Reusable Sports Helmet: Giro’s Combyn Is Constructed To Absorb Repeated Impacts.

Giro Combyn Sports HelmetUnplanned “one-impact” obsolescence no more! Giro’s Combyn snow-sports helmet is one of those “why didn’t somebody think of that sooner” ideas. Unlike most sports helmets that are only considered safe pre-impact, the snug fitting Giro Combyn has been designed to receive multiple impacts and always bounce back. How does it work? From Outside Online:

“The Combyn uses a patent-pending, impact-absorbing liner made with Vinyl Nitrile (VN) foam. The liner features two distinct layers of foam that allow the helmet to manage both high- and low-energy impacts across a wide range of temperatures. Unlike traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS) or expanded polypropylene (EPP) helmet liners, Vinyl Nitrile is soft and flexible. Layered with a proprietary shell material originally developed for football and hockey helmets, the result is a shell that delivers a comfortable and flexible fit with unmatched durability.”

The only way Giro could improve on their helmet technology is by expanding their lineup to a bicycle version. I’ve had the same bike helmet for 10+ years and it still uncomfortably works but it’s worn to the point that I’m basically wearing a styrofoam cooler on my head. Giro – please make a bicycle Combyn soon! [Gizmodo]


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Sweaters Knitted Out Of Dog Hair.

Sweaters knitted out of dog hair - Erwan Fichou

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Of all the benefits we get from owning a dog, knitting a sweater out of their normally thrown out sheddings is hard to beat. The dog hair sweater story is an old one but it’s worth bringing back for its Jubbling awesomeness. Erwan Fichou photographed the proud dog hair sweater wearers with their matching dog, hair source.

Knitting With Dog Hair bookIf you own a dog with long hair and you want to join the dog hair sweater club, take the first step and order a used copy of the book “Knitting With Dog Hair.” Make the dog hair sweater knitting project a post-New Year’s New Year’s resolution because when it’s done, your dog will surely love having you as a twin bro. [Neatorama]

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Rayfish Footwear’s Custom Stingray Shoes Was A Hoax. SkyMaul Parody Catalog Shouldn’t Be Worried.

Another hoax another day. I guess the Rayfish Footwear stingray shoes were a not-funny SkyMaul catalog item after all. [Buzzfeed]

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Pedal-Powered Un-Knitting Machine Reverses And Recycles The Yarn You Used To Make A Hat With The Rocking-Knit.

ÉCAL Low-Tech Factory’s Rocking-Knit.

Rocking-Knit Hats

The problem: You had to be first on your block with the Rocking-Knit hat-knitting rocking chair. But now you have second thoughts about the 10 dozen hats you rocked-out and you want your yarn back.

The Solution: The pedal-powered Un-Knitting Machine (below) from Imogen Hedges saves the day by reversing your knitted hats back into yarn. It’ll not only un-knit your knitted hats, the Un-Knitting machine will also help you reclaim the yarn from the sweater that hides in your closet and was cool never. [Gizmodo]

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Anderson Cooper Owns One Pair Of Jeans That He Shower-Washes Quarterly.

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper admitted he’s washed his jeans maybe twice in six months. “The times I’ve done it, I’ve worn them and walked into my shower with them and put some soap on them and then air dried them – isn’t that how you are supposed to do it?”
What Not To Wear’s Stacy London interviews Anderson Cooper for Us Weekly.

Here is Anderson Coopers’ Jubbling recap:

  1. Owns one pair of jeans.
  2. Washes them once every 3 months.
  3. Showers in his jeans to wash them.
  4. Air-drys his jeans.

Basically, I should just sign Jubbling.com over to Mr. Cooper. [US Weekly via Buzzfeed]

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The Napsack From Poler Is A Coat And A Sleeping Bag.

The Napsack from Poler Stuff.

“The Napsack has zippers at the shoulders, so you can stick your arms out, and a cinch at the bottom so that you can open it up and stick your legs out. Hike it up to your waist, cinch it, and wear it like a puffy coat around the campfire, and then crawl right back into your tent without ever having to leave the warmth of your bag.”
The Napsack product description on PolerStuff.com

Like a successful mullet, The Napsack serves two purposes: coat by day and sleeping bag at night. Watch your peephole Inuit-inspired bodysuit from Femke Agema. [Gizmodo]

Inuit-inspired bodysuit from Femke Agema.

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