Kitting Out Your Man Cave

Kitting Out Your Man Cave (Custom)

 

Your man cave might be the only place in your home that you can truly put your own stamp on. With this in mind, there’s no point in settling for half measures when you’re kitting the space out. Whether your haven of relaxation and fun is a converted garage, attic, basement or simply a lounge, the following accessories will help ensure it looks and feels the part.

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Spy Bolt Hidden Safe

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If there’s one good thing that came from Soviet Russia, it’s this little gadget (and a competition between nations that spurred man to land on the moon). This nifty piece of espionage gear was first used by the KGB to hide microfilm and top secret messages during the cold war. Having enlarged the size to a ¾ inch bolt you can now stash your cash, a micro SD card or of course drugs and none will be the wiser. The threads are reversed so if you tried to use it as a normal bolt, the top would just come off, so it’s more of a, “hide it among all your normal bolts and screws” kind of thing. The seal is airtight and weather proof, but not water proof. It’ll keep dust and moisture from destroying your stash; just don’t drop it in the pool. $24. spyville.com

DV8 Sports Portable Golf Set with Interchangeable Heads

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Are you a guy that likes to golf on vacation, but hates having to lug your clunky golf bag through a crowded airport and then having to trust airport employees not to “lose” your s#!t? The DV8 Golf Set is an ingenious solution to all of the transportation issues that arise from those big clunky golf bags. By having just one shaft and interchanging the club heads, DV8 manages to fit a full set of clubs into a bag the size of a backpack. The club heads can be swapped out in three seconds but don’t worry, they won’t be flying off into the water hazard. The bag also has an iPad holder allowing you to watch tutorials on the course, or take a closer look at your own swing. The Kickstarter campaign has several different packages available, but we recommend getting the DV8 Bag with six clubs for $440. Included is a driver, a hybrid 5, 7 iron, 9 iron, sand wedge and putter. Or you can get the “Full Monty Package” that comes with fourteen clubs for $1,070. kickstarter.com

Gerber Gear Ding Dong Breaching Tool

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We know there are practical uses for the Ding Dong Breaching Tool, but we can’t help picturing it used against a horde of zombies (and also that guy who cut me off this morning). The Breaching Tool from Gerber Gear is designed to break through doors and anything else. It is half sledge hammer, half pry bar…half pig battering ram. Just over two feet long, Ding Dong weighs just twelve pounds and comes with a mount plate which you can attach to MOLLE Gear. This thing is so awesome; you actually need credentials to purchase it. So you may want to consider enlisting (Yvan Eht Nioj). $TBA. gerbergear.com

TITIN Weighted Compression Shorts

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Ever since we saw those Dragonball Z fighters toss aside their weighted training clothes and leaped into some high octane anime fight scenes, we knew we wanted to shoot energy blasts. But weighted clothing is a more practical endeavor and no one makes weighted clothing like Titin. Weight placement is of utmost importance and most weighted vests end up putting all of their downward force on the wearer’s shoulders. Titin uses hydro-gel inserts, with a similar density to muscle, to evenly distribute weights in a way that they mold to the natural muscle structure. This keeps the workout intense without destroying your joints. The inserts can be heated up or cooled and will hold that temperature for about half an hour. In terms of weight, you are only adding five pounds (thirteen if you also have the shirt), but it will add noticeable gains to your hops and speed. Get the shorts at a reduced price by pledging $99 at Kickstarter.com

GOLME Backpack with Hidden Soccer Goal

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There’s a reason soccer is the biggest sport in the world, it’s accessible. All one needs is a ball and maybe two rocks to set up the goal posts; or perhaps a backpack with a built in net. Golme is for anyone who has ever triumphantly booted the soccer ball between two make shift posts, only to realize you now have to walk a good 200m to retrieve it. Until you deploy the 1.5’ by 1.5’ net, Golme appears as a normal bag with one big compartment separated by front and back mounted organizers. The net pops out the bottom and there is a mesh ball bag in the side pocket. The bag itself acts as an anchor for the net, so don’t stop for a quick soccer match while transporting your crystal vase collection. amazon.com

Wireless Armour Anti WiFi Boxer Shorts / Underwear

Anti WiFi Boxer Shorts Underwear (Custom)

 

You may not know exactly why it’s bad for you, but you probably know that carrying your smart phone in your pocket is not good for your man stuff.  Research links wireless radiation to low sperm counts and low sperm motility in men.  And who knows what other research may reveal after prolonged periods of time.  But worry not, because now there’s a solution.  The Wireless Armour Anti WiFi Boxers are made from a unique fabric containing pure silver fibers that are said to block 99.9 percent of electromagnetic radiation from devices like smart phones, tablets and laptops.  Plus the silver fibers have has antimicrobial properties that help minimize funny smells.  We wonder – why did it take so long for someone to come with this?  This is a man must-have!  Pre-order yours for $26.  www.indiegogo.com

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo Smart Watches

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo Smart Watches

While you were contemplating picking up Samsung’s GALAXY Gear smart watch that came out at the end of last year, the company was already designing its second generation of smart watches.  Yes, Samsung has been lightning fast at developing this wearable tech.  The second generation offers two options – the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo.  Both models sport a 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 pixel Super AMOLED touch-screen, are powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor, have 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of on-board memory.  The Gear 2 Neo model will cost you less since it doesn’t have a built-in camera.  The big news is that both models will use Samsung’s new Tizen operating system, instead of Android.  The Tizen OS promises to work with more devices, and will soon be available in Samsung’s smart phones and TVs.  But don’t expect it to work with your iOS device.  Also new in the 2nd gen is a heart rate sensor which combined with the existing pedometer will allow for new fitness apps. Coming this April.  $TBA.  www.samsung.com

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Watch

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Spend a lot of time traversing through different time zones? Or maybe you just want the cute redhead at the bar to think you’re well travelled. Seiko’s new Astron watch will certainly catch her eye as the blue accents reflect light through the sapphire crystal much like the earth does, as seen through the stratosphere. A faintly seen map from the perspective of above the North Pole lines up with the corresponding city time zones. The built-in GPS automatically adjusts to your time-zone whenever the dial is exposed to sunlight. There are a few colour options available at $2,600. seiko-astron.com

Survival Slingshot – Archer with Tactical Light

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We promise we won’t cover anymore slingshots…after this one. This bad ass weapon is not some child’s toy that flings snowballs; it’s a toy for men and it shoots arrows. There is a fold-in “whisker biscuit” that greatly improves the stability of your arrows. The Survival Slingshot has a detachable light which can be replaced by a scope. The shaft is hollow, filled with spare ammo, waterproof matches, a sewing kit, fishing gear and the cap is a compass. No arrows are included, but you get forty ball bearings. Oh, and did we mention it’s endorsed by a member of Seal Team Six? $140. survivalslingshot.com

FishHunter Smartphone Fishfinder Sonar

FishHunter Smartphone Fishfinder Sonar (Custom)

 

Do you end up with more empty Bud Light cans at the end of your fishing excursions than fish?  Then maybe it’s time to try a fishfinder.  The FishHunter is a military-grade portable fishfinding sonar that works in unison with your smart phone and offers a super simple setup, allowing it to be used anywhere you can cast a line.  The FishHunter app displays the depth, temperature and location of fish on your smart phone.  It also lets you keep track of your catches and all kinds of info about them, like the type & size of your catch, a picture of your catch, the GPS catch location and the type of bait used.  Then if you wish, you can compare your fish to an extensive fish database or see what other FishHunters caught and where they caught it.  Equipped with the FishHunter you should never come home empty handed, unless you take back too many Bud Lights.  $230.  www.fishhunter.com

Elevation Training Mask 2.0

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Planning to climb a mountain anytime soon? It’s dangerous to venture into high altitudes unprepared, so you need to train your lungs just as you would train your arms and legs. The Elevation Training Mask mimics the conditions of high altitude oxygen levels. It increases lung capacity, stamina and strengthens your diaphragm. This type of training isn’t just for mountain climbers; athletes that travel from low altitude cities to high ones like Denver will experience increased fatigue. The mask might also be helpful for smokers to regain some lung capacity, although that may just make them more efficient at smoking. $80. amazon.com

Hudsalve: Military Grade Lip Moisturizer

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There’s nothing overtly manly about applying lip-chap but, especially in a winter like the one we’re having; a guy needs to keep his lips smooth. Apparently women don’t like jagged, dry lips. Developed by the Swedish military, Hudsalve not only keeps your lips from drying out, but it can also be used on your face, hands, elbows, feet, etc. Though, maybe you get two if you need to use it on your feet. Hudsalve is kind of like a Swede Army Chap as it has also been used to condition boots, treat leather and grease weapons. It is technically edible, but again; maybe not the one you used on your feet. Hudsalve comes in one flavour: plain (the manliest flavour there is). $12. bestmadeco.com

Helmet Dawg HD 100

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Formerly known as the “Dark as Night” helmet, and changed for obvious legal reasons; the HD 100 is a pretty badass helmet inspired by the Dark Knight himself. The shell is made from a Thermo-Plastic poly alloy, so your ears won’t break off getting caught on a branch. There aren’t any heads up displays, but there is space to easily install a communication system to talk to Alfred on. Admittedly, it might be weird if everyone got one, like a one fedora per group kind of thing; it’s still a cool peace of unlicensed Bat-swag with a slick design that old Bats would be proud to wear (if not legally forbade from endorsing)… Maybe avoid biker gangs unless you have the ninja training to properly defend yourself. $325. helmetdawg.com

Carrera Snow Foldable Helmet

snow_blue4-01If you are planning to hit the slopes this winter, be sure to stay safe and wear a helmet. I know, I know; it’s big and clunky to transport and you don’t want to look like an idiot in front of any ladies. Well, the folks over at Carrera are working to solve part of the problem with their Snow Foldable Helmets. As you may have guessed, the helmets fold into an easily transportable shape. There is a removable inner lining, with ear flaps, to keep your head warm and cozy. Available in: red, blue, black, white and a premium leather/carbon fiber style that has the classic look from a time when helmets were paper thin and essentially pointless. $TBA. carreraworld.com

Smittybilt GEAR Seat Covers

Smittybilt GEAR Seat Covers

 

Cars never seem to offer enough storage compartments. This becomes glaringly obvious especially to those who go on road trips. The Smittybilt GEAR premium seat covers protect the seats of your vehicle, while offering unprecedented amounts of storage compartments and pockets. Designed to fit specific models of Jeeps, they also come in a universal version to fit other trucks and SUVs.  The company also offers tailgate covers, overhead consoles, GEAR door panels and trail bags. Available in three colors to match your ride. So point your finger at the map and plan a road trip! $99 and up. www.smittybilt.com

Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery

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If you like your video games, this is a great time to be alive.  The iPhone in your pocket offers incredible gaming power and because you bring it everywhere you go, you’re basically always equipped with a video gaming system.  To improve your mobile gaming experience, Logitech has developed the PowerShell Controller + Battery for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and 5th-gen iPod touch.  Simply slip your phone into the PowerShell, just like you would with a phone case, and you’ll be rewarded with the familiar analog controls – including a D-pad, shoulder triggers and face buttons.  Saving the planet from evil green men has never been easier, or more comfortable.  The PowerShell’s built-in 1500 mAh battery increases the life of your phone, so you’ll always have enough battery when your mom calls you.  $99. www.logitech.com

Keyport Slide 2.0 – The Modern Guy’s Keychain

Keyport Slide 2.0 - The Modern Guy's Keychain

 

Keys aren’t the most comfortable thing in your pants pocket so it’s about time someone stepped up to the plate and modernized the conventional keychain.  The Keyport Slide 2.0 holds up to 6 keys or inserts, all within a device that’s about the size of a pack of gum.  It’s compatible with most house keys, high-security keys, transponder-chipped auto and motorcycle keys, small mail and padlock keys, and bike lock keys.  The Slide 2.0 can also be customized with useful tools like a flash drive, mini-light and bottle opener.  To order yours, simply take pictures of your existing keys and upload them, along with descriptions, to the company’s website – they will create matching key inserts for you and ship the Slide 2.0 to your door.  Available in various colors, including the new “Ice” finish.  $29 and up.  www.mykeyport.com

Urban Xplorer Vintage Inspired Backpacks

Urban Xplorer Vintage Inspired Backpacks

Often times a guy requires nothing more than his keys, wallet and cell phone to go out on the town.  But there are times when you need to bring some gear along – like a laptop or plans for a Kickstarter project we’ve been dreaming about – and that’s when you’re going to need some kind of a backpack.  The Urban Xplorer HalfPack RT (Road Trip) backpack might be just the bag that suits your needs whether you’re transporting stuff between your home and office or going on a road trip.  This customizable bag easily transitions from a formal look to something more casual with its detachable backpack straps and adjustable shoulder straps.  It’s got multiple pockets and compartments for just about any goods - laptops, tablets, phones, accessories, paperwork, clothing, shoes and more.  The best thing about it though might be the REVO (Rapid Expansion Volume Options) system which allows the bag to physically expand or contract according to your needs.  Constructed out of weatherproof and stain resistant NylonUX Ballistic Fabric, it is available in 3 cool colors: Brooklyn Bronze, Electric Burnt Orange, and Classic Black.  We dig it.  $124 for a limited time via the company’s Kickstarter page; $198 afterwards.  www.xplorerbrand.com

EvoGrips: The Ergonomic Workout Grips

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At some point we’ve all been there; starting at a new gym because you were raised on GI Joe or the X-Men. You want your reflection to look like Wolverine, except with less hair… or perhaps more. You’ve always heard how crucial squats are, but as the bar digs into your palms and spine, you begin to regret signing up for that membership. Here’s another interesting Kickstarter campaign that will hopefully solve your problem. No. Not your body image issues (those are permanent); the Evo Grips give your hands and shoulders an ergonomically improved grip. By wrapping your fingers around a ball, as oppose to a bar, you put the load in your palm instead of straining your fingers. Evo Grips easily attach to most bars and ropes. The surface has enough ridges to keep your hand from slipping, while still being comfortable to hold. Pledge $25 to try them for yourself. Kickstarter.com

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