Outdoors

Leatherman Signal in 3 New Colors

Discreet, all-black gear has its place in certain EDCs, but a pop of color here and there has its own advantages, too. Whether you're using your tools in the great outdoors and could use the extra visibility, or if you're after a more approachable looking kit, a little color goes a long way. And if there's one tool that looks even better with a fresh new coat, it's Leatherman's outdoor survival multi-tool, the Signal. Besides its eye-catching good looks, the new colorful Signal features a slew of functions specifically for the outdoors, backed by its made-in-the-USA quality and a 25-year guarantee as a high-visibility companion for wherever adventure leads you.

Designed with the outdoors in mind, the Leatherman Signal features both emergency functions along with the usual suite of Leatherman's all-purpose tools. Its adventure-ready features include a ferro-rod for starting fires, a built-in hammer for stakes when pitching a tent, an emergency safety whistle, a diamond-coated sharpener for field maintenance, and a carabiner clip for easy attachment to your hiking pack. A 2.7”, 420HC combo blade confidently can handle your food prep, rope work, whittling, and more thanks to its beefy liner lock. In addition to a saw and usual set of openers and pliers, the Signal also features premium, replaceable 154CM steel wire cutters and a customizable bit driver to round out its functions.

The Signal stays fairly compact at 4.5” when closed, with a manageable 7.5 oz weight to keep things light without sacrificing the essentials. Its included pocket clip also makes it easy to carry should you decide to promote it from a weekend warrior to your daily driver. The Signal is now available in three vibrant new colorways: Aqua with red accents, Cobalt with burgundy accents, and Grey with neon accents. Grab one in your favorite color combo at the link below.

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BioLite Headlamp 330

With summer on the way and the days getting longer, some people might start putting their flashlights away to hibernate until next winter. But a solid light can be an essential part of your EDC year round, especially if you find yourself working outdoors or trying to stay active. The traditional EDC of choice would be a handheld flashlight—but when you're really working with your hands, a headlamp is the superior choice for hands-free illumination. Typically other headlamps can be bulky or difficult to use, but the BioLite Headlamp 330 offers a much more streamlined experience that makes it worth adding to your EDC.

When you use a regular flashlight, being able to use both hands is a luxury. But for some jobs, it's a requirement. The Biolite Headlamp 330 proves capable not only for the usual outdoor activities but also for general utility tasks, especially when you're working in tight spaces and need both hands to get the job done. Two major features set the Headlamp 330 apart from your typical headlamp: its cleverly designed headband and its four-mode lighting system.

Rather than positioning the light, battery, and circuitry all on the front of your head, the Headlamp 330 takes a more balanced approach to achieve a comfortable, slim profile. The lights and operation switch sit up front, while the battery pack counters that weight at the rear of the headband. The necessary wiring is integrated into the band itself, keeping out of the way and resulting in a slimmer fit that works well even under a helmet. Thanks to this balanced configuration, combined with moisture-wicking fabrics used on the headband, the Headlamp 330 resists slippage and bouncing. It makes even longer sessions comfortable whether you're hitting the trail for a nighttime run, looking down under the hood of a car, or looking up at a leaky pipe that needs fixing, for example.

From high-output outdoor adventuring to intricate repair work, there's no such thing as “one beam fits all.” That's why the Headlamp 330 offers lighting solutions at both ends of the spectrum: first, a 100-lumen floodlight gives wide, even illumination for a big-picture view of up-close tasks. Next, a powerful 230-lumen spot beam throws out to a much farther 75 meters, handy for long distance lighting like when road running or working outdoors. Together, they output a total of 330 lumens for when you need maximum brightness. Two other lighting modes round out its versatility: a red flood for helping preserve night vision, and an intense, far-reaching strobe in case of emergency.

You can also dial in the angle of the light as an added convenience with a quick tilt of the Headlamp 330's articulating base. It's just as easy to control the light via its top-mounted switch, which turns the light on or off, switches modes, and also locks out accidental button presses. The Headlamp 330's integrated 900mAh battery pack lasts 3.5 hours on High and 40 hours on Low, and can be easily recharged via micro USB.

While traditional flashlights have a place in many EDCers' pockets, the BioLite Headlamp 330 offers a variety of use cases that make it worth picking up to complement your EDC whether it's camping, commuting, or just quick fixes around the house. It's available in four different color options at the link below. 

Plus, as an Everyday Carry reader you can save 15% off your first order at BioLite with promo code EDC to try out a headlamp for your kit at a great value.

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The James Brand Hell Gap

When you think of a minimalist EDC knife, it's likely you don't have a fixed blade in mind. But when you think of it, a fixed blade is actually the height of minimalist design when it comes to knives: there's no complication involved in folding the blade up and getting it ready to go when you need it. You can simply unsheathe the knife, get to work, and put it right back away while you go about your business. The James Brand has taken that simple formula and mixed it with the minimalist design language that they've become known for in making their brand new Hell Gap knife. The premium materials and made-in-USA construction make it a top-notch, reliable tool, and the smart looks of the design give it an attractive aesthetic and a low profile. Whether you take this knife outdoors to its namesake, the Hell Gap archaeological site in Wyoming, or carry it on your belt as a daily driver, it's a compelling choice for a hard-working EDC.

The blade on the Hell Gap is the star of the show here, with a no-frills design and the performance you'd expect from a knife made of premium materials. Other knives boast about the superior strength and hardness of Crucible S35VN stainless steel, but there are still compromises to be made when it's used on a folding knife. None of that applies to the Hell Gap, which provides you a potent 3.8” saber-ground S35VN edge on a full-tang, fixed blade knife that has no moving parts to fail or collapse on you, even during the roughest of use. The canvas micarta handles will also stand up to wear and tear from use both indoors and outdoors, while the grippy nature of the material offers solid control to make precise cuts. And unlike other fixed blade knife designs that skew towards something out of high fantasy or science fiction, the Hell Gap takes a less-is-more approach with a simple and effective drop point shape. There's a distinct lack of huge branding and tactical cues like aggressive serrations, resulting in a utilitarian look with performance that speaks for itself.

Despite its big performance, the Hell Gap remains relatively small enough for EDC. At 7.8” overall, it's the right size to carry on your belt, in a pocket, or with your gear. To accomplish that, the Hell Gap comes with its own fitted kydex sheath. There's also a lanyard hole at the pommel of the handle for carry that way if you prefer. This makes it easy to find and retrieve if you leave it in the glove compartment of your truck or pack it in a gear bag for a hike, for example.

With the Hell Gap in hand, you have a knife that you can count on when the stakes are highest and you can't trust a folding knife. The James Brand stands by their made in the USA knife with a limited lifetime warranty. Learn more about the James Brand's newest knife, available now at the link below.

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Arc'teryx Granville 16 Zip

Constructed with Arc'teryx's proprietary AC² nylon ripstop material and waterproof lamination to coat the bag, the Granville 16 Zip offers solid protection against everyday wear and tear. A compact and lightweight suspension system, coupled with a tri-laminate Monoframe back panel creates for a comfortable weight distribution across your spine. Taped seams and water-tight zippers will aid the over all waterproofing compared to traditional needle stitching, which leaves holes in material for water to seep through. Between the materials to the construction, the Granville 16 keeps your gear safe from the likes of rain or snow.

The main 16L compartment features a padded sleeve wide enough to house a 15" laptop. On the exterior of the sleeve, an integrated mesh zippered pocket helps keep chargers and cables organized. Up top you'll find a small external pocket with a key clip inside, perfect for carrying smaller items like a wallet, key-chain, or your phone. Swinging to the front, you'll find a pocket with a side zipper, allowing easy access while on the go. A removable sternum strap provides extra support when carrying a heavier load or during more rigorous travel.

Whether you're facing a literal storm or the whirlwind of short-haul travel, you won't have to worry about the weather with the Granville 16 Zip. It's available in one of three colors (black, bushwhack green, pilot gray), at the link below.

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Opinel No 12 Explore

There's a reason so many people rely on the classic Opinel knife for tasks both big and small. Despite its traditional looks, it's one of the sharpest knives you can get for your money. The new Opinel No. 12 Explore shakes things up, bringing Opinel's everyday reliability to the outdoors. While it swaps out materials and adds in some survival essentials, you still get the efficient ergonomics that make an Opinel ideal for your everyday carry.

Fiberglass-reinforced polyamide replaces the traditional wood handle you find on a standard Opinel knife. This new handle is more durable, and especially resistant against cracking due to moisture when you're outdoors. It features an attractive high-visibility two-tone styling with grip surfaces etched into the handle that are made to look like topographic map contours. At the hilt, there's a built-in 110 decibel whistle for emergency situations, a cutting hook, and a fire starter. The blade on the Explore is made of highly corrosion-resistant 3.94” Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel. This makes it much more resistant to the elements when you're outdoors than the standard carbon steel blade you find on a regular Opinel knife. And it can cut well too, with a thin blade and a clip-point shape that's suited for all tasks large and small. Like other Opinel knives, opening is manual via a nail nick, and the blade locks into place with a ring at the handle.

The hardy design of the Opinel Explore makes it a great choice for outdoors EDC, but everyone can appreciate its more modern styling and the emergency survival essentials it packs into its pocketable frame. With the No. 12 Explore, you'll be ready for the challenges life throws at you, wherever you may be. Check it out at the link below.

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10 Water Bottles to EDC This Summer 2018

As the weather gets warmer you’ll most likely be spending more and more time outdoors. Whether that means hiking trails, climbing mountains, or enjoying a hard-earned vacation on the beach, the key to achieving your summer goals is staying hydrated. If you don’t already have a water bottle there’s no better time to add one to your EDC because it’s only going to get hotter. In this guide we’ll look at a few of the best water bottles to help you fight thirst. There are water bottles that will keep your liquids at a certain temperature, some that will keep your water tasting clean, and still others that are just easy to carry and weigh next to nothing. Whatever you’re looking for, we got you covered.

Camelbak Chute

The 750mL (25oz) Camelbak Chute is an option that checks all the boxes when it comes to finding the perfect water bottle. It’s made of BPA-free plastic and has an angled spout that makes it easier to avoid spills while drinking. The hook that’s attached to the cap makes it easy to attach to packs and the cap itself locks into place when you’re not using it with a simple half-turn. All this at a price that won’t hurt your wallet.

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Firefly Fire Starter

When's the last time you used the toothpick on your Swiss Army Knife? If the answer is “never,” we hear you. Maybe you've used it to clean out debris from your knife or something, but its intended function seems a bit out of place on such a venerable EDC tool. And in an emergency situation, you're going to wish it could do more than keep your teeth clean. Enter the Firefly from Tortoise Gear: a firestarter rod that's designed to replace the toothpick on your Swiss Army Knife.

For something small enough to fit in the toothpick slot of your SAK's scales, the Firefly can generate an impressive amount of sparks. By scraping the Firefly with a blade or saw on your knife, you'll get enough sparks flying to start a fire in a pinch. It'll even work on the scissors of the TSA-friendly travel models of the SAK. Plus, Tortoise Gear specially designed their custom firesteel to be twice as strong and last longer than similar standalone ferrocerrium rods.

The Firefly comes in two different sizes, for both small and large models. If you carry a non-traditional SAK, that's fine too. As long as it has a toothpick, it will fit. That includes compatibility with even the SwissCard multi-tool. Hot swapping in the Firefly would be a step in consolidating your outdoors carry for a more minimal setup, or it can add redundancy as a backup to your main fire starter. Last but not least, its bright green head provides higher visibility during the day, glow-in-the-dark visibility at night, and makes retrieving the Firefly itself easy thanks to an injected molded thumb notch.

The SAK is an effective part of your everyday carry, but with the Firefly it's made even better. It's an easy and low-profile option for EDCing this crucial piece of preparedness gear. Secure this handy EDC accessory for yourself at the fully-funded Kickstarter link below.

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Benchmade 535 Bugout

They say an ounce in the morning is a pound by the evening. And whether you’re going out for a hike or just a stroll around the block, having an EDC that won’t weigh you down is important. Keeping your carry light can be hard, especially since plenty of quality tools use plenty of metal, which isn't exactly light. But the new Benchmade Bugout 535 brings the elusive ultralight EDC setup that much closer. Weighing in at less than two ounces, this knife combines quality materials to achieve a super lightweight design that doesn’t skimp out on functionality either.

The Bugout 535 was made with an emphasis on outdoor use, which just so happens to also check all the boxes when it comes to an EDC knife. The Grivory handle mixed with the high quality CPM-S30V stainless steel blade means this knife is as tough as it is light. CPM-S30V is known for its hardness and edge retention so it’ll last longer with little maintenance, and even longer if you take care of it well. The use of Grivory, a durable synthetic polymer, helps shave weight when every gram counts.

Dual thumb studs and a symmetric handle make one-handed deployment a breeze whether you’re using your right or left hand and the signature Benchmade AXIS lock definitely helps its case. Not to mention that it’s just a strong lock to have on such a light knife meant to be used outdoors. The reversible deep-pocket clip is just the icing on top, providing multiple ways to carry comfortably and discreetly.

If you’re looking to add a lightweight knife to your carry but don’t want to to sacrifice functionality, the Bugout 535 is a slick option. This knife was made for the outdoors but has all the makings of a quality EDC knife, so if you want to add it to your carry make sure to hit up the link below.

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The Best Compact Fixed Blade Knives for Everyday Carry

If you're looking for a compact everyday carry knife, you might think that a folding knife is your only option. But have you considered a fixed blade? At first glance they might not seem like the best for EDC, but you'd be surprised. They actually offer a few advantages over their folding counterparts that make them better-suited for your EDC. In this guide we'll break down the benefits of fixed blades and show you 10 excellent options that offer serious performance at a size and weight that puts some folders to shame.

Opinel Trekking Knife

Opinel knives have all the hallmarks of an everyday workhorse that make them an EDC favorite. They're inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to carry. Not to mention, they have a rust-resistant blade with enough length for precision slicing, a unique locking collar, and lightweight wood handles that drop the weight while still providing great grip. The No8 Trekking knife adds a few more features that make it a great addition to a weekend or bug out bag.

Starting with the blade, the No8 Trekking knife retains the signature Opinel slim drop point blade. At 3.25” and made from resilient 12c27 Sandvik Stainless steel, it's an ideal slicer when you need long cuts or for food prep. The Trekking knife series features a few handle colors besides the usual tan/yellow, so matching it to your EDC's color scheme is easy. Also unique to the series is a leather loop on the No8's handle, giving you more options for pocket retrieval or attaching it to your bag for use as an outdoor knife.

Opinel's knives are simple and effective additions to any EDC. With the Trekking knife series, they've added just the right options to make the No8 and even more versatile performer both in and outdoors. Pick one up in your choice of color from Amazon at the link below.

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