The 20 Best High-Tech Everyday Carry Gear & Essentials

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Everyday carry gear has traditionally been comprised of modern takes on existing items such as knives, wallets, and keychains, however, as technology continues to play an ever-more-crucial role in our day-to-day lives, quite a few gadgets and devices have increasingly started falling under the EDC umbrella. Like regular pieces of EDC gear, these high-tech items lend themselves to daily use and provide convenience and/or utility to help streamline one’s daily grind.

And while there are some stellar tech-driven items on the market, shopping in this space can be a little tricky. Not only are there dozens of different types of devices, but there are also proven, high-quality gadgets as well as cheap imitations that fail to deliver on the same level of functionality or performance. So, with this in mind, we’ve thoroughly scoured the tech and devices sector to deliver this handpicked guide to the best high-tech everyday carry gear and essentials.

Samsung BAR Plus 128GB USB Flash Drive

While most people are now storing the majority of their documents and files on the Cloud, a thumb drive is still an incredibly handy piece of tech to possess. Offered in Titan Gray or Champagne Silver color options and in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB sizes, Samsung’s BAR Plus is a sleek and rugged USB 3.1 flash drive that’s capable of transferring 400MB per second. Equipped with an alloy body with an integrated key ring, this flash drive is waterproof, shockproof, x-ray proof, magnet proof, and capable of withstanding extreme temperatures as low as -10°F.

Purchase: $21

NOMAD USB-C To Lightning Cable

Apple MFi-certified, the NOMAD USB-C To Lightning Cable is unquestionably one of the most hardwearing charging cables that money can buy. Equipped with USB 2.0 data transfer capabilities, the cable features a reinforced Kevlar central core, custom-designed metal connector plugs, a fire-resistant PVC jacket, and an RF Shield — all wrapped in an ultra-rugged double-braided Kevlar 29 aramid fiber outer sheath. And, with 18-watt fast-charging speeds, this cable can juice an iPhone up to 50% charge in only half an hour. In addition to being sold in multiple lengths, this cable is also offered in USB-A and USB-C versions. 

Purchase: $26+

Apple AirTag

Best-described as a more advanced Tile tracker on steroids, the Apple AirTag is a state-of-the-art GPS tracking device that pairs with the tech giant’s Find My app. This Apple device is not only splash-proof, but also boasts a battery that not only lasts for around a year but is also easily replaceable. On top of offering free custom engraving, Apple also sells four packs of the AirTag for $99, as well as a myriad of different keychains, cases, and other AirTag accessories. 

Purchase: $29+

Bellroy Tech Kit

With smartphones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, and headphones and earbuds all becoming increasingly integral parts of our lives, cable management is more important than ever before. Well aware of this reality, Bellroy has delivered its Tech Kit — a purpose-built tech organizer pouch made specifically for accommodating cords and other tech peripherals. Sold in eight different color options, the Tech Kit features a body made from recycled woven fabric, and smooth-action zippers that open to reveal a bevy of organizers, loops, and pockets, including a magnetic slip designed for housing power banks. 

Purchase: $60

Urban Armor Gear Plyo Series Laptop Case

Made from a composite comprised of polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyurethane, the Urban Armor Gear Plyo Series laptop case is a wildly rugged case that thoroughly fortifies your notebook. The case features an impact-resistant soft core, a set of air-cushioned corner bumpers, and a cleverly-designed dual-locking closure mechanism that uses security tabs at all four corners. Best of all, the Plyo Series laptop case has been certified to mil-spec drop standards, meaning it had to not only withstand being dropped onto concrete 26 times but also falling from a height of at least 48 inches and hitting every corner and edge in the process. 

Purchase: $80

Nitecore T4K Flashlight

Measuring just 3.24” in length. the Nitecore TK4 is a tremendously potent and high-tech EDC flashlight that packs a whopping 4,000-lumen output and a maximum throw of 685’. Tipping the scales at under 3oz, the TK4 is equipped with four CREE XP-L2 V6 LED emitters and also features an OLED display that shows battery life and which of the five modes it’s in. The flashlight is also powered by an internal USB-C-rechargeable battery that takes 1.5 hours to fully charge and offers up to 67 hours of burn time. 

Purchase: $90

PhoneSoap Pro UV Smartphone Sanitizer

Considering how often we use and touch our smartphones, it’s not hard to see why a dedicated smartphone sanitizer is so important in today’s world. This particular model from PhoneSoap features built-in charging capabilities and utilizes a patented and clinically-proven UV light disinfector to effectively eliminate some 99.99% of germs and bacteria. What’s more, not only does the PhoneSoap Pro UV Smartphone Sanitizer offer 360-degree disinfection, but it also sterilizes and cleans the entire device in just 5 minutes. Equipped with manual and automatic cleaning modes, the device can also sanitize earbuds, smart watches, and any other gadgets that fit inside its disinfection bay. 

Purchase: $120

Urbanista Los Angeles Headphones

First unveiled in April of last year, the Urbanista Los Angeles is a cutting-edge pair of wireless ANC headphones that are completely self-charging. The headphones’ perpetual battery life is owed to its headband being lined with Exeger Powerfoyle solar cell material which allows the over-ear cans to charge in any light — even when indoors. The advanced ANC tech and solar charging aren’t the Los Angeles’ only tricks, however, as the headphones also feature ambient sound mode and automatic on-ear detection, too.

Purchase: $199

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 PD QI Power Bank

Despite a compact footprint of only 7.5” L x 3.7” W x 1” D, the Goal Zero Sherpa 100 PD Power Bank offers the ability to juice up your mobile devices from practically anywhere. The gadget’s internal battery enables it to recharge a smartphone up to 7 times, a tablet up to 3 times, and a laptop up to 1.5 times. Airline-approved, this EDC-friendly power bank also features wireless Qi charging capabilities, as well as a pair of 2.4A USB ports and an ultra-fast 60-watt USB-C power delivery port.

Purchase: $200

Aer Tech Pack 2

Accurately described by Aer as being the “ultimate tech backpack,” the Tech Pack 2 is a 17-liter backpack that’s been designed from the ground up for accommodating gadgets, devices, and tech accessories. Weighing 3.8lbs, this second gen tech and laptop backpack features a carbonate polyurethane-coated 840-denier nylon face paired with 1,680-denier CORDURA ballistic nylon sides. The Aer Tech Pack 2 comes outfitted with YKK AquaGuard zippers for all of its main compartments, a suspended laptop pocket, a luggage handle pass-through, padded top and side grab handles, Duraflex hardware, a padded mesh back panel, an exterior water bottle pocket, a soft-woven lining, and a quick-access top pocket. 

Purchase: $210

Analogue Pocket

A modern homage to retro handheld gaming devices, the Analogue Pocket features an HD 1600×1440 resolution 3.5″ LCD screen and the ability to play more than 2,700 titles from Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. Interestingly, the Pocket also comes loaded with a separate mode that turns it into a synthesizer and sequencer. Analogue also sells a variety of optional accessories for the Pocket, including a tempered glass screen protector, a hard case, and a fast-charging dock — the latter of which boasts 18-watt fast-charging capabilities and an HDMI output that allows you to play on your TV. This gadget is also compatible with wireless controllers from 8bitdo. 

Purchase: $220

Ray-Ban Stories Smart Glasses

Born out of a collaboration between Ray-Ban and Meta, the Stories Sunglasses resemble your average pair of Wayfarer glasses, though conceal a host of tech and functionality. Produced in nearly a dozen different lens and frame color options, the Ray-Ban Stories Glasses are crafted around an acetate and polycarbonate frame and feature an integrated microphone, speakers, and a pair of embedded cameras that can shoot 2592 x 1944px still images and 1414 x 1414px video at 30fps — allowing their wearer to record media, take calls, or listen to music. 

Purchase: $299

Dango T02 Tactical Titanium Wallet

Dango makes genuinely impressive tactical EDC wallets, such as the T02. Alongside its RFID-blocking capabilities, what makes this wallet “high-tech” is its construction — with a frame and back plate that have been precision CNC-machined from raw titanium billet. Additionally, the wallet features an integrated bottle opener and is sold with an included slide-out 14-function MT02 multi-tool. Made in America, this particular version of the T02 is a limited edition variant that comes adorned in a special Sky Blue-anodized colorway. 

Purchase: $299

Oura Ring Generation 3

Though fitness tracking rings were fairly lackluster when they first came to market, these wearable devices have made major technological leaps and bounds in the intervening years and now deliver the same level of performance as today’s most cutting-edge fitness watches and trackers. Weighing between 4 and 6 grams, the Oura Ring Generation 3 features a titanium construction with research-grade sensors, up to seven days of battery life, a water resistance rating of 328’, and all the health, fitness, stress, and sleep-tracking abilities one would expect on a state-of-the-art wearable. The third-gen Oura Ring is also offered in four different finishes. 

Purchase: $399

The James Brand Barnes

While one might not typically think of folding knives as being high-tech, there’s a decent argument to be made for The James Brand’s Barnes model. Created on a five-axis CNC machine, this premium integral folding knife features a mono-construction handle that’s been precision-machined from a solid block of 6AL-4V titanium billet before being treated to a frame lock and a ceramic ball bearing pivot. It doesn’t end there, however, as the Barnes’ 3.5” drop point blade is not only crafted from Böhler M390 steel — an ultra-top-shelf martensitic chromium blade steel created using advanced powder metallurgy technology — but has also been treated to a physical vapor deposition coating. 

Purchase: $699

Apple Watch Ultra

The top-of-the-line version of Apple’s latest and greatest Series 8 smartwatch, the Apple Watch Ultra is touted by the Cupertino company as being “the most rugged and capable Apple Watch ever.” This outdoor-ready smartwatch is crafted around a 49mm titanium case and features up to 60 hours of battery life, precision dual-frequency GPS, a 328’ water resistance rating, IPX6 dust resistance, an integrated antenna, dual speakers, a new action button, an 86-decibel siren, a three-microphone array backed by an adaptive algorithm, a digital crown, an onboard depth gauge, a slew of health tracking features and capabilities, and an always-on 2,000-nit Retina display that’s the biggest and brightest Apple Watch display ever — literally twice as bright as any previous iteration of Apple’s smartwatch. 

Purchase: $799+

 

LaCie 4TB Rugged SSD PRO Thunderbolt 3 External SSD

An ultra-potent and insanely durable external hard drive, the LaCie 4TB Rugged SSD PRO Thunderbolt 3 External SSD offers data transfer speeds up to 2800MBs per second and an absolutely bulletproof construction. Not only is the soft-coated hard drive IP67-rated for dust and water resistance, capable of withstanding a 9.8’ drop and two tons of crush resistance, but LaCie also gives owners even more peace of mind with five included years of Rescue Data Recovery Services and a half-decade warranty. LaCie also sells the Rugged SSD PRO external hard drive in smaller 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB sizes. 

Purchase: $1,000

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple’s latest and greatest, top-of-the-line smartphone raises the bar in its space once again with a host of noteworthy upgrades. Offered in four colors and in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB sizes, the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max comes outfitted with an always-on 6.7” display, Apple’s A16 Bionic chip, a satellite emergency SOS feature, the most secure smartphone facial authentication on the market, and all-day battery life with up to 29 hours of constant video playback on a single charge. Capable of recording 4K HDR video at 24 FPS, the latest iPhone also gets a triple camera setup with a main 24mm 48MP unit with a seven-element lens and a quad-pixel sensor, a 77mm telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and a six-element lens, and an ultra-wide 13mm camera with a 120° field of view and a six-element lens with lens correction. 

Purchase: $1,099+

Apple MacBook Pro 13” M2

Running a cutting-edge laptop is crucial as it allows you to work faster and more efficiently without being bogged down by long wait and load times when rendering media or running programs. And when it comes to mobile Mac notebooks, it doesn’t get any better than the latest Apple MacBook Pro. The Pro-spec MacBook features Apple’s M2 chip coupled with an 8‑core CPU, a 10‑core GPU, and a 16‑core neural engine. The laptop also boasts 8GB of unified memory and 256GB of SSD storage as standard, a Retina display with True Tone, Apple’s Touch Bar and Touch ID, a backlit Magic keyboard, and a Force Touch trackpad. 

Purchase: $1,299+

Leica SL2-S Mirrorless Camera

The Leica SL2-S is a well-rounded full-frame mirrorless camera decked out in the German brand’s traditional design language. IP54-rated, the SL2-S is crafted around a weather-sealed magnesium-alloy case that’s splash-proof, dust-proof, and freeze-proof. Offering both DCI and UHD 4K recording at up to 60p, the SL2-S features a 24.6MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor paired with a Maestro III Processor, an object detection autofocus system, a 3.2″ 2.1m-dot touchscreen LCD fortified behind Gorilla Glass, separate photo and video menu systems, a 1.28″ top status LCD, an EyeRes EVF high-resolution 5.76m-dot OLED finder, sensor-shift image stabilization, dual UHS-II-compatible SD memory card slots, and a BP-SCL4 rechargeable lithium-ion battery that’s rated for approximately 510 shots per charge.

Purchase: $5,195

The 30 Best Accessories For Everyday Carry


Looking to further build out your EDC array? Then be sure to check out our guide to the best accessories for everyday carry for more than two-and-a-half dozen bonafide EDC staples and essentials.