Marc's WhiteWater Gear Reviews

EDC

‘Every Day Carry’


Ensso Fountain Pen

My ēnsso XS Minimalist Pocket Fountain Pen – Black Aluminium. This very compact pen is a full size writing instrument when the cap is placed on its back. It’s machined from solid blocks of aluminum and brass and uses standard international ink cartridges that are available everywhere worldwide.

  • Capped length: 95 mm
  • Ready to write length: 115 mm
  • Ready to write length with nib included: 130 mm
  • Overall diameter: 10.3 mm
  • Section width (where you hold the pen to write): 8.5 mm
  • Weight: 9.7 g
  • Accepts standard international ink cartridges and small aerometric converters (bulb).


Aviator Wallet

I use this Aviator Wallet Carbon Slide with a Carbon Cash Clip and Aluminium Coin Compartment. An great piece of EDC equipment. It takes upto 9 cards, bills and coins, all packed in this awesome looking carbon wallet.
It includes a highly elastic band with cash clip, for bills. The 1 mm Carbon Fiber cash clip makes the handling of banknotes a lot easier. Another unique feature of this wallet is its inner adjustable elastic band and stainless steel bolt design which is built into the 3mm Aluminum Space Frame, acting as ultra smooth card slide and lets you dictate just how many cards your wallet can fit. The tough, but flexible band keeps everything together and allows you to carry up to 20 cards at it’s maximum setting. I opted to include a Slim Aluminum, 3,4 mm, sliding coin holder which makes it a fully-fledged wallet.
The Aviator Carbon Fiber can be made RFID-Safe chosing for the Slim (or Double) Aluminum Coin Holder and Aluminum Inner Space Frame. With this setup, aluminum will be on both sides of your cards and perfectly protected against RFID. Alternatively, you can also put a RFID-Blocking Card into the AVIATOR.


Fenix E02R Mini Flashlight

top: PD32 / bottom: E02R

The Fenix E02R Flashlight is a rechargeable flashlight that can emit up to 200 lumens from its built-in 120mAh li-polymer battery. Fully rechargeable via a built in micro-USB charging port, this flashlight has a maximum runtime of 6 hours and 30 minutes. Access two brightness levels with a quick twist of the head. At less than 5cm long and just over 24mm round, this little flashlight is built tough with an IP68 dustproof and waterproof rating. Super small and compact!


Amare Knives

The Amare Track Bronze, imho, must be one of the most beautiful knifes around. It’s full size, fitting well in medium to large sized hands, and has a black-grey coated 10 cm blade. The overall size and proportion make this the ideal cross-over knife, for use both as an EDC ánd outdoors. Due to a steel micro ball bearing, it flips open as if it has a spring. The knife feels and operates very solid. Its very hard and sharp blade allows to be sharpened to very fine edge, should it be necessary.
Specs:

  • Rockwell hardness >=62 HRC
  • Blade material: CPM S35VN
  • Blade length: 100 mm
  • Blade thickness: 3,5 mm
  • Locking System: Stahl Liner-Lock
  • Bolsters: Stainless steel anodized bronze
  • Pivot bearings: Steel micro ball bearings
  • Back spacer: Stand-Off
  • Handle width: 14,5 mm
  • Handle Shell: Carbon fibre
  • Coloring: Bronze
  • Clip: 3D milled
  • Weight: 158 g

My Amare A-Max Stonewash is a very solid EDC knife. These are well designed! Being compact, but meant to be used and at hand all day, the design challenge is always going to be a balance between weight, practicality and robustness. Amare knives has nailed it on all aspects. In combination with a kydex sheath and sturdy chain, this knife is a must have!
Specs:

  • Blade material: Sandvik 14C28N
  • Blade length: 45mm
  • Blade thickness: 4
  • Handle width: 4mm
  • Colouring: stonewashed
  • Designer: U.Hennicke
  • Sheath: Kydex
  • Weight: 61 grams


Amare knives is one of these European companies excelling in the fusion of practical functionality and beautiful design. They even make awesome cases, out of pure carbon, to keep your knives in!


The Protecteur by TB Outdoor

The Protecteur, made by the French TB Outdoor company, is a dagger of the highest quality. It is a very practical knife to have on you whilst in the great big outdoors. Its double-edged blade has a serrated and a straight-edge. The full tang blade, made of black PVD coated MOX (61 HRC) stainless steel, is highly wear and corrosion resistant. The fiberglass-reinforced polyamide handle can stand up to the toughest situations. The French Army’s combat helicopter and light aircraft crews use this knife.
The knife handles very well, due to the good proportions. It doesn’t twist or slide in your hand. The kydex sheath is ultra-thin and light, with practical eyelets and a (rather small) drain hole/gap.
Knife Specs:

  • Overall length: 21.5 cm
  • Blade length: 10.0 cm
  • Blade thickness: 3.5 mm
  • Handle thickness: 13.4 mm
  • Weight: 122 g


The TB Outdoor company has been manufacturing near Thiers (France) for more than 5 generations. They are a supplier of the French Army since the mid-sixties. All processes are done in-house.


Watches

Left: The A-4T Aero Pilot # 13456 | Right: The A-4T Super Yankee #13477

These are my kayaking watches. The (left) ‘Bertucci A-4T Aero‘ is the WhiteWater Watch, taking all the beatings. The (right) ‘Bertucci A-4T Super Yankee‘ is my pride and joy and my Every Day Wear watch. What they have in common is:

  • 44 mm Matt Titanium housing, 10,6 mm high.
  • Weight 67 grams.
  • Water resistance up to a depth of 200 meters.
  • All metal 5 jewels Gold-plated mechanics.
  • Super Luminous hands and markers.
  • A low battery indicator.
  • Heavy Duty Webbing straps.
  • Design inspired by WWII U.S. Military watches.

The right one, the Super Yankee, costs a little more, due to having a 10 year Lithium battery (vs a 5 year battery), hardened Sapphire Crystal (vs hardened mineral crystal) and a Date indicator. Awesome watches!


Umbrella’s by Euroschirm

A day out to town? Roasting a chicken in front of the tent? Rushing to the outhouse? Here are the umbrella’s I like best.

My Birdiepal Outdoor:


This is a nearly unbreakable umbrella, with some outstanding features, such as: a high-density fibreglass frame, double-stitching, wear-resistant safety tips, a ‘thick glove’ opening system, webbing loops to attach it to a backpack, an integrated floating compass, a mesh sleeve and it has (optional) reflective element on all tips.

My Light Trek Ultra:


A 175 grams umbrella! Ribs made of aluminium and real carbon. Flexible and corrosion resistant. It has lightweight but sturdy polyester fabric with Teflon-treatment and double stitched seams.
Whilst 27,5 cm small closed, it has a 98 cm diameter when opened.
My version has the silver outside canopy providing UV-protection factor of 50+.


Euroschirm is a family business developing speciality umbrellas. They utilise new techniques and materials for practical reasons. Exactly what we like. Have a look at their website and see how they can help you staying dry.