Hot tubs/jacuzzis are common on upper-class seafaring vessels, but what if your vessel was literally a hot tub? In that case, you'd be sailing along in a HotTug (€11,450; roughly $14,800 and up). This ingenious little boat is made from wood and fitted with glass fiber reinforced polyester, uses a stainless steel stove with a single wall pipe to keep the water as warm as you like, and is powered by either an electric or standard outboard motor. Used to having company in the water? Not to worry, as this boat can hold six to eight people.
Adding motors to a skateboard might sound like a dangerous idea, but it can sure cut down on your commute time. Boosted Boards ($1,200) are a new line of electric skateboards that feature dual brushless motors and lithium batteries to propel you to speeds of up to 20 mph, up grades of 15%, and/or up to 6 miles on a single charge. You control everything via a handheld remote, and this being a skateboard, it still packs in components like a Loaded Vanguard, Bear Grizzly 852s, Otang 80A In Heats, and Jehu bearings.
Add versatile, stylish cargo capacity to your bike with a Wingz Rack ($100). Crafted from lightweight aluminum alloy, this sleek rack attaches to your bike's seatpost using a simple two-screw clamp, and uses two thin, adjustable bars to hold your stuff — up to 25 pounds of it. Great for commuters, delivery boys, and anyone else who wants to carry extra gear on their bike without looking like they're carrying around E.T.
Leave it to a landlocked country to come up with the seafaring equivalent of a go-kart. The Marinekart ($TBA) is pretty much exactly that — weighing in at roughly 120 pounds, it's easy to transport, and thanks to a 6 hp outboard engine that attaches quickly to the body, it can reach speeds over 20 mph while offering extreme maneuverability. Add in comfortable seating for up to four people, a removable waterproof bag, and an "unsinkable" sandwich build, and it's pretty much the perfect weekend getaway watercraft. [Scouted by Shane]
Enjoy what's left of summer in complete luxury aboard the Antagonist Yacht ($TBA). This bespoke, 37ft cruiser is powered by dual, 370hp Yanmar diesel engines, which spin SS props for a top speed of 42 knots. There's plenty of high-end details as well, including a cockpit with room for eight, a multi-function table with a sunbathing area, tons of teak, a swimming platform, a small refrigerator, a built-in picnic box, Boxmark Maritime leather upholstery, and an air conditioned interior. Price unknown, but you know what they say: "If you have to ask...."
Merging the convenience of electric with the looks of a classic, the Faraday Porteur Bike ($3,500) manages to straddle the line between the two with grace. Thanks to lithium batteries that are cleverly hidden inside the frame, it looks like a traditional everyday rider, with only an on/off switch and an e-ink battery readout to belie its true nature — pedal, and it will automatically match your power, and when you're wanting to exert less effort, hit the boost button for a little extra help. Other features include LED headlights and taillights that are built into the frame and controlled by an ambient light sensor, and a large front rack that can hold 30 pound loads — or more than enough to carry your dinner and beers from the grocery store to your home. [Scouted by Dan]
When you see "John Deere", you probably think of tractors, fields, and farmland. Well, the John Deere Gator RSX850i ($13,000) doesn't exactly fit into that vision. Sporting an undeniably aggressive design, it's designed to tackle the toughest of off-road terrain, with an 839 cc V-twin engine pumping out 62 hp for a top speed of 53 mph, four-wheel independent suspension, 10.3 inches of ground clearance, Fox shocks, auto-style doors, three-point seat belts, alloy wheels with Maxxis tires, and plenty of other trail-friendly options.
Kill two birds with one stone — so to speak — with the Budnitz Beer Wrench ($40). Crafted from titanium, it sports a 15mm spanner wrench on one end for removing rear axle bolts, internal hub bolts, and pitlock keys, two holes in the middle that work with the included titanium thumb screws to secure it to the water bottle mounts on your bike, and, of course, a bottle opener on the end opposite the wrench, engraved with the zen quote "The road is the destination". Indeed.
What would you expect a bike built for campus cruising to have? A sturdy steel frame? A single speed design? Built-in mounts for racks and fenders, so you can customize it to your book- or friend-hauling needs? Well, the Trek Earl Bike ($530) offers all of that, as well as a BMX-style seat and grips, Tektro brakes, nylon pedals, and one thing every self-respecting college ride needs: a built-in bottle opener. [Scouted by Sid]
You might not be able to buy a new DeLorean car anymore — at least, not until they start selling the Electric DeLorean — but that doesn't mean you can't buy a set of wheels bearing the iconic name. DeLorean Bikes ($5,500) are officially sanctioned by the DMC, and feature an Italian-made Columbus XCR tube frame — in stainless steel, of course — as well as a belt drive transmission, an 11-speed internally-geared hub, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, a luminescent coating on the wheels, an Italian-made gel saddle, and a full carbon fork. The Anyday model is available now, with Speed and Cruise models to follow.
Haven't been pleased with the performance or looks of previous electric bikes? Then start hoping the Audi E-Bike Wörthersee ($TBA) makes it into production. This prototype sport/trick cycle is powered by an electric motor that makes speeds of up to 50mph possible — assuming you don't mind some pedaling — or 31 mph in pure electric mode, and features a carbon fiber- reinforced polymer frame and wheels, an on-board computer that links to your smartphone to enable a whole host of advanced features, and LED light strips borrowed from the impossibly sexy e-Tron R8.
If you've been looking for a simple, clean and crisp two-wheel ride, this is it. The Public V7 Bike ($600) is a lightweight, all-purpose bike, featuring a durable steel frame (guaranteed for life), upright handlebars, a seat that's designed for normal clothing, a Shimano 7-speed rear derailleur and Revo twist shifter, 35MM tires, available front baskets and rear racks, and reinforced resin pedals designed to handle pretty much any type of footwear. A great everyday bike for when you want to upgrade to an awesome ride, but don't want to spend your next year's rent.