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Nitecore NEB10 Excursion Bag

When it comes to your EDC bag, there are three main things you want it to be: rugged, organized, and easy to carry. Sometimes you'll find a bag that's got all the pockets you need, but it just isn't comfortable. Or one that's compact enough for the day's errands but doesn't have enough ways to arrange your essentials. Nitecore's new NEB10 excursion bag aims to hit the sweet spot of a tactical pack suited for the urban commuter. It's got the heavy-duty construction and materials of tactical bags, with the size and organization to fit an EDCer's needs.

As a daily bag, the NEB10 keeps your gear in check with its array of compartments and expansion options. This includes a loop surface and 6-channel elastic organization in its main 6L compartment and dual front zippered pockets with mesh slip pockets. On the front is a MOLLE system laser-cut from Hypalon rubber that keep a low profile without any loss of expansion and modular capability, and on the sides are retention straps for even more attachment options.

But the NEB10's key feature as a daily bag comes in its 3-point harness system. Paired with a removable padded shoulder strap, the system lets you distribute the bag's weight evenly across your body for a secure carry while out and about. And as befitting a modern tactical pack, coated 1050D CORDURA nylon keeps your gear dry and protected.

Stay prepared on your day's activities with Nitecore's purpose-built NEB10 excursion bag. You can pick one up in two colors from the Amazon link below.

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Benchmade 319 Proper

When you think of a proper gent's knife, Benchmade knives probably aren't the first to come to mind. But with their new 319 "Proper," that's all about to change. It's Benchmade's first take on a classic slip joint folder. It's a non-locking folding knife with a ton of character, crafted by one of the best blade makers in the USA. It’s significantly less aggressive than Benchmade's usual offerings thanks to the blade size, shape, and handle materials, but it's every bit as capable for EDC.

Instead of the cheap carbon steel you commonly see on slip joints, the Proper uses a corrosion-resistant, American-made CPM S30V steel on its 2.86” blade. Its sheepsfoot blade shape is ideal for a variety of cutting and slicing tasks, thanks to the large belly and distinct point. In keeping with the traditional slip joint design, the Proper comes with scales made of either red contoured G10 or a dark green micarta resin that both give a unique tactile feel and extra grip. It opens and closes with a nail nick and the slip joint mechanism keeps it firmly in place. There’s no pocket clip, but there is a lanyard hole so you can easily grab it from your pocket.

If you've been wanting a knife of Benchmade's caliber but prefer less tactical knives, the Proper is an excellent place to start. Pick up this modern, soon-to-be-classic from Benchmade via the link below.

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ZeroHour Apex Tactical Pen

If you're on the market for a versatile pen that's tough enough for EDC, your options can be a bit limited. On the one hand you've got minimalist machined pens, and heavy duty tactical pens on the other. ZeroHour's Apex Tactical pen offers the best of both worlds and is now on the market after a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. It has the quality and performance of a machined pen without being clad in the trappings of an aggressive tactical design. It's a great example of ZeroHour's crowdfunding pedigree, EDC gear built with reliability, function, and comfort as their main features.

The Apex is designed around the Fisher Space Pen refill, a community favorite thanks to its ability to write in every environmental condition or orientation. Many tactical pens are so long that they become unwieldy and heavy, but the Apex's total length of 4.7” makes it compact and easy to carry. It comes in 6061 aluminum or grade 5 titanium, popular materials that offer ideal strength-to-weight ratios and also fit the look of many EDC loadouts. Its skeletonized barrel cuts down weight even further and doubles in showing off the brass Fisher refill underneath. Finally, its tail end features a safety-capped tungsten steel tip, a hardened material that lets you use the Apex for emergency situations as a glass breaker or for self-defense.

It's a great pen you no longer have to wait to add to your EDC. Add this feature-heavy but pocket light pen to yours by clicking the link below.

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GRID-IT Wrap Laptop Sleeve

Turning your backpack inside out in search of accessories or charging cables is never fun, but we’ve all been there. Cocoon Industries has a large line of accessories aimed at helping you organize your most used essentials when they won’t fit in your pockets. The GRID-IT Wrap is a laptop sleeve that fits up to a 13” slim laptop, outfitted with their signature criss-crossed elastic straps for secure gear organization at a glance.

With a GRID-IT on your laptop sleeve, there'll be no more digging through your computer bag in search of tiny accessories like USB sticks or earbuds. You can strap in everything from your favorite multitool to any charging cables you might need right onto the webbing panel of the GRID-IT Wrap. With the flap folded back, you’ll be able to see all your gear in one place without needing to empty your pack or rummage through compartments. Best of all, you can take advantage of the versatile straps to fit your specific needs. The setup that you use today might be completely different than the one you'll use tomorrow.

Because this is a laptop sleeve, it can be your own portable workstation that slips in and out of your bag with ease. Whether you’re trying to be a little more organized with your gear or are looking for a painless solution to loose accessories, the GRID-IT Wrap is worth checking out.

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Magpul DAKA Suppressor Pouch

By now, you might've seen Magpul's DAKA line of pouches and wallets recommended as weatherproof EDC options thanks to their rugged construction and protective materials. The newest addition to the DAKA line, the Suppressor Pouch, is like a trimmed down version of the original DAKA storage pouch. Officially, it's designed to fit a suppressor and its required NFA paperwork. But since you probably don't EDC one of those, you can look at this pouch in a different way. This is one of the most rugged tactical pen and pencil cases available today.

At 9 x 3 inches, the suppressor pouch is smaller than the rest of the DAKA line. That's just the right amount of space to store the writing implements of your choice and keep them safe on the go. Even if you don't carry multiple pens, it'll stash a few of those awkwardly long items in your EDC, like 2-cell flashlights, dedicated screwdrivers, pry bars, and more.

The Suppressor Pouch retains the rugged polymer construction that's welded to keep the elements out. Plus, a reliable, water-tight YKK zipper its contents safe from dirt and water. Each corner of the pouch also features a lanyard attachment point, letting you easily clip or tie the pouch into your EDC pack system.

If you're looking for a pencil case that's more on the rugged tactical side, consider giving this pouch a shot. Pick one up at the link below.

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Benchmade 560 Freek

When it comes to your EDC knife, having the right grip on it can make all the difference. A good grip grants more control, which makes cutting tasks both easier and safer. The new Benchmade 560 Freek, with its dual polymer handle, gives you the kind of precise control you want out of your EDC blade.

It starts with the simple yet reliable blade opening and lock on this knife. The thumbstud on the 3.6" S30V blade offers easy one-handed opening. That blade stays locked in place during even hard use via Benchmade's signature ambidextrous AXIS lock. The blade itself also has jimping at the spine, giving you fine control during precision tasks.

But the real source of control is the dual-polymer handle on this knife. It's made of a combination of lightweight and grippy Grivory and Versaflex polymers. The handle materials are also cut in a diamond and striped pattern for more texture to grip. And the handle is large enough for your fingers to wrap around it for a firm grip.

The Benchmade 560's superior ergonomics will help you make quick work out of any cutting tasks ahead of you. Grab one for yourself at the link below.

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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver

When it comes to your EDC watch, you want something you can trust to stay accurate and keep ticking without much maintenance. Automatic movements are great, but only if you wear them (or at least give them a good shake) every day. The Citizen Promaster Diver avoids the daily upkeep with their proprietary Eco-Drive Technology. Thanks to a quartz-based movement, a solar charging cell, and robust construction, it makes for a reliable EDC watch that'll keep on ticking.

From the outside, the Promaster Diver has all the classic looks and features of a solid dive watch. There’s a 42mm stainless steel case contrasted with a blacked out face, bezel, and strap. Luminescent paint paired with large indices make for high visibility in dim (or underwater) conditions. The same goes for the chunky, yet legible hands. The orange minute hand not only adds a pop of color, but it also makes it easier to track time when using the bezel. You’ll also find a date window in the 4-o’clock position that lines up with the screw down crown. The steel case provides 200m of water resistance, which is more than enough for both professional diving and surface water sports.

The Promaster Diver represents an excellent value for a reliable and rugged everyday watch. You can can pick up one up for yourself for right around $200 via the link below.

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Helikon-Tex Urban Admin Pouch

While you normally find admin pouches in larger packs as a way of organizing your smaller essentials, they can be especially useful on their own. When you lack pocket space and don't want to carry a ton of stuff for your daily activities, a custom pouch lets you consolidate you gear without adding a lot of bulk. The Helikon-Tex Urban Admin Pouch is a rugged, modular pouch that lets you customize how you carry your everyday carry, maximizing space while keeping you prepared.

Its secret is in its removable inserts. They give you plenty of options for storage and organization, and let you configure the pouch depending on the day's needs. One day the Urban Admin Pouch can be a compact toolbox, another, a first aid kit. In addition to the inserts, the pouch also has expansion options in its interior with dummycording loops, and on the outside with a hook and loop panel and mesh pocket. It's as rugged as any tactical pouch, made from 500D Cordura nylon, with hardy YKK zippers that secure its contents.

From colorways to camouflage patterns to inserts, there are endless possibilities to customize the Helikon-Tex Urban Admin Pouch to suit your EDC needs. Pick up your choice of pouch and inserts at the Amazon link below.

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Spyderco Efficient

If you're looking for a solid EDC knife that won't break the bank, efficiency is king. You want a knife with high-end features and serious performance at a comfortable price point. With a name like the Efficient, Spyderco has put together a value blade that's more than up to the challenge.

The Efficient is a folding knife made with many of the hallmarks of Spyderco's higher end offerings. It's classic Spyderco design language throughout, from the large thumbhole opening to the thoughtful ergonomic details. For example, the thumbhole allows easy one-handed opening for both righties and lefties. Paired with its reversible clip, it's EDC-friendly from the moment you slip it in your pocket right up to the cutting task at hand.

When in use, grippy G10 scales on an already ergonomic handle give you a firm grasp on the knife. Jimping on the choil and on the top of the blade give even more precision.

You'll appreciate that kind of control too, since the Efficient is seriously sharp. It sports a 3”, full flat ground, plain edge drop point blade. That'll make short work of most everyday cutting tasks, and its 8Cr13Mov stainless steel is easy to touch up after extended use.

With this feature set, the Efficient comes in as a new contender for one of the best value folders you can EDC, dollar-for-dollar. Pick one up at the link below.

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CRKT Vizzle

Sometimes the best knives come as a surprise. If you gravitate towards the more minimal, gent's knife type of designs, you'd know many of them sacrifice some key features for a sleeker aesthetic and smaller size. The Jesper Voxnaes-designed, CRKT-produced Vizzle, on the other hand, flips the script. It's one of those rare, larger-sized minimalist knife options that conceals some unexpected features in an attractive design that's as low-profile as ever.

That's mostly in part due to how the 3.35” blade practically disappears when closed, nestling almost flush in the slender, stainless steel handle. Relative to the blade, the Vizzle's handle measures proportionally longer than most knives. That not only gives those of you with larger hands a better grip on the knife while in use, but it also streamlines the silhouette of the knife even further.

Two key, functional features stand out in the otherwise simple, stonewashed handle. First, a ridged thumbhole in the middle of the handle gives you a stable grip when deploying (or fidgeting with) the knife. Next, a flipper tab allows for effortless one-hand opening thanks to the Vizzle's IKBS ball bearing pivot. As for the blade itself, it's made with 8Cr13MoV steel and features a satin finish and a plain edge. For one more surprisingly useful hidden feature, the stainless steel framelock that keeps the knife in place even has an overtravel stop screwed into the lock bar itself.

In classic Voxnaes fashion, a black polymer backspacer adds contrast and a lanyard attachment point to the open-back construction of the knife. Because it's on the hefty side at 4.6 oz, you'll appreciate the included clip to help comfortably EDC the knife in your pocket. Overall, the Vizzle offers plenty of substance for such a minimalist design. Grab one for your EDC at the link below.

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Olight S10R Baton III

You know a manufacturer's onto something when they're three generations into a product, making nothing but improvements every time. The S10R is Olight's flagship rechargable flashlight, and its third iteration gives you more power, more features, and faster charging in a smaller footprint. It cements the S10R as one of the best flashlights for everyday carry, giving you a great balance of power and size.

Like its predecessors, the S10R Baton III is powered by a custom rechargeable 650mAh RCR123A battery. This is paired with a new Luminus SST-40 LED that can output up to 600 lumens, a 100-lumen improvement from the S10R Baton II. This capacity also lets the S10R run for up to 15 days on its 0.5-lumen mode. You can change modes with Olight's signature low-profile side switch, a perfect match with its 2.7” length, 6% shorter from the previous Baton. Also new is a timer function that lets you adjust the S10R's output for 3- or 9-minute bursts.

A new USB desktop charger comes with the Baton III, the fastest charging dock for Olight's S series. The light is also compatible with previous portable magnetic charging cables (MCC), handy if you have one from older models. Finally, the Baton III comes with an improved lanyard with perforating tool to pair with its clip and magnetic tail, giving you tons of options for both use and carry.

Compact, rechargeable flashlights don't get any better than this. Pick up Olight's latest and greatest Baton from Amazon at the link below.

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Prometheus Kappa Quick-Release Keychain

Your keychain's a great place to keep lightweight tools and backup essentials. But sometimes those extra steps of taking it out and detaching it from your belt loop can get cumbersome when your need your gear in a hurry. For moments like this, swapping in the Prometheus Kappa Quick Release (QR) system can be a small but significant upgrade to your EDC. With a simple twist, you can detach your keys or tools from your carabiner or suspension clip, saving you both time and bulk when you need to use them.

The Kappa's signature snap action is built with two specific parts. The first is a specially designed canted coil spring, manufactured to exact specifications and commonly used for electrical and mechanical connectors across industries. The second is its two disconnecting halves, one with a special groove where the spring lies and gives the Kappa its 10-pound attach/detach strength. Pull and twist the halves to the left to disconnect, push and twist them to the right to connect—simple and effective.

While the Kappa was originally paired with another Prometheus product and only came in brass, this new campaign gives backers a choice of 5 materials. You can choose between C360 brass (19g), C145 tellurium copper (20g), 6061 nickel-plated aluminum (10g), and two colors of either Delrin or Lexan thermoplastic, both at 7g. These materials also give you plenty of options of matching your Kappa to your EDC's aesthetic, from stealth black to classy copper.

The Kappa QR's campaign is well on its way and funded, and you have plenty of time to back for one of your own. Head over to the Kickstarter link below to pledge for yours.

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Direct Action Dragon Egg Mk II Tactical Backpack

As the world moves and changes, so do your needs. And when it comes to gear you rely on every day, you can't afford to be stuck doing the same old thing to keep up. Direct Action aren't ones to shy away from change, so they've hatched a new version of their Dragon Egg backpack. It keeps all the elements that make it an excellent tactical daypack, while improving accessibility with redesigned pockets.

The Dragon Egg is a 25-liter backpack that's built for the modern EDCer, hitting all the right beats for both urban and tactical needs. Three zippered pockets include a large main compartment with an internal hydration sleeve and mesh pocket, a rear padded pocket for comms or a 15” laptop or smaller, and a front admin pocket with internal organization for your loose essentials. New to the Mk II are side pockets which fit narrower items and can expand to fit modern water bottles. Finally, a soft velour-lined pocket lets you safely carry a pair of glasses or your phone. The backpack is made from 500D Cordura nylon treated with a water-resistant coating for use during any weather or activity.

Expansion and customization is where the Dragon Egg gets beastly. On its front is a laser-cut webbing system compatible with MOLLE and PALS that give you modular expansion without adding an extra layer of bulk. Pairing this with daisy-chain webbing that runs along both sides of the front panel widens your carry options even more, letting you attach carabiners or extra gear. The Dragon Egg's shape makes it more comfortable to use when worn with belt kits or ballistic vests, and its adjustable shoulder straps and ventilation system let you carry the pack with ease for even the longest operations.

The Direct Action Dragon Egg Mk II is a modern backpack for modern needs. Pick one up in your choice of color or camouflage at the link below.

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Massdrop x Ferrum Forge Falcon S35VN Folding Knife

While mass-produced knives can get the job done, there's a difference between a knife that simply cuts and one that slices with style. And when you put together three industry icons' heads together to design and produce a knife, you can bet the result is nothing short of extraordinary. Designed by Ferrum Forge, a small operation out of San Diego that's big on custom design and quality, manufactured by WE Knife Co., a solid production company already making waves in the knife world, and produced by Massdrop, the hobbyist and enthusiast destination, extraordinary is exactly what you get with the Ferrum Forge Falcon.

Simply handling the Falcon gives you an idea of how scrutinized its design and features were, as expected of a custom knife from Ferrum Forge. S35VN steel was selected for its blade, the flagship steel from Crucible Industries and Chris Reeve that gives impressive performance and edge retention.

Don't be fooled by the blade's compact 2.9” length (you'll appreciate being able to carry it in more places, though). It features a bold, drop point design with details that draw your hand towards a secure grip. These include a large finger choil to lock your index finger in place while cutting, and a concave cutout with jimping along the blade's spine for a secure thumb grip.

The Falcon's understated handles belie the fit, finish, and function within them. 6AL4V titanium gives the knife an excellent strength while keeping a light weight, and titanium's springiness lends itself to a more reliable frame lock. The Falcon's blade deploys through Ferrum Forge's caged bearing flip action, giving it a smooth and effortless action that lets you get to the cutting much faster.

While engaged, the blade is held in place with a hardened steel lockbar insert, designed for the long haul to keep the knife safe even with hard use. A reversible 3D-machined titanium clip rounds out the Falcon's handle features, letting righties and lefties alike carry the knife with ease.

Thanks to WE Knife Co's production capability and Massdrop's enthusiast reach, the Falcon can reach the hands and pockets of every knife user, from collectors to hard-use outdoorsmen. Check out the link below to grab this one-of-a-kind collaboration for yourself.

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Nitecore TIP 2017

In the beginning, there was the Nitecore Tube, and keychain flashlight fans rejoiced, for it was robust, powerful, and convenient. And then there was the TIP, which brought with it even more power and metallic construction. But this year, Nitecore took the TIP to even greater heights. With a new multifunction clip and an eye-pleasing emitter, the TIP 2017 CRI is more useful than ever, carries even easier, and continues to be a flashlight perfect for everyday carry.

The TIP 2017's pocket clip is its most notable and welcome improvement. It's designed to latch on to the TIP not only to give you carry options (like clipping the tip onto a hat for hands-free use), but to also protect its micro USB charging port and buttons to prevent accidental activation. The 2017 model still offers a Nichia 219B for its LED, an eye-pleasing emitter that approximates natural sunlight for more accurate color.

Two new intelligent modes make the TIP even more tailored to your needs. A Daily mode automatically turns off the light after 30 seconds without operation, and a Constant-on mode provides continuous illumination for longer tasks. These modes complement the TIP's four normal brightness levels of up to 240 lumens on Turbo and 46 hours of runtime on 1-lumen Low. And as with its previous models, IP54-rated metallic construction and USB charging round out it's set of features.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, but Nitecore managed to add some excellent new features to an already-impressive keychain light. Pick one up in your choice of color from Amazon at the link below.

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Kershaw Reverb

One look at Kershaw's new Reverb and you already know it's a knife built for everyday carry. It's clear from the sweeping edge on its blade to its minimalist construction, not to mention the built-in carabiner. The Reverb—true to its name—echoes features on both urban and outdoor knives to give you a unique blade that fits any EDC. As an ultralight pack knife it's indispensable as much as it is invisible, and as an everyday knife it's as capable as it is compact.

While its 8Cr13MoV steel blade measures only 2.5”, it makes the most of its length with its excellent blade geometry. Its modified drop-point shape, sweeping belly, and piercing point let it handle a variety of cutting tasks. It conspicuously doesn't come with Kershaw's SpeedSafe assisted opening, thumb stud, or flipper tab (meaning nothing to snag on your gear). But thanks to a recess on the blade, manually opening the Reverb one-handed is easy.

Dual-material handles give both style and strength where they're needed. G-10 with a contoured carbon fiber overlay keeps the Reverb's front handle light, while its rear handle comes in steel to lend extra strength to its frame lock. These handles are also home to a pocket clip and carabiner, giving you plenty of options for carrying the knife, whether clipped in your pocket or hanging off your pack. And at only 1.6 ounces, it's one of the most versatile ultralight knives you can add to your EDC. You can pick up the Reverb from Kershaw at the link below.

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