Sure, the difference is but aesthetic, but we can’t help but appreciate the Field Notes’ Ambition Edition notebooks echo the gilded pocket books of yesteryear. Each of the three styles — Olive (ledger lines), Wine (graph paper), and Chocolate (weekly datebook) — is topped with subdued Speckletone covers, gold staples, and matte gold ink for their ledger and graph lines. Afterwards, small batches of these books have their edges smoothed in three passes using an edge gilder which then fuses metallic foil onto them using heat to create an elegant gold edge, all-in-all making for a notebook that’s too gorgeous to miss.
Learn more at Field Notes – $10
Get a head start on your holiday shopping for that friend or guy in your life who just can’t seem to stay in one place. Whether it’s about travelling with a wrinkle-free suit, blocking out unwanted noises on flights, or packing shirts that never wrinkle or need washing, we’ve got you covered.
Granted, vented beer cans are practical, but what if you’d rather drink something other than Coors Light? For that, there’s Snake Bite. These handsome church keys quickly inflict double incisions into beer cans (and other heavy duty cans), facilitating pouring or rapid chugging by letting in air through the top to equilibrate flow. It also doubles as a bottle opener and swings nicely into its leather sheath to avoid poking into your thighs when in a pocket.
Find it at Kickstarter – $18
Size matters when it comes to settling on a portable cable, and by those standards InCharge has its rivals beat. This Micro USB or Lightning cable sports a short, flexible cable that forms a loop to wraps around your keychain when its two ends are snapped together magnetically. It also comes in eight colors, is too short to tangle, and costs about as much as two lattes.
Find it at IndieGoGo – $9
Finding the end of the tape roll is not something we’re good at nor much enjoy. American Science & Surplus’ The End Is In Sight electrical tape finally solves this universal problem thanks to a spiralling gray double line that runs along the roll, shedding light on precisely where it ends. It’s also rated to 660V and 221 degrees, measures 3/4″ wide by 66 feet, and may save you days or weeks of time running your nail around the roll over your lifetime (or at least if you use electrical tape a lot).
Pick up a three-pack at American Science & Surplus – $3.75
You’re probably already familiar with Pelican products. Whether protecting military or emergency gear, Pelican is known to provide watertight, crushproof cases. After decades of experience and research, they’re now introducing ProGear Elite Luggage. These hardcore carry-ons and suitcases feature a watertight seal that makes a hurricane look like a walk in the park. Don’t worry about careless baggage handlers either: each piece is lightweight, rolls on ball bearing wheels, and is crushproof to 3/4 tons. ProGear features the same latches used on military cases to protect your gear, and all hardware is stainless steel, making broken zippers on the conveyer line a thing of the past. Convenient latches on three sides lay flat when not in use, and each features a retractable handle. With three sizes to choose from, 22”, 27” and 30”, each with its own TSA approved lock, you know your luggage will reach your destination intact with its contents secure. And like all other Pelican products, they’re guaranteed for life.
Read more at Pelican, locate a store here, or shop a limited selection on Amazon – $475+
You may have learned this by experience already, but lugging a pair of shoes in your pack requires particular care to keep from messing up the rest of its contents. Ultraolive’s Taped Seam Dry Bag does that more elegantly than a plastic bag ever could thanks to its waterproof cotton fabric, rolltop closure and taped seams, effectively quarantining kicks of up to size 13. And should you happen to get caught out in less than ideal weather, at least you can count on your second pair of shoes to stay dry.
Find it at Ultraolive – $55
As clean and timeless as it is functional, the Bomber Barrel is the ideal companion for overnighters, hitting the gym, lugging your gear to work, and everything in between. Virtually every part of this pack is overbuilt: the bag itself is made of ripstop nylon and boasts wrap-around carry handles, military-grade clips, an adjustable leather-padded nylon shoulder strap, and emergency paracord zipper pulls, just in case. All this makes for a duffel that’s weather-resistant, ultralight at just 14 ounces, and simple, with just one large compartment and two pockets, one inside and one outside.
Grab one at Kickstarter – $60
There was a time that every gentleman carried a pocketknife. Bushkill’s flagship model Necker isn’t that knife. Like all Bushkill blades, the Necker is handcrafted in Bushkill, Pennsylvania. Though diminutive in size with an overall length of 5.5” and a drop point cutting edge of just 2.5”, the 1/8” thick 80CrV2 high carbon steel with ¾ height hollow grind plus a convex cutting edge (yeah, it’s just that cool) and HRC rating of 61 make this blade tough enough for any job. Designed to be worn around the neck for easy access, each knife comes with a kydex sheath that’s set up for standard milspec carry options with breakaway clasps for safety. Blade finish options include polished chrome, gun metal grey, stone grey, and Alabama Damascus (shown), with handle options available to customize your knife further.
Find it at Bushkill Blades – $100+
By default most beefy multitools include a blade or two, landing themselves on the non-compliance list of many institutions and industrial facilities. Gerber’s Bladeless Multi-Plier MP600 avoids potential issues by skipping the knife altogether. It’s still, as always, packed with a slew of useful tools including a one-hand opening needle-nose plier, replaceable RemGrit saw, replaceable Tungsten Carbide wire cutters, scissors, can and bottle openers, a ruler, plus a few screwdrivers. And if a knife’s still a must, the MP600 also comes in bladed form with fine-edge and serrated-blade knives.
Grab one on Amazon – $50 [via]