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2018 Mazda MX-5 When Mazda came out with the latest generation MX-5, it was almost perfect. At 155 horsepower, the featherweight roadster handles itself elegantly on tight twisty roads, but runs out of steam on faster roads and the highway, when it’s near its top end. For 2018, Mazda addressed this flaw and bumped the power up to 187hp. Now the Miata is one of the most complete sports cars on the market — it’s expertly balanced in corners and for the price, its performance is difficult to beat.
2018 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback Toyota pulled a fast one on everybody with the 2018 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback. Instead of making another mundane econo-car, it injected some real performance into the approachable little city car. That’s why we also selected it as one of the 100 best new products of 2018.
Ram 1500 Americans love trucks not just because they’re big and burly‚ but because they’re the ultimate do-anything tool of the automotive world—and no pickup truck does as many things as well as the Ram 1500. All-new last year, the Ram combines the capabilities of a full-size pickup with levels of refinement and comfort usually associated with high-end passenger cars.
Lincoln Navigator Americans love trucks not just because they’re big and burly‚ but because they’re the ultimate do-anything tool of the automotive world—and no pickup truck does as many things as well as the Lincoln Navigator. The 2019 Navigator is filled with technology and comfort and convenience features that are on par with those found in the quarter-million-dollar luxury stratus.
2019 Ford Ranger The overland and adventure lifestyle worlds are rapidly growing in size and scope and Ford positioned the 2019 Ranger to be right in the thick of it, stepping on the Toyota Tacoma’s toes. Perfectly sized for trail rides, either in open desert or tighter mountain fire roads, and capable of being outfitted with over two-dozen Yakima camping upgrades, the new Ford Ranger is a major player in the adventure industry for 2019.
Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster The Porsche Cayman — and its convertible counterpart, the Boxster — features standard aesthetic and engineering details that further increase power and torque compared to lower-versions. The car is incredibly smooth for how fast it can get. The Cayman S has a top speed of 180 miles per hour and does 0-60 in 4.0 seconds. The Cayman is the sportiest version of the entry-level sports car, and it is capable on any road.
Subaru Outback The 2020 Subaru Outback maintains its legacy of being a reliable and durable car. It’s also more efficient, better-looking and smarter than its predecessor, and just as fun. The Outback’s off-roading ability remains a highlight of the car, and the vehicle is second-to-none when it comes to off-roading wagons.
Giro Aether MIPS As a part of the GP 100, the Giro MIPS Cycling helmet is the best all-around helmet for comfort, weight, ventilation and of course, safety. Giro swapped the single EPS foam shell into two very thin spherical EPS shells, a la ball-and-socket-style. The shells are attached with elastomers and eliminates the need for a liner. While safety comes first, style is an important part of the overall picture, and this one checks all the boxes.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats Pro Wireless While expensive, the PowerBeats Pro are perfect for workouts thanks to their sweat-resistance. These won’t slip out when you’re racing to catch up with a pacer or when you’re bobbing and weaving through rush hour traffic. Fantastic battery life, fit and overall sound quality, plus the integration of Apple’s new H1 chip, make these the best wireless earbuds for working out in.
TriggerPoint Charge Vibe This vibrating foam roller is essentially two lacrosse balls attached in the middle with a divot between them that’s incredibly helpful along your calves, quads and hamstrings. TriggerPoint is a leader in recovery tools, especially ones that work for a wide range of athletes. With three intensity levels and a weight of just two pounds, it’s easy for anyone to throw in their gym bag or carry-on suitcase to treat themselves to a miniature massage at any point during the day.
Suunto 9 GPS Suunto makes some of the highest quality GPS trackers for endurance athletes, mountaineers and adventurers. The Suunto 9’s unique battery lets you pick from three modes that balance GPS connectivity with battery drain, so you can go for up to 120 hours on a single charge. Plus, you get everything else Suunto is known for like its waterproofing, compass, barometer, multi-sport activity and sleep tracking.
Aer Fit Pack 2 This is the perfect commuter gym bag thanks to its sleek look and plethora of pockets. The 1680 Cordura ballistic nylon exterior is tough enough to handle getting thrown around in addition to looking good in the boardroom. There’s even a separate pocket for your shoes post-HIIT class.
Reebok Crossfit Nano 8 Flexweave This is consistently one of the best gym sneakers every year. Reebok continues to update its Crossfit shoe that fills up boxes (Crossfit gyms) nationwide. The Shoe has been around since 2010 and the latest update includes a Flexweave upper that’s breathable, yet sturdy, so you can go from ladders to rope climbs to AMRAP burpees without having to change your shoes.
Revere Post-Workout Recovery Protein powders are polarizing — you either use them or you don’t. But once you find one that you like, you’re probably going to stick with it. That’s what happened to our team when we tried Revere’s Post-Workout Recovery. After a long run, mixing this powder into a glass of water or squeezable water bottle is easier than foam rolling and stretching (other post-run necessities). Plus, each packet comes from all-natural ingredients, is diary-, gluten-, soy- and GMO-free. Did we mention that it tastes good, too?
Specialized S-Works Venge It’s the most aerodynamic road bike that Specialized has ever created, meaning if you’re planning for a race, this is the one to look at. It’s the third generation of this bike, meaning it handles extremely well with a re-optimized handlebar shape and stem (it’s stiffer and lighter). After all, it’s the race day bike of Peter Sagan, one of the best road riders racing today.
Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo This everyday trainer is built for a runner who’s looking for support and speed. The midsole features a combination of ZoomX and Epic react foam from Nike — from the super popular Epic React and Vaporfly 4% shoes. The Pegasus Turbo is the shoe you’ll reach for on tempo days, and for long training runs. It weighs less than nine ounces and feels fast and a look to match, thanks to the zippy racing stripe.
Breville Precision Brewer Breville’s drip coffee brewer is consistent, programmable and customizable. It can brew both filtered drip coffee or, with an attachment, pour-over coffee. It’s one of very few brewers to hold a certification badge from the Specialty Coffee Association’s Home Brewer Program. It’s as good as home coffee brewing gets.
Field Company Field Cast Iron Skillet #8 The Field Cast Iron Skillet isn’t the nicest skillet we’ve ever tried. Nor is it the cheapest. But it’s the one our team turns to more than any other. That’s because of its light, smooth and simple. And its out-of-the-box seasoning is top-notch.
Lodge 10.5-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet The classic Lodge can be used for steak, cornbread, pies or to build a crispy exterior on just about anything. On top of that, it’s laughably cheap and can be delivered to any home within two days. You could invest more in a pan made with more craftsmanship, or you could start with a Lodge and upgrade from there.
Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill Do all the research you want, there’s no better value than Weber’s OG kettle grill. Sturdy enameled steel, a one-touch cleaning system, wheels that actually work and availability in any size you could want make it the category leader since its 1952 creation.
Weber Smokey Joe Charcoal Grill Weber’s dirt cheap 14.5-inch charcoal grill has earned its spot in the pantheon of cookware. If you haven’t cooked on or eaten from a Smokey Joe, you have been robbed of something nearly and dearly American. It’s coated in a porcelain enamel, it’s sturdy on three legs, it’s less than 10 pounds and has two vents for airflow control (open for ripping hot, closed for slower cooks). It has enough cook space for three big steaks or six to seven burgers, and the thing is $40. That’s retail! It’s a dumb decision to sell something this good this cheap, and it’s even dumber not to pick one up for your backyard.
Bonus: Pickup cast-iron grill grates to take it to the next level. They gather and hold more heat and produce a far greater sear than the nickel grates that come standard.
Breville Bambino Plus This compact countertop adornment is loaded with convenient features. The machine’s single and double shots are pre-timed and only take one push of a button, grinds are pre-infused and the automatic milk frother has a heat sensor that turns it off once it’s ready. There’s also enough clearance on the machine to accommodate mugs of varying sizes.
Founders All Day IPA The session IPA, perfected. No session IPA has come close to challenging All Day’s dominance in the making of a complex, low ABV, light, always available India Pale Ale.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon It is ridiculous to say there is just one, all-encompassing, good-for-everything bourbon. There isn’t. But Buffalo Trace is, to our estimation, as close as it gets. Using the famous Buffalo Trace Distillery Mashbill #1, it’s a low-rye, smooth, reasonably aged, slightly hot on the tongue, well-priced bottle. In recent years it’s become a bit harder to track down, but it’s well worth it.
Global G2 It’s lightweight, affordable, durable and has soft edges. Its blade is narrow in the Japanese style but the forward-leaning balance splices it with Western knife DNA.
Traeger Ranger Wood Pellet Grill This is best tailgate smoker for a reasonable amount of money you can buy. That also makes it ideal for the kid-sized homeowner/renter. Though it’s called a grill, it’s really best used as a smoker, but with porcelain-coated cast-iron grates, it can achieve grill marks and char in due time. The Ranger runs off electricity, but it is fueled by wood pellets. This means that’s it’s fairly idiot-proof as well: plug the built-in meat thermometer into what you’re cooking, load the grill with pellets and fire it up. It’s that simple.
Boll & Branch Bath Towels Boll & Branch is famous for its superb sheets, so no wonder its towels — made from the same organic cotton — outperform the competition. The Bath Sheet is an oversized towel, but we like it because it stays dryer between washes. Don’t think you need the extra inches? You could always grab the regular Bath Towel for $10 less.
Knoll ReGeneration The ReGeneration is the affordable update to Knoll’s legendary Generation chair. ReGeneration adjusts to weight and weird leaning tendencies automatically with up to 270 degrees of posture change. It’s the proud owner of a Good Design Award, a huge 12-year warranty and a fair price tag.
Avocado Green Mattress Avocado’s Green Tea Mattress is a rare case of having your cake and eating it too. It has every organic and eco-conscious certification you could ask for, a 25-year warranty and prices effectively half of its nearest competition. It’s also just cozy as hell.
Boll & Branch Percale Solid Sheet Set There is nothing new about Boll & Branch’s mattress. It blends the best of the spring mattress era with the best of the memory foam mattress era. It comes with a 10-year warranty and every sustainability certification you could ask for.
Burrow Sofa Burrow’s approach to direct-to-consumer is to make less and better things. Its couch is a manifestation of this — it’s sturdy, customizable, modular, comes in leather and ships within a week. It’s got a subtle mid-century aesthetic that prides itself on blending into your home. Plus, it features a charging cable and very approachable $1,000 starting price point.
Roomba i7+ The i7+ is the only robot vacuum cleaner that’s ever been able to empty itself. It does so on a reasonably sized black command center called Clean Base that you plug into the wall. It can even detect when it’s full or jammed and go home to empty before finishing up its duties. The i7+ is one of very few vacuums that allows you to not only schedule cleans on your phone, but go as far as mapping your home and allowing you to select specific rooms for cleaning. Finally, it’s also able to identify the dirtiest area of your home and will run over those spots more often to ensure comprehensive cleaning.
Dyson V8 Animal Buying a brand new Dyson is a good way to burn a hole in your wallet. The V8 features more suction than anyone needs, solid battery life and full-machine HEPA filtration. It’s all you really need.
Husqvarna 701 Enduro The Husqvarna 701 Enduro proves an adventure motorcycle doesn’t have to be a massive, two-wheeled tank. Throw on a pair of saddlebags, a dry bag on the tail and a tank bag up front and you’ve got yourself a full-stocked lightweight ADV ready to tackle tight single track as soon as you set up camp.
2018 Cake Kalk There’s no denying the inevitable rise of all-electric motorcycles. The compact, lightweight architecture, lends itself beautifully to the technology and propulsion systems — the trick is trying to convince today’s and tomorrow’s riders of the gospel. The Cake Kalk is one of the first steps in showing new riders what the future of motorcycles might look like, with a fun, approachable, well-designed motorcycle with real-world performance and functionality.
Velomacchi 28L Speedway Backpack Not many backpacks can claim the same durability and functionality as the Velomacchi 28L Speedway. Using materials designed for special forces and the coast guard, Velomacchi built a bag made to take the abuse of almost any motorcycle ride, regardless of the elements. Where the 28L Speedway, stands out, though, like all of Velomachi’s products, is there isn’t anything on the bag that doesn’t have a function or works to keep you comfortable, even at highway speeds.
REV’IT! Bastille Gloves Rev’It made its name on perfectly over-engineered motorcycle gear for hard riding. But, when it tries its hand at a more subtle, less tactical style, like with the Bastille gloves, Rev’It still knocks it out of the park. The goatskin gloves are more at home on a cafe racer than an adventure bike, but you can rest easy, knowing Rev’It puts just as much energy into there gear, regardless of where the rider takes it.
AGV AX9 The AGV AX9 is the Italian brand’s new flagship adventure riding helmet and a serious step up from its predecessor, the AX8. The AX9 is a versatile multi-season motorcycle helmet and can be customized for different riding environments with a removable, visor, shield and chin vent.
Aether Mojave Jacket The Ramble Pants are further proof Aether is a master at blending form and function and coming up with an incredibly versatile product. Like the rest of Aether’s moto line, the Ramble Pants are capable of having D3O armor at the knees for protection when riding, but they work just as well as casual pants around town.
Aether Ramble Not many adventure riding motorcycle jackets can pull double duty as a casual everyday jacket, but the Aether Mojave gets the job done. There are interior pockets at the elbows, shoulders and back to hold armor to make it road-worthy and safe, but the minimalist style and design allow the Mojave to look appropriate almost anywhere.
Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layer Bottom Baselayers are the foundation of any layering system. Smartwool’s lightweight merino wool bottoms provide year-round versatility; summer or winter, whether you’re hiking or camping, snowboarding or trudging to work in the snow.
Burley D’lite Every detail of this bike trailer is considered for comfort, safety and versatility. This is the add-on you need if you’re an active parent who wants to bring their child, or children, along for the ride. It’s an investment for every parent who doesn’t want to put their hobby on the backburner.
Kammok Firebelly The Firebelly is designed to be everything you need ranging from a sleeping bag, top quilt, to hammock underquilt. The blanket is available in down- or synthetic-insulated versions with its synthetic option weighing in at 1.9 pounds. The synthetic-insulated Firebelly is made of Atmos nylon ripstop and measures 75″ by 52″.
Helinox Chair One Camp Chair Even compared to the smallest camp chairs, Helinox’s Chair One masters portability. It weighs less roughly two pounds and packs down smaller than most sleeping bags. Plus, it’s actually comfortable to sit in.
Gerber ComplEAT The ComplEAT is a funcitional multitool take on camp cutlery. The ComplEat is a modular, rather than fixed, piece of equipment that consists of a fork, spoon, spatula and mutli-use tool. The tool is small, compact and way more functional than a typical spork.
Osprey Stratos 24 The Stratos is a Goldilocks-approved daypack: it has enough space for a dusk-to-dawn adventure but isn’t so big that it’s overkill for hour-long hikes. Those include a spacious main compartment, smaller exterior pockets, attachments for trekking poles and an ice axe and an incredibly comfortable mesh back panel that Osprey expertly pulled over from its long-distance backpacking bags.
Black Diamond Spot 325 The Spot headlamp is bright, easily dimmable, includes useful red night vision, strobe and lock modes, and is waterproof in the rain and submersion up to one meter. All that, and it’s only $40 (so you don’t have to coddle it; put it through the wringer).
Tecnica Forge By using the same heat-molding technology that it brings to its ski boots, Tecnica has created a hiking boot that’s customizable to any pair of feet. It ensures that the fit is perfect and does away with lengthy (and painful) break-in periods. The only catch? You’ll have to find an authorized dealer to mold it.
Chaco Z2 Classic The sandal’s big toe loop is polarizing, but incredibly functional for the added leverage it gives while running up trails or over rocks. The sandal is podiatrist-approved for its super-supportive sole, and it’s the best shoe for long haul treks.
Patagonia Nano Puff Puffy jackets are the Swiss Army Knife of outdoor layers; they’re warm, lightweight and pack down tiny. Patagonia’s Nano Puff is one of the best available — not only does it hit all these targets but it’s also backed by the company’s replace or repair guarantee.
Leatherman Free P2 Leatherman reinvents its classic tool with magnetic opening and closing architecture, making the multi-tool from the stalwart brand easy to open with one hand. Surprisingly enough, the increased ease of use comes without compromise. The tool is still one you should expect to have around decades from now.
The James Brand Ellis The Ellis is a multi-tool, but not a 20-plus implement contraption that looks like a brick and weighs heavy in the pocket. It has a partially serrated knife, a scraper, a flathead screwdriver and a bottle opener; and that’s likely all you’ll need.
Hill City Waterproof Hooded Shell The Hooded Waterproof Shell is as straightforward as it gets in terms of what you need from a rain jacket. It has a number of pockets, is lightweight, has a cape-style back vent and is waterproof. It eliminates extraneous features and retains what matters in a versatile rain jacket that can be worn both on the trail and off.
Yeti Panga Like many Yeti products, what appears run-of-the-mill is actually innovation genius. The Panga has easily removable backpack straps, lash points on all sides and haul handles on either end. Speaking of those ends, they’re sturdy enough to keep this bag standing upright, and the bottom is padded with EVA foam, similar to the stuff in running shoes, to keep things protected when you decide to give the bag a toss. The Panga is also fully submersible thanks to a TIZIP airtight zipper. One way to test it? Close it up when the bag is empty and stand on it — not even a gasp will escape. It’s available in sizes of 50L, 75L and 100L.
Garmin InReach Mini What separates the Garmin InReach Mini from other satellite messengers is its size — it weighs only 3.5 ounces and its dimensions are 4 x 2 x 1 inches. And when you’re off the grid in the backcountry, which is mostly where you’d need a satellite messenger, cutting down on weight and size in your pack is crucial. With mostly comprabable battery life and reception (except under dense foliage), it’s the one to grab.
Nemo Equipment Dagger Tent Somewhere between ultralight and oversized is the Nemo Dagger. It is, technically, a backpacking tent, but Nemo designed it to max out interior volume so that you don’t feel claustrophobic inside. That makes it ideal for casual camping as well as multi-day treks.
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles These trekking poles are travel-friendly thanks to how light they are and how short they collapse. They’re light and nimble on the trail, making them perfect for experienced hikers and newbies.
Yeti Rambler 26oz There are hundreds of water bottles available today, but we like Yeti’s Rambler because it’s sufficiently rugged, has an oversized loop on its lid to attach to things and keeps drinks cold for longer than necessary. (Plus, the selection of matte colors is good-looking enough to make it hard to choose.)
Everlane Cashmere Crew A cashmere sweater is always welcome in the cooler months, but the price of traditional styles can be prohibitive. Everlane’s style offers a Grad-A cashmere in a classic silhouette for just $100 — hard to beat that.
Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger Originally designed for iron miners in Minnesota’s Mesabi Range, this boot features a double-layered toe to protect worker’s feet around heavy machinery. Made with an oil-resistant outer sole and speed lacing hooks, the Iron Ranger can be rebuilt after years of wear.
Wahl Beard Trimmer Made in the USA, this stainless steel beard trimmer features a Lithium-ion battery that delivers hours of performance on with one charge. The Model 9818 comes with four attachments and 12 T-Blade guide combs to achieve different length trims.
Harry’s Body Wash This affordable body wash come in three scents: shiso, stone and fig. Formulated to cleanse without drying, it is free of sulfates, parabens and dyes.
Brooks Brothers Regent Fitted Shirt Brooks Brothers iconic button-down shirt features a signature rolled collar, mother-of-pearl buttons and gusseted side seams. Made from American-grown Supima cotton, it is available in sizes 14.5 to 18 in four different silhouettes.
Gamma+ Italia Absolute Zero This lightweight shaver was designed to give a close shave without irritating the user’s skin. The Absolute Zero’s top feature is the hypoallergenic gold titanium foils that groove and flex comfortably around your face and neck.
Outerknown S.E.A. Jeans These jeans have a slim silhouette that sits at the waist and is slim through the thigh and down the leg. The 12-ounce organic cotton denim is sourced from the Candiani mill in Italy and the jeans are sewn at the industry-leading Saitex factory in Vietnam.
Away Bigger Carry-On Aluminum Edition This durable aluminum suitcase is designed to fit in the overhead bin of most airlines and is guaranteed to last a lifetime. Featuring spinner wheels, leather-wrapped handles and an interior compression system, it is one of the best values in hardsided luggage. If you’re looking to spend a little less, the non-aluminum version is the route to go.
Schott Classic Perfecto Leather Jacket (Style 118) This iconic motorcycle jacket is made from drum-dyed heavyweight steer hide. The style features an asymmetrical front zipper, belt snap-down lapels and zippered cuffs.
Lady White T-Shirts Lady White Co. shirts have premium details like tubular construction and double-needle binded collars. Made from American cotton, they are cut, sewn and knit in Los Angeles.
Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses Originally designed for military pilots, the Ray-Ban aviator features teardrop lenses and lightweight metal frames. And what’s more, the polarized green G-15 lenses are one of the best values on the market.
Vizio M-Series Quantum (2019) This is everything you want in a 4K TV. It produces a beautiful, bright picture with great contrast. It supports the major HDR formats, including HDR10 and Dolby Vision. It has thin bezels. Best of all, its 55- and 65-inch models come in at the sub-$1,000 mark.
KEF LSX Wireless Bookshelf Speakers This wireless speaker system is essentially a smaller and more versatile version of KEF’s acclaimed LS50 Wireless. It’s all-in-one hi-fi package that’s super easy to use; it can be connected to your TV or turntable, or stream straight from your smartphone. If you’re great stereo sound, this is what you want.
Nikon D850 The Nikon D850 is still our favorite full-frame DSLR. It combines high frame rate and high megapixels into one robust and reliable package. It’s also weather-sealed and fairly lightweight, making it a great camera for professional and amateur photographers alike.
Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB This turntable draws inspiration from the Technics SL-1200, and it takes more than its good looks. The USB output allows listeners to connect to their computer so they can digitalize records for electronic use. And the built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier lets listeners connect the turntable to external speakers for an incredible sound experience. The turntable also has DJ-friendly controls for tha amateur mixxer in you.
Leica Q2 The Leica Q2 is a fixed-lens, full-frame camera and one of our favorite Leica’s ever made. The Q2 takes the best features of its predecessor, the Leica Q, and fixes the former’s faults. It combines a 47-megapixel sensor, autofocus and image stabilization in one immensely stylish package, with a 28mm f/1.7 stabilized lens that performs well under pressure.
Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Camera The Sony a7R III is one of the best digital cameras you can buy. It’s also pretty expensive. Released in 2018, the Sony’s a7 III takes most everything that’s great about the a7R III and puts it into a more enthusiast-friendly package.
2018 MacBook Air Hands down, the 2018 MacBook Air is the best lightweight laptop for most people. It’s thin, fast and powerful. Best of all, it has some of the MacBook Pro’s best features, such as Touch ID and a beautiful Retina display.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 The Bose Headphones 700 are the company’s new flagship noise-canceling headphones — and for good reason. The Headphones 700 feauture an all-new transparency mode designed to give you the clearest phone call possible. They’ve also adopted other modern features, like on-earcup swipe controls, USB-C charging and Bluetooth 5.0.
Anker Soundcore Space The Soundcore Space NC headphones are extremely affordable and deliver better-than-average sound quality. They’re also very comfortable, too, and have a collapsible design making them easy to travel with. The battery life, even in wireless and ANC modes, is likewise exceptional.
ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 ELAC, a German brand that’s well-established in Asia and Europe, is becoming more pronounced in the North American market with the Debut 2.0. The speakers feature a two-way Bass Reflex, a 6.5″ Aramid fiber woofer and a 1″ cloth dome tweeter. Users can move the bass port to the front without compromising sound performance when placed up against a wall. The quality of the speakers is better than one would expect for the price point.
Ultimate Ears Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 and, its bigger, louder counterpart, the Megaboom 3, boast clear sound quality with notable midrange separation. The Megaboom 3, in particular, has exceptional bass, especially when put head-to-head with the competition. The Boom 3 lasts up to 15 hours, and the Megaboom 3 can run for up to 20 hours. An upgrade to the two speakers is having the charging port moved to the bottom so users can charge their speakers and still listen to their music. Users with multiple UE speakers can pair them in a “party mode” feature.
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Not having to replace the entire current deadbolt you have is a huge plus for the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect — you have to remove the back half of it. But after installing it you’ll be able to still use your current keys to lock and unlock your door. You can also use August’s other smart home devices as well as Nest’s line of smart home products, making this one of the most versatile options out there.
Samsung Galaxy S10 The Galaxy 10 has set the standard for future Android phones. Samsung’s new flagship smartphone has a fingerprint-reading screen that is easy and secure to use; a rear-facing, three-camera system takes gorgeous photos; and wireless power share means the phone can charge devices that are Qi-compatibile. The Galaxy 10 is one of the most beautiful and advanced phones out there.
Wyze Cam Pan This 1080p smart security camera gives you a 360-degree view of a room with the ability to pan, tilt and zoom all from a tiny little package. The camera can track objects once they enter view, but there is no facial recognition. The Wyze Cam Pan has night vision, push notifications, two-way audio, cloud and on-board storage, all without the need to sign up for a subscription.
Sonos One Sonos’s first smart speaker works great on its own; it’s sort of like a prettier and better-sounding Echo. It really flexes its speaker muscles as part of a larger Sonos system. You can integrate into a multi-room setup or as part of a 5.1 surround sound system. It makes a great gift for anybody who already has a Sonos speaker, or even somebody who doesn’t.
Apple Watch Series 4 The Apple Watch is hands down the best smartwatch for anybody with an iPhone, but that’s been the case for years. The Series 4 differentiates itself with a swath of new fitness and wellness features. It’s also the first Apple Watch in years to have a big hardware redesign in years, making it an easy pick as one of the best 100 products released in 2018. If you’re looking to save a little money, skip the option equipped with cellular data connection. The flexiblity to take calls or stream media without having your phone on hand is something most buyers realistically don’t need.
Sonos Beam The great thing about any Sonos speaker, other than its sound quality, is that it comes with great software and an intuitive companion app — and the Sonos Beam is no different. You just plug the soundbar in, and then the app walks you through how to correctly connect it to your TV. The same app can even tune the speakers so it’s optimized for your room. Most importantly, the speaker ships with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant as well as support for Google Home, Apple HomeKit and AirPlay 2, which few soundbars do.
Apple AirPods 2 If you have an iPhone, you need the Apple AirPods. The second-generation AirPods is an improvement to its debut model in every way. The earbuds pair faster, maintain their battery life better and improved mics make phone calls clearer. The new model has the same sound quality as its predecessor with the addition of being able to summon Siri with a voice command. These headphones are designed with Apple products in mind, but are a solid pair of wireless earbuds nonetheless.
Orient Mako II Dive Watch There are affordable dive watches, and then there are those with mechanical movements which can often be found for under $150 and yet are truly built to last. The Orient Mako II is all of that and gives you the (in-house) Orient F6922 automatic movement with hand-winding capability and hacking seconds, a precise 120-click bezel, mineral crystal, 41.5mm steel case on a steel bracelet, and 200m of water resistance.
IWC Big Pilot The Big Pilot watch has a huge 46.2mm case diameter giving the watch plenty of space on the dial for a power reserve sub-dial and date window. The watch features automatic movement with a reserve of seven days, and the timepiece is water resistant up to six bar.
Hermes Slim d’Hermes The Slim d’Hermés is a beautiful and refined timepiece from the French luxury brand. French graphic designer Philippe Apeloig designed the numerals on the watch face, adding to the timepieces’ elegance and character. The watch is complemented by a black alligator watch strap, and the watch features an in-house ultra-thin movement from Hermés.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel The Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel is a limited series of 100 pieces that feature hand-guilloché enamel dials in a beautiful, translucent deep blue. The timepiece also features an incredibly thin white gold 39mm case, the JLC Caliber 925 automatic movement with 70-hour power reserve, newly redesigned hour markers and a newly redesigned moon phase for improved clarity and detail.
Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical The Khaki Field Mechanical watch is the best under-$500, Swiss-made mechanical watch you can buy. The piece looks exactly like the field watches from the ’40s albeit with a bigger size, 38mm, and cleaned-up dial. The Khaki Field Watch has an ETA 2804-2 hand-winding movement that’ll make watch enthusiasts and newbies swoon. The watch has a stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, and is water-resistant up to 50 meters. The watch is clean and compact, offering all of the utility and style of a classic solider’s watch.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch The watch that accompanied the first humans to the Moon in 1969 not only has an unbeatable story, but a totally timeless look. Selected by NASA to withstand the rigors of space travel, it was built to a high standard and has only improved with technological developments in its modern incarnation. While featuring cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, its design, 42mm steel case, and in-house chronograph movement have remained remarkably consistent with the original. Omega’s Moonwatch easily rises above the crowd as an uncontroversially special chronograph watch.
Rolex Submariner Budget option it is not, but Rolex cuts no corners and builds a better dive watch than about anyone else. There is a reason that a Rolex represents so much more than a watch to so many people, and the Submariner exemplifies the brand like no other. The Submariner has earned its reputation with unparalleled quality and longevity in just about every sense with a 40mm steel case and unbeatable in-house automatic movement. You can actually dive with it, wear it with a suit like James Bond, and pass it on to your offspring.
Crown & Buckle Supreme NATO The Supreme NATO strap is inspired by high-end “seatbelt-style” NATO straps. The nylon weave is dense and tight, which provides a smoothness that accurately replicates a seatbelt. The nylon is comfortable on the wrist because of the strap’s smoothness, but is also incredibly durable. The keepers have beveled edges, and the buckle is thin and supple, yet still sturdy.
Monta Skyquest The Monta Skyquest offers exceptional value for a GMT without sacrificing any functionality. The Skyquest features Selitta SW330 movement with independently-adjustable GMT hand and date at 6 o’clock, a bi-directional 24-hour ceramic or steel bezel, a screw-down crown and case back offering 304m of water resistance, a choice of steel Oyster-style bracelet or a vulcanized rubber strap in black or blue (plus a NATO strap with either option), two dial colors, and a 42-hour power reserve. The timepiece understands its GMT legacy and builds on a new one.
Casio G-Shock Classic The G-Shock in its many forms is not only incredibly durable but inexpensive, meaning it is the ultimate go-to watch for outdoor or any physical activities. With a highly accurate Japanese quartz movement, the versions that feature solar charging will be reliable in every situation. It is also a design icon and quite comfortable in the classic square shape that introduced it to the world in 1983.
CREMAX Watch Repair Kit Changing straps and sizing bracelets are the kind of tinkering that actually adds to the satisfaction of watch ownership, and amateur enthusiasts can easily learn to do it themselves. You just need a few basic tools, and they needn’t be expensive. This kit includes basically all you need — anything more should really be performed by a trained watchmaker anyway — and it comes in a compact and convenient case for hardly a few bucks.
Worn & Wound Strap Changing Multi-Tool This strap-changing tool uses two capped ends that each holds a reversible bit held in place with a gasket — so they are very easy to change and no rethreading is required. You get four tools: a 0.8mm poker, a 1.6mm fork, a 1.4mm flat-head, and a 1.8mm flat-head screwdriver. Each end has a screw-on cap to protect it, obviating the need for a special case.
Brew Retrograph This watch has a rectangular case and its markers include a timer for pulling an espresso shot. The watch’s chornograph movement is a hybrid meca-quartz. You’ll have no regrets buying this watch.
Seiko Prospex SPB051J1 The SPB051J1 is a reissue of Seiko’s first dive watch, the 6217, which originally debuted in 1965. The new iteration houses Seiko’s 6R15 automatic movement and is water-resistant to 200 meters, with a case diameter clocking in at 42.6mm.
Friction Ball Watch Case Opener If you need to open the back of a watch, this cheap tool will work for many watches that use a screw-down case back. We don’t recommend doing this yourself without good reason, but if you need to, we do recommend this tool for its cost and ease of use.
Worn and Wound EDC Watch Pouch This is a handy and durable way to carry a watch and keep it safe from scuffs alongside your other gear. Made with 1000D nylon, neoprene, and shock cord it’s got purposeful design livened up with some great-looking color options.
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