Monday
Mar112013

Kibardin White & White LED Desk/Wall Clock Hands-On

Every once in a while we stumble upon something that we can safely say is pretty flipping awesome. Whether it be durable hard shell wallets or a pen made to feel and look like it's a piece of a high-powered rifle, we'll do our best to feature it. If there's anything more exciting to a geek than a mechanical Giant Flip Clock, it would undoubtedly be the White & White clock by Kibardin Design. This is an all-digital LED hybrid of a clock you can mount proudly on your wall, or set standing on your desk for visitors or co-workers instant geek respect. The design is a unique concept that's beyond cool in that it brings traditional digital digits to life using a modern interpretation of a floating 3D digit type design connected to a frame made out of 1.3"-thick ABS plastic measuring 11.2" in width, and 4.3" in height.

While Kibradin's White & White clock is entirely white, a Black Edition was recently made that features a black frame with white LED digits. What good is a wall clock you can't read in the dark? Fortunately, the White & White clock takes care of that with its white LED backlit digit display which glows brightly during the day, and dims automatically when it senses the indoor lightning has dimmed thanks to a built-in ambient light sensor. We found the sensor to be very sensitive to light, and it would flicker from bright to dim in the evening as well as in poorly lit indoor environments where the clock is placed away from the light source. Unfortunately, you cannot manually adjust the brightness nor turn off the auto-dimming feature.

We must say, this is the most attention-grabbing clock we've used. Having one mounted on your wall is almost like a neon "we're open" sign. Glaring at the clock from afar makes the glowing digits pop out no matter the color of your wall. It also serves its clock purpose very well in that the glowing digits are extremely easy to read in the dark or in a brightly lit environment.

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Saturday
Feb092013

Flipside Strata RFID-Proof Wallet Hands-On

Continuing our Alt category is the Flipside Strata Wallet that sets itself as the "in-the-middle" of people who use card wallets and people who use money clips. It's simple and lightweight but also carries much more than just a couple of bills. Oh, and in case you've been a victim of unauthorized RFID theft, the Strata is RFID-proof. It just may replace my beloved Louis Vuitton wallet, maybe. 

The Strata wallet is a step up from the minimalistic money clip but still manages to keep itself low profile. Flipside sent us their 2X wallet earlier and we've had very nice things to say about it. The Strata is like the 2X's much sexier and improved brother, with new features such as a secure money clip on the back, a lock to keep things from falling out, and a smaller profile. For less than $30, the Strata offers quite the bang for your buck. 

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Tuesday
Dec112012

Boker Plus CID Cal .45 Tactical Pen Hands-On

We love having the opportunity to hand pick, and feature some of best and most interesting things right here on Alt. Anything goes. Today, we're taking a look at a pen. But not just any old ubiquitous pen, a tactical pen. What's the difference you ask? Potentially, life or death. While a tried and true Pilot or Bic pen will undoubtedly serve its respective purpose, a tactical pen on the other hand, could serve you as a defensive weapon in the event of an unforeseen hostile attack. The tactical aspect is what makes all the difference between your tried and true Pilot or Bic pen, and a tactical pen such as this.

Known for its cutting edge knives of all shapes and sizes, Boker has designed an ingenious tactical pen so awesome that we had to feature it on Alt. Meet the Boker Plus CID Cal .45 Tactical Pen. This is a self defense type of pen which features a German designed CNC machined aluminum body with a matte hardcoat anodized finish, and an innovative Bolt Action mechanism. It's the stealthiest, most bad ass looking tactical pen we've seen by far. The only pen with more finesse would have to be some fancy writing instrument from Montblanc. It's also not as expensive as you might have thought. Boker's CID Cal .45 can be had in either black or gray anodized aluminum colors for around $35 a pop.

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Sunday
Dec092012

Westcomb Ozone Hoody Hands-On

Westcomb is a newly formed, premium Canadian outdoor apparel brand that makes some really great stuff with a crazy amount of technicality and know-how. And you can definitely count on a Canadain company when it comes to outerwear that's designed for cold weather conditions. Westomb doesn't skimp on quality, and you'll notice that in both the price and in the final product. A well made jacket by Westcomb can run you anywhere from $150 to $550. What you can count on is that Westcomb's winter offerings are unlike any other.

Westcomb is one of the few advanced apparel brands that doesn't outsource production. Instead, it makes all of its outerwear at its home base, Canada. Before we dive into one of many amazingly designed and crafted Westcomb jackets, we've got our cold hands on the Ozone Hoody. It's one of Westcomb's new Robin-hooded sweatshirt for men that'll run you $180. Although Westcomb does not make this particular hoody for women, it does offer other styles. We've noticed a trend in highly skilled brands using Polartech as an exclusive material to comprise their winter outerwear, and Westcomb is no exception. At first sight, the Ozone Hoody will grab your attention with its awesome blend of tiger-strip styling and vibrant sporty blue color. Unless of course, you dislike blue. In which case, the Ozone Hoody also comes in 5 completely different colors; one of them will even camouflage you with a brownish bear color.

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Saturday
Dec012012

Ziiiro Celeste Watch Hands-On

In search for a stand-out, cool looking wrist watch? Ziiiro's line of watches is anything but conventional. Ziiiro is a fairly new company, and compared to the well known giants, Ziiiro's unique design concept for its watches is like a small ecstasy pill with a smiley face on it. So if manly thrusting watches like Tissot's PRS 516 don't tickle your fancy, let Ziiiro sort you out with one of its eye-grabbing watches. The Celeste is the company's latest analog watch with a watch face so uncommon, it's a mind-bender to interpret at first glance. But first, you will have to part with $205 from your pile of cash in order to get yourself one. After that, you might like to know that the Celeste is made entirely out of stainless steel, so it's pretty hefty for its fragile-looking size.

The way you tell time is by looking at the two transparent plastic discs that overlap one another, each with a gradient that causes a multitude of awesome looking gradient color tones. Of course, there are no numbers to be found, instead you'll have to look at the subtle corresponding notches made in the Celeste's stainless steel casing which are positioned accurately where otherwise a digit or numeral would be on any other analog watch.

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