A well-designed umbrella will endure the elements admirably, but thoughtful and durable construction can’t help much if you misplace or lose it. Davek’s Alert Umbrella is expertly built and boasts a core rib of steel, aircraft-grade aluminum and fiberglass that reliably holds up against strong winds (and reverts back unharmed in the event of an inversion) coupled to an ultra-thin 190-thread count microfiber fabric and 3-action button system to both open and close with sequential presses. What sets it apart from the brand’s previous models, though, is the Bluetooth Low Energy module in the handle that sends a notification to your smartphone if the distance between your umbrella and device exceeds 30 feet. And don’t worry about often changing batteries or recharging: depending on usage, a single coin cell should last about a year or two in the Alert before running dry.
Find it at Kickstarter – $80+
Audiophile-quality equipment is often accompanied by, at the minimum, decent looks, but the Beam Tower Speakers are on a whole other level. Each Beam Tower is housed in a stunning, 43-inch tall reclaimed heart pine timber cabinet and boasts a versatile 8″ Scan-Speak driver that’s solid across the bass and mid-range coupled seamlessly to a 1″ Seas aluminum dome tweeter. Driver selection, in addition to impedance correction circuits, QB3 vented alignment, and accuracy across the range, results in an acoustic experience that still manages to best the speakers’ aesthetics.
Learn more at Fern & Roby – $4,500
Underwear shopping: not something particularly riveting, especially considering the fact that we know we’ll probably end up with a few subpar pairs that we’ll continue wearing until they’ve turned to dust, all in an effort to avoid the activity altogether. But MeUndies’ wares are different. These premium undergarments are made of an ultra-soft, highly breathable Lenzing Modal fabric and are sewn together using durable flat lock stitching for chafe-free comfort typically found in high-priced designer underwear. They don’t ride up nor stretch or fade with time, and are offered in three styles – boxer briefs, trunks, and briefs – each in a staggering array of colors and patterns. And you don’t even need to leave the house to buy them.
Visit MeUndies to snap up a few pairs – $20
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. This week’s EDC belongs to a PhD student in Italy.
For the full February 27th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
When an unexpected three feet of snow takes you and your ill-prepared city by surprise, you’ll be glad to have a few AutoSocks in the trunk. AutoSock is a textile-based temporary winter traction device that boosts road adherence and works as an effective alternatives to chains, particularly in areas where the latter is illegal or for low-clearance vehicles. They’re reusable and last for many miles if used appropriately, install in minutes, and generate virtually no noise or vibrations while mounted on your tires.
Find your tire size at Amazon – $70+ for a pair
If your first instincts, when searching for new additions to your home bar, are to judge products by the attractiveness of their bottles, at least Koval’s Dry Gin won’t have misled you. This small batch gin is based off the distillery’s award-winning white whiskey, adding a unique blend of woodland botanicals, including rose hip, juniper, coriander, and more through the entirely in-house process. The resulting 47% gin makes for a drink that’s complex enough to be enjoyable both straight or as part of a cocktail, and one that’s worthy of its gold foil embossed, laser-cut label.
Read more at Koval Distillery – $35
The benefits of honey are numerous, namely its deliciousness. But if you’re looking to shake things up, taste-wise, check out Geddes Farms all-natural honey. Their sustainably sourced varietal honeys come in eight delicious flavors that include cranberry, avocado, saw palmetto, blueberry, and orange blossom, each with its own distinct flavor profile and hue. They’re also unheated, devoid of any additional additives, and each derived from a single source, giving you an unadulterated honey that’s as pure as it gets.
Find it at Geddes Farms – $15
Whatever you’re carrying, Bellroy’s Carry Out has the room and organizational affinity to handle it, but also conforms to your needs — and the size of your jean pockets — for when you want just the essentials. The Carry Out includes compartments and slots for plenty of goods, including up to 16 cards, bank notes, coins, a pen, passport, your smartphone, and a spare SIM card. Then, two magnets lets the removable billfold pull out and snap right back in again afterwards, doubling as a sleeve when part of the bigger whole or as an ultra slim carrying option for a night on the town.
Find it at Bellroy – $170
Tiny charge cables are all the rage, but Symlis’ Sparrow is still one step ahead. The Sparrow merges a keychain-friendly micro USB or Lightning charge cable with a 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive that can transfer data to and from both your computer and your device (but only Android-running, OTG-compatible devices — sorry, iPhone users). It also boasts a flexible cable to avoid awkward positioning set by rigid cables and transfers fast enough to stream movies or other media on the fly.
Find it at Indiegogo – $35+
Standing gets old, and quickly. Take a load off just about anywhere with Bagobago, a backpack built to remedy the world’s lack of sitting spots. This 22 litre pack comes equipped with legs and a bench hidden within, deploying into an ergonomic weight-bearing stool in seconds all while sparing its contents of any sort of damage. It also meets airline cabin baggage size restrictions, weighs just 3.5 lbs with the removable stool loaded, protects whats inside from the elements thanks to its waterproof construction, and boasts an optional hip strap for proper weight distribution when carrying heavy loads.
Learn more at Bagobago – roughly $147
Carry your keys on a carabiner? Try stashing them in one with KeyBiner. This handy tool is made of stainless steel or brass hardware and presents a new spin on the classic ‘biner, equipping it with room to stash up to 14 keys that swing out when needed along two axes. It’s also got multiple key ring holes, a screwdriver, pry bar, a small file, six wrenches, a 1/4” screw bit driver, and a bottle opener.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – $35+