Heat, eat, and drink from this ultra-compact 1 liter unit. Ideal for coffee or tea on the go, dehydrated meals, remote worksites, emergency kits.
The Jetboil PCS (or personal cooking system) is another gadget designed for specialized use that may have greater applicability to the general public. The Jetboil PCS is an integrated system for outdoor cooking. No assembly is required and the system fully activates with just the push of a button. The 1 liter insulated hard-anodized aluminum cooking cup has a high-performance burner base, drink-through plastic lid, and a protective bottom cover that can also be used as a measuring cup. The burner base has a built-in piezoelectric igniter. The entire system stacks securely, and when packed is smaller than a Nalgene bottle. Typically favored by backpackers I could see the PCS taking off with anyone who desires the ease and convenience of preparing hot food in challenging circumstances. With its compact size and copious accessories (extra companion cup, coffee press, color cozies or maintenance kit) you could just as easily take this into the forest or the backyard. And if you're with friends, check out the Group Cooking System.
Over the last six months or so, I've developed tension and pain in my back and arms (probably from too much computer use) that never quite goes away no matter what I do. Occasionally, I get acupuncture, and I'm sure that weekly massages to work out the really big knots near my shoulder blades would provide some relief. But who has time to go see a massage therapist on a regular basis? I can barely make it to the grocery store once a month.
I have six or seven massage gadgets in my house, including a Shiatsu massage chair attachment, a neck roller, an odd-looking massage cane, and one of those percussion massagers that looks like a big hammer. By now, I know that no single instrument is going to cure me of my aches and pains, but I still try every new thing I come across.
My next purchase is this Healthy Body Ball recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil, my favorite holistic health expert. Based on Trigger Point Therapy, the ball has nodules which act like thumbs to press on various trigger points on your body. The idea behind it seems to be similar to the idea behind the massage cane, which also has nodules that you press into problem muscles. But the Healthy Body Ball is more portable and looks a lot less like a torture device than the cane. Like everything else I've tried, I know this won't be an adequate substitute for a pair of skilled hands, but for $21.95, I may as well add it to my arsenal.
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Whether you're out in the wilderness or just hanging in the urban jungle, you'll love the Press-Bot. The first coffee press to fit into Nalgene outdoor bottles, you'll have your coffee your way, anwhere. With a hinged shaft and plunger, the Press-Bot folds neatly into a wide-mouth Nalgene, popping nicely back to full size once engaged. (Remember to put coffee grounds in BEFOREhand!) Unlike the traditional french press, the Press-Bot has an integrated pour spout that allows you to drink directly from the bottle, or if you are with friends, share. An absolute boon to coffee addicts, this allows you to bring a bit of civility into any situation and in the most remote places.
I don't know whether to wear this or vacuum with it.
But once you see it with the basketball, it's clearly form following function.
The basketball is not only stored, but also becomes an inherent design element.
Designed by Ramon Villanueva on the wild and wooly design site Yanko Design
Lately, a lot of attention has been given to how damaging a waterman/waterwoman's outdoor lifestyle can be to the eyes over time. In addition to a greater risk of skin cancer, surfers of all types run the risk of developing pterygiums and cataracts due to sun exposure. And while wearing sunglasses is the best defense, this is often hard to do when engaged in water sports.
Many companies have surged to fill the void, creating sunglasses which are meant to be worn in the water. One company Sea Specs, offers pretty good value for price. At just $59.00, Sea Specs seem to win out over more expensive brands in recent reviews in both the New York Times and About.com.
With so much at stake, it only makes sense that protection both in and out of the water is a necessity. With 100% UVA and UVB protection and polarized lenses, a little investment now can mean not having to pay the price for sun exposure later on.
What do you get for the friend who has everything? May I suggest high fashion toilet paper from Portugese paper products company Renova? Just look at these gorgeous colors, and the swirly design on the sheets. And when you order them in gift packages of three (for $14.99 to $19.99), they arrive in attractive tubes of similar color. A regular pack of six wrapped in plastic retails for $12.99 to $14.99.
You can find Renova toilet paper in some of the most upscale clubs and restaurants in New York, but it's also available in home product stores, so you can dress up your guest bathroom with them along with those crisp linen towels you never use yourself. At the moment, they come in the four colors shown above: red, orange, green and black (fall and winter holiday colors?). And they're not meant to be purely decorative -- the sheets are nice and thick and soft enough to use on your baby.
I know what some of you will say: how can you even think of using something so pretty as toilet paper? Well, you could ask the same question about decorative soaps and colorful Q-tips (okay, I've never seen colorful Q-tips, but I bet someone will make them now). And consider this thought that inspired the creation of this product: the bathroom has become "the most sanctified shrine of alone time in our global culture."
If you happen to be the recipient of such a gift, and don't feel you deserve to use designer toilet paper for its intended purpose, then you can still make use of them as party streamers.
"Click & Blink" is the name of the new pocket eyelash curler design from Rubis. With a sleek design that replaces the bulky scissor-type curlers that we girls are used to, the Click & Blink uses a steel lever and silicone pad to kink your lashes into their desired shape. Simply lift the lever, place your eyelashes on the pad, and bring the lever down across the eyelashes... and behold! You're left with pair of baby doll eyes to die for. Perfectly sized for those on the go, this will fit inside that little makeup bag without all the awkward bulges your ordinary lash curler causes. Just what you wanted, I'm sure, for when you're carrying that cute little clutch or evening purse.
The Amandana Bamboo Headphones sure are lovely. With movable hangers that adjust easily to your ears and quality sound, it's no surprise that these are a coveted item. The headphones support a frequency range between 10 to 24,000 Hz, a maximum input of 50 mW, and a 16 ? impedance. Neodymium rare earth magnets and an ultra-thin 6?m diaphragm provide clarity and resonance. Because the earphones are made with natural bamboo, each piece has an individualized beauty and would match beautifully with other wooden briefcases, accessories, bicycles, and flash drives previously blogged here.
Dimensions: 2h x 2.25w x .25"d. Designed by Shuwa Tei, and now available at the Momastore for $125.