Dacia, Renault’s traditionally more affordable, ‘no-frills’ sub-brand, has unveiled a wild concept car: The Manifesto. The electric off-road vehicle was designed with a modular roof, a removable battery pack (that transforms the Manifesto into a power source) and a single headlight that owners can pop out to use as a flashlight. Its body panels are made from recycled plastic. Its dashboard? Made of cork. The concept vehicle also sports thick – airless – all-terrain tires to ensure that punctures will never result in a flat. While the Manifesto will not go into production, it’s certainly given Dacia fans a lot to think about.
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While Roomba-inspired outdoor robots have hummed across lawns for years, the brand-new Yarbo wants to become your all-season yardwork solution. The robot is equipped with interchangeable modules so you can quickly alter the device to mow your lawn, blow leaves or even clear snow. Built with intelligent path planning and an obstacle avoidance system, the device is designed to clear your lawn without supervision (though it does come with Smart App Control and Real-Time Monitoring). The basic lawnmower version is available for $2,600 – while the three-in-one all-season version will cost $3,400.
Manitobah, a company founded by and for Indigenous craftsmen, is gearing up to release its new Cabin Collection. The collection boasts everything from clogs to loafers to slippers to keep your feet cozy all winter long, with styles and sizing available for the whole family. Fans can also find comfortable winter blankets like the Sherpa and Lodge Throw, with a portion of the proceeds from each item going to the Manitobah Storyboot School –– an organization that teaches Indigenous youth traditional art forms. The collection will be available to purchase in October, with plenty of awesome styles to check out in the meantime.
Woodford Reserve is kicking off Bourbon Heritage Month with a new limited-edition bottle: Honey Barrel Finish. Previously, the distillery loaned several of its "freshly-dumped bourbon barrels" to a local bee farmer in Woodford County, Kentucky. Later, after the farmer aged his honey in the barrels, the barrels were returned and refilled with the company’s namesake bourbon. The resulting spirit is a whiskey full of toasted, floral notes like honeysuckle, lemon peel, toasted coconut and honey graham cracker. Fans can bring home Woodford Reserve’s Honey Barrel Finish for $60.
Packing for an extended kayaking trip – or just want to keep your most vulnerable valuables protected? Look no further than Prometheus Design Werx’ newest All Terrain bag collection. The full range, which took three years to develop, now includes a 24L Pack and 45L as well as a 60L Duffel Bag. Each bag boasts the same IPX7 Waterproof rating and 1000D RPET Construction. The bags are built for comfort with padded shoulder straps and performance with a series of smart pockets and durable zippers. The bags retail for $163 – $218 and are built to withstand anything.
The SprkCharger claims to be the world’s "thinnest and most powerful" combination wallet/battery. The device is equipped with a 2,900mAh power bank and weighs under five ounces. In one hour, the SprkCharger can charge an iPhone 12 back up to 80 percent yet remains compatible with "all devices." Retailing now for just $150, the ultra-slim combination wallet-charger is a great piece of on-the-go gear.