Smartphones are ludicrously distracting. Occasionally disconnect with the Light Phone, a 4mm slim, credit card-shaped phone that does nothing but make and receive calls. Each Light Phone includes its own SIM card, comes pre-charged with 500 minutes, and includes an app to use with your existing phone for forwarding your normal number. It also comes unlocked, lasts for up to 20 days on a single charge, and stores up to 10 speed dial numbers in memory. And, optimistically, it can even slip away inside your wallet, freeing up another pocket.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $100
With their rigid incompatibilities or, worse, swappable inserts, we’ve never been a fan of Apple’s docks. Until the iPhone Lightning Dock. This clean, white slab boasts a slightly reclined Lightning plug and no recession whatsoever to cradle your phone, making it compatible with every past, present, and future Lightning-equipped iPhone. The backside also features a Lightning input to which to plug for power and sync, plus a single 3.5mm auxiliary port to connect to speakers for playing music.
Find it at Apple – $39
The trunk-friendly kayak is back in the Oru Coast Origami Kayak, this time bigger and specifically engineered for rough waters and longer expeditions. The 16 foot Coast weighs in at a paltry 31 pounds and unfolds from its box in under 10 minutes, making it far easier to transport or store by any measure compared to traditional rigid kayaks. Straps and clips along its length open from bow to stern for packing in tons of gear for multi-day journeys, and the kayak also boasts a rugged 2 layer polypropylene construction, adjustable footrests, and a 400 lbs weight capacity. Also available is a higher end Coast+ option with ratchet buckles for easier assembly, an ergonomic seat, thigh braces, and more hatches for stashing gear.
Find it at Kickstarter – $1,775
With their large, power-hungry displays and small batteries, most smartphones struggle to run for more than a day on one charge. The Android-running YotaPhone 2 takes a different route to extending battery life, instead combining both a traditional LCD screen with a power-sipping Electronic Paper Display, or EPD, on the flip side. This touchscreen-capable EPD makes possible 5 days of reading time on a charge and also doubles as a customizable dashboard to show you your email, music, calendar, stocks, twitter feed, and more at a quick glance. YotaPhone 2 also comes unlocked, includes all expected modern connectivity and features (plus GLONASS), and sports durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides.
Preorder at Indiegogo – $525
Hard drives are delicate. Shield them with the G-Technology G-DRIVE ATC, an all-terrain case and drive solution that can withstand shock, dust, pressure, and even water. The included 7200rpm drive offers thunderbolt connectivity for blazing fast transfer speeds, though removing the drive — which can be done rapidly thanks to the handy side mounted clip system — also exposes USB 3.0 and a typical SATA interface for more options.
Grab one at Amazon – $230 [via]
Great denim made responsibly and at a fair price is hard to find if you don’t know where to look. It’s even trickier dealing with varied sizing and fit issues across so many retailers. And that’s where Mott and Bow comes in. A lifetime around craftsmen and denimheads led Alejandro Chanin to found the company, which has grown aggressively across the past year thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. The brand sources its denim from one of the world’s finest Turkish mills, offers a no-hassle try-on and return policy and combines the whole process with excellent fit and classic styling potential. The Skinny Mosco fit in Dark Blue is perfect for guys who want to upgrade from a Levi’s 511, but Slim and Straight fit options are also available.
Learn more at Mott and Bow — $96
Instantly recognizable yet noticeably more aggressive looking than its predecessor, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro takes a stab at refining modern American muscle. Virtually all parts are brand new, such as an optional 8 speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, all-new architecture that shaves off 200 lbs and results in nimbler, more precise steering, and a triad of engine options including a 275 horsepower 2.0L turbo, 335HP 3.6L V6, and a 6.2L LT1 V8 putting out up to 455 horses and 455 lbs-ft of torque. All models also come standard with Brembo brakes, lightweight aluminum wheels, and a digital cockpit that keeps you connected.
Read more at Chevrolet – $TBA
Pit a compact umbrella against rough winds and the result is rather predictable. The Senz 6 Automatic Umbrella, on the other hand, is built stronger but mainly smarter. An asymmetrical aerodynamic shape lets this storm proof umbrella cut through oncoming winds of up to 50 mph, essentially never inverting on itself. Plus, the Senz 6 Automatic also boasts smooth-shaped eye savers on its tips, a UV50 protective canopy, and an automatic mechanism that pops open or collapses the umbrella with just a push of its single button.
Find it at Senz Umbrellas – $80
Whatever your travel plans this summer, Best Made Co’s The Bonded Duffle has your back — or, rather, 44 litres worth of the clothes on it. Based around their bonded canvas which is the result of the permanent bonding of 10 oz canvas with 7 oz flat cotton twill using a rubber-based adhesive, this durable duffle resists abrasion as well as water, the latter helped by taped interior seams and an internal storm flap backing up the brass zipper. Both leather handles and a wool felt-lined removable shoulder strap offer two modes of carry while the bag itself comes in either black or olive drab (shown).
Grab one at Best Made Co – $230
Don’t worry about knocking over or displacing 22’s hefty Merge Concrete Desk Accessories, though we suggest watching your feet if one does fall off your desk. With every stage of both design and production achieved by hand, these uncompromising concrete pieces are staunch, long-lasting, and inspiring in a sort of minimalistic way. Available in blue or grey in pen holder, cardholder, and tape dispenser components.
Find it as individual components or as sets at MollaSpace or Dwell – $65+ [via]