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Blunt Classic Umbrella

What is an average umbrella? It’s bland. It’s flimsy. It’s poorly made. It’s disposable — over 700 million average umbrellas end up in landfills every year. Do yourself (and the planet) a favor by upgrading to a Blunt. Born in rain-soaked New Zealand, Blunt umbrellas are built to withstand years of abuse; every single umbrella is built to survive 72 mph winds, undergoes extensive quality checks and is backed by a five-year guarantee. That’s not average — that’s outstanding. And who says umbrellas can’t be outstanding?

Converse x Neighborhood Chuck Taylor All Star ’70

Riding tandem with Neighborhood, a Tokyo-based brand inspired by music and motorcycle culture, Converse created yet another variation of the infinitely varied (and infinitely cool) Chuck Taylor: this badass riding sneaker, with reinforced leather details and a protective rubber toe overlay.

Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques, and Barbecue Wisdom

In parts of the American South, barbecue isn’t just a kind of backyard cuisine. It’s a gastronomical religion. Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques, and Barbecue Wisdom is barbecue’s bible, encyclopedia, textbook and cookbook, all rolled into one photo-heavy tome.

Repelica RS-22L Rucksack

With clean silhouettes, ballistic Cordura exteriors and smart, functional compartments, this new bag collection from Repelica checks all the right carry boxes. The Rucksack 22L has convenient quick-access accessory pockets and a sturdy laptop compartment, perfect for the work commute — or taking your tech along on a short weekend excursion. – Matthew Ankeny, Deputy Managing Editor

The Ressence Type 1H for Hodinkee

Hodinkee’s latest watch collab is with an indie brand that has a penchant for pushing boundaries. Unsurprisingly, the collaboration follows suit.

Duo A.I. Mirror

You’ve seen it in sci-fi films. Maybe you’ve seen homemade versions floating around the internet. But those aren’t real products; Duo, the first legitimate, consumer-ready “smart mirror,” is. Think of Duo as a cross between a voice assistant, like Alexa or Siri, and a wall-mounted tablet. By speaking or touching, you can play music and videos, read the news, view the forecast, and control smart thermostats and smart lights, all while polishing your ugly morning mug.

Toyota Hilux Expedition V1 Camper

For Stefan Forster, dreams do come true. Forster, an adventure photographer with a healthy Instagram following, commissioned three companies — Geocar, Hurter Offroad and Arctic Trucks Iceland — to build the rolling home of this dreams. All engine geekery aside, the Expedition V1 comfortably sleeps three people, boasts a shower and kitchenette, and tramples effortlessly over the roughest terrain. It’s not for sale, but another man can dream.

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