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Nitecore Concept 2

Here's a concept: imagine 6,500 lumens scorching your eyeballs coming from a compact cuboid the size of a small soda can. Or a candle that's able to light up your surroundings for the next two and a half months. While it may sound like something out of science fiction, Nitecore has turned it into reality. Their new Concept 2, born from their line of experimental lights, is no flight of fancy, but a forward-thinking look into the future of powerhouse everyday carry flashlights.

The best place to start with the Concept 2 would probably be its futuristic design. CNC-machined from a single piece of aluminum for both strength and heat dissipation, the Concept 2 calls back to the old “soda can” designs of this class of light: lots of batteries plus lots of LEDs equals insane amounts of lumens. But thanks to modern tech the soda can design has taken a compact turn, and this modern light is a fraction of the size of its predecessors while doubling or tripling their original outputs. Its smaller stature also means a compact clip is all you need to EDC the light.

If it's output you want, you'll get it with the Concept 2. With up to 6,500 lumens at its disposal across 5 main modes and 3 special modes, it's safe to say the light is up to any task. Thanks to its 4 built-in high-drain lithium-ion batteries and 4 Cree XHP35 HD LEDs, you get its full 6,500-lumen output on Turbo for up to 30 minutes and throw all the way out to 398 meters. On the other end, you get a 1-lumen candle for a mind-boggling 2000 hours (over 80 days!) with its incredibly deep power reserves. You also get a complement of modern flashlight conveniences, like built-in charging, a side switch that doubles as a battery indicator, and onboard intelligent charging and thermal regulation.

The future is bright and right in the palm of our hands. Pick up the Nitecore Concept 2 from Amazon at the link below.

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EVERGOODS MQD24 and CTB40 Crossover Backpacks

We EDC our gear to keep us prepared for whenever and wherever adventure strikes. And for some of us, the endgame is finding that one bag to carry it all no matter what and where that might be. EVERGOODS is dedicated to making that one bag a reality with their line of crossover equipment. At the helm is GORUCK's co-founder and former head of product who has split experience between New York City and Bozeman, MT for a one-of-a-kind insight into “city to mountain” gear. They've just launched two new packs: the MQD24, a 24L daypack designed with quick access in mind, and the CTB40, a 40L hybrid backpack that blurs the line between carry-on luggage and gear hauler.

Inspired by traditional top-loading mountaineering packs, the MQD24 (Mountain Quick Draw 24L) has a few tricks up its sleeve to keep in line with the Crossover Equipment theme. Its namesake Quick Draw mechanism works like a drawstring cinch, conveniently and intuitively opening and closing the main compartment of the pack in one smooth motion. The clever, forward-leaning design towards the front of the pack helps keep water out without the hassle of unbuckling or unrolling like on other top-loading packs. The second main feature that makes the MQD24 ideal for on-the-go EDC is its side zipper. It grants quick access to the center and bottom of the bag without taking it off your back by drawing it under your arm. Between the Quick Draw toploader and side-entry zipper, getting to your gear is a snap.

For those trips when you're carrying more than your daily essentials, there's the CTB40 (Civic Transit Bag 40L). It's something between a padded, softshell carry-on luggage and a backpack designed with a focus on both efficient packing and comfortable carry. Its “flex fold compression” system starts with a large, unobstructed clamshell-opening main compartment for easy packing. Semi-rigid “wings” protect and contain the contents, while two compression straps lock everything down. The top lid of the pack serves as a built-in travel organizer, with multiple mesh and zippered compartments for the rest of your essentials. Once closed, you can comfortably carry the pack using its backpack straps, or carry it briefcase-style from its beefy side and top handles. Thanks to its versatile design and rugged materials, it can pull double duty as a travel pack or as a sports equipment and gear hauler when going from urban to outdoor environments.

Both packs are made from durable, high denier nylon and jam packed with tons of thoughtful features. Head over to the Kickstarter project page for in-depth breakdowns of each bag at the link below and secure one for yourself before the campaign ends on August 13th.

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