Whether you prefer a shoulder bag, duffel, or backpack — or some combination of all three — the Alchemy Equipment AEL008 Carry On has you covered. It’s IATA-compliant, opens fully like a suitcase for easy packing, features 45 litres of space, and boasts a handful of convenient pockets for your passport, tickets, magazines, and tablet/15″ laptop, all stuff you’ll want to keep handy in an airport or in-flight. Switch from backpack to shoulder bag to duffel by stashing all extra straps within zippered compartments for a sleek, clean look that won’t leave snag-prone straps hanging out everywhere. And despite all this it weighs only 1,500 grams, adding minimal weight to whatever’s inside.
Buy one at Alchemy Equipment – $235
When your daily commute involves navigating both the weather and the rigors of above- and below-ground transportation (or simply a harrowing car or bike ride), you need a bag that can take a beating. And if that bag brings along some style as well, all the better. The Distilled Collection from San Francisco-based Timbuk2 draws on the company’s humble beginnings in a garage pumping out products for bike messengers. The Walker Laptop Backpack in particular harnesses that same spirit and combines rugged waxed canvas and genuine leather accents with a herringbone pattern that’ll perfectly complement distressed denim and boots for casual Fridays — or any day of the week, for that matter.
Find it at Amazon – $175+
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 UI UX designer in San Francisco.
For the full August 28th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
Sure, it only does one thing: open bottles. But Ferm Living’s Brass Hexagon Bottle Opener is different enough to make it an intriguing conversation piece. Each is milled of a solid block of brass that’s then polished with a matte, brushed finish. Just try not to drop it on any delicate glassware, lest its heft cause some damage.
Find it at TRNK – $44 [via]
It’s tricky to properly pull off minimalism without being drab. Supr nails it with their Slim 2, a follow up to the original elastic-based Slim. Coupling smooth grain leather to a herringbone-patterned elastic band, the Slim 2 takes up little space in your pocket and, importantly, actually looks good. It’s build to hold just your essentials [read: cards], though a few banknotes are more than welcome. And unlike fully leather wallets, the integrated elastic does the actual gripping of the cards, keeping the leather from stretching out over time for a perpetually solid hold.
Find it at Kickstarter – $50
We don’t consider ourselves overtly paranoid, but it’s a fact that many of the synthetic ingredients in our personal care products aren’t well tested. Ursa Major’s Hoppin’ Fresh Natural Deodorant aims to give you a better option, at least as far as your underarms are concerned. Devoid of aluminum and any stain-causing products, their deodorant provides a subtle, crisp aroma of ginger, rosemary, chamomile, lemon, and grapefruit, protecting you from odors for 24 hours while absorbing excessive moisture to keep you feeling fresh all day. All accomplished without the inclusion of a single known or suspected toxin.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $30 for two
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 technical writer on the west coast.
For the full August 21st breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
Work surface alignment — in other words, drilling straight — is tricky for the DIY-inclined layman. BullseyeBore makes this task more intuitive thanks to a drill-mountable transparent disk that projects a series of three concentric circles onto the drilling surface using lasers. If your drill is misaligned, the outermost circle skews towards one side and changes shape dramatically to let you know. Visual cues as to the depth of the drill bit are also provided, since the outermost circle also shrinks as the bit goes deeper, with the two innermost circles staying constant and acting as a reference.
Check it out at BullseyeBore – $TBA
Your vinyls aren’t a thing like your digital collection. Store them someplace worthwhile, like in a few Symbol Dovetail Record Crates. Each crate is constructed from 5/8″ thick Walnut or White Oak and features exposed English dovetail joinery, comfortable vegetable tanned leather handles equipped with brass fasteners, and enough room for up to 100 of your best LPs.
Find it at Symbol Audio – $225
In our experience, the multitool you’ve got attached to your keychain tend to see the most action. And that’s the idea behind the MyKee TItanium Multitool Key. Built of Grade 5 titanium and weighing in at a small fraction of an ounce, this tool packs a bottle opener, semi-sharp blade, four metric wrenches, a 6mm hex driver, and a multifunctional claw. It’s of course not sharp enough to cut through your pants or break skin, but this clean looking tool will make quick work of a variety of small tasks.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $25