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Men's Health (UK) - - Tech 50 -

36 THE RISE AND GRIND

Look­ing like it be­longs in Kylo Ren’s bach­e­lor pad, the new Krups cof­fee ma­chine adds in­stant noir cool to your home. Its Ter­moblock sys­tem en­sures ideal brew strength, while a 1.8 litre tank means you can fill a pot large enough to last the af­ter­noon (though we rec­om­mend shar­ing it). With re­cent stud­ies link­ing cof­fee to every­thing from a re­duced risk of di­a­betes to can­cer pre­ven­tion, it’s an in­vest­ment in your fu­ture. Krups EA8108 Bean to Cup £379 johnlewis.com

37 THE LUM­BER CA­SUAL

There’s no such thing as a weedy lum­ber­jack (it’s true: a Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia study found wood­work lifts testos­terone, key for mus­cle growth). So break out the Nordic chain­saw when build­ing a fire on your next camp­ing trip. It’s col­lapsi­ble, so you needn’t heft an axe through the coun­try­side – much to the re­lief of the lo­cal con­stab­u­lary. Nordic Pocket Saw £50 nordicpock­et­saw.com/en

38 THE GIFT FROM ABOVE

De­vel­op­ing bet­ter hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion has been shown to de­lay men­tal de­cline. This 50mph drone with an HD cam and first-per­son cock­pit head­set will get the job done. Par­rot Disco Drone £850 par­rot.com/uk

39 THE GREATER OUT­DOORS

Af­ter 45 years in the mak­ing, Patag­o­nia’s first sleep­ing bag is cause for cel­e­bra­tion: it can block out wind chill and in­su­late against tem­per­a­tures of up to -7°C. Rest as­sured. Patag­o­nia 850 Down Bag from £360 eu.patag­o­nia.com

40 THE VIS­UAL AID

‘ Tidy room, tidy mind’ is the mantra of Swedish de­sign start-up Peo­ple Peo­ple, whose speaker ped­dles the min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic with its com­po­nents en­cased in glass. Pretty neat, yes, but it could drown out home-of­fice dawdling, too: ac­cord­ing to psy­chol­o­gist Dr Sher­rie Bourg Carter, a clut­ter-free en­vi­ron­ment is a key fac­tor for sharp­en­ing men­tal clar­ity. Ef­fec­tive, but prob­a­bly not that pop­u­lar with your neigh­bours if all your best ideas come first thing. Peo­ple Peo­ple Speaker £640 eu.trans­par­ents­peaker.com

41 THE JUMP START

Per­haps more suited to build­ing Ivan Drago than Rocky Bal­boa, this clever skip­ping rope has a host of pro­pri­etary sen­sors that de­tect full 360-de­gree rev­o­lu­tions and project your jump count us­ing an LED dis­play, as well as count­ing calo­ries burned. If that’s not enough im­pe­tus to switch run­ning for skip­ping, a study pub­lished by Science Daily found 10 min­utes of jump­ing rope is equiv­a­lent to run­ning an eight-minute mile. Hop to it. Tan­gram Fac­tory Smart Rope £62 johnlewis.com

42 THE PRE­MIER­SHIP PER­FORMER

Con­vinced your footie skills are on par with Eden Haz­ard’s? The Play­ertek is a smart vest with sen­sors to give you a full match re­port. It isn’t just ball con­trol you’ll im­prove, ei­ther: Uni of Copen­hagen re­search found foot­ball train­ing boosts mus­cle per­for­mance, even in the in­ex­pe­ri­enced. No of­fence. Play­ertek Mon­i­tor­ing Vest £ 199 shop.play­ertek.com

43 THE LONG DIS­TANCE LIVENER

De­vel­oped with Mclaren, the Roubaix has a de­served rep as one of the best road bikes go­ing, and has been rid­den to vic­tory in nu­mer­ous Cob­bled Clas­sics. This model is light and shock-proof, boost­ing your stamina on chal­leng­ing ter­rain. An anal­y­sis by the Univer­sity of Va­len­cia found en­durance sports like cy­cling could add eight years to your life, so the longer you go, the longer you’ll go. Roubaix Ex­pert Di2 from £2100 spe­cial­ized.com

44 THE BLACK AL­BUM

This ’50s-in­spired Le­ica is a retro clas­sic for the In­sta­gram era, with an in­creased ex­po­sure range and the abil­ity to shoot five frames per sec­ond. With cre­ative pur­suits proven to el­e­vate lev­els of dopamine, the ‘plea­sure hor­mone’, you’ll be a pic­ture of men­tal health – no fil­ters re­quired. Le­ica M10 Black £5850 le­ica-store­may­fair.co.uk

45 THE LUCKY DIP

The Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Ex­er­cise rated dips as one of the best moves for build­ing your chest, shoul­ders and up­per back. If you’re tired of the gym, a portable bar lets you prac­tise holds and pulls wher­ever you are. Bust it out on the rush hour train, though, and you’ll likely end up ex­er­cis­ing your legs in­stead. Portable Pullup & Dip Bar £235 pullup-dip.com

46 THE PER­CUS­SIVE PRE­VEN­TA­TIVE

If you fancy your­self an ama­teur John Bon­ham, Roland’s vol­ume ad­justable kit with a built-in ‘ tu­tor’ will give your dilet­tante drum ses­sions a whole lotta love. De­signed with be­gin­ners in mind, it fea­tures a time-check ex­er­cise, pit­ting your skills against the metronome, and scor­ing the re­sult. What’s more, news in the Jour­nal of Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Medicine shows drum­ming can curb anx­i­ety, help­ing you keep in con­trol when it feels like the levee is about to break. Roland TD-11KV elec­tronic drum kit £ 1199 roland.com/uk

47 THE TRAIL BLAZERS

Made for trail runs, Adi­das’s abra­sion-re­sis­tant shoe is 100% water­proof, with breath­able ma­te­rial to keep your feet ven­ti­lated even in the sog­gi­est of en­vi­ron­ments – ie, the Bri­tish coun­try­side. Ac­cord­ing to re­search by the Uni of Kansas, spend­ing time out­doors sharp­ens prob­lem-solv­ing abil­i­ties. Which should prove use­ful when putting the tent up. Ter­rex Fast Mid GTXSur­round £ 130 adi­das.co.uk

48 THE MOUN­TAIN CLIMBER

Stone Island’s USP is squeez­ing as much tech­ni­cal and per­for­mance in­no­va­tion as pos­si­ble into new de­signs, while still qual­i­fy­ing as cred­i­ble streetwear. This Per­tex Y jacket – so called be­cause the Y-shaped yarn locks to­gether, mak­ing it ul­tra durable – is no ex­cep­tion. As well as ad­di­tional wa­ter-re­pel­lence, it’s stuffed with in­su­lat­ing Pri­maloft, mak­ing it warmer than its light weight be­lies – ideal when the sum­mer af­ter­noon turns Baltic half­way through your week­end away. Stone Island Per­tex Quan­tum Y £475 stoneis­land.co.uk

49 THE HOME EN­TER­TAINER

By negat­ing the need for an ex­pen­sive sep­a­rate sub­woofer, Sonos’s all-inone home the­atre sys­tem sets it­self apart from the com­pe­ti­tion. Au­dio fi­delity is en­hanced by a whop­ping 43,000 acous­tic holes to op­ti­mise sound flow, and you can stream di­rectly from Tidal, Spo­tify et al – with­out the need to leave your iphone on show each time you host. And there’s good news for boxset fans, too: re­search con­ducted by the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Santa Bar­bara found that the oc­ca­sional TV marathon helps to re­duce biomark­ers for stress. It’s time to hit pause on week­end binge-re­lated guilt. Sonos Play­base £699 sonos.com/en-gb

50 THE AIR B’N’B

If the idea of wak­ing up in a flooded tent has dis­suaded you from out­door ex­cur­sions al­to­gether, we have a high­minded so­lu­tion. Switch pitch­ing up in muddy ground for what is essen­tially a sleep­ing com­part­ment in the sky. The Quar­ter Dome Air Ham­mock is equipped with ro­bust ten­sion lines, an­chors and shock-corded poles, so you can sleep easy. It’s a par­tic­u­larly com­fort­able in­vest­ment con­sid­er­ing re­search from the Univer­sity of Geneva found the gen­tle rock­ing of a ham­mock will help you nod off faster, en­cour­ag­ing a deeper and more rest­ful sleep – even if you’ve only got as far as the back gar­den. Rei Co-op Quar­ter Dome Air Ham­mock £ 170 rei.com

ADD DARK MAGIC TO EARLY MORN­INGS AT THE PRESS OF A BUT­TON

IF YOUR CAR­DIO ISN’T WORK­ING FOR YOU, SKIP IT IN­STEAD

STAY WARM ON THE TRAILS AND LOOK COOL IN THE PROCESS

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