Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kyle Mancini

Summer heats up and we’ve got some ultra-cool finds to help you enjoy the warmer months, and beyond.

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Flip Video

Who knew you could have so much fun in the palm of your hand? Flip Video is a portable mini camcorder that literally fits in your hand. With an internal flash memory, you’ll get 30 or 60 minutes of video (depending on which version you buy). Simply plug it into your computer’s USB port and upload to your computer. The image quality is fantastic and perhaps most importantly, it’s simple to use. You just press the red button and go. Includes a built-in microphone and speaker with surprisingly good sound quality. You can even plug this little sucker into your TV with the cable that comes in the box.

Retails for $119 or $149 depending on memory size (512MB and 1GB, respectively)
Available at www.target.com

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Herradura Tequila

At Casa Herradura, they’ve put over 130 yrs of experience into their premium tequilas. Forget the lime juice and salted rim, this is tequila you will enjoy straight up. Using blue Agave grown on their plantation, five generations of proud Ramos have passed down their family tequila-making traditions. Their passion for these special plants, which are aged six to eight years before being baked in their traditional clay ovens, makes their product a stand-out and their meticulous process has catapulted the brand to an elite status as the world’s finest tequila.

The brand features five top rate tequilas that range from Silver to Suprema. Our pick from the line: Herradura Hacienda del Cristero, a pure, clear and delicious.

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ReVive Your Skin

Men’s skin needs special attention, and it needs it as much in the heat of summer as it does in the cold of winter. Perspiration and outdoor activities can lead to clogged pores. SPF might be a pain, but it’s necessary. ReVive Skin Care has created ReVive Pour Homme Sensitif Oil Free Lotion, which imparts hydration as well as protection in an oil-free formula. The emulsion has SPF 15 and antioxidants and leaves skin with a healthy matte finish while eliminating toxins. A virtual men’s skin care panacea in a simple classic bottle.

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Strapp-On

Give the man-bag a try with a bag that’s, well, actually cool. The Strapp bag comes in a myriad of colors and is made from high-quality denier (though leather is an option as well). The bags have pockets (4 and 7 pocket options) that are just right for wallet, pda, ipod, cologne, keys…even a change of underwear. The bags run $30 and can be purchased online at www.thestrapp.com.

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Mistral Soap
By Michael Patrick

The first thing I noticed about Mistral’s new Pumpkin Seed Oil & Shea Butter Soap For Men is the ginormous dino egg size. Built for a man’s large hands, it’s a bit clumsy in the first few uses (even for my 6’6 frame) but melts into the perfect shape, size and heft. The soap itself is smooth on skin, lathers quickly and rinses clean, leaving little residue. Fragrances include Cedarwood Marine, Sandalwood Bamboo and Mandarin Amber. Visit www.mistralsoaps.com to purchase.

Originally published July 2007
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