A good clicky pen is an indispensable tool for anybody relying on a writing implement in short bursts. And when we say good, we’re also basically excluding anything made of plastic. Instead, give Tactile Turn’s Mover & Shaker Pens a gander. Machined from your choice of aluminum, titanium, bronze, copper, or brass, each pen’s two halves screw together so seamlessly it’s almost impossible to tell where they come apart – and no, it’s not at the base of the grip but rather halfway through the pen’s body. They come in two sizes – Mover, the longer one, at 5.55 inches, and Shaker at 5.06 inches – boast a tempered stainless steel clip, a knurled-style grip, and compatibility with a dizzying array of ink cartridges, including some of our favorites (lists for Mover & Shaker).
Find it at Kickstarter – $45+
Take a can of pepper spray, rig it up with modern tech, and you get the Defender Smart Personal Protection Device. First, link Defender to your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. Then, should a situation arise, press the button to simultaneously take a photo, initiate an audible and visual alarm, and disperse the highest concentration of pepper spray legally available. The photo as well as GPS coordinates are also immediately transmitted to Defender’s monitoring team who communicates with 911 centers across the country, greatly increasing the odds that perpetrators are dealt with accordingly.
Learn more at IndieGoGo – $160
At first glance one might wonder why the Kaweco Aluminum Sport Pen is short and stubby, but try fitting your current pen in your pocket and you’ve got your answer. Each of these German-made pens boast an octagonal aluminum body fitted with a removable pocket clip, measures roughly 4 inches in length, and reveals its ballpoint tip at the press of its button. Chose from aluminum, silver, and black colors, or go with the bold, pre-worn stonewash blue.
Grab one at Cool Material’s Shop – $55
Considering the worst that happens to most guys’ wallets is a bit of spilt beer, it’s no wonder they last as long as they do. But if your lifestyle puts your gear through worse, Bellroy’s Elements lineup is for you. The Elements Pocket boasts a durable leather exterior fitted with a hardwearing, water-resistant zipper for keeping out sand, dust, and water. Open it up to reveal room for up to 12 cards, folded bills, coins, a SIM card, and even a standard key in its own dedicated slot. And if Pocket doesn’t fit your precise carrying needs, their Travel and Sleeve models are bigger and smaller, respectively.
Check out the full lineup in several colors at Bellroy – $90
Virtually all your gear is water-sensitive, at least to some degree. Unfortunately, so are most carrying solutions. Keep your goods dry with Filson’s Dry Duffel, a rugged bag that boasts vinyl-coated polyester construction, radio-frequency welded seams, and a roll-top closure with hook-and-loop tab to completely shut out water, dust, and sand. You won’t need to think twice about throwing it in the back of a truck or boat. And with its quick-dry webbing handles, giving it a good cleaning is as simple as blasting it with a hose.
Find it at Filson – $160
Travelling light is key, but even if we could actually fit all our gear into a carry-on, we’d tend not to, carrying a backpack as well just to keep our electronics, magazines, and the like easily accessible for killing downtime at the airport. Victorinox’s Spectra 2.0 Dual-Access Carry-On was crafted with the modern gadget-equipped traveller in mind. These handsom carry-ons feature an extensible handle, 360-degree wheels for rolling or pulling, and a scratch-resistant matte polycarbonate shell fitted with corner guards, but really stand out thanks to a front-zippered quick-access door that grants access to your 15-inch laptop, tablet, smartphone, passport, tickets, and much more.
A lumen is the SI unit of luminous flux, equal to the amount of light emitted per second in a unit solid angle of one steradian from a uniform source of one candela. Multiply that by 170 ad you’ve got the blindingly bright Nitecore SENS Mini. But the Nitecore is more than just an LED light, it’s rugged, waterproof convenience that fits in the palm of your hand with room to spare. A single CR2 battery powers this flashlight to more than 69 meters at full power and a built in active dimming sensor knows the angle at which the Nitecore is held and adjusts the light level accordingly. Of course, you can set the light to a fixed setting of 170, 50 or 20 lumens if you prefer manual operation.
Grab one at Amazon – $41
Strapping a bunch of cards together with an elastic makes for a thin wallet – and also necessitates rifling through your cards to find the one you’re looking for. Zenlet foregoes the traditional stacked card design often employed by simple wallets, instead sliding open to reveal all cards (up to 6) within, spacing each one out to help you quickly find the right one. Else, it’s 10mm thin, carries along other small objects like keys or coins, clips shut to become waterproof, and sports one RFID-shielded wall to protect your credit/debit cards while letting another on the flip side, like a bus pass or the like, work freely.
Find it at Kickstarter – $29+
Titanium: good. Carbon fiber: better. RCFibers’s Carbon Fiber Money Clips clamp your cards and cash together with simultaneous style and substance considering they’re extremely strong, light, and, frankly, baller. Their Kickstarter-launched D15 combines a leather base that organizes your cards – up to 10 of them – with a long carbon fiber clip that then secures a wad of cash to the wallet. It’s also versatile in that the clip can be used entirely on its own for travelling light without the leather segment. And if it’s traditional clips you’re after, hit up their website instead.
Read more at Kickstarter – $35+
Hitting the gym before or straight from work requires discipline and, ideally, a special kind of bag. The Aer Duffel Pack can definitely help you with the latter. This low-key, highly organized pack is a cross between a duffel and a laptop bag thanks to a dedicated compartment for your computer and accessories, a waterproof vertical zipper that unfurls to access the large main compartment, plus a ventilated slot for your shoes and used clothing that isolates them from clean clothes. Else, its water-resistant ballistic nylon exterior ensures durability while padded shoulder straps and a mesh back panel make for a comfortable carry.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – $150