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+
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
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+
A departure from most concealable knives we commonly run into, Spyderco’s Dog Tag Folder is both small and lightweight, closely duplicating the dimensions of a military dog tag and thus naturally earning a spot around your neck. The titanium handle boasts a machined spring bar fitted with a steel ball bearing that, while not an outright lock, deters the blade from opening or closing without the use of force. The blade itself is made of S30V stainless steel with a stonewashed finish and sports Spyderco’s signature Round Hole for easy opening, and nests single flat bevel edge into an aluminum back strap to protect the blade when closed.
Grab one in black ($74) or blue/green ($69)
Every flask you purchase should be your last. Easier said than done, of course, but Slightly Alabama’s River Flask has a genuine shot of garnering that coveted spot in our chest or trouser pocket for eternity. With a holding capacity of 7 ounces, this flask can carry just enough hard stuff to take the edge off of a dry wedding or — in moderation — warm you and a couple of buddies on the slopes. It’s also wrapped in a handsome Horween leather case in one of five colors (Terra Cotta shown) that’s finished with edge burnishing, painting, and hand waxing.
Find it at Slightly Alabama – $75
Our precarious octopus wiring leads to blown circuit breakers, which inevitably leads to a frantic toggling of them all in order to find the right one. And while ID’ing the circuit we want to shut off when we need to expose some wires requires similar trial and error, Klein Tools’ ET300 Digital Circuit Breaker Finder simplifies the search. Just insert the included test plug into the circuit and then run the tester over the circuit breakers twice: once to calibrate, and another time to identify the targeted circuit. The powerful transmitter also works through up to 1,000 feet of wiring, making this a solid toolkit addition for anyone doing occasional electrical work.
Pick one up at Amazon – $40 [via]
There’s a good chance you’re employing some sort of carabiner in your carry, so swapping it out with one that’s both more functional and versatile is only logical. The Ti2 Whar-Biner is made of either titanium, bronze, or zirconium and boasts a spacious compartment, a box opener, chisel, prybar, screw driver, and a bottle opener. Each one is precision machined and then tumbled for 24 hours, resulting in a product that’s as durable and rugged as it is stunning.
Find it at Kickstarter – $98
In the backcountry — or even your backyard — the need for good lighting is almost as vital as the need for ridding the surrounding area of mosquitoes. The Thermacell Repellent Camp Lantern handles both these tasks admirably. This ruggedized, rubber-lined lantern outputs up to 300 lumens of multidirectional light and uses a butane cartridge to heat an insect repellant mat, releasing a chrysanthemum-derived insect repellant into the surrounding air to shield a 15 by 15 foot area from pests. It runs silently, is virtually odorless, and lasts for up to 40 hours on its highest setting.
Preorder at Thermacell – $60
Rather save your second front pocket for something other than your phone? Then pack it into the This Is Ground Stash alongside some cards and cash. This handsome RiRi zippered wallet boasts a slot for your iPhone 6 sized smartphone (or smaller) and four slots for stuffing with your paper and plastic. Each Stash is handcrafted from either premium cognac-, toffee-, or charcoal-colored leather, or from a military green vegan waxed canvas.
Learn more at This Is Ground – $175