Buying Guides

Reader's Choice: 5 Bags EDCers Want in 2018

Last week our team put together a list of exciting new bags that came out this past year that we'd love to get our hands on. After sharing our picks, we took to the comments and social media to see what you, the readers, were excited about too. In this guide we've listed the bags you've chosen, and we hope it gives you even more great bags to pick from as the holidays come up and the year comes to a close.

Staff Picks: 5 EDC Bags We Want in 2018

Believe it or not, the end of the year is almost here. We've seen plenty of exciting new releases over the course of 2018 that we can't help but think would make great upgrades to our own kit. In this series, our writers chime in with what gear we've been eyeing this year. We hope it'll serve as a good reminder of what came out this year and put you onto new gear you may have missed. Today we're rounding up EDC bags we've been geeking out over. Our shortlist has something for everyone, with bags suited for hiking, school and work, urban commutes, and much more.

5 Bags We Want Right Now

Trending Gear: September 2018

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.

Looking back this past July, it you were most interested in compact workhorse pocket knives, all-in-one tool kits, classic essentials, and more… Let's break it down.

The Best Watch Straps for EDC in 2018

While the case and dial are usually the focus of your EDC watch, that doesn't mean you should ignore the strap or bracelet it's on. The strap actually plays a huge role in the overall look and feel of a watch. So if you're feeling bored of staring at the same old watch everyday, you can breathe new life into your EDC watch in a matter of seconds with a different strap or bracelet. And swapping in a strap isn't always just for show, either — a new strap can make your favorite watch more lighter and more comfortable, more secure on your wrist, or better suited for wet conditions. Luckily there are plenty of styles to choose from, and  in this guide, we're highlighting our strongest watch strap recommendations available so far.

10 Best 18650 Flashlights for Everyday Carry 2018

The 18650 lithium-ion battery is one of the most popular battery form factors in production. Its size and features make it ideal for electronic applications, like laptop and electronic car batteries, and even portable battery chargers. Thanks to advancements in both battery and flashlight tech it's gained tremendous ground as a new format for an EDC light as we've seen in new releases this year.

An 18650 (named for its 18mm diameter, 65mm length, and cylindrical shape) battery offers higher voltage, bigger capacity, and reusability, making it an ideal power source for flashlights. As of 2018, we're talking upwards of 3000 lumens in your pocket, more options for high color rendering, runtimes measured in weeks and months (yes, months), and no longer having to buy disposable batteries or chargers which is always good for the environment.

Below we've rounded up 10 of the best 18650 flashlights available so far this 2018. They're lights that make full use of the battery's capabilities but remain compact enough for everyday carry.

Trending Gear: August 2018

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.

With August behind us, it looks like you were most interested in slim metal wallets, unique gear pouches, knife-based multi-tools, and more… Let's get into the list.

Deal Alert: Up to 45% Off Timex EDC Watches

Time is money. Now you can save on both by picking up one of the EDC-friendly Timex watches currently on sale at Amazon. The brand is an EDC staple, with many of their models watches we've recommended in the past for their incredible value, so now's the perfect time to step up your watch game. With options ranging from military-inspired field watches to casual weekend timepieces to ultra-tough digital instruments, you're bound to find something that fits your style and your everyday carry needs.

The Best EDC Backpacks for School 2018

It's never too early to start preparing for what's ahead, and with summer coming to a close for a lot of people that means it's time to go back to school. The perfect school bag can be hard to find as there are tons of options out there and everyone needs something a little different. That said, there are a few key aspects of a bag that are worth looking for. Textbooks and laptops aren't exactly light, so getting a bag that's comfortable to carry around is an obvious must-have. Similarly, those items aren't cheap so a bag tough enough to protect your gear from a passing storm should also be a priority. Whether you're going to be commuting to class everyday after work or walking across campus after a long night out, a good backpack can help make sure you always have what you need without slowing you down. We took the time to put together a list of some of the versatile backpacks that should fit your needs.

10 New EDC Knives Under 3" in 2018

When it comes to everyday carry knives, bigger is not always better. Sure, bigger knives are great for large tasks, but their added heft can them impractical in some situations and a burden on your pockets. And even if you did have the pocket space for a bigger blade, they're not always legal to carry depending on where you live. That's why smaller, more compact, pocketknives under 3 inches enjoy wide popularity in the EDC community. With the right design, materials, and build quality, they can handle your daily tasks, and even more, when the time comes. Today is a great time to be in the market for such a knife, with plenty of new and innovative designs released this year. In this guide, we'll highlight some of our favorite recent sub-3" knife releases and show why they belong in your everyday carry.

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Trending Gear: July 2018

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.

Looking back this past July, it you were most interested in beefy pocket knives, ways to organize your gear, practical bling, and more… Let's take a look.

8 EDC Watches Under 40mm

The trend of large watches seems to be coming to an end. More and more brands have started releasing smaller watches, and for good reason. The smaller case size and proportions also better highlight some design features. It’s also possible that you just have a smaller wrist and want something that fits it more proportionally. This guide covers some of our favorite sub-40mm watches that are excellent EDC watches in their own right. They're stylish, low-profile, and durable enough to earn their spot on your wrist.

10 New Production Knives by Custom Designers

For many, being able to carry a custom knife represents the pinnacle of what it means to EDC. That's because custom knives feature unique and innovative designs, meticulous construction, and super-premium materials that make them a cut above what you can find off the shelf. Unfortunately, the high cost of ownership and limited availability of these knives make them unattainable for most EDCers, which is why custom knives are sometimes referred to as 'grails.' But all is not lost: a number of the everyday carry knife manufacturers you already know and trust have entered into design collaborations with some of the best custom knifemakers out there. The result is a high-quality product with the custom design language you want that's more accessible in every way. In this guide, we'll round up 10 of our favorite recent custom designer collaboration knives.


The Best Bolt-Action Pens for 2018

So you want to carry a pen, but you're worried about it leaking or breaking? Those are valid concerns that rule out so many pens as EDC options because they're not durable, pocket-friendly, and easy to use enough for EDC. We suggest a “bolt action” style pen, which draws inspiration from the channel and bolt system of a rifle to extend, lock, and retract the refill. Bolt action keeps your pen from accidentally extending in the pocket, avoiding leaks. They're usually built from EDC-worthy metals for durability, not to mention the action itself is fun to fidget with. In this round-up, we're highlighting a few new bolt action pens from 2018 as well as some tried-and-true classic picks.

The Best Prime Day 2018 EDC Deals Right Now

Amazon's Prime Day event is well under way but the sales don't stop until 12AM PDT tonight. We've been scanning through deals around the clock and updating our master list of deals with relevant, trusted EDC gear. While some good deals have come and gone, plenty are still going strong. In this round-up we're highlighting our favorite steals available right now, featuring made in the US pocket knives, stylish and functional accessories, and excellent travel tech essentials.

The Best Prime Day Deals on Everyday Carry Gear 2018

Amazon Prime Day is here. Think of it like Black Friday for online shopping at Amazon, only it goes on for 36 hours straight. So for the next day and a half, you can expect exclusive deals and discounts on thousands of products. 

There will be tons of deals to sort through, but leave the EDC gear to us. We'll be scoping the site for the best deals on great gear for your every day carry and posting them in this round-up throughout the entire event.

You'll need a Prime membership to take advantage of all the savings, so be sure to sign up for a free trial here to shop if you're not a member already.

As a heads up, many of today's deals are time-sensitive, and it's gonna be a long event. So be sure to bookmark this post and refresh often so you won't miss a steal. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. 

Check out all of Amazon's Prime Day promos at the button below, and scroll further for our curated list of EDC deals of note.

10 New Flipper Knives for Everyday Carry

When every second counts, a quick-deploying flipper knife is a great choice for your EDC blade. Unlike other knives, there's no need to fumble around for a thumbstud or nail nick, and you don't even need both hands free to open a flipper. Instead, a quick flick of the flipper tab opens the knife so you can get right to work. And when a flipper knife is paired with an assisted opening, operation is lightning fast. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite recent flipper designs. Each knife in this list exemplifies thoughtful and innovative design with solid construction and the performance you demand for EDC.