10 Of 2021’s Best Rugged Everyday Carry Essentials For Guys

2021 rugged everyday carry gear

This collection of the best rugged everyday carry gear that 2021 has to offer is here to help you start this year off right. Each of these everyday carry essentials was carefully chosen to make each day just a bit easier by giving you the EDC tools you need. To purchase any of these items just follow the links throughout the article.

First up today is the Seiko 5 Sports Watch ($335) which is powered by an Automatic Caliber 4R36 movement and water-resistant up to 100 meters. This is a sport watch with the aesthetics of a field watch and it powers itself using the natural motion of your wrist so as long as you wear it your watch stays juiced up.

The Vans Ultrarange EXO HI MTE Sneaker Boots ($110) are a steal at this price for the versatility alone. They boast Vans’ iconic style but pack the funcationality of a rugged outdoor shoe with everything from an upgraded UltraCush Lite midsole compound to Vans’ EXO Skeleton tech which provides built-in support across the toes and medial sidewall. They’re comfy, built to last, and will withstand anything you throw at them.

2021 rugged everyday carry gear

The Relwen Windzip Jacket ($258) comes in Orange, Navy, or Light Steel. This truly is a remarkable jacket that has been specifically engineered to withstand all sorts of weather. It has a water-resistant exterior, is stuffed with dense 60 gram down-alternative filling, has a tall stand-up collar, and all sorts of other badass features you want in your new favorite jacket.

You can pair that jacket with the Flint and Tinder 365 Pants ($98) which comes in six different colors and are perfect everyday pants. Even if jeans are your preferred style you’re going to love how these chinos frame your lower half. And they’re sold in every length x waist configuration you’re looking for.

Next up we have the Leatherman Topo Skeletool ($79). This is an ultra-light model (only 5oz) so it won’t weigh your pockets down and in addition to pliers, cutters, screwdrivers, and more it features a 420HC Combo Knife Knife, one of the best blades around. I’ve been a brand loyalist with Leatherman since my parents gave me my first Leatherman back in the Cub Scouts. They are built to last a lifetime if you treat them right and I wouldn’t trust any other brand to make me a multi-tool. Also, you cannot beat that price. This is a true multi-tool and one you can carry in conjunction with a knife because it provides so much value.

2021 rugged everyday carry gear

The Hardin Carabiner by The James Brand ($40) is a particularly excellent example of that brand’s impeccable craftsmanship and design. It is drop-forged for consistency and superior strength and the dual compartment design enables you to keep your keys + other items securely attached. It is constructed out of aerospace-grade 6061 aluminum that’s both lightweight and crazy strong.

The AWOL Fisherman Beanie ($45) comes in Smoked Olive (pictured here), Black, or Theravada Orange. This beanie was designed and manufactured in LA and the super soft and 100% organic cotton is Global Organic Textile Standard Certified for ecological and social responsibility.

The Magpul DAKA Everyday Wallet is on sale for just $18 but there are only two left in stock so if you want oen you’ll need to act fast. This thin profile slim wallet has a windowed ID slot, holds between three and seven cards and cash, and it’s designed from polymer infused textile material that’s oil, water, dirt, and stain resistant.

2021 rugged everyday carry gear

We round it out with the Jaybird Vista Earthproof Wireless Headphones ($180) in Nimbus Grey. These earbuds have been overhauled to meet the military’s MIL-STD 810G requirements. If they’re rugged enough for the troops they’re good enough for you, right? In order to receive the MIL-STD 810G certification the ‘Earthproof’ Vistas had to endure ‘repeated shock, vibration, drop and crush tests, as well as withstanding tropical humidity, hurricane-force water and desert sandstorm conditions.’

Last up today is the 1733 VX21 Ripstop Bookbag ($200) in Coyote but it also comes in a Red/Black color. This incredibly durable and water-resistant backpack is made from a performance fabric that’s a laminate sandwich of a DWR coating, a 210 denier nylon, an x-grid, a non-porous film, and a polyester taffeta backing. It has all the bells and whistles you want in an everyday backpack including a large storage space, EDC pockets, reinforced seams, and the fabric is lightweight so this bag won’t weigh you down. They’ve managed to make an incredibly strong backpack that weighs less than the competition, it’s excellent.

Let us take a look at all of this year’s best everyday carry gear one more time. You can shop the full collection and/or pick and choose any of your favorites by following the product links underneath the image below!

2021 rugged everyday carry gear

[1] Seiko 5 Sports Watch [$335]

[2] Vans Ultrarange EXO HI MTE Sneaker Boots [$110]

[3] Relwen Windzip Jacket [$258]

[4] Flint and Tinder 365 Pants [$98]

[5] Leatherman Topo Skeletool [$69]

[6] The Hardin Carabiner by The James Brand [$40]

[7] AWOL Fisherman Beanie [$45]

[8] Magpul DAKA Everyday Wallet [$18]

[9] Jaybird Vista Earthproof Wireless Headphones [$180]

[10] 1733 VX21 Ripstop Bookbag [$200]

I hand-pick a collection of 10 Everyday Carry Essentials each day for you gentlemen and try to keep it as fresh as possible around here. Each day’s roundup of the best everyday carry gear for men includes a combination of apparel, accessories, and gear that are meant to have an immediate impact on your daily life. You can pick and choose your favorites from the collection or shop the complete set, whatever’s best for you. And if you happen to have any accessories or apparel that you believe deserves to be featured here you can always hit me up on Twitter at @casspa or email at cass@brobible.com.


Cass is a partner at BroBible and he’s been found here for the better part of a decade. He’s based out of Florida and you can contact him on Twitter at @casspa or via email cass@brobible.com

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