Considering the worst that happens to most guys’ wallets is a bit of spilt beer, it’s no wonder they last as long as they do. But if your lifestyle puts your gear through worse, Bellroy’s Elements lineup is for you. The Elements Pocket boasts a durable leather exterior fitted with a hardwearing, water-resistant zipper for keeping out sand, dust, and water. Open it up to reveal room for up to 12 cards, folded bills, coins, a SIM card, and even a standard key in its own dedicated slot. And if Pocket doesn’t fit your precise carrying needs, their Travel and Sleeve models are bigger and smaller, respectively.
Check out the full lineup in several colors at Bellroy – $90
Virtually all your gear is water-sensitive, at least to some degree. Unfortunately, so are most carrying solutions. Keep your goods dry with Filson’s Dry Duffel, a rugged bag that boasts vinyl-coated polyester construction, radio-frequency welded seams, and a roll-top closure with hook-and-loop tab to completely shut out water, dust, and sand. You won’t need to think twice about throwing it in the back of a truck or boat. And with its quick-dry webbing handles, giving it a good cleaning is as simple as blasting it with a hose.
Find it at Filson – $160
Travelling light is key, but even if we could actually fit all our gear into a carry-on, we’d tend not to, carrying a backpack as well just to keep our electronics, magazines, and the like easily accessible for killing downtime at the airport. Victorinox’s Spectra 2.0 Dual-Access Carry-On was crafted with the modern gadget-equipped traveller in mind. These handsom carry-ons feature an extensible handle, 360-degree wheels for rolling or pulling, and a scratch-resistant matte polycarbonate shell fitted with corner guards, but really stand out thanks to a front-zippered quick-access door that grants access to your 15-inch laptop, tablet, smartphone, passport, tickets, and much more.
A lumen is the SI unit of luminous flux, equal to the amount of light emitted per second in a unit solid angle of one steradian from a uniform source of one candela. Multiply that by 170 ad you’ve got the blindingly bright Nitecore SENS Mini. But the Nitecore is more than just an LED light, it’s rugged, waterproof convenience that fits in the palm of your hand with room to spare. A single CR2 battery powers this flashlight to more than 69 meters at full power and a built in active dimming sensor knows the angle at which the Nitecore is held and adjusts the light level accordingly. Of course, you can set the light to a fixed setting of 170, 50 or 20 lumens if you prefer manual operation.
Grab one at Amazon – $41
Strapping a bunch of cards together with an elastic makes for a thin wallet – and also necessitates rifling through your cards to find the one you’re looking for. Zenlet foregoes the traditional stacked card design often employed by simple wallets, instead sliding open to reveal all cards (up to 6) within, spacing each one out to help you quickly find the right one. Else, it’s 10mm thin, carries along other small objects like keys or coins, clips shut to become waterproof, and sports one RFID-shielded wall to protect your credit/debit cards while letting another on the flip side, like a bus pass or the like, work freely.
Find it at Kickstarter – $29+
Titanium: good. Carbon fiber: better. RCFibers’s Carbon Fiber Money Clips clamp your cards and cash together with simultaneous style and substance considering they’re extremely strong, light, and, frankly, baller. Their Kickstarter-launched D15 combines a leather base that organizes your cards – up to 10 of them – with a long carbon fiber clip that then secures a wad of cash to the wallet. It’s also versatile in that the clip can be used entirely on its own for travelling light without the leather segment. And if it’s traditional clips you’re after, hit up their website instead.
Read more at Kickstarter – $35+
Hitting the gym before or straight from work requires discipline and, ideally, a special kind of bag. The Aer Duffel Pack can definitely help you with the latter. This low-key, highly organized pack is a cross between a duffel and a laptop bag thanks to a dedicated compartment for your computer and accessories, a waterproof vertical zipper that unfurls to access the large main compartment, plus a ventilated slot for your shoes and used clothing that isolates them from clean clothes. Else, its water-resistant ballistic nylon exterior ensures durability while padded shoulder straps and a mesh back panel make for a comfortable carry.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – $150
A slim wallet that’s a touch more adult than most, Trove is a minimalistic way to carry up to 10 cards and cash that’s also surprisingly versatile. Each wallet is made by hand through a 24-step process of full grain vegetable tanned leather merged with a durable elastic, mixing and matching colors to suit every personality. What’s more, Trove features two ways of carrying an extra card or two plus cash in its two outermost pockets: flip the wallet inside out to quickly swap between vertical or horizontal pocket access.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $43+
Heat sinks are used to dissipate heat, so it’s only logical to use them to assimilate it as well. That’s the idea behind Flare Pans, a line of pans and pots developed in conjunction with a rocket scientist and that employ shapely fins around their bodies to channel heat up and around each unit for quick, even heat distribution – especially when used atop a gas stove. In fact, cooking with a Flare Pan reportedly shaves off roughly 44% of the time normally necessary to cook a meal, a boon for anyone who’s constantly strapped for time.
Find them at Lakeland – $85+
Glasgow, Scotland is known for Rugby’s favorite Glasgow Warriors and Malcom Young (as close to AC/DC as Scotland will ever come). And now also the Leather Flask Case. Handcrafted in Scotland, this piece is a collaboration between a pewter business founded six decades ago and a traditional Scottish company that produces some of the finest kilt belts and accessories available. Premium leather from a three generation tanner makes this accessory a must-have – at least, if you own the manufacturer’s 4-ounce pewter flask. Get rid of that paper bag and carry your single malt in style.