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The Self-Drying Jacket From Back to the Future Part II Is Finally Here

The world has been waiting impatiently for auto-lacing sneakers and self-drying jackets since 1989 when Marty McFly first wore them in Back to the Future II. Cut to 2015, and our technological prayers have been answered. Nike gifted Michael J. Fox with the first ever pair of auto-lacing Nike MAGs back in October, and now you can pre-order your own self-drying jacket from a wearable tech company called Falyon.

For those unfamiliar with the sequel, when McFly travels through time from 1985 to 2015, he encounters a world that has made major technological advances. In addition to hoverboards and holograms, McFly finds that the fashions of the future are very different, including a jacket with a built-in system for keeping the wearer dry. Falyon has developed a working replica of the jacket and has recently launched a Kickstarter project to help fund production of the iconic outerwear. The SDJ-01 boasts exhaust vents, a power cell, a power switch, and air amplifiers, plus a few standard features, like, you know, pockets.

Kickstarter // Falyon

One feature that BTTF fans will notice is not included in the Falyon model is the ability for the jacket to adjust the length of the sleeves to match its owner, but the drying technology may be enough to sway them. With a Kickstarter donation of at least $149, you can reserve your limited edition jacket in charcoal black, cobalt blue, metallic silver, or titanium white, and for $10 extra you can reserve a special edition jacket in a classic red-and-black combo, like the one from the film.

The crowdfunding project has managed to raise over $4700 with only 24 backers, and at the time of this post, has two and a half weeks left to raise the remaining $7300 of its goal. Click through to Kickstarter if you want to help make this 26-year-old fantasy come true.

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
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Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
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A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
Dan Bell

You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
The North Face
The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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