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Fiskars IsoCore Hammer

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. That’s why hammering nails takes a toll on your hands. And also why the Fiskars IsoCore Hammer was created. These hammers sport an extended soft textured grip plus a unique insulating sleeve between the dual layer handle and metal hammer rod that absorbs, disperses, and dampens shock. The result is a four fold reduction in vibrations reaching your hand while still offering far more than the basic features you’d come to expect from a solid hammer, including a rip claw for pulling no-good nails, a weight balanced head made of forged heat-treated steel, and a finger-saving slot for driving a nail without needing to hold it in place.

Grab one at Fiskars – $45+

Tags: Gear, Tools
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Everyday Carry Breakdown #99

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 a visual artist and teacher in Sonora, Mexico.

For the full February 5th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.

Tags: EDC, Gear
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Braasi Wicker Backpack

Designed to tackle all your urban carrying needs including your commute both on and off the bike, the Braasi Wicker Backpack certainly isn’t lacking in straps. Adjustable nylon webbing covers the face and sides of the pack to accommodate awkwardly-shaped gear that won’t otherwise properly fit inside the backpack all while granting the bag a ruggedized look. Else, the Wicker is made of Cordura 1100D fabric, boasts reliable YKK zipper and buckle hardware, features a contrasting bright yellow-lined main compartment with a laptop pocket for carrying up to 28 litres of gear, and has a backside pocket for smaller valuables like your wallet, smartphone, and tablet.

Hit up Braasi for details – roughly $195

Tags: Gear
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Poros Tetra Backpack

It all started with a weekender. Now they’re back with the Poros Tetra Backpack. Discreet in looks, the Tetra actually packs a 10,000 mAh battery cell integrated into the bag’s front compartment, with a 2.1A USB port suitable for any USB-chargeable devices plus a second dedicated output with either a Micro USB or Lightning cable for charging your Android or iOS devices, respectively, each several times over. A large display shows the battery’s current charge state at a glance (and the push of a button), and the charger even works to once refuel USB C enabled laptops like the Apple’s recent MacBook and Google’s Chromebook Pixel. And the TSA-approved backpack also boasts a sleek, modern build, complete with a protective sleeve for a 15-inch laptop, Air Straps that soften and comfortably distribute the load on your shoulders, plus a multitude of internal pockets to tidy up your on-the-go essentials.

Check it out at Indiegogo – $100

Tags: Gear, Packs, Tech
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Fitbit Alta

It won’t track your heart rate, keep tabs on floors climbed, or let you control your smartphone from your wrist. But the Fitbit Alta will do nigh everything else a real fitness tracker should do, and this from one svelte and slim wrist-bound package. Tap the Alta and its OLED display lights up to give you the time, instant access to your daily progress, and a glance at notifications from your smartphone, including SMS, calls, and calendar alerts. It also automatically tracks your sleep patterns and activities all day long, using SmartTrack to automatically recognize the the of exercise you’re doing, no input needed. Other features include a silent vibrating alarm, swappable bands that span metal and leather straps, and five days of battery life on a charge.

Grab one at Amazon – $130

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Fluance Fi70 High Fidelity Music System

We won’t call it a Bluetooth speaker: for one, the Fluance Fi70 High Fidelity Music System has a total of six speakers including dual 8-inch subwoofers, dual neodymium tweeters, and two 5-inch glass fibre woven mid-range drivers. Not to mention the fact that it weighs 80 pounds. But the system, which is wrapped in an audio grade wood cabinet, is as easy simple to use as any modern portable, letting you wirelessly stream from Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, and of course your own music library over aptX-enabled Bluetooth. It’s also equipped with an AM/FM radio, alarm clock (should it find its way into your bedroom), and an LED plus touch inputs with which to control it all.

Pick one up at Amazon – $500

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Néit Collapsible Luggage

Unsurprising considering it’s made to store lots of your stuff, luggage takes up a lot of room. That’s why the Néit Collapsible Luggage line folds up to shrink down in size by 50% to 70%. Inspired by the rugged shell of an armadillo, these tough, waterproof pieces of luggage feature fold-down walls and retractible spinner wheels that altogether significantly reduce the space occupied by the Néit. A carabiner-like handle allows for hanging as storage plus optional GPS lets you track your lost luggage in case of loss in transit.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $215

Tags: Gear, Packs, Travel
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TPT Titanium Pocket Tool

Carry a handful or two of useful tools in a package no thicker than a pair of keys with the Titanium Pocket Tool, or TPT for short. This low profile tool is crafted of Grade 5 titanium and features a flat head screwdriver, mini pry bar, two measurement cues, a 1/4-inch hex bit driver, bottle opener, scraper, fifteen universal wrenches across both imperial and metric sizes, and both a camping fork plus finger-safe box opener edge on its stainless steel insert. Or swap out the insert for a standard utility razor blade to safely carry a knife in your pocket using the included sheath.

Find it at Kickstarter – $40

Tags: EDC, Gear, Tools
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Zero Halliburton Vintage Carry-On Spinner

Paying tribute to the brand’s mid-century military and camera cases, the Zero Halliburton Vintage Carry-On Spinner is built tough out of thick aluminum hardshell with a classic khaki green paint job. The carry-on suitcase features custom draw-bolt latches and a three digit TSA-approved combination lock to secure its contents, which are coddled in its fully lined interior, mesh compartments, and immobilized via compression straps. Carry it by the handle or roll it around on its four wheels thanks to a retractible multi-stage handle, the former featuring sealed ball bearings for longevity.

Learn more at Zero Halliburton – $1,200

Tags: Gear, Packs, Travel
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Everyday Carry Breakdown #98

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 a creative director in Roslyn, New York.

For the full January 29th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.

Tags: EDC, Gear
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