Little clip is brilliant solution to "pocket bulge"


I hate carrying stuff around in my pockets, and am obsessed with EDC and making sure the few things I do carry are multipurpose/functional/awesome enough to justify the pocket space they take up. I also have one of those stupid giant car key thingys in the above photo which never fit nicely in a pocket and always result in bulging. Unless of course you get one of these handy P-7 Suspension Clips. Also works for big giant bulky keychains. You could probably fashion one on your own out of an old metal ruler or some over sized paperclips, but for $12 this is a simple solution to a major headache.


  1. Yeah, half of my wedding photos, I’ve got a cellphone in my pocket creating an unsightly, if not somewhat profane looking, bulge in my trousers.

    So, are you suggesting we carry things outside of our pockets?

  2. I use something similar–you can get a cheaper version at a hardware store. This also saves on the wear-and-tear of your pockets (pants or coat). The main problem I have with it is the possibility of losing your keys. If you brush against them, the clip falls off, so you do need to be careful. Otherwise, it is a good solution if you do have a lot of keys.

    1. Exactly what I was going to suggest. I do this all the time.

      There are also belt loop clips you can get that have an extensible cable, so you can use the keys without having to unclip them.

      Both solutions are more elegant (from both a cost and functionality perspective) than this one. :)

    2. I second the old (or new) carabiner + belt approach.
      Carabiner clips won’t come off no matter what acrobatics
      you’re doing, yet they’re easy to release.

      I used a Dremel tool to adjust the carabiner hook
      so that it doesn’t shred my belt when removed.

      I prefer to loop it around my belt; harder for someone
      to lift off you, doesn’t ‘swing’ as much, and a belt
      is less likely to break unnoticed than the fabric belt loop.

  3. Fun Fact: If you are the guy who wears their jolly-jingling keys dangling on a belt loop, everyone IS making fun of you behind your back. You sound ridiculous and provide endless entertainment.

    Thank you.

    1. I get by with a total of six keys and with the sized carabiner I use combined with the key chain ring my keys rest quietly and safely in my back pocket while also secured to the loop. The people I laugh at are the ones constantly trying to find their keys.

      1. I have the same habit with my keys: carabiner with keys tucked in back pocket.

        I don’t trust the tiny little metal rings and clips on doo-dads like this which is why I use something that I can count on.

        I’m not on here often enough to pick a fight but I thought the comment by Weendex was anything but fun.

      2. Me too, but I use a solid-brass swivelling spring-clip I got at the hardware store 20 years ago for $1. Been using the same one ever since, and I’ve never lost my keys. They hang in my back pocket and never jingle. Nor have I broken a single belt loop!
        I have another identical setup with a chromed clip (color coded!) for my work keys, since I’m obliged to carry quite a few and I don’t want them all on one ring.
        I can clip both to a carabiner inside a pocket of my man-purse whilst bike commuting to keep them out of my pockets (comfort and safety).
        I scoff at other peoples’ key-management strategies.

    2. If you clip your keys to the belt loop on your hip instead of the one above your front pocket, they don’t slap your thigh with every step so they don’t jingle nearly as much.

    3. If not the keys jangling, they’re snickering about your visible butt crack, or the tape on your glasses.

  4. Why not just use a carabiner? I’ve used one for years instead of putting my keys in my pockets (largely because the pockets on women’s pants are clearly not meant to be used. *sigh*). They close so you don’t have to worry about brushing against something and having the clip fall off like Freshacconci mentioned.

    They will eventually pull your belt loop off, though, if you clip them to that.

    1. Not untrue, but ponder this: Who would have the most motivation and reason to come up with the most efficient way to utilize keys/key chains?

      Janitors. Nature’s building access optimizers.

  5. The product description indicates that anything hanging from this clip is meant to be dangling INSIDE the pocket, not jangling about a la superintendent keys. This makes much more sense.

    1. Exactly. Clip them to the top of the pocket so they have more room and don’t lump up at the bottom. Also you don’t have to dig for them.

      And I use a carabiner to do just that. Cheap, simple, easy to find just about anywhere.

  6. I use thousands of pouches strapped to my enormous bulging thighs and biceps. Unfortunately, my four hundred pound gun won’t fit into any of them, and so I must strap it to my back putting undue strain on my spindly calves.

  7. I once worked with someone who warned me against wearing keys on the side of jeans. He’d once fallen off his bike and impaled himself on his keys.

    Not that it particularly matters these days, I think it was used in the Gay community in the 1970s to indicate your preference in “encounters”. Given most male fashion starts off as gay fashion, I doubt it means anything now.

  8. I have made “just plain keys” to replace the giant key/remote things that came with the car. Much smaller, and I don’t like remotes anyway.
    I wish keypad entry were available on more cars, it rocks. Then I don’t have to carry keys at all. Especially places like at the beach, I just toss the keys under the seat and lock the car.

    1. The key in the photo is for a 2nd generation MINI Cooper. Note I use the term “key” and not “remote”.

      This _is_ actually the key, there’s a flat/round spot on the dashboard that it clicks into. There is no* cut-metal thingy that goes into a traditional lock cylinder; one of those cannot be made for this car, as suggested. Hence the need to carry the somewhat bulky round plastic key.

      *technically there is a metal key portion to this, however it doesn’t start the car, it’s only there to allow you to unlock the door if the battery dies. The loop where the split-ring is attached is the end of the key, stowed inside the UFO-looking part.

  9. Why not just drive an older car that uses a tiny key? My 1958 Chevy’s key is the size of a padlock key.

    Besides, you’ll get more envious looks.

  10. My experience with belt clips is that whatever is dangling tends to catch on things, occasionally leading to abrupt halts. Also, when I kept my phone in a belt holster I dropped it frequently compared to just pocketing it. But that’s me.

  11. Perhaps this wasn’t clear, but this clip allows you to keep your keys INSIDE your pocket, just not all bunched up at the bottom. It’s not the same as a carabiner clipped to a belt loop, and while you could certainly clip a carabiner to your pocket I don’t know if it would sit as flat. It’s all about elegance you know.

  12. That little loop of metal linkage between the money clip and the hook clasp is highly suspect. Enjoy buying a new fob for hundreds of dollars!

  13. If you have a pocket knife with a clip on it, you may be familiar with the intended use of this item. I can see its utility. I appreciate how nicely made it appears to be. The price will keep me from every giving it a try.

  14. Sean,
    I’ve taken to using a couple $1 carabiners. The keys, etc can hang inside my pocket to avoid the jangles and they separate easily into usage clusters – house/car keys, flashlight, mini-pen. You can get them in colors too, and laser etch the colored Al ones. For your color style, we could find them in black and then etch in little CrashSpace Logos. Hmm, looking at the clip you have, you might be able to etch it too.

  15. How many keys do you people carry on a regular basis? I have two for the apartment, a car key, a mailbox key and two work keys. And they don’t exactly rip through my pockets like neutronium.

    1. good question.

      My car key and fob on one key ring (I don’t like a lot of keys hanging down from the ignition)

      Another key ring for my house: one front door key, one back door key (soon the front door lock will be rekeyed to work on the back door key) and one key for the shed’s rollup door.

      The third and final key ring contains my fiancées car key and fob, gate key for the office, door key for the office, security box key, a neat brass tag, shed key for the shed at my old house (probably should remove that), front door key to parents house, back door key to parents house, key to master locks that my dad and I use for everything we need padlocks for, key to my parent’s garage/workshop, key to my aunt’s storage warehouse, key I am unsure of what it goes to, little mini prybar, key to my gunsafe, and key to my sister’s house.

      1. Not to be a smart-ass, but I don’t see how any combination or placement of that many keys can be comfortable.

        1. It can get annoying. I keep the first two in my right front pocket, and the third in the left, and it seems to work well. I use the left pocket keys least. Which is good because there is not really any room in that pocket for anything else. Before I broke off the house keys to their own ring it was annoying every day twice a day to dig out the huge keyring and fumble for the right key to lock or unlock my doors. Now it’s not so bad. And I have been looking for something like this to keep my car key from going to the bottom of the pocket and having to dig around to find it.

          I am thinking of moving most of the left pocket keys to my car. But then I’ll probably need duplicates for a lot of them and keep them in my fiancées car, since I tend to drive it a lot now. It wasn’t a big deal when I lived 5 minutes from work and 10 from most of the family, but now that I’m an hour away, I tend to not want to drive back home because I forgot a key.

          Last time I was at the doctor’s for a checkup I had them weigh me again after I took off my boots, belt, hat, and everything out of my pockets. I weighed 12 pounds less! (although to be fair, my workboots weigh two pounds each, and my pistol weighs 5ish)

  16. The funny thing to me is that this “problem” is a new one. It came about when men stopped wearing jackets (sport coats and suits).

    For years I too suffered the pockets problem – trying endless variations of items to minimize the bulge, but to carry everything useful that I needed/wanted.

    A couple years ago I got really serious about it. First, I got the tiniest cell phone I could find – it was a Sony a little bit bigger than the size of a current-model Apple Remote. I stopped carrying around all the extra keys I don’t need every day (the large keyring of university building keys I had as a grad student went into my shoulder bag, which I always brought to the university anyway). That meant just a car key and apartment key. The remote for my car is quite small, thankfully. This disappeared into any pocket without a bulge (even tighter-fitting pants).

    Then I aimed for the wallet. I bought a fairly slim wallet and took almost everything out of it. License and credit card were all I really needed, but a couple other “just in case” cards didn’t hurt.

    Then I got a smartphone, a Nexus One. It came with a form-fitting neoprene pouch. I realized that I could fit my license and credit card in the pouch with the phone, and I wouldn’t need a wallet. Brilliant!

    Then, I discovered the joys of wearing a jacket. You can use all the pockets without creating bulges (they’re designed that way), you look incredibly sharp even when you dress casually, and you can do the classic move you see in so many movies: shoving papers into your jacket’s inside pocket (or retrieving them). I also keep my phone (which I still use as a wallet) in the inside pocket, so I look cool retrieving that too :) In Thailand I found a leather iPhone pouch that the neoprene Nexus One pouch fits snugly inside, so I put the cards outside of the neoprene pouch for easier access.

    Depending on climate, a basic lightweight cotton, wool, or corduroy jacket (better, an assortment of them) can be worn every day and in any context. It’s the greatest piece of men’s fashion that exists. Why they’re not more popular, I don’t know. By the way, if in wintry areas you like to wear ski-type jackets rather than wool overcoats, you can just put all your stuff in the ski jacket pockets. That’s what I’m doing now in Western New York, because I don’t want to buy an overcoat since I’m only living here (with my parents) temporarily :)

  17. I’m also a huge fan. My jacket has 19 pockets and the weight distribution system allows me to carry large quantities of EDC without feeling the weight. The pockets are designed so that the coat shows little bulge. While in DC recently, I was waved through security while women with purses that could hold 1/4 of what I was carrying were scrutinized. The best part is that when I leave the house I simply grab my coat and don’t fret about accidentally leaving things around the house.

  18. Seriously, carry a handbag! It’s much more practical (just checkout the women you know for proof) and you’ll always have everything you need close to hand. Finding it of course is another matter!

    And you won’t look any less masculine that a guy with a bunch of keys jangling from his belt…

  19. “making sure the few things I do carry are multipurpose/functional/awesome enough to justify the pocket space they take up.” and that’s why i’ll take a blackberry over applecrap every time.

  20. I recommend the 20mm stainless clips for this. Some people like the 15mm but I think they are too small for this application. The 25mm work fine but I prefer the 20mm in this application a tiny bit.

    I was a bit surprised at the sudden traffic on my site. It caught me off guard a bit. Almost all the people that visit my store are my forum members.

    I think it is against the rules to mention my forum so I will not mention it.

  21. What’s the EDC obsessives’ take on those of us who get by on just a few keys, a wallet, a cell phone, and some pocket change? Do the Metro pass and the book I bring to read on the train count?

    1. We EDC because chances are, the people around us don’t. EDCers take solace in knowing they can rely on themselves for mundane chores to potentially life-saving situations.

      1. Ahh yes, I remember that time a co-worker with a pocketknife saved me from having to walk over to my desk 15 feet away to open a package.

        In all seriousness, though, I do bring along a knife, a compass, a space blanket, etc. when I’m hiking or camping. And I keep flashlights, blankets, and a full spare in my car. But for everyday use, I’ve never had the need to carry a bunch of extra stuff — the tradeoff was never worth the encumbrance.

        1. Ah, but the trick to EDCing is to maximize utility without it ever getting to the point of encumbrance. Some people can tolerate different carries — I personally am a minimalist myself and it has gotten to the point that it feels worse to carry nothing than to overcarry.

  22. I recommend it for carrying things such as a Swiss Army Knife to prevent it from falling horizontal in the bottom of your pocket .
    The weight of the knife will also prevent it from accidentally falling out when running or climbing mountains .

  23. I see the word mentioned EDC several times.

    I do hope this is not violating the rules here but I am EDCForums dot com as well as the link you see at the start of this thread.

  24. I bought one of these from Jon about 3 months ago. My workplace when to a magnetic door lock system and I was issued a magnetic key. I usually have a half dozen items in my pocket. Keys, lighter, nail clippers, Leatherman Micro, etc. I was always rooting around trying to tell if I had the key or some other item. I ordered the clip and I haven’t had any issues with it, it’s holds on snuggly and is easy to pull out.

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