It’s August, so hopefully you’ve all been soaking up the sun or making vigorous attempts to avoid it (whatever floats your boat, including being on a boat). But, now it’s time to finish out Summer by taking things to the next level. This year, we’ve seen loads of products and services designed to make the most out of the hot weather, whether it’s outdoors gadgets or travel money savers. We’ve gotten together with Gillette to find our top 10 picks to help you finish out summer strong.
Gillette Shave Club
I know beards are still kinda in, but let’s keep them confined to the seasons when they’re actually practical. Summer beard itch isn’t a pleasant experience, made far worse by melted ice cream dripping in there. Fortunately, Gillette’s here with their new subscription service, making sure you’re never in short supply of high-quality blades. Gillette Shave Club members get blades, handles, shaving cream, and all kinds of promotional goodies, occasionally including tickets to sports games. And, if guys don’t want to give up their beards completely, they’ll even send along monthly grooming tips to help keep that beard looking neat throughout the year.
Gillette has three tiers of membership — Mach 3 Turbo, Fusion Proglide, and Fusion Proshield, their new five-blade razor with lubrication both ahead and behind the blades. It’s their best blade yet, it’s comfortable to use, and you can get a steady supply for just $22.45 per month. It’s also a product of Gillette’s Boston headquarters, which has been around since 1905 — and chances are a good number of the blades you’ll be receiving will come from their Boston factory, too.
UE Roll 2 Bluetooth Speaker
Remember the UE Roll, Ultimate Ears’ tiny, powerful Bluetooth speaker from last summer? It’s back and better than ever this summer. The UE Roll 2 has the same great audio and IPX7 waterproofing from last year, but now has a Bluetooth range almost twice as long as the previous model. If your outdoor adventures are going to be way too extreme for your smartphone to handle, you can leave it up to 100 feet away and still maintain a Bluetooth connection. With the same great nine-hour Battery life, the same $100 price tag at last year, and some brand new artist designs, we’re thinking Ultimate Ears has this summer thing down pat.
Amazon/Ultimate Ears – $99
If there’s one travel accessory that needed an upgrade, it’s the flight pillow. We’re not saying those U-shaped pillows you buy before take-off are bad, but we are saying we can definitely do better. JetComfy did better. The name is getting out there thanks to the one-two punch of Kickstarter and infomercials, but there’s actually something to this contraption. JetComfy is a pillow attached to an adjustable pole that can be strapped to an armrest. It’s a bit of work to actually get the thing set up, but once that’s done, you’ve got an adjustable pillow that can actually provide neck support during your in-flight naps. Throw in slots for external battery packs and a pen/stylus/flashlight multitool, and it all adds up to a must-have if you’re headed skyward this summer.
JetComfy/Amazon – $50
Need something for the kids? Well, if it’s good enough for the best soccer player on Earth (get at me, Ronaldo fans), it should be good enough for them. Lionel Messi has planted his golden boot on a Spcae Scooter, a new kind of scooter that’s a lot easier to ride than the traditional kind. Instead of having to continuously push off from the ground, the Space Scooter’s board can be pumped up and down to make it go forward. It’s all mechanical, so there’s no need to keep it charged and no fear of electronic parts breaking down. Just good old scooter fun, but much easier on the legs and probably a little safer.
Space Scooter/Amazon – $150
Incipio Design Series Smartphone Cases
One of our favorite tech developments over the years has nothing to do with tech at all — smartphone cases stopped being ugly. Case makers of all stripes have been making terrific designer cases for years now, and Incipio has definitely brought their A game this summer. Their Getaway Collection is the perfect fit for any kind of summer adventure you’re having — they’ve introduced five new designs to brings this year’s Design Series total up to 14, all of which are available in multiple colors. The new Getaway Collection includes flamingos, tropical plants, mermaid scales, and palm fronds, and they’re all ready to grace the backs of iPhones and Galaxies.
Incipio – $35
Vans x Nintendo Slip-Ons
It’s the summer of Pokémon Go, and that means two things — you need to rep Nintendo, and you probably need new shoes from all that walking the game is making you do. Good thing Vans came out with these winners — they have a whole line of Nintendo shoes out for the summer, but the centerpiece are these slip-ons featuring Mario and company. Sadly enough, they don’t have any Pokémon shoes, but hey, who saw this Pokémon Go blowing up like this, anyway? Can’t blame them.
Vans – $70
MyCharge All Terrain+ Battery Pack
Speaking of Pokémon Go, that game plows through the battery of even the best phones. An external battery pack is virtually a necessity, and not just any will do. You need a huge capacity to keep up, and you need it in a shell that can survive any terrain, because that’s what catching them all demands. The MyCharge All Terrain+ has a 5,200 mAh battery that should keep most phones charged up to nearly twice over, encased in an IP68 shell that is waterproof, dirtproof, shockproof, and can withstand extreme temperatures. If you need to nab a Lapras just as bad as you do a Rapidash, look no further.
MyCharge – $50
Galaxy S7 Active
We already had the Samsung Galaxy S7 pegged as the best premium smartphone, and the Active version only made it better. The Galaxy S7 Active takes the original S7 and adds a waterproof exterior, a larger battery, and a programmable physical button great for taking quick pictures. It’s the perfect phone for any sort of traveling you’re doing this summer, especially if you’re hitting rugged terrain. It’s a top-notch smartphone that can take a pounding — no compromises. Well, maybe one compromise — the S7 Active is an AT&T exclusive, so if you’re not already with them, you’ll have to make the switch.
AT&T – $795
Star Trek Trekini Swimsuits
Hitting the beach? ThinkGeek is making sure you can nerd out in style with their new line of Trekini swimsuits. Based on the fine fashion of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the line includes a one-piece, a swim shirt, and a cover-up romper. Should make for an engaging ocean experience! Makes sense — until Elon Musk gets us all into space, the ocean is the best most of us are going to get as far as final frontiers go.
ThinkGeek – $40-$60
Hey, you’re not always going to be outside this summer. With the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive arriving earlier this year, a lot of us are going to be going outside while staying inside thanks to virtual reality. Problem is, virtual reality sickness is real. Reliefband might be the cure — it’s a wearable that sends pulses to the nerves in your wrist to inhibit feelings of nausea. It should work to help keep your lunch down while in virtual reality, but is being suggested for those suffering from morning sickness, motion sickness, or chronic nausea, too.
Reliefband/Amazon – $90
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This story was originally published at 10 Must-Have Pieces of Gear for Summer 2016