Your Life on Your Wrist


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If you’re a runner, cyclist, hiker or skier, you (hopefully) know how important it is to carry emergency contact and medical information. It’s also a good idea to carry some money in case you bank far from home or just if you want to get a mid-ride ice cream. The problem is, where do you carry all this? Cash gets soggy, medical tags are clumsy and most running and cycling clothing don’t have secure pockets.

Enter the VITAband, a soft silicone wristband that provides access to all your pertinent medical info (blood type, insurance, emergency contacts) as well as swipe-able credit card information. If the worst happens, and you are injured by a wayward motorist (or a tree), first responders can access your vitals by calling the VITAband hotline and giving them your unique identifier that is printed on the band. For less urgent emergencies, like caffeine withdrawal or a sudden craving for a cookie, the credit card info is accepted at more and more places that use contactless payment technology.

The way it works is, you order your VITAband, set up an online account where you load your credit card and medical information. Your band and your chip get mailed to you separately. Pop in the chip and you’re good to go. No more sweaty dollars and peace of mind. Priceless.

Buy now: $40

Jason Heaton

Only wears mechanical watches, drives an adequately patina’d Alfa Romeo Spider right up until the snow flies, and always keeps an open bottle of single malt close at hand.

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