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Trending Gear: April 2020

Mikey Bautista
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Trending Gear: April 2020

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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 you were keen on tough pens, high-performance watches, and popular multi-tools. Let's take a look at all the gear you were most interested in…

10. Leatherman Squirt PS4

10. Leatherman Squirt PS4

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Leatherman
Model
831189
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While the usefulness and performance of larger multi-tools shouldn't be questioned, sometimes you just want to stay prepared without worrying about making room for a larger tool. Coming in as April's 10th entry, the Squirt PS4 comes in at 2.25” and 2 ounces, and you can toss it on your keychain and still have access to a full suite of 9 EDC-focused functions. This includes a knife and scissors, various drivers, and of course, a miniature set of Leatherman's signature pliers. The Squirt also comes in a variety of colors to match your EDC's aesthetic perfectly.
9. Casio G-Shock GWN-1000B-1AJF Gulfmaster

9. Casio G-Shock GWN-1000B-1AJF Gulfmaster

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Casio
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GWN-1000B-1AJF
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$$$$
The Casio G-Shock GWN-1000B-1AJF Gulfmaster joins the brand’s top-of-the-line “Master of G” line, and it comes straight from the Premium Production Line assembly facility in Japan. This solar-powered model includes features designed for those that spend their time in the water, but can it can easily transition into the everyday fully-featured watch role. It brings significant wrist presence at 45mm, but smart lug design lets the Gulfmaster hug your wrist despite its size and 17mm thick case. The analog-digital display works with the smart crown and two side buttons to access the different functions, including world time, stopwatch, timer, and a moon and tide graph. Multi Band 6 atomic timekeeping ensures that your time is calibrated, regardless of where you take the Gulfmaster. Finally, the onboard Triple Sensor gives you altimeter, barometer, and compass features, helping you prepare for your everyday adventures.

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8. Victorinox Rambler

8. Victorinox Rambler

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Victorinox
Model
0.6363-033-X1
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Victorinox's 58 mm tools are some of the best options for keychain or backup EDC, with a robust variety of tools and models that let you dial in what you need most in your day. Last month's 8th most popular item is the the Rambler which comes with 10 functions, including a knife, scissors, combo bottle opener and Philips screwdriver, and Victorinox's ever-useful tweezers and toothpick slotted within the signature red scales. True to its name, the Rambler is the perfect addition to an outdoor ramble or weekend getaway EDC, while still compact and easy to carry enough to deal with everyday tasks.
7. Spyderco Chaparral

7. Spyderco Chaparral

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Spyderco
Model
C152CFP
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$$$
The Spyderco Chaparral incorporates the brand’s classic design features in a lightweight lockback format that has stood the test of time. The textured laminated carbon fiber scales on the handle sheaths Spyderco's iconic leaf-shaped blade, ground from high hardness and corrosion resistant CTS-XHP steel. At 2.81" long and with a cutting edge of 2.28", the blade features a full flat grind for enhanced slicing performance. It's deployed using the brand's trademark Round Hole, offering great purchase for your thumb even while gloved. In hand, the 0.34" thin handle features a shape that, together with the jimping on the blade spine and the finger choil, provide a strong grip during use. For blade retention and retraction, the Chaparral uses a traditional lockback design for reliability, strength, and weight savings. Last but not least, it uses Spyderco’s minimalist reversible wire clip, which combined with the lockback mechanism, allows full ambidextrous operation.
6. Fenix LD02

6. Fenix LD02

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Fenix
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LD02
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The Fenix LD02 V2 measures in at a very pocket friendly 3.6” long, 0.5” diameter, and weighs only 24 grams without a battery. It uses anodized aluminum for the main body of the light, but sports stainless steel at the business end for impact resistance. The first of many of the LD02 V2's unique design cues is its stainless steel push button assembly at the rear of the light, giving a robust and premium feel in hand. A snug, stainless steel pocket clip rounds out the build, letting you carry it in your shirt pocket or in the admin panel of a bag or EDC pouch like you would a pen. Unlike most EDC lights, the LD02 V2 features both a 90-CRI warm white CREE XQ-E HI emitter for general use and a 200mW UV light for specialized tasks like checking currency. The main warm white emitter puts out up to 70 lumens on High, 25 lumens on Medium, and 1 lumen on Low for 75 hours off a single alkaline or NiMH AAA battery.
5. Seiko SNZG15

5. Seiko SNZG15

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Seiko
Model
SNZG15
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$$$$
The Seiko SNZG15 is the brand’s stalwart model that continues to trend on our charts and comes in on the 5th spot for April. With a case width of 42mm made to fit 22mm straps, its size hearkens back to the original military-issue field watches. The high contrast watch face and clear 12 and 24-hour time scales combine with luminous paint on the indices to give you a watch that’s always easy to tell time on, no matter the light conditions. The stainless steel case is water resistant to 100 meters, and pairs with a scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal. Through the clear caseback, you can see its mechanical heart: Seiko’s Cal. 7S36 automatic movement, a workhorse design used in many of their popular dive watches. This self-winding movement removes the need for a battery and has 41 hours of power reserve when fully wound.

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4. Leatherman Micra

4. Leatherman Micra

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Leatherman
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64010101K
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Despite its age the Micra still holds up today as an invaluable keychain tool thanks to its useful complement of tools, scissors-based butterfly design, and sturdy construction all in a compact package. Most other butterfly-style multi-tools sized for your keychain feature a set of pliers as their main tool, but not everyone can get much use out of pliers at that size. Scissors, however, come in handy for all sorts of daily cutting tasks in a more discreet way than pulling out your dedicated EDC blade. With that said, the Micra still comes equipped with a small penknife, a nail file and cleaning tool, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a ruler, and even a set of tweezers. And like all Leatherman tools, the Micra is made in the USA and backed by a 25-year limited lifetime warranty.
3. CRKT Squid

3. CRKT Squid

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CRKT
Model
4008075
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CRKT’s secret to the ever-popular Squid is getting its key features—size, weight, and price—"just right." The short 2.16" blade has a useful and wide drop-point shape with enough belly to make it both a capable piercer and slicer. At 3.48" closed and weighing 3.5 ounces, the knife is small and light enough to take everywhere, whether in your pocket or pack. While it may be small in the hand, grooves on the blade spine and a finger cutout in the all-steel handle help you with grip and control during use. The low-profile pocket clip leaves a small corner of the knife visible in the pocket, while the steel backspacer features a lanyard hole that you can use to attach a lanyard or cordage.

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2. Zebra F-701

2. Zebra F-701

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Zebra
Model
ZEB29411
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$
April’s penultimate popular item needs no introduction. Zebra’s 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 0.8 mm line with ease. In the past, the F-701 was not made entirely of metal, so people would mod their pens with the click mechanism and hardware from the F-401 model. The F-701 continues to be extremely popular on our site, and is carried by students, businessmen, EMTs, and more. It has universal appeal, and for good reason.
1. Cold Steel Pocket Shark

1. Cold Steel Pocket Shark

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Cold Steel
Model
91SPB
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Using a tactical pen for EDC means you’re always ready to write anywhere and to handle emergency situations as they arise. Using a tactical marker like the Cold Steel Pocket Shark ensures you’re doubly so. Last month’s most popular item weighs 1.7 ounces and is 6.5" overall when closed and 0.87" thick, making it easy to grip. The high-impact polymer material, made of a glass-reinforced plastic called Grivory (also used as knife handle scales), is built up four times thicker than ordinary markers, ensuring that this pen will survive whatever you throw at it. The cap features a clip for keeping it in your pocket or attached to your gear, and is screwed-on so that it doesn’t get lost or accidentally pop off when the Pocket Shark is in use.

Header image courtesy of Gibby Kirwan.

What stood out to you most in this monthly round-up? Let us know in the comments below.

To keep up with past trending gear, be sure to check out our round-up archives.

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