Before we get going, big thanks are in order to Cool Material, The Awesomer, Incredible Things, and a few other sites for helping me find this stuff. Check their pages out. And, if you see anything you'd like featured in an upcoming edition, shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Christopher Nolan Blu-Ray Director's Set, $42.38
One of the best directors around finally gets the box set treatment. “Inception,” “Momento,” “Insomnia,” and the first two Batman flicks are included, as well as a 40-page photo book and all the special features you come to expect from sets like this. Definite movie marathon material here. One minor quibble: Where the hell is “The Prestige?” (And an even more minor quibble: Could this have waited 'till the Blu-Ray release of “The Dark Knight Rises?”)
9. ShipShots, $45
This is, perhaps, the most perfect pregame item we've seen in quite some time. Take the standard kid's game “Battleship,” add shots, and viola, you're drunk and ruminating on the loss of your childhood innocence. Because you will be playing with shot glasses, the rules are a bit different—you roll dice instead of calling out numbers and letters, for instance—but you'll have plenty of time to learn how to play. Each set is hand-crafted, built to last, and can be ordered with a custom set of colors.
8. Lightweight Vest, $28-$235
According to the myriad number of fashion bloggers I now read since starting this column, lightweight vests are “in” this season. I'll take their word on it—they keep you warm as the temperatures continue to fall, they're a classic style, and they can easily go under a jacket without adding too much bulk. We're fans of the green Club Monaco vest above, although if you don't want to drop the $175 for it, you can never go wrong with the ubiquitous Patagonia/North Face options.
7. Printstant Replays, $20
Let's face it: Most sports posters are pretty ugly. Sure, there's a certain charm in your classic '90's Penny Hardaway print, but, for the most part, you're paying $20 to put on your wall a massive photograph of a ripped-up dude. Not a good look post-age 13. These designs work much better. Minimalist, simple, and eye-catching, they map out famous plays in history like the Immaculate Reception, Doug Flutie's Hail Mary, and the Cal-Stanford “Band on the Field” game [above]. We're fans.
6. Nike Sportswear Wardour Air Max 1, Price TBA
The name is a mouthful. Luckily, the shoes are a bit more simple. A combo of the Chukka boot with the Nike running shoe, the Sportswear Wardour Air Maxes should be a stylish, suede kick to wear in the winter months.
5. 3M/Roku Portable Streaming Projector, $300
If you live with a few guys and have a big wall, this is something that might be worth pooling together the resources to purchase. The 3M/Roku streaming projector delivers a crisp picture up to 120 inches wide, and, with a battery life of two-and-a-half hours, you can even take it outside to watch movies under the stars. Plus, with the option to stick in a flash drive or tap into your home's wireless Internet, you're not beholden to cable TV or other traditional projector options.
4. Grime Writer, $13
If you've ever wanted to be the next Banksy—and let's face it, who wouldn't get a certain thrill out of defacing public property in the name of art/general dickheadedness—but fear the inevitable police trouble, then this is an acceptable subsitute. Use the Grime Writer to tag your street's stop sign, school's announcement board, or neighbor's child, and it looks to anyone like you are the proud owner of some dope ass graffiti. But here's the catch: You can't get in trouble because the pen is filled with a cleaning solution. You're actually helping! Total mindfuck.
3. Oakley Custom Frogskins, $120-$195
Many guys now have the Oakley Frogskins. Stand out by taking advantage of a bevy of new customization options. Go online to mix and match six frames and 12 lenses, or etch in custom text or your favorite MLB team's logo.
2. Meat at Gilt Taste, Prices Vary
The way to a man's heart is through meat (that sounded better in my head). Gilt Taste, previously best known as a flash sale clothing store (think Jack Threads) now offers similar deals on Grade A steaks, pork chops, racks of lamb, and other high quality meats from famous butcher shops like New York's Pat LaFrieda, all shipped to your door. Because you're getting the cuts of meat at flash sale prices, the prices are low, so this might be the best deal you can get if you're looking to grill out this fall.
As a backwards Southerner, I'm particularly interested in the Game Meat variety pack, which includes venison, wild boar sausages, and rabbit. Tell me you wouldn't go for a nicely cooked rabbit right now. Don't be a pansy.
1. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, $150,000
This is one that is sure to divide the car nerds. I'm in the “Fan of the Porsche Cayenne” camp. The new edition is going to be ludicrously fast, it looks great, and it'll be super affordable at $150,000 (this is the part of the list where we get delusional).
And now Porsche is unleashing the Cayenne Turbo S, which is faster than nearly every car on the road.
The new uber-SUV will have the 550 horsepower turbocharged V8 out of the Panamera Turbo S, which is enough to scoot this 4,883 pound SUV to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds, which is the same as a new 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.
And it'll keep going to a top speed of 175 MPH. In an SUV. That seems excessive.
There are the usual Porsche acronyms, like PDCC, PTV+ and PASM (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Torque Vectoring, and Porsche Active Suspension Management) on board, as well as a standard Sport Chrono Package… in case you were planning on going to a track day.