Best of 2010

Not Exactly Slumming It

2011 Eddie Bauer Airstream Travel Trailer

Eddie Bauer has teamed up with our favorite RV maker to create a special edition of the iconic silver bullet. The 25-foot luxury collaboration features a customized Eddie Bauer interior detailed with maple and soapstone laminates, quilted bedding and Sunbrella upholstery. A unique rear sport hatch also makes loading and unloading outdoor gear like bikes...

Hang (out for) Ten

PM Custom Love Seat

Designed by Paul McClelland, the principle designer for one-man shop PM Custom based in Miami, Florida, the PM Custom Love Seat ($2,500) offers a board sports inspired design. The straight-out-of-Laird-Hamilton’s-home design features a cold-molded plywood seat and back which are mounted to rubber bushings that move around as you do. The metal frame is made...

One burly general, in theory

2011 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept

Camp Chevy has sorely lacked a response to Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor but evidently someone, at least in the concept department, has been listening. Based off the four-door 2011 Sierra HD, the 2011 All Terrain concept is powered by Chevy’s potent 6.6 liter Duramax V8 diesel engine, which is good for 397 horsepower and 765...

Cut above the rest

Fiskars Cuts+More Scissors

The Fiskars, Cuts+More Scissors ($20) are far more than your average pair of hinged blades. Taking a cue from the multi-tool world, Cuts+More scissors not only provide top notch cutting performance but also integrate other cutting implements including: wire cutter, twine cutter, power notch for cutting light rope, pointed awl tip and bottle opener (pictured...

It's Blaaacckk

2011 Ducati Diavel Diamond Black

Earlier this year, Ducati introduced the Monster 796. A few months later, they busted out the 2011 Diavel – an all-new 162 horsepower, 456 pound, 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds, technology-laden, two-wheeled miracle machine. So how did Ducati improve on near-perfection? By making it black — diamond black to be precise. The new color scheme...

Be studly

Nokian Hakkapeliitta W240 Studded Bicycle Tires

When it comes to winter-weather riding it’s a safe bet that the Finnish are going to know a thing or two. If you’re the type of rider who relishes in the idea of plowing through 3 inches of morning snowfall on your commute then it’s virtually guaranteed you’re going to need the right set of...

Put a cork in it

Artful Winemaker Personal Winemaking System

In 2003, the movie 28 Days Later taught us that it only takes 4 weeks for infected chimpanzees to turn humans into zombies and overtake London. Today, we learn that there’s a much more productive, and tasteful way to spend 28 days. The Artful Winemaker Personal Winemaking System ($99) helps you produce 12 bottles of...

Plausible deniability

Brooklyn Black Ops Beer

Surprise, the best version of something entitled “black ops” this year isn’t the much ballyhooed game, but an equally sinister and consumable product, Brooklyn Black Ops Beer. The official stance of Brooklyn Brewery is this: Brooklyn Black Ops beer does not exist, and that’s a damn fine way to start a beer. The Russian Imperial...

Germanic Hot Hatch, Version 2.0

2012 Volkswagen Golf R20

Several years ago, a few of you lucky souls out there got your grubby mitts on the 6-cylinder VW Golf R32. Though it was big on power and handled extremely well, it was not nearly as tossable as the much-praised GTI. Well, for those of you who find yourself in need of some German motoring...

In a one Porsche open sleigh

Porsche Design Bobsleigh

If traditional sleds leave you for want, then perhaps Porsche Design Bobsleigh ($260) is more your cup of nog. Designed after a pair of parabolic skis, Porsche Design has designed an ultralight advanced composite bobsled (just 8.8 lbs) with improved steer-ability and a specifically designed camber angle that keeps surface contact at the edge of...

The Bomb(er), literally

B-25 Mitchell Bomber Airplane Desk

Even the most prolific jetsetter needs to land every once in a while to recharge his body, devices and get some work done. Luckily, the B-25 Mitchell Bomber Airplane Desk allows aviation and history buffs to take a piece of the sky with them. This limited edition desk from MotoArt combines functional art and rich...

Just the thicket

Gerber Gator Machete Pro

If the original Gerber machete hasn’t sufficed your jungle-swathing needs, Gerber has answered your roar with the new Gator Machete Pro (available soon). The Pro is a multi-purpose implement that works as an axe, brush thinner, knife, machete, or garage-talk conversation piece. It features a 10.5″ blade made of corrosion resistant steel, slip-resistant Gator Grip,...

Don't call it an M1

2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Since its inception, the BMW 1 Series has always been a bit of an ugly duckling — there, steadfast, ready to perform, but simply too repulsive to seriously consider. Then, one day, (coincidentally the same time we received a batch of photos) the BMW 1 Series underwent the Mermaid Theory and we suddenly found ourselves...

Room with a view

Stay | Finca Bellavista

Be honest with yourself: at one point in your life (for some of us more recently) you dreamt about being Fritz from The Swiss Family Robinson, evading tigers, fighting pirates and living in the trees. Well, there’s an app er… place for that. Gentle readers, welcome to Finca Bellavista, a sustainable tree-house community tucked away...

Drinking Like You Mean Business

ShotShell AmmoCrate

Face it, sometimes getting wasted with friends can take place under adverse conditions. When you’re doing tequila shots behind enemy lines, cheesy glass shot glasses you picked up in Cabo aren’t going to survive long. Time to call in the heavy artillery with the ShotShell AmmoCrate ($400. Six super-durable stainless steel shot glasses made to...

3-Wheeling Nostalgia, Hogan's Hero Style

Ural Taiga Limited Edition Motorcycle

With a three wheels firmly planted under the category “instantly recognizable”, Ural motorcycles have been carrying riders+1 since World War II. For 2010, Ural has created the limited edition Taiga ($13,999), named after the northernmost forest, which covers a significant portion of Russia and Canada. Built for weekend adventures, the Taiga utilizes a signature on-demand...

Homage, Well Paid

Factory Five Mk4 Roadster

Since 1995, Massachusetts-based Factory Five has been redefining the term “kit car” with their alarmingly handsome replicas for attainable prices. The Factory Five Mk4 Roadster can be built with one of two kits. The base kit ($12,990) requires a donor 1987-1993 Mustang or a complete kit ($19,995) that needs nothing more than a powertrain, wheel,...

4-Track's Back

Tascam Portastudio for iPad

The Beatles may have been recently re-released, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on your own vintage cassette-based recording, multi-touch style. Reinventing the Tascam Porta One, the Portastudio for iPad ($10) app allows you to mix four tracks to a virtual cassette in a similar fashion to the classic 4-track recorder. Designed to...

They Say a Person Just Needs Three Things to Be Happy

The Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection

The Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection is composed of three unique beers that share a common background of aging in oak barrels that originally did time storing brandy in a previous life. Outside of that common ground though, the American Kriek, New World Tripel, and Stony Brook Red brews are each distinct specialty beers. The...

S for Sequel

Google Nexus S

Wait. Another better, more powerful Android phone has landed? Such are the pains of progress. Based off the Samsung Galaxy S, the new Google Nexus S ($529) comes armed with a curved glass 4″ AMOLED Contour Display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed, Near Field Communications, 16GB of onboard storage, 512MB of RAM, 6.7 hours of talk...

Stowaway Stunner

B Yachts B30

Measuring 32 feet, the B Yacht B30 is the creation of Luca Brenta and Lorenzo Argento. Built specifically for sailing enthusiasts and a spectacle of marvel of crisp, modern simplicity, the B30 ($125,000) pivots around a unique hallmark feature: single-handed operation. It is further enhanced by a massive ballast ratio that emparts operators with a...

Drink and Be (Very) Merry

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Membership

We love scotch, and if you or someone you know is of a similar mindset, then an annual membership to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society ($200) is about as good as it gets.

Pens literally mightier than the sword.

Essential Gear: 10 Badass Tactical Pens

Quite literally embodying the old adage that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” tactical pens are made for double-duty writing of grocery lists and as a last-ditch self-defense tool. Typically machined from solid metal and combined with pressurized ink cartridges, tactical pens are writing implements that take whatever abuse you could possibly throw at...

Less land barge, more land yacht

Startech Land Rover Defender 90 Yachting Edition

Danish tuning company Startech has leaked a custom variant for one of our most favorite vehicles, the Land Rover Defender. On display at this year’s Essen Motorshow, the Land Rover Defender 90 Yachting Edition is essentially a standard hardtop Defender SVX from the outside only distinguished by its custom bright white paint, running boards with...

Making the Best From a Bad Situation

Glennfiddich Snow Phoenix Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Attaching something like “Snow Phoenix” to the name of an otherwise perfectly good bottle of single malt might lead many to think the master distillers have been reading a bit too much Harry Potter after work. The truth is, this special run is actually the result of disaster caused by record snowfall back in January...

Make Every Bottle A Screw Top

Bosch IXO Vino Cordless Screwdriver

In case you’re looking for an excuse to own yet another electric screwdriver look no further than the Bosch IXO Vino Cordless Lithium-Ion Screwdriver ($60). The driver includes an exclusive corkscrew attachment to make bottle popping a snap and even ships with a wooden box to fit in with the barback crowd. Of course, that...

Beige is beautiful

Panerai PAM359 Luminor Marina 3 Days Automatic

Oversized watches may be passé, but Panerai continues to stand out amongst large-diameter wannabes with their range of classic, understated timepieces. Released earlier this year, the 44mm Panerai PAM359 Luminor Marina 3 Days Automatic ($7,500) is part of Panerai’s regular production contemporary line, but offers unique design queues centered around a dial which shows all...

For your two-wheeled trip to Hoth

Roof Boxer V8 Motorcycle Helmet

Looking like you just disembarked a Rebel Snowspeeder instead of your Ducati Monster 796, the Roof Boxer V8 Motorcycle Helmet is Star Wars pilot cool and full to the brim with high-end doo-dads. Moldable and washable inner lining and cheek pads, 180 degree chinbar rotation, free-moving visor (regardless of chinbar position) and multiple air intakes...

Strong and slender protection for your iPhone 4

iPhone Got Back

The glass back on the iPhone 4 is a work of art, no doubt about it. The only problem is that it’s also a bit fragile. There’s plenty of cases out there, but they can be bulky and take away from the clean lines of the phone. Why not replace it with something cooler and...

No more amateur hour

Sony PMW-F3L Super 35mm HD Camcorder

The onslaught of video-capable DSLR cameras have brought sexy back to budding filmmakers and photogs making the jump to motion, but even cameras like the Nikon D7000 and Canon 5DMkII are plagued with hair-pulling issues when capturing motion. Nauseating judder, reliability, and proper focusing are enough to cause any operator nightmares. What’s a budget filmmaker...

Because Details Make The Man

MS & Co. Selvedge Denim Sleeve Collection

Image, courtesy of our friend, photographer and fashion blogger William Yan. Be sure to check out his site: williamyan.com. If we’ve learned anything from our investigations of the world of men’s style — it’s that the details leave the most lasting impressions. That doesn’t mean simply going against the grain is a golden ticket to...

Banzai!

Sake Bomb Set

Change up the tired sake bomb drinking routine with some good design. The cleverly designed Sake Bomb Set ($98) is hand crafted in Los Angeles using traditional kilns and sold in 4 different colors with a glazed finish. Besides the obvious visual pun, each of the shot-sized drinking cups can perch on the bomb’s spines...

Industrial design tastiness

Kickstarter: TikTok+LunaTik Watch Kit

Our obsession with products and projects funded on Kickstarter has grown from a peripheral hobby to an all-out obsession. In fact, we’re starting an informal series of posts highlighting the projects we’re observing and/or pitching some dough into, like The Glif. Our latest mini-investment (disclosure: $150) is the TikTok+LunaTik Watch Kit, the coolest watch-conversion of...

From College to Emeritus

10 Cars for 10 Stages of Life

Cars. They’re what gets our blood flowing, despite a recent automotive market that has spilled 5W30 from its carotid. Good news, though. Things are on the upswing and the veritable candy store of choices is as good as ever. So what to choose? Well, even though what you drive may not truly define who you...

Third Eye, 21st Century Style

Looxcie Wearable Camcorder

Video-worthy moments happen all the time (especially to the kind of guy who reads Gear Patrol); everything from your niece’s 7th birthday party to the rope swing stunt that landed you in the neighbor’s yard deserves to be catalogued. Whether it’s documenting nostalgia or street cred, the Looxcie ($199) wearable camcorder is starting a social...

Racer Redux

Schott Fitted Cafe Racer 660

It took a bit longer than usual this year for a mass of chill autumn air to displace the sweltering summer here in the East. Suddenly, we find ourselves amidst days and nights that call for stylish protection from the newly-arrived biting winds and cooler temperatures. On the upshot, we’re well acquainted with the folks...

When the going gets tough, the tough get equipped

Ultimate Survival Kit Part II: Urban Warrior

We were about two 12 packs deep into our weekly man meeting (a time when my friends and I are granted a hall pass from our ladies). It started as a simple discussion of “what if the zombies came”, and quickly evolved to earthquakes (and other natural disasters), riots, terrorist attacks or various other situations...

A Set Apart

Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum HDTV

Sick and tired of seeing those black bars diminish your television’s big cinematic ego? So is Philips. After raking in praise from the home theater community for their first attempt at a cinemascope 21:9 HDTV, Philips has now released the Cinema 21:9 Platinum ($6,420). Like its predecessor, the 58-inch, 400 Hz Clear LCD unit is...

All American Style

30 Minutes With: Michael Maher of Taylor Stitch

Taylor Stitch, the All-American shirt company based in San Francisco, has never been about New York Fashion Week “seasons” and trends, (and we agree. Real men’s clothing shouldn’t be caught up in the latest Spring/Summer runway presentation). Instead, Michael Maher and his three collaborators who founded Taylor Stitch, pursue genuine quality. “Well-made” is the catchphrase,...

There Goes Your Fall

James Bond 007: GoldenEye Classic Edition

Pistols in the facility, license to kill! Yes friends, it’s time to think back to those days when school, food and sleep were after thoughts. It’s time to recall the glee of unloading on with the RCP90 from your lofty perch…which conveniently also happened to be right next to an infinite supply of body armor....

Snow Launcher

Arctic Force Snow Trac-Ball

Hopefully snow isn’t on the ground for all of you just yet, but it doesn’t hurt to anticipate the battles to come. Along those lines, Arctic Force Snow Trac Ball ($16) can give you Randy Johnson-like extension to hurl snow bombs 50% further than what your regular arm can muster. In other words those punks...