It’s not what was added to Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless that makes all the difference, it’s what was removed. And in this case that’s its wires, replaced by Bluetooth aptX to stream Hi-Fi quality tracks from your device of choice. Like its cable-bound brother, the P5 Wireless boasts the same finely tuned drivers, designed more like traditional loudspeakers than headphones for more precise diaphragm movement and sharper sound quality. And don’t worry cutting your listening short due to low juice: 17 hours of listening time per charge entails takeoff-to-landing use on all but the longest flights (or work sessions). Though if it does run flat, an included auxiliary cable can keep the music playing indefinitely.
Grab a set at Amazon – $400
By now there’s little chance you haven’t heard of Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York. Humans of New York: Stories perpetuates this ambitious project, this time delving deeper into the stories and lives of a new group of New Yorkers with longer narratives alongside stunning photographs of each subject. If his last book or the HONY blog are any indication, the pieces in Stories are bound to be more moving and eye opening than any before.
Preorder at Amazon – $18
As long as roads are shared, biking will to some degree be inherently dangerous. Make it less so with the Garmin Varia Rearview Bike Radar. Consisting of a radar-equipped taillight and a stem-mountable head unit — both wirelessly linked — Varia detects vehicles approaching from behind at distances up to 153 yards and warns of their individual relative speeds and threat levels so you can react appropriately. It also brightens and flashes the taillight to grab the attention of approaching drivers and integrates with Garmin’s Edge cycling computers for seamless warnings alongside cycling information and turn-by-turn directions.
Pick one up at Garmin – $200
The shades you want shielding your eyes this summer have a little more history than you might think. Started in 1972 by two Polish immigrants, Randolph Engineering quickly grew from a parts & machinery supplier feeding the thriving U.S. optical manufacturing industry to the military’s prime sunglasses contractor in just a decade. The shades exploded onto the commercial market in the years thereafter, and the quality of a pair of Randolph Engineering Sunglasses — made in the U.S.A — still make them an option for military members today. The fashion-forward yet classic Concorde Flash Lens series combines sharp looks and durability with an attractive price — everything you could want from a pair of specs in one stylish package.
Learn more at Randolph Engineering or Amazon – $170
Small enough to slip into a pocket or saddle bag yet packed with 13 functions, Fabric’s Chamber Multitool covers all the screwdrivers and bits you’d need to adjust or add/remove just about anything on your bike. Chamber’s cap comes in either ratcheting or fixed designs and unscrews to reveal a variety of bits, Torx, flathead, and Phillips screwdrivers. The canister itself is also big enough to double as a hefty grip while working, making this multitool as functional as it is compact.
Read more at Fabric – $47 to $55
Your smartphone’s brain handily outclasses any DSLR, but its lens? Not a chance. And that’s why the Olympus AIR was developed. AIR interfaces wirelessly with your device using Bluetooth and WiFi to add plenty of missing features crucial to better photography, including an optical zoom, a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds Live MOS Sensor, and a TruePic VII Image Processor. It’s also compatible with a wide variety of Micro Four Thirds lenses and works whether the phone is docked to its pop-out clip or not, making it as versatile in capturing difficult angles as it is capable.
Preorder at Amazon – $300 to $500 (with 14-42mm EZ Lens)
Each week we’ll show you an everyday carry – a small selection of tools, gadgets, and gear carried daily to cope with a variety of situations – worthy of a few minutes of your attention. This week’s EDC belongs to an international trader in California.
For the full July 3rd breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
Messenger bags facilitate access to their contents, but if we could choose we’d go for two straps — the load distribution is way better that way. The Black Kite Cycling Backpack simplifies access to your stuff thanks to both an open back pocket (think cycling jersey) for your phone, wallet, and other small goods as well as a side zipper pocket for quickly grabbing your lock (or whatever else you load in it) without ever having to take it off. Empty, the 16 litre pack weighs in at a scant 1 pound and yet still holds what you’d want to carry for the day, including a laptop, shoes, a packable jacket, and more, all kept close to your back for better riding. Else, its 1050 denier ballistic nylon fabric is durable and DWR-coated for a long lasting bag that’ll admirably protect the stuff you put inside of it.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $98
Our wrists still sting at the thought of the slap bracelets of yesteryear, and now they’re back, albeit integrated into SlapSee Sunglasses. These casual specs feature a hinge at their nose-bridge to fold in half, aligning their silicone-coated slap bracelet-like arms that can wrap around your wrist, ankle, bike frame, or anything else that’s suitable. Else, they come in four colors (black, red, pink, and blue) and boast 100% UV blocking lenses, useful when they’re actually on your face.
Grab a pair at Firebox – roughly $32
On first impression, EraThr3’s E3 Asylum Bulletproof Backpack is handsome, but otherwise looks like a typical, well-equipped backpack. And discreetly well-equipped it is: the E3 Asylum features a Certified IIIA built in Soft Armor in its back panel rated to stop 9mm to .44MAG and to offer blunt trauma protection. In terms of storage space the backpack is rigged with ambidextrous side entry to its rear compartment suitable for quick grab items or dual concealed carry, a large main compartment for the bulk of your goods, plus small pouches to organize everything your way. It’s also overbuilt, including seatbelt webbing for carry handles and strap attachment points, a weatherproof waxed canvas, and a Hyperlon bottom panel to stop the elements from seeping in when setting the pack down on wet surfaces.
Grab one at EraThr3 – $570