Off-roading and overlanding, while incredibly rewarding and enjoyable, are extremely rigorous endeavors. Not only do they require a vehicle made specifically with dangerous, uneven terrain in mind, but they also necessitate a driver with a bit of know-how and grit. Furthermore, the other equipment you bring along also needs to be relatively tough and durable enough for off-the-beaten-path usage. That means, in the case of everyday carry, those with a taste for dirt roads and mud puddles most people might need to make some upgrades. Luckily, finding the perfect loadout is far from impossible. In fact, if you know where to look (like this week’s everyday carry loadout), you can find some truly impressive pocketable gear that will serve you beautifully no matter how tough the going gets. If you’re a major fan of 4×4 adventures to the point that your wardrobe has seen more mudslinging than matinees, this is the EDC collection for you.
Tactile Turn Overlander Pen
Tactile Turn is responsible for building some of the toughest EDC pens around, but they’ve outdone themselves with the aptly-named Overlander Pen. Designed for and inspired by off-road adventuring, this version of the brand’s lauded Side Click Pen comes with a titanium base, matte mil-spec Cerakote-finished body and clip, and compatibility with Pilot or Schmidt ink refills (depending on the length you choose). If your hardcore adventures require a hardcore writing utensil, this is it.
Oakley Mercenary Sunglasses
For all-terrain adventures, a pair of sunglasses built for the rigors of the wilderness is practically a must. And you can’t go wrong with Oakley’s tough-as-nails Mercenary Sunglasses, with their impact-resistant frames, 100% UV-blocking lenses, wide field of vision, and precision fit system — to ensure both comfort and security.
Benchmade 275-1 Adamas Folding Knife
Hands-down one of the best tactical folding knives ever created, the Benchmade Adamas is nigh-unrivaled for its durability, reliability, and more. It’s so tough, in fact, that the brand themselves refer to it as “tank-like.” This particular version comes with a CPM-CruWear steel blade with a matching handle, your choice of a plain edge or partial serrations, and the brand’s ever-reliable AXIS locking mechanism. Honestly, this knife might be able to outlast you through all your expeditions.
TAD x Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar Smartwatch
We wouldn’t call an off-road-ready smartwatch a must-have, but it’s hard to ignore the ruggedness and usefulness of the TAX x Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar offering you see here. As the name suggests, this badass timepiece can utilize solar energy to increase its battery life. It also has GPS capabilities, storage onboard for music, and a slew of other apps and sensors to ensure that this wrist-mounted wonder is more of a high-tech sidekick than a simple watch.