Ben Dahl

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John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion

John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion is the renowned fashion designer's personal collection of more than 250 images, shot by top rock photographers, running the gamut from the late 60s until the present. There's also commentary and captions from Varvatos about the artist and the look, and quotes from musicians you might ... continue reading
$18+ buy Related Items: Books, Media.
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Rocki WiFi Music System

Just about every brand that builds something with a microchip you can buy at a big box store makes a bluetooth speaker. Just in case you haven't figured it out yet, most of them suck. And the ones that don't are so prohibitively expensive that you'd be insane to buy them. Then there's the fact that it's still bluetooth, ... continue reading
$49+ buy Related Items: Audio, Tech.
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MeUndies Sale – 30% OFF SPONSORED

It's been dubbed the "world’s most comfortable" underwear, and priced at nearly half of its competitors ($16). After years of research and development and a "24 hour" stress test, MeUndies has created the perfect, contour fitting boxer brief that keeps its shape all day and never rides up. The first 500 Cool Material readers get 30% off orders larger than $75 when using code CM75. Not impressed? MeUndies offers a full refund and lets you even keep your first pair. Offer excludes packs and French Terry. ... check it out
$16 buy
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Orbitkey

We're gonna take a shot in the dark that you hate jingling keys as much as we do. It's not the end of the world by any stretch of the imagination, but it's really annoying when you're trying to exercise--even if that only means running for the bus. That said, there are a few options on the market that turn your entire ... continue reading
$22 buy Related Items: Home.
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The Curious Bartender

If we're being completely honest, we don't make classic cocktails at home. Neat, on the rocks or out of the bottle are just too easy and satisfying to warrant keeping two kinds of vermouth, simple syrup and bitters on hand at all times. Normally we'd prefer paying a little more and getting it from the hand of an experienced ... continue reading
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The Move Mini Bolt-Action Pen

Kickstarter pens and an EDC load out go together like peanut butter and jelly around these parts. Actually, we go one step further than that. No EDC kit is complete without a quality pen. A lot of the really good options you have for writing instruments these days are based on, or started as, pens from Kickstarter. ... continue reading
$48+ buy Related Items: Home, Pens, Write.
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Nixon Industrial Craft Collection

Newer brands looking back on vintage creations for influence is nothing new--especially in the world of watches--but that doesn't always mean the endeavor ends as successfully as Nixon's foray into the vintage influence / work-wear inspiration area. The Industrial Craft Collection is described as "a story that's meant ... continue reading
$200+ buy Related Items: Men's Watches, Style.
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Joby Action Series

The first thing we think of when people start talking about tripods isn't the three-legged, fixed-position piece of hardware that our Dad used to shoot with a film camera, it's a Joby Gorillapod. The product is just too damn flexible to be messing around with a full tripod in most circumstances. It packs easily in ... continue reading
$15+ buy Related Items: Cameras, Phones, Tech.
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The Chart of Hand Tools

Sneakers. Cocktails. Cameras. Coffee. Breweries. Rap Names. More Cocktails. Beer. The people at Pop Chart Lab can find just about anything to turn into an awesome print that we want to hang on the walls. What will they come up with next? Glad you asked. It's a chart of over 300 meticulously illustrated hang tools, ... continue reading
$32 buy Related Items: Art, Home.
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Unis Ford Italian Cotton Twill Chinos

We don't talk about pants that aren't jeans all that often because most of them have suffer from the same design flaw--they're not made for "real" guys. We like: biking to work, building things with our hands, eating cheeseburgers and drinking beer. Unis' new Ford chinos are made with the same high-quality Italian ... continue reading
$149 buy Related Items: Clothing, Style.
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Apollo Technical Pen and Drafting Scale

Do we need another pen from Kickstarter? Probably not. Did we back the Apollo Technical Pen and Tri-Scale anyway? Of course. Why? We have a problem with gorgeous writing instruments. The Apollo has a lot in common with the first Kickstarter pen because of the pen/ruler combo, refills and materials, but it approaches ... continue reading
$59+ buy Related Items: Gear, Pens.
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The Bluelace Project

We've seen quite a few product testing videos that we thought were good, but testing a pair of shoelaces by having American strongman Matt Mills pull a 13,000 pound truck is probably the best. The Bluelace Project is based on a pair of high-density, triple braided, double-waxed, canvas, blue 51" shoelaces with aluminum ... continue reading
$5+ buy Related Items: Shoes, Style.
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LL Bean Camo West Branch Duffle

This might as well be the bag equivalent of peanut butter and jelly. LL Bean stuff lasts forever. Camo is all the rage. Put the two of them together, throw on some handles and surprise, surprise, it's a bag we're genuinely ok paying for. All kidding aside, both of those statements are actually true. LL Bean products ... continue reading
$85 buy Related Items: Bags, Gear.
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Pencil Stylus by FiftyThree

Paper by FiftyThree remains one of our favorite iPad apps to this day. We hate in-app purchases as much as everyone else reading this, but the additional "brushes" and mixer were actually worth the coin. And yeah, there are other apps with features we would like (import, duplicate, etc.) integrated into Paper, but ... continue reading
$50+ buy Related Items: Tech.
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Recycled CRT Glass Coasters

If you're anything like us, purchasing decisions don't really start with, "is this product green/organic/recycled?" It's a significant factor once we decide we need a new bag, dog food or a kitchen table, but it doesn't start the conversation. If these new Recycled CRT Glass Coasters are any indication, maybe it should. ... continue reading
$35 buy Related Items: Coasters, Home.
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Grasshopper Vaporizer

We don't normally say "best *insert product here* ever" because tastes are subjective, and there are lots of different products on the market in each sector. But seriously, the Grasshopper Vaporizer might be best vaporizer ever. This isn't the kind of portable vaporizer you pick up at the corner headshop, this thing ... continue reading
$99 buy Related Items: Home, Paraphernalia.