Survival

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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The Best Water Bottles for EDC in 2017

Whether you're hiking outdoors or on your daily commute, one way to beat the heat is by carrying a water bottle. And not just any disposable bottle—a quality container, built like the rest of the gear in your everyday carry. Depending on your needs, you might want a bottle that's super light and portable, something a bit more rugged, or even one that's capable of keeping your water cold and your coffee hot.

In this guide, we'll highlight 15 of the best water bottles to keep you hydrated on the go.

The Best Compact Fixed Blade Knives for Everyday Carry

If you're looking for a compact everyday carry knife, you might think that a folding knife is your only option. But have you considered a fixed blade? At first glance they might not seem like the best for EDC, but you'd be surprised. They actually offer a few advantages over their folding counterparts that make them better-suited for your EDC. In this guide we'll break down the benefits of fixed blades and show you 10 excellent options that offer serious performance at a size and weight that puts some folders to shame.

Bug Out Bag Survival Gear Checklist

If you need help starting your own bug out bag kit, we've put together this checklist to give you an idea of what bases you should have covered.

This list should give you a good foundation for starting your BOB, but feel free to sub in your preferred products for each category and add anything else you'll need.

9 Lip Balm Survival Hacks

While browsing the site, you may have noticed that Chapstick (and many other brands of lip balms) pop up in quite a few EDCs. The obvious reason being that it prevents chapped lips, sure. But you might be surprised to learn it's capable of much more—especially in a survival situation. While the all-natural stuff may be the best for your lips, throwing a stick or two of the oil-based kind in your EDC bag can get you out of a few jams. In this guide, you'll learn 9 different ways to turn your ordinary lip balm into an unexpected survival tool.

FeatherLite Survival Kit 3.0

"Be ready anytime, anywhere with UST’s ready-to-go survival kit. It packs emergency blankets, a compass, ponchos, whistle, carabiner/knife, firestarter spark wheel, towels, glow sticks, mirror, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Trucker's Friend Survival Tool

Let's face it, some tasks are just too big for the average EDC multi-tool to handle. Scraping ice off your windshield, cutting branches down, or hammering spikes usually need something a little more heavy duty. In those situations, it’s good to have something in your arsenal that can step up to the occasion. The American-made Trucker’s Friend Survival Tool is a multipurpose hand tool that has your back when pocket tools just don’t cut it.

Don’t let the name fool you. Though it was designed with the needs of professional truck drivers in mind, the Trucker’s Friend is also great for outdoor activities like camping. For starters, the fiberglass handle and shock-absorbing grip makes chopping firewood less of a pain. And while hammering down tent stakes usually requires a mallet (or large rock), the Trucker’s Friend has you covered there too with a hammer built into the blade.

Camping benefits aside, you’ll want this tool by your side in emergency situations as well. The cast-alloy steel blade is perfect for prying, pulling, and cutting objects out of your way should you need to make a quick escape. At 2.3 pounds, it isn’t exactly the kind of tool you keep in your pockets, but it’s worth keeping around the house, in a bug out bag, or in your car EDC when you need it.

If you like to be prepared for any situation, whether it's in your ride, on the campsite, or even at home, the Trucker’s Friend is one tool that could come in handy. Make sure to pick one up for yourself or someone you know by clicking the link below (also available on Amazon).

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10 Orange Everyday Carry Essentials for High Visibility

It's Halloween season again, and oddly enough, it's an appropriate time to rethink your EDC. You've got your knives and lighters for making jack-o-lanterns and flashlights to keep little ones safe on their neighborhood routes. Maybe you won't go so far as repurposing your go-bag into trick-or-treating candy storage (though I can't blame you: candy just tastes better when it's free), but there's good reason to get your EDC in the Halloween spirit with some new orange gear.

Now, you don’t have to use Halloween as an excuse to pocket orange gear. Adding that color to your carry has year-round benefits as well. Orange is typically used in the outdoors and zombie apocalypse survival situations for its strikingly high visibility. Compared to the usual black finishes, orange makes your gear easier to find whether you've dropped it in the woods or it's sitting at the darkest bottom corner of a loaded bag. We featured 13 other hi-vis tools last year, but we've updated the guide this time around with newer gear with the latest features.

Here are our picks for hi-vis orange gear to carry this year.

OutSmart Titanium Spork

"Always be prepared (to eat) with this durable lightweight camping utensil, which combines a fork, spook, and knife in one. The fork has a serrated edge, while the spoon on back has a flat tip, making it perfect for..." (via TheAwesomer)

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