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T'Spin Titanium Travel Tool

It's always the small things that tend to get forgotten when we travel. That's why having a capable multi-tool on hand is important, but most aren't something you can take with you when you fly. And when it comes to their actual functions, even the most travel-friendly multi-tools aren't designed for the challenges of traveling. Enter the T'Spin, a useful gadget designed for frequent fliers, by frequent fliers. It packs a set of travel essential tools not commonly found in other designs into a fun and EDC-friendly package made of premium materials.

The tool set of the T'Spin truly sets it apart from other travel everyday carry options. It starts with storage space for two SIM cards and the tool you need to install and remove them from your phone. That's one of the last things you end up packing and you'll end up regretting it hard when you're desperately trying to search for an alternative in a foreign country where you probably don't speak the language. Plus, there's even a notch built into the tool that lets you prop up your phone so you can catch up on the shows you've downloaded to it during long-haul flights without needing to hold it with your hands constantly. When it's time to stow everything away for arrival, the body of the tool is designed to let you wrap around a USB cord to keep it from tangling up in your bag or your pockets. And for life's small but important tasks, there's a micro screwdriver built in and sized perfectly to help you fix and maintain your glasses in a pinch. When it comes time to unwind, the integrated and ever-essential bottle opener helps you crack open a cold one for you and your travel companions.

For a tool that you're going to want to carry everywhere you go, the T'Spin's premium titanium construction means it can stand up to whatever you throw at it without breaking or corroding. It helps keep it very lightweight too, weighing in at 35 grams even when you throw in the included fidget spinner function. It's not essential but it's certainly fun and can help when you're feeling anxious or stressed out by flying and traveling in general. And on a more practical note, the design of the T'Spin includes a carabiner swing gate to attach it to your gear as well.

With its unique assortment of travel EDC essentials, the T'Spin makes a compelling case for a spot in your everyday carry. And if you make a pledge to secure one right now, you can save quite a bit off the sticker price as a way of saying thanks for getting this unique project off the ground. Check it out and learn more about the T'Spin multitool at the Kickstarter link below.

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Slughaus Nanopen

Chances are you could benefit from a pen in your EDC. But if you only need to make quick notes or sign things every so often, dedicating precious pocket space to a full-sized pen might not be the best option. In that case, we'd recommend a keychain pen to keep your pockets free. The new Slughaus Nanopen fits the keychain role with an ultra compact, durable aluminum design and a tungsten carbide tip that doubles as a puncture tool for even more everyday utility.

The most striking quality of the Nanopen is its size. At 57mm long and weighing only 4.5 grams, the Nanopen stays true to its name. Combined with its lanyard-compatible keyring attachment point, the Nanopen offers so many ways to carry it so you'll never be without a pen. The most obvious way to go is on your keys, but you can also wear it on a necklace, use it as a zipper pull for a jacket or bag, or even carry it loose in your coin pocket or travel wallet.

To use the ballpoint pen, you simply unscrew the cap to detach the body. Because of its short length, it's best used for those unexpected moments during the day when you need to jot something down briefly. Aside from writing, the pen's tungsten carbide tip is strong enough to use as a puncture tool, giving you a TSA-friendly way to open boxes and packaging in a pinch. When you're all done, screwing it back into the cap creates a waterproof seal for EDC in all conditions.

You can secure a Nanopen for your keychain at the fully funded Kickstarter link below before the project ends in a little under 4 weeks.

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Peak Design Travel Line

Travel is one of the most exciting ways to put your gear to use, but let's face it, parts of it can be… inconvenient, to say the least. Case in point: packing. There's a fine line between over- and under-packing for a trip: too much leads to the hassle of checking baggage, and leaving things behind can present its own set of struggles. As frequent flyers themselves, the team at Peak Design know this problem all too well. With their experience developing and crowdfunding state-of-the-art, incredibly functional packs, they're set to solve the travel packing problem with their new Travel Line—a one-bag travel system that combines form and function in one feature-rich package.

The foundation of the new Travel Line system is the 45L Travel Backpack. Taking functional cues from their experience with their popular EDC backpack and slings maximized in an ideal carry-on size, each side and panel of the Travel Backpack is lined with features. Its core is a clamshell-opening 45L main compartment with generous space to fit the rest of the Travel Line system, accessible from either side and top access to the laptop/tablet slot. Expansion zips let you make full use of its 45L capacity as a carry-on pack, while compression straps let you compact the bag to a daypack-friendly 35L. You also get a full suite of thoughtful details like a front admin panel, grab handles from every angle, theft-deterrent zippers, hidden pockets galore, and even stowable shoulder and waist straps. Keeping it all together is the Travel Pack's exterior shell made from field-proven and weatherproofed 400D nylon made from 100% recycled plastics.

Along with the Travel Backpack, the Travel Line also brings a complete line of packing cubes and pouches of every size and purpose, all designed to look and work seamlessly on their own, with each other, and with the backpack itself. From a dopp kit to a tech pouch to compressible packing cubes and camera cubes featuring Peak Design's signature FlexFold dividers (giving you a completely customizable modular system for your camera gear), you're able to assign a function to every pouch, organizing all your essentials for quick swapping depending on your activity and to ensure nothing gets left behind.

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EVERGOODS MQD24 and CTB40 Crossover Backpacks

We EDC our gear to keep us prepared for whenever and wherever adventure strikes. And for some of us, the endgame is finding that one bag to carry it all no matter what and where that might be. EVERGOODS is dedicated to making that one bag a reality with their line of crossover equipment. At the helm is GORUCK's co-founder and former head of product who has split experience between New York City and Bozeman, MT for a one-of-a-kind insight into “city to mountain” gear. They've just launched two new packs: the MQD24, a 24L daypack designed with quick access in mind, and the CTB40, a 40L hybrid backpack that blurs the line between carry-on luggage and gear hauler.

Inspired by traditional top-loading mountaineering packs, the MQD24 (Mountain Quick Draw 24L) has a few tricks up its sleeve to keep in line with the Crossover Equipment theme. Its namesake Quick Draw mechanism works like a drawstring cinch, conveniently and intuitively opening and closing the main compartment of the pack in one smooth motion. The clever, forward-leaning design towards the front of the pack helps keep water out without the hassle of unbuckling or unrolling like on other top-loading packs. The second main feature that makes the MQD24 ideal for on-the-go EDC is its side zipper. It grants quick access to the center and bottom of the bag without taking it off your back by drawing it under your arm. Between the Quick Draw toploader and side-entry zipper, getting to your gear is a snap.

For those trips when you're carrying more than your daily essentials, there's the CTB40 (Civic Transit Bag 40L). It's something between a padded, softshell carry-on luggage and a backpack designed with a focus on both efficient packing and comfortable carry. Its “flex fold compression” system starts with a large, unobstructed clamshell-opening main compartment for easy packing. Semi-rigid “wings” protect and contain the contents, while two compression straps lock everything down. The top lid of the pack serves as a built-in travel organizer, with multiple mesh and zippered compartments for the rest of your essentials. Once closed, you can comfortably carry the pack using its backpack straps, or carry it briefcase-style from its beefy side and top handles. Thanks to its versatile design and rugged materials, it can pull double duty as a travel pack or as a sports equipment and gear hauler when going from urban to outdoor environments.

Both packs are made from durable, high denier nylon and jam packed with tons of thoughtful features. Head over to the Kickstarter project page for in-depth breakdowns of each bag at the link below and secure one for yourself before the campaign ends on August 13th.

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Centric Instruments Lightwell Watch

If there's one kind of watch that's perfect for EDC, it'd be the field watch. Its rugged design, rich history, and iconic style makes it such a versatile daily driver. But even in a field watch, movement matters: automatic watches can be high maintenance, and quartz watches can run out of battery when you least expect it. That's why Centric Instruments built their take on the field watch around a solar-charging movement for high performance and low maintenance. And despite its unique solar-charging capabilities and slew of premium features, the Lightwell is modestly priced, making it easier for you to invest in a quality watch that lasts.

Upon first glance, the Lightwell is unmistakably a field watch, but with a few more modern twists. Its 316L brushed stainless steel case measures a versatile 38mm in a classic shape, with a screwdown caseback and crown making the watch water-resistant to 100M. Looking at the dial under the ultra-clear, scratch-resistance sapphire crystal is where you can really see the Lightwell's unique design cues. The outer ring gives a sense of depth to the face, with large luminous markers and easy-to-read Arabic numerals lending to its legibility. Subtle branding and a smaller date window round out the minimalist aesthetic.

Under the dial is what makes the Lightwell truly unique. Its Japanese solar-quartz movement from Seiko powers the watch with exposure to both artificial and natural light. A minute under the sun gives a full day of timekeeping power, while a full charge keeps the movement running for a full 6 months without ever needing to replace a battery.

The Lightwell is available in a black, white, or vintage-inspired “gilt” dial, with easy-to-swap straps in waterproof silicone or veg-tan leather. Pledges start at just $180 for a Lightwell and two straps, making this an impressive value for an EDC watch. See the Lightwell in more detail at the Kickstarter link below before the project ends June 14th.

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Lever Gear BitVault and BitLight

In an ideal situation, you have every tool you need at your disposal at any time. But as EDCers, we know it's not that simple. Some tools are large and cumbersome, while smaller essentials can get lost in your bag or pockets. So when Lever Gear, prolific makers of actual pocketable tools, sought to solve this dilemma, they ended up creating the CLiP system: Carry, Light, and Protect. They've just launched the first tools of the line, the BitVault and BitLight, making it easier than ever to make the most of your pockets.

At their core, the BitVault and BitLight are compact containers that carry either a bit set or small essentials like pills or emergency cash. Both have a uni-body construction made from aluminum alloy, with a sealed, watertight compartment to store your stuff. The flat form factor works with an included clip so the tools can lay flush in your pocket, with a tail end carabiner-style slot that lets you attach a keyring as well as a hex bit slot on the top so the body can be used as a screwdriver. As the name suggests, the BitLight differs from the BitVault by trading some internal space for a couple of LEDs. You can charge the light from any USB source, and it outputs 10 floody lumens across 3 levels for emergency or task lighting in a pinch.

Whether you need a compact tool case for your projects, a rugged emergency stash, or an easier way to carry your smallest EDC items, Lever Gear's new CLiP system has space to spare. They've just launched the project on Kickstarter at the link below, so you have plenty of time to pledge and customize the right tool for yourself.

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BigiDesign TPT Slide

With pocket space at a premium, it’s important to get the most out of your multi-tool. Ideally, you want something that’s functional enough to be worth carrying, while still being easy to pocket and use. The TPT Slide, the next generation of BigiDesign's popular TPT multi-tool, is just that. It rides the line between minimalist and full-on multi-tool, with plenty of useful features that are sure to come in handy on a daily basis. This new and improved titanium pocket tool isn't just easier to use and carry, but it's even stronger and more durable, too.

First and foremost, the TPT Slide now features a sliding extension mechanism for the box opener/camp fork insert. The previous version featured a friction fit mechanism that took two hands to open. The Slide has a two position locking thumb stud that’s easy to operate with one hand, whether you’re a lefty or a righty. You’ll also find a sleek, removable pocket clip that makes the tool even easier to carry. BigiDesign also strengthened the jimping on the universal wrench set for a more secure grip. Lastly, the TPT Slide is machined from thicker grade 5 titanium plates for increased overall durability and rigidity. The TPT Slide also has the all of the other useful EDC features from the previous iteration including a flat head screwdriver, 1/4” hex bit driver, simple measurement cues, lanyard/keychain hole, and a scraper edge.

BigiDesign are no newcomers to the Kickstarter scene, with over 20 successful products launched on the platform. This project is already over 1000% funded, with pledges starting at $59 for a September 2018 deliver date. Check out the full list of features and snag one for yourself in your choice of Stonewashed or DLC Black titanium at the link below.

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QuietCarry Chase Knife

If you're considering a robust work knife, there are a few key things to look for. A hefty blade with a good steel and a great shape. Handles that grip well and shaped for comfort when performing harder tasks. And for EDCers, the knife should also be pocket-friendly. QuietCarry, best known for their minimalist EDC knives, have taken on the challenge of building a better workhorse blade. The Chase is an everyday knife designed to do hard work and look damn good while doing it.

From tip to clip, QuietCarry have put thought into the Chase's every feature to reinforce its purpose as a workhorse EDC. Its 2.95” blade comes in a drop point shape with a full belly for general-purpose utility, while its N690Co steel was chosen for its ease of maintenance and ability to hold (and hone) an edge. A thumb slot makes ambidextrous opening easy. Beefy knurling along the spine gives extra purchase for tougher slices.

The Chase's handles come in tried-and-true G10, shaped with extra width to help fill your palm for a more ergonomic grip. A deep finger notch gives both access to the blade's thumb slot and works in tandem with the spine knurling for a rock-solid grasp on the knife. Lock duty is handled by a liner lock, which also keeps the weight low at 2.8 ounces. Good knives are often ruined by a bad clip; luckily QuietCarry thought of that too, adding a deep-carry pocket clip that sits the knife flush in your pocket so no extra material is showing, making the Chase a discreet addition to your pocket carry.

With well-thought out features and an eye for EDC, QuietCarry's Chase is a welcome addition to their stable of minimalist, high-performance knives. The knife's still ongoing with its (fully funded) Kickstarter campaign, so there's plenty of time to to pledge one for yourself in your choice of black or olive G10, or special SeaGrey resin handles at the link below.

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StatGear X-GRIP Tweezers

A good pair of tweezers is one of those items that can be unexpectedly useful to EDC. You usually see them in first aid kits or tacked onto a multi-tool, and often as an afterthought. But you'll also find plenty of everyday situations where you wish you had a proper pair of tweezers. Whether you're extracting a nasty splinter or needing that extra precision on your DIY project, an EDC-worthy set of tweezers is just the right tool. With the X-GRIP, StatGear offers tweezers that are both built to last and easy to carry.

Because they're made of grade 5 titanium, the X-GRIP tweezers are superior to the flimsy pair you might find included in a first aid kit. They're strong and resistant against the elements, making them a piece of gear that will last you as long as you have them. At approximately 2.4 inches long, they're sized right for most tasks without being too bulky. They're also lightweight, weighing a mere 0.4 ounces including the aluminum cap. That cap features an eyehole for attaching the tweezers to your keys too, so they're easy to have on hand at all times.

With the StatGear X-GRIP, you can have a competent pair of tweezers on hand when you need it. StatGear has a long history of delivering excellent EDC gear on a crowdfunded basis. And the best part is pledging to this fully funded Kickstarter project will also get you the handy PocketLumen EDC flashlight as well. Check it out at the link below.

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StatGear Pocket Lumen

Finding the right EDC flashlight can be difficult, especially when space is at a premium. And when your pockets are full, it's hard to justify carrying a full-size or even compact light. Tiny keychain lights can fit the bill, but they tend to lack the power you need. Plus, they can be too small to comfortably hold and operate when you actually need them. Enter the upcoming Pocket Lumen by StatGear. It's a tiny yet capable keychain LED flashlight that has the right ergonomics for EDC.

The Pocket Lumen is a simple yet powerful light for its size. At 1.77" long and 0.4 ounces in weight, it doesn't add too much heft to your carry. But it is enough for you to get a firm grip on the light. And lights with twist-on activation, the Pocket Lumen's head has prominent grip surfaces. This lets you control its handy single-output 30 lumen LED module with one hand. And with its four LR41 batteries, it can power that light for a full 15 hours.

Unlike most keychain flashlights, the Pocket Lumen offers a rugged build. Its hard anodized aircraft-grade aluminum case boasts 3ATM water resistance for use in wet conditions. The aluminum case also offers some impact resistance. In their durability testing, StatGear dropped the light from a high roof onto the concrete below and it lived to tell the tale.

The Pocket Lumen is a great everyday carry keychain light, and you can secure it right now on StatGear's fully-funded Kickstarter page. StatGear has a long history of developing innovative and useful EDC solutions and delivering them to the community via crowdfunding. Plus, you can even snag their X-Grip titanium tweezers with the light at the right pledge level. Find it at the link below.

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Nomatic Messenger and Laptop Bags

When pockets aren’t enough, a good bag can help you carry everything you need while keeping it all organized. But like the tools in your EDC, finding a bag that’s practical and fits your lifestyle can be challenging. That’s why Nomatic has a few different options in their line-up depending on what you’re looking for. With a proven track record of bringing minimalist yet feature-rich EDC gear like wallets, notebooks, watches, and backpacks to market via Kickstarter, the company is back with a new duo of smart crossbody bags: the Nomatic Messenger Bag and Laptop Bag.

If you like to keep things discreet, you’ll like the Nomatic design language. Their entire line of bags comes in stealthy black and gray color options, and this new Messenger bag is no different. It has removable padded strap that clicks securely into place thanks to magnetic Fidlock hardware on either side. Removing them is simple, so if you need to carry it briefcase-style you can do so without having to fiddle with buckles when it’s time to reattach them. If you travel often you can also stack it on top of your rolling suitcase when killing time between flights using its pass-through luggage handle sleeve. But the same organizational details that makes the Nomatic Messenger an ideal carry-on also makes it practical for EDC.

It comes with three zippered compartments and plenty of pockets perfect for organizing your gear while you’re out and about with a 15L total capacity. First is the padded laptop compartment along the back which has a built-in sleeve that keeps it from slipping out when you need it. Then there’s the large main compartment perfect for electronics like cameras or headphones. This compartment also has a handy removable divider and a zippered mesh pocket for any smaller batteries or memory cards that you don’t want to lose. The last zippered compartment on the very front allows for quick access to smaller essentials that you might need throughout the day. Elastic and zippered pockets line the inside and make it easy to organize everything from pens and passports to snacks and cables.

For an even more minimalist solution to carrying your laptop and its accompanying essentials, there's the Laptop bag. It sports a lower profile than the Messenger with its fewer compartments at 10L capacity, but still comes with enough organization and storage for your laptop, tablet, notebooks, and other mobile office essentials as an everyday work bag.

Judging by the company's track record, it’s only a matter of time before the Nomatic Messenger and Laptop Bags get funded. So whether you’re looking for an easy way to carry your stuff on your commute or want a bag that makes a hassle-free carry-on, make sure to click the link below and back the campaign.

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Zootility RNGR Ultra-thin Folding Knife

You think you've seen it all when it comes to knives, and then something like Zootility's RNGR comes along. It's got the proper size, ergonomics, and even cutting ability of any EDC blade, until you turn it on its side. At only 0.125” thick, the RNGR is almost impossibly thin. It's one of the most EDC-friendly knives you can carry, and it's got even more tricks up its very narrow sleeve.

For starters: the RNGR isn't even held together by bolts or screws. Zootility calls it “steel origami,” with the RNGR's two pieces designed to interlock as well as disengage with ease. This means that if you accidentally leave the knife on your person going through security, the blade can be forfeited with a simple twist, which you can then replace later to restore your knife to its rightful place in your EDC.

The pieces themselves are made from 440C stainless steel, rust-resistant and robust, and easy to maintain. The steel also gives the knife some cutting heft while still maintaining a 1.4 ounce weight.  The 2.2” blade comes with a combo edge, with the straight section having a bit of belly tapering into a tip for long slices when needed, while its serrated edge takes care of the heavier tasks.

Thanks to its size and design, it couldn't be easier to carry the RNGR. Slide it into any pocket, slip it into your wallet, hang it off a carabiner, the options are limitless. You can even pledge for an extra clip if you want even more options for EDC. There's a little under two weeks left to grab Zootility's ridiculously thin knife for yourself, so head over to the Kickstarter link below to pick up a RNGR with your choice of extras.

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Code of Bell X-PAK Bag Collection

When choosing a bag to be your main EDC, it can be tricky to prepare for all the different situations that come your way. The bag you'd bring your laptop into the office with might not fare so well on a hike in the rain or packed with clothes for a short-haul flight. That's why Code of Bell put adaptability at the forefront of their new Carrywear collection on Kickstarter with the X-PAK One and X-PAK Pro. They're highly configurable cross-body sling bags built with waterproof materials, expandable compartments, and tons of versatile features inside and out.

For a pair of bags designed to be your one option for a wide range of uses and conditions, they come prepared with premium materials throughout. PU-coated zippers and laminated waterproof fabrics on the exterior provide all-weather protection, while 1680D ballistic nylon, ITW Nexus and YKK hardware stand up to repeated use. Overall, the X-PAK One and X-PAK Pro share the same sling-based design with storage capacity being the main difference. The key is in their unique, vertical roll-top outer compartment that can accommodate even bulky items you couldn't normally carry in a smaller bag.

The X-PAK Pro offers more packing space with a capacity ranging from 10L to 17L, taking on a compact daypack role. Besides its expandable roll-top compartment, it has two separate main compartments and an admin panel section to accommodate a 13” laptop and the rest of your small essentials. All of the pockets on the X-PAK Pro are well-placed for its purpose as an EDC sling, with concealed pockets on the back panel, a weatherproof quick-access pocket on the front, an expandable water bottle pocket on the side, and easy access to the main compartments. You can get to these pockets even on the go by slinging the bag forward without having to stop and take the bag off completely.

With the X-PAK bags, it isn't only about having a pocket for everything. They offer so many different ways to actually carry the bags, thanks to their adjustable and stowable straps. The X-PAK Pro can be worn like a traditional sling across your back, over one shoulder when buckled together, or in briefcase mode. The smaller X-PAK One has even more options that active EDCers might enjoy, including as a waistpack or strapped to bike handles. Last but not least, optional compression straps let you attach bulkier items and MOLLE-compatible webbing along the sides let you carry more.

The Code of Bell Carrywear collection is already fully funded on Kickstarter with just under two weeks left in the campaign. You can choose from the X-PAK One and Pro in various color options, as well as learn all about the features and nuanced design decisions that went into the bags at the link below.

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