Any self-respecting sci-fi fan knows that silver is the colour of the future! Right? With this forward-looking colour in mind we’ve gathered together a deliberately disparate selection of gear for those looking to snub drab matte hues and revel in the reflective glory of tech’s classic covering. Whether you’re rocking a tricked out pen knife, designer toothbrush or the latest full-electric car, whatever you choose, make sure it will blend as seamlessly with your space station docking bay as it does with your home decor.
A revamped classic from G-Shock, this stainless steel, 200m water-resistant version of the brand’s original 1983 5000 series release maintains the iconic square face and LCD digital display – with LED light for night time – but has been tweaked for the connected age with Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone compatibility, multi-language display, radio-controlled world time, solar power and a handy reminder function. There’s also a reassuringly old-school stopwatch for the anti-Strava brigade.
Price: £450 | g-shock | Amazon
Canada Goose HyBridge Lite Black Label
Close to the perfect jacket for keeping the chill off without the bulk or the extreme abseil aesthetic, the HyBridge Lite is made from durable Feather-Light 10D fabric that’s also reassuringly water resistant. It utilises thermal mapping technology – essentially keeps you warm where you need it, and prevents overheating where you don’t – while maintaining four-way stretch, comfort and breathability. Stuffed with 800 fill power hutterite white goose down it also packs into its own pocket.
Price: £495 | Canada Goose
Keith Folding Spork Ti5308
Keith has been making high-quality titanium camping kit since 2004, including a Snow Peak-worthy line of chopsticks, but it’s the exceptional-value solid titanium folding spork that deserves to find its way into your kit bag. Weighing just 20g, but managing to be dishwasher safe, it’s great for packed lunches and camping, and is surprisingly nice to eat with.
Price: £5.29 | Keith
Leatherman Free T4
At just 9.3cm long this fully featured Leatherman remains pocket friendly, even if you’re partial to a pair of drainpipes. Featuring 12 tools including 420HC stainless steel knife blade and scissors, pry tool, package opener – an essential in mail-order Britain – bottle opener, file, tweezers and screwdrivers. Its new magnetic locking system means you can open it easily and safely using one hand.
Price: £74.95 | Leatherman
Apple Mac Pro
Redesigned for the first time in six years, Apple’s most powerful desktop has divided opinion with the cheese grater aesthetic, but has won fans by making this monster easier to upgrade – the top aluminium cover lifts smoothly off to give 360-degree access to its innards. And what does complete access and upgradability mean to the spec? Well, there are eight PCIe slots, up to 1.5TB RAM, an Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores, and as much as 300 watts of power. The £5k entry level price gets you 32GB memory and a 3.5GHz 8‑core Intel Xeon W processor, but max out the upgrades and you’ll top £50,000.
Price: From £5,495 | Apple
Designed as an antidote to the expensive app-controlled brushes from the big brands, Quip’s subscription-based brush – new batteries and brush heads are sent out every three months – has been designed to simply clean your teeth well, look good and travel easily. The result is a basic brush that has one mode and a two-minute timer with 30-second interval vibrations. It’s a beautifully executed idea, especially in the all-metal design, with soft bristles and silicone edges for gentle gum cleaning.
Price: From $25, brush heads from $5 | Quip
Astell&Kern has taken its 2012 original, the AK120 portable music player, and given it a modern makeover with aptx Bluetooth, an intuitive LED Indicator, sound-enhancing stainless steel body and the small matter of twin AKM AK4492ECB DACs that gives is a completely new signature sound. It’s capable of bit-to-bit playback up to 32bit 384kHz and native DSD playback up to 11.2MHz, for unrivalled distortion-free sound.
Price: £1,299 | Amazon
Readyman Survival Cards
We can’t decide if these wallet-sized, Airfix-style press-out stainless steel cards are genuinely life saving or just a great talking point. If you’re concerned about being shipwrecked on an island somewhere, you need the 0.65mm thick Fisherman Card, complete with 14 hooks in various sizes, a fish scaler, saw and lure. Or maybe you’re prone to kidnapping, in which case the Hostage Escape Card, with everything you need to elude your captors, including lock picks, a saw and shim for unlocking handcuffs is ready for deployment.
Price: From $12.99 | Readyman | Amazon
Audi E-tron Sportback 55
Audi’s second electric car has been tweaked to eek out every last metre: the rear profile has been lowered to make it fractionally more aerodynamic, adding an extra 10km to your journey, while the switch from water to battery cooling saves weight and gives you an extra 2km. It may seem trivial, but with a 450km range, 355bhp (402bhp in sport mode) from two electric motors and a 95 kWh battery, managing 0-100kph in 6.6 seconds, they’re most welcome. It’s also the first mass produced car to feature digital matrix LED headlights that can project a beam of light or pattern on to the road ahead, warn you of any pedestrians close by, and even project a pretty design on the garage wall as you approach.
Price: From £70,000 | Audi
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