Buying Guides

The Best Box Cutters and Utility Knives for EDC

Just because it seems like your EDC knife is versatile enough to use for every task doesn't always mean you should. Things like driving screws or prying in a pinch can seriously wreck your blade. But there's one task in particular you might be doing nearly every day: opening boxes.

For that, it doesn't matter how sharp your everyday carry knife is: it isn't the best tool for the job. All that cardboard and tape can dull your blade and gunk it up fast. Keep your EDC sharp for more crucial situations, and let a box cutter with replaceable blades do the dirty work.

You might think utility knives like this would be way too big to EDC, but there's actually a handful of convenient, pocket-friendly options worthy of a spot in your daily kit. To make things easy, we've put together this guide of our favorites for you to choose from.

8 Watches to Wear This Spring/Summer

You only EDC the right tool for the job, right? Just like you wouldn't take a sports car out in the snow. It's simply not made for that. The same goes for watches — you wouldn't take a dress watch diving. And with the weather warming up, adventure beckons. Before your next expedition, leave the dress watch for the office and pick up a tough timepiece you wouldn't mind knocking around instead. Whether you're hiking, camping, swimming, or just wanting something lighter on your wrist, this guide has got you covered.

The Best Water Bottles for EDC in 2017

Whether you're hiking outdoors or on your daily commute, one way to beat the heat is by carrying a water bottle. And not just any disposable bottle—a quality container, built like the rest of the gear in your everyday carry. Depending on your needs, you might want a bottle that's super light and portable, something a bit more rugged, or even one that's capable of keeping your water cold and your coffee hot.

In this guide, we'll highlight 15 of the best water bottles to keep you hydrated on the go.

Hi-Vis Spring Essentials

Spring has sprung. It's time to ditch your winter coat, say goodbye to all those pockets, and get back outside. While the warmer weather is a welcome change of pace, it's not always sunshine. Spring usually means rain, so it's important that your EDC gear has some level of water resistance. It’s also the time of year to reintroduce more color to your wardrobe, so why not brighten up your gear too? A bit of color in your EDC also serves a practical purpose — it makes it easier to find your gear, especially in the outdoors. In this loadout we've curated with help from our friends at Huckberry, you can find some weatherproof gear and hi-vis essentials to cover your bases in style this Spring.

The Best EDC Notebook Covers

Unless you’re filling up a notebook in a few days, chances are that it won’t survive long in your pocket alongside other gear. The best way to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth out of each notebook is by pairing it up with a cover. At the expense of some portability, journal covers add durability and even additional storage to your favorite notebook. For example, some covers have room for a pen, a few cards and cash, and other EDC gear. Our readers requested a roundup of our favorite pocket notebook covers, so we happily obliged. Once you’ve figured out which 3.5x5.5” pocket notebook is right for you, pick up one of these covers to keep it protected.

5 Slim Wallets for Every Style of EDC

Few things in your EDC are as personal as your wallet, making them the perfect way to set the tone of rest of your gear's style. Our friends at Huckberry have an eye for that kinda thing — just take a look the goods they carry. We've curated five of their most popular wallets that'll take your EDC to the next level both in performance and in style, no matter what yours might be.

10 Roll-Top EDC Bags to Beat the Rain

Do you feel that? It feels like it's finally time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. But it's not all sunshine and easy breezes. With warm weather comes sudden rain — the bane of your portable electronics (and dry socks). Getting caught in a downpour without the right gear can turn a good day outside into an uncomfortable one to say the least. Wet clothes is one thing, water damage to your electronics and gear is a whole other headache.

Notebooks, laptops, and other electronics can be a pain to replace, so investing in a good pack that will let you carry what you need while keeping them dry might be a good idea. For protection from bad weather, consider a roll-top backpack as your EDC. Roll-top bags load from the top and roll down shut, keeping water out better than exposed zippers usually can. They even give you a little more versatility when it comes to how much you can carry, thanks to their variable capacity.

In this guide we’ll go over a few roll-top backpacks that will keep your essentials safe from rain whether you’re going to be biking, hiking, or commuting.

The 12 Best USB Rechargeable Flashlights

Nothing beats the convenience and ease of use you get from a USB rechargeable flashlight. Gone are the cumbersome and bulky specialty chargers and battery cradles. Instead, these flashlights get their juice from a USB power port and cable. This lets you keep your flashlight charged even when you're on the go. No outlet? No problem — charge your light off your laptop or an external battery pack.

The best part is that these lights don't skimp on  performance. They come in all the familiar shapes, sizes, and power outputs that you'd expect from a proper EDC light. There's a lot of them out there though, and finding the perfect one for your everyday carry can be daunting. We've put together this list of our favorites to make the choice easier for you.

Trending Gear: March 2017

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.

This past month, you all seemed to be most interested in minimizing your EDC with organizers and compact essentials. There's also a growing group of fidgeters with a spinner high up again on the list. And while there are the usual suspects, there are plenty of new and interesting additions that make a fresh appearance. Let's take a look.

5 Framelock Knives Under $50

Nowadays, you have a ton of options to choose from when picking out a good EDC knife. Hands down, one of the most important things to consider is what type of locking mechanism it has. In terms of strength, a frame lock is tough to beat. This kind of lock is usually found on expensive, high-end knives — for good reason. Luckily for us, they're recently becoming popular on much more affordable designs. Today, we're highlighting 5 frame lock knives that won't break the bank.

Tried and True Essentials

Not all EDC gear is created equal. Some tried and true essentials rise above the rest and become your go-to gear. Our friends over at Huckberry know a thing or two about adventuring, and these are some of their best selling tools you can add to your own carry. Whether you’re looking to replace a specific item or two, or want some durable essentials for your next adventure these are some solid recommendations to keep your bases covered.

The Best Key Organizers of 2017

Until you can unlock your front door with a fingerprint scanner, keys are always going to be a part of your EDC. You could toss 'em in your pocket, but the resulting giant lump of metal just isn't comfortable. And dangling them from your belt loop means everyone can hear you coming a mile away. So, what's the best way to carry your keys? Thankfully, that's a question many brands have been working hard to answer, leaving us with plenty of great solutions to key organization. With a solid key organizer, you can turn your messy, jangly keychain into something you can be proud of — just like the rest of your gear. In this guide, we'll go over some of the most efficient key organizers on the market.

The Best AA Flashlights of 2017

One important consideration when choosing the best EDC flashlight for your needs is the type of battery it uses. On paper, LED flashlights that take AA batteries seem a bit out of place. They aren't the most powerful or longest lasting, nor are they compact enough to carry on a keychain like other EDC lights. But the main draw of AA batteries is their availability.

You can find them everywhere, from gas stations to grocery stores, so if your main EDC light uses it, you can bet you'll never be far away from a backup source for it. Even better: modern AA flashlights can make use of rechargeable AA batteries (or their more powerful lithium-ion versions), saving you money in the long run while giving you a performance boost to boot.

Whether it's for availability or convenience, an AA flashlight is a great choice for everyday carry. We've put together 12 of the best EDC flashlights below.

The Best Pocket Notebooks for EDC

If you’re already carrying a good EDC pen, a pocket notebook is the next logical step. Often, it’s harder to find something to write on than it is to find something to write with. While browsing the site, you may have noticed more and more pocket notebooks showing up in EDCs. While it might seem like a trend, the truth is, lots of us rely on these little notebooks to write down critical information, notes, lists, and more. We’ve already outlined why you should carry a pocket notebook in general, but today we're highlighting the 10 best notebooks worth carrying.

The Best Bottle Openers for EDC

Chances are, you probably already have a bottle opener (or six) on you once you're all geared up. Bottle openers are so popular in EDC gear thanks to their simple design that makes them easy to add in. But because of how common they may be, they don't get as much attention they deserve. The truth is, there are so many interesting and fun ways to integrate a bottle opener into your everyday carry. Even if you don't drink often, they're great to have at parties (you'll make friends quick if you can help open beers for everyone). So, why not carry one? If you don't EDC one already, or feel like upgrading what you've been cracking open cold ones with, we've rounded up 20 of our favorite bottle openers below.