High performance coolers aren’t really built for long carries what with their awkward, boxy designs and poor ergonomics. Contrarily, IceMule Coolers are made for people who actually need a cooler that’s up for some trekking. Between the welded seams, watertight roll-top closure, and lack of zippers, these soft coolers are leak-proof and can keep ice intact for up to 24 hours. They also come in capacities ranging from 10 to 20 litres (or up to 30 for the Pro), include a single shoulder strap for messenger bag-like carry (or two backback straps on the Pro), and collapses into its on stuff sack when not in use.
Hit up Amazon for the Classic alongside the Pro and Pro Catch – $50+
Leatherman’s multitools already pack a fair amount of functionality, and their latest pushes the boundaries as a survivalist companion. Like their other models the Signal is based around a set of foldable wire cutter-equipped pliers but notably boasts a removable ferrocerium fire starter and a whistle on top of normal fare like a blade, a saw, a diamond-coated file, a hammer, and a bit driver. It even boasts a removable knife sharpener for honing its blade — or your others — on the go.
Available later this year. Learn more at Leatherman – $120
Dry bags don’t need to be any less handy or accessible than their water-susceptible counterparts. Case in point: The Korongo Submersible Pack. Featuring fully welded seams and a submersible zipper, this heavy duty pack is completely water and air tight, keeping your gadgets inside safe even if you decide take a swim. Attach it to your gear using the Molle webbing on either side, pack it, zip it shut, and just stop worrying about your water-sensitive electronics.
Learn more at Korongo – $210
Visibility is key when it comes to night cycling. And while large, bright lights are appreciated, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to ensure you’re seen. Instead of being a permanent fixture on your bike, Lucetta Magnetic Bike Lights attach magnetically to a metallic segment of your bike when called upon and activate with a click, then detach, join together, and slip away into a pocket just as quickly. They’ll run for 40 hours on a couple of CR2032 batteries, feature several modes (steady beam, slow flash, or fast flash), and attach securely enough to endure even the bumpiest pothole-ridden streets.
Grab a set at Amazon – $25
Looking for a trainer that gives you the feel of running barefoot while still resembling a normal shoe? Nike’s new Free Trainer 3.0 V3 does just that, coupling a low-profile Phylite midsole/outsole to a nigh-nonexistant synthetic mesh upper for an overall ultralight, super breathable shoe that comfortably locks down onto your foot. It also boasts an anatomic heel that rolls naturally through your stride, hexagonal grooves on the sole that offer multiple directional flex points, and a choice of three colors: two bold, one subdued (black/white).
Learn more at Nike – $110
Building your dream getaway can take serious consideration and painstaking amounts of effort. Or it can be as simple as online shopping with the Vipp Shelter. This 600-square foot prefabricated living space is inspired by large volume vehicles like planes and submarines and boasts two stories, the lower of which is encapsulated within floor-to-ceiling windows that accentuate the presence of nature all around. The Shelter comes equipped with everything necessary to make it fully livable, including furniture; the only thing you’ll need to figure out is where to put it.
Read more at Vipp – $585,000
Kisha won’t alert you of received texts or emails but this umbrella is still plenty clever in a more weather-relevant way, with a built-in Bluetooth module lets it communicate with your smartphone. Upon heading out the door in the morning, if the chance of precipitation is high and your Kisha’s not in hand, a notification on your device will remind you to grab it. Similarly, forgetting your umbrella behind at a coffee shop or restaurant will trigger a notification, minimizing the risk of losing Kisha. And its durable design, complete with a 16 prong windproof frame, is built to stand up to the elements for years, especially crucial considering it won’t be lost along the way.
Preorder at Kisha – $60 [via]
The first thing you’ll notice about Withings Activité Pop is that it doesn’t look like a fitness tracker at all — and that’s a good thing. Withings painstakingly packed a slew of functionality into these normal-looking watches, including activity, sleep, and swim tracking, a silent vibration alarm, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. There’s no digital display on the watch itself: instead, two analog hands tell the time, a third displays the attained percentage of your daily goal, and their smartphone app handles the rest. And, conveniently, it runs on a standard button cell battery that lasts 8+ months, meaning you won’t have to remember to top it off every few days.
Learn more at Withings – $150
Packing light doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice, hot meal, even hours after the campfire’s run its course. Stanley’s Mountain Vacuum Food System combines a pot, complete with flip out handle, and a nesting vacuum insulated thermos that keeps its contents hot or cold for about half a day. It’s also leak proof, made almost entirely of 18/8 stainless steel, and packs along a spork for devouring soups or solids with unabashed fervor.
Pick one up on Amazon – $45
Working professionals trying to maintain a respectable gym routine need all the help they can get. DSPTCH’s Gym/Work Bag streamlines your carry by combining workout and work in one sleek black duffel. Along with a slot for your 15″ laptop, the bag boasts room for a tablet, a roomy main compartment, a wet/dry pouch, a hidden security pocket in the floor, and a place for shoes in their own ventilated section.
Grab one at DSPTCH – $184