Trending Gear: September 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.
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. Let's get into it…
The Best EDC Gear from September
10. Fenix E05
Used by 115 Everyday Carry Members
As seen in: JR in the Philippines's Artist Everyday Carry
Fenix is no newcomer to EDC, having put out light after light that become instant classics around here. The E05 is a classic upgrade to a classic (the E01), making an excellent “set it and forget it” keychain light even better. The E05 takes just one AAA battery, twists to turn on, and reaches a respectable max 85 lumen output. It's simple and reliable. No wonder over a hundred of our readers alone keep one in their carry.
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9. Redux COURG
As seen in: My own EDC, actually.
This watch should tick a lot of boxes for people looking for a watch that's right at home in their EDC. The COURG takes the rugged build of a dive watch and the unmatched legibility of a pilot watch and brings it all together in a 39mm, anti-bling, matte titanium case. Despite its sterile, minimal appearance, there are plenty of great details you might miss upon first glance. It features a sapphire window, two types of lume, a Seiko automatic movement, and much more. Redux's attention to detail goes even beyond the watch case, right down to the custom titanium hardware on its NATO-style watch strap.
8. Unsettle UNCLIP
Used by 4 Everyday Carry Members
As seen in: Patrick's “Maximizing Minimalism” EDC
As EDCers, we can sometimes underestimate what our gear can really do. The Unsettle Unclip breaks past that “fixed function” idea of a keychain and turns it into something more useful: a quick-disconnect lanyard with a built-in bottle opener and tape cutter. It offers solutions to several of your most common daily tasks in one sleek package.
7. Gamblemade Gatekeeper
As seen in: Carlo's All-Titanium-Everything EDC
This is basically a carabiner clip on steroids. For general EDC applications, it's probably overkill. So no, the Gamblemade Gatekeeper isn't for everyone (even the name is intimidating!). But for you collectors and gear enthusiasts out there, you don't need me to point out the precision machining, overbuilt utilitarian design, and harmonious balance of titanium and stainless steel to appreciate this functional work of art.
6. Benchmade North Fork
Used by 25 Everyday Carry Members
As seen in: Giovanni's Office EDC
Say you love the old-timey look of traditional pocket knives with wooden handles, but you want more modern day performance for your daily carry. Usually, you'd find those advanced features on knives that can be too tactical for your tastes. This is where the North Fork from Benchmade shines. It's similar to their Griptilian knives (which are a no-brainer recommendation for general EDC), but with a gorgeous “Dymondwood” handle. You get S30V steel, Benchmade's AXIS lock mechanism, and outdoors-ready performance in a style that'll remind you of your granddad's knife.
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5. Rickshaw Pocketdojo
As seen in: Jeff's School Administrator Everyday Carry
What's that? Pocket protectors are cool again? Okay, maybe we can't convince the rest of the world, but this organizer did manage to pique a lot of readers' interest. A bunch of you guys carry pens and pocket notebooks already. The Pocketdojo makes it easier to keep them protected and consolidated, while also adding extra pockets to use as a wallet or phone sleeve.
4. Nitecore TIP
As seen in: Mark's Battery Powered EDC
I expect to see one of these on a lot more keychains over the next few months, especially considering how popular its less-capable predecessor was. The Nitecore TIP is as innovative as a little keychain light can get: multiple modes (maxing out at 360 lumens on Turbo), USB recharging, and a strong yet light aluminum housing. Even more impressive is its very reasonable price, just under 30 bucks.
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3. Gerber Dime
Used by over 400 Everyday Carry Members
As seen in: Max's Naval Officer EDC
The Gerber Dime is one of those inexpensive, low-risk items that tend to blow people away once they add one to their EDC. It has the standard set of functions you'd want in a multi-tool to use in a pinch, like a handy clamshell package opener. If you've never carried a multi-tool or aren't sure if you'd even need a knife, screwdriver, etc., the Dime is small enough and affordable enough to test out before committing to something bigger.
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2. Triple 7 Core Nano Wallet
As seen in: Don's Minimal EDC Kit
Maybe the pouch organizer trend isn't actually a trend at all. Maybe they're here to stay, like minimalist wallets have become. In that case, the Core Nano Wallet does a nice job of stashing your cash, cards, and smaller gear in a slim, organized layout.
1. Japanese Brass Kiridashi Craft Knife
As seen in: Steven's Black Label EDC
If you've been following our past round-ups, you should be familiar with a traditional Japanese knife, the higo no kami. Let me introduce you to another Japanese blade, the kiridashi. Keep in mind that unlike the higo, this is a fixed blade (it's sheathed in a beautiful brass handle). The kiridashi's blade geometry make it especially useful for crafts and precision work.
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If you're curious to see how these trends change over time, check out our monthly roundups from the archive for even more excellent gear.
See anything in this list that made you stop scrolling and think, "I need one… right now"? Leave a comment and let me know your favorite gear from this round-up.