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Today in Gear: Compact Survival Kits, Misfit’s Hybrid Smartwatch and More
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Ordinary outdoor survival kits are ugly, cumbersome and poorly organized. But not VSSL’s survival kits. Within VSSL’s one-of-a-kind LED flashlights are a cache of customizable survival components, packaged and stacked neatly in individual aluminum tins. And the flashlight itself doesn’t skimp on power: it has several modes, including SOS, and holds a charge without the need for giant batteries. This is not an ordinary survival kit to cram into the bottom of your backpack. This is a well-designed survival tool you’ll want to display proudly every day.
Maine Mountain Moccasin Mohawk Trail Boot in Brown Horween Essex
The Mohawk Trail boot is based on early hand-sewn hunting boots and features a unique overcast stitch to start and finish the hand-stitched toe. This version of the boot utilizes Horween Essex leather — a soft but sturdy leather — which will age beautifully as the boot is worn. Other details worth noting include a Vibram 2021 outsole, a leather midsole and made in Maine threads. — John Zientek
Misfit Command Hybrid Smartwatch
Misfit’s latest hybrid smartwatch is simple and elegant, and, best of all, it’s super affordable; you can pick up the Command for as little as $112. (That price is expected to rise to $150 later on). As for specs, it can track fitness (steps, distance, calories and sleep) and display notifications (calls, texts and emails). It’s water-resistant, too, so you can take it in the shower. And it has enough battery to go a full year between charges. — Tucker Bowe
Needessentials Merino Lambswool RibCuffed Beanie
This heavy-gauge beanie is perfect for cold-weather climates and is ridiculously affordable. Made of 80 percent Merino wool, it has no logos or branding and features a cuff that can be adjusted depending on head size. For $20, it’s a no-brainer purchase. — John Zientek
Crown & Buckle Supreme NATO Strap
After seeing the premium NATO strap optionss launched by high-end watch brands, strap purveyor Crown & Buckle rethought its own nylon offerings and launched its top-of-the-line Supreme NATO lineup. It features a denser weave of nylon (C&B says it feels akin to car’s seatbelt) and is free of any bumps or burrs like on a cheap nylon strap. The keepers and buckle are made from brushed stainless steel and feature a flat profile with beveled corners, giving the strap a cleaner, more polished look. — Andrew Connor
Gir Tongs and Whisks
Gir, the maker of some of the best looking silicone kitchen tools you’ll ever see, is back at it again, but this time dabbling in tongs and whisks and venturing into the stainless steel market. These aren’t just any tongs or whisks, though. Gir studied the architecture of each tool, highlighted the strong points and further refined them. The tongs even have a unique mechanism built into the hinge that lets you lock them purely by squeezing them shut. –Bryan Campbell
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Danner Mountain 600 Boot
Danner’s new Mountain 600 features a Vibram SPE midsole and Fuga outsole for extensive grip on wet (and dry) surfaces. These lightweight boots are designed for mobility and comfort.
Ezra Arthur Medium Notebook
Call it want you want: notebook, journal, memo book, diary, logbook, ledger, portfolio, daybook or scratch pad, this is what you have been looking for. Hand stitched and bound with full grain premium Horween Chromexcel leather and constructed with Tomoe River paper. World renowned Tomoe River paper is known for being the thinnest and highest quality writing paper. It has a smooth texture that is excellent for a variety of writing instruments, particularly fountain pens. It is ultra thin and ideal to reduce bulk yet resistant to bleed through and feathering.