The Gear Journal

Summer Pocket Dump

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I spent my summer restoring an old house on an island in the pacific. As such, I had a constant EDC… And this is it…

  1. Pioneer Matter BiFold. These things are really popular right now and I can see why… The design is fantastic in that this wallet can carry a ton of cards without getting bulky. Plus, it can carry a tad of cash as well. The ripstop material is very thin and feels incredible, but I wonder how durable it will be. So far, so good.
  2. Titatnium Folding Blade. I prefer utility blades over knives… and have fallen in love with these cheap Chinese folders.
  3. Sinn U1. The U1 is too big and bulky to be a daily watch in my opinion, but I was on an island and planned to do a lot of diving. As such, the U1 got the call… It’s my favorite dive watch in the world and it did fine out of the water as well.

Patagonia Black Hole

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Got caught in a tough spot last week and had to buy a bag from a boutique store. This usually results in an overpriced bag that just gets you by… But man, did I get lucky.

Essentially, I found a Patagonia Black Hole on closeout for $99. It seems more form than function, until you use it… It’s a very LIGHT bag with one compartment – no wasted space and no frills. Plus, it’s built like a brick shit house.

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Pelican Rugged Camera Lens Cover

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I’m just getting back from a back island expedition and was gifted one of these before hand… I think they cost around $25… WORTH EVERY PENNY.

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iPhone 12 PEEL

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The thinnest iPhone case that actually offers some protection is available for iPhone 12/MagSafe now… I’ve never broken a phone with these cases, but others have.

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Pioneer Passport Wallet

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People that study these things say that Pioneer uses the most innovative materials in the wallet game. I’ve never gave them a shot, but plan too soon…

In any case, they released a passport wallet today.

Details here.

oriGrid

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I’ve become an iPad power user somehow… In fact, I work more on my 12.9” 2018 iPad Pro than I do on my MacBook Pro. And this detachable grid system? It’s brilliant.

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TugLug

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The overland industry of Australia has put out some real bangers in the last couple of years. One company that has really shined is TufLug. They make tool pouches that are weather resistant and tough as hell. More details here… Or you can buy a pair here.

Bellroy Folio Mini

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To be honest, I am not a huge fan of Bellroy. I love their design work, but feel like they use inappropriate materials for long term usage. Their leather is too soft and too thin for a “buy it for life” wallet.

But yeah… they know how to design… and this folio is further proof of that.

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