Andy Jacobs

minimaterials-cinderblocks

Do you miss your simple but fun childhood building toys like blocks or Lincoln logs? How about toys like train sets, dollhouses, model kits or dioramas? Two guys named Mat and Erik must have missed those toys too, so they created Mini Materials. What are they? Literally, all manner of itsy-bitsy building materials, including their original product, the 24-pack of [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, News
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ieguano-barefootshoes_2

I'm currently a fan of the "minimalist" movement---the "less is more" or "simpler is better" philosophy. One of the areas in which I've applied minimalism is in my footwear. I have a couple pairs of minimal shoes---some trail runners and some casual/dress shoes---that I enjoy wearing because I love the feel of the ground beneath my [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
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darkenergy-poseidonchargersurvivalcable_2

Do you ever find yourself out in the bush, operating in raw nature many miles from the nearest outlet, but you still need juice for a device or two? Check out the Poseidon Charger and Paracord Charging Cable from Dark Energy. The Poseidon is a 10,000 mAh portable charger that is IP68 rated, which means [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News
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magpul-dakapouch

We carry more gear and accessories all the time, much of it smallish items that we want to keep organized and protected from the elements. For this, the Magpul DAKA Pouch is worth a look. Made from polymer infused textiles with an anti-slip texture that are impenetrably welded on all seams and using a genuine [...]

Posted in: Bags, News
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lunatik-epik-h2o_2

I don't have an Apple Watch. It's not that I don't want one, mind you. It's just that for years I've been wearing watches like G-Shocks that are water-, dirt-, and shock-resistant---really tough watches. And as much as I'd like to have an Apple Watch to pair with my iPhone, I just don't see the [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, News, Watches and Clocks
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trustbag

Got trust issues? With people stealing your stuff when you're out and about, that is? I think we all do, to varying degrees. To assuage this tendency and actually keep our valuables safer, TrustBag might be just the product. While in appearance it looks to the casual observer to be a simple drawstring gym bag [...]

Posted in: Bags, News
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bellroy-adventurer_2

Bellroy continues to push the envelope of stylish, well-designed, rugged wallets for adventure-minded folks. Building on their previous Elements line, Bellroy's latest Adventurer Collection of All-Conditions wallets look to be even more weather- and water-resistant with new zippers, zipper pulls and material (they've added a woven in addition to the water-resistant  leather) and packed with organizational [...]

Posted in: News, Wallets
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damnnearkiltem-tacticalkilt2

Do you feel that, "Pants pinch your jiblets and are clearly a sub-optimal part of any man's attire"? If so, you might want to check out Damn Near Kilt 'Em, producers and purveyors of---you guessed it---men's "sport utility kilts" since 2012. Damn Near Kilt 'Em's rugged, manly kilts are available in a variety of styles, sizes and [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
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bellroy-notesleeve_00

I'll just come right out and say it.  I'm a big fan of Bellroy's wallets. I've tried their Slim Sleeve and their Elements Pocket wallets and have really liked both of them (I still have the Elements Pocket in my regular EDC rotation).  When Julie gave me the opportunity to try out Bellroy's latest wallet, [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Wallets
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Optoma-Blueforce-BE6-26

Bluetooth headphones: There are a ton of them out there, right? Why review another one? Because we're The Gadgeteer, and that's what we do. I'd been on the hunt for a good set of wireless headphones for a while, so I was excited about Julie's offer to review one of the newer products in this [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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tinderzip

Just when I thought I'd seen every product for stashing survival items on one's person, I ran across TinderZIP by Exotac. It's a clever little product that not only is an easy-to-install replacement zipper pull, the cord portion also includes a waterproof flammable core that provides a 60 second burn time when lit to help [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
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rumpl-blanket

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
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slimfold-softshellwallet_00

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
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lifecard_10

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
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mycharge-allterrainseries

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
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