The Gear Journal

Luminox Master Carbon Seal

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I like Luminox watches and can appreciate their purpose and brute ruggedness… But, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to spend over $1,000 on one. I mean, isn’t the point of this type of timepiece is for them to be a bit expendable?

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Tom Bihn Strap Keepers

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You know all those annoying dangly straps on your backpack? Don’t deal with that shit… Seriously…

This is the answer.

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GORUCK Wire Dopp

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Ask anyone in the industry what the best tech pouch is and 99% of them will say it’s the Peak Design Tech Pouch. I can’t really argue against that either… It’s made beautifully and is just a really smart design. That said, I don’t often carry enough tech with me to warrant such a large pouch and hate to give away empty space in my bag.

So… What are my options? While the GORUCK Wire Dopp isn’t nearly as sophisticated in design or fabrication, it’s absolutely perfect for me. I use two and sometimes 2.5 wire dopps to organize things like my cables, chargers, batteries, hard drives, and other gear. The best thing about them is that they sort of form to whatever it is that is inside them – giving you space back in your bag.

Plus, GORUCK…

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SlideLock 360

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I don’t think these are new… But I have never messed with one and just recently had an opportunity. Essentially, it’s a double carabiner with a really strong magnet in between as well as a mechanical backup. You’d figure it would be made cheaply, but it’s actually pretty damned nice.

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Hamilton Pilot Pioneer

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Hamilton just dropped a homage watch to the famous Model 23 pocket watch from WWII. Bad ass movement, but even better? It’s only 38mm!

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Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Kit One

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All of these components are available individually, but I thought this kit was particularly smart. Basically, everything you need in a pinch in a tiny, but well made package. Pretty rad.

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Floyd x Sonos

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Interesting concepts… Essentially, Floyd designed some speaker stands for Sonos. I actually like them quite a bit. Not a bad option for someone looking to add surround sound to a space that wasn’t built for it, but they don’t want the typical crap speaker companies make.

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MINT Polaroid SX-70

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So these guys take the first and the best polaroid cameras ever made (the SX-70), restore them, and essentially sell them as new. There a few guys doing this right now, but apparently Mint is the top dog. The cameras run about $370 which isn’t too bad given old and unrestored cameras that often don’t work run about $100.

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