The Gear Journal

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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NASA Space Shuttle Discovery

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Did you sleep on the Lego Saturn V rocket kit a couple of years ago and now regret it to no end as you browse eBay and stare at the $1000 bids? Yeah me too…

That’s why I WILL NOT be sleeping on this one.

Dope.

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Virgil Abloh X Braun

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Two things I love:

  1. Vintage Braun Industrial Design
  2. Virgil Abloh’s Graphic Aesthetic

Combine the two and you got something crazy special…

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The NS-1

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I’m not an outdoorsy guy. I’d rather work than go camping… But, for whatever reason, I love the “overland” aesthetic that has become all the rage as of late.

The NS-1 is a trailer built by CampWorks that sort of packages all that up into a self sustainable off-road trailer. It starts at $36k and gets more expensive very quickly as you add options, but I guess that’s the price you pay to be off the grid anywhere your rig can take you.

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The Canoo

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The electrical revolution is just around the corner. It’s been baking for well over a decade now and you have to think we aren’t far off from reaching critical mass – the boring part of it all.

See, to me the excitement happens now… Now is when all of these freshly funded innovators take a shot at the big dogs and hope their athleticism and flexibility is enough to out perform the experience of the same old stale logos we have all grown accustomed too. Most, if not all, will fail miserably… Most real innovation does.

Welcome Canoo to the show… They are bringing with them some pretty dope ideas.

Details here.

The Cheapest & Most Reliable Car In The World

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So, I used my algorithm to find two things this week:

  1. The cheapest car to own in America for over five years.
  2. The most reliable car in America.

Both turned out to be the Toyota Land Cruiser. Giving just about any Toyota a reliability award is cliche… So that one was not a surprise. But I was sort of amazed to see that 16.3% of all Land Cruisers made reached over 300,000 miles. That’s nuts.

What did surprise me, however, was the price of ownership. These SUVs are irrationally expensive. A 2021 Land Cruiser (based on an old platform and archaic technology) can run close to $100k new. The trick though is this:

A 2016 Land Cruiser with 75,000 miles can sell for as much as $65k. These things don’t breakdown, need very little as far as servicing, and the resale vale is almost as insane as the purchase price.


Editor’s Note: My algorithm is a work in progress, but after double checking some parameters, I think I’m getting fairly accurate results.