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Trending: CRKT Minimalist

Trending: CRKT Minimalist

This week’s trending knife features a versatile favorite with a great balance of form and function. Custom maker Alan Folts had in his mind to help people learn about knives as tools, and created the CRKT Minimalist with utility in the forefront. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the Minimalist is a full tang 5Cr13Mov knife that comes in a variety of blade shapes for every occasion, all of which come at an average of 2” in length. Sheathed in Zytel, it works well as a neck knife or in the pocket alike. The handle is contoured to afford a secure 3-finger grip, and a lanyard helps with added purchase for larger hands. Jimping along the thumb ramp and linen Micarta scales finish off the package. A compact blade that fits in the hand like nothing else, its popularity for EDC comes to no surprise. Check it out at the link below.

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First Look: New 5.11 Gear for 2021

Normally around this time of year, we EDCers would have our eyes glued to news from SHOT Show to scope out the latest and greatest gear right as it’s announced. But times have changed and just as 2021 isn’t quite back to normal, neither are the product release schedules for many EDC manufacturers. That’s why our friends at 5.11 teamed up with us to give you all a virtual Day 1 preview of their 2021 product lineup to look forward to this year.

This year, 5.11 is updating their venerable RUSH line of mission-ready backpacks with their new RUSH 2.0 series. A couple of quality of life improvements have been made to these bags to make them a great option if you’re looking for a hard-use bag for everyday carry. It starts with the RUSH12 2.0, with a carry capacity of 24 liters and a design that makes it well-suited for daybag use. It has enough space for your commute essentials, but with its 16 pockets and PALS webbing it can be easily extended further to suit your needs. That’s followed by the medium-sized RUSH24 2.0, with a carry capacity of 37 liters. The RUSH24 2.0 is best suited for overnight adventures away from home, whether that’s for travel or extended work trips. Both the RUSH12 2.0 and the RUSH24 2.0 have been given a new CCW compartment and a padded laptop sleeve for more versatility. Both models have had the size of the quick-access sunglass holder enlarged to be more useful, and the hydration tube ports have been moved to the rear to better mesh with your overall ensemble when you’re on the go. Rounding out the RUSH2.0 series is the RUSH72 2.0, boasting a generous 55 liters capacity that makes it the perfect bag for extended duty and deployment stints as well as for long-term travel and hiking use too. The contoured yoke makes it easier to carry around substantial loads with this bag, and its immense customization options with MOLLE compatibility make it a one-bag wonder.

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The new 5.11 Ridge Pant has a slimmer, more low-profile cut compared to most other tactical pants on the market, helping you blend in with the crowd when you’re out and about. It’s made to be comfortable too, with a polyester cotton blend with elastane that’s offers a bit of stretch during more strenuous activity. It’s also built with security in mind, with a hidden cuff key pocket and hidden pockets that allow you to stash important essentials in places where pickpockets might not think you would have valuables.

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The Norris sneaker has been updated with three new colors: Desert Multicam, Grey, and Coyote. The same great quality design remains the same, giving you the looks of a casual high-top sneaker that doesn’t look overly tactical despite its serious durability and ASTM certification against puncture resistance for safety. The Vibram Marbani outsole features XS Trek technology making it much more grippy and resistant against slipping on wet surfaces when compared to the standard fashion sneaker, and the Ortholite footbed makes them a comfortable choice for all-day wear too.

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Trending: Victorinox Hunstman

Trending: Victorinox Hunstman

The Hunstman is one of Victorinox’s most popular Swaiss Army Knives and for a good reason: a rich feature makes it practical for both outdoor adventures and for EDC. You have access to a 3.6" long Sandvik stainless steel knife, perfect for everyday cutting tasks. It also comes with a wood saw, which allows you to cut through branches, ropes, and small pieces of wood when you go hiking or camping. The addition of a pair of scissors allows you to do more delicate and precise cuts if needed. But the practicality doesn’t stop there—you get 12 other functions to help you out. It features two different screwdrivers, a can opener, a bottle opener, a smaller blade, Victorinox’s signature toothpick and tweezers and even a corkscrew to open up a nice bottle of wine during a picnic, just to name a few. You can pick up this versatile and compact companion in the link below.

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Clip & Carry Swiss LinQ Keychain Case

Few tools offer the sheer value and capability per square inch that a 58mm Swiss Army Knife does. For something small enough to sit on your keychain, you get an entire EDC’s worth of functionality, from tweezers to blades to scissors to so much more. But the tool does have its drawbacks. By dangling freely on your keychain it’s prone to making noise or get damaged by its proximity to your keys. And worse, it’s harder to use the tool itself with the rest of the keychain in the way of your task. Clip & Carry’s Swiss LinQ is a simple solution to all these problems. By offering a secure way to stash and deploy a Swiss Army Knife, it brings the tool to its full potential for EDC.

The efficiency of the Swiss LinQ is in its simplicity. Instead of hooking up your multi-tool onto your keychain, the Swiss LinQ instead allows you to dock the tool into its ABS and PC plastic shell. By taking the place of the SAK on your keychain, it protects it from damage and jangle, while at the same time giving you quick access when you need to deal with a task. When duty calls, you can detach the tool itself without the burden of the rest of your keys.

Its durable construction lets the Swiss LinQ withstand the rigors of daily use, and retains its shape even after extended use. It measures 76mm tall by 11.5mm wide, making it compatible with the Victorinox Classic SD, Jetsetter, and Rally 58mm models. It weighs 0.025 oz and is designed to to fit your multi-tool like a glove, saving your keychain from any extra bulk.

Clip & Carry is a brand by StatGear, who have published and fulfilled over a dozen successful Kickstarter campaigns. If the Swiss LinQ’s caught your eye, you can get one (or more) at a special price at their fully funded campaign at the link below.

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Trending: Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver BJ8050-08E

Trending: Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver BJ8050-08E

With the Citizen Promaster Diver BJ8050-08E, a.k.a “Ecozilla,” legibility is the name of the game. It features big everything; big hands, big markers, big numbers on its bezel and even a big case at 48mm. Both the markers and hands are treated with luminous paint to provide low-light legibility. The unidirectional rotating bezel also features a luminescent point to help keep track of its position. Like a lot of Citizen’s models, it also Eco-Drive technology for its movement. This allows the watch to convert natural and artificial light into energy. This energy is later stored into its battery cell, which keeps the watch charged continuously so its timekeeping is never interrupted. This distinctive movement also powers the date complication at the three o’clock position. All its components are protect by a stainless steel case with a 6mm, anti-reflective curved crystal. Staying true to its diver design, the Ecozilla comes with 300M of water resistance, one of the highest you can get at this price point. So if you’re looking for a dive watch with a high legibility and exceptional presence and performance, this deserves a spot on your wrist. Pick one up in the link below.

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HYDAWAY Collapsible Drink Tumbler

HYDAWAY Collapsible Drink Tumbler

When space in your bag is limited, it can be hard to justify carrying around a drink tumbler for EDC. For starters, they tend to take up a lot of valuable real estate in your pack, and after you’ve emptied out the cup it turns into dead weight for the rest of the day. But what if that drink holder could collapse into itself into a compact puck? That’s what the HYDAWAY Collapsible Drink Tumbler offers thanks to its unique crushable silicone and metal design that gives you the convenience of a lidded travel cup without all of the bulk when you’re done with it.

The secret to the HYDAWAY tumbler’s design is the use of food-grade silicone and a shape that allows itself go from a full 16 oz liquid capacity down to a 4 inch puck in your pack once you’re done. And unlike some of the other silicone camping cups you might see on the market, HYDAWAY’s solution is far more convenient because you can add a lid to prevent spillage in transit, and there’s a stainless steel rim that lets you get full purchase on the edge of the cup when you’re taking a sip.

And while it won’t perform as well as the ubiquitous double-wall stainless steel or titanium coffee mugs out there, silicone is inherently a great insulator, keeping your hands from getting too warm when you’re holding the cup with hot liquids inside. It’s also non-toxic and safe for hot liquids, meaning you won’t have to worry about chemicals from the cup itself leeching into your drink and causing you harm in the long run like you can with cheap dollar-store plastic cups.

The HYDAWAY Collapsible Drink Tumbler sports a unique design that sets it apart from the competition, and it’s a high-quality choice for a compact drink EDC when you’re on the go. If you dislike the bulk of traditional travel mugs and water bottles, the HYDAWAY might be more your cup of tea. Check it out at the link below.

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