Snorkeling is a great way to take in the sights and sounds under the sea without the need for bulky scuba equipment or certification. But it does have one big drawback: you either get used to breathing solely through your mouth, and keeping your head high enough that no water comes in, or you deal with water in your mouth and fogged up goggles. Unless you're wearing the Easybreath Snorkeling Mask. This revolutionary mask fits over your entire face, allowing you to breathe normally underwater without fear of fog, and features a dry-top system on the top that plugs the air intake when immersed, preventing water from entering.
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 ($20). It's leak proof, so you never have to worry about waste, or spilling on your expensive outdoor gear. A two-stage lid makes cleaning and filling a breeze, while still making it easy to take a quick pull. And with a 12-ounce capacity, you can forget about running out at inopportune times (like getting stuck on a chair lift).
Not everyone needs (or even wants) a full-fledged RV when they take to the road, and for some, even a small towable trailer is overkill. For the guy who doesn't need much, but still wants the comfort and security of an enclosed space to rest his head, there's the Firefly Trailer ($TBA). Designed and built by a former NASA architect who specializes in small habitats (and being sold by the company behind the unique Cricket Trailer) , this lightweight aluminum living space drops easily into the bed of a pickup truck. It features a folding couch perfect for sleeping and sitting, plenty of storage space to hold your essentials, and lunar-lander-like legs to keep it safely off the ground.
You never know when a situation will call for more than just your average pocket folding knife, and it's always better to come prepared than wish you had. The Emerson Multitasker EDC Multi-Tool ($185) is built with your every day carry in mind, so you'll never be caught wishing you'd packed something more substantial. It features a three-inch blade, phillips and standard screwdrivers, a punch, and more, all packed into an under seven-inch handle that weighs less than a half pound. An additional clip-on tool includes wrenches of various sizes, pry bars, scrapers, and a bottle opener.
Home automation can be great — it helps you efficiently keep everything in your house chugging along smoothly and on schedule — but at some point all of your connected devices get a bit overwhelming. With the Revolv Home Automation Hub ($300), you can keep everything working as it should, all with the convenience of one app. Instead of opening up a bunch of different apps to control your Nest Thermostat, your Phillips Hue lights, your smart locks, and your Sonos speaker system, this single app will sense your proximity to your house and do it all for you. The hub automatically connects with all your devices (it supports Z Wave, WiFi, and Insteon, with support for additional protocols like ZigBee coming soon), removing all the pain in setup, and is packed with a wealth of sensors designed to make your life easier.
Get a little more mileage out of your regularly-scheduled trips to the dentist with the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Black Edition ($190). More effective than your typical toothbrush, this one removes double the plaque, resulting in healthier gums and whiter teeth. The set includes a durable travel case for when you're on the road that also doubles as a USB charging station, as well as a unique charging glass that gives the batteries some juice while it sits on your sink. And with its all-black finish, chances are your roommate won't mind you leaving it sitting out.
Roof boxes are a necessary evil from time to time — so why not make sure they do something more for you than just carry your stuff? The Boatpack ($1,600) is an ingenious box that, as the name suggests, doubles as a boat. Crafted from Acrylic-capped ABS plastic, the 'pack is double-skinned, offers a capacity of 650 Liters, and can unclip from its base in seconds. As a boat, it weighs under 50 lbs., and includes a wooden seat, folding oars, and rowlocks. It's a great way to make your summer adventures a little more fun.
Used to be that if you wanted to stay in touch outside of cell phone range, a gigantic satellite phone was your only option. The InReach SE ($300) promises to provide off-the-grid communications without the need for a bulky phone. The SE itself is waterproof, dustproof, and impact-resistant, with a color screen, GPS, and a battery that lasts for up to 100 hours. It can send and receive texts (sorry, no voice communication), trigger an SOS signal that goes to the company's 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center, and track your GPS coordinates and share them via Facebook and Twitter. It also pairs with your smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth, giving you even more features while letting you take advantage of the larger screen — but just remember that while the InReach is fairly rugged, your smartphone probably isn't. [Scouted by Scott]
Not satisfied with the IR-only capabilities of the Logitech Harmony Touch? Feast your eyes on the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote ($350). True to its grandiose name, this powerhouse might look a lot like the Touch, but uses RF signals to communicate with a Hub that in turn issues signals over Infrared and Bluetooth to everything from TVs to PS3s. It also controls Philips Hue lights, and offers its own 2.4" touchscreen — but if you'd rather use something a bit larger, you can download the Harmony app and control the whole show from your smartphone or tablet.
Stuffed burgers can certainly be delicious — but if you've ever tried making them, you probably know they can be a little difficult to build. The Stuff-A-Burger Press ($12) makes it easy. This plastic burger press comes with plates that help you create half-pound or three-quarter-pound stuffed burgers with ease. Of course, you still need a way to keep them together once they hit the grill — so if you don't already have a grilling basket, you might want to order the complete set ($24) that includes both the press and the basket, giving you everything you need to become the neighborhood's burger champ.
Forget the silly name — Pyragon? Really? This is a toy gun we're talking about here. Anyway, the Nerf Vortex Pyragon Blaster ($35) looks to satisfy your — or your offspring's — insatiable thirst for more ammo. Thanks to an enormous magazine, this piece of plastic weaponry can fire off up to 40 discs without reloading, and offers a "Slam-Fire" handle that lets you fire off multiple rounds while you hold down the trigger. Probably not the best for covert missions, though — with an oil filter-like magazine, your co-workers are sure to see you coming.
We've seen add-ons for locks to try and make them smarter, but it's about time the locks themselves gained some intelligence. Kevo ($220) is the first we've seen. This smart deadbolt uses Bluetooth 4.0, your iPhone, and a companion app to let you open your door using nothing but your finger. A ring around the lock lights up blue when it senses your presense, and turns to green once you've unlocked your door. The set also includes a wireless keyfob that offers the same functionality, and should you need to resort to old-school ways, it'll still open with a standard key, as well. Coming this summer.
Do you live in fear of poking your eyes out with the sharp ends of your umbrella? Release your fears with Blunt Umbrellas ($75-$85). Available in standard and two-person XL sizes, these unique umbrellas feature a low profile, tensioned canopy for easier control in the wind, a push-pull runner for easy opening, and blunt tips to evenly distribute the outward force along the edge of the canopy. Next up? Tackling your fear of scissors.
Sure, you can buy a grill with a griddle, burner, and other stuff on the side, or you can buy a Stok Quatrro Grill ($350). This unique new design features a grate with two insert areas that let you transition from a standard grate to a griddle, vegetable tray, or pizza stone, keeping your side areas clear for plates, food, and other items. Other features include side shelf towel bars, internal spice racks, stainless steel and porcelain construction, a built-in temperature gauge, and an electric ignition, keeping that Aim n' Flame available for more... important purposes. [Thanks, Joel]
Have a pet, kid, luggage, vehicle, or scandalous wife you need to keep track of? Grab yourself a Garmin Tracker ($200). This tiny GPS locator is both lightweight and waterproof, attaching easily to a backpack, pet collar, or rear seat headrest. With it you get one year of standard tracking, which lets you see its location via computer or via app, the latter of which also allows you to draw a geofence, complete with email or SMS notifications when the Tracker leaves your designated area — kinda like a shock collar fence, but without the inhumane treatment.
Have a need for off-the-grid power? The PowerTrekk ($TBA) can supply it. This 2-in-1 portable battery pack and fuel cell can operate on its own as a simple battery, or can serve as a storage buffer for the fuel cell. Simply insert a fuel pack, add water, and the cell will spring to life, charging devices over USB without ever needing a wall charge. Great for camping, hiking, or getting through an extended power outage due to weather/zombie outbreak.
Assuming you've visited a market that sells more than meat and potato staples, you've probably seen the wonderful red rooster sauce on store shelves; some of you may even have some at home. The Sriracha Cookbook ($10) features 50 recipes that get the most out of the Thai hot sauce. From burgers and buffalo wings to ceviche and bacon-infused cornbread, this tasty tome will have you expanding your view of the hot stuff beyond its most noble application: the spicy-as-hell Thai bloody mary.
Get your weekend project done quickly and easily with the Craftsman Ratcheting Wrench Set ($40). This handy set includes seven wrenches — metric sizes 10 thru 15 + 17mm — and feature a universal teeth design that can grip and turn six different types of nuts and bolts, meaning less time spent digging in the toolbox and more time watching pre-game shows.
Put that Dyson Animal to real use by picking up the Dyson Groom ($70). This ingenius attachment is meant for use with medium and long haired dogs, and employs 364 retractable slicker bristles to remove loose hair from your dog, while suction captures the removed hair and dead skin cells, leaving your home hair-free and your dog's coat looking healthier. Just make sure you've got an upright vacuum to attach it to, as it isn't designed to work with canisters or handhelds.
You know the trouble with hats? It seems like all the cool ones come in a style that doesn't quite suit you. That shouldn't be a problem with Coal Headwear ($40-$60). Running the gamut from a short-brimmed baseball cap to a full-on fedora, these stylish bald spot covers are made from quality materials, and come in patterns that won't leave you feeling like you're wearing the top of someone else's head.