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
Tiny charge cables are all the rage, but Symlis’ Sparrow is still one step ahead. The Sparrow merges a keychain-friendly micro USB or Lightning charge cable with a 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive that can transfer data to and from both your computer and your device (but only Android-running, OTG-compatible devices — sorry, iPhone users). It also boasts a flexible cable to avoid awkward positioning set by rigid cables and transfers fast enough to stream movies or other media on the fly.
Find it at Indiegogo – $35+
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)
Not much beats enjoying a cold one out of a frosty mug that spent the last few hours in the freezer. So how about a mug actually made of ice? The nICE mug kit comes two molds — a base and a lid — which snap together to create a chalice-shaped chunk of ice that’ll hold — and cool — up to 12 ounces of beer, cocktails, etc. Fill the mold with water, add a few drops of lemon oil for clarity, and freeze for a few hours before removing and enjoying. The kit also includes four plastic holders to keep your hands from freezing, each also equipped with a sponge at its base to absorb some of the water as the mug slowly melts. A well-frozen mug should last about 30 minutes before it melts or springs leaks, providing plenty of time to enjoy a drink or two.
Hit up nICE Mug for details – $30
Cleveland, home of carbon fiber and the Go-Go’s song most remembered because of a Dilbert look-alike. It’s this lightweight material that gives the UltraX Folding Bike a stiff, vibration absorbing ride that’s most often associated with aluminum frame bikes. Not only are the frame and fork made of carbon fiber, so too is the seat, dampening an already smooth ride. Even the crank set benefits from carbon fiber construction. A 20 speed SRAM X9 drivetrain boasts the range needed to make powering up steep terrain or leisurely cruising a breeze. But what makes the UltraX all the more amazing is its ability to fold to a tiny size for transport, aided by its paltry weight of 18.75 pounds. You can stow it in your trunk without having to move the body and still have room to spare.
Find it at Allen Sports – $5,000
Most projectors are large, cumbersome machines that require complex wiring and mounting. Not Beam Lab’s Beam Smart Projector, which instead screws into standard light sockets (or using the included wired adaptor) and works wirelessly with your Bluetooth and WiFi enabled devices. Beam runs off of an LED 854 x 480 pico projector and boasts a 1.3GHz dual core processor, 8GB of storage space, and Android OS. It’s compatible with Airplay, Miracast, and runs native Android apps as well such as Netflix, VLC, and numerous games, all controlled via your iOS or Android smartphone. Plus, intuitively, it also functions as a normal lamp when needed, with 12 LED lights outputting a bright 100 lumens.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $400
The smartwatch that started it all is back for round 2 on Kickstarter and has, as of this writing, smashed its target goal of half a million eight fold. Pebble Time improves upon its predecessor with a brand new, efficient color e-paper display, a built-in microphone to send voice replies or create memos, a re-imagined operating system with an intuitive timeline interface, and compatibility with all existing Pebble apps. Most appreciated of all is its 7 day battery life, which downright embarrasses most other OLED or LED-equipped smartwatches. And, like any good timepiece, it’s durable, water-resistant, lightweight, and measures in at a wrist-hugging 9.5mm thin.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $180+
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