools. Designed to fit over a paracord bracelet, this handy accessory keeps a compass, magnesium firestarter, and an LED light right on your wrist. Unlike most tools, it's lacking a bottle opener, but not to worry — they make one that you can keep on the exact same bracelet.
Everyone loves grilled food. But no one likes all the space traditional grills take up in their vehicles. Enter the Spare Tire Mount Grill. This ingenious little invention features laser cut grill and griddle sections made from stainless steel, which rest upon solid steel legs that hook over a spare wheel — preferably the rear-facing grill of a rugged SUV — and fit 29" to 37" tires. As for the food and the fire source, well, those are up to you.
Of course you take your pet to the vet — but you've always wondered if you could do something more to keep him healthy. Track their days. Make sure they are getting proper rest and play. Set goals for their walks. Check in on them while you are away. That is where Whistle comes in. From monitoring day-to-day behavior to long-term health trends, Whistle is able to ensure you are doing everything for your best friend. It lives unobtrusively on your dog's collar, updating wirelessly to your phone (using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity) and sharing highlights of your pet's activities. With its waterproof construction and 10 days of battery life, Whistle is ready for anything.
Sponsored by Whistle.
Like the Back to the Future DeLorean before it, Lego's Cuusoo has once again come up with a killer design for a legendary silver screen vehicle. This time, it's the Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 making the leap from concept to official set, including details like official Ghostbuster logos on the doors, a removable room, a tracking computer, a trap, and, of course, all four Ghostbusters — Ray, Venkman, Spengler, and Winston — all sporting their own Proton Packs. Lego ghosts not included.
When every single second counts, you need a knife that opens fast, really fast — the SOG Flashback Knife. The fastest-opening assisted knife available, it features high tension coil springs that power it open almost instantly, and a piston lock keeps the knife safely open. It features a 3.5-inch blade made from AUS 8 stainless steel with a black tini-coated finish and an ergonomic handle made from glass-reinforced nylon and stainless steel. Durable construction, quick opening, and a comfortable grip make this the ideal knife to carry every day, while making it reliable and consistent.
Take the guesswork out of your grilling with the Lynx Smart Grill. This voice-activated wonder automatically cooks your food based on your commands, linking to an online database to determine ideal cooking time and temperature for each ingredient, going so far as to tell you where on the grill to place everything to ensure that everything's done at the same time. Even better, it can send you text notifications when your food's ready, so you're free to entertain/watch the game/drink a beer while it takes care of the cooking. The only downside? It's not coming out until 2015.
Some days call for a slimmer carry than your everyday load out — forcing you to leave behind the junk that typically bulks up your pockets — but that doesn't mean you should leave the house completely unprepared. With the Gerber Blade Money Clip you get a portable alternative for carrying a few cards and some cash with a small built-in knife that would make a boy scout proud. Made from a titanium-nitride-coated steel body with a G10 front plate, this money clip is capable of holding up to five cards at a time. The blade slips into the money clip, disguised by its less than four-inch length, and it still manages to weigh less than a quarter of a pound.
For something so comparatively small, it's a wonder how much space a lawnmower actually takes up in your garage or shed — forcing you to squeeze around its handle every time you want to get at something you have stored. But the Toro Recycler SmartStow Mower is collapsible, letting you store it on its end and reducing its footprint dramatically. Improved seals and gaskets throughout the motor stop fuel and oil from leaking when you store it vertically, so you don't have to worry about spills. With front-wheel-drive, variable self-propel-speed, a 22-inch deck, as well as bagging and mulching capability, it also mows as well as it stores.
For the most part, we haven't seen much change in the basic idea of what a sleeping bag should be — an insulated tube with a side zipper — but the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed changes things in a big way. Completely doing away with the side zip (or any zipper for that matter), this bag opts instead for a comforter-like blanket covering an oval-shaped opening at the top of the bag. This design lets you slide in comfortably, while using the comforter to hold in your body heat, or moving it for ventilation. Coupled with polymer treated 600-fill down that resists moisture ten times longer than typical down, and what you get is a versatile alternative for comfortable sleeping that pushes the envelope more than anything since the mummy.