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The 10 Best Affordable Dive Watches of 2017

Whether you’re just diving into a huge workload at your desk, or actually spending some time deep underwater, one thing is clear — a dive watch would be great to have on your wrist. You don’t need to be a diver to appreciate these high-performing, beautifully designed, and undoubtedly utilitarian timepieces for everyday use. In this Carry Smarter guide, you’ll get familiar with the basics of dive watches, what features to look for when buying a diver, and our picks for the best and most affordable options for 2017 to help you take the plunge into the world of dive watches.

10 Modern Gentleman's Knives

When you think of a gentleman's knife, you probably picture something old-fashioned, like a knife you'd find in your grandfather's pocket. There's definitely something appealing about a knife with such a simple, classic style. But when it comes to adding one to your own EDC, you probably can't get past the fact that those knives rely on old, outdated technology.

Good news — modern gent's knives are a thing, and they embrace the design tenets and advanced materials you'd expect on a knife today. These include frame locks, flipper assists, and lightweight materials, to name a few.

And just like their traditional brethren, modern gent's knives aren't huge tactical folders that draw unwanted attention. They look sharp and sport cutting edge technology. Finding a knife that balances both advanced features and a refined, timeless style can be tough. We've laid out 10 solid options to get you started.

Trending Gear: February 2017

This past month, you all seemed to be most interested in some of the most unique (and tiny!) knives for EDC. There's also a nice trend of consolidating and managing your carry with the use of organizers. And while there are some usual suspects on the list, there are plenty of new and interesting additions that make a fresh appearance. Let's take a look.

10 Classic Gentleman's Knives

Your EDC knife says a lot about you. And while any standard everyday carry knife can get the job done, chances are it'll raise some eyebrows and awkward questions depending on when and where you use it. That's why carrying something that can fly under the radar is often a good idea. A tactical folder probably isn't the best fit for this, especially when you need to dress up a bit for the occasion. What you want is something your coworkers won't bat an eye at. Something that looks as sharp as it cuts. That something, for a lot of EDCers, is a gent's knife. Thankfully, there's a wide variety to choose from when it comes to gent's knives. In this guide, we'll focus on 10 of the more “old school” options with traditional designs and timeless charm.

The 10 Best Keychain Flashlights for EDC

Your keychain is one of the most convenient places to keep your tools. You carry your keys every day anyway, so adding extra gear to them—like a flashlight—ensures you always stay prepared.

You might think to get a flashlight that's powerful enough to be worth carrying would take up way too much pocket space. But thanks to LED and battery tech, even smaller modern lights are more than powerful enough for everyday use. The best part is that many of them can live right on your keychain, always within reach.

A good part of our days is spent in the dark, so carrying a light is always a bright idea. Here are 10 of the best flashlights that can go on your keychain to round out your EDC.

The Best Multi-functional Keychains for EDC

No matter how streamlined your EDC is, there’s no avoiding carrying keys. If you're going to toss them on a keychain anyway, why not use one that adds some extra functionality to your EDC? 

A good EDC keychain will not only carry your keys, but also handle everyday tasks like opening bottles and boxes, prying, and driving screws. 

Whether you’re looking for something discrete that won’t look out of place at work or something a little more tactical, a multifunctional keychain is a quick and easy way to upgrade your key situation and round out your carry. 

In this guide, we’ll help you carry smarter with 10 of the best multifunction keychains you can get.

Bug Out Bag Survival Gear Checklist

If you need help starting your own bug out bag kit, we've put together this checklist to give you an idea of what bases you should have covered.

This list should give you a good foundation for starting your BOB, but feel free to sub in your preferred products for each category and add anything else you'll need.

The 10 Best One-Piece Multi-tools for EDC

Whether you’re looking to slim down your pockets or just want a backup tool for your keychain, a one-piece multi-tool could be the perfect compromise between functionality and convenience. In this guide, we'll help you keep your bases covered with the best one-piece multi-tools you can get.

6 Bug Out Bags to Prepare You for Anything

If you needed to escape a disaster right now, be it natural or man-made, what would you take with you? Chances are what you carry around everyday in your pockets won't be enough to make it through an emergency.

What you need is an emergency pack full of essentials to help you and those you care about get to safety. In the EDC community, we call this a bail-out bag or bug-out bag (you might also see it as a B.O.B.). Whatever you choose to call it, it's important to have one on hand and ready to go.

Before putting together a bail-out kit, it's crucial to start with a good bag for the job. To help you out, we've put together a list of great options for bug out bag duty.

8 Accessories to Organize Your EDC Bag

So you've finally tracked down what feels like the perfect EDC bag. It's built to last and can hold everything you'd ever need. But being truly prepared doesn't stop at just having a solid bag and all the right contents. Keeping everything properly organized is just as crucial—it ensures you can get what you need when you need it, and it makes carrying everything much easier. Most of the time, bags have some built-in organization, but we EDCers tend to need more. In this guide, we'll break down our favorite accessories that can help keep your EDC odds and ends organized neatly.

Deal Alert: The Best 8 EDC Watches on Sale Today

Time is money. And today, we're going to help you save on both. We've rounded up the 8 best watches for everyday carry currently at a deep discount for today only. Most of them are watches we've recommended in the past, so now's the perfect time to step up your watch game. With options ranging from military watches to casual timepieces to wearable tech, you're bound to find something that fits your style and your everyday carry needs.

The Best Assisted-Opening Knives for Everyday Carry

You keep an everyday carry knife handy to have the best tool for the job. With an easy-opening blade, you can spend less time opening a knife and more time actually using it. You might think that the only way to get this kind of speed is with an automatic knife, but you'd be wrong. The technology in assisted-opening everyday carry knives is now at the point where their speed rivals that of automatics.

There are a lot of different options out there for picking an assisted-opening EDC knife. We've put together a list of the best from what's available so far in early 2017.

Trending Gear: January 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 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.

This past month, you all seemed to be most interested in cool pens and knives. And give yourselves a pat on the back, because you've got great taste. Everything on the list is very well deserved—let's take a look.

The 5 Best 18650 Flashlights for EDC

Show of hands: who's carrying an 18650 flashlight for EDC? Probably not many of you. But that's OK, we're here to tell you what it's all about and why it's so awesome. The 18650 lithium-ion battery—so named for its 18mm diameter, 65mm length, and cylindrical shape—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.

An 18650's higher voltage, bigger capacity, and reusability make flashlights one of the better beneficiaries of its benefits. We're talking upwards of 1000 lumens in your pocket, runtimes measured in weeks and months (yes, months), and no longer having to buy disposable batteries which is always good for the environment.

Below we've rounded up 5 of the best 18650 flashlights on the market. They're lights that make full use of the battery's capabilities but remain compact enough for everyday carry. You can go ahead and put away those AA, AAA, and CR123A lights—you won't be needing them from here on out.

The 10 Best Everyday Carry Pens 2017

All you need is a pen that's durable, easy to carry, and reliable enough to get the job done. And that's exactly what you'll find in our top 10 picks for the best EDC pens available today.

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.