Some times I read up on a product and know right away it's all fluff and no substance or complete hype. And then there are others that make me go hmmmmm. The Enko Running Shoes ($TBA) definitely fit into the later category. The idea behind the shoes is a shock absorber that reduces the initial impact of your stride and as you move forward uses the stored energy to assist your stride. In theory this mean a run that will be easier on your joints and less fatiguing. Starting early February Enko will kick off their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, until then you check out their website to get additional information.
If you're looking for a weather resistant boot with loads of style, then look no further. New Balance and Burton have just released the New Balance X Burton 710 Vazee ($150). The 710 boot is based on Burton's LTD snowboard boot and is meant for everyday wear. Features include reflective details, an upper with honeycomb mesh and suede foxing, a Revite midsole on a grippy Vazee outsole for the best traction. You also get specked rope laces, anodized d-rings, and rubberized tongue to protect your socks from moisture. If you're looking a warm boot, that's easy to move around in you have to check out the 710. You can pick these bad boys up at Kith's, and if they're running low on stock, you can also get them directly from Burton.
The Oxgut Nikki's Weekender Bag ($279) offers the perfect balance of ruggedness, style, and environmental awareness.The Nikki's Bag is named after a female King's Beach firefighter who was instrumental in helping Oxgut salvage fire house around the North lake Tahoe area.It is based on the design of their wood carrier, but with a trimmed down profile, black cotton lining, and two interior pockets.All bags are hand-crafted in the U.S., made from salvaged fire hose, with black fire-hose grips on the handles. Additional features include copper rivets, and varied stenciling. All three to four weeks for delivery.
Victory Motorcycles wanted to create a production bike based on their prototype V-twin engine used in their Project 156 racing bike. They called on drag racing champion Urs Erbacher to make their vision a reality. Erbacher infuses all of his creations with a European flair that makes you want to get on and hit the gas. The Victory Ignition Concept ($TBA) is no exception. The engine is a liquid-cooled four-valve engine with double overhead cams. Complete engine specifications will be released in months to come. Additional features include alloy wheels wrapped in Metzeler 3.5" x 17" on the front and 6" x 17" on the rear. I can't wait for this beast to hit the production line.
We just did an article on Ton-Up's BMW R75/5 build, but we think they've upped the game once again with their latest build, the BMW R45 "Pure" by Ton-Up Garage ($TBA). Basically this bike is a do-over. It evolved from a previous custom attempt that they felt missed the mark. They were shooting for simplicity and purity. An easy to ride and handle bike, that allowed any type of rider to ride it.The engine is a completely rebuilt 474cc 35hp engine, that's well balanced and can be used as either a city commuter or with its off-road tires, able to take on the oldest roads you may encounter. In order to manage these conditions they fitted new rear shocks, and tuned the front forks. Built a headlight grill, rear subframe, and cut and fitted new chrome mudguards on both wheels. The spoked wheels and the old school off-road tires balance each other perfectly.Additional updates include handmade new exhausts, tubes with titanium exhaust wrap, small black indicators, LSL black handlebar, brown grips, and rear shocks were also replaced.To finish off this R45, they painted the bike in white for purity and brown to represent the earth. A perfect ending to a great ride.
I own a couple projectors and was thinking about setting one up outside for a weekend pool party. I eventually scrapped the idea after thinking about the hassle of hooking up the power, receiver, speakers, source, etc. If I had the JBL Nebula Mars Portable Cinema Projector ($600) I wouldn't have given it a second thought. Not only does the Nebula feature dual 10w JBL speakers, but it has an internal battery that provides 3 hours of play time. And forget about having to connect and DVD, it comes with Apple Airplay so just connect to your Wifi and you'll be able to see it on your Apple devices. The other specs aren't too shabby either. It features a DLP display with a 3000-lumen lamp that puts out an 800p picture. This is slightly less than 1080p, but at an appropriate viewing distance, you shouldn't notice much of a difference. This is a great projector if you're looking for a portable projector for camping, outdoor parties, then this is the one for you.