The Gear Journal

Dango A10

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I know I feature Dango stuff too much… but damn… This new A10 wallet is brilliant.



Craighill Square Money Clip

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I don’t carry a money trip, but if I did this is the one I would… Clean, simply, and built like a brick shithouse in the USA.


The Best MacBook Sleeve

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With the new 16″ MacBook Pro in the studio, I decided it was time to figure out just who in the hell makes the best sleeve for the thing. It’s a saturated market for sure, but I was able to narrow it down to a handful of the best by relying on reviews and reputation.

Once I had those few in hand, I could sit down and figure the pros and cons of each. Let’s get started:


The Apple Branded Leather Sleeve

It’s impeccably made by machines and beautifully finished. It’s also damned near $200… and that’s a lot of money for a soulless commodity, isn’t it? I’d say this one is worth considering if you aren’t worried about personality or value, but that there are better options out there for less. I returned mine, but you can get yours here.


The Mosiso Sleeve

The highest rated sleeve on Amazon for the new 16″ MacBook is this neoprene job that runs only $16. I generally live by the idea that you get what you pay for, but this thing is actually made pretty well for the cost. In fact, I agree with all the Amazon reviews – if you are on a budget and need protection for your new $3000 laptop, look no further.


The Cargo Works Case

They don’t have a 16″ version yet, but the 15″ actually fits the new 16″ Pro pretty well. I’ve been using this sleeve in one variation or another for the past three years and it is VERY good. In fact, I would call this the best sleeve on the market for travel. It’s too big for every day use (for me), but for travel all of the extra storage spots and pockets and MOLLE comes in really handy. It’s also made as well as you could expect given it only costs $65.

And while this might not be the best sleeve on the market for EDC, I still consider it a must have. Get yours here.


The Bellroy Sleeve

I typically like Bellroy products, but to be honest – I didn’t see anything too special about this sleeve. It’s marketed for the 15″ MacBook Pro, but like other sleeves on this list, it fit the new 16″ just fine. I just didn’t feel like it was made well enough to justify even the relatively affordable $50 price tag.

I did, however, really like the magnet used to keep the sleeve closed. It’s easy to open one handed and it stayed closed even when gravity was trying it’s damndest to open it.

You can get yours direct.


The Woolnut Sleeve

I hadn’t ever heard of Woolnut, but Reddit reviews spoke highly of them and I figured it was worth a shot. It was…

The Woolnut sleeve costs about $175, which is not cheap obviously, but in my opinion it’s best value on this list simply because it’s made so well. The leather is gorgeous (I got green), the stitching is perfect, and the wool interior is crazy plush. And did I mention the zipper? Holy hell…

In any case and in my opinion/use case, this is the best MacBook Sleeve on the market. It cost $25 less than the Apple branded sleeve and is better in every conceivable way. Put plainly, this is a no brainer.

Get yours here.

Lunar Wallet

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This thing feels like an astronaut’s wallet, right? Pretty rad…


Peak Design Backpack

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I’m not sure I’m totally down with the style, but I can’t argue with the function…


Wotancraft Essential Wallet

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This guy kills it with his design work… and his fabrication work is on point too…


Cyber Monday

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Everything I know about that’s worth a damned… I wonder what I missed this year? I’ll update this as I find stuff…

3sixteen: 10% off with code BF2019 at checkout.

Aether: 20% after spending $250, 25% after spending $500, 30% off after spending $750. 

Arlo Skye: 20% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY20. Excludes aluminum carry-on and laser-engraving.

Assouline: 25% select books.

Autodromo: 15% off orders over $200.

Billykirk: 30% off sitewide. Sale begins on the 29th and ends December 2nd. 

Best Made: Up to 30% off. 

Capsule Wallets: Up to 60% off.

Corpus Naturals: 25% off with code GIVING25 at checkout. 

Courant: 25% off individual chargers. 15% off systems. 

Corridor: 25% off sitewide. Sale begins on the 29th and ends December 2nd.

Crown and Buckle: 20-30% off.

END: 20% off at checkout. 

Danner: 25% off footwear. 

Dita: Up to 40% off select styles through Cyber Monday. 

Division Road: 20% off apparel and accessories. 

DSPTCH: 25% off on Friday, 20% off Saturday to Monday with code BLKFRDY19.  

FEIT: 30% off select items. 

Garrett Leight: 20% off with code TREATYOSELF at checkout.

HAVEN: 20% off with code BLK19 at checkout.

Holden: 30% off sitewide. Deal automatically applied at checkout.

James Perse: Up to 70% off.

Jays Headphones: 50% off select headphones and speakers with code BLACK50.

John Elliott: 30% off automatically added at checkout.

Freenote: 20% off sitewide. Sale begins on the 29th and ends December 3rd.

MR PORTER: 30% off select items.

Native Union: 30% off sitewide.

Nomad: Up to 70% off.  

Norden: 20% off with code STOCKUP at checkout.

NWKC: 30% off all orders.

Olivers: 20% off with code THANKS at checkout. 

Period Correct: Up to 50% off select items.

Persol: Up to 50% off. 

Private White V.C.: 30% off select items with code BLACK30 at checkout.

Randolph Engineering: 50% off. 

Ray-Ban: (sunglasses and eyewear) up to 50% off. 

Reigning Champ: Discounts on select items.

Ritz Seasonal Fudge Covered Crackers: (why not) 

Rogue Territory: 30% off sitewide (some exclusions apply).

Saturdays: (apparel) 25% off with code FRIENDS25 at checkout. 

Self Edge: Sale starts Friday at 9am. 15% off with code BlackFriday2019 at checkout.

Snake Oil Provisions: 19% off sitewide.

Tanner Goods: Sitewide sale ends Friday at 11:59PM PST.

Taylor Stitch: 20% off and $20 credit sitewide. Sale ends Sunday.

Todd Snyder: 25% off with orders over $200, 30% with orders over $300. Use code BLACKFRIDAYNOW at checkout. 

Triple Aught Design: 35% off

Western Rise: 20% off sitewide.

Windup Watch Shop: 15% off all straps and accessories. 

Zero Halliburton: 30% off carry-on cases.

The Go Charge Case

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This is the perfect wet box for divers. Going under? Stash your phone in the Pelican and it will charge the damned thing while keeping it dry.