Category: Gear

If you are having a hard time deciding on what gear to buy, how to use it, or how it integrates with the task at hand, we here to help. With honest gear reviews from real end-users and detailed how-to’s, we will help you make the most of your gear.

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10 Items for your Nightstand EDC

Your EDC is what’s in your pockets, but it’s also any additional gear you own, regardless of where it’s stored or how it’s used. Today, let’s look at your Nightstand EDC and identify 10 items you should consider keeping by your bed while you sleep.

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Being a gray man: Clothing and gear

A gray man blends in with his surroundings, becoming forgettable—another face in the crowd. Clothing can either help you disappear, or make you stand out. Let’s take a look at why clothing is so important, how to determine the right clothing to wear, and how to be intentional about the gear you carry.

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maratac split pea lighter, countycomm screwkey, and uncle bills sliver gripper tweezers on cable keyring.

How to build a functional EDC keychain

There are few things you can’t leave home without; your keys are one of them. You carry them in your pocket or bag and use them throughout the day. If you lose them, it can cost you big time … As one of your most important and used pieces of kit, have you taken the time to optimize them? Let’s look at a keychain setup that is as functional as it is good-looking.

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TSA compliant EDC kit

Flying: How to build a TSA-Friendly EDC Kit

We wanted to put together a TSA-Friendly EDC Kit that you could take with you in a backpack, purse or brief case so you have it on your person and accessible, even when traveling via airplane. You’ll need to modify this based on the duration of your trip, time of year, weather, who you are traveling with and your destination, but we hope it gives you guidance on the type of gear you should consider packing.

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EDC kit for travel

Flying: Plan for your travel EDC Kit

The first of our two-part series on traveling domestically via air, we take a look at why it’s important to plan ahead for the unexpected. The goal of everyday carry is to be prepared, aware and intentional. Let’s look at how to apply your mental EDC by planning ahead of time for the restrictive environment of airplane travel.

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edc pocket notebooks

How to pick the best pocket notebook for your EDC

We are firm believers in the benefits of carrying a pocket notebook as part of your EDC, but picking one can seem a bit daunting, especially since we stock over 40 different options. Let’s look at five areas of consideration (size, binding, paper type, paper print and the cover material) to help you find the one that fits your Primary or Secondary EDC best.

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10 Best pieces of EDC gear under $10

Your EDC doesn’t have to be expensive. Actually, many folks practice everyday carry and don’t even know it, picking up useful gear as they go. They have their wallet, keys and may carry either a pocket knife or something as simple as a lighter. But, if you’re looking to update your gear, start with our list of our Top EDC Gear Under $10. Your next “can’t function without it” tool could be a cheap one.

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leatherman wingman and leatherman sidekick

Leatherman Wingman vs Sidekick EDC multitool comparison

When Leatherman came out with the Wingman, they also introduced the Sidekick. These “sister” multitools offer Leatherman quality at an affordable price. Made for hard work, pocket carry and long-term use, read our comparison guide and find which one is the best multitool to add to your EDC.

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Best Glide Survival Tin Fishing Kit

Best Glide Survival Tin Fishing Kit – Review and Test

Many times gear you carry is for a just-in-case scenario. Whether it be for emergency shelter, fire, water, or food, it’s important to not just have the gear you might need, but also know how to use it. Let’s take a look at a compact survival kit from Best Glide and test out how effective the included fishing kit is.

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wallet and cards

How to downsize your wallet – 6 easy steps

We talked about in “What is everyday carry (EDC)?” about how important it is to evaluate your everyday carry fundamentals. One of these fundamentals is a wallet (or, something to hold identification, money etc.). But, have you been intentional about what you carry in your wallet? We walk through an Option Gray team member’s process and solution to downsizing their wallet.

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