Trending Gear: April 2019

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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.


10. Topo Designs Micro Accessory Bag

By the looks of April's 10th most popular item, the community has spring cleaning in mind. This simple travel organizer from Topo Designs keeps small, loose essentials in one place for a tidier EDC. Measuring 4.75” x 3.25”, the Micro Accessory bag features a 1000D Cordura nylon exterior, a YKK zipper, mil-spec paracord pulls, and a 400D nylon interior lining. There are plenty of zip pouch options to keep your kits consolidated, but not all of them are handmade in the USA like Topo Designs.

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9. Marathon JSAR

With its 46mm case size and glow-in-the-dark details, it's no surprise Marathon's Jumbo Search & Rescue watch caught your eye. It's a rugged dive watch built for military search and rescue operations, sporting a 300M water resistance rating and plenty of lume to stay legibile at great depths. Its Swiss ETA F06 quartz movement offers reliable, accurate timekeeping and low maintenance, letting you focus on getting the job done.

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8. CRKT Ruger LCK

Taking inspiration from a lightweight, compact pistol, the CRKT Ruger LCK delivers as a lightweight, compact knife. Hitting that sweetspot of tactical design with gent's knife styling, the LCK makes for a compelling option to round out a minimalist EDC. Its 3.3” 8Cr13MoV blade offers the cutting length of a larger knife but only weighs 2.6 ounces. And with its relatively affordable price, it's easy to see why it earned a top ten spot this month.

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7. Nitecore NTP30

Designed with everyday carry in mind, the NTP30 boasts a TC4 titanium alloy construction throughout. It gives the pen the right mix of light weight at less than one ounce, durability, and corrosion resistance for daily use wherever you end up. But because not all pens should disappear into the pocket or hang off a keychain, especially if it doubles as a self defense tool, the NTP30 measures 5.6" in length. It's compact enough for easy pocket carry with its included titanium alloy clip, but long enough for a balanced and comfortable writing experience.

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6. CRKT CEO

The CEO cuts a slim and sleek look that's stylish yet conservative enough to not draw unnecessary attention in an office environment. It's a design made in collaboration with custom knife maker Richard Rodgers, sporting a low-profile 3.1” blade that's thin enough to work well as a penknife. It features a traditional thumbstud opening and a locking liner, but the IKBS ball bearings in the pivot make this easy to accomplish, even with one hand. The textured glass-filled nylon scaling on the handle strikes an attractive look, but it also makes this slender knife easy to hold in hand for critical tasks in and out of the office.

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5. JHO Nug

Last month's 5th most popular item may look like a simple, unassuming accessory, but actually stores a micro folding knife between its titanium scales. Coming in two sizes, the JHO Nug is a sleek and discreet way to keep a 0.7” or 0.8” blade on (or in) hand. Deployment is done via a thumb stud on the Nug's rear handles, while a compact liner lock keeps the VG-10 blade secure while in use. The blade's tanto shape gives piercing to add to its slicing capabilities, while the finger hole allows a comfortable grip in spite of the Nug's size.

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4. Amsler Knives Hurricane Razor

No, this isn't a scalpel—but as a fixed EDC utility blade, it's an excellent tool for tasks that need (surgical) precision. While it might not be for everyone, there's so much to appreciate about the Hurricane Razor's design as a piece of EDC gear. Its blade shape is optimized to excel at its main purpose as a utility knife, its fixed blade design removes needless complexity while adding strength, and its skeletonized frame fitted with titanium hardware reduces weight. Final touches like a Kydex sheath, a slot for a tritium locator tube, and a pocket clip make it adequately pocket friendly.

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3. FOURSEVENS Mini Turbo MKIII

The third iteration of FOURSEVENS's Mini Mk series makes two significant upgrades that warrant it a serious look, and give it a deserving spot as last month's third most popular item. The first is a larger “Turbo” head that gives the light a bigger smooth reflector (and thus a longer throw), to the tune of 20 meters more than its predecessor. Inside the head resides a new Cree XPL-HI LED in a neutral white tint, which gives you a maximum output of 700 lumens at 4500K (a pleasant 75+ CRI) and a top range of 200 meters. Tint and power are one thing, but the MkIII takes a step further by allowing you to customize its outputs to 6 profiles. With options such as a single High output, access to all modes, or a versatile Low-Medium-High arrangement, the light operates as simple or as complex as you'd like through its twisty interface.

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2. BittBoy V3

As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the original Nintendo Game Boy, nostalgic EDCers have been bringing back these retro handheld consoles into rotation. While the Bittboy V3 isn't official Nintendo hardware, it's equipped with software emulators capable of playing games (not pre-loaded) for Game Boy, Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Sega Genesis, and many more. It sports a miniaturized design with a way more pocket-friendly footprint compared to an original Game Boy. Last but not least, modern conveniences like a backlit IPS display, 700mAh rechargeable battery, and tempered glass lens put the fun back into a functional EDC.

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1. MecArmy CPL

Taking the number one spot is a piece of gear that won't take up space in your pocket. The MecArmy CPL flashlight's unique form factor lets you carry it on a watch or bag strap, going where traditional lights can't. It's both tough and light thanks to its titanium build, complete with a sandblasted finish to better conceal wear and tear. Despite its small size, it packs respectable output and features with a CREE XP-G2 S4 LED pushing 160 lumens at its max setting. This interesting illuminator can fill a niche in certain EDC setups, especially as a barely there backup light.

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For more trending gear round-ups, check out our past guides from the archives.

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The MecArmy CPL is a wee bit pricey at $75 for a little light. How about a nice $25 one in aluminum or plastic even?
Check out the Nitecore NU05. Not exactly the same, but a good alternative at a much more reasonable price.
Bittboy reviews are horrible.
The original Bittboy maybe, but the newest Bittboy with custom firmware is a much better product.
Cool. I recently hacked my PS Vita to play all sorts of roms.
I have a CRKT RUGER LCK, nice knife that I find myself carrying more often than I would have thought. It is light, slim and has good action and very sharp out of the box.
Apparently I’m not too hip with what’s trending.