10 Of The Best Rugged Everyday Carry Essentials You Should Ask Santa For

best rugged everyday carry gear

There is nothing worse than spending money on new gear and having that stuff fall apart within months. If I’m buying something I expect it to last. That’s why I’ve hand-selected this collection of the best everyday carry gear for men that are built to last. These are all perfect gift ideas for the holidays whether you’re treating yourself or shopping for someone else.

This rugged capsule of everyday carry essentials is full of apparel and accessories. You can pick and choose your favorites or shop the full collection by following any of the links below!

We begin with the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L. This has FlexFold dividers and internal pockets that make this one of the most configurable backpacks on the planet. This bag is big enough to use as a carry-on (TSA approved) and it’s perfect for everyday use. The MagLatch closure protects all of your gear using a secure magnetized system.

The Truman Boot Co. Service Boot is crafted from a top-tier leather from Charles F. Stead tannery in Leeds, UK. The 270 Storm Goodyear welt is re-solable for a lifetime of rugged wear and these are just as functional on the job site as they are anywhere else.

best rugged everyday carry gear

The Outerknown Blanket Shirt in Dusty Red is perfect to be worn as a shirt or additional layer. It is constructed out of 100% organic cotton, has a denim-lined yoke, natural corozo buttons, chest pockets, and can be worn all Fall/Winter.

You can pair that shirt with the Flint and Tinder Stretch Selvage Jeans. These have a slimming cut, come in an array of Inseam-Waist configurations, are handmade in Los Angeles, and cut from a super durable 12.6oz denim fabric that you are going to absolutely love.

Next up is the One Eleven Mt. Everest SWII. This is a very cool wristwatch that’s sustainably made from start to finish. A portion of each sale goes towards restoring the natural habitat on Mt. Everest that’s been trampled over the years. The sustainably-powered solar battery will keep this watch juiced up at all times!

The The James Brand Duval Knife w/ Straight Blade has a gorgeous Walnut wood handle. The sheepsfoot blade-style is made from a high-quality CPM S35VN stainless steel that is one of the sharpest blades you’ll find anywhere on the planet. Every aspect of this knife has been carefully considered from the ceramic ball bearings to the frame-lock design.

best rugged everyday carry gear

Next we’ve got the The James Brand Holcombe Carabiner in Black. This works on a dual compartment locking system for your keys or other EDC gear. At the end of the carabiner, you’ve got an All Things® scraper and flathead screwdriver so this definitely functions as a multi-tool.

It’s chilly out these days. It is important to keep your head protected and warm and the Fjällräven Forever Nature Cap will do exactly that. This is built with Fjällräven’s tough and sustainable G-1000 Eco textile, is ventilated, is embroidered on the front, and adjustable on the back.

best rugged everyday carry gear

We finish it off today with the Shwood Kennedy Sunglasses. These shades have G15 polarized lenses with ‘cracked amber’ frames. Each pair takes 65 steps to make by hand which takes over 3 hours. The genuine wood inlays are sourced from the Pacific Northwest and make each pair unique in a way that you won’t find with other sunglasses.

The The Ridge Aluminum Wallet + Money Clip on OD Green holds anywhere from 1-12 cards, is fashioned together by lightweight aluminum plates with durable ceramic coating, and has a cash clip to hold your bills in place. It is RFID-blocking and only weighs 2oz!

Let’s check out today’s gear one more time:

best rugged everyday carry gear

[1] Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L [$260]

[2] Truman Boot Co. Service Boot [$420]

[3] Outerknown Blanket Shirt in Dusty Red (SALE) [$103]

[4] Flint and Tinder Stretch Selvage Jeans (Slim) [$168]

[5] One Eleven Mt. Everest SWII Watch [$75]

[6] The James Brand Duval Knife w/ Straight Blade [$275]

[7] The James Brand Holcombe Carabiner [$45]

[8] Fjällräven Forever Nature Cap [$32]

[9] Shwood Kennedy Sunglasses [$199]

[10] The Ridge Aluminum Wallet + Money Clip [$75]

best rugged everyday carry gear

As always, you can pick and choose your favorite items from the list above or you can scoop the entire collection as you see it and REALLY treat yourself. If you 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.

I’m sure most of you have realized this by now, but I publish a new edition of the ‘Everyday Carry‘ essentials roundup Monday through Thursday here at BroBible with the ‘Things We Want‘ gear guide going out on Fridays. If you know of a product that should be featured here you can hit me up on email at cass@brobible.com, or find me on Twitter at @casspa. Or if you’ve got an idea for a daily theme I should touch on then hit me up!

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