I’m guessing that a lot of our readers have some sort of EDC (Every Day Carry) setup that they carry about with them for those just in case moments. The folks at Gerber (the knife a survival tool company, not the baby food maker) have embraced the concept of EDC with their own line of tools called the GDC – Gerber Daily Carry. The GDC line includes the following:
- GDC Money Clip (money clip with a 1.75″ knife, not shown in the picture above)
- GDC Belt Tool (belt buckle with a small multi-tool, not shown in the picture above)
- GDC Zip Driver (screw driver tool)
- GDC Zip Blade (.68″ utility blade)
- GDC Hook Knife (2″ hook blade knife)
- GDC Zip Light+ (LED flashlight with a bottle opener)
- GDC Zip Hex (5 different size metric hex bits)
- GDC Tech Skin pocket knife (pocket knife with a 2.25″ drop point blade)
- Dakine Backpack (sold with GDC Tech Kit only)
As you may have noticed, most of the GDC gear is designed to be attached to zipper pulls for easy access. Items in the GDC line up run from $11 for the GDC Hook Knife, all the way up to $119 for the GDC Tech Kit. For more info or purchase visit Gerber.
In the world of home theater systems everything seems to be getting bigger and bigger. With digital media providing immersive sound for movies and TV programs, your sound system needs to be first-rate to take advantage of that immersive quality. But what happens when you don’t have the space to install an expensive multi-speaker sound system? A soundbar may be the perfect solution and the Sherwood S-5 Panoramic Soundbar with Bluetooth, sent to me by Petra, seems like a reasonable system for my situation.
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In this installment of my-go-to-gear, we look at wallets. Oh the art of carrying things in our pockets. Wallets have become an art form these days, have they not? I remember when there was just simple bi-fold or tri-fold wallets made out of leather in either black or brown. My how times have changed, not only in styles but in materials. My current wallet is actually classified as a PCS (Pocket Carry System) and it is made by Dragonthorn Leatherworks. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would even like the PCS as I have always been a back pocket wallet man. But having been fortunate enough to win a custom designed PCS, I decided to give it a whirl. My PCS is designed to hold an ink pen, pen knife and some cards. It also has a spring clip on the back to hold paper money or can be used to clip it to the inside of your pocket or on a belt. I will admit that when I first got it and used it, I did not like it as much as I thought I would. I actually stopped using it for a time. But I went back to my PCS to give it another try and have been using it ever since. Made out of leather, my PCS should last me a life time. So, now it’s your turn, what’s your go to wallet?
Who doesn’t appreciate a good paracord bracelet? No one right? But how can you make your paracord bracelet even more functional? The Survival Bracelet Accessory from CRKT may be a good start. Designed by Tom Stokes, the Survival Bracelet Accessory is made from injection molded, glass filled nylon that features a compass, a magnesium fire rod and a LED light running on a LR41 battery. Designed for use with a “Solomon Bar” style paracord bracelet, the Survival Bracelet Accessory has a screw down disc lock on the underside to keep it in place while being worn. Although not available yet, the Survival Bracelet Accessory will cost $16.99 from CRKT when it is. They also have a version out already that only has a compass and flashlight for $12.99.
You are a person of intrigue and as such you are a trend setter, a person living on the edge with the latest and greatest, a pioneer in cool. So what can I get to impress you, to wow you, to elevate my status beyond worldly? How about the Mini Museum a Kick-starter project from Hans Fex? The Mini Museum is a collection of up to 33 rare and unique specimens encased in a clear resin. With such unique items as dinosaur poo (ok dung, but poo sounds funnier), mummy wrap, lunar rock, and Apollo 11 command module foil the Mini Museum is sure to be one of your most unusual possessions. The Mini Museum comes in three specimen sizes small (11 specimens), medium (22 specimens) and large (33 specimens) and several pledge points with a $79 dollar pledge for the small Mini Museum. I will note all of the funding points have limits on how many will be produced. This project is seeking funding until March 20. 2014 and if successfully funded the Mini Museums are slated to ship as early as July 2014.
We live in a fast paced world, so why shouldn’t our shoes. I mean tying and untying them just doesn’t make sense in this society of innovators. While shoes using the ZIPPED, an active indiegogo project, aren’t the Marty McFly shoes from Back to the Future, they are a nice alternative to tying your laces. The ZIPPED is basically a zipper system that you lace into your shoes to allow you to zip them up as opposed to tying them. With a variety of sizes, eyelet numbers and colors available, the ZIPPED can meet almost any shoe’s needs. While I tend not to wear lace up shoes, I can see the usefulness in this product for things like low-cut boots or high top sneakers and for children or people with dexterity issues. Funding for this project runs until April 18, 2014 and if successful the ZIPPED is scheduled to ship in the June 2014 time frame. The ZIPPED has many pledge points with a $10 pledge getting you a pair of ZIPPED from the standard line.
Wallet designs seem to have undergone a radical change from our past simple leather bifold and trifold designs. With all of this changing going on, how do you set yourself apart from the crowd? The Liquid wallet hopes to do so with functionality. The Liquid is a current Kickstarter project by for a multi functional card type wallet that incorporates card and cash storage with key carrying. Made out of 6061 grade aluminum that is hard anodized, the Liquid is 3.70 inches long, 2.34 inches wide, .55 inches high and weighs 3.24 ounces empty. The Liquid has the ability to carry two standard size keys, an elastic strap to keep your cards and cash in place, comes in two colors (black or military green), and its casing shields your cards and personnel information from RFID scanning devices. The Liquid has several pledge options, a pledge of approximately $36.79 (41 AUD) will get you one Liquid in your choice of colors (this does not include shipping outside Australia). Funding for this project runs until March 25, 2014 and if successful is slated to ship in the July 2014 time frame.
The world of actions cams is a crowded one to say the least, but what if you are looking for something a little more business like, something that is more plug and protect than plug and play? The V.I.O. Stream may be what you are looking for. Built as a modular camera system, the Stream can be used as a connected unit attached to your system via USB cable, or a stand-alone streaming unit with a optional battery pack. With video resolutions of 1080 at up to 30fps, 720 at up to 60fps and 480 at up to 30fps, the Stream is on par with other better known camera system. The Stream’s ruggedized form factor and compact size 3.14″ long x 1.4″ tall makes it a perfect device for mounting in tight places or as an on-the-go companion. With the USB model starting at $499.99, professionals and non-professionals alike may enjoy this camera. Find more info at http://vio-pov.com/stream
Ok, by now if you have been following my posts you may have surmised that I am a pocket tool/gadget freak, always longing for that next pocket tool/gadget fix. Today, I came across the resqme keychain rescue tool. Basically the resqme is two handy auto rescue tools on a keychain. The spring-loaded glass breaker is designed to shatter your auto glass when you are unable to open the window in an emergency. The seat belt cutter is designed to allow you to cut yourself free of tangled or stuck seat belts. With a height of 2.93 inches, a width of 1.50 inches and a weight of .06 ounces the resqme tool is light enough and portable enough to fit on any keychain. Available in several colors and at various locations for under $10. If you are like me, the resqme just made my list of pocket tools/gadgets to check out.
We are constantly seeing the evolution of the headphone! We have gone from big to small, from wired to wireless, and from over the ear to in the ear. Now Bragi wants to bring you the next evolution of head phone with The Dash, wireless smart in-ear headphones as an active Kickstarter project. The Dash goes beyond the basic in-ear headphones by adding such things as a 4GB of flash storage, a three-axis accelerometer, and a thermometer, to name a few. The Dash not only lets you listen to music, but tracks your performance in workouts, as well as you body vitals. The proprietary Bragi app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, allowing The Dash to be used with a variety of mobile devices. The Dash is seeking funding until March 31, 2014, and if funded, expects to start shipping in the October 2014 time frame. The project has many funding options, with a pledge of $179 getting you a pair of The Dash wireless smart in-ear headphones.
I will admit that I am not a fountain pen aficionado, although I am fascinated by fine writing instruments. But when I came across the Pelikan Classic M250 Duo Highlighter, I figured that I had either come across the ultimate stroke of genius or a “what the heck?” moment as it relates to fountain pens. The pen has an extra wide BB nib size and a piston filling mechanism for the specially formulated ink that the M250 DUO Highlighter uses. The translucent pen barrel lets you see the amount of ink in the reservoir and the stainless steel nib allows for long-term durability. So, if you are looking for the ultimate, unique gift for that fountain pen lover in your life head on over to Amazon and plunk down your $104.63 right now. As an extra tidbit, this pen also comes in green highlighter version.
Next in the list of my go-to gear are writing implements. I think I mentioned in a previous review, that I believe writing by hand has become a lost art form. That does not mean it will go away, but now days we are just as likely to see stylus-to-tablet as we are to see pen-to-paper. So in that mindset I ask what is your favorite writing tool? Mine is a Rotring Quattro-Pen Data. If I remember correctly this pen came to my attention via this review on The Gadgeteer. I was looking for a pen/stylus combo for my Sony Clié when I saw it in a post by Julie. I must have had this pen for over 10 years now, and it still works great. The Rotring Quattro has a black ink pen, orange highlighter ink pen, a mechanical pencil, and a non-capacitive stylus. This pen/pencil/stylus has been my work horse for a long time, and with its quality build, it should be in my service for many more years. So now it’s your turn. Tells us about your favorite writing instrument.
In the world of Kickstarter, there are many weird and wonderful projects from which to choose! But, sometimes what sells the product is not just the design but the person who created and is running the campaign. This is true with the Rabbit, a titanium key holder built by Magnus MacDonald. You may know Magnus from his other project that I posted here, the ViperFish, his first successful Kickstarter project. The Rabbit is a simple multi-function key holder made of grade 5 titanium. The Rabbit itself has a built-in pocket clip, a bottle opener, and a twist cap opener. With different size titanium screws and post, you can customize how many keys you can fit on the Rabbit. The Rabbit also comes with rubber O-rings, spring washer, and flat washers to allow you to customize the friction levels of your keys. A custom-made “Figure-Of-Eight” allows your car fob or any other non-key item to go onto the Rabbit. The Rabbit has many funding options, with a $39 (£24) pledge getting you one Rabbit. It may be worth the pledge just to see what Magnus will do next. This project runs until March 4, 2014, and if successfully funded will ship the product in the May 2014 time frame.
Every once in a while I will get the time or motivation to work on some nagging project that I have been wanting to do for a while. Most of these projects are minor or really inconsequential, but they still bug me. So this weekend’s project was to fix my separating Apple iPad 2 cable – you know the one with the 30-pin-to-USB connectors, the ones that may or may not have a history of the cable sheathing pulling away from the connector ends.
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We showed you “Star Wars: The Jedi Path“. We piqued your interest in the dark side with the “Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side“. Now we want to expose your inner bounty hunter with “The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett“. Written by Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham and Jason Fry this set includes the following:
- The Bounty Hunter Code
- The 48-page memoirs of Cradossk, former head of the Bounty Hunters Guild, with an inscription from the author to Boba Fett
- A Kamino saberdart
- Boba Fett’s captain’s license
- Boba Fett’s arms permit
- Slave I’s official operating license
- An Imperial wanted poster for Han Solo
- An inventory slip from the Rebel Alliance forces who discovered and seized Boba’s property
At a price of $59.99 from amazon.com the exciting life of a bounty hunter can soon be yours if you know the code.
The digital age, what does that mean for writing instruments? Although, we seem to be trending away from the pen and pencil, we still have a need to use them in our everyday lives. With the advent of modern PDAs came the stylus, and while it did not replace the pen and pencil, it has become a more relevant player in our everyday lives. So how do you incorporate the old with the new? The pen with the stylus? And how do you make it both functional and durable? The folks at Just Mobile have come up with their solution, the AluPen Twist L. The AluPen Twist L combines the new (stylus) with the old (ink pen) in a sleek comfortable design.
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So, you have the neat little gadgets and thingamabobs, the pocket tools and flashlights, the paracord and the FishBones, but where do you keep them? If you’re Eric Baur, a.k.a. the 20DollarBandit you keep all these items in your Mini Kit (MK-7), his current Kickstarter project. This 5.5″ x 5.5″ clam shell case is made out of 500 D Cordura nylon for long-lasting durability. The interior of the Mini Kit (MK-7) has several one inch and two inch elastic straps to hold you items in place, along with two slip in pockets on one side and a large see-through pocket on the other. The Mini Kit (MK-7) also has a large elastic band designed to keep the Multi Kit (MK-7) closed. This project is seeking funding until February 23, 2014, and if successful, will start shipping in the March 2014 time frame. There are several funding options for this project, with a $30 pledge getting you your choice of either a black, coyote brown, or multicam Mini Kit (MK-7).
The world of pocket multi-tools seems to be never ending. They are made out of a variety materials such as stainless steel, carbon fiber, aluminum, or titanium with sizes and shapes only limited by the desired functions to be built into the multi-tool itself. Although I love a lot of these ingeniously designed multi-tools, sometimes folks can get a little carried away with what features they try to include in these tools. That’s where HDZConcepts Titanium Wallet Sized Utility Bottle Opener and their Titanium Pocket Multi-Tool have caught my eye with their simplicity in design and purpose.
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Whether you have been a Gadgeteer reader for a while or have just started, you know that Julie has a section called “Julie’s Favorite Gear” that lists items that she uses. So today while I was looking at some of the items I use on a regular basis, I thought I would come up with my own list of “go-to gear”. This is the gear that I would choose if I had to pick only one of each item. I plan to cover a new category of go-to gear every other week or so until we run out of topics. We’ll start with bags.
It’s hard for me to make a selection of just one bag. I am torn between my Pelican i1075 iPad case and my Kelty Essential 900, but in the end I have to go with the Kelty. The Kelty Essential 900 is an older model (discontinued) fanny pack-type bag. The main reason I chose the Kelty over the Pelican iPad case was versatility. The Kelty has several zippered compartments and is large enough to carry my iPad and all my essentials for trips. The Kelty Essential 900 also has a shoulder strap, so it has versatility in how it can be carried. This is definitely my go to bag for almost any kind of situation I can think of. So, what’s your go to bag, briefcase, or backpack? Tell us a bit about your favorite bag in the comments.
Cable, cable, where is my charging cable? I have sung that song on many occasions while on the road, not being able to find my phone’s charging cable. Popcord, a Kickstarter project from Powergoat, may be able to silence my blues. The Popcord is a compact charging cable designed to hook on to your keychain so it will always be available. The Popcord will either come with a microUSB or Lightning connector on one end and standard USB connector on the other. The connector and cables are 4″ long when extended and 2.5″ when the cord is looped and the microUSB or Lightning connectors are inserted into the rear slot of the USB connector. Making that loop is what allows the Popcord to be attached to your keychain for an always-available carrying situation. Pledges start at £16 (approximately $26), getting you one Popcord with either a microUSB or Lightning connector in the gunmetal/black color combination. Funding for this projects runs through March 9, 2014, and if successful, shipping will start in the May 2014 time frame.