7 pieces that can take a beating and won't fail
The whole point of an EDC (everyday carry) gear list is organization and efficiency. You’re choosing tools that fit in your pocket or on your back and ensure you have everything you need when you leave the house. But if those tools don’t work as advertised, or are prone to breaking, then they just make your day worse. Thankfully, we’ve tested a lot of EDC gear here at Outside, and the list below highlights our favorite pieces that are guaranteed to work, no matter how hard you push them.
Recycled Firefighter The Fire Hose Rookie Front Pocket Bifold Wallet ($40)
That fraying nylon wallet you’ve had for a couple years? Time to replace it with this thing, which is made from upcycled fire hose. The upcycling means you keep the old hose from ending up in a landfill, and you get a completely one-of-a-kind wallet with a unique patina on the outer material. As you might guess, old fire hose is tough as nails, and the wallet also comes edged with military-grade webbing and full-grain leather pockets. Bonus: the slim design ensures you never overstuff.
County Comm Peanut Lighter ($13)
If you backpack, backcountry ski, overland, or like to do anything else that takes you off the grid, you need this smashproof and waterproof lighter in your kit, just in case shit goes south. And since it’s so small (about two inches long) and light (it weighs less than 20 grams, thanks to a titanium outer), it could also live on your key chain and you wouldn’t notice. If you never ever see yourself needing an emergency lighter, you can also remove the lighter insert and turn it into a waterproof pill vial instead.
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Citizen Promaster Altichron Watch ($440)
The Promaster Altichron has an altimeter that measures from 1,000 to 32,000 feet, a compass, and the date. It’s featured in a gunmetal-gray, ion-plated stainless-steel case, with a comfortable and sleek gray polyurethane strap and a complimentary black dial with bright-orange accents. It’s powered by Eco-Drive technology.
Stanley Master Vacuum Mug ($27)
There are countless travel coffee mugs that will keep your joe hot for a stupidly long time. Stanley’s stands out, however, because it’s made from a BPA-free, one-millimeter 18/8 stainless steel that you could run over with your truck, toss out your window on the freeway, or torture-test any other way you see fit and not have to worry about failure. We’re also big fans of the textured outer that’s easy to grip, and we love that it’s dishwasher safe.
Peak LED Solutions Eiger Keychain Flashlight ($70)
Carrying a miniature flashlight might seem dorky until you actually have one. Trying to unlock your door after work in the dark? Break out your flashlight. Walking your dog after work and need to keep the path lit? Break out your flashlight. The use cases are endless, and Peak’s version is particularly nice because it comes with a bulb that dims and a stainless-steel housing that’s nearly impossible to break.
Leatherman Skeletool KB Pocket Knife ($25)
For less than a nice dinner out, the Skeletool comes with an ultrasharp 420HC stainless-steel blade that holds its edge, a blade-locking mechanism, and a pocket clip for easy access. It’s small and lightweight—just 1.5 ounces—but still features the Leatherman durability and reliability you’ve come to trust (and it backs the product with a 25-year warranty). We also dig the blacked-out colorway and the built-in bottle opener for end-of-day beers.
Goruck GR1-16L Backpack ($400)
Yes, $400 for a backpack sounds ridiculous. But we still think the GR1 is a worthy purchase, because it’s likely the last backpack you’ll ever have to buy. It’s made from 1,000-denier Cordura so dense and tough that it’s nearly waterproof on its own, without a membrane. You could take the Leatherman Skeletool to the outer material and would really have to work to cause any damage. The padded laptop sleeve will keep your MacBook safe during a big fall; the thick, cushy shoulder straps are comfy, even when the bag is completely loaded down; and the main compartment butterflies open for easy access.