Buying Guides

8 Wallet Cases for Your New iPhone

After weeks of waiting you finally added that shiny new iPhone to your EDC. Smartphones are without a doubt one of the more important items in your carry, and now that the new phone cycle is over it might be time to start thinking about some accessories to make your phone work for you. You’re probably going to want to protect your new investment anyway, so why not slim down your pockets at the same time and get a protective case that doubles as a wallet? Two birds, one stone. Whether you’re looking for a rugged case to protect your phone from drops, a stylish one to make your pockets a little lighter, or both we’ve gathered a few wallet cases made to fit your new iPhone.

The 5 Best Gerber Tools on Sale Right Now

If you're into EDC gear then Gerber is a brand you're probably already familiar with. Best known for their compact tools and survival essentials, and most recently their made in the USA gear, they've got something to cover your bases no matter your needs or profession. And now is the perfect opportunity to pick up some of their best gear. Through November 19th, you can pick up some classic Gerber tools at a significant discount. Over a dozen items are on sale, but in this round-up we've narrowed it down to the 5 best and most-carried EDC options according to our users to make the choice easier for you.

The 5 Best SOG Knives on Sale Right Now

If you want some solid EDC-friendly knives and gear with a tactical edge, chances are SOG has something just for you. Many of our readers carry and use something from SOG, ranging from things like a blacked-out assisted folder to a discreet fixed blade neck knife. If you haven't already tried something from SOG, now's the perfect opportunity. For a limited time, you can pick up some classic SOG tools at a significant discount. Over 50 items are on sale, but in this round-up we've narrowed it down to the 5 best and most-carried EDC options according to our users to make the choice easier for you.

Veteran-Made EDC Gear

Today is Veterans Day, and in the US we celebrate the hard work and sacrifices made by those who serve. One of the ways to do that is to support their efforts once they leave uniform. Luckily there's a lot of veteran-founded, owned, and operated businesses out there to choose from. And when it comes to quality EDC gear, our veterans definitely know a thing or two thanks to their unique, first-hand experience from years of service. In this round-up, we're highlighting a few EDC items made by veterans that caught our eye.

Reader's Choice: 5 Lights EDCers Want

Last week our team put together a list of flashlights 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 lights you've chosen, and we hope it gives you even more great flashlights to pick from as the year comes to a close.

Staff Picks: 5 EDC Flashlights We Want Right Now

It's almost the end of the year, and it's been a good one for EDCers. From knives to lights to bags to tech, there have been plenty of releases primed and ready to be added to our kit. We obviously love talking about gear around here, and with this series, the Everyday Carry staff have put together a few lists of the ones we can't wait to get our hands on. We hope it gives you a good idea of products that you may have missed throughout the year, and gets you as excited as we are to pick up the latest and greatest gear for your EDC.

Before we begin, we want to know…

Trending Gear: October 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.

Last month, you were interested in beefy knives, organizers for your keys and gear, robust watches, and more. Let's see what you all were checking out this month.

Zombie Green Halloween-Themed EDC Gear

Halloween is upon us once again, and you know what that means: obscene amounts of candy, spooky costumes, and binge-watching horror flicks.

If you've ever sat through a scary movie and thought, “Well, an EDC would've saved them for sure,” you're not alone.

Part of why we EDC is to be prepared for anything, and around this time of year it's amusing to think about how our gear might fare in a zombie apocalypse.

Sure, zombies, vampires, and werewolves might not be real (hopefully), our day-to-day obstacles definitely are.

In this round-up, you'll find some practical gear with some spooky flair that'll have your back all year round against things that go bump in the night.

Reader's Choice: 5 Bags EDCers Want

Last week our team put together a list of 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 year comes to a close.

The Best Metal EDC Wallets

Even with new apps like Apple Pay meant to store your cards digitally, you’d be hard-pressed to find a person not carrying a good ol’-fashioned wallet in their pocket.

At the very least you still need to carry your ID and a credit card just in case, like when digital payments aren’t accepted at your favorite lunch spot. And though leather and fabric wallets are still the go-to favorites for many, metal wallets are becoming more and more prominent.

Not only do you get the obvious durability of metal protecting your essentials, but some of them also come with a few extra useful features like RFID blocking or discreet tools that add more functionality to your carry.

Whether you're tired of replacing wallets that won't stand up to everyday wear and tear or want to slim down your pockets, these are some of the best metal wallets around.

Staff Picks: 5 EDC Bags We Want Right Now

It's almost the end of the year, and it's been a good one for EDCers. From knives to lights to bags to tech, there have been plenty of releases primed and ready to be added to our kit. We obviously love talking about gear around here, and with this series, the Everyday Carry staff have put together a few lists of the ones we can't wait to get our hands on. We hope it gives you a good idea of products that you may have missed throughout the year, and gets you as excited as we are to pick up the latest and greatest gear for your EDC.

5 Alternative Pocket Notebooks to EDC

Keeping track of all your big projects, to-do's, and random bits of important information throughout the day is hard enough. Trying to do it all in your head? Forget it. A pocket notebook can be both your simplest and strongest ally in staying organized on the go. But here's the thing: your plans and ideas can differ drastically, while most notebooks out there are more or less the same. You know the type: 3.5x5”, 48 pages, staple bound, with a nifty cover design or page ruling as the only variables. If you need something more specialized than these one-size-fits-all notebooks, this guide's got you covered. These 5 pocket notebooks stray from the standard formula in terms of their size, pages, and features to fit right at home in your EDC.

Best Pocket Notebook Alternatives to Field Notes

The Best Large Folding Knives for EDC

When it comes to finding the best knife for everyday carry, smaller knives often dominate the discussion. That's because a smaller knife can work well when pocket space and local laws restrict what you can carry. But it doesn't mean they're always the best tool for the job, especially when the task at hand calls for a bit more grip and blade to work with. 

Larger blades over 3” give you more of a cutting edge as well as a more secure and comfortable grip during heavy duty cutting. In colder weather, when you've got bigger coat pockets and you're wearing gloves, a bigger blade is both easier to carry and to use with control and confidence. It's that confidence that makes many people EDC larger knives a part of their normal carry, no matter the season.

It also helps that with modern design, larger knives don't have to come with cumbersome heft. There are plenty of knives with blades over 3" with designs that are friendly for EDC. In this guide, we'll introduce you to some of your best options for making a large knife a part of your everyday carry.

8 High CRI Flashlights for EDC

Your EDC flashlight might put out a ton of lumens, but that's not the only mark of a good light. The quality of light can be just as important as the quantity. For instance, a lot of flashlights make things look washed out or more blue than they actually are. For some critical tasks, especially in electrical, mechanical, and medical work, seeing colors accurately makes all the difference. Imagine needing to cut a red wire when your light tints everything so purple it's hard to figure out which is which. Proper color rendition also helps with outdoor navigation at night. Luckily, you have solid options for lights that show colors more accurately. In this guide, we'll go over the importance of a high color rending index (CRI) and some excellent high-CRI lights to prepare you for the darker months to come.

Trending Gear: September 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.

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 Quartz Watches for EDC

A watch doesn't need a fancy mechanical movement to be worthy of your wrist. Quartz-powered watches represent some of the best value in everyday timepieces out there. Instead of the complex mechanical movement in an automatic watch, quartzes tick thanks to a PC board, battery, and gears. Watch purists may look down on quartz, but that shouldn't stop you from considering one for your EDC. These watches are dependable, reliable, and at the end of the day tell the time more accurately than even the best mechanical watches.