When your company’s claim to fame is making sneakers so high-performing that the NBA bans them, you must be doing something right. It’s a good thing for the average jogger that Athletic Propulsion Labs puts the same care into its running shoes as its notorious basketball kicks. Made from a one-piece woven upper, the TechLoom Pro features a featherlight Propelium midsole/outsole combo designed to hold up longer than that in your average pair. The use of varying color palettes and knit patterns in the upper also makes this one pair of running sneakers that doesn’t look out of place when worn casually — so you can keep burning rubber in the meantime.
Learn more at Athletic Propulsion Labs – $140
Vipukirves’ Lever Axe is back, this time with a new build and a slightly revamped name — and no, it doesn’t track your swings or measure your strike force. Instead, the Leveraxe’s hard-wearing iron alloy head features the same hook and side-heavy design which both clamps the log after each swing and applies lateral pressure, splitting hardwood apart safely. A new hollow polyamide handle also makes this version even lighter than the last for chopping harder while expending less energy.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $120
Barefoot running shoes are positively cumbersome in comparison to Swiss Barefoot Company’s FYF Footwear. Made of 46.5% Dyneema, these “shoes” are supple, soft and comfortable like socks yet protect your feet thanks to incredible cut and abrasion resistance. While Dyneema in itself is low friction, the soles are lined with grip dots for a solid no-slip grip suitable to a wide variety of sports asides from running. Else, FYF have high thermal conductivity to cool you down, dry fast (they won’t soak up water), and boast an elastic seam that keeps them strapped to your feet.
Hit up Kickstarter for more information – $50+
Nothing beats catching and riding the perfect wave. Or so we’d imagine. For anyone without adequate skills or waves, there’s the Onean Carver Electric Jet Board. Quick and nimble, the Carver sports a dual-core brushless electric motor, high efficiency axial water pump, and Bizintek electric drive, all controlled using a handheld wireless remote. The board can hit high speeds (exact numbers still to be determined) and run for about 20 minutes at full power. Alternatively, Onean’s larger, stabler Manta is more suited for exploring than for satisfying your thrill seeking needs, cruising at a cool 4.5 mph for hours on a charge.
Preorder at Onean – $4,000+ [via]
Due to their thinness, bicycle tires are particularly susceptible to flats. Tannus Puncture Proof Bicycle Tires, not so much. Instead of riding on air, Tannus tires are completely solid inside — made with Aither, a foam-like Micro Closed Cell Polymer Resin — while still minimizing rolling resistance, wear and tear, and, surprisingly, even weight, weighing in at less than most tire/tube/rimtape combinations. So roll over nails, broken glass, or metal — none of it will slow you down enough to even notice.
Learn more at Tannus – $70+
When you’re loading up before heading to the great outdoors, space for gear is often critically limited. One solution to that problem is in sight for fortuitous Kickstarters. Houston-based Tenativ launched their roll-top bag and tent combination, known as Moedal + Totem, and packs some serious functionality. Moedal, the waterproof roll-top bag, is equipped with waterproof zippers and polyester webbing for durability. Totem, the one-man bivy tent, is equally durable and fit for use in three seasons; both attach seamlessly to one another, granting access to the inside of the backpack both without leaving the tent and without sacrificing floor space. And if that’s not enough, each product is made by an entirely blind-and-deaf workforce in America, and a portion of sales go toward providing life-changing support to homeless teenagers. What are you waiting for?
Learn more at Kickstarter – $375+
Access. It’s the one thing most backpacks lack (without of course taking them off), except perhaps to the gear packed in their tiny shoulder strap pockets. The Paxis Pax changes that thanks to ARC swing tech, which lets its “shuttle pod” — or the bottom third of the pack — swing out in front of you with a pull of a handle and a quick reach around. Fill the pod with a camera, snacks, fishing gear, or a multitude of other stuff you need to keep handy, and access it in an instant any time. The Pax is also highly water-resistant thanks to its NYLAR Ballistic Fabric construction, boasts an ergonomic padded and vented back, a hydration port, and a tripod/ski/fishing pole pocket. And while the stuff in its larger top segment is only accessible when you take off the bag, a bit of clever packing can minimize this need altogether.
Learn more at Paxis Pax – $240 to $275
Building your own watercraft never looked as good as the O Six Hundred Kayak. Based on the age old Inuit design, the O Six Hundred is made up of 30 precision CNC-cut pieces and snaps together not unlike a piece of IKEA furniture (but without the wrench). The final touch is its semi-translucent, low-drag carbon fabric that slips on over the frame and ties up nice and taught using rope over the bow.
Check it out at O Six Hundred – roughly $1,500
Whether you’re off the grid for days, weeks, or months, the Luci Inflatable LED Solar Lantern keeps on shining. Luci packs down flat for carry and inflates when in use, providing a combined 50 lumens from its 10 LED array in a diffused manner thanks to its lantern-like shape. Unsurprisingly it floats, and it’s also equipped with a solar array on the underside to recharge in direct sunlight: 8 hours of charging provides up to 12 hours of use.
Grab one at Amazon – $15
Slow-changing transition lenses are one thing. The technology in CTRL ONE Smart Sunglasses, another. Originally developed for the U.S. military, CTRL ONE uses Tint-on-Demand tech within its lenses that switches from crystal clear to dark at the push of a button and in less than one tenth of a second. The lenses themselves meet ANSI Z87.1 standards for ballistic protection against rubble and offer 100% UV protection, as any good sport shades should. They also boast adjustable nose and temple pads for customizing your fit, last for about 50 hours of continuous use, and feature an automatic mode where an integrated light sensor decides what tint is most appropriate for current conditions.
Check it out at Indiegogo – $170