I’ve been pretty surprised how many comments and emails have come in asking what was in the box, so here’s a quick rundown of what was in it. I actually strapped a little gopro on to do a legit unboxing video, but I still need to make some edits to it since it is way too long and probably way too boring to watch.
I had the mystery box shipped to my mailbox at one of those little local package/shipping stores. At around 2pm the day it arrived I got a call from someone there; “Um Hi, you have very large delivery, can you come pick it up? It’s blocking our lobby of the store.” So, I drove over to get it, and sure enough, there are 2 huge boxes probably totaling a hundred or so pounds.
One was a giant wooden crate, the other was a big cardboard box. One of the kids at the stores offers to help carry these things out. Luckily I have a truck, as I’m not really sure it would have been able to actually fit into a normal car.
I got these puppies home and end up leaving them in the living room for a few days to let the anticipation grow, since it was like being a little kid on Christmas day again. Apparently the anticipation wasn’t as exciting for my girlfriend who had had enough of 2 huge boxes in the middle of the house, so I went ahead and opened them up.
I’m sure I’m going to miss a couple things, but here is the gist of everything that was inside:
The BlueFish Luxury Concierge Membership – I had never heard of BlueFish before but apparently its a luxury concierge service. Looks pretty cool, will definitely post up a review when I’ve had a chance to try it out. I’m guessing it’s a little like the Amex concierge service on steroids.
Boosted Electric Skateboard – This puppy is a pretty bad ass electric skateboard that’s supposed to run about 20mph. I haven’t had a chance to
crack my head open ride it yet, but it looks sick. Should be fun cruising along the sidewalk by the beach with it, I’m sure it’ll turn some heads.
SousVide Supreme Water Oven – This water oven is pretty slick, where you basically vacuum seal the food and then cook it using the water oven. It came with a cookbook and vacuum sealer machine as well. Haven’t had a chance to try it, but the reviews online for it are pretty impressive.
Marc Pro Plus Electrical Muscle Stimulation – This is a high end muscle stimulation device for aiding in recovery time from workouts and help improve or facilitate muscle performance.
IntelaMetrix Bodymetrix Personal Ultrasound – This personal ultrasound system is really slick. It gives you a super detailed look at your fat and muscle layers. It plugs right into your USB slot on your PC. Slop a little of included goop on your body, then scan away and see the results on your computer. I was pretty blown away with the results, definitely will be fun to keep checking progress and tracking it with this.
Signed Tony Hawk Skateboard Deck – This is awesome, definitely going up on the wall of the office! I’m glad I watched the little explanation video Tim sent over with everything. I was about to give this to a buddy to throw wheels on it, before I saw it was signed by the man Tony Hawk himself.
Ralph Steadman Signed Print – Another awesome gift is this signed print by Ralph Steadman who is the “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” artist. This one is going up on the wall also, very cool print. If you’ve never seen Fear & Loathing, go check it out, it’s a classic.
$250 Voucher For DonorsChoose – I had heard of this site before but never really looked around. If you’ve never been there before, go check it out. It’s a really cool site where you can donate to teachers who need extra cash for projects for their students. We had some fun looking through and picking out some things to donate too.
Tumi Leather Passport Holder – Nice little passport holder, always wanted one of these but never could drop the cash on one, so that was a nice surprise.
Trusco Metal Toolbox – At first I wasn’t sure what to make about this, but ended up really liking it. I was able to clean up my junk drawer and load this sucker up with all my small screwdrivers and miscellaneous house tools. The thing look so nice I was able to put it up on the bookcase in plain sight, so it was a win win. This thing is solid Japanese construction and something that will be around for a long time.
ExOfficio Storm Logic Jacket & 2 Pairs Of Underwear – If you’re a Tim Ferriss fan I’m sure you’ve heard of ExOfficio so I was pretty stoked for this to be in there. To be fair it was just a certificate that I used to order it, so I jumped online and grabbed my jacket and drawers right away. Once I get to try it out a bit, will throw up a review on here in the future.
Chef Knife & Other Knife – I don’t know the names off hand, but I know these are two bad ass knives. After using the same Target Knife set for probably the last 10 years I hadn’t thought much of my knives at home. I think I was just used to the dull cutting, because after using this thing I felt like a samurai slicing through everything with ease. It actually made cooking a lot more fun recently. I’ll try to update this later when I get the knife name.
Air Purifier – This is a huge air purifier again I don’t have the name or model handy, but it’s a beast. It’s super quiet and really nice. I’ve been meaning to get one of these for awhile so it ended up being another good surprise.
Evernote 1 Year Subscription – This is another thing you’ve most likely heard of before, it’s a 1 year prepaid subscription to Evernote. I’ve been meaning to give this a shot for a long time, so will be fun finally getting to see what it’s all about.
Cast Iron Andrew Zimmern Wok – This thing is a beast and immediately sent my current wok to a box destined for Goodwill. It’s the best of both worlds and works really well, it’s my new go to pan for the kitchen.
Kelly Kettle And Accessories – This kettle will be coming into use here in the next few weeks with a camping trip. I’ve never heard of this thing, but Tim says he swear by it out in the woods, so will definitely be giving it a shot.
AO Biome Complete Kit – This is something I’ve never heard of before, basically its a probiotic for your skin. I haven’t had a chance to use it much, but it looks like a pretty serious kit that includes shampoo, soap, and a bunch of daily spray bottles.
2 Sonos Speakers – These things are ridiculous, basically you can control what plays on them right from your phone. Different speakers can play different streams from online. I had heard of these before, but playing around with them I’m hooked. Really cool stuff here.
Expandable Travel Backpack – I wish I could remember the name of this thing off hand but I can’t, will have to update it later. But anyways, this thing is pretty sick, it has all sorts of options and features which allow you to expand it out and haul around a ton of stuff. I’ve always used my Porter 65 bag, but it can be a bit big sometimes for shorter trips, this thing looks really good for those.
Hand Signed Holiday Card – A little hand signed card by Tim.
1 Hour QA Session With Tim – This is an upcoming little session with the Mystery Box Buyers.
Almost positive I’m missing a couple things, I’ll have to go through it again and see what was there. It’s a serious box of swag, a really good variety of stuff.
The whole experience was pretty cool, having that show up when I wasn’t sure what to expect. At $5k it was pretty steep, but based on all the other quarterly boxes you could probably sell everything off if you weren’t happy with it, so I rolled the dice. I think everyone’s mind probably wandered a bit with the whole “Mystery” thing, personally I was expecting something a little bit more experience based, but am definitely happy with what showed up. Most of the stuff are things I can use, the rest will be great gifts, or sold online. The Tony Hawk Board and Steadman Print are 2 of my favorite things in the bunch. The BlueFish thing looks interesting as well as I’ve never heard of it, so am looking forward to trying that out.
I think it’s probably a little tough coming up with something that will satisfy everyone who bought it, but this thing was pretty rounded out. The experience of prying open a wooden crate full of random stuff was a cool experience also.
I’d be interested in seeing what everyone thought about it. I can’t really find any other posts yet online about it. If you’ve seen any other reviews or posts about it, please let me know.