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5.11 Tactical Dart Pack

5.11 Tactical as an EDC brand needs no introduction nor proof of their reliability. From commuters wanting mil-spec quality in their daily bag to servicemen and women relying on a rugged pack in hairy situations, 5.11's packs have shown their mettle time and time again. But for some people, their stylings lean more towards tactical utility than urban minimalism. So with the Dart Pack, 5.11 takes a step in a sleek direction, with a design that that adds modern form on top of their signature function.

If you're familiar with 5.11's flagship designs, you're probably expecting a full array of MOLLE webbing all over the bag. The Dart Pack instead goes for an understated yet robust 420D nylon exterior with a simple logo on an otherwise minimal design. You'll find more tactical touches on the bag's shoulder straps, which come with the webbing and adjustable sternum strap found on other 5.11 packs. The rear of the pack comes with vented padding for comfort, while the shoulder straps are “free” on loops instead of attached to fixed points on the bag.

On the inside is where you'll find the biggest difference if you're used to the brand's other backpacks. Instead of few pockets and an open main compartment, you get more options to organize your gear, including a drop-fleece lined pocket and more webbing to strap in your EDC. The angled zip main compartment itself has about 20 liters of capacity, while a secondary pocket can double as a hydration compartment. Both of them are also compatible with a PE board that comes with a padded laptop sleeve, elastic pocket, and more webbing for pens and other essentials.

This isn't the 5.11 Tactical backpack you're looking for, but it could be more than expected from an EDC backpack. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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Zootility RNGR Ultra-thin Folding Knife

You think you've seen it all when it comes to knives, and then something like Zootility's RNGR comes along. It's got the proper size, ergonomics, and even cutting ability of any EDC blade, until you turn it on its side. At only 0.125” thick, the RNGR is almost impossibly thin. It's one of the most EDC-friendly knives you can carry, and it's got even more tricks up its very narrow sleeve.

For starters: the RNGR isn't even held together by bolts or screws. Zootility calls it “steel origami,” with the RNGR's two pieces designed to interlock as well as disengage with ease. This means that if you accidentally leave the knife on your person going through security, the blade can be forfeited with a simple twist, which you can then replace later to restore your knife to its rightful place in your EDC.

The pieces themselves are made from 440C stainless steel, rust-resistant and robust, and easy to maintain. The steel also gives the knife some cutting heft while still maintaining a 1.4 ounce weight.  The 2.2” blade comes with a combo edge, with the straight section having a bit of belly tapering into a tip for long slices when needed, while its serrated edge takes care of the heavier tasks.

Thanks to its size and design, it couldn't be easier to carry the RNGR. Slide it into any pocket, slip it into your wallet, hang it off a carabiner, the options are limitless. You can even pledge for an extra clip if you want even more options for EDC. There's a little under two weeks left to grab Zootility's ridiculously thin knife for yourself, so head over to the Kickstarter link below to pick up a RNGR with your choice of extras.

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