The Gear Journal

Yakoda Supply Square ‘Biners

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Square carabiners are actually far more practical for hanging and attaching things than traditional round carabiners. The thing is though, finding well made square examples is difficult. I’ve been looking for some to use as an attachment point for a homemade camera cube for months and have found nothing but trash in my search.

Recently, however, I was turned onto Yakoda Supply’s carabiners. My search is finally over. They are the right size, the right weight, they lock, and they are made like someone gave a shit. Perfect.

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Peak Design Mobile Mod

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So it’s no secret that I love the design team at Peak Design. Recently, they released a new line of mobile products – basically, phone cases that match to very secure mounts for things like cars, motorcycles, tripods, etc…

I bought a universal mount for review and testing and was really impressed. But, I didn’t really have a use for it as I have a RAM mount standard for all of my devices. If it doesn’t mount by 1″ ball, it’s just not for me.

Still, the Peak Design mount worked so well that I figured I should at least try to adapt it. Turns out, it’s an easy job… After about 5 minutes on the CNC router, I had an adaptor that allows me to use the PD mount with my RAM system.

I can’t recommend this enough.

More info on the Peak Design Mobile line here.

Leica M11

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Leica released their latest M-body today – the M11. Basic selling point is the new triple resolution sensor essentially allowing you to choose between high resolution 60mp files or lower resolution files (36 or 18mp) giving better high ISO performance.

This thing is undoubtedly capable of producing gorgeous images and will probably do so with perfect ergonomics and unmatched build quality, BUT… the biggest issue I have with modern digital M-bodies is inconsistent range finder calibration. In the past, I’ve found that M8, M9, and M10 rangefinders let me down over time.

Oh… and if you get one, go for silver – it’s the only color way made in traditional brass.

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Kyoto Black

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This is pretty interesting. Reigning Champ has been working with a Japanese Dye house in an effort to perfect the black dye process on western materials. The result is a black with crazy depth and no blue. Apparently, this process took over a century to perfect and the dye includes all kinds of shit in it… Things like tea leaves and bark.

Crazy, no?

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CobraSleepers

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The Brown Buffalo makes some of the best bags in the world. Their attention to detail is overdone and insane. And now, they are making a house a slipper?

I haven’t laid eyes on these yet, but I pretty much guarantee these are built like a brick shithouse… and do the job of a slip-on.

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Birdwell Flannel Work Shirt

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I hate being in the cold… and I hate being cold. Just generally speaking, I believe cold to be the breathe of the devil and I’m not at all interested in being near it.

At times, however, it’s unavoidable and I have to be prepared. I typically do so with layers and one those is usually a flannel shirt of some kind. The thing is though, I don’t typically get along with the style of traditional flannel shirts. They make me feel old and oddly floppy.

So while the Birdwell Work Shirt isn’t the best made flannel on the market… or made of the most traditional (and itchy) materials, it is one of my favorites. It looks right, feels soft, and keeps me warm.

Highly recommended.

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Daylight Slimline Desk Lamp

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Clamp on desk lights harken a time from the past, but they are still very functional today despite the fact that most of modern society has shunned them. In fact, for the right guy or gal they absolutely rule the day… and I love this one from Daylight.

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Refurbished 13.3″ MacBook Pro

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The few weeks after Christmas is always a great time to get a bangin’ deal on a refurbished MacBook. This year, the prices aren’t quite as aggressive as they have been in the past, but you are still getting $200 off the latest M1 powered laptop.

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