In a year where everything has been more different and chaotic than ever before, what are Pinkbike’s test editors and some of our regular contributors asking for?
More Days in the Mountains
On the one hand, I really like the idea of being a minimalist and not being tied to things. I also read a book recently called “Do You Really Need It?: One Question to Free You Financially” and it’s made me think a lot about what I actually need. The problem is, when you get into a new sport, it’s basically committing to buying a whole lot of new things. On the one hand, I have more than enough stuff. On the other hand, you can’t really join Alicia paragliding with your bike gear, or Kaz on his next ski trip without an avalanche transceiver. Therefore, I’m constantly redefining what is a need and what is a want. Okay, they’re all definitely not needs in the traditional sense. But what is something that I will actually get good use of and will open more adventure opportunities and what is a luxury item or something I won’t get enough use out of? What are the things that are actually important to me?
I’m still figuring it out. Right now the long list is embarrassingly long and includes an avalanche airbag, an Icom 1000 radio, new ski boots, more avalanche training, better snow pants, resort skis, a sled, ski and moto and mountain bike coaching, a moto helmet, and moto boots that aren’t a hand-me-down and still have all their buckles, but if what I really want it to get out in the mountains and I can do that with all the stuff I already have right now, do I really need any of those things?
Jetson One Personal Electric Aerial Vehicle
I’m not a big fan of wish lists, and realistically there isn’t anything that I really need – I have food, a home, a library card, and a mountain bike with air in both tires. That’s all of my basic necessities sorted. However, if I somehow became obscenely wealthy (unlikely, unless someone out there has a trust fund they’d like to let me borrow for a while), I’d have this Jetson One ‘Personal Electric Aerial Vehicle’ in my garage.
I mean, just look at it. Yes, it only flies for 20 minutes, and sure, it has propellers that look like they’re just waiting to take off a limb, but it looks like such a fun, futuristic way to get around. Even thought it’s probably insanely loud, and you can buy an actual airplane that can carry passengers for less than this contraption’s $92,000 asking price, I still want to give it a try.
Hopefully as time goes on battery technology will evolve and the range will expand, but I’m not holding my breath – there are companies out there that have been promising the equivalent of a flying car for over 50 years, and non of them have managed to succeed. All the same, I’d love to see what it’s like to go zooming around in the …….