Buying Guides

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.

Trending Gear: February 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.

This time around, it looks like you've got compact multi-tools and fixed blade hunting knives on your radar. Let's take a look at the full breakdown…

10 Packable Bags for EDC and Travel

Bags are a great way to carry your gear or augment your EDC pocket space when you're on the go. But if you don't always carry a lot of gear, lugging around a big heavy bag can be a bit cumbersome. With their lightweight materials and convenient collapsible construction, packable bags are your best bet. They are especially good to have when your carry weight is limited, like when you're traveling. But regardless of mission, packable bags are versatile and available in just about every type you might need. In this guide, we'll walk you through what makes a good packable bag for everyday carry. We'll also get you acquainted with a few of our favorite packable bags for you to choose from.

The 10 Best EDC Keychain Flashlights in 2018

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.

Staff Picks: 5 EDC Pens We're Using Right Now

Now that we're well into the year, you've probably had enough time with new pickups and additions to your EDC. Since your gear can be so personal, part of the fun is figuring out what's working for you right now and how it might differ from someone else's go-to kit. Today, we're highlighting our favorite pens at the moment, all picked by our staff for several different reasons: pocket friendliness, smooth writing, durability, and more. If you've been on the hunt for a new everyday jotter, be sure to check these out.

10 Red EDC Essentials

With Valentine's Day in full swing, you'll notice the color red just about everywhere. Sure, you could say it's the color of love and affection, but it also has a more practical place in your EDC. Red accents give your kit that extra visibility so it's easier to find in a bag or even color code its importance from the rest of your gear (like first aid, for example). In this round-up, we're highlighting some essentials that'll have you EDCing red.

The 6 Best Swiss Army Knives to Gift This Valentine's Day

The holidays may have passed, but you’re not in the clear yet. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you have no idea what else your significant other could possibly want, consider something a little more practical than a box of chocolates (though that’s never a bad idea). The Swiss Army Knife is about as classic a tool as it gets and Victorinox now has multiple offerings, making it easier than ever to stay prepared without weighing down your pockets.

Whether that important man or woman in your life needs a discreet tool for the office or something a little more robust for your weekend adventures together, the timeless SAK has you covered. We picked a few of their more versatile options that should bring a smile to any EDCer from the rugged outdoorsperson to the modern gent, and everyone in between.

10 Pocket Cleaver Knives for EDC

The type of knife you carry dictates the kind of work you can do with it. And if you perform a lot of slicing and chopping, you're going to want a more utility-oriented blade. That doesn't mean that you're stuck with carrying a standard utility knife, though. The popular emergence of cleaver-style knives for EDC gives you a much more robust set of options. In this guide, we'll explain why cleaver-style knives are good for EDC. We'll also show you some of our favorite knives in this category for you to choose from.

5 Leather Gear Organizers for EDC

Few materials get better over time, and leather is one of them. In addition to picking up an awesome looking patina, it gets softer and easier to use the more you carry it. It's an ideal material for certain EDC gear because of its natural durability and ease to work with. The increasingly popular gear caddy is an excellent example of this, leveraging leather's versatility to accommodate essentials of all shapes and sizes in a variety of pocket layouts. In this guide, we're highlighting caddies crafted from premium leathers sourced from some of the best and oldest tanneries in existence. Read on to take a look at some handsome leather options for organizing and carrying your EDC that'll only get better the more you carry them.

Deal Alert: Up to 60% Off Citizen and Timex EDC Watches

Time is money. And today, we're going to help you save on both. We've rounded up the best Citizen and Timex watches for everyday carry currently at a deep discount for today only. These two brands are EDC staples, with many models in their catalog 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 the perfect accessory for formal wear, you're bound to find something that fits your style and your everyday carry needs.

Trending Gear: January 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.

This time around, it looks like beefy wristwatches and striking pocketknife designs piqued your interest the most. Let's take a look at the full breakdown…

More New Gear from SHOT Show 2018

Last week, we highlighted some of the best new products for EDC unveiled at SHOT Show 2018. While those releases stood out enough to us to win our "best of show" titles, the gear didn't stop there. Your favorite knife, tool, and light brands had more to show and more on the way. In part two of our recap, we'll be giving you a quick rundown on some of the more exciting new designs to look forward to this year.

The Best New EDC Gear from SHOT Show 2018

It's that time of year again for the biggest names in the EDC industry to announce their latest and greatest new products. It all went down this past week at SHOT Show 2018, the largest annual trade show for the tactical, hunting, and outdoor industries. We had the chance to walk the show and scope out the best new knives, tools, flashlights, and more that we think you EDCers should keep on your radar for this year. In this round-up, we're highlighting 10 products worthy of the “best of show” title for their everyday carry-focused features, designs, and innovations.

The Best Key Organizers for 2018

That phone in your pocket is getting better all the time, but one thing that it still hasn’t completely replaced is the need to carry keys. Until you can unlock your front door or start your car with a simple flick of your phone, keys are always going to be a part of your EDC. You could toss 'em in your pocket, but the resulting jumble of metal just isn't comfortable. And dangling them from your belt loop works, but it means everyone can hear you coming a mile away. So, what's the best way to carry your keys?

Thankfully, that's a question many brands have been working hard to answer, leaving us with plenty of great solutions for key organization. With a solid key organizer, you can turn your messy, jangly keychain into something you can be proud of — just like the rest of your gear. We started this guide last year and have since updated it with a few new (and in some cases improved) options to up your organization game.

10 Utility Pouches for Your EDC Bag

You might already have a great EDC bag that can fit all of your gear and then some. But if you're wasting time rummaging through your whole pack whenever you need something, your bag situation could use some help. 

Adding a few utility pouches to your EDC can provide just the organization and protection your bag needs. Think of them as useful bags within bags to help you organize, compartmentalize, and safeguard your gear even further. 

For the loose essentials you pack up and take out quickly, EDC organizers with all their loops and webbing might even be overkill. In this guide, we're looking at simpler solutions that focus less on compartments, bells, and whistles and more on convenience and quick access. 

Read on for a round-up of EDC-worthy bag-in-bag solutions from packing cubes to zip pouches and much more in between to suit any carry setup.