Everyone needs a good tape measure, but unfortunately most of them will only standout about six or seven feet — not good if you're trying to measure something by yourself. The Stanley Fat Max Tape Measure ($20) features a 1 1/4" easy to read blade, but here's the real kicker: it has an eleven-foot standout, making it much easier to measure longer distances.
We readily admit to not buying a lot of tools here at Uncrate HQ — but when we do, we make sure they serve their purpose well. The Bionic Wrench ($30), a hybrid between a wrench and pliers, is one of our newest additions. It uses a patented design to grip bolts on all six flat sides, reducing the strain on the corners of the bolt and allowing the user to multiply their gripping force, making it easy to turn the hardest of bolts. It also won the Red Dot Award Best of the Best 2006 for pioneering design in a category (Tools), which tells us it's just as easy to use and efficient as it sounds.
The A2 Aviator ($200) might be the last flashlight you'll ever need. It uses a two-stage endcap button to switch between a bright, three-LED light, and a Xenon beam strong enough to temporarily blind someone — a handy trick if you happen to live in a crime-infested city. The best part about it? It's small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. [Thanks, Brewer]