MacGyver may be able to get out of any situation with a paperclip, piece of gun and his trusty Swiss Army knife, but the rest of us need a little more. Fortunately, the ITS Mini Survival Kit fills the gap between Mac and a Special Ops pack. This pocket size kit provides all the tools you need to start a fire, signal for help, navigate at night, snare some food, purify water, or cut down a tree. You’ll even be prepared if you get injured… providing of course that the injury can be remedied by anti-biotic ointment and Steri-Strips. At 3.4 ounces you won’t be weighed down and there’s no worries if you accidentally get your kit wet, since almost everything is wrapped within poly water-resistant bags. Oh, and most importantly, the Mini Survival Kit includes a bit of duct tape – 6 inches of the stuff, to be exact.
Pick one up at Imminent Threat Solutions – $30
What do we do when our favorite pocketable pen is rereleased in stealthy black? Buy a third. Ian Schon’s Pen Project Black features the same brass screw to secure its Fischer Space Pen cartridge and the same machined aluminum design that extends to fit as comfortably in your hand as your pocket, but now comes in a stunning anodized black finish. Dare we say even better is the limited-run titanium version that’s coupled to a hard gold coated screw, but it’s just a hair less affordable.
Buy one at The Awesomer Shop – $64
Need a bag that’ll tackle your daily workload, then just as easily double as an overnighter? Ogden Made’s flagship Junction City Messenger has the capacity and stature to handle either-or, and everything in between. These rugged packs are handcrafted using 1000D Cordura plus X-pac ripstop fabrics, equipped with a shoulder pad over a 2-inch webbing strap, velcro and two adjustable buckles to keep the flap secured shut, and a large flap-mounted pocket lined with a water-resistant YKK zipper. Inside, one large main compartment swallows up misc. gear and/or a sleeved 15-inch laptop with ease, while two smaller pockets are large enough for iPads and Kindles, and sport dividers for chargers, mice, pens, and other crucial goods.
Over 60 color combinations available. Personalize your own at Ogden Made (use coupon GearHungry10 to save 10%) – $145
Need to relieve that bulky feeling in your pocket? You could purchase an expensive wallet (like Dunhill… not to be confused with DUN) leaving you with little cash left with which to stuff it. Or you can opt for DUN, the world’ thinnest leather billfold. At a thickness of just 0.2” empty, DUN makes your old wallet look like it needs its stomach stapled. Made from as little material as possible, it still manages to carry more than just the basics, including change or a key, four cards (a couple more will fit, worst case), a few business cards, receipts, plus up to 10 unfolded bills in its money strap. The classic lines and minimalist design work in unison to create a stylish yet functional wallet that comes in either premium black or dark brown leather.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $39
We love Pilot’s fine Hi-Tec-C ink cartridges, but frankly they’re a little tough to get a hold of in our neck of the woods. Enter Uni-Ball’s Signo 207, the companion cartridge to Mike Bond’s Ti2 TechLiner Pen. Available in ultrafine sizes down to 0.38mm, it writes extremely smoothly and features anti-fraud ink, preventing check washing. And the pen around it isn’t too shabby, either: the TechLiner is entirely machined from pure titanium billets and sports one of four finishes – tumbled, gonzodized, matte black, or blackwash (shown). It’s also got a quick-to-remove cap that sticks thanks to neodymium magnets on both ends, optional pocket clips (add ten bucks), and a machined grip that won’t ever quit.
Pick one up on Kickstarter – $55+
We’d never have thought of carrying tools on our boot laces, but then it sort of makes sense. Vvego’s T-1 Boot Blade fits within its custom leather holster that’s easily threaded by a boot lace to remain easily accessible at the front of your boot. Not content with using steel or any like materials,Vvego instead fashioned this blade from an Inconel alloy that’s commonly used in high-heat and other extreme applications, such as rocket thrust chambers and as the skin of the mach 6 X-15 rocket plane. It won’t ever rust or corrode, weighs less than 1 ounce, and boasts a curved profile that’s easy to grasp despite its compact size.
Find it at Vvego – $33
Travelling with watches that merit a touch more protection than Hodinkee’s Waxed Canvas Rolls can offer? Their Leather Travel Tube should do nicely. Sourced from a small Italian artisan, each handcrafted tube features a solid brass buckle with roller bar to keep the tube shut, a soft insert around which to wrap your watches, and a plush lining to keep them nestled safely within your handbag or carry-on. The tube also holds up to four watches – contingent on their size – which should be more than enough to get you through even the longest of trips.
Order at Hodinkee – $250
Does your belt do more work and carry heavier loads than the average Joe’s? If so – and it’s not doing so hot – it might be time to check out EDC Belt. This workhorse of a belt is actually two in one: a rigid inner belt maintains structure and won’t ever stretch, while a hybrid leather and nylon outer belt looks good and provides tension, both sewn together in several places using heavy duty TEX90 nylon thread. A nigh-indestructible quick-release AustriAlpin Cobra buckle, 3-inches of size adjustment, and several color combinations (including black, brown, plus white), round out this belt’s rugged appeal.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $85
The paper notebook isn’t, and arguably won’t ever be, dead. Word. Notebooks (3 for $10) freshen the game with their bullet point system, a clever way of keeping track of your to-do list, distinguishing particularly important tasks, works in progress, and those already completed. They also come in over a dozen colors and patterns, meaning there’s something for everyone. The hard part is settling on just one or a few designs.
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Most LED bulbs stick out from their incandescent counterparts like a sore thumb thanks to bold, daring, and unconventional designs. And while there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, perhaps the path to LED’s widespread adoption would be accelerated by slightly more orthodox thinking. Conceived of this logic, Philips’ Clear LED Bulb keeps the same familiar shape as standard incandescents, refining it using a far more efficient LED bulb that shines through a novel yet remarkably familiar filament-like lens. Throw in a power-sipping 6W rating, warm 2700K light temperature, plus a 25,000 hour run time, and you can bet we’ll be screwing in more than a few of these LED bulbs this summer.
Arriving in July. Until then, learn more at Philips – $12