Wall-of-text

My Everyday Carry

5.11 Tactical RUSH 24 Neoprene Padded Backing and Yoke System Straps
Editor’s Note: I just reviewed that Urban Operator pack today and I already can tell it isn’t for me. I absolutely cannot sacrifice comfort and ergonomics if I’m going to be EDCing a heavy load all day. I’ve come to grips with the fact that out of aesthetics, function, and comfort, I can really only choose two (at an affordable pricepoint).
Coincidentally, I reviewed the bag on May 11th, or 5/11. It turns out that the bag I wanted to replace it with as per Alex’s suggestion, the RUSH24, is made by 5.11 Tactical… and yeah, LA Police Gear has a one-day sale on that bag. 20% off, free UPS ground shipping and a free LAPG water bottle. It seemed like the universe was trying to tell me to do my spine a favor and buy that bag.
So now look forward to another review when the RUSH24 comes. For even less than I paid for the TacticalTailor bag, I’ll have better comfort, better organization, more attachment points, compression straps, etc. The extensive MOLLE webbing is unsightly and might attract the wrong attention, but other than that, hopefully it will be perfect… The problem with trying to buy EDC gear is that you can never really tell if it’s going to work out for you without carrying it for a while. It’s a little frustrating.

My Everyday Carry

Editor’s Note: I know I’ve been making fun of all those people with their money clips, but I’ve never actually tried carrying one… After longing for a more minimalistic approach, I reconsidered why I carry my wallet and its contents. I kept a lot of gift cards to places I’d never go to while I’m at school, as well as a bunch of driving-related cards and information that I don’t need when I’m at school. I put the essentials (ID, DL, debit card, access cards, etc) in a cardholder and some cash in this money clip by Victorinox.
I believe this is the first knife I’ve ever received. It was a groomsmen gift with my initials engraved in the clip. It’s got your standard blade, scissors, and a nail file/cleaner. I like carrying it with my cardholder as they evenly distribute bulkiness…around my pants… as opposed to sitting on a thick wallet (bear in mind this could probably lead to back problems down the road).
Anyway, this post is just a little mix between show-and-tell, my attempt at humor, practicing my “photography,” and a slight suggestion for my readers to reconsider what they carry and eliminate excess if necessary. If anything, it’s original content. :)

My Everyday Carry

Carrying Keys
Keys are a staple in almost everyone’s EDC. With so many different ways to carry keys, it’s hard to find an ideal carry solution. While the right keyhook depends on its user’s needs, I think there are a few simple criteria that a hook must meet before being entrusted with keys:

Retention: Losing keys because of gear failure is frustrating to say the least, but it is also a potential threat to your safety and the safety of your family, roommates, etc. Don’t take chances with letting keys to your car, workplace, or home fall into the wrong hands. Your keyhook must be able to support the weight of your keys!
Accessibility: Conversely, keyhooks should be designed to allow for easy but intentional access to keys. Single-handed operation of locks or opening mechanisms seems to be the sweetspot between retention and accessibility.
Durability: A durable hook ensures that abuse from frequent carry won’t compromise retention strength and integrity when they matter most.
Organization: The keychain serves as an excellent way of carrying gear, but its utility suffers when keys and tools get unorganized. A cluttered keychain only leads to inefficiency. Streamlining a keychain may reduce bulk and ensures that whatever key or tool you need will be in its place when needed.
Aesthetics: Most people have keys, and most keys look very similar. It would benefit you to differentiate your keychain from the rest, especially in the event that you need to identify or locate your keys. Think of EDC as just another form of expression and don’t hesitate to reflect some of your style in your gear.

With that said, there are still many, many options for carrying keys. I’ll do my best to blog keys that I think meet these criteria to save you the headache of researching. But remember, the best way to know what option works best is to test it yourself!
Are you content with your keyhook? Submit a review! Still can’t decide? Ask for a recommendation, and maybe I can help.