Black Anodized, Lightweight Aluminium EDC
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Gatorz Delta Series Tactical Sunglasses

Spring has sprung and with sunny weather in our forecast, it’s important to have a quality pair of sunglasses for everyday carry. It’s easy to see the benefits of wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from harsh glare and UV rays from the sun, but you might’ve given up on EDCing a pair after having a few pairs break on you in the past. In that case, you’ll want a high-quality pair of sunglasses that look great and are built to last like the rest of your everyday carry gear. That’s where the new Delta series of sunglasses from Gatorz delivers: they’re a versatile pair of sunglasses built with military-grade material made for tactical situations, but still look good and perform well whether you’re exercising, running errands, or out on the range.

Unlike most sunglasses, a pair of Gatorz Delta sunglasses has more than just high fashion in mind. It starts with a frame that’s made out of military-grade aluminum and fully adjustable for a comfortable fit that won’t get annoying even if you don’t take them off for most of the day. There’s also the impact-resistant lenses made to take hits from hot brass at the rifle range or small pebbles while you’re on a motorbike. In every regard, the Gatorz Delta sunglasses are made to keep up with a highly-active lifestyle.

But unlike a lot of more “tactical” sunglasses out there, the Gatorz Delta sunglasses have a fun and casual practical-to-tactical look that works well for your weekend excursions, whatever they may be. The unisex design makes them a great option for everyone, and there’s a wide range of lens tints and frame colors to pick from. We especially like the high-contrast sunburst polarized lenses with the matte black frames as they’re perfect for a beach day.

So whether your travels take you downrange or downtown, check out Gatorz new line of Delta sunglasses. They boast made-in-the-USA quality,  come with a lifetime warranty, and great looks to boot. Buy a pair for yourself today at the link below.

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Zero 3 Slim Bifold Wallet

Zero 3 Slim Bifold Wallet

"This slimline wallet from Australia’s Rival Collective offers a surprising amount of versatility for its size, with multiple card slots, an internal elastic band for cards, a cash pocket, a SIM card slot, a zipper pouch for coins, and a pull-tab for accessing your most-used card. Made from..." (via The Awesomer)

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RovyVon Aurora A1x

RovyVon Aurora A1x

The RovyVon Aurora series of keychain lights have made their mark on the EDC community as robust, fully-featured lights that are compact, practical, and easy to integrate into you daily carry. Different models like the Aurora A8 provide a surprising amount of features and output not usually seen from lights of this size, but RovyVon is not one to rest on its laurels. We take a look at the Aurora A1x, an upgraded version of their original keychain light, the A1, to see how they made a pioneering light even better for a modern EDC.

The first thing you notice on the A1x is its the new power button. It’s a clicky side e-switch that now has a smaller surface area that prevents accidental activation. The switch itself also serves as a lighted indicator to check if your voltage dips below usable levels. Aside from the smaller size, a double-click to turn it on ensures deliberate activation. Once on, it uses memory mode to default to your last-used output setting, and you can cycle through the light’s four output levels with a single click: a useful Moonlight mode for preserving night vision, and the usual Low, Medium, and High output modes. Pressing and holding the button down when the light is off gives you access to a momentary High mode, useful for when you need to cut through the darkness in a hurry. For those looking for a Strobe mode from the original, you can now access one on the A1x via three quick presses from any mode, but thoughtfully not included in the normal mode cycle.

You still have the option of a cool white Cree XP-G3 LED for a maximum output of 650 lumens on the A1x, or a warmer tinted Nichia 219C LED that maxes out at 450 lumens in exchange for top tier color rendering at 90+ CRI. With either LED option you have boosted output levels over the original Aurora A1, made possible with a change to the internal rechargeable battery. The new model’s micro USB-charging 330mAh lithium-polymer battery upgrades the older 130mAh one, allowing the A1x higher output and runtime. A charging time of 90 minutes give you over 75 minutes on High and 30 hours of Moonlight mode on the Cree LED, and over 90 minutes of High and 32 hours of Moonlight on the Nichia. Its battery indicator also notifies you not to overcharge with a solid blue light when it’s finished charging.

All these new features are packed into a familiar form factor that features an IPX66-rated, weather-resistant polyamide casing that will withstand the splashes and knocks of everyday use. At 2.38" long, 0.61" wide, and 0.59 ounces, it’s slightly bigger and heavier than the older version, but remains compact and just as portable, planting it squarely in the keychain light category. The pocket clip is upsized to match the new chassis, and retains the same reversible two-way design that lets you clip the A1x to your pocket or gear, as well as use it as a mini headlamp when clipped onto your hat’s brim.

The Aurora A1x is a worthy part of RovyVon’s lineage of feature-rich keychain lights. The small tweaks in design, simplified interface, and the battery upgrade make for a more powerful EDC light that’s as easy as ever to carry. Take your pick between the cool white Cree LED version or the high CRI Nichia 219C variant at the link below.

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Trending: The James Brand Elko

Trending: The James Brand Elko

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the trending item for Minimalist Monday comes from The James Brand, who have consistently brought simple, practical, and beautifully designed EDC products to market. The Elko is their take on a multi-purpose keychain knife, offering similar functionality, light weight, and durability as other Swiss alternatives. 

The Elko's 1.8" blade sports hardy Carpenter CTS-BD1 steel and a wider blade shape to handle more tasks than a slimmer pen knife. It deploys with an elongated thumb hole/nail nick as a slip joint, making it a viable option for EDCers who can't carry locking knives. Anodized aluminum scales cut down on weight while also giving you plenty of color options to match your gear or to collect. 

Last but not least, its keyring and lanyard attachment point doubles as a flathead screw driver, scraper, and pry bar to spare your blade for rougher tasks. You can pick up this American-made keychain knife in black on black at the link below.

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StatGear Hygiene Hand

Now more than ever it’s important to avoid touching high-contact surfaces like door handles, elevator buttons, and payment terminals with your bare hands. That’s because all it takes is accidentally touching your face to put you at risk of infection. And access to hand sanitizer or a hand washing station can be limited in these trying times. The team at StatGear knows this firsthand as they’re based in New York City, an area hit especially hard by the coronavirus outbreak. That’s why they’re returning to Kickstarter with their latest creation, the Hygiene Hand. It’s a clever keychain solution that can help you handle high-contact surfaces while minimizing exposure to germs and viruses. If you’re looking for ways to switch up your EDC to protect yourself and others while practicing social distancing and quarantining, adding the StatGear Hygiene Hand to your kit can come in, well, handy.

StatGear has a long history of developing and delivering quality EDC products via crowdfunding, and their new Hygiene Hand was developed as a result of their company being located right at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City. The StatGear Hygiene Hand is a keychain tool made out of brass, which is inherently antimicrobial unlike other materials like stainless steel where viruses can thrive for days on end. You should still wash the tool, and your hands, thoroughly after use because it’s not an end-all and be-all solution to prevent you from getting sick.

But with the hook design of the Hygiene Hand, you can at least avoid direct contact with door handles and call buttons. And because the tool has a stylus tip, you can use it on touchscreens like on ATM and point of sale terminals when you have to go out to run errands for yourself and the ones you love. The StatGear Hygiene Hand’s utility isn’t just limited to a pandemic situation, either. You can keep it with you for the years to come when you just don’t want to touch surfaces in grimy situations. And because the brass composition of the tool will develop an attractive patina over time, you can see it as a memento to remind yourself that you got through such a momentous time in human history by having the right everyday carry tools on hand.

To secure a Hygiene Hand for yourself today, you can make a pledge to StatGear’s fully-funded Kickstarter today at the link below.

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CRKT Montosa

CRKT Montosa

When bigger tasks around the house call for a bigger knife, sometimes your everyday blade just won’t cut it. A compact blade is great in the pocket and for smaller tasks, but when your day calls for working on larger projects, dealing with heavier materials, or processing huge piles of boxes, a larger blade is a tool for the job. Designed with inspiration from the Magdalena Mountains in New Mexico, the CRKT Montosa is built for work and comes packed with unique and practical features. From its clipped nose blade to its ergonomic handles, the Montosa is an affordable workhorse for getting the job done.

The CRKT Montosa comes from the workshop of Richard Rogers, whose earlier design for the CRKT CEO offered a popular gent’s knife option for EDCers. The Montosa comes from his design of a mid-sized utility knife, and its key features reflect its purpose. The blade is a modified sheepsfoot that’s great for slicing tasks, and the clipped portion gives it a reinforced tip that you can use for piercing. The 3.25" blade is flat ground from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, giving it decent edge retention and durability while still being easy to sharpen and maintain. Bead-blasting gives it a clean and consistent finish, and contrasts it with the ambidextrous black thumbstuds. It’s a handsome workhorse blade that makes the Montosa a good stay-at-home utility knife, as well as a capable EDC and outdoor tool.

For deployment and retention, a familiar locking liner is nestled in grooved G10 handle scales that provide a comfortable and secure grip. The generous 4.46" long handle gives you room to grasp the knife, helping with control during use. A purple anodized washer encircles the machined pivot screw, and is matched with an aluminum backspacer for a bit of contrast and visual flair. The scales feature a cutout so you can use the hole in the backspacer to loop in a lanyard for customized aesthetics and to assist deployment. The knife’s ambidextrous thumb studs are matched with a reversible deep-carry pocket clip, allowing you to use this knife with either hand. At just 3.2 ounces and with no protruding parts when closed, the Montosa is easily pocketable for everyday use.

For an affordable yet capable knife for EDC and outdoor tasks, check out the CRKT Montosa. Like the mountain it was named after, it’s beautiful to look at, but stalwart and hardy. You can pick one up at the link below.

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