Trending Gear: July 2016
Every day, readers like you proudly share their daily carries 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 on the right hand side of the homepage. Gear with the most views and clicks climb their way to the top of this feed and let the EDC community know what's trending right this second.
This month, I'll be showing you essentials with unique designs, bags/pouches that nail both function and form, and excellent EDC knives. That said, I'll skip over a few of the usual suspects and repeats from past monthly roundups. But rest assured, everything here was well within the top 20 ranking. And this time, we're counting down to #1. Let's get into it…
The Most Popular EDC Gear from July
10. DSPTCH Waist Pack
As seen in: Mark's Daily EDC
Don't be fooled by its name. This isn't just a murdered out fanny pack. It's more of a sling pack—sized to hold a little extra for those days out in the city—built in the USA with durable 1680D ballistic nylon and mil-spec webbing. Its main compartment is roomy enough for a tablet and then some, while two gusseted pockets concealed on the front of the bag store your smaller gear. The coolest feature on this bag, though, would be the magnetic Fidlock hardware on the front flap. They're super secure when closed and snap into place like magic.
9. Leatherman Style CS
Used by over 150 EDCers
As seen in: Tang's CEO EDC
Chances are, the most common tools you'd need for general daily use are nothing crazy. Just stuff like a decent pair of scissors, a bottle opener, a couple of screwdrivers and a small knife. The Leatherman Style CS has all of those and more, putting a bigger emphasis on its spring-action scissors. There are a few options for keychain tools like this out there, but over 150 of our users alone carry the Style CS as their go-to.
8. UE Roll
As seen in: Aaron's Everyday Carry
If you're looking at this thinking, “What even is that thing?”, I don't blame you. It garnered tons of interest in the community, but part of that might be because of how ambiguous it looks. It's actually a Bluetooth speaker—a high-quality, waterproof, clippable one at that. You could easily take this with you to blast your summer soundtrack on a hike or at the beach thanks to its shock- and waterproof build, but I've seen a ton of these in the wild strapped onto bags of bike messengers pedaling through NYC streets in a thunderstorm too.
7. Anso Matrix Wallet
As seen in: Pangea Designs' Pocket Dump
Titanium? Check. Carbon fiber? Check. Minimalist wallet? Yup. Jens Anso design, and a cool name? That's clearly enough to catch the attention of our readers here, and with good reason. This minimalist cardholder is tough and light thanks to its premium materials and expertly crafted to bear the Anso name. An integrated spring holds your cards in place, while an open-frame design lets you slide cards out with a push of the thumb. As usual with Jens Anso's custom-level quality gear, you can expect to drop a decent amount of dough on this high-tech design. But as far as EDC wallets go, this is “grail” territory.
6. Triple7Gear Core Nano Wallet
Used by 4 EDCers
As seen in: Chris's General Carry
Around here, EDC pouches organizers have always been popular. So are minimalist wallets. And it's no surprise that when you see something cool that combines the two, it'll make a solid appearance on this list. The Nano Wallet most closely resembles a trifold wallet layout, but with one flap of it looped and webbed up for organizing gear. It looks like a great option for carrying your core essentials, including your wallet, in a conveniently accessible design.
5. Zero Tolerance ZT 0450
Used by 6 EDCers
As seen in: Chris's Tier 1 EDC
When you scroll through people's EDCs, it's hard to not take notice of Zero Tolerance's gloriously overbuilt knives. They're often made from titanium and high-end steel with features like a frame lock, KVT ball-bearing pivot, and flipper deployment. The ZT 0450 ticks all those boxes and does it in style thanks to design help from custom knifemaker Dmitry Sinkevich. With a 3.25” S35VN flipper blade and a closed length of 4.1”, it brings similar performance of the limited edition ZT 0454 in a more compact form factor for EDC.
4. A5 Memobottle
As seen in: Murad's EDC
Round water bottles fit nicely in your hand, but in your bag? Not so much. As its name implies, the A5 Memobottle takes shape after a sheet of A5 paper. This rectangular design takes a “carry-first” approach, riding more comfortably in all the document slots and pockets you'd find in briefcases, laptop bags, purses, and other urban carry options.
3. TAD FAST Pack Litespeed II
Used by 7 EDCers
As seen in: Borku's Urban Pack EDC
With an excellent track record dating back to 1997, San Francisco's Triple Aught Design knows how to make exceptional EDC gear. Their Fastpack Litespeed II is a recently improved iteration of their take on a highly versatile, functional, and mobile EDC backpack. At its core, its 22L capacity and narrow profile keep it compact to keep you moving quickly. But its mil-spec materials and MOLLE-compatible webbing offer toughness and modularity to let you really load it up as needed.
2. Spyderco Tenacious
Used by 187 EDCers
As seen in: Zac's Updated EDC
To be honest, there's nothing particularly new or hype about this knife. The strength of its performance as an excellent value knife alone is why the Spyderco Tenacious understandably ranks highly on this list. At under $50, the Tenacious boasts a clean and comfortable no-frills design, a useful 3 3/8” leaf-shaped blade, a grippy G10 handle, and a sturdy liner lock. There isn't much more you can ask for a handy everyday tool. For hundreds of EDCers on the site alone, it gets the job done.
1. Amsler Hurricane Razor
As seen in: Rob Amsler's EDC
No, this isn't a scalpel—but as a fixed EDC utility blade, it's an excellent tool for tasks that need (surgical) precision. While it might not be for everyone, there's so much to appreciate about the Hurricane Razor's design as a piece of EDC gear. Its blade shape is optimized to excel at its main purpose as a utility knife, its fixed blade design removes needless complexity while adding strength, and its skeletonized frame fitted with titanium hardware reduces weight. Final touches like a Kydex sheath, a slot for a tritium locator tube, and a pocket clip make it adequately pocket friendly.
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