Everyday Carry: Zest

Jan 26, 2022

Category: Everyday Carry

Aside from being the turning point of winter, January is also when oranges begin to reach their peak season, believe it or not. It almost seems counterintuitive for such a bright, zesty fruit to have a season that starts in the dead of winter, but its tropical nature and acidic bite are the perfect previews of the warmer days ahead of us — and one of the best ways to beat the winter doldrums. Whether you’re drinking its juice or enjoying the citrus fruit on its own, oranges always brighten up your day, and that’s why decided to draw inspiration from the convivial fruit to liven up this week’s collection of everyday carry gear.

GSI Outdoors Boulder Flask

Starting our list is the shatter-resistant and ultra-convenient Boulder Flask from GSI Outdoors. Featuring a durable copolyester resin body, easy-to-hold silicone grip, and wide mouth, this flask is perfect for the on-the-go traveler who’s looking to stay hydrated — or the bon vivant seeking to sneak some hooch in to a dry event. Its bright and vibrant orange bumper may not be discrete, but it’s near-impossible to lose.

Purchase: $18+

Ontario RAT Model 1A Spring Assisted Knife

The Ontario Knife Company makes some fantastic knives, so it’s no wonder at all that its ever-reliable RAT Model 1 Spring Assisted Knife made our list. This compact folder’s G-10 scales feature a textured orange pattern that allows the black hardware to pop wonderfully, while the satin-finished AUS-8 stainless steel drop point blade cuts easily and retains its edge. Add to these features Ontario’s patent-pending Tactical Assisted Opening technology that deploys the blade easily with a push of its thumb stud, and you have a user-friendly knife that also cuts an intriguing silhouette (no pun intended).

Purchase: $53

Valextra Pebble-Grain Leather Cardholder

Everyone loves a good minimalist wallet, but oftentimes, a serious lack of color accompanies these wallets’ low-key styling. To switch things up a bit, we recommend Valextra’s orange pebble-grain leather cardholder. Featuring four card slots and two central compartments, this genuine calf-leather cardholder is a no-frills addition to your EDC lineup that will lighten your load and brighten your day. What’s more, the cardholder’s edges are finished with jet-black piping to boost its durability and add to its style quotient.

Purchase: $285

Breitling Superocean Automatic 36

Rounding out our vibrantly colored curation is Breitling’s Superocean Automatic 36 dive watch. A unisex model, this midsize diver combines a classic 36mm stainless steel case and a water resistance of 200m, creating a professional-grade dive watch for all wrists. The bright orange dial is complemented by a matching orange rubber strap and countered by a black unidirectional bezel. At the heart of this flamboyant timepiece is the ETA-based Breitling 13 caliber automatic movement for robust and reliable timekeeping.

Purchase: $3,600

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