Welcome to the Urban EDC Showcase! Each week, we feature one member from the EDC community and the gear they rely on every day. Want to be featured? Submit your gear photo.
For this week’s EDC showcase, we are thrilled to talk to Chris (@slickpockets) from Southern California. Chris works as a freelance commercial photographer and is a volunteer for the Sheriff Department’s Search & Rescue team. Read on for the full details of his battle-hardened everyday carry!
My name is Chris Miller and I live in the Southern California desert with my beautiful wife and 3 awesome kids. I am a freelance commercial photographer and a volunteer for my Sheriff Department’s Search & Rescue team.
My kids are young, so all of my free time is spent with them at the moment. As soon as I’m not the center of their world, I will pick up fishing, shooting, golfing, and hiking again. Actually my oldest is 9, and he loves to fish and shoot with me, and I suppose the younger ones will as well soon enough.
My journey into EDC began with researching better flashlights for my Search & Rescue team. I’m the team’s unofficial gear/tech consultant. I advise the team on everything from flashlights to radios, GPS units, packs, boots, and so on.
Also, as a photographer I was delighted when I discovered that not all LED flashlights had to be these weak, pencil thin blue beams of light that the early Maglite LEDs put out (and many current offerings). I befriended flashlight modders who built me lights with powerful, neutrally tinted smooth beams of light.
I discovered I could use these custom flashlights in my photography business as well as for Search & Rescue purposes. And as my use of flashlights grew in terms of photography, so did my collection. And I might as well have a knife or three to go along with those lights.
Beyond the utility of these lights and knives, I began to appreciate the artistic and custom variations of certain high end lights and knives. I have always liked tricking out my firearms, either with nickel finishes, or exotic calibers, anything to make them truly my own. It is a special feeling to have a beautiful, handmade tool in your pocket.
Favorite EDC Tool:
My current favorite item in this photo is the Zerofeud spinner, because my friend Rick made it just for me, and it is pretty much a one of a kind (don’t worry I’m sure he is going to make more).
However my daily gear choices are defined by the day: Will I be working, will it be dangerous, will it be dark, will I be outside or inside, or will I just be bored? Am I dressed up or dressed down, with the family or solo? I have favorites for each situation, but just as no single piece of gear is ever optimal for every situation, it is impossible to pick a single favorite.
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