|Recon Instruments Snow2 HUD
Used to be you tied some flat sticks to your feet and slid down a mountain, desperately avoiding trees. These days, kids — with their gadgets and gizmos and rap music — get all the thrill of skiing and then some. Snow2 is a small HUD unit that fits inside the bottom right part of many popular ski goggles and displays all kinds of data: performance numbers (speed, air time, altitude and more), media from third party cameras and everything your smartphone cares to share. A dual core CPU runs the show, while Bluetooth, Wifi and GPS keep you connected and informed. A waterproof wrist remote makes for easy device control and navigation of menus. The Recon Engage app tracks your entire ski trip, integrating info from your HUD, and developers are free to wire in additional possibilities down the road. $399
|Jack Daniels Sinatra Select
Ol’ Blue Eyes was quite the guy — full of character, fantastically entertaining and frequently a bit sauced. Follow in his footsteps with this special run of Jack named for Frank himself. Grooves in the oak barrels allow the whiskey extra exposure while aging, which translates to richer flavor and deeper color. Salud. jackdaniels.com
|BMW M3 Sedan And M4 Coupe
The big news behind BMW’s release of the all new M3 and M4 is the twin turbocharged 3-liter inline-six beneath their hoods. The units are lighter than the previous generation’s V8, slightly more powerful (at 425 horsepower rather than 420) and feature a broader power band; torque, at 406 lb. ft, surpasses the outgoing motor by over a third. The engine sips down 25% less fuel than the V8 too, all while launching the cars to 60 MPH in about four seconds. Six-speed manual transmissions with an automatic throttle blip feature are standard (all glory, laud and honor), and a seven-speed dual clutch setup is an option. Looks have changed too: aggressive aero pieces surround the body, and inside there is plenty of M-specific sporting kit. bmwusa.com
|Red Wing Heritage 9022/9023
Nobody likes classic vintage Americana like… the Japanese. For years, the Land of the Rising Sun has been the only place to buy the Red Wing Heritage 9022 and 9023 boots, despite their humble origins in Minnesota. Well, now those classic leather kicks are available stateside, as they should be. Konichiwa, don’cha know. $365 $365
|Logitech Powershell + Battery iPhone Controller
With its fantastic touchscreen interface, the iPhone revolutionized the way we interact with mobile devices. But now you can utilize the screen as a single-purpose, well, screen: attach Logitech’s gadget to your phone and, voila, you’ve got a handheld gaming system. Just like some of our favorite console controllers, large buttons make mobile gaming easy. The 1500 MAH battery packs a great deal of extra power (for those bonus levels) and the controller plays nicely with many iO7 games. Additionally, the controller is slim and unobtrusive, so you have complete access to phone controls, and a headphone adapter makes you less annoying on public transportation. $100
See My Vest...
It seems some folks jump straight from shirtsleeves to parkas when the autumn leaves begin to fall. No, vests are for those in-between days, the time when one extra layer over a thick sweater, a mug of hot cider and the company of a loved one is all we need to keep warm during a stroll through the park. But even when the atmosphere turns up the a/c, a vest beneath your overcoat does wonders; after all, ’tis the season to layer and layer some more. We’ve rounded up the best quilted vests — each fashionable and cozy in its own right.
When his dogs are barking...
Governor Baxter — named after the famous 1920s governor of Maine who purchased Mount Katahdin as a gift for the state — is the retail arm for James Phinney Baxter White, a Maine craftsman dedicated to producing high-quality goods from classic and proven materials. His Mackworth Dog Bed ($395) is the most ambitious project for the brand to date and a dream solution for both dogs and their magnanimous owners.
It's all in the wrist
Checking our phones has become an awkward social tic, one that the Smart Watch segment addresses with sleek wrist-mounted media mediators. Digital communications magnate Qualcomm seems like the company that would provide smartphone horologists-cum-futurists with the groundbreaking technology to outdo competitors. Instead, Qualcomm has gotten into the ring with their own Toq, which leverages the company’s innovations to create the most clever smart watch on the market.
An Old-School Debate on the Beloved Brand
You wouldn’t think there’d be a lot to get hot and bothered about when it comes to antiquated and genteel timepieces. But just visit any of the countless web forums dedicated to this crazy hobby and you’ll see debates raging that would make even Presidential hopefuls blush. Today we present two sides to the divisive argument that the International Watch Company (IWC) has somehow sold out or lost its way. How better to address the issue than an old-school-style debate?
Home Sweet Home
Ever wish you had nicer furniture your living room? How about a blue 1965 Porsche 356 C and a blaze orange tent instead? There’s a pretty good reason that we — a largely irrational bunch — are not often trusted with large-scale home decor decisions. It’s mostly because, given free reign and a limitless bank account, we’d probably end up outfitting our place like the chaps over at Huckberry did with their Holiday Home.
SOS for Less
If you’re like us, you have a long list of watches you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, and your desires remain unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series Want This, Get This presents a lust-worthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. This week, we offer two very different ways to save your skin.
Driving a benchmark of American Luxury
Slick, quick and as luxurious as the day is long, the 2014 Buick Lacrosse ($34,060) redefines what an American flagship can be. On roads rife with cookie-cutter shapes and duplicated automotive designs, the Lacrosse displays an edgy and elegant presence that cuts a fresh path through the field of American luxury cars. It not only dares to be different, but delivers comfort and convenience aplenty; Buick’s made all the right moves to deliver a rewarding driving experience.
Out of the mall, under the sea
The Fossil name usually elicits sneers and scorn from watch cognoscenti as an emblem for shopping mall fashion dreck. But Fossil has quietly upped its game with a small line of Swiss-made watches, not to mention being behind the latest darling of the American watch scene, Shinola. Then, out of nowhere this year came the Breaker, a limited-edition dive watch that will make even the most cynical watch geek look twice.
When thinking of an automotive CEO, one expects a suit topped with a lot of gray hair, moved along with the help of a tidy personal chauffeur in the brand’s finest flagship sedan. Not so with Ralph Gilles of SRT. The man wears a baseball cap and jeans, is remarkably affable, and helms his own supercar creations at the track. He’s passionate and proud of his vehicles, and his latest, the new SRT Viper Time Attack ($123,080) is more deserving of those dotings than any other. This is no “base” version — it’s an impressive track edition of a true American sports car that’s no longer the unhinged, unrefined, chopped-top V10 monster that took to the streets and scared respectable citizens way back in 1999 in the form of the SRT10.