Best EDC (Everyday Carry) Gear for 2022

By Staff Writers  |  Updated March 5, 2022

Best EDC (Everyday Carry) Gear for 2022
 

Everyday Carry is about solving problems & fixing issues on-the-fly. It’s about small, versatile tools and implements that help you work smarter not harder. Lucky for us, having the tool to do the trick in our pocket, or clipped to the keychain, is easier than ever. It’s actually choosing your EDC arsenal that’s tough. That’s where WERD comes in. We unpacked a ton of clever, pocketable products to create this list of The Best EDC.

Equipped with the right pocket knife or carefully chosen multi-tool kept always at the ready, we can pry, slice, tighten, wrench or repair many of the challenges that daily life throws in our path. And it seems that for every little need or niche, there’s a titanium tool or EDC implement purpose-built for the task at hand.

What is the best EDC gear you can buy today?

From micro-blade knives and weatherproof torches, to classic multi-tools to flashlights and storage solutions for tiny cargo, we created this list as your go-to guide to the year’s most essential EDC.

Also check our list of the best pocket knives.



Be Prepared for Anything and Everything with the VSSL Essentials Collection

VSSL Essentials Kits


 

These kits are designed to be ultra-portable and tough enough to withstand literally anything—from a boat capsize to an avalanche—but contain all the survival tools you need for your camping, hiking, trekking, and mountaineering adventures. Hyper-tough rope, razor-sharp blades, fishing line and hooks, first aid supplies, fire starters, and survival gear, these kits have it all. You’ll become a prepared outdoorsman in no time with these fellas in your back pocket.


Clean Carry: Bellroy Key Case

Bellroy Key Case


 

Offering sleek, bundled storage for 3-5, Bellroy’s Key Case features a unique flipper mechanism that ejects keys one-handed while keeping them secure on a detachable cord loop for a car key or fob. The exterior is smooth, eco-tanned leather finish & the hardware is stainless steel. Choose from 5 colors.


By the Numbers: Acebeam Rider RX 650 Lumens Flashlight

Acebeam Rider RX 650 Lumens Flashlight


 

The numbers tell you all you need to know about this little badass. The Acebeam Rider RX is a compact & waterproof EDC flashlight that delivers 650 lumens of bright-white light that it can throw into a 300-foot beam. It’s got 5 power modes. 2-way clip. Max run-time: up to 7 days. Weight: 82 grams.


Still Our Favorite Classic Carry: Gerber Shard Keychain Tool

Gerber Shard Keychain Tool



Lightweight & airline-safe, Gerber’s Shard keychain tool is a proven EDC classic. It also happens to be the one tiny tool we go to most often. With a durable titanium nitride coating & sized perfectly for your pocket, it offers small & medium flat drivers, a Philips head driver, wire stripper, pry bar, bottle opener, & lanyard hole. It weighs about half an ounce.


Bag Not Forgotten: The Droplet Stuff Sack from Matador

Matador Droplet


 

The Droplet stuff stack is big enough for a few items from the market; a wet swimsuit, or to handle all the junk packed in your pockets. But when you’re not using it, the water-resistant sack stuffs into a convenient silicone keychain case. And that way, it stays handy.


Waterproof Protection: Evergreen EDC Dry Box Case

Evergreen Waterproof Dry Box


 

With its travel-safe, Mil-spec & Made in the USA design, Evergreen’s 56 waterproof dry box case features a secure, keyed locking latch closure and IP67 submersion-proof protection for your small valuables and electronics. It floats with up to 3-pounds inside, with space for a firearm, camera, passports, keys, wallets, phone, GoPro, medical supplies & more. Choose from 7 colors.


Gerber’s Prybrid Utility is a Sharp, Pocketable Multi-tool

Gerber Gear Prybrid Utility


 

Blending the best of a replaceable utility blade knife and a compact multi-tool, Gerber’s Prybrid Utility is a pocket and keychain-friendly EDC implement offering 8 different tools, including wire strippers, bottle opener, Standard Utility blade, and more.


Keep Small Stuff Safe in This Watertight EDC Capsule

Dango Capsule Mini


 

Dango’s Capsule Mini is an ideal EDC storage solution that will keep those small essentials close at hand. CNC-machined from 6061 aluminum this slender, watertight, & food-grade screw-top tube is the perfect vessel for tiny items you need to keep protected. It’s 2.5 long & .25” in diameter and features a lanyard loop or keyring loop on the lid. Available in stain silver or black.


The FishFace is an EDC Multi-Tool with Bite

FishFace 18-in-1 Pocket Multi-Tool


 

The FishFace from True Utility is an 18-in-1 EDC multi-tool no larger than the other keys on your keychain but it puts in overtime. It features Phillips and flat screwdrivers, wrenches, hex drive, pry bar, file, nail tool, bottle opener, box opener and cutter. Made of stainless steel with a black titanium coating, it’s built for daily duty & with its sprung ’biner clip, stays right by your side.


The Key Capsule Delivers Stealth EDC Storage

Craighill Key Capsule


 

The Key Capsule is a smart & stealthy EDC container that fits on your keyring, offering protection for small items—everything from medication to mints. Made of food-safe anodized aluminum, the waterproof screw-on lid features an integrated loop for easy connection.


WESN Goods Makes Titanium EDC Even Better

WESN Microblade


 

The Microblade 2.0 marks yet another solid entry into the EDC category from Detroit’s WESN Goods. It keeps the titanium construction that made it so popular but has been nicely upgraded with a high carbon, high chromium D2 tool-grade steel blade for even better hardness, toughness, and abrasion resistance. The locking blade is 1.5” long and the knife is 3.75” overall when open.


The Titanium Nitecore NSH10 is a Featherweight EDC Clip

Nitecore NSH10 Titanium Multi-Tool Keychain Carabiner


 

Nitecore’s NSH10 is one badass ’biner. Technically, it’s a Multi-use Snap Hook but whatever you call it, this is one solid clip for your EDC essentials. Machined from TC4 titanium alloy, it features secure 45º elastic spring gates and a sandblasted, anti-corrosion finish. Bonus functions include bottle opener, hanging hook, and flat head screwdriver.


The James Brand Introduces The Duval, EDC for the Modern Gentleman

The James Brand Duval


 

The James Brand knows how to keep things simple. And by simple, we mean elegant. And that’s precisely why the product they make sells out. That’s sure to be the case with their latest drop, The Duval, a slim, functional frame-locking front-flipper with a 2.6” S35v stainless blade. They’re calling it the Modern Gentleman’s Knife. No argument here. It’s available with rosewood, Green Micarta, or titanium scales as well as optional Damascus steel blade variant.


The Q4 Multi-Tool from SOG is an EDC Workhorse

SOG Baton Q4


 

The Q4 multi-tool from tactical blade brand SOG is an upgraded version of their popular Q3—this model is expandable and adaptable. For tools it’s got Phillips #1, #2, #3 flathead: #3, #5, #7,  Star-drive: T6, T8, T10, T20 Hex 1.5 mm, & 2 mm. There’s also a straight blade, bottle & can openers, file, pliers and wire cutter.


Check Out This Awesome EDC Adjustable Wrench

Big Idea Design Ti EDC Wrench


 

Made of solid, Grade 5 Titanium, the Ti EDC Wrench is a pocket-friendly adjustable tool optimized for everyday carry & versatile utility. It works with both standard (SAE) & metric bolts in 25 different sizes. It features a low-profile design and full grip handle.


EDC Tools & Compact Storage: The Bitvault

Lever Gear BitVault


 

Lever Gear’s Bitvault gives you compact storage & tools in a tough, versatile EDC package. In addition to carrying small gear, the BitVault holds a range of hex nuts & works as a screwdriver. Made of durable metal alloy and it clips on to your keychain.


The LD15R from Fenix is a Compact & Powerful EDC Flashlight

Fenix LD15R Flashlight


 

At 500-lumens, the LD15R is a powerful little EDC light. It’s got a right-angle design with dual light sources: white and red lights. Powered by one 16340 rechargeable Li-ion battery, it is also compatible with a cold-resistant CR123A battery. It’s got 4 levels of output in white & 3 levels in red. There’s also a Micro USB port for charging, a battery level indicator, two-way body clip and a magnetic tail.


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