Since first taking its modern, woven form in the middle of the 20th century, carbon fiber has become an increasingly popular material, largely thanks to its unrivaled strength-to-weight ratio. Now utilized to make everything from hypercar frames to surfboard fins to helmet shells to airplane propellers, this high-end material has also increasingly permeated the everyday carry space. And with so many of our favorite products currently being offered with carbon constructions, we thought we’d take the time to round up a carbon-clad collection of the best gear on Amazon this month.
PITAKA iPhone 13 MagEZ Case 2
Compatible with all variants of the iPhone 13, PITAKA ’s MagEZ Case 2 provides robust protection for Apple’s latest smartphone range with a premium aramid fiber construction that doesn’t compromise the device’s ability to receive a signal. On top of being available with either a twill or Herringbone weave, this carbon fiber iPhone case is also offered in a plethora of different carbon color options and color combos. What’s more, PITAKA also produces a line of matching, magnetic, carbon fiber wallets and cardholders that are all compatible with the MagEZ Case 2.
The Ridge Minimalist Slim Wallet Carbon + Cash Strap
Backed by a lifetime warranty, the Ridge Minimalist Slim Wallet is a streamlined take on traditional cash and cardholders with an expanding design for accomodating cards, and a supplementary cash strap and money clip for holding bills. Crafted from a 3K carbon fiber weave with a matte finish, this RFID-blocking wallet can hold up to a dozen cards while weighing only 1.6oz.
Oakley Carbon Frogskins
Easily one of the most iconic pairs of sunglasses of all time, Oakley Frogskins were first introduced in the 1980s, but in recent years have been revived. This particular pair puts a modern twist on Oakley’s Frogskin sunglasses, treating the 1980s reissue to a carbon fiber construction frame that’s juxtaposed by a non-polarized set of UV-protected purple Prizm lenses. This pair of wayfarer-style glasses are also made in America and are offered with optional two- or three-year protection plans.
G-SHOCK GRAVITYMASTER GRB200-1B
Crafted around a carbon fiber case using G-SHOCK’s patented carbon core guard structure, the GRAVITYMASTER GRB200-1B is an ultra-hardwearing outdoor watch that boasts a slew of features and functionality including Bluetooth connectivity to a dedicated smartphone app, a two-year battery, a Quad Sensor (thermometer, altimeter/barometer, digital compass, and step counter), and a carbon fiber bezel sandwiched between layers of resin.
Benchmade 940-1 Osborne
The 940-1 variant of Benchmade’s already incredibly popular Osborne knife treats the EDC favorite to a super-premium redux that sees its AXIS lock-equipped handle bestowed with contoured carbon fiber scales before being mated to a 3.40” (0.115” thick) reverse tanto blade that’s composed of ultra-top-shelf CPM-S90V — unequivocally one of the finest blade steels on the planet.
Master & Dynamic MW08 Sport
The latest and greatest sport earbuds from elite American audio brand, Master & Dynamic, the MW08 Sport features earbuds made from a shatter-resistant sapphire glass with a clean luxe metallic finish and 11mm Beryllium acoustic drivers. IPX4-rated, this model also packs a 100’ range, Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, external aluminum antennas, a proprietary wind-reduction six-microphone setup, and hybrid active noise cancelation with two ambient listening modes. These earbuds also come with a custom Kevlar fiber wireless charging case that, in addition to being inductive wireless charging-compatible, affords these earbuds a collective 42 hours of battery life.
Peak Design Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod
Born out of an extensive, four-year design and development process, Peak Design’s Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod offers professional levels of features and stability with a 20lb weight capacity, robust stability and vibration damping, an integrated load hanging hook, an ergonomic ball head, and anchor attachment points for pairing the tripod with one of Peak Design’s compatible carrying straps. Weighing only 2.81lbs, the rest of this tripod is made from weather and impact-resistant materials.
Bell Moto-10 Spherical Helmet
Co-developed by Bell and MIPS, this MX-style helmet offers cutting-edge levels of protection thanks to the use of all-new SPHERICAL TECHNOLOGY that redirects impact forces using a combination of traditional MIPS tech and an advanced Ball-And-Socket design where an outer-layer rotates around an inner-shell to better dissipate forces upon impact. Crafted around a segmented 3K carbon fiber composite shell, this DOT, ECE, and SNELL-certified helmet also boasts a naturally cooling and antimicrobial “Virus CoolJade” liner, a flexible “Fly Bridge” visor, a MAGNEFUSION magnetic emergency cheek-pad release system, a panoramic google port with a market-leading field-of-view, and Bell’s all-new “No Missed Races” EPP bumpers.
Lava Me PRO
Now 15% lighter and 70% stronger than its gen-one predecessor, the Lava Me PRO is an advanced smart guitar that features a body made from a proprietary type of carbon fiber known as Super AirSonic. Other changes to the second-generation guitar include a new curved BreatheNet Honeycomb carbon fiber interior structure, a completely redesigned FlyNeck that’s reportedly some 300% stiffer than the first-gen model, and an all-new onboard FreeBoost preamp that can act as a speaker and includes a host of built-in effects.
TUMI Ashton Marlow Backpack
A high-end work backpack with a distinctive carbon fiber shell, TUMI’s Marlow Backpack sports a zip-entry laptop compartment that can accommodate notebooks of up to 16”, a main compartment that’s accessed via a double-zip entry, a supplementary padded tablet pocket, a leather top handle, a quick-access pocket with a protective lining, two soft-lined media pockets, and a front snap-flap pocket. Interior organization details include a card pocket, pen loops, a key leash, and an additional media pocket. This bag also comes protected by the TUMI Tracer program.
Scoured: The Best Gear on Amazon of April 2022
Carbon fiber not your thing? Then be sure to check out last month’s edition of the best gear on Amazon for an additional curated selection of garments, gadgets, and gear.