5 of the latest things to make your next journey more relaxing
The latest G-Shock watch by Casio with a water depth sensor, the Koraloc Surf Backpack with foldout board carrier to get you to the beach with ease, the military grade aluminum built Touch 1K flashlight multi-tool, the lightweight and versatile Prometheus Design Werx’s JAAC Pullover, and forget about roasting wieners with a tree branch when you’ve got the Campfire Fishing Rod.
G-Shock Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A
While everyone can appreciate a crisp stainless steel dive watch or a slim, refined dress watch, there are certain situations that call for tougher, more rugged timepieces, not to mention functionality to navigate those situations accordingly. And Casio’s G-Shock Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A is positively packed with all the bells and whistles you could want.
The brand-new Quad Sensor adds a water depth sensor to the watch alongside the previous tech of the Triple Sensor which already included an altimeter, thermometer, compass, and barometer, all in all making it a good choice for coast guards and others active at sea. An inset dial shows sudden changes to conditions to grab your attention while the LCD above displays specific values for collected data, the latter with a hand concealment function that temporarily moves the watch’s hands, if covering the screen, out of the way. It’s also water resistant to 200 meters, comes with World Time functionality for easily setting 31 time zones, dual white LEDs that completely light up the watch’s face in the dark, and comes wrapped in an instantly recognizable ruggedized 48mm case made of carbon fiber and complemented with a sapphire crystal lens, a first in this line.
Koraloc Surf Backpack
Surfing means getting a giant board to the beach, probably held underarm — which is fine if said beach is close. If it’s a bit of a trek, the Koraloc Surf Backpack is be a godsend.
This backpack is equipped with a fold-out board carrier that deploys to hold up to three surfboards vertically, keeping your hands free and your back comfortable thanks to an adjustable waist belt that puts most of their weight on your hips. It’s also got room for 29 litres of more stuff, including a laptop in a dedicated compartment, wax and fin side pockets, and plenty of place for towels and other beach necessities. Plus, the surfboard straps can also be used to carry beach chairs, wakeboards, or even snowboards when you’re not going surfing. Grab one at Amazon – US$200.
Touch 1K Flashlight
Crank it up to full blast and the light outputs over 1,000 lumens. It’ll burn through its 3,400 mAh battery in about two hours on this setting but lasts much longer on anything lower, useful considering it’s got a USB port to recharge your smartphone or other small devices. Else it’s made of military grade aluminum, boasts a waterproof cover that seals over the port, and comes with a lantern attachment accessory for diffusely lighting up larger areas like campsites and tents. Find it at Indiegogo – US$85.
Prometheus JAAC Pullover Hoodie
Clean and minimal on the outside, Prometheus Design Werx’s JAAC Pullover is as versatile as a lightweight fleece hoodie gets. Its hood boasts a slight sun brim and a shape that’s inspired by the patterning on a baseball for a perfect rounded fit, while the hoodie’s waist is cut a bit longer to avoid riding up if you’re running or biking.
It’s equipped with a classic kangaroo pass-through pocket that’s got a small organizer pocket within for securing an ID and credit card, and maybe some cash. It’s also made of Polartec Micro Series fleece with flatlock seams for full comfort and warmth whether worn over a base layer or under a shell. Learn more at Prometheus Design Werx – US$89.
Campfire Fishing Rod
Using a straight stick to roast your marshmallows makes it difficult to hit the fire’s sweet spots, giving you access at most to only two sides.
The Campfire Fishing Rod improves upon this simplistic design: inspired by a fishing pole, this stick features a solid steel line, a wooden handle for insulation, a stainless steel wire that won’t melt under heat, and four hooks at the end perfect for four marshmallows or two sausages. Just don’t make any sudden swinging motions. Pick one up at Amazon – US$23.