By Michael van Vliet | December 12, 2013
Built by UK-based Agility Motors, the Saietta R is a high-concept electric motorcycle with an unusual looking profile.
Created more for short-range urban assaults than long-haul highway touring, the Saietta R is outfitted with an Advanced Axial Flux Permanent Magnet DC electric motor capable of delivering 97 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. Charging takes roughly 8 hours with a 1.5 kW onboard charger, but an optional fast charging system can reduce that time to about 3.5 hours.
The bulging front fairing is more than just an aesthetic choice, it houses the diagonally mounted lithium ion battery. With a full charge it boasts an impressive 112 mile range in the city. And with a top speed of only 80 mph, the the Saietta is probably better kept to the city streets anyways.
The Saietta R goes on sale in the US in late 2014 and prices are likely to start around $22,000. For more information, check out their website: agilitymotors.com
By Michael van Vliet | December 11, 2013
The Urushi Bicycle is the result of a collaboration between Dutch bike manufacturer Vanhulsteijn and Sotheby’s New York.
Designed by Herman van Hulsteijn at his Arnhem-based workshop, the Urushi Bicycle is based off one of his uniquely styled steel frames. With its curved seat tube and arched top tube the bike’s saddle looks to be perched at the edge of a precipice, making the rider appear to be floating in air.
Using this frame as his base, Herman worked with two Russian artists who specialize in an ancient Japanese lacquer technique called Urushi to finish the frame. The process consists of lacquering over individually laid pieces of gold leaf. It’s a painstaking, labor-intensive process, but the final result is a magnificently vibrant finish with a rich golden hue. And since the gold lead is hand laid, no two bicycles are exactly alike.
A total of nine of these bicycles have been made, and they are to be sold through Sotheby’s New York.
For more information, visit vanhulsteijn.com
By Michael van Vliet | December 10, 2013
A response to chintzy and finicky coffee machines, Ratio delivers unparalleled consistency so you can brew a perfect pot every time.
Designed by Mark Hellweg of Clive Coffee, the Ratio is an eight-cup brewer that combines a sleek modern aesthetic with a refined user-experience. It features a nickel-plated aluminum top and base with a black walnut accent support. The water tank, supply lines, and custom carafe are made from borosilicate glass. With the entire machine being hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon.
The Ratio offers a simple one-button design, with automatically programmed temperature, time, and water dispensing settings. This adds a level of precision to the brewing process without adding an array of unnecessary complexities for users. The Ratio is not designed to compete with single-serve pour-overs, rather it’s designed to celebrate the beauty of batch brewing.
Watch a sneak peek video of the Ratio here
Ratio is currently accepting pre-orders for their eight cup brewer, to be delivered in May 2014. For more information visit their site at: ratiocoffee.com
By Michael van Vliet | December 9, 2013
At just 0.8 inches thick, the DASH 7 by Soundmatters is considered by many to be the world’s best travel speaker.
Soundmatters was one of the first to pioneer quality, blue-tooth speakers and their innovation continues in the DASH 7. The speaker is engineered around the most advanced version of Soundmatters’ patented Twoofers. These powerful ultra-thin drivers provide a uniquely wide frequency range, giving your music a full, rich sound. Long lasting lithium ion batteries deliver up to 12 hours of continuous playback, but when connected to wall power with the included charging kit, the DASH 7′ power wattage doubles for an even more impressive soundscape.
With hundreds of blue-tooth speakers to choose from, the DASH 7 by Soundmatters distinguishes itself as being the most compact, portable device with the highest sound quality.
The DASH 7 is now available for purchase on our site under Gear.
By Michael van Vliet | December 6, 2013
The Pop Up Flea returns to New York this weekend at 82 Mercer Street.
Just as the holiday shopping season shifts into high gear, the Pop Up Flea returns to SoHo with their curated selection of quality menswear goods. This year’s event boasts an impressive roster of brands and vendors, making it the best men’s store in the city by far (at least for the weekend.) So if you’re a guy, or you need to buy a gift for a guy, then the Pop Up Flea is the place to be.
Below is short video, with event founders Michael Williams and Randy Goldberg, describing the impetus behind the event. And below that, there is a full list of vendors.
So come check out some well-made products, meet some good people, and get yourself handsome.
Friday (12/6) – 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday (12/7) – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday (12/8) – 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
82 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012
Between Spring & Broome
By Michael van Vliet | December 5, 2013
The Minimalist is a low-profile wallet designed by Los Angeles-based company Capsule.
While there has been many attempts to reinvent the wallet, nobody has produced anything as refined, functional, or affordable as Capsule. To ensure the highest quality, the Minimalist is constructed from premium calfskin Nappa leather, which has been masterfully finished. Reinforced stitches have been placed at the stress points while edges have been sealed with a finishing coat for added wear protection.
In order to keep the wallet as slim as possible, Capsule has come up with a unique CashStrap system for carrying cash. This patent pending design consists of a thin leather strap that runs along the length of the wallet and allows for folded cash to be easily stored. A slender pocket on the exterior gives you immediate access to your two most frequently used cards, while a pocket on the interior allows you carry up to five cards.
Capsule Wallets are currently available for sale (starting at $70) in our AETHERla and AETHERnyc store locations. Stop by and check them out in person or find out more about them online at: capsulewallets.com
6100 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
13 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10013
By Michael van Vliet | December 4, 2013
AETHERfocus is a video series that showcases individuals and companies that inspire us.
Designed and manufactured entirely in the Pacific Northwest, Ben Farver of Argonaut Cycle offers truly custom-built carbon frames. Each of their bikes are handcrafted using an innovative construction process for a completely tailored riding experience. With more than 30 years of industry leading composite experience behind their team, Argonaut Cycle is driven by a true passion for the sport of cycling. They strive to make the best, because they want to ride the best.
Shot & Edited by Ryan Pettey
LEARN MORE AT:
Argonaut Cycle – argonautcycles.com
AETHER – aetherapparel.com
By Michael van Vliet | December 4, 2013
Join Aether Moto this Sunday as we ride down to the International Motorcycle Show at the Long Beach Convention Center.
We’ll be honest, there’s no pretty way to Long Beach (you can thank grid city planning for that), but we’re going to make it as interesting as we can. To start we’ll head through the oil derricks of South La Brea Ave, skirt along the coast by LAX, hit some turns in the Palos Verdes hills, and then jump across the iconic Terminal Island bridge. Should take us just under 2 hours to get down there. See route below.
The International Motorcycle Show is the largest motorcycle event in the world. To see the full line up of the show’s events and exhibitors, check out their website here: www.motorcycleshows.com/long-beach
-One-day tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the door.
-Parking at the Convention Center is free for motorcycles.
So, as per usual, meet at AETHERla at 8:00am for coffee + donuts, kickstands at 8:30am.
6100 Melrose Avenue (Entrance on Seward)
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Any questions email me at email@example.com
By Michael van Vliet | December 3, 2013
Perfect for car camping, the Treeline Roof-Top Tent lets you pitch your tent up off the ground.
There is always something a little disconcerting about sleeping on the ground while camping. The founders of Treeline found this out when a bear trapped them in their ground tent for many tension-filled hours. After that experience, they vowed never to sleep on the ground again and the Treeline Roof-Top Tent was born.
The Roof-Top Tent unfolds without needing to remove it from your roof rack-equipped vehicle. It can be set up in just a few minutes and can be packed away again just as quickly using the heavy-duty travel cover. It’s designed to handle up to 770 lbs entirely unsupported thanks to its 1 inch thick aluminum floor and anodized aluminum poles. The tent is also equipped with 3 big windows, fitted with zippered fine mesh, and folding aluminum ladder.
The Roof-Top Tent by Treeline frees up cargo space in your vehicle, makes setting up camp easy, and, most importantly, gives you a little protective space from the things that go bump in the night.
For more information about the Treeline Roof-Top Tent, visit their website at: treelineoutdoors.com
By Michael van Vliet | December 2, 2013
The POC Receptor Backcountry with MIPS delivers state-of-the-art protection unlike any other helmet in the snow sports market.
Based on the shell and core design of POC’s well-known Receptor, this helmet also incorporates their patented MIPS system (Multi Impact Protection System) to dramatically reduce rotational forces on the brain during a major impact. The technology works by using a low friction layer that separates the shell from the inside liner of the helmet. When the helmet experiences a heavy impact, the low friction layer will sheer, allowing for a small, controlled rotation of the shell. This allows the shell to absorb the rotational force of the impact instead of your brain.
The helmet is also integrated with the company’s VDSAP system (Ventilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration system), which uses two overlapping shells to protect against sharp piercing objects. The system offers ample ventilation when needed, but can be closed on colder days. This comes on top of an already rugged multi-impact EPP foam liner core, which protects users from minor knocks and bumps.
The POC Receptor Backcountry with MIPS raises the bar for all other helmet manufacturers. When it comes to safety on the slopes, POC is in a league of their own.
POC Receptor Backcountry helmet with MIPS is now available in our Gear section for $250.00. Find out more about it there.
- Ventilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration system (VDSAP)
- Multi-impact EPP liner
- Aramid Penetration Barrier
- MIPS system
- Recco avalanche rescue system
- Detachable ear pads and neck roll
- Goggle clip included
- Sizes: S, M, L, XL
- Weight: 640g