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Sony Bloggie 3-D Camcorder

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, May 04 04:24 PM

There's always been one thing missing from your vacation videos: depth. And we don't mean insightful patter while filming your way through the Louvre.

But early adopters on the go can capture that elusive third dimension with Sony's new Bloggie MHS-FS3 3-D camcorder ($249.99), a narrow little number that slides easily into your pocket. Two high-def lenses and sensors capture one hour and 20 minutes of HD video, still pics, and up to four hours of Web-friendly 2-D videos. Plus, integrated social media functionality makes it a cinch to share on YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa.

A built-in 2.4-inch LCD lets you preview your handiwork sans special glasses, but you'll need a 3-D HDTV set to watch your multidimensional masterpieces. Finally, friends and family might actually be willing to watch your vacation videos.

Photo: Courtesy of Sony

Diana Mini JIYU Freedom Camera

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, April 13 03:23 PM

Sometimes, photos feel more accurate when they match the dreamy, saturated memories you have of a trip. And nothing adds lo-fi love to a snapshot like shooting with a Diana camera, a 1960s-style model using 35 mm film that's found a cult following in this pixelated age.

The Diana Mini JIYU, a new cherry blossom-themed camera, was originally designed as a limited-edition homage to Japan's annual Golden Week, a time of rest in the country. After the recent earthquake and tsunami, the Diana folks pledged nearly $30,000 from sales of these cameras to Red Cross assistance to Japan. So this is one purchase that can help give everyone a better outlook.

Photo: Courtesy of Lomography

Miniot iPad Cover

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, April 06 03:59 PM

Sure, it's what's on the inside that counts. But when what's inside is a sleek iPad, we think it's only right that its cover be suitably cool as well. That's why we're crazy for this new all-wood iPad case by Miniot.

The ultimate marriage of form and function, this Dutch import is handmade from a single piece of oak, cherry, walnut, or padauk with thin grooves that allow it to fold back into a stand. So you can turn your iPad into a movie screen or an upright camera while you're on the road. See? More than just a pretty face to help capture your pretty face.

Photo: Courtesy of Miniot

Caribiana 23-Foot Sea Skiff

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, March 30 07:19 PM

Anyone who has seen a James Bond movie knows the appeal of a vintage skiff, its buffed wood deck glinting in the sunlight as it darts through some bustling Italian waterway. Now a new handcrafted vessel by boutique boat maker Caribiana has brought that retro romance into the 21st century.

The slick Caribiana 23-foot Sea Skiff ($95,000) has the timeless buttery leather upholstery, bronze hardware, and teak and mahogany woodwork, but there's also a powerful four-stroke engine and a custom-colored hull. Each craft is personally delivered with a case of Champagne and Steuben toasting flutes--because a boat this handsome should be christened in style.

Photo: Courtesy of Caribiana

Haerfest A3 Shoulder Sack

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, March 23 06:53 PM

What with all the fees for checked bags these days, the name of the carry-on game is generally as-big-as-you-can-get-away-with. Of course, once you touch down, you're stuck walking around with the world's largest handbag. But not if the design duo behind Haerfest have anything to do with it.

New York-based brothers Tim and Dan Joo have created a classic soft-leather and cotton shoulder bag (in black, navy, and grey) that folds completely flat ($380). Slip it into your roll-on or into that bottomless pit you're passing off as your personal item, and you'll be able to unfold it on arrival and sightsee footloose and backache-free.

Photo: Courtesy of Haerfest

Fujifilm FinePix X100

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, March 16 06:31 PM

Sure, your digital can shoot 100 photographs in a minute, zoom the length of a football field, and store weeks of vacation shots. But does it have style? Our new favorite camera does.

The Fujifilm FinePix X100 has a body James Bond would be proud of, all pebbly leatherlike finishes and retro '50s dials. But it's much more than a pretty face. The X100 has the same size sensor as your average digital SLR, a high-tech optical viewfinder (so you can shoot using the digital display or peer through the old-school range finder), and the ability to film some quality video. That's our kind of straight shooter.

Fujifilm FinePix X100, $1,199.95

Photo: Courtesy of Fujifilm

Snow-, Skate-, and Surfboards, Maker USA

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, March 10 07:04 PM

When the last flake has melted, snowboards generally get shoved into the attic to collect dust until next season rolls around. No longer, thanks to the folks at Maker USA. The Philly-based company produces intricately inlaid snow-, skate-, and surfboards that look so good, the last thing you'll want to do is hide them away.

Made from salvaged wood, the boards feature motifs that often nod toward Americana via stars and stripes, galloping mustangs, and Airstream trailers. The company gathers the designs from a collective of graphic designers, street artists, painters, and tattooists. So even if you never saw a mogul you liked and prefer hanging out to hanging ten, these boards make for unique art pieces.

Photo: Courtesy of Maker USA

Moore & Giles Meehan Utility Bag and Bar Rollup

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, March 02 08:32 PM

You're a person who knows a good cocktail. And you can't always trust the average bartender to do right by you. So instead of leaving your libations to fate, bring 'em with you in this new bag by Moore & Giles. The hallowed Virginia leather-crafters teamed up with famed New York mixologist Jim Meehan to design this rugged looker, a weekender bag that converts to a portable bar.

Going on a business trip? Leave the hooch at home and use the compartments to accommodate your laptop, clothes, and PDA. Heading for a weekend in the woods? Throw in the divider and tote six bottles of booze, a cutting board, and all the tools of the tippling trade.

Photo: Courtesy of Moore & Giles

Case Amber Bone Hobo Cutlery

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, February 09 04:07 PM

It's important to be able to fend for yourself on the road. But you shouldn't sacrifice style while you're doing it. W.R. Case & Sons' new pocketknife is the perfect piece of gear for the gourmand on the go: a surgical steel knife, spoon, fork, and bottle opener with an amber bone handle.

The compact design was inspired by the early days of cross-country travel, when hobos never hopped a boxcar without a pocket tool at the ready. It was their only friend on the open road, one that could open a beer bottle and a can of beans, or get them out of a scrape. While your travels are sure to be a lot tamer, do you really want to be left defenseless next time you find yourself with a bottle of Chimay to pour at a picnic? Or forkless at a lobster bake on the Cape? Yeah, we thought not.

Palomar City Maps

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, February 02 02:42 PM

Already wasted too much of your life trying to refold paper maps and too much of your money on charges from checking maps on your cell overseas? Italian company Palomar feels your pain and has found a solution to one of life's little annoyances with its Crumpled City series. Printed on durable, waterproof fabric, these maps offer a new way of seeing the world. Or at least six cities: New York, London, Rome, Paris, Berlin, and Hamburg.

The slick look, courtesy of designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso, makes the maps as easy to read as they are to stuff in your pocket. In addition to pointing out your standard Eiffel Towers and Louvres, each map directs you to "SoulSights"unexpected spots that evoke the unique character of a destination. But we're just happy to bid farewell to those soulless hours of origami-ing paper guides into submission.

Lomography's Sprocket Rocket Camera

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, December 20 05:23 PM

Don't get us wrong, we love the convenience of digital cameras. But remember the excitement of seeing your prints for the first time, when you shot on film? The new mini Sprocket Rocket might tempt you back. It's as bite-size as your compact digital, with a 35 mm wide-angle lens that's perfect for panoramic shots. And its retro appearance wins style points.

The Sprocket Rocket lends some extra creativity to your picture-taking experience, too. It exposes images over the entire piece of film, including the sprockets, which gives the edges of your prints a film-reel vibe. It's also the first camera fitted with a reverse gear, allowing you to take a shot then rewind to superimpose another picture over it. The result? Perhaps a streaky neon Tokyo scene over a field of poppies, or multiple perspectives of the Brooklyn Bridge, all in one photograph.

And since there's no preview, half the fun is waiting to see how your images turn out. There's nothing like a little delayed photo gratification.

Penguin Classics, Hardcover Editions

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, December 01 12:49 PM

Lay your Kindle aside for a moment for an admiring look at books like they used to make them: Penguin has released luxurious new hardcover editions of selected classics. With beautiful cover designs stamped on linen cases and ribbons to mark your place, these are the kind of books worth creating a library around.

There are currently 20 volumes in the series, and three of our favorites are especially good buys for those with an adventurous spirit: a ten-year expedition that features war, monsters, and shipwrecks; a little girl's journey to a fantasy world populated by eccentric locals; and a captivating tale of treasure maps and pirates.

Okay, go back to your Kindle. Useful, yes, but not nearly as collectible.

Penguin Classics: Homer's The Odyssey; Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island; $20 each.

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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