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DESIGN
Leatherman Jam + Style Skate Tool
What the Jam + Style from Leatherman lacks in outward aesthetic appeal, it more than makes up for in utility. The combination tool from the Portland, Oregon-based manufacturer consists of two separate tools that are cleverly designed to fit snugly...
DESIGN
Moulin Roty Children's Tool Boxes
Many adults amble through their daily lives without a proper tool kit. When a need arrives—be that for a hammer or saw or any type of screwdriver—they're at a loss. Perhaps if the value of such a box were instilled at an earlier age, this wouldn...
TRAVEL
FireSLEEVE Waterproof Lighter
With fall officially upon those in the northern hemisphere, cold weather camping season has arrived as well. Few images propel us into the outdoors quite like that of a warm campfire with friends. While classic flint and tinder fire-starters are...
TECH
DreamQii's Plexidrone for Filmmakers
Drones have been a hot topic recently—and rightfully so. Outside of the dialogue surrounding the legality of buzzing around New York City or National Parks, the new generation of affordable and feature-packed quad-copters are enormously powerful...
TECH
Off-the-Grid With goTenna
Sometimes, when you most need phone reception to fire off an essential text, it's not there. When you find yourself stuck deep in the backcountry miles from a signal or in a crowd of dazed festival goers when the network can't handle the massive...
CULTURE
BBQ Season Essentials
Stateside, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer. Elsewhere, the weather does the deciding. Either way, in most of the Northern Hemisphere the mercury is steadily rising and barbecue weather is finally here. To celebrate the first few...
TRAVEL
Share Outdoor Equipment with GearCommons
GearCommons is a simple—nonetheless long-overdue—concept for outdoor enthusiasts: a peer-to-peer network in which people who own gear can connect with people who need it, and can circulate their specialized and oftentimes expensive equipment for...
CULTURE
Spring Gardening Gear
Everyone can be a gardener with a little effort, proper scheduling and a dedicated plot of land. Whether or not you're interested in toying with orach or purple tree collards, or having your plants tweet, maybe this is the year you dig in. The following...
DESIGN
Leatherman Grind
The diagnosis of dangerously loose hardware—when you realize your skateboard feels squirrelier than ever but you're, no doubt, far from home—often leaves you no choice but to ask a stranger to borrow a screwdriver and wrench. To make sure you're...
FOOD-DRINK
Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop
From gluten-free sorbet bars to ice cream for dogs, we're always on the look out for new ideas within the realm of frozen treats. The latest to pique our interest is the Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop. The brainchild of Dr. Karl Ulrich (Vice Dean of...
DESIGN
Tuls
Ideal for the handyman on the move, Tuls is a series of credit card-sized tools housing everything from metric wrenches and a bicycle wheel spoke wrench, to a bottle opener and iPhone stand. Developed by Onehundred design shop and recently launched...
DESIGN
Project A:LOG
Three aspiring architects from Columbia's GSAPP program, Paul Chan, Richard Angus Duff and Ebberly Strathairn took it upon themselves to end their unrewarding quest for the ultimate notebook by making their own. Part technical reference manual...
TECH
Node Chroma
The buzz surrounding the release of Node and Lapka this year—two sensor systems that link with iOS—proves that multi-purpose sensors are finally ready for the open market. Thermometers, accelerometers and pedometers are just a few of...
DESIGN
The Beer Wrench
Combining a trifecta of our own personal passions—minimalist design, bicycles and beer—is the newly released Beer Wrench from Budnitz Bicycles. The pocket-sized tool features a 15mm wrench to remove axle bolts on one end, and a bottle...
CULTURE
Urban Farming Tools
by Kelly O'Reilly and Greg Stefano With the emergence of a flourishing urban farming movement in recent years, the need for certain tools to maximize more limited natural resources has also arisen. As they lead the charge to shorten the distance from...
FOOD-DRINK
Cool Hunting Rough Cut: Kitchen Tools
We were recently invited down to check out the Cayman Cookout taking place at the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman, and we jumped at the chance to talk to some of the world's top chefs. In our latest video we learn a little bit about what makes a good...
DESIGN
G. Wiseman Sodbuster
There is a deep-rooted bond between human beings and blades, born from our mysterious history roaming the cave systems of France and the jungles in southeast Asia. The knife is one of our simplest tools, but is still extremely important. When one...
DESIGN
Making It
While specifically targeting industrial designers, Making It: Manufacturing Techniques In Product Design makes a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning about the production processes of nearly anything. Originally released in 2007, this...
FOOD-DRINK
Quirky Wine Accessories
The ubiquitous wine opener has seen countless redesigns over the years, each iteration attempting to streamline the cork removal process or make the corkscrew stronger. Whether you're a fan of the hefty Rabbit opener or prefer the simplicity of a...
TECH
Joby GorillaPod Micro
Joby is notorious for their creative ideas in photography support systems. With their roots in twisting, winding, magnetized tripods for cameras of all sizes, today the company announced two new and exciting additions to their product line. The GorillaPod...
TECH
Three Fire Starters
Whether it's a casual overnight camping trip or a die-hard weeks long expedition in the wilderness, fire is essential for successful survival or s'more making. While rubbing two sticks together or using a standard lighter might work, it can also...
DESIGN
Five Folding Knives
The token tool carried by boy scouts and mountain men the world over, a pocket knife is a useful device to have whether in a city or outdoors. The versatile tool can can cut you free in an emergency or simply slice an apple for lunch, keeping it a...
TECH
Critter and Guitari Pocket Pianos
Critter and Guitari, the same experimental audiophiles that came up with a Kaleidescope-inspired music device, recently added a new creation to their line-up of avant-tools. Ultra-portable, simple and versatile, don't let the clean lines of the Pocket...
DESIGN
Spring/Summer Bicycle Accessories
With spring in high gear and summer right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with some long bike rides? Since you've already picked up a bike from our seasonal bicycle guide, we've put together a brief list of some of our favorite...
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