The One World Futbol ($40) is about as unique a ball as they come — nearly indestructible, this ball never needs to be pumped up and never goes flat, even after it's been punctured. Sponsored by Chevrolet, this ball is not only made to last, it's also made for a great cause. For every ball you buy, a child in need somewhere in the world also gets one, giving them the teamwork and joy that comes from participating in sports. It's the perfect ball for playing on the beach, on the field, or in the gym. And it benefits a great cause. That sounds like a win-win.
There are plenty of ways to keep warm on a chilly night of camping, but the Alite S.H. Sleeping Bag ($120) — even though it's rated to 20 degrees fahrenheit — was made with one particular method in mind. Designed to allow the sleeper to easily zip one or more bags together, these bags were made for you to have sex in (we'll just let you guess what the S.H. signifies). But, that's not all they're good for. In addition to the zippers on either side, these bags also feature a center crotch zipper, padded feet, and built-in fleece slippers so you can open them up at the legs and walk around while wearing them. Arm holes let you free your appendages up for a wide range of motion, while a drawstring hood lets you cinch things down tight.
There's nothing better for whatever project you have going than the right tools, but when they start to lose their edge, they become little more than an expensive paperweight. Keep a razor's edge on all of your blades with the Work Sharp Ken Onion Knife & Tool Sharpener ($150). An adjustable sharpening guide lets you produce consistent results time after time without any set up or calibration. A variable-speed motor and a multi-position module lets you sharpen all different types of blades, from a variety of angles. Whether you need to sharpen scissors, knives, or otherwise, there's nothing you can't sharpen with this versatile tool.
Never be stuck without a fire with Tinder On A Rope ($8). Made with all natural, high resin content Pino de Ocote fatwood pine, this stick measures roughly six inches long by one inch square, and promises to supply an extremely hot flame, with the ability to light even when wet. Simply scrape off enough to get your fire going, and keep the rest for the next time you need it — an action which is made easier thanks to the attached lanyard. If only all "On A Rope" products were this useful.
Ever since we first watched Robot Wars, we've wished for a fighting 'bot of our own. Our wish has been granted with Attacknids ($70-$80). These roughly one foot-tall robots feature six legs that can move through water and mud up to three inches deep, 360-degree rotating heads, and weapons that fly up to 30 feet. You control all the action via a 2.4GHz wireless remote with a range of up to 200 feet — and don't worry about not being able to tell who won the battle. A direct will cause your armor to explode off your body; three hits and your 'bot shuts down, saving itself for the next fight. Sure, they look a little creepy, but they are based on spiders, after all.
Few products that are truly useful in the great outdoors also offer utility back at home — but Looprope ($20-$50) is one of the happy exceptions. Made from 1/4" heavy duty shock cord, this flexible cargo tie down system features multiple built-in flexible attachment points, letting you use it for everything from securing cargo to hanging lights, supplies, or pretty much anything else you can think of. Each rope also comes with two stainless steel carabiners for securing the rope itself, and holds up just fine in a washing machine — letting you use it for even the dirtiest of jobs without hesitation.
Make life around the campsite just a little bit more comfortable with this Easy Camp Tipi Tent ($150). Built as a modern take on an old-school teepee, this tent features a single pole through the center for support, with plenty of guy lines all around adding structure. Its hexagonal design gives it additional strength, while allowing it to accommodate up to four sleepers (or a whole lot of gear). Taped seams keep things nice and dry, while mesh prevents unwanted bugs and other pests, and fire-retardant polyester construction keeps you safe in case of a mishap.
Most skateboards — and certainly most electric skateboards — are designed for use on the smooth, man-made trails we like to call sidewalks and roads. The Emad Dirt Rider Electric Skateboard ($650) lets you leave these paved paths behind. Thanks to large off-road tires, a powerful 800-watt motor, and flexible trucks, this versatile board can handle sand, mud, gravel, and dirt with the best of them, propelling persons up to 330 lbs. at speeds of up to 19 mph. Just don't forget to wear a helmet — word has it that hitting a tree going downhill at 20+ mph is a lot rougher than simply bailing off the rail at the local skatepark.
Whether you're outfitting your local militia, or you just need the kind of vehicle that will stand up to some serious punishment, you need the Polaris Sportsman WV850 H.O. ATV ($15,000). Built to military specifications, this ATV features industry first non-pneumatic tires that can't get flats, won't tear, rip, or otherwise puncture — they can actually stand up to a .50-calibre round and still ride for up to 350 miles. It also comes with a single-speed transmission, steel exoskeleton, steel racks, huge towing and hauling capacity, 77 horsepower, and all-wheel drive.
We're all well aware the American maker mentality has waned in recent times, but at Shinola in Detroit, made in the USA is alive and well. What started as a local watch company quickly transitioned into a purveyor of all things made in America. Possibly the finest example of this is The Runwell Di2 Bicycle from Shinola ($4,500). Starting life at the legendary Waterford Precision Cycles factory in Wisconsin and then hand-assembled in Detroit, this handsome commuter improves on the company's two-wheel offerings, upgrading the bike with more performance and technology. Built upon a lugged steel frame and fork, the classically-styled Runwell Di2 offers smooth riding and excellent handling, and features Shimano electronic shifting, Alfine hydraulic brakes, a handlebar-mounted LED control panel, internal cable routing, an aluminum front rack, black alloy fenders, as well as front and rear lights. On top of all of that, she's a real looker too, sporting a stark black-and-white design. Built to order, only one remaining, and shipping in March 2014.
Sponsored by our friends at Shinola.
Just because you have a tiny apartment, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice fun in your down time. With the Teckell Intervallo Foosball Table ($5,900) you get a fully-functioning foosball table — albeit a good bit smaller than your average one — that takes up no more space than a coffee or end table. Built with just three wood players on each side, this table features crystal glass construction surrounded with a wood frame. The glass top is removable, letting you access the game inside, as well as functioning as a serving tray.
In a partnership with Korg sure to please electronics tinkerers and synth musicians alike, LittleBits ($100 and up) is the perfect combination of DIY circuit-board construction and musical exploration. Each kit — whether you choose the base kit, the premium kit, or the deluxe kit — requires no soldering or programming, all you need to do is plug your circuits together, add found materials, and start playing. The kits also include a 35-page instruction booklet that contains all the details you need to construct your own keytar, synth spin table, noise-making shoes, and much more. Or you can use your imagination to construct the homemade synth instrument of your dreams.