Trending Gear: September 2017

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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 knives with unique opening mechanisms, pocket tools with built in bit storage, a tried-and-true flashlight, and more. Let's see what you all were checking out this month.


The Best EDC Gear from September 2017


10. Hellbent Holsters Combat Wallet

Wallets come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and materials. Heck, even a rubber band works for some people. But if you want something little more durable to protect your essentials the Hellbent Holsters Combat Wallet was built for war. Made from the same form-fitting kydex you find in custom firearm holsters, the Combat Wallet is certainly durable enough to be in your pocket everyday. You can get them in three sizes depending on how many cards you carry and there’s also an option for RFID protection.

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9. Thrunite T10

When it comes to pocketable flashlights, the Thrunite T10 is one of the best for a reason. It takes a AA battery to power it and isn’t too much bigger than one either. Despite the small, pocketable size it still packs a punch with a 208 lumen max output and roughly a weeks runtime in the 0.2 lumen firefly mode. If you’re looking for a solid, no-frills EDC light, look no further.

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8. Helikon-Tex Urban Admin Pouch

When pocket space is running low, EDCers know how to take advantage of pouches. But what makes the Helikon-Tex Urban Admin Pouch special is the added functionality of removable inserts. You can configure your carry differently everyday based on your needs instead of having one layout that you need to make work for everything. The Urban Admin Pouch is as rugged as you’d need an EDC pouch to be, with a 500D Cordura nylon construction and YKK zippers.

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7. Benchmade Proper 319

The Proper 319 is the Benchmade's first slipjoint and it takes everything you like about the brand's build quality and puts it in a classic gent’s knife form factor. It has an American-made 2.86” CPM S30V steel blade that’s perfect for everyday slicing tasks. The Benchmade Proper 319 handle comes in two color options: a red G10 or a dark green micarta so you can get the one that matches your style.

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6. Wisemen Wise Guy Pocket Tool

At one point it seemed like there was a new one piece multi-tool every week, but the hype has since died down a bit. That hasn’t stopped the Wisemen Wise Guy Pocket Tool from being one of the most viewed pieces of gear this past month. In its D2 steel body you’ll get everything from a prybar to a knuckle protector, making it a versatile tool that will be a valuable addition to anyone's EDC.

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5. Ancon Sea Shadow Mark 3

This handsome dive watch had plenty of readers looking more in depth this past month. It sports plenty of features you'd look for in a higher end watch, with a Japanese automatic movement, sapphire crystal, uni-directional rotating bezel, luminous hands and markers, and 1000M of water resistance thanks to a helium valve.

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4. Kershaw Launch 4

For some EDCers, an automatic knife is the way to go. They open with just the push of a button, making deployment quick, easy, and satisfying. For other EDCers, they're not an option at all in places with stricter knife laws, like California. The Kershaw Launch 4 was made for California-legal carry thanks to its short 1.9” blade. It's discreet, easy to carry, and more importantly, safe by design. Its CPM154 steel blade only releases during deliberate presses of a button recessed in the handle, not when it's in your pocket. Of course you don’t have to live in California to appreciate the usefulness of a small pocket knife like the Launch 4.

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3. Microtech UTX-85

When you think of an EDC knife, you probably don’t picture something like the Microtech UTX-85 (which gets its name because it’s 85% the size of the Ultratech knife). They're less common because they're best suited for personal safety uses and illegal to EDC in most places. Its 3.1” blade deploys automatically out the front of the handle (also known as an OTF knife). The UTX-85 also comes with an emergency glass breaker at the tip along with a pocket clip so you can get to it in a pinch.

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2. BigIDesign Bit Bar

BigIDesign doesn’t make a ton of stuff, but the gear they make tends to become EDC favorites. The Bit Bar is one of their more recents projects that has clearly caught the eye of more than a few readers since it puts an easy-to-handle screwdriver with a full set of bits in something roughly the size of a pocket knife. Magnets keep the bits in place and a titanium build means it’s more than capable of withstanding everyday wear and tear. If you find that the tiny one-size-fits-most screwdriver on your multitool just isn’t cutting it, the Bit Bar might be for you.

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1. CRKT Daktyl

In the past year, CRKT have been releasing really interesting and unique knife designs by teaming up with an eclectic mix of knife makers. They’ve tapped designer Tim Hitchcock for the Daktyl, which is no ordinary pocket knife. Its unique barebones design not only makes it interesting to look at, but also keeps it lightweight at only 2.4-ounces. The unique Hole in One mechanism that allows for the 3” 420J2 stainless steel blade to swing out from the side and click into place when you push it down. For an EDC blade that stands out from the pack, check out the Daktyl.

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For more monthly round ups, check out the previous Trending Gear reports from the archives.

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Nice lineup of trending gear from September! I'm a huge fan of the Helikon-Tex Admin pouch, and I've been eyeing the BigIdesign Bit Bar for awhile now. Plus, that EDC sized Microtech is sweet!!! I don't currently own any OTF knives, but they are legal in Texas. Time to start saving my pennies!
Michigan is getting autos come October 10th... and that Launch 4 is looking nice. But that Benchmade though. *checks wallet* darn I'm broke.