Venque Briefpack XL

Whether you’re traveling between countries for work or commuting to the office, a good bag is one that’s versatile enough to fit any given situation. A solid briefcase will get the job done but if you’re going to walking a lot, then maybe a backpack is better suited for your needs. Well, why not both? That’s where the Venque Briefpack XL has the advantage. On one hand, it’s a professional-looking briefcase while on the other it makes for a solid carry-on backpack.

If you’re going to the office, you’ll appreciate the Briefpack's modern design and build materials, but that’s not all it has going for it. When carrying a heavier load, the Venque Briefpack XL can easily transform into a backpack thanks to a well-placed zippered pocket that houses the straps when they’re not in use. Simply take them out of the pocket and click them into place to turn it into a slim backpack and give your hands a break. The signature Quanta fabric exterior adds both style and substance to the bag with its durable weave and water resistance, keeping your electronics and paperwork protected and dry.

Then there’s the numerous pockets and compartments that make this bag a worthy carry-on as well. On the front you’ll get three zippered compartments for smaller everyday essentials like earbuds, passports, or notebooks, while a side compartment houses all of your more important gear. It’s perfect for tablets or e-readers of any size and laptops up to 17-inches. Plus with measurements of 19 x 15 x 6.5-inches it meets the size requirements for all carry-ons.

But like any good carry-on you can also pack clothes in the main compartment. Along with four extra pockets along the inside, the Briefpack XL has internal straps that hold your clothes neatly in place. So if you’re headed on a short business trip this could be potentially be the only bag you need. If not, you can still attach it to the top of your rolling luggage for easy transport. If you’re not going to be flying any time soon it still makes for a great place to stash gym clothes for after work. For a bag designed for the modern professional, make sure to click the link below and check out Venque Briefpack XL.

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Victorinox Altmont Deluxe Duffel Backpack

It seems like there’s a bag for everything these days. One for the gym, one for your commute, one for hiking, and so on. But what if you don't want to switch bags every time you do something different? What if you want a bag that’s more like a Swiss Army Knife, able to tackle anything. That’s where the Victorinox Altmont Deluxe Duffel Laptop bag comes in, made by the same company that brought you the classic SAK. It’s meant to be that “go-anywhere” bag that you can use for whatever the day throws at you.

Arguably the most important aspect of a bag is its build quality. You won’t have to worry about the Deluxe Duffel tearing on you halfway through a hike thanks to its tough polyester build that’s also extremely water resistant, keeping what matters most safe from rain. To further protect your gear, the 19L main compartment closes roll-top-style and buckles securely in place to seal out rain and snow. If you need quick access to your stuff, you can always reach through the vertical pocket on the front of the bag, which provides another entry point to the main compartment in a pinch.

Speaking of which, that second pocket is where you’ll find a few useful organizational features like some extra pockets and a key clip. Whether you’re tossing in a few extra snacks for a day hike or some extra pens for work, these versatile slots come in handy. Now if you travel often you know how painful it is to have to have to dig through your backpack at every TSA checkpoint to remove your laptop. But the Deluxe Duffel comes with a dedicated laptop pocket on the side completely separate from the main compartment.This lets you access up to a 15-inch laptop quickly when you need it, and put it back without having to rummage through the rest of your bag. Needless to say, this feature is also ideal for students or commuters that haul laptops so even if you don’t plan on traveling any time soon you can still make plenty of use of this.

A good EDC pack should not only be durable, but comfortable too. That's why the Deluxe Duffel comes with an ergonomic, molded back panel that also allows for adequate air circulation to keep your back cool on those longer hauls. That molding is mirrored on the shoulder straps as well for even better weight distribution. And in true Swiss Army Knife faction, the shoulder strap comes equipped with a handy bottle opener for that extra utility. You’ll also get a few accessory cords along with the bag which act as compression straps once attached, maintaining the overall shape of your pack.

If you’re a fan of gear that can do it all (or just want a cool new bag), the Victorinox Deluxe Duffel Laptop backpack checks all the boxes. Click the link below to check it out for yourself.

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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.

All-New Aluminum Ridge Wallets

From flashlights to pocket knives to smartphones, aluminum has become the material of choice for the gear we carry. It's light, strong, comfortable, and affordable — all things you'd want in your EDC. And these days, you'll find aluminum on minimalist wallets like the Ridge to keep things slim, sturdy, and lightweight. One of the many other benefits of aluminum gear is just how many more colors it can come in to give your EDC its signature look. With the addition of OD green, desert tan, rose gold, and celeste blue to their lineup, Ridge offers even more wallet styles to make your carry stand out.

In case you aren't familiar with Ridge wallets, they're constructed from two aluminum plates bound by a durable elastic and stainless steel screws. The aluminum plates create structure, block RFID signals, make it easier to slide in and out of a pocket, and give your cards some heavy duty protection. Meanwhile, the elastic ensures a custom fit, minimizing bulk if you carry fewer cards while being able to expand to accommodate up to 12 cards without stretching out.

These new wallets leverage 6061-T6 aluminum to weigh in at just 2 ounces. The OD green, desert tan, and celeste blue colors feature a ceramic coating for a rich, matte finish. The rose gold version is hard anodized aluminum, resulting in a durable speckled finish for that extra bling appeal.

You can check out the new colors and configure them to best fit your EDC at the link below. Be sure to check out how our tips on how to choose the right cash-carrying configuation for your next Ridge wallet, as well as our color-coded carry round-up for ideas on gear to match.

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Venque Amsterdam Pack

Chances are the main tools that you consider to be a part of your EDC can all fit in your pocket, but for plenty of people that’s only the beginning. If you commute to class or to work everyday, your EDC can extend to notebooks, textbooks, a laptop, charging cables, etc. to name a few. That’s when having a good bag comes in handy. The new Amsterdam backpack by Venque wasn’t made for tactical use in the field or for two week treks through the mountains, it's specifically for the commuter who prioritizes organization, comfort, and a quality build.

The first thing you’ll notice is the sleek, minimal design that makes this pack stand out from the rest. It's covered in Venque's specially formulated, high-density Quanta fabric that, along with the leather trim and YKK zippers, not only looks good but will also keep your gear safe even in bad weather thanks to its water resistance and durability. If you’re going to carrying a backpack with you everyday, you also want it to be comfortable. That’s why the Amsterdam pack comes with ergonomic straps that contour to the natural shape of your body. There’s also a sturdy top handle for when you find yourself squeezing into packed subways or buses and need to carry it by hand.

The Amsterdam doesn’t offer much in terms of pockets, with only a small zippered one on the front to complement the main compartment. But that doesn’t mean that it’s lacking in organization. Instead, the bag has a removable organizer that fits a 15-inch laptop along with plenty of other smaller essentials like pens, pencils, and cables. It’ll keep your gear organized and accessible during the week. And once the weekend comes around, you can easily remove the organizer to make more space in the main compartment for whatever you need to get some R&R when you're not working.

If you’re in the market for a new everyday pack or just want something that’s a little more versatile than the one you’re currently rocking make sure to check out the Amsterdam pack by Venque. It comes in either gray or black with the option of black or brown leather trim, so whatever your style is you’re sure to find the perfect match.

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NutSac Sac Daddy Messenger Bag

If your daily loadout is too big for your pockets but not enough to justify a backpack, a messenger bag is what you need. We're not talking about a man purse or a super tactical sling bag, either. NutSac satchels fill a much needed role as well-made, functional bags with timeless styling that's worthy of carrying your gear, laptop, and more. The Sac Daddy is their newest and largest satchel to date, complete with hardwearing materials and made-in-USA construction.

At nine liters in capacity, it's not too big and ungainly, and yet it has enough room to fit your full-size laptop or tablet and more. With a bit of creativity, you can use this bag to carry the critical gear that's too big for your pockets. Its main compartment is tall enough to fit a standard hardcover book, and it can also fit a camera with lens detached. There's also plenty of stash pockets and YKK-zippered organizational space both inside and outside of the bag for your smaller items.

With its Martexin waxed cotton and top-grain leather construction, the Sac Daddy looks and feels like a quality bag. It evokes a timeless vintage look that will appeal to a heritage crowd as well. But despite its looks, it's not a bag you have to baby. The waxed cotton lends a lot of durability and weather resistance to the bag. And unlike a lot of other canvas bags out there, the Sac Daddy is remarkably structured. This means it can stand upright on its own and doesn't droop or collapse when nothing is inside of it. This makes loading and unloading your gear much easier, but it also speaks to the strength of the bag. Just keep in mind that it's not fully padded like a laptop bag, so take care to not throw it around or drop it in daily use.

The Sac Daddy is a bag that you'll be proud to carry on your shoulder. Check it out for yourself at the link below.

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Ridge Commuter Backpack

Whether you're traveling on an adventure or to work on your next commute, keeping your stuff safe and organized is always important. The Commuter Backpack by Ridge is their take on the perfect everyday backpack that does just that. It's sleek and streamlined on the outside, but it's packed with travel-ready features and organization pockets that make it an ideal companion for your next trip. The shock-resistant laptop compartment, RFID blocking hidden pocket, and integrated battery pack / charger make it easy to keep your laptop and wallet safe, and your phone and tablet charged up.

Inside the bag, you'll find plenty of organization to keep your gear easy to access and safely stored. There's a shock-resistant laptop compartment that accommodates up to a 15” laptop located closest to the back panel of the bag. You can carry your computer with confidence, knowing that it's safely stored inside and close to your body. The internal hidden pocket is an ideal place for stashing away your wallet and passport, thanks to the RFID blocking material surrounding it.

There are few things worse than a dead battery when out and about, so Ridge has built an external USB charging port into their bag so you can easily charge up on the go with a power bank (as an add-on accessory). There are some other basic organization pockets for small accessories, and two expandable water bottle pockets that are less bulky when zipped shut. Your gear inside is protected from the elements, thanks to the water-resistant nylon shell and heavy-duty zippers.

Carrying options on the Commuter include two padded shoulder straps with sternum support, and a luggage strap so you can carry both the bag and your suitcase easily. The bag is available in a 15” “Commuter” and a slightly larger and wider 17” “Weekender” size. You can pick one up now via the link below.

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Victorinox Vx Touring Expandable 2-in-1 Carry-On Duffel

Traveling may be fun, but it isn’t easy. Long lines, bad in-flight movies, and getting the middle seat make finally getting to your destination that much sweeter. Luckily, Victorinox has been trying to make the experience go a little more smoothly with their Touring line of bags. The Swiss company might best be known for their legendary Swiss Army Knife, but they've brought those same EDC values of functionality and versatility to their bags. With their new Vx Touring 2-in-1 Carry-On, you get the best of both worlds. It's a bag small enough to carry when exploring a new city, yet large enough to fit everything you need for a few days away from home.

Frequent flyers know the quickest way out of an airport is to stuff all your gear into a carry-on. The less time you spend waiting at baggage claim, the better. This 43L bag is perfectly sized to fit everything you need and still fit in the overhead compartment. If you do end up checking it, the signature diamond pattern on the Touring helps the bag stand out from the pack at baggage claim. Helping you locate the bag quickly so that you can get on with your trip.

A good bag shouldn’t slow you down or get in the way. It should conform to whatever you’re doing, which is why the Touring 2-in-1 is part-backpack, part-luggage. Wheels on the bottom and a pull-out handle are perfect for rolling around the airport while waiting for your flight. But in the zippered pocket on the back are two ergonomic straps with sturdy buckles that clip into place, for when going on foot makes more sense. You would think sturdy wheels and a handle would weigh you down, but the bag still manages to weigh only 6 lbs.

Giant, hardshell luggage cases have their place, but when it comes to an EDC backpack organization is key. So even though the Touring 2-in-1 can hold a lot in the main compartment, there are still plenty of pouches and pockets for keeping smaller essentials organized. Along the inside of the bag is a zippered mesh pocket so you can keep toiletries and other small items from causing havoc every time you need to reach into your bag. 

You’ll also get a smaller mesh pocket along the side for stashing more valuable but less frequently used essentials while you’re traveling, like the currency in your home country or your house keys. Rounding out the organization is the zippered front pocket, which is large enough for any-sized laptop so you can get through security without needing to repack your bag on the other side. All this is kept safe from rough baggage handlers and tears thanks to an abrasion resistant polyester fabric construction throughout.

If you find yourself bringing back a few more souvenirs than you expected, the Touring 2-in-1 has a zippered expansion for extra space where it counts. Even when filled to the brim you won’t look like you’re carrying a turtle shell thanks to adjustable compression straps that maintain the shape of the bag. Just feed the metal hooks through the grippy, rubber loops and you’re good to go.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one bag for your next adventure, the Touring Expandable 2-in-1 Carry-on Duffel might be the way to go. Whether you’re a frequent flier or go home once a year for the holidays, this versatile bag checks all the boxes. Check it out at the link below.


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StatGear Pocket Lumen

Finding the right EDC flashlight can be difficult, especially when space is at a premium. And when your pockets are full, it's hard to justify carrying a full-size or even compact light. Tiny keychain lights can fit the bill, but they tend to lack the power you need. Plus, they can be too small to comfortably hold and operate when you actually need them. Enter the upcoming Pocket Lumen by StatGear. It's a tiny yet capable keychain LED flashlight that has the right ergonomics for EDC.

The Pocket Lumen is a simple yet powerful light for its size. At 1.77" long and 0.4 ounces in weight, it doesn't add too much heft to your carry. But it is enough for you to get a firm grip on the light. And lights with twist-on activation, the Pocket Lumen's head has prominent grip surfaces. This lets you control its handy single-output 30 lumen LED module with one hand. And with its four LR41 batteries, it can power that light for a full 15 hours.

Unlike most keychain flashlights, the Pocket Lumen offers a rugged build. Its hard anodized aircraft-grade aluminum case boasts 3ATM water resistance for use in wet conditions. The aluminum case also offers some impact resistance. In their durability testing, StatGear dropped the light from a high roof onto the concrete below and it lived to tell the tale.

The Pocket Lumen is a great everyday carry keychain light, and you can secure it right now on StatGear's fully-funded Kickstarter page. StatGear has a long history of developing innovative and useful EDC solutions and delivering them to the community via crowdfunding. Plus, you can even snag their X-Grip titanium tweezers with the light at the right pledge level. Find it at the link below.

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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.

Kershaw Method

When it comes to unique creations and designs for EDC, few people are as prolific as Jens Ansø. From his own custom tools to collaborations with the biggest names in the industry, his work is both respected and coveted. His latest collaboration with Kershaw—the Method—shows off his design chops yet again. It's a rugged knife designed to be a sleek, gentlemanly, and affordable addition to any EDC, accented with the unique touches only Jens can bring to the table.

With a 3” 8Cr13MoV black oxide-coated blade and Kershaw's signature ball-bearing flipping mechanism, the Method's got the DNA for convenience and ease of use for everyday tasks. A top swedge adds a nice visual touch to the slim blade, accentuating its sweeping belly. The blade folds into the Method's 3D-machined G10 handles, giving it a lightweight frame that allows Jens to embed a pattern that evokes an architectural truss while also providing a better grip. A custom backspacer adds another eye-catching detail that doubles as a lanyard hole for ease of carry, especially with its light weight of only 2.1 ounces. And like most Kershaw pocket knives, a clip lets you conveniently pocket carry the Method in your EDC.

With thoughtful features and Jens's distinct eye for detail, the Method is yet another great addition into Kershaw's stable of solid EDC knives. Pick up the Method direct from Kershaw at the link below.

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Zelos Hammerhead Submarine Bronze Limited Edition Diver

Typically, dive watches are built to resemble the depth rating and durability of a submarine. It’s not often that they’re actually made from a piece of one. The Zelos Hammerhead Submarine is a bronze dive watch with something unique going on just under the sapphire crystal. The dial is crafted from an actual piece of a decommissioned nuclear submarine. If that alone doesn't make the watch stand out, it's all of its other rock-solid features that out-spec other dive watches in the same price range.

The CUSN8 bronze case features a unique angular shape that’s reminiscent of a porthole window. The overall cushion shape is a callback to vintage dive watches, but the aggressive beveling and large lugs add a modern touch to the watch. Over time, the bronze case will pick up a patina the more you wear it, especially if you’re going to be doing some saltwater diving.

The Hammerhead isn’t all about the dial material, the rest of the watch is built to the highest ocean-ready specs. You’ll find a unidirectional 120-click bezel for timing, a screw down case back, double domed sapphire crystal, and water resistance up to an impressive 1000M.

The Zelos Hammerhead Submarine has some serious wrist presence at 44mm. Included in each wooden display box is a three straps - one rubber, one leather, and one canvas. The Hammerhead Submarine is limited to 100 pieces, and is available right now for $529 via the link below.

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Victorinox Maverick Black Edition

Finding an everyday watch can be tough. There are so many styles to choose from: divers, flingers, field watches, digital, and much more. Each style has its own benefits worth having on an EDC watch, but it’s rare to see a design that brings them all together. The Maverick Black Edition from Victorinox cherrypicks the best from each style of watch, and seamlessly blends them into a sturdy timepiece that’s wearable dressed up or down, whether you’re in the office or on your next adventure.

The first thing that stands out about the Maverick Black is the depth of the dial and how it can change its look depending on how it catches the light. At some angles, it looks almost  blacked out, while at others the silver indices and hands pop out with a stunning shine. The dial has the Victorinox shield at 12 o’clock, Arabic numerals at 3 and 9, and a date window at 6. The inner portion of the dial displays military time, and there are minute markers on the chapter ring. It sounds like a lot of information to display, but the design works really well without being cluttered.

The 43mm case is crafted from high-grade 316L stainless steel and treated with a black coating to give it a stealthy look. Also on the watch is a uni-direction diver style bezel that can be used for tracking elapsed time. You’ll also find a 100m water resistance rating, a reliable Swiss-made quartz movement, and a coated sapphire crystal. The Maverick’s features come together to create a handsome looking watch.

The Maverick Black Edition is a limited run from Victorinox. It ships with a heavy-duty black leather strap and a premium watch box. The Black Edition also comes in a smaller 34mm version, or a chronograph model that has a tachymeter and timing features. You can check out the Maverick Black Edition at the link below.

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5 Color-Themed Ridge Wallet EDCs

For many EDCers, the best place to start towards a more streamlined carry is something they already carry: their wallet. And when it comes to minimalist EDC wallets, a massively popular option is the Ridge wallet. It's a slim, RFID-blocking wallet constructed of two metal plates bound by durable elastic, making it stronger and less bulky than a plain old leather bifold. But one of the most underrated qualities of the Ridge is how many colors and materials it comes in and how the wallet can visually tie an EDC together. In this round-up, we're showcasing some excellent examples of color-coordinated carries based around this staple EDC wallet.

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.

Victorinox I.N.O.X. V 37mm Watch

A common theme you’ll see in EDC watches is that they’re definitely on the larger side at around 42mm in diameter. While bigger watches might seem more durable or easier to read, they’re not for everyone — especially people with smaller wrists or a more conservative style. That’s where Victorinox’s I.N.O.X. V 37mm watch comes in. Six millimeters may not sound like much, but you’d be surprised by just how big of a difference it really makes on your wrist. The compact 316L stainless steel case, reliable quartz movement, and extreme durability result in an excellent everyday watch.

The case design of the I.N.O.X. V is essentially the same as its bigger brother, the 43mm I.N.O.X., but scaled down proportionally. That doesn’t mean there were any compromises made to the overall durability and design of the watch, either. You get the same functionality at a smaller size. Not only is this ideal for those who need a smaller watch because of their wrist size, but it’s also great for those who want a smaller timepiece that doesn’t get in the way.

When wearing the watch, the difference between the 43mm and 37mm models is immediately noticeable. The “V” fits more easily under a cuff, sits centered on your wrist, and stays out of the way even better during physical activity. Due to the substantial case design, the watch actually wears a bit larger than its measurement implies, hitting the sweet spot between wrist presence and comfort. There really isn’t much else on the market in the 37mm size that can hold up to the amount of use and abuse that the I.N.O.X. line is designed to withstand.

The I.N.O.X. V boasts the near-indestructible features that make it a worthy addition to the I.N.O.X. line. The watches are designed to hold up to 130 stress tests, including freezing temperatures, shock resistance, water resistance, drop tests, and more. The core set of features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, applied indices on the dial, a screw-down crown, and a military time display. Instead of a rubber or leather strap, the V features a hand-made paracord strap that can be used in a pinch for survival situations. The material makes for a comfortable strap that flexes with your wrist and provides an interesting visual aesthetic too.

There are multiple configurations and colors of the I.N.O.X. V available. There's the deep navy blue featured here, a rich black dial, and a shiny silver that adds a pop of shine to your wrist. The I.N.O.X. V line starts at a reasonable $495, considering all the features packed inside. The watch comes packaged in a presentation box and includes a rubber bumper for added protection.

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