Sports & Outdoors

Bike

Ikea Sladda Bicycle

It’s affordable, clean-looking, and comes in a flat-packed box. If you’re thinking Ikea you’re on the right path, but it’s not furniture. Instead the Ikea Sladda Bicycle is the Swedish furniture giant’s first foray outside the home, though you’ll still need to build it before riding as you probably expected. The Sladda is powered by you through a belt drive that’s rustproof, maintenance free, and comes with a 10-year limited warranty specifically covering the powertrain. An even better 25 year warranty backs up the aluminum frame, which sports a double coating of lacquer that should stave off everyday scratches. Both the front handlebar’s angle and height are adjustable, and you’ll notice just a single brake and cable leaving the handle that leads to the front wheel’s disc brake; the rear wheel stops with a coaster brake and there are no gearshifts to click through since an automatic two-gear system in the rear hub takes care of shifting. They’ll also sell you a slew of accessories including front and rear racks, a trailer (big enough to transport some flat-packed furniture), helmets, bike bags, and more to deck out the cruiser to your requirements.

Find it at Ikea – $500

GET IT: $500

Sports & Outdoors

TreePod Camper Tent

Never had a chance to build your dream treehouse as a kid? Make up for lost time with the TreePod Camper Tent. While it’s not made of wood this tent is held by a single suspension point — presumably, a single thick branch — and floats above the ground, its base clear of uneven terrain, rocks, and land-borne animals and insects. This simplifies setup since you won’t need to perfectly align and affix straps from two or three separate trees, though a rope from each corner  into soil keeps the tent from swaying in the wind. It’s also weatherproof, is reinforced by a lightweight aluminum frame that’ll hold up to 500 pounds, and has enough room for two.

Coming soon. Learn more at TreePod – $570

GET IT: $570

Sports & Outdoors

Klymit Hammock V Sleeping Pad

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

GET IT: $140

Bike

Ellipse Smart Bike Lock

The smarts of a bike lock is inversely proportional to its susceptibility to thieves. Metal can only get so thick without weighing down your ride, though, so the Lattis Ellipse Smart Bike Lock tries to be more clever when it comes to securing your two wheeler. Its shackle is made of 17mm-thick steel and has a locking mechanism on both ends, meaning it takes two cuts to get through the lock. But unlike traditional locks it’ll notice tampering thanks to an integrated 3-axis accelerometer and send over a wireless alert at up to 800 feet away, no extra cellular plan needed. It also lets you ditch the key thanks to keyless unlocking from your smartphone, charges all by itself in daylight with a solar panel, and boasts bank-level encryption to render non-physical hacking attempts futile. Despite (or because of) its smarts you won’t need to walk home if your smartphone battery dies, either, since a programmable touchpad unlocks it with the right combination and even goes dark when not in use so passerbys won’t even notice its existence.

Find it at Lattis – $200

GET IT: $200

Sports & Outdoors

Lexus Sport Yacht

Envisioned by Akio Toyoda — the president of Toyota Motors and Chief Branding Officer of Lexus — when he piloted one of Toyota’s Ponam yachts a few years back, the Lexus Sport Yacht follows the automotive onto water but with Lexus’ premium touch. Twin 5.0-litre Lexus V8 gasoline engines power the concept Lexus Sport Yacht to a top speed of 49 miles per hour (43 knots), making for a lively ride that’s only heightened by the boat’s impressive handling. The design’s key feature is a seamlessly bonded structure that’s made up of gigantic pieces of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, shaving about 2,200 pounds off its weight as compared to similarly sized and specced yachts. Climb inside the cabin and there’s a spacious air-conditioned lounge with a table, seating for six, and a galley with stove, sink, and refrigerator. And like many land-borne Lexus vehicles it’s also equipped with a feature-packed control panel with a giant touchscreen at the helm, luxurious leather and wood detailing, and an audio-visual entertainment system with Revolution Acoustics drivers powered by a Mark Levinson digital amplifier.

Read more at Lexus – $TBA

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Sports & Outdoors

Onnit x Marvel Iron Man Kettlebell

The Kettlebell’s design — a handle sticking out of a big hunk of metal — makes it rife for interesting customizations not possible with other workout equipment. We’ve seen others, but the Onnit x Marvel Iron Man Kettlebell is particularly fitting considering it’s made up of 40 pounds of cast iron in the shape of Iron Man’s helmet. Despite its aesthetics it functions just like a traditional (and more boring) ball-shaped kettlebell, and features a chip-resistant coating that won’t scuff even if your lose your grip and drop/throw it (same probably can’t be said for the floor). While it’s currently the only kettlebell in the Onnit x Marvel lineup we reckon their Captain America Shield barbell plates, available in weighs of up to 45 lbs, are worth a gander as well for die-hard comic book fans who pump iron at home.

Find it at Onnit – $120

GET IT: $120

Bike

Coros Linx Bone-Conducting Helmet

Without adequate open-ear headphones listening to music while riding is highly dangerous, to say the least. The Coros Linx Bone-Conducting Helmet lets you enjoy your music, albeit without headphones of any sort nor cables. Link your smartphone to the helmet via Bluetooth 4.0 and start shuffling through your playlist; bone-conduction technology gets the music to your ears without blocking them or impeding ambient noise, letting engines, horns, pedestrians, and all other road noises come through loud and clear to stay alert. Should you need to take a call the helmet also sports a wind-resistant microphone, and answering calls — as well as skipping tracks, pausing/playing, and volume controls — are all handled equally safely by a handlebar mounted Smart Remote. Weather (read: water) resistance, extreme ventilation, and high adjustability add up to make this high tech helmet just as practical as it is feature-packed.

Learn more at Coros – $200

GET IT: $200

Sports & Outdoors

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20

It’s not only [very slightly] smaller and sleeker than before: the Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 is also smarter. The watch is tailor-built for use in the great outdoors with a ruggedized case and includes a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and for the first time a low-power GPS with downloadable maps. You’ll have to settle for viewing maps on its 1.32-inch color display which is also touch-enabled, but fortunately the WSD-F20 runs Android Wear 2.0 with a user-friendly interface — not to mention Google Assistant for quick voice-powered commands. And when you’re not relying on its full capabilities the watch can switch into timepiece mode on its secondary monochrome display (there are two stacked layers) to extend battery life from about a day to over a month, something which puts most other smartwatches to shame. Though at this price it’s best reserved for individuals making the most of its outdoorsy features.

Learn more at Casio – $500

GET IT: $500

Sports & Outdoors

Duoket

Conceived by Mininch — the guys who came up with the Tool Pen, Tool Pen Mini, and Wrenchit — Duoket this time isn’t a tool but is equally ingenious. Duoket is both a jacket and bag, switching between the two at a whim with nothing but a zip/unzip and making it easier to tackle chilly morning commutes without having to deal with carrying your jacket by hand in the evening. The jacket’s multitude of interior zippered pockets become the bag’s inner compartments so that everything stays right where it should be without having to reorganize ever time it transforms. As a bag it’s got both grab handles and a removable shoulder strap and as a jacket it’s got a concealed hood to shield you against rain and both adjustable cuffs and hem to tailor the fit. Available in five colors and several sizes.

Find it at Kickstarter – $120

GET IT: $120

Tech

Motiv Ring Activity & Sleep Tracker

Traditionally — or at least as long as they’ve existed, which isn’t all that long — fitness trackers have occupied space on one of your wrists. The Motiv Ring Activity & Sleep Tracker is similar in function except it’s both far smaller and takes up real estate that isn’t in such high demand: one of your ten fingers. The device tracks activity and sleep thanks to a 3-axis accelerometer as well your heart rate using an optical heart rate sensor, displaying collected data on its accompanying app to give you a detailed breakdown of what you did and how you slept. A titanium shell makes the ring lightweight and 5ATM waterproofing means you don’t need to worry about bringing it in the shower or even taking it swimming. And since sizing is particularly important a sizing kit is used before your ring ships to ensure fit is perfect. Each comes with two magnetic chargers: one for home as well as one for your keychain just in case your Motiv needs a top up while you’re out and about.

Learn more at Motiv – $200

GET IT: $200

Sports & Outdoors

Onewheel Plus

A followup to the original Onewheel, the Onewheel Plus doesn’t go about reinventing the wheel per se (apologies) but does bring along a few important refinements. Though it’s got LED headlights and taillights like before the footpads are now made of a curved hardwood that slopes up to a nose and tail kick for greater control. But the bigger changes are inside, with a faster, quieter hub motor that lets the board hit speeds of up to 19 miles per hour and improved sensors under the footpads for better feel and control. It basically rides like a snowboard, albeit one that can go uphill as well as down and that keeps on going for up to 7 miles per charge.

Find it at Onewheel – $1,500

GET IT: $1,500

Sports & Outdoors

Helixot XO 6.2 Waterproof Backpack

No, it won’t fit your laptop or tablet, but then again neither device is conducive to being very active. The Helixot XO 6.2 Waterproof Backpack does however liberate you from having to worry about water seeping into and ruining your personal items while sailing, surfing, whitewater rafting, kite surfing, or doing other water sports by way of its coated waterproof fabric that’s held together by welded seams and coupled to a screw cap closing mechanism that doesn’t let so much as a drop of water through. The back-hugging bag also features adjustable pectoral and abdominal straps to get a good, secure fit, and doubles as back protection thanks to rigid support along the spine.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $131

GET IT: ~$131

Sports & Outdoors

Alpha Shovel

For most people a shovel is relevant mainly for moving snow, and that’s what the Alpha Shovel excels at. The blade is made of durable T6 6061 aluminum with serrated teeth for breaking ice and a sandblasted, clear-coated finish that prevents snow from sticking. It’s also built to be collapsible and packable: the telescoping shaft, which is also adjustable to the user’s height, comes off and collapses down to slip through the hole on the side of the blade for carrying or packing. Built-in NRS strap slots allow for strapping the shovel to a backpack or duffel, and the replaceable nylatron gliders surrounding these slots protect your deck or brick entryway from scratches. All in all it’s the shovel you’ll want to be stuck with for cleaning your home’s driveway or digging your car out after a snowstorm.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $100

GET IT: $100