This is an interesting piece. Vox, being a left wing digital rag, can’t help but highlight how the EDC movement is a bit of an insular male-dominated community, but on the whole I think they did a decent job of explaining what EDC means to an outside audience.
Scrounging for Father’s Day gifts for my dad over the past few years has introduced me to a world he would probably feel right at home in: “everyday carry,” or EDC. While the term — usually used as a noun, like “my EDC” — was originally born out of threads on outdoor enthusiast forums where users would reveal the items they carry on their person every day, such as your wallet, keys, phone, or even a knife or two, it’s now exploded into full-blown subculture.
Since these EDC hubs began to sprout up all over the web, from the popular Reddit community /r/EDC to the lifestyle blog EverydayCarry.com, the meaning of the acronym has shifted from what people do carry to what they should carry, with a focus on “readiness” — often at a fairly steep price point. While proponents of the EDC lifestyle stress that personal carry is ultimately dependent on your needs and personality, there’s a strain of perfectibility that runs just under the surface; a creeping sense that the next piece of gear you buy will be the one that finally makes it into your ideal.
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