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Your new home-away-from-home     Photo: Courtesy of Dub Box

Dub Box Camper

The ultimate Vanagon upgrade

Forget that old, moldy VW parked out back. It’s time to upgrade to one of Dub Box’s pimped out campers

The exterior channels all the retro appeal of the old-school vans, but inside, you’ll find more luxuries than you'll know what to do with. The campers each come with a dining area that can comfortably seat four adults, a convertible double bed, and a kitchenette with enough storage for a few days on the road.

Then there are the add-ons, which include: a stovetop; a fridge; a toilet; an outdoor shower, an awning; a weather curtain; and a Bluetooth-capable sound system.

$19,500, dub-box-usa.com

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Soccer ball or personal trainer?     Photo: Courtesy of Adidas

Adidas miCoach Smart Ball

The world's first smart soccer ball will fan your World Cup fever—and make you want to get back out on the pitch.

If you still haven't caught at least a twinge of World Cup fever, then you might as well be Ann Coulter (seriously, lady, you’re supposed to be pro America!).

Personally, it’s made us want to get back out on the pitch, even if we haven’t kicked a ball around since elementary school. To remedy our rusty skills, we’ve been been messing around with Adidas’s miCoach smart ball, which functions sort of like a friendly U11 coach.

Integrated sensors built into the size 5 regulation weight ball provide almost instant feedback about the speed, spin, trajectory, and strike point of our kicks to an accompanying smartphone app. And supplemental coach notes tell us what all that data means (though some are admittedly more helpful than others. Helpful: "To get a better power kick, the ball spin should be below 150 rpm." Less helpful, but encouraging: "It takes 10,000 hours to become proficient at a task").

Adidas also thoughtfully incorporated various challenges for once we master the basics, so we’ll be able to practice bending and knuckleballing like the pros. Our touches might be slower than they once were, but we’re going to crush the competition at next week’s co-ed rec game.

$300, adidas.com 

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Up your campfire game with the Smokestack Fire Pit from Holland.     Photo: James/Flickr

Smokestack Fire Pit by Frederik Roijé

Bring some class to your next backyard barbecue.

Sure, you can always scrounge up a few rocks from your backyard to build a fire pit. But if you’re looking for a less primitive option, you might want to check out the stylish Smokestack Fire Pit by Frederik Roijé.

The Smokestack Fire Pit by Frederik Roijé

Roijé based the design of the six-and-a-half-foot-tall smokestack off the industrial chimneys he used to see in Holland, where the fire pit is constructed. The fire pit’s shell is made from Coren steel, a metal developed in the 1930s in the U.S. that’s known for its strength and coppery hue.

$1,750, aplusrstore.com

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The Topeak Bikamper, a one-person shelter     Photo: Courtesy of Topeak

Topeak Bikamper

Planning to ride your bike across the country? Leave the traditional tent at home.

You don’t need a tent to go camping. And when you’re riding across the U.S. on a bike, you definitely don’t want to lug around a stuff sack full of tent poles.

Enter the Topeak Bikamper, a personal shelter that forgoes poles in favor of a 26-inch mountain—or 700c road—wheel and handlebars for support. Just prop the wheel at one end and the bike frame at the other to give structure to the tent's walls.

The three-season tent weighs just over three and a half pounds, and comes with mesh panels for ventilation and stargazing, and a waterproof 70-denier ripstop-nylon fly. It packs down into a stuff sack that straps onto handlebars so you'll be able to fly as you tour the country. 

$175, topeak.com

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Pre-order your Onewheel today.     Photo: Courtesy of Onewheel

Onewheel Electric Skateboard

As close as you can get to a hoverboard

Segways are so 2001. The future belongs to the Onewheel—a one-wheeled electric skateboard that’s self-balancing and battery-powered.

The rider leans forward to accelerate, back to slow down, and side-to-side to turn. The skateboard can reach speeds up to 12 mph, and has a range of up to six miles. And if you invest in the “ultra charger,” you can charge the Onewheel in less than 30 minutes. (The standard charger takes about two hours.)  

Like every other gadget these days, the Onewheel will soon be app-ready, too. The company estimates the product will ship this December. 

Pre-order for $1,499 (includes ultra charger), rideonewheel.com

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The PicoBrew Zymatic     Photo: Courtesy of PicoBrew

PicoBrew Zymatic

Brew your own craft beer with the click of a mouse.

What if you could design a craft beer and then brew it in your kitchen with just the click of a mouse?

Thanks to two former Microsoft employees and a food scientist, you can. The trio has used technology to simplify the ancient art of brewing beer without sacrificing any of the fun—or the taste.  

Their machine is called the PicoBrew Zymatic, which allows homebrew aficionados to make high-quality beer at home with about as much effort as it takes to run an espresso machine. And even though Zymatic automates most of the brewing process, it doesn’t completely quash creativity. Brewers still can tinker with their recipes and ingredients.

The Zymatic connects to the Internet so you can download a recipe directly to the machine. That information lets the Zymatic know when to release the grains and the hops you’ve selected. You then fill the gadget up with the ingredients you want, hit the start button, and wait three and a half hours. Voilà: You have a wort that can be cooled and then fermented. After about two weeks (once the yeast has done its job turning the glucose into alcohol and carbon dioxide), you’ll have beer. Next step: Drink.

But, traditionalists might cry, isn’t homebrewing just as much about the process of making the beer as it is about the final product? Well, there’s a lot that can go wrong in homebrewing. Sterilization is key, but can be easier said than done. (There are opportunities for your brew to be contaminated, which will ruin your hard work.) The Zymatic, on the other hand, is intended to remove human error, thus allowing brewers to focus on their recipes and ingredients, says PicoBrew co-founder Bill Mitchell.

The master plan is to bring homebrewing to the masses. And if recent stats are any indication, there’s a broad market for this sort of technology: The American Homebrewers Association estimates that 1.2 million American brew beer at home and that number keeps growing.

PicoBrew waged an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign last fall (it raised $511,000 more than its intended goal) and its founders believe that the social aspect of their machine will revolutionize homebrewing. The website allows users to share and rate consistent, clone-able recipes, thus growing the amount of high-quality homebrew out there. We can toast to that.

Available for pre-order now.

$1,799, picobrew.com

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Is it a boat or a camper?     Photo: Courtesy of Sealander

Sealander Camper

The amphibious trailer

You’ve always wanted a camper that can travel by land or by sea, right? 

If so, you're in luck. Folks in Germany created the Sealander, a towable trailer that’s both a camper and a boat. The transition from land to sea is surprisingly simple: just secure the low-emission, outboard motor to the stern and launch the two-in-one vehicle into the water.

As you might expect, the Sealander as a boat is best suited to calm, shallow bays. (Don’t even think about a trans-Pacific crossing.) Thankfully, the shell is made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic designed to stay afloat even if it springs a leak.   

Inside, you’ll find all the creature comforts you’d want in an amphibious trailer. The Sealander comes with a large sunroof, a fold-out table, and seating for six that turns into a bunk bed. Plus, there’s plenty of below-seat storage, and customizable add-ons are available. 

Starting at $24,575, sealander.de

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The invincible three-wheeled fattie     Photo: Courtesy of Rungu

Rungu Juggernaut Bike

Who doesn’t want a grown-up, powder-slaying tricycle?

Trike meets fattie in the 55.8-pound aluminum Rungu Juggernaut, a bike designed to take you up and over pretty much anything.

The bike comes with two forks, 26-inch wheels, and 4.7-inch tires. According to Rungu, the added third wheel improves float in the snow up to 50 percent and the bike can "overcome obstacles up to six-inches tall at crawl speed." Let's just say we’re excited to test those claims this winter. 

Need even more power to conquer the trails? The Juggernaut is fixed with mounting points for electric-bike kits.

$2,500, riderungu.com

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Backpacking stoves need to work no matter the conditions. This one does.     Photo: Courtesy of Vertex

Vertex Backpacking Stove

For when weight really matters

The Vertex Ultralight Backpacking Stove might be the most lightweight, simple backpacking stove we’ve ever seen—it weighs just 1.8 ounces and packs completely flat.

The stainless steel contraption is designed with a full, built-in windscreen and, with no moving parts or valves, it's easy to set up instantly. 

The stove supports Esbit 14-gram solid fuel tablets, which burn at low temperatures and high elevations, and can serve as fire starters in a pinch. Plus, you'll know exactly how much fuel you have left (no more running out of gas before your water boils). With the tablets, you can boil 16 ounces of water in about eight minutes, according to the company. The stove also works with the Trangia spirit alcohol burner.

The final bonus? The Vertex comes with a lifetime warranty.

$40, vertexoutdoors.com

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The Electric FW02 PU     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Electric FW02 PU

Designed for West Coast hipsters

Take a hefty stainless-steel case, add a funky artisanal aesthetic, and let Thomas Edison pick the name—that’s the Electric FW02. Available in five sleek color combos, it isn’t for those who want their data fast and loud: the chrono dials are blended into the main dial, and the pushers have to be unscrewed. And we love that.

$350, electriccalifornia.com 

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The best pack for serious minimalists     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 4400 Windrider

Serious about minimalism? Then this is the pack for you.

By employing Cuben fiber, a bantam-weight fabric that's waterproof and nearly impossible to rip, Maine-based Hyperlite achieves an impressive weight-to-carry-capacity ratio: the Windrider offers up to 70 liters of space but weighs just over two pounds.

Even more impressive: it's not (completely) stripped down. Three big mesh pockets swallow layers, hip pockets hold snacks, and the roll-top closure is simple to batten down. It's also comfier than we expected. "The well-cushioned shoulder straps and hipbelt kept me free from bruises, even after 40-mile days," said one tester. "I fell in love with this pack."

It's a dream pack for ounce shavers and a great option for the rest of us. 2.3 lbs

$345, hyperlitemountaingear.com

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Go on, give it a try. You just might love it.     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Hoka One One Conquest

A road shoe for open-minded runners

Hoka’s trademark giant foam polarized our test group. Some loved it, especially the way the rockered sole felt on long downhills. Others hated it.

But all noted how light, responsive, and stable the new rubbery injection-molded midsole material is, considering its elevator-shoe proportions. “There’s more bounce than squish in these Frankenstein midsoles,” one said, although the foam is firmer than you might expect. The upper drew similarly mixed opinions: some found it comfy and secure, while others found it underpadded and boxy.

Try it—you might love it, especially if you’re a hill climber or a long hauler. 12.3 oz; 4 mm drop 

$170, hokaoneone.com

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Redefining the hammock, the tent, and the tree house.     Photo: Courtesy of Tentsile

Tentsile Stingray 3 Tree Tent

The ultimate portable tree house

Why build a wooden tree house when you can have this ultimate suspended tent?  

With the Tentsile Stingray 3, you not only get a three-season, (relatively) spacious tent, but also a portable tree fort you can take with you everywhere. Plus, it lets you sleep above the ground and away from any creepy crawlies.  

The Stingray sleeps three adults with ample head room and its triple-hammock interior. There’s also a removable rain fly and a large mesh roof for views and ventilation. The Stingray comes with a suspension system of ratchets and straps—all you need are three trees to live out your childhood dreams.

$749, tentsile.com

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You know you want one.    

Kuberg Free-Rider

The e-motorcycle of the future

It looks like something Batman might ride when the Batmobile is in the shop, but the Kuberg Free-Rider is no DC Comics' fantasy.   

Kuberg, an electric motorcycle company that usually builds bikes for kids and teenagers, designed the electric Free-Rider to be quiet, lightweight, versatile, and, most importantly, fun. The new bike only weighs 84 pounds and can reach speeds up to 34 MPH. It'll run for an hour on one charge.

So while the Free-Rider might not be powerful enough to leave the bad guys in your dust, at least it sure looks cool.  

$3,500, kuberg.com

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Train anywhere with the Monkii Bars. Coming soon.    

Monkii Bars

Not your kid's jungle gym

You won’t find this equipment at your local park. Instead, the Monkii Bars are a lightweight, portable suspension-training tool.

Use them at home, in your office, at a park, or while camping and traveling—the whole system is completely self-contained within the sleek bars.

Here’s how it works. Remove the 18-foot suspension line from the bars, then throw the line over a branch or hook it up to a door with carabiners and webbing. (A door-attachment accessory is still in the works.) Use the loop to adjust the length, and voilà, you have a personal-training system. The kit also includes training and set-up-anywhere guides.  

Work on upper and lower body strength or use the bars to extend your flexibility. Because the Monkii Bars can be used and stored almost anywhere, you’ll have no more excuses for not working out. The product is set to ship later this summer.

Pre-order for $98, monkiibars.com

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These speakers are (almost) indestructible.    

Eton Rugged Rukus

Got sun? Then you’ve got music.

As long as you have sunlight, the Eton Rugged Rukus will blast your music by the pool, on a hike, or around the fire.

The solar-powered music player has two full-range speakers that connect to your phone via Bluetooth. Set it up at the campfire or use the carabiner loop to hook it onto your backpack. The speaker can be charged with an USB port, but it also has an internal lithium battery that lasts up to eight hours for when it gets dark. The gadget can charge your smartphone, too.

And don’t worry about getting a little rowdy around the campfire—the speaker is drop-proof and water-resistant.

$100, etoncorp.com

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This could be a game changer.     Photo: Courtesy of CENTR

CENTR 360-Degree HD Camera

Never miss a moment

There’s a new wave of camera technology that stitches video together in real time to create 360-degree live filming. First, we noticed the 360 Fly. Now CENTR, a new unit that’s raised more than $450,000 on Kickstarter, looks poised to ignite the 360-degree camera world.

Already being used by the likes of Red Bull, FOX Sports, and the US Army, CENTR has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the panoramic camera to the masses. The company, founded by two former Apple employees, is still some $300,000 short of its $900,000 goal, but the camera has already generated some buzz.

The CENTR’s specs are, quite frankly, amazing—if they're all true. The Kickstarter page outlines 360-degree HD filming at up to 60fps, up to 4k panoramic video resolution, and even 20 megapixel panoramic stills. Plus, the camera is compatible with most tripod and GoPro mounts and it only weighs nine ounces.

We're still waiting to see if CENTR will meet its fundraising goal, and if the technology can carve out a place in the crowded action cam market. But for now, the camera’s most recent promotional video is pretty impressive.

$399, centrcam.com

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Cool spring mornings on the beach suddenly got a lot more bearable.     Photo: Courtesy of Surf Sauna

Surf Sauna

Because who doesn't want a portable sauna, right?

The Surf Sauna is perfect for die-hard surfers and beachgoers who don’t care about nippy air or water temperatures. Just roll it up to your favorite sandy spot on a cool evening, and rest your bones inside its cask-like interior.

The sauna starts out at $16,400, and includes surf racks, a wood-burning stove, aluminum brim, brass hatch, and a mounted shovel and hi-lift jack just in case you find yourself in a sticky situation. Each sauna can be made to fit two to eight people. 

Want to amp up the awesomeness? You can get larger tires to beef up the sauna’s off-road capabilities. You can also add a changing tent and shower, and upgrade to a propane stove. Want music for those nights on the beach? The designers can add Bluetooth speakers.

And don’t worry about sea spray wrecking your new trailer—the company claims the sauna’s western red cedar is rot-resistant and antimicrobial, and the rest of the rig is made from marine-grade galvanized and stainless steel. You can even pimp out the vehicle with your own custom logo.

Starting at $16,400, surfsauna.net

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The Rierson Salmons cabin by Salmela Architects     Photo: Courtesy of David Getty

Lake Superior's Secret Shelter

An environmentally-friendly cabin perched above the water

Almost every feature of this Lake Superior cottage is remarkable. First, let’s talk about its location, perched atop a granite bluff overlooking the lake.

Architects designed this guest home on the foundation of a former garage and wind generator, one of the design elements that makes this a low-impact, environmentally-friendly retreat.

Building up instead of out also means less impact on the lakeside bluff. (This has the added benefit of giving occupants incredible views.) Heavily insulated walls and triple-glazed windows keep the place toasty warm in the winter and cool in the summer—plus, they help reduce heating and air-conditioning bills. Low-maintenance materials, including the black fir exterior and the birch interior, can be found throughout the cabin.

All the amenities inside are wrapped in wood. There are shared kitchen, living, and dining areas on the ground floor, plus a bedroom and luxury bath suite. The second level has a guest suite, a game room, and, of course, a sauna. Natural light comes in through a skylight in the loft, and there’s an upstairs terrace with 360-degree views.

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The Hasselblad Stellar with zebra wood    

Hasselblad Stellar Camera

Old-school look, modern technology

Hasselblad took a camera resembling the compact Sony RX100 and gave it a woodsy makeover.

The camera has an aluminum body and metal controls, but its coolest feature is the ergonomic handgrip made from wood. The camera comes in six different styles, including walnut, zebra wood, and mahogany.

The RX100-esque Stellar offers the same 28-100mm equivalent Zeiss-branded zoom as the Sony—with a significantly higher price tag. In fact, you could buy three Sony RX100 cameras for the price of one Stellar.

But hey, if money is no concern and style is what you’re after, check out this luxury gadget from Hasselblad.

$1,995, hasselblad-stellar.com

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