The Gear Journal

TAD Bastion Woobie

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If you have discovered the pure joy of a proper woobie and want something that is a step up from even the amazing OG Woobie, stop what your are doing right now and buy the Bastion Woobie from TAD Gear. They were just re-stocked and they won’t be in stock long… so you had better hurry, but trust me – you’ll be glad ya did.

Go here now!

Wurkkos FC11

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Earlier in the week, I featured the Olight Baton 3 – a feature rich 1200 lumen torch with a backup battery system. It’s brilliantly designed and works wonderfully, but is priced at just under $100. If you want a similar experience (sans the backup battery) for less money and don’t mind going a little bigger in size, the Wurkkos FC11 is your best option.

Like the Olight, the Wurkkos features USB-C charging, a magnet on the tail, and 1200 lumen output. However, you can pick one up for only about $30. It might be the best bang for your buck on the torch market.

Get yours here.

Olight Baton 3

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I like to keep a small flashlight in my truck for those times when the shit has mildly hit the fan and I need a little extra light. In the past, I’ve always kept a small AAA torch in my console but this comes with issues. Namely, over time the battery dies and I’m left with a AAA sized brick.

To combat that, I started looking for a USB rechargeable light. I ended up getting something really interesting – the Olight Baton 3. Essentially, it’s a really small and really bright flashlight with a magnet on one end and a pocket clip on the other – allowing the light to be used as a headlight (when clipped to the brim of your hat) or attached to any metal surface (when using the magnet on the other end).

On top of that, I bought the Premium edition which comes with a backup battery case that works similar to Apple’s AirPods. You simply charge the light and the case. If your light runs out of battery, just stick it in the case to charge it. As a result, you can get close to 95 days of runtime… and because it’s rechargeable via USB, I can always charge the thing in my truck as well.

It’s working out really well… I have no relationship with Olight, but I do have a discount code that I found online. Use “MIL20” to get 20% off either the premium or the standard light. Worth every damned penny…

Pivot Spray Bottle

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Why didn’t I think of this? Essentially, it’s just a spray bottle that pivots – allowing you to spray at just about any angle no matter how much product is left in the bottle…

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Powerstation Air

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This is pretty rad… Mophie just released a portable battery with enough juice to charge your phone a shit ton of times, jump your car, AND… it has an onboard air compressor. And it only runs $160?

I’m skeptical.

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Philips Norelco 7000

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I HATE shaving… as such, I live with a constant shadow of sorts. To keep it at that, I’ve always used a trimmer and have gone through a number of them in the last decade. Typically, they last a year or so before the battery refuses to hold a charge or the cutters crap out. However, about four years ago I found one that actually withstands my abuse and seemingly asks for more.

At this point, it has paid for itself… as for the past year or so, it’s doubled as my barber.

Details here.

Arcturus Heavy Duty Survival Blanket

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“Ryan, do you know of a tarp that is thicker than the Poncho shell that pairs with the Woobie you reviewed? I like the poncho, but I need something with more flexibility.”

Funny you should ask… Check out the Arcturus Survival Blanket. It’s cheap, well sized, and does double duty – heat capturing survival blanket and super durable tarp. Better yet, it’s the perfect outer layer for your Woobie.

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Mighty Magnet

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If you are into Ram mounts in your car, truck, or whatever… and need a magnet mount for something like a new iPhone or a tablet or again, whatever… I have found a pretty damned good solution. It’s a female ram mount with a really strong rubber coated magnet. It works fantastically with Apple’s MagSafe phones.

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