North St. Bags is based in Portland, Oregon, one of America’s friendliest cities for bike commuting. Their Route Nine Convertible is a versatile, top-loading 17.5 liter pack that does double duty, converting from a sturdy pannier to comfortable sling-style backpack & features a waterproof liner, internal pockets, and reflective trims for safety.
Wiha’s BiCut cutting tools are diagonal cutters that feature a “power” button that up-shifts the tool from its regular cutting mode to a higher power cutting mode. In this mode, the hardened steel blades do the job using 50% of the hand strength.
Utah-based Cotopaxi makes premium outdoor apparel & packs featuring both classic & cutting edge designs. What sets them apart is their charitable outreach. Each product they make is linked to a specific charity that receives a portion of proceeds from sales. The 16L minimalist Inca pack is a small, technical daypack fit for a variety of activities & each one sold benefits the María Imaculada Orphanage near Tupiza, Bolivia.
When YETI set out to make a better coozie, they chose 18/8 stainless steel and built it with double-wall vacuum insulation and a ThermoLock gasket, to keep your 12 ounce beverages colder while keeping your hands dry and un-frostbit. Or is it unfrostbitten?
Designed by a moonlighting watchmaker, the Lypen is a pen made from a single block of titanium that fits all Fisher, Parker, & Pilot refills. It also comes with a lifetime warranty. Another funded Kickstarter project.
This tall tent from Nemo called the Wagontop 4P features an arched roof design inspired by the iconic conestoga wagons of the American old west. But this thing is all modern & offers a spacious 69-square feet of livable space with a height of 8-feet. Packed up for transport it weighs in at 18lbs—perfect for car-camping missions.
You can cram all sorts of little tech camping gadgets in your backpack but if you’ve got a whittling knife, you’ve got hours of peaceful campsite carving on hand. This American-made multi-tool carving knife from Sanborn is a good one. It features 4 different blades & each one is precision-machined from high carbon steel for a hard cutting edge. The handle is made of black aluminum.
RIDGID Power Tools just announced their next generation 18V portable tool lineup called Gen5X. The new system includes a hammer drill, circular saw, impact driver, reciprocating saw & more. They all feature high capacity 4.0 batteries & LED right where you need it. Available March 2015.
The Gen multi-purpose bag blends a briefcase design with tactical, military-inspired function. It features dual-zip, top-load entry, a padded shoulder strap, laptop storage, a 3-channel interior organizer, & an adjustable pistol sleeve.
It only takes a few rolls of film to realize you know nothing about photography. So now you’re ready to discard dad’s old 35mm in favor of something easier. Enter iPhone 6. And with the Moment case, you can make your new phone even better for photography. It features a shutter button, lens, and strap attachment. Another funded Kickstarter project.