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Uniterra Nomad Review

There are about a thousand ways to brew a cup of coffee on the go. But espresso, specifically? That’s a little trickier, especially since multiple variables, notably pressure, need to be just right. For that reason (and because it’s one of the most unique espresso machines we’ve ever laid eyes on) we were itching to give the Kickstarter-launched Uniterra Nomad a thorough try to see how well it might fulfill our caffeine cravings both…

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Review: Blade Chroma Camera Drone

Whether they’re pocket sized or too large to carry without specialty bags or cases, drones are increasingly mainstream, particularly of the camera kind. We’d never flown a large quadcopter before, at least not until getting our hands on this Blade Chroma Camera Drone to review from Horizon Hobby. As you’d figure we were very excited from the get go: they sent over a Blade Chroma with Stabilized CGO3 4K Camera and ST-10+ controller, which, while a mouthful, basically translates…

HomeProductivityReview

Review: InMovement Elevate Desktop DT2 Sit-To-Stand Desk

Chances are you sit too much. We undoubtedly do, and it’s always seemed to be an integral and impossible-to-avoid downside to working with a computer. But there’s hope with the advent of sit-to-stand desks in recent years, the specific benefits of which we won’t go into. These range in price from sub hundred dollar portable stands to several thousand dollar motorized desks that raise themselves at the push of a button. We…

GearOutdoorsReview

Review: Great Eastern Cutlery Pocketknives

In a small Pennsylvania town lies an even smaller factory that’s hard at work pumping out small batches of pocket knives daily. But Victorinox these ain’t; instead, Great Eastern Cutlery focuses on recreating the traditional American pocket knife, extinct for nearly a century, using a 200+ step process combining hands-on techniques with machine manipulation. And while they’re offered in a dizzying array of colors, finishes, and blade options, we…

GearPacksReviewTravel

Review: Osprey Farpoint 55

On a recent expedition to Southeast Asia, we had the pleasure of lugging around our gear in one of Osprey’s many Travel Trek Backpacks: The Farpoint 55. And lucky for that, because our plan B was a not-quite-ergonomic big garbage bag. As its name suggests, this pack can be crammed with about 55L of goods of which 15L are conveniently detachable through the zip-away removable daypack, lined with…

BikeOutdoorsReview

Review: Quad Lock Bike Mount

In our experience, there are two kinds of smartphone bike mounts on the market. The first type accommodates one particular phone model in a fixed-size case, the second, phones of varying sizes, albeit with disadvantages such as screen obstruction or having to place the phone in a large, sloppy pouch. Quad Lock is a pure example of the former, giving us – at least on paper – everything…

AppleGearPhonesReview

Review: AL13 iPhone Bumper

Covering your iPhone’s sleek industrial lines with unseemly cases is borderline blasphemous, but unfortunately the device’s vulnerability to scratches, dings, and shattered glass forces our hand. We’re not about to wrap our device in one of Apple’s minimal but flimsy plastic bumpers either, and fortunately other options exist, notably designed by m’s enticing AL13 Aluminum iPhone Bumper. We put one through the wringer over the last 50 days to…

GearReviewVices

Review: Ploom Pax

Ploom’s Pax, easily the sleekest loose-leaf vaporizer on the market, is more than a little intriguing. Of course, photogenicity does not always entail functionality, so we put it through some use to get a feel for this elegant, compact vaporizer, and broke it down into categories for simplicity. Click on through to read more. Design: A hair longer than 4 inches, Pax’s smooth anodized aluminum shell is durable…