So many of us tend to gravitate toward darker colors when it comes to our choice of gear. Maybe that’s because things that are done up in black are timeless, trustworthy, or even just simple. Whatever the case, black makes it hard to stand out in a crowd. And while that’s sometimes the point, it’s not always what we want.
So this month, while digging through gear on Gallantry, we decided to lighten things up a bit — literally. To illustrate that even light gray, white, and other naturally bright tones are available on all measure of gear, we’ve wrangled up the following ten superb pieces of everyday carry and EDC accessories to add to your loadout. We’re sure that these shades of gray are probably not for everyone, but we also have faith that there are at least a few kindred spirits who are searching for that silver lining.
Field Notes 56-Week Planner
Made in the USA (like everything the brand offers) and equipped with 112 internal pages, a “Super Duty Chipboard” cover, and a durable spiral binding, the Field Notes 56-Week Planner is perfect for keeping you organized day-in and day-out. And if you’re concerned about the environmental impact, it’s also printed with Earth-friendly soy inks.
Hella Slingshot No. 4
Made by hand from genuine forked tree branches, just like its historical predecessors, Hella’s No. 4 slingshot is an American-made elevation of the similar toys we played with when we were kids. But this one also has the benefit of a walnut finish, shellacked hemp grip, natural latex bands, and a leather pouch. If Bart Simpson ever grew up, this is the slingshot he’d carry.
Foursevens Preon P2 MkIII Flashlight
As beautifully-crafted as it is useful in your everyday life, the Foursevens Preon P2 MkIII Flashlight is loaded to the gills with handy features. They include a quartet of lighting modes, a lumen range of 1-210, up to 90 hours straight of runtime, and compatibility with rechargeable NiMH AAA batteries (which are included). Pick up this EDC flashlight and you might never need or want another.
Standard Issue 1942 WWII Class A Comb
If you care about your appearance and struggle with keeping your hair and/or beard in order on the go, then you might be interested in picking up this USA-made stainless steel and leather folding comb. Based on the original WWII Class A Comb, this handsome update is one of the best ways to groom on-the-go.
Graf & Lantz Valet Tray
Made in the USA from high-quality leather and German Merino wool felt, this beautiful valet tray is the perfect place to stash your everyday carry gear at the end of a long day. It’s also delicate enough that it won’t mess up whatever surface on which you place it. And its simple snap-button construction makes it easy to set up and simple to store when you’re not using it.
Victorinox Spartan PS Swiss Army Knife
While any Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox is worth adding to your everyday carry loadout, this one gets bonus points for style, thanks to its unique polispectral finish on its black tool inserts that look different at every viewing angle. Of course, it’s also quite useful with 12 built-in tools that range from a blade, to a pair of drivers, to a bottle opener, and more.
Craighill Nocturn Catch Valet Tray
Crafted in Michigan, this American-made valet tray is built from absolutely beautiful natural maple wood. And while it seems relatively simple, it’s also quite ingenious — as that ridge in the center is a handy addition that makes grabbing any of your gear a whole lot easier. For those who care about functional minimalism, this is the valet tray for you.
Crafted in Los Angeles, California on machines that were originally used to built mil-spec gear, the MIS Backpack is a simple, elegant version of the bags we all carried to and from school during our childhood. It’s also made from 1000D Cordura nylon — so it is plenty rugged — has a water-resistant urethane finish, and it has a padded 15″ laptop pouch inside its 18L main compartment.
The James Brand County Knife
This slipjoint folder from the James Brand is a love letter to the scout knives many of us grew up using. This particular example shares the straight edge Sandvik steel blade found on its brethren, but it is set apart by its white G10 and stainless steel handle. Measuring up at 6″ in total and just 1.9 ounces, this is the perfect discreet non-locking folder.
Jack Mason D101 Diver Watch
With a clean design that would look as good under the surface of the ocean as it would at a black tie affair, Jack Mason’s D101 Diver is a timeless time-keeper that’s built to last. Featuring a reliable quartz Miyota movement, a stainless steel case with matching link band, a rotating dive timer bezel, and 300 meters of water resistance, this gorgeous wristwatch is a brilliant accessory for any man.
Scoured: Best Gear On Gallantry - April 2019
Not everything in the world of solid gear is black and white — both literally and figuratively. If you’re looking to add a splash of color to yours, you can pick up some green and gold gear from April’s Gallantry guide.