The term ‘pioneer’ tends to conjure up images of frontiersmen draped in furs traversing the American west in a time long ago. And while that mental picture is certainly accurate as to the origins of the term, people tend to forget that there’s still plenty of pioneering to be done today. Perhaps that’s just because most people don’t see it in their day-to-day or that it’s just not as obvious, but – trust us – it’s still there. Take, for instance, the everyday carry gear in this week’s pocket dump. This stuff is more than just handsome and functional; it’s clever in ways that were nigh-unheard of prior to their creation. And that speaks monuments not only to the gear itself, but to the trailblazing attitude of the people behind its creation and of those who are discerning enough to realize they’ve stumbled upon something special in acquiring it. We live in a world now where a wallet can be so much more than just a wallet; and that fact deserves both respect and attention.
Rite in the Rain All-Weather Clicker Pen
Designed to write in literally any conditions, this EDC pen is capable of scrawling through water, grease, and mud. It can also write in extreme temperatures (as low as -30°F to 250°F), underwater, and at any angle.
Everyman Porter Key Knife
Perfect for those who want to carry a blade, but can’t openly do so – the Everyman Porter Key Knife is designed to look like just another key on your keyring or carabiner keychain. But, it also features a hideaway 3CR13 stainless steel 1.2″ blade, weighs just an ounce, and has a reinforced keyring and dual-layer bottle opener.
Pioneer Ion Wallet
Made from the brand’s innovative 10XD ripstop fabric – a material that’s 10 times stronger than steel – this handsome minimalist bifold wallet holds up to 8 cards and some folded cash between its two bartack-reinforced slots, but is still plenty slim enough to fit in your front pocket.
FourSevens Bolt Mini Flashlight
Designed to take up about the same amount of space as an EDC pen, this bolt-action flashlight from FourSevens offers an output of 5-100 lumens over three brightness levels and five configurations, can run for up to 20 hours straight on a single AAA battery, and is built from tough aircraft-grade anodized aluminum.
Tsovet SVT-RM40 Watch
Traversing the thin line between minimalism and comprehensive functionality, this stylish wristwatch from Tsovet offers a clean but useful appearance – boasting a 12-hour dial with sub-minute dial, a 316L stainless steel case mated to a stitched leather band, and houses a reliable Swiss Ronda 505 movement. It’s also water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters.