The new Nintendo Switch for those who take video games on the road (we don’t judge), the Mission Workshop Meridian Phase Jacket for all conditions, North St. Bags’ Morrison Backpack Pannier for your bike or shoulders, and the Tops Knives M4X Punisher for your cutting duties.
Taking video games on the road may not be your thing. Or maybe it is, we won’t judge. Nintendo’s next generation console — the Nintendo Switch — is trying its hand at besting two markets: gaming handhelds and the dedicated console. As a result the core device is more tablet than set top box and comes apart from a dock that’s fit for your television stand, with two detachable Joy-Con controllers than slide on to attach, one per side. It’ll play games on your TV or on its built-in display by running on battery pretty much anywhere. It sets up like a game pad with controllers attached but also plays with the two controllers combined as one (with a Joy-Con Grip accessory) or even with multiple players using one half. It’s also powered by Nvidia Tegra hardware, is compatible with a more traditional Switch Pro controller (also wirelessly, like the smaller Joy-Cons) and has a pop-out kickstand to prop it up if you’re gaming on the go using controllers.
Touching down next March. Learn more at Nintendo – $TBA
Mission Workshop Meridian Phase Jacket
Designed with body heat mapping in mind, Mission Workshop’s Meridian Phase Jacket is your go-to piece for all conditions. It starts with a clean profile made of Polartec NeoShell fabric that reacts to changes in body temperature, increasing breathability as heat builds up. A more breathable back sheet with laser drilled pores and side panels set it apart from the brand’s standard Meridian while remaining just as rain proof and lightweight. It’s also got a removable helmet-compatible hood, YKK zippers everywhere, plus a handful or so pockets split between the inside and outside.
Check it out at Mission Workshop – $485 US
North St. Morrison Backpack Pannier
North St. Bags’ Morrison Backpack Pannier can be thrown over your shoulders and worn through your bike commute, but it’s designed so you can ride with your back bare. Truck the shoulder straps inside the rear pocket, hitch its two hooks to a rear-mounted bike rack, and rig up its integrated bungee cord to keep the pack safely attached. It’s also made of 1000 denier Cordura with an X-Pac VX21 ripstop nylon drop-in liner to keep all 18 litres of its contents shielded from rain.
Find it at North St. Bags – $190+ US
Tops Knives M4X Punisher
In any action movie the hero’s bound to carry one of a select group of guns. John McClane, Beretta 92. Dirty Harry, Smith and Wesson Model 29. Jason Borne, Sig 225 or 229. And while the list may go on for shootists, what of the hero that wants to carry a blade? Selected as Frank Castle’s go to slicer from 30 other knives for its performance in the movie Punisher War Zone, the M4X Punisher from Tops Knives offers more than just a pretty face, though the M4X Punisher has a pretty badass façade to boot. The razor sharp blade is only the “hello, how are you” of the M4X. This 13.5-inch 1095 RC 56-58 steel beast can break down doors, chop down trees, hack through brush, snap a couple of collar bones and still be ready to notch logs or quarter game. Finished in tactical grey with black linen micarta handles, it’s ready for years of serious use.