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Gear Publish 2023 – Tynan.com

Gear Publish 2023 – Tynan.com


It’s that point of the 12 months once more! I feel much more modified this 12 months versus the earlier 12 months, most likely as a result of I went pretty travel-crazy this 12 months. As at all times I feel “There’s barely any level in doing a gear submit since nothing has modified…” after which I notice that really quite a bit has modified.

Apparently, I bought most of what I needed from my wishlist that I wrote on the finish of final 12 months’s submit.

Additionally, I needed to throw in a shout out for /r/OneBag on Reddit. Yearly they’ve a pleasant dialogue about my gear submit. Final 12 months somebody talked about that I used to be the unique particular person to do gear posts, which is perhaps true. It by no means occured to me.

Wool and Prince Merino Henley New

In actual life it’s truly black, however I elevated the brightness to point out the feel a bit

Are you able to imagine it? The wool button down has been changed! I bought this shirt solely as a result of I’m going to 20-30 hockey video games a 12 months now and I needed a hotter shirt. However then throughout this fall and winter’s journey I observed that I saved taking this one “simply this as soon as” and leaving the button-down at residence.

This shirt is SO snug, which signifies that I can sleep on planes extra comfortably in it. It has a very nice stretch to it. I suppose it doesn’t look fairly as sharp because the button down, however I feel it’s inoffensive sufficient that there are few locations I couldn’t put on it.

Purchase at Wool and Prince

Wool and Prince V-Neck T-Shirt

I’m nonetheless carrying this shirt each single day. I discover that I would like to exchange it about annually attributable to fading, which reminds that I ought to most likely order a brand new one quickly.

I would like to have a pocket within the tee (I used the button-down one to carry boarding passes), however Wool and Prince solely has pockets of their crew tees and for some motive I really feel like a small youngster after I put on a crew neck tee.

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Wool and Prince Stretch Canvas Pants NEW

It looks like I swap pants yearly now. Final 12 months I cherished the Wool & Prince denims, however complained that they weren’t stretchy sufficient. These pants have an ideal quantity of stretch and up to now the pockets appear extra sturdy than these within the denims.

I additionally like that these are 55% merino wool vs 30% of the denims final 12 months. I actually don’t know whether or not it issues or not, however extra wool is healthier in my e book.

I actually haven’t any complaints about these pants! Possibly they’re the last word nomad pant and I gained’t swap once more subsequent 12 months?

Purchase at Wool and Prince

Rip Curl International Entry Boardwalk Shorts

Who would have thought that I’d suggest one thing from Rip Curl? I’ve been sad about brief alternatives for a very long time, and at last began trying into shorts that might additionally operate as a showering swimsuit since I don’t swim all that a lot. I looked for shorts that may dry shortly, be lengthy sufficient to go as regular shorts, and have sufficient pockets to be helpful. The International Entry Boardwalk matches the invoice and works surprisingly properly. The design is extraordinarily considerate, with a number of hidden perforations to empty water.

I’ve had these for 2 years now and I nonetheless love them. I exploit them sometimes as a showering swimsuit, for which they work nice, they usually’re the shorts I put on each single day throughout heat climate.

Purchase at Amazon

Icebreaker Merino Males’s Anatomica Cool-lite Trunks New

Am I the one blogger that makes certain his readers at all times know what underwear he’s carrying? Fairly probably…

I switched to those as a result of they’re extra of a brief trunk than a quick. Each as soon as in a uncommon whereas there’s some motive I have to be carrying my underwear in blended firm (just like the time I rode a horse bareback in a lake in Kyrgyzstan), and these really feel simply barely extra acceptable.

Purchase at Amazon

Montbell Plasma 1000 Jacket (Japanese Model)

In the principle photograph you might discover that I now have a crimson one in all these. I misplaced the black one after I stuffed it below the airplane seat in entrance of me. Pink must be more durable to overlook.

This jacket has lasted for a few years now, is sweet and heat, and appears respectable. Should you purchase it in Japan it should have pockets, however in the event you purchase it within the US it gained’t.

Adam Ruggle let me know that you could order it from the Japanese webshop (linked beneath) and it’s even cheaper than shopping for the US one at present charges.

I simply noticed that these are on closeout within the US! I hope which means they’re making a fair higher one, and never that they’re being discontinued.

Purchase at Montbell or in Japan

Arcteryx Norvan SL Hoody

I cherished the thought of the windbreaker as a shell till I discovered myself working via a storm in Riga, soaking moist, desperately looking for a working ATM in order that I might get money to get to the airport.

After a ton of analysis, this appeared to be the lightest shell (4.4oz) that isn’t particularly meant for highway biking. It’s not as tiny as my non-waterproof windbreaker from two years in the past, nevertheless it’s totally waterproof and dries in a short time. The match is ideal. On-line folks speak about the way it’s so fragile that you could’t use it with a backpack, however that hasn’t been my expertise after three years of normal use.

Apparently gore-tex is making an attempt to do away with this material for environmental causes and there’s no substitute that’s pretty much as good, so that you would possibly wish to purchase one when you can.

(This may not be purchased new, so you must discover it on eBay or related)

Merrel Hydro Moc NEW

I noticed that these had been produced from an identical materials to Crocs and determined to strive them out. They’re wonderful! They’ve the most effective air flow of any related shoe I’ve tried (you might discover I’ve no socks on my checklist…) and they’re the one foam sneakers which have ever garnered compliments. I do marvel if folks praise them solely as a result of they form of seem like the brand new (horrible trying) Yeezys.

Oddly the strap on these principally doesn’t work. If I flip it backwards I can’t get my ft in anymore. The soles on mine wore out pretty shortly (lower than a 12 months), so I’ll rip the strap off the outdated ones to see the way it seems.

Purchase at Amazon

Roav Eyewear Lennox Sun shades (with NEW {custom} case)

These are the smallest folding sun shades you may get. They give the impression of being actually good, weigh nearly nothing, and have survived years of use with out points.

I’ve at all times hated the case that these got here with, because it appeared too massive for the small quantity of safety it offered. ROAV additionally sells a pretend leather-based pouch that seemed related. Ever since I bought them I needed to make a {custom} pouch.

Just a few weeks in the past in Madrid some buddies organized a leather-based making workshop the place all of us bought to make our personal tasks, so I made this little case. Now that I understand how to make issues out of leather-based I’ll most likely make many extra {custom} instances for issues.

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Breitling Transocean Unitime Watch

That is one in all few mechanical watches that may present all 24 time zones and may swap between them with a twist of the crown. It’s slightly bit massive for my wrist, however value it to simply be capable of see all the time zones without delay. If good watches didn’t should be recharged always I would swap to at least one, however I really like mechanical watches and am blissful to put on this one.

As I discussed final 12 months, a extra funds model is the Omega Seamaster GMT, although there are just a few Breitlings which are round $3500 with a leather-based band or $4500 with a steel band.

Purchase on ebay

Peak Design On a regular basis 20L Backpack

I cherished my Minaal backpack and nonetheless miss issues about it, however I needed extra compartments and built-in group. After a bunch of analysis I settled on the Peak Design On a regular basis 20L backpack.

I’ve used this bag for 2 years now and I nonetheless prefer it. I not use the divider system inside it, however I really like the small pockets on the facet wing/flap areas. I don’t typically use the water bottle pockets, however on the uncommon event that I would like extra inside area I transfer my thermos to the surface to make room.

On a lark I switched again to my outdated Minaal bag for the journey I’m at the moment on, simply to see how I really feel about it as compared. Too early to inform up to now.

Purchase at Amazon

Philips One Toothbrush

I gave up on the wi-fi charging toothbrush as a result of it simply wasn’t appropriate with each charger. I switched to this one which might be simply the correct steadiness between dimension and energy. It’s actually not so good as a house electrical toothbrush, nevertheless it leaves you with an identical clear feeling.

I selected the AA one over the rechargeable as a result of it lasts for roughly 180 brushings, however I discovered it unattainable to exchange the battery and ended up simply shopping for a brand new one. On reflection I ought to have gotten the rechargeable, which I’ve linked to beneath.

Purchase at Amazon


The nail clippers are my trusty Henckels Extremely-Slim Nail Clippers. This is similar pair I’ve had for six years they usually’re nonetheless simply as sharp and efficient as ever.

The scissors are Tweezerman GEAR Scissors. I feel that I truly purchased some fancier Dovo Solingen ones after I thought I misplaced these, however to be sincere I can’t inform the distinction from a sensible standpoint, so it’s higher to simply purchase these.

Keith Titanium Journey Tea Set

I’ve now been utilizing this tea set for over 4 years and I find it irresistible. It’s an absolute dream for a tea lover and it permits me to make excellent Chinese language tea wherever I’m going. I ended up shopping for an additional cup that I journey with typically in order that I could make 4 cups, and I modified it by anodizing the titanium and slicing off the deal with of the equity pitcher. The titanium imparts no taste and is nearly indestructible. Should you love tea and also you journey, you must have this.

These have gotten very onerous to seek out, so you should purchase one if you need it.

Purchase at AliExpress

Kanpai Titanium 350 Thermos and 3D Printed Tea Containers

That is the lightest double wall water bottle you may get. I really like the extra-wide mouth and the no-taper design that makes it straightforward to wash and to retailer issues inside. It comes with three tops however I simply use the new water one. It’s completely excellent for holding boiled water in.

As quickly as I bought my 3D printer I designed and printed a set of stacking tea containers designed to take up about 95% of the inside quantity. I can now maintain 50% extra tea than I might earlier than. They had been onerous for me to make, particularly as a result of they had been the primary time I attempted to make screw threads, which took a variety of trial and error.

This 12 months I modified the design of the containers to carry NFC tags and made a script utilizing Tasker in order that I can electronically label the teas. You possibly can obtain the recordsdata and print your individual right here.

Purchase at Amazon

300W Immersion Water Heater

In case it’s not apparent, I put this within the Kanpai Thermos and use it to boil water. Typically I’ll put the highest on and wait till I’m within the air earlier than I make my tea. You can too ask for warm water on the airplane, nevertheless it’s typically not excellent.

The mannequin with the swap is not accessible, however I would go with out it anyway. I as soon as had somebody activate the swap when it wasn’t in water and we nearly burnt an airbnb down. Now I unplug it each time anyway.

Purchase at Amazon

Carbon Fiber Cash Clip

I nonetheless have my quite costly Koolstof carbon fiber cash clip, however there are cheaper choices on Amazon now that appear to be equivalent, so I’m linking a kind of as an alternative. I can’t think about why somebody would use any pockets apart from this. It’s tremendous compact and light-weight, doesn’t set off the steel detector, and may be very straightforward to make use of. Mine has retained its springiness for a few years now.

Purchase at Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 NEW

I upgraded my Z Fold 3 to a Z Fold 4, and admittedly it was most likely essentially the most pointless improve ever. The entrance display screen is barely wider, the digital camera is considerably higher, and the battery life is healthier. Apart from that it’s the identical. I’d nonetheless purchase a 4, but when I already had a 3 I wouldn’t suggest upgrading essentially. Generally, although, folding telephones are SO significantly better than common telephones.

I believed that I needed the larger display screen for watching motion pictures on the aircraft, and whereas it’s noticeably higher than a daily telephone for that, it’s not the principle draw. My favourite factor to make use of the large display screen for is studying (it’s larger than a Kindle’s display screen) and internet looking.

I used to hate looking the net on my telephone, however now I do it on a regular basis as a result of the dimensions and form looks like a standard display screen. If I would like to repeat data from one app to a different I simply open them facet by facet and it’s like having two telephones.

Everybody predicts that they’ll hate the crease in the midst of the telephone, however you actually don’t discover it. The inside show has no notch or perhaps a punch-out, however as an alternative has a mini display screen that covers the digital camera when it’s not in use. Should you look immediately at it you may inform that it’s not like the remainder of the display screen, however once you’re watching a film or one thing you overlook it’s there.

When the telephone is closed it’s narrower than a standard telephone however thicker. Whereas I might clearly choose a thinner telephone, it’s a really manageable dimension and matches simply in tight jean pockets.

I do know everyone seems to be petrified of dropping their blue textual content backgrounds and gained’t strive Android telephones, however this telephone is basically a lot extra purposeful and fulfilling to make use of than every other telephone. I might go on and on concerning the different stuff it does, however the massive story is that it’s like having an iPad mini in your pocket everytime you want it.

I even thought of eliminating my laptop computer and utilizing this with USB-C docking stations and a wi-fi keyboard, nevertheless it wasn’t fairly adequate for that.

I exploit T-Cellular service with the International Plus add-on, which supplies me free LTE in all places. I occurred so as to add it on through the <7 days the place it supplied limitless LTE quite than a 15GB cap. Undertaking Fi generally is a bit cheaper, however T-Cellular contains free voice calls to and from each nation with International Plus, and I’ll positively get a variety of use out of that.

Purchase at Amazon

Lenovo X1 Carbon ninth Era

I lastly gave up on going again to Japan any time quickly to purchase a brand new laptop computer and acquired the ninth model of the US one as soon as I noticed it was actually twice as quick as my outdated one. I haven’t purchased the ten but as a result of it looks like a reasonably incremental improve and the WWAN modem doesn’t work in Linux but.

The X1 may be very excessive efficiency, has a 5G sim slot, has a trackpoint, a superb display screen, the most effective keyboard, and loads of different advantages.

The port choice on the pc is ideal (2 USB A, 2 USB C, HDMI) and I really like that it has a sim slot.

I at all times purchase Japanese keyboard laptops as a result of I get further keys that I can remap, however this time I needed to get a US model. I’m fascinated with going with the lighter Nano model as soon as I can get again into Japan.

I bought the 4K display screen and for the primary time ever I feel it’s truly too excessive res. I’d quite have a 2560×1600 one.

Purchase at Lenovo

Mogics Adapter MA1 New

Wow! In response to final 12 months’s gear submit somebody really helpful this journey adapter to me and it’s superior sufficient that I’ve lastly given up my beloved CARD journey adapter.

It’s only a tiny cylinder that may convert any plug to a US plug. Not like earlier iterations, I don’t suppose that this might get any smaller.

It’s barely tough to get. You possibly can order it immediately from Singapore via the Qoo10 website, or you may order a bundle on Amazon that features it. I ordered my first one via Amazon after which ordered 4 extra via the Singaporean website for after I inevitably lose one.

Purchase at Amazon or Qoo10

Anker 30W 711 Charger New

That is the smallest USB charger I might discover that might energy my laptop computer. And, to be sincere, it barely powers my laptop computer. If I’m utilizing it and charging on the similar time the battery stage barely creeps up.

I figured I’d strive it for a month or two and ultimately return to a 45W charger, nevertheless it’s truly been advantageous. Once I depart the home I put my laptop computer on the charger, and at evening I put my telephone on it (it prices telephones in a short time). That system has by no means left me with a useless laptop, even after I don’t have a workspace the place I can use the laptop computer plugged in.

This doesn’t have folding prongs. You may get an even bigger one which has them, however I’ve discovered that it bothers me a lot lower than anticipated.

I ordered a bunch of USB C cables and the most effective one by far was the Anker Powerline II. The newer III is worse. The II was the least cumbersome and best to coil.

Purchase at Amazon

Samsung Buds2 Professional New

I truly nonetheless use my {custom} 1964 Audio in ear displays with a bluetooth cable I purchased from Aliexpress, however these are getting so shut that I even have them in my backpack now and I swap forwards and backwards, making an attempt to determine which I like higher.

These got here with my new telephone and I’m completely shocked at how good their lively noise cancellation is. Final 12 months I attempted the most effective 4 ANC earbuds and these blow all of them away. The sound high quality can also be glorious.

They do undergo from the identical drawback all non-custom earbuds undergo from, although, which is that they’re held into your ear with stress. On a protracted flight I discover myself eager to take them out. I’m at the moment making an attempt to determine a strategy to make a {custom} enclosure for them in order that they’re as snug as my {custom} ones.

Purchase at Amazon

Incharge 6 Keychain Cable NEW

Okay, so I’ve to confess that I actually tousled final 12 months. I really helpful an identical cable, however now that I’ve ordered each I’m fairly certain the one I really helpful final 12 months was a knock off and that is the actual one. The performance is similar however this one is constructed significantly better and the adapters don’t fall off like they do on the knock off. Even when you’ve got final 12 months’s, I truly suppose it’s value upgrading to this one.

For individuals who aren’t acquainted, this could join any mixture of USB A, USB C, micro USB, and lightning (or USB-C to USB-C). I exploit it for transferring recordsdata and for charging my telephone whereas my laptop computer is plugged in.

Purchase on Amazon

Issues I Bought Rid Of

I removed the Packtowl, as a result of I didn’t use it as soon as in a 12 months.

I additionally removed the Quest 2, since we’ve fallen out of the rhythm of enjoying Inhabitants:One frequently. I miss enjoying, however I don’t miss carrying that massive factor round.


I modified a variety of objects this 12 months they usually largely really feel like very important adjustments. Eliminating the Quest 2 has made my backpack really feel empty. If I didn’t sometimes load up on tea whereas touring, I’d most likely transfer right down to a 15 liter backpack.

I bought my wishlist objects final 12 months of a smaller USB-C + journey adapter, stretchier pants, and higher ventilated sneakers. I nonetheless don’t really feel like I’ve the perfect backpack and I want that Snow Peak made a bigger titanium thermos. I purchased the metal 500ml one however I haven’t truly traveled with it for some motive, possibly as a result of I haven’t remade my tea containers to suit it or possibly as a result of the additional weight bothers me in precept. I’ll do a take a look at run on my subsequent journey.

I truly ordered a number of thermos/kettle combos to attempt to do away with the titanium thermos and the immersion boiler, however none of them had been each higher and smaller.


It looks like yearly a reader finds one thing higher than one thing I’ve and lets me find out about it. I hope that continues this 12 months. Thanks for studying!

I needed to do a dwell tea time video to speak concerning the gear, however I’m in Turkey proper now and the time zones don’t line up very properly. Possibly after I get again…



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