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Leatherman FREE™ T-Series

When you’re in a bind and something needs fixing on the spot, the best tool is most likely whatever you have on you. But there’s nothing as effective as having the right tool for the job—after all, you know it’s not practical to try and punch a hole through leather with a drill, nor cut open boxes with a chef’s knife. And as much as your EDC multi-tool is built to handle every task under the sun, sometimes a little goes a longer way. As the next in line in Leatherman’s FREE collection of tools, the T-Series models were redesigned end-to-end with everyday carry as a priority, both in their functionality and in their size. With the right number of functions in a profile that’s easy to use, carrying them actually means having the best tools on you.

Spearheading the T-Series is the T4, which brings 12 functions to bear in a 3.6“, 4.3 oz package. Many familiar tools from the FREE P-Series make an appearance, such as a 420HC knife, spring-action scissors, an assortment of drivers, openers, a heavy-duty file, and even a detachable pair of tweezers. You can deploy all the tools one-handed thanks to the FREE’s magnetic architecture and cam lock system, making them buttery smooth to open, locked in place while in use, and as easy to close up when you’re finished with your tasks. Despite being designed as a pocket-friendly multi-tool with a slightly smaller stature, these tools come with the same quality found on its P-Series brothers, which means functionality that punches well above what you expect out of a palm-sized tool. And when you’re ready to grab the T4 and go, its included and removable pocket clip gives it a secure spot in your EDC.

If space is a high priority and weight is at a premium for your pockets, then the slimmer T2 might be a better option for your carry. Weighing 3.3 oz (an ounce lighter than the T4) with a more compact rear geometry, it trades in the scissors, tweezers, file, and pocket clip to be a better, sleeker fit for smaller pockets. That said, 8 functions are still at your disposal, including the 2.2" 420HC blade and an essential assortment of drivers and openers. If the T4 is a "best of" compact multi-tool, then think of the T2 as a fully-loaded folding knife.

No matter which you choose, the made in the USA construction, unique magnetic opening and closing system, and Leatherman guarantee make the T-Series a compelling addition to round out (or slim down) your EDC. Find the best option for you on the Leatherman site at the link below.

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Black Ember Forge 3-Way Pack

Black Ember Forge 3-Way Pack

When it comes to bags, the holy grail for many is that “one bag” to do it all. Needless to say, it takes the right combination of design, materials, and functionality to fill that role. Leave it to Black Ember, with a proven track of cutting edge, urban packs under their belt, to take on the challenge. Their latest project, the Forge, was designed to be your “one bag” when you travel, but it can shape-shift and transform between three distinct carry styles to handle your EDC and work commute, too. No matter how and where you choose to carry it, the Forge is in it for the long haul. It’s equipped with some of the best functional materials, hardware, and construction methods available, giving this sleek urban pack the go-anywhere durability and technical performance you want in your one bag.

Most “one bag” designs these days are based on your traditional backpack — best for comfortably hauling bigger loads. But for your one bag to truly replace your EDC, it should carry well even when you need to be fast and light, as well as blend in with your surroundings, whether it’s in the city, on the trail, or at the office. The Forge accomplishes this with its 3-way design, leveraging modular straps and hardware to switch from backpack, messenger, or briefcase on the fly. Its full-sized stowable straps tuck away discreetly into the Forge’s unique “butterfly” door-equipped rear panel. The rear panel’s padding folds open to reveal a dedicated slot for stowing unused straps. Depending on how you stow or deploy the straps, you can turn your backpack into a quick-access messenger while out on the town, or hand-carry as a briefcase in more professional settings.

To accommodate these three carry configurations, the Forge separates its internal organization with EDC, mobile office, and travel in mind. The front compartment features a full-length zip, revealing a full admin panel for organizing your gear in an easy to access way. Mesh pockets fit daily and travel essentials like a battery pack, pens, wallet, phone, and even keys, thanks to a magnetic locking key-hook built right in. The main interior of the pack stores and protects your tech and work essentials with large mesh drop pockets, hidden layered storage for documents, and a 4-side suspended laptop sleeve with a magnetic-locking security clasp for your main machine. When you’ve got a flight to catch, its separate, central travel compartment expands, bumping the Forge’s capacity from 20L up to a roomy 30L. The compartment features a 3/4 zip and packs like a suitcase, giving you ample room for outfits, shoes, packing cubes, and so on. For day-to-day use, it compresses down with magnetic locking buckles for a sleek, low profile.

You can really see Black Ember's design DNA and ethos in the small details throughout the Forge, especially in the materials and hardware it uses. A 3L waterproof textile available in either matte black or black-camo as well as bonded YKK Aquaguard zippers offer excellent weather resistance and a stealthy, utilitarian aesthetic. Custom aluminum hardware and magnetic locking Fidlock buckles throughout make for a premium handling experience. Finally, laser-cut Hypalon details and bar-tack reinforcements give the Forge a subtle strength. If you're on the hunt for a highly technical solution for your one-bag and EDC, be sure to check out the Black Ember Forge and all its features in detail at the Kickstarter link below.

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Knack Pack: Expandable Laptop Backpack

Having one bag that can do it all seems like an increasingly unattainable goal at this point. It isn’t hard to find a single bag that can the job done while traveling, but finding a bag that excels at both travel and everyday use is a different story. The Knack Pack is an expandable laptop backpack that aims to get it just right, replacing the need for multiple bags. Its features make it perfect for traveling for a few days, as well as loading it up with your everyday essentials for the morning commute to work.

One thing you never want, regardless of where you are, is a bulky backpack. The Knack Pack's hybrid design maintains a slim profile when both compressed for when you're packing light, or expanded at full capacity. It's available in two sizes, medium and large, to suit a wider range of loadouts. 

The Knack Pack features hardware and materials you'd want in a bag, whether for daily carry or travel. After all, the Knack team spent years perfecting the Knack Pack before bringing it to the market with attention to detail you'd expect from a founding team made up of professionals from Tumi, The North Face, and Coach. For example, to fend off unexpected rain and keep its contents dry, the bag was constructed from a custom-built water-resistant 1200 denier two-tone polyester. To round out its heavy duty hardware, the Knack Pack features Duraflex buckles. Combine all that with a padded, breathable back panel and custom designed straps, and you have a comfortable, durable carry. The Knack Pack also protects your more easily damaged items with soft fleece lining, found in both the sunglasses pouch and in the interior tablet pocket.

While the exterior was built to last, its the clever organization options you’ll find upon opening the bag that make this such a versatile option. The Knack Pack includes numerous pockets and sleeves to make it easier to find your gear on the go, or streamline the packing process to get you out the door quickly. Two zippered mesh pockets hold any small essentials you might want to keep secure but still have access to when you need them, such as your passport or emergency cash. A zippered side pocket keeps your water bottle handy but hidden, maintaining the pack's sleek exterior appearance. The bottom pocket on the pack was specially designed to store and manage long, bulky laptop charging cables without tangling them up, too.

The Knack Pack divides its storage into two main compartments and a laptop sleeve. In the main everyday carry-focused compartment you'll find a fleece-lined sleeve to store a few notebooks or folders, over-ear headphones, or a tablet for binge-watching Netflix on long flights. Then there's the expandable suitcase compartment that differentiates the Knack Pack from the rest. It opens clamshell-style for easy access and packing. The medium Knack Pack holds 2-3 outfits (the Large holds up to 4) with minimal wrinkling, though you should be able to stretch that to even more if you use Knack's packing cubes and an army roll.

Then there’s the hidden compartment specially designed for travel packing, which comes complete with straps to hold up to 4 outfits in place with minimal wrinkling, though you should be able to stretch that to even more if you make use of the versatile Knack packing cubes and an army roll. Last but not least, you can stash your laptop in a padded compartment accessible via a secure side zipper. The medium Knack Pack fits up to a 15-inch laptop, while the large Knack Pack fits up to a 17-inch laptop. The dedicated zip compartment makes grabbing your laptop a snap, rather than having to rummage through the rest of your gear to get to it.

Whether you're using it as a work backpack or as a carry-on for vacation, the Knack Pack easily adapts to whatever situation you find yourself in. If you’re ready to take the jump to just one bag that can do it all, check out the Knack Backpack in its various sizes and color options at the link below.

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Hydro Flask Journey Pack

Hydro Flask Journey Pack

Ask a well-prepared EDCer what it takes to survive in a day, and two answers you’re likely to get are tools and water. But it’s not always easy to mix the two efficiently, since larger or smaller containers of one directly affects your ability to carry the other. It’s rare to find a bag right for EDC needs while also stowing a good amount of water too, which is why Hydro Flask decided to get the job done themselves with their first hydration pack. The Hydro Flask Journey is a daypack in two sizes designed to haul your everyday essentials while keeping your thirst at bay. With its low profile, high performance, and integrated hydration capability, it’s a solid option for the active EDCer.

Unlike most EDC daypacks, the Journey pack comes in a narrower profile. It rides tall and close to the body, which gives it a more compact and tight carry that’s good for active movement like hiking, biking, or navigating a crowded commute. The DWR-coated fabric it’s made of comes with taped seams and laminated weatherproof zippers to keep moisture out and away from your gear, and it’s puncture-, tear-, and abrasion-resistant while staying lightweight. And more than the material is the design of the pack itself: an articulated back panel creates a space that separates you and the bag for both comfort and a way for heat to not transfer to the bag, which helps with its insulated “Cold Flow” system. It allows water to be kept cold for over 4 hours, ensuring a refreshing drink every time. Drinking from the bladder is intuitive and convenient, thanks to a plug-and-play connecting system that allows ease of disconnecting the hose without leaking, as well as a bite valve that self-seals after each sip and features a twist lock bar to prevent leaks when not in use.

Water compartment aside there’s still plenty in the pack for organizing your EDC. In addition to the 10L or 20L capacity you get two internal compartments with stretch mesh pockets to accommodate your gear, as well as external top and side pockets for quick access to gear. A bottom storage compartment lets you segregate heavier/bulkier gear like laptop chargers. There’s plenty of space for the day's essentials, and even when you have to overload fully adjustable shoulder, sternum, and hip straps ensure an ergonomic carry.

Despite being Hydro Flask’s first hydration pack, the Journey Series already sets itself apart with thoughtful features that address even the most active lifestyles as well as a solid fit and finish (with a lifetime warranty!) that rivals any EDC backpack. Pick up a pack in the size of your choice at the Amazon link below.

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Studio Proper Wireless Charging Dock for AirPods

With every generation our phones are becoming more and more essential parts of our EDC. And as they get smarter, so does the rest of our tech. Not so long ago everyone depended on bulky or cumbersome wired earphones, but now, compact and easy-to-EDC true wireless earbuds are dominating the market. Just like how these new high-tech earbuds elevate how we use smartphones, a premium charger like Studio Proper’s also improves the way you use them. Designed for Apple’s AirPods, the Proper Wireless Charging Dock is a sleek and elegant station to store and charge your earbuds. With a minimalist design that never gets in your way, keeping your AirPods topped up and ready to go for your day has never been easier.

There are no frills needed when it comes to the Proper charging dock. It’s a weighty block of anodized aluminum machined precisely to the shape of the AirPods case. A simple, two-tone design in white and silver accents a minimalist desk aesthetic even by itself, while a flat, tangle-free USB Type-C to Type-A power cable adds no extra bulk to the overall package. It’s as easy to use as it looks; simply place down your AirPods in their wireless charging case on the dock and let the charging begin. No more having to fumble for an old Lightning cable to stay charged; your earbuds will always be ready for duty as soon as you step away from your desk. A slip-proof rubber underside also keeps the Proper dock in place, preventing those times when reaching for your AirPods inadvertently knocks them off the table instead.

The latest generation of wireless earbuds make it easier than ever to use our smartphones, and Proper’s Wireless Charging Dock completes your tech setup so they’re always ready for EDC. As a special exclusive discount for Everyday Carry readers, you can get a 20% pre-order discount with free global shipping when ordering the dock with code PROPEREDC on checkout at Studio Proper’s site below.

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Secrid Slim Wallet Review

Secrid Slim Wallet Review

These days, it’s not enough for your minimalist wallet to just be slim. Back in 2009, the Secrid Wallet really set itself apart from the rest of the crowd with how you use it. Its innovative design features a patent-pending lever that slides your cards out with a simple push.

This complexity of a spring-loaded lever mechanism isn’t what you’d normally expect from a minimalist wallet. Moving parts can fail, and often, simplicity is best. But the trade-off in quick access and on-demand organization of your cards is certainly compelling. Whether the Secrid Wallet deserves a spot in your EDC hinges on how well this mechanism handles. Read along for my impressions to see if this is the right wallet for you.

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