It’s official: the most popular (and possibly best) color for your EDC is black. It’s sleek. It’s understated. It’s suitable for any occasion. So here are four picks for your pockets that’ll add some midnight-hued sophistication to your everyday carry. Pack utility into a small frame with a smartwatch or an ultra-minimal wallet. Or go for the ultimate in durability with a rugged phone case and a heavyweight pen. All four come in the right/best color and all four are ready to upgrade your EDC right now.
Nomad Active Rugged iPhone Case
If you went for the formidable camera and burly processing power of the iPhone 11 or 11 Pro, you need a case worthy of that new tech. The Active Rugged iPhone Case from Nomad is constructed of TPE bumpers and a polycarbonate frame that can handle a six foot drop, no problem. Covered in a specially tanned, water and scratch-resistant leather from Germany, you can take the case on a hike or run without worry.
Everyman Grafton Pen
Handwriting-recognition apps can get as advanced as they want, nothing beats pen on paper. The Grafton pen weighs a full ounce and feels great in your hand — dashing off your shopping list will feel like writing the first lines of an epic novel. It’s made from anodized aluminum with a bolted-on clip and deep grooves for grip. Impressively priced and compatible with Fisher Space Pen refills (plus a host of other refills), this is a pen you’ll have for life.
Bellroy Micro Sleeve Wallet
For when you want to get really minimal with your cards and cash, the Micro Sleeve Wallet from Australia-based Bellroy is a stripped-down beauty. Made from environmentally certified leather, the sleeve has the capacity to handle four cards in the two outer pockets, plus a few folded bills and another card or two in the squeeze-access center pocket. While it might not be your only wallet, it’s probably the sharpest way to carry the bare minimum.
Skagen Falster 2 Smartwatch
Apple Watches aren’t the only smartwatch game in town. With numerous companies designing watches that run Google Wear OS, you have options. Danish brand Skagen designs minimalist watches and jewelry — including a line of smartwatches that are refreshingly affordable. The Falster 2 gives you heart-rate data, smartphone notifications (even if that smartphone is an iPhone), plus Google Pay, Navigation, and apps from the Google Play store. You get a full day of use from a charge and it’s shower- and swim proof too.
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