The New Balance just released their New Balance 574 "Sonic & Clarity" ($120) and they definitely a departure from their standard looks. The updated 574s are related to the new 1500's which incorporate sonic welding construction. The Clarity part of the name probably comes from the muted colorways in the collection. The iconic off-road running shoe also gets some modern updates making it more durable and lightweight when compared to its predecessors. Right now they're only available from Japan, but we'll let you know if they make it to the states.
Sony just revealed its new virtual reality headset, Sony Project Morpheus ($TBA), at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The current iteration of the headset features 1080p resolution and a field of view of 90 degrees. Additional features include an accelerometer, gyroscope sensors, and tracking for head orientation and movement. The other cool thing is 3D audio that re-creates stereoscopic sounds. This basically means that as your head orientation changes so does the location of the audio. The morpheus will work with the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller and looks to hit stores some time this summer.
If you love surfing then you have to check out the Jet Surf Surfboards ($15,500). These boards are powered by two-stroke 100 cc engines that create a hybrid jet-ski surfboard. The boards themselves are made from carbon fiber and can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour and on a single tank you can go about 45 miles. JetSurf offers three models; the Ultra Sport, the Pro Race, and the Factory. Check out the [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=ued-lMSNkow width=640 height=480 anchor=video] to see the boards in action.
If you're looking for some accessories or a great bag at a great price, you need to check out the BillyKirk End of Summer Sale ($25-$200). Billy is offering over three dozen USA made bags and accessories for discounts that range from 25%-45%. They're featuring their small carryalls, messenger bags, briefcases, and laptop totes in various colorways.
I hat that glows! How cool is this thing. During the day, it's a high style snapback. But at night, with a flip of a switch, you can have the ultimate accessory. A lightweight rechargeable electrical system powers the Lumativ Snapback ($65). It comes with a micro USB cable that plugs anywhere you can plug a standard USB cable. In about 30 minutes your good to go for 8 hours! Check out this cool video for the Lumativ Snapback.
Scout wants to create outdoor goods that are as beautiful as they are functional. As outdoor enthusiasts they want their products to be the best in the world. The Scout Field Bed ($487) is one of those products. Their Field Bed is made from 100% cotton Italian organic slub selvage denim with a Japanese chambray interior. It has a Climashield APEX insulation which is rated to 20-degrees. Though it's not made for Arctic temperatures it will certainly keep you warm on those chilly nights. It comes with a horsehide tie down strap to finish off its classic styling.