Kev and I have been bitten by the camping bug, as evidenced by our new off-road setup. We’ve got camp chairs, but on every excursion, one of us will mention how nice it would be to have a hammock along. We could buy a packable one, but a lot of times, strapping a hammock to a pair of trees is impossible, impractical, or not allowed, and most portable hammock bases are too large or too unstable for our needs. That’s why the anymaka portable hammock, available for the next 15 days on Kickstarter, appealed to me enough to back it.
The XEdge Flounder multitool is a little wonder that’s not your run-of-the-mill everyday carry; it’s a little marvel that combines elegance and efficiency in one compact package. I’m impressed by the range of functions this mini-sized titanium, CNC-machined multitool has packed into its sleek design. Not only is it a mini pry bar, but it’s also a bottle opener, bit driver, nail puller, box opener, graphite everlasting pen, firestarter, pocket saw, and more!
Some of the issues people see with Solar Generators are the heavy weight and the lack of swappable batteries. Decarbon Venture has introduced a new line of power products, the DCV Airbase Quad and DCV Airbase Duo, which are half the weight and deliver twice the power of other similar products. Co-founder Geoff Elwood developed the idea while living off-grid in the Australian Outback during the pandemic.
Cooler season is upon us; it’s time to camp, picnic, BBQ, and take trips to the beach! It is much easier and less messy if you do not have to haul ice to keep everything chilled. Anker EverFrost, now on Kickstarter, is billed as the world’s longest-lasting battery-powered cooler, and we took an early look. Read on to see how the EverFrost cooler performs.
Anytime I can find an excuse to cook, I jump on it. Recently, I was able to try out the Dreo ChefMaker. Sure, we have all seen the next big thing in cooking, so how good can it possibly be? Well, I gave it a try, and let me tell you, I was impressed! Let’s take a look.
Vosteed has joined forces with ReyLight to produce the Rook, a triple LED high-output compact EDC flashlight project on Kickstarter. The Rook has six brightness levels and 3 specialty modes and is excellent for various scenarios. It can be adjusted from moonlight mode of .5lm to turbo mode of 1800lm; in other words, there is a brightness level for any situation.
The 3D printer world is an interesting place. Many commercially available printers start affordable but can quickly become a time and money suck as you add in all sorts of extras to improve the experience. Anker is jumping into the 3D market, making quite a splash with the Make M5 3D Printer; it will offer some jaw-dropping features right out of the box!
As a home bar owner, I’m always looking for an innovative way to mix the best cocktails, and the Elevated Craft Hybrid Cocktail Glass seems pretty special. This cocktail glass introduces drink-mixing possibilities without the mess. It features an integrated measuring system that allows cocktails to be built right inside your glass, while the stainless steel base effectively acts as a coozie to keep your mixed drink at the perfect temperature.
Small knives are arguably the most useful pocket item you can have. They can do everything from slicing up an apple to whittling little figurines or cutting you loose if you get stuck in some vines. Admittedly, of these, slicing the apple is probably (hopefully) most likely what you’d need a small knife for, but we don’t judge here at Gear Diary. Go ahead and whittle to your heart’s content. In any case, if you need or want a new knife for everyday carry, check out the WESN Samla; it’s now live on Kickstarter!
One of the toughest parts of parenting is determining when your child is ready for more connected technology and how you balance connection with safety. Making a kid-friendly phone safer by combining it with a watch isn’t a brand-new concept, but TickTalk thinks they’ve brought it to a new level with the TickTalk 4 launching Tuesday on Kickstarter. Is it a success? I tested it on my 7-year-old, so read on to learn how it went!
Location trackers have been around for years, but most of them rely on a second device’s Bluetooth connection to work indoors or a battery-hungry GPS connection to work outdoors. The new Tack GPS is small and lightweight, and it will bring peace of mind to people who have young children, active senior parents, pets, or other tracking needs. The battery lasts a proven 30 days, and it has independent connectivity; most importantly, it will be affordable.
If you find yourself dreading multiple power bricks to charge all of your devices, and you are looking for an all-in-one solution that you certainly won’t leave behind, the Chargeasap Omega might be the device you need to add to your shopping cart.
There are just as many Kickstarter flops as there are stars in the sky, but the Otto Wilde Grillers story is different. The Otto Wilde O.F.B. Griller, Kickstarted in 2016 tripled its crowdfunding goal and became a sensation in the grilling and BBQ community. The Otto Wilde Grillers team is back with Otto’s G32, a high-end, modular, connected gas grill.
It should be no surprise that Pitaka makes both Judie’s and my smartphone cases of choice. The company also makes great chargers and, as the title of this review says, their new Pitaka Air Omni 6-in-1 Charging Solution is something special. It’s currently available for backing on Kickstarter; I have an early version and love it.
I’m a huge fan of Casio digital watches. They’re by far my favorite watches, and while the venerable F-91W isn’t my favorite (that would be the AE-1200, aka the “Casio Royale”), what the Solid State Watch is doing to the F-91W is horrifying, even before you get to the eye-popping price they’ve attached to it on Kickstarter.
Nebia, known for their previous successful Spa Shower Kickstarter campaigns, has joined forces with plumbing fixture powerhouse Moen, to bring you their most affordable spa shower ever. Nebia by Moen is designed to provide 2 times more spray coverage while saving 45% of the water used by standard showers. Nebia by Moen is an attractive, advanced shower system you’ll love.
The light in my laundry room doesn’t work properly. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it flashes so rapidly I’ve had friends joke it’s like a strobe light. One thing I learned from this is that there’s no really great solution for lighting in odd spaces, which is why Luminook has me so excited! See, Luminook is exactly what I’m looking for to deal with my laundry room that thinks it doubles as a bad club. It’s a powerful strip of LEDs that can be placed around a doorway in a closet or other poorly lit space that aim outwards to…
The HOMI Pro Jacket is currently on Kickstarter. The project has already passed its goal, but there are still a few days left for those who want to get in on this project at substantial savings compared to what it will cost at retail. I was sent an early version and am pleased to share some initial thoughts.
You know the feeling you get when something just works right out of the box? That’s the feeling I got when I did my first engraving with the new Flux beamo laser cutter and engraver. The relatively small footprint beamo uses frickin’ laser beams at different intensities and speeds to engrave or cut multiple materials for DIY projects.
After holding their “On Board” event earlier this week, Anker announced a host of new products that have been teased all year, including some unexpected new editions.
One of the coolest things about being a kid in 2019 is the tremendous number of opportunities to learn more about coding. It helps kids learn about logical reasoning, plus it helps them understand the basics of computers. Robo Wunderkind is aiming to combine coding with LEGO to make an even more fun educational tool!