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Vetements Polizei Panelled Leather Racing Jacket
Here you go, anarchist fashionistas — an extravagant black leather jacket, branded with the German word for “police,” with padded shoulders and zippered cuffs. The epitome of stick-it-to-the-man badassery.
Sway Mindfulness App
Can technology help you meditate? Surprisingly, yes — though many apps do the exact opposite. They complicate something that is inherently uncomplicated. Sway is one of those rare “mindfulness” apps that actually does what it promises to do, thanks in part to its emphasis on ‘interactive meditation’ — rather than glancing at a screen every few minutes to view progress or adjust settings, you simply hold your phone in your hand, and move your body in subtle patterns. Sway tracks these movements, which are said to increase mental well-being, and records progress. Simple, as it should be.
BullRest Travel Pillow
The BullRest is 80 percent smaller than those clumsy horseshoe-shaped bean bags that are sold at airport convenience stores. It’s also made of memory foam, and has a large vent to allow airflow on your neck. Toss it in with your other carry-on essentials.
Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept
To celebrate the company’s 70th, Toyota went all-out and built every kid’s dream truck: a gnarly Hilux outfitted with a torquey (309 lb-ft), 174 horsepower engine and six extra inches of clearance thanks to a bulky suspension upgrade. Carbon fiber, electric winch, Tonka-branded tires and bonkers graphics round out the toy-truck-that-definitely-isn’t-a-toy look. Sadly, it’s only a concept, but a boy can dream… – Nick Caruso, Motoring Editor
Don’t call it a skateboard. Don’t even call it a fancy longboard. It’s a six-wheeled electric snowboard, on pavement. It carves, coasts and slides just like a real snowboard, with a powerful electric motor (23 mph max speed, 10-mile range) controlled by a handheld Bluetooth remote. Call it the closest thing to a consumer-ready hoverboard the world has ever seen.
Reebok Floatride Running Shoe
Reebok’s “biggest innovation and most technically advanced running shoe to date.” The magic is all in the new Floatride technology — essentially a lightweight, pressure-set piece foam that absorbs impact, creating a float-y feeling. Additionally, the shoe features a flexible, breathable knit upper, and a stabilized heel cup.
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