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Is the GORUCK GR1 Worth It in 2019?

Nowadays it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of EDC tactical backpacks that are available for purchase. But there was a time when your options were more limited, and when the very concept of everyday carry wasn’t well-known. Back then it took a few pioneers to break tactical bags out of the purely military silo and into the civilian eye. GORUCK was one of those pioneers, founded by a former American special forces operator who wanted to bring the quality of gear he expected during his service in his everyday life outside of it. Born out of necessity, the GORUCK GR1 paved the way for a new age of tactical bags and gained a cult following all its own. But is that decade-old bag still worth it in 2019’s competitive market saturated with new EDC bag brands?

Is the Machine Era Wallet Worth It in 2019?

It feels like it was only yesterday when we saw an explosion of new slim wallets for EDC popping up on crowdfunding sites. Many of those projects proved successful and their resulting products have since become staples in plenty of EDCers' pockets. One of the earliest and first of its kind was Machine Era's slim aluminum wallet. Despite its seemingly barebones appearance, it stood out with its utilitarian design language, intuitive operation, and durable build quality. It's been through several revisions since its debut back in 2013, culminating in the Ti5 Wallet we have now. With so much competition in the slim wallet market these days, it begs the question: is the Machine Era Ti5 Wallet worth it today?

Is the Zebra F-701 Worth It in 2019?

The best pen is the one with you, but if it's the one you accidentally walked out of the doctor’s office with, you might want to up your game. You know the one: the cheapie, plastic ballpoint pen that's uncomfortable to write with and disposable by design, doomed to the garbage bin once it's out of ink. You could opt for a machined metal pen with that buy-it-for-life durability for EDC duty, but those can get spendy real fast. There is, however, one all-metal, tried-and-true clicky pen that doesn't break the bank: the Zebra F-701. It's been a crowd favorite for years, and after some more recent updates, it begs the question: should you still buy one in 2019?

Is the Maxpedition Falcon-II Worth It In 2019?

Well over a decade ago, there weren't very many options for a good EDC bag. Back in those days, Maxpedition made a name for themselves as a go-to choice for a sturdy, tactical bag. Gear enthusiasts often recommended the 18L Pygmy Falcon, 23L Falcon-II, and the larger 35L Falcon-III for their solid construction, top-notch materials at the time, and ample organizational features. Since their debut in 2003, Maxpedition’s goal was to create bags for law enforcement and military professionals that would stand up to the rigorous conditions in the field. But since then, the landscape and market for bags has drastically changed. Today, we're taking a look back at the Maxpedition Falcon line to see if it has what it takes to be a worthwhile pick in 2019.

Is the Spyderco Tenacious Worth It in 2019?

When it comes to making no-nonsense tactical knives that are perfect for everyday carry, Spyderco tops the list with high-quality designs made in a manufacturing language that is uniquely their own. There are plenty of everyday carry knives to choose from, but none cut quite the same look and perform the same in hand as a Spyderco. Unfortunately,  you usually have to spend a pretty penny to get your hands on one. But when Spyderco introduced the Tenacious, it turned that idea on its head. That's because the Tenacious was made to provide just about everything that made a Spyderco knife great for EDC at a much more accessible price point than many other Spyderco models. While it was a budget knife, it punched above its weight, making it a strong value for the money that was hard to ignore. But it's been a decade since its introduction, and we've seen a lot of changes in the EDC knife industry since then. So, is the Spyderco Tenacious worth it today? Read on to see whether it's still the choice to make, and how it holds up against the competition.

Is the Nitecore Tube Worth It in 2019?

The best flashlight is the one you have on you. For a lot of EDCers that means a keychain flashlight is the way to go. They're compact and lightweight, immensely practical and can work well in a pinch. In the past though, keychain lights tended to have poor build quality, inconvenient batteries that drained quickly, and not enough output to do serious work. But as LED flashlight technology improved, keychain lights became capable enough to replace even some larger, traditional primary flashlights. The Nitecore Tube was a revolutionary, innovative light at the time, packing impressive brightness and versatility with modern quality of life improvements in a sleek, lightweight build—all at an incredible value. But as we've seen how quickly flashlight technology advances, is the Nitecore Tube still worth it today? Read onto find out how it holds up and if your keyring could use a more modern upgrade.

Is the Seiko SKX007 Worth It In 2019?

If you're in the market for new watch, you’re bound to come across the Seiko SKX lineup of divers in your search, and for good reason. The Seiko SKX (whether it be the classic SKX007, Pepsi-colored SKX009, or similar SKX173) has a long and storied history. Seiko’s first dive watch hit the market in 1965 and gradually underwent changes until 1996. The current version of the watch has been largely unchanged since then, proving itself to be a durable, reliable design for over two decades. It begs the question: does this decades old watch still hold up for modern EDC? Today, we're taking a closer look at the Seiko SKX series to see if this watch is a truly timeless timepiece, or if there are better watches out there for your EDC.

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Have You Carried the Leatherman Micra?

You probably best recognize Leatherman for their full-sized multi-tools. They pack a whole toolbox worth of functions into a a “butterfly” opening design that you can throw into a bag or desk drawer. Their larger size makes them useful for tasks where you need the grip and leverage, but for everyday carry it's all about the usefulness of a tool you can slip into your pocket. Before one-piece multi-tools grew popular, Leatherman took their iconic build quality and butterfly-opening design and shrunk it down to a keychain-friendly form factor. Thus one of the most popular compact multi-tools in their lineup was born: the Micra.

Have You Carried the Saddleback Leather ID Wallet?

When shopping for EDC gear, it seems like you can't make two clicks without running into a minimalist wallet. They're everywhere these days, in every material and configuration and style, and color you can think of. But this wasn't always the case. Before the age of metal plates and elastic bands, there were few options for trimming down your back pocket brick of a wallet. And while slim wallets did exist, few got it as right as Saddleback's iconic ID Wallet.

Have You Carried the Victorinox Manager?

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There’s a common saying in the EDC scene: “two is one, one is none.” It stresses the importance of having backup options in your EDC. Besides the obvious mathematical inaccuracy, it can be confusing the first time you hear it: If you already have a tool in your EDC that serves a purpose, why would you need another one?

Simply put, it’s your “Plan B.” Carrying an extra of something you already have and practicing redundancy in that way does two things. Let’s use a knife for example: if you lose it or if you've used it so much it’s gotten too dull to finish the task in front of you, having a backup knife—even if it’s tiny—still lets you make the cut. Secondly, your backup knife could have a different shape or serve a slightly different purpose, giving you that extra versatility.

But here’s the thing about backups. At the end of the day, they’re still another thing you have to carry! That means more weight and less space in your pockets (not to mention, less cash in your wallet).

Now, what if there were a tool that could serve as a backup for your knife, pen, and multi-tool, without taking up much space at all?

Have You Carried the Fenix E05?

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It wasn't so long ago that the best compromise for an EDC keychain flashlight was one that used an AAA battery. They were a good size to live on a keychain, inexpensive, and gave off enough light for everyday tasks. Plenty of lights fit this description (you could probably walk into any hardware store right now and still see them at the checkout counter), but one stood head and shoulders above the rest in EDC circles…