TactiGrill Apron

It may not be bulletproof but it’ll shed grease and stains like it’s nobody’s business. 5.11 Tactical’s TactiGrill Apron shields your torso and thighs from errant grub while guaranteeing you look manly and not dainty like do so many other aprons before it. Plenty of pockets also keep grilling tools, your smartphone, and even a cold beer handy, while MOLLE webbing and a velcro patch add the option of customizing the apron with other mil-spec accessories.

Find it at 5.11 Tactical – $70

GET IT: $70


NerdChef Steel Pizza Stone

We won’t get too critical of traditional ceramic baking stones: after all, they’ve worked to make delicious, crispy pizzas for quite some centuries. But despite arguments in favor of ceramic due to moisture retention or the fact that it attains higher heat levels, it turns out that metal’s much higher thermal conductivity actually serves your pizza well, especially at the temperatures your home oven can attain (but don’t take our word for it, check out Serious Eats’ J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s experiments). NerdChef’s Steel Pizza Stone is made of steel that’s bead blasted, sanded to a smooth finish, and seasoned with organic flaxseed oil, the latter chosen for its high smoke point. You’ll need to treat it like a cast iron pan since it’s not stainless, but it’ll reward you for your efforts with perfectly baked pizza and crispy crusts. Unlike traditional stones it’s also completely unbreakable, and it comes in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch thicknesses that increase in weight (and cost).

Hit up Amazon for details – $77 to $100

GET IT; $77+


Klokers KLOK-01

Curiously busy and yet surprisingly easy to read, Klokers’ slide rule-inspired KLOK-01 timepiece uses three concentric disks in the place of hands to tell the time, covering hours, minutes, and seconds as they slowly rotate counter-clockwise. The time itself is displayed vertically along a line contained in the top-centered magnifying glass, which simultaneously enlarges its clean type. A Swiss-made quartz Ronda movement powers the 44mm watch, enclosed in a stainless steel case and attached to a leather strap that isn’t affixed using lugs but rather a quick release system which lets you rapidly swap strap styles — or even use it as a pocket watch, provided the right accessory.

Find it at Klokers – $450

GET IT: $450


Centre Spin Fidget Spinner

Not all fidget spinners are made equal. Like their other wares, J.L. Lawson & Co’s Centre Spin is a heirloom-quality object designed to keep your hands busy that’s both overbuilt and made start-to-finish in California. The compact, pocketable spinner unscrews to come apart into four pieces, granting access to the USA-made hybrid ceramic bearing inside for occasional cleaning to keep it spinning smoothly. Comes in either stainless steel, brass, or copper, each with a small leather pouch for storage.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $80+

GET IT: $80+


DJI Spark Drone

By far the smallest drone coming out of the Shenzhen-based company’s factories, DJI’s Spark Drone is both simpler and smarter than its larger brethren. For one, it can be deployed on the fly without the need for a remote, launching from the palm of your hand to be controlled using nothing but hand gestures to position it just right and snap photos (namely selfies). Then, it lands back in your palm. These smart features extend to make Spark aware of its surroundings as well, avoiding obstacles and landing itself using a slew of sensors that include GPS, 3D sensors, a vision positioning system, and even its primary camera. Despite its beer can-sized body it’s still equipped with a 2-axis mechanical gimbal, four powerful motors with enough propulsion to brave strong winds and hit speeds of 31 mph, and a battery good for 16 minutes of flight time. Of course it’s also got more long range control options as well, including your smartphone (for a range of about 330 feet) and 1.2 miles with DJI’s optional HD WiFi dedicated remote, which also makes use of your smartphone as a display.

Find it at DJI – $500

GET IT: $500


Marc Newson x Hodinkee Hourglass

Overthought, overdesigned, and extravagant to a fault, you’ll still definitely not want to drop a Marc Newson x Hodinkee Hourglass, especially once you’ve had a peek at the price tag. The hefty, oversized borosilicate glass shape is formed using a complex choreography of torches and turning machines — and all completely by eye, no less — before being filled not with sand but with roughly 1.25 million nanoball spheres made of copper-coated stainless steel, with an added anti-corrosion layer to prevent them turning green over time. Flip it over and the nano balls run through the narrow neck to measure the passing of exactly ten minutes. The run is limited to a total of 100 numbered units that will ship in small numbers one the coming months thanks to the particularly demanding production process.

Find it at Hodinkee – $12,000

GET IT: $12,000


Victorinox SwissTool BS

Stainless steel won’t oxidize in normal working conditions. But if you operate in the extremes, the Victorinox SwissTool BS multitool is for you. Its eponymous burnished — or black oxide — steel is even better protected against corrosion than standard stainless. While that mightn’t matter if it wasn’t packed with functionality, it is: the tool includes flip-out pliers, two blades (one straight, one serrated), wood and metal saws, a metal file, a chisel, wire cutters, a handful of screwdrivers, a bottle opener, and a few more totalling 29. It’s particularly well suited to stealthy all-black everyday carries.

Find it at Victorinox – $200

Checkout more reasonably priced Victorinox SwissTool’s on Amazon HERE.

GET IT: $200


Biki Underwater Fish Drone

If it doesn’t look anything like your typical drone, that’s because it isn’t. First and foremost, the Biki Underwater Fish Drone explores seas, not skies, and does so while foregoing propellers for a more natural-looking caudal tail fin that propels the drone to 1.12 mph while remaining rather silent. It’ll dive to a maximum depth of nearly 200 feet, with dual 114 lumen spotlights to illuminate its path and a stabilized 4K UHD video camera and wide-angle lens to see. Biki operates in shallow waters using a smartphone or tablet with real-time video streaming, and with a handheld sonic remote for deeper dives. About 90-120 minutes of battery life means it lasts way longer than flying drones, though if said battery runs low (or if remote communication is lost) it’ll surface, with a built-in GPS guiding it back to the launch zone for recoup.

Find it at Kickstarter – $550+ [via]

GET IT: $550+

Food & Drink

Beyond Zero Liquor Ice Maker

Depending on who you ask, a touch of dilution can, very occasionally, serve certain spirits well. For all other drinks (and tastes) there’s the Beyond Zero Liquor Ice Maker, which literally puts liquor in the rocks. The freezer gets cold enough to freeze wine, cocktails, or even high-proof spirits like whisky and vodka, and makes ice in just a few minutes, with an optional freezer to store ice for later at temperatures a traditional freezer can’t match. Since its ice is way colder than frozen water it’ll keep your drink cooler for longer, and keeps it from getting diluted as the ice melts — hell, with the right ice you can actually make your drink get stronger over time.

Learn more at Beyond Zero – $5,000



Schon DSGN Clip Pen

One of the best and most minimal pocket pens around is finally getting a clip in the form of Schon DSGN’s Clip Pen. The way it works is no different than the previous iteration: the 4-inch long pen’s cap unscrews and then screws onto the back, exposing the writing tip all while extending it to a more traditional length of 5.75 inches for better grip. Though the aforementioned cap now boasts a stainless steel clip secured by two T-6 torx screws, perfect for securing its position in your pants or shirt pocket. Cleverly, this clip also sticks out just enough to double as a screwdriver for the pen’s brass set screw (on the tail end) that hides grants access to the ink cartridge. And last but not least the upcoming iteration of their D1 refill adapter gives you options besides the Fisher Space Pen cartridge, including Ohto needlepoint and Pilot Hi-Tec C Slim.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $45


Sports & Outdoors

Preppi Prepster Black Luxury Survival Bag

Survival situations typically call for a modicum of humility. This, the Preppi Prepster Black Luxury Survival Bag blatantly refuses. Originally commissioned for Moda Operandi, the bag itself is crafted of bridle leather and coated canvas and encases enough stuff to get two people through 72 hours of just about anything without having to stoop down to living conditions of the 99%. Gear includes a night vision scope, a GPS communicator and locator beacon, solar panel charge kit, an Eton FRX4 solar/hand turbine emergency radio, a Leatherman multitool, a Petzl LED headlamp, a compact tent, two rain ponchos, two sleeping bags, a first aid kit, poker and backgammon game kits to kill time, some Mast Brothers chocolate, and a Caviar cooler case and serving set. And that’s only about half of what’s inside. They’ll also sell the rest of us a survival bag that’ll do a fine job at 1/13th the price, albeit without nearly as much extravagance.

Learn more at Preppi – $5,000



Shinola + Surefire Flashlight

An EDC torch that’ll likely last as long as you do, the Shinola + Surefire Flashlight is a collaboration between two American brands both renowned for quality. Shinola’s contribution includes the overall branding, with their logo and thunderbolt on either side and a distinctive orange high-polish bezel in Shinola’s signature orange. Surefire’s P2X Fury beneath this new hard anodized shell takes care of the rest, outputting a peak of up to 600 lumens for 90 minutes, or 15 lumens for up to 46 straight hours. Or something in between using their IntelliBeam technology — enabled with a click of its tailcoat switch — that actively adjusts light output in real time to best suit your environment.

Learn more at Shinola – $195