The Connor Woody Cruiser ($3,500) combines everything you appreciate about handmade wooden objects into a beautifully crafted, yet utterly simple bicycle. Constructed from layers of responsibly-sourced American ash wood, bonded, laminated with carbon fiber for addition strength without added weight, and sealed with marine spar varnish, these bikes are individually made in a shop in Denver, Colorado. They weigh in at a comfortable 25 pounds, and feature a two-speed internal gear hub, coaster brakes, 29er wheels with fat tires, leather handles and seats, as well as a stylish walnut center strip.
Just because you're sleeping outdoors doesn't mean you have to live like some kind of wild animal — step up your campground game and become king of the wilderness in this gigantic Safari Tent ($2,000). At ten feet by twelve feet, this tent is so big you may never miss the comforts of home. You'll have plenty of space for your inflatable mattress, all the gear you could ever need, and even a few (or eight) of your closest friends. With a nylon cordura outer skin and an aluminum inner frame, it can handle nearly anything mother nature throws at it, while the massive interior space will let you stand up while you wait out the storm.
There's nothing quite like a nip of the good stuff to keep off the cold during a long Fall hike or run down the bunny hills — and there's no better way to discreetly stow it than the Stanley Adventure eCycle Flask ($20). It's leak proof, so you never have to worry about waste, or spilling on your expensive outdoor gear. A two-stage lid makes cleaning and filling a breeze, while still making it easy to take a quick pull. And with a 12-ounce capacity, you can forget about running out at inopportune times (like getting stuck on a chair lift).
Stainless steel is great and all — easy to clean, sharpens to a razor edge — but there's nothing quite like ceramic if you really want the edge to last. The Kyocera LTD Ceramic Chef's Knife ($120) keeps its Zirconia 206 ceramic edge ten times longer than steel, so you don't have to sharpen it nearly as often as the typical chef's knife. It has an ergonomic pakkawood handle with a stainless steel bolster and rivet that makes it easier to handle, and more comfortable to use. Hand-crafted by experts in Seki, Japan, this knife won't brown foods with use, and resists corrosion.
In recognition of BMW Motorrad's 90 years of motorcycling excellence, Ruby has released a series of high-end headgear, the Ruby Munich 90 Helmet Collection ($980-$1,450). While there are certainly less expensive ways to keep your brains intact, there are relatively few that look like these helmets. With design cues taken from the bikes that inspired them — including the classic red and blue stripes on a white field — these helmets come in three variations and a range of colorways. Choose the Belvedere, with its large front visor, the Pavillon, with its exposed face, or the partially enclosed Castel.
Make getting where you're going easier and safer — whether you're commuting to work, or meeting up with friends for a long-distance group cruise — with Hammerhead Bike Navigation ($85). Instead of the graphical display typical of most navigation devices, this one uses a series of colored LEDs as indicators, creating intuitive patterns that can be interpreted in your peripheral vision. As an added benefit, the device syncs wirelessly to your smartphone, letting you adjust the indicators, save and share routes, and even meet up with friends. And for those times when you're without a cellular signal, you can save routes to your phone and the onboard compass will still guide you along your way.
Given the name, you might think the Ralph Lauren Bond Game Set ($4,995) has something to do with 007 — and it does, if you consider that you need secret agent-level funds to purchase it. The set also shares with Fleming's creation a knack for style, as it's built from walnut and carbon-fiber leather, with game pieces made with polished and black powder-coated nickel. It's guaranteed to be the fanciest game of solitaire, chess, checkers, backgammon, or tic-tac-toe you've ever played.
At some point outdoor gear and menswear collided to form the sort of rustic aesthetic that simultaneously shouts stylish and rugged — and the byproduct of that meeting looks something like this Dick van Hoff x Thomas Eyck Lunch Set ($300). While it's a steep price to pay to be prepared for a day on the trail and to look damn good doing it, there's no doubt it will last for years to come thanks to its fine leather and aluminum construction. So pack up your Pendleton bed roll, throw on your rawest pair of selvage jeans, and get ready to be the best-dressed guy at the trailhead. Just don't forget to pack a lunch.
There's nothing worse than when you're halfway into a project and you realize your power drill or driver can't make an angle — it can be frustrating, and even dangerous. With the Milescraft Orbiter 360 Degree Drill Attachment ($24), no angle is too extreme, and no space too tight. This handy device attaches to the chuck of your drill, and both halves rotate 360 degrees, allowing it to face virtually any direction. It accommodates any 3/8-inch or larger drill bit, has a keyless chuck for fast changes, and sports a soft-grip design for comfortable working.
Effortlessly step up your dessert game at the next cookout or tailgate party with this Smores Roasting Rack ($20). Its stainless steel construction is as functional as it is simple, helping it last for years of smores goodness to come. This wire rack includes two skewers, perfect for holding marshmallows, and a warming rack to perfectly toast the graham crackers and melt the chocolate. It's also dishwasher safe, so you never have to worry about cleanup.
If you live in the city your bike can be a great way to get to and from work — you save money on gas while helping stay in shape — but there are plenty of hazards out there for bike commuters. The Helios Bike Bars ($200) make your two-wheeled transportation safer and smarter, thanks to built-in intelligent LEDs and GPS. The LEDs, including a powerful headlight and rear-facing indicators, light your path and signal to others your intended turning direction and speed. On-board GPS gives you turn-by-turn directions and lets you find your bike if it's lost or stolen. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity lets you use your phone to control ambient lighting, navigation, and more. Choose from two versions, the bullhorn and the drop bar, both available in black and white.
When the white death approaches, defy your strongest urges to hole up with a warm blanket, slippers, and a space heater and dig your way out into the world with the Snow Joe Ion Cordless Snow Blower ($400). It features a heavy-duty 2-blade rubber auger that's capable of clearing an 18-inch-wide path through snow up to ten inches deep. It's also cord and gas free, so you can run it for as long as 40 minutes on a single charge, without ever having to worry about priming, tune-ups, extension cords, or noisy two-stroke motors. So while everyone else is griping about what a pain winter weather is, you'll be out enjoying the simple beauty of a freshly-fallen snow.