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The Force Is Strong with These 6 EDCs

Every year on May the 4th, the Star Wars community shows their love for the franchise with events, commemorations, and most importantly, merchandise. This pun on the series catchphrase “May the Force be with you” gives fans a chance to celebrate and geek out about their favorite movies, and for EDCers, that means showing off their favorite pieces of (mostly) practical Star Wars gear. Whether it's as simple as a toy or a keychain to add a small bit of flair or a design integral to the entire loadout's aesthetic, the Force is strong with these EDCs from our community. May the 4th be with you.

Trending Gear: April 2019

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.

This past April was a good month for slimline gent's knives, titanium gear running the gamut from pens to knives to lights, and even some retro handheld gaming. Let's see what you all were checking out this month.

Best Tactical Watches in 2019

Your EDC should be full of gear you can depend on day in and day out, handling everything from the mundane to the unexpected. It's no secret that tactical gear is popular among the EDC crowd, and for good reason: it's built to meet military specification for performance, durability, and reliability. And when it comes to watches, a military watch can deliver that reliable accuracy you need whether you're on a critical mission or meeting a deadline. With a tactical watch, not only do you get milspec performance, but you also get a design aesthetic that matches the rest of your utilitarian essentials. In this guide to the best tactical watches, we'll highlight some of the latest and greatest and break down what to look for in your next timepiece.

The Best Keychain Multi-tools in 2019

Part of putting together your EDC is knowing what tools you'll need on an average day, but it's hard to be prepared for everything. That’s why so many people rely on a good multi-tool to cover their bases. Traditional full-sized multi-tools aren't for everyone, however. They can be a bit bulky or heavy for a minimalist EDC and can be hard to justify if you don't use one often enough. Smaller multi-tools that can fit on your keychain, on the other hand, are worth a look to keep essentials handy without weighing you down. Whether you’re looking for some functional alternatives to larger tools or you don’t want to be caught without a tool and are looking for a backup to keep on you at all times, the items on this list are tried and tested EDC classics.

The 10 Best Field Watches in 2019

If a field watch is good enough for the military to wear, there’s a good chance that they’ll fare well during your everyday routine. Because they're designed to meet strict military specifications that define what its dial and size of the watch should look like, field watches as a whole tend to share many of the same features. But when you take a closer look, it's clear that each watch is distinct in its own way. The best field watches can pull EDC duty thanks to their reasonable size, clear legibility, and rock-solid durability. Today, we're taking a look at 10 of the best military field watches you can buy in 2019. There's something here to suit a variety of tastes, wrist sizes, and lifestyles.

The 10 Best Pry Tools in 2019

When you need to pry things apart or gain access to closed spaces, there's really only one tool for the job: a pry bar. But traditional pry bars are usually too big to carry every day, and even if you could tolerate the weight, lugging one around could give people the wrong impression about your intentions. In the absence of a pry bar, a lot of people resort to using their EDC knives to wedge things open in a pinch. Not only can that ruin your knife, it could also get you injured in the process. Thankfully there's more than a few compact, dedicated pry tools available for your everyday carry. In this guide, we'll highlight some of our favorite EDC pry bars that you can pick up today.

Trending Gear: March 2019

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.

This past March top-ranking gear includes knives of all kinds, titanium goodies, and more…

6 Digital Camouflage EDC Essentials

Depending on your tastes, you might want your EDC gear to blend in and keep a low profile, or make a statement with bold, striking designs. One great way to shake things up from the usual blacked-out or all-metal motif with your EDC while keeping in line with the urban/tactical theme is with digital camouflage (or digicam for short). These computer-generated patterns differ from the old-school, “natural” looking camouflage found in military and hunting gear and instead sport a more modern, pixelated look. In the field, digicam effectively conceals the wearer in a wider range of environments and distances compared to traditional prints, making it more widely used today. As for your EDC, it can help your gear stand out with a modern, tactical flair, without being over-the-top. In this gear roundup, we're showcasing a variety of EDC essentials sporting different digital camouflage patterns.

8 Green Essentials to EDC This Spring

It's mid-March, and 'tis the season when things start going from dark drab blustery weather to nice green springtime surroundings (supposedly). And whether or not you celebrate the St. Patrick's holiday, there's always a bit of room to have some green in your everyday carry. Whether you are looking for the discreet tactical bent of olive drab or a stand-out bright green accent in your ensemble, we've got your fix. We've picked out eight of our favorite green EDC essentials to bring some color (and luck) to your daily kit.

The 12 Best Travel Backpacks in 2019

When it comes to efficiently hauling your gear on a daily basis, nothing gets the job done quite like a quality backpack. Great packs come with storage, organization, and resilience, while also the easiest and most ergonomic form factor to carry heavier loads. So it's no surprise that plenty of of manufacturers make the effort to make not only everyday packs, but also travel-worthy bags that bump up the specs and space, making them worthy of seeing the world with you.

Whether it's an overnight business trip, weekend getaway, or jetsetting your way around the globe on an exciting adventure, a quality travel backpack is the ultimate EDC companion. Below are 12 of our picks for the best travel backpacks you can pick up and head straight to the airport with right now.

5 Best New Key Organizers in 2019

For the modern, urban-dwelling EDCer, there are a few essentials that are, at minimum, always present in one's pockets: a phone, a wallet, and keys. But until you can unlock your front door, open your mailbox, start your car, or secure a safe with your phone or cards, those keys are always going to be an unfortunate part of your EDC. You could toss 'em in your pocket, but the resulting jumble of metal just isn't comfortable. And dangling them from your belt loop works, but it's not the most secure nor quiet way to go about it. So, what's the best way to carry your keys?

Thankfully, that's a question many brands have been working hard to answer, leaving us with plenty of great solutions for key organization. With a solid key organizer, you can turn your messy, jangly keychain into something you can be proud of—just like the rest of your gear. Below are our picks for the latest and greatest ways to keep your keys in check this year, so it's easier than ever to step up your organization game while also matching it perfectly with the rest of your EDC.

The 12 Best Weekender Bags in 2019

Between the daily grind of school or work and all the responsibilities we have to tackle every day, we could all use a break from time to time. And nothing does the trick like a little bit of travel, even for just a weekend. You get to get away from the usual sights and sounds, go on a little adventure, or just find yourself in a new locale to see, eat, or shop for new things. But as EDCers, even for something as simple as a weekend trip is worth preparing for, and that means carrying smart with the right gear.

For your next weekend excursion, consider the weekender bag to haul your essentials. It's the right size for travel (and most will qualify as carry-on luggage), and structured to fit all your travel gear so you don't have to overstuff your EDC daypack or carry a much bulkier check-in suitcase. If you need a good weekender for short haul travel, quick trips, or spring break vacations, look no further. Below are our picks for the 12 of the best weekender bags, duffel bags and carryalls with everyday carry crossover available right now.

Trending Gear: February 2019

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.

This past February's top-ranking gear includes a wide variety of pocketknives, pens, tools, and some pocket-friendly fun to boot.

The 10 Best EDC Pens in 2019

An important part of what it means to be an EDCer is self-reliance. So instead of being that person asking to borrow a pen next time you're waiting to put your name down at a restaurant or filling out paperwork at the post office, consider adding a pen to your set of daily gear. It's quick and convenient to use, especially compared to fumbling through your phone for a specific note-taking app. We're not talking about fancy luxury pens either. The best pen for everyday carry is the one you have with you, and that usually means it's durable, reliable, and pocket-friendly. In this updated guide we're highlighting our top 10 picks for the best EDC pens available today.

10 Best Pocket Notebooks for EDC in 2019

If you’re already carrying a good EDC pen, a pocket notebook is the next logical step. It's often harder to find something to write on than it is to find something to write with. Whether you’re planning out you to-do list for the day, jotting down a great idea before you forget it, or even sketching up your next great design, a pocket notebook is sure to come in handy. Yes, you can take notes on your phone, but there are plenty of reasons to use a good old fashioned pocket notebook that justify carrying one as part of your EDC. Today, we’re taking a closer look at ten of the best and newest pocket notebooks for 2019 that are sure to complement your everyday carry.

Trending Gear: January 2019

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 January, it you were most interested in ultra-compact tools, upgraded essentials, hardy ways to carry your gear, and more…