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Simply put, the Venture X40 is a bag for all reasons.  An apt name could have been the Transformer, the Convertible, or maybe Pure Genius. The magnificence of Pacsafe’s Venture X40 ($249) is that it seems to get vastly more gear and keep it significantly more secure, than any other available bag...
A pocketknife, for us working guys, is merely an extension of our hands. We use our knives as a tool cutting wire, for notching wood, opening silly plastic encased electronics, and even slicing our talo or fresh Amy’s Bakery bread on the job site. Pocketknives are a magnet for lint & crud in...
Our Pacific Island hearts have no limit to our compassion.  Samoa’s churches have dedicated prayers to the unprecedented multitudes of hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. We also know we are in a future cyclone’s crosshairs. Luminaid’s founders & staff deserve a Nobel Peace...
Catalyst is a well thought out, intelligently engineered protective iPhone case.  Got mine today and I am marveling at its innovations. Dirt, water, snow & foolish drops... beware! Catalyst is on our side giving us a second, third and probably 15th chance at our iPhone's survival. Cool Stuff...
Luminaids' Solar Lanterns are a blessing for Houstonians and we island residents that frequently face big time dramas.  America has now learned what we already know, that self-reliance may be your only option not a choice, when the enormity of a tragedy is beyond comprehension and government...
Our island lives sometimes parallel disasters like Hurricane Harvey, even on a good day.   The biggest problem South Texas and Louisiana are facing is too much water. The sad conundrum? The most important requirement for human existence is clean water.  Mrs. Cool Stuff always boiled our family...
The hearts and prayers of Samoa are with those suffering from Hurricane Harvey in Texas.   For Cool Stuff, it's personal as fellow former UCLA Football teammates Gene Settles, David Boze and Russell Charles are currently in harm's way. They report: "So far so good." The most important tool in a...
It is a very rare moment and It is beyond awesome when a Cool Stuff review and column can improve the quality of many lives.  And yes...I do also specifically mean Territorial lives. The very kind folks at Aftershokz have created bluetooth headphones that conduct sound through the bone mass in...
It’s a Lamzac, but Cool Stuff refers to it affectionately as a land hammock. Ordered by my youngest Coolio daughter to get her a proper hammock for her frequent stays in Aunu'u, and Savaii... “sorry Winnie girl, had to get you a Lamzac instead.” I remember hanging out in Jack Thompson's "Throwin'...
We all have our specialized backpacks and roller bags... we are not going to change. But —  Qliplet has reinvented the way our bags work with each other. Our Yuppie fellow travelers buy pricey coordinated combo two bag sets that fit together because they were made for each other. Cool Stuff travels...

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