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Fenix UC35 Flashlight

Fenix flashlights are an EDC favorite due to their reliability and solid set of features, and owners (like those on our forum) would be the first to tell you that the brand's reputation is entirely well-deserved. The UC line is Fenix's foray into the rechargeable light market, and the UC35 bears the standard for the series. Based on the highly popular PD35, the UC35 adds micro USB charging to its impressive set of features, including five brightness modes at a max of 960 lumens with 656 feet of throw from its XM-L2 U2 emitter, a strobe mode, and digitally-regulated output that maintains constant brightness. The UC35 takes 18650 or 2 x CR123 cells, with a low-power warning function that indicates remaining battery levels. Roll up all these features in IPX-8 waterproof, type III hard anodized aluminum with Fenix's high build standards, and you've got yourself one of the best lights to come out this year.


ZebraLight SC52NW Flashlight

You can't talk about quality AA lights and not have the Zebralight SC52 series on the list, simply because of their incredible amount of features and output from a simple interface and a single cell. For starters, it's not only one of the most powerful AA lights with a max output of 280 lumens, but it's also one of the most discreet ones at its barely-there 0.01 lumen minimum. It's highly programmable, with each of its three main levels (high, medium, and low) able to be set at custom sub-levels. Its single, soft-touch electronic button provides an intelligent interface to all its modes, and its potted, heat sink-bonded circuitry ensures bombproof operation. Finally, there's an SC52 for everybody: the series comes in five choices of tint and beam type, so you can choose and personalize a light perfect for your needs.


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Hit the Trail with These 6 Hiking Essentials

Editor’s Note: Chris Szaroleta is one of our community’s most active members. He’s a corporate trainer by profession, but a gear enthusiast and lover of the outdoors at heart. After seeing his well-built hiking carry and his contributions to our forum topic on hiking, we asked Chris to school us on hiking safely and efficiently. Here's part 1 of his Carry Smarter primer on hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
You're undoubtedly aware that consistent physical activity will result in positive health benefits abound. Stress relief, mental acuity, calorie burning and stamina building are only a few examples...

Nitecore Tube

Somewhat of a misnomer, the flat, rectangular Nitecore Tube stands apart from typical flashlights. Besides its unique shape, the Tube also deviates from the norm with its activation. Instead of a traditional on/off switch, the Tube ramps up to a variable output between 1 and 45 lumens with a push and hold of the power button. Even better, there's no need to swap dead batteries. An integrated Li-ion cell cuts down on size and recharges via micro USB, yielding 48 hours of runtime. Grab one in your favorite of its five color ways and toss it on your keychain or slip it into your coin pocket as a backup or affordable EDC for just over ten bucks.


Titanium: Understanding EDC's Precious Metal

Learn about one of the most desired "holy grail" materials in the EDC world, starting with an appreciation for classic titanium essentials in the first installment of this three-part primer in the Carry Smarter series.

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SureFire P1R Peacekeeper

SureFire has a reputation in the flashlight community for manufacturing some of the toughest lights around, as evidenced by the widespread use of their lights in military and survival applications. Many law enforcement and military personnel swear by SureFires, and the ruggedness of the lights makes up for the sometimes generational delay in LED technology that they employ.

It's been a long time coming, but SureFire has finally embraced the 18650 battery configuration with the recent release of the P1R Peacekeeper. Like all SureFires, the Peacekeeper is over-engineered for toughness and brutally concise in its function. Using a CREE XM-L2 LED, it's able to throw 600 lumens on high for 1.75 hours and 15 lumens on low for 46 hours. The P1R comes with its own 2600 mAh battery, charger, and car kit, and is compatible with many aftermarket clips and batteries.


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Interview: Tom Medvedich, Photographer

Tom Medvedich is a New York-based commercial photographer who’s had some of the biggest names in basketball and hip-hop on the other side of his lens, such as LeBron James, Eminem, and 50 Cent, to name a few. Besides portraiture, he does still life photography for some of the finest luxury brands around. His unorthodox concepts impart character and complexity to his still life shots to produce stunning, well-executed, and compelling visuals. Join us in this interview as Tom walks us through his work, shows you how a pro takes an EDC photo, and speaks on his favorite gear in fantastic detail.
Since you shoot for so many different clients and you’re constantly changing it up between still life and portraiture, a day on the job must be really demanding...

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FourSevens Bolt-Action Flashlight

A three-way collaboration between Fellhoelter, Tuff-Writer, and FOURSEVENS, the Bolt-Action Light's interface is true to its namesake, making use of a sliding bolt mechanism to navigate its UI. Powered by a CR2 battery and a CREE XM-L2 LED, the light features three main modes to a maximum of 490 lumens (Low / High / Strobe) and three special modes to a minimum of 1 lumen (S.O.S. / Beacon / Moonlight). The sliding bolt interface is popular in pen products designed for EDC, and this offering by FOURSEVENS is the first of its kind. If you're tired of the same old clicky or twist interfaces in modern production lights, the Bolt-Action should not only give that extra bit of variety and tactile operation, but also give you a modern light with plenty of useful modes and output. It's undoubtedly the most unique light in FOURSEVENS' stable to date.

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FLEX: Fitness and Health Essentials

It's 2015, a fresh new year with fresh new opportunities. Undoubtedly one of the most common resolutions is to be healthier and to be more active, and what better way to do so than going outside and pounding the pavement, picking up a sport, or hitting the gym and pumping some iron? While you're busy pushing your body outside its comfort zone, your gear should be right there with you, lighting the way, and keeping you informed, hydrated and protected. The Everyday Carry team proudly presents Flex, our guide to the best gear that will let you hit the new year running.Maxpedition Growler Load-Out Duffel BagAny old gym bag can carry your gear, but not every old gym bag is outfitted with hardware this rugged...