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Px Invisible Backpack Mini

It’s tastefully spartan on the outside, earning the px Invisible Backpack Mini its name. But there’s more to this simple looking backpack than its exterior would have you know. First, the shell material is of a slightly glossy, water resistant 800x600D nylon and polyester blend that’s both durable and more elegant than standard ballistic variants. Two stealthy medium-sized front pockets organize smaller goods while a concealed laptop slot on one side fits up to 13-inch computers — and all three, along with the main compartment, close up using durable water resistant YKK zippers. It’s big enough to hold all your daily carry essentials at 14 litres, all without weighing you down like an unnecessarily large bag would.

Learn more at px – $168

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ITS Kevlar Escape Laces

Escape gear comes in many forms, but we definitely didn’t expect to find it in laces. ITS Tactical’s Kevlar Escape Laces are made of 100% Kevlar and come in 54-inch, 60-inch and 72-inch sizes to fit standard shoes and boots. Sure, they’re strong, providing 360 lbs of tensile strength, are both fire and chemical resistant, and they won’t break. But they really shine if you’re ever in a bad situation and tied up with zip ties or the like, doubling as a friction saw with a bit of ingenuity (i.e. stringing the laces through the zip ties, tying them up between your feet, and basically pedalling for a few seconds until it cuts).

Find it at ITS Tactical – $11 [via]

Tags: Gear, Shoes
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Everyday Carry Breakdown #128

Each week we’ll show you an everyday carry – a small selection of tools, gadgets, and gear carried daily to cope with a variety of situations – worthy of a few minutes of your attention. This week’s EDC belongs to an industrial engineer in Costa Rica.

For the full August 26th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry

Tags: Gear
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North St. Scout Duffle

We’d be hard pressed to find a better everyday gear-carrier than the North St. Scout Duffle. Made in-house by North St. Bags in Portland, the Scout is crafted of a 1,000 denier Cordura nylon outer that’s lined with waterproof X-pac VX21 sailcloth to keep your gear dry in adverse weather. They’re simple, with one large main compartment and one additional small zippered inner pocket, and come in a variety of colors and sizes identified by the number in their name (Scout 14 in Army Green shown) including the small Scout 11 with optional bicycle mounts to attach to a handlebar and the larger Scout 21.

Check out the lineup at North St. Bags – $60 to $100

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Hone Type 15 Razor

Overbuilt but definitely not over-designed, Hone’s Type 15 Razor is a minimalist’s dream. All three main parts are CNC machined of either lightweight aluminum or heftier brass, the former in either a classic silver or black anodized finish for longevity. Models of both metals are nicely balanced and are so precisely cut they almost look as if they were sculpted from the same one piece. The aluminum one comes either with a standard 85mm handle or a longer 100mm one and won’t develop a patina like the raw brass, though they’re both compatible with standard safety razor blades and make your morning shave something to look forward to.

Learn more at Hone Shaving – roughly $85 (aluminum) to $143 (brass)

Tags: Body, Gear
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Kosmos Pen

Stilform Design’s Kosmos Pen took home the 2016 Red Dot award for best pen, and for good reason: it radically removes the ubiquitous clicker mechanism for something far simpler, instead revealing the ink tip when the cap is shifted towards the back. As it slides strong neodymium magnets grasp and pull the cap in either position to make it easy to actuate with just one hand. The Golden Ratio went in to the pen’s minimalistic design and proportions, and it’s also perfectly balanced with regards to weight on either end. It’s also compatible with both Stilform’s gel refill plus all Parker-style G2 refills and comes in four colors: gold, silver, rose gold, and grey.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $40

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The Nug

Large knives may be more functional overall but chances are you’re more likely to carry a micro knife around on a daily basis for reasons of practicality. That said, most are too small to use safely, and that’s where JHO Knives’ The Nug stands out. At just two inches long and with unassuming looks it’s perfect to slip into a pocket alongside keys or a wallet. It’s solidly built of G5 titanium, fitted with a heat treated S35VN 0.71-inch steel blade, and features a hole to slide a finger through for solidifying your grip so it won’t slip and slice you. The short blade sits on a ball bearing pivot and can be discreetly opened in a pocket, though the closed Nug works to protect your knuckles if used for protection un-deployed. Available in black, satin (shown), stone washed, and two tone.

Learn more at JHO Knives – $150+

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Troubadour Day Bag

If for some reason ballistic nylon repulses you, you’ll find solace in the Troubadour Day Bag. Every one of these duffles is handcrafted in Italy using nothing but vegetable-tanned leather for all of its parts that’s complemented by a thick cotton canvas lining inside. Undo its polished brass long-tail zipper for unrestricted access to its contents thanks to a wide opening, with room for a weekend’s worth of clothes and a tablet compartment (amongst other elastic internal pockets) to keep entertainment close by. Each also comes with a lifetime guarantee which won’t help if it’s stolen or you lose it, so better try to not lose sight of it.

Learn more at Troubadour Goods – $1,426

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Benchmade Grizzly Creek Knife

If you don’t know what a gut hook is this isn’t the knife for you. If you do know, but normally associate the device with the equivalent of a tumor on the back of your otherwise svelte hunting knife, Benchmade has you covered. Sporting a 3.5-inch premium S30V plain edge, satin finish, and a modified drop point blade with the AXIS lock, the Grizzly Creek is already a nearly perfect hunting folder. But what of the gut hook? The Grizzly Creek still gives hunters the tool, but in a more convenient, streamlined package. Stabilized wood handle scales protect not only your folded blade, but a fold-out gut hook opposite the primary blade as well. No more pulling a sharpened bladed toward your face when cleaning game. Like your mother always said, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

Find it at Amazon – $165

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Everyday Carry Breakdown #127

Each week we’ll show you an everyday carry – a small selection of tools, gadgets, and gear carried daily to cope with a variety of situations – worthy of a few minutes of your attention. This week’s EDC belongs to an art director in Jakarta.

For the full August 19th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry

Tags: EDC, Gear
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