"Mochibrand’s latest drawstring backpack is for outdoor enthusiasts. The Action DB Pro is made of DWR fabric, has five separate compartments and rolls up into a palm-sized form for storage. It also has..." (via TheAwesomer)
Bags & Pouches
If you needed to escape a disaster right now, be it natural or man-made, what would you take with you? Chances are what you carry around everyday in your pockets won't be enough to make it through an emergency.
What you need is an emergency pack full of essentials to help you and those you care about get to safety. In the EDC community, we call this a bail-out bag or bug-out bag (you might also see it as a B.O.B.). Whatever you choose to call it, it's important to have one on hand and ready to go.
Before putting together a bail-out kit, it's crucial to start with a good bag for the job. To help you out, we've put together a list of great options for bug out bag duty.
So you've finally tracked down what feels like the perfect EDC bag. It's built to last and can hold everything you'd ever need. But being truly prepared doesn't stop at just having a solid bag and all the right contents. Keeping everything properly organized is just as crucial—it ensures you can get what you need when you need it, and it makes carrying everything much easier. Most of the time, bags have some built-in organization, but we EDCers tend to need more. In this guide, we'll break down our favorite accessories that can help keep your EDC odds and ends organized neatly.
"Organization is definitely the Triple Aught Design Parallax Messenger Bag’s forte. From the outside it looks sleek and minimal but open its magnetic self-aligning/mechanically locking buckles to reveal a cavernous amount of storage space, with multiple Helix attachment points to secure a range of accessories that include Transport Cubes, Transport Pouches, and Admin Panels. A range of cleverly configured pockets inside and out stash smaller goods within reach and a 15-inch laptop across the back. The most unique of these is a front drop pocket with Helix attachments for an Admin Panel that can slide down for quick access and slide back in just as quickly (see second image for a look). It’s also made of a highly durable and..." (via GearHungry)
"Matador knows a thing or two about lightweight, packable products. And the Matador Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack is their most impressive piece yet. The 28-litre pack is full-featured and made of PU-coated ripstop nylon, with a compartment plus routing for a hydration bladder, waist and sternum straps for added comfort and weight distribution, several gear tethers and anchors to strap on extra gear, plus a variety of pockets that keep everything tidy. Despite all of this it weighs in at an impressively low 20 ounces (560 grams) and..." (via GearHungry)
Sling bags offer a backpack's storage space with a messenger bag's ease of access, in theory at least. In practice, they can be hard to balance on your back and shoulder, sometimes making them awkward to carry. Unlike other sling bags, the Vanquest PILUM VSlinger accounts for asymmetry in its design. In fact, there are two versions of this bag for both left-handers and right-handers. Each version swings to either the left or right, and both offer easy-access to your gear.
The VSlinger can accommodate a 15" laptop and a bunch of camera gear if you need it. It has 19 total pockets for you to use to both carry and organize your essentials. Internal dividers in the main compartment allow for further organization options. Thanks to its strong padding and water-resistant 1000D Cordura nylon with Teflon, you can take it anywhere. Its minimal amount of MOLLE webbing also make it better suited for urban carry while still offering modularity when you need to carry more.
Whichever version you choose, you'll find the VSlinger is easy to use with the hand you find most comfortable. You only have to pick the one that corresponds to your handedness and your needs. Pick one up for yourself at the Amazon link below.
Having a bag to carry your valuable essentials is pretty convenient, but someone out to grab your stuff probably feels the same way. In one brief moment, you can kiss all your belongings goodbye. That is, unless you're carrying a bag designed to beat burglars at their own game, like Pacsafe's Intasafe Z400 messenger bag. It's built from the ground up to seriously resist theft so you can carry with confidence as you go about your commute.
With lightweight stainless steel wire in the Z400's shoulder strap, good luck to anyone who tries to cut the bag away off your shoulder. eXomesh slashguard material reinforces the bag's poly canvas exterior to guard against pickpockets attempting to slash holes into the bottom of the bag to grab your stuff. Its zipper pulls also come together at a single anchor lock point Pacsafe calls the Roobar, making it convenient for you to secure the bag. RFID security adds to the Z400's physical defenses, which is great for keeping your passport and cards safe against electronic identity theft.
With 19L capacity and room to carry both a 15" laptop and 10" tablet, there's plenty of room to keep your everyday essentials safe. The interior also comes with internal pockets and storage compartments to keep it all organized.
Peace of mind is one lock away. The only thing you have to worry about is figuring out which color works best for you. Pick up the Pacsafe Instasafe Z400 at the Amazon link below.
For EDC on the go, the last thing you want is a bag that complicates rather than simplifies your life. The ideal bag should have plenty of space and easy access to your gear. With its easy-access external pockets, high-capacity interior, and endless configuration options with MOLLE webbing, the First Tactical Summit Side Satchel gives you the utility and organization you'd want from your bag.
The Summit Side Satchel has a plethora of external pockets that don't require you to open the bag to use. There's space for keys, pens, and other essentials. There's even a pocket underneath the handle that serves as a sunglasses carrier. The back pocket serves two purposes. In its first compartment you can carry documents or other flat and thin objects. There's also a hidden second compartment where you can put your valuables. It also functions as a concealed carry handgun storage space.
The padded main compartment has enough room for you to carry a tablet or an ultraportable laptop. The internal MOLLE webbing lets you put in more organizing pouches. It's accessed via a flap that has two options for closure: hook and loop and traditional snap buckles.
While it is a tactical bag, the Summit Side Satchel keeps things low-profile with external MOLLE that feels like a natural part of the design that doesn't dominate the exterior. The MOLLE area on the front also allows you to add a bit of flair to your carry with its hook and loop patch area.
First Tactical has put together a great utility bag for your carry with the Summit Side Satchel. With strong 1000D nylon construction, you can also have to confidence to take it anywhere. It's even small enough to be a perfect personal bag to carry with you on a plane. You can make the Summit Side Satchel a part of your EDC at the link below.
As far as EDC bags go, the words “MOLLE webbing” and “low profile” don't usually go together. All those straps can give off too much of a militaristic look for city use (camouflage doesn't help either). Not to mention, they add extra bulk and weight when you're trying to keep things light. Direct Action's messenger bag is a rare exception—it offers the modularity of MOLLE webbing without the bulk, thanks to its futuristic laser-cut front paneling. And you wouldn't be able to tell just by looking, but the bag conceals plenty of storage and organizational features in an unassuming design any minimalist would appreciate.
The benefits of laser-cut MOLLE/PALS paneling go beyond shaving off ounces and blending in. It won't snag on clips or your fingers when retrieving your gear, and it won't absorb water when the weather gets rough. And because its so low profile, it can cover more of the bag. You'll find plenty of places to attach gear on the main flap, on the side pockets, and on the exterior of the front pockets.
The MOLLE/PALS lined exterior pockets are just as functional on the inside, too. Gusseted mesh separators keep loose items in check, while a cordage system suspends the pocket open for hands-free use. The main compartment even comes lined with velcro, letting you further customize the bag with extra pouches. A dedicated internal sleeve protects your laptop, while your tablet can ride safely in a separate zipper compartment on the rear of the bag.
Of course, a highly organized tactical bag wouldn't be complete without durable materials and hardware. Direct Action uses 500D Cordura nylon in both neutral colors with tonal-stitched logos for that incognito look, as well as camouflage patterns treated to avoid nightvision detection. The bags are finished with DWR (durable water repellant) for added weather resistance. Check out the bag and all its features at the Amazon link below.
Looking to get in shape in the new year? You're not alone. Losing weight and exercising more have been two of the top New Year's resolutions in recent years.
Unfortunately, staying motivated to improve your health and fitness every single day can be incredibly hard. It might not sound like a big deal, but setting up the little things—like your gym bag—to lead a more active day-to-day can be a gamechanger.
Having a workout bag that's never in your way but always ready to go (just like your EDC) means one less excuse to stop you from picking it up, walking out the door, and crushing your goals.
In this guide, you'll find versatile bags that work double-time in and out of the gym, whether you're working, traveling, or exploring.
What gear you should carry every day is usually only half the battle—it's *how* you carry it all that can be tough. Sometimes, there's no better way to do it than with a capable everyday bag. The Hazard 4 Sidewinder Sling is one solid option, with a durable build and plenty of easy-access compartments to manage your entire EDC.
For starters, the padded sling strap keeps your gear right at your fingertips. Unlike a backpack where you would have to take it off completely to get to your stuff, you can swing the Sidewinder around to immediately access its main compartments. This includes a padded rear compartment that can fit up to most 15” laptops and a 20L main compartment for the rest of your gear. There's also a flip-down shelf pocket with divided compartments that you can access while the Sidewinder rests at your chest, letting you have quick access to your smaller essentials without ever having to take off the bag.
Of course, this is a tactical bag, meaning tough materials all around. For example, the Sidewinder's exterior uses rugged 1000D/500D Cordura fabric, combined with water-repellent polyurethane for extra weather resistance. MOLLE-compatible webbing lets you expand or attach additional gear as needed, and you can adjust the Sidewinder to match your load thanks to its compression and stabilizer straps.
Still having trouble managing your everyday carry? Maybe it's time to upgrade to a more capable bag that can match the needs and pace of your day. Pick up Hazard 4's Sidewinder Sling Pack from Amazon at the link below.
It's the last Friday before the holidays, and hopefully you're all set for the weekend. But maybe a well-meaning EDCer (let's call them… “Santa”) has a few more gifts to share. A tactical stocking—outfitted with all the features an EDCer needs—is a fun (and functional) place to stash those last-minute surprises. Imagine your favorite tactical bag, just turned into a stocking to be stuffed with gear to prepare your loved ones for the new year.
This 600D nylon stocking is at home on a mantelpiece just as much as it is on a tactical vest. At 17” x 11.5”, it can fit an entire everyday carry, so you'll have space to spare when filling it up with gear. Or attach them, thanks to its MOLLE straps and Velcro hook and loop that lets you customize it with a namestrip or flag patch. The stocking comes with even more pockets and attachment points like swivel carabiners and a vertical zippered pocket, and you can even EDC it thanks to its heavy-duty top handle.
Gear up for the next holiday operation. Pick up the Garud Tactical Christmas Stocking from Amazon at the link below.
As popular as they are for everyday carry, old-fashioned pocket knives and space pens don't always come equipped with pocket clips. That can be a big drawback, especially if they end up bouncing around in your pocket and scratching everything up in the process. But with a proper pocket organizer, like this leather one from One Star Leather Goods, it doesn't have to be. The EDC1 gives your EDC knife and jotter a secure spot in your pocket, meticulously stitched and crafted from premium materials worthy of protecting your favorite gear.
While there's no one-size-fits-all layout when it comes to sheaths, the EDC1 was thoughtfully designed to accommodate common EDC picks. Its dedicated knife pocket fits knives up to 9cm long—ideal for traditional penknives or smaller Swiss Army knives in your collection. It's paired with an exposed pen slot, sized to fit two of the most popular pocket pens: the Fisher Space Bullet Pen and the Kaweco Liliput fountain pen.
In addition to careful proportions, the EDC1 ensures a great fit and finish by using high quality leather from some of the most respected tanneries around. For example, natural veg tan leather from Herman Oak picks up a dramatic patina, aging beautifully over time. Horween's Dublin tanned leather is both hardwearing and easy to maintain. With some breaking in, these leathers mold to your gear. Finally, the cases are stitched by hand in the USA using heavy-duty waxed thread for lasting durability.
If you're still carrying your gear loose and want to straighten out those pockets, check out these organizers at the link below.
"HoldFast’s rustic canvas and leather photographer’s backpack has sliders integrated into its padded shoulder straps for easy access to your camera. It also has waterproof zippers and leather loops for the optional Sightseer pouches…" (via TheAwesomer)