Trending Gear: June 2016

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Every day, readers like you proudly share their daily carries 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 on the right hand side of the homepage. Gear with the most views and clicks climb their way to the top of this feed and let the EDC community know what's trending right this second.

This time, I'm going to round up the list in a way we've never done before: in actual top 10 order! There are a few crowd favorites and usual suspects in the list, but a few hype newcomers too. And they're all worth mentioning, so let's get into it…

1. Fisher Space Pen

Used by 680+ EDCers
As seen in: Jason's Copper and Leather IT Analyst EDC

What is it about this little pen that makes hundreds of EDCers reach for it as their go-to jotter, seating it at the top of last month's gear rankings? For starters, it's super pocket-friendly with its short length and smooth, curved ends. But the real value is its reliable writing performance: not the smoothest, but it'll write when you need it to.

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2. Gerber Dime

Used by 360+ EDCers
As seen in: Matt's Workday Carry as a Marketing Director

With hundreds of people carrying it, you'd find a Dime in more than a dozen EDCs. It's one of the more recent contenders for best butterfly-opening multi-tool that fits in your coin pocket, keychain, or pouch organizer. My favorite standout features on the Dime is its package opener tool for cutting through that frustrating clamshell plastic most electronics these days come in.

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Check out our Beginner's Buying Guide to learn what makes the Fisher Space Pen and Gerber Dime foolproof picks


3. Trayvax Element

Used by 18 EDCers
As seen in: Ryan's Texas Urban Physician Carry

Trayvax is really gaining traction in the EDC crowd, coming in at #3 with their flagship wallet. It fits the bill for many EDCers, offering a made in USA construction, sturdy materials like leather, steel and paracord, an unconventional design, built-in bottle opener, cash storage, and excellent customer service.

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4. Maxpedition Operator Tactical Attaché

As seen in: J.S.'s Consulting Travel Carry

This tactical attaché (the fancy term for briefcase) from Maxpedition is perfect for the on-the-go professional who needs to stay organized and prepared. It's built from 1000D nylon, YKK zippers, and military grade webbing for lasting durability. For storage, you'll find a pocket for just about anything on the exterior of the bag for easy access.

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5. Leatherman Tread

Used by 30 EDCers

As seen in: Jonathan's Mechanic EDC

The Tread got bumped up 5 spots from its rank two months ago, sitting squarely in the middle of our top 10 for June. It shouldn't be too surprising that EDCers are taking interest: its design is the first of its kind, and it's made by one of the leading multi-tool manufacturers. The Tread is like a collection of one-piece multi-tools linked together as a bracelet that you can wear on your wrist. Better yet, it's travel-friendly and takes up zero space in your pocket!

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6. The North Face Access Pack

As seen in: Brandon's Work-Tech Bag EDC

The first backpack on the list gained a ton of hype not only because it's a new offering from one of the biggest names in outdoor bags, but also because of the sheer spectacle of how the bag works. Everything about the bag is designed for quick access (as its name suggests), letting you get to your organized gear as efficiently as possible. 

The main compartment opens with a click instead of pulling a zipper, and internal pockets feature pull tabs so you won't have to dig and rummage through every nook and cranny for your essentials. From its styling to its features, it's one smart pack for your mobile office. Hit the link below to watch it in action, and maybe even pick up some EDC ASMR tinglies.

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7. Koch Tools Notch

As seen in: Li's Weekender EDC

This prybar comes from Koch Tools, a small company proudly producing high quality pocket tools out of Pennsylvania. The Notch boasts a utilitarian, no-frills design packed with functionality. A central slot houses a double-ended bit driver for turning screws in a pinch.

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8. OLFA Craft Knife

As seen in: Frank's Graphic Designer EDC

Adjustable utility and craft blades are becoming more popular these days as simple, affordable options for precision cutting tasks. The 26B from OLFA is a slim craft knife that uses a brass thumb wheel to advance and lock its double-sided blade insert to desired length.

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9. Savage Supply Co. Leo Rucksack

As seen in: Aleks's Photo/Video EDC

If you want a durable bag with a more timeless look compared to the plenty of tactical ballistic nylon packs on the market, this might be what you're looking for. It's handcrafted from water resistant duck canvas and full grain leather, finished with copper rivets and YKK zipper hardware.

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10. Higo no Kami

Used by over 50 EDCers
As seen in: David's Summer EDC

Rounding out the list is this EDC classic—the Higo no Kami. It's a traditional Japanese blade that's still relevant today for many EDCers thanks to its “friction folder” design. When in use, the knife doesn't actually have a locking mechanism. Instead, your thumb keeps the blade in place. It's appealing for people can't legally EDC a locking knife, which is why it made our list of the Top 10 Best Non-Locking EDC Knives not too long ago.

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And if you're curious to see how these trends change over time, check out our monthly roundups from the archive for even more excellent gear.

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Like the look of the Olfa craft knife!
Love the look of that North Face Access. That orange gives great contrast for when you're searching for gear in your bag.
I have to say I got a Dime for working around the house as a total beater. It has its features, some better than others...however -overall I'd have to say the Leatherman Squirt is a WAY better option. It's just a better designed and built tool. I'd also echo the mention of price on the Leatherman Tread. I almost laughed off my chair when I first saw them [design & price]. Now, like the dunce that I can sometimes thoroughly be, I actually want one. Maybe I can finally get one of my brother-in-laws to finally kill me...
Those treads are pretty pricey for a multitool.
It is quite bulky, too. I sold mine after a month, and bought a Sidekick, and a few knives.
youre right but not only is it amazing cuz its always on hand but youd be surprised how many girls have commented on it and its a huge conversation starter.
Excellent list, but I'm reading a lot of negative feedback about the Gerber Dime, i.e. the quality being so-so...
It's not pretty, but the dime works well. For the price you won't get to much more bang for your buck. I really love mine.
I went to one of the big outdoor stores, and compared many of these multi-tools. The Dime is way too small to be of any usefulness in most, if not all real life situations needing a tool - for me, in my mind -. I don't believe I could fix anything with it, in an emergency. Plus, handling it, I became convinced it would bend too easily, if I am to believe my gut feeling about the materials and build (no wonder it's so affordable, you get the materials' grade you pay for).

So, due to the Liliputian size, and reported weaknesses in quality - if one believes the many complaints on forums and online stores - this product is not too enticing.
I believe the leatherman squirt ps4 is a much better option.
I agree, the Squirt seemed to have been manufactured with better materials. While its size was a tad better than the Dime, it's also very small. Can it really be useful, at that size? I'm not so sure.

That's why in the end, I bought the Leatherman Juice CS4. In my mind, it's the perfect sweet spot of pocketability, quality and usefulness (due to the various tools included in the product).

Sure, it's not a "keychain multi-tool" by all means, but I'd be hard pressed to find any real-life usefulness to those super small tools anyway...
I have used my squirt countless times for small diy stuff that really cant be done with large to medium sized multitools, which i also have in the LM sidekick and minitool. Personally i like to keep varying sizes of gear.

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