Longtime readers may remember Tuff Writer’s Ultimate Clicky Pen and subsequently smaller Mini Click. Their latest, the Tuff Writer Mini-Click Gen2, takes the latter’s compact, pocketable size and upgrades the materials, machined as always but now from titanium, brass, or copper with a variety of finishes that include tumbled, bead blasted, aged (for brass), and even flamed for a unique polychromatic surface finish. Every one features the latest version of Tuff Writer’s overbuilt 416SS advancing mechanism that’s machined in-house of stainless steel to extremely tight tolerances and that pushes any Parker-style refill (including the included Fisher Space Pen cartridge) through a slightly widened tip opening. Other minor changes include a slightly thinner, more flexible powdercoated spring clips, beefier Buna-70 O-rings at the grip level, and a displaced mating seam between the tip and pen body that doesn’t require displacing any O-rings.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $95+
Many sleek wallets leave you shuffling through a stack of disordered cards, trying to find the right one; their lack of individual pockets (and thus organization) is what makes them slim. The Ekster 2.0 has a better solution: a pinky-activated switch that quickly flicks up all six contained cards in an accessible stepped fashion to get you the right one, stat. Both the Parliament and Senate Ekster (click through to second image) feature this mechanism plus a cash strap and an extra card pocket, though the former boasts a few extra pockets on a bifold flap to hold up to ten or eleven cards. They both also come with the option of a slim, solar-powered Tile-like tracker that slips in like any other card and emits noise when activated (via smartphone) to help find it.
Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $70+
From afar it may look like your run-of-the-mill airy, lightweight drawstring backpack. But a closer look at the Action Drawstring Backpack Pro reveals features unheard of in this space. It’ll store and organize your stuff across five compartments, amongst them three YKK zippered pockets, on top of securing your action cam to your torso via an optional GoPro compatible center mount. A hydration-compatible pocket and tube routing hardware also handles your CamelBak (or other) hydration bladder, if you’re into that sort of thing. The Action DB Pro also solves the cord unevenness problem with Channel-Anchored drawstrings that always keep both sides balanced, and its Hypalon plus water-repellent DWR fabric construction keeps its contents shielded from adverse weather.
Find it at Kickstarter – $45+
Multitools save space when compared to their individual single-tool counterparts, but despite this most are rather bulky. Not the Cha-O-Ha Cyclist Card Multitool which is theoretically small enough to fit into a wallet (we say it like this because it’s heavy-duty thick-cut metal isn’t the thinnest) and definitely compact enough to slip away incognito in your saddle bag, jersey pocket, or small messenger bag. The two-part card is made of the same hard-wearing, edge-retaining CPM S35VN Blade Steel as their EDC Card and includes a total of 43 functions if you count each individual wrench, including a tire pry, three spoke wrenches, a truing fork (for straightening disc brakes), a measure, a bottle opener, a few screwdrivers, a bit driver, plus a ton of hex wrenches. And since a card itself won’t give much leverage, a second piece — which holds two 1/4-inch bits — pins onto the Cyclist card to double as a handle.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $35+
The Timbuk2 Robin Pack is the San Francisco-based brand’s cleanest take on an urban rolltop backpack yet. Its weatherproof rolltop closure closes with magnets and opens with a simple pull towards the bottom and has room for a 15-inch laptop alongside the rest of your gear. Magnets also play a roll in holding a smaller front pocket closed as well as in joining the two halves of its sternum strap instantly. Tons of other subtle/hidden features include hidden expansion panels to boost capacity when necessary, a reflective bottom panel that won’t shine until struck by headlights (at which point it will, brilliantly), a reflective ripstop rainfly for keeping your gear safe through heavy downpours, and one stretch side pocket on either side.
Learn more at Timbuk2 – $180
It’s slimmer and more compact than most Costanza-sized wallets, though the Vessel Wallet really sets itself apart thanks to two unique features: a two-way sliding card compartment and a concealed drawer. The former helps you quickly find the card you’re looking for by swiping the ones in the way downwards before swiping the right one up — somewhat like making your way through modern-day dating app profiles. It’ll hold up to five or six cards in this compartment along with stuff that most wallets end up squishing in the drawer, like gum, a couple of pills, an SD card or flash drive, or even a condom. The compartment is also big and wide enough for cash, though a removable money clip will handle fatter stacks of that nicely.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $65
Designing a bag to replace all your bags may be a nigh-impossible task but the Tab Convertible Bag comes as close to that elusive goal as any. Using an innovative cinch system, Tab can be collapsed or grown to three sizes — 31, 46.5, or 62 litres, depending on what you’re carrying — or even packed down into a compact ball for storage. It’s not just stuck to being a duffle, either, with straps that can be configured for backpack wear to safely lug heavier loads. Despite all of this it’s still rather light at 1.2 pounds, weather resistant thanks to a DWR ripstop nylon build fitted with waterproof zippers, and features an electric blue inner lining that makes finding stuff inside easier and that’s starkly contrasted with its murdered out black exterior.
Pledge for one at Kickstarter – $90
This is one product you’ll really, really hope to never actually put to the test. In the rare and unfortunate event that you do, though, the Arc’teryx Voltair 30 Avalanche Backpack might just save your life. Instead of gas cartridges the Voltair uses an electric centrifugal blower powered by a rechargeable LiPo battery, achieving identical pressure and fill speeds as traditional systems but with several added benefits, including pulsing of additional air once full to keep the 150 litre balloon inflated even in the event of small punctures on rocks and the like. Its electric and quickly reusable nature also allows for testing the system in the field so you know what to expect if you ever need to pull the trigger, and a charge can easily provide multiple deployments in a single day — that is, if you’ve got the guts to head back out after an avalanche. It’ll of course also hold 30 litres of your other gear as well and plays nice with the TSA, unlike compressed gas cartridges.
Pick one up on Amazon – $1,300