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The Pacsafe Venture X40 is a class act on the trail, as carry-on in an overhead airline bin, or in the inner sanctum of the historic Rose Bowl Photo Media room, as pictured.  [Photo: Barry Markowitz, 9/9/17]
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...
CRKT’s remarkable Homefront “Field Strip” technology created by Hawaii based designer Ken Onion, may be your Dad’s future hand me down legacy knife, cherished by generations of your family.  [photo: Barry Markowitz]
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...
Hurricane Harvey, Irma, & Maria’s devastation is being proactively battled by Luminaid’s Packlite Max Phone Charger, only $39 if you preorder now!  [Photo: Barry Markowitz]
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 truly unique iphone case that they attest is 33-ft water resistant, 6.6-ft drop proof, and when "hell freezes over" and it snows in Pago Harbor...Catalyst protect you from that possibility too.  [photo: Barry Markowitz]
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...
Luminaid donated a thousand of their Solar Lanterns to Houston's Hurricane Harvey victims this week. Several of these precious lanterns are being hand carried this week to the American Samoa Red Cross.  Ken Onion, pictured, co-founder/Board of Director for Alaska's Healing Hearts (created to help nurture disabled US Veterans) studies a few of the several dozen lanterns donated to his beloved non-profit.  [Photo: Barry Markowitz]
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...
Steripen UV light water purifiers are key for emergencies, but may also be an everyday carry item for you in the Territory.  With a Red Cross endorsed rechargeable unit by micro USB, external backup battery, computer, or solar panel, you know you are in safe hands.  [Photo: Barry Markowitz]
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...
ESEE knives are a no compromise work knife, and are the go-to disaster tool, be it Hurricane Harvey, Samoa Tsunami, or a necessary home or vehicle escape scenario.  Front to back USA manufactured ESEE 5, ESEE 6, ESEE 4, Laser Strike; right side Junglas.  [Photo: Barry Markowitz]
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...
Terry Fred Vine learned while visiting his Coolio family that Aftershokz are so much more important than just wonderful great sounding bluetooth headphones.  [Photo: Barry Markowitz]
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...
Whip out a Lamzac for surprise relatives to camp out in the living room...or a comfy way to savor the beach without sand or fleas.  [Photo: Barry Markowitz]
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'...
The Qliplet by Lulabop is a thoughtful solution to one of our most common travel fatigue issues.    [Photo: Barry Markowitz]
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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