Andy Jacobs

Husband, dad, biomedical engineer, and a fan of gadgets for as long as I can remember. Also a fan of Star Wars, fitness, hiking, travel, pugs, coffee, beer and a few other things. Does that sum me up? Not even close, but it's a start. ;-)

xSuit is next gen function plus comfort in business attire

NEWS – Formal business attire is long overdue for an upgrade with 21-century materials and design, and xSuit might just fit the bill.  It’s a suit at first glance, yes, but made from fabric that is stain-repellent plus wrinkle (no ironing) and odor (no funk) resistant, all essential qualities for travel and they don’t hurt …

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VIKTOS Upscale Slingbag keeps your gear accessible

NEWS – Many of us carry several EDC items routinely, often a bit more than is comfortable for fitting into pants pockets alone.  Perhaps that’s why smaller bags have become more popular in the past few years, bags that bridge the gap between a small pouch and a full-sized backpack or messenger bag.  The VIKTOS …

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Rapha Rainproof Essentials Case keeps your phone safe & dry

NEWS – Phones and other personal electronics are becoming more durable, but keeping them safe from bumps and moisture is still essential considering how important they are to most of us.  The Rapha Rainproof Essentials Case, while perhaps intended to hold cycling gear, can certainly serve as a sturdy, protective phone wallet.  Its reflective and …

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Libertad Merino Travel Shirt review

REVIEW – As a fairly frequently work traveler I am both a proponent and practitioner of “one bag travel,” reduced the items I carry to all fit into my GORUCK GR2 rucksack for up to a 10-day, multi-destination European trip.  Getting to this point necessitated experimenting with items, especially clothing, that could serve multiple purposes …

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Nimble Wireless Dual Pad charger review

REVIEW – The proliferation of wirelessly-charged devices has led to a growing market for devices to wirelessly charge them.  We currently have four Qi-enabled devices in our home, and I expect that number to continue to grow in the years to come, so I’d been on the lookout for a charging pad that can charge …

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One80Pouch is a low-profile, clip-on wallet alternative

CROWDFUNDED NEWS – I like wallets, and have had various ones as part of my EDC since I was in high school.  But sometimes it would be convenient to have an extra pocket that you could easily and quickly clip and unclip to yourself, one that is small enough to hold a few small essential …

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AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press review

REVIEW – Not long after having reviewed the original Aeropress Coffee Maker, I was provided the opportunity to review a pre-release sample of AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press, a product billed as being more lightweight, compact and portable than its predecessor.  Having been very impressed with the original Aeropress, the idea of Aeropress Go immediately …

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WAYFINDER FLUX Cardholder, DAYBREAKER Billfold Wallet, and BORDERLESS Passport/Notebook Holder review

REVIEW – The wallet market has exploded in the past several years, with the available range of sizes, styles, features, and other features expanding at an incredible rate.  Two wallet features in which I am most interested are minimalism and durability.  With their TPU-coated polymer materials and minimalist aesthetic and design, Wayfinder has a handful …

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Bellroy Tech Kit is a compact, sustainable way to organize and carry your EDC gear

NEWS – Many of us carry a lot of gear around with it—it’s a bit of a hallmark of us gadget fans.  I’m always on the lookout for a clean, compact way to organize and carry all those little items that would otherwise find their way to the bottom of my EDC pack.  Bellroy’s Tech …

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You’ll keep it skinny with the SlimFold Coin Travel Wallet with Hybrid RFID

CROWDFUNDED NEWS – I like wallets that are very slim, durable, and have minimalist yet useful features.  Although I do try out other wallets fairly often, the SlimFold Micro Soft Shell Travel Wallet is the one that I have been going back to for my EDC wallet since reviewing it back in 2016.  SlimFold is …

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AeroPress Coffee Maker review

REVIEW – I’m a daily coffee drinker, but I suppose not as sophisticated a connoisseur as some coffee aficionados.  Because the free coffee at my work is an abysmally-flavored near-poison, I’d been considering the purchase of a French press with the intention of brewing my own coffee there.  A few colleagues had mentioned a type …

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Harken back to the early days of air travel with Craftmotif pen

CROWDFUNDED NEWS – Craftmotif is a pen whose styling evokes images straight out of the era of “The Right Stuff”—the early days of air travel and the aerospace industry. Why do I like it? I like Craftmotif because it is a pen whose styling represents a bygone era in aviation history that is very near …

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Ohsnap might just be the best phone grip in the history of ever

CROWDFUNDED NEWS – Ohsnap might just make the sockets that pop step aside.  Get a grip on your phone in style with this multi-functional, multi-featured phone grip. What is it? Ohsnap is a low-profile grip device for your smartphone.  It can attach to objects magnetically, can be removed quickly for wireless charging, and its main …

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