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Aer Day Pack 2 X-Pac

Aer Day Pack 2 X-Pac

It’s not every day that you can go back and make something great even better, especially a product recently released and still enjoying immense popularity. But that’s exactly what Aer did with a surprise drop of one of their most popular bags—the Day Pack 2—in one of EDCs most desired materials for a bag: X-Pac. What was already a solid everyday bag gets a bump up in durability and collectability, and it’s available right now as a sleek addition to your EDC.

If you’re unfamiliar with X-Pac, it’s a a highly durable and waterproof layered laminate material designed to withstand the harshest conditions built by Dimension-Polyant, a company that builds racing sailcloths by trade and figured they’d make an excellent product fabric as well. The VX-42 material used in this new Day Pack 2 first made an appearance in Aer’s X-Pac collection that celebrated their 5th anniversary, and like that collection it combines with a hi-vis ripstop nylon interior and sealing zippers for top tier weather resistance for the Day Pack.

But Aer didn’t fix what isn’t broken, so you still get an everyday/tech backpack loaded with features. This includes the Day Pack 2’s two main compartments, the front for admin organization and the rear that fits up to a 15“ laptop and other flat items like tablets along with space for some organizing pouches. It also comes with a quick access top pocket in front of the bag’s grab handle, an expandable side water bottle pocket, and a luggage pass through for when you’re next able to take to the skies.

Altogether the Day Pack 2 comes with 14.8L of storage in a structured design that lets the bag stay upright when placed on a surface, with all the accoutrements you’ve come to expect from Aer bags, including YKK zippers, Duraflex hardware, a sternum strap, and comfortable straps paired with a padded mesh back panel for comfort and airflow for breathability. As a final touch, this X-Pac version’s zipper pulls come with reflective detail for more visibility, matching well with its eye-popping interior.

The Day Pack 2 is an EDC crowd favorite, with this X-Pac edition dialing everything to 11 while still keeping the bag surprisingly affordable and attainable. No need to wait for special drops—pick it up from Aer at the link below.

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The James Brand The Chapter

If you’re looking for a grail-worthy minimalist folding knife to EDC, you might find that your options are actually pretty limited. The team at The James Brand certainly thought so, and they designed The Chapter to offer an ultra-premium minimalist modern gents everyday carry folding knife that sticks to a sleek and clean aesthetic. With minimal moving parts, it’s easy to maintain and care for while offering some of the best performance your money can buy. And since 2014 The Chapter has remained one of the best tools built for hard use and adventure without breaking your aesthetic in the process.

Two things make The Chapter worthy of being your next grain purchase: the first is the gorgeous super-premium Damasteel Rose DS93X drop point blade. At 2.75" long it has more than enough length to handle all of your daily cutting and slicing tasks, and the steel composition allows it to keep a hard edge for longer than a standard off-the-shelf knife. It also contrasts well with the slim and sleek 6Al4V titanium handle, which also features a reliable frame lock to hold everything in place even during rough use.

The manual right-handed thumb stud deployment is made easier with a cutout in the handle for easy access with one hand, and the ceramic bearings in the pivot of the handle make for a smooth and consistent opening every time. And rounding it all off is the deep carry pocket clip which meshes well with the overall look of the knife, letting you carry the knife tip down without it sticking up too much at your pants pocket, advertising itself to all who can see.

It’s rare to find such a compelling mix of smart design, premium materials, and a clean minimalist aesthetic that suits your needs when you’re looking for a high-end modern gents knife for everyday carry. And the best part is it’s available in four different colorways and blade configurations, including a model that has a partially serrated blade that’s great for cutting through cordage and rough material. The Chapter is ready to be your be-all-end-all grail knife, and you can buy one today at the link below.

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Viperade VE3 Tool Pouch

Viperade VE3 Tool Pouch

"Viperade’s tool pouch keeps EDC gear organized and ready to use. It’s made from 500D polyester fiber with rounded corners and binding tape on its pockets to prevent fraying. Its angled pockets are ideal for small tools and pens, while its top pocket holds a 3.5″x 5.5″ notebook or a phone. A zipper compartment holds..." (via The Awesomer)

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New Zero Tolerance Knives Now Available

New Zero Tolerance Knives Now Available

Overbuilt quality, premium materials, and bold designs are the hallmarks of a Zero Tolerance knife and every new knife they release is guaranteed to have something new and exciting. This year they’ve put out three new models, each with the compelling mix of hard use practicality at their heart but with an attractive and distinctive look that make them a joy to carry every single day. In this quick guide we take a look at the latest blades in ZT’s catalog that just hit the market and see what they can do for your EDC.

0350

From its blade to its handle the 0350 represents a no-compromises take on a hard-use tactical folding knife, and its design is derived out of the tactical blades at the heart of Zero Tolerance’s line since it began. The 3.125" blade features S30V stainless steel and a modified drop-point blade shape that comes with a slight recurve in the hollow ground edge that amplifies this knife’s slicing power. The flipper tab makes for an easy one-handed deployment especially with the ZT SpeedSafe spring-assisted opening built into the handle. And the aggressive G-10 handle scales help ensure you won’t drop this knife even in the wettest conditions.

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0762

The 0762 is a beefy blade with a 3.375“ CPM-20CV edge and an overall length of 8.125”. Just at a glance there are some standout features on both the blade itself and in the handles: the former with a long, sweeping modified wharncliffe for both slicing and precision tasks, and the latter with its windows in the carbon fiber scale with striking blue accents on the show side. The blue theme continues to the lock side where a titanium sub-frame lock with a hardened steel lock bar insert gets the blue anodized treatment, along with the reversible clip. The 0762 also comes with the ZT Tuned Detent System (TDS) to give the knife quick and consistent action every time.

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0308BLKTS

Tiger stripes on the blade are a Zero Tolerance specialty, and on the new 0308BLKTS they use a black-oxide BlackWash finish with the classic pattern for the first time. The chunky 3.75“ drop point blade comes in CPM-20CV like its siblings in this release, which folds into a G-10 front and titanium back handle, the latter also responsible for the frame lock alongside a hardened steel lockbar insert. Deployment is by way of a flipper tab and a KVT ball-bearing opening, which rides on a unique solid pivot with a custom nut. This custom nut even lets you do custom adjustment in the field with a 1/2” wrench. Black hardware completes the bombproof, tactical construction.

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Ridge Topographic Wallets

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 get a Ridge Wallet to suit your style and your needs, with different designs of faceplates and either a money clip or elastic band to complete the look. And new this year is the Topographic series, featuring attractively anodized aluminum faceplates and a distinctive laser-engraved design that depicts famous outdoor destinations to bring an adventurous spirit to your daily carry.

If you aren’t familiar with the concept of a topographic map, it basically adds terrain indicators that give the user some idea of the change in height of the terrain depicted for planning purposes. But aside from the practical origin of the design, some of these maps have intrinsic aesthetic merit, as seen on these new Ridge Wallets. There are three different topographic designs and colorways to choose from: a red clay-evoking design built in homage to The Narrows in Zion National Park, the deep blue oceanic design depicting the famous surfing destination in Hawaii, the North Shore, and finally a dark granite design that depicts the famous Half Dome mountain peak in Yosemite National Park from the top down.

And the best part is that aside from the striking visual design of these wallets, the basics haven’t changed: this is still one of the easiest to use and most practical everyday carry minimalist card holders you can pick up today. There’s room for up to 12 standard payment and identification cards, and the modular design accommodates a money clip or elastic band.  The aircraft grade 6061-T6 plates provide added production for your credentials and personal information by blocking RFID signals from fraudsters and scammers when you least expect it.

Plus with Ridge’s lifetime warranty, you’ll know that picking up one of the new Topographic Ridge Wallets is a decision you can rely on for years to come. Whether you’re just now getting rid of your bulky traditional leather wallet or you’re already sporting a front pocket wallet of your own but want to finally try a Ridge, the Topographic design should be at the top of your list. And even if you already have a Ridge wallet, it’s a great aesthetic addition to your ensemble, and it makes a great gift too. Check out the full range of Topographic designs at the link below.

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Trending: Orient Kamasu

Trending: Orient Kamasu

Orient’s diver style watches offer great value for money, with a stylish design that doesn’t skimp on build quality while also featuring movements that give you the features you expect from higher-priced alternatives. Their Kamasu features an in-house F6022 automatic mechanical movement featuring a day-date complication and a hacking capability. You can hand-wind it to maximize its runtime, or just let it ride on your wrist everyday to keep it going. While Orient doesn’t explicitly bill this watch as rated for deep diving, it is water-resistant to 200 meters, and it’s well-suited for EDCers who want the style of a diver’s watch but don’t necessarily ever go down to depth. Its sapphire crystal will also keep up with the scraps and scrapes of a life above board, and its 41.8mm case diameter makes it a great choice for most wrists.

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G-SHOCK GSTB400-1A

While you probably know G-SHOCK for their reputation of practically bombproof digital watches, they do make lightweight, lower-profile models that offer the same industry-leading performance the brand is known for. In no small feat, the GSTB400-1A manages to deliver shock resistance, waterproofing, and reliable functionality in a much thinner form factor through miniaturization of parts and modules in its carbon core guard structure. If you’re looking for a stylish EDC watch that doesn’t compromise on utility and durability, this new addition to the G-STEEL lineup is one of the sleekest G-SHOCK watches you can wear right now.

With a total thickness of just 12.9mm, the GSTB400 earns the title of the thinnest G-STEEL watch available. The watch features an attractive hybrid analog-digital look that gives you a full suite of timers and other features while not cluttering the overall svelte aesthetics of the watch. For example, even the guards for the stainless steel side buttons have been reduced in size, removing bulk while keeping the buttons easy to operate. Boasting 200M of water resistance and G-SHOCK’s signature shockproofness, the GSTB400 is built tough enough for your day to day and extreme expeditions alike. Its solar-powered module keeps the watch going for more than a year before you’d even need to replace the battery. Last but not least, you can link the watch to your smartphone via Bluetooth and take advantage of G-SHOCK's app for notifications and fitness tracking functionality.

If your EDC needs a slim and sleek timepiece with the absolute durability and practicality that only a G-SHOCK can offer, the new GSTB400-1A should be your first stop. You can learn more about the G-STEEL GSTB400 models at the link below.

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Trending: Ledlenser P2R Core

Trending: Ledlenser P2R Core

The smallest model inside the P-series from Ledlenser, the P2R Core is a super compact penlight designed to give you enough lumens to light the way for inspections and utility tasks while remaining small enough to stay out of your way when you’re not. Despite weighing in at 1.26 oz and measuring in at 4“ long, the P2R Core features a maximum output of 120 lumens for up to 65 meters on High. Its micro USB rechargeable battery is able to sustain this mode for 30 minutes before needing a recharge. If you want to preserve battery life instead, you can opt to use its Low mode, giving you 15 lumens for up to 15 meters and up to 5 hours. A focusing feature is selected through a simple twist on its tail, giving you instant access to either a spotlight output or a floodlight output. Finally, thanks to its pocket clip, it's an easy integration into your EDC. Pick one up at the link below.

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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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Trending: Victorinox Climber

Trending: Victorinox Climber

Swiss Army Knives have always been popular among EDCers, especially in this 91mm size. These medium-sized SAKs can serve well as a primary, non-locking EDC knife, or standalone as your entire EDC toolset in one. 

The Climber in particular takes the popular features from the "Spartan" and adds an extra layer of functionality with full-size scissors and a multi-purpose hook. As the name implies, these extra functions help with mountain climbing and rope-related tasks. The rest of its toolset covers your day-to-day functions with its sharp and easy-to-maintain main blade, smaller secondary blade, combination screwdrivers and can/bottle openers, an awl and corkscrew on the back of the knife, and tweezers and toothpick in the plastic scales. 

If you're on the hunt for your next Swiss Army Knife (or just want a great way to incorporate scissors in your EDC), don't miss this classic EDC option from Victorinox at the link below.

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