Andy Jacobs


What do you get when you cross a sleeping bag, a "puffy" style coat and a blanket? My best guess would be a Rumpl. Billed as "high performance blankets," Rumpl uses technical materials designed for the outdoor industry to produce blankets for indoor OR outdoor use, making them great for snuggling up by a campfire or [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

I'm still on my own quest for the "perfect" wallet. And although this quest may never really result in actually finding the "perfect" wallet (for me), it sure is fun along the way. Lately, I've been on a kick to find a very minimal, thin, everyday carry wallet. When Julie offered the opportunity to try [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Wallets

Our mobile devices need juice, yes? I'm talking power, amps. The answer to that is of course, YES. As a result, portable power solutions have become quite popular. I'd been thinking about going on the hunt for a small battery to top off my iPhone 6 Plus when I travel or can't be near an outlet for [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

Do you work in a harsh environment, participate in extreme sports or just happen to be extra clumsy with your devices (like me)?  If so, you deserve a portable charging solution that is as tough as your demands. Check out the myCharge All Terrain series of portable chargers. This IP68 rated, military-grade charger is designed [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News

I travel outside the USA for work several times per year and one thing I am a bit paranoid about is carrying my passport with me everywhere I go. I even take it to the hotel gym with me. However, I also always carry my iPhone with me and often I want my wallet as [...]

Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wallets

You've put in a full day of snowboarding or an extra long running session, and your footwear is quite damp. Instead of waiting perhaps days for the insides of your boots or shoes to dry, slip in a pair of DRYSUREs and your footwear will be dry by the next morning. Patent-pending DRYSUREs consist of an [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear

Are you a guy (or gal) who has a bit of trouble keeping your shirt tail where it belongs: tucked into your trousers? Magnetuck shirt stays might be a solution, using the power of Neodymium rare earth magnets. Each set includes two dome pieces and two flat pieces each molded in silicon rubber. The flat pieces [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

A light source seems to be an essential part of nearly everyone's EDC, and many prepared folks tend toward the small-but-powerful variety. SureFire has a been a leader in the light source industry for many years and I recent ran across their SideKick Ultra-Compact Variable-Output LED Flashlight. It's a small flashlight with a Li-ion battery that can [...]

Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Do you have one of those dogs that seems to be able to Houdini its way off its leash? Well, I do. And that's him, pictured above. Boba the Escape Artist. Oh, he looks innocent enough, but he's clever, fast and ornery.  He's also somehow managed to unlatch his leash from his harness quite a [...]

Posted in: Pet Gadgets, Reviews

I generally like things simple, functional and cool-looking. I am also a fan of bags for carrying all my gadgets and gear.  I've tried out a lot of bags for various purposes over the years and I'm sure I'll try out many more. Although used messenger-type shoulder bags for many years and have recently switched over [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews

A light source is touted by many as an indispensable item, not only from an emergency survival standpoint, but also from an everyday utilitarian one. While many of us (incluing yours truly) would like to carry a powerful light source with us every day, it just may not be practical. With flashlight technology improving every year, [...]

Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews

Look, I like big ol', voluminous backpacks for hauling my gear as much as the next Gadgeteer. But sometimes you only need to carry minimal gear and want to be subtle and stealthy, like a gear ninja. For those missions, the crowdfunded Betabrand Under-the-Jack Pack might be essential. Betabrand designed this ultra-slim backpack to literally [...]

Posted in: Bags, News
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With Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens breaking records daily, the popularity of that Galaxy Far, Far Away is at an all-time high. So what better time for Betabrand to introduce their crowd-funded Smuggler's Jacket. Inspired by the jacket worn by everyone's favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder in Star Wars: Episode VI - The Empire [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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What if you could add not only a layer of protection to your iPhone, but also a set of invisible buttons to help you use your iPhone more efficiently.  That's what Boxwave promises with their ClearTouch SmartButtons screen protector.  Made from tempered glass, it boasts two invisible "buttons" at the bottom of the iPhone's face [...]

Posted in: iOS, Reviews

Preparedness seems to be on the minds and hearts of an increasing number of folks these days. Whether you are a "prepper" getting ready for the doomsday scenario, a back-country hiker or a suburban warrior, an entire industry has been built around survival and preparedness. It's not always easy to carry survival gear with us, [...]

Posted in: Gear, News
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