Gear

keybiner-09

I don't like putting keys in my pockets.  Since I don't always carry a bag, I've been looking for a clever way to keys onto things.  But what if you could combine both?  That's where the Fortius Arms KeyBiner Carabiner comes in. That's right, a carabiner that actually holds your keys.  If you use a [...]

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robocopp

Personal safety devices can be bulky and hard to use, but the Sound Grenade from ROBOCOPP has been designed like its namesake, the grenade. It's a small device weighing only one ounce that can be clipped to a bag, keychain, clothing, etc. When you pull the pin it will produce a 120 decibel alarm that's [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Kid Gadgets, News
spartan_harseyfolder-1b

I have had many pocket knives over the years, from the first one I received as a cub scout to various sized and shaped ones I have strategically place throughout my world today. I have them stashed in my cars, desks, tool bag, EDC gear, etc. They are a very useful tool to have around without [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
Contigo-Randolph-3

Before I review any gadget, I need my cup o’ Joe. There’s nothing like a piping hot cup of coffee to get the creative juices flowing. So it’s particularly fitting that I have the opportunity to review the Contigo Randolph stainless steel travel mug. While most travel mugs are tumblers without handles, the Randolph mug [...]

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edc-011716-1

I was brainstorming for article ideas yesterday, when I realized that I haven't posted an EDC update in almost year.  It's time to remedy that situation! This will be part one of my EDC update as I audit what I carry each day and decide if there are items that I can drop and items that [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Gear
pacelid

If I can find one product that can do five things, the minimalist in me will choose it over five separate products that can only do one thing each. That's why the Kickstarter project for the PACE lid caught my eye. The PACE lid replaces the existing lid of wide mouth Nalgene, MSR, and Klean [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
Readyman Wilderness Survival Card

As many of you may know, I am a sucker for card size tools. I have reviewed and posted news stories on several throughout my years with The Gadgeteer, so it takes something a little different to catch my eye. The Readyman Wilderness Survival Card is that product. The Readyman Wilderness Survival Card is a [...]

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xr07

A year ago I reviewed the Zerohour XD tactical flashlight and closed by saying that it was probably the last flashlight I'd ever purchase.  Well, the folks at Zerohour haven't been standing still and have recently introduced the little brother to the XD and I may have to eat my words.  I'll give it a [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Reviews
alpenlore-adventurebelts

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, [...]

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gatekeeper_carabiner-1b

The Gatekeeper carabiner is currently a Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise $25,000 in funding. And while it does not require a battery, plug, cord, etc…it definitely qualifies as an interestingly designed gadget. It is a finely machined accessory engineered to securely clip your keys, tiny flashlight, micro tool, etc to your belt-loop or gear bag. Note: Images can [...]

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Pocket Shot slingshot review

The Pocket Shot-4

Remembering back to when I was a teenager, one of the scariest things I ever bought was a slingshot. I was not scared because the slingshot was inherently dangerous because it was. No, I was scared because I did not know how my parents would react. Living in a rural part of PA at the time, [...]

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Life-Saved-Vehicle-Umbrella1

The Life-Saved Sunblock Umbrella could save your life. The Life-Saved Sunblock Umbrella features a new coating technology and a sunblock surface to shield you from rain and sun. In an emergency, though, you can use the umbrella handle as a hammer to break a car window and as a seat-belt cutter to help you get [...]

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bolt-locks-from-keyport

The Keyport Slide 2.0 already reduces the size of your keychain, but adding these Bolt locks will further reduce the number of keys you need to carry.  Each Bolt lock can be keyed to your car's key, so you can unlock all your Bolt locks with that single key.  You program the lock by inserting [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Pocket Gear
usbfan

The 2-in-1 micro USB Mini Fan from Brando is a cool (see what I did there) little fan that is powered via a USB connection. What makes it unique is the fact that you can plug it into a regular sized USB port on your computer, or you can slide out the micro USB connector [...]

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180-degree-triplelite-led-flashlight

Why use a flashlight that only lights a small circular area in front of you (top right image) when you could light up a full 180o around you (bottom right image)?  The TripleLite 180o Flashlight uses "patented technology and a Smart Widescreen LED Arrangement" to light a bigger, brighter area than standard flashlights can.  It has three [...]

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bluff-works-travel-pants

These slacks from Bluff Works can be worn at work or on your day off, and they offer special, secure pockets to protect your gear when you travel.  They have a couple of hidden zippered pockets - one in front to hold a passport and one in the back that can hold an oversized travel [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear
patchPALS

I'm a big fan of rucks (AKA backpacks), bags, pouches and other gear that utilizes webbing for customized, modular attachment. And since I'm also a big fan of Velcro-backed morale patches, PatchPALS by RuckWorks caught my eye. Elegant in its simplicity but clever in its function, it's basically a strip of Velcro with four wing-like tabs [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Gear, News
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Drinking plenty of water everyday is a pretty basic way to stay healthy and feel good.  I have known this for years, and I still can't manage to drink the recommended amount on a daily basis.  There is hope for me.  HidrateMe begins shipping in December of this year. It's a 24 oz. smart water bottle that, when [...]

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build-on-brick-bookends

Get yourself some bookends you can build on!  The Build On Brick Bookends not only keep your books tidy on your shelves, they serve as a base for building base compatible with most bricks (LEGO, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O, or K'NEX Bricks).  Like many bookends, these have metal plates that slide under your books, DVDs, CDs, [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home and Kitchen, Miscellaneous, News

I once worked with a man who would build up such a static charge that dot-matrix printers would actually start ejecting paper as he walked by.  I don't know if anything could make him less lethal to delicate electronic equipment, but this Anti-Static Hand Lotion from Rainbow Technology might work to protect your devices.  Rainbow [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous, News
anchor-headphone-holder

With The Anchor Under-Desk Headphone Mount, your headphones have a safe play to hang without adding another piece of equipment to your desk top.  The Anchor is mounted on the underside of the desk using "the same 3M adhesive GoPro trusts to mount their cameras to surfboards and helmets", so you know it will hold.  The Anchor [...]

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WatchDots-for-apple-watch-sport

Have you noticed that, in addition to the white plastic charger instead of the metal charger, the Apple Watch Sport also is missing the colored dot on the top of the Digital Crown that's found on both the Watch and the Watch Edition models?  It doesn't change the function of the Digital Crown, but it [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Watches and Clocks
tooletries-hard-side-travel-kit

If a soft-sided travel kit just can't handle the job of protecting your toiletries for travel, you need to step up to the Tooletries travel kits.  These hard-sided cases have removable silicone netting inside to prevent your items from shifting during travel, and the waterproof neoprene lining adds protective cushioning and protects the contents of [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear
wind-n-go-emergency-light

The Wind 'n Go Vers-A-Light is a rechargeable LED lantern that can serve as a hand-held flashlight, camping light, reading light, or an emergency light.  You can carry it or hang it by its loop handle, or you can attach it to metal items with its built-in magnets.  It has 16 white LEDs that operate [...]

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hang-o-matic-2

Yes, the name sounds like something you'd see being sold on TV in the middle of the night, but the Hang-O-Matic looks like a useful tool if you have a lot of pictures or artwork to hang.  It has a built-in metal tape that measures up to 6 feet, and there's a sliding bubble level [...]

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