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Trending Gear: February 2022

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Trending Gear: February 2022

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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 February you were interested in a rock-solid multi-tool, a high CRI keychain flashlight, and an Italian-inspired automatic knife. Let's take a look at all the gear you were most interested in…


The Most Popular Gear from February 2022


Victorinox

10. Victorinox Cadet Alox

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Victorinox
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0.2601.26
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The Victorinox Cadet Alox continues to be an easy recommendation for anyone looking to build or add to their EDC. Only 84 mm long, impressively thin, with 9 useful functions, and hardy embossed aluminum scales with anodic oxidation as an extra protective layer: these all add up to a multi-tool that's not only easy to carry, but looks as good as it is functional.

Since the Cadet’s release there have been a lot of slim blades, multi-function blades, and affordable blades, but rarely do they line up so well in a single product. And with aftermarket parts like clips, scales, and swapped tools adding even more utility, the Cadet also gives you the platform to build the perfect knife.
Spyderco

9. Spyderco Delica 4

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Spyderco
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C11
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$$
Even as it traces its roots all the way back to 2006, the Delica 4 continues to trend as a solid EDC knife thanks to great value and excellent usability and features. The Japanese-born Delica 4 features a workhorse 2.9“ VG-10 steel for its blade, keeping it under the legal limit for locales with more restrictive knife laws. It comes with a plain edge and a full flat grind, and paired with its sweeping drop point shape, makes it ideal for everyday slicing work while offering ease of maintenance and sharpening.

The handles measure in at 4.25” and feature FRN scales, giving you a lightweight but secure grip, keeping the Delica’s weight down to pocket-friendly 2.5" oz. The blade itself deploys via Spyderco’s signature Round Hole, and secures via a sturdy lockback mechanism until you’re done with your tasks.
Yellow

8. Yellow Birch Outfitters PocKit

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Yellow Birch Outfitters
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PocKit
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With all the gear in EDCer’s pockets, organization is half the battle. Trending this week is the PocKit from Yellow Birch Outfitters, a compact organizer built to house and carry your three most important essentials. Made from robust and water-resistant 1000D CORDURA nylon and sewn together with mil-spec Nylon #69 thread, the PocKit comes with two slots for your favorite combination of knife and light, and a rear compartment to stow your essential cards and cash. Staying prepared shouldn’t mean storing a mess in your pockets, so a caddy or organizer is a great option for keeping it all together.
Benchmade

7. Benchmade Mini Infidel OTF

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Benchmade
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3350
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$$$$
Joining Benchmade’s select OTF lineup, the Mini Infidel takes everything that made the original Benchmade Infidel great, and shrinks it down to a more pocketable size. Despite having a reduced footprint, the Mini Infidel’s blade remains a significant 3.1“, made out of durable D2 steel and featuring a spearpoint shape for added proficiency during piercing tasks.

Once retracted, the knife measures in at only 4”, and with its pocket clip can carry comfortably inside most pockets. The handles are made out of T-6061 aluminum, keeping things sturdy and lightweight. These handles also feature a “stepped'' design to prevent the knife from slipping away from your hands. Finally, a front sliding switch takes care of deployment in a more comfortable and convenient way, compared to other OTF knives that feature a side switch.
Knockaround

6. Knockaround Premiums Sunglasses

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Knockaround
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Premiums
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True to their name, the Knockarounds were designed with durability first and foremost. They feature a high quality polycarbonate frame that not only helps up their resilience but also helps keep the weight down. This frame also comes with a tighter fit around the arms to ensure they stay comfortable and secure when on your head.

The lenses, are FDA-approved impact resistant, so you can have some extra peace of mind if you ever drop them. They’ve also have been polarized to reduce glare and have a UV400 rating for protection. And while they are more durable than most, the Knockaround Premiums also come with a protective pouch included, facilitating carry options and protecting them from scratches.
CIVIVI

5. CIVIVI Elementum

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CIVIVI
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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.
Spyderco

4. Spyderco Para Military 2

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Spyderco
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C81GP2
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$$$
The 3.75-ounce Para Military 2 holds up as a great EDC knife with its 3.44” CPM-S45VN blade that’s fully flat ground into the brand’s iconic leaf shape. It’s proven to be a reliable cutter and slicer, handling everyday tasks and more.

The blade deploys via the brand’s trademark Round Hole and retracts via the pinch-style Compression Lock into stainless steel liners clad in grippy textured G-10 scales. The handle shape and finger choil make the Para Military 2 an ergonomic knife to use regardless of your hand size, and this may be one of the best things about it. An ambidextrous 4-position pocket clip gives you multiple options for carry.
Leatherman

3. Leatherman Wave+

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Leatherman
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‎832531
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$$$
For many people in the EDC community, Leatherman’s line of multi-tools is the be-all and end-all when it comes to butterfly-style tools for everyday carry. And for years, the Wave+ has been the standard by which all others are judged. With 18 tools including strong needle-nose pliers, a replaceable wire cutter, straight edge and serrated knives, a saw that can be accessed while the wool is closed, and interchangeable screwdriver bits, the Wave+ has just about everything you need for EDC. And it does all this while still being contained in a relatively small package that still fits your pockets.
RovyVon

2. RovyVon Aurora A1x Nichia 219C

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RovyVon
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A1x Nichia 219C
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The Aurora A1x is an upgraded version of the original A1, which comes available with a Nichia 219C emitter. This means that in exchange for a slightly lower output, you get massive gains when it comes to color accuracy. The A1x takes full advantage of a new side-switch for its operation. This single button comes in a smaller size to prevent accidental activation and pulls double duty as a low-voltage indicator.

In addition to other quality of life features like momentary-on, memory mode, and instant High, the A1x comes with 4 different brightness settings, ranging from a 2-lumen Moonlight for up to 32 hours to the aforementioned High, which pushes out 450 lumens for 100 seconds before stepping down to 100 lumens for 75 minutes. Thanks to the use of an improved 330mAh battery, the light is fully rechargeable via micro USB in 90 minutes. And while it’s compact at 2.38“ long and 0.59 ounces, the A1x is rated IPX6 against moisture and dust.
Pro-Tech

1. Pro-Tech Godfather Automatic Knife

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Pro-Tech
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920
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$$$$
February's most popular item takes inspiration from a true Italian classic, the stiletto knife. And while the stiletto traces its roots all the way back to the 15th century, the Pro-Tech Godfather is every inch a modern knife with new materials and quality of life improvements. It employs a considerable 4“ spear point blade made out of 154CM steel, with a particularly narrow profile to enhance its piercing performance. As a Pro-Tech automatic, it deploys via a classic button mechanism, slightly depressed into the handle to reduce the chances of accidental activation.

For a tougher carry, the handles have been crafted from black anodized aluminum, featuring beveled edges for a more comfortable grip. A right-side pocket clip also ensures that you enjoy a secure carry wherever you take it.

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