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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.

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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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Images courtesy of Bring A Trailer

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.

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Photos courtesy of Jendretzki Design

TentTube Inflatable Tent

Tents are an essential camping and outdoor gear. That’s annoying because tents, more often than not, are cumbersome to set up. Even someone with heaps of patience might mutter a curse word or two due to how inefficient these things are at setup time. Thankfully, there’s TentTube.

With a similar design to the popular Heimplanet line of inflatable tents, TentTube is itself also an inflatable tent, but one that campers can pitch in just a minute. It’s on Kickstarter right now trying to gather funds, but given how things look, it’s bound to hit its targets.

It’s got a geodesic structure and a lightweight profile that amazingly requires no heavy tent poles.

“Traditional tents are hard to pack, cumbersome to carry, and difficult to set up. We set out to begin a revolution in the tent industry,” says the company behind this effort. By replacing the traditional poles with our Patented inflatable AirFrame, TentTube is 50% lighter and smaller, making it your perfect home on the go.”

A true revolution in the world of camping gear, TentTube features air-filled tubes instead of poles. As a result, it’s way, way lighter than its peers. 50 percent lighter, to be exact. And when you’re done, it folds and slips into an ultra small packing space. This is perfect for those who always travel light. Especially since they won’t be lugging any cumbersome poles along.

Inside, TenTube provides overnight shelter for a maximum of three people. Although you could technically squeeze in more if you’re creative enough. Plenty of handy stash pockets inside too, for your belongings. Really, what’s not to like here?

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Best 20 Rock Climbing Shoes For Men

BEST ROCK CLIMBING SHOES FOR MEN

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The newest release of the Shaman rock climbing shoe from Evolv is the first product in our guide. This takes its nods from the original and builds upon it. Their redesign provides a much-needed improvement in the fit department with performance and comfort with more at the toe end for hooking on those overhangs. They also benefit from the inset-style frontal strap that provides enhanced medial-side scumming with the toe. As they’re made from completely synthetic materials, most notably the Synthratek VX in the upper, they’re vegan-friendly.

Aggressive in style, they have an extremely downturned arch and toe to provide you with a maximum level of performance, while the love bump fills in the empty space below your toes and increases the energy towards the edging. Thanks to the knuckle box design of the toe compartment, there’s room to rest your big toe’s knuckle while its curled up without pushing the rubber or fabric around that can create hot spots.

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  • Material Synthratek VX upper
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Second in our guide, and not for the last time is a shoe from La Sportiva. This is a company that has a long and illustrious history within the boots and shoes manufacturing industry. Founded in Italy by Narciso Delladio in 19928, they started out as being focused on clogs and boots for lumberjacks and farmers. However, nowadays they’re widely recognized as one of the leading manufacturers of skiing, mountaineering and rock climbing shoes. Created in collaboration with Tommy Caldwell, a Team Climbing athlete, the TC Pro are designed for not just technical, powerful edging, but also crack climbing without compromising in either discipline.

They’re an edging machine with a cutting-edge mid-height profile, with soothing and protective though thin layer of padding over the toes and around the ankle for when your navigating the cracks. While the P3, the specially patented platform gives the most powerful and precise, yet sensitive edging abilities. The TC Pro’s flat toes also enhance the comfort in your feet and the lateral rand perforations as well as the ventilation in the tongue encourage a reasonable level of air flor to stop sweating and sores from developing into a real problem.

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  • Material Vibram 20%, Leather 80%
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Back with Evolve, this time highlighting the awesomeness that is the Defy rock climbing shoe from the company. This is arguably one of the best, and undeniably one of the best-selling shoes of its kind in the world. It’s got an anatomical and ergonomic fit that makes it great for both veteran climbers and newbies alike. When you consider how stunningly beautiful, they are, that may be all the motivation you need to invest in them. It also helps that they’ve got a versatile asymmetrical shape and style.

In addition to the vegan-friendly and comfortable Synthratek VX, the company have also used another great material in the Agion Antimicrobial for the lining. So, as well as durability, you get protection against odors. With a hook and loop closure and split tongue, they’re also easy enough to slip on and off and can be tightly secured if necessary.

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  • Material Synthratek VX upper
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Five Ten are a family-owned company and they are responsible for the next pair of rock climbing shoes in our guide. They’ve for a long time been releasing cutting-edge and finely crafted shoes that are fashion-forward and offer high-performance for various areas in the outdoor industry. The Quantum climbing shoe was devised by Five Ten with Thomas and Alex Huber and the brand-new shoe has a lot to offer.

On the outside, there’s the stealth-like c4 outer sole and to ensure that the shoe was as comfortable as possible, we have lined the upper with a soft clarion-style synthetic fabric. Its tongue is made from Ariaprene and has been appropriately perforated to give the wearer breathability. Although it’s not nearly as extreme as some of the others in our guide, the downturn is enough to ensure the Quantum is the ideal choice for those sessions that last longer. Especially those with overhanging and steep routes.

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  • Material Leather 100%
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Back again with La Sportiva for our fifth entry to our guide and this time with the rather fetching and superbly named TarantuLace Performance rock climbing shoes. These shoes have been designed with intermediate climbers in mind to help them edge, hook and smear like the best of them. It has an aggressive-style rubber heel rand and sticky FriXion RS rubber outer soles.

That combined with the lower-asymmetrical RN45 build of them allows climbers wearing them to find enough purchase on those edges. They can achieve this with a greater amount of sensitivity and without causing themselves cramping or pain. As the shoes are classically unlined with a leather upper, they are comfort and soft, while the tongue and its lining help to make the shoes breathable and manage the moisture levels. They look badass and as they’re made from durable materials, they’ll stay looking badass and give you those killer climbs you’re after, for some time into the future.

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  • Material Leather
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With its symmetric shape and lace-up closure, the Nomad climbing shoe is a classic tried and tested if it’s not broken why fix it type of shoe. It features support along the sides. As a result, it’s not only great for more traditional climbing, but those longer routes and crack climbing too.

Although you may be looking to some of the far more expensive brands, don’t sleep on this one. This is an incredibly functional shoe that will provide you with plenty of opportunities and possibilities to take your climbing to the next stage.

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  • Material Leather upper
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Scarpa are a brand that has a history of both tradition and innovation. The company has been in the hands of the same family through many generations. Even more surprising is the fact that its headquarters and manufacturing process plants are in the exact region where the company was originally founded in 1938.

Compared to another pair of Scarpa rock climbing shoes, the Instinct shoes, the Instinct VS are a bit softer. They took the slipper design and upgraded it to include the Vibram XS edge rubber and single-strap closure. The Vibram XS edge rubber helps to prevent the shoes from deforming when you’re standing and navigating over edges and micro-flakes. This is the shoe for you if you’re also looking to handle those overhangs at the gym climbs and problem boulders.

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  • Material Textile 100%
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The Mythos Eco is an updated version of the classic and world-famous Mythos rock climbing shoes from La Sportiva. As the name suggests, the update is that it’s been given an eco-friendly makeover and around 95% of it is now made from environmentally-friendly materials that are recycled, such as the lacing rods, the laces and even the soles. The adhesives used in the construction of the shoes is water-based and the leather was made using metal-free tanning and is completely biodegradable.

In terms of how this shoe performs, it represents the La Sportiva branding very well and is perfect for longer climbs, giving you versatility and comfort. While the fully-patented lacing system ensures you’ve got a precise fit. So, if you’re looking for a greener option when it comes to rock climbing shoes, these are the babies you want.

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  • Material Suede Leather
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If you’re looking for a high-performance rock climbing shoe that will give you the support you need whether you’re handling technical footwork on overhanging steep rocks, verticals or slabs. Its high-tension Slingshot-style rand is connected to the Powerhinge on sole of the shoe. This means that when there’s small weighted edges, it does not stretch at the front half of the shoe, but instead the back. Making it easier to stick on even the smallest edges on those rocks you can possibly find.

Like many other La Sportiva shoes, this has an awesome and fast lacing system. Comfort-wise the shoe’s lining is made up of 8 different panels to provide stretch in all areas around your feet. While the upper is made from high-quality leather, Dentex, famed for its moisture-wicking properties have been incorporated into the sole to give you a relaxing and dry experience from the start of your climbing session to the end.

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  • Material Leather
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Sticking yet again with La Sportiva. Well, they are one of the best in the business, so why not? The Skwama rock climbing shoe from the Italian company is one that brings together the security of a hook and loop closure shoe with the comfort you’d expect from a slipper. This shoe features components like the P3 rand that’s designed to reduce stretch, and the S-Heel that provides security for heel hooks. The shoe also benefits from additional rubber around the top of the forefoot for scumming and toe hooks.

All in all, the Skwama is a masterful elite-standard rock climbing shoe that will give you the control you need no matter what boulder problems you face or how technical the routes you traverse up are. The Vibram sole is what helps to make this shoe so incredibly luxurious to wear. No matter how far you’re up the side of a mountain, you’ll never feel like you’re wearing such powerhouses of shoes.

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  • Material Synthetic
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Next in our guide is the rather curious and cool character known as the Endeavor for wide-footed individuals from Butora. So, if you’ve had trouble finding a shoe that fits, this may be a great option for you. They provide a good level of comfort with an all-around kind of performance that makes them precise and powerful and suitable for all kinds of climbs and routes. They’ve been designed with an ever-so-slightly asymmetrical shape at the toe, but one that contours naturally with your foot.

Notably, it has a cutting-edge triple-fork system of webbing to ensure it fits perfectly with the unique dimensions of your foot. The tongue has been made from mesh for breathability along with Poron memory foam and an open-cell-style sponge that helps to absorb the pressure placed on the foot from the straps. Additional comfort comes from the split-leather footbed, while the polyurethane midsole for precise handling of edging.

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  • Material Split-Leather
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Five Ten are often referred to as the Brand of the Brave and it’s for that reason that they’re one of the leading producers of high-friction and high-performance footwear. This model, in the stylish strawberry pink coloring has a strong rubber sole that incorporates the company’s stealth C4 outer sole design. The shoes also benefit from a moderately stiff midsole that provides support and a degree of flexibility.

According to Five Ten, the Anasazi shoes are ideal for just about everything from Bombay-style chimneys to cracks, smears and edges. Simply put, if you’re looking for an extremely good-looking pair of shoes that can handle all the technical footwork you can throw at them, these are worth investing in.

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  • Material Polyester
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Another great entry into our guide from Butora is the Acro wide-fit climbing shoe. This has an aggressive downturn-style that makes it perfect for all kinds of steep bouldering and sport climbing. It relies on a combination of natural leathers and soft synthetic upper to provide an excellent amount of comfort and enhanced performance.

With the high-tension heel rand design, all the power is shifted to the front and the toe of the shoe to perform better when edging. Again, like the previous Butora we covered further up the page, it utilizes the triple-fork hook and loop closure and gives all the convenience and comfort of a slipper with the fit and security of a lace-up shoe. Regardless of how technical the climb, the rubbery toe patch is sticky enough to grip those toe hooks.

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  • Material Leather and Synthetic
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Touted as one of the highest-performing shoes in the rock climbing market, the Genius from La Sportiva had to get mentioned in our guide. What does a shoe with such a high opinion of itself have to offer? A lot, unsurprisingly. We especially liked the fact that it wraps around your foot in a snug fashion. This means that the more experienced climbers wearing them will not have to worry about their feet coming loose or becoming uncomfortable. All they need to do is concentrate on those challenging routes and complex technical climbs.

Thanks to its P3 patented midsole with Laspoflex tech they can be worn when taking on all manner of climbing surfaces, whether its at the training climbs in the gym or out there in the great outdoors. Making use of Vibram XS Grip2 sole with a lovely amount of stick and the heel that grips so easily, this really is a genius pair of shoes.

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  • Material Synthetic
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And back with Five Ten yet again, this time with the Hiangle climbing shoes. These again feature the renowned stealth C4 rubbery outer sole and are the toughest, stiffest and most aggressive of the company’s shoes. However, you’ll find that they’re not quite as aggressive, and therefore downturned, as the Dragon. The leather upper is unlined to provide additional comfort and stretch, while there’s a single strap-style Velcro closure system that makes these hassle-free to put on and take off, even if you’re out there at the base of a mountain or halfway up one.

With a brand like Five Ten, you know your money is going towards a snug-fitting shoe that often feels more like a slipper than high-performance technical rock climbing footwear. The company have been in the business long enough that with every release there’s something special.

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  • Material Split-Grain Leather
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A slightly different take on the Miura from La Sportiva is the next entry in our awesome guide. The major difference seems to be that the Miura is fully lined, while the Miura VS is only partially lined. They’re a performance fit shoe with high asymmetry and the usual Laspoflex midsole you’d expect from the Italian shoemakers. You’ll also get the benefit of the Permanent Power Platform or P3 rand system that helps to maintain the downturned shape of the shoe while giving power to your sole.

As they’ve got the reliable hook and loop closure system, they’re easy enough to take off and slip back on as necessary. A smearing and high-end edging shoe, the Miura VS is ideal for handling all manner of technical climbing and bouldering. Stretch in the shoe is controlled by the synthetic lining that was added to the leather upper and as there’s no lining underfoot, there’s greater sensitivity on smears and micro-edges.

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  • Material Leather
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We were always going to go back to Evolv eventually and what better reason to mention the brand again than with the Oracle climbing shoe? This downturned asymmetrical shoe provides high-end performance and comfort for top-level trad, steep sport climbing and hard bouldering. You can wear them for climbing routes in the great outdoors or at the gym and they’ll give you the same experience. They incorporate the extremely popular knuckle box design for your toes found in the Shaman shoes and combine it with a stiffer midsole around the forefoot, the Dark Spine midsole of the Agro and a high-tension FSS heel rand.

Arguably, its Evolv’s most versatile and refined shoe they’ve released. You’re treated to enough room for your toes to spread out and move as they’re pressed against the surface of the rocks. Thanks to the fit, you’ll have no trouble keeping the shoe in place even when faced with inverted toe-jams and heel hooks. This shoe is perfect for micro-holds taken at all angles.

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  • Material Synthratek VX
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The next funky pair from La Sportiva (yes, we know, this guide is almost turning into a showcase of the best from the Italians, but trust us, it’s with good reason) are simply known as the Solution. The Solution to what, you’re undoubtedly asking. Bouldering, that’s what. They’ve been deliberately downturned to an extreme degree and this is maintained no matter what, thanks to the P3 Power Platform and the 3D heel cup. What does this mean for the shoes? That they’re amazing for handling smears, edges, grabs, hooks and just about anything else the most challenging and technical climbing routes can throw at you.

Different from others in our guide from the company they have a special Lock Harness system that covers your foot and unifies the lower and upper parts of the shoe for the ultimate fit. They’ve still got the easy to adjust fast lacing system that La Sportiva are known for. This is the pair of shoes you need if you’re quite the experienced climber and looking to handle just about anything.

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  • Material Leather 80%, Lorica Synthetic leather 20%
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The last in our guide from the legendary Italian shoe manufacturer is this incredible beast of a shoe. The Otaki is made to be powerful, yet precise and combines the supportive hook and loop closure system featured in other shoes with a more aggressive shape and style. The S-Heel construction is utilized in this shoe like the others for the best degree of manoeuvrability with a perfect-fit heel cup. Its uppers have been laser-cut to reduce bulk and stitching for enhanced comfort.

But really it all comes down to the P3 tech and aggressively downturned design and fit that makes this perfect for dicing and slicing whenever you need to. It may take inspiration from the Katana shoe from the brand, but it has a very performance-based personality that’s its very own. Great for hooking and edging, you’ll never go wrong if you invest in these comfortable animals.

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  • Material Suede Leather and microfiber 100%
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The last rock climbing shoe in our guide is the Scarpa Force X model. This is a compact and reliable shoe that incorporates the cutting-edge V-tension system to give your big toe more room to extend while still ensuring there’s enough power to enable you to stand on those glassy smears and even the tiniest of edges. The Vibram XS Edge sole and the padded tongue also provide additional comfort for your feet.

While the mesh material in the tongue allows there to be much-needed breathability. The suede leather footbed is only partially lined to further increase the comfort. Although it does not have the down turning, this is still a high-performance shoe that won’t let you down.

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  • Material Synthetic

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

Things to Consider when Buying a Rock Climbing Shoes

Obviously, we’ve picked out the rock climbing shoes reviewed above because we believe they’re the best available now. You still need to be careful when buying a pair though, as they’re what you use to connect with the rocks you’re walking over. If you choose the wrong kind or a pair that are ill-fitting, it can stop you from getting the best from your experience and potentially hurt you. You need to think, therefore, about the following three things:

Type: Depending on the type of climbing you want to do, you need to choose either neutral, moderate or aggressive shoes.

Features: Things like the rubber, linings, straps and laces can play a part in how well the shoes perform or not.

Fit: In order to perform well, the fit should be snug but not very painful. When you choose shoes with the correct fit, you’ll be able to climb for longer and harder.

Type of Climbing Shoes

Neutral Rock Climbing Shoes

Neutral rock climbing shoes provide a very relaxed fit that means you benefit from comfort for the whole day. They’re designed so your toes sit flat. As they’re more comfortable, they’re the ideal choice for beginners, but are also a great choice for more skilled and experienced climbers looking for comfort.

Moderate Rock Climbing Shoes

Moderate rock climbing shoes are distinctive in that they have a camber, otherwise known as a downturned shape. This makes them an ideal choice for more technical rock climbing. As all-purpose shoes they’re able to handle sports routes that are ever-so-slightly overhung, longer multi-pitch climbs, crack climbs and slab routes.

Aggressive Rock Climbing Shoes

Aggressive rock climbing shoes stand out from the crowd because of their more extremely downturned toes. They also provide a lot of tension for your heel that allows you to position your feet in the most powerful and strong position for taking on those tricky climbs involving overhangs. You’ll find that most of these types of rock climbing shoes have a more asymmetrical shape that curves gradually into your big toes. This helps to direct more of the focus towards the toes so you can achieve more precise and exact placements in smaller foot holds. As they’re not as comfortable as the other types of rock climbing shoes, aggressive shoes are normally used for single-pitch routes and climbs at the local gym instead of those climbs with multiple pitches that take most of the day.

Features of Rock Climbing Shoes

In addition to the type of rock climbing shoes, as outlined above, you also need to consider some of the important features noted below, including:

  • Closure
  • Material
  • Last
  • Outsole

Closure in Rock Climbing Shoes

Lace-up: The most versatile style of closure for rock climbing shoes is the lace-up. This is handy for when your feet start swell or get too hot, because you can loosen the laces off. When you’ve got a difficult climb or pitch though, you can crank them down at the instep and toe to enhance the performance of your shoes.

Strap: Often referred to as hook-and-loop, strap closures offer more convenience when putting the shoes on and taking them off. They are perfect for gym climbing and bouldering when you need to take your shoes off for a break from climbing in between pitches and accents.

Slip-on: Many people refer to them as slippers and these are rock climbing shoes that have elasticated closure systems that provide a lower profile of any other type of shoe closure and enhanced sensitivity. They are particularly useful for training with as they don’t have a stiff midsole or sole, enabling your feet to strengthen more quickly. Because of their low profile, they’re ideal for thin cracks.

Materials used in Rock Climbing Shoes

Generally, the uppers in rock climbing shoes is synthetic or leather. Whether unlined or lined, leather shoes are the easiest to care for. However, synthetic rock climbing shoes tend to be very high-performance and are obviously ideal for vegans and vegetarians looking to avoid the use of animal products.

Last in Rock Climbing Shoes

For anyone that’s new to the world of shoes, you may not realize that the last is the model of the foot that is used by the manufacturer to make the shoes. It’s what gives shoes the width, volume and height, toe and heel dimensions. You’ll find that most shoes designed for rock climbing are slip-lasted. However, there are some that are board-lasted.

Slip-Lasted

These shoes tend to be a lot more sensitive and not quite as stiff than their board-lasted counterparts. As it is unusual for them to have an insole, it’s their midsole that provides the stiffness. This part of the shoe is found directly above its outsole.

Board-Lasted

These tend to have a lot more stiffness and while they lose out on some sensitivity, they make up for that by offering more comfort and are a great choice for wearing all day.

A rock climbing shoe’s shape is also determined by the last. There’s three specific shapes – downturned, asymmetric and straight.

Downturned: Another name for downturned lasts is cambered and this is the one you’ll be familiar with that has a shape that bends towards the toes in a downwards fashion. This last is normally used in both aggressive and moderate climbing shoes and is designed to heel and toe hook up and over overhanging rocks. Shoes that have downturned lasts tend to be asymmetrical and are suited to being worn for taking on routes that are difficult, requiring control and performance.

Asymmetric: This shoe last shape features the longer point of it over your big toe, giving you enhanced strength on the edge of your shoe on the inside and provides you with just one single connection with the rock face. It is mostly aggressive and moderate rock climbing shoes that are built on asymmetrical lasts.

Straight: For a more comfort shoe, you’ll want to consider straight lasts, often referred to as being flat. Most of them are neutral, therefore they’re ideal for neutral situations.

Climbing Shoe Outsole

Normally just referred to as the sole, the outsole is the main part of the shoe that meet the rocks and is made from rubber. The thickness and type of rubber used can have an impact on the performance of the shoe during climbs.

As well as the performance the thickness of the rubber can also impact the feel of the shoe. If you’re looking for thick soles, you can get them measuring anything from 4 to 5.5mm. Not only are they extremely durable, but they [provide a reasonable amount of support around the edging. Compared to that of a thinner sole through, you won’t benefit from the same level of sensitivity that can help with foot placing on the rocks. Beginners should ideally look for rock climbing shoes with thicker soles.

Rock climbing shoes that typically have thinner soles tend to measure between 3 and 4mm. You’ll find that they’re best used for smearing slab routes. However, once you’ve got a feel for things and improved your rock climbing technique, you may want to decide investing in a much thinner sole.

What are the Brands of Rock Climbing Shoes?

As you’d probably image and if you’ve not skipped ahead and looked at this first, you’ll know that through the 20 we’ve highlighted there’s several repeated appearances. The reason for that is simple, although there’s many shoe manufacturers and brands that release models that are suitable for rock climbing, there’s only a handful that we’d consider to be the best.

They include:

  • La Sportiva
  • Evolv
  • Five Ten
  • Scarpa
  • Butora

Slip Them on and Take to the Rocks

Whether you’re new to rock climbing or a veteran, you’ll know just how important the right shoe having is and if it’s time to buy a new pair, we’re sure you’ll find them in the 20 we highlighted above. One thing we learned from our look at the best of the best of rock climbing shoes is that price is only one thing that should be taken into consideration. In fact, although it should guide your buying decision, because you obviously can’t buy a shoe you can’t afford, it should only be used as that – a guide.

The fit, the closure, last and all the other important components are what really matters, which is why we focused on discussing those rather than hard numbers. As there’s such a wide spectrum of shoes out there, we tried to present that variety in our picks. By doing that, there was a better chance we’d picked out at least one shoe that would best suit the various types of climbers reading the guide.

La Sportiva featured heavily, as you’ll have noticed if you were paying attention, but that’s also with good reason because even if we tried to not be biased towards them, they’d still have to be featured. The simple fact is, La Sportiva are one of the top shoe brands, especially when it comes to rock climbing footwear. We’re not saying you should just buy one of those pairs, as you may prefer the Evolvs, Butoras and Five Tens we featured. But we simply can’t ignore them. We wouldn’t be being fair to you and wouldn’t be giving you the best.

So, when it comes to choosing that awesome pair of rock climbing shoes that’ll ensure you can reach every foot hold, manage those boulders and work those smears, we hope you find the right pair above.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail

Nike is bringing back its Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail to its rightful place — the backcountry, the outdoors, or wherever it’s perfect to hike through. Arriving for the first since debuting in the 2000s, Nike’s Pegasus 36 Trail introduces some of the original features that made it the choice travel footwear. With hiking-specific modifications thrown in, of course.

For the mesh uppers, Nike added more breathability. The material here can endure any harsh conditions, complete with durable armaments robust enough to survive tough abrasions. But at the end of the day, they’re still the beloved shape, fit and feel of the road runner.

The Zoom Air Elements hide in the forefoot cushion as well as the heel. Enlarged lugs maintain a high level of traction, which you’ll be thankful for when hiking while raining. That’s never a good idea, of course. But fret not about puddles and downpours, as these kicks will make sure you’re always moving and squarely on the ground.

Design is minimalistic, the only highlight being the synthetics in hi-vis Volt. There’s a much deeper green, but only in hints and splashes. A touch of black snakes across the lining, eyestay, and signature Swoosh. It won’t win any awards on aesthetics, but it sure as hell will on design and craft-making.

This pair is available now if you’re in Europe and a member of NikePlus. As for the rest, expect this to go on shelves beginning June 13. Check out below for more photos of the Pegasus 36 Trail, and hit the link for more information while you’re at it.

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Photos courtesy of Nike

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Tray Bed Concept

In 2018, we caught a glimpse of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. The truck is an off-road monster that won’t back down from any outdoor challenge. With the help of American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), the project gave the donor machine a boatload of upgrades to survive almost anywhere. Despite already earning big points for its capabilities, it seems that another collaboration between the two companies is in the works. They’re calling it the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Tray Bed and looks totally badass.

The original ZR2 Bison is already one awesome ride, but this following concept takes it even further. The most noticeable tweak as hinted by the name is the truck bed. AEV is taking the stock section of the original and swapping in something more rugged. The heavy-duty replacement suggests that this new version is ready for more punishment. The durability and flexibility it offers means owners can load even more cargo without worry. It will be making its official debut at the 2019 Overland Expo West.

In order to back up its claim, AEV is subjecting the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Tray Bed to a grueling test. After spending three days navigating the harsh Altar Desert, the results are reportedly promising. Aside from the upgraded truck bed, this powerful pickup flaunt new fender flares that to accommodate the set of four 35-inch all-terrain tires. The chassis and suspension are also getting upgrades to elevate control and performance. Steel bumpers up front and on the rear protect the off-road ride from most forms of impact while outdoors.

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Images courtesy of AEV

DJI Osmo Action Camera

Now, GoPro should really be scared. DJI just unveiled its new action camera, aptly named the DJI Osmo Action, and it’s, well, very intriguing.

If anything, this stands as a compelling rival and argument to the GoPro line of action shooters. It’s got a pretty robust feature set, for starters. The most significant of which is the dual-screen implementation. On the rear, there’s a 2.35-inch touchscreen. Move to the front and you’ll find a 1.4-inch display for selfies. A small addition, to be sure, but crucial. The front screen works really well for quick adjustments — no need to look at the feed sent to your phone.

The DJI Osmo Action shoots 4K videos at up to 60 fps. That should perhaps come as no surprise, seeing as most action cameras are capable of this. But here, there’s an option to de-warp videos and remove the fisheye effect. That and a number of in-camera effects as well are available, like time-lapse, 8x slow motion, and custom exposure settings for shooting, say, the night sky.

The biggest features, however, are Electronic Image Stabilization and HDR. The former is something DJI has been able to perfect over the course of its drone revisions. Even if you swerve, sway, and move erratically, it’ll try to make shots look as smooth as possible. Oddly, these don’t work in tandem.

The DJI Osmo Action is available now for $349, lower than GoPro Hero 7’s $399 asking price. Can DJI dethrone GoPro as the kind of action cameras? Hard to say at the moment. But this is a start.

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Photos courtesy of DJI

The GXV Patagonia Is A Fully Customizable Off-Road RV

When the spirit of adventure calls, you have the option of packing your camping gear and set off for the great outdoors. If you have an RV, it’s just a ride away to escape the urban jungle and bask in the serene landscape of nature. The latter sounds inviting, but there are limitations as to where a regular vehicle can go. In contrast, Global Expedition Vehicles is confident that its GXV Patagonia will overcome any obstacle.

One look at the Patagonia will tell you that this bad boy is no pushover. First off, the company lets you choose the chassis that will serve as the starting point of the build. Available options include Mercedes, MAN, Unimog, Kenworth, International, and Freightliner. The one we’re featuring right now uses a Kenworth K370 chassis and looks badass. The catch here is that GXV will let you customize almost everything. However, with a starting price of $465,000 it’s a costly item that not many can afford.

As long as you have the cash, the company will be happy to equip just about anything that you desire. The body will be crafted out of panels with fiberglass insulation and feature more than enough space to rival that of regular RVs. Amenities such as a queen-size bed, a full bathroom, and a proper kitchen are possible. Additionally, the dining area can turn into another sleeping area if you have guests on board. The possibilities are practically endless with the GXV Patagonia, which makes it an exceptional and luxurious off-road ride.

Customize your own here

Images courtesy of GXV

Mitsubishi Delica Star

When it comes to cars, showboating is the de facto language, which makes the ultra-humble Mitsubishi Delica Star a refreshing change of scenery. Don’t for one second underestimate this ride, though.

Thanks to Bring a Trailer, this 1993 Mitsubishi Delica Star comes packing with a few focused modifications that turn it into a serious overland adventure vehicle. Unfortunately, this is just a one-off model. Bring a Trailer is currently holding an auction for it, and the bid as of this writing is at $8,000.

The car comes with a modest 2.5-liter turbodiesel inline-four engine that’s hooked up to a five-speed manual transmission. That’s not new for any off-roader, obviously. But do note that this thing boasts a mid-engine layout. You get stubby front and rear overhangs as a result. That, in turn, should lend you approach and departure angles not common on front-engine units. Bonus: this also has a fantastic center of gravity as a result.

Using the base Mitsubishi Delica Star and its balanced layout, the current seller treated it as a blank canvas and just went bonkers. Up top, you’ll find a Smittybilt platform tent on Thule roof bars. Then move underneath and you’ll chance upon brush bars and Pro Comp shock at all four corners. On top of which, there are 15-inch wheels in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 rubber.

If you want something that’s not a Defender, FJ, or Bronco, this might be worth a look. Sadly, you’d have to outbid other interested customers to lock this one up your garage, but you who knows, you might be lucky?

Hit the link below to find out more.

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Photos courtesy of Bring a Trailer

Costa Rica Treehouse

This three-story nature hideaway, from American firm Olson Kundig Architects, is the perfect retreat if you ever find yourself smothered by summer in Costa Rica. Clad in local teak wood and built with tree-trunk columns plus slatted walls, this surfer hut quenches the outdoorsy heart.

Sitting in a dense jungle near the Playa Hermosa beach, the Costa Rica Treehouse belongs to surfers and passionate environmentalists. The house embodies a “deep commitment to sustainable land management” in the small country, best known for its clutter of rainforests and volcanoes. Oh, and let’s not forget Costa Rica’s visually gob-smacking coastline.

Firm Cofounder Tom Kundig says the house has a light, natural footprint. Both in terms of the location and the materials consisting the structure.

“The project has a relatively light, natural footprint on the landscape, both in terms of the site itself, but also in using available local materials that are helping advance the next level of environmental stewardship in Costa Rica.”

Both teak and cenizaro wood feature predominantly here, as does wood and metal, which make up the roof. That extends beyond the building, providing ample shade and protection come rainstorms.

Wooden screens act as walls, letting in natural daylight and fresh air. In some areas the walls even slide open to break down the boundaries separating abode from the outdoors. The only glass windows here are on the second floor, and even so they feature minimally usage.

The simple, square plan casts an ode to classic treehouse construction. Here, each of the three floors provides a different experience of the enveloping landscape. Which is exactly why we build treehouses in the first place.

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Photos courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects

Hurricane XLT2 Sandals

The Hurricane XLT2 comes courtesy of Teva and Outdoor Voices’ latest collaboration. Perfect for the summer, the classic multi-strap features a vibrant combination of blue, yellow, navy, and red. Both companies like to call it Poseidon/Lemon.

Is this colorway the new modern-day equivalent of Blood Orange-levels of pretentiousness? If so, we don’t really mind. The pair is gorgeous nonetheless, pulling off a look that skirts the edges of toy-cartoonish but never crossing ever. You get a refined, playful combination that looks fun, perky, but never too one-the-nose.

They’re ideal for hikes, beach trips, and everything on your summer itinerary. They’re pretty robust thanks to the splash-ready polyester, nylon, and recycled PET webbing construction. There’s also Durabrasion Rubber for some firm traction. And if you don’t like wearing socks, feel free not to. It’s got a blister-proof heel tab so you can walk all day and come with with both feet unscathed.

This model also features increased grip and a softer EVA midsole. So, if you want a pair of reliable sandals for, say, hiking, these are a great choice. Do know that the typical Hurricane XLT2 costs just $70. This, on the other hand, retails for $85, although shipping is free. You’re probably being asked to pay a premium for the colorway. Normally, we’d fume at that, but given how gorgeous it looks, we’ll let that slide this time.

Also, Teva sandals aren’t for everyone. Sandals aren’t for everyone. But for no-frills footwear in the summer, you can grab these and go easy-peasy.

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Photos courtesy of Outdoor Voices and Teva

Men’s Gear Awards: Best Military Watch Brands Of 2019

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Timex is well-known in the world of watches, as they have been one of the best in this field for a very long time. Interestingly, they have found a way to step out with their military watched in a major way.

This puts them among the best military watch brands out there. In fact, they have a number of watches that are specifically designed to be for military use. However, they can be used for several activities beyond this.

What Timex realized was that, while they can make a line or two straight up for military usage, people will see that and want it for other uses too. Who would not want a great watch for any use that is insanely well protected?

The Affordable Allied Series Is A Great Budget Buy

One of these watch lines happens to be called the Allied series. They’re made pretty well, with all of them having a fabric strap. Now, this is key for those who know anything about survival. When you’re in the middle of nowhere and lost, it is useful to have anything that can double as something else.

The fabric from these watches can be removed and opened up with a knife with ease. It can then be used for a number of things. This is not all, as the fabric only touches one small side of things.

They also have something Timex calls their INDIGLO® Light-Up Watch Dial. It helps to keep the watch visible at all times of the day as well as any conditions you might find yourself in. On top of this, you’ll find that they are water resistant for up to 100 meters too.

They also contain a QuickDate® Feature that presents the proper date, regardless of where you are. So if a place is 12 hours ahead of your normal time at home, this will help you stay on the date you’re currently in.

Most of these watches are under $100 too!

Timex Goes Above & Beyond With MK1 & Timex Command™

The Allied Series is great but the second and third series of military style watches from Timex helps to seal them in for a very long time among the best military watch brands. They’re called the MK1 Aluminum Series and Timex Command™ Shock Series. These are brands that put them on the list of the best military watch brands in the world, in our opinion.

If you thought the Allied line had a lot, wait until you check these out. The Timex Command™ Shock Series has the same INDIGLO® Night-Light that the Allied Series has, but this also comes with a Night-Mode setting.

It also comes with a dual mode alarm for vibration and audio alerts and a stopwatch with a 100-hour Chronograph for the lap and split times as well as a 24-hour countdown timer. This model also comes with three different timezone settings, 24-hour display option, Hydration Alarm, and contains the date via Month & Day.

It’s also shock resistant and water resistant for up to 100 meters. This offers legendary durability that Timex is well-known for. They also come in a ton of camo colors that you can choose from.

Meanwhile, the MK1 Aluminum Series contains much of the same things, minus the shock resistance. It’s made from “aircraft-quality steel” according to Timex, making it extremely durable.

It also comes with a fabric strap that slightly differs from the Allied Series, but can offer much of the same things.

While this might be the extent of their straight-up military watches, they have several sports watches like the Ironman Essential, Ironman Original, Ironman Classic, Ironman Transit, Ironman Sleek, Expedition Camper, Expedition Chrono-Alarm, Expedition 39MM, and Expedition Base-Shock Series of watches.

That is not even discussing the options for women.

Just in case you were wondering, Timex does a great job when it comes to pricing their watches. Most of the models brought up above can be purchased for under $200, as well.

The Folomov 18650S Is One Of The Best Unsung Tactical Flashlights In The World

At Men’s Gear, we’re lucky to have the opportunity to review tons of products in a given year. This includes products of all types, including terrific flashlights. Yet one of the best of the flashlights we’ve seen is the Folomov 18650S, and it really needs to be discussed more.

If you’re a follower of impressive flashlights, especially the tactical type, this is one of the best you’ll find. One of the best things about it is that it is nearly indestructible. Trust us there, as we purposely tried to break it to see if this claim was true.

Yet the Folomov 18650S model seemed to hold up, regardless of the conditions we put it through.

We threw it, stomped on it, hit the dang thing with a hammer, yet nothing fazed this beast. The thing, it is meant to be tough and hold up to any conditions. Like most, it is capable of working in any major conditions you find yourself in, which only serves to make it more valuable.

The company, Folomov, wanted to make sure they delivered a proper flashlight that could be used by anyone for any reason. Founded in 2009, they have made several products. However, a proper flashlight is always needed and they knew they could deliver the best possible version in the 18650S.

What makes this thing so valuable and worth your time? Let us dive into it!

Folomov 18650S Features

When we were looking at the Folomov 18650S, the first thing we noticed was that the directions claimed it could do a bunch of things. If this is a reality, it clearly meant this flashlight had the capability to be useful. There are 7 main settings and uses for this flashlight.

Those 7 main settings are:

  • Moonlight
  • Ultra Low
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Turbo
  • Strobe

You can access the moonlight version by holding down the power button as it is turned off. The moonlight light will come up and each click you use will get it progressively brighter. This, of course, goes all the way up to turbo.

Of course, the low lights are still bright as it is meant to be a smaller light that is more directly focused. The large light versions manage to show the brightest lights and shine in everything in their path. Basically, they are both able to light up entire rooms on their own. That is insanely bright for sure!

The strobe works by merely clicking the power button twice in rapid fashion. Once done, it’ll use the brightness of the last light setting you had it on from Moonlight all the way to Turbo.

SOS and Beacon modes are also added in that take time to set up for your own set-up of them. Meanwhile, you can also limit the amount of time the light it on by setting up a countdown. You can do this by pressing the power button rapidly on the minutes you need it to be on.

So for 3 minutes, click three times rapidly. It’ll automatically go into a countdown mode. You can do this for every minute all the way up to 9 minutes. Just be sure the light is on.

The Technical Jargon

The Folomov 18650S flashlight is quite impressive as you can see by the features it has. The light is 900 Lumens, which seems like it’s much more based on how bright it gets. As mentioned, we tried to do our best to break the thing but it was incredibly tough. The directions from Folomov is that it is only impact resistant for up to 1 meter.

The Folomov 18650S is also waterproof and can work in up to 2 meters in the water, which is pretty amazing. For any flashlight like this to work for 2 meters or a little over 6 feet is impressive. This also makes it perfect for the outdoors and especially for muddy places.

Officially, the flashlight is IPX-8 waterproof.

The flashlight also weighs next to nothing, as it is meant to be light and compact. It even has a clip on it to hang your shirt or jacket without weighing either down much. According to the Folomov brand, it’s only 50g in weight.

The light itself gets all the way up to 6940cd maximum intensity. This is simply a lighting scale, in case you were curious.

It also uses a 2600mAH Lithium-Ion battery to power it. The coolest part about this is that the battery is rechargeable via USB. Seriously, they include a USB cord for you to use and you’re able to charge it up this way tons of times. This gives you the ability to never need another battery as long as you take care of the one included.

How To Buy The Folomov 18650S

Buying the Folomov 18650S tactical flashlight is quite simple. All you have to do is head to Amazon and buy it from their website. Currently, the Folomov brand does not sell anything directly from their website. This is not uncommon with brands, which is why Amazon is so useful.

To buy, simply click the link below.

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE FOLOMOV 18650S FLASHLIGHT

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Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%

Yup, still with the percentage sign on the name. It’s really called the ZoomX Vaporfly Next%, but that’s where the blemishes stop. When you get over that odd moniker, there’s just so much to admire in Nike’s new trainers.

To make this marathon-ready pair, Nike sought feedback from its cache of world champion runners. And thus comes the new ZoomX Vaporfly Next%, an evolution from the brand’s Vaporfly 4%. Featuring Vaporweave, a new material construction that’s lighter than flyknit, these shoes are a lot more breathable and absorb less water from sweat or rain.

The ZoomX Vaporfly Next% marathon shoes also feature offset laces to reduce pressure on sensitive areas of the foot. Nike added extra Zoomx foam in the midsole, plus custom traction patterns for increased grip in wet weather. Nike listened well — traction improvements came from data by Eliud Kipchoge, Mo Farah, and Geoffrey Kirui.

Even with all these new upgrades, the pair weighs exactly the same as its predecessor. This should perhaps come as no surprise, as Nike always excels when it comes to streamlining design to cut bulk and fat.

“This shoe is truly the result of our athletes, sport scientists, engineers and designers closely collaborating throughout the entire process of design, testing and manufacturing,” says Nike.

The company is set to debut these kicks during the forthcoming London Marathon. It has also prepared a special release for those who really want a pair. Nike will offer limited quantities of the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% via the Nike Run Club App. They’ll cost $275 once released, which surely isn’t cheap even by Nike’s standards. But all evolution comes with a price. You can hit the link below for more information.

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Best 12 Expandable Garden Hoses

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This expandable hose is really the budget option in this list, but do not be fooled by the price, because it also comes with an 18 month warrantee, which is good by most garden hose standards. Even though this should have any bargain-hunter rearing to pounce on this deal, this is an easy-to-use durable hose, which gets the job done just as well as the best of them.

The simple design is also a latex core, but with a looser fitting material around the core, which still gives you great durability but you will have to be careful with the material cover especially when there is no internal water pressure. This expandable hose should be easy to maneuver in almost any garden and it also comes in three sizes which should be plenty in terms of length options.

Perhaps the only real drawback of this hose is the fittings which are plastic and not metal. This means you may not have to worry about any rust, but will have to be careful not to leave this out in adverse weather conditions as it will create wear on the plastic.

You should be able to get at least a few years out of this hose and for such a steal, we absolutely love this offering by eBoTrade.

Pros

  • checkExtremely lightweight hose
  • checkComes with 18 month warrantee
  • checkVery affordable option for expandable hose
  • checkComes in several length options

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  • cross-altDoes not have any included extras
  • cross-altFittings are made from plastic

Best 20 Glass Water Bottles

BEST GLASS WATER BOTTLES

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When you need a glass water bottle built for athletes, the Zulu Atlas is always a great choice. Zulu focuses most of their attention on engineering high-quality glass water bottles that can stand up to the rigors of sport and athleticism.

The thick annealed glass, along with the stylish and beautifully-textured silicone protective sleeve adds a layer of confidence that you just won’t find with a lot of other glass water bottles. Not only is it impact resistant but it’s easy to grip as well. This bottle didn’t just make it to the number one spot for looking great and being strong, though.

The Zulu Atlas is incredibly easy to use. With only one hand, you can flip the top to take a drink no matter what you are doing, no matter what that might be.

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  • checkLocking flip lid
  • checkProtective silicone sleeve

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  • cross-altHinge pin requires occasional adjustments

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  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.5 x 3.5 x 10.3 in
  • Weight 1 lb.
  • Capacity 20 oz
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Coming in at number 2, we have the EQUA. One of our favorite bottles on the list, this entry is perfect for long days at the gym or yoga studio. The high-quality borosilicate glass makes for a clean-tasting water every time, and the felt outer covering helps insulate the bottle for use with hot and cold drinks.

The bottle itself has a simple, yet elegant design and it features a twist-on spill-proof metal cap with a silicone interior to protect the flavor of your water. The attractive stitched felt covering also helps the bottle fit in anywhere, not just the gym.

Glass water bottles are often designed for use in particular scenarios, but the EQUA water bottle will just as good sitting next to you on your yoga mat as it will on the conference table at work. Choose from one of four different color schemes to suit your style and mood for the day.

Pros

  • checkStylish
  • checkEasy-grip cloth cover
  • checkNo leaking
  • checkSturdy

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  • cross-altNon-removable cover

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  • Capacity 28 oz
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Coming in at number three, we have what many call the best glass water bottle on the market. Contigo is a name that most people will hear sooner or later when looking for a high-quality glass water bottle. Contigo has been a subsidiary of Rubbermade for several years now, but they design and manufacture all of their own products.

What you get with such a strong company is a limited lifetime warranty on each water bottle that you buy from them, first-class quality control, and trust that promises made are promises kept.

The main features that you can enjoy from this all glass and silicone water bottle are few, but they are the most vital ones. A silicone carry loop for easy transport, dishwasher safe, wide mouth for easy drinking, and completely leak-proof lid make for a solid water bottle option.

Pros

  • checkCarry loop
  • checkLarge mouth
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  • checkTethered lid

Cons

  • cross-altSilicone sleeve difficult to remove

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 2.5 x 2.5 x 10.2 in
  • Weight 1 lb.
  • Capacity 20 oz
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Lifefactory is another favorite of ours for obvious reasons. These glass bottles are made from high-quality glass, plastic, and silicone making them healthy and durable at the same time.

Apart from the fact that there are fourteen colors to choose from, there are also three different sizes. The one we chose for our list is 22 ounces which we think is the perfect middle ground for glass water bottles. It isn’t bulky or heavy and holds enough water to get you through a workout session or an afternoon at the office.

For convenience, Lifefactory also offers three different cap styles to suit various lifestyles and activities. The press-n-go cap resembles lids found on tumblers, while the sport flip cap and pivot straw cap are common lid solutions for sport bottles. No matter which cap you choose, you’ll get a convenient carry handle as well.

Pros

  • checkWater taste is never altered by bottle
  • checkPerfect size for an active lifestyle
  • checkWide mouth

Cons

  • cross-altExtra caps sold separately

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.1 x 3.1 x 10.5 in
  • Weight 1.14 lbs.
  • Capacity 22 oz
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The Takeya Classic is a bottle made from lead and BPA-free glass which is all wrapped up in a minimalist silicone sleeve. The twist on/flip-top cap is perfect for anyone looking for both a convenient drinking solution as well as something that is completely spill proof.

The 22-ounce capacity is large enough to keep you hydrated but the slim sleeve design and shape of the bottle makes for a perfect solution for use on the go. This cupholder-friendly water bottle also comes with a convenient screw top lid with a sip lid function for added ease of use.

Another nice feature of the Takeya Classic is the large cutout in the silicone sleeve that lets you check on your water goals throughout the day. Whether you are into sports or just want a water bottle to take with you while on the go, the Takeya Classic is a good way to go.

Pros

  • checkConvenient cap
  • checkFits snugly in backpack side pockets
  • checkGreat balance

Cons

  • cross-altCap is not attached to bottle

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Lead Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.5 x 2.8 x 10.5 in
  • Weight 1.3 lbs.
  • Capacity 22 oz
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Coming in at number six, we have the revered CamelBak Eddy. This water bottle has garnered all sorts of attention thanks to its unique drinking mechanism and solid construction. This water bottle is made from very strong glass that is both lead and PBA free and it’s all wrapped up in a stylish silicone sleeve. The sleeve doesn’t cover the entire bottle, so you’ll remember the fact that you are drinking from glass.

Apart from the sleeve, the most unique feature of the CamelBak Eddy is the drinking apparatus. Termed the ‘Eddy Bite Valve’, this solution is completely leak proof due to the silicone valve system that pops out with a simple flick. The attached straw is also helpful because it lets you drink without tipping the bottle back.

If you are interested in a strong glass water bottle with silicone sleeve featuring a bite valve and straw, and one that is made for one-handed use, you’ll get a lifetime warranty with this choice as well.

Pros

  • checkConvenient bite valve
  • checkNo-spill lid
  • checkNon-slip, silicone sleeve looks great

Cons

  • cross-altCap is for specific type of use

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 10.2 x 3.7 x 3.2 in
  • Weight 1.2 lbs.
  • Capacity 24 oz
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To continue our list of glass drinking bottles we have the Origin Glass water bottle. Each different bottle manufacturer puts their own unique twist onto the water bottle concept and for Origin that splash of personality is found in the spill-proof bamboo twist cap.

The glass itself is a simple design that comes in various sizes (14, 22, 32 oz) to suit different needs, and there is a thick protective sleeve made from silicone to wrap it all up. There are thirteen colors to choose from, but we like seaside Green the best.

As an added bonus, the folks at Origin have decided to give a percentage of the money earned from each of their bottles to a charity responsible for building wells in Ghana, where poverty and lack of good drinking water has become a debilitating issue.

Pros

  • checkCompletely non-toxic
  • checkFits into standard cup holders
  • checkStylish
  • checkSturdy

Cons

  • cross-altBamboo cap isn’t strong (but comes with a 90-day warranty)

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Lead Free Yes
  • Cadmium Free Yes
  • Capacity 14, 22, 32 oz
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Next up, we have a large glass water bottle from Xtremeglas. The company was started by a veteran who saw a need for a clear glass water bottle with a purpose that goes beyond just holding water in it.

The Xtremeglas solution to many people’s water intake problems is the handy water measurement system complete with time stamps to help keep your eye on (quite literally) your water intake. At 32 ounces, filling the bottle twice solves your recommended daily intake, but it is also a large bottle.

For convenience, the steel lid and nylon carrying strap make for a easy-to-carry and completely spill-proof answer to the cap question. The choice of colors for the silicone sleeve is also a nice touch as we can now enjoy the benefits of silicone in the style we prefer.

Pros

  • checkTimelines printed on bottle to assist water intake
  • checkExtra thick glass is sturdy
  • checkNylon carrying strap included

Cons

  • cross-alt32 oz bottles may be too large for some

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.1 x 3.1 x 11 in
  • Weight 1.38 lbs.
  • Capacity 32 oz
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What do you get when you cross an insulated double-walled glass water bottle, a tea infuser, and a glass coffee (or tea) mug? Well, you get the ONEISALL double walled borosilicate glass tea mug with lid, of course!

At 20 ounces, this interesting addition to the world of glass water bottles is not exactly small, but it’s not too large for comfort either. What you get is a stainless-steel screw-on lid (leak proof), a tea infuser insert with metal mesh, a convenient handle for simplified use.

The thick glass is able to put with temperature swings ranging between -20 to 120 degrees making this the perfect option for a wide range of drinks. The fact that it is insulated also means there is never any need to rush if you prefer a certain temperature for your beverages.

Pros

  • checkDurable and stylish
  • checkOne mug, multiple uses
  • checkInfuser works well

Cons

  • cross-altSteeping container is at the top of the mug

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.6 x 7 in
  • Capacity 20 oz
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The Kablo bottle is an addition to our list of best 20 glass water bottles that will offer peace of mind in a package that really couldn’t be any more simplistic.

Made from 100% high-density borosilicate glass, this water bottle is free from all contaminants. Kablo offers a completely transparent manufacture process so you know that their bottles are always safe. Whether you are worried about cadmium, lead, BPA, BPS, phthalate, or any of the other common toxins, the glass used for this bottle will put your mind at ease.

The stainless-steel lid and silicone gasket create a seal that will not leak, and you will never taste metal in your water. The Kablo also has a wide mouth opening that makes drinking to heart’s content that much easier.

Pros

  • checkWide mouth for ice cubes
  • checkAir and water tight
  • checkSilicone sleeves are stylish and minimalistic
  • check365-day broken bottle policy

Cons

  • cross-altBasic bottle design
  • cross-altPricey for a glass water bottle

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • BPS Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Capacity 32 oz (10.25 x 3 in), 21 oz (6.75 x 3 in)
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The 26-ounce water bottle that we have included here on this glass water bottle master list is a bit of an oddball for two reasons.

For one thing, it is not actually a glass bottle for water. It’s made from a high-quality, PBA-free plastic that looks a bit like glass due to the subtle coloring and transparency. That said, it’s very nice plastic that will not break and will likely last for a very long time. The plastic also helps with the weight. Coming in a just over half a pound, this is the lightest water bottle on our list.

The second thing that really sets this water bottle apart is the fact that it has a built water filter. The filter goes right into the straw, so you can put water from any tap in your bottle and drink it as if you were drawing it from a mountain spring.

Pros

  • checkStraw with filter makes refills easy
  • checkLeak-proof lid
  • checkFlip cap is convenient
  • checkCup holder friendly

Cons

  • cross-altReplacing filters is necessary
  • cross-altPlastic bottle could be seen as a pro or a con

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.2 x 3.2 x 10.8 in
  • Weight 9.6 oz
  • Capacity 26 oz
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If you are looking for a fun, stylish glass water bottle that it easy to carry around, the Veegoal might be what you are looking for. The 18-ounce, borosilicate glass bottle is completely free from contaminates of all kinds, is dishwasher safe, and is strong enough to withstand extreme temperatures with ease. Whether you like your drinks cold or hot, you’ll never have to worry about the glass on this bottle cracking due to quick changes in temperature.

The screw-on bamboo cap is both stylish and functional as it creates a perfect seal around the mouth of the bottle. The silicone sleeve also looks great. It is simple, covers about 3/4 of the bottle, and comes in a variety of soothing colors in a matte finish. This bottle will look great at home, in the office, or at the gym, and you’ll never have to worry about portability because it fits cup holders with ease.

Pros

  • checkDishwasher safe
  • checkPortable
  • checkMade from borosilicate glass
  • checkHigh temperature tolerance

Cons

  • cross-altPlastic inner cap
  • cross-altTopples easily

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Phthalate free Yes
  • Lead free Yes
  • Cadmium free Yes
  • Capacity 18 oz
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It isn’t every day that we get to try out a glass water bottle with a touch of elegance. Many are simply utilitarian bottles with a simple focus. This product from Equa will make you feel like you’ve just spent a day at the 5-star spa and you have a nice water bottle to show for it.

What makes this entry so special are the design features coupled with the high-quality materials used in making it. Style-wise, the tall hourglass shape is a thing of beauty. Not only is the shape unique but there are several versions, each having its own style of silicone protection and artistic touch.

The fact that this bottle is made from 100% borosilicate glass also means that unwanted toxins leeching into your water will never compromise your water.

Pros

  • checkStylish bottle shape is easy to hold
  • checkSilicone foot is unobtrusive
  • checkGreat balance
  • checkMultiple lid options

Cons

  • cross-altCap not dishwasher safe
  • cross-altToo big for some cupholders

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.2 x 3.2 x 9.4 in
  • Weight 1.1 lb.
  • Capacity 18.6 oz
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At number 14, we have another great water bottle for you to consider. The Kitchen Lux glass water bottle checks all the boxes when it comes to convenience and you’ll be able to give that convenience to your entire family. The Kitchen Lux bottles come in packs of 1, 4, and 6, so you can keep everyone hydrated in style.

The silicone strap attached to the stainless-steel screw-on cap makes transporting these bottles a simple task, and you’ll never have to worry about spills thanks to the food-grade silicone seal on the inner part of the lid. The nylon sleeve is also useful and adds a bit of protection from dings and scratches.

As far as your safety is concerned, this glass is free from toxins like BPA, lead, PVC, and more.

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Dimensions 9 inches from top to bottom
  • Weight 0.8 lbs.
  • Capacity 18 oz (x6)
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Ello Elsie is a water bottle that will stand out from the crowd, no matter where that crowd happens to be. You could bring this glass water bottle to the office, to the gym, or anywhere else, and it’ll look great. The choice of colors for the easy-open silicone flip cap adds a flare of style to the classic milk bottle look that this product is modeled after, and the branding and accents are very tastefully done.

Looks aren’t everything when it comes to glass water bottles though. Many leak and spill, for example, but that is never an issue with the Ello Elsie. Beyond being able to keep contents contained, all the materials used are safe and clean, leaving you free to enjoy your beverages without worry.

Another nice thig about this bottle is that the mouth is large enough for ice cubes, which also means that it is large enough for food items making this a perfect bottle for infused drinks.

Pros

  • checkWide mouth opening
  • checkNo leeching or staining
  • checkLeak-proof cap
  • checkFun design looks great

Cons

  • cross-altSilicone stretches over time
  • cross-altNot the easiest to clean

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 2.5 x 9 x 2.5 in
  • Weight 1 lb.
  • Capacity 32 oz
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At number 16, we have a water bottle that is perfect for anyone looking for an all-in-one glass water bottle kit to solve their hydration needs. Not only do you get a great water bottle when you order a Sursip bottle, but you’ll also get a padded nylon carrying case with a handle strap for added mobility.

On top of that, a second longer detachable strap is also included, as is a bottle brush to keep your large, 1-liter bottle clean and tasting great. Another useful feature of this water bottle is the measuring system printed on the side of the bottle.

What you need in a glass water bottle is convenience, good-quality glass that won’t negatively impact your drinking water and a lid that is sure never to leak. Add in some other bells and whistles and you’ve got yourself a winner. The Sursip ticks all the necessary boxes, and then some.

Pros

  • checkComes with a bottle brush
  • checkTime marked
  • checkDishwasher safe
  • checkStainless steel lid

Cons

  • cross-altNot the best for hot drinks
  • cross-altLarge size not the best for hiking or other sporting activities

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Weight 1.5 lbs.
  • Capacity 32 oz
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When you are ready for something a little bit different, the Zulu Studio might be the one you are looking for. This water bottle comes with all the usual benefits, including durable glass that doesn’t leech harmful substances into your beverages, a sealing lid and a silicone sleeve.

What’s different about this bottle, though, is that fact that Zulu has managed to make all those standard offerings a little bit better. The cap, for example, doesn’t just seal perfectly. It also snaps closed and flips open at the touch of a button, and it can even be locked for times when accidental leaks are an absolute no-no.

As far as the silicone sleeve, the one on the Zulu Studio is one of the thickest we’ve seen, and it features some great-looking design choices as well. The whole package is easy to clean and when it comes time to wash this water bottle, all that is required is quick trip through the dishwasher.

Oh yeah, and did we mention that this glass water bottle is made with the demanding needs of athletes in mind?

Pros

  • checkDishwasher safe
  • checkLid snaps into place and locks
  • checkCarry loop makes transporting simple
  • checkNo leeching or staining

Cons

  • cross-altToo large for some
  • cross-altSilicone sleeve is difficult to remove

Specs

  • BPA/BPS Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3 x 3 x 10.3 in
  • Weight 1.24 lbs.
  • Capacity 28 oz
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Our list is coming close to the end but no comprehensive collection of the best glass water bottles 2019 has to offer would be complete without this unique offering from Glasstic. You could probably guess by looking the name that this glass water bottle might be a little different from the competition, and you would be absolutely correct!

Glasstic has cleverly combined all the benefits of glass and plastic bottles and put them into one package. With a contaminate-free interior glass insert to hold your delicious beverages and a plastic outer shell to protect the glass, you get safety and great taste together.

Normally, you can’t bring glass water bottles to the swimming pool or beach. That’s not the case with this one, though, because the plastic outer shell will contain any breakage, should it occur.

Pros

  • checkDouble walled
  • checkFlip cap is convenient
  • checkComes in a variety of colors
  • checkSmall size makes bottle ultra-portable

Cons

  • cross-altProtective outer shell adds bulk (but contains broken glass)
  • cross-altDesign may not be for everyone

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Dimensions 10.7 x 3.5 x 3.8 in
  • Weight 1.2 lbs.
  • Capacity 16 oz
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Another water bottle we had to include in number 19 on our list. The MIU Color glass water is a cool glass water bottle that looks quite different than a lot of the others that you’ve seen wither on this list or anywhere else.

Resembling the shape of the old plastic Gatorade bottles, this water bottle is wider that most and is completely covered by a silicone sleeve. The large, screw top lid is black and provides a complete seal for added protection and the convenient silicone carry strap connected to the lid is as functional as it is complimentary to the overall look of this handsome water bottle.

You’ll also find measurements on the sleeve making it easier to keep track of how much water you are drinking, and the borosilicate glass makes for one of the most durable glass water bottle experiences available today.

Pros

  • checkWide mouth opening
  • checkSilicone sleeve with measurements
  • checkLeak-proof lid
  • checkCarry loop for convenience

Cons

  • cross-altMetal lid can leave a metallic taste
  • cross-altDoes not do well with hot liquids

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Dimensions 7.6 x 3.7 x 3.7 in
  • Weight 1.4 lbs.
  • Capacity 30 oz
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Since we’re ending our list with several unique offering from the world of quality drinking vessels, the chakra-aligning glass water bottle from Zura is about as interesting as it gets.

When you go the Zura Crystal Infused Water Bottle route, you get high-quality glass, a tightly sealing stainless-steel lid with a silicone insert to preserve flavor, a carrying strap for added control, and a removable stainless-steel bottom cap with a giant amethyst crystal mounted on top of it.

Mined and processed in Brazil, the amethyst crystals used to infuse your water are beautiful, but they also infuse your water with high vibrational energy to improve your mood and present-ness throughout the day.

The Zura Crystal comes in several colors and styles, is narrow enough for cup holders, and is easily dismantled for cleaning.  The protective nylon cover is also a nice touch as it strengthens, adds grip, and conceals the crystal on the inside of the bottle.

Pros

  • checkProtective sleeve
  • checkMay align your chakras!
  • checkAmethyst crystals add a sense of mystery and intrigue
  • checkConvenient carry loop

Cons

  • cross-altInner crystal takes up space
  • cross-altMay not actually turn you into a better person

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • PVC Free Yes
  • Phthalate Free Yes
  • Weight 1.44 lbs.
  • Capacity 18 oz

BONUS PRODUCT

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Our bonus product is a good option for use either at home or at the office. The Ello Devon is a glass tumbler made from thick glass that is PBA free. It has a friction-fit wooden lid which is water tight thanks to its silicone seal and there is a straw for ease of use. For both added durability and style points, the attractive silicone boot which covers the majority of the tumbler’s body comes in several fun colors.

The included straw is thick making it easy to drink pretty much any drink you decide to put into your stylish new tumbler. The large, 2-inch mouth is big enough for ice cubes, chunks of fruits and veggies, and convenient washing, as well, which is yet another reason that we like this offering from Ello.

Pros

  • checkStylish design with non-slip silicone sleeve
  • checkComes in a variety of attractive colors
  • checkReal wood accents on lid

Cons

  • cross-altIncluded straw is not spill proof

Specs

  • BPA Free Yes
  • Dimensions 3.2 x 3.2 x 3.2 in
  • Weight 1.2 lbs.
  • Capacity 20 oz

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

As you can see, there are a huge number of glass water bottles to choose from but finding the perfect one isn’t always as simple as it seems. Considerations that you have to make include cap styles, material composition, size, and more. Do you need a silicone sleeve or is a nylon carrying case enough?

What type of glass should I choose?

When it comes to material composition you may have noticed from our list that the best glass water bottles are made from borosilicate glass. This type of glass is highly resistant to temperatures changes, meaning you can go from an iced drink to boiling tea in a matter of seconds without worrying about your glass bottle shattering. If you see a bottle design that you like made from borosilicate glass, it’s always a nice choice. Otherwise, be sure that the glass you choose is from a trusted company and is thick enough to withstand normal, daily wear and tear.

Is there a perfect size?

Another thing that you should pay attention to is the size of the bottle. Some people want a bottle large enough to satisfy their hydration needs with only one refill throughout the day, while others want more portable options. Looking at the diameter and height of the bottle that you are considering will help you understand if it’ll fit into your lifestyle. Sizes range from 14 ounces to 32 ounces, and sometimes even higher, so finding a glass water bottle that you will be able to use comfortably is very important.

Does it matter which lid I choose?

The short answer is, yes. Absolutely. Lids come in a few different form factors, and, like everything else in life, the one you choose should depend on how you intend to use it.

Some of the best lids for near-guaranteed leak-proof performance are screw on tops. There are many bottles that feature this lid style because of the inherent reliability that comes with it. Something to keep in mind, however, is that the material the cap is made from. Some water bottle makers choose materials that leave a metallic taste in the water which defeats the purpose of buying a glass bottle in the first place. Others create caps of multiple parts that easily come apart over time, and still others do not add anything in the seal department to guarantee leak-proof-ness.

Other lid styles that are commonly used include flip-top caps (with and without locking mechanisms), screw-on solutions with spouts (with and without straws), and there are even some fiction-fit press on style lids available. The best of all the variations that you will find will be leak-proof, but you’ll also find that each category also comes with its fair share of pretenders. Read through the reviews to see what types of experiences others have with the same cap styles.

Are there advantages to different types of protective sleeves?

Again, yes. The most common type of sleeve that you will find on the best glass water bottles is silicone. The durable nature of the material along with the great look and feel makes it the perfect solution to protect a glass bottle. That said, they are not all the same. Some are made to be removable and other are not. Some are thicker than others offering better protection, and some are made to be more stylish than protective.

If you care about taking your protective sleeve off for cleaning purposes, make sure to choose a bottle that makes that possible. Some manufacturers will include the product description that the sleeve is removable but reading a few customer reviews will tell you that the removal process can take you all day to complete.

Conclusion

If you are looking into buying a glass water bottle, you probably already know at least some of the advantages that glass has over plastic. You might be more focused on the taste benefits or maybe the environmental attributes, you could be concerned for the health of you and your family or perhaps you just want a great-looking water bottle to use at the gym or the office. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter which reason a person might pick for enjoying all that comes with glass water bottles because there are just so many benefits to choose from.

Choosing the right bottle for your particular needs comes down to figuring out how you are most likely to use your new bottle. Are you going to take it to the gym? The office? Are you going to be carrying your new glass water bottle around in your backpack or will it be sitting on top of your desk all day? Each of the products we have covered here comes with its own set of pros, and all you have to do is choose the best one for you.