Our dependance on multiple television remotes borders on the ridiculous. Here to rectify this is Sideclick, an add-on to your most-used remote, which is likely that of your Roku, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, or Apple TV. Sideclick snaps onto your remote like a sort of sidecar, adding a power button to turn on your television plus six other buttons for volume, channel, and more. Each button is programmed in seconds using any existing remote to easily control essential features across your media setup, even across multiple devices.
Find it at Kickstarter – $25
Preparing for the unexpected also entails admitting that not every precise scenario or need can be accurately predicted. Best Made Co’s The Possibilities Kit doesn’t include specific tools for specific problems but rather versatile items that help tackle any situation you might find yourself in. Included are two screwdrivers, a 3″ D9 steel pry bar, 3 aviation cable keyrings, an S-Biner, and a waterproof delrin capsule, making the whole kit or select individual components solid additions to your everyday carry
Find it at Best Made Co – $75
We can’t imagine ever going back to luggage without wheels, but then we mightn’t have to if careless baggage handlers have their way with our gear. Heys Stealth Luggage — to a degree — reinvents the wheel with aircraft-inspired, retractable spinner wheels that fold and stow away safely (albeit individually) in an instant, ensuring they’ll still be firmly attached to your luggage come time for baggage claim. This also results in increased packing space by roughly 10% while still meeting international travel requirements thanks to reduced ground clearance. Else, the Stealth also boasts a durable polycarbonate exterior, a fully lined interior complete with compression straps, and comes in three sizes: 21″, 26″, and 30″.
Lauching in Fall. Find them then at Heys – $250 to $350
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 stage hand in Alameda, California.
For the full April 17th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
Jawbone’s UP4 is slim, comfortable, and packed with a handful of sensors to monitor heart rate, temperature, breathing patterns, and movement. All things already done in the UP3. The key difference is the added convenience of rapid Amex payments right from the band thanks to an embedded NFC chip. First, pair your American Express card with UP4 using the UP app on your smartphone. Then, just tap to pay — no card or phone needed — making picking up a sports drink or coffee at the end of your run or workout easier than ever.
Coming this summer. Learn more at Jawbone – $200
Condensing a ton of functionality into a tiny, 1.5″ by 0.5″ slab of titanium comes Metal Dreamer’s Pinch Multitool. Keychain friendly thanks to a hole (and its overall size), the Pinch packs a bottle opener, mini pry bar, 1″ ruler, 1/4″ hex bit driver, a 6mm hex wrench, wire stripper, nail puller, and two flathead screwdrivers. Of course, it won’t always offer the most leverage for wrenching or prying and should sit out if you’ve got bigger tools on hand, but it’ll do just fine in a pinch.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $19+
Cut down on excess and move the wallet to your front pocket with Axess Wallets. These handsome Italian vegetable tanned leather wallets measure in at about half the size of typical billfolds yet still hold all the essential cards and cash. They come in six different models from the more conservative Phantom to the contemporary Admire (shown), each with an RFID-blocking pocket on one side — to protect the contained cards from skimming — and another RFID transparent side for scanning your subway card and the like.
Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $15 to $25
Simple, spacious, and built to last, Fjall Raven’s Duffel No. 6 is tailor made for long journeys in foreign lands. This practical duffel is built using nigh-indestructible G-1000 HeavyDuty weave that’s also waterproof and fitted with carry handles plus a natural-toned leather grip. Outside are two open side pockets alongside one zippered pocket, while the main compartment boasts a mesh pocket within to keep small items organized. It even boasts hidden padded backpack straps for those longer commutes, with padded panels on the top of the bag as well to keep its harder contents from pressing into your back uncomfortably.
Find it at Fjall Raven in three sizes – $200 to $300
It comes as no surprise that lugging an axe around as part of an everyday carry isn’t particularly discreet or even convenient given its size and weight. The SURVCO Tactical Credit Card Axe changes the game thanks to its card-sized stainless steel multitool which can be fashioned into an axe with a bit of paracord or a handful of zip ties. Better yet, it also features 20 other tools, including a bottle opener, seatbelt cutter, saw, nail puller, knife, a bunch of wrenches, and a flat head driver. All in one compact package that slips into a wallet unnoticed.
Find it at Etsy – $30 [via]
Dimond Point’s Patriot Pen is a sleek writing implement with a rugged twist. This military inspired pen is machined from mil-grade 6063 aluminum and boasts optional knurling on both its grip and cap, a distinctive muzzle brake-style tip, and a large powder coated spring steel pocket clip. It’s also hard anodized for durability and easy to refill thanks to compatibility with the ubiquitous Pilot Dr. Grip ink cartridge.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $40+