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Basic EDC (Fall 2021)
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Black Ember Kompak Collection

There’s a common misconception that minimalist EDC gear equates to a barebones experience with minimal features. But with thoughtful design, the right materials, and clever construction methods, even ultra-compact minimalist gear can go toe-to-toe with beefier alternatives when it comes to functionality. San Francisco-based Black Ember has proven this time and again with their feature-rich, modular technical bags and carry goods. This time around, they’re bringing their signature no-compromise design ethos back to Kickstarter with the Kompak Collection. Featuring a “surprisingly spacious” cross body EDC bag, an ultra-slim bifold wallet, and a magnetic keychain, the Kompak Collection transforms your collection of gear into a sleek and seamless EDC system.

As the cornerstone of the collection, the Kompak crossbody bag defies expectations of what a bag this size can carry. It’s optimized to store most small-to-medium-sized gear in one place, ranging from things like your phone and EDC tools, to notebooks, small tablets, and full-size headphones, compact cameras, and even a travel mug. It achieves this thanks to the combination of an efficiently organized layout and a high-volume main compartment.

The Kompak’s space can be divided into two sections. The rear section’s compartment is more spacious, featuring a zippered pocket at the very back as well as two slide pockets cut at an angle for easy retrieval of flat items. The rest of the space can hold bigger items like headphones or a small camera on top of the previously mentioned compartments.

The front section features three slimmer pockets in total, organized in a vertical manner so you can easily slide your gear in and out. The first compartment is divided into two uneven sections, a wide one for your keys or keychain, and a narrower one, perfect for a pocket knife or flashlight. The second compartment can hold something like a folded facemask or charging cables. Finally, since the third compartment features a cable passthrough, you can use to easily charge your phone with a power bank if you happen to deposit it inside the Kompak’s magnetic front pocket.

Despite its impressive carry potential, the Kompak still rides close to your body for a secure and comfortable fit thanks to Hypalon “wings” that contour and allow the bag to lay flat against your body. The Kompak is one of the first bags on the market to use CORDURA brand ECO recycled nylon fabric. Black Ember leverages its BOND-STITCH construction to produce precise, durable, and weather-resistant seams without the bulk of traditional sewing methods.

Next in the collection is the Mag-Fold Wallet: a minimalist magnetic wallet made from multiple layers of CORDURA nylon. This wallet features four card slots to accommodate a wide range of cards. An elastic band keeps your folded cash in check as a slimmer alternative to a dedicated billfold section. Four hidden magnets provide peace of mind and ease of use, giving you a bit more insurance against your cards or cash falling out without making the wallet harder to use.

Last, but not least in the collection, we have the Magnetic Keychain 02. This elegant new keychain was designed to allow you to easily attach and detach your items when you want to, but stay as secure as possible when you don’t. It attaches to your belt loop, bag, or even one of the Kompak’s pockets with a miniature aluminum hook that features a spring-loaded gate. Once you’ve successfully attached it, you can use its Fidlock buckle below to quickly and easily release whatever you’re carrying, from your car keys to a compact piece of gear.

No matter the item in the Kompak Collection, one thing’s clear: Black Ember’s designs consistently give you as much functionality as they can while retaining an elegant, minimal aesthetic with a construction that’s worthy of any EDC. You can learn more about the collection at their fully funded Kickstarter campaign linked below before it ends on 11/12/21 at 12PM PST.

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Trending: JETBeam RRT03 Rotary Flashlight

Trending: JETBeam RRT03 Rotary Flashlight

The RRT in the model name means it comes from JETBeam's Rapid Response Tactical series, and the use of both a tail switch for quick activation and a stainless steel twist ring for easy output control fulfill on that designation. It’s easy to pocket and bring along thanks to its compact 3.65" long IPX-8 rated aircraft aluminum body and the attached skeletonized pocket clip. The RRT03 comes with a micro USB-rechargeable 18350, but can also accept CR123A and 16340 battries, and even larger formats like the 18500 or 18650 thanks to optional extension tubes.

The forward clicky tail switch turns the light on, and from there you have three-stage output (Low-Medium-High) up to 1,400 lumens—that’s from an 18350 battery—via the magnetic rotating ring. Twist the ring clockwise beyond the detent for High and you get access to a multi-color RGB flash mode detent with Red, Green, and Blue for various identification and observation use, and a final detent for Strobe, SOS, Beacon, and a battery indicator. Both of these flashing modes can be switched up with the forward clicky switch. This allows you the versatility of a normal modes for everyday use, and specialized modes when needed.

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The Best New Anker Gadgets to EDC for Remote Work

The Best New Anker Gadgets to EDC for Remote Work

Your everyday carry is a part of you, no matter where you happen to be. If you happen to be working from home for the most part, you can still tailor your loadout to help you excel at any task, even if you don’t have to dress up for the occasion. There’s always room for upgrades to your tech collection at home, especially when you can’t just rely on an IT department to get you the gear you need as soon as possible. To that end, Anker has put out some of the best tech EDC essentials and accessories that you can pick up today. In this round-up, we’ll showcase the best gadgets and tech Anker has to offer for your everyday carry to places near and far—from your home office, to your local coffee shop, to your next business trip.

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Customize a Deejo Pocket Knife with MyDeejo

EDC is by nature highly personalized—people not only have different personalities but different needs as well. And it isn’t just the combination of items that we should be able to customize. Why not the tools themselves? Pocket knives in particular can be tough to dial in, with plenty to consider from how it performs, to how it looks, and much more. So why shouldn’t you be able to build your knife from the blade (or the hilt) up?

MyDeejo is the unique online customization service offered by Deejo. Here, you get the advantages of a slim and sleek Deejo knife paired with hundreds of combinations of options to customize a design that's truly yours. You have a classic, ultra-thin blade of 420 stainless steel with an integrated liner lock to keep the knife strong, but still light. A skeletonized handle also contributes to the weight (or lack thereof), and the holster you get with every purchase makes it perfect for EDC. As for handling, you get easy one-handed deployment thanks to a large pivot and friction opening.

But all this is just what you have to start with. Get on MyDeejo, and you can really start to play. The process is simple—just follow these 5 steps using the site’s 3D interface to build up your dream pocket knife.

Step 1: Choose the size and weight of your Deejo knife. You have three options for this step: 0.53 oz (2.76”), 0.95 oz (3.54”), or 1.31 oz (4.33”).

Step 2: Decide on the finishing of your blade. You can choose between mirror, titanium, or black titanium.

Step 3: Select your handle. You can go with naked, color, carbon fiber, or wood.

Step 4: “Tattoo” your Deejo. The customization tool lets you play with over 60 illustrations so you can tailor your knife to your personality. These illustrations include tribal patterns, art deco, animal themes, outdoor and location themes, and more. Even today tattoos are being added, so check out new designs like "chef," "shark," "corsair," and "good luck."

Step 5: Engrave. Make this blade truly unique to you (or for a special someone) by specifying a name or phrase to engrave onto the handle.

Step 6: Order and enjoy. You’ll have noticed that the price changes with your customizations, so you get real-time updates on the value of your knife. So finalize your design with the 5 steps above, hit “Order,” fill up the necessary information, and wait for your Deejo to be arrive at your doorstep. Then show it off as your unique-to-you EDC.

You can step up your own EDC with the unique flair a customized knife from MyDeejo affords, or you can whip up the perfect gift for that special person in your life. Check out how to customize a Deejo pocket knife with MyDeejo at the link below.

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Every day any day summer carry
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Everyday Carry Sling
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Our Favorite Fall Releases from AceBeam

Our Favorite Fall Releases from AceBeam

As we head into the darker and colder months, it's the perfect time to add a new light to your EDC. And one of our favorite brands that continues to put out new and innovative products is AceBeam, making their mark in the flashlight community for the sheer variety in their offerings. Whether you’re looking for a high-end flashlight, a headlamp, a bicycle lamp, or even state of the art searchlights, they have every illumination base covered, even vetted by law enforcement, security professionals, and outdoor enthusiasts. In this quick roundup, we’ll be taking a look at three new offerings to keep on your radar for your next EDC light, covering your bases both for EDC and for your next weekend adventure.


The PT15 is a capable everyday carry light in and of itself but it pulls dual duty allowing it to be mounted on a Picatinny rail or MLOK mount when you need it. This sets it apart from most duty lights, letting you buy just one light instead of two. And for the price you get a massive 1,700 lumens out the front to a distance of 330 meters with a magnetic fast charger that takes only 2.5 hours to get its customized 18650 battery to a full charge. Detached from the mount the PT15 is sized right for palm carry, with knurling and precision machining on the aluminum body and IPX68 waterproofing for easy carry no matter the environment.

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The AceBeam E10 features substantial power and throw for its compact size. On its highest level it can toss a 760-lunen beam all the way out to 1,844 feet, making this a great choice for long-distance spotting work outdoors. The IP68-rated aluminum waterproof body also gives you go-anywhere dependability. And when you're sitting at home you can take the 26350 battery out and plug it directly into the charger of your choice via USB.

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Penlights are really good for close up inspection work especially for examining small or hard-to-reach spaces. But the thin shape isn't the only thing that makes for a good EDC penlight. The PT10GT from AceBeam, for example, comes with a LH351D LED module that sports a high-CRI emitter that doesn't shift the colors of what it is you are looking at. So when you need to tell between a similar colors of wire or need to identify critical shades of discoloration, the light helps you make right choice every time. To add to even more convenience, the PT10GT is USB rechargeable to let you top up at a moment's notice.

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College (Off Campus) Carry
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Ridge Black Damascus Wallet

The Ridge Wallet is one of the most popular minimalist card holder wallets with the EDC community for a reason, thanks to its convenient design and its extensive customizability. You can pick a model with your favorite decorative faceplate on the edges of the wallet, and there’s a wide selection to choose from. Their latest release, Black Damascus, evokes the exotic waves and organic lines you find on everyday carry knives made of Damascus steel. The end result is a bold look that will accompany the rest of your everyday carry well, especially if you sport the right kind of folding knife.

With this edition of the Ridge Wallet, the look and feel of Damasteel was accomplished by precision laser engraving onto SUS304 stainless steel, for a crisp and clean look without the countless folds required to forge multiple steels together to form an actual cutting edge. The waves offer a subtle amount of contrast to the overall look of the wallet, and it makes it stand out from the standard models of the Ridge Wallet, making an already beautiful design even more gorgeous in person.

Everything else that makes the Ridge Wallet a great choice for a minimalist everyday carry remains the same with the Black Damascus edition. It can carry up to 12 cards in its plate-and-band form factor without stretching out. The use of metal also means that it blocks RFID signal leakage, helping protect you against wireless theft of your payment and identification info when you’re on the go. And if anything does go wrong with the wallet, it’s backed by a lifetime warranty that ensures that Ridge will make it right for you.

Whether you’re looking to pick up a Ridge Wallet for the first time or you’re looking to gift one to someone dear to you, the new Ridge Black Damascus Wallet is a great choice. As with all the special editions of the Ridge Wallet, if it sparks your interest you should click the link below and secure one of these limited edition wallets for yourself before it’s gone.

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Bellroy Lite Collection

Bellroy Lite Collection

If you need to carry something as a part of your daily tasks, commute, travel, and pretty much every conceivable scenario for gear in and out of your pockets, Bellroy is likely to have a product for you. From wallets to tech cases to bags of every size, they’ve proven themselves time and time again to be a premium purveyor when it comes to everyday carry. Their latest collection—a Lite series of four styles—is both a refinement and evolution of their bagmaking know-how, streamlining and sustainably manufacturing some of their signature models. These are some of the best and lightest options yet for your next EDC.

True to their name, all the items in the Lite collection are constructed from a diamond-patterned ripstop fabric that’s three times lighter than the fabrics Bellroy traditionally uses. This fabric in particular is 100% made from recycled plastic bottles, giving the material inherent water resistance and durability while helping the environment in the process. Bellroy says it has one of the highest performances for hydrostatic pressure and water repellency among their fabrics, which helps keep dirt and grime off the bags—crucial if you go for the striking new Chalk colorways as well.

The lighter weight and resilience also make the bags ideal as a packable set of secondary carry options while traveling, and as forget-you’re-carrying-them options for a daily excursion or commute that hold up even in unpredictable weather.

Trending: Fox 40 Classic Official Whistle

Trending: Fox 40 Classic Official Whistle

Regardless of how you use a whistle—whether for sports or signaling in an emergency—if you’re going to carry one, it helps to carry one of the best. The Fox 40 Classic is touted as “The First Choice for NFL, NBA, and FIFA,” and was designed to maximize sound while minimizing the usual inconveniences that come with whistles. It’s made entirely out of high-impact ABS plastic making it impervious to moisture, and thus damage or corrosion. It also features a pea-less design which reduces the number of moving parts to zero, making failure on use virtually impossible. Finally, the whistle was designed to be impossible to overblow, meaning it’ll only get louder as you blow harder, reaching up to 115 decibels, or as loud as a chainsaw. Pick up the last whistle you’ll ever need at the link below.

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For decades G-SHOCK has become the go-to watch whenever you want indestructible durability and a solid set of everyday timekeeping features. And while tough-as-nails quality will always be the foundation of each G-SHOCK, modern and evolving tech means a watch that can keep up with your daily moves, anytime, anywhere. The GBD200-1 is the frontrunner in the G-SHOCK MOVE lineup, taking inspiration from the tough watches that came before while offering modern tracking as a companion for every activity.

The GBD200-1 presents a digital display wrapped with a square case design, reminiscent of classic G-SHOCK offerings with a thin 15mm profile. This compact form means you can get all the toughness and features you expect without the added bulk. This also gives you a lighter wrist for workouts, the ability to slip under jackets and long sleeves, and more comfort for all-day wear and tracking, especially when paired with the soft urethane band.

As part of the MOVE lineup the GBD200-1’s core features revolve around fitness, including a step tracker, interval timers, lap time measurement, as well as a calories burned tracker, giving you a solid suite of numbers to work on for personal improvement. You can also connect the GBD200-1 to your smartphone via Bluetooth to take full advantage of GPS for calibration and running distance, speed and pace measurements. Once calibrated, there’s no need to be tethered to your smartphone on your next run. Whether your smartphone is on you or not, the GBD200-1 can sync with G-SHOCK's MOVE smartphone app and log your activity history so you can compare and measure your statistics over time, perfect for helping you improve your performance and manage your health.

But let’s not forget that this goal-crushing machine is also a life-proof G-SHOCK. This means setting the standard for toughness and resilience like 200M of water resistance, a scratch-resistant mineral glass, a shock-resistant resin case, as well as an LED super-illuminator backlight for when your fitness journey takes you to low-light environments. All of it packed inside a 49mm case that weighs in at only 58g, in keeping with the GBD200-1’s compact profile.

The G-SHOCK GBD200-1 is the watch to wear when the “C” in your EDC stands for curls, cardio, and calisthenics. Pick it up in two colors at the link below.

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Office Carry
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Welcome October! Falling Leaves Season.
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Deal Alert: The Best Citizen Watches on Sale Right Now

Deal Alert: The Best Citizen Watches on Sale Right Now

As we head into the last quarter of the year, now’s a great time to pick up a new timepiece. Whether it’s a dive watch for the beach, a classy chrono to wear back to the office, or a tough field watch for your day-to-day, you can find one from an EDC-favorite brand, Citizen, today on Amazon. We’re highlighting our top 5 favorite picks from this one-day sale to narrow your search, including several watches featured in our previous watch buying guides. These deals won’t last too long, so act fast—the clock’s ticking.

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