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Trending Gear: December 2021

Mikey Bautista
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Trending Gear: December 2021

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Every day, readers like you proudly share photos of their everyday carry on the site.

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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 December you were interested in a sleek card holder wallet, a super-premium knife, and a super tough travel organizer! Let's take a look at all the gear you were most interested in…


The Most Popular Gear from December 2021


Field

10. Field Notes Original Kraft Memo Book

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Field Notes
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‎FN-02
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Back in the day, when Aaron Draplin crafted the first Field Notes notebooks by hand and gifted them to his friends as gifts for the Holidays, they looked close to this modern iteration. The cover is made out of 80 lb kraft cardstock that’s been saddle-stitched to make laying the book flat an easy task. Inside, you’ll find 48 pages of 90gsm paper which offers a more durable composition and a way smoother experience compared to other notebooks. These pages are also acid-free which helps preserve your memos, sketches and logs for longer. Finally, at 3.5“ by 5.5” you can take this notebook pretty much anywhere inside your backpack, organizer pouch, or even pants pocket. It’s available in ruled paper, graph paper, mixed paper, and even a left-handed-ruled paper version.
EDC

9. EDC x Manhattan Portage Atlas Sling V2

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Manhattan Portage
Model
1411-BL-EDC-2
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Just released
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$$

The all-new Atlas Sling V2 is built with the same design DNA that made the original Atlas Sling a success, but tweaked with feedback-driven optimizations resulting in a compact, yet even more versatile everyday carry solution. While it isn’t immediately visible upon first glance, the new Atlas Sling brings with it a slew of new features, an optimized internal layout, increased overall capacity to help you carry your essentials, and more: more volume to carry bulkier gear, more loops and padding, a pass-through rear compartment with stowable straps, and the best in functional materials and hardware.
Bellroy

8. Bellroy Card Sleeve Wallet

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Bellroy
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Card Sleeve
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Bellroy is best known for their premium leather products, and the Card Sleeve is their take on the minimalist front pocket wallet. Both sides of this sleek and slim wallet feature slanted pockets for easy access to your bills and your most used cards. The main compartment carries even more cards that are retrieved via the integrated pull tab. You can stash up to eight cards plus a few bills, allowing you to carry only the most essential items. No linings or zippers mar the simple lines and premium leather design of this classy minimalist EDC wallet.
SOG

7. SOG Sync II Multi-tool

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SOG
Model
09SG028
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$$

The first thing you’ll notice about the SOG Sync II is its shape. At only 3.1” in length when closed, it doesn’t immediately look like other multitools. But unfolding it reveals a more familiar form factor perfect for one-handed use. You’ll get a pair of pliers, wirecutter, crimper, and ruler, and that’s before you take into account the tools that pull out from the handle. You’ll also get a small blade, scissors, and a flathead screwdriver to name a few. The Sync II is one of those tools that adapts to your carry needs thanks to an attachment plate with a clip on the back. It’s perfect for clipping to a belt or bag strap, letting you carry it where most other multi-tools can't go.
CIVIVI

6. CIVIVI Elementum

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CIVIVI
Model
CIVC907A
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$
We recommend the Elementum as one of the best budget knives you can EDC, and judging by its popularity with knife enthusiasts, the community seems to agree. Its sized just right with a 2.96“ drop point blade in a capable D2 tool steel, with a quick rear flipper deployment and reliable liner lock. The G10 scale adds just the right amount of grip resulting in a balanced, functional knife that fits the minimalist aesthetic while still delivering on performance and value. The Elementum was awarded Blade Show 2021's Best Buy of the Year, adding even more to its legacy as an everyday carry knife.
Benchmade

5. Benchmade 535BK-4 M390 Bugout

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If you’ve never held or used a Bugout before, it comes with a fair share of features that have contributed to its success as one of the most popular EDC pocket knives. The 3.24“ blade with a 3” cutting edge and versatile drop point shape comes straight from the original 535’s design, as is its use of Benchmade’s iconic AXIS lock for ease of use, secure lockup, and ambidextrous operation. On the 535BK-4, this blade is executed in a DLC-coated, blacked-out M390 steel, one often found in the highest end of knives offering one of the best edge retentions in the business. 6061-T6 aluminum handles are the highlight of this model, offering full metal construction while still keeping the knife as light at possible at 2.5 ounces. They come in a starburst pattern, offering grip as well a sleek new style for the line.
Spyderco

4. Spyderco Native 5 Lightweight

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Spyderco
Model
C41PBK5
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$$
In many ways the Native 5 is the epitome of Spyderco's design and feature philosophy. It features a couple of trademark features like the Round Hole for opening, textured FRN scales that keep the knife light, and four-position metal clip. Thoughtful functionality is also all over the knife, like the versatility of a full flat ground 2.95" leaf-shaped blade in solid S30V steel, a full-handed grip thanks to a finger choil, jimping in all the right places, and a backlock for ambidextrous operation.
CRKT

3. CRKT Pilar

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CRKT
Model
5311
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$
Amidst a sea of innovative and aggressive designs, the simple and unassuming CRKT Pilar continues to trend on our charts as a small, yet functional EDC knife. The distinct, minimalist design comes from knife designer Jesper Voxnaes, and it bears some of the features and qualities of his more expensive work. The thumbhole cutout deploys the 2.4" sheepsfoot satin-finished blade. The 8Cr13MoV blade steel is a common choice at this price point, but its ability to hold a decent edge and sharpen easily can be appreciated in a daily beater knife. The tough framelock design helps the Pilar fit in that role. It offers good ergonomics thanks to the blade’s integrated forward finger choil and the aggressive cutout on the handle, providing comfort and confidence during use. Finally, a robust stainless steel pocket clip mounts on the framelock side of the handles, offering tip-up or tip-down carry.
Nitecore

2. Nitecore TIP SE

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Nitecore
Model
TIP SE
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You might think that a light small enough to fit on your keychain can only be good for use as a toy, but Nitecore’s TIP SE fits 700 lumens out the front max from its dual OSRAM P8 white light LED modules. This newest update to their keychain light line integrates USB-C recharging for your convenience, letting you carry and use the same cable that you use to top your phones and other devices off to keep your light going when you need it. And since it’s made out of hard anodized aluminum allow that’s wearproof and waterproof up to an IP54 rating, it’ll stand up to everyday hard use when attached to your keys via the rear loop.
Orbitkey

1. Orbitkey Nest

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Orbitkey
Model
NEST-1-BKBK
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$$
Several key features make the Orbitkey Nest stand out from other travel organizers. For starters, it's useful without even needing to open it up thanks to its valet tray lid. An embedded wireless Qi charger on one side of the lid makes it easy to keep your phone, AirPods, and other tech topped up while working at your desk. Next to the embedded charger, you have a valet tray section roomy enough for the rest of your essentials, like a slim wallet, keys, and pocket knife, for example. The luxe leather lid is gentle on your gear and helps prevent scratches on your desk while saving space and minimizing clutter, keeping your work environment tidy and efficient. The Nest's hardshell enclosure makes it especially capable as a tech travel organizer as it offers a bit of shock- and crush-resistance for your fragile electronics inside your bag, too.

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