Anso’s rugged, badass card holder just got a well-deserved upgrade in the Matrix Titanium & Carbon Fiber Credit Card Holder. This new version couples titanium to carbon fiber, holding up to six credit cards firmly with its titanium spring while simultaneously hitting a more affordable price point than its predecessor thanks to higher scale production. The Matrix also grants easy access to your cards thanks to its skeletal frame, letting you easily slide out the outermost cards or push the whole stack out using its bottom-positioned thumb holes.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $94
Indestructible clothing usually have a telling look, and while that’s not always bad, notably if you’re hiking, camping, or otherwise out of the public’s eye, it is in most normal scenarios. Almost impossibly, Outlier’s Strongworks pants managed to pull off an overall simple, elegant look while still remaining rugged enough to handle most anything the great outdoors might throw your way. A soft, cotton-like feel and solid breathability both betray the actual material — twisted strands of fine air forged Supplex fibers — which boast the strength and durability of high grade nylon.
Find them at Outlier – $98
Fact: for off-road grip, oversized rubber wheels coupled with heavy duty treads get results. So it just makes sense that Under Armour’s Fat Tire GTX shoes use large amounts of Michelin tire rubber and some serious mountain bike tire-inspired treads to keep your feet from slipping whether you’re winter hiking or just taking on precariously icy streets. They also feature a Boa steel lace cable system to cinch up in seconds, employ Gore-Tex to stay dry, and barely weigh over a pound per shoe.
Available in fall at Under Armour – $200 [via]
Luxurious, sculptural timepieces need not be mechanical. Take Frank Buchwald’s Nixie Machine for M.A.D.Gallery, a gorgeously elaborate clock crafted of 350 brass and steel pieces, and fitted with six original 90mm Nixie tubes — produced in the early 1960s — to tell time. The tubes are rigged up as three pairs for hours, minutes, and seconds, and alternately shows the date, all set automatically thanks to both GPS and DCF77 receivers. Available as part of a limited run of 12 pieces, half burnished, half stainless steel.
Learn more at Mechanical Art Design – roughly $27,500
Tape measures aren’t particularly difficult to use, but we’re all for the convenience that eTape 16’s digital screen brings to the table. Like any good tape measure it packs a 16 foot long marked tape and a locking mechanism, but also boasts a large digital display that tells at what precise distance you’ve measured to either anvil on the tape measure’s body. It also switches between imperial and metric at the push of a button and boasts dual memory buttons to retain the last measurement, just in case your own weary memory wasn’t up to the task.
Pick one up at eTape 16 – $30 [via]
The best thing to happen to butter since sliced bread, Butterup keeps chunky, poorly spread cold butter from ruining your toast. A built-in grater cuts small spaghetti strands of butter that soften it, air it out, and all in all speed up the warming process for an easier, more even spread that results in you wasting less. It’s also made of long-lasting, dishwasher-safe stainless steel and boasts an extra-wide blade to better collect the grated butter.
Grab one at the MoMA store – $20 [via]
Typically, flashlights rely on a side- or rear-mounted push button for activation. Four Sevens’ Bolt-Action Light changes it up by equipping the light with an intuitive and tactile sliding bolt instead that turns the light on or off and lets you change output mode with a simple sliding motion. It’s also sized like a pen, boasts three brightness modes — 1 lumen “moonlight”, 59 lumens on low, or 490 on high — and is constructed from hard-anodized aircraft-grade aluminum for durability.
Find it at Four Sevens – $100
Apple’s obsession with design occasionally leads to annoyances, such as too few USB ports on our MacBook Pros. Or having to always reach around an iMac to plug anything in. iMacompanion remedies the latter in the cleanest, least obstructive way imaginable. This anodized aluminum hub matches your iMac and boasts a single USB 3.0 port, with a paper-thin cable passing underneath the stand undetected. It also works with all iMacs from 2004 until today and installs in seconds using adhesive tape.
Check it out at BiteMyApple – $40
Ever-improving smartphone cameras coupled to overly small flashes still result in subpar low light images. Knog’s [Expose] Smart Light adds a bit of punch to your flash with an array of nine LEDs that output up to 130 lumens, with brightness, flash mode, and white balance adjustable using Knog’s app. It also packs its own 180 mAh battery to run for hours without draining your phone and boasts a design perfectly suited to your iPhone.
Preorder at Knog – $60
Each week we’ll show you an everyday carry – a small selection of tools, gadgets, and gear carried daily to cope with a variety of situations – worthy of a few minutes of your attention.
For the full January 23rd breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.