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Pokka Pens

As useful as they are to keep in your pocket, not all pens were designed with carry in mind. Even the ones that are small enough to easily slip into your pocket usually compromise comfort and balance when you actually write with them. For Pokka Pens, the focus on pocket-friendliness is right there in the name. It's all thanks to its clever design that's super compact when closed, but extends to a comfortable length when it's time to write. Best of all, these made-in-the-USA EDC pens don't just save pocket space, they save pocket change too, thanks to their accessible price point.

Upon first look, you'll notice just how small the Pokka Pen measures when it's closed. At under 3.5”, it certainly fits the part as a pocket essential. It features a body that fully nests into its cap, essentially halving the amount of pocket space it takes up. Usually, a pen that short might feel cramped during longer sessions, but the Pokka Pen avoids this by extending to a full-length pen. The cap firmly secures to the back of the pen with a satisfying snap, secured by a clever system of O-rings and ridges. Once extended, the pen reaches a comfortable 5.5” length—just as good for quick notes as it is for extended writing sessions with its included, replaceable ballpoint ink cartridge.

Because they're so lightweight, Pokka Pens are hardly noticeable when carried loose in your pocket. However, you can also use it with an available clip for the added convenience, security, and quick access. No matter how you choose to carry it, the Pokka Pen is compact, lightweight, and comfortable to write with once it's fully extended.

The best part is the Pokka Pen is impressively affordable as far as EDC gear goes. Starting at just over $8 for a pack of three, you can have one to keep in your pocket, one in your bag, and a backup in your car with little investment. To sweeten the deal, Everyday Carry readers will receive an additional 15% off by clicking the link below, with no coupon code required. They're available variety of cool colors and patterns like Blaze Orange, Digi-Camo, and more at the link below.

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Victorinox Hunter Pro Red Alox

Victorinox Hunter Pro Red Alox

As one of the most popular makers of multi-functional gear, you can trace Victorinox tools back through generations of pockets. The company is best known for its Swiss Army Knives, with their Alox-handled (aluminum with a protective layer of anodic oxidation) knives being especially popular among the EDC crowd. Just in time for warm weather outdoor adventures, Victorinox is giving their Hunter Pro the Alox treatment in their iconic red colorway. It gives this rugged, outdoor-ready knife some high-visibility on the campsite while also making it a stylish statement piece in your urban EDC.

The Hunter Pro Red Alox is not to be confused with its smaller cousins in the Victorinox lineup. It was designed for the outdoors, which means that the use case for the Hunter Pro is more than opening packages in the office. When the cutting jobs get tougher, the knife needs to remain up to the task. That’s why this comes with 3.8” drop-point blade and a matching 5” handle for maximum comfort while slicing. The ribbed Alox scales also help with grip so every cut is taken with confidence. The lockback mechanism also keeps the blade securely in place when you don’t need it, but deploys in a pinch thanks to the large thumbhole.

Making gear rugged enough for the outdoors doesn’t mean that carrying it has to be inconvenient. Victorinox knows a thing or two about designing for your pockets after all, and thankfully it comes with a removable clip for deep pocket carry. If you want to be more discreet it also comes with a paracord lanyard which makes it easier to retrieve from your pocket or bag and also might come in handy if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation.

With its versatile carryability, tough blade, and ergonomic grip the Hunter Pro knife already had a lot to offer. And now the instantly recognizable Red Alox makes it easy to appreciate whether you’re commuting to work or headed out into the woods for the weekend. If you want a tough knife from a trusted brand, make sure to scoop one up by clicking the link below.

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5.11 Tactical AMP12 25L Backpack

When you're hauling gear for multiple missions into constantly changing environments, being able to switch up your loadout on the fly is crucial. Many tactical bags are designed with this modularity in mind, but all too often they end up both cumbersome and conspicuous. If there's one company who can deliver on modularity, organization, and durability in a pack, it's 5.11 Tactical. Their recently released AMP12 25L Pack offers more advanced modularity in a design that weighs less and blends in better to your surroundings compared to their already successful past designs. When you need your kit truly dialed, the AMP12 25L features versatile organization inside and out to cover your bases.

To fill its role as an All Missions Pack, the AMP12 keeps a low-profile exterior like a clean slate, ready to be customized. Don't let its absence of PALS fool you, though — the AMP12 features a large hook-and-loop front panel as the foundation of its modularity. Included with the bag is 5.11's patented HEXGRID load-bearing platform on their Gear Set system attachment. The Gear Set attaches via hook-and-loop to the front of the pack, supported by G-hooks and release buckles. You can pick and choose from this 3-layer security system for your preferred balance of retention versus quick release of your gear. The AMP12 pack and Gear Set system accommodates 5.11's other Gear Set accessories to make transitioning from the field to the city as easy as swapping out one Gear Set for another. And unlike traditional rows of PALS-webbing, the HEXGRID can mount gear at different angles for better ergonomics and more efficient use of space. This level of customizability isn’t exclusive to the exterior either, as it also has an internal loop system you can take advantage of when you need to carry more than usual.

The main compartment opens clamshell style, giving you a full view of the inside of the bag for easy loading and organization. Hook-and-loop paneling lines the interior back panel of the bag as well, giving you the freedom to take a pouch-focused packing approach or keep it minimal for when you travel. On the opposite side you'll find multiple zippered mesh compartments for at-a-glance organization of your smaller gear. The AMP12 is ready for the boardroom to the backcountry too, with a separate compartment along the rear accommodates laptops up to 15” and doubles as a space for a hydration bladder. A 4-way zipper configuration makes for easy access to every part of the main compartment as well.

As for materials, the AMP12 features a water-resistant 500D Dobby nylon build, hitting a sweet-spot of light weight and durability. When you do load the bag up and attach GearSets to it, a tag-team of ergonomic, padded shoulder straps and a thermoformed back panel help manage the load for a comfortable carry. If you've been looking for that one bag to take on the job, on the road, or out on the town, the AMP12 was designed for just that. It's available in classic Black, Ranger Green, Tungsten blue, and Kangaroo brown at the link below.

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