Buying Guides

8 EDC Pouches to Organize Your Gear

So you've got your bases covered, your EDC dialed in, and all the gear you could need. Now how do you carry it all? If you want an all-in-one solution, maybe it's time to think outside the pocket. Consider the pocket organizer. These EDC-friendly pouches offer thoughtful layouts with all the straps, pockets, and webbing you'd need to keep your gear all in one place. Loading one up with your daily essentials makes EDC a simple grab-and-go situation. Whether you're using it for your main tools, your tech and cables, or a first aid kit, we've got a handful of new organizer recommendations for you to check out in this round-up.

10 EDC Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation season is upon us, and the rush is on to find meaningful gifts for the the lucky grad in your life. Graduation is a time of transition and a lot of stress despite the joyous occasion. That's why giving a new grad some thoughtful and well-designed EDC gear is always a good bet. Every time your gift saves their bacon or makes their life easier, they'll remember you gave it to them. And even if they already EDC, some upgrades and additions are always welcome. It's a genuine gift from the heart, but there's a lot of options out there and the choice can get a bit overwhelming. Whether you're looking for gift ideas or are a new grad yourself looking up to update your EDC, you'll find some great gear in this guide.

10 Water Bottles to EDC This Summer 2018

As the weather gets warmer you’ll most likely be spending more and more time outdoors. Whether that means hiking trails, climbing mountains, or enjoying a hard-earned vacation on the beach, the key to achieving your summer goals is staying hydrated. If you don’t already have a water bottle there’s no better time to add one to your EDC because it’s only going to get hotter. In this guide we’ll look at a few of the best water bottles to help you fight thirst. There are water bottles that will keep your liquids at a certain temperature, some that will keep your water tasting clean, and still others that are just easy to carry and weigh next to nothing. Whatever you’re looking for, we got you covered.

Camelbak Chute

The 750mL (25oz) Camelbak Chute is an option that checks all the boxes when it comes to finding the perfect water bottle. It’s made of BPA-free plastic and has an angled spout that makes it easier to avoid spills while drinking. The hook that’s attached to the cap makes it easy to attach to packs and the cap itself locks into place when you’re not using it with a simple half-turn. All this at a price that won’t hurt your wallet.

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5 New EDC-Worthy Multi-tools in 2018

Your EDC multi-tool can be one of the most important pieces of gear in your kit, so it's crucial to pick one that covers your bases well. Multi-tool designs typically offer the same set of handy functions, but recently more and more specialized tools have hit the market. In this round-up, we're highlighting this five of the most exciting, recently released EDC multi-tools. We'll go over what makes them special, and why you should consider them for your own everyday carry.

10 Mother's Day Gifts for Practical Moms

Not to be alarmist, but Mother’s Day is right around the corner (next Sunday the 13th, in case you’ve completely blanked)! Whether she’s the mother of your child or the wonderful woman who raised you, she deserves a thoughtful gift. A surprise phone call, her favorite flowers, or treating her to a relaxing day at the spa are good ways to start. But for moms who like especially practical gifts, here are our picks for essentials she can enjoy every day.

Trending Gear: April 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.

In April, it looks like you're all getting your writing game on, picking up some unique knives, and more. Let's get into it…

10 Travel-Friendly Box Opener Tools

Whether it's part of your job or you end up unboxing new gear you get in the mail more than you'd like to admit, opening up cardboard boxes ranks high on our list of daily tasks. Naturally you'd want to reach for your trusty EDC knife, but sometimes it isn't the best tool for the job. Cardboard can dull an edge all too quickly, not to mention the packing tape residue gunking up the blade, rendering your knife less useful for making precise, sharp cuts. And sometimes, you might end up in a place where carrying a blade isn't even allowed. It's times like these when a non-bladed opener tool can come in handy. In this guide, we're highlighting some tools that can tackle tacky tape and much more to complement your EDC.

8 Roll-Top Backpacks to EDC in Any Weather

Whether you’re a photographer looking to protect your gear, a student who's never without their laptop, or a bike commuter constantly on the move, there are plenty of reasons why investing in a quality roll-top bag is a good idea. The main one being that the gear you put in a backpack is usually more expensive than what you carry in your pockets. If the contents of your bag aren’t protected against a little water, you’re one April shower away from a really bad day. When it comes to bags that will protect your gear from rain, roll-tops are the way to go. And if you're lucky enough to not worry about weather, roll-tops have the added benefit of being able to expand to haul oversized gear when you need to pack more than usual. In this guide we’ll point out a few options that you can count on when the weather goes south.

The Best New Liner Lock EDC Knives in 2018 So Far

The liner lock folding knife is coming back in a big way with lots of great EDC designs that came out recently. While the liner lock is a tried-and-true mechanism, over the past few years they've fallen out of style compared to frame locks. But these knives have plenty of their own benefits that might be more in line with your EDC needs. In this guide, we'll explain why you should consider a liner lock for EDC and also show you some of our favorite recent releases in this category.

The Best USB Rechargeable Flashlights in 2018

Nothing beats the convenience of 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. 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 the performance you'd expect from a proper EDC light. There's a lot of them out there though, so we've together this list of our favorites to make it easier to find the right one for you.

Trending Gear: March 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.

In March, it looks like you're all eager to get outdoors with overbuilt knives, rugged flashlights, and more. Let's get into it…

The Best Chronograph Watches for Any Budget

The chronograph is kind of like the multi-tool of the watch world. They're especially appealing to EDCers because they add plenty of extra functionality to your wrist. Essentially a chronograph is a combination of a stopwatch and a display watch, letting you time events, read the time, and do much more. Not only do chronographs have a unique aesthetic, but they're also functional tool watches that can come in handy throughout the day. In this guide, we'll break down everything you need to know before picking your first chrono and share our favorite recommendations for any budget.

10 Frame Lock Knives to EDC in 2018

Your EDC folding knife is only as good as it can perform, especially when it matters most — under pressure. If your knife's locking mechanism is the weakest link in your heavy duty tasks, it can be downright disastrous. That's why a lot of the best and most popular knives for everyday carry rely on a frame lock. It uses the strength of the handle or frame of the knife itself to lock the blade in place, minimizing any play to take on even the biggest cutting jobs. In this guide, we'll highlight a few of our favorite framelock knives from this year so far that deserve your attention. Whether you're looking for your first EDC knife or wanting to make an upgrade to something new and refreshing, we've got you covered.

Dango “Lucky Greens” Collection

With St. Patrick's Day upon us, it's a good time to remember that you can't rely on luck to stay prepared. It's one thing to to wear green to celebrate the holiday, but how about giving your carry a verdant touch? Green is a great color for EDC: you can choose to go with a darker olive drab for military and outdoors use, or a vibrant shade so you can easily spot it at the bottom of a pack. Our friends at Dango have a promotion for olive drab essentials just in time for St. Patrick's Day. With some items up to 50% off, it's a great way to grab some green for your EDC.

Reader's Choice: 5 Excellent EDC Pens

Recently our team of writers let you know what EDC pens were on our radar. After asking you what your go-to EDC pens were, we assembled this list of the most recommended picks. This guide outlines the top EDC pens according to you, the community. Read on top learn about the best writing instruments for every day carry.

How to Choose the Best Ridge Wallet for Your EDC

A bulky wallet isn’t just an eye-sore, it’s also a pain to carry around. Minimalist wallets like the Ridge are becoming more and more popular with EDCers, but with so many to choose from, picking the right one can be intimidating. You can't go wrong with any of the slim wallets from Ridge, but it's good to know the benefits of each of their offerings so you can make the right choice. Whether you're after toughness, light weight, or even better ways to carry your cash, there's a wallet setup for you.