No assembly required

Kelty Mach 6 Air Pitch Tent

Camping is awesome. Simple as that. Where it does get a bit hairy, though, is in the construction of your own personal nature suite, the tent. Even at the best of times, getting one put together and upright is still a chore. It gets exponentially worse with every brew you consume — a number that...

Clean like a beast

Dyson DC44 Animal

“Animal” carries some classic connotations: The hairy drummer and all-around bad ass member of The Muppets, one half of the Legion of Doom, the most dominating tag team in wrestling history, and of course, the preeminent party movie of any generation, Animal House. There’s a new brother in this fraternity of beasts… and it’s a...

The best kind of upper management

TLD Desk

Outside of your bed, couch and maybe the john, too, there’s a good chance that most of your time at home is spent at a desk. The trouble is, it’s extremely difficult to find a dependable and good-looking work station at a reasonable price. Those items sold at big box retailers that eventually become a...

Longform meat

Side Project Jerky

If you’re cool with eating the same dried meats as Sasquatch, by all means, continue munching away and enjoy the doublewide. But if you thirst (or crave) for a finer meat-snack, look no further than Side Project Jerky ($8). Dehydrated with love and meticulous attention you expect from a Swiss watch or a German car,...

Post sailing the ocean blue

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

1492 is a year that most Americans can immediately identify with. It was, of course, the year that North America was discovered by the beautifully misguided explorer Christopher Columbus. But what came after that? Sure, in the five hundred years-plus that have passed since the Italian landed on our shores, we’ve done alright setting things...

Reduce scrounging and swearing by 8

Craftsman Figure Eight Wrench

We all wish we had a perfectly ordered tool box. Unfortunately, the average tool shed or work table looks more like a horror movie set than a usable work space. You may not be motivated to clean up your pile o’tools (good name for a pub in Murray Hill, btw), but the Craftsman Figure Eight...

Green with energy

Smart Brabus E-bike

E-bikes are all the rage lately, giving riders the ability to pedal when they feel like it…or take a few minutes off and let the onboard motor help out. They provide something for the best and worst parts of all of us. The Smart BRABUS e-bike (TBA) takes the niche to the next level, combining...

Protection of the highest order

Kickstarter: TAKTIK iPhone Case

If you could roll all of RoboCop’s awesome features — immense protection, smarts, reliability, durability, prime directives — into an iPhone case, what you’d end up with is the TAKTIK ($75+). Designed by Chicago industrial designer Scott Wilson + Minimal, of LUNATIK Strap fame, the TAKTIK follows in its predecessors roots through a Kickstarter project...

Cool Out(doors)

BaseCamp Refrigerator & Freezer

Love camping but hate truly roughing it? BaseCamp’s monster 42-quart Refrigerator/Freezer ($860) plugs right into your car’s 12V DC power system and can keep food/beverages/fresh kills cold at a 0°–45°F in one of two storage bins — leaving you to sit by the fire imagining whether you’d make it as a cowboy in the old...

Clean (smelling) jeans

retaW MOOD* Denim Fragrance Liquid

We all know that wearing jeans just once out of the washer isn’t enough, unless you’re one of those unfortunate souls looking to revive the acid-washed glory days of the 80s. Two times maybe. Three times…well, that’s when they just start to stretch in all the right places, sag nicely, and feel great. Things only...

Sound, your way

Logitech Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors

There are custom headphones and there are custom headphones. With Logitech’s Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors ($1,999), the bar has officially been raised on what should be considered top-notch audio personalization. Not only can you decide on every detail right down to the a choice of four wood veneers, but the specific fit and sound...

Free Bass'n

Sonos Sub

Sonos’ Play:3 wireless HiFi speakers were a huge hit when they were first released in the middle of last year. Great sounding audio quality from a wireless product isn’t always guaranteed, but the Play:3 did the trick. The one the portable wonder did lack, however, was the added punch of top-drawer bass. Now with the...

No Payne, No Gain

Max Payne 3

It’s been nearly 10 years since a video game pulled us through the living nightmare that was the life of Max Payne. Much to the pleasure of fans worldwide, everyone’s favorite tormented soul is back and so is Bullet Time. Max Payne 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) continues where the second installment left off, with...

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