Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

C.C. Weiss

The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 made its dynamic debut at the Le Mans Classic in July, driving...

After a brief quiet spell on the international auto event front, next week's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance promises to reinvigorate the four-wheeled excitement. Jaguar has a particularly interesting lineup for this year's festivities, headlined by the world premiere of the new Lightweight E-type prototype. That brand-new-but-old beauty will share the spotlight with the US-spec F-Type Project 7, along with the Range Rover Sport SVR from sibling Land Rover.  Read More

The PowerTrekk 2.0 is designed to charge more power-hungry gadgets such as tablets

After introducing its PowerTrekk portable fuel cell charger several years ago, Swedish company myFC is readying the 2.0 version. The new model is close to three times more powerful than the original, offering enough juice to charge tablets, along with smaller devices like smartphones and GPS units.  Read More

The Hennessey Venom F5 will become reality next year

Earlier this year, the ultra-powerful, Lotus-based Hennessey Venom GT made good on world record-level speeds Hennessey had been promising since before its 2010 introduction. The car set an unofficial world speed record of close 270.49 mph. Lesser men might be content to take a long summer vacation after such a feat, but John Hennessey is busy preparing an even more powerful Venom to set a new record … and fend off any competition from the likes of Bugatti or Koenigsegg.  Read More

Both the Hunter and Explorer have a built-in bladed multi-tool

Wearable technology may be one of the biggest trends going on right now, but wearable survival gear is a persistent trend that's popped up again and again in recent years. We've seen it in survival bracelets like the KODIAK, hiking boots like the Rocky S2V Substratum and even jewelry like the HypeX from Swiss Army staple Wenger. A company called SlideBelts presents another style: a survival kit you can thread through your belt loops, putting a fire starter, knife and other tools within easy reach.  Read More

Big Agnes Tumble 2 mtnGLO features built-in LED lighting

Flashlights, lanterns, headlamps, tent lights … there are a lot of different ways to light up a campsite. Colorado-based outdoor specialist Big Agnes adds one more: the tent. More specifically, the company's mtnGLO tent range, which feature built-in LED lighting so there's no more fidgeting around for a flashlight that has rolled into a dark, cold corner.  Read More

The Hydrapak Stash will be available within the next few months in several colors

In 2013, Hydrapak introduced its SoftFlask series of soft-sided TPU water bottles designed to collapse into your pocket. The design seemed handy, but we wondered why the company chose to use a rather big, bulging bottom on a design meant to pack small. It addresses this shortcoming with the all-new Stash. The Stash's collapsible TPU body is paired with a flat bottom that snaps together with the top, making the packed bottle even easier to transport.  Read More

The Swing Blade's unique ride is powered by the rotating front trucks

Despite skateboarding's growth in popularity over the past few decades, there is always scope to tinker around with the equipment in an effort to make it better. The latest such design is the Swing Blade, a skateboard that uses rotating front trucks to create quick, tight turns and forward momentum.  Read More

The KettleCharge works with BioLite's CampStove and other camping stoves

BioLite has introduced some innovative, multifunctional camping chargers in the past, including its CampStove and BaseCamp wood-fire stove/chargers. Its latest product is designed to work with existing camp stoves to produce twice the power of its other designs – enough to charge gadgets as large as tablets.  Read More

Porsche calls its new Cayenne S E-Hybrid the first plug-in hybrid premium SUV

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne debuts with a few interesting lineup changes. The most radical change is the premiere of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, a quick, powerful gas-electric SUV with all-electric driving capabilities. Other updates include modest restyling and a downsized (but more powerful) S-trim engine.  Read More

The 10-person Heimplanet Mavericks expedition tent

Since launching its Cave tent a few years ago, Heimplanet has been slowly expanding its line of distinctive geodesic inflatables with offerings like the Wedge. The German outfit has now added three more designs, making its line-up large and tough enough for some of the most distant, challenging expeditions on Earth.  Read More

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