Contrary to what ad and PR hacks would tell you, a pen can’t transform your writing or help you put thoughts on paper any better than a pencil or a word processor. However a fine writing instrument can inspire one to go beyond what they perceived their limits to be, and the X-01 is such a pen. The minimalist design does away with caps and clips to allow the unibody design and custom-made retraction mechanism to shine. Precision machined from titanium, aluminum, or brass, its all-metal construction is solid yet lightweight enough for marathon writing sessions, save for the brass model which is more of an acquired taste at a hefty 74 grams. Easily obtained rollerball water-based refills keep you up and writing with a year cap off time per refill, accepting standard Schmidt cartridges in fine, medium and broad tips.
Read more at Kickstarter – roughly $43+
Don’t settle for picking your car’s paint job and rims from online photographs. While it won’t come with your order of a Ford Fiesta or Focus, lucky applicants approved to order a Ford GT will get a Ford GT Ordering Kit to help making crucial decisions like the above more enlightened. The carbon fibre case opens with a latch identical to one on the race car and includes samples of all exterior colors, interior material swatches, and the six available wheel options with brake caliber colors. So you’ll know exactly what to expect look-wise when your GT is finally delivered along with a replica VIN plate with the same serial number as your ride to be retrofitted into the latch of the kit.
Find it at Ford.
Chances are slim that whatever martini glass you’re currently sipping from starts as a 25 pound block of 303 stainless steel. The Adamantini Indestructible Martini Glass does and that’s just the reason it’s basically unbreakable, even if you tend to clink glasses real hard. Milled down and hollowed each Adamantini still weighs just over a pound and holds 8 ounces of your preferred cocktail. Since it’s bottom-heavy a relatively small base stabilizes the glass — and your drink.
Find it at Wolfram Manufacturing – $200
Cheap. Simple. And effective at rectifying that mess of keys in your pocket. The Chums Key Quiver is made up of a silicone sleeve and a fastener that turn a bundle of keys into a Swiss Army Knife of sorts, albeit one that’s suited to opening doors and locks. Four keys fit inside along with the included tasker tool that adds a few more gadgets to your arsenal, namely a bottle opener, both flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, and two rulers: one Imperial and one SAE. Chunky car key fobs are of course left out but they can still hang on to the included keyring.
Juicing is great. The cleaning of the machine that inevitably follows isn’t. JUISIR follows in the footsteps of the uber-convenient Juicero in making juicing close to effortless, albeit with reusable juicing bags (or single use, if you’re lazy) to fill with your own fruits and/or vegetables instead of purchasing proprietary (and pricy) juicing packs from the company. To use it, you’ll need to chop up some fruits and vegetables into dollar coin-sized pieces and load the bag up with about 0.8lbs of the stuff. Then, insert the bag into the slot on top and press the machine’s only (and very prominent) button to put it to work exerting about 8 tonnes of pressure on the bag’s contents. Out comes about a cup of juice over the next 90 seconds, and since no parts of the machine come in contact with the bag’s contents other than the bag itself there’s nothing else to clean.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $450
From the outside and at a glance you mightn’t tell the 2018 Ford Mustang apart from last year’s model — at least if you don’t notice its aggressive front-end, hood vents, and new rear bumper — but the numerous refinements and upgrades add up. Engine options one-up the previous V6 and include either a turbocharged 2.3 litre four-cylinder EcoBoost or a 5.0 litre naturally aspirated Coyote V8, either or mated to a six-speed manual or a new ten-speed automatic transmission. Go with the Premium model on either the EcoBoost or GT and you’ll be greeted by a 12-inch digital LCD instrument cluster that can be customized in color and to one of several gauge layouts. Otherwise it’s got brighter LED headlights and tri-bar taillamps (not to mention fog lamps), a quad-pipe exhaust, and a ton of other hard-to-resist options such as heated steering, nine choices of wheels, plus a Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System that integrates nicely with your smartphone, sparing you the need to tap away on a tiny screen to skip tracks or start navigation.
Arriving in fall. Learn more at Ford – $TBA
The Refyne P1 Modular EDC Pen & Flashlight isn’t just your garden variety ballpoint pen with a dinky bulb slapped on the end. The rugged flashlight is lightweight yet extremely strong thanks to a grade 5 titanium build and boasts a bolt action mechanism that presents the tip of the included waterproof Lamy M22 rollerball insert, displaying a red dot within the bolt’s cutout to indicate that it’s ready to write. On the tail end lies the removable flashlight module, secured both magnetically and with a twist-lock to the pen body to prevent from knocking it off accidentally. Inside is a CREE XP-G2 LED emitter and circuit with two modes — 9 lumens on low and 130 lumens on high — which is more than adequate for everyday use. And though a single (and unconventional) 10180 battery powers the flashlight, you’ll never need to hunt another one down, even when drained, since it’s both removable and rechargeable via a micro USB port and charge indicator hidden beneath the head cap.
Available in polished and bead blasted finishes at Kickstarter – $70
Sleeping in a hammock, as opposed to on the ground on a sleeping pad, has its advantages. For instance you won’t need to deal with rocks and uneven terrain nor lug around quite as heavy gear in your pack. Still, the air can be cold, and the all-too malleable fabric can lead to awkward back curvature and limited sleeping positions. Klymit’s Hammock V Sleeping Pad addresses these issues and others by way of an inflatable pad that fits all standard-sized hammocks, both single and double wide, and supports you whether you sleep on your back or side. It inflates in a quick 15 to 20 breaths and wraps around your body to create a barrier from the cold, with several non-slip zones to keep the pad and sleeping bag snugly in place until dawn. It’s also made of a rugged 20D polyester and weighs in at 27 ounces, boosting packability and carry. Otherwise available for preorder in an insulated version that’s even warmer.
Grab one at Amazon – $140