Backed Hard: The Best Stuff We (Actually) Bought in May – VICE

Welcome back to Backed Hard, our monthly cornucopia of the best stuff your trusted Rec Room staff tried, loved, and now wishes to evangelize. Our browser has taken us far and wide for the month of May, and delivered us unto the best retro headphones, summer sneakers, clean beauty products, clever kitchen wares, and beyond, like a parched donkey to the verdant promised land. Now, enjoy your turn to sit back, relax, and let us drizzle the honey over your figs while we put the best of our finds on parade. 

Last month’s editors picks included Ooni home pizza ovens, organic bamboo sheets, and a clever little tool for de-gunking your AirPods. This month, we’ve learned a few tricks of the trade for growing better spring-to-summer gardens, pressing our tortillas like a pro, and joining the cult of fancy soap thanks to Aesop’s herbaceous blends. Our pantry overfloweth with Momofuku’s spicy noodles, Mariage Frères tea, and an apple-cider-vinegar-infused, low-sugar prebiotic Mexican soda, and frankly, we’ve never felt better. This month’s bounty did not come to play, so throw on that Snuggie and let’s look back at the best things our editors (actually) bought and loved in May.  

These 1980s-nostalgic Koss headphones

Koss makes some of the best lightweight, collapsible headphones on the market for under $100, but none look as good as its best-selling—and often sold-out—retro beige Porta Pro set. Not only are you getting all the even sound distribution of a Koss device with these babies, including an inline microphone, remote, and attenuating volume control, but they make you feel like the protagonist of a 1980s action movie. —Mary Frances Knapp 


Porta Pro Limited Edition Rhythm Beige Headphones

$59.99 at Amazon

A cast-iron tortilla press

Those pre-made, dry flour tortillas you get at the supermarket are good for breakfast wraps and other quick fixes, but an easy way to take your cooking to the next level is by making your own corn tortillas at home. It’s actually really simple, and the only piece of equipment you need is one of these easy-to-use tortilla presses. Sure, you can hack it with some plastic and two LSAT study textbooks you know you’re never going to crack open (sorry, Mom), but your tortillas won’t be as uniform and probably won’t cook as evenly. —Ian Burke

Victoria Cast Iron

Victoria 8-Inch Cast Iron Tortilla Press

$28.95$19.75 at Amazon

Aesop’s amazing-smelling Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser 

Like everyone else on this planet, I’m a big fan of Aesop’s heavenly smelling hand washes, which are the ultimate …….



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