Simply put, there’s only so much a brand can do while styling a leather belt, and it almost always revolves around buckle design. For that reason, Beltology uses Italian inspired woven belt designs instead. Employing weaves of various color combinations and sizes, Beltology’s wares range from formal to playfully casual and everything in between, brightening up a wide variety of pant styles in ways that dark leather never could. Best of all, they’re stretchy, meaning they won’t render your elastane-packed pant waist material you worked so hard to find null and void, and their fit is entirely customizable thanks to the lack of eyelets: instead, the buckle’s prong effortlessly slips right through the weave just about wherever.
Check out their offerings at Beltology – $45 to $60
It’s not what you think… or maybe it is. Cabin Porn is publishing a book about – you guessed it – cabins. What makes it special? How about hundreds of cabins submitted by the Cabin Porn community? This tome also features the stories of Beaver Brook plus ten other cabins and builders, all with original photography and narratives. If you’re interested in creating a quiet place for contemplation, Cabin Porn: the book is bound to provide plenty of inspiration.
Sign up for updates at Cabin Porn – $TBA
By our estimate – and a lot of self reflection – roughly 9 out of 10 guys are in desperate need of an underwear drawer overhaul. MeUndies offers the World’s Most Comfortable Underwear in multiple styles and tons of awesome colors and prints to suit every taste. Made from premium Micro Modal fabric that is moisture wicking, anti-microbial, breathable and nearly twice as soft as cotton, these undies won’t stretch, fade or ride up like your normal underwear. For this week only, use our code ‘GH25’ to get 25% OFF your entire purchase when you shop MeUndies.com (offer excludes packs).
Hit up MeUndies to stock up – $20
On a recent expedition to Southeast Asia, we had the pleasure of lugging around our gear in one of Osprey’s many Travel Trek Backpacks: The Farpoint 55. And lucky for that, because our plan B was a not-quite-ergonomic big garbage bag. As its name suggests, this pack can be crammed with about 55L of goods of which 15L are conveniently detachable through the zip-away removable daypack, lined with a zippered front slash pocket perfect for quick-access items. With heavily padded top and side carry handles, a peripheral LightWire™ alloy frame suspension, and compression straps inside and out, this pack can be comfortably carried through first class airport lounges or zip-lined across the typical jungle creek.
Of note, every Farpoint zips open wide like a carry-on, meaning it’s a cinch to get at your stuff inside without much digging. And like a carry-on, we were able to sneak it onto every flight cabin by popping off the day pack, both cutting down wait time and the risk of lost baggage en route to every destination even though it doesn’t technically meet the TSA’s size requirements. But should you decide to check it instead, a zip-up cover protects its straps from conveyors and careless baggage handlers. Else, its resilient 210D double ripstrop nylon construction, 3.7 pound weight, and forty pound capacity just add to its versatility as an ideal backpacking adventure companion. So spin the globe to a far point and see where the wind (and a lot of jet fuel) takes you.
While we’d much rather swathe our iPhones in metal over plastic, the sad fact is that signal loss, even if slight, remains an issue. But not with AL13 v2, the first all-aluminum bumper that leaves your phone’s reception untouched. Like the original, it’s thin, minimally affects your phone’s aesthetic, and protects it from bumps and bruises, though this time around it’s tougher thanks to tighter tolerances, better fit, and a new snap closure (that still installs without screws). Each Al13 also includes front and back protectors, though it’s fully compatible with their mPact glass as well (for a combined cost of $80).
Pledge at Kickstarter – $45+
Like most people, we struggle with our love-hate relationship with ice cream. In any event, we’re about to take it to the next step – moving in – with a bit of help from Cuisinart. Their ICE-21 Ice Cream Maker includes a double-walled freezer bowl filled with liquid coolant, a mixing paddle, and a heavy duty motor that spins your ingredients into creamy goodness. While it does take some time (roughly 16 hours) to freeze the bowl before use, it’s still much simpler to use than models that require the addition of ice, and once frozen, loading and running the device takes a paltry 20 minutes. With a 1.5 quart capacity and the ability to make frozen yogourt and sorbet, too (though who are we kidding?), it’s still surprising that this machine is set at such a dangerously reasonable price.
Grab one at Amazon – $47
We’re not saying it’s the first or only desk organizer and gadget tamer that’s graced these pages, but Deskpal does a good job at cleaning up the working areas of people with, frankly, lots of stuff. Starting with a solid block of timber, Deskpal takes shape via CNC machining and then hand sanding and polishing for a finish that brings out the beautiful grain of either the Tasmanian oak (shown) or Torrified Ash. Dual rear-positioned slots hold most any smartphone and tablet, a wool felt sandwich grips your favorite pen in upright position, and two shallow trays swallow up everything else.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – roughly $27
Sparse is cinematography that ingrains even a single epic vehicle in our memory, let alone dozens like did the Star Wars franchise. And even fewer are as memorable as the Sandcrawler, that massive Jawa-infested junkyard on tracks that’s soon purchaseable in Lego form. Complete with two working cranes for collecting unsuspecting droids, a lowering front ramp, opening side flaps and a removable top for access to the engine bay and cockpit, plus a slew of minifigures including Luke, Uncle Owen, a handful of droids (notably, C-3PO and R2-D2), and four Jawas. Meaning this model is just begging for scene reenactments, and we plan to deliver.
Grasse- and New York-based Le Labo is a company that specializes in simple, modern scents and designs that make a statement. Their latest, the Santal 26 Concrete Candle, isn’t your standard run-of-the-mill candle. It’s GMO-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. Each concrete shell is handcrafted in California before hand-pouring Mississippi. The smooth, smoky, leathery scent it dissipates is formulated using a mix of ingredients blended in 100% soy wax, and burns for over 150 hours with proper maintenance. And while the same scent can be had at a fraction of the cost in glass, there’s something about concrete that might just have us consider dropping half a month’s rent on a candle.
Signing endless documents is a time-consuming drag. Make your mark quicker and in a manner much more difficult to forge with an ink outline of your beaming mug using Stamp Yo Face’s product. Each custom portrait stamp is hand-drawn by their team using submitted pictures of your face, then recreated in the form of a durable rubber stamp. Just bring your own ink and get stamping.
Customize your own at Stamp Yo Face – $65+