It won't help you in a crash, but you should still strap on one of these Airbag Backpacks ($300). Made of exploded airbags along with truck tarps and old seat belts, the waterproof bag features compression straps to shrink or expand the main compartment, and has a buckle to keep rippling down to a minimum. It's also made from 99 percent recycled material, so you can feel a little better burning up those dinosaur bones. [via]
Anyone who heads straight from work to the gym knows the hassles that can come from having two different bags for each, or worse, having to stuff sweaty shorts down in with your laptop. The Aer Duffel Pack aims to fix this problem by giving you a main compartment for clothes and gear, a ventilated pocket for your shoes, a separate compartment for your laptop, tablet, and cables, and quick-access side pockets for smaller items like your phone and notebook. On the exterior, you'll find backpack-style straps that make it easy to carry and a rugged exterior of water-resistant ballistic nylon that'll keep whatever's inside safe from the elements.
We're pretty crazy about our iPhones — some of us are so crazy we refuse to put cases on them, lest we sully their near-perfect appearance. But that kind of stubbornness can get us in trouble, resulting in cracked glass, scratched aluminum, and an expensive repair bill. With Truffol iPhone Cases ($75), you can protect your beloved phone without making it look like a turd. Available in either stainless steel or Italian leather, and precision CNC milled for a perfect fit, it's the next best thing to going nude. Only available for the iPhone 5.
Beats Solo2 Headphones ($200). Homage Made in USA Shirt ($28). 2014 World Cup Wallpapers ($.99). Raleigh Denim Workshop Martin Jeans ($285). James Perse Lightweight Jersey Hoodie ($205). Nike USA Supporters Scarf ($30). The Green Soccer Journal ($17). Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses ($155). J.Crew x New Balance M998 Independence Day Shoes ($TBA). G-Shock GWN1000B-1B Watch ($500). Universal Expert Bottle Opener ($28).
This edition of Garb is powered by our friends at Beats by Dr. Dre and the New Solo 2.
A truck meant for muddy paths, big rocks, and steep inclines doesn't necessarily have to look out of place on more civilized pavement — and the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Nighthawk is something to behold whether on-road or off. Finished with matte magnesium metallic paint, sporting an interior covered in cocoa Bugatti leather, and riding on 22-inch American Force Burnout wheels, this Jeep from Starwood Motors is every bit the looker. And with a 3.6-liter supercharged V6 motor, a long-arm lift kit, upgraded Terra Flex brakes, and a host of other upgrades, it's tough enough to handle even the roughest conditions. Just don't let that gorgeous paint job stop you from putting it through its paces.
Crumpler is generally known for its soft-shell camera bags and backpacks, but that doesn't mean it can't make a solid hardshell. Crumpler Vis-A-Vis Luggage takes all the company's bag-making know-how and applies it to traditional luggage. Available in four styles — two sizes of trunks, an attaché, and a carry-on — and with your choice of either black or red handles, each is made with a custom polycarbonate/ABS shell, and sports features like a unique clothes compression system, smart grab tailored handles, zip safety straps, built-in TSA locks, and custom-designed, travel tested components.
Bluetooth is great for cutting the cables between your phone and your ears — but up 'til now, basically all BT earbuds have still had a cable running around the back of your head connecting the two tiny speakers. Earin Wireless Earbuds promise to do away with all of that. Billed as the world's smallest wireless earbuds, they're actually two tiny in-ear drivers that work together as a single headphone, delivering great sound thanks to balanced armature speakers, and coming complete with a sleek storage capsule that doubles as a charger.
Most of us have things like monitors, keyboards, pen cups, and lamps on our desk. The trouble is, unless you purchased them all at once or a terrific interior designer, odds are their disparate appearance likely makes for a messy look. Remedy this situation with a few choice pieces from the Grovemade Desk Collection. The collection includes a monitor stand, keyboard tray, mouse pad, ruler, wrist pad, pen cup, paperclip holder, succulent planter, and lamp, all available in your choice of walnut or maple, and all guaranteed to add a touch of class to your workspace.
Our system of highways, roads, avenues, bike paths, sidewalks, and parking lots serve a clear and important purpose — the facilitation of easy transportation — but it could do so much more. With Solar Roadways, every paved surface in the country could one day be turned into a source of renewable energy, ultimately producing enough electricity to power our nation three times over. And there's more: programmable LEDs would send information to drivers, while eliminating the need for painted road markers, while built-in heat sources would make snowy and icy roads a thing of the past. While it seems a little pie-in-the-sky right now, they've already received funding from federal highway authorities to begin pilot programs — so a brave new world could be nearer than we ever thought possible.
For the most part, we haven't seen much change in the basic idea of what a sleeping bag should be — an insulated tube with a side zipper — but the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed changes things in a big way. Completely doing away with the side zip (or any zipper for that matter), this bag opts instead for a comforter-like blanket covering an oval-shaped opening at the top of the bag. This design lets you slide in comfortably, while using the comforter to hold in your body heat, or moving it for ventilation. Coupled with polymer treated 600-fill down that resists moisture ten times longer than typical down, and what you get is a versatile alternative for comfortable sleeping that pushes the envelope more than anything since the mummy.
Instead of fumbling with keys or dealing with a cryptic combination, Skylock makes securing and untethering your bike as easy as walking up to it. Developed by engineers from Boeing and Jawbone, this smart lock uses built-in solar panels to stay charged, with Bluetooth LE to enable automatic unlocking, Wi-Fi for extended range, and an accelerometer that can alert you should your bike get moved, or call an ambulance should it detect a crash. So, basically everything a simple chain lock isn't.
If the idea of cords running all over your space makes you cringe, then you've probably given some thought to going wireless in just about any way possible. With Glowdeck you get bluetooth music playback, cord-free charging, and a notifications platform all built into one beautiful, interactive package. Available in a number of wood finishes — including cherry, maple, and walnut — and a black acrylic look, you can make the Glowdeck truly your own. Its Streams operating system integrates fully with your phone, letting you customize lighting effects, notifications that show up right on the screen, and much more.
There are some things in life that are just made to go together — cookies and milk, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs — and of course, whiskey and coffee. With Whiskey Barrel Coffee, you get the best of two great things, blended together for a beverage that's at once sweet, smooth, and smoky. Green coffee beans are aged in authentic bourbon barrels, infusing them with the taste of whiskey, and then they're roasted in a vintage European roaster for a rich, full-bodied taste. The whole beans are then stored in wax-sealed, labeled, and numbered bottles, ready for you to grind at home for fresh, great coffee.
Pack your grooming essentials in style inside a Mulholland Flat Shave Kit. Measuring 7" x 10" x 4", this kit has room for everything you'll need, yet is low-profile enough you can pack it anywhere. It's got a three-sided zippered top for full access, and inside the nylon-lined interior, you'll find one zippered pocket. Choose from Heritage All Leather ($150), Heritage Endurance ($95), Heritage Vintage Waxed Canvas ($95), Heritage Boardroom Pattern ($105), and the pricey Luxe American Alligator ($4,200).
Our thanks to Gillette for underwriting this month's travel grooming articles.
Celebrate the various neighborhoods of your favorite city with Ork Posters ($22). Available for a number of large cities, each poster features a map of the area, with each neighborhood listed in beautifully twisted typography. [Thanks, Ryan]
As the weather warms and we transition from thick coats to slimmer jackets (okay, maybe not yet, but soon), the Nau Vice Blazer ($225) is there to keep you looking stylish through the spring. Made from wind-resistant, recycled poly/organic cotton fabric treated with a DWR finish to provide water repellency, the Vice offers a vaguely military-chic look, with shaped cuffs, button-close lower front and left chest pockets, a rear right-side zippered pocket, and a tall collar that functions equally well down or popped.
Sporting a design that references the 1950 World Cup match versus England — who we'll be facing again on June 12th as part of Group C play — the Nike U.S. Soccer 2010 World Cup Jersey ($70) lets you get in the G-G-GOAAAL mood a bit early. In addition to its retrolicious design, this new kit also features Nike Sphere Dry and Dri-FIT technology for moisture control and maximum comfort, and an embroidered US team badge and Nike logo. Plus, like all of Nike's new away jerseys, it's made from recycled plastic bottles, helping to offset a bit of the carbon cost for your plane ride to South Africa and back. [Thanks, everyone]
For those of you (like us) who've been waiting years for an all-new TiVo interface, feast your eyes on the TiVo Premiere ($300). The new interface takes full advantage of HDTVs as well as its web-connectedness, with the ability to search across standard cable, YouTube, the web, Netflix, Amazon On Demand, and Blockbuster, all new specific movie and TV collections — like Oscar and Emmy winners — the ability to click on a show or actor to learn more, an on-screen space meter, and new content from Pandora Radio and FrameChannel. The standard TiVo Premiere will offer up to 45 hours of HD recording, E-SATA for external storage, video output up to 1080p, and a single multistream CableCARD slot; the beefier XL model ($500) steps up to 150 hours of HD recording and adds THX certification. As an added bonus for Adobe supporters, the new interface is built on Flash, so you'll know who to blame if it starts crashing more often than a NASCAR rookie driving with a blindfold on.
When someone mentions the words "rocking chair," it's hard not to picture the geriatric crowd outside the local Cracker Barrel, creepily lined up in their wooden slat rockers like some sort of living graveyard. Thankfully, the Risom Rocker ($1,500) is about as far removed from that scene as you can possibly get. Created by legendary Danish designer Jens Risom, this rocker features a straightforward walnut frame with clean lines, a Maharam Milestone fabric upholstered, button-tufted high back and seat, and a hidden counterweight in the front rail to ensure a smooth rocking motion.
Fresh off outfitting the U.S. Olympic team at the Winter Olympics, Ralph Lauren is back with its Polo Red, White & Blue ($57) fragrance. Fittingly inspired snowy, icy mountain peaks, Red, White & Blue offers scents of cucumber, red apple zest, sage, lavender, blond wood, and white musk. So even if you're not a mountain climber, at least you can smell like one. Or something.