From the perfect grill to the best baseball glove, outfit yourself with the right gear and you'll discover a whole new realm of fun, relaxation, and adventure.
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Nokona x Shinola Baseball Glove
In collaboration with Nokona—a baseball equipment company that’s been around since the ’30s—men’s luxury brand Shinola has handcrafted a no-break-in Horween leather glove that’s almost too beautiful to take outside. But it gets even better with age and should last you decades, even if you do bring it with you to the diamond.
The Leatherman Tread bracelet—also available as a watch strap—is intentionally covert. Designed by a Leatherman president after being denied entry to Disneyland with his plier-tool combo, this may be the only tool that can make it through airport security. And it still has most of the utility of traditional models. When you’re ready to use one of its 25 tools, including a screwdriver and a bottle opener, just slide it off your wrist and fold the band to expose the tool you need. Works like a charm and won’t get you detained.
Surfers want to know what’s happening at their local break at all times, and the Ultratide delivers that info to the wrist right as it happens. Powered by Surfline, the consummate up-to-date e-source for everything from water temperature to wave height at more than 2,700 worldwide locations, the Ultratide is battery-operated and syncs via Bluetooth to your phone for its wireless connection.
A fusion of horseshoes and bocce—but simpler and requiring far less eye-hand coordination—Rollors was conceived by Army vet Matt Butler between tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bowling-style game can be played anywhere from the beach to a park to your backyard. Players stand 25 feet from the pyramid (or goal), then simply roll the discs as close to it as possible to earn points; discs that end up leaning on the pyramid earn double.
Ditch the roof rack and throw your boat in the trunk. This 12-foot-long, 25-inch-wide single-person kayak folds down into a 32-inch shoulder bag that weighs only 28 pounds. It’s constructed from a single piece of superstrong yet light pre-bent polypropylene that snaps together, origami-style, in less than 20 minutes. On the water, it’s surprisingly sturdy and capable; broken down, it’s small enough to store behind a couch or check on a plane.
The R15 has 125-plus adjustment points so you can correct everything from draws to fades and tweak overall launch angles with the twist of a wrench—all while on the course. The simple-to-slide weight dial and front-loaded center of gravity up the launch angle and reduce spin for straighter, more powerful tee shots.
Earbuds sound lousy, but over-ear headphones won’t stay on during a run…Here’s the answer. Designed with the help of Usain Bolt, Gibson’s wireless Trainers have a pop-out headband for stability and come with a blinking LED for running at night. Plus, they have a dampening button in case you hit a busy intersection.
Become one with the sea without the lungful of saltwater. Handboards are tiny, meticulously shaped surfboards for your lead hand that provide just enough lift to let you cruise along a cresting wave with speed and control. This 22-ounce model has nicer curves than a Porsche and a beefed-up core for extra lift.
Five minutes. That’s all the time this nine-pound, punch-bowl-size portable charcoal grill needs to reach steak-searing temps. Just place a handful of briquettes in its heat chamber, add a few dabs of fire-starting gel, and drop a match: A battery-powered fan in the grill’s belly whips air around to kick-start the coals. A dial lets you control the fan and adjust temperature; a 12.6-inch steel grate is room enough for five fillets.