Nothing is so good that it can't be made better. That's why subscription service Birchbox Man is aiming to upgrade your routine with October's "Peak Performance" box, featuring gear and grooming essentials that were handpicked to be a cut above the ordinary. As usual, each box is stocked with products that are tailored to your personal needs, from CW BEGGS AND SONS Shower, Shampoo, and Shave (a 3-in-1 morning multitasker) to Hanz de Fuko Claymation (a versatile blend of clay and wax that can sculpt most any hairstyle). Each box also includes a unique lifestyle item, like Coalatree's Nomad Backpack, an ultralight bag that folds into its own pocket for maximum portability. The ability to wake up on time, however, is sadly not included.
We don't like to admit it, but most of us don't take care of our teeth like we should. Many of us forget to brush twice a day, most of us don't brush for the full two minutes and we all let our toothbrushes get frayed and ineffective. The Quip Electric Toothbrush and oral care service is out to change this. To encourage regular brushing, Quip features a sleek aluminum handle and a convenient wall mount that doubles as a travel cover. A built in smart electric vibration motor guides brushing for a full two minutes and, to ensure you actually replace your brush on time, you'll get a new head and toothpaste refill through the mail every three months from just $5 a pop.
No matter what brand or kind of razor you use, it uses the same metal blades as every other one on the market. Except for the Skarp Laser Razor, that is. This revolutionary grooming product uses a laser that targets a specific chromophore in hair that allows it to cut it cleanly, emitting light only when contact is detected. As a result, it never needs a blade replacement, and doesn't even require any water — although you can still use it in the shower if you want. Powered by a single AAA battery, it's available in aluminum with a silver or black finish.
It's been delayed more than once, but the world's first all-electric SUV is finally here. It was worth the wait. And with the performance numbers the Tesla Model X is capable of, you won't be waiting for much when you get behind the wheel. It's available in very fast 90D or ludicrously fast — no, really, it has a "Ludicrous mode" that lets you go from 060 in just 3.2 seconds — P90D variants, each of which will go 250 miles on a charge. Despite the delays, it still has the sensor-laden, over-engineered Falcon Wing rear doors, seating for up to seven adults, ample cargo space, autonomous capabilities borrowed from the Model S, a 560 watt, 17-speaker sound system engineered in-house to sound great while using as little power as possible, a glass panoramic windshield that extends up and over the front seat, and, of course, a 17-inch touchscreen for controlling everything.
The white band on the cover might suggest a NSFW coverup, but not to worry — there's nothing naked one the pages of Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere except the trees. Written and curated by the creator of the blog of the same name, this 300+ page coffee table gem covers both the best of the homes from the site and a handful of new spots exclusive to the book. Also includes stunning full-color photography by Noah Kalina, how-to advice on building your own forest dwelling, and stories from Wired correspondent Steven Leckart.
They're back. When we did the first edition of our sold-out driving sunglasses, we of course went with an all-black matte frame (because everything looks better in black). When it was time to reissue them, the eyewear gurus at Warby Parker helped us to craft a new Whiskey Tortoise version that's just as handsome as the original. Designed from the ground up for driving, and looking good while doing it, the limited edition Warby Parker x Uncrate Model X1 Sunglasses succeed on both fronts, if we do say so ourselves. Each pair is made with premium acetate and comes equipped with Zeiss Ri-Pel-coated lenses to give you extra protection on the road. The Model X1's curves were inspired by sports cars of the 1960's, and are just as timeless and functional as those beautiful machines. As usual with Warby Parker eyewear, for every pair of Uncrate edition frames purchased, a pair of glasses will be given to someone in need.
Turn your campsite into an interconnected compound with Pod Tents. These modular tents are available in Mini and Maxi models, with diameters of 3.8 and 5 meters and maximum occupancies of four and eight people, respectively. They're made from ripstop polyester with taped seams, PVC windows, and support poles that are all the same length, making setup a snap. But what makes them special is the ability to interconnect via a series of tunnels, forming a camping community that's as large as you want to make it.
Most self-help books want you to focus on your feelings as a way to find your path. This is not most self-help books. Penned by a Harvard-educated psychiatrist and his comedy-writing daughter, F*ck Feelings: One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems is both helpful and funny. It doesn't so much tell you to ignore your feelings as to remind you that spending a lot of time thinking about them is generally unproductive, and that what you should be doing is recognizing your flaws and working on fixing them. No irrationally positive thinking required.
There are a myriad of ways to check the weather outside: TV, your phone, actually going outside, etc. But few are as attractive as the Tempescope Ambient Weather Display. A project years in the making, this sleek tower-like gadget reproduces various weather conditions in a box inside your home. It can create rain, clouds, storms (complete with LED-based lightning), and sunshine, and can show you the forecast in your area, or the conditions in another place — allowing you to "share the sky" with loved ones, even if they're thousands of miles away.
Odds are your home has a water faucet or two on the outside. Odds are they're the same threaded spigots they've been using for decades, requiring you to twist your hoses on and off each time, leaking water everywhere in the process. The Aquor House Hydrant is designed to make such inconveniences a thing of the past. Its patented system connects to your water lines the same as a traditional faucet, yet uses a new twist-lock connection with a leak-free seal to automatically start the water flowing when you connect your hose, and disconnects just as easily. And since the flush mount stops the flow of water deep inside your home, it's frost-free down to -30º F, all while leaving the exterior looking better than before.
Jeeps and trucks make great vehicles for exploring the great outdoors and accessing remote areas. Hammocks are ideal for lounging in said remote places. The Jammock Hammock takes advantage of these facts to provide you with a place to relax, whether there are any trees around or not. Available in two models, it attaches to either the roof of your Wrangler or the bed of your truck, is made of durable 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon, and, in the case of the Jeep model, uses reliable NRS buckles for added strength. Just remember to set your parking brake before you hop in.
They're just concepts for now — but we're not the only ones hoping these Honda Grom Scramblers become production machines in the near future. Combining the pint-size power and beginner-friendly ride of the Grom with the versatility of a scrambler, these bikes are powered by 50cc engines, and designed for one thing and one thing only: fun. The retro-styled Concept One comes finished in a silver and black race-style livery, while the Concept Two offers a green, black, and tan color scheme with a (slightly) more modern design.
Social acceptance of pot is growing steadily, and it's being legalized in more and more places. But while the stuff from the dispensary is typically really good, nothing compares to enjoying a crop you grew yourself. The Leaf Cannabis Growing System makes it easy to do just that. This self-contained unit keeps a pair of plants stored safely away, continuously monitoring a number of factors important to growth, and adjusting the environment and providing precise doses of nutrients as needed. The custom LED growlight ensures your plants get the right amount and the right kind of light, and a companion app lets you keep an eye on things, literally and figuratively — in addition to showing you up-to-the-minute data, it also connects to the built-in HD camera so you can view your progress without needing to open the door.
The screen on your iPhone 6 is big. Which also means it's power-hungry. Give yourself quick access to your most-used information without the battery drain by putting your phone in an InkCase. This intelligent accessory puts a 4.3-inch E Ink display on the back of your phone, connecting over Bluetooth to let you display things like boarding passes, payment cards, or even notifications. And it measures only 4.2mm thick, so even with your iPhone inside, the whole package measures a still-pocketable 11.1mm, or thinner than an iPhone 3GS.
Every belt has a buckle. But none are quite as useful as these Knife Belt Buckles. Made to work with special sheath belts, they let you carry a heat-treated, 420 stainless steel blade on your person discreetly. They're made in the USA, available in both single- and double-edged versions, in narrow or wide styles, and can be removed in just seconds, whether you're in a self-defense situation or just trying to open an especially annoying blister pack.
Before he died, Steve Jobs said Apple had "cracked" the TV interface. With the new Apple TV, we might finally get to see what he was talking about. It has a totally new user interface, controlled by a new six-button rechargeable Bluetooth remote with a glass touchpad surface at the top and integrated Siri control that searches across multiple apps, giving you the results for each movie or show on a single screen. The new tvOS is built on top of iOS, so it finally has an App Store that supports both standard apps and games, the latter of which can be controlled with the motion-sensitive remote, Wii-style, an iPhone, or iPad. Available in 32 and 64GB versions.
When it comes to drinking beer and booze, glassware is almost as important as what you fill them with, making Mazama Glassware nearly essential. The Portland based company have created some aesthetically pleasing handmade glasses that are perfect for your next beer or mixed drink. Each one is handblown into a mold and has a slight unique variation. Choose from Smoke, Clear Aqua, or Clear Honey colors.
Inspired by the payaaqek, a simple native Alaskan boot, the Nikelab Payaa pays tribute with a minimal, monotone design. The one-piece mesh and foam upper provides excellent breathability and a snug fit, the outsole has been cored out to reduce weight while enhancing flexibility, and the shoes are easy to slide on and off thanks to a lacing system that uses a simple lock in place of a traditional knot. Available in red, white, blue, and black.
Blurring the line between laptop and tablet, the iPad Pro aims to offer the best of both worlds. It's powered by the new A9X chip, which is faster than 80% of the portable PCs that shipped in the last few months, and has a 12.9-inch screen — the same width as the iPad Air screen is tall — with more pixels than the Retina MacBook Pro for high-res side-by-side app usage. It works with a new woven fabric Smart Keyboard, and the new Apple Pencil, a slim accessory that works with the display to track position, force, and tilt as you draw. It also has a four-speaker audio system for great sound, yet despite all this, it still gets 10-hour battery life, is just 6.9mm thin, and weighs just 1.57 lbs.