As an AV Technician my EDC directly reflects that role. I carry a variety of things that make my 9 to 5 easier, and most people will probably find out that they don’t need the variety that I carry daily. I will start by listing everything I carry and then we will discuss it individually.
- Leatherman Wave.
- iPhone 7 Plus.
- UAG or Catalyst phone case.
- Apple Watch in a Catalyst Case.
- Apple AirPods.
- Maxpedition Micro wallet.
- Condor iPouch. ( everything listed from here down goes into the condor iPouch)
- Bushnell mini flashlight.
- Niteize pen.
- Flash drive.
- 3″ lighting cable.
- Leatherman bit kits (2) and drive extender.
- 1 triple A battery for flashlight.
Lets talk about why I carry what I carry. I am going to lump some of this stuff together just so this post doesn’t get too crazy long.
Number one on our list is the Leather Wave. I picked this tool because of its size, weight, outside accessible tools and pocket clip. I needed something that would replace my edc knife and my Leatherman Mutt. My edc knife varied from day to day and the Mutt was just too heavy and limited for edc. So after weeks of research and comparing tools, I settled on the Wave. I feel the Wave has the best of both worlds built into it. While it isn’t the beast of a multitool that the Mutt was, it is definitely not a medium or light duty tool either. It has all of the functions I need for my daily job, wirestrippers, cutters, scissors, knives, interchangeable bit drivers, files and pliers (both needle and regular). It happily fulfilled my need as an actual multitool. Next, it needed to feel the gap where my pocket knife used to be. And yes, I used to carry both and know many people who still do, but I don’t need both weighing me down or taking up valuable space. The Wave has two outward, one-handed accessible knives. A plain edged blade and a serrated blade. Both are awesome and because of these I have found myself not needing a dedicated edc knife. NOW that being said, I still carry a separate knife when hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping and it’s usually a fixed blade.
Number two on our list is iPhone 7 Plus. This one is simple. I moved from Android to iOS for personal reasons and bought the 7 Plus strictly for the camera. I like taking pictures and hate carrying my full size DSLR unless I absolutely have too!
Number 3 is our phone case. I currently have a UAG case on my iPhone 7 Plus but only because my favorite company, Catalyst Lifestyle, has yet to release their iPhone 7 Plus case. I personally choose Catalyst over other manufacturers because their cases are waterproof, rugged , and sexy. Or at least as sexy as a rugged, waterproof case can be. And let me tell you, this case has saved my ass on more than one occasion! They make an amazing product. PSSST, for legal reasons we have to mention that we are Catalyst Lifestyle Brand Ambassadors. If your not sure what that means, we get free stuff in exchange for our honest review of the products. That being said, we were Catalyst Case owners and proponents BEFORE we became ambassadors.
Number four is our trusty Apple Watch in a Catalyst Case. Say what you will about smartwatches, I have found mine to be an awesome tool, even while in the great outdoors. I really do love the fact that I can answer a phone call or read a text while stream side WITHOUT removing my phone from my pocket. Some of you might say ” why would you want to do that?” Simple, when you have kids or family you always want to be in touch to make sure everyone is okay. You can also download some pretty cool apps for the watch that will enhance your outdoor experience. And again, our Catalyst Lifestyle Apple Watch Case keeps our Apple Watch from getting wet and destroyed while out adventuring. Just like their phone cases, the Apple Watch Case adds that extra level of rugged protection and waterproofing that some of us need. Again our statement about being Brand Ambassadors from above applies here as well!
Number five on our list is going to get me called fan boy but that is okay. APPLE AIRPODS. Let me tell you how much I wanted to hate these stupid looking things. But a friend purchased a pair and let me use them and damnit they are awesome. I love the control I have just by tapping them, I love taking calls with them, listening to music is a joy and my FAVORITE part about them, is charging them. I plug the case in at night to charge and then the headphones themselves stay charged all day just because I put them back into the case when they are not in use. It is brilliant. I love them even though I wanted to hate them in the worst way.
Number six has us looking at the Maxpedition Micro Wallet. It is a nice flexible codura wallet that holds the right amount of cards, business cards, and cash. It doesn’t bulk up and won’t take up all of the room in one of your front pockets. It has an ID window for quick and easy access. It is by far my favorite wallet, and after four years of use it is just now starting to show some wear and tear
Number 7 is our trusty Condor iPouch. This pouch holds the rest of our gear so we will just include everything else in this section. First up is our Bushnell mini flashlight that runs on one AAA battery and is 50 lumens. Next in our pouch is the Niteize pen, pretty simple its a write anywhere pen with a screw on cap. Our next item is a small 64gb flashdrive and only because I work in the A/V and IT fields. After the flashdrive is a 3″ lighting cable. This makes recharging super easy, just find a usb port for a quick top off. Bandaids, self explanatory. Our next item is our two Leatherman Bit kits and extenders. These three items give me all the bits I could ever need through the course of my day. These are some of my favorite items. Chapstick, again self explanatory. And finally one spare AAA battery for my flashlight, because I hate being in the ceiling looking for a cable and having my light die.
That pretty much sums up my every day carry. I prefer to use the Condor iPouch even though everything would probably fit into my pockets just because I can lighten my load pretty quickly just by taking the pouch off. It also makes driving and desk sitting (which now that we have standing desks doesn’t really happen) a lot more comfortable. The Leatherman Wave has helped my cut down on extra or double gear and my iPhone has helped save my shoulder and neck from the weight of that DSLR! Feel free to leave comments or suggestions. Have a question, reach out to us via email firstname.lastname@example.org