Not since the introduction of Skate or Die! in 1988 has technology and boarding come together so seamlessly. The E-Go Cruiser is an eco-friendly, esthetically pleasing, commute easing electric motor-powered skateboard with a wireless handheld remote control. The lithium ion battery lasts up to 3 and a half hours during which time the Cruiser can cover up to 18 miles (30km). Charging takes as little as 3 hours, and is enhanced with the ABS battery recharge when braking, controlled by the Cruiser’s onboard computer. The controller itself weighs less than a smart phone and works with the motion of your hand to accelerate or stop. In fact, everything about the Cruiser can be controlled without your eyes leaving the road. And unlike computer controlled skateboards from ’88, you won’t have to ride in 8-bit.
Find it at E-Go – $700
Riding your bike past dusk is just plain foolish – that is, unless you’ve taken adequate precautions to ensure that motorists see you. Unfortunately, small square reflectors or lights mounted on the tail of a bicycle are drastically limited by their placement and surface area. Enter the Revolights Arc. Arc replaces the rear fender of the bicycle with a dual-blade light system that can not only be seen from the rear but from the sides as well. Because of riveting to the fender, it’s nearly impossible to remove (or steal) without detaching the entire fender. Else, rear wheel speed is detected by sensors within the lights to create a functional brake light upon deceleration, and its Li-Poly battery can be charged directly from any USB port in under 2 hours to power the unit for 8 hours of night biking fun.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – $70+
While its stunning angular case and diminutive size might have you mislead, 360Fly is basically the GoPro of 360 degree cameras. Its unique top-facing lens captures immersive 360° shots with a 240° vertical angle, the widest view of any camera, ever. It’s lightweight at 120 grams, as easily mountable to helmets (or pretty much anything) as any action cam, plus ruggedized and ready for adventure thanks to 5-meter waterproofing. The resulting video footage captures not only the subject in focus but the surrounding environment as a whole, letting viewers scroll around at will while watching. We’re damned excited about that, and you should be, too.
Learn more at 360Fly – $TBA
VACO12 isn’t a Soviet space capsule, it’s the revolutionary system that may make Rockwell’s bike helmet the new industry standard. Most helmets use hard outer shells filled with foam. Rockwell blows this process away by using three layers: a hard shell, a soft shell and the VACO12 cushions that adapt to the shape of your noggin. The difference is higher flexibility, less material, and far superior fit with no pressure points and better ventilation. In the event that the helmet comes into contact with a hard object or surface, the VACO12 system disperses the impact energy in every direction, resulting in minimal shock. And if superior protection, comfort and cutting edge design weren’t enough, Rockwell’s lineup comes in a wide array of colors that can be mixed and matched to fit your on-bike personality.
Learn more at Rockwell Headgear – $TBA
Have you ever yearned for an adventure where the open road meets the unexplored? It’s easy to hop in your SUV for an off road adventure, but what do you do when you get hungry? Power bars start off great but can taste like sawdust. You need a hot meal, but towing your Weber behind isn’t practical. That’s where the Front Runner Spare Tire Mount Braai cooking grate comes in. This all stainless steel grate stores over your spare tire and takes up virtually no space. Able to adjust to fit tire sizes from 29″ to 37″, the grate can go anywhere you do and has sections for grill and griddle cooking, doubling your campfire cooking options. Just don’t forget to hose it down after a long drive through winding dirt roads.
Read more at Front Runner Outfitters – $125
Let’s face it – kids are lazy and self-centered. “Feed me, hug me, love me”, their list of selfish demands goes on seemingly forever. But thanks to the Piggyback Rider, when they say “carry me”, you’re covered. This lightweight child carrier has a mounted foot bar so your little one can ride on your back without breaking it. The rider supports children up to 60lbs and is as easy as a backpack to don, complete with a safety harness and integrated handles keep your child firmly attached and able to see the world from a grown-up height. Not only is the child comfortable, but so are parents thanks to a foam comfort core, ergonomic weight distribution, and the availability of multiple models to accommodate specific adult needs, including some with integrated hydration and boosted carrying capacity. Wear one and your toddler’s likely to be a little less of a pain in the neck.
Pick one up on Amazon – $85+
Smart watches and fitness trackers are two distinct wrist-borne devices that have – against all logic – so far been mutually exclusive. At least until yesterday when Samsung consolidated the two to craft their sleekest smart watch yet, the Gear Fit. Equipped with a curved 1.84-inch Super AMOLED display, the Fit packs a water resistant casing, heart rate monitor, accelerometer, and gyro, the combination of which is the key to its fitness and sleep tracking features. Of course, it’s also prepared to update you of any incoming calls or SMS messages, upcoming appointments, emails, and grant media player control like any good smart watch would, all via Bluetooth 4.0. Unfortunately, though, the Gear Fit is only compatible with Samsung phones, so iOS users will have to anticipate Apple’s retort.
Learn more at Samsung – $TBA
Cycling, unfortunately, is rife with inherent risks, notably those associated with careless drivers piloting a one ton heap of steel in your vicinity. One method that’s effectively curbed speeding and reckless driving is the use of traffic cameras, and by that logic so might the Fly6. Fusing a highly visible red taillight to a 720p high-definition rear facing camera, Fly6 draws attention to its recording capabilities thanks to a rotating bezel light around the lens, hopefully inciting drivers into greater attentiveness. With a 5 hour runtime per charge, looping video recording on an included 8GB microSD card, and straightforward operation – basically, when the light’s on, it’s recording – cyclists can rest a little easier knowing Fly6 has their back (and at the least provides some video evidence in case of an incident).
Check it out at Kickstarter – $120+
It doesn’t matter what you’re lugging to your workout because Goruck’s Gym bags were built to handle it. Each duffle boasts one large main compartment for shoes, clothes, towels, and the like, plus external pockets on each end and another inside for stashing valuables. Like all Goruck gear they’re backed by a lifetime guarantee, though you’ll likely never need it since they’re made with double-layered 1000 D Cordura, fitted with YKK zippers, and stress tested at critical points with a 400 pound strength check.
Find them in 20- and 38-litre models at Goruck – $75 to $95
Loo’k at zee fi’sh az zey attend ze’re schoool. Jacques Cousteau may have disliked unaccented English, but he would’ve loved the Easybreath Snorkeling Mask. Instead of forcing the user to breathe through their mouths like other snorkels, this ingenious mask allows the user to breath naturally through their nose or mouth, as they would on land. The snorkel’s design stops water from entering when submerged and is highly visible to preventing unwanted collisions from the surface. A double extraction vent system prevents fogging and a 180 degree unobstructed view adds to the utility of the Easybreath. The downside is that you can’t fill the snorkel with water and blow it out at your friends.
Check it out at Tribord – roughly $55