The Gear Journal

Maratac 1/4″ Pen Driver

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I love this damned thing… For the first time since I reviewed it over a year ago, it’s back in stock. Avoid the $100 eBay auctions and get yours now. And no, I’m not an affiliate nor are these guys paying me. This thing just rules.

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Stingray Flat Box

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These things are rad. Essentially, it’s a flat-pack box. When you aren’t using it, it folds down into an impossibly small form factor. BUT, when you do need it it folds out into a rigid bottom box. You’ve seen similar contraptions in some sort of poly before, but I’ve never seen a soft sided version like this. Tons of uses…

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The Only Shoes I Wear

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No one asked me, but I’m gonna tell ya anyway… Aside from the very rare instance of having to wear dress shoes, I have worn the same three pairs of shoes for almost the entirety of my life. This is them:

  1. Vans slip-ons. I buy these almost exclusively in the all black color way. They aren’t all that comfortable and I don’t necessarily love the way they look… BUT, they are easy to put on and they work with just about anything.
  2. The Red Wing 1178 Boot. If I’m doing dirty work in the shop, I wear 1178s and have since I was 15 years old. In fact, I am on my second pair and have probably gone through a resole every five or so… They are indestructible, comfortable, and unmatched by any boot ever made.
  3. The Jordan 1. I have worn Jordan 1s since grade school and continue to wear them to this day. But about a decade ago, I bought three pairs of Jordan 1 “Banned” bred toes at retail and have worn out two pairs. They go for over $2000 a pair now, but I don’t give a shit – I will wear my last pair until they die, knowing that I will never own another.

Topo Designs Heritage

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I love Topo… Quality stuff with no bullshit to confuse or disorient. And recently, they released a new heritage series that focuses on their origin. Really, really nice stuff.

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Filmatic

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Apparently, the world has been waiting for a small and portable outdoor projector. These folks were just looking for 20-large to get this thing off the ground and, instead, took him almost $100k on Kickstarter. I don’t really have a need, but have to admit – this thing looks pretty rad.

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Rebel Pilot

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I am not a Star Wars nerd. I mean, I like the movies as much as the next guy, but I don’t go all bat shit with it. I am, however, a watch nerd and this digital Citizen is straight up RAD.

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Bellroy Flip Case

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Interesting idea on a wallet… Essentially, it’s your standard hard wallet, but covered in Bellroy sourced leather. Holds eight cards OR 6 cards plus folded bills.

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TAD Bastion Woobie

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If you have discovered the pure joy of a proper woobie and want something that is a step up from even the amazing OG Woobie, stop what your are doing right now and buy the Bastion Woobie from TAD Gear. They were just re-stocked and they won’t be in stock long… so you had better hurry, but trust me – you’ll be glad ya did.

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