Into the Aether

Chasing WinterAether offers sportswear for the outdoor enthusiast who wants function without sacrificing modern design and aesthetics.

When Aether decided to show off how functional their ski stuff and motorcycle jackets really are they decided to do it by motorcycle. The video, Chasing Winter combines two passions: motorcycles and skiing. Continue reading

Battery Chargers from the 21st Century

This time of year is hard on batteries. 

New technology has made car, truck, RV, motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile batteries more reliable and much easier to maintain. But the cold months of winter will inevitably reduce the cranking amps of any type of battery- gel, AGM, Li-Ion, etc.

NOCO Genius G1100 6V/12V 1100mA (1.1A) Multi-Purpose Battery Charger and MaintainerFortunately battery charger technology has kept pace with all these new-fangled batteries. But the wrong charger will kill a high dollar battery in a matter of minutes. Inexpensive float chargers are only suitable for your old school lead-acid battery.

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Indiana Treehouse

The Indianapolis Museum of Art wanted something a little different for the concession stand in their nature park. The Swedish firm of Visiondivision complied.

Incorporating a 100-foot tall yellow poplar as a horizontal beam they designed a building that functions as shelter, playground, light fixture and monument. The design is called “chop stick” and it has become a huge attraction for the museum.

More at  Designboom

Easy Up for the Artistic

Here’s a temporary shelter that will truly impress your friends and express your inner designer.

The BAFF Pavillion is the product of YWD Designs and at first appears to be rather baffling. The modular structure can assume a variety of shapes and provides shade with a series of interconnected bubbles.

Can a stop-action animation be far off? We think not.

Learn more at Designboom.com.

Camp, Cook & Charge

New Camp Stove Goes Off the Grid

One of the most clever camping gadgets we’ve seen since the Noah Tarp by Kelty is this awesome little camping stove from BioLite.

The stove burns wood but uses a thermoelectric generator to run a fan that makes the fire ultra efficient. Think of it like a miniature blast furnace. The electrical energy can also be used to charge small electrical appliances- like a phone or MP3 player.

Weighing only 33 ounces the makers claim a liter of water can be brought to a boil in only 4 1/2 minutes using less than 2 ounces of wood. A home version is also in the works.