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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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Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 In-Ear Monitors

If you're going to use your gear every single day, it's worth upgrading to something that's built for the task. Yes, even your earphones. Whether you're gaming, listening to a podcast, or tuning out the world with the newest bop you can't get enough of, a pair of quality earphones can help open up a whole new level of enjoyment. Plus, they tend to feature better build quality, comfort, and usability for a better overall listening experience. NuForce and Massdrop collaborated on such a pair that was designed specifically for everyday carry, aptly named the EDC. They've teamed up again to bring you the EDC3 as an upgraded bigger brother to the original. It features much of the same great design that made the EDC such a success, but now offers three balanced armature drivers at a compelling $99.99 price point.

Before even getting into how they sound, it's worth noting all the little features on the EDC3 that tackle the challenges of EDCing a pair of earphones in the first place. For many of you, the biggest issue is probably dealing with wires. Cheap wires often tangle and fray, rendering the 'buds useless. The EDC3 comes with not one, but two removable cables depending on your needs. The first is a sturdy yet comfortably flexible braided cable for quality listening sessions, complete with a right angle 3.5mm plug to minimize stress and breakage, as well as built-in cable management for easy carrying. The other cable boasts in-line controls and a microphone to use with your smartphone. It's easy to carry the other cable as a backup even on the go thanks to an included hard zip pouch with an internal mesh pocket, too.

Like the original EDC, the EDC3 uses a durable Lexan polycarbonate to house its internals. The EDC3 housing is both lightweight and compact, making it comfortable to listen to all day. This time around, the entire body is a transluscent dark navy to showcase the arrangement of the EDC3's triple balanced armature drivers. They work together to provide a detailed, all-around experience that still leans towards musical than analytical thanks to its slightly warm sound, defined mids, and controlled bass.

Whether you're an EDC-minded audiophile or looking to finally upgrade your current pair of 'phones, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value than these. It's not often you see triple balanced armature IEMs under $100. Get them before pre-orders close at the Massdrop link below.

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Reylight Lan v2 Titanium High CRI AA Flashlight

If you asked a flashlight enthusiast ten years ago what EDC lights would look like in 2018, chances are they couldn't have predicted the tiny pocket rockets pushing hundreds of lumens we have on our keychains today. Instead, high-end light designs took a more retro-futuristic approach, looking more like a bona fide lightsaber than a thumb drive. The ReyLight Lan Titanium flashlight is an excellent present-day example of the high design and features that old school “flashaholics” dreamed of, with a price point and availability that's much more accessible to the rest of the EDC crowd. It's based on the familiar and convenient AA form factor, taken to the next level with premium materials and components.

The ReyLight Lan doesn't aim to impress with its total lumen output alone. While it still hits a maximum 390 lumens with a 14500 battery, it has much more to offer to the discerning EDCer. For starters, it uses a 4000K Nichia 219C high CRI LED, which does a much better job at making the colors of your surroundings vivid and lifelike as if they were in sunlight as opposed to the harsh, cold, blue light that most LEDs put out. It also offers a super useful Moonlight mode at 0.2 lumens for preserving night vision and keeping discreet so you don't disturb others when you need a little extra light. Because the Lan can take both a standard AA battery and a lithium rechargeable 14500, its output and runtimes can vary. For more power, use a 14500 to get 390 lumens for 40 minutes on High with 20 days on Moonlight mode. An AA lasts a bit longer at the expense of total output, hitting a max of 110 lumens for 50 minutes and lasting 30 days on Moonlight.

You can find more enthusiast features in the body of the light itself. It's Ti-6Al-4V titanium through and through, down to the tritium-compatible, tailstanding rear click switch. You can also insert tritium vials around the bezel, giving you plenty of ways to customize the light and improve its visibility in a dark pocket or bag. Last but not least, a pocket clip makes it easy to carry and access for EDC. The Lan v2 is available now on Amazon at the link below. If you'd rather wait for mode memory and a bit higher output, check out the updated Lan v3 currently in the works as a fully funded Kickstarter project.

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CRKT M16-02KS

A good pocket knife can be one of those useful tools in your arsenal, but it can also be one of the most expensive. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case. When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck few knives did it like the CRKT M16. Designed by the late Kit Carson, the M16's tactical looks, ergonomic handle, and game-changing flipper open mechanism made it an instant EDC classic. The new M16-02KS follows in those same footsteps with upgraded materials and features at an affordable price point, just like the original.

This time around the M16-02KS features a tanto blade made of 12C27 Sandvik steel with a black oxide finish (a step up from the original's 8Cr15MoV), making for a stealthy look that goes hand in hand with its tactical design. The blade itself is roughly 3 inches in length which is perfect for everyday tasks, and the plain edge makes it easy to get the precise cut you want.

A knurled and easy to reach thumb stud allows for one-handed deployment, but also has a Carson flipper opening in honor of the knife maker. The blade now locks with a frame lock mechanism instead of the original's locking liner. The handles get upgraded to 2Cr13 stainless steel, complete with weight-saving holes for a durable knife that won’t weigh your pockets down at 3.7 ounces.

And if you’re looking for versatility, the pocket clip can be mounted in four different positions. So whether you prefer to carry tip-up or tip-down this knife has you covered. For a fresh take on a classic pocket knife, the CRKT M16-02KS is a solid option for anyone that wants a practical blade for EDC but doesn’t want to break the bank.

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Trayvax Summit Notebook

When it comes to rugged wallets built to withstand both daily use and the ravages of time, few manufacturers have made their mark as well as Trayvax. With robust materials paired with USA-made fit and finish, their products have become mainstays in many EDCs. Now they've set their sights in leveling up the rest of your essentials with the Summit Notebook. Built to work with the original Summit minimalist wallet and with a few useful tricks up its leather sleeve, the Notebook is a one-stop shop for keeping your essentials classy and consolidated.

Trayvax's Summit wallet was designed to be as lightweight and efficient as possible: nylon webbing secures up to 8 cards and folded cash in a 3D-stamped steel frame. The Summit Notebook turns the wallet into a sleek leather journal, using its webbing to lock it into the left side. On the right side there's space for a compact notebook and EDC favorite Fisher Space Pen. The leather itself is chestnut-colored oiled latigo cowhide leather that's combination-tanned to be flexible yet durable.

Its left panel sports an ID window that gives quick visual and access to the top cards on the Summit wallet, while its right side houses a stash slot for extra cash or essentials. The included compact notebook uses paper from another EDC favorite, Rite in the Rain, making use of its all-weather performance, and down the Notebook's spine is the pen slot to store the Fisher Space Pen. The whole package without cards or cash weighs 3.36 ounces, making it as pocket-friendly as possible while still maximizing its included essentials.

“Buy it for life” is the name of Trayvax's game, with generous lifetime warranties to ensure quality and satisfaction for their products. Compact and protect your essentials (and ideas) with the Summit Notebook bundle at the Amazon link below, or if you're already using the Summit Wallet, level it up with just the Notebook sleeve available here.

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CRKT Pryma Multi-tool

At the end of the day, there are just some tasks your knife wasn't meant to do. There's even a good chance these things come up more often in your day to day than any precise cutting task. You know the type: prying, opening bottles, scraping, and opening boxes. All of that can do a real number on your knife, which is why it's a good idea to carry a tool to handle the rest. The CRKT Pryma is an inconspicuous tool designed by Jesper Voxnaes to be put through whatever your knife shouldn't, equipped with a built-in carabiner for effortless keychain carry.

The star of the show is the multi-purpose pry bar on the business end of the Pryma. Besides prying, it's thick enough for scraping, coming to a sharp yet finger-safe point that's ideal for puncturing packing tape when opening boxes. Towards the middle of the body, you have access to multiple wrenches and a bottle opener. The back end of the Pryma is where its toolset gets interesting. It features a carabiner for easy carry on a belt loop, bag, or keychain, finally coming to an emergency glass breaker. The two wings on the sides of the Pryma act as safety choils when holding it in a hammerfist grip, letting you confidently strike a window in an emergency without risking injury from the impact.

The Pryma does it all in a compact package at just 3.235” long, weighing 0.9oz. It's built from 3Cr13 steel available in a stonewashed black finish. For a day-to-day companion to your EDC knife that'll have your back in an emergency too, pick up the Pryma at the link below.

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Olight M2T Warrior Tactical Flashlight

When the Olight M2R Warrior last year, it ticked all the boxes as one of the most robust 18650 flashlights you can EDC. As good as it was, all its bells and whistles weren't for everyone. If you already had a tidy pile of batteries and chargers, or preferred a light with a proud tailswitch for use with gloves, then the M2R wasn't the light for you. So Olight went back to the drawing board and came back with the M2T, offering a different set of features from the flagship M2R. It's got plenty of what made the original great, with smart compromises to address the needs of more discerning EDCers at a lower cost.

The M2T comes in the same 5.12”-long, anodized aluminum form factor as the M2R, with a key change in its tailcap. Instead of the recessed electronic button that allowed magnetic charging on the M2R, the M2T comes with a 3-stage rubber tailswitch, giving access to momentary and full activation of its 1200-lumen Turbo, as well as strobe when depressed and held. The switch makes it easier to activate the light in an underhand grip and while gloved, while maintaining a compact length that makes it one of the shortest tailswitch lights on the market using 18650 batteries.

Olight retains many features on the M2T from its flagship big brother. Use of the high-powered Cree XHP35 HD LED, the familiar side switch interface that controls its 7 modes, even the great two-way clip makes an appearance on the light. While it doesn't come with an 18650 battery (one of the ways it lowers its asking price), it includes a battery magazine that lets you use 2 x CR123A batteries as a power source. You also get a custom holster and lanyard as carry options, with an IPX8 rating that keeps the light tough regardless of how it's carried.

While at first glance the M2T seems like a light full of compromises, make no mistake: it takes its Warrior badge seriously and remains one heck of a light. It's an affordable option with thoughtful features to fit your EDC perfectly. Pick up the M2T from Amazon at the link below.

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Boker Plus Urban Trapper Petite G10

As far as gent's knives go, the Boker Plus Urban Trapper has long been a crowd favorite. Its slim and slender design makes it both stylish and easy to carry. But despite its minimalist silhouette and traditional inspiration, it actually performs like a modern folder thanks to its flipper mechanism and premium materials. The Urban Trapper Petite comes as a new addition to the lineup in a more compact size with an EDC-focused, G10 scale upgrade to boot.

The black G10 scales add a decidedly tactical bent to this minimalist knife. G10 is a composite glass fiber material that offers exceptional grip, even when wet. It's a welcome addition to a slim and compact sub-3" knife like the Urban Trapper Petite. And because G10 is lightweight, it only adds 0.1 ounces to a knife that only weighed 1.1 ounces to begin with. You'll barely notice it in your pocket, especially with its reversible tip-up deep carry clip.

Everything that makes the Urban Trapper a great choice for EDC remains the same. It keeps the razor-sharp straight-edge blade made of VG-10 stainless steel, but now measures 2.75”. The handle itself remains a beautiful stonewashed titanium featuring an integral frame lock. And the flipper deployment makes one-handed opening a breeze.

For an even more compact gent's carry with plenty of practicality, check out the Urban Trapper Petite at the link below.

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MecArmy X7S Flashlighter

If someone ever asks you if you've got a light, as an EDCer your first reaction might be to reach for your flashlight. But a proper lighter as a source of fire is also a useful tool for everyday carry, even if you don't smoke. Whether you carry one for your daily habits or emergency situations, a dedicated lighter can still take up precious pocket space. That's why the MecArmy X7S is a bright idea: it's a modular pocket tool that combines a lighter, a flashlight, and a storage capsule that stays compact and consolidated.

The MecArmy X7S is a combination LED flashlight, lighter, and dry storage container. The light itself features a 130 lumen CREE XP-G2 LED that can throw light out to around 193 feet. Easy one-handed twist activation turns the light on and controls its output from an 8-lumen Low mode to its highest setting. The integrated 10180 li-ion battery lasts six hours on the Low setting and conveniently recharges via micro-USB.

The X7S lighter resembles a trusty peanut lighter, designed for use with liquid fuel and measures in at a mere 2” long with the cap attached. The storage area is just big enough for pills or a spare battery. And because the body is made out of precision CNCed 304 stainless steel featuring IPX8 water resistance, you can feel confident that it can withstand the elements.

The best part about the X7S is that it features a modular design that lets you assemble it into the configuration that best suits your needs. You can screw together all of the components to create a tool that can fit in the palm of your hand. Or, you can even keep everything separate and carry each module independently. Pick one up at the link below.

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Pioneer Matter Wallet

While the rest of us are looking forward to new gear in 2018, the future-forward gear makers at Pioneer are debuting a wallet collection that looks straight out of 2049. Dubbed the 10XD ONYX Collection, it gets its name from its unique, blacked-out material made with fibers 10X stronger than steel by weight. This ultra-durable material and other advanced manufacturing techniques come together in a new style: the Matter Wallet. It's a minimalist wallet based on a slim cardholder silhouette with enough storage to carry cash without the need for a bulky, dedicated billfold compartment.

The Matter wallet's slimness isn't just a result of its design alone. It's the ripstop material—ultra high molecular weight polyethylene—that provides durability and structure to the wallet without the need for much bulk or extra material. Besides being durable, it's also lightweight, waterproof, and abrasion resistant.

Materials aside, the Matter's pocket layout itself does a good job of balancing storage and low bulk. It's like a cross between a cardholder and a bifold with two vertically oriented card slots on either side for quick access. Behind those are pockets sized just large enough to accommodate once-folded cash or less frequently used cards. By eliminating a billfold section, the wallet can keep a trim 2.75” x 2.5” footprint when closed. And at just 1 oz., it's a solid middle ground for EDCers wanting a minimalist wallet that can still carry some cash.

You can pick up the Matter in the new black-on-black Onyx color way as well as the original black/white and blue/white versions at the link below.

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Spyderco Lil' Native

It's one thing to EDC a knife that's easy on the eyes, but it's even better if its stylish design feels good in your hand, too. Blending function and form is one tricky balancing act that Spyderco gets right time and again. Their new Lil' Native takes one of their crowd-favorite EDC designs, the Native, and scales down the proportions while keeping its signature Spydero ergonomics at the forefront. Despite its smaller size, the Lil' Native represents a complete package for EDC, mixing gent's knife styling and practical upgrades to boot.

In the case of the Lil' Native, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree: its overall silhouette and ergonomic shape that made the Native great haven't drastically changed. Its thick, leaf-shaped S30V steel blade still features a large thumbhole for deployment and finger choil for added control. This time around the blade measures 2.5” long overall, with about a 2” usable cutting edge. The slight curve on the blade makes that 2” feel longer in practice, which also ends in a defined tip for precise piercing. The blade's full flat grind makes it excellent for slicing and general EDC tasks, too.

Unlike its bigger brothers, the Lil' Native foregoes the lockback mechanism for Spyderco's high-strength compression lock on the back of the handle. The G10 scales keep the knife lightweight at just 2.5 oz and complement the handle's 4-finger grip ergonomics with added texture. Lastly, the Lil' Native opts for a sleeker, ambidextrous wire pocket clip for easy carry. For a more modern and EDC-friendly version of a classic knife, pick up the Lil' Native at the link below.

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PacSafe Vibe 325 Anti-Theft Sling Pack

For dashing around town, few things are as efficient for EDC as a perfectly sized sling pack. It's got a good amount of space for your essentials without the bulk of a full-sized backpack or messenger bag, and there's the security factor, too—since you can swing the sling around to access its contents without removing it, your gear is always close at hand. And if we're talking about secure bags, we have to bring up Pacsafe. Their bags are purpose-built to be the most secure commuter bags on the market, and the Vibe 325 brings together utility and security in one package ideal for everyday commuters.

Despite its minimalist appearance, the Vibe 325 discreetly hides its security features right under its 210D nylon surface. This includes a slash-proof web of stainless steel called eXomesh lining its exterior shell, and steel lining in the straps to prevent them from being cut. Like all Pacsafe bags, zippers are a key security point. The Vibe 325 featuring locking zippers on its compartments as well as a reinforced locking clasp on its strap to secure the bag to a chair or table when you're settling down for a meal.

For your essentials you get 10L of space across two compartments, each with their own internal organization along with a mesh zippered pocket on the front compartment. There's even an internal padded sleeve that can accommodate a phone or tablet. And in spite of all its security features, the Vibe 325 itself is a lightweight 1.37 pounds.

Peace of mind has never looked this sleek nor this tailored for EDC. Pick up the Vibe 325 in two new colors from Amazon at the link below, or stick to the classic Black version here.

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EagTac DX3B Mini

As the saying goes, “It's better to have and not need than to need and not have.” In the case of your flashlight, that usually applies to an absurdly bright Turbo mode that you might not use too often. And while a light as compact and as EDC-friendly as the new EagTac DX3B Mini might impress you with its 2480 lumen output alone, it's got plenty more practical features to make it a worthwhile addition to your kit.

Despite its compact size at just 3.2 inches long, the DX3B Mini reaches an impressive max output of 2480 LED lumens. That's partially due to how the relatively large size of its CREE XHP50.2 LED helps put out an immense amount of light, resulting in a wider hotspot with plenty of spill and a throw distance of about 165 yards. It's powered by an included rechargeable IMR18350 Li-ion battery. Topping it off is simple thanks to its 1A fast-charging micro-USB port built into the body of the flashlight itself, which is protected by a waterproof cover when not in use.

A handy, recessed side switch cycles between 5 brightness levels, ranging from its 2480 lumen max for 9 minutes of runtime down to a general purpose low mode of about 25 lumens for 20 hours. You can even program the side switch for instant-on to your preferred brightness setting.

As part of EagTac's EDC-focused D series, the DX3B Mini is built with all of the features you'd look for in a daily light in a durable, compact, design. Up front, its deep, stainless steel bezel protects the LED from drops and impact. HAIII anodized aluminum makes up the body, offering lighter weight and smoother threads. The DX3BM offers two useful carry options as well: a removable deep carry pocket clip and a paracord lanyard with quick-detaching hardware. Last but not least, its flat tailcap lets the light stand upright like a candle when you need hands-free light or in an emergency situation.

EagTac also offers the DX3BM in various LED types with options for cool white or neutral white beams. You can grab the brightest configuration for your EDC at the link below.

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Spyderco Squarehead Lightweight

When space is at an absolute premium, or your situation demands something smaller than a traditional compact EDC knife, you need something special. You need an extremely small and discreet EDC knife that can cut beyond its size. The Spyderco Squarehead Lightweight is just that. It fits a sharp and capable folding knife into a frame that's only slightly larger than a quarter.

The Squarehead Lightweight is an update to a collaboration design originally made by custom knife maker Daniel Caston that makes the knife both more affordable and more practical for EDC. Like the original, you get a tiny folding knife in a discreet card-shaped handle that measures 2.23” closed. Unlike the original, which featured a smooth titanium handle, the Lightweight features grippy textured FRN scaling. But true to its name, the Squarehead Lightweight comes in at only 1.2 ounces on the scales. That makes it perfect for neck carry, especially with the lanyard hole on the frame. It works well for for barely-there pocket carry as well.

The Squarehead Lightweight features a 1.3” sheepsfoot blade that's perfect for utility cutting work. The blade itself is made of American CTS-BD1 stainless steel. It's strong and corrosion resistant, but it's also easy to sharpen. That ease is important because the blade features a single-sided chisel grind that's similar to what you find in Japanese cooking knives which would otherwise be harder to maintain. Because of its unique design, the blade nests evenly with the frame of the knife when closed. Spyderco's signature thumbhole makes for easy deployment, and a stainless steel liner lock holds the blade in place during use.

It's hard to find a folding knife as small as the Squarehead Lightweight that’ll come in handy for EDC whether it’s as a backup or as an ultra-discreet primary blade. Check it out at the link below.

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Boker Plus Kihon G10

For many knife enthusiasts, a custom design is the ultimate goal. While collaboration production models can put high end design within reach, they often end up compromising much of what makes the original great. But in the case of the Boker Plus Kihon, the design changes make for a more rugged and practical for tactical EDC—and at a lower price to boot. It does it all while keeping that attractive design that made Lucas Burnley's original Kihon so desireable for everyday carry.

The Kihon G10 is a frame lock flipper knife sporting a 3.25" satin finished D2 steel blade with a flat ground edge and a drop point shape. The flipper mechanism makes deployment a breeze. This lets you get to perform your daily cutting and piercing tasks quickly and with ease. And because it uses a durable tool steel instead of the pricey VG-10 of the original, it's more resistant to damage during hard use.

And when it comes to hard use, you'll appreciate that the Kihon comes with G10 scales on the handle. It gives you a far more secure grip on the knife especially when your hands are wet and slippery. You lose some of the aesthetic appeal of the all-titanium original but you get a more practical design as a result. And the steel frame lock on the reverse side still provides you with a solid lock up when the blade is deployed.

The Boker Plus Kihon G10 is an affordable production knife that in many ways can be better than the original. If you're looking for a solid and practical EDC knife with an excellent custom knife pedigree, the Kihon is the one for you. Its's made for you to actually use instead of look at in a display case. Pick one up and see how capable it is for yourself at the link below.

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Field Notes "Resolution" Pack

New Year, new you! At least that’s what everyone hopes will happen. After wrapping up the holidays and getting back to work, chances are that you might need some help getting re-organized. Luckily for you, the newest seasonal release from Field Notes is appropriately named “Resolution” and it’s designed to help you organize and tackle your daily tasks.

This vibrant 3-pack of notebooks contains one 56-week planner and two checklist journals. The 3.5 x 5.5” format is ideal for both carrying in your pocket or tossing in a bag without taking up too much room. The covers are bright red, white, and blue with alternating colored text, making each book stand out. It’s what’s on the inside that counts though. All three books feature light grey paper with white and medium grey inks. The date book displays one week on each page, perfect for recording and viewing appointments or reminders. Instead of a standard lined ruling, the checklist features alternating white and grey blocks with what Field Notes calls a “Slot Screw-Head Device” at the start of each line for marking tasks complete or in-progress.

The “Resolution” set provides a great way to get organized and track your goals for the new year. As far as pocket notebooks go, these have some of the most useful features for staying organized. Grab a 3-pack of notebooks from Field Notes direct at their website linked below or check out the set on Amazon for additional sellers.

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