Remember the days when you'd actually have to push on your Hot Wheels to get them to move? It appears those days are gone, thanks to Hot Wheels RC Nitro Speeders ($20-$35). Powered by dual 30,000 RPM motors, these tiny RC cars come with a controller that doubles as both a charger and carrying case, and can reach scale speeds of up to 600 mph. Several models are available, including a Mustang, Camaro, and our favorite, the Ken Block Ford Fiesta Rally Car.
Real-life supercars are damned expensive, so it only makes sense that their radio-controlled counterparts would be equally so. Coming in at around as much money as you'd expect to pay for a beat up pickup, the Traxxas X0-1 RC Car ($1,150) is ready-to-race straight out of the box. Known as the world's fastest RC automobile, it's capable of 100 mph speeds and boasts a 0-60 time of just 2.3 seconds. The X0-1 features an aerodynamic body, a big block brushless motor, an integrated speed, RPM, temperature, and voltage telemetry system that works with an iPhone or iPod touch mounted in the controller's docking base to give you unheard of control over your mini-ride, and heavy-duty AWD drivetrain so you don't burn the thing up in the first weekend. [via]
Clinton C. Filson got his start outfitting prospectors on their way to the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 19th century. The C.C.F. line of workwear from Filson bears his initials and carries on the Filson tradition of high-quality clothing that's versatile and tough. Made with a durable nylon shell with quilted polyester insulation, the C.C.F. Quilted Utility Jacket is compact and lightweight, making it an ideal outer layer as the weather begins to turn in the Fall, and in early Spring when there's still a chill in the air. In the colder months of Winter, it's perfect to place underneath a heavier coat as an insulating layer, making it a true three-season workhorse. Each jacket is finished with action-back shoulder pleats, insulated hand-warmer pockets, a metal zipper, and is priced right to be your go-to, throw-it-on layer this Fall.
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Inspired by the iridescent wings of the Blue Morpho butterfly, this new jacket from Vollebak has over two billion microscopic blue glass spheres embedded in resin on the jacket's surface. The glass spheres create an entirely reflective jacket that is constantly changing color while you ski or snowboard. The Blue Morpho is engineered for a max range of motion with plenty of room for a hoodie underneath. The jacket also is fully seam-sealed, waterproof, and includes an ocean-racing style marine hood and high collar. The visibly stunning piece of outerwear acts like a mirror for whatever light conditions you're in, with a liquid metal appearance under the sun that shifts to a bionic blue at night with any camera flash, torch, or searchlight.
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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.
What's better than shooting missiles? Shooting HD video. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 ($300), the new version of the smartphone-controlled quadricopter, adds a new high-def camera, video recording (1280 x 720 res), flight data sharing, a new piloting mode, and increased stability. Like the original, the AR.Drone 2.0 is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Oris was founded in 1904 in the village of Hölstein which is surrounded by the Waldenburg Valley. The Calibre 115 draws inspiration from that location and continues the company's rich tradition of premium mechanical timepieces. The new timepiece features a fully skeletonized movement — including the barrel at 12 o'clock — so the watchmaker's talents are on full display. As you wind the crown, the mainspring coils until it's fully wound and ready to deliver ten days of uninterrupted power. It's housed within a 44mm brushed titanium case that employs a design passed down from a 1938 model and supplemented by a jet engine turbine blade motif introduced into the Big Crown ProPilot's bezel a few years ago. Additional details include Super-LumiNova filled hands and indices, double-sided anti-reflective domed sapphire glass, and a multi-piece titanium bracelet or a black leather strap.
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Based in Hamburg, Germany, Sternglas creates functional, no-nonsense timepieces inspired by the Bauhaus design movement. The Topograph is one of their latest releases, centered around a black brushed stainless steel case and black dial with thin white markings. Among the highly legible indices is a Rehaut with each second inscribed that conveys the appearance of a technical measuring device. The minimalist watch is powered by rock-solid Miyota 821A automatic movement that's visible through the crystal case back and protected by slightly domed sapphire glass. Short, curved lugs make for a comfortable fit along with a leather strap that is handmade in Germany that can be swapped out in seconds for another thanks to the built-in quick release spring bars.
Case Diameter: 42mm / Case Thickness: 10mm / Lug Width: 20mm / Depth rating: 5 bar / Movement: Miyota 821A Automatic Movement / Power Reserve: 42 hours / Jewels: 21
Just when you thought poker couldn't get any manlier, you come across Dan & Dave's Plaid Playing Cards ($6). With decks sporting grandpa-stylish plaids, these regulation cards feature extras like an illustrated Buck for a joker, crossword puzzles, and even a recipe for the world's oldest known cocktail, the Sazerac. They're printed by the US Playing Card Company on a premium stock with a cambric finish, and come in a snazzy leatherette box.
How do you make a phone-controlled toy helicopter even better? Give it missiles, of course. The Helo TC Assault ($60) is an updated version of Griffin's prior mini helicopter, and is controlled via an app and "Flight Deck" module that gets plugged into the headphone jack of your iOS or Android device. Tap away to fire up to six missiles at your unexpected targets, then tap the new Auto Land button to bring her down safely once the mission is complete. Arriving this spring.