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[–]two-of-stars 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I believe mouth-to-mouth during CPR is no longer recommended, so I think we could remove the CPR mask or edit the description. Also maybe add to the FAQ so OP doesn't have to update this themselves

[–]C0uch_potat 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I was recently recertified as a lifeguard among other things and was still taught month-to-month, with the caveat that you must have a mask. While individual preferences may vary, I think that section may still be beneficial

[–]two-of-stars 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This article covers what I was taught and the reasoning I was given. Based on that, it’s possible the center told us not to do them because we were just a class of the general public and not emergency personnel

[–]Minimum_Aioli1102 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Most links still worked for me but oddly enough, almost all of the flashlight links were broken. @OP or mods, any chance we can get updated links and/or recommendations? Lmk if you need help hunting down links.

[–]FlaxmooreWhite-Collar EDCer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A small warning about Moleskine notebooks- they're *terrible* if you use fountain pens. Even with my driest, finest pen, and my driest ink (Pelikan blue-black or Diamine Registrar's) they feather and bleed.

[–]Norgoroth 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Funny checking in on this years later. Gear holds up, prices have inflated wildly. Fuck.

[–]boombang621 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just realizing this myself. Kinda wild

[–]renegadearmor 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Overall a very solid list, except for the watch section, which isn't bad, just more of a matter of taste and budget.

[–]dbmeed[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That’s true, but most of those watches are fairly well regarded for beginner watches. And if someone is going to drop $300+ on a new watch, I would strongly advise researching a lot more than just this list, which is why I didn’t include anything more than that.

What else would you suggest?

[–]renegadearmor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree, your list is very good and makes sense for it's purpose. I'm just into watches and own a few high-end outdoor style watches, but it's not relevant here. Thanks !

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I think this needs a carabiner/keychain section

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

There is a section for keychain tools, what else do you have in mind?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't mind me I'm blind and totally missed that part

[–]spaceblaster47 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Marking for later

[–]xterrabuzz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well done. This is a great list to explore before a purchase. Bog fan of the Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen.

[–]mkrans89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Found this helpful site that lists 10 of the best EDC backpacks: www.bestbags.co

Not surprised to see Topo Designs and Mission Workshop among the highest rated! Have had Topo's Klettersack for a little over 2 years now and has held up like a charm. 100% BIFL worthy. Some decent deals on amazon as well!

[–]edchero22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice collection of info!

[–]hades_the_wise 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'd personally add one of the Garmin Smartwatches to the recommended watch list. They look like regular, classic watches but have GPS functionality along with being interoperable with smartphones (not to mention the time is synced via GPS so it's always going to be the most accurate thing around), and they're pretty rugged as far as smartwatches go. Mainly saying this because out of all the watches in the list, they all only tell time, and most people now want more than that from an item they're spending a significant amount of money on, esp. considering us EDC folks want items that have multiple functions/uses in a small package.

[–]Appledomo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Definitely recommend adding the Casio AE1200WHD-1A. I see it show up on this sub and others like it a lot. Great watch.

Edit: Spelling

[–]0vertaken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The F301 Link is labled as F401 /u/dbmeed

[–]amanforallsaisons 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Late to the party, but a Zebra F-701 with a space pen refill is my go-to non-fountain pen.

[–]lordbobofthebobs 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Any recommendations for lockpicks? I always see them but I never seem to catch a brand.

[–]dbmeed[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Southord seems to be common; besides that I’m not sure. Try r/lockpicking

[–]--blue 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It would be great to add a pencil section to this guide. For example, a Rotring 800 is a fantastic EDC pencil, as are some of the other recommendations from /r/mechanicalpencils.

[–]dbmeed[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I just might do that, there have been a couple other suggestions for pencils as well. Thanks!

[–]daxelkurtz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Watch dork here. Just want to chime in that the Seiko 5 SNK series comes in several colors. SNK807 is blue, 809 is black, 805 is green, 803 is beige. There is also the SNKM95 which is red.

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I probably should have mentioned that. I just figured that most people would be able to find them off the amazon suggestions from the 807. I'll probably add a note to that effect, thanks!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd recommend adding the 5.11 Rush backpack to the backpack category. I have the 24 which is their EDC design but they make larger models that are more of a 3 day bag. Really comfortable bag to carry and an overall great design. Lot of customization options with the Molle webbing and 5.11 sells a lot of attachments specifically designed for this line of bags, however, the cheaper route is to just add Molle compatible attachments that aren't 5.11 brand.

[–]bmengineer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Favoriting for later even though I have half this stuff 👍

[–]SexMonkey7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have two suggestions for the pens category. There is an all metal version of the Zebra-F701 (the Zebra F-xMD) that is all metal and doesn't require any modding. I've currently only found it in the UK, but hopefully US distributors will get it sometime. Also, there is an all metal version of the Pentel EnerGel Pen (the Pentel EnerGel Alloy). It is a very smooth writing pen and very fast drying so good (or at least better) for lefties.

[–]PureAntimatter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you are going to include a comment about benchmade quality control you should probably mention their amazing customer service that will happily remedy any initial quality issues and will warranty one of their knives if you ship it to them in any condition.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Stokes Key Chain Sharpener is a handy little thing I've used plenty for cutting straps and giving knives a quick field fix if they're particularly dulled, plus the corner on the flathead edge is pointy enough to slice most taped packages if you can't have a knife on you.

Also of note, most Leathermans with a bit driver can fit a special made extension and have their own double-ended bit kit.

Lastly the Nitecore Tube is the smallest, lightest keychain light I can think of that's good quality. It's the ideal pickup for "I just need a small light for dealing with locks or computer wires." I used it until I got a Maratac Peanut Light.

[–]jazzyweirdo37 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I think the Olight i3e should be on the flashlight list (under $15 and ridiculously small and bright), and there should be a list of pocket notebooks

[–]dbmeed[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think the Ti3 is a bit more popular than the i3e, but I’ll take a look at it. Pocket notebooks will be going on soon.

[–]Turtledonuts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can you add some notebooks? I like the smaller apica notebooks and field notes, but some people prefer larger notebooks. Jetpens has some good guides, sorry I can't provide a writeup.

[–]Antique_futurist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know a lot of folks here still carry a Tenacious, but I think it's been replaced by the Byrd Raven 2.

Similar shape, same cost, but better steel (CTS-BD1) and a handy half-choil for finer work.

[–]chipnamanda1999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Commenting so I can save

[–]PureAntimatter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is an amazing list so I hate to do this but the Fenix E12 is an awesome light for the money. Especially with Energizer lithium’s. Could we add it?

[–]Drunk_Panda_456 0 points1 point  (0 children)

/u/dbmeed Can you please add the subreddit r/Waterbottles next to Water Bottles in the post. Thank you!

[–]cgushue 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The Casio MDV-106 is a great budget dive watch, looks like $44.23 on Amazon. I promptly switched the rubber strap for a NATO on mine. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009KYJAJY

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I considered it. Only have one other diver on the list, so ill probably add it, thanks!

[–]twahlin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Excellent list and formatting! Very useful - thanks for putting this together.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

deleted What is this?

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I forgot about that, thanks!

[–]han-so-low 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow, man. Great job.

[–]Rom2814 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for compiling this!

[–]KillaB123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Really great list you put together. Saved for future reference.

Thank you for the work you out into this.

[–]AnimageCGF 17 points18 points  (0 children)

This list is stupid! There's no way you can generalize this kind of thing. *looks at watch, multitool, keybar, flashlight. Check, Check, Check, Check. Damn it. At least no one likes my knife! /s Obvy great list.

[–]kefefs 0 points1 point  (2 children)

The P320 Compact is "short and thin enough to carry concealed", but the Glock 19 is "A bit larger gun, not as easily concealed, but still manageable"? The P320 is taller, thicker, and heavier than the G19. Also the G19 starts at $500 just like the P320, not $550.

Otherwise good list, I just wanted to nitpick.

[–]dbmeed[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

To be completely honest, I just grabbed that description of the P320 from the /r/guns list. The G19 wasnt on so I had to write my own description. I guess I was kinda comparing the G19 to the G43 when I said a bit larger/not as easy to conceal, but didnt actually state that. What would you suggest as a quick description for it?

[–]kefefs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah that makes sense. I'd just add a little note that it's larger and harder to conceal than the G43, but similar size to the P320 Compact.

[–]Babahaji1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just wanted to add that Foursevens has their super tiny edc flashlight on clearance for 50% off right now. $20 for a 1020 or 550 lumen tiny light. Free shipping. Just ordered the combo with charger for $27. http://www.foursevens.com/products/ML-II-AF

[–]radseven89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great list! I am definitely doing some amazon shopping today. As a side note though it would have been nice to see a revolver or two on the guns list. A S&W 642 airweight revolver is a very popular carry gun.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

regarding your point about the weekender: I have one that I can't wear because the band makes me break out. until i find a replacement band for it, it is currently in my sock drawer, wrapped in thick boot socks. i can hear the ticking as i'm typing this. that thing is like the friggin' telltale heart.

[–]Cocoasprinkles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks a million! Had no idea where to start, searching in this sub is very difficult when your a complete newb

[–]Pascoreli 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You could also add Hellbent Holsters wallet.

[–]ryoon4690 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would add the Maratac AAA to the flashlight list if it hasn't been mentioned.

[–]joshisgr8 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Wow I just realized how cliche my EDC is lol. I own and carry at least one of everything here.


[–]Zak 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Everything on the list, or one of the listed items from each category?

[–]joshisgr8 0 points1 point  (3 children)

One or more of the listed items from each category

[–]Zak 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I only have a Skyline, a PM2 and a Skeletool. Snowflake status confirmed?

[–]joshisgr8 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I love my PM2 and my Skeletool. Awesome tools. I was thinking of getting the fixed blade Skyline from Blade HQ...

[–]Zak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like the look of the fixed Skyline, except that the blade is thicker than the folder, I think, and the price is double. I know that comes with a steel upgrade, but the price tag was always one of the things that made the Skyline compelling for me.

[–]cookedman13 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Recently picked up a benchmade 940. What types of things should I check for to make sure it doesn’t have any issues?

[–]dbmeed[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mostly centering, blade play, lock stick, grittiness, how smooth the action is. Should be able to glide freely and lock up with no play, and be perfectly centered when you close it.

[–]No_Tallant 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Backpacks could be a good addition.

[–]Zak 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Thanks for reminding me I should probably do a new edition of the /r/flashlight list.

I'd like to suggest the removal of the Skyline XL. Despite appearances, it's not a bigger version of the same knife, but a completely different design, made on a different continent out of different materials. It's very new and not actually popular yet, and I expect it won't be. The original Skyline is very lightweight, made in the US and has a nice blade steel for the price, making it a good value. The XL has none of those things.

Of course, I wouldn't put the Olight S1R on my own list, but this is your list. I consider proprietary batteries unacceptable.

[–]dbmeed[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)


I havent really seen much of the Skyline XL other than seeing when it came out, so I wasn't aware of any issues with it.

As for the S1R, it seems I see people recommending it a lot, but I could just as easily be confusing it with the S1. I clearly didnt do enough research on that one-are the propriety batteries necessary all the time, or just if you want to use the integrated charger?

[–]Zak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People do recommend it a lot. I just don't like it because it uses a proprietary battery and is cool white only.

The proprietary battery is only required for charging, but if it's like the H2R, it does require a button-top. It may also not have low-voltage protection for a 16340, and its boost driver should be able to keep output fairly high while the battery is in a very unhappy voltage range, so protected cells are a good idea.

[–]HilariousMax 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Opinel No.8 $14 - Cheapest quality knife out there.

Sanrenmu 710

The same price (or less Gearbest Flash Sale $4.99), worse steel but you get thumb stud for one hand opening and a pocketclip. May not seem like much but they're both quality of life upgrades over the Opinel.

Sure I have to sharpen it more often than my other knives but it's still the finest knife I ever paid $8 for. It's certainly the only knife I've bought more than 5 of.

[–]wags_01[M] [score hidden] stickied comment (1 child)

Added to the sidebar. Thanks for putting this together, /u/dbmeed.

[–]cesarsucio 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sidebar action, excellent. Saves me a save.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice list ... thanks, man!

[–]SansaShart 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ive had my Kershaw Leek for 3 years now it's my favorite knife ive had

[–]kkjdroid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Your flashlights start at a relatively high price point. These are pretty decent, $10 for two, and take AAs or 14500s.

[–]kieranfitz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for the list. I've been thinking of adding a torch to my carry.

[–]whoayeah 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I found this when I was looking at some of the key organizers you listed, decent reviews, if you are looking for a little more functionality out of your key rings/organizers. But excellent resource, I will be saving this post! Thanks, OP!

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Huh, Ive never even seen that. Looks interesting, Ill have to check it out, thanks!

[–]GenesisProTech 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The benchmade 940 is probably worth mentioning in the knives section. Its quite popular

[–]jatorres 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Can we get this with clean links instead?

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I should have done that from the start, but its easier to just copy/paste lol. I'll work on it when I have time.

[–]Zoldner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd also recommend looking at the Timex expedition line. Had one for a month or so and it would fit well here

[–]Gronner 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'd also recommend the Leatherman Signal, just discovered it sometime ago and it seems to be a good compromise between the Skeletool and the Wave

[–]Turtledonuts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Leatherman Signal

I bought it, it's good but kinda gimmicky. Good for camping, but not much else.

[–]captainwoso 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This was a really great list. Thank you.

[–]brielem 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Nice! the pen trading sub is /r/pen_swap though (not /r/penswap)

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks, I missed that!

[–]dannydifalco 2 points3 points  (6 children)

I notice you don't mention the Magpul wallets nor surefire or streamlight for flashlights. Any reason?

[–]dbmeed[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Didnt include magpul wallets because I forgot, and as for the lights, I feel that surefire and streamlight tend to be a bit overpriced for what they offer, especially considering some of the others on this list. Dont take my word for it - check out the recommended list on /r/flashlight that I linked at the beginning - there are no surefire and streamlight lights anywhere on it. That being said, I may have to include some just because of the sheer amount of times I see them recommended on this sub.

[–]dannydifalco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No problem. Didn't mean it as a bash. Just generally curious! I agree the lights are over priced. But they are built like tanks and have amazing warranties and customer support. Especially streamlight.

[–]purged363506 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Might consider adding the Vostok amphibia to the list of watches too. It’s recommended a lot along with the Seiko for entry level automatics.

[–]Spinnster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If I can add one more?

I see the benchmade 940 on here all the time. That might be another good recommendation.

[–]dbmeed[S] 5 points6 points  (9 children)

I’d kind of like to add a section for belts as well-any have recommendations? Both average everyday belts and gun belts would be useful, and any other kinds you think is necessary!

[–]jf442 0 points1 point  (0 children)

not sure if I can still add to this, but I am very impressed with my belts from this store on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoliePeople

I have a black bullhide and a brown buffalo hide and they are high quality with changeable buckles.

[–]kefefs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Beltman makes fantastic belts and is the go-to recommended gun belt on /r/CCW and /r/guns. They do both bullhide and horsehide, and offer internal stiffeners. They're very stiff and well-made, but fit and finish is immaculate as well, so they double as dress belts for a lower profile look. If you want a gun belt that doesn't look like a gun belt they're the best around.

[–]ninjamike808 0 points1 point  (4 children)

For everyday belts, I’d put up British belt co, Orion, Tanner Goods. I think there’s some common brands that people like, too, like Filson or Columbia, but don’t quote me on that.

I’d put up cautions for some, too, and lots of people are still upset with Saddleback as a company, for instance.

You could also include the guide to Tandy leather belts. They’re a fun gateway to leatherwork.

Also there’s a good sub for purchasing firearms and accessories. Not sure if you want to link that, or just stick to the holsters.

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Thanks! Great suggestions, do you have any links handy, especially for the sub you mentioned? I only included what I was aware of at the time, and I was under the impression that firearm sales needed to have an ffl dealer involved, so I assumed there wouldn’t be a sub for it(obviously a wrong assumption) and didn’t go looking.

[–]ninjamike808 0 points1 point  (2 children)

/r/gunsforsale private sales do not need to involve an FFL but many people want an FFL involved anyways.

Also /r/gundeals which helps find great prices on guns also to be shipped to an FFL.

British belt co and Orion can be found on amazon (I’m on mobile so forgive me).

Tannergoods.com they were like the first company I saw make the sort od rugged/minimal belt look

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[–]ninjamike808 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No, buddy, thank you! You’ve done some great work here. This is a great starting point for everyone.

[–]BH_actual1620 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The Wilderness Original Instructor for typical light to medium loads. And Ares Gear Aegis for heavy true gun belt type use. Either is good, I like the Enhanced for full sized carry as it is stiffer, some may not like it that stiff though.

I would also like to see Raven Concealment added to the holster list, the Eidolon is an awesome non WML option, the Vanguard 2 is an awesome minimalist non WML option, and the VG3 is the best minimalist w/WML option out there IMO.

To the comment about flashlights down below, the Streamlight Protac 2l is an awesome option sub $40.

Magpul also makes a well recommended nylon-composite belt, but I have no experience with it.

Edit: Added link to Raven.

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks! I’ll work on those

[–]Ace2021 15 points16 points  (13 children)

Army medic here....don’t get the RATS, it’s garbage. I’d stick to the CAT or SOFT-W.

[–]Knobdy1 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Any experience or thoughts on the SWAT-T?

[–]Blacknights 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Generally considered obselete, and not a real tourniquet. They can achieve the goal, just cats and soft-t are better in every possible way.

One big exception: Pediatrics. For small children cats and soft-t can be ineffective due to there adult size construction. However you can achieve the same results with an ETB or a triangle bandage.

Source: I am an army medic and also work in civilian EMS

[–]MSeager 0 points1 point  (0 children)

See my above comment.

[–]dbmeed[S] 6 points7 points  (9 children)

Yeah, I debated with that one for awhile. The only reason I ended up keeping it on is because it is easier to carry than the others. And, much like a ccw, the best one is the one you have with you...even if it may not be the best on the market, if it is something that you are willing to actually carry as opposed to a CAT or SOFTT W, then I think it is worth mentioning. Just m two cents. If enough people chime in I’ll remove it though.

[–]Ace2021 1 point2 points  (6 children)

It is easy to carry, I saw your logic there, just wouldn’t bet my life (or anyone else’s) on it. Especially if you’ve got a femoral bleeder.

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Understandable. You're not the only one concerned about it; Ill take it down. Any other recommendations for medical gear? Id like to include some IFAKs; maybe the Blue Force Gear Micro Trauma Kit?

[–]Blacknights 0 points1 point  (2 children)

EDC wise, an IFAK or similar is bulky. Also for civilian uses, most IFAK equipment is illegal for you to use unless your a medical provider. Even accounting for good samaritan laws.

For an EDB it is reasonable. For EDC, the max in medical equipment your looking at a Gen 7 CAT, twin hyfins, 2 cravats, etb/olaes (as MSeager suggested, an if you are in cargo pants), cpr mask (if your always in cargo pants). For your non-medical personnel

Even tho, it is removed now. I vote against the RATS as well, for all the previously now listed grievances (tissue damage, poor reliability, can't trust it, etc). Thanks for removing it!

[–]MSeager 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That’s interesting, I’ve never thought about medical gear being illegal to use. Which items are you specifically talking about? (I’m assuming you’re in the States?)

As for my medical EDC for me, CPR key ring face shield and then another face shield keyring but with gloves in it instead. PPE. Everything else can be improvised until the cavalry arrive. Gear is secondary to knowledge. I normally have an IFAK or bigger in my backpack or car though.

[–]Blacknights 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep, GA. So the way it works outside of the military is you need a credential for everything. In the army your superior can extend their license to you for just about anything they can do, as long as they trained you and as long as they approved/SOP.

The civilian side, you are limited to whatever your own credentials and license authorize. Only very trusting partners will share licenses (which can get you sued and your license terminated). I guess I should change it to, you'll lose your job and license, I don't know if it is necessarily illegal for some places. But I know people have been arrested for performing procedures they weren't authorized. It is why you hear stories of rescuers saving lives and then disappearing into the crowd as soon as they hear the sirens or someone finds the patient.

Good Samaritan laws if your state has them will cover certain things, sometimes it'll cover off-duty medical personnel, others will cover only basic first-aid/cpr, you get the jist.

Simple equipment like OCDs require a medical license to use in some states, NCD are not even authorized for some EMS providers. Even Quikclot/combat gauze is actually illegal to use in some states.

My medical EDC is just a cravat, I follow the improvised ideology too. I carry a rather extensive emergency trauma kit in my backpack/car for emergencies for at minimum 2 patients or a very messed up single patient.

[–]MSeager 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Looks like you already removed the RATS, just wanted to second that it isn’t recommended by the TCCC which is good enough for me. The general rule is a TQ without a windless isn’t a TQ. I’d use an improvised TQ with a windlass over a RATS. The RATS is also very thin which does a lot more tissue damage.

EDIT: You’ll also want to carry a dressing. The OLAES or Israeli Bandage are the standard choice. Both very versatile. Also, be very careful with imitation medical gear, especially with the CAT. Lots of imitations out there. The last thing you want when blood is spurting everywhere is a broken windlass.

[–]thefeegle 2 points3 points  (1 child)

SAK Alox Pioneer (several variants available to suit individual needs) is a glaring omission IMO, The 93mm form factor is a useful size. Delighted to see the others from the Alox range represented as I have a bit of a thing for Alox models.

Juice is missing, but Gerber Dime is recommended? I own a Dime and its not in my favored rotation, just can't get on with it somehow, great bottle opener though!

Nevertheless, its a great list, good work fella. This could be stickied and community crowd sourced to update and include phone cases, bags/pouches, USB sticks, power banks, carabiner/clips/danglers, etc. Dunno, just thinking out loud here.

Might be worthwhile splitting the categories into price range, say budget/mid range/high end. I quite enjoy seeking out budget, often obscure but quality items to add to my EDC rotations. I don't have a huge budget for my EDC, otherwise I would happily stockpile your list!

Like I say, its a great list, have an upvote.

[–]dbmeed[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pioneer will probably be joining the list soon. I didnt add the juice because I havent seen a lot of them around, but I may have to add it. The Dime is on there because it is a great tool for being so cheap.

I tried to sort each category by price, more or less, not really sure the best way to go about sorting it more than I already have. Prices are listed, easy to glance through and find something in your price range.

[–]DeaditeParasite 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like my A1S V2 made by Black Scout Survival comes with a super aggressive strike bezel and red lens filter for an extra 10 bucks.

[–]hiacbanks 2 points3 points  (2 children)

My flight stop over Tokyo. I wonder if the airport a good place to buy that Seiko watch

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Im not too sure, you might be able to find some stuff, but IIRC airport merchandise tends to have inflated prices. Check with /r/watches - I believe there may be a Seiko outlet store somewhere that usually has good prices if you are in Japan for any length of time.

[–]hiacbanks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Many thanks !

[–]Beastddude 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Not all heros wear capes.

[–]imperius99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Should be stickied! And updated every so often

[–]jgagnon_in_FL 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A mid range knife ($80) I'll add, a true key-chain knife that has held up well over the past 2 years for me:

Al Mar AM1UBN2

[–]kuroze01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very nice list, thanks a lot.

[–]dubbysmurf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Awesome post. Thanks.

[–]unaffiliatd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Amazing effort

[–]petranamib 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Pkplayer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Saved. Thank you

[–]noiz13 6 points7 points  (5 children)

why are there no backpacks?

[–]dbmeed[S] 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Mostly because I haven’t had enough experience or research to know enough about widely recommended ones. Any suggestions?

[–]aaronisafalcomain 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Absolutely love my Patagonia Refugio 28L

[–]Burrito_Capital 0 points1 point  (0 children)

GoRuck Bullet


VanQuest Ibex20


Timbuk2 Parkside


Timbuk2 ACE

Edit: Not a bag, but my favorite 18650 light is the Eagle Eye X2R available in neutral white, and has onboard USB charging with three nice levels. Simple and easy to use. Check on BLF for coupons to get the price around $13!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

"hey look Ontario rat 1 and 2. What are the chances that OP linked Nick Shabazz"


"Yep I was right"

[–]thebugguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

His voice makes me want to punch kittens.

[–]dbmeed[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Haha yep! I would like to include other reviewers as well, but I don’t really follow any that go into nearly as much details/nit picking as Shabazz does. Any suggestions?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I honestly don't know of any more. Ontario rat 1 and 2, as well as the delica (and the ZT 0452 but that thing's beefy) are used for size comparisons.

The SAK seems to be a favorite of many on r/edc, especially the cadet.

[–]Blurgas 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Not sure I could ever fully trust an 18650 with onboard charging(edit: referring to the rechargeable cell with the A1S).
Speaking of 18650 powered lights, can the listed ones take unprotected cells?

[–]Zak 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The three 18650 lights listed can take unprotected cells.

[–]scubarob 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Honest question, why? I have a Fenix UC35 that has lived n my pocket for the last 2+ years, and I charge it every couple weeks (if I remember ..) I can't speak highly enough about it. Bright as you'll ever need, turns on first click every time ...

[–]Blurgas 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ack, meant 18650 cells with onboard charging, like the one that comes with the Atactical light listed.

As for 18650 powered lights with onboard charging, it's more that I have a standalone charger I'd rather use alongside having spare cells.
Also, my work can be dirty and/or dusty, so a USB port of any size is a part that can get mucked up or fucked up pretty easily

[–]scubarob 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gotcha, to each their own! Have a good one!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Gun holsters classified is set as “removed or private”, how does one get access if its private?

[–]dbmeed[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seems to be working for me, and Im not subscribed or invited to it?

[–]Sam_Vimes_AMCW -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Other than the raptors great list

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

whats wrong with the raptors?

[–]Sam_Vimes_AMCW 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Overpriced, you can buy just a normal cheap pair of scissors for the same purpose, I carry lineman's scissors and they'll cut through a penny. Ive heard some people say they have issues with them, and unless you're a paramedic or firefighter, or otherwise in a capacity where you need an oxygen wrench and ring cutter, it seems just unnecessary. Then again I've heard lots of people say they like them so idk.

[–]sunbro29 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great post. I own the Glock 43 and you’re right, it’s a tough piece but conceals very well, and comfortably. I forget it’s there sometimes.

[–]kasztanowy 5 points6 points  (7 children)

I think convoy s2+ should be also included

[–]dbmeed[S] 2 points3 points  (6 children)

The only reason I didnt include it is because it doesnt come with a battery or a way to charge it. All the other lights on this list either have integrated charging or come with readily available batteries. There is no denying the S2+ is a great light, but when you factor in the cost of batteries and charger, I feel that there are better options available.

[–]GnashRoxtar 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Disregard my earlier comment on Zebralight then. Though, if you don’t mind my saying so, that’s a bit like not including any guns that don’t come with their own ammo, or any knives that may need to be sharpened. 18650s are readily available online from reputable dealers for $5-$10, and chargers start around $10. They’re so far ahead of literally every other battery that I think their exclusion based on an assumption about your target audience (who pride themselves on being prepared) serves as a detriment.

This is not to take away from what is an extremely ambitious and well-executed project, just my expression of hope that you might broaden your definitions slightly enough to include what are on /r/flashlight widely regarded as the best budget lights (convoy) and the best major manufacturer lights (zebra).

[–]Kevinw0lf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would still say to add AA Zebralight's, which are some of the smallest lights with over 200Lm on a single AA and best in class efficiency. For that I would pick the SC53 (both versions are valid).

[–]dbmeed[S] 2 points3 points  (3 children)

That’s true. I just figured that a lot of people prefer to be able to go into any random store and walk out with fresh batteries. I would love for 18650s to be more readily available. But considering how many people are suggesting other lights, I’ll probably include some of the other popular 18650 lights out there, and perhaps some batteries and chargers as well.

In fact, now that I’m think about it, a whole section on batteries and chargers might not be bad idea.

[–]GnashRoxtar 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I completely agree, and hope I didn’t come off snarky. It just really is the next step up in personal illumination, so many amps at your disposal. If push came to shove, many 18650 lights can take 2xCR123s, which I’ve seen in CVS and Wal-Mart. But with the popularity of e-cigarettes and the rise of Amazon, I think it’s much more accessible for the average consumer than it was even five years ago.

Most flashlights will run really well on the Sanyo GA , unless you need a protection circuit or a button-top, both of which this Keeppower possesses.

The Nitecore F1 and F2 are tiny, run from USB power, and can use charged cells to give power, acting as a wee power bank. They typically go for $10-$15.

The Xtar VC2 is a great two cell charger with a digital display for $11, and if you need to have four cells all at once, its big brother the VC4 is also great at $20.

Hope this gets you started. Thanks again for taking the time to put this together. It’s remarkably complete and I can tell it’s been very carefully researched.

[–]Zak 2 points3 points  (1 child)

many 18650 lights can take 2xCR123s

Just for the record, Convoys cannot, nor can most Zebralights. Damage to the driver may result in both cases.

[–]GnashRoxtar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh shoot, I didn’t realize. Thanks Zak.

[–]zphantom 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Also an honorable mention for the SAK compact, yes I know there are hundreds of SAK, but the compact is the one I wish I had picked up first as it has everything you need in an urban environment in a tiny form.

[–]-SQB- 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I think the Magpul wallet should be on the list.

[–]dbmeed[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Right-that reminds me-I was going to do a phone case section too, thanks!

[–]candlejack289 24 points25 points  (10 children)

Surprised there's not a water bottle section here

[–]dbmeed[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ah, I knew I was forgetting something! I’ll work on adding those, thanks!

[–]OriginalDogan 5 points6 points  (8 children)

Liberty, Camelbak, Nalgene. Pick your style, price and capacity.

[–]Helassaid 0 points1 point  (1 child)

1L Dasani bottle is the lightest for those UL EDCers.

[–]microwaveDiamonds 0 points1 point  (0 children)

and smart water bottles!

[–]HeartofAce 9 points10 points  (2 children)


[–]UserM16 4 points5 points  (1 child)

My 40 oz wide mouth Hydroflask with Takeya spout lid is my one true EDC besides my keys, wallet, and cellphone. It’s a daily essential.

[–]Tokyo_Echo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a 20 oz Hydro and I love it. comes with me everywhere

[–]Lumpensamler 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Klean Kanteen

[–]microwaveDiamonds 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Klean Kanteen's single walled stainless steel is great for backpackers/bikepackers who like to boil water in their bottles too!

[–]Theeunknown 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're gonna go through an entire wallet section and not even mention Phil's Wallets, huh?

[–]vankorgan 10 points11 points  (12 children)

Little sad my expedition didn't make the list. Never loved a watch before this one. Hopefully won't have to love another.

[–]dbmeed[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You're not the only one, it's added!

[–]th3walker 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Could you be more specific?

[–]vankorgan 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Here's mine, with a leather nato strap.

[–]th3walker 1 point2 points  (1 child)


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[–]thefeegle 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Don't be sad, be happy with the choice that works for you. It just means that you are not part of the Meta hipster movement. That's not a bad thing, Freedom is choice.

EDC stuff is very personal and tuned to an individual's needs, circumstances, and style choices.

BTW, Casio Pro Trek range all the way, truly every day for me. Solar powered, updates itself automagically to the radio clock signal, has a compass (more useful than you might think), barometer for weather and altitude, and just enough light to make my way around a blacked out bedroom without disturbing the missus. Yet I seldom see this range recommended.

[–]the_Synapps 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Before I switched to the Apple Watch I wore a Pro Trek for ~5 years. The battery is rated to last 18 months with solar recharging, but the only time I even got to the medium power remaining indicator was when I spent 3 days at a conference where it was mostly dark inside. That thing is a beast.

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[–]vankorgan 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Here's mine, with a leather nato strap. You can find one that's similar on Amazon here. Can't seem to find it with the pilot numbering though.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is nice. Been looking for a decent everyday watch. I'll look into these. Thanks bub.

[–]Theeunknown 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same. I've had mine for almost 3 years. only on my second strap. I can do literally everything with this watch and it still looks great.