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C.C. Weiss

C.C. Weiss

Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.

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— Outdoors

Tree-O Hammock Frame creates a cozy dangling hammock community

By - August 19, 2015 5 Pictures

It's easy enough to group camp chairs next to each other or even zip tents into a large indoor commune. But it may be difficult or impossible to string several hammocks up close enough to interact with friends. You'll need the right set of trees – or the new Tree-O Hammock Frame. This specially designed accessory takes care of the logistics so three hammockers can chat, play cards, share food and drink, and simply relax.

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— Automotive

Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce gets topless at Pebble Beach

By - August 18, 2015 12 Pictures

Lamborghini gave the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce an even sexier sibling over the weekend, revealing the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The half-million-dollar roadster packages the blistering performance of the Superveloce with a little more blue sky overhead, hitting the road as one of the hottest convertibles we've ever seen.

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— Automotive

BMW lets the water-injected Concept M4 GTS loose

By - August 17, 2015 22 Pictures

BMW hasn't been playing around at this year's big concours events. Following the 3.0 CSL Hommage from Italy's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in May, BMW brought both a more race-ready version of that design and the all-new Concept M4 GTS to Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance over the weekend. The new M4 concept must have been quite antsy on its dais; this two-door silver bullet clearly yearns for a hunk of open, twisty asphalt.

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— Outdoors

IKamper Hardtop One tent expands for roomy car-top camping

By - August 15, 2015 16 Pictures

The hard-shell pop-top roof tent is a popular style of vehicle tent that features a cube-like fabric body below a hard-shell roof. Such designs offer a number of advantages but are usually limited in space because they're only about as wide as the car itself. The iKamper Hardtop One is billed as the world's first expandable hard-shell roof tent, offering an extra-large footprint that extends off the side of the car and sleeps a family of four.

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— Bicycles

Fat, electric folder is one Bad Bike

By - August 14, 2015 6 Pictures

We've covered plenty of folding electric bikes and a few electric fat bikes. What we haven't previously seen is a folding electric bike with fat tires. The Fat Bad from Italy's Bad Bike launches with claims of being the world's first. Its thick, knobby tires are secured to a folding frame and powered by up to 500 watts of pedal assist.

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— Automotive

Audi electric SUV to drive 300+ miles on LG/Samsung battery power

By - August 13, 2015 3 Pictures

Audi is expected to show an all-electric crossover concept at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, and this week the company revealed that the eventual production EV will boast a 310-mile (500-km)-range battery built on cells from LG Chem and Samsung SDI. That battery will be integrated neatly into its new MLB platform, which will be dressed in new design language.

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— Outdoors

Polarmond sleep system rolls three camping essentials into a warm personal cocoon

By - August 13, 2015 11 Pictures

A waterproof shelter, sleeping bag and sleeping pad are three of the most important pieces of kit you'll need when bedding down in the great outdoors on a cold night. Usually those three things are purchased, packed and set up separately, but Swiss startup Polarmond has a different idea. Its All-In-One sleep system rolls all three components into one unit with the goal of delivering a warmer, more comfortable night of sleep in temperatures down to -22° F (-30° C).

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