Best New Kickstarters For May 26, 2017

These Nine New Kickstarters Prove That The Future Is Now

Kickstarter is a magical place — or it can be, anyway. For each great invention to emerge from its pages, there are probably a dozen more that never had a prayer. Worst of all, though, is when great ideas go unnoticed. That means a great product that could have changed lives never gets the funding it deserved — and often for no good reason.

To help avoid those great ideas falling through the cracks, each week we're bringing you handpicked Kickstarters you should know about. Some may have blown through their funding goal already, and some may be struggling, but they're all producing awesome gear that could make your life that much better.

Slam-Fit : The 3-in-1 total fitness & exercise system

Most fitness equipment on Kickstarter is either a joke or already exists, but the Slam-Fit is really cool and not getting nearly the recognition it deserves. That it's both a sandbag/medicine ball and a weighted vest is cool enough, I guess, but what really sets it apart for me is that the harness doubles as a suspension trainer. It comes in two substantial weights (about 22 and 44 lbs), is constructed to handle all the medicine ball slams you can muster and does all of this for less than the cost of any of the individual components purchased separately.

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CHAARGO: Wireless charging wallet

It's really nice that portable chargers are so affordable these days, but since most men don't carry a bag, they aren't really all that portable. That's what makes the CHAARGO so genius. It's no thicker than the average guy's wallet, but it'll give you about 125% of a full charge — all without cables. If you think your phone doesn't support wireless charging, think again: when you contribute, they'll include an adaptor that plugs into your phone's port and hides discreetly under the case.

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Dr. Greene’s Ideal Mattress

It's great that more people are jumping on the mail order boxed mattress bandwagon, but it's impossible to tell if they're any good. I mean, do they know what goes into making a comfortable, restorative mattress? One man who does is Dr. Greene who, as we're assured by his comely niece, is a real doctor despite his good looks. The mattress costs about the same as the other major mail order brands, but it's designed with Dr. Greene's experience working with some of the world's top mattress manufacturers. The product looks solid, but more than anything this is the most delightfully goofy Kickstarter pages I've yet to encounter. Check out the two highest contribution rewards, for instance.

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STRŌK: Premium Golf Balls under $30/dozen

Golf is a fine game, but damn if it isn't expensive as hell to play. And even though I don't play nearly as much as I used to, I still don't want to play with low-grade equipment like cheap balls. On the other hand, dropping $60 on a dozen Pro V1Xs only to lose a sleeve of them in the woods hurts. That's why it's nice the folks at STROK have cut out things like retail middlemen and superfluous packaging to bring us high-quality, tour-caliber urethane covered balls at half their normal cost. Their two models line up pretty well with the current top choice on the tour: a softer model for slower swingers, and a higher-compression one for people who can really rip it but still want feel around the green.

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Drop Proof screen protectors: no more cracked screens

We can support life on a mobile orbiting space station, but in 2017 we still can't create a case that keeps a phone screen from cracking without it looking like it's encased in one of those anti-bear suits. Finally, someone created a slim screen protector that keeps it together without bulking up your phone. It uses dual-layer technology to distribute energy, and the product video is pretty convincing. I mean, they shoot it with a paintball gun for crying out loud.

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The Beer Spike: The Most Advanced Beer Drinkers Tool

Look, we can't in good conscience recommend you make a habit of shotgunning beers, but if you're going to do it, using a key to cut open the can is a good way to cut open your finger too. The Beer Spike is a safer alternative, but it's not just for shotgunning — it's perfect for poking a hole in a can's lid for an easier pour, popping the tab without damaging your fingernails or opening a bottle. Plus, it fits nicely on your keyring.

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SMART BELT: Kevlar® Core Indestructible & Micro Adjustment

It's true that belts haven't received much of an upgrade since their inception, behind this one already gave them one with their flexible, indestructible kevlar belts. Now, they're taking that same technology and tackling other issues with the Smart Belt. The no-hole design instead uses a micro ratcheting system for truly customizable comfort, and you don't even have to worry about ordering the wrong size — they send you the standard (max) size, and you trim it yourself. It costs about the same as a quality conventional belt, but will last much longer.

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ROGER: Make Any Headphones Wireless

If you're someone who either a) bought the new iPhone and now has a bunch of useless headphones, or b) wants Bluetooth headphones but doesn't want to shell out for high-quality ones, Roger is for you. The little Bluetooth receiver turns any device with a 3.5 mm headphone cord into a wireless one. Plus, it has a built-in microphone so you get the full Bluetooth experience.

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DODO Skateboards: The go everywhere adventure skateboard

Honestly, skateboarding isn't a bad way to get around. But realistically, few adults are willing to walk into their office carrying a skateboard after their morning commute. But the Dodo is smartly designed to offer the accommodations of a standard skateboard in a package that fits in a bag or backpack. It has a full 10" wide deck, 6" trucks and beefy 65 mm wheels to handle rough city sidewalks. If you still kinda wish you cold roll around and feel the wind in your hair sometimes, there's no need to let your inner child grow up completely.

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