Unlike a solar panel, this off-grid power supply will come in handy at night. Place the base of the unit on a burner and this 10-watt charger will power up your USB devices as fast as a wall socket while also providing potable water or cooking your dinner at the same time.
It may look like a classic canvas log tote for carrying actual firewood & it is, except it’s also designed for carrying other stuff, too. Like maybe a beach blanket and a couple growlers or some extra camping gear. There’s a little interior pocket for stashing keys or small contraband items and it’s made of 18 oz. canvas and features vegetable-tanned leather handles.
If you’re keen to rid yourself of that jangling, high school janitor-style keychain, the Keysmart 2.0 can do it. Your keys will instead be nested in a compact, aluminum, Swiss Army knife-style frame that will prevent key jabs to the thigh and that dreaded jangle. Made in Chicago, USA.
The Nomad upgrades your Apple USB wall plug into a backup charging unit that gives you 70% more battery. It automatically charges your phone first then it charges up the reserve. It’s super small, too, not even twice the size of your Apple USB nug. Smart!
Your Macbook & iPad are most prone to impact damage at their edges, where the glass meets the metal; drop it once without a case & unless you’ve got really good luck or one of these new sleeves from Incase, say goodbye to your precious Mac. These sleeves use a lightweight, shock absorbing material called Tensaerlite creating a bumper frame to protect your device at the edge & also soft neoprene to protect the front & backside of your laptop or tablet.
Unless you happen to be into couponing or hoarding receipts, a thin leather wallet is all you really need to carry cards and cash. And this one made by a San Diego cowboy named Mr. Lentz is a fine specimen. Thin, leather, & built to last. Giddyup.
Topo Designs is a little company out of Colorado that makes simple, durable, vintage-inspired packs. Howler Bros. is another little brand out of Austin, Texas that makes clothing in a similar vein. Their collaboration on this 15L pack seems like a perfect fit for the two. The Topo x Howler Klettersack features a top-load design and Horween leather accents. Available in brown or orange. via
Inside a motorcycle helmet seems like maybe the best place yet for a heads-up display. The Skully AR-1 is it, the world’s 1st HUD-enabled helmet. A 180º camera eliminates blindspots, it also features internet, phone, & music capabilities via voice-command, a push button tinted view activation & stacks of other features. Currently seeking beta testers.
A hybrid of a duffel bag and a backpack, the aptly named Duffel Pack is made of ballistic nylon & designed for both the gym and the office, featuring on one end, a ventilated shoe pocket while on the other there’s a sleeve for your laptop, tablet & other office essentials. A funded Kickstarter project.
Like all insulated coolers, this flip-top plastic box will keep your drinks icy but it also does what others won’t, it’ll blow you (with cold air.) That’s because it’s also a portable air conditioner. Using a radiator that circulates cold water through a fan, it features a flexi-hose vent on the lid that blasts you with chilly air.