Growing Pains

Growing Pains

The short length of time it takes for kids to grow out of their clothes means parents are spending a lot of money on clothes- even more so when it comes to expensive sports gear. GRO is a set of protective hockey equipment designed to gradually expands as the wearer grows. Simple yet effective functionality that will protect kids (and wallets) for years after purchase!

0 Designer: Matt Hughson

Canoeing Just Got Serious

Canoeing Just Got Serious

Compared to its kayaking counterpart, canoeing has seen little redesign over the years, and many would consider the activity to be somewhat antiquated. The Explorer Canoe Paddle is a twist on the classic that gives a new life to the sport, featuring a sporty looking yet functional form. A flexible blade core increases adaptive power and joint protection while a curved carbon shaft and looped grips provide more control and power transmission.

0 Designer: Kenji Huang

Symphonies at Sea

Symphonies at Sea

A winner of the 2012 Millenium Yacht Design Award for the “Dream Boat” category, the Allochroous isn’t your typical yacht. Everything from detailed aesthetics to the stage layout were designed specifically to host live events like concerts, art exhibitions & chic parties. High-end finishes, modern tech & color-changing capability are just a few of the features that make it a perfect ntertainment vessel.

0 Designers: Ezgi Aksan & Ambra Ceronetti

A Timeless Yacht Design

A Timeless Yacht Design

The highlight of the Cronos yacht is stunningly intricate woodwork that almost seems to grow from within the opulent interior and extend across spacious decks before pouring over into the water. The elaborate flooring and siding leaves little to be desired from additional furnishings. This is recognized in its otherwise minimal, albeit somewhat futuristic, interior and exterior. I’d never want to leave!

0 Designers: Simone Madella and Lorenzo Berselli

Blade Bodyguard

Blade Bodyguard

I cringe every time I see an ice skate in a horror movie… you know that thing is going in someone’s head! You’d think that would be a reminder to be extra careful, but accidents still happen with those super sharp blades. Kootsu’s new skateguard protects both the blade & the user with a patented spring-activated catch & release mechanism that allows the unit to be installed on the skate blade with minimal contact & effort. A widened rubber sole also enables the user to safely walk in the them as if they were shoes.

0 Designer: Aki Hirano & OHM

Quintessential Quadricycle

Quintessential Quadricycle

The StroM Bouqetin is unlike any other quadricycle design in that it’s optimized for serious trail riding and touring. The rear-wheel drive, single-rider cycle features full independent suspension, dual shock rifles, a variable ball-gear drive, four disc brakes and a lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber body. Add some physical strength and you’re ready to attack the off-road.

0 Designer: Martin Strohmeier

Wheelchair GT

Wheelchair GT

As you might have guessed by the name, the Ultra Long Distance Wheelchair was designed to extend the thrill of long distance touring to cyclists with disabilities. Inspired by the principles of GT automobiles, the trike was designed with an emphasis on comfort and high speed over straight-out performance, though it’s certainly not lacking. It’s one ultra-stylish ultra-tourer!

0 Designer: Andrew Mitchell

Tripod Bike

Tripod Bike

Inspired by the camera tripod, the T-Bike provides a unique solution for custom fitting a bike to individual users. Three sliding mechanisms located on the front fork, center frame, and rear wheel bar can be adjusted and locked to the rider’s preference. As an added bonus (and a nod to its inspiration), the bike also features a camera mount located between the handle bars!

0 Designer: Reza Rachmat Sumirat

Sea-Life Inspired Shoes

Sea-Life Inspired Shoes

Take a look at the bottom of the Octopax soccer shoe and its aquatic inspiration will be immediately obvious. Like the suckers and tentacles of an octopus, the outsole of this shoe utilizes air pockets and spaced grips to tear into the ground, providing maximum traction and enhancing maneuverability on the field.

0 Designer: Tobin Dorn

The Winner's Rowing Shoe

The Winner’s Rowing Shoe

Winning this year’s Plastics Industry Award for Product Design of the Year is this genius adjustable rowing shoe. Before, shoes had to be manufactured in a range of sizes, meaning rowers had to put up with the wrong size or take time to swap out. Also, previous models of fixed shoes couldn’t be washed & would often end up smelly & unhygienic. The Active Tools 2k Rowing Shoe addresses these problems by being adjustable to the rower’s size & having an outer shell molded from soft EVA/TPO foam so they can be kept clean.

The Grasshopper

The Grasshopper

The motivation behind the El Tucura (The Grasshopper) trike was to give paraplegic users the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of off-road downhill mountain biking, promoting it as an integrated nationwide sport. A crank handle drive means hands are free for steering while accelerating and three 180mm disc brakes and a 250mm suspension give added control on those extreme downhills. I’d have no qualms about trading in my two-wheels for these three!

0 Designer: Versus Design

Stealthy Kayak

Stealthy Kayak

Freestyle kayaking is a relatively young offshoot of the canoe sport, where athletes perform maneuvers similar to those of skaters, snowboarders or surfers. This freestyle kayak design by David Laudert aims to improve upon the ergonomics, appearance, and overall user connection to the kayak. The athlete “fuses” with the hull and is fully supported within the interior without the use of straps that normally hold an athlete in place, relieving the fear of getting stuck under the boat in the event that it turns over and simultaneously enhancing the adrenaline-pumping experience.

0 Designer: David Laudert

Boarding Safely at Night

Boarding Safely at Night

I really appreciate that I live in a city where people would rather ride their bike, roller-blade, or skateboard than drive a car… but I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve seen people almost get run over! Especially at night. Sure bikes have lights and reflectors but what about skateboards and longboards? Introducing the HAL longboard light…

0 Designer: Marc Graells

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