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Vertx EDC Gamut 18

It's hard to argue the pure performance of a tactical pack when it comes to EDC with quick access, organization, and modularity at the forefront of its design. But if “tactical” doesn't suit your style, this new pack from Vertx offers that same functionality in a more discreet style you can take downtown or up the trail. It ditches the all-black look, concealing its MOLLE and hook-and-loop platforms with design cues you'd find on “heritage” hiking packs.

The 18-liter EDC Gamut was already a go-to tactical pack for its expansive EDC-focused feature set. This new colorway draws less unwanted attention with its neutral tones and leather touchpoints, but it's still every bit as functional. For starters, the front panel stows away into the bottom of the bag, revealing a full panel of MOLLE webbing for adding pouches and other gear. You can also attach gear to the webbing and keep it concealed with the front panel up for a cleaner look while still having your gear ready. Above the front panel is a zippered, top-entry stash pocket for frequently used gear. It has an integrated keyleash for clipping your keychain, too.


The main compartment opens by way of a U-shaped zipper to lay flat, allowing for easy loading and identification of your gear no matter where it is in the pack. There's a dedicated sleeve for laptops and tablets up to 15”, 3 zippered mesh pockets for keeping your gear consolidated and visible, and more hook-and-loop lining the interior for additional modularity. At the top of the compartment you'll find an admin panel that can fold out without fully unzipping the bag, making it easier to access on the go. The rear panel unzips to reveal a fully lined hook-and-loop platform for carrying self-defense gear, keeping its tactical functionality intact.

Last but not least, two butterfly-opening zippered side pockets give you additional storage on the exterior of the pack. Each pocket opens to reveal an inner sleeve or admin panel on the body of the bag, with a zippered mesh pocket on the “wing” when opened. Other handy features like a cord-equipped water bottle pocket, a pass-through back panel for loading onto luggage, and quick-release shoulder straps round out the pack. Get a closer look at the midnight navy/stone Gamut 18 at the link below.

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Gear Up for Fall with 5.11 Tactical Apparel and Flashlights

With an emphasis on practical design and tough build materials, 5.11 Tactical gear has become the go-to for many EDCers. On top of their iconic bags, pouches, and tools that they make, they've also got gear to cover the rest of your bases from head to toe. So if you're serious about staying prepared with functional gear, it's important to pay attention not only to what you carry, but the clothes you carry them in as well. 5.11 Tactical's latest releases include their Defender-Flex tactical jeans, Union Waterproof boots, and their handy EDC penlight with performance-driven improvements all around.

Flipside 4 Wallet

Since your stash of cards and cash are such a crucial part of your day-to-day, don't you think your EDC wallet should actually protect them? We don't just mean from RFID skimmers, but things like unexpected storms, spills, drops, and everything in between. In that case, the Flipside 4 puts the “wall” in wallet thanks to a slew of rugged features in a hardshell design that keeps your cards and cash on lockdown. It's a wallet with plenty of organization, storage, and protection and very little bulk.

Flipside's flagship RFID blocking wallet isn't your run-of-the-mill, ultra-slim cardholder type of EDC wallet. It's closer to a portable vault that you can slip in your pocket thanks to its structured, crush-resistant clamshell design. It's made from high-strength polycarbonate resin and aluminum to deliver scratch resistance, RFID protection, and overall durability in a lightweight frame. Despite its rigid materials, the Flipside 4 rides comfortably in the pocket due to its smooth edges and rounded corners.

Pushing its ergonomic, locking front button opens the wallet like a clamshell and keeps it open, letting you easily handle its contents. Three separate slots securely grip your cards from the side, making them identifiable at a glance and quick to retrieve with your thumbs. And unlike some other wallets, you can intuitively stash 10 bills under the moneyclip in its dedicated cash compartment.

The Flipside 4 wallet is made in the USA with a 2 year warranty in 6 different colors to match your EDC. Best of all, it's fairly affordable at just under $40. You can check out the Flipside 4's features and color options and grab one for your own carry at the link below. To see more of what Flipside has to offer, keep up with them on their Instagram.

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Refine Your EDC with Curated Gear from Bespoke Post

Covering your bases and getting things done are just half the fun of having your own EDC. Personalizing your kit to exactly fit your needs and style is part of the experience, too. So if you're looking for some noteworthy gear to round out your kit and make it your own, you just might find it in a box of gear from Bespoke Post. Each box is based on a theme, filled with hand-picked gear, loaded with value, and shipped to your door every month. And even if your EDC is dialed in just right, Bespoke Post has other gear for the rest of the fine things in your life.

Each month, Bespoke Post presents a box of at least $70 worth of gear based on your preferences, but only costs $45 with a subscription. If you like what you see, you can opt for that box as your delivery for the month. If you're not interested in that month's box, you can skip it and check back the following month for a fresh box of gear and hopefully discover something new you'd enjoy. And you can cancel at any time in case the boxes don't work out for you. Overall, the subscription makes for an easy way to discover new brands and try new hobbies without having to do the research while saving money doing so. Check out all the boxes Bespoke Post has to offer at the link below.

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RovyVon Aurora A5

These days it takes more than a spec bump and a smaller footprint to stand out when it comes to EDC lights. Up and coming light manufacturer RovyVon brings both the output and the portability to their 550-lumen Aurora A5 keychain light, but that's just the beginning. Its glow-in-the-dark body is jam-packed with multiple LEDs and other carry-friendly features, making it one of the most versatile lighting tools you can EDC right now.

The Aurora A5 bucks the trend of your typical metal-tube flashlight design with its fluorescent polycarbonate shell. It glows green in the dark, but it's also translucent enough for its two side-mounted LEDs to shine through. The glow-in-the-dark green helps locate the light without using up its battery, while the red side LED functions as a beacon or signal light, and the side-mounted white LED offers a lantern-like flood for reading.

Its main CREE XP-G3 LED pushes up to 550 lumens on its highest setting. Its medium mode hits around 220 lumens, while its Low mode offers 20 lumens of general EDC utility. A stainless steel bezel protects the emitter from impact, while a total internal reflection lens makes for a wide, even beam of floody light. You can control its modes using its side switch that's even capable of both momentary and constant-on operation.

The Aurora A5 also comes with a low-battery indicator and recharges via USB in just 45 minutes. For even more convenience, it comes with a 2-way friction clip for pocket- or ballcap carry, while a lanyard attachment points rounds out your EDC options. Perhaps most impressive is it manages to fit all this technology into an IP65 water resistant body that's only 2.16” long and weighs less than half an ounce at 0.416 oz. You can upgrade your keychain kit with an Aurora A5 at the link below.

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Uni Jetstream Prime 2&1 Multi-pen

When it comes to consolidating your EDC, you might think the only ways are carrying a multi-tool or an all-in-one pouch. But with school and work back in full swing, now's a good time to think about consolidating our writing gear, too. A multi-pen like the Uni Jetstream Prime 2&1 just might be the last writing utensil you'd need to carry. It's a sturdy multi-pen system packed with 2 pens and a mechanical pencil, built into a sleek metal body that'll look good and last long. Whatever you're working on, it'll provide an elevated writing experienced compared to your standard ballpoint pen.

The Jetstream refills fall somewhere between a standard ballpoint pen and a gel pen refill. Uni’s proprietary ink combines the best features of both inks into their hybrid ink cartridges. You’ll get the silky smooth writing experience of a gel pen with the quick-drying properties of an oil-based ballpoint. The ink is also water-, fade-, and smear-resistant when dry. The Prime 2&1 allows you to load up two different pen refills as well as a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. It’s a great way to slim down your EDC, especially if you need to carry a few different writing instruments to get the job done. Last but not least, its included clip makes it easy to slip into your backpack, briefcase, or keep in your pocket.

The Uni Prime ships with a black refill, a red refill, and 40 spare NanoDia HB pencil leads, packaged in an exclusive gift box. It’s available in black, silver, or navy finishes at the link below.

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Deal Alert: Get a Parker Jotter Pen at Its Lowest Price Ever

If you're still using disposable plastic pens, now's the perfect time for an upgrade. The iconic Parker Jotter pen has been the brand's #1 seller since its debut in 1954 as well as one of our go-to picks for EDC to school and work. It's used by hundreds of readers on this site mainly for its excellent quality, cost performance, and EDC-worthy construction. Today it's on sale for its lowest price ever, making it at even better value than it already is.

The Jotter has all the right features to make it ideal for EDC. For starters, it's a click pen, making it quick and easy to use for jotting things down without the hassle of unscrewing a cap or even misplacing it. Next, it features its signature arrow pocket clip for easy retrieval and anti-roll. It's also made from stainless steel, giving it the durability it needs to stand up to EDC while also giving it a pleasant heft and balance in hand. The Jotter also even takes pressurized ink cartridges like the ones from Fisher Space Pen, giving you the option to have that write-anywhere performance with a quick refill swap. 

Overall, the Jotter fits the bill as a sleek, compact pen with stylish looks and the performance to match. You can add this classic pen to your EDC at its lowest price ever from Amazon at the link below.

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Dango T01 Spec Ops Edition

We're seeing a shift towards more high tech materials in EDC gear for tactical, outdoors, and general EDC alike. These technical fabrics often have the edge over natural materials in terms of performance, which is what you'd want for a functional EDC. While Dango's lineup of leather wallets offered utility through their designs, the newest addition does it with a material focus. As their first non-leather wallet, the T01 Spec Ops Edition boasts a newly developed DTEX fabric and pairs it with a Cerakote-finished metal chassis for a rugged, military inspired look. Between the blend of materials and color options, it's Dango's most tactical offering yet.

To replace Dango's usual go-to material of vegtan leather, they've opted for a non-leather textile dubbed DTEX. Designed with durability in mind, it's resilient yet flexible like leather but it offers much better water resistance as well as improved grip thanks to its textured finish. The Spec Ops edition wallets offer DTEX versions of both the single pocket T01 and the Bifold T01 to match your storage and organization needs. The single pocket accommodates up to 12 cards, while the three-pocket Bifold (pictured) holds 12+ cards in its more organized layout.

Whichever DTEX pocket option you choose, the Spec Ops Edition wallets pair it with a CNC'd aluminum chassis for structure and RFID-shielding. The metal components in the Spec Ops edition are also finished with the same durable, scratch-resistant Cerakote ceramic coating you often find on firearms. Rounding out the T01's tactical utility is the included MT02 multi-tool, which packs 14 different functions into the size of a credit card.

The Spec Ops Edition T01 is available now in your choice of the single-pocket or bifold versions made from grey DTEX, paired with an OD green or desert sand Cerakote aluminum chassis.

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The James Brand Elko Micarta

Not all knives need to be tactical to be good enough for EDC. Sometimes it's better to carry just the opposite, like a more traditional gent's knife or a small and discreet keychain knife depending on how and where you'll use it. Maybe you even want a knife that's both: the elusive gent's keychain knife. For that, the latest collaboration from Urban EDC Supply and The James Brand should do the trick. It's a classy take on The James Brand's extremely popular Elko slipjoint knife, this time with rugged OD green micarta scales that aren't just for show.

Instead of the modern-looking anodized aluminum scales found on the original Elko, this exclusive collaboration rocks OD Green micarta that's often found on more traditionally styled knives. The material is just as lightweight and exceptionally durable, but it features a tactile, textured finish to add much needed grip on a smaller knife like this. The Elko weighs in at only 1.3 ounces and measures 2.60” when closed, making it the perfect size for keychain blade duty.

Compared to other keychain knives, the Elko manages to feel more substantial in the hand during use. The 1.74” drop point Sandvik 12C27 blade makes quick work of light tasks for the average EDCer. Whether you live somewhere with stricter knife laws or you prefer gear that's simple to use, you'll appreciate the Elko's ambidextrous nail nick and non-locking, manual slip joint deployment.

The attachment point on the back of the Elko that lets you carry it on your keychain also provides some added utility, doubling as a small screwdriver or pry edge in a pinch. If keychain carry isn't your thing, you can also loop a lanyard through and carry it in your coin pocket or even tucked into a gear sheath or pouch organizer. You can grab the OD Green Micarta Elko exclusively from Urban EDC Supply's store page at the link below, with orders set to ship out this November.

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Maxpedition Riftpoint

For carrying a day's worth of essentials, a compact backpack is one of the best ways to go. Proper straps provide all-day comfort, multiple compartments keep things tidy and accessible, and a smaller capacity maintains a low profile. Maxpedition brought all these qualities to the new AGR Riftpoint backpack, a smaller version of their best-selling Riftcore pack. And while it's sized for day-to-day hauls, it's equipped with features to handle bigger load outs for both casual and tactical applications alike.

The low-profile pack starts at a base 15L in capacity with minimal bulk. Its main compartment opens clamshell style for easy packing and features an internal gusseted sleeve for a small laptop or tablet. Opposite that are a loop panel for attaching internal pouches or organizers and a zippered top pocket for easy access. A smaller top zippered pocket on the exterior of the bag houses frequently used gear for quick access. On the front of the pocket you'll find more loop paneling to attach even more pouches or morale patches as you see fit. A zippered front pocket features an admin panel and another zippered pocket for keeping gear organized. Last but not least, a side-entry pocket on the padded back panel of the pack securely stores valuables or your CCW.

As part of the Advanced Gear Research line, the Riftpoint features a tactically inspired design with future-forward styling and materials. A mix of abrasion-resistant 1000D plain weave ballistic nylon and 500D hex nylon ripstop make up the bag, with TPU and Teflon coating for water- and grime-resistance. Last but not least, laser-cut lattices along the front and sides of the pack serve as attachment points for modular pouches, giving you the freedom to carry more when the situation calls. This compact EDC bag comes in traditional tactical and military colors: black, grey, and tan to match the rest of your gear. Check it out at the link below.

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Victorinox Skipper Pro

If you tie knots on a regular basis (paracord, anyone?), you know how important having a marlinspike can be. It's a critical tool that helps you handle and manipulate rope in any condition, whether in the outdoors or out in the open seas. But carrying a dedicated spike can be a bit too much for your pockets, which is why the new Victorinox Skipper Pro makes for a good everyday carry option. It's a nautical-themed Swiss Army knife that comes with all the essential tools you need in a compact package, including a marlinspike.

It starts with a locking, stainless steel, partially-serrated knife with a large manual thumb-hole opener that's easy to find and manipulate. The serrations on the blade make cutting rough material like rope easy while the plain edge lets you slice delicately as well. The punch and marlinspike contribute to the nautical utility of the tool, letting you manage, tie, and undo rope knots in a cinch. And for all your other tasks, it comes with the traditional set of screwdrivers and bottle openers you've come to expect from a quality SAK. There's even a pair of embedded tweezers set into the beautiful blue polyamide handle.

With a 4” handle, the Skipper Pro gives you enough surface area to maintain a good grip on the tool when performing tasks, and that makes it an ideal tool even if you don't need all the rope management benefits it provides. And at only 6.9 ounces in weight, it won't be a burden in your pockets like other multi-tools can be. Take a look at the finer details of this new SAK at the link below, and make a part of your EDC today.

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EAGTAC DX3B Mini Pro

In general the type of battery a flashlight uses really defines what it can and can't do. Lights with larger batteries offer more lumens and runtime, but they're usually much less pocket-friendly. EAGTAC's DX3B Mini Pro delivers the specs and performance you'd expect from a light twice its size thanks to its compact, built-in 18350 battery. It's a feature-packed pocket rocket boasting an 1830 lumen output in a truly EDC-friendly form factor.

The best part about using an 18350 light is the battery itself. While it's shorter in stature (35mm vs the 18650's 65mm, hence the designation), it loses none of the power output of its big brother. This means that when paired with the Cree XHP50.2 LED, you get an almost ridiculous 1830 ANSI lumens on the DX3B Mini Pro's highest level, scorching all the way to 165 yards with its deep reflector. Understandably, you lose some capacity in exchange for the smaller size, but you still get up to 20 hours of runtime on its lowest 21 ANSI lumen Low mode. Navigating its five levels (with more programmable) is done via a side button, which also doubles as a battery indicator.

EAGTAC have also thrown in some key features to round out the DX3B Mini Pro for EDC. An 800mAh 18350 battery is included as part of its kit, with charging built right into the light via a micro USB port. A crenelated stainless steel bezel protects the business end from drops and impact while also letting you see if you've left the light on when placed head-down. If you need longer runtimes, the DX3B also comes with an 18650 extension tube so you can take advantage of higher-capacity batteries you may already have on hand. The light makes the most of its size for EDC with a 2.6-ounce weight and 3.4” length, along with additional carry options by way of a 2-way removable deep pocket clip and magnetic (tailstanding) tailcap.

With power that belies its size and features that make the most of its platform, the EAGTAC DX3B Mini Pro is a compelling contender for your next pocket rocket. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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Pioneer Flyfold Wallet

When it comes to picking a great EDC wallet, it all comes down to finding the right balance for your needs. Some wallets are made of metal to keep them slim and strong, but they're not the most comfortable and can't carry cash that well. Pioneer's latest wallet, the Flyfold, takes a more balanced approach. It's a familiar bifold design, meaning it can accommodate cards and cash with ease, but made with cutting edge construction and futuristic fabrics to keep it worthy of your EDC.

The Flyfold's technical fabrics and construction are what sets it apart from other wallets in its class. At the core of Pioneer's 10XD fabric are fibers 10 times stronger than steel by weight, resulting in a material that's totally waterproof, highly abrasion resistant, and uniquely grippy thanks to its densely woven nylon ripstop exterior. This material is more comfortable to carry and easier to grip than metal, yet more durable and lighter weight than leather. To match the advanced materials, Pioneer uses advanced construction methods on the Flyfold too. Lamination of the material and seams cuts significantly on bulk compared to traditional sewing methods, while bartack reinforcements at high stress points make the wallet especially robust.

All this technology lets the Flyfold take on a more familiar form factor of a traditional bifold without the usual drawbacks like getting bulky or wearing out. Its full-length billfold section easily fits notes with no folding necessary, making carrying cash a non-issue compared to most minimalist wallets. Two internal RFID-secure card slots are sized to hold 5 cards each (10 total) with enough space to fan the cards out for quick and easy access.

If you want a high-tech, nearly indestructible minimalist wallet that's as easy to use as your old favorite leather bifold, the Flyfold might be the one for you. Get a closer look at Pioneer's Kickstarter project at the link below and pledge before the campaign ends in about a month on October 4th.

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Gerber Suspension NXT Multi-tool

When you make multi-tools for tradespeople and military personnel alike, they're going to get the job done. But for the rest of us, that might be a bit overkill for everyday tasks and projects. That's why Gerber created the Suspension NXT—a more compact, EDC-friendly butterfly-style multi-tool based on the original trade-oriented Suspension. And while the new Suspension NXT weighs less and takes up less space in the pocket, it's packed with more features than ever and still fits your budget.

Upon first glance you can see some similarities in the design language of the NXT and the original Suspension, like in the skeletonized handles that save on weight. The NXT keeps bulk to a minimum, weighing in at 6.7 ounces from the original's 9 ounce weight, while also sporting a much slimmer silhouette. With its 4.25” closed length and built-in pocket clip, this is a multi-tool you can carry in your pocket instead of on a bulky belt holster or sheath.

Functionality-wise it retains its externally accessible locking tools for ease of access and safety during hard use. The NXT actually ups the total tool count to 15 from the original's 13, thanks to the addition of a new set of tools catering to EDC including a wire stripper, medium flathead screwdriver, awl, file, and ruler. The NXT's main needlenose pliers are spring loaded for comfortable, controlled performance even during longer tasks too.

With its well-rounded toolset, EDC-focused design, and affordable price, the Gerber Suspension NXT could be the next multi-tool you've been looking for. Check it out at the Amazon link below.

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Spyderco Efficient Green

You don't always have to pay top dollar for solid EDC performance. Spyderco have long proven it with their budget line of linerlock knives, with the Persistence, Tenacious, and Ambitious being popular favorites. The Efficient released last year as their newest entry to the value-minded lineup, and new for 2018 is the same great knife in a foliage green and silver colorway. If you haven't picked up the Efficient before, you’re missing out on a knife that’s true to its name in both performance and cost.

Like its name suggests, the Efficient makes the most of the space it takes up. This means hitting the EDC sweet spot at a blade length of 3”, in a capable 8Cr13MoV steel with a drop point shape and full flat grind. These attributes give it great slicing versatility in a steel that's easy to maintain and hone, while being easy (and legal) to carry. Like most Spyderco knives, you also get the benefit of the signature Spydie hole on the blade that lets you deploy the blade ambidextrously.

The G10 handles keep the Efficient light while giving it a solid grip. These are angled in a way that takes advantage of the blade's thin profile and drop point tip for precision, while still able to use its belly for longer slices. Skeletonized liners and a solid metal backspacer give the knife plenty of structural strength, crucial in ensuring the solid lockup of its liner lock when in use. A few more Spyderco staples make their home on the Efficient's handles, including a built-in lanyard hole and a reversible pocket clip, giving you all the options you need when it comes to EDC.

The Efficient is true to its name in form, function, and price, giving you tremendous value for an everyday knife. It's a fresh look on top of classic Spyderco features and performance, and you can pick it up from Amazon at the link below.

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DSPTCH Sling Pouch Collection

If you want to keep your EDC tightly consolidated and accessible all in one place, your best bet is the tactical sling bag. Luckily for us EDCers it's become a bit of a fashion statement, but a practical one nonetheless. And when it comes to blending utilitarian style with performance-driven features, few bag companies do it as well as DSPTCH. Their latest Sling Pouch collection brings three cross-body bags to the table with dialed in organization, thoughtful capacity options, and stylish, low-profile silhouettes.

One main advantage of a sling bag is it can keep your gear comfortably close to your body, which makes all the difference when you're on the go. All three bags in the DSPTCH Sling Pouch Collection were designed to ride comfortably against the body while keeping bulk to a minimum thanks to an ergonomic curved back panel where the strap connects to the bag. They all feature the same adjustable, removable and quick-releasing strap, but vary by their capacity and organization.

The Slim Sling Pouch stands out in the collection for its slim silhouette that best fills its niche as a cross-body bag. It's more square than rectangular in shape, with a 1”  depth to slip under outerwear. The main zippered compartment is divided into two vertical internal pockets, with one webbed section and one gusseted slip pocket for exterior storage. 

The packs are constructed from water-resistant, DWR-treated 1680D ballistic nylon for durability and structure. The navy bags also feature clear laminate panel details for at-a-glance identification of your gear. Other details like a removable D-ring, tactile zipper pulls, and back panel padding round out the pouches. Check out the latest collection in more detail over at DSPTCH's site below.

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