I admit it, I was skeptical… The whole idea behind the Amazon Kindle seems kind of “before its time” to me. Serious reading from a gadget? I bought one anyway…
I have an iPhone 3gs and my battery life is acceptable with normal use patterns. However, if I’m on the road and use my browser or check my email more often than normal, it is not uncommon for me to see less than half of my battery life left with more than half a day to go. One solution is the Mophie Juice Pack. Essentially, it’s a case for the iPhone that protects it minimally and also ads a reserve battery that effectively doubles the life of your battery.
Seems pretty smart on paper, but has anyone ever tested it out? What were the results? If no comes forward, I’ll see if I can’t get my hands on one and report back.
Check out the details here.
Looking for something incredibly overpriced, but almost justifiably cool for Christmas? Check out Temple Bags. Essentially, they take vintage WWII military materials and repurpose them into pretty bitchin’ bags, wallets, key chains, etc… Sure, it’s expensive. But damn, it’s cool.
This is bitchin. In 1953, the Central Intelligence Agency contracted illusionist John Mulholland to create a secret dossier of stealth and misdirection to be used by operatives in the field. All copies of the document were believed to have been destroyed in 1973, but a single copy remained… Intelligence historian H. Keith Melton and retired CIA officer Robert Wallace somehow got their mitts on the surviving copy and have reproduced it. You can buy it for about $15. RAD.
There is a frenzied cult following for Atwood pocket tools. If you aren’t familiar, Atwoods are small multi-function tools that are typically made of titanium in limited production runs. They are expensive new (think around $100), but the collectable variants can bring even crazier money. People love and collect them.
In a way, it’s a shame because it’s hard for a fella to use and abuse such a handy little device when they have so much dough wrapped into one. It looks as though PocketToolX is trying to bring a similar tool to the market for much less coin (although still not cheap). The Piranha is a wrench, a screwdriver (both flat and phillips), a bottle opener, nail puller, scraper, and a pry bar… All wrapped up in a small pocketable stainless steel package.
I might get one just to review. $50.
A few months ago, I posted a review of my favorite wallet – The Slimmy. For those in the cold, the Slimmy is a front-pocket wallet that will change your life by eliminating the clutter of your every day carry package. Essentially, the slimmy is a miniature file folder that is optimized to carry a few business cards, a few credit cards, and your ID. That’s it. And it all seems simple enough – right? How could such a rudimentary idea change your life?
Well, now is your chance to find out. The Gear Journal is teaming up with Koyono Co. in an effort to spread the word and the Slimmy. The beneficiary? You.
Most of you are probably well aware that I love old shit – cars, watches, art, furniture, etc… I love it all. Of course, this site focuses on the latest and greatest gear available out in the world. My love of the vintage doesn’t often mix with my appreciation for those gadgets. This is one of those rare occasions. A buddy of mine recently sent me a link to Hickorees. Essentially, Hickorees caries a bunch of really handy stuff that just happens to be vintage. It’s glorious.
You fellas know that I’m a sucker for just about any multi-tool. I typically dig on the super compact stuff as I’m mostly an urban dweller, but if I was a man about the woods there is no doubt that I would give the above from Brook & Hunter a shot. It’s an axe, a hammer, a screwdriver, a knife, a saw, a can opener, a wire cutter, a file, pliers, and a wrench… all in one super manly little package.
And, it’s only $40. Check it out.