Buying Guides

The Best EDC Backpacks for School 2018

It's never too early to start preparing for what's ahead, and with summer coming to a close for a lot of people that means it's time to go back to school. The perfect school bag can be hard to find as there are tons of options out there and everyone needs something a little different. That said, there are a few key aspects of a bag that are worth looking for. Textbooks and laptops aren't exactly light, so getting a bag that's comfortable to carry around is an obvious must-have. Similarly, those items aren't cheap so a bag tough enough to protect your gear from a passing storm should also be a priority. Whether you're going to be commuting to class everyday after work or walking across campus after a long night out, a good backpack can help make sure you always have what you need without slowing you down. We took the time to put together a list of some of the versatile backpacks that should fit your needs.

10 New EDC Knives Under 3" in 2018

When it comes to everyday carry knives, bigger is not always better. Sure, bigger knives are great for large tasks, but their added heft can them impractical in some situations and a burden on your pockets. And even if you did have the pocket space for a bigger blade, they're not always legal to carry depending on where you live. That's why smaller, more compact, pocketknives under 3 inches enjoy wide popularity in the EDC community. With the right design, materials, and build quality, they can handle your daily tasks, and even more, when the time comes. Today is a great time to be in the market for such a knife, with plenty of new and innovative designs released this year. In this guide, we'll highlight some of our favorite recent sub-3" knife releases and show why they belong in your everyday carry.

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Trending Gear: July 2018

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.

Looking back this past July, it you were most interested in beefy pocket knives, ways to organize your gear, practical bling, and more… Let's take a look.

8 EDC Watches Under 40mm

The trend of large watches seems to be coming to an end. More and more brands have started releasing smaller watches, and for good reason. The smaller case size and proportions also better highlight some design features. It’s also possible that you just have a smaller wrist and want something that fits it more proportionally. This guide covers some of our favorite sub-40mm watches that are excellent EDC watches in their own right. They're stylish, low-profile, and durable enough to earn their spot on your wrist.

10 New Production Knives by Custom Designers

For many, being able to carry a custom knife represents the pinnacle of what it means to EDC. That's because custom knives feature unique and innovative designs, meticulous construction, and super-premium materials that make them a cut above what you can find off the shelf. Unfortunately, the high cost of ownership and limited availability of these knives make them unattainable for most EDCers, which is why custom knives are sometimes referred to as 'grails.' But all is not lost: a number of the everyday carry knife manufacturers you already know and trust have entered into design collaborations with some of the best custom knifemakers out there. The result is a high-quality product with the custom design language you want that's more accessible in every way. In this guide, we'll round up 10 of our favorite recent custom designer collaboration knives.


The Best Bolt-Action Pens for 2018

So you want to carry a pen, but you're worried about it leaking or breaking? Those are valid concerns that rule out so many pens as EDC options because they're not durable, pocket-friendly, and easy to use enough for EDC. We suggest a “bolt action” style pen, which draws inspiration from the channel and bolt system of a rifle to extend, lock, and retract the refill. Bolt action keeps your pen from accidentally extending in the pocket, avoiding leaks. They're usually built from EDC-worthy metals for durability, not to mention the action itself is fun to fidget with. In this round-up, we're highlighting a few new bolt action pens from 2018 as well as some tried-and-true classic picks.

The Best Prime Day 2018 EDC Deals Right Now

Amazon's Prime Day event is well under way but the sales don't stop until 12AM PDT tonight. We've been scanning through deals around the clock and updating our master list of deals with relevant, trusted EDC gear. While some good deals have come and gone, plenty are still going strong. In this round-up we're highlighting our favorite steals available right now, featuring made in the US pocket knives, stylish and functional accessories, and excellent travel tech essentials.

The Best Prime Day Deals on Everyday Carry Gear 2018

Amazon Prime Day is here. Think of it like Black Friday for online shopping at Amazon, only it goes on for 36 hours straight. So for the next day and a half, you can expect exclusive deals and discounts on thousands of products. 

There will be tons of deals to sort through, but leave the EDC gear to us. We'll be scoping the site for the best deals on great gear for your every day carry and posting them in this round-up throughout the entire event.

You'll need a Prime membership to take advantage of all the savings, so be sure to sign up for a free trial here to shop if you're not a member already.

As a heads up, many of today's deals are time-sensitive, and it's gonna be a long event. So be sure to bookmark this post and refresh often so you won't miss a steal. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. 

Check out all of Amazon's Prime Day promos at the button below, and scroll further for our curated list of EDC deals of note.

10 New Flipper Knives for Everyday Carry

When every second counts, a quick-deploying flipper knife is a great choice for your EDC blade. Unlike other knives, there's no need to fumble around for a thumbstud or nail nick, and you don't even need both hands free to open a flipper. Instead, a quick flick of the flipper tab opens the knife so you can get right to work. And when a flipper knife is paired with an assisted opening, operation is lightning fast. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite recent flipper designs. Each knife in this list exemplifies thoughtful and innovative design with solid construction and the performance you demand for EDC.

What Are Your Favorite Features in an EDC Pouch?

EDCers as a whole seem to be big fans of the pouch organizer. It's our secret weapon for managing all of our gear that's hard to carry, but entirely necessary. But just as our EDCs can vary drastically from person to person, so can a pouch organizer. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles. 

Since so many of you out there use pouch organizers, we want to know… 

What does the perfect EDC pouch look like to you?

If you don't have an EDC pouch yet, read on for a quick primer on some features and qualities to look for when searching for your own.

Made in the USA EDC Gear

As the United States turns 242 years old today, it's a good reminder that some of the best quality gear you can get is made right here in the states. In this round-up we're highlighting gear made in the USA from crowd favorite brands as well as smaller makers you might not have heard of. Whether you’re looking for a notebook to write in, a new pocketknife, or just a water bottle to stay hydrated this summer, there’s a little bit of everything here.

Trending Gear: June 2018

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.

With June behind us, it looks like you were interested in classy pocket knives, unique pilot watches, practical keychain gear, and more…

Top 10 Slim Front Pocket EDC Wallets

Your wallet is the most important piece of gear in your pockets, but it can also be the most bulky if you're not careful. Paring down the amount of cards and cash you bring around can help, but the kind of wallet you carry matters a lot as well. Switching to a slim front pocket wallet is a great way to reduce size and bulk. Along with the smaller footprint, being able to EDC your wallet in your front pocket helps avoid discomfort while making it easier to secure when you're on the go. In this guide, we're rounding up some of the most interesting slim front pocket EDC wallets for you to consider. We'll go over what makes them unique and also why they deserve a place in your everyday carry.

10 New Fixed Blades to EDC This Summer

When you think of an everyday carry knife, chances are you will have a folding knife in mind. But when you absolutely need a knife that cannot and will not fail on you, a fixed blade knife is the best option. Fixed blade knives don't have any moving parts to break or opening mechanisms to fumble around with when you're in a rush. Plus, in many jurisdictions, a fixed blade knife might be your only legal carry option. And if you have the idea that folding knives are too big for everyday carry, know that not all of them are built like the comically huge knife in Crocodile Dundee. There are plenty of EDC-friendly fixed blade knives out there, and the designs released this year are especially nice. In this guide, we'll round up our favorite recent fixed blade knife releases, and go over why they deserve a place in your own carry.

25 Father's Day Gifts for His EDC in 2018

In case you missed it, Father's Day is fast approaching this June 17th. That's just a couple of weeks to find the perfect gift for your dad. But don't worry—we've got you covered. This year our guide has 25 awesome gifts for every type of dad to help you get the perfect one for the man who has everything to use and means everything to you. Whether practical, memorable, or just plain fun, he deserves nothing but the best and most useful gear.

Trending Gear: May 2018

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, you were checking out new and classic knives, unconventional ways to consolidate gear, and more…