POWER UP YOUR WEEKENDS
Whether you’re mapping out a home project or an outdoor adventure, restock your garage with tools fit for the task.
01 THE SECOND SKIN
Cold-water swimming has a flood of benefits. But plunging into the Atlantic even in summer demands proper insulation. O’Neill has thrown all of its tech at this wetsuit: triple-glued seams, quick-drying neoprene, wrist and ankle seals, knee pads for scrambling back onto the rocks. And, of course, it’s warm. O’Neill PsychoTech FUZE (R5 400, pollywog.co.za)
02 THE HEAVY ARTILLERY
Gardening gear is hard to get fired up about, but the chainsaw is an exception. This cordless electric model has enough power to slice through any tree. It’s also light enough that it won’t trouble your biceps after arms day, while a frictionless, brushless motor makes it more efficient. Ryobi OCS1830 (R6 400, merkado.co.za)
03 THE WINNING SWINGER
This combo setcum-golf coach has sensors that track distance and accuracy, while keeping tabs on your improvement – of which there will be plenty. According to Cobra’s data, you can expect to shed three strokes over the course of a year. Bring your skills to the fore.
Cobra Connect King F8 (R5 500, takealot.com)
04 THE BOARD MASTER
This requires hefty import costs, but it’s worth it. With its top speed of 39kph, Boosted’s electric skateboard will make your commute fly by. Its flexible deck gives you a better feel for the road, allowing for deep carving, while the vibration dampening means you won’t arrive at your office too shaken up. Boosted Stealth Electric Longboard (from R22 000, actionboardshop.com)
05 THE MUSCLE CAR
Occasionally, clichés hold true. Canadian scientists found that driving a stylish car boosts your testosterone, whereas puttering along in a boring jalopy has no effect. The new Mercedes A-Class does more than look the part: it comes with a touchscreen interface and its own “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant, so you can reroute your journey or pick up a call without taking your hands off the wheel. Mercedes-Benz A-Class (from R499 000, mercedes-benz.co.za)
06 THE SMOKELESS FIRE
Evolutionary studies show that we’re hard-wired to be drawn to flames: according to the University of Alabama, flickering light and crackling wood instantly reduce our blood pressure. So, why not incinerate all your stress? This woodburner filters out smoke, while its airflow system allows flames to be precisely controlled, either manually or via an app.
BioLite FirePit (R20 610, wantitall.co.za)