Products of the Week: Ultralight Tents, Biodegradable Watch Straps and a Funky Massage Gun

The 12 best pieces of garb and gear that crossed our desks this week

May 1, 2021 5:19 am
Products of the Week: Ultralight Tents, Biodegradable Watch Straps and a Funky Massage Gun

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Each week, our inbox runneth over with news of gear, apparel and tech releases from around the world. In this feature, we’ll parse through the best of them. Today:  backpacking tents that are light as a feather, watch straps made from pineapple leaves and state-of-the-art massage gun.

Dogfish Head

Dogfish Lemon Quest

Light, refreshing citrus with a nice dose of sea salt — you’d think this new fruity wheated brew was a worthy sequel to the Delaware brewery’s excellent and endlessly sessionable SeaQuench Ale. And it is, with one exception: It’s non-alcoholic.

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi x NFL Draft Limited Edition Starter Breakaway Pullover Jacket

Want a one-of-a-kind pullover jacket to commemorate the 2021 NFL Draft? Well, rapper Kid Cudi and the National Football League have got you covered. To celebrate this year’s draft, which is taking place in Cudi’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, the Starter jacket showcases the NFL Shield, all 32-team logos and the rapper’s Moon Man logo in a mix of embroidered and chenille patches. Ideal for the person who has no deep alliance to any team, or who’s just a really big fan of the NFL.


Shinola Great Americans Series: Burton Watch 42mm

Limited to just 1,977 pieces — in memory of the year Jake founded Burton out of a Vermont barn — the JBC Duck Watch is a special-edition take on Shinola’s most rough-and-tumble sports watch line, sporting the Duck’s signature brawn with several cheeky design cues paying homage to Jake. A rugged 42mm stainless-steel case features an extra-thick sapphire crystal (depth rated for 20 ATM), beneath which an exclusive blue dial with red and white detailing and Burton logo calls to mind vintage Performer snowboards from early in the brand’s history. The caseback also features a bit of history, with a 3D engraving of Jake himself shredding on an early Burton model in the late 1970s.

Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 28

A smart speaker with an incredibly unique design, this tall and slim home audio set features a built-in subwoofer and adaptive sound. Available in natural silver, black anthracite, or bronze tone aluminum.

Sea to Summit

Sea to Summit Ultralight Backpacking Tents

Sea to Summit’s new backpacking tents are designed to not weigh your back down on your next trek. The Alto and Telos Ultralight are two lightweight tents delivering more space, an advanced venting system and multiple configuration options to give you unrivaled versatility in the event of changing weather or activity.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker Goings On Above Town Kite

The New Yorker is getting into the kite game. Why? We have no idea, but we suppose it is kite-flying season. Regardless, for the kite fans, this airborne Eustace Tilley was designed by artist Todd St. John and features a darling trail of butterflies.

Mr. Porter

Levi’s x Valentino Re-Edition 517 Denim Jeans

For Valentino’s SS21 line, Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli sought out the help of Levi’s for some denim designs. The result is a series of classic Levi’s silhouettes, like the 517, re-worked and updated with subtle Valentino branding, all while managing to retain that Americana aesthetic for which the jeans have come to be known. Each pair is carefully faded and whiskered so that no two are the same and any pair you decide to snag (that is if you feel like dropping a grand on some jeans) will be entirely one-of-a-kind.


WESN Samla Knife

Detroit-based company WESN is known for its good-looking, highly-functional outdoor lifestyle products. The company’s new Samla blade is now on Kickstarter, and the compact, lightweight pocket knife is a Scandinavian-inspired number made from durable steel capable of handling your wildest adventures.


Forté for iPhone

These new chargers from Twelve South will make you want an iPhone 12. Just snap your MagSafe charger (not included) into the Forte unit and you have a quick-charging dock that’ll nicely display your phone screen. It holds your device vertically or horizontally, and it also tilts up 70 degrees … meaning you could lay your AirPods wireless charging case on ‘em, too.


Aether Laslo Motorcycle Jacket

A sophisticated, slim-fit leather jacket designed to keep you safe, comfortable and stylish on and off the bike. That’s because Aether’s Laslo Motorcycle Jacket is built with low-profile armor that, when removed, leaves you with a handsome daily wear piece.


Strig Pro by Therabody

This weird-looking contraption is actually a super advanced massage gun. The Strig Pro from Therabody helps relieve pain across the entire body thanks to a contoured edge that helps target sore areas. Meanwhile the micro-vibration helps relieve inflammation and microcurrent stimulation helps to speed up recovery.


Hodinkee Amagoh Vegan Pineapple Leather Strap

It looks like leather, but these new vegan watch straps from Hodinkee — available in five colors — are actually made 100% from the fibers of pineapple leaves. They’re also naturally water-resistant and biodegradable. And they’re damn good looking.

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