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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
$165.73 from Amazon »

On the one hand I hate turning lights on when I have to take a leak in the middle of the night, but on the other hand my mama hates it when I miss the bowl. Or use the bathtub just to be safe. If you're like me, or if you...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
$170.38 from Amazon »

"Ancient instrument of war." It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? So does "tomahawk" and "smashes through walls like Thor on a coke binge." Gerber's Downrange Tomahawk modernizes the traditional chopping and whacking tool...

Friday, October 3, 2014
$45 - $165 from VSSL »

VSSLs (say "vessel") are cylinders stashed with smaller cylinders stashed with everything you might need to survive and present yourself as functional in the outdoors. The outer tubes are made of waterproof mil spec aluminum, which could obviously be invaluable in and of themselves for stashing weed and whacking a bear...or this guy...over the head in times of danger. From there, you can choose...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
$49.99 from Vvego »

TSA isn't going to like this EDC blade attached to your boot, but that incredibly hot chick in purple yoga pants who just noticed a wad of gum congealed to her shoe as she removed it for the X-ray belt probably will. After...

Saturday, October 4, 2014
$39.95 - $134.95 from Amazon »

GasPods promise an average savings of $120 per car per year. So, no, applying the aerodynamic champions of fuel efficiency won't result in a bank account boon of exotic Asian vacation proportions...or even really Japanese...

Saturday, October 18, 2014
$83.99 from Amazon »

Know what 15 CREE XM-L T6 LEDs look like? When turned off: surprisingly, cells dividing in a petri dish. When turned on: less surprisingly, retinal damage. The Gonex 18000 lumen flashlight isn't abusing superlatives when it calls itself "Super Bright". The torch is also waterproof, weighs just over 2 pounds, and has 5 lighting modes so it should make a valuable companion on hikes and camping trips...

Saturday, June 8, 2013
$250 from Vipukirves »

Honestly, the Vipukirves Leveraxe initially intrigued me because the guy holding it in one of the above photos is wearing black-and-white gloves that sort of make him look like he has a hook hand, and I thought perhaps this...

Thursday, October 23, 2014
$13.95 from Amazon »

If I'm traipsing through the middle of nowhere and slip on a lichen-spewing rock that sends me plummeting over a 3-foot dropoff such that I suddenly find myself in need of a Rapid Application Tourniquet System I can guarantee...

Friday, August 22, 2014
$320 from Zubin Axe »

The Zubin is a walking stick. That can also chop firewood. Or spear a fish. Or pop my friend Cornelius in the back of the head with a slingshotted acorn. Ping! That'll teach him to walk faster than 2.7 mph. Equally appealing:...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
$150 from Civilware »

Civilware makes the Striker II utility knife from a file, which they say is a prime source of high carbon tool steel. Since I have no knowledge to the contrary, I guess I'll buy that. I'll also buy that the annealing process...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
$950 from Gerber Gear »

Funny how even though Bear Grylls was alleged to be kind of a fraud several years ago--the guy who roughs it to the bare bones, in the jungle with nothing but a pocket knife, some fishing line, and his wits by day, but off...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
$129.95 from Amazon »

The R-PAL palm-sized lantern comes with 3 CREE XLamp XBD LEDs that provide a minimum of 300 lumens of brightness, and a piece of paper taped over them warning you not to look directly into their light. Like your teachers on...

Sunday, November 24, 2013
$34.95 from CountyComm »

One more Bat Toy for my Bat Toy Box! This pocket-sized tube that adeptly screws into a grappling hook was originally produced by EDO Robotics in response to a desert warfare operator's request for a lightweight, reusable tool...

Friday, May 2, 2014
$65 from Bad Day Bat »

Well I know when I'm having a bad day all I want to do is smash shit up. Not surprisingly, there's a bat for that. But the Bad Day Bat serves as even more than a conduit for rage. With this bat in tow, after I smash shit up...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
$309.95 from Amazon »

They call it a flashlight, but turn on the handheld Tiny Monster, or TM26, from NiteCore and you might find the 3500 lumens it emits look more like a punch in the face from the sun. They say it's the world's smallest flashlight...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Panamanian inventor Morris Shahbazi once bragged to disbelieving ears that his SOS Parachute, an emergency evacuation system for people in high-rise office buildings, hotels, and residences, could open in 100 feet, or 1.5...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
$12.49 from Amazon »

It's the Friendly Swede! With sharp eye knife! The Friendly Swede has added a 2" stainless steel eye knife to its survival grenades. The small, yet practical kits each consist of a carabiner clipped to a knife's jutting eye...

Thursday, May 1, 2014
$7,795 from Manley Orv »

I don't have a truck or an SUV, but I bet if I bought Manley ORV's MORV Explore trailer I could hitch it up to my friend Cornelius rickshaw-style. What, on bike or on foot? Hmmm...your choice, C. Then he could chauffeur me...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
$64.49 from Amazon »

The Big Easy Glo is an Easy Wedge kit from Steck that assists motorists in retrieving the keys that lay mocking them from inside their locked cars as they stand outside on the pavement swearing and kicking pigeons. No $200...

Thursday, October 3, 2013
$39.58 from Amazon »

Anymore, the ability to write is a mere secondary attribute of a great pen. I might want to scribble a note to buy more Fresca every now and then, but mostly I'm using pens like POLAR as anything from a magnetic toy to a protractor...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
$21.99 from Amazon »

The Covert Razor Blade. It's non-metallic. Wear-resistant. And razor sharp. Indefinitely, they say. The non-dulling blade is made from zirconia ceramic, a compound significantly harder and tougher than metal. In addition to...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
$99.95 from Bison »

The Bison Airlighter ejects a 4" flame to ignite charcoal and wood, and then blows a shot of air into its ear to spread the fire and get it really hot. As an air-driven lighter it claims to be faster, cleaner, and safer for...

Sunday, June 15, 2014
$2,199 from Going Gear »

The Foursevens Maelstrom XM18 uses 18 Cree XM-L2 LEDs to blast out a blinding 18,000 lumens of light. Not an exaggeration. Think you'll shoot your eye out with a BB gun? Look into, or even sideways, at the XM18 and both of...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
$89.99 from Krazy Beaver Tools »

I want to know what crazy beaver Krazy Beaver Tools encountered that would make them think up a shovel that looks like this. My entire crotchal region recoils into my bladder at the mere sight of its teeth. Those aren't just...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
$36.89 - $136.29 from Amazon »

Though he'll probably stick with Mjolnir for wailing on Loki, if Thor were a construction worker I bet he would use one of Wilton's BASH Unbreakable Sledge Hammers. Touted the toughest sledge ever built, BASHes with heads...

Sunday, May 11, 2014
$5 - $10k from Solar Roadways »

Scott and Julie Brusaw, an electrical engineer and a counselor in private practice, have created a modular paving system of solar panels they envision using to replace entire cities' paved streets. Despite having glass surfaces...

Sunday, June 23, 2013
$59.95 from Amazon »

I think it would be very uncomfortable to get axed in the head with this Trucker's Friend. I guess that's why they picked a zombie to play the receiving end of the axing-someone-in-the-head demonstration. So no one would feel...

Saturday, June 14, 2014
$199 - $499 from Anywhere Fridge »

A fridge, a freezer, a solar-powered wonder child called the Anywhere Fridge. Portable for camping and sturdy and weather-resistant for transport or permanent outdoor installation, this wheeled powerhouse of food preservation...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
$29.49 from Amazon »

Look like less of a redneck burning your trash with this handy paper log maker. The deep metal box accepts newspapers, junk mail, cardboard, wood chips, and wrapping paper, but probably not Taco Bell bags because the grease...

Saturday, August 2, 2014
$159.99 from Amazon »

Let me say first of all that putting an "X" on it does not make work more fun. But the WORX Aerocart should make your opposite-of-fun jobs around the house easier and more efficiently handled. The 8-in-1 chore buddy is an...

Thursday, January 23, 2014
$7.11 from Amazon »

Ladies and gentlemen, this is how they do it. This is how they ignite the Olympic torch, match- and lighter-free. This is also how you can start lighting your campfires, cigarettes, cigars, incense cones, and in the great...

Saturday, July 28, 2012
$179.95 from WickedLasers.com »

It's the 21st century. Who buys a flashlight whose only capability is to shed light anymore? When I'm looking for my 1:12 scale Voltron in the attic, hunting zombies in the Ozarks, or self-examining my throat for the white...

Sunday, October 6, 2013
$56.03 from Amazon »

Be a real-life, modern-day superhero with Zippo's 4-in-1 Woodsman tool as your trademark weapon. Pretty lady's kitty stuck in a tree? No problem. Slide out the Woodsman's axe and chop it down. Cats always land on their feet...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
$16.87 from Amazon »

1. Check out the video above of a dude dumping Hershey's Chocolate Syrup on a white Keds tennis shoe treated with NeverWet. 2. Be amazed by NeverWet's water-, oil-, and apparent chocolate-syrup-repelling technology. 3. Read...

Friday, July 12, 2013
$25.80 from Amazon »

I know. There are only so many multi-tools one can own. But only one multi-tool one can own also impersonates the precious, innocuous fish who died on you (possibly repeatedly) during childhood. What up, Guppie Multi-Tool?...

Thursday, May 29, 2014
$12.40 from Amazon »

Need to cover your crack? Driveway Medic says it will prevail where liquid crack filler falters. A roll of self-adhesive asphalt repair fabric, the patcher applies in seconds via a simple peel-and-stick method, covering, sealing...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
$39.99 from StatGear »

The T3 Tactical Triage & Auto Rescue Tool came forth into the world from the cranial loins of NY City Paramedic Avi Goldstein. Or maybe he just picked it to be part of his online store StatGear's survival inventory. Either...

Thursday, May 1, 2014
$47.51 from Amazon »

I like how even though it's mostly just silverware, Buck's Travel Mate looks like the deciding factor between a spy's successful completion of his mission and colossal failure resulting in death. Or maybe, like, what Batman...

Friday, May 16, 2014
$98 from Amazon »

Silky says its man-powered chainsaw, the Katanaboy, can easily compete with mechanized versions, but I wonder if that's only provided that a Sumurai is sawing with it. Like in the featured video. I mean, yeah, the dude making...

Thursday, March 20, 2014
$279 from Amazon »

Well I know I like that square beam HD flashlight Bushnell makes so I have similarly high hopes for their Equinox Z, a digital night vision monocular with 6x magnification. The after-dark locating and sightseeing device has...

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Sold Out from Amazon »

F light, low-profile, and practical. I live in the USA. I want the biggest and the best. Even if the biggest and the best means so cumbersome and heavy it makes me look like I have a gimp leg when I carry it in my pants pocket....

Thursday, April 24, 2014
$10.15 from Amazon »

Over 300 Lansky BladeMedic knife sharpener reviewers have geeked out and waxed poetic about its astute capabilities and all-around magnificence. As for me, the last time I tried to sharpen a steak knife I lost a small nub...

Friday, September 13, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

I always thought my car required an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles out of necessity, but according to Lubricheck, I shell out my precious duos of Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States and fellow Pisces...

Saturday, February 1, 2014
$99.35 from Amazon »

I saw some compact devices similar to PowerAll's portable car jump starter & power bank that claim to juice up a car battery from the comfort of my driver's seat. Just plug one in to the cigarette lighter, chill for 20 minutes...

Friday, June 13, 2014
$28.25 from RoofScope »

I don't really need a RoofScope gear mirror since I don't do outdoor activities, but here's why I strongly recommend one for those who do. My dentist's office is in this ghetto, horseshoe-shaped building whose back end is...

Monday, August 5, 2013
$220 from Hand-Eye Supply »

At first I wasn't sure why this Nata Hatchet costs so much, but then I read the item description on Hand-Eye Supply's listing and noticed it begins with "Behold." As in, "Behold, the mighty Bridgetown Forge x Hand-Eye Supply...

Monday, July 29, 2013
$13.93 - $29.99 from Amazon »

The Glo-toob is a banded top for ladies that burns swooning neon green, blue, red, white, or amber straight from their chesticular areas to your heart. Oh wait, no. Wrong glowing product that sounds like "boob". Correction:...

Monday, November 25, 2013
$129 from Amazon »

Know why I need a bulletproof clipboard? The same reason I need a tactical beer mug: so that I'm prepared the 1 in 1,000,000 times I need to go Jason Bourne in protecting and defending myself, and so that I'm prepared the...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
$33.64 - $49.97 from Amazon »

It's not that I don't like trees, it's just that sometimes they really piss me off and I feel compelled to take a few swings at them with my powerful axe. I think this serves as an appropriate warning and encourages them to...

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

Sick of hearing about the Zombie Apocalypse? Me too. I'm also sick of hearing about how pretty soon my mama's going to kick me out of her house and stop paying for my cell phone bill and all of my chips and cereal, thus forcing...

Thursday, February 14, 2013
$29.07 from Amazon »

Be a hero. Everyone's doing it. And even if they're not contemporary society--particularly the media, and particularly the media talking about celebrities--love throwing that word around and assigning it to people who do little...

Monday, August 15, 2011
Sold Out from Amazon »

This is some real MacGyver shit right here. This kit has absolutely everything. And even though Bear Grylls was found to be a big fake and a liar and a fraud and gay, this survival kit will save your ass the next time you'r...

Friday, December 27, 2013
$89.99 from Quirky »

Modular. It's going to take tactical to the octagon for the title of Most Profitable Buzzword. Modular cell phones, modular pens, and now a modular pocket knife. Quirky Inventor James Robinson's Swift is Swiss Army gone piecemeal....

Thursday, June 26, 2014
$41.97 from Amazon »

Fast flat fixing for off-roading in a Toyota Tundra? How about a Speedy Seal Tire Repair Kit for the pothole I hit going 70 on the highway in my Camry at least twice a week? And how about some sort of Speedy Seal Repair Kit...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Maybe the coolest thing about the Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle is that it's smaller than it looks. Like, I could sit on it and make it drive me around, profiting from its design as an all-electric workhorse with the precision...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
$31.26 - $61.95 from Amazon »

A little morbidity to go with your coffee and intent gaze of surfing the Web for non-work-related diversions today? The idea for Havalon sporting scalpels arose from watching taxidermists at work. Havalon's parent company...

Saturday, January 11, 2014
$14.95 from First Aid Flame »

Movie stuntman and stunt coordinator Bob Bragg developed the First Aid Flame for 2 reasons. 1) He could. Having honed his savvy in fire-related stunts, Bragg knew how to fabricate and manipulate the combustion process well....

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
$520 - $565 from Trail Insight »

I didn't realize there were people out there into running or hiking a trail, and then doing more grunt work grooming or reconfiguring it as their reward for finishing without passing out. Is this a new extreme sport? I also...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

Good news, Clark Griswolds of the world. If you don't have 7 hours to spend staple gunning 700,000 strands of lights to your house this year, you can still xenon-bomb Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her husband out of their midnight...

Sunday, September 15, 2013
$79 from Bosse Tools »

I'm not sure I approve of the Bosse Tools ethos. An ergonomic shovel for driving through dirt and clearing snow that precludes its users from walking away from the grunt work with tweaked backs, sore wrists, and gimp arms?...

Monday, May 12, 2014
$19.99 from Amazon »

You're still on your own for keeping yourself from falling off the ladder, but at least with LadderLimb your buckets, bags, and drills will be safe from gravity's pull. A tool for every handyman and Daddy-O, the LadderLimb...

Friday, February 21, 2014
$99.95 from DropLED »

To confirm the accuracy of its name, someone subjected the DropLED Pro Harsh Duty Bulb to a few tests. 300 direct hits to a cinder block. Crushing under a forklift. Placing against the interior side of Drax the Destroyer's...

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Discontinued

By Cryos Illumination's definition, Function in flashlight form means a light output of up to 1600 lumens with endless, user-controlled variability in between. It means dual 1/4-20 tripod threads and a uniquely practical design....

Saturday, July 20, 2013
$19.99 from Amazon »

We as humans have such cold-blooded and violent feelings towards insects as a species. We could sympathetically and euphemistically "eliminate" and "dispose of" them, but instead we swat, squash, zap, smash, exterminate, and...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
$27.15 - $31.57 from Amazon »

They're terming Brook & Hunter's axe of a thousand ways to destroy and maim a "garden tool". Yeah, for all the "weeding" I have to do when gangs of Girl Scouts jump me in the grocery store parking lot because I dissed Do-si-dos....

Sunday, August 12, 2012
$350 from Best Made »

It's getting to be timber time. Cracklin' fires will soon be calling for fuel. Kindling. Logs. Disembodied zombie parts. And real men--the kind of men who fell trees and split their own firewood instead of buying it at the...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

You can...wait for it...screw pretty much anything with Megapro's 15-in-1 stainless steel driver. I'd still take caution, though, when approaching objects that do not look easy to screw, particularly if they appear to be stronger...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
$10.09 from Amazon »

Which is better: Stargate or Major League? You think about that for the next hundred or so words while I discuss Nite Ize's reflective rope. Outdoorsy types and people who give two thumbs up to bondage will find the reflective...