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Streamlight MicroStream USB

For years, one flashlight has been a pocket staple, lighting the way for hundreds of EDCers on our site alone. Streamlight's MicroStream AAA had the right size, reliability, everyday performance, and price to make it a truly solid EDC. So how do you make a great light even better? By fixing what isn't broken and improving the rest, as Streamlight have done with the new MicroStream USB. While it looks and carries like the same light you've always known, under the hood it's better than ever, and in all the right ways.

Since the original MicroStream has been around a while, its 45-lumen power output may not be enough for an EDC light in 2018. The new USB model bumps up its levels fivefold, with a High output of 250 lumens for 1.5 hours, and a Low of 50 lumens for up to 3.5 hours. Output is controlled via the familiar tail clicky switch, which now doubles as a charge indicator when topping up. Charging is accessed by unscrewing a sleeve built into the USB's head to reveal the micro USB port underneath, which lets you charge the internal lithium ion battery with your power bank or wall plug.

While the new specs adds a bit of length to the MicroStream USB (now 3.87” compared to the 3.6” AAA), it remains a compact and lightweight carry at only 1.2 ounces. It retains the IPX4-rated anodized aluminum construction of the original, with the shape and grooves that give it a familiar grip. And when you need to go hands-free, it keeps the two-way clip that lets you clip the light with equal ease to your pocket or hat.

The old faithful learns some new tricks with the Streamlight MicroStream USB. Pick one up (at a still affordable price) from Amazon at the link below.

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Venque Briefpack XL

Whether you’re traveling between countries for work or commuting to the office, a good bag is one that’s versatile enough to fit any given situation. A solid briefcase will get the job done but if you’re going to walking a lot, then maybe a backpack is better suited for your needs. Well, why not both? That’s where the Venque Briefpack XL has the advantage. On one hand, it’s a professional-looking briefcase while on the other it makes for a solid carry-on backpack.

If you’re going to the office, you’ll appreciate the Briefpack's modern design and build materials, but that’s not all it has going for it. When carrying a heavier load, the Venque Briefpack XL can easily transform into a backpack thanks to a well-placed zippered pocket that houses the straps when they’re not in use. Simply take them out of the pocket and click them into place to turn it into a slim backpack and give your hands a break. The signature Quanta fabric exterior adds both style and substance to the bag with its durable weave and water resistance, keeping your electronics and paperwork protected and dry.

Then there’s the numerous pockets and compartments that make this bag a worthy carry-on as well. On the front you’ll get three zippered compartments for smaller everyday essentials like earbuds, passports, or notebooks, while a side compartment houses all of your more important gear. It’s perfect for tablets or e-readers of any size and laptops up to 17-inches. Plus with measurements of 19 x 15 x 6.5-inches it meets the size requirements for all carry-ons.

But like any good carry-on you can also pack clothes in the main compartment. Along with four extra pockets along the inside, the Briefpack XL has internal straps that hold your clothes neatly in place. So if you’re headed on a short business trip this could be potentially be the only bag you need. If not, you can still attach it to the top of your rolling luggage for easy transport. If you’re not going to be flying any time soon it still makes for a great place to stash gym clothes for after work. For a bag designed for the modern professional, make sure to click the link below and check out Venque Briefpack XL.

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SOG KeyTron

The best gear is the stuff you have with you. And in terms of convenience and 24/7 access, it's hard to beat your keychain. So if you're finding yourself needing a real knife and a bottle opener once in a while, the new KeyTron from SOG might just be what you're looking for. It's a fresh take on the keychain knife with a design that puts its cutting functionality first and foremost. Unlike other keychain-friendly knives, the KeyTron has full-sized features like a lockback mechanism and quick-release keyring built right in.

Just by looking at the KeyTron's utilitarian design, you can tell it's meant to be used like a real folding knife. This manual folder deploys with two hands using an elongated thumb hole/nail nick and secures via a lockback mechanism. The KeyTron's 1.8” long, 5Cr15MoV clip point blade gives you a decent amount of knife to work with for quick everyday cutting tasks, too. With knives on the smaller side like this, a lock mechanism is especially helpful for your fingers since there's less generally less of a handle to get a grip on.

But despite all its features adopted from full-sized knives, it's still got what it takes to hang with the rest of your keys. For starters, it weighs just 1.3 oz and it's exceptionally thin to avoid awkward keychain bulge. Its built-in bottle opener can replace the one you might already carry, keeping your keyring's bulk to a minimum. Last but not least, it sports an integrated keyring that doubles as extra grip for when you're using the knife. For added convenience, it can open with a deliberate push of a button on the knife itself, sparing your fingernails from prying open split rings.

If you can get by with a keychain folder in your EDC, definitely consider the new KeyTron and what its extra features have to offer. Check it out at the link below.

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