What's New, What's Hot: August 2020

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Icy Bag with Gel Pack: Summer travel, if there is such a phenomenon these days, can make for a melted mess when you're on the move toting lip balm, makeup, sun protection, medications, sweets and the like. That is where Icy Bag comes in. A mini-freezer in your purse or carryon, Icy Bag, its gel pack pre-frozen before travel, will keep your stuff cool more than three-times longer than ice. The product is made of water-resistant rip-stop nylon, has a thermal insulated lining, an inner storage pouch with Velcro closure and a metal side clip. Measuring 8 by 6 by 2 inches (the gel pack weighs 3 ounces and is TSA approved), Icy Bag is available in turquoise/black, pink/tan and black. $18.99; https://icybag.net.

Sahara Men's Heated Jacket: Probably not the thing you're looking for during summer's dog days, but it's never too early to prepare for the inevitability of a long, cold winter. This jacket, from the aptly named Gobi Heat firm, has a wind- and water-resistant polyester soft-shell fabric and an inner lining made of soft polar fleece. What sets this garment apart are three implanted heat zones, two in the chest and a large one in the back, that are powered for up to 10 hours (on the low setting) by a 7.4-volt, 6700 mah lithium-ion battery. The battery is light enough in weight so that the Sahara itself weighs only between 1.8 and 2.2 pounds (depending upon size). The heat settings, operated by a one-touch LED controller, are low, 122 degrees Fahrenheit; medium, 131; and high, 140. $199; https://gobiheat.com.

Simple Satch Belt Bag: Designed for women with the Covid-19 pandemic in mind, Simple Satch is touted as a safety kit that that can stash hygienic essentials and personal items in the belt bag, enabling hands-free utility. Sanitizing wipes can be pulled through a hidden rubber port on the outside of the bag while a zipper pocket secures the antibacterial wipes and keeps them moist. A Starter Kit includes the belt bag, a pack of wipes, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, a non-medical-grade face mask and filter. The masks come in colors that range from blush, grey, black and camo to banana print. $50; https://simplesatch.com.

Kooty Key: Another product with health and safety in mind, Kooty Key is meant to keep you safe from germs that lurk in public areas. Made from antimicrobial plastic that helps repel bacteria lurking on common surfaces such as bathroom sinks and toilets, doorknobs, trash bins, ATMs, vending machines and elevator buttons, the Kooty Key can be used as a hook, a lever or a prod. In short, a germaphobe's delight! You can clip the Kooty Key onto your belt, purse, or pants; after use, it reels back into place. Its rubber tip can be cleaned with disinfectant spray, wipes, or dipped in rubbing alcohol. Weighing in at only 0.16 ounces and measuring 4.13 by 0.63 by 2.75 inches, the Kooty Key comes only in black. One caveat: The product is non-conductive and so doesn't work on screens and smartphones. $14.99; https://kootykey.com.

North x North Kerchief: Kerchiefs are in fashion, both for the stylish traveler and the health-conscious citizen. This N x N kerchief, which measures 42 by 42 inches, is made of top-quality, 100% Australian merino wool. In addition to functioning as a mouth and nose guard when appropriate, the kerchief works perfectly as neckwear, apparel, bag, first-aid, weather insulation and protection from sun, wind and insects. N x N products, which include a handkerchief and a hooded neck gaiter, are sustainably dyed using 40% less water than standard and are hand-sewn in the U.S. All three products can be ordered in a double-weight version. $75; https://www.northxnorth.co.

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