Like their homely cousin the fanny pack, the utility belt serves a very important function: storing your gear. Venturing out into the vast urban jungle can be dangerous if you don’t have the right equipment, so here are four tools that can help you deal with any situation that might arise.
There’s no telling when a flash-Hurricane might hit, and a quality flashlight is essential for surviving in the nonperishable wasteland. Sure, most homeowners have a Maglight or two stuffed in the closet, but it’s important to carry a torch wherever you go since a cellphone screen can only do so much against the shadows. Cheap lights will get the job done in a pinch, but if you want something that will last longer than the brand-x batteries they come with, opt for something with a little more heft. Surefire and Fenix both make bomb-proof flashlights for a range of uses, from finding that M&M you dropped between the couch cushions to illuminating fleeing hooligans three blocks away.
Military-spec paracord is as thin as a shoelace, but has a breaking point of 550 pounds, making it the perfect all-purpose tool. You can easily fit 100 feet of the stuff in a backpack, and like duct tape, it can be used for nearly anything.
Unless you want to end up trapped in a dark server closet with ethernet cord tangled around your nerd-bits, you’ll want to keep a multitool handy at all times. Luckily, Leatherman makes one specifically designed for geeks. The keychain sized Squirt ES4 comes packed with a number of handy tools, including wire strippers, scissors, pliers, screwdrivers, and a bottle opener for those long nights answering tech support calls.
A grappling hook is actually pretty useless, but it’s essential if you’re serious about pulling off the Batman look. Now, unless you don’t mind awkward stares while riding on the subway, a full sized hook is out of the question. This keychain microhook is perfect for scaling buildings in your Gotham Lego set, and will undoubtedly start a few conversations with fellow dark knights.