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Klarus XT12S Tactical Extended Reach Flashlight

Far too often the “tactical” badge gets added to flashlights, with lights promising robust performance but delivering far less functionality than expected. Fortunately for a manufacturer like Klarus, with their pedigree of cutting-edge flashlight products, such a title isn't all show. And that's true more than ever for their XT12S light, the compact upgrade to their previous XT12GT tactical light. It combines the convenient tech of a modern rechargeable flashlight with the fit and finish of a duty light, giving you an EDC powerhouse more than capable of handling every situation.

With an 18650 battery paired with a Cree XHP35 Hi D4 LED, the XT12S has up to 1600 lumens across 6 modes at the touch of its switches. For everyday use you have 10 lumens on Low for up to 200 hours. For the outdoors, the XT12S can throw it's full power to 400 meters on Turbo. And with its dedicated tactical button, you have one-touch access to Strobe for emergencies. Its body is built from anodized 6061 aluminum, IPX8 rated for full functionality even while submerged up to 2 meters. This rugged body also integrates magnetic charging, making it convenient to charge its 18650 battery while also sparing you from having to carry an extra charger around.

Both on and under its surface, the XT12S comes loaded with thoughtful features. A crenelated bezel lends itself to the light's tactical applications. Its magnetic charging port integrates an intelligent battery capacity indicator. Fins along the head help dissipate heat, while knurling along its body give the best grip. A clip makes the light convenient carry, which ends at a tactical ring for grip versatility and anti-roll capability. Klarus didn't skimp on its electronics either, giving the XT12S programmability and battery polarity protection to round out its internal features.

Whether it's a convenient, modern EDC light you're after or a powerful partner as a last resort, the XT12S has your back. Pick one up from the Amazon link below.

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Victorinox Altmont 3.0 Deluxe Laptop Backpack

A good EDC backpack to help lighten the load can go a long way. With so many options out there, finding a bag with the perfect balance between a smart design, good organization, and a durable build can be difficult. Thankfully the Almont Classic Collection of bags by Victorinox offers plenty of options ideal for EDC. One option in particular is the Deluxe Laptop backpack, which strikes a solid balance between having a sturdy build, organization, and a sleek design while also adding some extra functionality to your carry.

When it comes to keeping your gear organized, this bag gives you plenty of options without overdoing it. The polyester exterior might look super minimal at first glance but upon further inspection you’ll find two hidden front pockets that open from either side, perfect for any items that you might need to get to in a hurry. Plus, whether you’re headed to class or hitting the trails two more zippered pockets on either side of the bag can easily fit water bottles and other beverages. One of them even carries the Swiss Army Knife multi-tool bottle opener and screwdriver that might come in handy in a pinch. And that’s just the exterior.

Opening this 21L pack reveals a slew of sleeves, pockets, and slots so you can hold everything from a few textbooks to pens and pencils (and still have room to spare for snacks in case you get hungry). A dedicated tablet sleeve lines the back of the main compartment and a separate side-loading zippered pocket along the back gives you easy access to your laptop.

Typically filling up a backpack to the max can put a strain on your back, but the Deluxe Laptop backpack distributes the weight evenly thanks to adjustable padded straps and a design meant for carrying heavy loads comfortably. If you’re looking to tidy up your carry with a bag that was designed for everyday use, make sure to check this one out in Navy or Olive Green via the link below.

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CRKT Ripsnort

Sure, lots of small EDC knives can handle utility tasks, but few are actually built for the job. You usually have to trade heavy-duty heft for a smaller size and weight. And with a thin and slim blade, you might not have the confidence to tackle larger tasks. The innovative new Ripsnort from CRKT approaches this problem in a different way. It's a fresh take on a small everyday carry utility blade. Fitting that it's made by Philip Booth, who won last year's Blade Show Most Innovative Design Award.

The Ripsnort features an impressive cleaver-style blade that's perfect for utility tasks. Its sharp 8Cr13MoV stainless blade steel is also easy and simple to maintain. A solid liner lock should give you confidence that the knife won't fail on you when the going gets tough. Plus, the easy flipper opening makes it a cinch to open the knife with a single hand. That flipper also doubles as a large guard keeping your hand out of your own blade during rough use.

But even though it has an impressive look, the Ripsnort is still a small EDC knife. The blade measures a modest 2.831" inches, and the knife is less than 7" in length when open. And at 6 ounces, it won't be a undue burden in your pockets either.

With the Ripsnort, you can stop wondering whether your EDC blade can handle the task at hand. Pick one up and see for yourself at the link below.

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ASP Defender Pepper Spray

At the end of the day, we all just want to be prepared ― it's why we have an EDC in the first place ― and for many of us, an integral part of being prepared is having a form of self-defense. One of the most popular, non-lethal self-defense tools to EDC is OC (“pepper spray”). Armament Systems & Procedures (ASP) is a leading supplier of tactical gear to the law enforcement and military communities, and their EDC-friendly line of OC products is now available to civilians. Their pocket-sized Palm Defender and Key Defender, and the larger Street Defender, are compelling options for self-defense. They’re built like true tactical tools rather than simple aerosol cans, with a design that's safe, discreet, refillable, and easy to use.

Kershaw Fraxion

Looking to lighten up your loadout? Kershaw's new collaboration with Danish knife maker Jens Anso offers EDC performance in a sleek flipper format. The Fraxion lives up to its name by weighing a fraction of the competition at just under 2 ounces. And thanks to a thoughtful combination of G10 and carbon fiber in its modern design, it disappears in the pocket yet makes an impression when it's out.

This design is a slight departure from Anso’s other knives, but it’s a welcomed step outside his comfort zone. In your pocket, the Fraxion barely noticeable until you need it. It’s no one trick pony either. You’ll appreciate the KVT bearing-enhanced flipper, blacked out stealthy looks, and reversible pocket clip to accommodate both left and right handed users.

Since the Fraxion is both slim and light, it’s a breeze to carry. The pocket clip lets the knife sit above your pocket just enough to get a secure grip, thanks to the elongated taper of the handles. The handles of the Fraxion are made from G10 laminate overlaid with carbon fiber. It gives the illusion of full carbon fiber handles, but without the hefty price tag. There’s an angular routing pattern carved into the side of the knife that adds some visual flair as well as some extra grip. Your thumb finds its way into the ridge when deploying the blade, giving you some welcomed leverage. The knife is a compact 4” when closed and only 6.75” when open.

The Fraxion has a 2.75” modified clip point blade that’s super sharp right out of the box. There’s a slight recurve on the belly of the blade that improves slicing capability. Essentially, it creates a protrusion that’s easier to control than the full length of the blade. Deploying the blade is quick and easy too. Since the pivot has Kershaw’s KVT bearing system built in, the 8Cr13MoV steel blade flips out with barely any pressure on the flipper lever. Once it's open, the blade stays in place thanks to a sturdy liner lock.

There’s some jimping on top of the blade and a slight finger choil underneath for excellent cutting, piercing, and slicing control. Sticking with the stealthy theme of the knife, the blade is coated with a black oxide finish that will keep the appearance of scratches to a minimum.

Overall, the Fraxion is a solid entry into the EDC flipper knife category. Sleek, modern looks, a sharp and easily deployable blade, and a barely-there pocket presence result in an excellent little knife. You can add a Kershaw Fraxion to your collection via the link below.

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Magpul DAKA Everyday Wallet

It might be tempting to strive for minimalism as a goal in and of itself, but the reality is every EDCer has a different idea of the bare minimum. So when picking out a minimalist wallet, you might appreciate a more balanced approach that doesn't feel too barebones. Magpul's most recent addition to their excellent lineup of EDC wallets keeps things slim but adds a bit more space and functionality than their other offerings. The DAKA Everyday Wallet not only handles your essential cards, but it also accommodates folded cash and makes flashing your credentials a breeze.

As part of the DAKA lineup, the Everyday Wallet features the same reinforced technical polymer fabric you've come to expect from Magpul. The material itself boasts both a water-resistant exterior and anti-slip texture to carry through rain or shine, while RF welded seams cut down on bulk without sacrificing durability.

Measuring in at 4.2” x 2.84”, the wallet is 10% larger than the earlier DAKA Essentials Wallet. With that extra bit of clearance, Magpul added a center compartment for once-folded bills and an ID pocket with a rugged, frosted window on the exterior. They're welcome additions for those of you who encounter cash more often or need to show ID frequently. Two card slots hold anywhere between additional 3-7 cards, giving you ample capacity in a relatively compact form factor.

For an EDC wallet that's still slim but gives you a little more room to work with, the DAKA Everyday makes for a solid option. Grab one in your choice of black, flat dark earth, OD green, or stealth gray from Magpul at the link below.

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Nitecore TIP SS

From Tube to TIP, the iconic Nitecore keychain flashlights have proven their mettle through the years. And while they came out with a high-CRI model earlier this year, they're beefing up the TIP yet again from the inside out. In this newest iteration Nitecore adds some metal to the mix, outfitting the TIP 2017 SS with a stainless steel build and a stronger output for heavy keychain duty.

The key features of the TIP 2017 are still present in the SS model. The reworked clip gives you carry options and protects the TIP's charging ports, dual intelligent modes tailor the light's 360 lumens and 46 hours of runtime to your needs, and IP54-rated metallic construction and USB charging round out its features.

New in the SS are the exotic new finishes: polished stainless steel and jet black/tropical PVD (physical vapor deposition) titanium coatings. They add a touch of elite aesthetic to your TIP of choice, making it even easier to match them to your equally exotic EDC.

Exceptional portability, exotic aesthetic, and ease of carry: the TIP 2017 SS is game, set and match. If you have have room to add yet another versatile keychain flashlight to your carry, pick out your SS of choice at the link below.

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CRKT Sketch

Sure, plenty of high-end premium knives say they're built for hard use. But lets be real, are you going to want to put your expensive grail knife through the wringer? For that, you need a reliable EDC knife you can count on without worrying about roughing it up. Take the new CRKT Sketch, for example. It's an affordable everyday carry folder made to be used, not babied.

The Sketch takes design notes from the Squid, another popular EDC knife also by Lucas Burnley. Think of the Sketch as a more rugged workhorse alternative. It starts with the injection-molded handle. It's not flashy, but it's made to stand up to bumps and scratches while giving you a firm grip. Then there's the 2.768" 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade. It's formed in a wharncliffe shape that's great for every utility cutting and slicing task. It's also coated in black oxide to help it resist staining and wear even more than a regular blade. It opens with a large thumb slot that works even if you have gloves on, and it stays open with a liner lock.

The best part is at its price point you can't be too worried about wearing it out or getting it dirty. Feel free to tackle your roughest tasks with it. It doesn't need pampering. Pick one up and see for yourself at the link below.

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Machine Era Field Pen

Your EDC pen should be sturdy, ready to write at a moment's notice, and of course, easy to carry. Machined pens made entirely out of metal have been popular for their heavy duty build quality, but they aren't always the most pocket-friendly. That's why Machine Era overhauled their original pen design with the release of the new bolt-action Field Pen. It features several improvements that make it both easier to carry and write with in a more compact body that's still as sturdy as ever.

The Field Pen has some of the design cues from their original pen, but other than the machined grooves, it’s completely different. Instead of a screw off cap, the Field Pen has a custom-designed bolt mechanism. Machine Era ditched the dedicated bolt seen on most other designs. Instead, the pen’s aluminum clip pulls double duty as both the clip and the bolt. The bolt action means that there’s no cap to unscrew (and potentially lose) and keeps the overall length of the pen short.

At a conservative 3.9”, the Field Pen is small enough to disappear into a pocket, yet not so small that it sacrifices usability. Inside, you’ll find the Schmidt Megaline 4889 refill — the German refill brand’s write-anywhere refill. It’ll also take the popular Fisher Space Pen refill as well.

The Field Pen is available on Kickstarter (already well surpassing its goal) in either brass or stainless steel. They already hit their stretch goal, which unlocked a stealthy black DLC-coated option as well. Hit the link below to secure one of these EDCable pens for yourself!

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Spyderco Dog Tag Gen4

When he first made a folding knife into something roughly the size of a dog tag, knife designer Serge Panchenko showed the EDC world there's nothing too small to be useful if it has the right design. The original Spyderco Dog Tag featured an unprecedented form factor that made for an excellent and unique EDC knife. In its latest iteration, Spyderco takes Panchenko's fourth-generation design and takes it to the cutting edge of the dog tag form factor.

The Dog Tag's key feature, of course, it its compact sheepsfoot blade. The shape not only takes up a smaller footprint (making it ideal for this knife in particular), but also helps in strengthening the blade's tip when the cutting gets tough. The 1.18” blade comes in USA-made CTS BD1 steel, with the trademark Spyderco round hole for easy deployment. New to the Gen4 is the double-beveled, saber-ground edge, giving it a symmetrical edge angle compared to its chisel-ground predecessors and allowing for better control during use.

Since the Dog Tag isn't designed to be a locking folder, an integral spring bar and ball-bearing detent secures the blade both in and out of use. This is built into the knife's aluminum handles, which keeping it as light as possible when carried—or worn—just like its namesake.

The Panchenko Dog Tag remains one of the most innovative knives for EDC, and the Gen4 keeps up its heritage of being one of the most useful compact folders you can carry. Pick up one from the link below.

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Discommon Thermoformed Card Wallet

Quick reminder: minimal doesn't necessarily mean simple. Sometimes it takes quite a bit of clever design and innovative technology to distill all the utility we want out of our gear into something sleeker and more compact. Discommon's Thermoformed Card Wallet is an excellent example of this. Despite its impressively small footprint and understated aesthetic, it's actually the result of advanced, highly unconventional construction methods.

Even for a card case, the Discommon Card Wallet is strikingly thin and compact. It's barely wider than a credit card itself, which is all the more impressive considering it's made of leather, a relatively bulky material. Part of that is due to the leather itself: a thin and supple Italian pebbled calfskin. But it's the innovative stitchless construction of the wallet that really achieves that ultra-slim profile. The leather is laminated to a grey tweed interior, giving you the luxurious handfeel of leather with much less bulk.

Despite its thinness, the wallet accommodates up to 8 cards, or a 4 cards on one side and some twice-folded cash on the other. Unsurprisingly, the card pockets themselves have their own unique, functional twist to them too. They're thermoformed to a pre-set shape, molding to your cards and giving structure to the wallet without any break-in necessary. As a trade-off for this level of slimness and wear-resistance, you have less at-a-glance organization and quick access to the rest of your cards. But you do get easy access to your top-most cards thanks to the pocket design. It features an angular cutout shape for more surface area to slide cards out, less bulky material overall, and quick visual identification of your cards without exposing your card numbers. The pockets are also sized to fit your cards like a glove, leaving the absolute minimum clearance for the wallet's “spine” to fold. The thinner spine combined with the low-profile leather make the wallet easy to open and fold over completely when going to access your cards.

Subtle design choices round out the wallet for excellent handling and a minimalist experience. Rounded corners make it comfortable to hold and easy to slip into your pocket, while perforations on one side of the wallet work as a visual cue so you know which side is which when going to open the wallet. It's a small consideration that's especially convenient on a symmetric bifold design like this with no logos or branding on the outside. If you're after a slim wallet with a premium feel and the performance to match, check out the Discommon Wallet at the link below.

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SOG Baton Q3

Having a full-sized multi-tool in your EDC is great, but carrying one can be a different story — especially if you're in a more urban environment. Besides taking up much-needed pocket space, traditional multi-tools can draw unwanted attention too. Meanwhile smaller tools all too often sacrifice much of their versatility to take on tougher tasks. Fortunately, SOG's new Baton Q3 strikes a nice balance between functionality and size while staying true to what's most useful in a full-sized multi-tool.

Just by looking at the Baton Q3 it’s obvious that it isn’t your average multi-tool. Its sleek design looks less like something from your toolbox and more like something you'd keep on your desk. It might be hard to tell judging from its modern, marker-like form factor, but the Baton Q3 is packing 13 tools in its matte aluminum body. When closed this tool measures 5.8” in length yet carries comfortably in your pocket or bag thanks to how smooth and slim it is.

The Q3's minimal look and feel makes it perfect for when you want to cover your bases while remaining discreet in the office or around town. Opening it reveals a pair of sturdy pliers along with access to all the tools inside including a wire cutter, screwdriver, and can opener to name a few. Like the smaller Q2, the Baton Q3 also comes with a 2.5” 5Cr15MoV blade for when the task at hand doesn't demand a dedicated knife.

When you consider the number of practical tools in this thin form factor, it’s hard not to appreciate the new SOG Baton Q3. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a capable multi-tool that's easier to carry and won't raise eyebrows.

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Gerber Edict Green

Gerber's original Edict was designed for the people who needed a tough knife for even tougher situations. First responders, military, and law-enforcement could make use of the Edict's heavy-duty materials and design for reliable performance in the field or during emergencies. By taking the original Edict's rugged fit and finish and tweaking it for everyday use, Gerber have refreshed and updated the knife to fit right at home in your EDC.

Two standout features remain in the new Edict: its hefty, high-performance blade, and its rubberized handles that give exceptional grip. Its 3.6” blade features Crucible 154CM steel, giving it excellent edge retention in a drop point shape more ideal for everyday tasks that need longer and more precise slices or cuts. The Edict's handles come with a lightweight FRN core wrapped in a diamond texture overmold to give it the extra grip for hardier cutting jobs. Dual thumbstuds and a lockback mechanism let these two parts come together in a robust whole, giving you a knife that can cut with the best of them from either hand.

And while the Edict is larger than the usual EDC knife, it's relatively light weight at 3.6 ounces. An included pocket clip and lanyard hole still let you EDC the knife in your pockets or strapped to your kit.

The Edict's a rugged knife made in the USA for the people who need it the most. Pick up the new green EDC Edict from the link below, and be sure to check out the original black Edict Tanto for more tactical needs.

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Benchmade 535 Bugout

They say an ounce in the morning is a pound by the evening. And whether you’re going out for a hike or just a stroll around the block, having an EDC that won’t weigh you down is important. Keeping your carry light can be hard, especially since plenty of quality tools use plenty of metal, which isn't exactly light. But the new Benchmade Bugout 535 brings the elusive ultralight EDC setup that much closer. Weighing in at less than two ounces, this knife combines quality materials to achieve a super lightweight design that doesn’t skimp out on functionality either.

The Bugout 535 was made with an emphasis on outdoor use, which just so happens to also check all the boxes when it comes to an EDC knife. The Grivory handle mixed with the high quality CPM-S30V stainless steel blade means this knife is as tough as it is light. CPM-S30V is known for its hardness and edge retention so it’ll last longer with little maintenance, and even longer if you take care of it well. The use of Grivory, a durable synthetic polymer, helps shave weight when every gram counts.

Dual thumb studs and a symmetric handle make one-handed deployment a breeze whether you’re using your right or left hand and the signature Benchmade AXIS lock definitely helps its case. Not to mention that it’s just a strong lock to have on such a light knife meant to be used outdoors. The reversible deep-pocket clip is just the icing on top, providing multiple ways to carry comfortably and discreetly.

If you’re looking to add a lightweight knife to your carry but don’t want to to sacrifice functionality, the Bugout 535 is a slick option. This knife was made for the outdoors but has all the makings of a quality EDC knife, so if you want to add it to your carry make sure to hit up the link below.

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Kizer Feist

As much as we love gear that's jam-packed with features, sometimes less is more. Especially when all it takes for a good EDC knife is a combination of the right materials and a unique, functional design. Case in point: the Kizer Feist, a collaboration with knife designer Justin Lundquist. Equipped with some of the finest materials around on its handles and blade, it's an elegant expression of utility-driven simplicity at a great value.

The Kizer Feist definitely does more with less: it's a compact knife at only 3.625” when closed with a blade length of 2.875”. That sub-3” blade not only helps pass even the more stringent local knife restrictions, but it also cuts like a bigger knife thanks to its sharp edge spanning the entirety of its modified wharncliffe geometry. The Feist also uses an excellent blade steel in CPM-S35VN, commonly found in high-end knives for its toughness, sharpness, and edge retention.

While the Feist might look like a two-handed gent's knife, it's actually a bona fide flipper. Instead of a rear flipper tab, the Feist deploys as a front flipper by way of slight jimping on the spine of its blade. By rolling your thumb from the top of the blade around the pivot to the back of the handle, you can either quickly flick the knife out or slow-open for a more discreet deployment. It's a uniquely functional design choice by Lundquist that keeps the streamlined silhouette of the knife without sacrificing access.

As another welcome addition to a smaller knife, the Feist locks with a frame lock between its matte 6AL4V titanium handles. The backspacer and included pocket clip are also made in matching titanium to bring a clean aesthetic overall backed by durability and light weight. For a high performance, minimalist gent's knife that comes in at well under $200, check out the Kizer Feist at the link below.

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MecArmy MOT10 Flashlight

It's 2017, and we don't just rely on the trusty tools in our pockets anymore. We also depend on tech that keeps us connected and enhances our day-to-day. Whether it's a laptop for work, a tablet for the kids, or the mobile phone for, well, everything, tech is very much a part of our carry these days as a knife or flashlight. And with all that tech there just isn't enough power to go around, making power banks as ubiquitous as the gear they power. So now there’s the problem of carrying too much gear, which MecArmy are keen to fix. With the MOT10, they solve two carry problems with one flashlight that's got the right features for EDC.

The MOT10 first and foremost aims to be a great light. Powered by 1 x 18650 battery, it uses a Cree XP-L HI V3 LED to push out up to 1000 lumens on Turbo for 4.15 hours, or a 12-lumen low for up to 254 hours. With its Strobe and SOS modes you get a plenty of light to use for all your tasks, controlled by the MOT10's side switch. An included clip and detachable metal tailcap loop also give you options for carrying the light or suspending it from your gear.

Its secondary function lies under the cap on its bottom. Two USB ports—one standard and one micro—let the MOT10 either charge your devices or be charged itself. The onboard charging saves you the trouble of carrying another set of cables and adapters, and the capacity of a good 18650 gives your devices enough charge in a pinch when using the light to charge.

Whether as a powerful and EDC-friendly light on its own or the battery backup you need in an emergency, the MOT10 is a great addition to both enhance and consolidate your gear. Pick one up from the link below.

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