Buying Guides

8 Roll-Top Backpacks to EDC in Any Weather

Whether you’re a photographer looking to protect your gear, a student who's never without their laptop, or a bike commuter constantly on the move, there are plenty of reasons why investing in a quality roll-top bag is a good idea. The main one being that the gear you put in a backpack is usually more expensive than what you carry in your pockets. If the contents of your bag aren’t protected against a little water, you’re one April shower away from a really bad day. When it comes to bags that will protect your gear from rain, roll-tops are the way to go. And if you're lucky enough to not worry about weather, roll-tops have the added benefit of being able to expand to haul oversized gear when you need to pack more than usual. In this guide we’ll point out a few options that you can count on when the weather goes south.

The Best New Liner Lock EDC Knives in 2018 So Far

The liner lock folding knife is coming back in a big way with lots of great EDC designs that came out recently. While the liner lock is a tried-and-true mechanism, over the past few years they've fallen out of style compared to frame locks. But these knives have plenty of their own benefits that might be more in line with your EDC needs. In this guide, we'll explain why you should consider a liner lock for EDC and also show you some of our favorite recent releases in this category.

The Best USB Rechargeable Flashlights in 2018

Nothing beats the convenience of a USB rechargeable flashlight. Gone are the cumbersome and bulky specialty chargers and battery cradles. Instead, these flashlights get their juice from a USB power port and cable. No outlet? No problem — charge your light off your laptop or an external battery pack. The best part is that these lights don't skimp on the performance you'd expect from a proper EDC light. There's a lot of them out there though, so we've together this list of our favorites to make it easier to find the right one for you.

Trending Gear: March 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.

In March, it looks like you're all eager to get outdoors with overbuilt knives, rugged flashlights, and more. Let's get into it…

The Best Chronograph Watches for Any Budget

The chronograph is kind of like the multi-tool of the watch world. They're especially appealing to EDCers because they add plenty of extra functionality to your wrist. Essentially a chronograph is a combination of a stopwatch and a display watch, letting you time events, read the time, and do much more. Not only do chronographs have a unique aesthetic, but they're also functional tool watches that can come in handy throughout the day. In this guide, we'll break down everything you need to know before picking your first chrono and share our favorite recommendations for any budget.

Dango “Lucky Greens” Collection

With St. Patrick's Day upon us, it's a good time to remember that you can't rely on luck to stay prepared. It's one thing to to wear green to celebrate the holiday, but how about giving your carry a verdant touch? Green is a great color for EDC: you can choose to go with a darker olive drab for military and outdoors use, or a vibrant shade so you can easily spot it at the bottom of a pack. Our friends at Dango have a promotion for olive drab essentials just in time for St. Patrick's Day. With some items up to 50% off, it's a great way to grab some green for your EDC.

Reader's Choice: 5 Excellent EDC Pens

Recently our team of writers let you know what EDC pens were on our radar. After asking you what your go-to EDC pens were, we assembled this list of the most recommended picks. This guide outlines the top EDC pens according to you, the community. Read on top learn about the best writing instruments for every day carry.

How to Choose the Best Ridge Wallet for Your EDC

A bulky wallet isn’t just an eye-sore, it’s also a pain to carry around. Minimalist wallets like the Ridge are becoming more and more popular with EDCers, but with so many to choose from, picking the right one can be intimidating. You can't go wrong with any of the slim wallets from Ridge, but it's good to know the benefits of each of their offerings so you can make the right choice. Whether you're after toughness, light weight, or even better ways to carry your cash, there's a wallet setup for you.

Trending Gear: February 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 time around, it looks like you've got compact multi-tools and fixed blade hunting knives on your radar. Let's take a look at the full breakdown…

10 Packable Bags for EDC and Travel

Bags are a great way to carry your gear or augment your EDC pocket space when you're on the go. But if you don't always carry a lot of gear, lugging around a big heavy bag can be a bit cumbersome. With their lightweight materials and convenient collapsible construction, packable bags are your best bet. They are especially good to have when your carry weight is limited, like when you're traveling. But regardless of mission, packable bags are versatile and available in just about every type you might need. In this guide, we'll walk you through what makes a good packable bag for everyday carry. We'll also get you acquainted with a few of our favorite packable bags for you to choose from.

The 10 Best EDC Keychain Flashlights in 2018

Your keychain is one of the most convenient places to keep your tools. You carry your keys every day anyway, so adding extra gear to them—like a flashlight—ensures you always stay prepared.

You might think to get a flashlight that's powerful enough to be worth carrying would take up way too much pocket space. But thanks to LED and battery tech, even smaller modern lights are more than powerful enough for everyday use. The best part is that many of them can live right on your keychain, always within reach.

A good part of our days is spent in the dark, so carrying a light is always a bright idea. Here are 10 of the best flashlights that can go on your keychain to round out your EDC.

Staff Picks: 5 EDC Pens We're Using Right Now

Now that we're well into the year, you've probably had enough time with new pickups and additions to your EDC. Since your gear can be so personal, part of the fun is figuring out what's working for you right now and how it might differ from someone else's go-to kit. Today, we're highlighting our favorite pens at the moment, all picked by our staff for several different reasons: pocket friendliness, smooth writing, durability, and more. If you've been on the hunt for a new everyday jotter, be sure to check these out.

10 Red EDC Essentials

With Valentine's Day in full swing, you'll notice the color red just about everywhere. Sure, you could say it's the color of love and affection, but it also has a more practical place in your EDC. Red accents give your kit that extra visibility so it's easier to find in a bag or even color code its importance from the rest of your gear (like first aid, for example). In this round-up, we're highlighting some essentials that'll have you EDCing red.

The 6 Best Swiss Army Knives to Gift This Valentine's Day

The holidays may have passed, but you’re not in the clear yet. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you have no idea what else your significant other could possibly want, consider something a little more practical than a box of chocolates (though that’s never a bad idea). The Swiss Army Knife is about as classic a tool as it gets and Victorinox now has multiple offerings, making it easier than ever to stay prepared without weighing down your pockets.

Whether that important man or woman in your life needs a discreet tool for the office or something a little more robust for your weekend adventures together, the timeless SAK has you covered. We picked a few of their more versatile options that should bring a smile to any EDCer from the rugged outdoorsperson to the modern gent, and everyone in between.

10 Pocket Cleaver Knives for EDC

The type of knife you carry dictates the kind of work you can do with it. And if you perform a lot of slicing and chopping, you're going to want a more utility-oriented blade. That doesn't mean that you're stuck with carrying a standard utility knife, though. The popular emergence of cleaver-style knives for EDC gives you a much more robust set of options. In this guide, we'll explain why cleaver-style knives are good for EDC. We'll also show you some of our favorite knives in this category for you to choose from.

5 Leather Gear Organizers for EDC

Few materials get better over time, and leather is one of them. In addition to picking up an awesome looking patina, it gets softer and easier to use the more you carry it. It's an ideal material for certain EDC gear because of its natural durability and ease to work with. The increasingly popular gear caddy is an excellent example of this, leveraging leather's versatility to accommodate essentials of all shapes and sizes in a variety of pocket layouts. In this guide, we're highlighting caddies crafted from premium leathers sourced from some of the best and oldest tanneries in existence. Read on to take a look at some handsome leather options for organizing and carrying your EDC that'll only get better the more you carry them.