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Your Best Summer Everything: Playboy.com's 2014 Guide
  • May 19, 2014 : 15:05
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It’s already May and we have a vital question for you: Are you ready for summer 2014? You will be once you read Playboy.com’s guide—from fitness to grilling gear, what to drink, to our picks for this summer’s jams and more are all right here. Use this guide wisely and we guarantee you’ll be living your life to the fullest from June 1 to August 31… and beyond!

SPORTS/FITNESS

TRICROSS COMP DISC BIKE

(Courtesy Specialized.com)

Tone up and enjoy the great outdoors by making summer 2014 the summer of the bike. Start every day off right by cycling to work, tour around and see what rocks in your hometown, and get back to nature by heading to the country for some serious off-road action. To make all this happen, the bicycle you need is the Tricross Comp Disc, a bike that’s light and slick enough for the street while still possessing the power you need to take it on the trails. The Tricross sleek and minimalist design is pleasing to the eye, so you’re going to look awesome owning the road.

MISFIT SHINE FITNESS TRACKER(Courtesy MisfitWearables.com)

Make your driveway basketball, hiking excursions and beach swims count with the Misfit Shine Fitness Tracker Sport Band. Come up with your summer fitness plan and the wearable Shine tracks all of your physical activity so you can achieve your goal. By displaying a subtle halo of lights throughout the day it’ll let you know how much progress you’re making on getting ripped. All of the data the device collects are wirelessly uploaded to a companion app so you can see exactly how many calories you’re burning and how long you’re exercising. If you have a competitive streak, go head-to-head against your friends. Best of all, it’s waterproof and subtlety crafted so you don’t feel like you’re dragging a gadget around on your wrist,

BIRDIE BOX PREMIUM


(Courtesy BirdieBox.com)

Spending your vacation on the links? Will the rest of your summer months be devoted to perfecting your putt in the office when the boss is away? The Birdie Box subscription service allows you to keep your mind completely on the green by shipping you all your essential golf swag (as well as some of the nonessential fun stuff) once a month. Inside the box is at least 100 bucks’ worth of premium golf products such as balls, tees, hats, books, golf shirts, even cigars and nutritional supplements. Although the mix of golf products is eclectic and changes monthly, the Birdie Box is tailored to your needs thanks to a questionnaire you fill out when you first sign up.

GADGETS

FUGOO TOUGH BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

(Courtesy Fugoo.com)

Elevate every park hangout, night on the beach, camping trip and backyard barbecue up to party status by rocking out the hot weather jams on the Fugoo Tough Bluetooth Speaker. Blast your killer summer playlist from your smartphone at top volume (and at high quality, thanks to the six packed-in drivers facing every direction) on your every adventure. The rugged Fugoo is waterproof and shock resistant...it’s basically invincible. And it boasts 40 hours of battery life, guaranteeing you’re not going to run out of tunes when there’s no place to recharge while you and your pals are out communing with nature.  

PANONO PANORAMIC BALL CAMERA

(Courtesy Panono.com)

You want to document every moment of the best summer of your life (which will be this summer, by the way) and your first instinct is to reach for your smartphone camera. It’s a perfectly acceptable option, but you need the Panono Panoramic Camera to capture all the details of your phenomenal summer moments. Get this: the Panono is a ball that consists of 36 cameras facing in every direction which all work together to snap one massive 360-degree pic. Best of all, it’s designed to be thrown into the air to get the perfect photo of everything going on. Of course, you can also hold it or mount the Panono on a tripod. 

TRANSFORMER BOOK TRIO



(Courtesy Asus.com)

From the beach to the airport, from your sleeping bag to the dock of the bay, if you want to stay connected this summer your most portable option is a tablet. As awesome as tablets are, the problem with sinking some serious dough into one is you’re left with a fantastic device for reading your e-books and visiting Playboy.com, but not for the serious workhorse tasks a computer can handle. The Asus Transformer Book Trio is a powerhouse laptop that turns into a tablet and can easily be connected to a monitor to be used as a desktop computer. Now all your must-have programs and data are on one device, you’re not switching between three computers and you have your to-go tablet.

STYLE

BURBERRY MODERN FIT COTTON POPLIN JACKET(Courtesy Burberry.com)

The hot weather doesn't mean you have to dress down. A multipurpose summer blazer is an essential in the ultimate gentleman’s closet, so look cool and literally feel chill by investing in the Burberry Modern Fit Cotton Poplin Jacket. It’s sophisticated enough to be worn formally while still being laid-back enough to class up that barbecue party or sweaty night out at the club. Its high-quality cotton, light color and relaxed fit means you’re not going to be feeling the heat, and you’ll look effortlessly stylish.

BULLDOG CHASSIS ORBITAL PRINT SWIM SHORT


(Courtesy OrlebarBrown.co.uk)

Meteorologists and climate scientists are predicting summer 2014 will be the hottest on record. What’s your game plan to beat the heat? If you’re counting on pools and beaches, you’re going to need the right gear, mainly the perfect pair of swim shorts. Bulldog Chassis Orbital Print Swim Shorts are designed to be worn in and out of the water, and their tailored cut and eye-catching pattern, based on men’s suit trousers, mean you’re going to stand out to the women sunbathing on the beach. Plus you’re going to get a few summers out them as they’re built tough to stand up to the wear of chlorine and salt water. 

DIOR LAYERED BLACK TIE AVIATORS (Courtesy Ssense.com) 

Aviator sunglasses are perpetually in vogue, fit all face types and carry an instant cachet due to the fact that they’re literally the eyewear of fighter pilots. Get a pair to both complete your outfit and protect your eyes from this summer’s monster sun. You can stand out from the pack of men wearing their mall kiosk aviator sunglasses by picking up a pair of Dior Layered Black Tie Aviators, a unique spin on the classic Aviator. Their subtle sartorial design makes for high-fashion shades that are still manly and fitting for every ensemble.

MUSIC

CALVIN HARRIS "SUMMER"

Is it too easy to anoint as the song of the summer this new single from Calvin Harris called, simply, “Summer”? Harris is one of the highest-paid DJs in the world and producer and writer of number-one hits by top artists like Rihanna and LMFAO. He’s a musician in his own right too and he has two hit albums under his belt to prove it. His new album will be dropping soon (date TBA) and “Summer” is its first single. Expect to hear this track a lot over the next few months.

RÖYKSOPP & ROBYN'S DO IT AGAIN

Electro-pop geniuses Röyksopp and teen pop star–turned–dance-floor queen Robyn last worked together in 2009 and now they’re back again with a new collaboration, Do it Again, the name of both their May 26th album and its first single. Together they make fun music drawing on 40 years of electronic music and radio pop to create a sound that no one else has. This new Robyn and Röyksopp joint is the music that you’re going to be putting on in 2015’s winter months to relive the memories of the wild bright times you had from June to September.

JACK WHITE'S LAZARETTO

After the two synth-heavy dance music choices we’ve listed above, we’re required to pay homage to the guitar gods. To do so we’re recommending Jack White’s album Lazaretto, dropping June 10th, and its first single, also called “Lazaretto.” It’s not summer without good old rock and roll, and if the single is indicative of the entirety of White’s LP, this is the album that’s going to have the nation air-guitaring and headbanging along.

DRINKS

BASIL & RYE "Basil and Rye" © 2009Willrad von Doomenstein (CC BY-SA 2.0)

This cousin to the dog-day standbys of the Mojito and Julep is a bolder summer drink that allows you to get your whiskey on. This is a cocktail for a sleepy, muggy day to wake you up and get you going. Plus it’s green, so it’s healthy...right?

  • 3 large basil leaves 
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar 
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey 

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the basil, sugar and lemon juice and muddle until the basil is broken up. Add the rye and shake, then strain into a martini glass.

DRAGOON'S PUNCH


Are you and your bros looking for a refreshing drink that still packs a punch? Need to whip up a large batch of drinks for pregaming on the patio? The Dragoon’s Punch is where it’s at when you need to make summer drinks for a group. This Charleston classic is bracing, goes down smooth and even has a hint of caffeine to keep you powered up:

  • 4 black tea bags 
  • 6 cups of water 
  • 8 tablespoons of sugar 
  • Half cup of rum 
  • 1 pint brandy 
  • 1/4 cup peach brandy 
  • Half cup fresh lemon juice 
  • Soda water 

Boil the water, add the tea bags and let them steep for five minutes. Lose the tea bags and stir in the sugar. Add the rum, brandy, peach brandy and lemon juice, then chill the punch for an hour. Serve with ice and a splash of soda water per glass.

SALT AND PEPPER HIGHBALL


There’s no better mix than cold gin and hot weather, and our recommended way to get your needed dose of Vitamin G is via the Salt and Pepper Highball. It’s an easy drink to mix up and to guzzle, and if you pop a high-quality gin in there and take a moment to savor your concoction you’ll discover it’s a drink with some layers.

  • 1 1/2 ounce gin 
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 ounce simple syrup 
  • 3 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3 dashes bitters

Shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into ice-filled highball glass.

BARBECUE

PRIMO CERAMIC CHARCOAL SMOKER GRILL(Courtesy BBQGuys.com)

Fans of ceramic kamado-style barbecues have an almost cultlike devotion to their grills. See what the fuss is about, and maybe have a religious experience, with the Primo Ceramic Charcoal Smoker Grill. The ceramic construction keeps in the heat while also sealing in moisture and taste. The inside of the barbecue is huge so you can throw on a rack of ribs for the whole crew. The versatility of the movable grills inside means you have options—you can do some serious slow smoking on this beast or if you’re in a rush you can have perfect steak almost immediately. It’s also made in America and designed to last. 

IGRILL MINI(Courtesy idevicesinc.com)

No matter how fancy your barbecue is, the little thermometer on the front will never accurately reflect the temperature of your meat on the grill. To get your steak exactly how you want it, use the iGrill Mini. Place the iGrill probe into your meat and the device will wirelessly notify you on your smartphone when it’s at the desired temperature. If you’re doing a long smoke, you can set the iGrill to notify you if your grill gets too hot or too cold. We’ve put a man on the moon, but now our technological advances have finally brought us something truly useful with the iGrill Mini.

BBQ CORDIERITE PIZZA STONE SET(Courtesy Frontgate.com) 

Have you ever noticed how extraordinary pizza from a restaurant wood-fired oven is? You can recreate that perfect pizza at home without installing your own pizza oven by using the Cordierite Pizza Stone Set on your barbecue. Using the pizza stone guarantees you a crispy crust with no sogginess and recreates the flavor of your favorite pizzeria’s pie. Also, you can use the stone for searing beef, chicken and seafood.


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