Survival

Dango Capsule XL

Chances are you can't afford to lose the things you keep in your EDC in case of emergency. Things like cash, medication, and your usual survival kit essentials shouldn't be carried loose in your pocket with the rest of your gear, especially when losing them when you need them can mean the difference between life and death. That's where stash capsules come in handy: they keep small items safe, dry, and at the ready. Dango's newest Capsule XL offers the same watertight and practically bombproof aluminum construction with even more capacity, making it a versatile addition to your kit.

Dango Capsules are precision-machined in the United States out of lightweight 6061 aluminum, and they are anodized to be food safe. That means it's okay to stash your medication inside without having to worry about metal poisoning, something you can't be sure of with cheaper solutions from questionable sources. The aluminum's excellent strength-to-weight ratio keeps the items you stash inside safe from crushing without adding much bulk. The capsules are also built to be waterproof up to 1000 feet.

The Capsules come in two different sizes, at 0.85 inches for the small version and 2.95 inches for the larger XL. The smaller Capsule is perfect for pills, small batteries, and other tiny and easily lost pieces of gear. The XL is sized just right to carry an emergency stash of cash or survival gear. Both can also be used to carry liquid inside, if needed. And the best part is each Capsule is designed with a quad loop security cap that lets you attach it to your pants, your bag, or other gear to help prevent against loss.

You owe it to yourself to keep the smallest and most important items safe. Dango Capsules can help you do just that. You can pick both the Capsule and the Capsule XL today for a low price that includes a paracord hook tether. Check them out and find one in a color to match your EDC at the website below.

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Thyrm PyroVault Lighter Armor

When it comes to EDC, a classic Zippo lighter might be as close as you can get to perfect. It's windproof, portable, and easy to use (not to mention all the cool tricks you can do with it…) But it isn't waterproof and its fuel can evaporate over time, making it less reliable in outdoors or survival situations. Thyrm's new PyroVault aims to solve the beloved Zippo's fatal flaws while adding even more EDC-friendly features. It's like a futuristic suit of armor for your favorite windproof lighter.

The PyroVault locks things down in an extremely durable, heat-resistant polymer enclosure sized to accommodate most butane and fluid windproof lighter inserts. It features aggressive grip surfaces and a spring-loaded latch for easy one handed use. Most importantly, its O-ring seal keeps elements out and minimizes fuel evaporation, making it a much more worthy companion for your outdoor excursions and less likely to run out of fuel when you're out in the field. The spring latch combined with the enhanced water resistance gives it an edge over the more common peanut lighter alternatives, which can be cumbersome to unscrew and operate (especially when your hands are wet).

The PyroVault also adds one of the most conspicuously absent features on a lighter: a pocket clip. The back of the PyroVault features a low-profile clip designed to attach to MOLLE/PALS webbing on your pack or other compatible gear. The PyroVault is available in your standard assortment of tactical colors, a hi-vis orange color for outdoors use, and a low-profile urban grey for general EDC. For a quick way to uparmor your lighter, check out Thyrm's latest at the link below.

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Uberleben Leicht Firestarter

Few people will deny that a fire starter is a handy tool to have, but they’re not always made for EDC. Long rods and awkward carrying cases make them easier to stash in a bag than in your pockets. But every now and then something comes along that won’t take up any pocket space at all. This time, that comes in the form of the Uberleben Leicht fire starter neck lanyard. It weighs next to nothing, but in an emergency situation it could be the most important tool in your carry.

If you’ve ever gone hiking you know that packing light is essential. The Leicht fire starter weighs only one ounce, leaving you with more weight to work with for the rest of your loadout. Plus, the lanyard itself is made from paracord, which has plenty of emergency and survival applications as well. It's threaded through a ferrocerium rod and ring scraper designed to work together to get sparks flying to start your fires. Whether you’re at high altitudes trekking through mountains or stuck in a rainstorm, you can count on the Leicht to light. With a lifespan of around 12,000 strikes, this isn’t a “one and done” kind of tool.

Even if your day to day is a little less adventurous, it’s always good to be prepared. Whether you're looking to add a firestarter to your EDC or want an ultralight backup, the Uberleben Leicht is a convenient option. Get one for your kit at the link below.

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MyMedic Patrol First Aid Kit

"Designed to be used even by law enforcement officers, the Patrol is a compact and water-resistant first aid kit that will help you survive bleeding, burns, pain and even blocked airways. It measures just 10″x 7″x 5.5″ and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Überleben Firestarter Necklace

"Always be prepared with Überleben’s survival tool that can help you quickly start a fire. Its comprised of a mini ferrocerium (fire steel) rod and serrated ring scraper which can make flaming hot sparks in any weather or..." (via TheAwesomer)

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LifeStraw Universal Water Bottle Filter

"LifeStraw brings its proven instant filtration technology to water bottles. The LifeStraw Universal is the first water bottle to have a two-stage filtration system. It comes with two different caps, so..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Fenix CL09

If you're looking to illuminate a wide area, a lantern is what you need. They’re purpose-built to do the job, and they'll do it better than a standard flashlight. Now you might think a lantern would too big to EDC, but a modern LED light like the new Fenix CL09 is so compact it fits in the palm of your hand. With all its features, it makes for a great outdoor companion, emergency lamp, or task light for general EDC.

Despite its small 3" size, the CL09 puts out a max of 200 lumens spread out an even 33 feet around you with its diffuser. You can pick between four different output levels and three colors with its simple twisty tail cap. The standard light is a nice neutral white, but there are also red and green light output modes to preserve nightvision or as a signal for camping companions. On its lowest one-lumen setting, the light will last up to 90 hours of continuous use with the included battery.

The thoughtful design of the light makes it easy for you to bring around and use everyday. It has a loop that lets you hang it above you as you work, or to keep around you with a lanyard. The rear cap is magnetic, which is especially useful if you want to attach it underneath the hood of your car in a pinch. Even maintaining the light is easy. It comes with a Fenix USB-rechargeable battery which accepts a standard microUSB cable. The light also accepts 16340 and CR123A batteries. Using a CR123A battery, by the way, increases the runtime of the one-lumen setting out to an astounding 150 hours.

Don't let the size fool you, this is a durable outdoor light. The Fenix CL09 benefits from hardy aircraft-grade aluminum construction. It's impact resistant rated to survive a hard one meter drop. And because it's an outdoor light, it's also designed to be IP68 waterproof. That means it's rated to survive immersion in two meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

With the Fenix CL09, you get an excellent compact EDC light made for wide area illumination. It's the right tool for the job and it's available in two different colors: black and gray. Purchase the one you want and see it in action for yourself at the link below.

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Firefly Fire Starter

When's the last time you used the toothpick on your Swiss Army Knife? If the answer is “never,” we hear you. Maybe you've used it to clean out debris from your knife or something, but its intended function seems a bit out of place on such a venerable EDC tool. And in an emergency situation, you're going to wish it could do more than keep your teeth clean. Enter the Firefly from Tortoise Gear: a firestarter rod that's designed to replace the toothpick on your Swiss Army Knife.

For something small enough to fit in the toothpick slot of your SAK's scales, the Firefly can generate an impressive amount of sparks. By scraping the Firefly with a blade or saw on your knife, you'll get enough sparks flying to start a fire in a pinch. It'll even work on the scissors of the TSA-friendly travel models of the SAK. Plus, Tortoise Gear specially designed their custom firesteel to be twice as strong and last longer than similar standalone ferrocerrium rods.

The Firefly comes in two different sizes, for both small and large models. If you carry a non-traditional SAK, that's fine too. As long as it has a toothpick, it will fit. That includes compatibility with even the SwissCard multi-tool. Hot swapping in the Firefly would be a step in consolidating your outdoors carry for a more minimal setup, or it can add redundancy as a backup to your main fire starter. Last but not least, its bright green head provides higher visibility during the day, glow-in-the-dark visibility at night, and makes retrieving the Firefly itself easy thanks to an injected molded thumb notch.

The SAK is an effective part of your everyday carry, but with the Firefly it's made even better. It's an easy and low-profile option for EDCing this crucial piece of preparedness gear. Secure this handy EDC accessory for yourself at the fully-funded Kickstarter link below.

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Benchmade 535 Bugout

They say an ounce in the morning is a pound by the evening. And whether you’re going out for a hike or just a stroll around the block, having an EDC that won’t weigh you down is important. Keeping your carry light can be hard, especially since plenty of quality tools use plenty of metal, which isn't exactly light. But the new Benchmade Bugout 535 brings the elusive ultralight EDC setup that much closer. Weighing in at less than two ounces, this knife combines quality materials to achieve a super lightweight design that doesn’t skimp out on functionality either.

The Bugout 535 was made with an emphasis on outdoor use, which just so happens to also check all the boxes when it comes to an EDC knife. The Grivory handle mixed with the high quality CPM-S30V stainless steel blade means this knife is as tough as it is light. CPM-S30V is known for its hardness and edge retention so it’ll last longer with little maintenance, and even longer if you take care of it well. The use of Grivory, a durable synthetic polymer, helps shave weight when every gram counts.

Dual thumb studs and a symmetric handle make one-handed deployment a breeze whether you’re using your right or left hand and the signature Benchmade AXIS lock definitely helps its case. Not to mention that it’s just a strong lock to have on such a light knife meant to be used outdoors. The reversible deep-pocket clip is just the icing on top, providing multiple ways to carry comfortably and discreetly.

If you’re looking to add a lightweight knife to your carry but don’t want to to sacrifice functionality, the Bugout 535 is a slick option. This knife was made for the outdoors but has all the makings of a quality EDC knife, so if you want to add it to your carry make sure to hit up the link below.

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KeySmart Duct-Ling

Whether you're reinforcing your gear, performing quick fixes around the house, or field repairing your clothes and equipment, nothing comes close to the versatility of duct tape. The problem is, duct tape comes in bulky rolls that are anything but convenient to carry. You know KeySmart for their ability to compact a disorganized keychain into a sleek package fit for an EDC, and with the Duct-Ling, they've figured out duct tape, too.

While there have been attempts at making duct tape easy to carry—like wrapping it around a card or pen—the Duct-Ling keeps it simple, as the most effective things are. It's a machined stainless steel cylinder with smooth, raised ends that keep the tape in place and neatly wrapped. These ends let the Duct-Ling sit alongside your other essentials without fear of damaging them, and a keychain hole on the top let you attach the Duct-Ling as you see fit to your keychain, bag, or a suspension hook.

It's got enough room to hold about 1.5 feet of tape, which is plenty for emergency patch or repair jobs. And thanks to its stainless steel construction, you can reuse the Duct-Ling for a lifetime, letting you make the most out of those huge duct tape rolls you're forced to leave in your emergency kit or toolbox.

Stick to the simple solution for carrying one of the most useful adhesives you can have in your kit. Pick up the Duct-Ling from Amazon at the link below.

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Rugged Material Ultimate Leather EDC Belt

We've said it before—normal belts are boring. Sure, on the surface they're just pieces of leather and metal that keep your pants from falling down. But as EDCers, we can—and should—find utility on every piece of gear we carry and wear every day. Rugged Material know this well, and have set out to give you a leather belt unlike anything you've seen before. Not only is the EDC Belt built like it can hold up pants made from steel, but it comes with the extra functions and features that bolster your everyday carry.

For starters, the EDC Belt comes in a hefty cut of leather. At 1/4” thick, it's nearly twice as thick as off-the-rack leather belts at the department store, giving you the durability for daily wear to last a lifetime. The thickness also gives the EDC Belt the space for a concealed stash pocket, a zippered 7” compartment for your smaller essentials. A nickel-plated solid brass buckle gives the belt a classic look with a long-lasting finish, which you can remove should you prefer an old favorite or need a different style. Not that you'd be lacking in that department—at 1.5” wide the belt does triple duty as a formal, casual, or even duty belt thanks to its classic design and heavy-duty construction.

Don't get caught with your pants down. Pick up the last belt you'll need from Rugged Material at the link below.

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MecArmy SGN7 Rechargeable Alarm/Flashlight

It seems just yesterday that our flashlights used huge disposable batteries and still couldn't hit a hundred lumens. Thanks to modern tech, exponentially powerful pocket rockets are now a thing we slip into our pockets. Best known for their compact keychain flashlights, MecArmy are tackling more than the dark with the SGN7 rechargeable flashlight. With a personal alarm and power bank functionality combined with its significant output, the light not only helps you stay prepared, but keeps you safe, too.

Housed within the SGN7's IPX5-rated aluminum shell is a Cree XP-G2 S4 LED that gives it a maximum output of 550 lumens. You can navigate its 4 other modes with its top switch, including a 1.55 lumen Low mode that runs for 117 hours and a tactical strobe. Speaking of strobe, the SGN7's main personal safety feature is quick access to both this mode and a 120dB siren, giving you security and buying you space in emergency situations at the touch of a button. Side ports for regular and micro USB also let you access the SGN7's portable charging feature. While it won't give you a significant charge, it may be enough for that one important phone call in a pinch.

When your nightly commute turns into a crisis, the SGN7's got your back—even if your emergency turns out to just be a low battery. Pick up the light in your choice of color at the Amazon link below.

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4Ever Survival Knife

"A durable fixed-blade knife for everyday adventures. We dig the angular design and circular perforations in the blade. In addition to its full tang 440C stainless blade, it packs a kit of survival gear inside its handle. Available with..." (via TheAwesomer)

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The Best Lighters and Fire Starters for Everyday Carry

When putting together your EDC, you'll want a kit that covers all the bases. For most of you, that means something to cut with, a way to light things up, and a multitool for everything else. But to be truly prepared, especially in some emergency or survival situations, you can't forget about having access to a flame. Fire is one of those primitive tools that even your state-of-the-art smartphone can't replace. And you don't have to start a full-on fire out in the woods to find a lighter useful. It can come in handy during your day-to-day for things like melting paracord or firing up the grill. In this guide, we're highlighting a ten of our favorite tools for starting a fire.

Opinel No.8 Outdoor

It's easy to see why Opinel knives have long been EDC favorites thanks to their variety of sizes and inexpensive price points. They're light in the pocket but heavy on performance, thanks to a rust-resistant blade with enough length for precision slicing, a unique locking collar, and a full-sized grip. And with the No. 8 Outdoor model, that same grip adds survival tools and features to an already solid knife.

The Opinel No. 8 Outdoor uses a slightly larger stock for its Sandvik 12C27 modified stainless steel blade. This extra 3.35” space gives the knife room to add serrations towards the handle in addition to a shackle key slot commonly used in sailing.

Opinel's signature lightweight wood handles are traded out for fiberglass-reinforced polyamide, which gives the Outdoor shock-, humidity-, and extreme temperature resistance. Its outdoor functionality is rounded out with a 110db survival whistle, an integral lanyard for ease of carry, and safety lock to keep it closed during travel and transport.

Opinel's knives are simple and effective additions to any EDC. The No. 8 Outdoor brings all the right features to the table for an even more useful survival knife and multi-tool. Pick one up in orange at the Amazon link below, and be sure to check out its other hi-vis colorways to best match your outdoor carry.

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Para-Claw Survival Bracelet

"Paracord-equipped survival bracelets are nothing new. But one that hides a 1.5-inch hawkbill blade made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel in its clasp? The Para-Claw Survival Bracelet secures this blade in a glass reinforced nylon guard and deploys quickly using just a single hand — because that’s all you’ll have to work with considering the bracelet will be strapped to the other. For grip the blade boasts a groove underneath and..." (via GearHungry)

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