Buying Guides

The Best Metal EDC Wallets

Even with new apps like Apple Pay meant to store your cards digitally, you’d be hard-pressed to find a person not carrying a good ol’-fashioned wallet in their pocket.

At the very least you still need to carry your ID and a credit card just in case, like when digital payments aren’t accepted at your favorite lunch spot. And though leather and fabric wallets are still the go-to favorites for many, metal wallets are becoming more and more prominent.

Not only do you get the obvious durability of metal protecting your essentials, but some of them also come with a few extra useful features like RFID blocking or discreet tools that add more functionality to your carry.

Whether you're tired of replacing wallets that won't stand up to everyday wear and tear or want to slim down your pockets, these are some of the best metal wallets around.

Staff Picks: 5 EDC Bags We Want Right Now

It's almost the end of the year, and it's been a good one for EDCers. From knives to lights to bags to tech, there have been plenty of releases primed and ready to be added to our kit. We obviously love talking about gear around here, and with this series, the Everyday Carry staff have put together a few lists of the ones we can't wait to get our hands on. We hope it gives you a good idea of products that you may have missed throughout the year, and gets you as excited as we are to pick up the latest and greatest gear for your EDC.

5 Alternative Pocket Notebooks to EDC

Keeping track of all your big projects, to-do's, and random bits of important information throughout the day is hard enough. Trying to do it all in your head? Forget it. A pocket notebook can be both your simplest and strongest ally in staying organized on the go. But here's the thing: your plans and ideas can differ drastically, while most notebooks out there are more or less the same. You know the type: 3.5x5”, 48 pages, staple bound, with a nifty cover design or page ruling as the only variables. If you need something more specialized than these one-size-fits-all notebooks, this guide's got you covered. These 5 pocket notebooks stray from the standard formula in terms of their size, pages, and features to fit right at home in your EDC.

Best Pocket Notebook Alternatives to Field Notes

The Best Large Folding Knives for EDC

When it comes to finding the best knife for everyday carry, smaller knives often dominate the discussion. That's because a smaller knife can work well when pocket space and local laws restrict what you can carry. But it doesn't mean they're always the best tool for the job, especially when the task at hand calls for a bit more grip and blade to work with. 

Larger blades over 3” give you more of a cutting edge as well as a more secure and comfortable grip during heavy duty cutting. In colder weather, when you've got bigger coat pockets and you're wearing gloves, a bigger blade is both easier to carry and to use with control and confidence. It's that confidence that makes many people EDC larger knives a part of their normal carry, no matter the season.

It also helps that with modern design, larger knives don't have to come with cumbersome heft. There are plenty of knives with blades over 3" with designs that are friendly for EDC. In this guide, we'll introduce you to some of your best options for making a large knife a part of your everyday carry.

8 High CRI Flashlights for EDC

Your EDC flashlight might put out a ton of lumens, but that's not the only mark of a good light. The quality of light can be just as important as the quantity. For instance, a lot of flashlights make things look washed out or more blue than they actually are. For some critical tasks, especially in electrical, mechanical, and medical work, seeing colors accurately makes all the difference. Imagine needing to cut a red wire when your light tints everything so purple it's hard to figure out which is which. Proper color rendition also helps with outdoor navigation at night. Luckily, you have solid options for lights that show colors more accurately. In this guide, we'll go over the importance of a high color rending index (CRI) and some excellent high-CRI lights to prepare you for the darker months to come.

Trending Gear: September 2017

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.

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The Best Quartz Watches for EDC

A watch doesn't need a fancy mechanical movement to be worthy of your wrist. Quartz-powered watches represent some of the best value in everyday timepieces out there. Instead of the complex mechanical movement in an automatic watch, quartzes tick thanks to a PC board, battery, and gears. Watch purists may look down on quartz, but that shouldn't stop you from considering one for your EDC. These watches are dependable, reliable, and at the end of the day tell the time more accurately than even the best mechanical watches.

The Best Coin Wallets for EDC

A minimal card wallet can do wonders for slimming down your pockets, but optimizing your carry doesn’t have to mean going smaller. Most card carrying wallets have a spot for stashing a bill or two, but what if you live in a country where coins are a major form of currency?

Some countries in Europe for example are way ahead of the U.S when it comes to contactless payments, but you’ll still find yourself with a pocketful of euros by the end of the day.

Whether you live in one of these countries or are just planning to visit one, a wallet with a dedicated spot for coins can go a long way. You’re going to need your cards no matter what, but if you want to avoid a pocket of jingling coins, get you a wallet that can do both.

Top 5 Affordable Mechanical Watches for EDC

You may have heard the term “automatic” thrown around a lot when talking about watches. On the most basic level, it means that the watch runs without a battery. Instead, it's powered by you! Essentially, there’s a tiny machine that’s “charged up” by a spinning rotor, completely driven by the movement of your wrist throughout the day. They keep running as long as you wear it, and the work that's involved in designing an accurate time telling machine is equally impressive. Fortunately, you can find a few solid watches featuring this fascinating movement that actually stand up to daily use without costing an arm and a leg. In this guide, we'll highlight our top 5 automatic mechanical watches for EDC on a budget.

Trending Gear: August 2017

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.

Last month, you were interested in sleek knives, rugged essentials, and tools to help consolidate and store your gear. Let's break it all down.

10 Compact Slings and Messenger Bags for EDC

Even after paring your gear down to the essentials, it can still be too much to fit in your pockets. The quick fix would be to toss the rest into a bag, but even then you might not have enough excess gear to justify carrying a full-sized daypack. For those times when you could use just a little extra pocket space, a compact sling or messenger bag can make all the difference. Better yet, one that's fine-tuned to your specific EDC needs. In this guide, you'll find ten examples of EDC-worthy slings and shoulder bags for every scenario.

The Best Portable Tech for EDC

At the core of nearly every EDC lie the essential tools we've relied on for decades: knives that let us cut, lights that let us see at night, and watches that let us know what time it is. But in today's world this gear shares equal pocket space with the modern tools that help us navigate it: phones, laptops, and even battery packs to help power it all.

Though as indispensable as our new toys are, just like our essential tools, bigger isn't always better. As EDCers, there's always a way to do more with less and make the most use of our limited pocket space. So we've put together a list of tech that do just that. They feature some of the latest and greatest technological advancements in some of the smallest form factors you can carry.

Whether it's consolidating the essentials you already have or adding that extra convenience to help make the most out of your day, we hope there's a tech pick in here for you.

Top 5 EDC Multi-tools Under $50

When you're putting together your own EDC, you've got a budget to follow. Especially when you're starting out, there's a daunting list of gear to buy and it can get pricey. It's easy to think it would be too expensive to add a full-size multi-tool to the mix. But it might surprise you that you don't actually have to break the bank to carry a quality EDC multi-tool. What's more: you don't have to settle for small niche form factor tools that only have limited use cases. A lot of the best and most popular multi-tools carried by our community fall under 50 dollars. In this guide, we'll show you the best everyday carry multitools you can pick up in this budget category.

Best Affordable Multi-tools

10 Laptop Bags to Everyday Carry Back to School in 2017

No one likes saying goodbye to summer, but getting ready for the coming school year means one thing: new gear. On top of the usual essentials like pens, notebooks, and textbooks that you’ll find on supply lists, many students find themselves also needing a good laptop to get things done. And if you’re going to be adding one to your EDC, it's a good idea to get a backpack that was designed to protect that huge investment. You want something that’s sturdy enough to deal with the everyday grind of school (and possibly some inclement weather), without sacrificing a lightweight design and comfortable build. It can be hard to find the perfect bag but don’t worry, we’ve got your back. In this updated guide we’ll go over a few A+ bags that will make getting to class a little easier for you.

10 Ways to EDC Paracord

A bundle of paracord is one of the most versatile and useful things you can have in your EDC. That's because its strength and durability allows you to do more with it than might think. You can tie things together, use it to repair straps and cords, and even turn it into an emergency tourniquet. The possibilities are almost endless, and versatility is all well and good, but you still might find it a bit strange to carry around a bundle of rope. Usually you'll see EDCers tie a short lanyard to their knife or flashlight, but the good news is that there are plenty of other ways to discreetly carry paracord. In this guide, we'll show you some unconventional ways to integrate this useful cordage into your everyday carry.

Trending Gear: July 2017

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.

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