Buying Guides

5 Best New EDC Knives Under $50 in 2018

When you're on a tight budget, it's easy to think that good EDC knives are out of reach. But it's actually entirely possible to pick up a solid everyday carry knife with the right design and craftsmanship, all without having to spend a pretty penny. In the past year or so in particular, several standout knives have been released that could change any negative preconceptions you might have about “budget” knives. In this guide, we'll round up five of our favorite knives under 50 dollars.

Best Budget Knives for EDC 2018

5 EDC Essentials from Veteran-Owned Businesses

November 11th is Veterans Day in the United States. It's a day where we give thanks to the men and women in uniform that have served our country. There are plenty of vet-owned businesses out there, but the ones that specialize in gear are especially relevant to us over at Everyday Carry. These professionals have spent years in the field, and few people out there know what makes a great piece of gear as much as they do. As a way to show our appreciation, we've rounded up some of our favorite Veteran-made goods. Read on to check out some of our favorite picks!

5 Best EDC Lights Under $50 in 2018

With the days getting shorter and nights getting darker, now's the perfect time to rethink your current EDC light. And of all the gear you can carry, your flashlight is most likely to be due for an upgrade given how quickly flashlight technology advances. Luckily, a solid light with modern features doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. In this guide, we're rounding up 5 new and noteworthy lights released this year that can all be had for less than 50 bucks. There's a light for everyone here, with picks suited for tactical EDCs, classy carries, outdoor setups, and more.

Trending Gear: October 2018

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

Over the past month of October, it you were most interested in slim cardholders, classy pocket knives, affordable divers, and more… Let's break it down.

5 New Multi-tools Under $50

You don't have to spend a pretty penny to get yourself a quality multi-tool for EDC, especially if you're just looking to cover your bases. In the past year, there have been quite a few affordable everyday carry multi-tools released recently that deliver the performance you need without breaking the bank. The wide variety of tools available also means that you can pick the one that's just right for your needs. And to help you along, we've rounded up our pick of some of the best recent EDC muilti-tools that you can grab for under 50 dollars right now.

10 Dopp Kits to Travel With in 2018

Of all the packing essentials in a traveler's kit, it's the dopp kit that's often the hardest to organize. After all, unlike tools with uniform sizes like flashlights or rectangular tech objects, your grooming or first aid supplies come in all shapes and sizes. So finding the right dopp kit that's versatile enough to take on the most unconventional gear is key for making the most of your travel EDC. And usually, if your dopp kit is organized enough to stash toiletries and grooming gear, it can double as an EDC pouch for when you're not on the road. In this guide, we're rounding up dopp kits and toiletry bags to help you tackle the task of packing for your next adventure. Below are 10 of our picks for the best dopp kits to EDC this year.

Reader's Choice: 5 Bags EDCers Want in 2018

Last week our team put together a list of exciting new bags that came out this past year that we'd love to get our hands on. After sharing our picks, we took to the comments and social media to see what you, the readers, were excited about too. In this guide we've listed the bags you've chosen, and we hope it gives you even more great bags to pick from as the holidays come up and the year comes to a close.

Staff Picks: 5 EDC Bags We Want in 2018

Believe it or not, the end of the year is almost here. We've seen plenty of exciting new releases over the course of 2018 that we can't help but think would make great upgrades to our own kit. In this series, our writers chime in with what gear we've been eyeing this year. We hope it'll serve as a good reminder of what came out this year and put you onto new gear you may have missed. Today we're rounding up EDC bags we've been geeking out over. Our shortlist has something for everyone, with bags suited for hiking, school and work, urban commutes, and much more.

5 Bags We Want Right Now

Trending Gear: September 2018

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

Looking back this past September, it you were most interested in compact workhorse pocket knives, all-in-one tool kits, classic essentials, and more… Let's break it down.

The Best Watch Straps for EDC in 2018

While the case and dial are usually the focus of your EDC watch, that doesn't mean you should ignore the strap or bracelet it's on. The strap actually plays a huge role in the overall look and feel of a watch. So if you're feeling bored of staring at the same old watch everyday, you can breathe new life into your EDC watch in a matter of seconds with a different strap or bracelet. And swapping in a strap isn't always just for show, either — a new strap can make your favorite watch more lighter and more comfortable, more secure on your wrist, or better suited for wet conditions. Luckily there are plenty of styles to choose from, and  in this guide, we're highlighting our strongest watch strap recommendations available so far.

10 Best 18650 Flashlights for Everyday Carry 2018

The 18650 lithium-ion battery is one of the most popular battery form factors in production. Its size and features make it ideal for electronic applications, like laptop and electronic car batteries, and even portable battery chargers. Thanks to advancements in both battery and flashlight tech it's gained tremendous ground as a new format for an EDC light as we've seen in new releases this year.

An 18650 (named for its 18mm diameter, 65mm length, and cylindrical shape) battery offers higher voltage, bigger capacity, and reusability, making it an ideal power source for flashlights. As of 2018, we're talking upwards of 3000 lumens in your pocket, more options for high color rendering, runtimes measured in weeks and months (yes, months), and no longer having to buy disposable batteries or chargers which is always good for the environment.

Below we've rounded up 10 of the best 18650 flashlights available so far this 2018. They're lights that make full use of the battery's capabilities but remain compact enough for everyday carry.

Trending Gear: August 2018

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

With August behind us, it looks like you were most interested in slim metal wallets, unique gear pouches, knife-based multi-tools, and more… Let's get into the list.

Deal Alert: Up to 45% Off Timex EDC Watches

Time is money. Now you can save on both by picking up one of the EDC-friendly Timex watches currently on sale at Amazon. The brand is an EDC staple, with many of their models watches we've recommended in the past for their incredible value, so now's the perfect time to step up your watch game. With options ranging from military-inspired field watches to casual weekend timepieces to ultra-tough digital instruments, you're bound to find something that fits your style and your everyday carry needs.

The Best EDC Backpacks for School 2018

It's never too early to start preparing for what's ahead, and with summer coming to a close for a lot of people that means it's time to go back to school. The perfect school bag can be hard to find as there are tons of options out there and everyone needs something a little different. That said, there are a few key aspects of a bag that are worth looking for. Textbooks and laptops aren't exactly light, so getting a bag that's comfortable to carry around is an obvious must-have. Similarly, those items aren't cheap so a bag tough enough to protect your gear from a passing storm should also be a priority. Whether you're going to be commuting to class everyday after work or walking across campus after a long night out, a good backpack can help make sure you always have what you need without slowing you down. We took the time to put together a list of some of the versatile backpacks that should fit your needs.

10 New EDC Knives Under 3" in 2018

When it comes to everyday carry knives, bigger is not always better. Sure, bigger knives are great for large tasks, but their added heft can them impractical in some situations and a burden on your pockets. And even if you did have the pocket space for a bigger blade, they're not always legal to carry depending on where you live. That's why smaller, more compact, pocketknives under 3 inches enjoy wide popularity in the EDC community. With the right design, materials, and build quality, they can handle your daily tasks, and even more, when the time comes. Today is a great time to be in the market for such a knife, with plenty of new and innovative designs released this year. In this guide, we'll highlight some of our favorite recent sub-3" knife releases and show why they belong in your everyday carry.

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Trending Gear: July 2018

Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

Not only is looking through their pockets this way super interesting, but it's also a great way to find really cool gear you never even knew existed (yet somehow, suddenly need…).

When you hover over an item you like and click on it in these photos, you're also letting other EDCers know you find that gear interesting. Each click gets recorded to create a data-driven ranking of the most popular gear, which you can find in our Gear section of the site found in the top menu bar.

Gear with the most views and clicks climbs its way to the top of this feed and lets the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

Looking back this past July, it you were most interested in beefy pocket knives, ways to organize your gear, practical bling, and more… Let's take a look.