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This New EDC Is Made for the COVID-19 Era


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Long considered pretty damn indispensable, our hands have recently emerged as perhaps our greatest threat. In the age of coronavirus, we’ve all gotten pretty OCD about them, covering them in plastic gloves whenever we leave the house and/or washing them thoroughly every time we return. And while these are generally smart, safe habits, perhaps the best bet is not touching stuff with them at all. That’s the inspiration for StatGear’s new Hygiene Hand, which has raised more than $550,000 on Kickstarter with 10 hours to go.

You have until 8 p.m. EDT tonight to pledge $21 and procure this dead-simple EDC, with estimated delivery next month. Made in the USA from a single piece of brass (which is naturally antimicrobial), the Hygiene Hand is essentially a stylus (for signing digital screens), a button pusher (think ATMs and elevators) and a hook for opening doors. It also comes with a carabiner featuring a retractable Kevlar cord for easy access.

The idea is that you use this key in place of your hand to tackle these everyday tasks, keeping your hands cleaner and safe and less likely to transmit germs and viruses. It makes a whole lot of sense. It’s worth noting, however, that a half-decent brass skeleton key can serve pretty much the same purpose.

On a related note, maybe this guy had the right idea all along…

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Steve Mazzucchi

Steve Mazzucchi is Gear Patrol’s outdoors and fitness editor. Outside the office, you can find him mountain biking, snowboarding, motorcycling or sipping a dram of Laphroaig and daydreaming about such things.

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