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Thursday, January 23, 2014
By: Behance

Diving free of cumbersome tanks and lines, and with an unlimited underwater air supply? That's like...like...making love out of nothing at all. Unfathomable! And although human gills are indeed a ways away from sporting goods...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Just you, the squirrels, the trees, and a 42" Chinese dadao flat ground to an edge that could take them all out in one fell swoop! That's the Great Outdoors I'm talkin' about!...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
$54 from Tribord »

It's not a set of human gills, but at least Tribord's Easybreath snorkeling mask doesn't require technology that hasn't come forth from hypothetical existence yet to work. This will make it somewhat easier for two-legged wannabe fish to get their hands on...and heads in one. While the Easybreath mask carries the same depth restrictions as standard snorkels, it removes some of the difficulty and...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
$49.99 from Vvego »

TSA isn't going to like this EDC blade attached to your boot, but that incredibly hot chick in purple yoga pants who just noticed a wad of gum congealed to her shoe as she removed it for the X-ray belt probably will. After...

Friday, November 7, 2014
$18,500 - $28k from Quadrofoil »

Here's your chance to jet across the water on an architectural insect. With the Quadrofoil you can do it quietly and without injecting carbon-based fuels into the subsurface ecosystem too. This personal watercraft operates...

Monday, November 3, 2014
$149 from Amazon »

I've seen Selk'bags around here before. Wearable sleeping bags that fit and move like onesies, but snooze like a sack rated for chilly slumbers in the great outdoors. Pretty sweet. And now, with this new Marvel line of Selk'bags, pretty super too....

Friday, November 14, 2014
$79 from Amazon »

Oh the trouble Clark Griswold could have saved himself if only he'd gone on Christmas vacation in the 2010s. Nowadays one little green box fitted with one pint-sized disco ball connected to one tiny projector are all it takes...

Saturday, June 8, 2013
$379.95 from Amazon »

Honestly, the Vipukirves Leveraxe initially intrigued me because the guy holding it in one of the above photos is wearing black-and-white gloves that sort of make him look like he has a hook hand, and I thought perhaps this...

Friday, October 3, 2014
$45 - $165 from VSSL »

VSSLs (say "vessel") are cylinders stashed with smaller cylinders stashed with everything you might need to survive and present yourself as functional in the outdoors. The outer tubes are made of waterproof mil spec aluminum...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
$170.38 from Amazon »

"Ancient instrument of war." It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? So does "tomahawk" and "smashes through walls like Thor on a coke binge." Gerber's Downrange Tomahawk modernizes the traditional chopping and whacking tool...

Sunday, July 20, 2014
$49k from Strand Craft »

Strand Craft knows the best thing to do after you get hot is...get wet. So for the hot rod enthusiasts ready to take it to the next level, plus everyone else looking to showboat their wealth with a cushy, seafaring 2-seater...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ahhh. It's a see-through canoe/kayak that seats two and provides the perfect setting for a romantic, yet adventurous date of paddling the high seas and taking in all of its technicolored fishies, regally swaying anemones...

Friday, November 21, 2014
$14.95 from Amazon »

Sure you could use a flashlight. Or a lantern. Or I guess even an iPad. But SunJack's CampLight looks and acts like a real live 4W LED bulb, delivering a 270-degree beam angle of ambient lighting when plugged into any standard...

Saturday, October 4, 2014
$39.95 - $134.95 from Amazon »

GasPods promise an average savings of $120 per car per year. So, no, applying the aerodynamic champions of fuel efficiency won't result in a bank account boon of exotic Asian vacation proportions...or even really Japanese...

Sunday, January 5, 2014
$25k from Track N Go »

When people ask me if I want to go snowshoeing I always say no because this activity usually involves walking. Often up a steep slope. In the snow. It's cold, labor-intensive, and there are no Playmates wearing nothing but...

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Sold Out from Amazon »

What the WTF Amazon? You're in the weapons trade now? These costume-y looking hand claws have real blades of razor-sharp, 8.75-inch, 440C stainless steel, which make them exponentially and disturbingly more portentous than...

Saturday, December 7, 2013
$969 from OuttaGEAR »

If my family were to bug out, probably the first thing we'd do is tear apart this bag of supplies in search of the Xanax and Scotch it does not contain to help calm ourselves down. Luckily, in the event that one of us got...

Saturday, October 18, 2014
$83.99 from Amazon »

Know what 15 CREE XM-L T6 LEDs look like? When turned off: surprisingly, cells dividing in a petri dish. When turned on: less surprisingly, retinal damage. The Gonex 18000 lumen flashlight isn't abusing superlatives when it...

Friday, October 24, 2014
$59.88 - $99.88 from Amazon »

Ooh, it's like getting forked but way more visible at night and slightly less embarrassing for the homeowner. Also less likely to instigate an elaborate payback plot. Even better, Lawn Lights make all holiday, party, and redneck...

Saturday, November 1, 2014
$279 from Amazon »

The RoboReel Power Cord System stores 50' of 12-gauge extension cord in a compact, portable ball. Its 3 outlets can accommodate multiple power tools at once, and a 360-degree rotational axis provides access over a 100' diameter...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
$165.73 from Amazon »

On the one hand I hate turning lights on when I have to take a leak in the middle of the night, but on the other hand my mama hates it when I miss the bowl. Or use the bathtub just to be safe. If you're like me, or if you...

Friday, August 22, 2014
$320 from Zubin Axe »

The Zubin is a walking stick. That can also chop firewood. Or spear a fish. Or pop my friend Cornelius in the back of the head with a slingshotted acorn. Ping! That'll teach him to walk faster than 2.7 mph. Equally appealing:...

Monday, March 18, 2013
$18.99 from Rocky S2V »

Pull the pin and Rocky S2V's Survival Grenade blows up a cornucopia of Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School tools for the outdoor conquistador. Enveloped in 10' of military grade 550 paracord are everything from a...

Saturday, May 10, 2014
$749 - $779 from Tentsile »

Here's a tip about stingrays: if you fear getting slapped or impaled by one while walking across the ocean floor, shuffle along the sand instead of taking normal steps. Rays like to lay low, and your disturbance of the environment...

Thursday, October 16, 2014
$25 - $35 from Kickstarter »

Now that Star Wars Sunshade season is over, it's time to haul out the Wampa Ice Mitt. Or take iceScreen's advice and chuck the scraper in dumpster. iceScreen creators Dan Miller and Andy Wright have developed a magnetic windshield...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
$950 from Gerber Gear »

Funny how even though Bear Grylls was alleged to be kind of a fraud several years ago--the guy who roughs it to the bare bones, in the jungle with nothing but a pocket knife, some fishing line, and his wits by day, but off...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ambient Glow Technology's Glow Stones combine with concrete--they either mix in freestyle or nestle in methodically--to create everything from illuminated pathways to Fairyland to sculpted lawn ornaments to mood-setting bathroom...

Thursday, September 1, 2011
$37 from Etsy »

This is what we call an imperfect synergy. In the battle of the two tackiest, yet most often seen yard decorations (no offense fake plastic deer), it looks as if the gnomes have won. And it was bloody. Zombie gnomes 1, Flamingos...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

One time a couple of minutes ago I saw a patio that turned into a swimming pool! That's crazy! Almost Fletcher Capstan expandable table proportions of crazy, and definitely more in compliance with my agenda of spending the...

Sunday, August 10, 2014
$15.27 from Amazon »

Surfers, SCUBA divers, mermaids, and baby seals now have a means of deterring the Ultimate Dread. Thwarting the very reason some break a sweat at the mere mention of the ocean. These here grenades contain a highly calibrated...

Sunday, November 24, 2013
$34.95 from CountyComm »

One more Bat Toy for my Bat Toy Box! This pocket-sized tube that adeptly screws into a grappling hook was originally produced by EDO Robotics in response to a desert warfare operator's request for a lightweight, reusable tool...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Panamanian inventor Morris Shahbazi once bragged to disbelieving ears that his SOS Parachute, an emergency evacuation system for people in high-rise office buildings, hotels, and residences, could open in 100 feet, or 1.5...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
$150 from Civilware »

Civilware makes the Striker II utility knife from a file, which they say is a prime source of high carbon tool steel. Since I have no knowledge to the contrary, I guess I'll buy that. I'll also buy that the annealing process...

Friday, May 2, 2014
$65 from Bad Day Bat »

Well I know when I'm having a bad day all I want to do is smash shit up. Not surprisingly, there's a bat for that. But the Bad Day Bat serves as even more than a conduit for rage. With this bat in tow, after I smash shit up...

Friday, March 21, 2014
By: red dot

Designers Prof. Doh Han Young, Jeong Koo Hee, and Kim Min Hong recently won a Red Dot Award for their Grass Printer. As you might have guessed, the Grass Printer is a device that prints stuff in grass*. It literally mows graphics...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
$309.95 from Amazon »

They call it a flashlight, but turn on the handheld Tiny Monster, or TM26, from NiteCore and you might find the 3500 lumens it emits look more like a punch in the face from the sun. They say it's the world's smallest flashlight...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
$12.49 from Amazon »

It's the Friendly Swede! With sharp eye knife! The Friendly Swede has added a 2" stainless steel eye knife to its survival grenades. The small, yet practical kits each consist of a carabiner clipped to a knife's jutting eye...

Thursday, May 1, 2014
$7,795 from Manley Orv »

I don't have a truck or an SUV, but I bet if I bought Manley ORV's MORV Explore trailer I could hitch it up to my friend Cornelius rickshaw-style. What, on bike or on foot? Hmmm...your choice, C. Then he could chauffeur me...

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sold Out from Etsy »

How do I plan to make it through the winter? Bohemian Alp Designs' Lord of the Rings One Ring firepit, many gallons of hot cider & whiskey, and a recording of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" warped to sound like Gollum is singing...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
$2,499 - $2,999 from JAG Grill »

I don't really want a JAG Grill for myself. I mean, it's a lot of money and seems like a lot of work to put together and maintain, and then you have to, like, clean it.... But I am very much in favor of someone I know really...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
$170.99 from Amazon »

A tent cot. It's the combination of a covered and raised shelter. It's the midpoint between sleeping on the ground and sleeping in a tree. It's the lightweight, portable companion to your ventures into the wild. Or the back...

Sunday, June 1, 2014
$34.99 from Amazon »

Praying mantises and ladybugs are heralded for their ability to rid gardens of many common pests, but in my experience they're utterly useless when it comes to eradicating the front yard of smug, chubby, razor-phobic gnomes....

Thursday, October 23, 2014
$18.95 from Amazon »

If I'm traipsing through the middle of nowhere and slip on a lichen-spewing rock that sends me plummeting over a 3-foot dropoff such that I suddenly find myself in need of a Rapid Application Tourniquet System I can guarantee...

Thursday, December 27, 2012
$12,900 from Tree Tent »

I wish it didn't look like the wasp nest I fell on as a result of being clumsy when I was kid, but other than that the Tree Tent seems pretty cool. An environmentally-friendly suspended abode that can comfortably accommodate...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
By: Aquaclimb

Does AquaClimb's addition of a swimming pool to the bottom of a rock climbing wall make the activity less or more likely to score me a ride in an ambulance? Less because when I inevitably fall--repeatedly--I will hit a liquid...

Thursday, October 3, 2013
$34.70 from Amazon »

Anymore, the ability to write is a mere secondary attribute of a great pen. I might want to scribble a note to buy more Fresca every now and then, but mostly I'm using pens like POLAR as anything from a magnetic toy to a protractor...

Sunday, October 20, 2013
$20k from Optics Planet »

Optics Planet, the same purveyor of hunting, sport optics, tactical, military, and all-around Man Gear that brought us the $24,000 Z.E.R.O. Zombie Apocalypse Kit, is now testing Alpha interest in another supernatural musing:...

Friday, August 1, 2014
$189 from Strike Cam »

If you can watch the Strike Cam video without vomiting it gets pretty alright around the 1m30s mark. An underwater camera pack created to capture a fish's take of the bait...and subsequent demise...the Strike Cam is waterproof...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
$61.65 from Amazon »

The Big Easy Glo is an Easy Wedge kit from Steck that assists motorists in retrieving the keys that lay mocking them from inside their locked cars as they stand outside on the pavement swearing and kicking pigeons. No $200...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

No laws or public service announcements about texting & boarding yet, right? Perfect. Because that's exactly what Signal's Solar Hybrid snowboard was designed for....

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
$129.95 from Amazon »

The R-PAL palm-sized lantern comes with 3 CREE XLamp XBD LEDs that provide a minimum of 300 lumens of brightness, and a piece of paper taped over them warning you not to look directly into their light. Like your teachers on...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
$36.89 - $136.29 from Amazon »

Though he'll probably stick with Mjolnir for wailing on Loki, if Thor were a construction worker I bet he would use one of Wilton's BASH Unbreakable Sledge Hammers. Touted the toughest sledge ever built, BASHes with heads...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Funny how a mere 90-degree turn can transform this wearable Japanese futon from a reasonably comfortable night's sleep into an awkward, stifling onesie that probably goes swish, swish between your thighs with every step. Though...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
$99.95 from Bison »

The Bison Airlighter ejects a 4" flame to ignite charcoal and wood, and then blows a shot of air into its ear to spread the fire and get it really hot. As an air-driven lighter it claims to be faster, cleaner, and safer for...

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Discontinued

Now might be the first time in my entire life I am tempted to use a certain acronym. I definitely, 100% won't write it, but when I saw this Minecraft Creeper squirrel feeder in Rick Roemer's Etsy shop I legitimately did do...

Saturday, May 17, 2014
$299 from BioLite »

The BioLite Base Camp Stove uses wood both to power and make power. It will massage fruits of the forest into fuel for grilling hot dogs and charging smartphones. Similar to BioLite's original leaf-and-twig-powered Camp Stove...

Sunday, June 15, 2014
$2,199 from Going Gear »

The Foursevens Maelstrom XM18 uses 18 Cree XM-L2 LEDs to blast out a blinding 18,000 lumens of light. Not an exaggeration. Think you'll shoot your eye out with a BB gun? Look into, or even sideways, at the XM18 and both of...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
$21.99 from Amazon »

The Covert Razor Blade. It's non-metallic. Wear-resistant. And razor sharp. Indefinitely, they say. The non-dulling blade is made from zirconia ceramic, a compound significantly harder and tougher than metal. In addition to...

Sunday, May 11, 2014
$5 - $10k from Solar Roadways »

Scott and Julie Brusaw, an electrical engineer and a counselor in private practice, have created a modular paving system of solar panels they envision using to replace entire cities' paved streets. Despite having glass surfaces...

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dutch artist Paul Seger's Stealth Pavillion is an art installation and thematic exploration of heterotopia, the idea of anti-space within a expressed context. I know. I hate it too when people define a word that doesn't mean...

Monday, April 14, 2014
$289 from Amazon »

The Pit Barrel Cooker is like a smoker mashed with a Crock Pot mashed with a 55-gallon barrel of lube. Minus the lube. The self-described "vertical cooking experience" says it will heat and flavor perfect hunks of meat over...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
$35 from Kite »

Do you often set out to enjoy a BBQ or camping trip only to find yourself trading in the anticipated revelry for a full-scale, hostile, bug-obliterating offensive? OK, well do you tend to step outside on a pleasant summer...

Thursday, March 22, 2012
$90k from Seabreacher »

Seabreacher water jets snugly seat two people with exceptional control over their stomachs and bowels for a nautical roller coaster ride of dives, breaches, spins, and respective surface and subsurface speeds of up to 50 and...

Sunday, September 8, 2013
$99.99 from Amazon »

If the car's a-rockin', don't come a-knockin'. And even if the car is sitting completely still, please do not disturb because it probably means I am sleeping like a cherubic child of Zeus on my Fuloon inflatable back seat...

Saturday, May 31, 2014
$49.95 from Amazon »

While a backpacker's true culinary dream is probably something along the lines of Padma Lakshmi awaiting at each day's destination with a 4-course gourmet meal of filet mignon, lobster tail, and piles and piles of naan bread...

Thursday, April 17, 2014
$65.75 from Amazon »

A folding metal cot covered in heavy-duty polyester fabric. You wanna crash at my place, that's what you're getting. It's pretty comfortable though. Body-contouring. And at 77" x 25", with legs reinforced with steel pipe inserts...

Thursday, October 9, 2014
$103.99 from Amazon »

The U.S. Coast Guard-approved Onyx A/M-24 automatic flotation vest. For kayaking. For boating. For fishing. Definitely for the airplane. Psssh! Let all the other lemmings scramble to get their inflatable life vests and seat...

Sunday, June 23, 2013
$59.95 from Amazon »

I think it would be very uncomfortable to get axed in the head with this Trucker's Friend. I guess that's why they picked a zombie to play the receiving end of the axing-someone-in-the-head demonstration. So no one would feel...