To quote Madonna (something I’m not particularly fond of), “We are living in a material world.” To help you figure out which of the millions of material goods swirling around us is worth spending your hard-earned cash on, we have put together The Want List, consisting of the items we really love this week.
RADEN A28 CHECK
Aside from the addition of wheels, the suitcase hasn’t changed much over the years. Raden is changing that. Its A28 check-in case has a polycarbonate shell that can stand up to a baggage handler’s worst. But what really sets it apart is the technology. The top handle acts as a scale so you can know exactly how much your bag weighs and can avoid those annoying overage fees. Proximity sensors communicate with your phone via Bluetooth to let you know when your bag is arriving at baggage claim and there is even a USB port to charge your devices.
TRANS AM SE BANDIT EDITION
Let’s be clear, this is not an actual Pontiac Trans Am. But it is awesome and Burt Reynolds co-signed it, so we’re psyched. The team at Trans Am Depot took a Chevrolet Camaro and modified it to look like the Trans Am that Reynolds drove in Smokey And The Bandit. The result is a T-top with a period correct interior and a supercharged V8 that puts out 840 horsepower. Only 77 of these will be built and each will be signed by Reynolds himself.
ATMO SFERA PLATTERLESS TURNTABLE
The overlap in the Venn diagram between vinyl snobs and design snobs is pretty huge. So it’s a good bet that both groups will appreciate this innovative new turntable from Audio Deva. The Atmo Sfera dampens vibrations without a large platter, allowing the record to spin basically in the air. It has a carbon fiber tonearm and measures just 12" x 11" so you’ll have no trouble finding a place for it in your home.
THE RIDGE WALLET
The sleek carbon fiber design of the Ridge wallet needs to be part of your everyday carry. Two sheets of carbon fiber are bound together with elastic to hold up to 12 cards securely (although if you have 12 credit cards, it might be time to rethink your personal finance approach). The material also blocks RFID, which scammers use to remotely steal your card info. It comes with either a money clip or another elastic band to stash your cash.
MIKE TROUT OLD HICKORY SMART BAT
Price unavailable, zepp.com
Moneyball helped usher in an age of data-driven baseball, so it makes sense that number-crunching technology is being incorporated into equipment. At spring training, former American League MVP Mike Trout began using an Old Hickory wood bat with a cavity in the knob that holds a Zepp sensor. The sensor analyzes a hitter’s swing and tracks data like bat speed and time to impact. The bat will be available to everyone later this spring, no MVP awards required.