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

GET IT: $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

GET IT: $45


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

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

GET IT: $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

GET IT: $195


Canary Flex Weatherproof Security Camera

Weatherproof, versatile, and even wireless (if need be), the Canary Flex Security Camera can keep an eye on your home without needing much in terms of installation. The included 360-degree magnetic swivel base lets you precisely point the 1080p mic- and night-vision-equipped camera while an assortment of accessories, including the flexible Twist Mount (shown), Stake Mount (which is exactly what it sounds like), and locking Secure Mount make it even more suitable to a range of applications. Otherwise it also connects directly to your WiFi network so there’s no need for hubs, features computer vision-enhanced motion detection to set and send alerts and such, and boasts a built-in 6,700 mAh battery to run for several days without being plugged.

Find it at Amazon – $175

GET IT: $175+


Futurefarms Spacepot Grow System

A hydroponics growing system for the masses, Futurefarms’ Spacepot takes all the work and maintenance out of growing fresh herbs. There’s little soil involved; instead, the plants grow bigger and faster in nutrient-rich water since crucial resources are more easily accessible. So using a Spacepot is as easy as filling it with a water and nutrient mix, planting seeds in the Growpod’s growth medium, and then waiting, no watering necessary. A short few weeks later your plant will sprout. Includes one pot, one starter kit with basil seeds, and eight months of nutrient concentrate.

Find it at Futurefarms – $50

GET IT: $50

Sports & Outdoors

Survival Axe Elite

Half axe, half oversized multitool, Innovation Factory’s Survival Axe Elite should prove plenty useful even if you don’t need to chop wood. A replaceable 6-inch sawzall blade flips out of its glass-filled nylon handle, which also integrates a hardened steel glass breaker and seat belt cutter — so maybe leave this one in your glove box in its included leather sheath. Otherwise the head of the axe packs even more functionality, which spans a bottle opener, can opener, hammer claw and head, pry bar, wire twist, and a handful of hex socket wrenches.

Find it at Huckberry – $80 [via]

GET IT: $80

Sports & Outdoors

Matador NanoDry Trek Towel

Surprisingly big when unfurled yet surprisingly small when not, the Matador NanoDry Trek Towel is tailor-made for travelling or impromptu outings to the beach. Pop it out of its silicone travel case and shake it a couple of times to reveal its full 24- by 47-inch dimensions. The towel’s made of nanofiber that holds precisely 2.3 times its weight in water, dries quick, and boasts a gold-coat antimicrobial layer that stops it from growing unwanted lifeforms, even if you occasionally pack it back in all wet.

Grab one at Huckberry – $35

GET IT: $35


Trench Lighter

The differences between your run-of-the-mill Bic lighter and the Trench Lighter are rather stark. For one, the original World War I Trench lighter was built of spent bullet casings and scrap metal — i.e. just about anything soldiers could get their hands on in the trenches. This modern rendition isn’t, but it’s made to look like one with parts of brass and steel. A sliding flame protector switches up to light the wick, which sits in between a wind-guard for use in strong winds, and then flips back down to snuff out the fire. It’s also got a keyring loop on the tail end that grants access to the cylinder for refuelling.

Find it at Cool Material – $36

GET IT: $36


Spyslide Webcam Cover

Industrial engineers didn’t painstakingly design your laptop computer just so you could spoil its looks with a sticker or, worse, a piece of tape, over the camera. The stainless steel Spyslide Webcam Cover is both subtler and a far more elegant solution. It’s ultra-thin at 0.023 inches (0.6mm) as to not interfere with screen closing, sports a small bump to facilitate sliding open or closed, and is completely self-contained so there are no loose parts to lose. Works with laptops, desktops, and tablets, and comes in either matte black or metallic silver to suit them all.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $10

GET IT: ~$10

Sports & Outdoors

SupFlex BigSUP

Stand up paddle boards are typically for one rider. The comically large SupFlex BigSUP, on the other hand, holds up to ten. Fortunately it’s inflatable so it’ll actually fit in your car deflated and rolled, with two valves and two double action hand pumps to hasten the process and a fully rigid body once fully filled. Thanks to its 4’11” width, 18′ length, and three removable fins it’s (unsurprisingly) quite stable, and double-layer military-grade PVC plus a drop-stitch core mean it’s actually stronger than rigid foam boards. Though you’ll need handfuls of friends participating to make riding efficient, not to mention paddles for all.

Find it at SupFlex or Amazon – $2,500 [via]

GET IT: $2,500