Matt Sailors

I am a husband, father, and scouter. As the son of a farm-boy turned professional engineer and a chemical laboratory technician, I was thrust into the world of gadgets at an early age. I am biomedical engineer and a health informaticist specializing in data and information modeling, clinical decision support, and information quality. I am a life-long maker, a aficionado of 24-hour timepieces, a collector of pre-Golden Age and Golden Age science fiction, and a proud adult LEGO enthusiast.

Arcanus 55 Private Wealth Safe review

REVIEW – The Arcanus 55 Personal Wealth Safe (a.k.a. Privacy Paranoid Vault) is a combination of a sophisticated, encrypted 16 GB USB drive and a rugged, waterproof, electronically isolated vault designed to protect the USB drive and other small items. What is it? The Arcanus 55 Personal Wealth Safe (a.k.a. Privacy Paranoid Vault) is a …

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RZMask M2 reusable air filtration mask review

REVIEW – One of my ongoing quests has been to find a air filtration mask for routine home improvement / hobby activities. I have several criteria, including easy to use comfortable effective versatile cost-efficient don’t cause my glasses to fog up My specific use cases are filtering dust from machining wood, outdoor spray painting, clearing …

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Thyrm PyroVault Lighter Armor review

REVIEW – The Thyrm PyroVault Lighter Armor does what it says on the tin. The PyroVault is a rugged housing that accepts most Zippo-style inserts (either liquid fuel or butane). What is it? The Thyrm PryoVault is a ruggedized weather-resistant case for liquid and butane fueled Zippo®-compatible lighter inserts. What’s in the box? The PyroVault …

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Thyrm CellVault and CellVault XL waterproof attachable gear storage review

REVIEW – As most active outdoor enthusiasts know, many of our personal lighting solutions still rely on replaceable or swappable batteries. These battery-hungry lights always seem to run out of power at the most inopportune times. The Thyrm CellVault and CellVault XL offer a solution to carrying and keeping your batteries dry. After having my …

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Up-armor your lighter with the Thyrm PyroVault Lighter Armor

NEWS – The Thyrm PyroVault Lighter Armor does what it says on the tin. The PyroVault is a rugged housing that accepts most Zippo-style inserts (either liquid fuel or butane). The PyroVault is constructed from rugged, heat-resistant, reinforced polymer with an o-ring seal. The seal works to keep dirt and moisture out of the lighter …

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The Trayvax Trek Field Knife is an elegant knife for a more civilized age

NEWS – Trayvax, a purveyor of extraordinary wallets, belts, and other accessories, has recently opened a Kickstarter project for their newest creation, the Trek Field Knife. The Trek Field Knife is a unusual beast in that it is CNC milled from a high-quality stainless steel blank rather than being stamped, cut, or forged from raw …

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CountyComm’s Survival Titanium Fishing Card is a pocket-sized fishing kit that isn’t sold by Ron Popeil

NEWS – If you’ve ever found yourself far from the nearest tackle shop and wanted to test your skill at the local fishing hole, or you’ve found yourself lost in the wilderness and needing to catch a fish for your next meal, the CountyComm Survival Titanium Fishing Card may be just the tool you need. …

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Saddleback Leather updates the last duffle bag you (or your heirs) will ever need to purchase

Saddleback Leather Co. Beast Duffle in Tobacco

NEWS – Saddleback Leather Co. has updated its largest duffle (SLC’s preferred spelling) bag, which is appropriately named the Beast. Like the majority of Saddleback Leather Company’s bags, the Beast is constructed with full grain leather, marine-grade polyester thread, and stainless steel hardware. The main body of the bag is constructed of two large pieces …

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Atwood Rope MFG Micro Cord Dispenser and Tactical Rope Dispenser

Hand holding Mini TRD to show scale

NEWS – Atwood Rope MFG of Winchester, Ohio has recently introduced a Micro Cord Dispenser (Mini TRD) to compliment their Tactical Rope Dispenser (TRD). The Tactical Rope Dispenser hold standard 550 paracord, while the Micro Cord Dispenser holds 3/64″ (1.18 mm) cord. Both of the dispensers come loaded with a full spool of appropriately-sized cord …

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