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Sinot Aqua Superyacht Uses Liquified Hydrogen

Meet the Sinot Aqua Superyacht, a new concept yacht that is as innovative as its name is super mundane. Don’t let the moniker throw you off — this is a boat well worth considering.

The Sinot Aqua spent a development period of over five months, and in that span the designers figured out what would make it stand out: liquid hydrogen. That’s right — this is the first marine vessel to be fully powered by liquified hydrogen.

Lateral Naval Architects developed the hydrogen propulsion system that promises smooth and silent sailing at a longer range. With zero emissions. Again, zero emissions. So, how does that work, exactly?

The liquified hydrogen, which will be stored at -253 degrees Celsius in two 28-ton vacuum isolated tanks, is converted into electrical energy via proton exchange membrane fuel cells. The power will provide propulsion, in addition to the auxiliary system and hotel services. The result? A noise-free sustainable sailor that offers a top speed of 17 knots, a cruising speed of 10 to 12 knots, and a range of 3,750 nautical miles. Sander Sinot, the designer, says:

“Our challenge was to implement fully operational liquid hydrogen and fuel cells in a true superyacht that is not only groundbreaking in technology, but also in design and aesthetics.”

The interior space offers plenty of room. You can fit 14 guests and 31 crew. You also get a super luxurious 50-foot VIP suite taking up the front half of the upper deck. Also included? A 360-degree observatory. Plus an indoor health and wellness center with a hydro-massage room, yoga space, and workout floor.


Photos courtesy of Sinot

The 2020 Tomcar TX Is A Customizable Military-Grade Utility ATV

Even though it is classified as an ATV, the 2020 Tomcar TX doesn’t resemble one from a glance. After getting a closer look, you’ll see that it’s not your average recreational vehicle. Originally intended for military applications, this versatile machine is designed to operate in unforgiving conditions and the roughest terrain. The platform is flexible and can be customizable to operate in various ways. Examples indicated by Tomcar include water purification, emergency response, farming, security, filming, mining, and more.

This awesome AWD comes in three trims: the TX3, TX4, and TX5. All three sport heavy-duty specifications for both work and fun. Moreover, buyers can opt for a 1.5-liter liquid-cooled gasoline engine that produces 107 horsepower and 80 lb-ft of torque. Or go for an emission-free all-electric version with a 96V three-phase AC motor rated at 120 horsepower 153 lb-ft of torque. The latter is powered by a 38 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The TX3 and TX5 are two-seaters with varying wheelbase in exchange for ample cargo space at the back. Meanwhile, the TX4 seats up to four people with a smaller utility rack. All of the variants enjoy a 17-inch ground clearance as well as a durable aluminum skid plate to protect the drive system form bumps and bruises.

Meanwhile, the four-wheel independent suspension system makes for a smooth ride even on rugged surfaces. At its core is a fully-welded armored steel frame. This gives the 2020 Tomcar TX long-lasting reliability backed by a lifetime warranty. The base model starts at $37,300 and goes up with optional upgrades in tow.

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This Vision Venture Camper Concept Is the Future Of Travel

We love it when folks go all out in their concepts. This one, travelers will surely love. The Hymer Vision Venture is a concept camper that imagines what traveling will look like in a few years.

Hymer, a German firm that makes campervans and motor homes, teamed up with a chemical engineering company called BASF to build a concept what spending a few days off the grid will look like in 2025, realistically.

At the heart of it? A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — the same van drivers use to deliver Amazon packages. But this one comes with a custom-made body that hides such humble origins, then clears out plenty of space for a pretty sick cabin that can comfortably shelter two passengers.

Some of the components involves 3D printing, a method that makes this campervan terribly unfit for mass-production. However, only some parts go through that process. If you look at the back part, you’ll see that the Vision Venture fully opens to give the passengers a nearly uninterrupted view of the surrounding nature.

Step inside, look down, and you’ll see the wood flooring, which makes the whole floor seem like an outdoor deck. A small but clever touch that bridges the gap between indoors and outdoors. Hymer even added a built-in BBQ if you feel the urge for some good ol’ backyard grub.

In the cab, you’ll find a full kitchen, a bathroom, and a staircase leads to the roof-mounted bed. For a camper, the Vision Venture surprisingly looks organized and not cramped at all. Much of what you’ll see inside also come from natural materials like wood. As a result, it almost looks like a super chic nature-inspired abode.


Photos courtesy of Hymer

Adidas Adds The Terrex Free Hiker GTX To Its Outdoor Gear Repertoire

Among all other things, the modern man desires gadgets, an awesome home, a fancy car, and a lot more. Most of us probably want the same, but we can’t deny the fact that we occasionally want to get away from it all. The cool thing about it is we can always drop everything and head outdoors. Adidas is here to get you started with a pair of rugged footwear. The Terrex Free Hiker GTX might look like your average sneaker but the technology it packs is anything but.

Not to worry because these will still look great as casual wear, but know that you can do more with it. The thing is, hiking and camping will take you through some of the roughest terrains out there. Thus, what you need is a set of high-performance kicks that will take you where you want to go. Despite the laid-back design, Adidas assures us that it is a heavy-duty piece of gear.

It features a Primeknit upper for superior comfort and just enough stretch adapt to the user’s foot. Unpredictable weather and bodies of water along the way are no match for the GORE-TEX membrane lining. This combo makes the Terrex Free Hiker GTX waterproof and breathable at the same time.

The Boost midsole provides exceptional cushioning that quickly adapts to your movement. The ever-changing terrain is merciless, which is why the Terrex Free Hiker GTX is ready for anything. Some surfaces can become slippery and very dangerous, but the Continental Rubber outsole enhances the grip. Adidas is gradually expanding its lineup and the outdoor gear it is offering is quite promising.

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Cheetah Plains Game Lodge Is Surprisingly All About Relaxation

Don’t get the name wrong. The Cheetah Plains Game Lodge puts relaxation front and center. Set in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the lodge turns traditional safari-style architecture on its head. All this to create a new kind of safari experience that feels authentic. But also as soft-blowed an experience as possible.

Employing state-of-the-art sustainable architecture that incorporates an afro-minimalist aesthetic, the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge pits many different forms against each other, challenging our notions of landscape. The result? A beautiful contrast between things that usually don’t go together but find, here, a thread of harmony amid differences. Here’s lead architect Stefan Antoni on the design:

“The architecture exists to enhance the experience of the outdoors — not to mimic it, but to complement it so that guests may experience the bush more directly, more immediately.”

You’ll find three private houses, comprised of a central building that houses a formal lounge, living room, dining area, and gourmet kitchen. Individually housed bedrooms make up the bulk of this space. They come arranged around the main structure and complete with their own outdoor bathrooms.

The interiors of the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge loosen into an expansive sun terrace and heated swimming pool. Moreover, you’ll find the African greenery enveloping this calm and serene unwinding spot. To protect this slice of paradise, the resort runs mostly on off-grid energy through solar power. What’s more, their grey-water is recycled to lower consumption. Plus, game drives are taken on electric Land Cruiser safari vehicles for least pollution footprint.

Oh, and did we mention each house comes with its own hospitality team? Check it out by hitting the link below.


Photos courtesy of Cheetah Plains

Mountain Life At The Casa MM

Nothing says American like one hand on the wheel, with the other hand hanging lazily by the convertible’s door. This image, of hightailing to the spotless fields of America’s numerous anyplace dirt-lined sojourns, is one of endless drive. The impulse to go somewhere, to keep going. Which is why we don’t bother much with destinations. But if it’s the Casa MM you’re going to, where you end up is just as important as getting there.

Sitting at the foot of a mountain range, the Casa MM not only draws in tourists, but those daring at heart. The spirits seeking the adventure of a lifetime, or at least someplace they can let loose. The nearby trails illicit a sense of wonder and curiosity for travel.

The dwelling itself, too, is a portrait of calm and peace. To combat the high traffic area, it uses a wedge shape: the narrow end of the house is oriented toward the paths, while the roofline is inclines toward the peaks. Positioned this way, the house takes the focus off visiting hikers and places it on the surrounding scenery. The solution seems simple enough to overlook, but the designers of the Casa MM integrated it cleverly.

You’ll also see that it features a sloping profile that mimics the rolling terrain enveloping it. Meanwhile, the concrete and stone facade complements the rugged environment. Some external materials remain exposed on the interior and intersect with wood tones. The combination evinces a unique atmospheric calmness, as if two different properties found a way to get along and converge. The result? Sheer beauty.


Photos courtesy of Alarcia Ferrer

The Tera Cabin Is A 3D-Printed Getaway In The Woods

3D printed homes don’t come as a shock anymore. Ever since this unique method of building entered mainstream techniques we’ve seen a number of experiments employing this kind of printing. The Tera Cabin is one such example, though the difference this time is that it’s far more utilitarian than its superfluous contemporaries.

Using the same space-grade technology as Marsha, which won the NASA Centennial Challenge, SpaceFactory takes 3D print to a whole new level with the Tera Cabin. In and of itself, the dwelling is an impressive experiment. But it stretches beyond just being great because its aesthetic underpinnings have a purpose. The Tera Cabin gives a taste of what life on another planet would be like. And you don’t even have to leave Earth to experience such a sensation.

The cone-like exterior seems rightfully futuristic, like something you’d see in a Ridley Scott sci-fi movie. This structure comes formed thanks to a sustainable mixture of sugar and basalt. It boasts a living area, a sleeping loft, and a bathroom. The windows, which you’ll see come in diamond shapes, provide views of the rural vastness outside. You can also go to the outdoor terrace that overlooks the riverbank for more spectacular voice of the wilderness enveloping the dwelling.

Each stay in this futuristic getaway will contribute to research and development. Comfort and science; two birds with one stone. It will also help SpaceFactory fund future projects. The Tera Cabin will open its doors for visitors starting March 2020. Hit the link below for more information.


Columbia SH/FT Collection Dare You To Brave The Wilderness

Whoever said hiking boots couldn’t slip inside a streetwear get-up should eat their words right this second. Columbia Sportswear unveiled just recently a line of sneakers and boots hybrid, marking the outdoor apparel company’s first venture into the world of sneakers. The SH/FT collection is, compared to its other offerings, much sleeker but still retains the expertly crafted utilitarianism.

The sneakers feature bright yellows and teals, and they unsurprisingly boast sneaker-like silhouettes, to boot (pun intended). With the SH/FT collection, Columbia Sportswear hopes to get some traction from the sneakerhead community, whose members prefer the slick, stylish profiles of Nikes and Adidas rather than the heavy-duty appeal of outdoor wear. Market analyses says there’s an audience for hybrids like this. Here’s Matt Powell, sportswear expert at NPD:

“The sneaker-boot trend has been around for a while, and we’re definitely seeing more blending and blurring of the lines between what’s athletic footwear and what’s fashion footwear.”

The SH/FT collection has much in similarity to Nike’s outdoor-focused ACG line, which couples industry-leading styles and silhouettes with characteristics typical of hiking gear. These urban kicks boast a 100% waterproof stretch-knit composition and call forth the spirit of streetwear’s most reliable footwear.

But they don’t stop on style, of course. This is, after all, a hybrid, so you get the best of both worlds. The gauzy stylish brio of conventional kicks and the robust, skillful craftsmanship boots bring to the table. The SH/FT collection is a win-win situation, in other words. Hit the link below to check out the collection.


Photos courtesy of Columbia Sportswear

This Land Rover Back Packer Concept Needs To Become Reality

There are many ways to enjoy an outdoor adventure. Some choose to go on foot and challenge themselves, while others prefer to use a vehicle to reach their destination. It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you end up happy and content. Having a form of transportation is always handy if you are lugging around a lot of stuff. However, ATVs and UTVs normally offer limited space. On the other hand, the Land Rover Back Packer is a unique ride that dares to break the mold.

Before any of you jump the gun, it’s important to know that the Back Packer exists only as a concept. It’s a shame because we really love what it will supposedly offer for nature lovers out there. Inspired by the overlanding capabilities of Land Rover’s four-wheelers, Edwin Senger created an exciting all-electric all-electric modular transport. What’s so intriguing about his proposal is the convenient function of turning into a form of shelter. This means that we no longer have to pack a tent or sleeping bag because this EV is a mobile sleeping pod.

By default, it is an open-top two-seater. When bad weather comes along, just open the headrest extend the roof over. At night-time, the interior becomes a comfy shelter with a see-through section to view the stars. Given its battery-powered nature, the Land Rover Back Packer can recharge using its solar sail. This off-road EV is ready for any surface with a set of airless tire. This needs to become a production model in the future.

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Joshua Tree Desert Retreat Offers A Minimalist Getaway

Look at pictures of Joshua Tree and you’ll see an unmistakable gateway to paradise — the kind that coaxes you to explore and venture out, an interactive kind of vacation marked with the restorative powers of seeing nature unveil itself if you look more closely.

But if you want a more relaxed trip, read on. Smack dab in the Joshua Tree reserve is a minimalist space called the Joshua Tree Desert Retreat. The sophisticatedly subdued house reeks of modern but also scales it down to compliment its barren environs. If you want to get away from the spoils of modern urban life, this is the place to hightail to.

The Joshua Tree Desert Retreat sits on a sandy plot. Inside, you’ll find an office area that cantilevers over a natural slope, propped up thanks to a foundation of stilts. Glazed windows that span from the floor to the ceiling let light in, and also offer a spectacular panoramic view of the mountain landscape enveloping the house. The concrete facade offers protection from the harsh sun and wind.

The entire Joshua Tree Desert Retreat space operates off-grid, too, by the way, and depends on solar panels and a battery back-up system for power. Like the place on which it sits, the Joshua Tree Desert House serves as a reminder of the beauty in spite of precarious living. Yes, the creature comforts don’t come readily available. But that’s kind of the point. Real life, out here, doesn’t come easy and smooth and straightforward. You’ll have to make do with the limits of comfort with amenities taken out. And only then will you truly realize the meaning of getaway.


Photos courtesy of Northworks Architects + Planners

Lexus GXOR Concept

For outdoor adventures, Toyota’s Land Cruiser and other rugged models are great platforms to ride. Meanwhile, the Japanese automaker’s luxury vehicle division is the last place to browse for more elegant alternatives. However, it seems that that’s going to change soon with the introduction of the Lexus GXOR. As the name suggests, the company is taking the regular GX SUV and upgrading the heck out of it. It hopes to attract consumers who want a slice of luxury alongside a large helping of off-road reliability.

Although the GXOR is still in the concept phases, it gives us a preview of what the brand can do for overlanding enthusiasts. Making its debut at the 2019 FJ Summit, this SUV is looking already looking like a winner. Lexus understands what buyers want and hopes to meet their expectations when this finally becomes a production model later on. The one on display during the show comes with third-party upgrades. These aftermarket parts are turning an already capable transport into a more powerful off-road beast.

To prepare the Lexus GXOR for the dynamic terrain, it gets a 2.5-inch lift courtesy of shocks from Icon Vehicle Dynamics. The underside also gains protection from bumps and scrapes with an underbody armor setup alongside frame sliders from CBI. Meanwhile, the set of 18-inch F Sport wheels are equipped with General Grabber all-terrain tires for superior grip and traction. The modifications do not end there, but we want to point out the awesome addition of a Patriot Campers X1H trailer. All that’s left is for everyone to hope that this will eventually go into production with little to no changes.

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Ford Super Duty Tremor Edition Pickup Trucks

You can always count on American carmakers to craft some of the best utility vehicles in the market. We likewise understand that certain Japanese brands are capable of doing the same. What matters the most is that consumers get a machine that can meet their expectations. One of the most reliable automotive companies out there right now is the one sporting the Blue Oval emblem. As such, it’s flexing its muscles with the Ford Super Duty Tremor Edition pickup trucks.

This appears to be a bold move for the company to attract a certain demographic with a love for outdoor expeditions. According to reports, the Tremor Edition trims will be available for two models under its 2020 F-series lineup. To be specific, these are the F-350 and the F-250, which are already capable monsters by default. Nevertheless, you won’t hear us complaining when it comes to upgrades and performance tweaks along the way.

So let’s break it down. The time the Tremor badge made its way onto a truck was back in 2014. This was an older-generation F-150 with a sportier upgrade for both its interior and exterior. Meanwhile, the latest Ford Super Duty Tremor Edition focuses on the off-road capabilities of the pickup truck. Hence, we’re looking at making adjustments to the ride height by at least two inches. This gives it an impressive ground clearance of 10.8 inches. Moreover, this allows your ride to trudge over water up to 33 inches deep. Keeping all of its new powers in check is the brand’s latest adaptive cruise-control tech.

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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Camp Stove

When you’re out camping, the best approach would be to bring stuff that does not take up a lot of space. We’re here to help our readers discover the latest stuff that can help out and we found one for the outdoor chef. Traditionally, all the cooking is done using the campfire, but the uneven heat can give you undesirable results.

Camp stoves are an ideal alternative, but it’s difficult to find the right balance of portability and functionality. Well, that’s about to change because the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Camp Stove is coming our way.

For the sake of portability, most camp stoves normally utilitarian and feature just one burner. Yet, the Pinnacle Pro manages to sport two and can still collapse into something that measures 1.25-inch thick. This makes it the ultimate camping equipment for those who want to cook like a chef outdoors.

Being able to prepare two dishes simultaneously can greatly enhance meal preparation if there’s a lot of mouths to feed. Thus, it’s awesome to have when you’re with a big group. Moreover, it touts a clever mechanical system that makes it easy to set up and store. A pair of retractable legs keeps the cooking surface at the right height.

Meanwhile, the two 11,000 BTU burners with piezo lighters will handle whatever food is on the menu. As much as we want to have the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Camp Stove right now, we have to wait until 2020. Hence, we’ll have to make do with using regular models for the meantime.

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Wild & Wolf Portable Barbecue Grill

Just like EDCs, there are a few full-size gadgets and accessories getting the portable treatment. True to our nature, men want to have a contingency plan, which is why we want to bring tools for survival. Occasionally, we also want to have certain stuff handy for instances wherein we feel the need to accomplish something. For example, a lighter and pocket knife is ideal for emergency situations. On the other hand, when you suddenly feel like grilling something anywhere, the Wild & Wolf portable barbecue grill is the awesome answer.

Let’s being by saying that this is one of the more interesting products to come out way. What looks like a small suitcase actually holds a nifty little gimmick. Moreover, it somehow resembles one of those old-school metal lunchboxes. Meanwhile, just flip the clasps open to reveal its actual function as a versatile barbecue grill. Its form factor makes it easy to transport using the handle, while the size allows it to fit almost anywhere.

The set includes a coal tray, a cooking grate, and a built-in stand that folds out and locks in place. It’s perfect for camping, picnics, and other outdoor activities that will turn into fun-filled gatherings as your man the grill like a champ. The Wild & Wolf portable barbecue grill is part of the Gentlemen’s Hardware collection of products. For superior durability and performance, its using stainless steel for most of its components. Finally, the Navy Blue coating adds a stylish finish with the logo and a script on each side.

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Grillskar Island

This so-called Grillskar Island is a perfect getaway — that is if you have the money to buy it. On sale now from Sotheby’s, this private slice of haven in Sweden features a timber-clad cabin that screams cozy. More than that, though, what makes this a legitimate Scandinavian retreat is its unbeatable atmosphere.

The seaside residence is a minimalist masterpiece, boasting white planks and natural birch floors. It’s not a grand meditation on space, but it’s one of the homiest spaces we’ve ever encountered. Sometimes, you don’t really need conceptual. You just need practical comfort and solace — crucial must-haves especially if you’re on an island.

Elongated windows pepper the living spaces, allowing the maximum amount of natural light in. Beyond just welcoming plenty of daylight, they also act as your portal to sweeping views of the gorgeous environs. There are only two bedrooms here, which is no surprise considering how small and quaint the house is. Still, what little it has it makes use of well. As such, inspired wooden terraces make up for the lack of space, letting you view the rocky shoreline afar.

Apart from the main residence, the space also comes with a boathouse and a guest cabin, all of which are enveloped by the thick patchwork of trees in the area. This is quite the perfect setting if you’re a writer seeking isolation to write your great next novel. But even if you’re just a regular denizen exhausted by the city’s chaotic bustle, this is a rejuvenating retreat.


Photos courtesy of Skeppsholm Sotheby’s International Realty

Victorinox Ranger Of The Lost Art

Victorinox is launching this cinematic EDC as part of its National Parks Swiss Army Knives collection, aptly called Ranger of the Lost Art. What sets these EDCs apart from their siblings is that they each feature iconic ‘30s and ‘40s silkscreen posters. These, if you must know, promote America’s national parks.

These posters were actually headed to the dump at one point. However, and rather fortunately, Park Ranger Doug Leen decided they looked too good just to chuck in the garbage bin. Through laborious research, Leen has recovered 12 of the 14 original designs, and now they cover Vioctorinox’s latest line of robust knives.

The Ranger of the Lost Art series depicts several of those posters. Moreover, this collaboration between the EDC company and Leen seeks to continue the original mission of the posters. Those had aimed to promote art, health, and travel to America’s park hotspots.

Nine of those designs, at $22 apiece, pay homage to some of the country’s largest parks like Yosemite, Glacier, the Grand Canyon, and more. Each Swiss Army Knife boasts the usual suspects: a small blade, scissors, a nail file, a screwdriver, and a toothpick. There’s even some tweezers and a key ring if you need those.

Needless to say this EDC essential has every tool you need to brave the backcountry, which is no surprise. This is, after all, handiwork from Victorinox, whose prowess in this category remains unquestioned. Each knife comes with a lifetime warranty, too, but there’s never been that many cases of them breaking, just so you know. Hit the link below to find out more.


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2004 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500 On Auction

Depending on the auction scene you are following, supercars, one-offs, and other high-performance rides will be on display. On the flipside, if you’re after items that are quirky and maybe odd, there are times when it can pop up. One such instance is the recent posting about a 2004 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500.

For those seeing it for the first time, it looks like a strange hybrid between a pickup truck and a tractor. This is a multi-purpose machine that can handle the most demanding workloads and won’t even break a sweat.

Powering this beast is a 6.4-liter Mercedes-Benz OM906LA turbo-diesel inline-six. This reliable powerplant produces 260 horsepower at 2,200 rpm along with an impressive 700 lb-ft of torque. Using an 8-speed manual transmission it delivers all that power to all four of its wheels. Furthermore, portal axles give the Unimog U500 a towering ground clearance. The 20-inch wheel comes with a central tire inflation system and sits on Michelin X tires.

The original configuration features a single cab enough for two people, but this one flaunts a crew cab from Plastisol. Meanwhile, it’s also sporting a three-way dump bed sourced from a Unimog model with a shorter wheelbase. Likewise, a custom rollover bar with LED lighting and a spare tire mount are welcome upgrades to the package.

Inside the cabin is a utilitarian setup with gray vinyl upholstery and splashes of blue plastic all around. Next, is the floating center console where all of the various controls are accessible. This 2004 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500 may not appeal to everyone, but it certainly has a badass appeal that will call out to a buyer out there.

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Nike THE10TH Collection

There’s no question that military-inspired themes are popular among men. Almost everything from cars, gadgets, tools, and footwear are regularly coming up with designs showcasing the style. We’re excited to introduce something new from an American sports apparel brand, which they’re calling the Nike THE10TH collection. There are two models included in the lineup: the Nike React Sertu and the Nike React Ianga.

According to Nike, the collection pays homage to co-founder Bill Bowerman’s tenure in the military. The THE10TH label comes from his stint with the United States Army’s 10th Mountain Division. These group of soldiers specializes in operations that involve extreme cold and mountainous areas. Hence you will notice that both shoes are ready to tackle various surfaces that you would find outdoors.

Let’s start off with the Sertu – a sleek mid-top with a combination of leather, nubuck, and woven textile mesh. We’re looking at a combo of colors such as gold, wheat, and black with orange cord lacing. The electric green tongue features a translucent TPE yarn panel to give the shoe a striking contrast. The midsole is mostly white with brown rubber segments and a solitary orange spot distributed throughout.

Next is the Ianga, which sports an upper made of canvas, leather, and suede. It’s mostly in black with wheat tones on the heel, side panels, and the rear tab. You can find the Nike branding sitting on the vamp just above the top cap. The white midsole extends up a little bit up the heel, while elements of light brown creep up the sides alongside an orange dot. The Nike THE10TH collection colorways are looking good and we hope to see more.

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Buck Knives Compadre Collection

As a whole, consumers are always in the market for new stuff, which is why companies strive to refresh their hardware regularly. Nevertheless, we also crave for the classic every now and then. Therefore, it’s not strange for companies to revisit some of the top-selling products from their older catalogs. Here we have the Buck Knives Compadre collection, a set of heavy-duty tools to accompany you on your outdoor adventures.

These include the 108 Compadre Froe, 104 Compadre Knife, and 106 Compadre Camp Ax. Buck Knives reveals that these are not merely reissued products, but rather upgraded version of their popular series. Outdoor enthusiasts will find that each of these will soon become their ideal camping companions.

Starting off with the 104 Compadre Knife, it is a versatile EDC drop point blade for various tasks. Next is the 108 Compadre Froe, a functional go-to tool for clearing, splitting, chopping, and batoning. Finally, the 106 Compadre Camp Ax, is the ultimate accessory that will work through wood with ease.

All of these camping tools feature blades made of Cerakote Cobalt-coated 5160 spring steel. This special coating adds a stunning finish and protects the metal from rust and corrosion. For superior grip and durability, its using handles made of Natural Canvas Micarta. Additionally, all three include black leather sheaths to make them easy to carry around. You can’t go wrong with the Buck Knives Compadre collection, because of the brand’s stellar reputation. You can grab the 108 Compadre Froe for $180, the 106 Compadre Camp Ax for $150, and the 104 Compadre Camp Knife for $125.

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Rat Island Retreat

This gorgeous eco resort would live on New York City’s remote Rat Island if it ever becomes more than a concept. A proposal by Jendretzki Design, the plan puts prefabricated gabled cabins on this remote location. It features large glass facades littered along the island’s edge to provide breathtaking views of the ocean. The off-grid resort’s cabins and buildings would use zero-energy, running only on solar and wind power. The carbon-neutral structures would also have rainwater collection systems for potable and service waters.

Rat Island actually exists, by the way. Belonging to a private owner, the landmark spans 2.5 acres and is located just off of City Island Harbor and the greater Long Island sound. The ground is mostly Manhattan schist bedrock, but it’s got an interesting history — this was once home to a quarantine hospital during the typhoid fever panic in the 1800s. There are no buildings here at the moment, though. Probably because water engulfs the whole island during high tide.

Despite such woes, Pablo Jendretzki remains confident the remote island would make the perfect spot for an eco retreat. As for the high tide, he says there’s a small canal penetrating through the island carved out of rocks about 100 years ago. The firm incorporated this into its concept so canoes and small boats can still reach the island even during high tide.

Due to its perilous location, all the structures must have concrete brace foundations. The design also dictates the piers be bolted directly into the landscape. Sadly, this merely is a concept at the moment. However, the firm is presently conducting zoning analysis to determine if it can be done.


Photos courtesy of Jendretzki Design