EDC on a budget

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Five days. Five roundups. Five items, each under $50.

With a new year just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to rethink your everyday carry. And it’s likely that the holiday season resulted in putting a few extra bucks in your pocket. But we here at The New Artemis are passionate about living well and within our means. While it’s fun to lust after beautiful, pricey knives and gear, it’s entirely possible to find great EDC items on a small budget. And we also understand that not everyone (including us!) has the cash to shell out for thousands of dollars worth of tools and gadgets. So with that in mind, we’re launching a week of roundups to help you access quality gear. We also want to emphasize the “everyday” aspect of EDC–finding you the items that you can rely on during work and play.

Because there are more than five popular EDC items, we’ll have several rounds. Subsequent rounds will occur biweekly, and will cover all aspects of an EDC. So if you don’t see what you’re looking for just yet, we can pretty much guarantee it’s coming soon. And per usual, we’re always accepting suggestions, ideas and contributions.¬†Photo via.¬†

The criteria

There’s plenty of gear available under $50, but we wanted to wade through it all to find the best of the best. So assistant editor Andrew Warren and I came up with some criteria.

  • Gear has to be from reputable brands.
  • Gear has to be accessible to purchase and ship.
  • Gear has to be under $50.

ROUND 1

MONDAY
Packs
TUESDAY
Knives
WEDNESDAY
Writing
THURSDAY
Flashlights
FRIDAY
Watches

ROUND 2

MONDAY
Multitools
TUESDAY
Wallets
WEDNESDAY
Flash drives
THURSDAY
Phone cases
FRIDAY
Keychain tools

 

The categories

Beyond our criteria, we also want to help you pair gear with your personal tastes. Our readership varies greatly across profession, income and personality, so we adhered to the five most popular personality profiles that fit our readers.

urban

The Urban Explorer: The urban explorer is hip and mobile. They favor minimalism, and often value form over function.

tactical
The Tactical Strategist:
The tactical strategist is skilled and well-prepared, and favors functionality and durability.
sporty
The Sporty Adventurer:
The sporty adventurer daydreams about hitting the slopes or the trails, and requires gear that can withstand the elements.
connected
The Connected Techie:
The connected techie is all about hackable and modable gadgetry, and seeks innovations wherever possible.
quirky
The Quirky Trendsetter: The quirky trendsetter likes colorful, unique items that express their personality–which often means compiling an EDC outside the norm.

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