Orient SK Diver Retro

Orient SK Diver Retro

If you have your eyes set on adding a vintage watch to your EDC, you usually have to search used goods stores and auction sites hoping to find your perfect match. And chances are that you’ll strike out because there’s only so many originals out there still ticking away. Thankfully some watchmakers are bringing back their vintage models for purchase today. Take the newly reissued SK Diver Retro from Orient, a popular watch brand in the EDC community for their excellent value and timeless designs, for example. It brings back classic retro style from an original 1970s design with present-day performance upgrades, making for a stylish timepiece that holds up in your modern carry.

The SK Diver Retro has a unique aesthetic that’s slimmer and rounder than other diver-style watches, even today. With a case diameter of 41.7mm and a band width of 18mm, it’s sized just right for most wrists, trimming a lot of the bulk that tends to dominate the diver watch category in general. The slimness of the SK Diver Retro extends to its integration of an inner rotating bezel around the face, letting you keep track of your remaining air should you find yourself at depth with its 50M of water resistance. The watch face is distinctly legible with multiple color options (red, champagne, and blue) as well as bold dots for the hours and a day-date display for your convenience.

Inside the stainless steel case you’ll find an upgraded 22-jewel automatic, hand-winding, hacking movement with one more jewel than the original upon its release decades ago. This allows you to recharge the power reserve on the watch both through your natural everyday movements while it’s on your wrist and also through deliberate winding of the mechanism. The “hacking“ mechanism allows for seamless synchronization down to the second, because it allows you to stop the movement of the watch at will.

The newly reproduced Orient SK Diver Retro lets you get a classic timepiece in your hand without the hassle of trying to find a vintage piece. Plus, unlike a used watch, it comes with a 1 year warranty in case anything goes wrong. Make things easy for yourself and snatch one up today at the link below.

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5.11 Tactical Norris Sneaker

For many people, the “C” in EDC not only stands for “carry,” but also, in a large part, for “commute.” Whether it’s heading for school, checking in at work, running errands for the day, or blazing trails on the weekend, we all spend a lot of time on the move. This makes what we wear equally as important as what we carry, especially underfoot. While best known for their EDC bags, 5.11 Tactical also sets the bar high for performance clothing, and their new Norris sneaker is the latest addition to their line of tactical apparel. With a relaxed style, comfort-focused design, and durability built into every feature, it’s an excellent addition to the everyday commuter’s wardrobe.

While on first look the Norris looks like a casual high-top sneaker, its secret lays in its sole. The encapsulated outsole is made by Vibram Marbani—a pioneer in rugged footwear technology itself—with XS Trek, giving the shoe a solid balance of traction and durability within the forefoot and heel zones. This means solid footing particularly for wet surfaces, ensuring your safety even when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Speaking of solid footing, inside the Norris an Ortholite footbed keeps your foot supported and comfortable for even the longest treks. Adding to the tactical technology in the sole is its ASTM-certified puncture resistance thanks to an extremely durable Welmax board, which guards your feet against up to 1,200 newtons (290 pounds) of force.

The heavy-duty construction continues into the shoe’s upper, especially in its toebox area, where climbing-grade rubber protects your toes with extra durability. The suede strip along the front also isn’t a mere accent, as it comes with water-repellent and stain-resistant properties which are welcome features for this “high-traffic” area of the shoe. Finally, a padded tongue and ankle collar round out the upper’s design, ensuring all-day comfort no matter where (or how far) you’re headed.

The Norris is a lot more than a regular sneaker, giving you tactical boot performance without the heavy footprint they leave behind. Pick one up from 5.11 Tactical at their site below.

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Trending: Kershaw Method

Trending: Kershaw Method

This past week, readers were keeping tabs on this Jens Anso-designed, Kershaw produced folder for Flipper Friday's trending gear. The Kershaw Method blurs the line between sleek and rugged, falling into a sort of "tactical gent's" aesthetic with the performance to match. 

Its 3" black-oxide coated blade matches its black 3D-machined G10 handles for a discreet, all-black-everything look. The blade deploys on KVT ball bearings via a flipper tab for swift and smooth action, securing into an inset liner lock which helps bring the weight down to just 2.1 ounces. A custom backspacer allows for lanyard carry while an included right-side pocket clip makes for easy and accessible pocket carry. 

Best of all, the Method packs in plenty of Anso's design DNA into a smaller, affordable package. You can grab one for under $25 at the link below.

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RovyVon Aurora A23

RovyVon Aurora A23

Among all EDC products, few are as continuously innovative and groundbreaking as flashlights. Think of how the look and performance of an AAA flashlight from 5 years ago stacks up to one today—it’s no contest. Between LED technology pushing out more and higher quality lumens and batteries getting more efficient as they get smaller, it’s never been a better time to get into flashlights. This is especially true for RovyVon, whose latest light—the A23—pushes the limits of what an EDC flashlight can do. This latest generation of their popular Aurora series sets the bar the highest it’s ever been for a light of this size, with insane output and enthusiast features all in one familiar, pocketable, and affordable form factor.

The most remarkable and iconic feature any Aurora series flashlight has is its size, which is maintained with the new A23. At 76 x 21.5 mm (3“ x 0.85”) the A23 is only slightly larger than an 18650 battery, which in itself is already a great size for EDC. Within the IPX8-rated aluminum shell sits one of two LEDs. The first option is a Cree XP-L HD that can output an astounding 1000 lumens on Turbo before stepping down to 250 lumens in 90 seconds, and the second is the enthusiast favorite Nichia 219C LED which gives an eye-pleasing neutral white tint with 90+ CRI and up to 600 lumens on Turbo. Both LEDs have a Moonlight mode of 1/0.5 lumens respectively, which give a total runtime of 72 hours. A metal side switch handles the A23’s user interface, which also includes SOS and Strobe modes.

A new feature that comes with the A23 is the addition of a replaceable 600mAh lithium-polymer battery unit. It can be charged in 1 hour via the micro USB port built into the light’s tail, which lets it play well with your other everyday tech. And speaking of the tail, it not only ends on a flat angle for tailstanding, but cutouts around the “plateau” accommodate the USB port, screw-on removable clip, and slots for tritium vials for an exotic touch that doubles as a locator for the light. And with a mere 49.8 g (1.8 oz), the entire package couldn’t be easier to EDC.

With every generation RovyVon finds a way to keep their Aurora line fresh and every inch the modern flashlight. Pick up an A23 in your choice of LED from Amazon below, or order direct from RovyVon at this link for a custom order with trit vials.

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Vincero Altitude Pilot Watch

It usually costs a pretty penny to get a quality everyday carry watch on your wrist. It takes a lot to to get the attention to detail and the features that put a watch above the cheap dollar store deals you might find elsewhere. But this isn’t always the case. Take Vincero for example, a company that uses small-batch manufacturing processes that ensure that you get a quality timepiece every time. And with their new aviation-inspired pilot watch, the Altitude, they’ve packed in a great-looking watch with a quality movement at an excellent value. There's no better time than now to upgrade your EDC, as Everyday Carry readers can save up to 25% on a new watch from Vincero for a limited time.

Legibility is the name of the game when it comes to pilot watches, and the Vincero Altitude delivers with bold white arabic numerals against a deep blue dial. And no matter where you find yourself, you can rest assured that the Japanese Citizen Miyota Quartz movement in the Altitude makes for a very reliable time-teller. For added durability, the watch crystal is made out of hardened sapphire to resist scratches and provide excellent clarity. The watch itself is resistant against water down to 100 meters. The 43mm watch case is made out of a brush silver-toned 316L surgical grade stainless steel, which is good for people with skin that might react to the alloys found in cheaper alternatives. The strap is made out of quality top-grain Italian leather, but if you prefer you can also choose a durable Cordura nylon strap as well.

Aside from telling the time, the Altitude packs quite a few quality of life complications that are absent in lesser watches. For frequent travelers, the Altitude sports a dual-time readout, letting you keep track of a different time zone when you’re away from home. There’s a night and day dial that works similarly to a sun and moon complication, but without all the visual noise that brings. When you do find yourself in the dark, the lume on the hands and numbers let you read the timepiece accurately in low light. A date readout lets you keep track of the calendar as well. Finally the numerals on the bezel make for an ad-hoc timing mechanism as the second hand sweeps across the face round and round. And on the back side of the watch, there’s a bit of embellishment where Vincero has placed a bit of historic Roman-era marble and the famous words of an old Roman general for a bit of inspiration.

But what’s most inspiring about this watch is its affordable price: it can be had for less than $200 shipped anywhere in the world. And for a limited time you can get up to 25% off everything on Vincero’s website in celebration of their 5th anniversary. Check out the Altitude at the link below and save on a new watch while you still can.

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Trending: Leatherman Micra

Trending: Leatherman Micra

First introduced in 1996, the Leatherman Micra finds its way trending back up the charts for this Throwback Thursday. Despite its age the Micra still holds up today as an invaluable keychain tool thanks to its useful complement of tools, scissors-based butterfly design, and sturdy construction all in a compact package. 

Most other butterfly-style multi-tools sized for your keychain feature a set of pliers as their main tool, but not everyone can get much use out of pliers at that size. Scissors, however, come in handy for all sorts of daily cutting tasks in a more discreet way than pulling out your dedicated EDC blade. With that said, the Micra still comes equipped with a small penknife, a nail file and cleaning tool, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a ruler, and even a set of tweezers. 

And like all Leatherman tools, the Micra is made in the USA and backed by a 25-year limited lifetime warranty. Grab one in your favorite of 6 color options at the link below.

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Dango D01 Dapper Pen Wallet

When it comes to taking notes, nothing beats having real pen and paper in your hands. But organizing pen and paper in your EDC can be a challenge: small items tend to get lost in the shuffle, especially when carried loose in your pockets. Plus, with limited space in your pockets anyways, consolidation is a good thing. For instance, you already carry a wallet, but what if your wallet could also hold your preferred notebook along with a pen as well? That’s where something like the new Dango D01 Dapper Pen Wallet comes in handy. The Dango Dapper Pen Wallet lets you carry three EDC essential items in one compact package, complete with a custom aluminum pen and a notebook as part of the deal.

The D01 Dapper Pen Wallet is a compact bifold front pocket wallet on steroids. For its compact size, there’s plenty of space, as each of the four pockets in the wallet accommodate up to four payment and identification cards (16 cards total). There’s a grippy silicone band for added convenience, especially if you carry folded cash. The wallet is made out of water-resistant DTEX material, resilient against the elements and the occasional bar table mishap. The durability extends to the CNC'd and anodized 6061 aerospace grade aluminum chassis of the wallet itself, setting it apart from the standard bifold and giving the Dapper Pen Wallet structure. Physical protection isn’t all that the Dapper Pen Wallet extends to you: its built-in RFID protection also helps keep your card information safe from fraudsters skimming for data in public spaces. And you can pick up Dango’s separate MT02 multitool to further expand this wallet’s capabilities.

The other half of the bifold is dedicated to organizing your stationery, and while it’s compatible with many popular EDC pens and compact notebooks, Dango goes an extra step with this package by including a custom pen and notebook with every purchase. The machined aluminum pen accommodates Fisher Space Pen ink as well as Schmidt 4889M ink refills and slots into the spine of the wallet for a consolidated carry. And in case you’re the kind of person who constantly loses their pen, an integrated lanyard hole helps with retention options for both the pen and the wallet itself. The included notebook is no slouch either, with 48 dot-grid pages bound together with red stitching by hand and placed within a thick quality cover.

If you’re looking to integrate a pen and paper into your everyday carry, the D01 Dapper Pen Wallet is a complete starter kit that lets you jump right in. And even if you already carry these things, the smart design of this package lets you consolidate your carry into a competent all-in-one solution that saves space in your pockets while being immensely useful and functional at the same time. Check out the link below to find out more about the D01 Dapper Pen Wallet and make it a part of your own EDC today.

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Wayfinder Daybreaker Billfold Wallet

Wayfinder Daybreaker Billfold Wallet

The EDC wallet of a minimalist’s dreams is one that doesn’t compromise on what you can carry while staying as compact as possible. And while it’s easy enough to make a wallet compact, doing so without stripping away its essential functionality is the real challenge. That’s why Portland, OR based Wayfinder Carry combines their 20 years of past design experience from Nike with cutting edge materials and manufacturing technology in their pursuit of pure simplicity in their gear. For example, the Wayfinder Daybreaker Billfold features a versatile design that’s perfect for urban, outdoor, and travel EDC anywhere in the world thanks to its stitchless, RF-welded construction. The result is a high performance, high capacity wallet with a low profile that any EDCer can appreciate.

The secret to the Daybreaker’s slim silhouette is the combination of what it’s made of and how it’s made. It starts with a TPU-coated polyester material that’s waterproof, hydrophobic, stretch-resistant, grime-resistant, flexible, and tactile, all coming together to provide all-conditions performance. It’s laser cut to precision in a single piece, then folded and bonded at the seams. This sew-free construction creates strong seals without the need for excess material to sew or the risk of stitches unraveling, keeping the wallet thin, light, and durable.

The Daybreaker Billfold design accommodates up to 16 cards within its internal, horizontally cascaded card slots. Behind the card slots lies its billfold section that’s sized slightly taller to fit boarding passes and various paper currencies, making it a minimalist wallet option when you travel. Its full-length design makes carrying cash easier than most minimalist wallets, which require you to fold and cram bills and adds to the wallet’s thickness. Despite the Daybreaker’s large capacity, it stays thin at 0.28“ when empty and lightweight at just 1.3 ounces.

If you’re looking for a more technical upgrade to your bulky leather wallet, or you want a minimalist option that’s more intuitive and comfortable than a metal plate wallet, a Wayfinder wallet might fit the bill. You can check out the Daybreaker Billfold in more detail at the link below.

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Trending: NiteIze Financial Tool

Trending: NiteIze Financial Tool

When Tool Tuesday rolls over into Wallet Wednesday, you get this clever multi-functional wallet from NiteIze as the trending gear of the day. The Financial Tool serves as a minimalist plate-and-band style EDC wallet made from stainless steel. 

Just about the size of a credit card itself, the main plate features clever cutouts that add functionality while shaving off weight. You'll get a bottle opener and three hex wrenches within the plate, as well as a pair of screwdrivers and a ruler at the top edge and a scraper/packaging tape cutter on the bottom edge. The cash strap secures your twice-folded bills and cards without stretching over time. 

Because it lacks any sharp edges, the Financial Tool complies with TSA regulations, making it a minimalist option for travelers looking to cover their bases while keeping paper notes in check. You can find the Financial Tool for under $15 from the link below.

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