Trending Gear: October 2016
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 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 15 ranking. Let's get into it…
The Best EDC Gear from October
10. Trove Wallet
As seen in: Ece's Filmmaking EDC
The only wallet to rank on this month's round-up is actually like two wallets in one. In its regular configuration, this elastic and leather wallet features two external card slots for easy access, and an expandable central compartment for the rest of your essentials. If you flip it inside out, the internal pockets become external loops, letting you secure the wallet to your belt or stash small items like neatly wrapped earbuds.
9. Bastion Carbon Fiber Linerlock Knife
As seen in: Zane's Black and Brass EDC
You're probably familiar with carbon steel on a knife, but a carbon fiber blade isn't something you see that often. Carbon fiber has material properties that EDCers would dig, like its strength to weight ratio and stealth black finish. This linerlock knife from Bastion makes full use of carbon fiber in both the blade and the handles, making it a perfect lightweight carry in formal or professional situations.
8. Victorinox Cadet Alox
Used by 187 Everyday Carry members
As seen in: Ron's Camping Carry
Photo of this customized Cadet by Everyday Carry member J.S. Leonard
The Cadet Alox's appearance here should come as no surprise, considering how popular and collectible it is among the everyday carry community. It's from an iconic brand, it has a perfectly well-rounded set of tools and functions for most people's daily tasks, and it's tough enough for EDC thanks to its aluminum oxide scales.
7. 5.11 Tactical RUSH 12 Backpack
Used by 65 Everyday Carry members
As seen in: EDC for a Corporate Pilot
More often than not, when looking for an EDC backpack you'll have to settle on just two of these three qualities: durable, comfortable, and organized. Not so with the RUSH 12, one of the most recommended tactical EDC bags on the market. It's sized just right as a daypack, yet somehow has a pocket or compartment for everything you'd need for the day. Plenty of readers here haul their essentials in one of these with confidence.
6. Mininch Wrenchit
As seen in: Bill's EDC Kit
Mininch's unique tool designs have made their way to the top of our monthly rankings in the past, but this is the first time their newest creation makes an appearance. The Wrenchit takes cues from Mininch's modular bit driver design, but this time as box-end, imperial, and wing nut wrenches. The result is a super compact, totally flat wrench kit you can take anywhere.
5. BigiDesign TPT (Titanium Pocket Tool)
Used by 16 Everyday Carry members
As seen in: Harry's Mechanical Engineer Pocket Dump
The TPT is one of the newest offerings in the “next level boxcutter” space. It's popular with EDCers because its well-engineered design offers more tools and functions than other utility blade tools at a reasonably accessible price point. Not to mention, it's made of stonewashed Grade 5 titanium—one of the best materials you can get for your everyday carry gear. Carry one of these, and you'll be adding a bottle opener, screwdrivers, pry bar, box opener, and a ton more to your setup with just one tool.
4. CRKT Squid
Used by 55 Everyday Carry members
As seen in: Chad's Brass and Leather EDC
Don't let its size—or its price—fool you. The Squid is a surprisingly beefy EDC blade for something that you can usually find for less than 20 bucks. It even made our list of the Best EDC Knives Under $50 for its useful drop point blade shape, internal frame lock, and manageable 2.25” cutting edge.
3. Maxpedition Mini Organizer
Used by 162 Everyday Carry members
As seen in: Harry's Geocaching Grab Bag
Time to get organized! Besides looking really cool when they're loaded up, these organizers save you time, space, and effort when you need to put your gear to use. Maxpedition's the most popular choice for EDC pouch organizers as they offer multiple sizes and configurations of pouches to cater to every setup. If you change bags often or have trouble keeping all your gear together, try one of these. It could be a gamechanger.
2. Streamlight Microstream
Used by 216 Everyday Carry members
As seen in: Daniel's “Usual Suspects” EDC
Over 200 people on the site keep this little flashlight handy. Other lights on the market might have more features, higher outputs, USB recharging. That's true. But few are as simple and as reliable as the Microstream, which makes it an excellent choice as a backup or for a no-frills, primary light. And yes, it does have a pocket clip and a tail switch despite how small it is. The one I have linked below is a slightly brighter version, at 35 lumens, which should be plenty for general EDC use.
1. Fisher Space Pen
Used by 788 Everyday Carry members
As seen in: Akhin's Columbus Day EDC
Photo of this modded Space Pen courtesy of Everyday Carry member TvL
If I had to pick one item to show someone to introduce them to what EDC gear is all about, it could very well be the Fisher Space Pen. It embodies so many everyday carry ideals: durable, portable, reliable, versatile, and so much more. Most everyone has their favorite pen they're familiar with, but unless they're into everyday carry already, chances are their go-to can't write on any surface or in any condition like the Space Pen's pressurized ink cartridge can. And while the Fisher Space Pen ranks at the top of this month, I should note it's one of the most popular items on the site of all time, among newbies and EDC veterans alike.
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.
* Prices shown reflect the price at the time of publishing and may have adjusted since.