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.

Men's Health (South Africa) - - OFFICE -

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)

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