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Klarus XT1A 2018 Edition

While modern EDC lights these days offer tons of smart new features, sometimes you don't want all the bells and whistles—especially on a tactical light. Too many modes, programming, and magnetic charging might be more complex than you need. When you want a torch that reliably puts out a lot of light in a literal flash, tactical lights are usually the way to go. Klarus's updated XT1A offers a bit of both so you can use the light the way you want after setting it up. For example, it boasts a 1000 lumen output and accommodates USB-rechargeable Li-ion batteries, but also keeps things simple with instant access to strobe and the ability to use standard AA batteries too.

The new XT1A's pocket-friendly body has all the right features for an everyday light: anti-roll rings, a grippy middle section, and a scalloped tail that can tailstand without getting in the way of your thumb. It's compact at 4.24" long and weighs 2.17oz without a battery, built from HAIII anodized T6 aluminum alloy. The body is sized to fit both 14500 Li-ion batteries and standard AA cells, giving you options to switch between higher output or more readily available power sources. When powered by a 14500 cell, its CREE XP-L HD V6 LED pushes a maximum output of 1000 lumens and reaches a low of 5 lumens. The included 14500 itself has a built-in micro-USB port for convenient charging as well.

The XT1A has a few unique features that make it especially versatile depending on if you want to use it as a tactical light or a general EDC. On its Tactical Setting, you get instant access to Turbo with the main tail switch and a one-touch Strobe with the secondary tail switch. On the Outdoor setting, it unlocks multiple modes and SOS features. Finally, useful features like a tailswitch lock-out function, battery indicator, IPX8 waterproofing, and a stainless steel pocket clip round it out. If you prefer a more traditional flashlight form factor and more control over how you can use your light, be sure to check out the XT1A 2018 at the link below.

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CRKT Squid D2

Over the past few years CRKT has really stepped up their game by putting out great EDC knives with unique designs and superior feature sets at a more affordable price point. A great example is the crowd favorite Squid—a compact folding knife designed by Lucas Burnley, boasting a stout blade and a solid frame lock. Despite its popularity, more discerning EDCers felt the cheaper 8Cr13MoV steel in the blade held it back from being a top contender for the best bang-for-your-buck blade. CRKT heard it all loud and clear and recently updated the Squid with premium D2 tool steel and a new, blacked out stonewash finish to match. If you haven't had a chance to see what the hype is about, now's the best time to add this little big knife to your rotation.

Compared to the original knife, the upgraded Squid D2 has a stronger, more robust steel that's achieves a higher hardness than 8Cr13MoV, leading to a sharper edge and better edge retention overall. It's also able to take more of a beating, making those hard-use tasks that come up every once in a while something you don't have to sweat about at all, especially with the reliable frame lock at the handle. Besides the steel this updated Squid keeps the stout drop-point blade shape that made the original a solid contender. At just 2.156” in length, it's small and pocketable while being more versatile for carry, especially in places with stricter blade length regulations. At the tip of the blade is a well-defined point for easy piercing, and the pronounced curve near the tip also lends to ease of use when it comes to delicate slicing tasks. With its large ambidextrous thumbstud, finding the blade and opening it quickly is easy. It's set up for right-handed tip-up carry, but it also has a lanyard hole at the pommel if you prefer carrying this small knife in that way.

With the new Squid D2, CRKT has taken a great everyday carry blade and made it even better by giving it the blade steel the original design deserved. If you sat on the original design because of the steel, now's the time to pick it up. And if this is your first EDC knife, it lets you get high quality steel in your hands at a manageable price point. Check out the CRKT Squid D2 now at the link below.

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APG Military Sling Bag

"This sling style leather and canvas bag is perfect for carrying small items when traveling or hiking. It’s smaller than a backpack or traditional messenger bag, but big enough to carry a 9.7″ tablet, and has pockets for tissues, eyeglasses, mints, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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