Like the Ember temperature adjustable mug before it, Power Practical’s Jul Heated Smart Mug is godsend for those who like to nurse their coffee or tea, albeit with a stark price drop that comes with ditching the batteries. The goal when drinking coffee/tea is simple: get your drink down to a reasonable temperature quickly but have it stay there longer — or even indefinitely. Jul does so by shedding the excess insulation found in most travel mugs, which tend to keep temperatures piping hot and undrinkable for hours, and replaces it with a heater that’s adjusted by a twist of the base to set between 120 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, place it on its cigarette adapter- (for in-car use) or USB-powered coaster. Thermometers inside the mug detect when the temperature has hit the set target, conveying this to you by way of a subtle glow from the base that lights up blue for too cool, red for too hot, and white for just right. It also includes a concave lid that’ll clear even the biggest of noses and that seals shut and opens up (to sip, or to vent and further cool your coffee) with a twist.
Grab one at Kickstarter – $45
At first glance, the Set for Set Steel Mace somewhat resembles the Fitness Sledgehammer. But better not hit anything with it lest you cause serious property damage. Loosely inspired by the weapon of the same moniker, this mace is big, heavy, and forged from hand-sculpted cast-iron, with a knurled handle for grip and a welded-on head that concentrates most of its weight. This uneven weight distribution puts added strain on your stabilizer muscles for hitting your core harder during movements like the barbarian squat, gravedigger, and 360 swing. Available in both 15 and 20 pound versions.
Find it at Set for Set – $50
The smallest amp-lookalike speaker in Marshall’s lineup, the Marshall Stockwell Bluetooth Speaker still weighs in at about 2.65 pounds — probably because they just had to make it the loudest speaker in its class. Behind the insigna-adorned grille it’s got dual 2.25-inch woofers and two 2.25-inch dome tweeters powered by a two-channel Class D amp, plus a rather large battery that powers the rig for about 25 hours on a charge. Bluetooth 4.0 assures wireless play but you’ll need to adjust volume using an analog knob (it just goes to ten and not eleven, but there’s room to scribble it in), which sits alongside two other similar knobs for controlling both bass and treble. All three retract for travel, and the optional multifunctional flip cover doubles as a stand for the speaker when deployed.
It’s powered by the same A10 Fusion chip and boasts the same 12 megapixel wide-angle camera, water resistance, and overall specs as the models released last fall. The main difference is that each purchase of an Apple iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition throws some money at the global battle against HIV and AIDS. Oh, and the phone itself comes with a fiery red aluminum color on its rear plate to show for it, also matching Apple Store logos worldwide come International AIDS day in December.
Available Friday. Grab one at Apple – $750+
Can’t fathom how a simple hammock could keep you warm and toasty in colder months? One look at Sierra Madre Research’s Inferno Cocoon Hammock should be answer enough. The system is made up of two parts appropriately named Top and Under which go on top and under your body, respectively, with which to outfit your preferred normal hammock. The Top resembles a mummy bag with a zipper-free backless design to get in and out quickly and boasts both a footnest and several cinches to get the bag snug and contoured. On the other hand the Under looks a bit like a hammock itself but seals around one for full backside insulation, with the added advantage of leaving much of its insulation uncompressed (and hanging underneath the hammock) to leave its heat-isolating properties uncompromised. Combine both for serious weather resistance and equally serious insulation: its RDS 800 Fill Power DownTek Down handles temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit, though a lighter, spring and fall version is rated to 30 degrees F as well if you don’t see yourself braving winter in a hammock.
Find it at Kickstarter – $300
Grisly is an understatement when it comes to these Skull Fire Logs, unless of course it’s Halloween. Each one is shaped like a human skull but is made of steel-reinforced heat-refractory ceramic — the same kind, more or less, that NASA uses to stave off heat damage from rocket engines. What this means is that they’re safe for use in either natural gas or wood fires alongside real logs to set the mood just right. Available in white, brown, or black, but the latter is the obvious choice considering it already looks charred.
With commercial-grade features found on machines expressly made for cafes and the like, the Rocket Espresso Mozzafiato Evoluzione R is perfect for those willing to invest a bit more effort (and cash) into a capable home espresso setup. Features include a 1.8-litre insulated boiler to brew and steam simultaneously, a full-sized rotary pump that pulls water from an integrated reservoir or, alternatively, from a direct water line, and a PID controller that keeps a close eye on water temperature. Its Italian-made good looks and chromed-out exterior don’t hurt, either.
While indispensable for many of us now, the first Macintosh computer was a luxury for most. As is the Colorware iPhone 7 Plus Retro Edition. The included iPhone 7 Plus goes through Colorware’s meticulous deconstruction, careful painting, and then reconstruction process, this time styled like an OG 1984 Mac in beige with darker beige vent stripes and a rainbow Apple logo. The first 25 were numbered though they’re already long gone. It’s by no means cheap but at least they didn’t skimp out with the underlying iPhone: it comes with 256GB of storage, or about 640,000 times more than the floppies the original machine used for memory.
Grab one at Colorware – $1,900