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.
FITBIT CHARGE 2
The Charge 2 is the latest wearable from Fitbit and replaces the popular Charge HR. The new device continues to monitor heart rate as well as stats like steps, calories burned, and floors climbed. It also intuitively tracks activities like running, lifting weights, cycling, and interval workouts so you don’t have to log all of that information manually. There are discrete reminders to take 250 steps hourly that will get you up from your desk without feeling like a weirdo. And the guided breathing app helps you sneak in a quick meditation session when you get stressed. Perhaps the best part is the form factor. The Charge 2 has a sleek design with easily interchangeable bands that look sharp on your wrist whether you’re training or heading out for dinner.
PININFARINA H2 CONCEPT
Legendary Italian design firm Pininfarina is known primarily for the work it does for clients, most notably Ferrari. But Pininfarina also creates things under its own label as well, such as the H2 Speed Concept car that was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. But unlike most concepts that never see the light of the day, the H2 Speed is actually going to be built. A very limited run of 10 cars may be produced as a “racing car for gentleman drivers” according to CEO Silvio Pietro Angori. The track-only vehicles would have a hydrogen fuel cell powering two electric motors that put out at least 503 horsepower. So aside from looking amazing and being ridiculously fast, the H2 would also be more sustainable than your typical supercar.
GARMIN VIRB ULTRA 30
Garmin is doing everything it can to muscle GoPro out of the top spot in the action camera space. Garmin’s new Virb Ultra 30 provides a lot of features that traditional GoPro users will appreciate, like voice control so you can start and stop recording, take pictures, and record special moments without having to use your hands. The Virb Ultra 30 also has three-axis image stabilizations so video looks smooth even down the bumpiest single track. The camera shoots 4K video at 30 frames per second and has a sensitive microphone that picks up clear sound even when the Virb is in its waterproof case.
YAKIMA CENTENNIAL SHOWCASE
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The National Park Service has been called “America’s best idea”, which is not an overstatement. This year, to celebrate the National Parks’ 100th birthday, Yakima created this limited-edition ShowCase cargo box. Featuring the work of Oregon artist Adam Haynes, the box depicts scenes from numerous National Parks including Joshua Tree and Yellowstone. Only 10 of the cargo boxes were created. Right now the only way to get one is to post a photo of a National Park on social media with #YakimaNPContest.
THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST COLLECTOR’S EDITION
Tom Wolfe’s chronicles of fellow author Ken Kesey and his hippie crew The Merry Pranksters in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test helped create what would become known as New Journalism and needs to be on every guy’s “must read” list. This new collector’s edition from Taschen gives the book the psychedelic treatment it deserves. Limited to 1,768 copies, each signed by Wolfe, the book features reproductions of the author’s original manuscript along with photographs from Lawrence Schiller, whose work in Life magazine inspired Wolfe. The entire hardbound tome is bound in an appropriate day-glo cover.