Doing a little speed rope is a great addition to any workout routine, but the design of traditional ropes can end up draining the "speed" out of the equation. The Rogue Bearing Speed Rope ($22) overcomes this limitation by using four cartridge ball bearings per rope to allow for unmatched speed, while the coated cable adds speed, and the six-inch rotating handles make sure you can find a grip to fit your form. [Scouted by Adam]
Get that ZZ Top look while speeding down the slopes with the Beardski ($35). Available in a variety of styles, each of these insulated ski masks features a foot-long synthetic beard attached to the front, as well as neoprene lining and woven thermal fleece to keep warm — in case the beard wasn't doing a good enough job already.
Bring your favorite beverage along for the ride with this Bicycle Can Cage ($72). Hand-stitched using rigid leather, it installs on your bike using three clamps, and is the perfect size for most cans — including tallboys, giving you no excuse for leaving your giant PBR at home.
Guess who started making hand tools? The DeWalt 5-In-1 Hacksaw ($25) is part of the legendary brand's new line of hand tools, bringing the same toughness as their battery-powered brethren. This particular specimen features a reversible blade that offers up to 330 pounds of 90 degree slicing on one side and 45 degree flush cuts on the other, a removable nose piece that lets it function as a low-profile hacksaw, a blade storage compartment that holds a reciprocating saw blade, and the ability to serve as a pistol-grip jab saw for cutting drywall.
We've seen a lot of portable grills, but perhaps none more simple or versatile than the Slat Grill ($110). Able to fit neatly into an included carrying pouch, the grill is made of hard-anodized aluminum and stainless steel, sets up in just minutes, has no moving parts, and thanks to the open design, lets you use any heat source you'd like. Great for camping, tailgating, or hiding away for post-apocalyptic use.
Whether you're buying snowshoes as a curiosity, as decor, or as footwear, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better, more traditional pair than these L.L. Bean 100th Anniversary Snowshoes ($330). Crafted by hand, the frame of the shoes is made from steambent white ash that's specifically selected to ensure the grain runs the full length of the shoe, while the decking is handlaced using top-grain rawhide that's been varnished to seal out moisture and add rigidity. They haven't changed much since their 1941 debut, but then again, neither has snow. [via]
Tear up the icy landscape in the retro-styled Arctic Cat ProCross F 1100 50th Anniversary Snowmobile ($13,000). Powered by a turbo 4-stroke, 1056cc twin-cylinder engine that puts out an intense 177 horsepower, this beast features electric start, RMC brake system, deluxe digital/analog gauge (with speed, tach, odometer, trip meters, engine hour meter, clock, fuel level indicator, and altimeter), Arctic Race Suspension with Fox Float 2 shocks and sway bar, electronic push-button reverse, and vintage Arctic Cat 50th anniversary graphics. Also available in a special Uncrate colorway.
Sure, collecting model cars isn't that unusual a hobby, but where are the scrapes, bumps, scratches, and rust that give real-world rides their character? You can find them in Classic Wrecks ($80+). These 1/24 scale models sport lovingly handcrafted details like broken windows, rusted and/or missing parts, and the feel of something that wasn't just put on a pedestal, but driven — hard — for years and years before being left outside to rot. Perfect for your junkyard-themed den.
Remember the eye-covering helmet Luke wore in Star Wars to help hone his skills? Nike's Sparq Vapor Strobe Eyewear ($300) is kinda like that. Using the same technology as the active shutter glasses of some 3D TV sets, these shades boast lenses that switch between clear and blocked, helping you to anticipate what's coming before you even see it. Your game will thank you.
The trouble with zombie-related goods is that everyone has their own idea — or ideas — of what the undead might look like. The DIY Zombie Customizable Action Figure Kit ($60) overcomes this by letting you decide for yourself. Included inside are three eight-inch articulated bodies, five different heads, two pairs of hands, one pair of "just bitten" and one pair of "really rotten" arms and legs, an extra chest prosthetic, a business suit, some medical scrubs, a lab coat, two pairs of shoes, and instructions. All you need is paint, scissors, patience, and imagination. Oh, and a camera to capture your creations.
Start your beach holiday preparations early with the Travelteq Travel Towel (€95; roughly $120). Handmade in Amsterdam, this upscale beach towel is crafted from Irish linen, which allows it to be lighter, 20 times more absorbent, faster-drying, and softer than traditional beach towels, while also boasting dual pockets in a contrasting color that are large enough for swimwear, an iPad case, book, and wallet, or anything else you think you might need. Available in navy with light blue pockets, or light blue with navy pockets.
The Killspencer Dopp Folio ($150-$190) does double duty as a carrier for both your grooming and gadget arsenal. Available in four different leather or canvas versions, the Dopp Folio, as its name implies, transforms from a dopp kit that you can pack with your toiletries into a folio for your iPad or 11-inch MacBook Air, and a few other necessities.