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Everyday Carry: Shades

We’ve been seeing a lot of flashy stuff out there in the everyday carry space. And we don’t just mean things with bold colors or print patterns. There’s also been an influx of very aggressively designed gear – everything from knives, to watches, to flashlights seem to be taking a stylistic lean toward the over-the-top. While we all love to have a bit of flash now and again or a tactical folder that looks more like something out of a sci-fi film than something you might carry with you, we also know the value of having some gear thats a bit on the more subdued side. But toned-down style doesn’t mean a lack of functionality – as you can see with this week’s pocket dump. All of the EDC gear you see before you, while not ostentatious, will consistently help you get through your day, no matter what it throws at you.

Spine Titanium Minimalist Wallet

Consisting only of a grade 5 titanium plate and an incredibly tough thick elastic band, the Spine is perhaps the ultimate minimalist wallet. And, though it is simple in its design and delivery, it still offers some extra functionality – namely a bottle opener built-into it.

Purchase: $30

CRKT Williams Tactical Pen

An EDC pen can be an indispensable boon to your daily life, especially if it offers the ability to be used for more than just writing. This offering from Columbia River Knife and Tool features a unique grip, anodized aluminum exterior, and unique format that let it double as a self defense tool – for when the stuff hits the fan.

Purchase: $39

Olight S1 Baton Flashlight

One of the brand’s most popular offerings of all time, Olight’s S1 Baton is a masterfully crafted everyday carry flashlight. Not only does it offer an incredible output range of 0.5-500 lumens, but it’s also the smallest side-switch flashlight they’ve ever offered and can last for up to 600 hours of operation per battery.

Purchase: $50

Gerber US-Assist Pocket Knife

Equipped with the brand’s proprietary B.O.S.S. deployment system, this is one of the most consistent and smooth folding knives on the planet. And, as if stellar reliability isn’t enough, it also has the added benefit of being made right here in the USA by master craftsmen, a 420HC stainless steel partially serrated blade, and a super tough and lightweight glass-filled nylon handle.

Purchase: $70

Jack Mason JM-A102 Aviator Chronograph Watch

Classically handsome, the Jack Mason Aviator Chronograph draws its inspiration from the instrument dials of an aircraft. This EDC wristwatch also offers a water-resistance of up to 100 meters, has a scratch resistant mineral crystal, and features SuperLuminova markings on the hands and date window for easy viewing no matter the lighting conditions.

Purchase: $275