Trending Gear: July 2017

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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 classic knife designs with modern performance, gear caddies, and lightweight essentials for the summer. Let’s break it all down.

The Best EDC Gear from July

10. Sharpie Stainless Steel Pen

For a permanent marker, plastic-body Sharpies are notoriously fragile. The Stainless Steel Sharpie Pen, on the other hand, is built with a little more staying power. It combines useful permanent ink refills with the pocket-friendly durability of steel, making it a solid pen option.

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9. Kershaw AM-4

Al Mar knives have an excellent, old-school reputation for producing tactical and classic knives alike with quality fit and finish. By partnering up with Kershaw, their classic design gets quicker to deploy thanks to a SpeedSafe assisted open mechanism and a flipper tab to boot. As another modern feature, the black micarta handles get swapped for a grippy G10 on the AM-4. For a modern take on an Al Mar design on a budget, don’t miss this one.

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8. Spec Ops Brand Mini Pocket Organizer

While some trends have come and gone (remember fidget spinners?), pocket organizers are here to stay. With their Mini Pocket Organizer, Spec Ops offers a no-frills, made-in-the-USA solution for consolidating your gear. It opens in a familiar clamshell style with a high-vis contrast liner, looped webbing for 5 pens or flashlights, and sleeve pockets for small notebooks. Other features include a keychain lanyard, mesh outer pocket, and a top pull handle.

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7. Lionsteel SR2

Lionsteel out of Italy make knives with some of the most impressive machining you’ll encounter. The SR2 features intricate texturing on its handle and a frame lock mechanism machined from a single block of aluminum. The lock is strengthened further thanks to a lockbar stopper, making the knife feel incredibly solid even in hard use.  

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6. Hitch and Timber Pocket Runt

As popular as they may be, full-on pouch organizers aren’t for everyone. If you want a slimmer solution for keeping just a few essentials together in your pocket, look into a gear caddy. Hitch and Timber’s Pocket Runt is one of the most minimal gear caddies around, designed to bundle your favorite pen and tool in a luxurious leather package.

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5. Benchmade Proper

The Proper is Benchmade’s first foray into slipjoint knives, but you wouldn’t guess it’s a first-time effort given how well it’s executed. The classic gent’s styling is there, but so is modern performance thanks to materials like CPM-S30V blade steel and G10 handles. If you want an even more classic feel, the Proper slipjoint comes in a micarta handle too.

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4. Orbitkey 2.0

Key organizers aren’t as rare as they once were, but even now, there’s no option as comfortable and as stylish as the Orbitkey. Where most other key organizers rely on metal plates, the Orbitkey comes in soft yet durable materials like leather and rubber. A single-post design makes accessing and configuring your keys simple. The Orbitkey 2.0 now also comes in even more styles including rose gold hardware or optional engraving.

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3. Seiko SNZG15

For a watch you’ll wear every day, it’s hard to top an automatic watch. The Seiko 5 line offers quality automatic movements in stylish designs at a pretty affordable price point, so it’s no surprise to see this mid-sized field watch make the list. It sports legible Arabic markers, a day/date window, and a 24-hour subdial on its face. Its 42mm brushed case wears well and looks good on a strap, too.

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2. Magpul DAKA Essentials Wallet

In warmer weather, lightweight materials and some water resistance can go a long way. Magpul’s DAKA Essentials Wallet wraps your cards in an advanced technical polymer fabric for plenty of performance with little bulk. Even the construction helps keep it minimal, with welded seams throughout. It’ll fit 3-7 cards and slip easily into your front pocket thanks to its rounded corners.

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1. Leatherman Skeletool CX

Speaking of light weight, Leatherman’s Skeletool CX is a powerhouse in the lightweight, mid-sized tool department. It cuts down on weight with its use of carbon fiber and skeletonized handles. But the best part is its 154CM steel blade, making it a capable multi-tool that can even replace your primary blade.

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If you’re curious to see how these trends change over time, check out our monthly roundups from the archive for even more excellent gear.

See anything in this list that made you stop scrolling and think, “I need one…right now”? Leave a comment and let me know your favorite gear from this round-up.

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