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My EDC - With Lots of Pics!

Discussion in 'Show us pics of your EDC!' started by Starcruiser1229, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. Starcruiser1229

    Starcruiser1229 Loaded Pockets

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    Ok, so I thought it was about time for me to finally post all of my edc gear!

    First things first, a gear list:

    Front Left Pocket:
    -Phone (in a case)
    -Wallet, which contains:
    -the normal money, cards and stuff
    -A swisscard
    -Moleskine Notebook (depending on pants)

    Front Right Pocket
    -Kershaw Leek, all Stainless, Assisted Opener
    -Tactical Wallet, which holds:
    -Mini Sharpie
    -Fisher Space Pen Bullet
    -My Phone ear buds
    -My keys (on a quick release keychain, clipped to a belt loop and 'hung' in the pocket), which contain:
    -Atwood Prybaby, regular size S30V
    -a Carabiner
    -my Fenix P1D CE
    -Some Keys
    -A glowring

    On My Belt:
    -The Maxpedition RAT Wallet, which contains:
    -A Solo Twin Torch Lighter
    -A leatherman squirt P4
    -A Vic Mini Champ, with red light (on a twisty with the leatherman)
    -a spare PDA Battery
    -some change
    -a 2gb Sandisk Cruiser flash-drive
    -a spare CR123 and a spare AAA
    -a piece of plastic with duct-tape, electrical tape, and elastics
    -a small gerber knife
    -my T-Mobile MDA (pda/backup cell phone)
    -band-aids (not shown)

    Around my neck:
    -A Paracord lanyard, with:
    -An Arc AAA-P
    -An Atwood Son Of Prything, with a cord-wrapped sheath.

    The reason for cord-wrapping the sheathe was to prevent it from making noise as the flashlight hit it while I walk.
    I used some foam core double sided tape to help hold the sheath open enough to make the SOP removable...
    There is about 7 feet of paracord in the wrap.



    Depending on the pants I am wearing, I may carry the Moleskine in a rear pocket.


    Now then, what you have all been waiting for, the pictures:
    *Warning - I did not resize the BIGGER pictures, so they are full 7.1MP images - if you are on a dialup connection, it is going to take some time...*

    [img width=640 height=366]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0198s.jpg[/img]
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    This Picture shows all of my edc, except my watch and ring, together.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0201s.jpg[/img]
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    This shows the Moleskine, the Tactical wallet, and my wallet.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0204s.jpg[/img]
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    This Image shows my wallet, and its EDC contents, a SwissCard.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0203s.jpg[/img]
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    This Picture shows the tactical wallet with its contents:
    a sharpie mini
    a fisher space pen
    my phone earbuds
    -This thing is still fairly empty, which is fine with me - I am saving that space for future EDC (so let me know everything I am missing so I can stuff this thing!)

    [img width=640 height=496]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0206s.jpg[/img]
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    This shows the Maxpedition RAT and contents: my PDA, tape on plastic, batteries, small gerber knife, lighter, PDA battery, flash drive, multitools, ect... (see above for more detailed list...). The only thing not shown (in any picture) are my band-aids, which are carried in a flat pocket in the back of the RAT.

    [img width=640 height=542]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0208s.jpg[/img]
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    This shows how it all fits in the RAT (except the PDA, which goes in the front, and those band-aids.)

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    This picture shows my phone, a Motorola Krzr, leaning on its case.

    [img width=640 height=426]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0224s.jpg[/img]
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    This picture shows my watch and my high school class ring, which I wear everyday. The watch is a Citizen Ecodrive.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0219s.jpg[/img]
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    This picture shows all of the stuff I wear around my neck, with the Son of Prything out of the case.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0211s.jpg[/img]
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    This shows my A.O. Kershaw Leek.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0212s.jpg[/img]
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    This shows my whole keychain spread out. The SAK and leatherman that I carry in the RAT were originally intended to go on my keys, but I decided there was already enough stuff there. I may decide to put one or the other on my keys at some point.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0214s.jpg[/img]
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    This Picture shows all of the items on my keychain unclipped - the black thing is a leather and metal keychain from Brookstones that allows me to unclip items quickly and easily.

    [img width=640 height=303]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0216s.jpg[/img]
    BIGGER
    This is the same as above with the P1D CE turned on.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0217s.jpg[/img]
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    This is my Necklace with the SOP in its sheath



    Now then:

    This is all the gear I carry on me every day. I am a college student in a fairly Urban area - near Albany NY. For this reason, I carry a lot less 'survival' gear than some other people here - there is a hospital under 10 minutes from me (perhaps 5), so my need for serious first aid gear on me at all times is a lot less than for someone who lives out in the middle of nowhere. That said, I am thinking about adding slightly more survival gear than I have now, just in case, but realistically, there is only so much stuff I can carry on me and I think it should be geared toward things I use regularly.

    Things I want / Intend to do:
    -add some small packets of pills to the band aids, along with some butterfly things to make a mini First Aid kit
    -add a compass, perhaps some spectra fishing line, water purification tabs, and perhaps a gallon ziplock to the RAT.
    -add a small flint to the necklace (under the cord wrap), and to the RAT like this
    -adding some tinder to the RAT
    -add an Atwood whistle to my necklace (eventually)
    -perhaps add my ipod and earbuds somewhere. Back pocket? Backpack? Somewhere.

    I would really like to get some other nice knives - my leek is the nicest knife I have ever owned, and I love it (I really love how fast it snaps open, too). That said, there are so many other companies that I want to try things from as soon as I am less :broke: .

    I would LOVE to hear what you think of my EDC. Suggestions and comments would be very welcome, as I am still new to many parts of this. How can I make my gear better???

    Looking forward to hearing from everyone,
    Patrick
     
  2. ZenEngineer

    ZenEngineer Loaded Pockets

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    Those are some good pictures and I admire much of your gear. However, I question the wisdom of showing pictures of keys. People more skilled than I might be able to deduce your identity and location from online clues, but I am confident I can take the picture of your keys and cut blanks to the same outline. Thus I wouldn't even have to pick your locks...

    Just saying that your personal opsec needs some work, not your gear.
     
  3. onlyonespyderco

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    Indeed some students just did that with Diebold voting machines from a picture of a key on their website.
     
  4. riprater

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    Great set up! I've been wanting a Maxpedition RAT Wallet for a while now. And that Son Of Prything is sweet! O0
     
  6. Starcruiser1229

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    Hmm, I really don't think that I am worth the effort of finding, although I agree that tracking someone on the internet is not hard, and, if you have the gear, you could cut the keys. I would also agree that it is better safe than sorry, especially when all it costs is 5 minutes in photoshop. I think that should about fix it, do you agree?

    As far as the Son of Prything - it is amazing, and I did not realize how much stuff was in my RAT untill it came out for the picture!

    Patrick
     
  7. BillCurnow

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    Actually, you've included the full-sized 7.1 MB images in the article so those on dialup are already having trouble. Scaling != resizing. Otherwise, nice kit.
     
  8. Starcruiser1229

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    You are 100% Right about that. My bad. Should be all better now? (ok, given the number of pictures and the speed of dial up, it will still be slow, but it should be better at least)

    Other than that, any other suggestions, or edc items I absolutely need to have?

    Patrick
     
  9. BillCurnow

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    Looks spiffy.
     
  10. dajak

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    You carry some great stuf with you.
    I really like the rat wallet content.
     
  11. Starcruiser1229

    Starcruiser1229 Loaded Pockets

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    Thanks!! I almost didn't realize how much it really holds until I took it all out...
    Patrick
     
  12. LordOfWar

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    Nice collection.
     
  13. knightrider

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    Nice stuff. I really like the wrapping method you used on your Atwood SOPT. Don't know what else you could add or change, seems like some good choices already.
     
  14. Johnny_Z

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    I just got my Maxpedition Rat wallet, which I bought solely because of this thread. I was really impressed with all the stuff you had put in there. However, after taking a couple things out of my Nite-Ize Pock-it and putting them into the RW, nothing really fits. Eyedropper bottle, lip balm, all too tall and if I lay them down, there's no room for anything else.

    Any suggestions?
     
  15. pocketrocket

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    here is my edc...
    this is my CRKT, which is my heavy duty work knife, my can wrench, which has a 3/8ths socket on one end, and a 7/16ths on the other and a 3W dorcy. Say what you will about Dorcy lights, this thing rocks for the price.
    [img width=640 height=480]http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k82/spedunit/edc5.jpg[/img]

    my LM Wave, with skateboard griptape on the sides, and pivots, carried on a horizontal belt sheath,
    [img width=640 height=480]http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k82/spedunit/edc4.jpg[/img]

    this lil guy is suprisingly bright 99cent store light. Made of aluminum, uses a couple of button cells, works great. Thats on a beaded chain sheathed in cored out paracord.
    [img width=640 height=480]http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k82/spedunit/edc3.jpg[/img]

    and the tool ring, with a mini bic, a photon, a gerber multi tool (not the best i have owned, gave the Micra to the GF) and a mini Sharpie.
    [img width=640 height=480]http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k82/spedunit/edc2.jpg[/img]
    I love this site, keep it up.
     
  16. parnass

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    Pocketrocket,

    It's great to see tools and gadgets which are put to work instead of serving as pocket jewelry. They earn their keep. Thanks for the photos.
     
  17. Starcruiser1229

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    Hmm, I will certainly try to help, but, I would agree that some things can be very hard to fit in there. It works really well *For Me* because the front pouch is big enough to hold my PDA, and the back gives me just enough storage to store some things I couldn't fit in my pockets.

    It holds flat objects very well, I find. What I have done, as you can see in the pic, is only put the bulkier stuff on one side, next to each-other. It is sort of hard to tell from the picture, but I went to Walmart and got some industrial strength Velcro, and stuck the hook side on the inside of the RAT, and then I made a few loops out of the loop side (leaving the backing on most of it, just peeling one end and sticking it closed. The backing is smooth enough to make sliding things in and out of the loops easy, but they hold everything upright. This is they key, for me. Before the velcro, I had a heck of a time getting much of anything in there - it all fell over on-top of other things and was just a mess. I would highly recommend that you come up with some system to hold things up. (you could, for example, stitch in shock-cord but that would be hard...).

    I just tested and it can indeed hold a typical Chap-Stick brand lip balm upright, no problem (not sure which brand you are using?). For taller things, it may not work, or you may be forced to get creative. Lots of backpacking sites sell small bottles for eye drops - perhaps one of those would fit?

    If you want to post some of the items that are misbehaving, I may have some ideas to help (or not....). I hope this helps anyway. I would say that this bag is perfect for me, but it may not be good for other people - it really depends. I really hope that you can make your RAT work for you.


    I have actually made a few additions to my EDC, So I will have to take pictures and post them here later...
    Patrick
     
  18. Starcruiser1229

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    As promised, My Updated EDC.

    [img width=640 height=445]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0284S.jpg[/img]

    The first couple changes I made are to the contents of my EDC wallet.

    [img width=535 height=640]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0285S.jpg[/img]

    I added a Victorinox One Handed Trekker to the knife pocket. This thing is SHARP - I cannot believe how sharp this thing came! It is also a bit bigger than I would have guessed - but it fits perfectly, and augments my edc nicely. I tied a loop of paracord through the lanyard hole - just long enough to stretch out the top of my pocket. Usually I keep it wrapped around the knife, but if I am ever not carrying a folder, I can use that to make it quicker to deploy (although compared to my AO Leek, that is clipped into my pocket, it is still painfully slow...). The nice thing about this knife is that I think you can get away with a Swiss Army knife places you couldn't take any other knife...

    [img width=640 height=408]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0287S.jpg[/img]

    I then added some various condiments to the inside, along with a few tea bags, and a pack of gum to the outside. The condiments are a work in progress, I am planning to add a few more.... As soon as I find somewhere I can grab them from :laugh:
    I figure this way if I ever need it I have it (and they ALWAYS forget to give me whatever condiment it is I consider essential...).


    The other changes are to my RAT Wallet.

    The first change is to the inside of the zippered compartment. I added a Chap-Stick, 2 Spy Capsules which hold (red) Aspirin, and (green) Advil. I also Added half a roll of Tums (the thing all wrapped in foil). And some packets of hand sanitizer (I did not know they made these, until I found them at Walmart, and they fit Perfectly! Lastly, a TINY compass, it is not the highest quality, I got it out of a "survival kit in a sardine can" I got for Christmas a few years ago and just decided to open...

    [img width=640 height=480]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0288S.jpg[/img]

    This is how it all fits in there. The card with the tape got moved to the pocket between the front and rear compartments. You can kind of see the velcro I am using to hold everything up.

    I also removed the tiny Gerber knife. With the new OHT I am up to 6 blades in my EDC - Kershaw Leek, OHT, Atwood SOP, 1 on my Leatherman squirt, and 2 on my Mini-Champ. Although the Leatherman is relatively small, and the Mini-Champ blades are down right minuscule, I really don't need a 7'th blade. I really don't need 6, but that is a different story... EDIT - forgot about my Swisscard. Thats 7 blades. I could not believe, when I first started reading EDCF, and people mentioned how many knives they carried. Now I get it - they multiply on you if you aren't careful! :lolhammer:

    [img width=640 height=622]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0291S.jpg[/img]

    Lastly, a shot of what I added to the very rear compartment. I added a small ziplock with Butterflies, regular band-aids and some other band-aids that are supposed to be waterproof and extra sticky...

    A second ziplock holds some imodium (generic), Benadryl (generic), and some Sudafed (not generic). It also holds a packet of Advil (can you ever have enough Advil?) and an alcohol wipe, and some antibiotic ointment, which came from that same survival kit.

    There is also a small spool of thread in this compartment. It also came with the mini survival kit, so it is probably not very good, but it is better than nothing if I need it.

    [img width=640 height=265]http://Patrick1229.com/Pictures/100_0295S.jpg[/img]



    This is not really a real first aid kit, but it covers most of the things I am likely to need in the urban environment I live in. I would love to hear your opinions on any other essential first aid supplies I may have missed - as you can see, small and flat works best for the pocket it is in, and I really don't need too much "emergency" gear as a) I am in an urban environment almost all the time, and B) there is a hospital practically on campus - I could walk there in under 10 minutes, maybe even 5. Benadryl is useful if someone has an allergic reaction to something (I do not, personally, have any serious allergies - that I know of), and aspirin, of course, is useful both as a pain killer, and in case of a heart attack. Is there anything else that I am overlooking?

    One question I have - I have never used Butterfly closures before - I put 4 of them in. Is that going to be enough to be useful, or do I need more? Any tricks to using them? I have heard (on this forum I believe) that they are good for bigger cuts - I figure just in case I slip with a knife or something, it may be good to have...

    I also made a second modification to the RAT - I removed the stitches from the doubled up area on the end of the strap that runs through the buckle that holds the front part closed, to make it easier to snap closed- apparently my PDA is just about as much as that pocket can take.

    Has anyone else ever seen or used the little hand sanitizer packets??? I never knew it came in packets - I think they are perfect for EDC. I tried one and it seems like just enough. Personally, I do not use it often enough to justify carrying the bottle, so I am really excited about these. They cost $4 for 50, in Walmart. I am interested to hear if anyone else uses them.

    Thanks for all the people who gave me feedback on my edc - I love hearing all the suggestions/ advice, ect...
    Patrick


    EDIT - Just added a tube of super-glue to the main (zippered) compartment of my RAT as well. It is getting fairly full....
    Patrick
     
  19. mrsean2k

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    Another great thread for urban EDC. I like the way you've thought through why you might need something specifically instead of just jamming the obvioius in there - you've made every choice and trade-off count.