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SpotCheck #28

A quick look at some of the cool stuff that has come across our workbench or inbox this week.


The Tool Hanger System
We friggin' HATE the flimsy, never-ending puzzle that is pegboard. Uhg. Alas, there's relief: The Tool Hanger System ($40) from Hansen Global. These polypropylene panels snap together to create the ultimate wall tool organizer. Press one of the eight included hangers into the board, rotate it, and it locks in place. Additional hangers are available, too for about $5. We're gonna get some of these and do a write-up. Promise.

Behind the Scenes of Top Gear

And on That Bombshell - Behind the Scenes of Top Gear
From the Author: "I was Top Gear's script editor for 13 years and all 22 series. From the disastrous pilot show of 2002 to the sudden and unexpected ending in 2015, working on Top Gear was quite a rollercoaster ride. We crossed continents, we made space ships, we bobbed across the world's busiest shipping lane in a pick-up truck. We also got chased by an angry mob, repeatedly sparked fury in newspapers, and almost killed one of our presenters." Read it all in this new behind-the-scenes book by Richard Porter. $15 on Amazon.

Key Knife

SOG Key Knife
Pocket knives are handy and cool, but when you're not packing metal and need to open a box, cut some rope or clean your nasty fingernails, it's nice to have the appropriate tool available. A true keychain knife, the SOG Key Knife ($8), is a straight edge, folding 1.5-inch stainless steel blade that conceals into a standard-sized house key casing. Available in multiple colors or as a fingernail file (instead of a blade), the Key Knife has a lockback feature that keeps it from closing when open. It's neat. Just don't try to get it through airport security... it won't fly.

A Hybrid Garbage Bin & Cooler for Your Car

DRIVE Car Garbage Bin & Cooler Ok, so putting food in something that doubles as a garbage pail seems gross, but it's fine. The DRIVE Bin ($15) is a poly-nylon container for your car that can be used to store anything, really. Side clips keep the included liners secure when used as a garbage bin, but we understand that regular grocery bags will work, too. The DRIVE is insulated and includes a Velcro lid, so it also doubles as a cooler, which is... er... cool. Available in a three colors and with its included adjustable strap, the DRIVE Bin can be secured to a headrest, door panel or stand on its own. As seen on the SharkTank TV show, it's a handy little product with seemingly great customer support.

Tiny Tents!

Tiny Tents
A bit outside of our garage theme, we just had to share these things—the little tent displays you see in sporting goods stores' camping departments can now be yours to show off your love for the great outdoors. Created by a former GoPro product designer, Tiny Tents ($25-$35) are available in two sizes and two colors. The tents are designed just like life-sized tents with two doors, two windows, fully functional zippers, water resistant and flame retardant nylon, and scale flexible fiberglass poles. Check out the Tiny Tent Kickstarter campaign to get yours before they're available in stores.

Still Stickin'

GarageSpot Stickers! We've got a limited supply of GarageSpot stickers in both 2" and 6" sizes. Show your support for GarageSpot by slapping one on your car, truck, ATV, laptop, garage cabinet, etc. They're waterproof and coated with a UV protectant of some sort (sorry, we don't have details... our Chief Sticker Scientist is out today). We'll send one big and two small stickers to a few folks at random, while supplies last. For your chance to score 'em, visit our Contact Us page and provide your name and mailing address. Give us a week or two to get them out. Thanks for your support!!



About Michael Turner

Forty-something years later, Michael still doesn't' know what he wants to do if he grows up. Raised around cars and trained in diesel mechanics, Michael has owned a successful detail shop, developed and sold software, led a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a marketing & PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, writing, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.

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