Trending Gear: May 2019

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Trending Gear: May 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 May was a good month for an impressive array of knives, versatile multi-tools, and an extra-powerful flashlight. Let's see what you all were checking out this month.


10. Olight Seeker 2 Pro

First on the list is the latest and greatest flashlight from EDC flashlight favorite Olight. The new Olight Seeker 2 Pro leverages all-new battery technology to deliver 3200 lumens and a slew of advanced features all in a pocket-sized form factor. It's Olight's first light to boast a 21700 battery, an upgrade to the usual 18650 battery in its class that lets the Seeker 2 Pro achieve this next-level performance. Once the light's on, a cluster of three cool white Cree XP-L HD LEDs and total internal reflection optics at the head deliver a smooth, even beam. At the other end, you'll find a knurled tailcap with a flat, magnetic base for tailstanding and mounting on metal surfaces, as well as an integrated lanyard attachment point for easy retrieval.

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9. Gerber Fastball S30V

The 9th most popular item last month is Gerber's vision for the perfect EDC knife. The made in the USA Fastball boasts S30V steel, hits that 3” sweetspot in length, and should handle general EDC tasks with its modified wharncliffe geometry. It's a manual flipper deployment with a liner lock mechanism for quick, no-nonsense performance. The 4” long aluminum handle looks sleek and keeps things light at 2.7 oz, while a 3-way deep pocket clip makes it easy to EDC.

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8. Enzo Birk 75

Under its understated exterior, the Finnish Enzo Birk 75 comes with solid features from blade to Curly Birch handles. Sporting a workhorse D2 steel, the 3” edge comes with a unique Scandi[navian] grind, offering a shape with plenty of belly while being easy to sharpen. Blade deployment comes via dual thumb studs, while a liner lock keeps thing secure while in use. The unique pattern of the Curly Birch handles give them a fiery appearance, setting them apart from the usual materials, and finally, a clip and lanyard hole give the Birk 75 options for EDC.

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7. SOG PowerAccess

7th on the list is SOG's lightweight PowerAccess multi-tool. At 4.1” closed and weighing only 5.9 ounces, it's a compact option built for EDC, while still offering plenty of utility by way of 18 functions and a magnetic bit holder to handle even more tasks. The PowerAccess's main tool at its apex  is its compound leverage pliers, allowing more powerful movements with less effort. Supplementing the pliers within the handles are a variety of cutters, drivers, openers, scrapers, and pokers, all able to securely lock during use. Stone-washed stainless steel completes the multi-tool's construction, giving it a toughness worthy of everyday carry.

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6. Ruike P801

If you've been looking for a sleek slicer to complete your silver-themed carry, then the Ruike P801 has what you need and so much more. Last month's 6th most popular item is made almost completely from stainless steel, with its 3.39” blade made from Sandvik 14C28N steel known for its edge sharpness and stability, and its slim handles made from 3Cr14N stonewashed steel that features a very high standard of toughness and resistance. The drop point blade shape gives it a long belly for smooth slicing, while an included pocket clip and 4.23-ounce weight lets you comfortably carry the knife in your EDC.

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5. Zebra F-701

Last month's 5th placer needs no introduction. Zebra’s EDC staple F-701 is an all-metal clicky pen with a knurled grip, rigid steel body, and strong pocket clip. The click mechanism is nice and quiet to operate and demands a firm press - excellent if you don’t want it opening accidentally in your pocket. The stepped tip of the pen is designed to stay out of the way while you’re writing so you can get a clear view of what’s going onto the page. Inside, there’s a Zebra ballpoint refill that lays down a 0.8mm line with ease. The best part? It will only cost you a hair over five bucks.

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4. Leatherman FREE P2

Upon first glance, the new FREE P2 looks almost unrecognizable as a Leatherman tool with its shiny, new, futuristic design. It measures 4.25” long, 1.25” wide and about 0.6” thick, weighing in at 7.6 ounces. Compared to say, a Wave, it's a bit longer but overall proportionally balanced and significantly lighter. Despite the lighter weight, the FREE P2 boasts 19 tools total, all well-curated to handle most everyday tasks. Whether you're a working professional looking to streamline your workflow or a new EDCer covering your bases with the cutting edge of multi-tools, the P2 and the rest of the FREE series are the tools to set you free.

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3. Cold Steel Working Man

As its name suggests, last month's 3rd most popular item is a knife that isn't afraid to get dirty. Cold Steel's Working Man blade features 3.5” of German 4116 stainless steel built for corrosion resistance, strength, and edge retention. This gets secured with Cold Steel's patented Tri-Ad lock best known for its impressive strength and shock resistance, and deployed with dual thumb studs for ambidextrous operation. The blade folds into the Working Man's hi-vis handles so as not to lose the knife among the rest of your tools, with a reversible clip and large lanyard hole taking care of carry options for EDC.

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2. Victorinox Spartan

In the second spot is a timeless multi-tool from Victorinox. The Spartan is a multi-tool that doesn't look too aggressive but still gets the job done. It has everything you need to get you through the day, work or leisure. It comes with two sizes of knives, a bottle opener, and a can opener with screwdrivers built in. But the Spartan also has a corkscrew, and with it you can be the most handy person to have around at the next party. With plenty of options for color and design, you won't be starve for choice as well for the perfect multi-tool to add to your EDC.

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1. ASP Carbon Fiber Investigator Knife

Last month's most popular item is an uncommon multi-tool from a brand best known for their law-enforcement and self-defense gear. The ASP Carbon Fiber Investigator Knife features useful EDC functions including a pair of scissors, two blades, a file/driver, and a handcuff key packed into a pocketable package with a carbon fiber finish. A split ring with detachable clip keeps the Investigator handy for everyday tasks.

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Gerbers description of the Fastball bearing:

"Balls of stainless steel".

Awesome. Marketing +1

Would be nice to see some blades that are normal color (not the handle - steel) but give a black deep carry pocket clip. I just can't use anything that has a shiny pocket clip. Too obvious. Every time I see someone with a shiny pocket clip, it's the first thing I inspect on them. Just stands out like a sore thumb.
I have that Olight..it’s really nice. Perfect size.
It would be cool to see the top from each category bs several knives and multi tools. I understand these are popular. Just some variety would be nice. Maybe do a few monthly top picks? By item, by item/category, by staff pick???

Just a thought. Nice job on the above tho