When you haven’t yet taught your dog to drink from a water bottle, giving him water while taking a walk is a bit of a chore unless you have a RuffBowl ($8). This portable plastic dog bowl snaps onto your regular FexiLeash and it is easily the most convenient way to keep your pup hydrated as you traverse the treacherous sidewalks of subrbia.
If you have ever tried to carry around your phone cord in your pocket, you know it is about as awkward as it gets. The AViiQ Ready Clip ($16) has taken your average phone cord and reduced it to the size of a pen, with the same amount of portability. USB on one side, phone jack on the other, this cord/clip is one of the easiest ways we have found to keep your devices connected.
If you are unwilling to let anything but the finest lamb skin touch your ears, then look no further than the Aedle VK-1 Headphones ($325+). Finally, a pair of gorgeous headphones to rival Beats by Dr. Dre and anything Apple has ever made. After two years of design, these headphones are borderline works of art with genuine lambskin leather cushions and aircraft grade aluminum on the cups. Oh yeah, and they sound amazing too.
Sometimes you need a camera bag, sometimes you need a cooler. With the Camera Cooler Bag ($65) from Photojojo, you can have both. Big enough to hold a DSLR and two lenses, or a six-pack of beer, it comes with a removable divider to keep your camera gear unharmed, and the insulated walls will keep your beer/snacks chilled all day long.
When your grill surface is big enough to roast an entire cow, you will need the Texas Grill Brush ($50) to get that grill gunk out of those back corners. With a 4-foot handle, black steel and course bristles, this is about as heavy-duty as grill brushes get. They will even iron-brand your name on the handle, just so everyone on the block knows who has the big stick in the neighborhood.
Some would argue that a growler full of delicious suds is just as precious as a newborn. If this sounds like your position on home-brew, then you need the Growler on Board ($30) Beer Transfer Unit (BTU). Forget about laying your growlers on the back seat (or even worse, your trunk!), this BTU holds standard 1/2 gallon growlers, as well as 2L swing top style growlers with handles. Made from low density foam, your growlers will enjoy the smoothest clink-free ride they have ever experienced.
Want your own personal cloud? Get the LaCie 3TB CloudBox ($170). Plug it in, one-click, and you can access your files from any location with any device. Think of it like a super hard-drive that acts like your own personal DropBox. We are pretty sure the future includes things like the LaCie CloudBox.
Whether you regularly fight fires, or battles, or both, be always prepared with the Lansky Fireman’s Battle Axe ($60). This super-tool was designed with the help of professional firefighters to be the “sidearm” of choice when tackling that five-alarm flame. Includes a hammer tool, a hose wrench, a gas valve wrench, and load-bearing up to 600 lbs.
In the market for a backpack or a briefcase? Look no further than the Ignoble Lorna Case Backpack ($290). Ballistic nylon exterior, ripstop interior, YKK buttons, and a strap system that allows the bag to quickly be converted from a backpack to a briefcase (and vice versa). Of the many travel bags that that we have featured, this is certainly one of the most unique.
Slim wallet’s are much more functional if you are a front-pocket wallet guy, and the Cinch Minimalist Wallet ($25+) is an excellent candidate for your next wallet purchase. Yet another Kickstarter project that we have come to love, the Cinch Wallet from Portsmith Co. comes with either a wooden or stainless steel backbone, with the stainless steel variety including a bottle opener. Time to cut down on your pocket bulge, it’s becoming offensive.