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The 16 Brightest Flashlights in 2021

The 16 Brightest Flashlights in 2021

There are flashlights for daily carry that you can easily store in your pockets, and provide you with more than enough light for your daily tasks. And then there are times when you want to see how many eye-searing lumens you can bring to bear in a package that pushes the limits of something you can EDC. Lighting up a football field or two, illuminating a mountain range in the distance, or simply impressing the heck out of your friends: these challenges demand the highest output that current flashlight technology can muster. In this guide, we run down our recommendations for some of the best and brightest flashlights you can buy today.

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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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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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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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GORUCK x Huckberry GR1 Coyote Slick

GORUCK x Huckberry GR1 Coyote Slick

Browse any list of the toughest bags, the best “one bag” for travel, overbuilt laptop bags, or even the best bags for EDC, and you’re bound to run into the GORUCK GR1 somewhere on the list, if not topping it. Over the years it’s cemented its place in the EDC community with its simple, efficient, and overbuilt design, and is proof that you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles to make a great bag. Last year GORUCK teamed up with Huckberry to celebrate the GR1’s 10th anniversary with an exclusive version of the bag dubbed the “Slick,” a modified version of the bag with a sleeker outer design while retaining all the best features of the original’s overbuilt construction. The collaboration makes an encore this year with the Coyote Slick, a lighter colorway still packed with the original’s heavy-duty features.

The new Coyote color highlights how clean the GR1’s design is with the Slick collaboration. It takes a less-is-more approach when it comes to how you should carry your gear. It opens flat, giving you full organizational control thanks to a complete open space and three rows of MOLLE-compatible webbing on the interior for best arranging and configuring your pouches and modular accessories. Below that you have access to a wide drop pocket for securing flat, fragile items like notebooks, tablets, and documents. The inner side of the front of the pack provides more storage with a horizontal zippered pocket as well as a zippered mesh pocket under that.

There’s also a suspended laptop compartment on the back of the bag, accessible by flipping the shoulder straps and reinforced with a rigid frame sheet that keeps your computer off the ground and protected when you set your bag down. Last but not least, another zippered pocket for storing smaller, more frequently accessed gear on the front exterior of the bag sits tucked away under a flap of fabric that helps keep out rain while maintaining a discreet outer appearance.

Like on the original blackout Slick, that front pocket is the sole detail on the backpack’s front exterior. While the interior retains the webbing for expansion and customization, the rows on the bottom front, sides, and straps of the original GR1 design have been removed, as has the loop field above the zippered pocket. This gives the bag a completely sterile, sleek profile, letting it fit right at home in an office as much as on a weekend rough-and-tumble rucking session.

Other than aesthetics, the Coyote Slick’s complete 21-liter backpack (with a 26L option as well) functionality remains intact. This includes the durable, rainproof 1000D CORDURA nylon construction that can stand up to wherever you take it without being too heavy or uncomfortably rigid in structure. The shoulder straps also feature extra padding to maintain comfort even through the longest treks through the city or the woods. Future flyers can haul the Coyote Slick as their carry-on and comply with TSA requirements too. With a few packing cubes and pouches, the GR1 can pull double duty as your go-to travel bag for shorter trips.

No matter how you use it, the GORUCK x Huckberry GR1 Coyote Slick is built to last, with a decade-long legacy of construction and versatility that few bags have been able to live up to. If you missed you chance to pick up the original Slick last year, now is your chance to grab one of the limited stocks from Huckberry at 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: Spyderco Centofante 3

Trending: Spyderco Centofante 3

If you’re looking for a sophisticated knife with great materials, a beautiful design and a price that won’t break the bank, the Spyderco Centofante 3 is a solid choice. It was designed in collaboration with custom knifemaker and past President of the Knifemaker's Guild, Frank Centofante. It features a 3.14“ blade made out of Japanese VG-10 steel, which comes with the hardness of carbon steel and the corrosion resistance of stainless steel. The blade comes in a modified clip point shape with a hollow grind for excellent cutting performance. Cut into the is Spyderco's trademark Round Hole for easy and ambidextrous deployment. There's also jimping on the spine of the blade to provide you with extra control during precision work. You'll find Fiber Reinforced Nylon (FRN) scales in the unique, shaped handles, which keeps the weight down to 2.5 oz. A back lock will make sure that your blade is secure during use. For carry options, the pocket clip can be set up for either a tip-up or tip-down right hand carry. Pick one up in the link below.

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Streamlight’s EDC Flashlight Showcase for 2021

Streamlight’s EDC Flashlight Showcase for 2021

For EDC veterans and newcomers alike, Streamlight is a brand synonymous with flashlight innovation, value, and reliable performance. Through the years and through hundreds of submissions on the site we’ve seen their lights used and carried for daily tasks big and small. But the story doesn’t stop with the popular lights they’ve already made—they continue to push the practicality and utility of their designs, true even as we push into this new year. In this guide, we feature Streamlight’s newest flashlight, the Wedge™, as well as the EDC favorite, the MacroStream® USB and the bestselling ProTac® 1L-1AA. All of Streamlight's flashlights are designed with the usefulness they’ve been known for and built with new, modern features to take on the year ahead.

Wedge™

Streamlight designed the new Wedge™ to be an ultra-compact, high performance EDC light, with a unique form factor and an even more unique switch. The rotatable switch allows tactile control of a constant on of 300 lumens that goes out to 69 meters and runs for 3 hours, or a momentary THRO (“Temporarily Heightened Regulated Output”) mode for a burst of 1,000 lumens for 35 seconds. The switch also comes with charge indicator LEDs, for easy visuals when charging its built-in Lithium Polymer battery via its USB-C port. The Wedge’s slim 0.6“ anodized aluminum body slides easily into your pocket, and a deep carry clip and wrist lanyard give you additional options for carry.

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MacroStream® USB

At 4.5“ long and 0.83” in diameter, the MacroStream® USB is a compact personal light that will fit right inside your pockets, similar to the MicroStream® before it that put a reliable AAA flashlight in hundreds of EDCer’s pockets over the years. The body features an aluminum construction with type II mil-spec anodizing, giving it an IPX4 rating for water resistance and 1 meter of impact resistance. This makes the MacroStream® a durable performer while keeping it lightweight at 2.2 oz. The lens features scratch-resistant polycarbonate and every opening is sealed with an o-ring to prevent ingress. The MacroStream® also keeps the ergonomic shape of its predecessors: slimmer at the middle to provide you with a more secure grip and for ease of use of its two-way clip.

The MacroStream® USB features two simple modes, accessed by a push-button tail-switch. On High, you get a maximum output of 500 lumens with a beam distance of 90 meters and 2 hours of runtime. On Low, you get a 50-lumen output with a 30 meter beam and 8 hours of runtime. Voltage and power are provided by the built-in li-ion battery, charged by an onboard micro USB charging port covered by the head of the flashlight for extra protection. When the light runs out of power, simply slide the head to reveal the port, and when plugged in the MacroStream® takes about 4 hours to get a full charge. Streamlight takes the beloved form factor and takes it into the future with more power and thoughtful upgrades, while keeping the MacroStream® USB affordable for EDC.

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ProTac® 1L-1AA

Compared to its lithium-ion brothers, a lithium primary battery like a CR123A or AA brings a unique performance and longevity that’s perfect for a flashlight you rely on to work even in extreme conditions. They often have a higher capacity, last for years on a shelf without degrading, and are easily found in most hardware or electronics stores. The Streamlight ProTac® 1L-1AA was built to take advantage of these benefits and offer you an EDC light that you can rely on day in and day out, a light that just works, with no compromises.

The light accepts both CR123A and AA lithium or alkaline cells, and each can use the light’s 3 modes to suit your needs. With a CR123A cell the ProTac® 1L-1AA can push out 350 lumens on High and 40 lumens on Low, while an AA can do 150 and 40, respectively. For more specific needs, a TEN-TAP programming interface allows you to tailor its outputs to your need better, giving you a choice of 3 additional operating modes. The light’s outer shell comes in a durable anodized aluminum paired with an impact-resistant glass lens, and IPX7 rated for water and impact resistance. A removable, two-way pocket clip completes its features and EDC carry options.

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Trending: Olight i3E EOS

Trending: Olight i3E EOS

Built on the design of the original i3S, the i3E shaves off about .38” in length, simplifies the user interface to a single mode, and slashed the price in half with the i3E ("E" meaning economic). Its Philips Luxeon TX LED pushes 90 lumens through a TIR lens for a bright, smooth beam. It’s still powered by a single AAA battery, waterproof to IPX8 standard, and constructed from hard anodized aluminum. It makes a great candidate for a simpler EDC and an attractive option for a budget-friendly backup too. It's not too late to add one to your keychain or backup EDC, check it out at the link below.

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