- Buyer's Guide
Best New Gear: June 2020
A lunch box bringing modularity to your meals, a versatile catch-all to keep all your EDC in check, and a smart way to carry face masks on the go. Discover this and more as we check out June’s best new gear…
Got a small carry load? Light and nimble is the way to go in your bag choice. And beruf baggage give you that with their Stream Sling Pack UL, all wrapped up in a quality build with lots of versatility. The sling features a water-resistant X-Pac and nylon construction, rounded off with water-resistant YKK zippers for extra peace of mind. Coming in at just 250 grams, this lightweight 4.5L sling suits small loads for cycling, runs, day-to-day use, or carrying travel essentials. Plus with plenty of colorways to choose from, you’ve got personal style covered too.
Carrying lunch should be a straightforward affair. But often it’s not, depending on awkward-shaped containers, varying amounts of food, and finding somewhere suitable to actually eat it. But the FOLDEAT is designed to adapt to multiple environments, whether you’re heading to the gym, venturing on weekend day trips, or simply carrying lunch to work. The modular lunchbox unfolds into an eating mat, which features an insulation layer and magnetic bands to hold modular components like cutlery holders and dip containers in place. Stackable modular containers allow you to vary the amount of food you pack, while modular gel packs help keep contents hot or cold as needed.
Nothing will halt your yoga flow faster than an uncomfortable surface. But lululemon’s Reversible Mat adds cushy comfort from the get-go. The reversible mat has a polyurethane top layer to absorb moisture and a natural rubber base for enhanced cushioning and traction. Plus with an antimicrobial additive, your mat stays fresher for longer.
Taking care of your feet will keep you moving comfortably throughout the day. And savvy sock choices are a good way to show them some love. Swiftwick’s Aspire One is a technical running and cycling sock that provides firm compression and wicks moisture, reducing fatigue and keeping you comfy during active wear.
Traditional jump ropes are a great take-anywhere piece of exercise gear. But what if you could get a little more out of your rope? The Tangram Factory Smart Rope Pure features a 45° rope angle and ball bearings in each handle to provide a smooth and natural motion. The rope length is adjustable to suit your preferences, while the Bluetooth connectivity allows you to track workouts through the Smart Gym mobile fitness app.
Tired of misplacing your EDC essentials? Dango’s EDC Tray is a sleek and durable catch-all with four compartments to store your EDC all in one place. Made in the USA with a solid piece of aluminum and an anti-slip rubber footing, it also features cable management and multiple phone/tablet stands integrated into the design.
What do you get when a British protective motorcycle clothing brand teams up with a renowned knife maker? The Ashley Watson Blakeney Knife. A pocket knife designed to be slim and compact enough to carry every day, so you’ll always have it when you need it. Ashley Watson teamed up with knife makers Joseph Rodgers for a pared-back take on the British Army clasp knife. It features a 60mm stainless steel sheepsfoot blade and solid brass scales, with a loop shackle for securing it to a lanyard or key clip if desired.
With masks now a staple in EDC setups across the globe, it’s important to have somewhere safe to store them when they’re not in use. Maskase offers a hygienic place to store masks, helping prevent cross-contamination. The mask holder features an inner antimicrobial copper foil coating to help decrease the spread of germs, with a water-resistant PP exterior. Both sides of the holder can be cleaned with disinfectant sprays or similar for reuse. Simple to fold around a mask, the holder provides a compact and hygienic way to carry and store masks throughout the day.
You never know what you might encounter on adventures. So Taylor Stitch designed the Adventure Short to handle a variety of settings and conditions. The shorts are made with a combination of lightweight organic cotton, nylon and spandex for comfort and a slight stretch. A DWR finish helps shed water, while four pockets store smaller items at the ready. And the versatile style strides easily from outdoor to urban settings so you can follow wherever the adventure leads.
Relying solely on phone navigation is a risky choice when you’re venturing outdoors. But this Brunton Lensatic Compass gives battery-free reassurance that you’ll be able to navigate to your desired destination, day or night. The liquid-dampened compass has a thumb loop to help hold it steady when sighting, a straight edge for laying on a map, luminous compass points, and is compact enough to carry in a pocket.