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 carry belongs to a photographer in Malaysia.
For the full March 24th breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry.
The Skycamp Rooftop Tent is synonymous to a treehouse, or at least one that’s strapped to the roof of your car instead of a tree, making it mobile. And collapsible. Skycamp is completely self contained inside an aerodynamic hardshell box that easily attaches to your roof rack like a bin. When you’re stopped and ready to rest, popping open the box, pulling out the ladder (and extensible floor) and propping up the shade actually takes less than a minute, a far cry from the time and effort it takes to pitch a traditional tent. Packing it up is also just as quick so you can get back on the road faster. Included King-sized bedding fits up to 4 adults plus two children to a total of 900 pounds, and optional accessories — including an awning and annex room — increase living space even further.
Find it at Kickstarter – $2,050
Your furry friend’s bed needn’t look like a pigsty, and here to prove it is the MiaCara Letto Dog DayBed. The Red Dog Design Award-winning lounger looks like a shrunk-down version of a nordic-styled human sofa, complete with a power coated aluminum body for structure, angled natural ash legs, and a comfy, super soft (and reversible, and washable for that matter) foam mattress that’s a welcome upgrade from the big pillow you’re currently using.
Find it at MiaCara – roughly $950+
What you do while you’re in the cockpit is your prerogative, but a Ripsaw EV2 Personal Tank in your driveway will, at the least, deter would-be thieves and burglars. Originally commissioned by the US military as a quick, nimble tank, the EV2 is now available to the public, albeit in limited numbers. It’s got 12 inches of suspension travel, a Diesel engine that outputs more than 600 horsepower, and a (as of yet unannounced) top speed that beats out every other dual-tracked vehicle ever made. Though if you want one you better be ready to wait since each is built to your desired level of luxury over a period as long as six months.
Pairing nicely with Kelty’s similarly named high back chairs, the Kelty Linger Side Table spruces up your camping experience, namely by eliminating the need to place your beer, meal, or playing cards on the floor or on your lap. Its collapsible anodized aluminum frame disassembles — or rather, folds down, since most of its poles are already attached together with articulating joints — and fits into a 4 by 6 inch stuff sack along with its roll-out 600D polyester table surface, weighing in at a lightweight 2.3 pounds. Despite this it’s overbuilt, with a weight capacity of 150 pounds — not that you’re likely to really going to get anywhere close to this limit without sitting on the thing.
Anyone who’s ever sat in front of a TV will likely instantly recognize the minimal but genius paint job on The Simpsons x State Bicycle Co. Bike, aided visually by both the use of appropriate colors and proportions of the long running show’s four main characters. Not that you need the help, but that’s Bart up top, Lisa on the seat stays, Homer on the seat tube, and Marge on the down tube. It’s also just a solid bike, too, with a 4130 grade Chromoly steel frame with double-butted tubing, a Flip-Flop hub to switch between single speed and fixed, a synthetic leather saddle, and your choice of four handlebar styles. State is also making less subtle Simpsons-styled accessories that include a donut-themed backpack and an Otto Man jersey.
Find it at State Bicycle Co. – $500
A minimalist version of their boastfully complex H1 timepiece, the HYT H0 Hydromechanical Watch hides the vast majority of its inner workings behind a curved dial, spinning two hands (for seconds and minutes) and pushing a semi-transparent, colored fluid around a glass tube bordering its face to boldly display hours. Though two openings lower down on the dial do give a modest glimpse into the bellows beneath, part of its manually-wound HYT calibre movement that’s ticking away with a power reserve of 65 hours. Otherwise the H0 sports sapphire crystal lenses on both front and back, precise micro-blasted hand and minute dials with Super-LumiNova coatings on time indicators, and a water resistance of 30 meters — all features we’d hope to expect from a timepiece that costs as much as a couple of cars.
Like the Ember temperature adjustable mug before it, Power Practical’s Jul Heated Smart Mug is godsend for those who like to nurse their coffee or tea, albeit with a stark price drop that comes with ditching the batteries. The goal when drinking coffee/tea is simple: get your drink down to a reasonable temperature quickly but have it stay there longer — or even indefinitely. Jul does so by shedding the excess insulation found in most travel mugs, which tend to keep temperatures piping hot and undrinkable for hours, and replaces it with a heater that’s adjusted by a twist of the base to set between 120 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, place it on its cigarette adapter- (for in-car use) or USB-powered coaster. Thermometers inside the mug detect when the temperature has hit the set target, conveying this to you by way of a subtle glow from the base that lights up blue for too cool, red for too hot, and white for just right. It also includes a concave lid that’ll clear even the biggest of noses and that seals shut and opens up (to sip, or to vent and further cool your coffee) with a twist.
Grab one at Kickstarter – $45