Gear

covert-compass-2

Which of these objects does not belong? Would you be surprised if I told you they are all compasses, even the nickel? It's true. The nickel that you see in the image above is actually the Covert Escape Compass from Shomer-Tec. I was intrigued to learn how an ordinary nickel could be used as a [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Reviews
lens-friend-2

The Lens Friend is a strip of silicone with magnets embedded in each end; when it's folded in the middle, the ends grip together.  You can fold them over your shirt pocket, a collar, or your bag.  It has three 0.5" loops on one end for you to slip one of the temples of your [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
seven-year-flashlight-2

The Seven Year Flashlight from Hammacher Schlemmer is a rechargeable flashlight that can hold a charge for seven years.  It has "specially-designed nickel metal hydride batteries that minimize power loss, ensuring reliable, full-power light for seven years on a single charge."   It produces 200 lumens of light for 6 hours on a full charge, [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
herrington-catastrophe-backpack-2

The Catastrophe Backpack from Herrington is equipped to help you withstand a disaster or to help you assist in recovery efforts.  It has 14 pockets and sleeves that come loaded with a lot of gear:  poncho; thermal blanket; respirator mask; personal hygiene and medical first aid kits; signal mirror and whistle; compass and magnifying glass; [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Gear, News
champ-emergency-preparedness-1

Were you aware that it is National Preparedness Month?  Are you part of the sixty percent of Americans determined by the American Red Cross that are wholly unprepared for a disaster?  Emergencies don't have to be huge things, like hurricanes, tornados, or floods; they can be smaller things like car accidents or smaller damages to your [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News
survival-pucks-2

Each of these little 3.25" diameter X 1.1" thick canisters contain emergency supplies.  The containers are made of 5000-series aluminum and have knurled screw-on lids; they are waterproof and have waterproof labels.  When you pull the label off, the the lid is a serviceable signal mirror.  What's inside these little canisters are the kits that can [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
quake-kare-pet-emergency-preparedness-kits-2

If you live in areas prone to natural disasters, you probably have made some preparations for emergencies.  Do you have an survival kit for your pet?  Quake Kare sells survival kits for dogs and cats, filled with products you'll need to keep your pet healthy and fed until things start to return to normal.  The kits come [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Pet Gadgets
am-screen-cleaners-2

*That's what the folks at AM Labs postulate, anyway.  There's no data that actually quantifies and compares the cleanliness of the two, but you have a pretty good idea from just looking that your mobile devices and computer keyboards and screens have "schmutz" on them.  They have oil from your skin, dirt, dust, and grime [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
desktop-chair-v2-for-tablets-2

Although BiteMyApple populates their store with successfully-funded, commercially-available crowd-funding projects for Apple products, the Desktop Chair v2 will actually work with most any tablet.  The Chair is made of "premium wood sheets that are cross-grained (layered perpendicularly) and hydraulic-hot-pressed to achieve maximum dimensional durability and precision."  It's bent and folded, and each end has a [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables
elizabeth-anne-purse-n-boots-2

The PURSE N' BOOTS - EUROPEAN knee-high boots from Elizabeth Anne shoes are made of luxurious cowhide, and although they are made in a riding boot style, you can wear them for most any activity.  They are available in brown or black, in sizes from 5-12, and in slim, regular, and wide calf widths.  What sets [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
gotcha1

If you ever find yourself in a sketchy situation where you feel threatened by bodily harm, the Fab Defense "Gotcha" Cap Less-Lethal Self-Defense Tool may help you escape. The Gotcha cap looks like an ordinary cloth baseball cap, which comes in five different colors and has an area on the front to attach your favorite [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
compleat-foodbag-2

We've mentioned a couple of different Unikia products for carrying your lunch in the past.  One was a Compleat Robust lunch box, one was a Compleat FoodSkin that cradled your sandwich to keep it together as you assembled it (see related posts at the end of this article).  Today's product is the Compleat FoodBag.  Like the [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News
hook-it-sticky-notes-door-hanger

When I need to remind myself to do something that's not part of my normal routine, I leave a note on the front door.  I don't like taping things to the freshly painted door, and tiny little sticky notes can be overlooked or fall off during the night.  I usually write my reminder or to-do [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous, News
olight-h15s-1

Remember that time you were in a cave and your hands were all muddy, so you didn't want to touch your headlamp to turn it on? Yeah, me neither... But the NEXT time you do find yourself in a similar situation, make sure you have an Olight H15S Wave rechargeable LED headlamp on your head. [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
RTG r-pal light 01

My son just entered Cub Scouts not too long ago, and that got me thinking about camping lights... or just any light.  I grew up with bulky steel flashlights that never lasted long, or fidgety gas Coleman lights that some unlucky adult was constantly pumping up.  How does a modern LED lamp, such as the [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
microlock

The Safe+ Microlock is a very small 2 digit combination lock (the combination comes preset and as far as I can tell, can't be changed) with a 2.17ft (66cm) long wire cable that can be used to secure your belongings. When it's not being used, it wraps up into a compact package that will easily [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
picnic-time-reflex-travel-couch-2

It hardly seems possible, but it's only a few weeks until my daughter leaves for college - and that means football and tailgating season isn't far behind.  And of course, it's still summer, so it's still camping season.  Why should you have to rough it while participating in either outdoor activity when you can take [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
SOLKOA-survival-kit

This survival kit is expensive, but it has 25 life-saving items inside a box that you can even use to cook in.  The SOLKOA Survival Kit for Best Made is stored in an 18.75-cubic inch box machined from a single block of aircraft grade 6061 aluminum.  The box can be used for cooking or for boiling drinking water. [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
m48-first-aid-kit-2

M48 is known for tactical and survival gear, and part of your survival gear should be a good first aid kit.  M48 has created a First Aid Kit, and ThinkGeek has them.  They've packed 56 necessities, like hand sanitizer, gauze and bandages, elastic bandages, antibiotic, gloves, sterile sponges, and more, into an 8" X 5.25" [...]

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Screenshot 2014-07-16 22.21.04

If you visit certain Home Depot stores in California, Illinois, or New York in the next few months, you may notice something new on sale that could prevent you from having to go back there for little widgets and such: they will be stocking three models of MakerBot 3D printers in those states soon! For Gadgeteers, [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Gear, News