Whether you sell propane and propane accessories, or just prefer to taste the meat and not the heat, you'll want to grab a Truma Propane Levelcheck ($90). This handy little device uses ultrasound to check the level of the liquid gas left in your cylinder. The LED turns green if it senses liquid, and red if it senses none, so you can tell at a glance when it's time to refill. That means less time spent knocking on and shaking your propane tank, and more time spent on extracurricular activities, like enjoying a nice cold can of Alamo out back with the guys.
Leave it to the Dutch to design a bike that's perfect for urban commuting (they ride them every day). The Vanmoof 10 Electrified Bike ($2,640) is perfectly-suited to getting around town. A small motor in the front wheel, powered by a lightweight rechargeable battery, amplifies your pedaling power by 80%. Built-in GPS tracking lets you find your bike if it's lost or stolen, and design cues from the automotive industry — lightweight aluminum frame, mechanical disk brakes, automatic two-speed shifting — make it a pleasure to use. Available in November.
If you want to practice the guitar, but often find yourself in less-than-guitar-friendly places (class, conference rooms, the jury box), PocketStrings ($25 and $30) might be just what you need. It comes in two models, one with four frets that's great for playing chords, and one with six frets that's perfect for scales. It has genuine guitar strings and a strum pad to keep your rhythm right — so it feels almost like the real thing, only without the noise. Collapses down to fit comfortably in a pocket or bag.
New York City residents and tourists alike will appreciate these Metrodeck Playing Cards ($550) as a piece of Empire City memorabilia. Made from found subway fare cards and inspired by famous landmarks across the city, these playing cards are screen-printed in enamel ink, with four colors on each face card. Highlights include a Brooklyn Bridge King of Hearts, an Empire State Building King of Diamonds and a Statue of Liberty Queen of Hearts. Each of the 40 decks varies slightly from the other, and comes in a letterpressed, die-cut box.
If you're the type of person that likes to pamper your possessions as much as yourself, the Rimowa x Moncler Suitcase ($1,960) should be perfect for you. Sporting a sleek riffled aluminum exterior, it features shiny, quilted laqué nylon lining to protect your stuff, rugged construction, an included shoe bag, transparent toiletries case, and quilted case.
Whether it's destroying Stormtroopers' speeder bikes, Leia kissing her brother, or the creepy celebration after the battle for the forest moon of Endor, you can bring your favorite Episode VI scenes to life with the Lego Star Wars Ewok Village ($250). This gigantic set (nearly 2,000 pieces) is full of surprises and treats for fans. It comes with 17 minifigs — including three never-before-seen Ewoks, and new looks for Luke and Leia — a catapult, speeder bike, plenty of lightsabers, blasters, and spears, and even a levitating throne for C-3PO. Expect the set in stores by September. Until then, we'll be watching Return of the Jedi on repeat.
They're obviously not the first company you'd think of when it comes to sporting goods, but given their reputation for rugged, quality leather goods, we suppose these Coach Heritage Baseball Bats & Gloves ($250-$350) make sense. The bats are made from American maple, dip-dyed by hand and wrapped with artisanal leather at the handle, while the gloves are crafted by hand in the USA using Coach's colorblocked glove-tanned leather. Crafted in collaboration with Warstic Wood Bat Co. and Insignia Athletics, respectively, these goods are available in a variety of colorways — but remember, they're limited edition, so if you're looking for a specific color, you'd better move quickly.
With the ability to drive and fly, the B Remote-Controlled Flying Car/Helicopter ($560) can pretty much go anywhere. Its innovation lies in a patent-pending wheel and propeller design, which places each prop within the wheel. It can take off vertically, hover and fly, and return to the ground to continue driving. Durable polycarbonate construction means it can survive falls from the air and punishing terrain on the ground. A 720p on-board camera and 32G Micro SD card support makes this one capable reconnaissance vehicle. Now, if only they could figure out a way to make the battery last longer than 15 minutes a charge.
Put your mark on that perfect piece of meat — no that's not what we mean — with the DCI BBQ Branding Iron ($18). This metal and wood branding iron is the perfect addition to your collection of grilling tools. It includes the entire alphabet (plus extras and spacers), so you can write just about any message you think of. Letters easily slide onto the rack, with no need for additional tools. Stake a claim to that porterhouse, or amuse your friends with your favorite Ron Swanson-ism ("You had me at meat tornado").
Not digging TaylorMade's recent obsession with white club heads? Don't let that keep you away. The TaylorMade R1 Black Driver ($400) gives you all the benefits of the venerable club-maker's latest flagship driver in a handsome black colorway. Those benefits include an adjustable loft sleeve that gives you twelve options between 8º and 12º, two moveable shot shape weights, and a face angle sole plate that gives you the ability to select between seven options of neutral/square, open, or closed. Overall, the club can be tuned 168 different ways to fit your game, leaving you basically no excuse for continuing to slice the ball into oblivion.
Most of the best stuff at Ikea is simple, cleanly-designed, and affordable. This IKEA Lillon Grill ($100) is no exception. Featuring a glossy black enamel paint job that's made friendlier by the curves of the handles, grill body, and legs, the Lillon also offers versatility, in that it can be used as a standing grill with the included legs, or as a tabletop affair by swapping them out for the polypropylene feet. With a cooking area of just over 250 square inches, it's not going to be cooking up any huge meals, but for a single, couple, or small family, it should do just fine, while providing a splash of style to your outdoor living area. [via]
While you won't see Seal Team Six storming walled compounds with iPhones strapped to their rifles, it doesn't mean yours isn't welcome at the range. Turn your device into an optical system with the Inteliscope Tactical Rifle Adapter ($70), a combination Picatinny or Weaver rail mount and iOS app that brings ballistics and environmental information to your next shoot. It has a HUD with custom crosshairs, digital zoom, video recording, compass, GPS, and all the data you could want. The reinforced mounting system protects your device, allows portrait and landscape orientation, and lets you aim around corners. It won't make you shoot like special ops, but it couldn't hurt.