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TECH
ICEdot: Helmet Crash Sensor
The unfortunate truth about cycling is that, at some point, you're going to crash. Try as you might with bike handling skills, heightened road awareness or just plain defensive riding, it's unfortunately bound to happen. And when it does, you'll...
DESIGN
Nutlock Bicycle Wheel Security System
As many know from unfortunate experiences, bike thieves target components just as often (perhaps if not more so) than bicycles as a whole. While a sturdy U-Lock does well to secure a frame, it leaves one—sometimes both—wheels vulnerable. Carrying...
DESIGN
Upgrading From Foam Earplugs to EarPeace
Among the chaos of logistics and pre-gaming when headed to a live show, hearing protection is often low on the list of priorities—and is only remembered when you leave with your ears ringing and buzzing. Merging convenience, comfort and sound quality...
DESIGN
Commute in Style with Bandbox Bike Helmets
The struggle between choosing style or safety now has one potential solution: the Bandbox bike helmet. Not only is it smaller than the average helmet, the Bandbox is designed to be disguised by a variety of different hat covers. From sewing each...
TECH
GoBe by Light & Motion
For gear enthusiasts, there's a fine line between staying updated on what's new and cluttering your precious storage space. The GoBe light system from Monterrey, California-based Light & Motion presents a multi-functional light system with a fraction...
DESIGN
EQ Seals
For everyone from surfers to sailers, ear protection is a major concern. Whether it's exposure to pollution, high winds or simply spending too much time in the water, ear infections are a common and debilitating ailment. While most earplugs hinder...
TRAVEL
Off Piste: A Ride Across America, Part 2 of 5
Just one month ago we kicked off from the streets of Brooklyn with 3,700 miles ahead of us. Ten days later we arrived by motorcycle in Los Angeles with some sore arses and a few new stories to tell. Yesterday we introduced the bikes and bags that...
STYLE
New Balance's Hi-Viz Collection
Choosing running gear is bit like buying a car: If you base it on looks alone, you may miss out on comfort and safety. But New Balance's recently dropped Hi-Viz collection serves up a heavy dose of both, and after your eyes adjust to the fabric's...
STYLE
MeLuvKush
The "godee" from MeLuvKush is a modern-day redesign of the traditional Indian godhri, used to snugly envelop newborns and purportedly prevent germs from spreading. This eases a parent's concerns when giving the baby to others to hold, for those moments...
DESIGN
Alpinestars Racing Services
by Katharine Erwin The smell of race gas fills the cool dry air at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. As the first MotoGP held by the track, the paddock is filled with fit European mechanics wrenching on bikes with cigarettes hanging...
STYLE
Lunis Reflective Crescent Windshell
After seeing three friends hit by cars while riding their bicycles at night in a span of just a few months, Los Angeles-based designer Brett Clouser felt compelled to found Lunis, an outdoor specific clothing brand with the goal of creating reflective...
DESIGN
CH Gift Guide: Baby New Year
While September—a cheeky nine months after the year's booziest holiday celebration—is indeed the most popular month for birthdays, we're toasting to Baby New Year by adding a mélange of newborn-inspired items to the Cool Hunting Gift...
TECH
Orp Smart Horn
Taking back the road one head-turning honk at a time, the Orp Smart Horn hopes to curb biker incidents with a redesign of the classic bike bell. Currently raising funds through Kickstarter, the "Smorn" is the brainchild of Tory Orzeck, founder of...
TECH
Hövding Invisible Bicycle Helmet
by L.S. Winkler In 2005, Swedish designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin began work on a joint masters thesis in response to new laws requiring cyclists under the age of 15 to wear a helmet while operating a bicycle. The new law left many Swedish...
STYLE
VAGX Lumisac Series
South Korean label VAGX, maker of highly functional bags for the urban cyclist, introduces the Lumisac series with more understated branding and a fresh new design concept from its previous lines. Named for illuminating strips affixed across the...
STYLE
Vespertine
Whether looking for a career repairing highways or simply a girl who likes to jog before sunrise, NYC-based designer Sarah Canner has you covered. Her newly launched label Vespertine applies the essential safety regulations found on high-visibility...
DESIGN
The Bookman Light
Copenhagen may have nearly a half million commuters cycle through each day, but there are many other pockets of Scandinavia where bicycles are popular. In Stockholm, riding without a bell or horn is subject to fines—tickets for riding without...
TRAVEL
Life Jackets and Dry Bags
Being prepared for any situation is a key element to ensure safety in the outdoors. In the case of our recent sea kayaking trip in Hawaii we had the unexpected chance to put our life jackets and dry bags through some thorough testing. While kayaking...
DESIGN
Alpinestars
For over 40 years Alpinestars has been developing state of the art technology for motorcycling and motorsports safety. From the racetrack to the street to the sketchiest off-road terrain, Alpinestars leads the way when it comes to motorcycle apparel...
TECH
Wet Circuits
Taiwan-based technology company Shohero recently introduced a power strip that protects more than just electronics. Wet Circuits resists water so that even in a short-term flood, your computer stays on and no one gets electrocuted. The design incorporates...
TECH
Ford Sync AppLink
Following the announcement of their MyTouch in-car interface (based on Microsoft Sync software) earlier this year, today Ford announced the next component of that technology called AppLink. The new addition to the system allows drivers to navigate...
STYLE
Jon and Lizzie Sunglasses
From the Brooklyn-based studio behind the plaid pocket scarf, Wintercheck Factory introduces another functional accessory, this time adding wrap-around protection to sunglasses with their new Jon and Lizzie line. Modeled after the looks and design...
DESIGN
Bern Helmets
For extreme sports enthusiasts in search of the utmost protection year-round, Bern recently developed a carbon fiber version of their stylish Macon, Baker and Watts styles. Taking advantage of the high-tech material, the extremely lightweight carbon...
DESIGN
Eco-Kids Sustainable Art Products
Founded in 2008, Eco-Kids is the brainchild of mother and former nanny Cammie Weeks, who used her mother's recipe to make eco-dough for her son and his friends. Cammie explains that she and her husband "realized the need for safe and natural art...
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