A great EDC keychain that works for any type of user.
I have a great fascination with EDC (everyday carry) items. I will actually spend time researching different types of EDC items to find what can be most useful to me. During this research, I found the Hub Keychain from Alpaka, a company that focuses on environmental issues hand-in-hand with creating products. For every product they sell, Alpaka plants a tree and donates 1% of revenue to environmental causes/non-profits.
Alpaka’s product design is inspired by the desire to meld form and function together. That’s exactly where the Hub Keychain came from. It’s a part of the Hub Ecosystem – a magnetic modular system that helps to keep users organized with their most-used EDC items. Other parts of the system include the ModPanel MAX or ModPanel MINI, keychain, cardholder, sanitizer holder, clips, and USB Lanyard.
The Hub Keychain is based on the Hub quick-release magnetic system. It is built with high-quality components including the Fidlock magnets and Hypalon pull tab. The keyring is a convenient and easy-to-use D-ring and it has a Hub clip included. The clip will attach to any fabric (belt, pants, bags, etc.). The ring will fit up to 8 keys.
- HUB Keychain: 65mm (2.6”) x 9mm (.35”) x 28.5mm (1.1”)
- Weight: 7.5g
- HUB Clip: 71mm (2.8”) x 23.6mm (.93”) x 30.8mm (1.2”)
- Weight: 26g
The keychain arrived in a plastic resealable baggie. The clip was attached to a cardboard backing that had the name of the product along with some information about the company included on it. The back of the cardboard shows how the keychain can be used and how it detaches from the clip. I do want to point out that I do not have any other parts of the Hub Ecosystem, but I love the design of it. And, after using the keychain, I would really love to get a ModPanel and the cardholder. Right now, our family keys are all hung on a typical keyring holder. They are messy and it’s really hard to find the keyring you want. The ModPanel would help keep the keys organized better than hung on individual rings.
While I don’t have many keys that I carry on a daily basis, I do find this keychain to be incredibly helpful. The unique design is very useful. One of the reasons I wanted this particular keychain is because the clip is large enough and strong enough to attach to my camera bag strap. When I’m out on jobs it’s really convenient to simply clip my car’s key fob onto the backpack’s strap using the Hub Keychain so that I don’t have to hunt for it. Before I was using the Hub Keychain, I was just dropping the key fob into a pocket in the backpack. When you are running around and need to make a quick run to your car, the last thing you want to have to do is dig around for your key fob. The clipped-on keychain is a much easier solution.
The Hub Keychain is a really cool EDC and a great way to keep your necessary keys close at hand. It retails for approximately $30 USD (at the time of publishing), which seems high for a keychain, but when you consider the added function, I think it’s worth the investment.
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