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Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones

If you’re after a set of sleek but unquestionably functional headphones, the P3 model by Bowers & Wilkins will be music to your ears, literally.

They’ve been designed from the ground up to give the best sound possible from what are still small and manageable headphones. With features that we’ll never truly understand, like a unique damping system and a repositioning of the terminals to optimize airflow around the drive units, we can at least appreciate the incredible result.

As they point out, the material used to cover the pads is an acoustic fabric that also looks good, not the other way around. It provides better bass and noise insulation and the foam of the pads even mold to the shape of your ears.

The P3’s are foldable, which is always great for storage and travelling, and they come in a hard case for further protection when not in use.

They work seamlessly with the iPhone of course and any other Apple device as well as all other mp3 players, allowing everyone to experience unparalleled sound and style.

Scott Genius Trail Bike

For a trail bike to rule them all, Scott brings you their new Genius models: the 900 and 700. Designed to handle, as they put it, “Any Trail, Anytime,” this pair of beasts are full-suspension chassis bikes with slight differences between the two depending on what you’re after.

The 900 has 130mm of travel and all the benefits of a 29″ wheel whilst avoiding any negative effects that occur when forcing too much travel onto the wheel size. The 700, on the other hand, takes advantage of a completely different and new wheel standard that is slightly smaller at 27.5” and allows for a larger travel range of 150mm.

Despite the difference in wheel sizes, both versions of the Genius are almost identical geometrically, resulting in equally improved handling and stability.

The Genius had evolved significantly over the last decade and the latest offering is genuinely quite possibly one of the best trail bikes available. True to their name, it’s a stroke of genius.

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select

A special edition whiskey available for a limited time, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select has been created to honor Frank Sinatra’s fifty-year friendship with Jack Daniel’s. It turns out Sinatra was a big fan of the Jack Daniel’s brand and this latest whiskey offering is an homage to the two American icons. It’s been “matured in proprietary oak barrels for a bold flavor, timeless character and exceptional smoothness” and the vessel in which it comes in itself is unique: taller and sleeker than a traditional JD whiskey bottle with a weighted base, an embossed metal shoulder label, and a Jack Daniel’s Country Club logo that was created by Frank himself. The bottle and the liquor both seek to reflect Sinatra’s sleek and stylish look and his timeless good taste, and it appears they have succeeded. You’ll be able to get your hands on your very own bottle of Sinatra Select in the coming months from high-end retail stores and major airports worldwide, so be on the lookout.

Arc’teryx LEAF Atom SV Hoody Multicam

Designed to withstand the elements encountered by those in Law Enforcement and the Armed Forces (that’s what LEAF stands for), the Atom SV Hoody Multicam by Arc’teryx LEAF will keep you warm and dry even when you really shouldn’t be.

It’s a mid weight insulated hood style jacket that provides ultimate core warmth, no matter how adverse the weather conditions. It’s your perfect companion whatever the challenge, be it  “special recon tasks, rotary wing aircraft mounted or ground mobility vehicle mounted direct assault tasks,” you name it.

The Atom SV is incredibly light and breathable, and utilizes Arc’teryx-developed Coreloft™ insulation, which has a very high warmth-to-weight ratio and the advantage of retaining its warmth when wet. The insulation structure is also resilient enough to resist compacting so it can be stored and returned to full loft repeatedly without sacrificing performance.

To put it bluntly: it’s one bad-ass jacket.

Jetboil Sol Ti Cooking System

If exploring the outdoors is your thing and you need something to fuel your passion – literally – we have the answer: the Jetboil Sol Ti cooking system.

This upright canister cooking system is the ultimate way to boil water fast and efficiently, no matter what the season. The main unit weighs a ridiculous 8.5 ounces and features the Jetboil Thermo-Regulate™ Burner Technology to deliver consistent heat output down to temperatures as low as 20˚ F (-6˚ C).

It’s an all-in-one solution with an integrated burner base and 0.8 Liter FluxRing cooking cup, has a reliable push-button lighter, and the lid features a pourable spout and strainer or can be drunk from directly.

The package also comes with a pot support and stabilizer tripod, an insulating cozy, and the bottom cover doubles as a bowl and measuring cup.

It truly is an all-in-one solution and it truly is awesome.


Samsung GALAXY Camera

If you’re in the market for a new camera then definitely consider the new Samsung GALAXY Camera. It’s pretty cool: think smartphone-cool but for your camera.

It’s a great looking device and has many features that ultimately make taking great photos easier like the “Smart Pro Mode,” which allows you to easily choose the right setting for your particular situation. And that’s always a good thing.

It also shoots video and records at an amazing 120 frames per second and 720×480 resolution, allowing you to playback your footage in slow-motion with crystal clear quality.

There’s an in-camera editor that utilizes the 4.77″ HD Super Clear Touch Display, voice control feature so you can tell it what to do without pressing buttons, and also the ability to share your photos with other devices via WiFi.

As you’ve probably guessed, we’re only scratching the surface here.


Green Day ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, ¡TRE! Digital Box Set

For all you die hard Green Day fans, this will be a package you won’t want to miss!

Signing up for the new ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, ¡TRE! digital box set not only gets you the three new digital albums – Uno, Dos, and Tre – delivered on the same day as their street date, but a heap of other perks too.

You automatically get a year’s membership to the Idiot Club, which gets you access to tickets for their upcoming tours before the general public among other things as well as a digital version of their documentary film, a bonus digital single of “Stray Heart” and four exclusive music video downloads.

It looks like Christmas has come early for all you Green Day fans. And hey, even if you’re not one of them, we all know someone who is. This might just be their Christmas present sorted.


Sennheiser IE 800 Earphones

It’s amazing how much technology can advance in even the smallest, most seemingly simple products. Like the new IE 800 earphones by Sennheiser.

These German-designed bad boys feature ground-breaking technological advancements that we’ll never fully understand, but we can sure appreciate.

There’s the extra wide band (XWB) transducer system, which with a diameter of only 7 mm, makes it the smallest extra wide-band sound transducer available in dynamic ear canal phones. And to the layman, this means incredible, distortion-free sound quality.

The IE 800’s also feature other significant improvements over previous models including state-of-the-art dampened two chamber absorbers (D2CA) and better ergonomically designed, oval-shaped ear adaptors.

They’re made from only the highest quality materials like scratch-resistant ceramic meaning they don’t just perform well, but look awesome too. And stay that way.

Frankly, there’s no better way to enjoy music on the go.