Travel Gear Review: The Dakota Clip Clock

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Is it me or has anyone else had an issue with finding a good, sturdy, convenient and user-friendly travel alarm clock to take with them on their travels? I’ve been using the same cheapo plastic one I picked up at K-Mart years ago (yes, there’s a K-Mart in New York City; no, I can’t name another item that I purchased from there other than said clock).

Lucky for me, I run this blog, and once in a while companies send me free stuff to review and/or gab about in a post. Also lucky for me, a recent item that was sent my way was the Digital Clip Clock made by and available through Dakota Watch Company.

The Clip Clock is essentially a heavy-duty alarm clock built within a sturdy metal frame featuring a fold-out carabiner attached to its bottom. It’s as if a Swiss watchmaker went on a bender and woke up in Boulder.

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Besides the obvious functionality of the carabiner (admit it, if it’s not clipped to you, you’re losing it somewhere on the train from Mumbai to Jaipur), it also acts as a mini-kickstand, allowing the clock to sit upright like a regular nightstand clock. It also tells the time, which, you know, is pretty important for a clock.

It seems extremely sturdy as well. I’ve basically used it in the context of my bedroom, so I haven’t really exposed it to any sort of drop test or buried it under a mound of mud to see how it holds up after a week, but my guess is it would hold up quite well — probably much better than my current alarm clock (see above).

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The clock retails for $45, or you can try to steal it form the fisherman pictured above. But good luck with that — this guy snagged lunch with his own hands by the time you were rolling out of bed this morning.

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If you’re interested in checking out the other varieties of colors they offer or to order your own, visit the Dakota Watch Company Clip Clock page here.

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