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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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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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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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Tactile Turn Bolt Action Pens

Tactile Turn Bolt Action Pens

By now you’ve probably already put a ton of thought into what gear works best for your day-to-day, but what about your pen? If what you’re writing with still feels like an afterthought, it might be time for an upgrade. Tactile Turn makes premium pens from solid metal, right here in the US, with precision craftsmanship you’d expect from the rest of the gear in your kit. For a truly unique tactile writing experience, look no further than the bolt action pen. Tactile Turn revamped their Bolt Action Pen with fresh and functional updates, refining this satisfying jotter into an even better option for your EDC.

The new Bolt Action Pen keeps many of the same great features Tactile Turn offers that separate them from the rest. Tactile Turn’s signature micro-ridge texture covers the entire metal surface of the pen, offering excellent grip no matter how or where you choose to hold the pen without the sometimes uncomfortable or aggressive “bite” of traditional knurling. For ease of carry, the pen comes with a custom-made, deep-carry stainless steel clip that doubles as an anti-roll mechanism.

The biggest improvement on the revised Bolt Action Pen comes in the form of its overhauled bolt channel. Previous versions of the Bolt Action Pen had a “C”-shaped bolt channel, which came with a steep learning curve and also resulted in a visible void in the body where the bolt rested while retracted. The newly refined Bolt Action Pen eliminates these issues, resulting in an easier to use and better looking pen. A “J”-shaped channel replaces the “C” for a more fluid and intuitive motion to deploy the pen. The bolt itself is now sized to fill any gaps that would have been left behind when the pen is extended.

Always looking to improve their designs, Tactile Turn made the effort to make subtle visual changes to the pen that add up in a big way. A flat, polished top replaces the original rounded top at the back of the pen. On the writing end, you’ll find a new, sturdier tip profile. Combined, these changes make for a solid metal EDC pen that’s both more reliable and fun to fidget with.

You can pick up your own Tactile Turn Bolt Action Pen in a standard version that accepts G2 cartridges or a “Short” version that uses the popular Parker-style ink refills. Each pen is made entirely in the USA in Tactile Turn’s Texas-based machine shop. They’re available in premium metals like titanium, bronze, copper, or zirconium. Pick one up for your kit at the link below.

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Giveaway: Win a Kershaw Bareknuckle and Accessories Kit!

Giveaway: Win a Kershaw Bareknuckle and Accessories Kit!

Update: Congrats to Andrew K., winner of this giveaway! Thanks to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for more chances to win gear here on Everyday Carry.

Who else loves free EDC gear? This week, we're hooking up one lucky reader with a sleek, lightweight Kershaw knife inspired by a classic, heavyweight design. The Kershaw Bareknuckle in a new Olive & BlackWash colorway puts together the best parts of the Zero Tolerance 0777 it's based on and Kershaw's user-friendly features, giving you a made-in-the-USA knife with a storied past and solid performance to last. It's your chance to win one—along with a nice set of functional gear and accessories—with this giveaway, brought to you by our sponsor, Kershaw.

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