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.
Kids' bikes are learning to grow as quickly as children. Designs like the Grow bike and B'kid expand in size to keep up with the fast-growing tyke, and the Wishbone bike keeps right on growing from pedal-free balance bike to pedal bike. The new Leg&Go bike does all that and even transforms to keep the ride going indoors and out in the snow.
With past debuts like the Project 7, Jaguar remains one of the local British brands intent on keeping the "speed" in the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year, it's shining the spotlight on a more extreme side of speed, and its presence promises to be one of the big highlights of the event. It will be showing several fast, pretty cars from its present and past, including the all-new XJR Rapid Response Vehicle. The specially prepared performance sedan is built to support the Bloodhound SSC in its quest to break the land speed record.
There's a new way to streamline your camping kitchen thanks to the Camp Champ, which packs a home kitchen's worth of cooking gear into a neat box. At camp, the box opens up into a full kitchen area complete with stove, cookware, dishes, tools, utensils and plenty of counter space. On the road, the all-in-one kitchen keeps all of that equipment secured snugly in a series of cubbies, shelves, cabinets and racks made from elegant sapele-veneered plywood.
Not every family has the budget for a full-blown Type A, B or C motorhome for weekend and holiday use. One of the options we've seen a lot of lately is the Type B that can effectively double as an everyday people or cargo hauler. The Volksleisure and Horizon Multi Concept Vehicle are two such dual purpose-built vans, and now the folks at WildAx Motorhomes have their own idea on how to give the van a split personality. With their Pulsar, they've added a kitchen and bathroom to the back of a Citroën Relay, leaving a roomy, uncluttered four-person cabin for everyday driving.
We first covered the Rezvani Beast last year, and while Rezvani had what looked like a refined design, engine and performance specs, and pricing information (including special "launch edition" packages) it took a while for the start-up to put rubber to asphalt. Its fully skinned Ariel Atom is now entering production and has a revised look, an Apple CarPlay-based infotainment system, and a few other new tricks up its sleeve.
Ford is taking its all-new GT racing. In preparation of a return to Le Mans next year, the Blue Oval has revealed the aerodynamic carbon fiber racer it'll put on the track. And the new GT looks just as good as a sponsor-badged race car as it did a glistening, electric-blue show car at NAIAS 2015.
About a year ago, audio manufacturer Denon released its HEOS Wi-Fi music system, one of the latest members of a burgeoning market of Sonos competitors. Now it's added the all-new HEOS 1 speaker, bringing the buy-in price for the system down while throwing in a bonus: it's weather-resistant and designed to be used outside as well as inside. With the new Go Pack, it even becomes a fully portable Bluetooth speaker.
Last year, Honda earned some press for adding paddle shifters to its
Pioneer 500 UTV. Now, it's launching a larger, more powerful
side-by-side with the feature – the all-new 2016 Pioneer 1000. Honda
says its new UTV flagship is the first side-by-side in the industry with
a six-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission and the class leader in
engine size. Work or play, this UTV is hungry for dirt and mud.
There are plenty of camping trailers that haul boats and other outdoor gear into the wild. We've covered options like the SylvanSport GO-Easy and BCT MOAB Yak within the past year. Portland-based American Dream Trailer Company has a new – er, revisited – idea for how to best transport a boat on your camper. In place of the typical gear racks, its trailer uses a matching boat that secures to the trailer roof like a fitted hat.
New York's Priority Bicycles is determined to bring more fun to bicycling while taking away some of the work and frustration. Last year, it launched its debut product, an affordable, streamlined adult bicycle that promised a low-maintenance cycling experience. It's now launching a children's version that requires even less work. The new bicycle has airless tires, a belt drive and an easy-adjust training wheel system.