Thin and compact minimal wallets often entail sacrificing ease of access to your cards buried deep within. MSTRMND Collective’s Apex Wallet solves this issue thanks to an ergonomic thumb slot that lets you slide out the last card in the stack with a simple motion, perfect for swiping or exposing some plastic to an NFC-enabled terminal. Each Apex is precision machined from a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum, making it naturally resistant to RFID skimming, and boasts a wide elastic band to secure your cards and bank notes alike. They weigh just 1.2 ounces, are, for all intents and purposes, indestructible, and hold between two to seven cards at a time.
Find it at Kickstarter – $22+
A solid addition to your everyday carry that wont weigh you down, Machine Era’s keychain-friendly Multi multitool is extremely lightweight thanks to its machined titanium design. Multi boasts a phillips head screwdriver, a flathead, a bottle opener, a 1″ rule, and a pry wedge who’s use is facilitated thanks to a roomy finger grip. Its lack of blades also makes the tool TSA compliant, meaning they won’t confiscate it like they did our last keychain tool.
Grab one at Kickstarter – $32
Anso’s rugged, badass card holder just got a well-deserved upgrade in the Matrix Titanium & Carbon Fiber Credit Card Holder. This new version couples titanium to carbon fiber, holding up to six credit cards firmly with its titanium spring while simultaneously hitting a more affordable price point than its predecessor thanks to higher scale production. The Matrix also grants easy access to your cards thanks to its skeletal frame, letting you easily slide out the outermost cards or push the whole stack out using its bottom-positioned thumb holes.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $94
Typically, flashlights rely on a side- or rear-mounted push button for activation. Four Sevens’ Bolt-Action Light changes it up by equipping the light with an intuitive and tactile sliding bolt instead that turns the light on or off and lets you change output mode with a simple sliding motion. It’s also sized like a pen, boasts three brightness modes — 1 lumen “moonlight”, 59 lumens on low, or 490 on high — and is constructed from hard-anodized aircraft-grade aluminum for durability.
Find it at Four Sevens – $100
Staring at your television screen in pitch darkness is a bit like looking directly at a lightbulb: unpleasant. Fortunately, the fix is cheap and easy with a bit of backlighting. Antec’s HDTV Bias Light installs using an included adhesive and plugs to your televisions USB port to turn on along with it, splashing some light on the rear wall to reduce eye strain and increase perceived clarity and contrast. The LED strip is 55 inches long and trims down if needed to suit your set, all in all probably working much better than that DIY upwards-facing lamp setup you’ve rigged up.
Grab one on Amazon – $22 [via]
Manning the grill entails a lot of responsibility, like making sure food is cooked properly and ensuring the beer in the hands of your friends are without tops and good to drink. StoneBreaker’s padded leather Tailgaiting Gloves protect your hands and wrists from errant embers thanks to their extended cuffs and are cut following the brand’s Fit to Work pattern for a superb fit. And, importantly, the right glove sports an integrated aluminum bottle opener right in its palm to crack open bottles like its your job — and it is.
Hit up Kickstarter to pledge – $30
Building off their previous crowdfunded flashlight comes Zerohour’s Relic XR, a newer, smaller light that’s more suited to your everyday carry but that remains just as versatile. This lantern boasts an IPX-8 waterproof anodized aluminum body and a Cree Xlamp XP-L LED that outputs anywhere from 1 to 1,000 lumens at the twist of the control ring. Conveniently, it also doubles as a 3,400 mAh backup battery, recharging your devices via its USB port, and mounts to 1″ bike mounts or belt holsters without a hitch.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $140
The most functionality you’ll usually get out of a bracelet is one made of a bit of paracord. Leatherman’s Tread instead takes the multitool in a different direction by combining stainless steel links that each boast two to three functional tools. Injection molded for strength, the links are rearrangeable and include a variety of screwdriver bits, box wrenches, hex drivers, a carbide glass breaker, and more, coming together in a convenient, TSA-friendly tool that’s always on your wrist. Tread is also adjustable for fitting different sized wrists all, closes thanks to a clasp that doubles as a bottle opener, and even makes up the watch strap for the upcoming Leatherman Tread QM1 timepiece.
Learn more at Leatherman – $TBA
Leatherman’s multitools already pack a fair amount of functionality, and their latest pushes the boundaries as a survivalist companion. Like their other models the Signal is based around a set of foldable wire cutter-equipped pliers but notably boasts a removable ferrocerium fire starter and a whistle on top of normal fare like a blade, a saw, a diamond-coated file, a hammer, and a bit driver. It even boasts a removable knife sharpener for honing its blade — or your others — on the go.
Available later this year. Learn more at Leatherman – $120
Whether you commute by bike or on foot or just enjoy long treks, Osprey’s full-featured Radial 26 Daypack has you covered. Remedying the biggest gripe we have with backpacks in general, an AirSpeed suspension backpanel coupled to ventilated straps keeps your back cool and dry through longer trips. Fortunately, this doesn’t compromise the bag’s capacity, which includes a padded 15″ laptop compartment, a tablet sleeve, a large main compartment with three mesh organizers, dual water bottle slots, plus two smaller quick-access pockets on its front. Moreover, the Radial also packs numerous niceties, including a deployable high-visibility rain cover, a Lid Lock to secure your helmet to the bag, an external compartment for a U-lock, plus built-in reflectors, should you not make use of the blinker light attachment tab.
Find it at Amazon – $160