We've seen plenty of golf carts before — but this might be the first that can actually get you not just around the course, but to and from it, as well. Street-legal in Europe, the Garia Mansory Currus Golf Cart ($80,000) takes the already impressive Roadster and takes it into sports car territory thanks to extensive customization. Features include an adjustable setting for maximum motor braking and battery regeneration, a speed switch with three different driving modes — Golf, Street, and Race — a range of 37 miles, a top speed of 37 mph, and exclusive accessories like carbon fiber inserts, custom seats, a matte black paint job, and black wheels. You'd best hurry if you're planning to park it in your garage — only seven are being built.
We like products that solve problems — and the Soccket Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball ($100 and up) solves more than just one. Made from a custom, durable, deflation-proof, and waterproof EVA foam, this plaything actually houses an internal mechanism that takes the kinetic energy from movement and stores it in a battery, which can be used to drive an included single-bulb LED lamp for over three days. In addition to giving you a new gadget and possibly encouraging you to go outside and move about to use it — both good things — purchasing one will also help the company to hire more people, purchase more tools and equipment, automate parts of the assembly process, and expand our manufacturing facility so they can deliver more of the balls to people without light. [Scouted by Alex]
Why should the parents be the only ones in the family to enjoy Aston Martin-level luxury? The Aston Martin x Silver Cross Stroller (£2,000; roughly $3,000) will swaddle your little one in the kind of comforts usually reserved for high end sports cars, including a chassis finished in anodized aluminum and magnesium alloy, a seat finished in Alcantara and leather, a carrycot done in Alcantara, performance fabric, and leather, Alcantara harness and buckle protector pads, and a hood, apron, winter footmuff, sun shade, rain shield, and a folding, detachable shopping basket. Good luck fitting it in the backseat of your DB9. [Scouted by Erik]
Take the fumes and noise out of your mowing routine while doing the planet a favor at the same time by upgrading to the Stihl RMA 370 Battery Powered Mower ($TBA). This walk-behind mower operates on the same KombiSystem as the company's other battery-powered tools, starts with the push of a button, holds up to 10.5 gallons of clippings, and can cut up to 3,200 square feet per charge. It only takes 30 minutes to recharge using the rapid charger, which strikes us as just enough time to do the exhausting work of finding the cooler, opening a beer, and planning the evening ahead.
You'd think they might suck the innards out of a wire. And you'd be wrong. Vampliers ($35) are actually on the job to remove your rusty, stripped, damaged, jammed, or tamper-proof screws. And how do they do this, you ask? With vertically and horizontally serrated jaws that bite into nearly any surface without slipping or stripping the screw. Just try not to use it for normal plier-y things that you don't want to take a bite out of — something tells us they might leave a mark.
Brass knuckles meet pet care in the Tactical Dog Leash ($25). This industrial-strength leash features an ergonomically designed, knuckle-held polymer handle and a tough 1" x 48" nylon lead with quick release clips on both ends. We're not really sure what's tactical about taking your pooch out to potty — unless you're planning on leaving a surprise in the yard of a jerk neighbor — but we are sure that your dog will have a much more difficult time getting away with your hand wrapped around this thing.
And here you thought the Pump was only good for basketball shoes. Reebok Pump 20K Ice Hockey Skates ($800) uses this classic tech to lock in your ankles and heels, while also offering the Dynamic Support System for optimum flexibility and stiffness, a Skate Lock feature with dual lacing zones, internal, heat-moldable memory foams, a carbon composite outsole, and a felt tongue with a lace bite protector. All of which is designed to maximize power transmission and enhance your stride, which hopefully translates in to more points.
We're not sure exactly why you'd need one for civilian use — unless you're just into the whole military aesthetic — but you can be sure that the Polaris Defense MRZR ($TBA) is rugged enough for pretty much any chore. Powered by a Polaris ProStar 900 engine putting out 88hp and avaialble in 2- or 4-man versions, they feature on-demand all-wheel drive, electronic power steering, a modular cargo system that supports rear-facing seats, and optional IR lights for stealth nighttime maneuvers.
Some athletic gizmos measure steps. Others measure your leaping ability, or speed, or heart rate. But only the Under Armour Armour39 ($150) promises to measure your willpower. Or rather, it measures the effort you put forth during an activity by using an algorithm that takes into account your activity's duration, body position, heart rate, intensity, and calories burned, then considers it in light of your individual profile. How does it get all this info? From a sensor that straps to your chest and transmits the data to your smartphone — and you can expect to start checking out your own stats when it ships in March.
We're not going to lie — we were pretty flabbergasted that there hadn't already been a top-loading guitar case. Yet here we are, staring at the Mono Vertigo Guitar Case ($205), which claims to be the world's first. Aside from the aforementioned loading breakthrough, the Vertigo also features a redesigned Headlock system that automatically clamps your headstock in place, protecting it from side-to-side impact and backward drops, and a custom molded rubber outsole/EVA insole on the bottom, dubbed The Boot, that protects against vertical drops. All you need to do is load your axe, strap it on your back, and go.
Funny cars are known for their incredible power, speed, and, well, funny looks. Now you can recapture the feeling of a real drag race in your driveway with a Traxxas R/C Funny Car ($530). Available in four different authentic driver editions, these advanced remote control cars feature ET-3s brushless power systems and tilt-up bodies developed from the full-size CAD drawings, including a tube-style chassis. On the TQi 2.4GHz remote, you'll find tuning features like steering and throttle sensitivity adjustments, braking strength controls, a toggle for Burnout, Staging, and Race modes, and a Launch Control switch that lets you hold down the throttle and go. All that's missing is the smell of racing fuel and a parachute to slow you down.
Why bring both a headlamp and a lantern with you when one item can do the job of both? The Mammut T-Trail Headlamp + Light Dry Bag ($33) functions as a super-lightweight, 30-meter headlamp when you're on the trail, and then attaches to the included ambient light dry bag to provide pleasant diffused light once you've reached your destination. As the name suggests, you can also use the dry bag to protect valuables on the go or in bad weather, making this camping/survival tool a three-birds-with-one-stone proposition.