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Lochby Quattro Pen Case

Note: Lochby has previously provided me with review samples, however I purchased this one with my own cold cash. I’m a pretty big fan of Lochby’s aesthetic and the simple but well planned out gear they sell. Recently they launched a pen case called Quattro. As the name suggests, it is designed to house four pens, nothing else. But I would be...

Spyderco Ladybug

I need to confess to something upfront: when I ordered this knife I thought I was getting something comparable in size to the Mini Bugout I recently reviewed — a Spyderco challenger to that epic knife. But I really didn’t read the specifications there, did I? Turns out this knife is tiny. Like really small. How small, well: Turns out, the...

Member Journal — 9/14/20

This week: my dad bag needed more gear; building emergency kits for kids while the west burns; I actually wrote a section about which wrist I wear my watch on; preview of the Mystery Ranch 3 Way Briefcase; and a fantastic and affordable clothes drying rack. You must be a member to read the rest of this article. (Already a member? Log In.)

FourSevens Mini MKIII

Now this is a light. Dang. I actually forgot to review this, because I thought I already had. Alas I was wrong — I’ve been carrying the Mini mk III in my bag to the office for a long time and after testing the Prime C1, I pulled this out to play with it and see how it compared. I’m glad I did, because it made me realize just how good this light is....

Member Journal — 9/7/2020

This week: State of iPad heading into iOS 14; Privacy; Waterproof paper; and taking off medical gloves. State of iPad Heading to iOS 14 Sometimes I forget to write stuff like this out, because part of my day to day work is diving into and thinking about all of this. That said, I wanted to capture some things I have been thinking about,...

GORUCK Labor Day Sale

GORUCK is having a heck of a Labor Day Sale (that’s an affiliate link as are all links below). Here’s some highlights I recommend: Black Ruckers in both sizes are $129. There’s a new Rucker coming out in late October, I have the current model and it’s amazing. Hard to get these at this low a price. Black GR2s in both sizes are $229. I have almost...

Raw Thoughts on Bag Manufacturers

I posted a version of this on Reddit the other day, commenting on someone asking about why people love GORUCK over other bag brands. So, here is a slightly expanded version of my very glib takes on bag manufacturers if I were asked to stereotype them all: GORUCK: What civilians think a military bag should be like. Mystery Ranch: What...

Armytek Prime C1

I love a good flashlight, and one of my favorite lights is SureFire’s E1B-MV Backup. I still love that light and I think it is an amazing all around light. There are two small issues with it: there are only two light modes; and it is very expensive. The former isn’t an issue for how I use lights, but the latter is a big issue for me when I recommend...

Member Journal — 8/31/2020

This week: wait, it’s the end of August now? Shit. Oh, anyways, I write about Jerry Seinfeld and remote work; Epic; Surge Capacity; Zuckerberg being an awful person; pop culture; and this Hurricane Laura close call. You must be a member to read the rest of this article. (Already a member? Log In.)

Prepping, Bug Out Bags, and Missing the Obvious

I’ve spent a lot of time over the years thinking about bug out bags, and getting them ready to go. I’ve spent countless hours talking about get home bags, and getting them ready to go. Since moving to Houston, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about ‘prepping’ — the act of making sure you can survive in your home for extended time without the world...

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