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The Scrubba Bag Means Handwashing Your Laundry With Ease


If you’re out in the wild for a long period of time, you’re gonna start smelling like a witch’s armpits in no time if you don’t wash your clothes now and then. You could resort to the age old washboard, or even older beating-your-stuff-against-rocks-near-a-stream method, but it’s the 21st century, brother. There’s stuff like the Scrubba bag to help you out. Out since 2012, the wash bag looks like a simple waterproof bag, but the inside is lined with hundreds of “nodules” that scrub your clothes clean. Just toss all your laundry in there with some water and soap, and start mashing. There’s a little window to let you see how your clothes are coming along. Then when you’re done, empty the sudsy dirty water, refill with clean, and rinse. It’s a simple, easy-to-carry solution for any backpacker or camper or nature lover. Weighing in at just 5 oz., it allows you to pack much lighter than you normally would since you don’t have to bring clothes to last you the entirety of your trip. It’s $53 for one bag.

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Spyderco Dog Tag Doubles As Utility Knife


The Spyderco Dog Tag looks just like a dog tag from afar, and is about the same size as one. But this particular pendant can be transformed into a knife, albeit one with a really small blade. When folded, the thing measures 2 inches in length, and the blade extends that to 3.23 inches overall when it’s unfolded. That means you get a very modest 1.23 inches of blade to play with, but if all you want to do is cut some rope, or open up some boxes, that’ll be plenty. The blade and handle are coated with a stealthy black titanium carbonitride, and the whole thing weighs about 1 ounce. It’s $92.

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VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools: Every Tool You Need in a Tube

VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools

Space is limited. Not just in the major cities of the world, but in your backpack too. There’s only so much you can fit into your backpack: your sleeping bag, maybe a thermos, some rations. But one thing you should definitely make room for is this flashlight-slash-tube of utility tools by VSSL. It’s ingenious, really.

They’ve made better use of the otherwise vacant space in the handle of a flashlight by filling it up with tins containing potentially life-saving stuff. Three types of VSSL utility tubes are available: Supplies, First Aid, and Shelter. Each one comes with a set of components all packed neatly into tin cans. For example, the Supplies tin comes with a Canadian beeswax candle, a razor blade, six Aquatabs water purification tablets, waterproof matches, fishing gear, firestars, and a signaling mirror, among other things.Continue Reading

This Titanium Utility Ring Seems A Little Small For What It Wants To Be

We kind of dig the above utility ring, but we’re concerned about its actual usefulness. It’s a ring made of aircraft grade titanium, and contains 5 tools:

It has a working bottle opener, a straight blade perfect for cutting packing tape or fishing line, a serrated blade for tougher things like nylon strapping or those tough to open electronics heat sealed packages, a saw for cutting plastic and wood, and it has a comb!

Yeah, so we’re wondering how useful that comb is given its size, but it is suggested to be used on a moustache, so we suppose it could work. We’re also not convinced that we could effectively use that saw to cut through wood… but A+ for trying. However, the ring is $385, and at that price, we think we’ll stick with the Swiss Army knife instead.

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Wiss Auto-Retracting Knife Could Save A Fingertip Or Two

By David Ponce

What makes box cutters great at cutting boxes open also happens to make them pretty great at cutting flesh. Sad but true. So that’s why we like the Wiss auto-retracting utility knife, old tech as it might be. To start cutting, you push the blade out with the slider button. But then a spring loaded mechanism retracts the glad as soon as you’ve made your cut, reducing the risk of injuries. To start cutting again you simply have to push the blade out once more. Some might find it inconvenient to have to push that blade out every time. To them we say, ‘suck it up’, because if you’re not able to take a third of a second extra in the name of safety, you shouldn’t be doing anything time consuming at all, seeing as you seem to have so little of it.

This low on tech but high on ingenuity knife also doesn’t break the bank: $15.

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