Rain or Shine: 10 Essentials to EDC This Spring

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Spring can bring some of the nicest weather, but also some of the most unpredictable. It’s not uncommon to get caught in a downpour, and arrive at your destination soaked to the bone. By switching up your EDC to include some weatherproof gear, you can keep both yourself and your gear dry. Don’t forget about weight, either. Heavier clothing like winter jackets and pants tend to have more pockets to store your gear, which is not usually the case with shorts and a windbreaker. By streamlining your EDC with easier to carry gear, you can get through the day without being weighed down. Read on to see our recommendations for solid gear to carry, rain or shine…

SlimFold Micro Wallet

You should already be slimming down your wallet, and they don’t get much thinner than SlimFold’s offerings. This 100% waterproof, stain-resistant, machine washable-wallet holds up to 12 cards and bills in its synthetic weave material.

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Patagonia Torrentshell Packable Jacket

100% nylon construction keeps this jacket light and waterproof. Store your essentials in its zip-up front pockets (even folding in on itself completely for easy storage), and keep the rain out with its drawstring hood and hem and velcro-adjustable sleeves.

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Casio G-Shock GDF100-1A

G-Shock durability in all conditions needs no introduction. The GDF100-1A features 200 meters of water resistance and its altimeter, barometer, and thermometer keep you one step ahead of the weather.

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Declan Microfiber Handkerchief

Declan’s tech fabric pocket squares are the modern defense for when weather happens to your gear. Stop wiping down your glasses or phone with the edge of your shirt and use Declan’s specially engineered microfiber hank instead.

Buy at Declan ($10+)

Olight S10C Baton

Olight’s newest light may be inexpensive, but it’s loaded with features. An IPX-8 rating keeps it waterproof  for up to 2 meters, while 5 brightness modes up to 500 lumens keeps it unquestionably darkness-proof.

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Spyderco Salt I

Spyderco’s Salt series lets you cut with rust-proof confidence in the wettest of conditions. The Salt I, based on the best-selling Delica design, is lightweight, shaped for utility, and blacked out to guard your eyes against glare.

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Field Notes Expedition Edition

The brand you know and trust, but with a hi-visiblity cover and water- and tear-proof synthetic paper. Pair it with the RITR Trekker Pen for worry free writing under any weather condition.

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Rite in the Rain All Weather Trekker Pen

As its name suggests, the Rite in the Rain does indeed perform under precipitation. Not only that, it can do it upside-down, in extreme temperatures, and even write on wet paper. Don’t leave your writing stranded either by stocking up on these all-weather ink refills.

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EEZ-Y Umbrella

Umbrellas are your best bet against the rain, but carrying them can be cumbersome. EEZ-Y’s compact travel umbrella features a unique vented double-canopy design that lets wind pass through without flipping or rolling it while open. It also weighs less than a pound, making its one-handed, one-button operation a breeze.

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Timbuk2 Spire Backpack

Timbuk2 makes some of the most reliable and durable bags on the market. A water-resistant TPU rolltop flap keeps your EDC (including up to a 15” laptop) protected, while zip pockets, internal organization, and external straps keep your things tidy. A lifetime guarantee also doesn’t hurt one bit!

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What gear do you switch up with the seasons? Let us know in the comments below!

Words by Mikey Bautista and Ed Jelley

Photo by Ed Jelley

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