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. ;-)

EVERGOODS CHZ22 is a low profile backpack for office, trail, or travel

NEWS – I am a big fan of backpacks.  I use one every day to haul my gear to work, another when I travel, and yet another for fitness activities.  One of the backpack companies I’ve been keeping my eye for a few years now is EVERGOODS.  While many pack companies strive for a “crossover” …

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Chrome Industries Zip Wallet is simple, tough, and protective

NEWS – I’m a fan of zip wallets because they keep all of your wallet’s cargo protected and less likely to fall out and get lost.  Chrome Industries is mainly known for its durable, urban-style bags, and we’ve reviewed several products from Chrome here at The Gadgeteer (plus we love wallets), so here’s a quick …

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Tactical Geek EDC Wallets and Pouches will keep your gear organized and protected in tacticool style

NEWS – The situation: I carry a bunch of EDC gear, and I’m pretty partial to the “tacticool” style that’s been around for some time.  Tactical Geek’s EDC Wallets and Pouches check both boxes for me.  They are well designed and packed with many EDC organizer-style features and are available in multiple sizes and colorways, …

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Bellroy Apex Slim Sleeve and Apex Passport Cover are the next generation in wallet designs

NEWS – Having personally reviewed several of Bellroy’s wallets and having been impressed with all of them, in the back of my mind I’d started to wonder if, as solid as Bellroy’s product offer is (and it really is), could they launch something new that would really catch my eye.  And of course, they did.  …

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Mpow M20 True Wireless Earbuds review

REVIEW – For some time now, I’ve been reviewing Bluetooth wireless earbuds with the hope of finding a product that performs well and meets all of my needs, at least my perceived ones.   The Mpow M20 True Wireless Earbuds looked pretty promising, with their ergonomic shape and contoured charging case.  Let’s check it out. What …

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Bellroy Tech Kit review – Store all your EDC gear in one convenient pouch

REVIEW – I’ve reviewed several of Bellroy’s wallets here at The Gadgeteer, and I’ve been very impressed with each of them.  As someone who carries a fair number of small items in my work pack, I became very interested when Bellroy debuted some pouches for the purpose of carrying and protecting those small EDC items …

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Bastion Braza Mini D2 CLEAVER knife review – Sharp enough to slice off a finger, small enough for your pocket

REVIEW – An EDC kit needs a knife, and some of us just can’t utilize a full-sized knife on a daily basis.  That’s where the Bastion Braza Mini D2 CLEAVER folding knife comes in.  This little giant is small but very functionally packed with just about every essential feature you’d want in a small EDC …

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WESN Henry Slip-Joint Knife – Notable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Not long after we posted our review of the WESN Allman Titanium Knife, the folks as WESN went live with their latest Kickstarter campaign for their WESN Henry Slip-Joint Knife.  I like their Allman so much that I took a closer look at their upcoming Henry, and I liked what I saw.  …

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Ti Mini Pen – Notable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – I appreciate a good writing instrument, and even more when it’s durable and can be an integral part of my EDC.  That’s why the Ti Mini Pen Kickstarter campaign piqued my interest immediately. What is it? The Ti Mini Pen is a short, twist-action pen made from machined Titanium.  It includes a …

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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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