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. ;-)

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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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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