Dave Rees

I am a total sucker for nice leather gear and fine woodworking. I find the old world craftsmanship and artistry very appealing in today's disposable world. So when Julie asked if I'd like to review some handmade items from Istanbul, Turkey I jumped at the chance. In this case, Galen Leather is a small leather… Read More

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Is it wrong every time I receive a new dashcam to review I hope and pray for something crazy/insane to happen in front of me while driving? I firmly believe in the benefits of dashcams and recording the world zipping by while motoring down the road. You never know when something bad is going to… Read More

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I typically do not have a case on my iPhone, preferring the natural feel of the smartphone itself. But I do worry a bit about buggering my very expensive tech-toy due to my desire to use it naked. I sometimes use a case when I'm feeling conservative but most feel so bulky and in the… Read More

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Since 2000, the SCOTTeVEST (SeV) designers have been producing their patented TEC (Technology Enabled Clothing) for those tech-heads who want to inconspicuously transport their EDC gear without the need for a bag, backpack, or briefcase. For this review, SeV has sent me their new 30-pocketed Enforcer jacket designed specifically with law enforcement, military, and gun… Read More

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According to DynaTrap, size matters. DynaTrap engineers produce pesticide free mosquitoes killers of various shapes and sizes. The DT2000XL is the biggest, baddest insect trap in their lineup. The DynaTrap DT2000XL Insect Trap attracts and kills mosquitoes and other flying insects across 1 acre. And while here in Washington State, we do not get mosquitoes… Read More

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As I have said before, I have many pocket knives stashed throughout my hectic world...in my cars, desks, tool bag, EDC gear, etc. They are a very useful tool to have around when needed. Most of my knives range in quality from good to very nice and the Zero Tolerance 0460 by designer Dmitry Sinkevich is… Read More

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Recently Julie and I both purchased 12" MacBooks and while extremely light and portable, the sleek and slim laptop is lacking in ports to say the least. That is a known "design feature" and for me, really is not an issue when on the move. But there are definitely moments where going port-less is a bit of an inconvenience… Read More

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It has been quite a while since I have reviewed anything from Orbino. I had forgotten how nicely done their leather products are. So much so, that you almost need a case or carrying bag to carry the case that is protecting your smart device...silly as that sounds. Their products are "made entirely by hand… Read More

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I prefer leather messenger bags to carry my gear around with me. Many of the bags I review are large enough to lug around all of my EDC gear and my 15" MacBook as well. But when a bag is that big and made from extra thick cowhide they are heavy, many four to five pounds or more… Read More

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I have been a sportster/athlete most of my life, enjoying tennis, running, karate, basketball, etc. When I was younger, I did a poor job of drinking enough water to stay hydrated. Horribly so, but youth allowed me to power thru 99% of the time. As I have gotten older, I do a much better job… Read More

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I have reviewed (more than) my fair share of dashcams and radar detectors over the past few years. All of these devices require power in a relatively inconvenient place in your car. Typically these devices are installed up near your rearview mirror. Few automobiles have a 12V or USB port anywhere near that location. Running… Read More

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Last year I reviewed the Max 360, Escort's feature-packed, flagship radar detector. With everything but the kitchen sink built into it, the device is quite the behemoth. Since then, Escort has released a new high-tech radar detector, the iX as a successor to their renowned Passport 9500iX. The Escort iX is a nice compilation of both, with… Read More

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While I travel a great deal within the US, I don't often go out of the country and thus I rarely need my passport. But my wife has plans for the Gadgeteer Kid and me before he goes off to college and beyond. We are currently planning a nice long trip to the British Isles for the G.K.'s… Read More

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From a functionality standpoint, my everyday carry gear bag has remained relatively unchanged for years. I have swapped out a few items here and there due to better, high-tech gear but overall it is just evolutionary vs anything revolutionary. Like the rest of the Gadgeteer team and many of you, I take my EDC bag with me a majority of the… Read More

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2016 marked the beginning of the end for many electronic ports that we have all come to know and love. Change is difficult but this consolidation and optimization of ports will ultimately mean thinner, lighter devices. The most controversial loss was Apple's "brave" iPhone 7/7+ decision to ditch the headphone port that has been with… Read More

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