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Matador NanoDry Towel

Matador NanoDry Towel

Matador’s microfiber towels are incredibly lightweight and come with a loop for hanging and a silicone case that has a built-in keyloop. They absorb up to 2.3x their weight and have anti-microbial coating. Available as a 15″x 15″ hand towel or a  47″x 24″ shower towel.

Filson Duffle Pack

Filson Duffle Pack

Filson’s new duffle bag has padded backpack straps that can be kept inside a dedicated compartment when not in use. It’s made of lightweight and scratch-resistant nylon, has a 15″ laptop compartment and a water-resistant side pocket. Available in brown and green.

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ASUS MB16AC USB-C Monitor

ASUS MB16AC USB-C Monitor

The 15.6″ ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC is the world’s thinnest and lightest portable 1080p monitor, at only 8mm thick and weighing just 1.8lb. It gets power and data via USB-C and can be used in both portrait and landscape modes as either a mirror or a second display.

Micro Travel Adapter

Micro Travel Adapter

A tiny outlet adapter that’s compatible with outlets in over 150 countries, thanks to its US-style, UK-style and Euro-style plugs. It also has surge protection courtesy of a replaceable fuse.

Microcar Mania

Microcar Mania

We spent the day with the fine folks from Nashville’s Lane Motor Museum checking out some of the weird, wonderful, and downright goofy microcars which they’ll be showing off in their new exhibit Microcar Mania, opening on 5/25/17. Check out more on 95octane.

A Taste of New York

A Taste of New York

FilmSpektakel presents a bonkers hyperlapse video of New York City shot via helicopter, taxicab, on foot, and using a variety of cameras and rigs. Assembled from about about 65,000 photos, the fast-moving imagery is a perfect reflection of the city’s on-the-go lifestyle.

Lay-N-Go

Lay-N-Go

Lay-N-Go are satchels that lay flat when fully opened. They can be turned back into a bag just by pulling their drawstring. They’re available in different sizes and have variants for toys, toiletries and gadgets.

South Africa: A Mavic Tale

South Africa: A Mavic Tale

Rind-Raja Picture Company took in the sights of South Africa using DJI’s Mavic Pro drone. Just a few years ago it would’ve been impossible for a single person to take these shots without a helicopter. Technology is awesome. The song is African Skies by Stephen Anderson.

Pan Am Dining Experience

Pan Am Dining Experience

Return to the grand days of air travel with a meal aboard a replica Boeing 747 jumbo jet. $300+ for dinner isn’t cheap, but it’s less than a First Class ticket just about anywhere. This LA hotspot sells out months in advance, and they’re considering a Las Vegas location.

Elk Currency Converter

Elk Currency Converter

Elk is an iOS app that provides currency conversion at a glance. It shows conversions in multiples of ten, hundreds, thousands etc. You can tap on a value to see smaller increments. It also has a very convenient companion app for the Apple Watch. $4 unlocks all currencies.

Shackleton’s Return

Shackleton’s Return

In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and team set out to cross Antarctica by boat. They ran into ice, and were stranded for 634 days. He helped save his entire crew, but never finished his mission. 100 years later, his great-grandson completed the task in a tricked-out Hyundai Sante Fe.

Ichiran: An Introvert’s Paradise

Ichiran: An Introvert’s Paradise

…but it’s gonna cost you. Japanese food chain Ichiran serves only tonkotsu ramen – noodles in thick pork broth. They let you customize it to your heart’s content, then serve it in private cubicles. Just you and your food. There’s one in Brooklyn, but again…

Inside the Jim Beam Distillery

Inside the Jim Beam Distillery

95% of all the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky, and 50% of that comes from Jim Beam. Take a tour of their Clermont Kentucky distillery and you’ll see Beam family history everywhere, proving that big doesn’t mean cold or impersonal.

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Little Big World: Oman

Little Big World: Oman

Photographer Joerg Daiber used a combination of aerial, time-lapse, and tilt-shift techniques to capture a trip through the many scenic locales of the Sultanate of Oman. As usual, the distortion of tilt-shift makes the entire sequence look like its been played out with toys.

Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0

Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0

Matador’s signature product is still lightweight, water-repellent, puncture proof and shows you how to pack it back into its pouch. But now it has built-in ground stakes as well as sand pockets so it’ll stay down even on windy days. And it also comes in green.

Staying in a Capsule Hotel

Staying in a Capsule Hotel

Travel reporter Chris Broad shares his experience staying in one of the bargain-priced sleeping pods at Ginza’s Bay Hotel in this lighthearted video from his series Abroad in Japan. The rooms may be tiny, but the communal areas actually look pretty nice.

Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy

Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy

We flew to Arjeplog, Sweden to drive some of Jaguar and Land Rover’s awesome cars on challenging ice circuits, and spent the better part of a week going sideways and doing donuts. Attend for yourself, and you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

TAB: The Adjustable Bag

TAB: The Adjustable Bag

TAB has cinches on both ends that let you adjust it between three sizes – 31, 46.5 and 62 liters – in seconds. It also has an even more compact form for storage. The bag is water-resistant and has multiple handles as well as a detachable strap.

The $500 Virgin America Giveaway

The $500 Virgin America Giveaway

Drop by The Awesomer Shop now for a chance to win $500 to spend on your next vacation, as you fly in the lap of luxury and style on Virgin American airlines. After you enter, be sure to share for bonus entries! (Ends 2/9/17)

Football: Wisconsin Style

Football: Wisconsin Style

With bowl season in full swing and the NFL regular season coming to an end, our friends from Rides & Drives take us on the ultimate football weekend. Join them as they show us how to tailgate Wisconsin-style.

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Patriot Campers LC79

Patriot Campers LC79

Australian trailer maker Patriot Campers modifies Toyota GXL Land Cruisers to conquer all conditions. It has an EFS suspension, custom aluminum bodywork with extended chassis and all the drawers and toolboxes that you need.

Ashwin Enjoys Nature

Ashwin Enjoys Nature

(PG-13: Language) Meet outdoorsman and scorpion expert Ashwin Ramdas. He has an ongoing web series where he talks about parks, camping and how his name is pronounced. Here he visits Periyar National Park in India, home to elephant poop and some kind of monkey.

Hang and Roll

Hang and Roll

A travel organizer that combines the functionality of packing cubes and a shelf in the form factor of a tool roll. It weighs just 26oz and has eight pockets. It’s waterproof, has loops for hanging and has a transparent slit so you can easily see what’s in each pocket.

Conan in Berlin

Conan in Berlin

“Crazy Big Man. That is my name in German.” Conan O’Brien took up Flula’s offer to visit Germany, particularly its capital Berlin. Watch him visit a nude beach, submit to a dominatrix, learn a Bavarian dance and just overall spread 100% American awkwardness and shame.

Capsule for iOS

Capsule for iOS

Made by Snips, Capsule uses your iOS device’s GPS as well as your email, contacts and calendar data to automatically track your photos. Not only does it add time and location data to your photos, it also creates a weekly digest of your travel habits.

Fishing Adventure in a Titan XD

Fishing Adventure in a Titan XD

Our friends at Rides & Drives head to Northern Wisconsin and tell a tale of big fish, cold beer, Hawg Wobblers, supper clubs, and the 2016 Nissan Titan XD. If you’ve ever thought of taking a fishing trip to the northwoods, you might want to read this first!

Spa-musement Park

Spa-musement Park

The city of Beppu in Kyushu, Japan has apparently come up with one of the silliest ideas for an attraction: an amusement park spa. This is going to result in breakthroughs in sanitation and towel-tightening technology.

Diving Between Continents

Diving Between Continents

For their wedding anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. SmarterEveryDay went to Iceland and tried drysuit diving at Silfra, Iceland. It’s the only place in the world where you can dive between two continental plates, and has incredibly clear and clean water.

Suprella

Suprella

The Suprella is an umbrella than opens upside-down, like a blooming flower. It’s easier to use and put away in tight spaces compared to regular umbrellas. It also stands on its own, has a C-shaped handle for hanging, and the outer canopy has a water-resistant coat.

SPUD Projector & Screen

SPUD Projector & Screen

The Spontaneous Pop Up Display (SPUD) is a 720p pico projector which sits behind a 24″ 16:9 projection screen. The screen opens up like an umbrella, then folds over the projector when not in use. The whole setup weighs less than 2lb. The projector lasts up to 10h per charge.

The Oldest Cocktail Bar in Paris

The Oldest Cocktail Bar in Paris

Harry’s New York Bar isn’t located in the Big Apple – it’s in Paris, France. In business since 1911, it’s not just a wonderful little speakeasy, it’s also held a straw poll every year since 1924, accurately predicting all but two U.S. elections since it started the tradition.

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