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Giveaway: Win 5.11 Lightweight Summer Essentials!

Update: Congrats to Joseph M., winner of this week's giveaway! Thanks to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for more giveaways here on Everyday Carry for more chances to win.

Who else loves free EDC gear? This week, we're hooking up one lucky reader with a sleek set of summer essentials brought to you by our sponsor, 5.11 Tactical. They're a brand that needs no introduction to EDCers with their decades-long commitment to useful and reliable gear, and it's your chance to win some lightweight picks for when the temperatures rise.

Giveaway: Win a 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin Pack!

Update: Congratulations to James M., winner of this week's giveaway! Thanks to everyone who participated -- stay tuned for more giveaways in the future here on Everyday Carry.

Who else loves free EDC gear? This week, we're hooking up one lucky reader with a tactical backpack brought to you by our sponsors, 5.11 Tactical. They're known in the EDC scene for their purpose-driven designs and rugged build quality at great values. We've been fans of their bags for years, and it's your chance to win their latest pack. While it's built to be mission-ready, it's got just the right size and features for day-to-day duty as well. If you’re looking for a lightweight and durable backpack for your daily grind as well as your next weekend adventure, this one checks all the boxes.

5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin Pack

The best EDC bags can do a little of everything, but so many bags recently seem to be prioritizing low-key designs over all-out toughness. That isn’t the case with the 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin pack. While it's built to be mission-ready, it's got the just the right size and features for day-to-day duty as well. If you’re looking for a lightweight and durable backpack for your daily grind as well as your next weekend adventure, this one checks all the boxes.

Unlike other tactical packs that use ballistic nylon so heavy it's almost overkill, the Rapid Origin features a 600D polyester build that's lightweight yet plenty tough. At 25L, it's sized right for daypack duty, but comes strapped with MOLLE webbing along the front and sides. That modularity comes in handy when you need to add on more gear. For example, you can attach a discreet EDC pouch with charging cables and pens to bring into the office during the week, then swap it out for a first aid kit and survival gear when you hit the trails on the weekend.

If you’d rather maintain the slim profile of the bag you can always make use of the two mesh pockets on the inside for organizing your smaller essentials (or for hiding snacks). There’s also a built-in water bottle holder on the inside for daily use, but when you’re really going to be pushing yourself one water bottle might not be enough. So along the back 5.11 made sure to include a compartment that’s hydration pack compatible so you won’t have to worry about finding drinking water while you’re out exploring.

When you’re not adventuring this day pack makes for a solid office pack as well thanks to a padded laptop sleeve in the main compartment. There’s also a zippered front pocket for smaller tools that you might need quick access to as well as a glasses compartment up top that’s lined with a soft fleece material to prevent scratches.

Whatever your intended use case, the bag remains comfortable thanks to padded ergonomic straps that naturally follow the curves of your body. When you’re hauling a little more than usual, you can save yourself some back pain by buckling up the chest strap to distribute the weight. Last but not least, hook-and-loop sections on the front of the pack let you customize the bag with name tape, morale patches (tactical gnome, anyone?), and more.

If you want one bag for both work and play, the 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin pack is a versatile option that makes the transition from workday to weekend as seamless as possible. You can pick one up at the link below.

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5.11 Tactical Dart Pack

5.11 Tactical as an EDC brand needs no introduction nor proof of their reliability. From commuters wanting mil-spec quality in their daily bag to servicemen and women relying on a rugged pack in hairy situations, 5.11's packs have shown their mettle time and time again. But for some people, their stylings lean more towards tactical utility than urban minimalism. So with the Dart Pack, 5.11 takes a step in a sleek direction, with a design that that adds modern form on top of their signature function.

If you're familiar with 5.11's flagship designs, you're probably expecting a full array of MOLLE webbing all over the bag. The Dart Pack instead goes for an understated yet robust 420D nylon exterior with a simple logo on an otherwise minimal design. You'll find more tactical touches on the bag's shoulder straps, which come with the webbing and adjustable sternum strap found on other 5.11 packs. The rear of the pack comes with vented padding for comfort, while the shoulder straps are “free” on loops instead of attached to fixed points on the bag.

On the inside is where you'll find the biggest difference if you're used to the brand's other backpacks. Instead of few pockets and an open main compartment, you get more options to organize your gear, including a drop-fleece lined pocket and more webbing to strap in your EDC. The angled zip main compartment itself has about 20 liters of capacity, while a secondary pocket can double as a hydration compartment. Both of them are also compatible with a PE board that comes with a padded laptop sleeve, elastic pocket, and more webbing for pens and other essentials.

This isn't the 5.11 Tactical backpack you're looking for, but it could be more than expected from an EDC backpack. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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The Best EDC Gear from SHOT Show 2017

This past week, EDC brands you know and love came together to show off their latest and greatest gear at the industry's biggest annual trade show—SHOT Show 2017.

The show is massive, with literally tons of new products on display within the tactical, hunting, and outdoor industries.

We scoped out some of the biggest names in the EDC scene to check out what they're bringing to the table this year.

In this quick post-show recap, we're giving you a sneak peek at some of our favorite new knives, lights, and other EDC gear we saw that should definitely be on your radar.

5.11 Tactical RUSH LIMA Messenger Bag

When commuting into the city during the morning rush hour, moving fast is key. And a low-profile messenger bag lets you do just that without the bulk of your daily gear slowing you down. With a quick swing, your everyday carry is right at your fingertips — all without having to take your bag off. Try doing that on a crowded train with a backpack on. Even better if the bag is rugged enough to take on the challenges of your day-to-day in and out of the city.

You know 5.11 Tactical for their legendary line of RUSH backpacks, but their messenger bag—the LIMA—deserves a spot in your EDC. At 11” high, 17” long, and 4” deep, the LIMA has more than enough space to store all your stuff. There's a padded laptop compartment, a quick-access admin panel for your smaller essentials, and water bottle pockets on each side which come in handy for a travel mug of your daily brew. The organization possibilities are endless, and these compartments make it easy to segregate and lay out your gear as you need it without adding to the bag's footprint. There's even a covert, quick-draw compartment for when you need a fast handle on your tools.

Like its backpack brothers, the LIMA is built tough for the harshest conditions. Its exterior is made from water-resistant 1050D nylon, with YKK zippers and Duraflex hardware to round out its fittings. The bag also features a wrap-around web platform that not only allows for expansion and customizability, but also compatibility with attachment systems like MOLLE, SlickStick, and TacTec. A luggage handle attachment and ambidextrous design also let you carry the LIMA as comfortably as possible.

Ready to pack a sleeker, yet still fully functional bag with plenty of storage for your daily commute? Check out the 5.11 Tactical RUSH LIMA messenger bag, available from Amazon at the link below.

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5.11 COVRT Boxpack

5.11 Tactical takes a detour from the more tactical look of their popular bags and packs with the COVRT Boxpack, their first roll-top backpack. Despite its sleek appearance, the COVRT doesn't skimp on features. It has plenty of pockets, including roomy external side, bottom, and rear ballistic panel enclosures. Inside its all-weather roll top main area is a laptop compartment and an admin pocket for your EDC. In true 5.11 fashion, the COVRT's fit and finish is top-notch, using 16800 ballistic polymer in a water-resistant finish, YKK zippers, and durable Duraflex hardware. If you like 5.11's high-quality, high-utility packs but have been looking for something more low-profile for school or the workplace, then the COVRT will definitely get the job done.

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5.11 Side Kick Rescue Tool

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5.11 Tactical EDC Starter Kit Giveaway

Update: Congrats to Shon W., winner of this giveaway! Thanks everyone who participated. Keep it locked here for more giveaways in the future.

Who else loves free EDC gear? This week, we're hooking up one lucky reader with a tactical go-bag starter kit brought to you by our sponsors, 5.11 Tactical. They're known in the EDC scene for their purpose-driven designs and rugged build quality at great values. And while we've been fans of their bags for years, they now make other great gear for your everyday, from clothing to essential tools like knives and flashlights.

With this prize package, you'll get a chance to experience a little of everything they have to offer: their iconic daypack, a compact penlight, a tactical “little big knife,” and a versatile cross-body sling bag. All of this gear would make a great foundation for an EDC, go-bag, or backup system, especially if you prefer tactical performance.

5.11 Tactical RUSH 12 Backpack

If you've ever been in the market for a tactical bag, chances are the RUSH 12 has crossed your radar, and for good reason. Quite simply, it's the gold standard for compact, rugged daypacks. 5.11 Tactical's iconic pack combines top-of-the-line materials with heavy-duty craftsmanship to give you a bag that survives the harshest conditions and performs well as a daily carrier.

16 individual compartments cover all your essentials, with a 24-liter main compartment and front admin pocket to organize your EDC. Up top, a fleece-lined stash pocket protects your sunglasses and other fragile items like your phone. 

Water-resistant 1050D nylon makes the RUSH ready for any environment, and self-repairing YKK zippers ensure your belongings stay secure. Personalizing the RUSH to your exact measurements and EDC contents is also easy thanks to its adjustable compression, shoulder, and sternum straps.

5.11 Tactical's RUSH has endured as one of the best backpacks on the market due to its purpose-built quality from top to bottom. Pick one up and see why dozens of our readers use the RUSH 12 as their go-to pack for yourself at the link below.

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Giveaway: Win a Tactical Pack with the Tools to Match!

UPDATE: Congrats to Julio V, winner of this week's giveaway! Thanks to everyone who participated. This contest is now over. Stay tuned for more chances to win great gear here on Everyday Carry.

Who else loves free EDC gear? Every week or so, we'll be giving away prize packages full of interesting gear we get our hands on, or very special single item prizes for you to win.

This week, we're giving away a well-rounded setup of the most popular gear in our recent posts. Together, they boast a nice balance of tactical utility with low-profile, everyday aesthetics. With the prizes here, you'll have your bases covered: bag, pen, tool, light, and knife.

5.11 Tactical HAVOC 30 Backpack

If you want a rugged, tactical backpack, you get a 5.11. The quality and features of the RUSH series of packs have so proven themselves time and time again in both military and civilian applications that they've become instant recommendations in the EDC community. But it’s now 2016, and 5.11 are keeping up with the times. Their new HAVOC 30 backpack is an urban re-imagining of the classic, designed to look more the part of the city daypack rather than a field companion. Don't get it wrong, though — behind the durable 500D/1050D nylon exterior lies a backpack bristling with features. It incorporates quick-access waist belt pockets, zip-secured water bottle compartments, and internal admin organization for plenty of storage options. Its outer laser-cut MOLLE platform is a slimmer alternative to the usual tactical loops, but still provides the same compatibility with other 5.11 pouches and bags. Almost any 5.11 backpack would be a great choice for your daily kit, but check out the HAVOC 30 at the link below for a low profile, yet high quality carry solution.

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5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Backpack

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Water-resistant 1050D nylon
Zippered fleece-lined eyewear pocket
Self-repairing YKK® zippers with large glove-friendly pull tabs
Web platform on front, sides,...

5.11 TMT PLX Pen Light

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Brilliant 40 meter light coneMomentary-On SwitchWater Resistant Construction...

5.11 Trainer Belt

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Durable, comfortable and functional
Solid Stainless Steel Buckle (6000lb rating)
Buckle finished in black matte
Super strong 1.5 inch nylon mesh material

5.11 Moab 12

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Roomy, organized storage area; with multiple interior admin and stash pockets
Fully customizable tactical go bag
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5.11 ATAC PLx Tactical Pen Light

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Cree XP-E LED with regulated circuit for 69 Lumen output and 3 hour run time
Constant/Momentary On switch
Aerospace Grade Aluminum, with Stamped Metal Pocket Clip, Gold...

5.11 TMT L2 Flashlight

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High performance tactical lightImpact and water resistantIntelligent switch with high/low/strobe modes...

TAC-FORCE Assisted Opening A/O Speed Rescue

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440 Black stainless steel blade
Fast & smooth operating spring assisted knife
Stainless steel removable Belt metal clip for carry
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5.11 Tactical Pant

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5.11 LDE

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Full-sized performance in a palm-sized package
Liner Lock folding knife
Plain edge tanto blade with black finish
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5.11 ATAC L1

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Cree XP-G LED with regulated circuit for 173 Lumen output and 2 hour run time on high/ 14 Lumen output 46 hour run time on low
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5.11 DRT Spearpoint

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5.11 Tactical Side Kick Boot Knife

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Overall Length (inches): 5.50 / Blade Length (inches): 3.50
Blade Material: AUS8 / Blade Detail: ComboEdge
Molded Sheath w/Neck Chain
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5.11 Tac AK2 Gloves, Black, Large

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Kevlar back panel for flash and slash protection
Tactical Touch precision fit fingertips for maximum dexterity and comfort. (Patent # 7,287,285)
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5.11 Tactical Knife

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5.11 TMT L1

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5.11 Climb Eyewear with Gloss Black Frame

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Gloss Black frames with excellent comfort
Exceeds ANSI Z87.1 safety and ANSi Z80.3 optical standards
Distortion-free lenses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection...