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Sleep Under the Stars Inside the Solar-Powered Nomad’s Pad

There’s nothing like sleeping under a starry sky and waking up to the bright morning sunshine. But urban pollution is always a hindrance unless you sleep on a  camping mattress on the roof. Thankfully, there are places that offer respite from the hassle and bustle of city life and provide a safe haven under the stars just like the Nomad’s Pad in the Grand Canyon.

Constructed on a 20-acre lot, this glass pyramid lets you immerse in the beauty of nature during the day and night. It lets you
“become part of the Wild West” where you hear birds chirping in the morning and the coyotes howling at night. Then there’s the whistle of the wind blowing, the aroma of the Pinyon Trees and Juniper Berries, and all that nature has to offer.

Nomad’s Pad is in the concept stage but future guests can choose from one of the ten pyramids planned for the site. Each abode will provide guests unobstructed 360-degree views of their surroundings inside a massive 400-square foot interior. Best of all, each pyramid packs the comfort of home and the convenience of modern technology.

Solar-powered and temperature-controlled glass makes up the pyramid. The clear glass turns opaque at a touch of a button to provide guests privacy. Inside will have air conditioning, luxury linens, a queen-sized bed, and a detached private bathroom and shower. Likewise, guests will have access to complimentary tea and coffee and eco-friendly toiletries.

Meanwhile, outdoor amenities with the Nomad’s Pad include a propane fire pit, a private hot tub, a private patio decked out with lounge furniture, and a hammock. The concept is estimated for an October 2021 opening and guests can reach the site 25 minutes away from the Grand Canyon National Park.

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Travel In Comfort With The Herschel Highland Carry-On

It’s time to fulfill that long-overdue trip now that travel restrictions are slowly easing in some countries amid this pandemic. When it comes to packing necessities, you don’t want to settle for a mediocre bag. The Herschel Highland Carry-On is not your typical travel gear as it is not only extremely lightweight but packs features found in travel luggage.

If you’re planning on a short trip overseas or a weekend getaway, then this works wonders. On the outside, it doesn’t look much with its front and top zippered pocket where you can stash in your passport, visa, or other quick-access items. There is also a small slot on one side to store smaller items.

Meanwhile, carrying handles appear on the top and on one side of the bag. The exterior has a minimalist appearance but the inside is where you get most of the bag’s features. The Herschel Highland Carry-On opens clamshell-style for easy packing and unpacking. Inside you have more than enough space to store your travel essentials using meshed zippered pockets. There are also garment straps to secure items in place.

This carry-on luggage gives you an amazing 35 liters of storage space at a lightweight design of just 2.81 kilograms. Its size is also convenient since you don’t have to put it in cargo and fits the overhead bin at 21.5″(H) x 13″(W) x 8.25″(D). Best of all, it offers comfort during transport.

You can either settle for the carrying handles or use the retractable three-stage locking trolley handle for convenience. The Herschel Highland Carry-On also comes with four multi-directional muted polyurethane wheels for easy maneuvering and comes with five color options to suit personal taste.

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Best 11 Inflatable SUPS

BEST INFLATABLE SUPS

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First up we’ve got the Expedition stand up paddle board from Isle Surf & SUP which has been designed with longer trips in mind. They’ve incorporated their spectacular own Fusion Lite build to provide you with an awesome board you’re able to carry wherever and whenever you want. It doesn’t matter where you’re intending on taking your trip, it’s been constructed to cope with it all.

So, whether you want to head to the ocean, lake, river or just that little stream, it will handle obstacles that come its way or that are thrown in its watery pathway with the same durability. You’ll find a diamond traction pad fitted to the deck that stops you from slipping while also keep your feet comfortable.

Another nice touch is the fact this inflatable stand up paddle board is 100% pet friendly. Perfect for when you want to take your pooch out to catch some waves. Storage-wise, this also provides in the form of two bungee systems, one at the tail and one at the nose. If you’re looking for variety, it’s limited with this, but it does come in two nice and watery colors, known as moss and aqua.

Our favorite thing about this product is the money-saving package you get. There’s just about everything you could want or need and some things you probably never knew you needed. A coil leash, center fin that’s detachable, high pressure pump, paddle, backpack and even a waterproof phone case are all included for the retailing price.

Specs

  • Board Dimensions 10.6/11 x 32 x 6-feet
  • Weight Limit 240-300lbs
  • Material Military-grade PVC
  • What is included in the package Board, paddle, center fin, leash, pump, backpack and waterproof phone case
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Given the name the Adventurer, the next inflatable SUP board comes from Tower. In response to the many worries and concerns about where the compromises lie when you invest in these inflatable alternatives, this 6-inch thick board can hold medium to large sized riders easily. Its stability is never compromised, and if you stay within the 400-pound guideline, there’s no chance of it bending.

The thickness is important, particularly if you’re new to stand up paddle boarding or are hitting onto the current craze of Yoga boarding. IT’s also ideal if you’re looking to draft in your little ones to nurture a passion in them for this exhilarating pastime.

From a maintenance point of view, if you’re not looking to fuss around too much before and after you’re on the water, this is a must have. You’ll find across brands and models, there’s one feature of paddle boards of the inflatable variety that’s the same – their all made using drop-stitching and from a military-grade PVC. This is no different and is robust to deal with anything.

So, if you are new to this sporting activity, it’s forgiving enough to cope with the serious number of dents, dinks and dings you might put it through. Similarly, to board above, this comes in an economically-sound package that provides you with a fiberglass paddle in three parts for easier storage, a fin and reasonable quality pump. Everything you need to have a blast on the water!

Specs

  • Board Dimensions 10.4 x 32 x 0.6-inches
  • Weight Limit 400lbs
  • Material Military-grade PVC
  • What is included in the package Board, three-part fiberglass paddle, pump and fin
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Not to be confused with the, in many people’s eyes, vastly superior paddle boards from iRocker, this next one from Roc is hardly an unknown quantity. It’s one of the most popular and best-selling, not just inflatable but SUPs in general of all time. We especially love the coating this features that provides protection against the harmful UV rays from the sun that can normally damage PVC.

You’ll never have any issues with this board and overheating, that’s for sure. To be honest, when you consider the excellent and safe amount of grip it gives you with the exceptional flotation balance it provides, you’d be hard pushed to find fault with it.

One issue we noticed though, and this is a small one, the D-rings you get to use as an anchorage for your leash, are a bit small and can be fragile. It’s also difficult to pump up. However, once you find the sweet spot, it won’t take nearly as long each subsequent time you use the board. We’ve featured it for a reason, though, so let’s not harp on about the minor issues.

Let’s instead discuss the great package you get with this board. As well as the board, in all its glory, you get a rather nifty and sturdy allow paddle, a separate key bag, so you know where they are when you get out of the water, waterproof holder for your pride and joy (phone), pump, leash and probably one of the best ever backpacks. Seriously, there’s so much love for that backpack online.

As well as being generous in size, it’s also comfortable when worn on your back and completely waterproof. Nothing you put in there, when it’s sealed properly and in fine working condition, will get damaged by water. Did we also mention that the Roc paddle board is backed by the company’s 1-year warranty? Now you can see, despite the flaws, why it’s here!

Specs

  • Board Dimensions 10.5 x 32 x 6-inches
  • Weight Limit 275lbs
  • Material Military-grade PVC
  • What is included in the package Board, high-quality alloy paddle, leash, key bag, premium quality waterproof backpack, leash and pump
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You’d think, give it’s made by a bunch of SUP enthusiasts who know the aquatic pastime inside and out, that whenever Atoll released a SUP, it was a big deal. When it comes to this 11-foot inflatable wonder of a stand-up board, it is! There’s so much to love and admire about this board. You’d almost think we’re lying and it’s a traditional hard-body model instead.

However, inflatable it is, so like most it’s extremely lightweight. Does that come at a price? Is it weaker? No, because although they’ve used machine lamination to work on a dual layer of PVC. Is that some fancy-smancy sales talk? Not at all, dual layer inflatable SUPs fare better against the usual wear and tear than even hardboards and less expensive inflatable types.

The stability is another thing to behold and celebrate, as because of its dimensions, it’s got a stability that will suit both beginners and those expert veterans too. It really needs stability too, when you consider how much the manufacturer reckons this can handle and handle it can. We’re talking a massive 350-pounds, making it an inflatable SUP with one of the largest capacities around.

In terms of how well it performs, you get a huge amount of speed and stability. Due to the three-fin design of the board and its precise and refined shape, it tracks, that is maintains course, superbly. Whereas it’s probably one of the largest capacity boards, it’s also one of the lightest in terms of its own weight. With the D-rings on its tail and bungee at the nose, you’ve got lots of storage space.

The package, as you’d expect from a manufacturer like Atoll is also sublime in what it includes. There’s that astonishingly light weight adjustable paddle, removable fins that can be attached and removed without the use of any tools, the backpack, leash, repair kit, bungee tie downs for the nose and tail and the Bravo dual-action hand pump.

You’d need that pump if you tried to rattle that list off too quickly out loud!

Specs

  • Board Dimensions 11 x 32 x 6-inches
  • Weight Limit 350lbs
  • Material Military-grade PVC
  • What is included in the package Board, coil paddle leash, three-part floating nylon paddle, waterproof phone case, pump and travel backpack.
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Okay, so it may not have the most subtle of color schemes, compared to the other cool paddle boards we’ve featured. However, just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, don’t judge a paddle board by its color. Color does not denote quality, after all. Just as a barista having bright blue hair doesn’t make her better or worse at her job than the cute brunette with pigtails.

In fact, it’s often the opposite, if you’ve been to a trendy coffee house recently! Anyway, we digress. The thing that’s most striking about this Pathfinder inflatable stand-up paddle board, is the price tag. It’s one of the least expensive on the market and one of the cheapest in our guide. So, if you’re not sure you want to invest the 100’s of $ required for most start-up kits, this might be for you!

Despite its price, though, like we said about its looks, it’s still a great allrounder when it comes to performance. Although it’s not made from military-grade PVC like most, it still includes the almost standard these days, drop stitching which helps to reinforce the seams and make a paddle board bulletproof.

Well, it’s not actually bulletproofed. Like, if you find yourself under attack by a hail of enemy bullets, and you’re balding and either a tall muscular dude from Hayward down in Cali or a shorter muscular bald guy from Shirebrook in Derbyshire, we’re not going to suggest you use this to dodge those bullets. But, for dinks, dings, rocks and other stuff – sure, it’ll mostly cope with them fine.

Now we know it’ll have not escaped you eagle-eyed readers that this is slightly thinner than the rest of the gang here. Although that does put it at a distinct advantage in the long run and means you suffer in the stability department, remember it’s around half the price of most of the big guns. Again, while we’re not suggesting a seasoned pro or avid Super would want this, it’s great for beginners.

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  • Board Dimensions 9.9 x 30 x 5-inches
  • Weight Limit 240lbs
  • Material Commercial quality PVC
  • What is included in the package Board, aluminum adjustable paddle, valve wrench, carry bag and shoulder straps, center fin (detachable) and pump.
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As you’ve undoubtedly seen, there are a lot of things we need to discuss when looking at each of these individual inflatable SUPs. A lot of the issues you find with inflatable paddle boards, SereneLife in their wisdom have tackled. Most crucially, they’ve went to a lot of effort to deal with the problem of sun exposure and its effect on the PVC rubber used in.

With this board, the UV-resistant coating provides it with additional durability as well as reducing the damage the sun can have on it. The grit you get with this paddle board is why we’d recommend it for beginners. However, we’d not really recommend the riding style for beginners whatsoever. 

You’d have a hard time trying to get balanced because the abilities of the board is very much dependent on PSI. This isn’t exactly a bad thing, because it doesn’t make the board less functional or anything, but it just means boarders with more experience will have a better and more successful time, rather than beginners using it as their first model.

With the design of the board, SereneLife have ensured the board is extremely light in all important ways while keeping a reasonable size. Even the oar has been created with a different tact than other models – to contend with and fight against the water currents rather than bending to them. This means, unlike with some inflatable SUPs, you’ve got an oar that you can use to row.

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  • Board Dimensions 10 x 30 x 6-inches
  • Weight Limit 275lbs
  • Material Commercial quality PVC
  • What is included in the package Board, manual air pump, patch repair accessory kit, oar pedal, ankle-cuff coil safety leash and handy storage bag
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iRocker, for the people already in the know, is a name that needs no real introduction. With their All-Around SUP board, they’ve created something that’s appealing for all riders. That’s regardless of skill level and where they intend to use it. It can cope with just about any water environment. Right off the bat, it’s best to point out this board is recommended for bigger riders.

Either that or if you’re intending on taking more than one person out at the same time. One of the things you’ll notice straight away with this board compared to others on the market, is the fact that it doesn’t have one layer or even just two layers of PVCV rubber. Nope, iRocker have went full hog and made it with four different layers of rubber.

What does this mean for the board, though? It means, according to the company, it will always pass the test no matter how rough the waters are. So, that’s one thing it has in favor of it. Another thing that sets it apart is its high maximum capacity limit of 435-pounds and the fact it is much wider than a lot of the other ones, measuring at 32-inches. This increases the stability of the board.

In terms of its performance, it appears to provide a very joyful and exhilarating experience. Although it’s wider than another great iRocker product, the Sport, it doesn’t lose anything in terms of fast movement over and through the surface of the water. A key component to this board, as with most, is the backpack, which can fit everything that comes with this SUP and more still.

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  • Board Dimensions 11 x 32, x 6-inches
  • Weight Limit 435lbs
  • Material Quad-layer PVC
  • What is included in the package Board, 2 removable side fins and 1 removable center fin, 3-part fiberglass paddle, dual-chamber triple-action hand pump, ankle leash and backpack
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Although you’ve possibly never heard the brand name before, it’s a solely hand-made product that has multiple levels of stitching to give it a stable and weight-saving structure. What’s more, the company has been making inflatable paddle boards for stand-up paddle boarding for years, since 2005. This inflatable SUP is another that’s been firmly been designed with touring riders in mind. D-rings are featured on the board, making it possible to attach a comfortable seat, as well as other items.

Items you’d need on longer journeys. So, if you want to go on a nice trek through forests, woodlands and along various bodies of water, this might be a great option for you. It remains suitably stiff even at lower air pressures and will stand the test of time and various tricky situations when you’re having to contend with choppier and exciting waters.

Like the others in our guide, this pack comes with everything you need. It differs mostly in terms of price tag. So, if you’re looking to give paddle boarding a go for the first time, this would be a better investment than those more expensive models.

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  • Board Dimensions 10 x 32 x 6-inches
  • Weight Limit 280lbs
  • Material Military-grade PVC
  • What is included in the package Board, Bravo hand pump, waterproof phone case, eye-glass rope, center fin, high quality backpack and 3-part paddle.
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From another brand you may not be exactly familiar with, Aqua Plus, comes the next great paddle board in our guide. This is an awesome, all-inclusive style package that features just about everything except for the kitchen sink. Unless there’s some code you can give at the checkout when you buy it, we don’t think it features a kitchen sink.

What you do get for your investment in Aqua Plus’s entry to the inflatable SUP field is an incredibly portable and lightweight board that’s capable of handling a rather respectable load capacity of 330-pounds. It’s been made with both ends of the spectrum when it comes to experience and skill in mind. Both beginners and experts will find joy with this SUP.

It’s curiously very rigid design almost makes it feel like a hardbody board, rather than one filled with pressurized air. As ever, military-grade PVC is featured extensively, as is the reliably robust and durable drop stitching to hold it all together by strengthening the seams. Another standard feature is the diamond groove traction pad for comfortable, safe and confident ride.

There are also several D-rings and a bungee cord setup for storing things on your paddleboard securely. With a jam-packed special deal, we’re not sure we can really say much against this supper cool inflatable SUP. If you’re looking to save a little but want to spend enough on a decent paddle board, this would be an awesome choice to settle on.

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  • Board Dimensions 10.6 x 33 x 6-inches
  • Weight Limit 330lbs
  • Material Military-grade PVC
  • What is included in the package Board, double-action pump, removable fin, TPU waterproof pack, coiled ankle leash, shoulder strap, Navigator iSUP travel backpack and adjustable paddle made from aluminum.
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The penultimate in our guide is another smaller brand, but based on the features of this SUP, it deserves some recognition. Following in so many footsteps that came before it, this standup paddle board benefits from a highly robust construction consisting of dual-layer of plastic and the drop-stitch that helps to reinforce everything together and keep the seams tight and well finished.

This inflatable paddle board has been designed with users of all skills in mind and has a reasonable weight capacity of 240-punds. One of the things we really like about this model though, is the fast inflation you gain the benefit of, with it taking just 12 minutes to pump up fully, even by hand. This means there’s less time between arriving at the water and getting on it.

It’s been made to be kid friendly with a safety rope that enables you to take your little one out with you for their first experience of stand-up paddle boarding. Everything, as is standard these days, fits conveniently into the included backpack.

All in all, although this may not be from one of the more prestigious brands, it’s still a great beginner board for those of you who’ve yet to experience the simple, though tricky, joy of paddle boarding.

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  • Board Dimensions 11 x 30 x 6-inches
  • Weight Limit 240lbs
  • Material Military-grade PVC
  • What is included in the package SUP board, adjustable paddle, repair kit and pump, one removable fin, hand pump featuring PSI gauge, backpack and frontal bungee for storage options
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The final SUP in our guide is one you’ve probably seen advertised and mentioned everywhere, because these beauties seem to get…well…everywhere. The Gili inflatable paddleboard gets everywhere for a reason, though. It’s a nice medium-priced board. In terms of its package, you get everything you really need and want.

However, whereas some packages, admittedly are just cobbled together seemingly as an afterthought to sell the board, the Gili one has branded items that have clearly been chosen because they do their specific job well. One thing we’d say though, is that while it’s a good all-rounder and suitable for rides of extended periods of time, keep in mind it’s got no UV-protection.

Given that it weighs just under 20-pounds, you know you’ll not have too much travelling with this in tow. There’s a lot to love with this board…and a few…forgivable errors. When you consider the nuts and bolts of it, though, you start to see why many people highly regard and recommend Gili. A worthy rival to iRocker and Atoll.

Specs

  • Board Dimensions 10.6 x 31 x 6-inches
  • Weight Limit 275lbs
  • Material Military-grade PVC
  • What is included in the package Board, repair kit, snap-on center fin, coiled leash, 2-stage hand pump, inflatable backpack, travel paddle

Time to Paddle!

There you have its guys, our guide to the best 11 inflatable stand up paddle boards right now. Was there any surprises or names you didn’t expect to see? If you already had one or two options in mind, did this guide change your initial decisions much? Did you find yourself attracted to one of the models by one of the lesser known manufacturers? Whether we confirmed things you already suspected or gave you a fresh set of eyes on a board you’d always ignored in the past, we’re just glad to have been part of the decision process. IT’s why we’re here. To help our readers and visitors by guiding them towards the best (whatever floats you on the surface of the water.

Rather than focusing on the most expensive SUPs on the market, we’ve tried to provide you with a more versatile range of paddle boards. We’ve not tried to make a list of products we know for sure that everyone will like, because that’d be impossible anyway. Instead, we just picked out our favorite models at various price ranges and tried to show there’s good value to be found in the lower end of the market as much as there is at the higher end of the market. We’re happy and been successful if we manage to find that one paddle board that makes you say ‘yes that’s the one for me’ or if we’ve given you lots of food for thought.

We can’t tell you which to buy in as direct terms, but we know which we’d invest in, as outlined by our top picks. If you’re still struggling to pick out one, check out our buying guide for additional help.

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

To further help you make your decision about which inflatable stand up paddle board is best for you, we’ve put together a buying guide and FAQs tackling the most pertinent questions people have. You’ll find out which features are most important and the specification you should be paying most attention to when choosing a board as well as the different types of paddle boards there are out there.

How to Choose the Best Inflatable Paddle Board?

When it comes to choosing the best, and that is the best for you, inflatable paddle board, there are several factors to consider. These factors will help you to more quickly identify the paddle board for you from the thousands out there and even from the 11 models we’ve selected in our guide above. The factors that should be of most concern to you are:

  • SUP Length
  • SUP Volume
  • Material the SUP is Made From
  • Weather Conditions Where You will Be Using the SUP
  • Paddle Selection
  • Leash and Tie Down Components and Attachments
  • Carry Handles
  • Deck Pad

We’ll take each of these individually and discuss them in detail.

SUP Length

The length of an inflatable stand up paddle board is obviously very important. Obviously, as you’ll see in a short amount of time, the SUP length is factored into the volume, but it’s also important to consider it based on your height. This is like when you choose a surfboard, just in a smaller fashion. Basically, it’s important that your height is around 45 to 55% the overall length of the paddle board. For instance, in paddle boards with a length of 10-foot 4-inches, if you were 6-foot 2-inches, that’s around half of the height of the board.

This means, in theory and depending on your skill and ability, you’d have a far easier time riding that board. Your center of gravity comes into play too. Having a board that’s just right will ensure you’re able to concentrate on enjoying yourself from the very beginning.

SUP Volume

The volume is very easy to understand, and even easier to calculate. You take the thickness, width and length and find the volume shared by them all. The volume capacity of a paddle board is crucial because it’s connected directly to your, the user’s, weight. Along with the level of comfort you’ll have using it and the results you expect to achieve from using that board.

Materials the SUP is Made From

You can never be sure exactly what you’ll find below the surface in the water when you’re on your stand-up paddle board. However, there is one thing you can trust in – there will always be things under there that could so easily pop, damage or just scrape the inflatable elements of your board. Therefore, it’s vital you pay close attention to what a SUP is made from and the grade of those materials.

As with any product in any industry, if you choose a cheaper product, you can expect that it will be made from cheaper materials. The same can be said of many paddle boards on the market. The type of materials and their grades also has a bearing on where you’ll be able to ride your paddle board in the end, so if you’ve got a specific use in mind or particular bodies of water you want to explore and enjoy, figure out whether the material is going to be suitable or not.

With cheaper paddle boards that have much thinner materials, you’re better using them on oceans and bodies of water where you’re less likely to bang into jagged rocks that could slice through its body. Whereas more expensive and military grade materials used in paddle boards mean they can be used on rivers and lakes where there are more unforgiving and aggressive elements in the landscape.

Weather Conditions Where You Will Be Using the SUP

This is very much a personal thing. If you’re all about the crazy, live hard lifestyle, and wanna paddle through river rapids and rainy weather, do it with the correct amount of caution. Or at least try to. Remember, you’ll need reinforced bungee cables a deck surface with greater amount of grip and gear with greater durability. However, if you’re more interested in the calm waves and a lazy day at the beach or at the lake, you don’t need to rock up with Bear Grylls-style resources and accessories.

Paddle Selection

You will need the option to choose from a selection of different lengths when it comes to finding a paddle that works. IT depends on the size of the paddle board you are using, your body weight and height. The best thing you can do is invest in a paddle that can be adjusted to different lengths. Many of the stand-up paddle boards we’ve featured in our guide come with adjustable paddles.

This gives you the chance to through trial and error, find your own sweet spot when it comes to paddle length. You also need to think of your physical condition, because you don’t want a paddle that’s way too short so that it causes issues with your lower lumbar, whereas you want to avoid using a  paddle that’s way too long as you could start to feel a lot of pressure and tension in the shoulders.

Leash and Tie Down Components and Attachments

This is another aspect of stand-up paddle boarding that is completely down to your own personal preference. Not everyone use a leash, while others always do. The good thing is, though, regardless of what you choose, you will find that most SUPs, including the paddle boards in our guide, offer tie down or leash type accessory in their package deals.

Carry Handle

You will find that when it comes to built-in carry handles, not all stand up paddle boards, especially the inflatable variety, are equal. Some don’t have the benefit of carry handles that can perform that role. In those situations, if you still have your heart set on that board, you need to avail yourself of a carry strap or carry sling to help lug it around.

The carry handle normally found on the side of your inflatable stand up paddle board is the component you can use to easily move your board from one are to another. However, it really depends on how much your board weighs, because it’s often not the best way to get things done, certainly not the quickest or safest.

Deck Pad

The deck pads perform several duties, heroically without any question or need for reward, they are just happy in their subservient, ass and feet on them constantly, existence. Whether it’s distributing your weight in a balanced and even manner across the whole of the paddle board or ensuring you have adequate and safe amount of traction and grip on the board or simply providing your feet with a soft and comfortable place to stand while you enjoy your madcap sporting activity.

This sport sees you move through the water at high speeds, depending on how fast you can go. However, for much of the time, although your upper body and board are moving quickly, your feet are left standing, maintaining grip with the board, for extended periods of time.

Therefore, the cushioning aspect is not because you think of yourself as oh so precious and a princess, it’s because it helps to avoid rather painful and sore feet and fatigue. Deck pads can be versatile.

However, that versatility doesn’t come easily and not all deck pads, while they may look alike, are like one another. Therefore, even for such a small component, you need to pay close attention to the kind of deck pad that comes with your iSUP. You need to decide if it’s one you can make use of or if you need to look elsewhere. Of course, you could always buy the board and then modify or upgrade the deck pad. It’s up to you. Your feet, your problem dude!

What Board Types Are Available?

Although we’ve covered inflatable stand up paddle boards, if you take to the sport like duck to water. Yes, we’re sticking with that! Then you may want to explore the other kinds of paddle boards out there and the other types of paddle boarding you can do with them. To make things easier for you, we’ve kindly collected the most common below for you to read through:

Inflatable SUPs

Okay, this is a given, seeing as we’ve just spent almost 6000 words discussing these beauties. Although they are much better when it comes to storage and transportation compared to hardbody versions, they are less great when it comes to avoiding damage and deterioration. That’s why it matters the grading of the material the inflatable paddle board you choose is made from. Inflatable SUPs are also inexpensive compared to other boards, and ideal for just getting out there and having a go and not worrying about much else.

Universal SUP

As you might imagine, brainbox, universal SUPs are designed to be used for any of the other purposes the other types of paddles are used for. They are low in price, but you really need to have your A game in check to handle one of these bad boys. Not for beginners or wimps and drama llamas!

Racing SUP

If you’ve been following the ‘guess what the word before SUP means it will be used for’ game, you’ll probably have figured this one out. Tortoises need not apply. These are built to be streamline and aerodynamic, and hydrodynamic too. The manufacturers are interested in two things and two things alone when creating these beasts – go faster and stripes. Only kidding, but speed and efficiency are their main concerns.

Fishing SUP

Yeah, you’ve guessed it, this is the kind of SUP you’d use for ballet dancing. Seriously though, if you’re looking to get out on the water and fish in a paddle board, you’re the kinda dude we’d wanna meet. These are not known for their aerodynamic design, but they’re amazing for storage capabilities and you’ll never be short on space for tackle box, bait and many have attachments for holding your rod, helping you to untangle your line and many other useful features.

Surf SUP

Obviously, when you’re on a stand-up paddle board, you see a wave coming towards you and you want to paddle right into that wave like some kinda Patrick Swayze. These are essentially beefed up and widened out surfboards, as their design and construction is based along that of a surfboard.

Yoga SUP

Okay, so if you’ve ever been flicking through Instagram and looking and all those people living their best lives, you may have seen some guys and gals doing some crazy-ass yoga on paddle boards. That is basically what a Yoga SUP is – a stand-up paddle board you use to perform your yoga on. Obviously, these boards need to be as balanced as you are, as you’ll be performing a multitude of positions and poses on them and will want to avoid falling off. They are also usable as touring SUPs though, so when you’re finished meditating you can go on a lovely little trip up stream.

Touring SUP

See how seamlessly we moved onto this one? Impressed? How would you like a stand-up paddle board you can use to go on a small trip? They have a nice sweet spot between being comfortable for extended and long use and efficient in terms of tracking and movement. If you find a universal SUP a little daunting, touring SUPs make for great beginner ones.

Obviously, unless you’re intending on investing in one of the extremely cool inflatable standup paddle boards, we’ve just went to all that bother discussing for you and your benefit.

The Bennett Winch S.C. Holdall Is ‘No Time To Die’ approved

The Bennett Winch S.C. Holdall takes you from country to suit-and-tie events in no time. It guarantees a crisp, wrinkle-free suit or tuxedo on the go so you never have to look for the ironing board when strapped for time.

This suit carrier is James Bond approved having made a cameo in “No Time To Die” and for all good reasons because it keeps you looking sharp sans the unsightly creases and folds in your suit. The carrier comes in a unique 2-piece design developed in collaboration with Permanent Style.

The Bennett Winch S.C. Holdall prevents hard, tight folds by letting a jacket and trouser wrapped around the spacious central cylindrical bag, which is secured afterward with magnets and straps. The suit carrier can function on its own or used around the holdall. Either component can be used separately.

Designed for travel, the exterior of the suit carrier uses 24oz British dyed, waterproof cotton canvas. Meanwhile, the holdall is from lightweight British dyed and proofed 180z canvas twill. It features solid brass hardware welded in London, YKK golden brass zippers, and premium vegetable-tanned Italian leather.

The Bennett Winch S.C. Holdall also features storage compartments including an external pocket for a passport, keys, or wallet. It also comes with a removable waterproof shoe bag and slimline coat hanger. For convenience, you can either carry it as a handbag or a  sling bag using its detachable shoulder strap made with military-grade webbing. It also has a storage capacity of 32 liters and is airline-compliant at a weight of just 2.2 kg.

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HAADS presents the Eco-Floating Hotel which rotates to generate its own power

For some of the most awe-inspiring man-made structures out there, the Middle East is where you can find them. The region is home to many of the world’s architectural wonders thanks to the almost-bottomless coffers of its affluent residents. Another marvelous hotel might soon rise – or float in this case – courtesy of Hayri Atak Architecture Design Studio (HAADS) aptly named the Eco-Floating Hotel.

With the help of advanced engineering and technology, the Eco-Floating Hotel would live up to its name. You see, its structure is unique in the way that it can physically move to another location.

HAADS also noted that it will generate its own electricity, which means it does not rely on the grid for power. However, it will need to resupply its consumable resources every now and then with guests and staff on board.

Technically, this suggests that the Eco-Floating Hotel does not have a permanent address so to speak. Instead, clients who are checking in might be arriving by chopper or by many forms of watercraft. According to HAADS, the high-tech inn will be primarily accessible in Qatar.

The ultimate goal of this cutting-edge construction is zero waste alongside outstanding energy conservation. By positioning itself in waters with dynamic currents, it can keep rotating and producing electricity.

Although the building itself will be moving, people spending their time there will not be ending up with motion sickness. One full rotation takes 24 hours, so the motion of the Eco-Floating Hotel has minimal impact on anything or anyone aboard.

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Surround yourself in art deco visuals while you unwind at The Goodtime Hotel

Now, who doesn’t love art deco? There might be design snobs out there who hate the iconic decorative style of the 1920s and 1930s, but we’re definitely into it. So far, we have featured awesome automotive and motorcycle custom projects that embody the aesthetic. For those counting themselves as fans as well, you can bask in all its glory at The Goodtime Hotel.

If you’re wondering where one might find this retro wonderland, it’s in Miami, Florida. If our future travels are taking us somewhere near the area, we’re definitely dropping by. The Goodtime Hotel a collaboration between multi-faceted artist Pharell Williams and entrepreneur David Grutman.

The latter already owns several restaurants and nightclubs, which makes this partnership somewhat exciting. The Goodtime Hotel boasts 266 rooms to accommodate guests within its fascinating atmosphere. Miami natives describe the art deco theme as a fitting tribute to what city’s past.

Some might find it a refreshing place to unwind and disconnect from the present and travel back in time. Thus, the experiences it is bringing to the table could be endearing for escapists looking for something whimsical in these trying times.

The structure and its surroundings are dominated by shades of pink, teal, and more, which other hospitality establishments wouldn’t want to be caught dead in. 100,000 square feet of public space and seven floors of eye-catching visuals make it a standout among the rest.

The Goodtime Hotel “is a collection of experiences linked by a commitment to create emotional good,” as the official website calls it. Other notable amenities include the library, the café, the Strawberry Moon restaurant, and the pools. Guests can enjoy the outdoor jungle gym, fitness center, and shop at the ground floor retail area.

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When You’re Ready for Live Events, Vivid Seats Has the Tickets You Want

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Aerion Supersonic AS3: A commercial jet that can reach close to hypersonic speeds

In 2003, the travel industry bid goodbye to the world’s first supersonic commercial airliner – the Concorde. It was a joint project between French and British aerospace operators that was the go-to option for those who were in a hurry. Meanwhile, Aerion Supersonic plans to become the world’s second provider of jet travel that goes beyond the speed of sound with the AS3.

When the Concorde was still in service, its aerodynamic delta-wing configuration allowed it to reach cruising speeds of Mach 2.04. This roughly translates to about 1,345 miles per hour. Sadly, surging maintenance costs and fewer passengers eventually led to its retirement.

Although the aircraft made by Air France and British Airways touts remarkable numbers, Aerion Supersonic promises something even better. The AS3 kicks it up a notch at a little over Mach 4. This makes it outrageously fast by commercial airliner standards.

This puts the AS3’s capabilities above that of any modern passenger jets in existence. Experts in aeronautics describe any speeds that exceed 3,000 mph or greater than Mach 5 as hypersonic. Aerion Supersonic claims flights from any two points in the world will take no more than 3 hours.

The company is using its supersonic AS2 business jet as the inspiration for its upcoming wickedly fast model. What we know about smaller craft is its use of 100% biofuel and its Mach 1.4 cruising speeds.

Aerion Supersonic also hopes to address another issue that plagues supersonic flight – sonic booms. With the help of NASA’s Langley Research center, the AS3 could very well become the World’s first “boomless” passenger plane.

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Businessmen and office workers gather around. This laptop bag for men will become your device’s new best friend. The padded sleeve will keep any device at 15.6 inches or less safe and secure. The black leather gives it a classy and professional aesthetic that will certainly turn head for all the right reasons. It also boasts some external zippered pockets for your other documents and files.

One of the most unique features of this model is that it comes with two carrying options. Choose to hold it like a briefcase or opt for the adjustable strap to carry the bag over your shoulder. For a timeless design, choose this laptop bag for men!

Specs

  • Dimensions: 16 x 2 x 12in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15.6in
  • Material: Leather
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On the other hand, you may have heard of The North Face and their impressive range of quality outdoor jackets and alike. Well, these guys also make impeccable luggage items including some of the best laptop bags for men. This polyester model we’re featuring here comes in five different colors and is made in the USA.

The last laptop bag was perfect for the busy professional. This one gives a slightly different impression and is more suitable for casual students. It would also be ideal for when you need to take your devices into nature, such as photographers, nature scientists and even storm chasers. It even has an adjustable strap to help you get the perfect fitting. Should we say no more?

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  • Dimensions: 3.5 x 13 x 9.4in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 12in
  • Material: Polyester
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Back to the business section now and a look at Ted Baker’s edition of a laptop bag for men. They sure know how to create style mixed with convenience as this bag comes complete with a faux navy blue leather exterior and an eye-catching cotton red interior. An interior that also boasts a highly-protective laptop sleeve we might add.

This laptop bag may be slightly pricier than the average laptop bag, but the quality on offer certainly justifies it. It’s not just about quality materials and laptop protection either. It also houses five internal pockets – some with zippers – and has an adjustable strap to make it sit just right. Learn more by clicking the button below.

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  • Dimensions: 17.2 x 14.2 x 3.4in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 16in
  • Material: Faux leather
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For premium quality and a USA-made laptop bag that looks like something out of an action movie then consider this Mission Worktop bag. It’s made with a waxed canvas that provides a durable shell to the inner padded compartments, which are perfect for most sized laptops and tablets.

However, it’s not just what it has got going on inside that made the Men’s Gear team sit up and take notice. The external parts of the laptop bag feature many compartments and pockets to keep your most frequented items close to hand. It even has attachment points that can be fitted to a bike and comes with a lifetime warranty for added reassurance.

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  • Dimensions: 18 x 12.5 x 2.25in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Waxed Canvas and nylon
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Many of the laptop bags you will find on our buyer guide are equipped with padded device sleeves that make them more than resilient against everyday bumps on the subway. Yet, this Tomtoc model includes the manufacturer’s patented armor design which protects against bigger collisions and guards against drops. It’s certainly a modern looking laptop bag for the modern inner-city guy. It even has two external pockets which have been specifically designed to hold items such as device chargers, meaning you don’t have to pack your charger with your laptop and risk scrapes and scratches. It even comes in nine color options to suit the tastes and preferences of most, if not all, men.

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  • Dimensions: 15.9 x 11.4 x 1.3in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15.6in
  • Material: N/A
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If you thought the nine color options above gave you enough to match your style preferences then the 12 different designs of this Timbuk2 Command Laptop Bag certainly will. It is made with polyester and designed in a certain way that you do not need to remove devices when going through airport security, saving you time on business trips.

The bag is lined with durable materials and the external shell is weatherproof to guard against adverse weather as well as bumps. Like some of the other designs, this model also includes a small gadget pocket on the outside shell for your convenience when needing to grab a cord or a charger. Discover more about this laptop bag for men by taking a closer look!

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  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 17.2 x 14.4in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Polyester
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We all know how good and popular the best Herschel backpacks are – but how do their laptop bags fair up? The answer is just as awesome, and this model proves it. Available in four different awesome colors and designs, this bag isn’t just offering one laptop sleeve to keep your devices protected. Herschel even includes a second device sleeve specifically for tablets. If you’re a businessman with two devices to carry, you may just be a businessman missing a Hershel laptop bag.

Other features of this bag that you need to know about include durable neoprene lining and a convenient key clip and key chain. Oh, and it comes with the option of choosing between a handle and an adjustable strap. Sold on it? We are!

Specs

  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 7 x 12in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Polyester
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One special feature that can be found on laptop bags does not get seen often, but when it does it can sway the decision for guys who need to carry a lot of papers and files to the office – as well as their laptop of course. We are referring to expandable laptop bags like this Briggs and Riley model. It expands slightly just like some of the best suitcases do. This gives you that little bit more room than the average laptop bag while not making it overly bulky on days you travel light.

Along with this key USP and a padded laptop sleeve, it also includes multiple other compartments and pockets, inside and out. Some of them are equipped with reliable zippers and placed in easy-to-reach positions. The only question left to ask is do you want it in a timeless black or a sleek gray?

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  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 16.5 x 5.5in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Polyethylene
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For Mr. Convenience, we wanted to highlight the awesome features and aesthetics of the Bric’s Moleskin Laptop Bag. The padded laptop sleeve is accompanied by multiple internal and external pockets for all of your other daily gear. These compartments are encased in a waterproof reinforced fabric which you can rely on to keep your valuables dry.

It also has some little extras that you don’t normally find on such useful bags. It has a reflective element to help you stay seen in low-light conditions and late evenings and an adjustable strap that can even be removed if needed. This is on top of being supplied with a notebook. So, take note of the quality and consider this laptop bag for men.

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  • Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.5 x 11.5
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Waterproof fabric
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Next up we will take a look at the Filson Laptop Bag which was also one of our editor’s favorites. No man would look out of place on Wall Street or at any high-end business lunch with this bag by their side. The bag is made with premium materials that will keep you looking stylish and keep your laptop in pristine condition. It even has YKK brass zips that will be smooth and last many years.

One of the biggest positives of this bag, aside from its aesthetic appeal, is that it offers an abundance of storage and compartments. Specifically, it provides the lucky owner with four stow pockets, four interior pockets of different sizes and various functions, as well as an interior divider to keep you organized.

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  • Dimensions: 16 x 4 x 12.5in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Leather
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For men who won a laptop of 13 inches or smaller, they should consider one of the most modern-looking laptop bags we found. This model made by Peak Design certainly raised our interest with its unorthodox shape and specific use.

What specific use are we talking about? Even though this bag is perfect for laptop owners, it is even more ideal for photographers because it has been designed with compartments to cater to different cameras and photography accessories. You never need to be worried about these valuable items because they are encased in a reliable and water-resistant shell with added DWR coatings.

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  • Dimensions: 4.72 x 5 x 10.6in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 13in
  • Material: Waterproof fabric
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Men who like to be stylish but like to go about it subtly will appreciate the aesthetics of the SOLO Laptop Bag. This bag comes in a timeless black color and adopts an orthodox design that never goes out of fashion. It will keep laptops safe and secure up to a size of 15.6 inches. This is because it is made with thick padding to protect it against knocks, bumps and even some drops.

However, it’s not just the laptop sleeve which gets the padded treatments. This bag is padded in lots of places to enhance its protective qualities. Even the carrying handle has been added with extra padding to make carrying this bag even more comfortable. Want to know more? Simply hit that button below to get more details.

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  • Dimensions: 13 x 18 x 5.75in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15.6in
  • Material: N/A
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The difference between the three color options of the TUMI Expandable Laptop Bag may not get you too excited, but it’s design on the whole as well as its features are certainly noteworthy. As the name suggests, this is another design which boasts an expandable aspect to cater to those working days when you have more to carry.

Another cool feature of this bag is found on its adjustable shoulder strap. Forget the fact it’s adjustable and caters to any man – well don’t forget it entirely. Just remember that it has been designed in a special way to prevent the strap from sliding down your shoulder, making your journey to work much more enjoyable.

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  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 16 x 5.5in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: FXT Ballistic Nylon
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You might know Oakley for protecting your eyes and keeping you looking awesome. Well, they’re still making you awesome but now they’re protecting your laptop instead. The Oakley Office Laptop Bag is a popular choice among men because it looks modern, stylish and it works like a charm.

Not only does it include a protective laptop sleeve that will cater to most men’s devices. It also has extra protection stuck on the outside of the shell to guard against heavy impacts that could potentially damage your laptop.  Another noteworthy feature that is quite unique is the bag’s water bottle holder. Stay protected and hydrated with this exceptional laptop bag.

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  • Dimensions: 16.1 x 11.8 x 5.9in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Other fibers
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Timbuk2 makes it onto our feature list more than once and that’s because they really know how to make the best laptop bags for men. This San Francisco company have aced it again with this model that can be picked up in up to three colors.

It has everything you would expect including a durable exterior and multiple compartments to accompany the 15-inch laptop sleeve. However, it can also be effortlessly added to the handle of a suitcase to make gliding through the airport even easier. If you wish to know more, we recommend checking out this laptop in more detail by clicking the button below. Thank us later!

Specs

  • Dimensions: 14.25 x 17.25 x 2.75in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: N/A
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Ben Sherman is another household name that has made it onto our laptop bag guide. They provide value to the party with this bag which is made of durable and stylish faux leather. The exterior houses two compartments and a pen holder for when numbers need to be crunched or contracts need to be signed.

There is even a second compartment next to the padded laptop sleeve to keep your other daily essentials. All can be carried effortlessly with the comfortable bag handle or by choosing the adjustable strap to carry the bag over your shoulder. What is even more impressive about Ben Sherman’s creation is that they’re selling it with a staggering ten-year warranty.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 16 x 11 x 4.5in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Faux leather
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If these leather laptop bags are not doing it for you then how about a unique and innovative combination of oil-waxed canvas and crazy-horse leather instead? We call this an innovative laptop bag because it can easily change in the way it is used. You can use the handle to carry it just like you would carry a briefcase. Or, you can use the two straps to use it as a laptop-protecting backpack.

One of the other cool features is that it comes with a port to easily set up smartphone charging while on the move. You can get this innovative design in four different colors from a classy brown to a less-subtle khaki color.

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  • Dimensions: 15.3 x 11.4 x 2.8in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 14in
  • Material: Genuine leather
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Fossil won one of our main prizes and to shrug off the quality on this longer guide it must have been something special – and it is! Made by one of the most celebrated and trusted brands in the world, this laptop bag oozes sophistication.

The bag is made with premium brown leather that adds a touch of authentication and rustic charm. Inside you can discover plenty of room for your working gear and a sleeve specifically designed to keep your laptop and devices safe. Two buckles on the outside of the bag add to the security of it even more, giving it the perfect balance between gentlemanly aesthetics and practicality.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.94 x 10.25in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 13in
  • Material: Cowhide leather
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The Carhartt laptop bag for men may not be as stylish as some of the others that came before, but it has a rugged and bulkier aesthetic that will be more than appealing to many guys. It’s made with a durable and water-repellent material that you can count on to protect your valuables.

Your valuables will be stored in the multiple utility pockets which offer plenty of room for you to keep smaller items and larger books and documents. One of the most appealing features of this design is the size of its laptop sleeve. It will accommodate even bigger devices up to 17 inches, making it a great fit for even more men.

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  • Dimensions: 16.5 x 17.8 x 13in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 17in
  • Material: Polyester
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The two-toned colors of authentic leather accents and durable canvas provide an awesome aesthetic balance that is hard to find. However, if that’s what you’re looking for then take a look at the Vaschy laptop bag for men.

The leather is soft to the touch, as well as providing an additional layer of protection for your valuables. Your laptop will sit in the main compartment and is secured with two reliable buckles. If the aesthetics and the features have perked your interest, the inclusive one-year warranty may just make it worthwhile to check it out further. Do just that by clicking the button below.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 13.8 x 5.1 x 11.8in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 13in
  • Material: Cowhide leather and canvas
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One of the cheapest laptop bags for men currently on the market is this awesome model from Kenox. If you’re a guy with a 14-inch laptop or smaller, you’re going to want to know about this laptop bag. It leads a double life as a briefcase and a shoulder bag thanks to a comfortable leather handle and an adjustable leather strap. The laptop closes with magnetic buttons and buckles to give you optimum security. The black leather combined with brown leather accents provides a head-turning aesthetic that will get you noticed from home to the office.

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  • Dimensions: 15.8 x 11 x 3.5in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 14in
  • Material: Leather
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A modern take on the conventional briefcase is this laptop bag from Targus. These guys have made a formidable bag that will keep your laptop safe and secure. Moreover, they have made the same quality in four different designs from the bag to the backpack to the rolling case and more. You can keep your laptop protected in a way that suits you.

The main compartment is weather resistant and padded so your laptop remains unscathed through the rush hour traffic. Yet, it’s accompanied by a second compartment to keep your documents and accessories close to hand. To learn more about this affordable laptop bag why not check out the seller or yourself?

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  • Dimensions: 15.5 x 13.5 x 5in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: N/A
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The good news is that if you like one of the six color options of the BRINCH laptop bag you can also get them in different sizes to fit different sized laptops. Whether it’s the 14-inch, 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch model, you can rely on this bag to keep your valuables safe. This is because it not only includes a padded laptop sleeve, it’s also enhanced with a shock-absorption bump that surrounds your device.

Despite these extra safety features, this laptop bag for men is one of the sleekest and lightest on the market. It even has extra storage options to keep your smaller and larger daily necessities close to hand. Oh, and did we forget to say that this is one of the cheapest options?

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  • Dimensions: 17.7 x 13.8 x 5.9in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 17in
  • Material: Nylon
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Is it a shoulder bag? Is it a laptop bag? Or is it your next business accessory? The Nomatic Travel Laptop Bag has been designed to ensure your laptop or tablet does not get damaged. It is made with a combination of waterproof materials so your laptop stays dry when the heavens open.

Yet, it’s not just device protection that made our Men’s Gear researchers take note of this laptop bag for men. It also boasts a range of must-have and innovative features. On this bag you will find reflective aspects for night-time visibility, a notebook pocket, a retractable key leash, and the shoulder strap is removable if you wish to use it as a briefcase alone. Great work Nomatic!

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  • Dimensions: 17.6 x 14.1 x 4.1in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 17in
  • Material: N/A
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A timeless brown leather has become part of the modern business man’s attire. This popular and fashionable look can be achieved with the Hardgraft Laptop Bag for men. It’s one of the slimmest bags we’re featuring here and a perfect match for any iPad or MacBook, leaving you with ample space for chargers and other daily items.

The interior of the bag is made with fine cotton that is soft to the touch and you won’t find any zips that could potentially scratch your device. Instead, the bag’s compartments are made secure with magnetic buttons that you can rely on. See this laptop bag from even more angles by clicking on the button below.

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  • Dimensions: 14.3 x 10 x 1.4in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Italian leather
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Over the halfway mark of our buyer guide looking at the best laptop bag for men and we wanted you to know about the work of Incase. These guys and gals are storage specialist and know how to make a laptop bag like no other.

The robust nylon shell is the first protective layer and is made to last a lifetime. Inside the bag you can find a number of different compartments, one of which is your laptop sleeve. To make sure your laptop is protected and not likely to be on the receiving end of significant damage, the manufacturer has lined this sleeve with a faux fur. The soft fur is the second layer of defense and ensures your valuable possessions are well and truly protected.

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  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: 840D Nylon
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This Kensington Laptop Bag may be a convenient option with lots to offer, but it also wouldn’t be out of place in high-end establishments or in its namesake London borough. The olive tone of the bag is enough to catch the eye while not brass enough to cause a stir and divide opinion. Everyone will appreciate this laptop bag due to its minimalist and sleek aesthetics.

Just what’s it got going on inside then? Good question. When you unzip this bag you’ll be pleasantly surprised by a laptop sleeve that will keep your device exceptionally protected. This is done with thanks to shock-absorbing technology which reduces the impact to your laptop f dropped or knocked by inconsiderate commuters. Another noteworthy feature is that the bag has two handles so you can carry it in two different ways!

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  • Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.7 x 3in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15.4in
  • Material: Nylon
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We already mentioned the quality on offer with most Herschel bags and discussed how their laptop bags are just as good. Here is another option for men looking for a quality laptop bag made by a reputable brand.

Herschel is making this bag in two very different but equally-impressive designs. For the under-the-radar type, you can grab this bag in a simple black color with fine crosshatch details. Other men may prefer the brushstroke camouflage color that looks just as awesome. Either model you choose will be made with their trademark lining, include internal zipper pockets along with a laptop sleeve – and it will make use of some waterproof materials in all the right areas. See this model in more detail by clicking or link below.

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  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 15 x 12in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 14in
  • Material: Fabric and polyester
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Pelican may not have designed the sleek and stylish laptop bags we’re getting familiar with on this guide, but they have designed one of the toughest and most reliable laptop bags on our list. This tan case boasts a hard exterior that will be more than a match for commuters’ elbows or accidental drops.

This case is fitted with a valve that ensures no water can enter the case, meaning your laptop stays dry even in a downpour. This laptop case will even be more suitable for businessmen who are carrying important contracts or doctors carrying confidential information. We say this because the case is equipped with two locks that come with keys. Such features mean this isn’t just a case to guard your laptop, but a case to guard all your items and valuables.

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  • Dimensions: 17.75 x 11.37 x 4.12in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 17.3in
  • Material: N/A
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They’re called Case Logic and their laptop bag design is beyond logical, offering a number of convenient must-have features. Inside the bag you will find separate compartments to keep your laptop away from other possessions that may scratch or damage it. The laptop sleeve is impeccably padded to give it even more protection than the resilient nylon shell does alone.

However, the protective laptop sleeve isn’t the only aspect of this bag that adds convenience and appeal. It also houses a cord depot, so you can charge your smartphone or other devices inside the case. It even comes with two carrying options; a handle or a strap that goes over your shoulder. You can even attach these straps and handles to rolling suitcases to make those business trips that little bit more seamless.

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  • Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.4 x 11.8in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15.2in
  • Material: Nylon
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Next up is another bag by Oakley; this stylish laptop bag comes in three different colors giving you choice to match your favorite suit. It’s also one of the cheapest on our buyer guide, so consider this laptop bag for men if you want to stick to your budget but still keep your laptop safe.

Designed for more compact devices and laptops, it maxes out at a 14-inch sized laptop. However, it makes up for its size by including a second front compartment with plenty of space for your charger and everyday accessories. It comes with an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, so it will suit any man’s body size and appropriately accessorizes for meetings or the everyday commute. If you would like to know more about this men’s laptop bag… you know what to do by now!

Specs

  • Dimensions: 14 x 10.4 x 2.2in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 13in
  • Material: Fabric
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If you’re trying to dig out outstanding value for money, then you might want to consider the Jack Spade Laptop Bag. This model is made from a blend of cotton and polyester to combine durability with a soft feel that will also keep your laptop protected in secondary ways.

The primary way that this bag will keep your laptop free from damage is that it houses a specific laptop compartment wrapped in padding to prevent those accidents from significant damage. You’ll also notice that this laptop bag is a shade of dark green. Did you know that green is supposed to make you look more intelligent? This laptop bag may just help you win the trust of your business partners and get deals over the line.

It even has two carrying options. For the men who like the look and feel of carrying a briefcase, you get that here – but men who like a shoulder bag also get to make use of adjustable shoulder straps. Learn more by hitting the button below and visiting a trusted seller!

Specs

  • Dimensions: 16.1 x 13.9 x 6.7in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15.4in
  • Material: Cotton and polyester
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Masculine elegance and gentlemanly sophistication spring to mind when glancing at the KNOMO London Laptop Bag. The black nylon body of the bag contrasts impeccably against the gold-colored zipper stretching across the front of the design. When you do pull on the smooth zipper it will reveal a soft and luxurious large compartment with a red lining interior.

However, this isn’t where your laptop is going to stay safe and secure. The laptop bag boasts another compartment which has been specifically designed to keep your tablets and larger devices protected. Incorporated into the back of the bag is a tailored backing that makes way for the handles of suitcases, letting it attach easily and make traveling on business trips even more effortless.

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  • Dimensions: 3.5 x 16 x 11.3in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Nylon
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The business boys and students will be happy with the quality on offer with this Kenneth Cole laptop bag. Available in three classic office colors – black, brown or tan – this bag will fit right into your professional life and make daily activities much easier.

Its best feature is the number of storage options you get when you own this bag. Not only does it offer owners the chance to keep their laptop safe in a padded sleeve specifically designed for devices. It also offers you multiple compartments in a range of sizes. Therefore, it keeps your everyday essentials close by and keeping your documents or study books stored safely as well.

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  • Dimensions: 5 x 16.5 x 12in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15.6in
  • Material: Columbian cowhide leather
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You’d be a fool to not consider the quality on offer by Thule. It may be a subtler look but the convenience and features certainly made it stand out from the crowd in the eyes of the Men’s Gear team. This model is made with nylon of the highest quality to make sure this laptop bag is an investment rather than one of a line of purchases.

The laptop sleeve doesn’t just safely store your laptop, but it can also store a smaller tablet device at the same time. That’s not all either; the bag has a smartphone pocket which has been lined with soft fabric to protect that as well. Other awesome features include an internal cord depot to charge your devices and an external pocket that will keep the everyday essentials organized and safe.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.9 x 11.8in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15.6in
  • Material: 800D Nylon
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We know that Dell makes great devices, but did you know that they also make exceptional accessories to pair with them. The good news is that you don’t have to own a Dell laptop to make the most of the safety sleeve in this model, and everyone can enjoy the features on offer.

There are four different designs to this laptop bag ranging from a backpack to a gaming suitcase. We’re taking a look at the briefcase model that can also be purchased in different sizes to match the size of your laptop. The bag’s flagship space is found in the laptop sleeve. You’ll never have to worry about accidental damage due to a plush-lined sleeve wrapped in durable nylon. Alongside this area is a second compartment which enables you to stay organized and keep all your frequented possessions close to hand.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.2 x 12.8in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15in
  • Material: Ballistic nylon
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Yes – it’s another Timbuk2 model and another laptop bag that oozes supreme quality. This bag in six different esthetic design, all of them combine three colors to make it a unique and eye-catching product. The shell of the laptop bag is made from the highest quality of nylon to resist water and withstand daily wear.

The internal aspects of the bag let you keep your laptops and devices safe and secure. This security is maximized by an overhanging flap that is fastened with buckles and straps. Speaking of straps, an adjustable shoulder strap helps you wear the bag in the way you wish and to the perfect fitting. Consider this bag if you want a different aesthetic and convenience but the same level of quality.

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  • Dimensions: 11.75 x 18 x 6.25in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 17in
  • Material: Polyester
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A contender for the laptop bag which was the best value for money was this model by Arvok. Keeping you ahead of the fashion game with its timeless look and sleek aesthetics, any man will be proud to own this bag.

It comes in three size options to match the type of device you need protecting in its padded sleeve. The external aspect of the laptop bag adds even more protection to it. This is because its shell is made with a PU leather that is both waterproof and highly resistant to the wear and tear of daily life. For a laptop bag that lasts, consider choosing this sophisticated Arvok creation.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.2 x 12.4in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15.6in
  • Material: PU leather
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Another affordable laptop bag for men and the second outstanding product we’ve featured from Samsonite is here. Although it only accommodates devices up to 13.3 inches in length, it does the job well!

The body of the bag is made from prime quality polyester that will not falter easily. The front of the bag includes a compartment to keep those items you need frequently at an arm’s length while the interior is where you find the main act of the product. We’re referring to the laptop sleeve which is not only padded for protection but surrounded by a shock-absorption design for another layer of defense against costly accidents. Another noteworthy design feature is a padded vinyl handle to make carrying this laptop bag even more comfortable.

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  • Dimensions: 13.75 x 10.5 x 2in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 13.3in
  • Material: 1680D ballistic polyester
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If color options and size options are what you want – and add to the fact this laptop bag looks awesome – you have now found the best laptop bag for you. This bag hasn’t just got options; it has next-level protection like no other. Yes, you can enjoy padded laptop sleeve, but you also get the peace of mind that your laptop is wrapped in a technology that isn’t so dissimilar to a vehicle airbag. Yes, you heard that right. This USA patent-protected design optimizes protection by offering sophisticated impact resistance, as well as sophisticated eye appeal. Check it out further by clicking below!

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  • Dimensions: 14 x 11.5 x 2.1in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 13.5in
  • Material: N/A
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Outdoor adventuring guys may already own a Timberland product, but that product is more likely to be a pair of quality shoes. Well, they’re not bad at protecting your laptop as well as your toes – and this bag proves it.

The outside of this laptop bag is made of durable polyester to guard against daily wear and tear. However, this external material is also enhanced with a DWR finish. What this means is the polyester becomes more resilient to water and you don’t have to worry if you get caught out by a heavy storm. Inside the bag you will also find a laptop sleeve with polyester lining, but this polyester is 100% recycled, making it great for the planet as well as your devices.

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  • Dimensions: 12 x 15 x 4in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 13.5in
  • Material: Polyester

The Best Rolling Laptop Bags

We promised you rolling laptop bags as well – and have we ever let you down?

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This rolling laptop bag looks just like a stylish briefcase you expect to be around the boardroom table of a big meeting. However, it is packing a secret telescoping handle that transforms it into a rolling suitcase-type design. You can see by the much larger dimensions that this laptop bag has a lot more room to offer. You can easily pack your business things, organize your personal possessions for overnight trips and keep your laptop secure in its specific sleeve.  If Einstein had an equation for style plus convenience, we think he may have come up with the Wenger Rolling Laptop Bag.

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  • Dimensions: 16.5 x 11 x 14in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 15.4in
  • Material: N/A
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Alpine Swiss won’t be a foreign name to many of the stylish guys reading our guide – and for good reason! This brand has been sitting at the summit of stylish items that are exceptionally convenient. The PU leather exterior wraps around a sturdy frame, both of which guard all your valuable possessions including your laptop and other devices.

It’s not just laptop protection on offer here though. The durable construction on wheels also houses multiple compartments that will help even the most disorganized of guys stay immaculately prepared. The case has even been approved as hand luggage and comes with an assuring one-year warranty!

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  • Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 9in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 17in
  • Material: PU leather
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The penultimate rolling laptop bag and the penultimate item on our guide as a whole is the Targus model. It was an easy decision to include this laptop bag on our list because it’s the tank of rolling bags. The durable nylon shell wraps around a strong frame, providing unparalleled protection to all of your belongings. It also includes a telescoping handle much like the best suitcases, so you can transform the bag from a suitcase to a briefcase in seconds. Protect your laptop in quality with this multifunctional design created by the top guys at Targus.

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  • Dimensions: 10 x 18 x 15in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 17in
  • Material: Nylon
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Espresso or black may sound like your options in a downtown sun-drenched café, but it’s actually your options when choosing to buy this outstanding SOLO laptop bag with wheels. Excellence shines through on this model with a large laptop sleeve that will cater to many, if not all, guys.

Along with this oversized laptop sleeve, you get the luxury of file divider compartment to store your business documents and an external pocket with zipper fastening for everyday items. The telescoping handle on this design is hidden for security and the handles are also padded for comfort. To round off an amazing laptop bag for men, it comes with a whopping five-year warranty!

Specs

  • Dimensions: 17.8 x 6.2 x 14in
  • Maximum Laptop Size: 17.3in
  • Material: Leather

Which One Will You Bag?

That was one of the most packed buyer guides we’ve ever featured – pun genuinely unintended. We hope you managed to stick around until the end of our list to see all your options, but we wouldn’t blame you if you got sidetracked by some of our earlier laptop bags.

If you did manage to make it through all our features, you would have encountered some of the most celebrated and well-known brands on the planet. From Fossil to Timberland, Herschel and many more, you can be assured of quality when you buy from the manufacturers above. To check out the products in more details we have provided you with useful links. Use these to discover more or to compare your favorite laptop bags.

Thanks for joining another one of our discussions looking at top gear that men want to own. If you came looking for a way to protect your laptop bag but found these usual designs not for you, consider some of the best backpacks as well because many of them come equipped with a protective laptop sleeve too. Whether you bag one of the models above or a laptop-protecting backpack, you can be sure of a well-maintained laptop to continue visiting us at Men’s Gear. Cheers to that!

The Ore Mountain Chalet Is A Forest Hideaway Built On the Idea of a Lookout Tower

The Ore Mountain Chalet is not what it seems at first glance. What may look like a storage warehouse on the outside is actually an idyllic luxurious retreat on the inside.

The abode sits among rocky and wooded scenery in Czech’s forest topography. It sits just a few meters from the edge of the forest and boasts an angular timber facade painted gray to match the tones of its surrounding granite and basalt rocks. New How Architects designed the chalet according to the seasonal changing local climates. The roof is at a steep angle to support snow load during the winter months.

Meanwhile, the exterior abstract is based on the idea of a “lookout tower” so the interior space resembles a tower instead of a house. The spacious interior of the Ore Mountain Chalet makes up three floors each with its own character. The third floor hosts a library, a studio, and a refuge where one can gaze at views of the treetops, the horizon, and landscape through a 25m-long square window.

The bathroom, sleeping corners, and the open space gallery are on the second floor. A net flooring allows for a cohesive connection to the lower floor and also functions as a lounge area. The first floor is where you can find the kitchen, dining area, and living space basked with a central fireplace. There is also a deck formed from a cutout on the sloping roof.  All floors in this forest abode have large glass windows that provide amazing views of the surrounding scenery.

The Ore Mountain Chalet can sleep at least ten people, runs on electricity, and equipped with connection points for the rooftop photovoltaic system and for vertical wind turbines for a self-sufficient living.

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Images courtesy of New How Architects

8 Ways to Stay Safe on the Road

In the US, there are around 231,652,000 licensed drivers (2020). With all those people on the road, it’s important that we all work together to stay as safe as possible. While you should already have passed your driving test, it can be extremely beneficial to remind yourself of the laws so that you reduce the risk of accidents.

In this article, we are going to look at eight ways to stay safe on the road. Sound interesting? Then keep on reading!

Obey the road rules

This one may come as a given, but you would be surprised how many people try and avoid the most basic road rules. Speeding, reckless driving, and drunk driving are all frequent occurrences and lead to severe accidents. Remember, they are there for a reason, so it’s best to follow them. At the end of the day, you will be safer and can avoid those dreaded fines. Check out these USA driving rules to brush up on your knowledge.

Drive properly according to the conditions

The weather can certainly be unpredictable, and at times it can affect the roads severely. If you’re planning on driving during these conditions, make sure you consider the following:

Fog: When driving in fog, always keep a safe distance between you in the car in front. You also need to give plenty of notice when using signals and avoid using your high-beam lights as this will make it harder to see. 

Snow: Driving in snow is dangerous, so make sure you slow down as much as possible and allow extra time to get somewhere. Take corners slowly to avoid skidding and accelerate gradually, so your tires don’t spin. Make sure you also keep an eye out for black ice that can cause you to lose control quickly.

Rain: When driving in the rain, slow down and avoid pools/puddles. Since roads can be slick, make sure to give plenty of distance between you and the cars in front. You also want to use your headlights.

Keep up your training

If you don’t frequently drive, completing a refresher training course can be a great idea to help you stay safe on the road. In some cases, you may even be able to dismiss a ticket. Check out defensivedrivingcourse.com if you are looking to brush up on your skills. Trust us when we say it really can make a difference.

Plan trips in advance

If you are going on a long trip or going to a place that you haven’t been to before, it can be wise to plan out everything in advance. Take a look at the safest routes, know where there are available gas stations, and check out what the weather will be like. This way, you can prepare yourself for the conditions and won’t be so distracted along the way.

Do pre-trip inspections

Many of us often hop straight in our car and head out on our journey. However, it would be best if we were doing a quick inspection first. Have a friend help you to make sure all of your lights are working correctly. You’ll also want to check your tires, fluids, brakes, and battery if you are planning on a long trip. This way, you can get anything fixed in advance before breaking down on the road. Yes, car repairs can be expensive, but they are necessary.

Minimize distractions

Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the US. To avoid taking your eyes off the road, make sure you spend time eliminating anything that may distract you. Put away your phone, avoid eating while driving, and make sure any children and pets are correctly secured. Multi-tasking may seem efficient, but you’re risking your own life and the life of those around you.

Take frequent breaks during long trips

Another common cause of car accidents is fatigue. When you feel sleepy, all it takes is a second for your eyes to close, and you can be off the road. To avoid this, make sure that you take frequent breaks during long trips so that you can re-energize. You may even consider swapping drivers (when possible) or pulling over and having a rest until you are recovered.

Wear a seatbelt 

Lastly, one of the most important tips to remember while driving is to wear a seatbelt. In fact, according to the NHTSA, 14,955 lives were saved by them. By ensuring that both yourself and your passengers have buckled up before heading out on the road, you can remain safe.

The Voyager Station will be the first space hotel when construction begins in 2025

Sadly, travel will never be like it used to if the pandemic does not end soon. As some regions enforce lockdowns once more until the vaccine completely rids the world of the 2019 novel coronavirus, we’re stuck here debating where to go next. Thanks to the Gateway Foundation and the Orbital Assembly Corporation, we have the Voyager Station to dream of.

Those with a fear of flying or heights, in general, should sit this one out. Why, you ask? Well, because this journey requires a lot of guts to sit inside something that uses rocket fuel to achieve lift-off. Yes, this is a step on your way to one heck of an accommodation.

Moreover, it comes with a view that’s to die for. The Voyager Station made its debut in 2019, but the low Earth orbit structure will begin construction in 2025. It’s mind-blowing that what was once the stuff of science fiction is now becoming reality.

When the space hotel finally reaches completion in the years to come, it can house up to 400 guests. Aside from rooms – in the form of pods – the Voyager Station will have options for its those who visit. Restaurants, recreational facilities, theaters, are just a few of what the developers plan to install.

Reusable rocket technology like the ones from SpaceX should keep costs down overall. The folks behind this monumental endeavor still have a lot to share about the Voyager Station. For example, weightlessness shouldn’t be a problem as an artificial gravity system will keep your feet firmly planted. We can’t wait to learn more about this groundbreaking project.

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Images courtesy of Gateway Foundation

Spend Your Summer On Sweden’s Rocky Coastline At the Archipelago House

Being a recluse seems a good choice in this pandemic. There are plenty of places that offer both comfort and solitude if money, time, and energy are not a problem. Sweden, to be precise, has beautiful coastal offerings on its map, including the Archipelago House.

This house sits on Sweden’s rugged shoreline just north of Gothenburg, surrounded by greenery and mountainous rocks. Set on a cliff, this modernized summer home draws inspiration from its coastal boathouses. It uses timber planks to form its facade though the inside boasts of modern offerings commonly found in urban living.

The Archipelago House forms four functional wooden volumes that interlock and connect via way of a terraced wooden deck. Constructed in harmony with its sloping topography, this private summer residence uses concrete and wood for the ceiling, walls, flooring, and furniture pieces. Muted and earth tones to the furnishings also provide an elegant and contemporary appeal. Meanwhile, paneled glass windows and doors provide unspoiled views of the rocky terrain.

Norm Architects designed this house to embody both Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics, as seen from its minimalistic yet functional construction. It puts the focus on the beautiful natural scenery rather than on the house itself. The Japanese inspiration is most notable in the pebble gray sofa, stone-topped coffee table, and armchair pairs upholstered in creamy fabric: all made in collaboration with Japanese brand Karimoku Case Study, the sister brand of Karimoku.

The Archipelago House hosts a living room, a dining room, a modern kitchen with both Scandinavian and Japanese flair, an expansive outdoor deck, and bedrooms to name a few.

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Images courtesy of Norm Architects

Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 Flying Electric Race Car

Australia’s Alauda just pulled the covers off something awesomely wacky, a full-sized, fully-operational flying electric race car. It’s called the Airspeeder Mk3, and it will actually enter a race this year. Its frame uses a…

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The Belvedere Island House Spans Views Across The San Francisco Bay

The Belvedere Island House sits suspended on a hillside on California’s Belvedere Island. Architect Henrik Bull designed the house in 1956 as a private abode for his close friend. To this day, it exudes timeless beauty and maintains it’s award-winning architecture.

This is a mid-century residential property that spans views across the San Francisco Bay and masterfully remodeled with consideration of its topographical location. It boasts a wood-clad exterior, floor-to-ceiling windows, and sliders. It also has protruding clerestory windows that span across the western-facing side that allows for a unique play of shadows.

Moreover, the Belvedere Island House features a minimalist black and white interior with an open-ground floor design. The open-concept provides unobstructed views that span from Mount Tamalpais to Fort Mason. On the first floor you will find the living and dining room, as well as the kitchen. The kitchen looks sleek and modern with its ash wood cabinetry integrated with Miele appliances.

Meanwhile, the bathrooms and the bedrooms are on the upper deck and the sleeping quarters directly gives access to the covered deck.  For convenience, the second floor has an elevator if you don’t want to take the stairs.

The Belvedere Island House comes equipped with modern, high-end features on both floors. There are integrated Aion LED lighting, elegant Forbes & Lomax switches, and custom Italian Poliform cabinets. Even the spa-like ensuite has a double sink, glass-framed ADA shower, and custom vanity.

If you want to feel closer to nature, then you may want to take a relaxing bath near the garden. A flagstone path through Oak and Japanese Maple studded garden designed by landscape designer Brandon Tyson leads to a custom hot tub and sunning area.

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Enjoy Tranquility At The DUT18 Barn In the Cotswolds

Architect Chris Turner and creative agency Accept & Proceed teamed up to design and built the DUT18 Barn. They took apart what used to be an old Dutch-style shed and transform it into a fantastic house for some R&R in the English countryside.

This two-story property in the Cotswolds boasts spacious living spaces to host wellness and creative workshops and cater to large families. It is versatile and functional to accommodate various activities for guests who want to rejuvenate, rethink, or get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

As such, the DUT18 Barn boasts 275-square-meters of space with an open-plan on the ground floor. It hosts several bedrooms: one on the first floor for those with limited mobility and another six upstairs. It also has four tiled bathrooms with bathtubs, a lounge/cinema area, living, and kitchen/dining area on the ground floor.

Meanwhile, sliding glass doors and windows provide amazing views of the surrounding lush greenery. A screen projector and a smart TV provides modes of entertainment along with games, books, and Wi-Fi. A grey wool curtain on the ground floor creates a partition for multi-purpose use and automated blinds provide privacy.

The DUT18 Barn uses industrial and contemporary furnishings for a sleek, uniform, and minimalistic yet elegant appeal. It uses concrete for the floors on the ground space and wood upstairs. The furniture pieces are made from durable Douglas fir. The use of corrugated steel cladding for both the wall and the roof gives the exterior of the barn a modern edge. It also unifies the facade and the roof that lends the house its purest form when viewed from a distance.

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Images courtesy of DUT18 Barn