Casio’s Edifice Black Label is one of those atomic timekeeping watches—it syncs wirelessly with signals worldwide—that looks like it could survive an atomic blast. Rugged, water resistant to 330 feet, and decidedly macho, the EQWM1100DC-1A2 model also tracks 29 world city times, is solar powered, and has a stopwatch accurate to 1/1000 second (starting at $250; www.casio.com).
The Poc Sports Am might be the perfect sunglass. Just this week, two people have stopped me, said, “whoa, who makes those?” Then they grabbed the Ams off my face and tried to abscond with them.
Attention getting doesn’t equal flawless, though. Why these glasses rock is only fractionally about their distinctively happy oversized styling. It’s much more the lens quality, which is excellent all the way to the edges, and the coverage, with seems as ample as that of goggles without looking dorkly. And the photochromic transition from light to dark, so you can rock them in the beach house and stroll out to the sand without switching. And the lens material, NXT, which was developed for the military to be as close to bulletproof as possible and is guaranteed by Poc to be unbreakable (and is far clearer than polycarbonate).
It all adds up to a sunglass so good looking people want to steal it off your face and so functionally excellent that you’ll bust our every ninja move in the book to keep it there ($235).
We love taking great pictures. But we hate looking like someone carrying thousands of dollars of camera gear (a look known as “please rob me”). This Ona Union Street camera bag, the Clark Kent of camera bags, keeps all your gear safely tucked away, so you can shoot like Superman. Read the full review.
Osprey’s svelte 46-liter Hornet backpack is so light and compact that at first glance you might think it’s little more than a daypack best suited for casual meanderings. But the pack easily expands and stretches to transform into a smartly designed overnighter. Two elements make this a great weekender: First, the careful use of lightweight fabrics and materials keeps the weight at a pound and a half, and second, the judicious use of flexible mesh means you can fill the top loader with essential items and stuff the extras into the large, stretchy side and front pockets ($159; www.ospreypacks.com).