Most keys simply open doors. The Prometheus EKO, however, is not like most keys: it’s a titanium multitool born out of necessity for a “gentleman’s box opener,” cleverly designed to ride incognito on your keyring. The “key” portion of the EKO relies on thoughtful blade geometry to break through packaging tape. Its rounded tanto point pierces tape, while its hollow ground edge cuts it clean (both the tip and edge of the key are unsharpened and safe to the touch, of course). For opening everything else, the head of the key features cutouts for a bottle opener and a 1/4” tool bit. Despite its tiny size, the EKO capably fills a big niche for many EDC setups. It’s your blade’s savior from gunky tape residue. It’s a tool that minimalists would carry, and a quality piece of gear that goes where other edged tools can’t. There’s a week left on the EKO’s Kickstarter campaign, so you’ll have to act fast to unlock your keyring’s potential.
You’d probably never picture yourself carrying firehose around, but Jake Starr (the Recycled Firefighter himself and an active member of our community) could change your mind with the Sergeant Wallet.
It’s constructed from decommissioned firehose fabric that’s repurposed into a durable, slim, and comfortable front pocket wallet. The Sergeant features a single pocket for 4-8 of your cards, cut at an angle for easy pinch or slide retrieval with your thumb. And if you carry cash, you can fold it into thirds and tuck it all behind a wide, mil-spec elastic band on the other side of the wallet.
With its minimal, EDC-focused design, small-batch USA-made quality, and tons of color options, it’s no surprise to see the Sarge climbing the ranks in the wallet market.
In fact, over 75 of our users carry the Sergeant, and it’s currently the #1 most-viewed wallet on this site. That kind of popularity doesn’t come by accident—see what all the buzz is about and pick up the Sergeant Wallet at the link below.
Smooth and sharp. Like the most stylish person in the room, that just about sums up the Boker Plus Urban Trapper. Everything about this gent’s knife—from its design to its functionality—oozes minimalist appeal.
It starts with a streamlined silhouette and trim proportions. Even at 4.25" long when closed, the knife weighs in at a barely-there 1.8 ounces. That’s due in part to the Urban Trapper’s excellent construction and choice of materials: smooth cocobolo wooden handles grace the knife’s slim titanium frame for improved ergonomics and a timeless look.
Deploying the blade is just as smooth, thanks to an IKBS ball-bearing pivot and flipper opening. Its narrow 3.4" blade offers precision slicing, backed by a respectable VG-10 steel and secured by a sturdy framelock. To make it as pocket-friendly as possible, the Urban Trapper comes equipped with a deep-riding pocket clip for discreet carry. Grab this low-profile gent’s folder with carbon fiber, cocobolo, or G-10 handles at the link below.
If there’s one thing to take the drudgery out of the wet and drab rainy season, it’s a sick rain jacket with enough pockets to stash your entire EDC and then some. The Cubed Travel Jacket from Clothing Arts has the features to stand up to harsh downpours and a low-profile, street-ready aesthetic to keep you and your gear dry in style. Clothing Arts’ design philosophy is something we EDCers can get behind: “it begins with pockets.” And on the Cubed, you get way more of them to work with compared to traditional outdoors rain shells.
It’s got two Napoleon chest pockets that you can access from the outside of the jacket. The key here is you won’t need to undo the main zipper to get to your gear, which can be especially risky if you want to keep your core warm and dry. The Cubed boasts six more interior pockets for your less frequently used gear as well as travel essentials like your Passport and documents. To secure it all, built-in clips connect to the zipper pulls and lock your gear in place.
While Clothing Arts believes it begins with pockets, it must end in the details. The Cubed features hallmark qualities of technical outerwear and EDC gear alike: functional materials, durable construction, and minimalist design. It’s made with a DWR-treated, breathable/waterproof eVent membrane for high-performance rain and wind protection. The zippers and even the taped seams on the jackets are waterproof too. A detachable, stowable hood, multiple adjustment cinches, and an articular fit for improved range of motion round out this feature-packed tech jacket. You won’t have to raid your rainy day fund too hard for one either, with discounted early bird pledges still available on the Cubed’s fully funded campaign below.
We’ve seen countless submissions of people nailing their gear down to a science for daily use. But when it comes to travel, chances are, you’ll change what, why, and how you carry. Flying out? Leave the blades in your drawer. Short trip? Pack light. Business or vacation? These factors can change what you carry.
As an EDCer, though, one thing doesn’t change: your discerning approach to choosing the best gear to bring with you.
So we want to know: how do you pack? What’s worthy of your travel kit? What tips would you share with like-minded EDCers before their next trip?
This week, we encourage you to submit your travel gear setups. Whether it be your carry-on luggages, duffels, or dopp kits, we want to see how you prepare for takeoff.
We know what you carry when you travel isn’t strictly everyday carry for most of you. So don’t worry — we won’t flood your feed with luggage loadouts. Instead, your travel submissions will be featured on a new travel-focused project we’re working on as a subdivision of Everyday Carry. And just like you’ve done with this site, you can help us build it into something great.
Not all cables are designed with carry in mind. As a result, stock cables or cheap alternatives tend to tangle, fray, or end up becoming a hassle to carry in general. Native Union, on the other hand, puts plenty of thought into something as simple as our charge/sync cables. They sent over their BELT Cable for me to check out — here’s my quick review.
1.2 m (4 ft) cable
Durable, tangle-free braided cable
High-speed charging, Apple MFi-Certified syncing
Handcrafted genuine leather cable tidy
Design, Fit & Finish
Retro styling aside, the BELT Cable’s design is rather straightforward. It’s not revolutionary so much as it aims to improve upon a design you’re already familiar with, but using better materials. Its namesake feature is a “belt” handcrafted with genuine leather used to keep the cable bundled together.
To be clear, Native Union is not a leather goods company. If you’re after the highest quality leather craftsmanship to manage your cables, you’ll be disappointed here. The leather used here feels thin and flimsy. Its edges look unfinished too.
The rest of the cable, however, hits the mark. The braided cable has some stiffness to it to ensure it won’t ever tangle or knot up in your bag. Besides its tangle-free properties, it just feels durable and looks great.
The cable terminates in a branded Lightning connector (micro USB is available for non-Apple users) and a standard USB. While they’re not ultra-minimalist, they at least have smooth edges and properly solid stress reliefs to prevent fraying that’s all too common with lower quality (and even first party) charging cables.
Operation and Performance
The BELT cable doesn’t offer much extra in charging and syncing than what you’d expect from something first-party. Its can accommodate faster 2.4A charging as well as safely sync your data, thanks to Native Union doing the legwork to get their products Apple MFi Certified.
The stiffness in the cable might take some getting used to if you’re on your phone often while you charge it at your desk or on the go.
Also, the leather BELT can freely move down the length of the cable, giving you some control over where you bundle the cable. But the belt itself has only one notch in it — and it’s best suited for when the cable is fully bundled. Letting out some slack to charge or use your phone leaves the belt a little loose, feeling almost ornamental. Often I didn’t bother using it. Strangely enough, it felt like a minor convenience.
Once you’re done using the cable, wrapping it up and fastening the belt turns what’s usually a nightmarish mess in your backpack into something so much easier to manage. It reaches a size that comfortably slips into pouches, compartments, or loops your bag might have.
Before, I would be using much thicker, heavy-duty cables that got so thick and stiff I had to loop them in a circle, which got unwieldy. The BELT Cable offers similar durability, but in a more compact package with the looks to match.
Pros & Cons
Solid cable and connector durability
Easy to carry
Versatility as charge and sync cable
Cable tidy belt feels flimsy and doesn’t work as well unless the cable is fully bundled up
Native Union touts this product as the smarter way to carry your cable. Besides the actual belt portion of the cable, which I feel could be improved in some ways, the cable delivers where it matters most — charging, syncing, and durability. At $25 you pay not much more than you would for a cable from Apple, but you get the same functionality and the peace of mind that this cable won’t wear out on you when you need it most.