Buying Guides

The Best Quartz Watches for EDC

A watch doesn't need a fancy mechanical movement to be worthy of your wrist. Quartz-powered watches represent some of the best value in everyday timepieces out there. Instead of the complex mechanical movement in an automatic watch, quartzes tick thanks to a PC board, battery, and gears. Watch purists may look down on quartz, but that shouldn't stop you from considering one for your EDC. These watches are dependable, reliable, and at the end of the day tell the time more accurately than even the best mechanical watches.

The Best Coin Wallets for EDC

A minimal card wallet can do wonders for slimming down your pockets, but optimizing your carry doesn’t have to mean going smaller. Most card carrying wallets have a spot for stashing a bill or two, but what if you live in a country where coins are a major form of currency?

Some countries in Europe for example are way ahead of the U.S when it comes to contactless payments, but you’ll still find yourself with a pocketful of euros by the end of the day.

Whether you live in one of these countries or are just planning to visit one, a wallet with a dedicated spot for coins can go a long way. You’re going to need your cards no matter what, but if you want to avoid a pocket of jingling coins, get you a wallet that can do both.

Top 5 Affordable Mechanical Watches for EDC

You may have heard the term “automatic” thrown around a lot when talking about watches. On the most basic level, it means that the watch runs without a battery. Instead, it's powered by you! Essentially, there’s a tiny machine that’s “charged up” by a spinning rotor, completely driven by the movement of your wrist throughout the day. They keep running as long as you wear it, and the work that's involved in designing an accurate time telling machine is equally impressive. Fortunately, you can find a few solid watches featuring this fascinating movement that actually stand up to daily use without costing an arm and a leg. In this guide, we'll highlight our top 5 automatic mechanical watches for EDC on a budget.

Trending Gear: August 2017

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

Last month, you were interested in sleek knives, rugged essentials, and tools to help consolidate and store your gear. Let's break it all down.

10 Compact Slings and Messenger Bags for EDC

Even after paring your gear down to the essentials, it can still be too much to fit in your pockets. The quick fix would be to toss the rest into a bag, but even then you might not have enough excess gear to justify carrying a full-sized daypack. For those times when you could use just a little extra pocket space, a compact sling or messenger bag can make all the difference. Better yet, one that's fine-tuned to your specific EDC needs. In this guide, you'll find ten examples of EDC-worthy slings and shoulder bags for every scenario.

The Best Portable Tech for EDC

At the core of nearly every EDC lie the essential tools we've relied on for decades: knives that let us cut, lights that let us see at night, and watches that let us know what time it is. But in today's world this gear shares equal pocket space with the modern tools that help us navigate it: phones, laptops, and even battery packs to help power it all.

Though as indispensable as our new toys are, just like our essential tools, bigger isn't always better. As EDCers, there's always a way to do more with less and make the most use of our limited pocket space. So we've put together a list of tech that do just that. They feature some of the latest and greatest technological advancements in some of the smallest form factors you can carry.

Whether it's consolidating the essentials you already have or adding that extra convenience to help make the most out of your day, we hope there's a tech pick in here for you.

Top 5 EDC Multi-tools Under $50

When you're putting together your own EDC, you've got a budget to follow. Especially when you're starting out, there's a daunting list of gear to buy and it can get pricey. It's easy to think it would be too expensive to add a full-size multi-tool to the mix. But it might surprise you that you don't actually have to break the bank to carry a quality EDC multi-tool. What's more: you don't have to settle for small niche form factor tools that only have limited use cases. A lot of the best and most popular multi-tools carried by our community fall under 50 dollars. In this guide, we'll show you the best everyday carry multitools you can pick up in this budget category.

Best Affordable Multi-tools

10 Laptop Bags to Everyday Carry Back to School in 2017

No one likes saying goodbye to summer, but getting ready for the coming school year means one thing: new gear. On top of the usual essentials like pens, notebooks, and textbooks that you’ll find on supply lists, many students find themselves also needing a good laptop to get things done. And if you’re going to be adding one to your EDC, it's a good idea to get a backpack that was designed to protect that huge investment. You want something that’s sturdy enough to deal with the everyday grind of school (and possibly some inclement weather), without sacrificing a lightweight design and comfortable build. It can be hard to find the perfect bag but don’t worry, we’ve got your back. In this updated guide we’ll go over a few A+ bags that will make getting to class a little easier for you.

10 Ways to EDC Paracord

A bundle of paracord is one of the most versatile and useful things you can have in your EDC. That's because its strength and durability allows you to do more with it than might think. You can tie things together, use it to repair straps and cords, and even turn it into an emergency tourniquet. The possibilities are almost endless, and versatility is all well and good, but you still might find it a bit strange to carry around a bundle of rope. Usually you'll see EDCers tie a short lanyard to their knife or flashlight, but the good news is that there are plenty of other ways to discreetly carry paracord. In this guide, we'll show you some unconventional ways to integrate this useful cordage into your everyday carry.

Trending Gear: July 2017

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

Last month, you were interested in classic knife designs with modern performance, gear caddies, and lightweight essentials for the summer. Let's break it all down.

20 Flipper EDC Knives for Every Budget

If you're looking for an EDC knife that's quick and easy to open, a flipper knife is a sure choice. They're made with a small tab on the blade that you can push with your index finger to flick the knife open. This lets you get straight to work without having to use both hands to get it open. It's fast, intuitive, and it's even better when paired with an assisted opening system.

Now, there's a lot of flipper blades out on the market, and they come in many shapes and sizes. The good news is that you can get yourself a solid EDC flipper blade no matter what your budget is. In this guide, we'll show you our favorite flipper knives, sorted by budget. That way, whether you're looking for an entry level knife or looking to pick up a high-end item, we've got you covered.

The Best Suspension Hooks for Hanging Keys

Let’s face it, keys aren’t the easiest to carry. They can be noisy, bulky, and uncomfortable, but they’re one of the most important items in your pocket. And if you've ever added extras like a tool or flashlight to your keyring, you'd know that simply shoving it all into the bottom of your pocket can lead to some serious bulge. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there to manage it all. The first and perhaps the simplest option is to use a quality suspension hook. It's a small clip that hangs your keys neatly from the lip of your pocket, instead of bunched up at the bottom. In this guide we'll introduce you to the best suspension hook keychains you can get because when it comes to EDC, optimization is key.

The 10 Best Elastic Minimalist Wallets for Everyday Carry

When it comes to your wallet, slim is in. But paring down what you keep in it to the absolute minimum can be a bit of a stretch for a lot of you. Maybe in searching for the slimmest wallet you can get, you've found that most options just aren't flexible enough to handle the ever changing amount of cards and change your wallet encounters. That's where an elastic wallet comes in: it's slim by design but has some give, making it one of the most versatile options for EDC. In this guide, you'll learn whether this kind of wallet is right for you, and discover 10 excellent elastic wallets to get you started.

The Best Boots for the Everyday Commuter

Here at Everyday Carry, we like to talk a lot about the tools and accessories we carry to get the job done. But for some people, being on their feet is the job. Whether they're military/LEO, EMTs, doctors and nurses, or those working in heavy industries, many people rely on what's on their feet as much as what's in their pockets.

So we've put together a list of great boots. Boots with the same quality and performance you would expect from a tool you carry and use every day. Any of these boots can last a lifetime with the proper care. And while you may be paying a bit more than generic department store fare, you get much more robust materials, construction, and comfort in return.

Whether you're looking for the longevity a Goodyear welt provides, the breathability and waterproofing from GORE-TEX, or the rugged classiness of a well-worn pair of work boots, in this guide, we've got a pick for you.

8 New Production Knives by Custom Designers

While carrying a high-end custom knife for day-to-day utility is certainly practical, dropping over a thousand dollars on one might not be. After all, a custom knife is like a functional piece of art, featuring rare materials, precision craftsmanship, and a level of finishing that can only be achieved by hand. Whether it’s out of your budget range, or simply long sold out, a custom knife may not be in the cards. However, there’s still a way to get all the design and functionality of a custom knife without breaking the bank: collaboration production knives.

Last year, we saw a huge increase in collaborations between production knife companies and custom knife designers. The trend continues, and the result is a bunch of affordable knives based on those unobtainable customs that we all long for.

Even though they’re not the “real” thing, production knives come darn close, with plenty of their own benefits. They’re way more affordable thanks to the more common materials they’re made from. Production knives are mass produced, so they’re much easier to get a hold of than a custom. It’s going to sting a lot less if you scratch up a $45 knife than its $1400 custom counterpart. You’re still getting a lot of the design and functionality of the custom at a more affordable price.

Here are 8 new production knives for 2017 that are based on high-end customs.

10 Unique Multi-tool Designs That Break the Mold

When you picture a multitool in your mind, what does it look like? Chances are it's something along the lines of the traditional “butterfly” or Swiss knife design. Since multi-tools in general are usually designed to pack in as many functions as possible, they tend to get too bulky, heavy, and complex for a lot of EDCs. Luckily, there's been plenty of innovation in multi-tool designs recently. More and more modern tools break tradition and put their unique spin on specialized functionality, changing the way you can use or carry a multi-tool. In this guide, we're highlighting our favorite multi-tools with unique designs.