Our Top 10 Best Gear of 2016: For your next adventure, your home, or for your kids
Putting together a Best Gear list isn’t an easy task, especially over the year. We combed through some of gear we posted in 2016 and came up with 10 items we feel make the cut. Again, it’s tough to narrow it down and we could’ve gone on and on, but this short list we feel is a decent collection from making your abode the place it needs to be to gear that belongs in your bag next time you hit the road.
For the home, Porsche unveiled the 911 Soundbar — a real rear silencer and twin exhaust taken from a 911 GT3, pumping 200 watts of sound into your space. If Lambo is more your thing, check out the Lamborghini Ixoost Esavox Speaker System selling for a cool $24,000 US. Can you buy a small b-class car for the same price? Yeah, probably. But with two 6.5-inch full range drivers, two 8-inch woofers, and two 1-inch Mylar tweeters to cover the full range of frequencies, the trade off is worth it. Keep your knife game on point with BuchholzBerlin’s collection of Branch Knife Racks that come in three sizes which sport three, four, or five powerful magnets onto which to affix some knives and mounting hardware on the back.
We’ll give the Style honour to the sweet Concepts x New Balance 998 “Grand Tourer” kicks inspired by the rich culture of prestigious auto races, particularly, the grand tourer.
The Rumpl Puffe- Heated Blanket is something a little different for those heading outside; essentially, a heated blanket that can hit 45 degrees, powered by Power Practical 12V battery pack. The Oru Kayak Beach Foldable Kayak got a lot of press last year and for very good reason. Designed for the casual kayaker and featuring a 28-inch width for increased stability, a shorter assembly time of only three minutes, we can see why.
We’ve noticed the new pedal karts hitting the market these days are nothing compared to the simplistic versions most of us grew up with. The Jeep Revolution BFR-3 is designed to be nimble and lightweight thanks in part to the double ball bearings steering making this little kart fun to throw into corners. Or if you don’t want your kids playing in mud, The new RC Toyota Land Cruiser 40 by popular Japanese radio-controlled car maker Tamiya might be a better option, which boasts a true-to-scale body replica made from lightweight polycarbonate mounted on an all-new CR-01 chassis.
We had our eye on Leatherman Tread multi-tool bracelet for awhile and managed to get our hands on one for a proper review, thanks to Jam Collective. Offering both function and style, the Tread is definitely a distinct piece of gear you can actually take with you. And pass security. Finally, we also tested the Deejo 37G folding knife: a well-designed pocket knife from Bagnolet, France.
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