If you’re looking to revamp your everyday carry but don’t know where to start, take a gander at Broquet’s EDC Kit. Compact yet full of function, this set includes an aluminum Machine Era Co wallet good for 2 to 6 cards plus cash, Gerber’s Dime multitool that’s packed with 10 functions, a four-mode INOVA Microlight LED flashlight, and an Inka pen/stylus. Plus, it’s held together by a Niteize carabiner keychain with slide lock to lug it around all at once.
Find it at Broquet – $69
When’s the last time you actually weighed your luggage before checking in or carrying it on? If you’re like 99% of people, probably not until your airline forced you to. Here to simplify things is TUL, a suitcase with a built in scale that helps prevent unpleasant run-ins with even the most anal airline agents. Unlike other packs with scales, TUL’s doesn’t require the suitcase to be upright to function — hell, it barely even needs to be closed, working to tell you the weight of its contents and TUL itself as you fill it with stuff. It’s also water-resistant, includes a PoronXRD jacket, and comes with a TSA-approved lock that secures its main zipper.
Read more at Kickstarter – roughly $205
Most multitools are more than your wallet can handle. Not EDC Card. This S35VN stainless steel card effortlessly equips the user with a variety of useful tools for their everyday carry, including a slew of hex wrenches, a prybar & nail lifting slot, both metric and imperial rulers, flathead and phillips screwdrivers, a 1/4-inch hex driver, and a bottle opener. It also packs away in virtually any wallet’s credit card slot and is TSA compliant. How’s that for handy?
Hit up Kickstarter for more info – $25+
SlimFold’s usual wares are made of Tyvek, that ultrathin, durable, paper-like material that’s increasingly well represented in the wallet industry. And as if that material wasn’t resilient enough, they went looking for something better and tougher. Instead of Tyvek, SlimFold’s Soft Shell employs a material originally conceived for motorcycle wear that’s waterproof, stain resistant, machine washable, and very thin, all while maintaining a look and feel that’s miles ahead of ballistic nylon. These Soft Shell wallets are available in both Micro & Original sizes in a variety of colors, each putting away cash a bunch of cards while remaining just a touch thicker than their contents.
Grab one at Kickstarter – $40+
Carry the tools for the job — and nearly none extra — with Leatherman’s By The Numbers series. These lightweight pocket tools are numbered 1 through 10 and each feature a pry bar plus a few of an assortment of choice tools, including Metric or Imperial box wrenches, screwdrivers, a box opener, bottle opener, scraper, and a bit driver with a reversible Philips/flathead bit. Plus, they’re all backed by Leatherman’s standard 25 year warranty if by any chance their stainless steel construction doesn’t hold up.
Check out the lineup at Leatherman – $11 to $13
An umbrella is an umbrella is an umbrella. Or not. Davek’s Solo smoothly slides open at the push of a button and boasts a WindFibre frame system that melds aircraft grade aluminum with flexible fiberglass to form a resilient structure that won’t cave to the wind. This frame is fitted with a 43-inch diameter, 190-thread count microfiber canopy that effortlessly sheds water and dries fast after the fact. It also boasts gorgeous finishing touches, including a zinc alloy and leather handle, polished metal clip, a leather strap, and a collapsing function upon pressing the button a second time. And if it somehow manages to fail, they’ll repair or replace it free of charge as per Davek’s unconditional lifetime warranty.
Find it at Davek – $100
The Cobra QR Buckle: a handy, durable slab of aluminum, though quite not the most discreet when worn as a belt with a concealed carry. Like their Cobra QR-equipped Ranger belt, Ares’ Aegis is hard-wearing and durable, but with a cleaner overall appearance, in large part thanks to the bead-blasted stainless steel buckle. It also comes in a wide range of color combos, boasts double-layered 1.5-inch wide scuba webbing strap, and releases just as easily as the Ranger: just slide the buckle’s pin to one side. And it puts up with excess tension just as well, actually tightening as more pull is put on the strap.
Learn more at Ares Gear – $100+
Purists might ask, “Why reinvent the wheel”. Losing teams might ask, “Isn’t that an unfair advantage”? Anyone who ever lifted a bat and tried with all their might to spank a little white ball as hard as possible will ask, “Where have you been all my life”? Axebat is a revolution in baseball and softball hitting technology: not since the aluminum bat was introduced has a product made such an impact on the sport. Axebat’s ergonomic axe handle grip design puts the bat in your fingertips and imparts a tension-free swing that aids in greater energy transfer and follow through. This design provides swing leverage that enables hitters to know when their bat leaves the swing plane, making it easier to stay in “zone”. All Axebats have an engineered hitting zone where balance, sweet spot, barrel performance and durability come together. And though they may seem like a manner of cheating, they’re approved for all levels of play in baseball, fastpitch and slowpitch softball.
Learn more at Axebat – $100 to $400
Lug around critical emergency gear without having to think much about it with VSSL Supplies. Each mil-spec extruded aluminum tube sports an LED flashlight on one end, an oil-filled compass on the other, and seven well-organized canisters filled with a wide range of outdoor supplies, including a wide saw, 4-hour beeswax candle, razor blade, six water purification tablets, waterproof matches, fire starter, kevlar rope, fishing gear, a p38 can opener, and more.
Stock up at VSSL – $89
We’re not sure how this development will affect our typical duct tape-heavy DIY repairs, but one thing’s for certain: it can’t hurt. Duck Brand’s Scents duct tape combines bright colors with appropriately matched flavored odors, including bubble gum, cupcake, lemon, and orange cream, to name a few. Best of all, behind their colorful, cheerful exterior and delicious aromas lies the same high-performance tape we’ve grown to depend upon.