The Top 10 Gadgets You'll Need to Survive the Summer

May 19, 2010

With Memorial Day right around the corner, you need to get your game summer-ready, and fast. These items will help to make sure you're equipped for whatever scenarios you might find yourself in and wherever the action may lead you.

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10. Ice Cube Shot Glasses


With these ice cube shot glass molds, not only will you never have to worry about breaking a shot glass or being one short for the inevitable group shots, but you'll also be able to actually add some flavor to the shots by adding mixers to the would-be ice mold. For under 10 bucks, you can't really go wrong here. [Amazon]


9. Digital BBQ Tongs


You went to the trouble of making an awesome marinade for that steak, but now you run the risk of improperly cooking it because when it's going to be ready is still anyone's guess.

For far too long, BBQ tongs have wallowed in archaic simplicity, offering nothing but the ability to flip a burger without horribly burning yourself. Well that's all changed now, as these Digital BBQ Tongs also contain a sensor which will tells you whether or not that tri-tip is ready for the plate or not. Hell, it even comes with a built-in LED flashlight in case you like to BBQ stealth-style, as many ninjas around the world do.


8. Stashable Sandals

Photo: Reef

So you want to hit the beach this summer, but you're sick of all your stuff getting stolen every time you go in the water? Stash the goods in these Reef Stash Sandals, which come with a secret hidden compartment in the heel, providing enough room for some cash and your car keys. And since nobody wants to get near your stanky feet, you can guarantee these'll be right where you left 'em when you come back.


7. A Solar-Powered Backpack

Photo: Reware

Outfitted with a built-in solar panel, these bags do more than tote your gear, they'll actually charge 'em as well. Let the sun keep your phone, GPS, digital camera, or any other device that hooks up to a car adapter powered up while you're in the great outdoors,  so you can spend more time making sure you don't get mauled by a mountain lion. [Reware Products]


6. A Waterproof iPod Boombox

Photo: JCPenney

As anybody whose ever dropped a blackberry in the can will tell you, some things just naturally don't agree with one another. Like the beach and electronics! But your iPod can now brave the harsh elements of sand and water with total immunity thanks to this weather-resistant iPod ghetto blaster, which features external buttons to control playback. [JCPenney]



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5. Gas Powered Blender

Photo: JB Distributing

Is your old blender just lacking that certain something that will make you, the margarita maker, the focal point of the party? Perhaps you need to ditch that lame ass, electrically powered piece of crap and replace it with a real man's blender - one that's got a friggin' two-stroke, 43cc gasoline motor that increases the blade speed as you blip the handlebar-controlled throttle. Powerrr! [JB Distributing]


4. Ultra Portable iPod Speakers

Photo: Tunebug

Looking to rock the party at a moment's notice, but not interested in awkwardly lugging around speakers for your mp3 player? The Tunebug Vibe turns virtually anywhere into a speaker system by just dropping the device onto a flat surface and hitting play on the ol' iPod. Sure beats pretending that rocking out to the built-in speaker on your media player isn't lame. [Tunebug]


3. 3D Television

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Not all summer activity has to happen outdoors or require you to do anything might be considered athletic. Let the professionals handle it! With ESPN's 3D programming debuting in just a few weeks, there's no better time that the present to replace that 19-inch RCA you won at a company picnic in 1991 with something that'll make your pad into the de facto spot for sports parties. [Best Buy]


2. A Badass New Phone

Photo: HTC

If you're like the legions of us who opted to jump on the iPhone 3G bandwagon nearly two years ago, only to find out later that AT&T's cell service is dodgy at best, not only is your contract nearly up, but you may be ready for a change. Now that the iPhone isn't the only game in town when it comes to the do-everything smartphone scene, it might be time to check out offerings like Sprint's HTC EVO 4G. This "superphone" sports an 8 megapixel camera on the back that can record video of all the summer action in glorious 720p, a bitchin' 4.3-inch screen, and is the world's first cell phone to utilize Sprint's 4G network, which claims to be up to 10 times faster than current 3G networks. The EVO 4G drops on June 4th. [Sprint]


1. A Ragtop

Photo: Ford

If your hybrid's sudden intention to kill you has got you down, maybe it's time to ditch the beige box and opt for something a little more... environmentally enjoyable. While it doesn't get the gas mileage of the Prius, a 2011 Mustang GT does match the performance of a BMW M3 for about half the price. With that extra cash, you can buy a lot of trees. Or baby seals. Or tires. [Ford]


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