Good morning. We are standing on the precipice of 2016, peering over the edge. What lies ahead of us, no one can say for sure — but all will agree that it’s been one hell of a time, not just as a citizen of the world, but as a consumer of products. As is tradition this time of year, we’ve looked back on 2016 to bring you GP100, the 100 greatest products of the year. And here’s what’s good in gear (today): an outdoorsy Casio watch, a denim weekender bag, an electric boat built for entertaining guests and much more.
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And here are some fresh stories to start the day.
Leatherman Wave Multi-tool
It’s Leatherman’s best selling multi-tool for good reason. The Wave has three large blades (knife, serrated knife and saw), which are accessible from the outside using only one hand; the pliers are strong enough to clench and rip out the rustiest nails, and long wire cutters snip through cords like scissors through hair. A whole tool chest is packed into its sturdy stainless steel frame; in total there are 17 tools, including three screwdrivers of varying size, a diamond-coated file, spring-loaded scissors and more.
RAND Picnic Boat
For three years, RAND’s elegantly designed Picnic boat has graced the shores of Denmark; now it’s finally available in the US. The 18-foot day-cruiser is built with two things in mind: minimal environmental impact, and maximum social interaction. The hull fits 10 people comfortably, and a solar-powered electric motor runs quietly and without noxious fumes; the table drops down to convert the hull into a king-size sunbathing deck.
Casio Pro Trek PRG600Y-1 Watch
If Casio’s iconic G-SHOCK watch went for a walk in the wilderness to reconnect with its outdoorsy spirit, it’d come back looking like the Pro Trek. A large stainless steel bezel withstands temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and a heavy-duty silicon strap stays comfortable through all kinds of abuse; a highly accurate compass, altimeter, barometer and thermometer keep you on top of nature, not defeated by it. And just like the G-SHOCK, its solar-powered battery lasts for months on a single charge.
Mack Weldon Crew Sweatshirts
How do you make a cotton crewneck more appealing and perfect than it already is? Mack Weldon has the right idea: You start with newborn-puppy-soft french terry cotton, weave in some stretchy fabric, and end up with a crewneck with a traditional look that feels more comfortable than ever.
The Most Beautiful Snowboard Bindings Ever Made
Travis Rice’s new company adorns typically plain equipment with stunning artwork.
Nudie Jeans Eriksson Keepall Denim
A durable, minimal weekender should occupy a space in every man’s luggage rotation. A strong contender is the latest offering from Nudie Jeans — the Eriksson Keepall — a bag that is both rugged and handsome, made from organic cotton denim with leather accents. The Eriksson is fully lined, features a full-zip closure and has leather handles. Nothing says durable like the mixture of denim and leather, and this weekender will only look better with passing miles. — John Zientek, Style Writer
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