In addition to high-strength steel, concrete has long been the most commonly-utilized building material for constructing modern cities, largely due to its low cost and immense durability and longevity. And while there is a myriad of different types, the most common cement and concrete we see comprising today’s major metropolitan areas boasts a distinctive gray hue, stemming from the abundant presence of iron, manganese and chromium oxide in its composition. As such, gray has become something of the defacto color for city dwellers, seamlessly blending into its urban environment while also complementing a wide range of wardrobe styles and colors.
The majority of humans on the planet today live in or around major city centers, so this month, we’re celebrating the color’s ubiquity in contemporary cityscapes, with a hand-picked list of items all sporting one of these neutral shades of gray. On top of sharing the same color, each entry on this list has been selected for its ability to lend itself to daily life in the big city, from commuter and gym bags to key chains to mobile chargers. So, with that in mind, let’s dive into our picks for this month’s gray-themed collection of the best EDC gear on Gallantry.
The James Brand The Hardin Carabiner
Made from rugged 1/4” drop-forged 6063 aluminum, TJB’s Hardin Carabiner provides a sleek and ultra-secure means of carrying your keys and keychain. Beautifully-anodized in a space gray finish, this EDC carabiner sports a spring-loaded, dual-gate design that prevents accidental deployments/openings, and also makes for a fun fidget toy.
NOMAD Rugged Lightning Battery Cable
If the Special Forces needed to fill a contract for Lightning cords, they’d almost certainly go with NOMAD’s Ultra Rugged Lightning Battery Cable. Its 20 AWG charging cord is wrapped in a PVC cable jacket and an RF shield before the whole thing is covered in a 1,000D ballistic nylon weave. Apple MFi-certified, the 5’ long cable is also equipped with an integrated 2,350mAh battery pack.
Prometheus Lights Beta-QRV2 Flashlight
Measuring just 3.4” and weighing only three-quarters of an ounce, the BETA-QRV2 is a highly compact and highly durable mini EDC beam that packs a cool 60 lumens. Built around a 6061 aluminum housing, this LED EDC flashlight features a Nichia 219 CRI emitter, a quick-release keychain attachment, multiple brightness modes, and a four hour burn time on its most powerful setting.
Standard Issue 1942 WWII Class A Comb
Made by hand in Boise, Idaho, this nifty little EDC comb is modeled directly after the standard-issue Class A comb given to American soldiers in WW2. Spanning 7.6” when open (or 4.5” closed), the Standard Issue Comb is made from a combination of stainless steel and leather tanned by the Herman Oak Leather Co. in Missouri.
The James Brand The Benton Pen
The James Brand’s Benton Pen is an upscale interpretation of a classic click pen, with a 304 stainless steel body, PVD-coated bent steel pocket clip, and a laser-etched grip pattern. Backed by a lifetime warranty, the Benton—seen here in space gray—accepts Schmidt 900 M ink refills and is sold in a wooden gift box with an included felt desk sleeve and a TJB lanyard.
AER Day Sling 2
With 4.5 liters of storage space, AER’s Day Sling 2 is just big enough to accommodate all of your essential gear for a day in the city or out on the trail. Despite its understated appearance, the sling bag is incredibly durable, with a 900D eco-dyed polyester construction and Duraflex hardware.
Victorinox Swiss Army Spartan PS Knife
A more premium version of Victorinox’s iconic Swiss Army Knife, the Spartan PS features ABS and Cellidor handles and a suite of a full dozen tools—including small and large blades, can and bottle openers, a toothpick, tweezers, a corkscrew, reamer, a wire stripper, and multiple drivers—all of which are adorned in a special, oynx Polispectral tool-coating.
Timex MK1 Aluminum Watch
An accessibly-priced American timepiece that you can be proud to add to your EDC loadout, the Timex MK1 draws visual inspiration from vintage military watches from WW2. Water-resistant to 98.5’, the watch boasts a 40mm anodized case with a simple yet handsome dial under an acrylic lens and is paired with a fabric band.
Benchmade 485 Valet Knife
We’ve long been fans of Benchmade, with the Oregon City knife maker boasting a massive catalog of objectively top-shelf blades. And the brand’s 485 Valet knife is by no means an exception, with a 2.96” M390 steel drop-point blade mated to a minimalistic yet elegant G10 handle with a reversible tip-up pocket clip and Benchmade’s signature AXIS locking mechanism.
Defy Bags The Ultimate Overnighter
Every guy should own a solid duffel bag, as this versatile vessel lends itself to an enormous array of applications, from traveling to hitting the gym to weekend overnighters, just to name a few. Made by hand in America from military-grade materials, this 45-liter duffel from Defy Bags sports a Martexin gray waxed canvas exterior construction with a coated ripstop nylon lining and waterproof YKK AquaGuard zippers.
Scoured: The Best EDC Gear On Gallantry - November 2020
Want to check out a more outdoor-focused collection of everyday carry gear and goods? Then be sure to cruise over to last month’s guide to the best gear on Gallantry for ten hand-picked city-ready products inspired by adventure and military staples.