With 2013 coming to an end, we thought it would only be right to put together some of our favorite gear from this past year. There have been a number of new innovative and incredible products released through out the year, from Beats by Dre new Wireless Studio Headphones to 2014 Corvette Stingray. Here is what we see as The 2013 Gear Of The Year. Happy New Year from Vanity Drift to you.
With its rugged waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and almost any other “proof” you can think of, this versatile camera will capture the image you want with no excuses. Equipped with 14.2 megapixels, 15 frames per second, full 1080p video, and interchangeable lenses, this camera will go anywhere with you.
The Miir Growler is a insulated bottler that not only is insulated by a vacuum sealed wall that keeps things cold for 24 hours and hot things hot for 12 hours, but it is also threadless, which means it has a clamp that seals that bottle keeping it from ever leaking. This bottle also gives back, as it provides clean water for one person.
Get turn by turn directions without ever taking your eyes off the road. The Garmin HUD receives navigation information from your smartphone and projects it onto a transparent film on your windshield or an attached reflector lens. It automatically adjusts the brightness making the projections clearly visible in direct sunlight or at night.
Oh great, another Iphone review saying its the greatest thing on earth. Well, maybe not the greatest, but it comes close. The 5S definitely didn’t show major improvements for the hardware, but it did have some unique features added to it. The A7 processor makes this phone lightning fast. The fingerprint scanner is a nice touch as it keeps you worry free from nosey friends from accessing your phone. And lastly a more improved camera that allows you to capture in slow motion, continuous burst mode, improved flash, and much more.
From 42 liters up to 155 liters of storage space, this bag comes in the perfect size for any occasion. With its durable shell made from TPE laminate, this thing is rugged just by taking a quick look at it. The duffel bag has gotten so much notoriety that the US Olympic team will be using these bags in Sochi for the winter olympics.
Google has been on the rise in the past year, and the Google Chromecast has been a major part of that. Chromecast allows you to stream a variety of web services onto your HDTV. From Netflix to Pandora, and Hulu to Google Play, you can easily enjoy your entertainment around the big screen opposed to your smartphone.
Despite all the new comers to the field of adventure cameras, it’s safe to say GoPro is still the best. This little guy packs it all in there with video resolutions up to 4K, 12MP photos up to 30 frames per second, built-in Wi-Fi, SuperView™ and Auto Low Light modes.
The Automatic is a essentially a grade report for your car. You plug the link into a cars data port and it connects to your smartphone. It will give you driving feedback, telling you how to maximize the cars MPG. It contacts help when in a car accident, it tells you whats wrong with the car when the check engine light comes on, and maybe the best part about it is Automatic always remembers where you parked so you don’t have to.
Whether you need to cook food while camping or charge devices the BioLite is the way to go with no need for fuel. The heat from the fire generates electricity via a thermoelectric generator to power a fan creating airflow for improved combustion. Surplus electricity is sent to the USB port for charging devices.
Bottle caps galore! These handy, wall-mounted bottle openers catch the bottle caps from your favorite beverages via magnets and look good while doing it. Better yet they are hand crafted in the USA and come in multiple wood stains and grains.
Shown at the Geneva Auto Show, The Lamborghini Veneno may be the most aggressively styled car ever. With a 6.5 liter V12 that packs 740 horsepower, this thing is nothing short of what it was named after, “one of the most strongest and most aggressive fight bulls ever.” If you are trying to get your hands on one good luck, as the three owners have already received there Veneno’s. Yes, there were only three produced as well in the italian flag colors, red, white, and green.
Whether you are trying to vibe in the shower, or trying to have a banger at the house, the Jambox has three different sizes that will fit any need. The Mini Jambox, which can fit easily in a backpack, purse, or even your back pocket; the Original Jambox, which is the in-between size and could still fit easily in a backpack; and the Big Jambox, which is big enough to fill a room with big sound and also very portable at the same time. Owning one, there are 3 things i love about it: you can change the song on the Jambox; When connected via bluetooth, the battery life is shown next to the bluetooth symbol; and the awesome sound it pumps out.
Everything about the all new Mac Pro, is well…Pro. Apple wanted to consider every aspect that went into a “Pro” computer. The graphics, processing power, memory, and storage were all factors that needed to be of the highest quality for the Mac Pro. With endless possibilities with this computer, you will never have to wait for a single thing to load, except maybe the internet but then again you would probably be using fibre-optics since you have a Mac Pro. Where you can connect up to THREE 4K Ultra-HD displays, this may be the computer on the market right now.
Finally, we Americans have a car to be proud about, the Corvette. Wait, the Corvette? The car that middle aged, mid-life crisis old men drive? No, not that one. The new 2014 Corvette Stingray. With it’s sleek new style, from bumper to bumper, this new corvette really outdid itself, rivaling the looks of many performance cars from across the pond. Powered by a 480 horsepower V8 beast, this car has a stellar 3.8 second 0-60. As well as this thing going fast in a straight line, it stops and turns pretty damn well. Fitted with Brembo brakes and Bilstein shock that come standard, this machine easily rivals the 2014 Porsche Cayman S.
Advertised as “The Most Productive Tablet On The Planet,” it might as well be a computer with the amount of things this thing can do. The Surface Pro 2 can be specified to your liking from the memory to the storage space, this may have a hefty price tag, but definitely worth it. If you are a traveler for you company this may just be the right tool for you, as it is an easy replacement for your laptop.
With the capabilities of a DSLR and half the size, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 packs a punch. With a 24.3 MP sensor, Full HD video, several different filters for you photos, and up to 10 frames per seconds, this camera really sets itself apart from the other mirrorless cameras.
Beats by Dre headphones are extremely popular, and know they are cordless. Connected by bluetooth, the wireless headphones can stay connected up to 30 feet away, and 12 hours on a full charge wirelessly and 20 hours when the headphones are plugged in. These headphones are a great buy for only $80 dollars more than the regular studio headphones, while being completely cord free.
As tracking your daily activity becomes more and more popular, the Fitbit Force is one of the best options on the market for activity trackers. It has most of the main features of an activity tracker, tracking steps, calories burned, time active, and so on, but it also tracks your sleep. It determines how much you sleep, the quality of your sleep, and how many times you wake up at night. Now you will always know why your still tired after 4 cups of coffee on the night you only had 4 quality hours of sleep.
For better or for worse, the Xbox One has been one of the most talked about technologies this year. The Xbox One is no longer just a gaming system, it’s an entertainment system. You can hook up you cable box to your Xbox, and seamlessly switch between gaming and watching TV by voice commands. The only problem with this console is that you cannot share games between consoles. With all the capabilities you would expect of a gaming system, the Xbox One is the future of the entertainment system.