2015 Volkswagen Golf R

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Volkswagen has upped the ante with it’s flagship performance hatch, the Golf R.  For 2013 the car gets a much needed power increase to 290 horsepower. Although the power is increased, fuel economy is actually boosted by 18%.  The Golf R utilizes a fifth generation Haldex® all wheel drive system that delivers power where it’s needed most. A new traction control system and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with four driving modes (Eco, Comfort, Normal, and Race) and a user customized Individual setting ensures the most fun in any condition. The engine is a tweaked version of the GTI’s powerplant, which was subjected to a motorsports-style development program. Buy (TBA) More pictures after the jump… Continue reading 2015 Volkswagen Golf R

neff Face Masks

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As temperatures drop to historical lows, it’s incredibly important to keep all exposed area covered when venturing outdoors.  Why not do it with style and hilarity? Neff has a great line of face masks that keep you warm everywhere from the slopes to the morning commute.  With many styles to choose from, you can’t go wrong with such a colorful array of awesome. Three vent holes let you breathe while the 100% polyester construction keeps out the cold and wind.  Buy ($28+)

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Jiberish Padded Chambray Work Shirt

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Jiberish is known for their offbeat styles and snow sports fashion focus. Based in Denver with boutiques in Denver, Boston and Park City, this clothing shop has some truly unique designs, peppered with an outdoorsy appeal. The Padded Chambray Work Shirt is perfect for those cold weather days when a standard button up just doesn’t cut it. The slim fit design offers a nice shape, while the snap up buttons make it easy on, easy off. A sewn in diamond stitched inside thermal layer keeps you toasty, while the chambray outer keeps you looking sharp. Buy($90)

Anon M2 Goggle

The M2 from Anon is a revolutionary new way to goggle. It is a essentially a frameless design that utilizes 16 rare earth magnets integrated into the carrier liner to secure the lens to the frame. The lens is held on with 22lbs of retention force, and has been tested to stay on even in heavy impact situations. Wall to wall construction keeps the lens closer to your face, providing a much better peripheral range of vision. Anon offers a lens for every light condition, and their ICT (Integral Clarity Technology) ensures crystal clear vision, regardless of conditions. The spherical lens mimics the human eye to reduce distortion. The M2 also comes with an extra lens.  Buy ($239.95)

Bublcam

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Bublcam is a 360° HD video camera.  It has 4 embedded camera lenses that surround the spherical device, which is slightly larger than a baseball. Four solid aluminum die-cast structural rings ensure that this camera is as rugged as can be. Capable of recording 1080p video on all four lenses, which can then be stitched together using proprietary software, or converted into equirectangular video. Bublcam can also capture stunning panoramic photos. The unit has built in Wi-Fi so you can live stream video directly to your PC or mobile device. Pre-Order ($499+CAD)

Coin

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In this day and age, nobody carries cash anymore.  The preferred currency is plastic, and we tend to have a lot of it. Between bank cards, credit cards, gift cards and store specific cards it’s hard to keep track of them all. Coin is a connected device that can store and work like all the cards you currently carry.  Now you can leave your cards safely at home. With Coin you can select between cards with the button on the device.  Only the last four digits of the card will show on the digital display.  Coin can be swiped just like any other credit card, and can hold up to eight different cards. If Coin is separated from your phone, at a certain distance you will receive a notification.  The future is now, and it’s time to get rid of all that extra wallet bulk. Pre-Order before December 14 and save 50%.  Pre-order ($50)

KeySmart

At gearplug, we seem to have an unhealthy fixation on key and lock related products as evidenced here, here, here, and here. A new addition to our key obsession is KeySmart, a veritable Swiss Army key fob. The standard KeySmart holds up to 4 keys in a sleek and compact frame, and is expandable to hold up to 50 keys. Available in standard 53mm and +EXT 73mm frames, the KeySmart is the perfect way to reduce key bulk in your pocket and keep all your keys organized.  Options include a wide range of colors and also a KeySmart with an integrated 16gb USB.  Also available are lightweight key blanks in a variety of colors. Buy ($20+)

SOLOSHOT

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Filming yourself is not an easy task.  The advent of action POV cameras such as the GoPro and Contour has helped amateur videographers catch themselves on tape without the help of a cameraman.  These are great, but are usually only good for close shots either attached to the user or somewhere near, and only provide a fairly static shot.  SOLOSHOT helps you get those long panning shots all by yourself, of yourself, automatically. Continue reading SOLOSHOT

Woolrich X Topo Designs Klettersack

The Woolrich X Topo Designs Klettersack was born from the pairing of two great American brands. Topo’s classic Klettersack is refreshed with Woolrich’ high-quality, made in the USA, woolen fabric. The sack is great for hiking, commuting, and travel.  The Klettersack features heavy duty plastic hardware, shoulder straps with d-rings, leather lash tabs, an inner drawstring closure to keep the elements out, laptop sleeve and zippered top pocket, and two side pockets. The 22.4L pack is available in Buffalo Plaid and Charcoal Stripe. Buy ($249) Continue reading Woolrich X Topo Designs Klettersack

Volcom Baldface Guide GORE-TEX Jacket

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With ski and snowboard season upon us, it’s time to step up the gear game with some real technical outerwear that actually keeps you warm and dry.  The Volcom Baldface Guide jacket is made of a three layer laminate GORE-TEX fabric, with fully taped seams and breathable mesh inner fabric. The jacket also features Volcom’s Zip Tech® jacket to pant interface, which is a must when riding through deep powder or wet snow. A built in face mask is sure to keep your exposed face warm, while AquaGuard® water-proof zippers keep wind and water out.  The Baldface was made with ski and snowboard guides in mind; known for subjecting their equipment to some of the worst elements of winter and who require gear that is up to the task. Buy($499)

Sennheiser PMX 685i SPORTS

The new PMX 685i SPORTS headphones from Sennheiser are exactly what we’ve been looking for to step up our running game.  Running is not the easiest of physical activities, and those that are not in love with the sport can always use a bit of motivation.  Music is a great way to kick oneself into gear and get moving. The problem is most headphones are not designed for running and are either uncomfortable or fall out.  The ones that are made for sports usually sacrifice sound quality for a more athletic design.  The high-output drivers in the PMX SPORTS serve up a healthy dose of natural stereo sound while the in-ear design functions to keep your situational awareness of your surroundings in check. The 685i are comfortable, sweat and water resistant neckband style headphones that are rugged and durable. They can be rinsed off under the faucet to remove grime and perspiration. The monocoque design ensures that the phones will not fall off during activity, something earbuds are notorious for.  Buy($62)

SkyBell WiFi Doorbell

The SkyBell is the best of both worlds when it comes to doorbells and peepholes.  SkyBell is WiFi enabled and allows you to see, speak to, and hear the person at your door, wherever you are.  Even if they don’t ring the bell, SkyBell has a motion sensor that will detect their presence and send you a notification that someone was at your door.  It is designed to work in all climates, and the video feed can be enabled from anywhere.  Know that your home is safe and secure when you’re away. Setup is easy, as SkyBell uses your existing doorbell wiring. The camera also has a night vision sensor and the unit is constructed from UV plastics, which prevent rust and don’t block WiFi signal.  Buy ($169.95)

FUBi Folding Bike

FUBi Bike is one of the most compact folding bikes on the market.  The frame itself folds down to fit into a tennis racket bag.  The greatest part is that when the bike is unfolded, it looks like a normal bike and not a compact oddity with tiny wheels.  It can be folded with the wheels connected or detached for an even smaller footprint. FUBi is also configurable with three different wheel sizes; the narrow road rim, the city/gravel rim, and the mountain rim.  This allows the bike to function in a number of environments. FUBi comes in three sizes: 25″, 26″ and 28″. FUBi ships in May for £1,499, but you can order one through their Kickstarter campaign HERE for £989, shipping April 2014.  Continue reading FUBi Folding Bike

Fitbit Force

simple.b-dis-jpg.h8417ccdb9576e398e8d318c3ac2e4653Fitbit has updated their fitness tracking wristband with the new Fitbit Force.  The Force allows you to keep real time fitness stats right on your wrist. Force tracks steps taken, distance traveled, stairs climbed, calories burned, and active minutes during the day.  At night, the Fitbit can track quality of sleep, hours slept, and has a silent wake up alarm.  Soon the Force will also show call notifications.  The wristband uses Bluetooth 4.0 to automatically update and sync to your computer or smartphone. Its water-resistant design allows you to do all your normal activities without worry of damaging the device. All of your fitness trends are tracked on your personal dashboard within the fitbit app or on your computer. Buy (129.95)

Nest Protect

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The Nest Protect is the newest product in Nest’s line of smart home devices.  The Protect is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector that takes the annoying factor out of the smoke detector equation.  Before an emergency, the Protect gives you a heads up warning using a human voice, not an obnoxious beep.  If you’ve simply burned your bacon, you can just wave your hand under the Protect to hush it. The voice of the Protect tells you what the emergency is and where it has been detected. If you happen to own a Nest thermostat, the CO detector on the Protect will automatically turn off your gas furnace if it detects carbon monoxide. (Pre-order $129) Continue reading Nest Protect

Foldylock

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Foldylock is an incredibly sturdy bike lock that folds to fit into a compact case that you can mount on your bike or toss in a backpack. Constructed of six hardened steel links sheathed in plastic to protect your bikes frame from scratches.  The Foldylock unfolds to a total length of 90cm (just under 3′) and weighs in at 1.5kg (3.3lbs).  The lock is rust free, and the manufacturer claims it has been subjected to rigorous salt bath testing with incredible results. Foldylock features anti-drilling rivets and cylinder secured in a hardened steel housing, its a tough lock to crack. Buy ($80 Kickstarter) Continue reading Foldylock

GoPro Hero3+

We’ve always been fans of GoPro’s line of action cameras, in fact we’ve written a few other posts on their cameras and accessories that utilize them, here, here, and here. This week they introduced the latest iteration of their camera line, the Hero3+ Black Edition.  The is smaller, lighter, and faster than the already amazing Hero3 Black. You still get the same awesome features; 12MP photos, burst mode, up to 4K resolution.  The 3+ also gives you 30% longer battery life, 4X faster WiFi connectivity, 20% smaller and lighter than previous models, a sharper lens, and vastly improved low light performance.  All this in a camera that’s about the size of a box of matches. SuperView™ ‘captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective’. This is THE action sports camera. Buy ($399.99) Check out some footage after the jump. Continue reading GoPro Hero3+

Burton X Red Wing Leather Ion Snowboard Boot

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With snowboard season just around the corner, it’s time to throw away your worn out 5 year old boots and pick up a set that will last you just as long.  The Burton Ion Red Wing Collaboration boot combines the superior tech of Burton’s best boot with the timeless look of Red Wing Shoe leather.  With Speed Zone lacing you’ll be on the hill in no time. EVA cushioning and snow-proof lining will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable all day long. Shrinkage footprint technology allows for the boot’s footprint to be effectively one size smaller, to keep toe drag to a minimum while making the boot lighter and more responsive. Buy ($479.95)

Juicies+ Premium Charging Cables

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It seems that we’ve been posting a lot of cables lately.  Charging your device is almost as essential as breathing, and a simple cable is the best solution to charging your device.  Juices+ Cables, like the Eastern Collective Cables use a woven cable for a durable, tangle free design.  The cables come in Gold, Silver, and Black. Where they differ in their design, the Juices+ use anodized aluminum connectors instead of plastic.  For some phone users (iPhone 5, 5S, HTC One, Nokia models) this is very attractive, as it matches the material their phone is constructed with. These cables are licensed by Apple for use, so you will never have any compatibility issues. This project has already surpassed its Kickstarter goal by over 400%, but you can still get in the game and grab yourself one of these cables for just $18. Get one today!

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Pintofeed

Pintofeed is an automated pet feeder.  Unlike most automatic feeders on the market, Pintofeed uses wifi to allow you to feed your pets from anywhere in the world.  The device can learn your pet’s typical feeding times and will create a feeding schedule based on this. When your pet is fed you will receive a notification instantly on your phone.  The app allows you to control multiple feeders, access for multiple users, and lets you monitor your pet’s intake against national averages. Pintofeed works with food sized from 1/4″ to 7/8″ pebbles and the 5 or 10 pound repository seals in freshness to keep food from going stale. Video after the jump. Preorder ($179) Continue reading Pintofeed