"The North Face’s new all-around jacket has an outer shell made of Gore-Tex for proven water-resistance. But despite its edgy name, the Apex Flex GTX literally has a soft side. Its inner shell is bonded to..." (via TheAwesomer)
Normal belts are boring. Sure, they keep your pants from falling down after you've loaded up your pockets. But being the EDCers that we are, we try to find utility and quality in every piece of our gear—including those that may seem like the last place you'd find something useful.
But the thing is, there's plenty of room on belts for extra features. And we're not talking just having an extra place to clip or attach things to. Their length, width, and hardware are prime places to add (or conceal) tools or other features. And even better: they'll all be within arms' reach.
There's also the fact that belts aren't and shouldn't be limited to just pieces of leather and metal. They can take cues from how other items meant for heavy everyday use are built, and come with better construction and materials. Heck, even the material itself can be useful, as can be seen below.
So we've rounded up 8 belts that do more than keep you decent in public. Each one comes with features and construction beyond what you would find at your local department store. And think about it: Batman doesn't wear a regular leather belt, does he?
"Conceived by Mininch — the guys who came up with the Tool Pen, Tool Pen Mini, and Wrenchit — Duoket this time isn’t a tool but is equally ingenious. Duoket is both a jacket and bag, switching between the two at a whim with nothing but a zip/unzip and making it easier to tackle chilly morning commutes without having to deal with carrying your jacket by hand in the evening. The jacket’s multitude of interior zippered pockets become the bag’s inner compartments so that everything stays right where it should be without having to reorganize ever time it transforms. As a bag it’s got both grab handles and a removable shoulder strap and..." (via GearHungry)
Now that you've got your EDC just the way you want it—minimal, effective, and stylish—it's time to think about how to carry it all. When you want to stay lookin' sharp in that outfit, you might want to avoid just shoving everything in your pockets, too.
Spreading out your carry to your coat pockets—now, that's the move, and it's especially crucial when you're traveling and want to keep things light. There are few better ways to do this than with a Bluffworks Travel Blazer, thanks to its thoughtful pocket organization on the inside, and high-performance fabrics and features on the outside.
You wouldn't expect it judging by its trim and tailored silhouette, but the Bluffworks Blazer boasts a ton of storage, to the tune of ten pockets total. In true travel jacket fashion, there's a pocket for everything: zippered chest pockets for securing your valuables, hidden internal pockets for stashing cash and cards along the back hem, and even larger pockets for a tablet or book, to name a few.
Best of all, unlike other travel jackets (which usually come as a vest, softshell, or hoodie of some form) the blazer is a menswear staple that's more appropriate in both professional and casual settings. Bluffworks makes theirs using a technical fabric that looks and feels like wool, but provides machine-washable durability, convenient packability, anti-wrinkle properties, and temperature regulation. It makes the blazer both good at carrying your EDC and carrying in your EDC.
You can pledge for a blazer at a discounted price at Bluffworks's fully funded Kickstarter campaign below, with multiple color, fit, and sizing options to suit your needs.
"It blends in on a pair of slacks or coupled to a suit. It’s when it comes off that Slide’s Survival Belt really shines. The buckle is not unlike a Swiss Army knife, revealing a bottle opener, titanium nitride coated AUS-8 stainless steel blade, and an LED flashlight. Both the nylon fiber unibody buckle and strap are durable, resisting water, frost, abrasion, and long exposure to UV light. And best of all, like all of Slides belts, there aren’t holes along the strap, granting a greater degree of adjustability thanks to their notch system which slides along and locks in wherever…" (via GearHungry)
Carry a multitool with you all the time, thanks to this cool belt buckle add-on that packs sets of bits and wrenches for snowboarding, cycling, or skateboarding. The tools store inside the buckle of Fix Manufacturing’s rugged All Time Belt… (via TheAwesomer)
Chances are, you've faced this dilemma before: you’ve got all the gear you need, only to realize you’re definitely not fitting it all in your pockets alone. Without sacrificing some essentials to carry less or hauling around a bag all the time, the simplest solution is to up your pocket space. And if it’s more pockets you need, then this new jacket on Kickstarter should do the trick. It’s called the Joey (as in the term for a baby kangaroo, nature’s EDCer) and it boasts 12 different pockets in total—enough for your daily carry and then some.
The Joey features dedicated tablet pockets, water bottle straps, hidden pockets for valuables, and soft-lined pockets for delicate essentials. Other EDC-focused details include earphone routing loops, carabiner loops, and a built-in microfiber cloth for screens and lenses. It’s available as a sweatshirt or as a weather resistant softshell jacket, complete with water resistant zippers, side vents, a detachable hood, and more. Both the Joey’s huge capacity and comfortable materials make it a compelling travel companion too, as it helps you fly without the inconvenience of a carry-on if you travel light. Check out the rest of its features and configurations at its fully funded Kickstarter at the link below.
If there’s one thing to take the drudgery out of the wet and drab rainy season, it’s a sick rain jacket with enough pockets to stash your entire EDC and then some. The Cubed Travel Jacket from Clothing Arts has the features to stand up to harsh downpours and a low-profile, street-ready aesthetic to keep you and your gear dry in style. Clothing Arts’ design philosophy is something we EDCers can get behind: “it begins with pockets.” And on the Cubed, you get way more of them to work with compared to traditional outdoors rain shells.
It’s got two Napoleon chest pockets that you can access from the outside of the jacket. The key here is you won’t need to undo the main zipper to get to your gear, which can be especially risky if you want to keep your core warm and dry. The Cubed boasts six more interior pockets for your less frequently used gear as well as travel essentials like your Passport and documents. To secure it all, built-in clips connect to the zipper pulls and lock your gear in place.
While Clothing Arts believes it begins with pockets, it must end in the details. The Cubed features hallmark qualities of technical outerwear and EDC gear alike: functional materials, durable construction, and minimalist design. It’s made with a DWR-treated, breathable/waterproof eVent membrane for high-performance rain and wind protection. The zippers and even the taped seams on the jackets are waterproof too. A detachable, stowable hood, multiple adjustment cinches, and an articular fit for improved range of motion round out this feature-packed tech jacket. You won’t have to raid your rainy day fund too hard for one either, with discounted early bird pledges still available on the Cubed’s fully funded campaign below.
Winter is coming. You’ve probably already noticed the sun setting way too early, how much harder it is to get out of bed in the morning, and the air getting too cold to head out without a proper jacket. For us EDCers at least, having to wear a jacket has a silver lining — more pocket space! But with the changing demands of the colder conditions creeping in, you’ll have to think carefully not just about how you dress, but also how you EDC. In this guide, we’ll break down some tips and recommendations to keep in mind to help you get your winter setup down cold.
Finding a comfortable way to haul your EDC gear means you’ll be more likely to bring it with you every single day. Edgevale aim to make it easier to carry a blade with their signature pocket reinforcement that's designed to accommodate a knife clip. The Cast Iron Pants are made for hard-use, whether indoors or out. Blending heavy-duty cotton duck and abrasion resistant Cordura fabrics, these pants are as tough as their name implies. Features like triple needle stitching, bar tacks at stress points, and a crotch gusset for freedom of movement show their attention to detail and commitment to durability. If you’ve been looking for a pair of pants that will stand up to the same everyday use and abuse you put your gear through, consider the Cast Iron Pant, available at Edgevale's website.
Pockets are an EDCer's best friend. The gear we carry needs to be at the ready, usually in a nearby pocket. Designed with this principle in mind, the Pack Jacket by Scottevest loads several versatile pockets into a lightweight, breathable jacket. With an impressive 13 pockets in total, the jacket keeps your EDC gear safe and organized. Featuring an array of zippered, hook and loop, and open top pockets, the Pack Jacket balances both secure storage and accessibility. The Pack Jacket not only contains a ton of pockets, but it can be stored in one too. Fold it up and stow it away in a bag or cargo pocket, and break it out when the weather calls for it. Put this on and load it up to upgrade the “carry” in your everyday carry.