Buying Guides

8 EDC Wallets Made from Unique Materials

Move over, leather. While it's the classic material of choice for an everyday carry wallet, that doesn't always mean it's the best. And because a wallet can be so simple just by its design, what it's made of plays a huge role in how effective it is for EDC. In this guide, we're highlighting 8 minimalist wallets cut from a different cloth. They're made using the go-to materials in other demanding applications—from firefighting to military body armor—so you know they're up to the task of carrying your cards and cash.

Slim Wallets Cut from a Different Cloth

Trending Gear: December 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 in our new and improved 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.

8 Bags to EDC In and Out of the Gym

Looking to get in shape in the new year? You're not alone. Losing weight and exercising more have been two of the top New Year's resolutions in recent years.

Unfortunately, staying motivated to improve your health and fitness every single day can be incredibly hard. It might not sound like a big deal, but setting up the little things—like your gym bag—to lead a more active day-to-day can be a gamechanger.

Having a workout bag that's never in your way but always ready to go (just like your EDC) means one less excuse to stop you from picking it up, walking out the door, and crushing your goals.

In this guide, you'll find versatile bags that work double-time in and out of the gym, whether you're working, traveling, or exploring.

15 EDC Gift Ideas Under $15

How's that holiday gift shopping going? If you're still on the hunt for some last minute gifts, we can't blame you. Buying gifts can get expensive and getting them delivered in time is stressful enough. But don't worry — we've put together this list of 15 awesome, practical gifts anyone into everyday carry would enjoy. Best of all, they're $15 or less* and quick to ship. Time to save yourself some time, money, and headache and finally wrap up your gift search.

The Everyday Carry Holiday Gift Guide 2016

If you’re like us, finding the right gear to EDC for ourselves is hard enough. Trying to find a holiday gift for another like-minded EDCer can be daunting, if not utterly exhausting. How do you pick something they’ll appreciate, actually use, and be proud to carry? Our holiday gift guide should help. We’ve broken down 30 gift ideas for every kind of EDCer on your list.

Trending Gear: November 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 in our new and improved 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.

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…

Gifts For Men - Your Buying Guide to Everyday Carry

If you’re like us, finding the right gear to EDC for ourselves is hard enough. Trying to find a gift for another like-minded EDCer can be daunting, if not utterly exhausting. How do you pick something they’ll appreciate, actually use, and be proud to carry? Our Everyday Carry gift guide should help.


Timeless Gifts That Are Always In Style

Not every EDC setup has to scream “tactical" to be effective. This two-part Carry Smarter guide focuses on two interpretations of the other end of the EDC spectrum — the “classy” carry. In this half, we’ll cover timeless, everyday gear made from classic materials like leather and brass that will patina and age as you carry them




Dapper Gear For the Gents and Professionals In Your Life

We’ve touched on why you may want to go the less-tactical route when assembling your EDC in part one of our Carry Smarter guide to classier ways to carry. Here, we'll focus on a more traditional “gentleman’s carry” – a sophisticated set of essentials you’d find on the likes of James Bond or Selina Kyle at an upscale restaurant, on a night out on the town, or at an important business meeting.




8 Gadgets for Star Wars Fans

Whether you want to rep the Light Side with some all-white gear, or your allegiance lies with the Dark Side in an all-black everything setup, you’ll find capable gear to do it in a more subtle way in this guide. Which side will you choose?




The Best Battery Packs for the Techies

We’ve all been there. Trying to get as much use out of your phone only for it to inevitably die leaves you feeling as powerless as your battery. Although the technology in our gadgets is continuously improving, the batteries in them aren’t.




6 Tough Military Watches Under $100

These watches have rich historical appeal as they were made for and worn in the field by infantry, Special Forces, and WWII pilots. Nowadays, military style watches are popular amongst the EDC community for their features, legibility, durability, and aesthetic. In this guide, we’ll show you our recommendations for good looking, rugged watches that won’t break the bank.




10 Classically Cool Copper Watches

Like a good pair of leather boots, copper only gets better with time and use, developing a personalized patina that tells the story of your experiences. As one of the denser tool materials, it adds a nice heft to your gear, giving a solid feel when used. Copper's material properties allow better heat dissipation for tools like flashlights or electronics, keeping them cool and safe from damage while running. Needless to say, it's also one of the most beautiful and unique metals you can find on everyday items.

The Best TSA Approved Multi-Tools for Travel

Traveling through airports never goes as smoothly as you'd hope to begin with, but getting your favorite multi-tool confiscated by security could be the unwelcome cherry on top. Still, multi-tools are some of the most versatile items you can carry, and going anywhere without one can leave you feeling woefully unequipped. Your best bet is to have a small TSA-friendly multi-tool for when you travel (even better, one you'd find useful even when you aren't). In this guide, we've rounded up 10 EDC tools designed to fly with you this travel season.

The Best Everyday Carry Cyber Monday Deals 2016

There's no better time than now to grab some practical gifts for your friends and family (and let's be honest, for your own everyday carry while you're at it) at huge discounts.

After the Black Friday weekend, online retailers are continuing to slash prices on some of your favorite EDC gear.

For Cyber Monday 2016, we've rounded up the best deals and promotions on gadgets and gear for you all in one place.

The Most Useful Pocket Notebooks for EDC

So you want to get organized… You might think, “Just carry a pocket notebook and take detailed notes!” Sounds easy, right? 

But if you've given it your best shot and page after page looks like a scribbly, doodly, indecipherable mess, maybe you need something more than a blank sheet. Leave those to the imaginative types, and try a notebook with structure to guide your thoughts. 

We've rounded up 7 EDC-friendly pocket notebooks with useful layouts and clear ruling to help you get your notes in order.

Everyday Carry Gear Made by Veterans

Today is Veterans Day, an official holiday here in the US that honors veterans of the United States Armed Forces. And when it comes to everyday carry gear, they have a deep and unique understanding that only comes from military experience in the field. Some veterans even go on to start their own companies that make EDC products, and today, we're going to highlight a few that caught our eye.

If you'd like to support small, veteran-owned businesses and get some made-in-the-USA gear at the same time, check out this roundup.

8 "HK Clip" Keychains That Make Carrying Keys a Snap

From your run-of-the-mill carabiner to a custom-configured key organizer, carrying keys can get pretty complex. If you want something simple and reliable, all it takes is good hardware.

The “HK-style” clip you see here on plenty of EDC keychains is a great example. It has a sturdy, spring-loaded gate that's sized just-right for opening with your thumb, a 1” slot on one end, coming to a smooth, pointed tip on the other. It gets its name from its common use of attaching slings to Heckler & Koch rifles. If these HK clips can carry a rifle, they'll definitely work for your keys.

Today, we've rounded up 8 interesting keychains based on the HK clip. They take it to the next level with special materials and extra features, resulting in an assortment of solid EDC keychains that make your carrying keys and micro tools a snap.

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…

10 Orange Everyday Carry Essentials for High Visibility

It's Halloween season again, and oddly enough, it's an appropriate time to rethink your EDC. You've got your knives and lighters for making jack-o-lanterns and flashlights to keep little ones safe on their neighborhood routes. Maybe you won't go so far as repurposing your go-bag into trick-or-treating candy storage (though I can't blame you: candy just tastes better when it's free), but there's good reason to get your EDC in the Halloween spirit with some new orange gear.

Now, you don’t have to use Halloween as an excuse to pocket orange gear. Adding that color to your carry has year-round benefits as well. Orange is typically used in the outdoors and zombie apocalypse survival situations for its strikingly high visibility. Compared to the usual black finishes, orange makes your gear easier to find whether you've dropped it in the woods or it's sitting at the darkest bottom corner of a loaded bag. We featured 13 other hi-vis tools last year, but we've updated the guide this time around with newer gear with the latest features.

Here are our picks for hi-vis orange gear to carry this year.

The Best Knife, Light, and Watch Carry for Every Situation

A knife, a light, and a watch. They're a means to cut things, to brighten up an area, and to tell the time. Sure, you could probably use your teeth, wait until daylight, and use the position of the sun to figure out what time it is, but having these dedicated tools make those tasks so much easier to perform.

They're the building blocks of an EDC, the first steps on the road to preparing yourself for everyday obstacles. They're also three of the biggest markets in everyday carry, with hundreds of knives, lights, and watches available for every price point and purpose.

So today we've put together some of our favorite knife/light/watch combinations to suit a variety of situations. We're hoping our picks can give you ideas on how to choose each so you can build a carry that works best for you.

The Best Tough Digital Watches for Everyday Carry

Want a timepiece on your wrist that’s as tough as the gear you carry? “Tough digital” watches are a favorite among EDCers for their shock resistance, rugged construction, and adventure-ready features that you just can't get from an analog watch. They’re also the choice of military and law enforcement officers for good reason. In this quick guide, we'll show you what qualities to look for in a digital watch and recommend 10 of favorites to get you started.