Tactical

Dango T01 Spec Ops Edition

We're seeing a shift towards more high tech materials in EDC gear for tactical, outdoors, and general EDC alike. These technical fabrics often have the edge over natural materials in terms of performance, which is what you'd want for a functional EDC. While Dango's lineup of leather wallets offered utility through their designs, the newest addition does it with a material focus. As their first non-leather wallet, the T01 Spec Ops Edition boasts a newly developed DTEX fabric and pairs it with a Cerakote-finished metal chassis for a rugged, military inspired look. Between the blend of materials and color options, it's Dango's most tactical offering yet.

To replace Dango's usual go-to material of vegtan leather, they've opted for a non-leather textile dubbed DTEX. Designed with durability in mind, it's resilient yet flexible like leather but it offers much better water resistance as well as improved grip thanks to its textured finish. The Spec Ops edition wallets offer DTEX versions of both the single pocket T01 and the Bifold T01 to match your storage and organization needs. The single pocket accommodates up to 12 cards, while the three-pocket Bifold (pictured) holds 12+ cards in its more organized layout.

Whichever DTEX pocket option you choose, the Spec Ops Edition wallets pair it with a CNC'd aluminum chassis for structure and RFID-shielding. The metal components in the Spec Ops edition are also finished with the same durable, scratch-resistant Cerakote ceramic coating you often find on firearms. Rounding out the T01's tactical utility is the included MT02 multi-tool, which packs 14 different functions into the size of a credit card.

The Spec Ops Edition T01 is available now in your choice of the single-pocket or bifold versions made from grey DTEX, paired with an OD green or desert sand Cerakote aluminum chassis.

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Fenix UC35 V2.0

If you're still changing your flashlight's batteries in 2018, it might be time for an upgrade. With a modern light, keeping a charge is as easy as plugging in your phone, thanks to built-in USB ports and new battery technology. Fenix was one of the first to introduce this with their UC35, which was based on an EDC crowd favorite, the PD35. They've updated it further in 2018 with all-new specs to give you the performance you need. The UC35 V2.0 is a great light made smaller, brighter, more versatile, and longer lasting than its predecessor.

The original UC35 was a great light in its own right, but the V2 still manages to squeeze in significant improvements. For starters, its redesigned body is 10mm shorter overall with a more centered grip section on the barrel for comfort and control. As for output, the V2 opts for a CREE XP-L HI V3 emitter to push 1000 lumens out 266 meters, slightly edging out the original's 960 lumen output and 200 meter throw. The V2's larger 3500mAh 18650 Li-ion battery (included) combined with an all-new 1-lumen Moonlight mode results in an impressive 800 hours of runtime. The V2 cycles through its 5 modes with an upgraded stainless steel side switch with an integrated battery level indicator.

You'll still find plenty of features you'd expect from a quality EDC light in the new UC35, like a tactical tail switch, hard-anodized aluminum construction, IP68-rated water resistance, and built-in micro-USB charging. If you still prefer primary cells for your flashlight, like for use in colder environments, the UC35 V2 also accommodates two CR123a batteries. Check out the UC35 and all its features in full detail at the link below.

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Hazard 4 Pillbox Thermocap Daypack

When you EDC expensive electronics and gear that needs to be kept safe, not just any bag will do. You need a bag that has enough padding and protection to prevent against damage from both within and without. And one of the best ways to do that is to carry your gear in a camera backpack. Take the Hazard 4 Pillbox, for example. It mixes the interior padding and protection of a camera bag with the aesthetics and durability that are the hallmarks of tactical everyday carry design. And you don't have to carry a camera to realize the benefits of using the bag, because its organizational storage space works with your kit, whatever it may be.

The most striking feature of the Pillbox is its molded-foam shell exterior and 1000D Cordura nylon construction. This provides more structure and protection than your standard cloth backpack, and helps you maximize its storage space when it comes time to pack.  It has a spacious 29.5 liter capacity, and its main compartment comes with padded dividers for cameras or small electronics. A secondary compartment features admin organizational space for pens and other loose items, and there's a padded sleeve that can accommodate a full-sized production laptop as well. A small amount of interior MOLLE webbing lets you attach the pockets and pouches of your choice. And if you carry concealed, a hidden hook-and-loop lined compartment behind the rear padding lets you carry discreetly. That space can easily be used to carry a hydration bladder as well, if you prefer.

The sturdy build of the Hazard 4 Pillbox makes it perfect for carrying your EDC and valuables, especially if it includes cameras and lenses. But its versatility also makes it a good daily driver bag. This ultra-configurable bag is available in both tactical black and coyote tan colorways. Check it out at the link below.

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Gatorz Tactical Eyewear

When it comes to everyday carry, having a good pair of sunglasses on you can go a long way. Your eyes are an important asset, and what you use to protect them deserves special attention. A pair of cheap, flimsy shades won't cut it alongside the rest of your carry. For a high quality pair of sunglasses that's worthy of your EDC, look no further than Gatorz. They feature a fine mix of streamlined, tactical style and protection that's trusted by active duty military, special operators, and law enforcement alike, making them a compelling EDC option.

The strength of the Gatorz tactical sunglasses collection begins with their premium design and construction. Each pair features a military-grade 7075 aluminum composition that make them lightweight and durable as well. They're also easy to adjust, letting you dial in a perfect, comfortable fit. Not only do their TruRay optics protect your eyes from the harsh sun and its UV rays, but they do it without compromising your color perception. With high impact- and scratch resistance, they can stand up to damage when you're not wearing them, too. Because Gatorz frames come in a wide array of styles and colorways, you can be sure to find a style to match the rest of your tactical gear.

With a pair of Gatorz sunglasses in hand, you can enjoy made-in-the-USA quality and performance guaranteed by Gatorz with a lifetime warranty. And with every pair sold, they donate a portion of the proceeds to the Navy SEAL Foundation. Plus, for a limited time only, you can use coupon code EDC20 at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase.

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5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin Pack

The best EDC bags can do a little of everything, but so many bags recently seem to be prioritizing low-key designs over all-out toughness. That isn’t the case with the 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin pack. While it's built to be mission-ready, it's got the just the right size and features for day-to-day duty as well. If you’re looking for a lightweight and durable backpack for your daily grind as well as your next weekend adventure, this one checks all the boxes.

Unlike other tactical packs that use ballistic nylon so heavy it's almost overkill, the Rapid Origin features a 600D polyester build that's lightweight yet plenty tough. At 25L, it's sized right for daypack duty, but comes strapped with MOLLE webbing along the front and sides. That modularity comes in handy when you need to add on more gear. For example, you can attach a discreet EDC pouch with charging cables and pens to bring into the office during the week, then swap it out for a first aid kit and survival gear when you hit the trails on the weekend.

If you’d rather maintain the slim profile of the bag you can always make use of the two mesh pockets on the inside for organizing your smaller essentials (or for hiding snacks). There’s also a built-in water bottle holder on the inside for daily use, but when you’re really going to be pushing yourself one water bottle might not be enough. So along the back 5.11 made sure to include a compartment that’s hydration pack compatible so you won’t have to worry about finding drinking water while you’re out exploring.

When you’re not adventuring this day pack makes for a solid office pack as well thanks to a padded laptop sleeve in the main compartment. There’s also a zippered front pocket for smaller tools that you might need quick access to as well as a glasses compartment up top that’s lined with a soft fleece material to prevent scratches.

Whatever your intended use case, the bag remains comfortable thanks to padded ergonomic straps that naturally follow the curves of your body. When you’re hauling a little more than usual, you can save yourself some back pain by buckling up the chest strap to distribute the weight. Last but not least, hook-and-loop sections on the front of the pack let you customize the bag with name tape, morale patches (tactical gnome, anyone?), and more.

If you want one bag for both work and play, the 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin pack is a versatile option that makes the transition from workday to weekend as seamless as possible. You can pick one up at the link below.

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Maxpedition Entity 21

Far too often, tactical backpacks for EDC make you stand out like a sore thumb. That's because they're designed with battlefield use in mind, not everyday situations. Anything that brings unwanted attention to you and your gear can be a potential risk. If you've been looking for a discreet tactical EDC backpack, the Maxpedition Entity 21 is for you. Its attractive design doesn't feel out of place, but it's still a tactical bag through and through.

The low-profile minimal design of the Entity 21 is something you don't expect to see on a tactical bag. The bag features an urban gray color scheme and muted branding to keep things low-profile. It's still built tough enough to stand with the rest of the tactical packs out there with its weather-resistant, PU-coated 500D Kodra fabric exterior. Beefy YKK zippers as well as reinforced seams and straps ensure the bag lasts through everyday wear and tear.

True to its name, the Entity 21 provides 21 liters of storage space in total. Its main compartment opens up like a clamshell for easy access to your gear. It also includes a dedicated padded pouch for a small tablet. For added security while travelling, the main compartment is compatible with TSA locks. It also has a magnetic closure that helps keep your gear inside even if you forget to zip the bag up. For further organization, the flap space on the sides work well with your small items. There's also a dedicated space for concealed carry that's accessible from both sides. If you don't carry concealed, you can use the compartment to store your valuables and important identity documents as well.

To the uninitiated, the Entity 21 might look like a regular backpack. And for some of you, that's exactly what you want. Check out this new discreet tactical pack at the link below.

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Nitecore P26

If there's one thing that's just as important as performance when it comes to your EDC gear, it's control. Having a sharp knife that's unwieldy, or in this case, a blindingly bright flashlight with fussy controls is the last thing you need. That's especially true for tactical lights designed to be used where there's no margin for error. Nitecore's new P26 offers unlimited control of its high-powered LED through a unique rotary switch that lets you dial in when lighting up.

As a tactical light, the P26 has all the right features for quick, powerful, and controlled lighting. For starters, it turns on with a familiar on/off push button at the rear. The tailcap itself is scalloped, giving you the best of both worlds: you can easily access the switch even when wearing gloves, but it's not so easy to accidentally press. It also allows for a lanyard attachment and tailstanding to act as a makeshift candle. The switch itself is a “forward clicky,” which you can soft-press for a silent, momentary on activation. Finally, a tac ring on the body of the light provides a better grip when holding the light cigar style for tactical applications.

The P26's defining feature, the rotary switch, sits just under the base of the head. It controls the CREE XP-L HI V3's modes starting from a 0.5-lumen Low up to a 1000-lumen Max, settling anywhere in between as a result of its infinitely variable brightness. As a tactical light, the P26's only other special mode that can be accessed from the rotary dial is a Strobe mode to keep things simple.

Its anodized aluminum body offers 1.5m of impact resistance and IPX8 water resistance to withstand EDC. The barrel also accommodates 1x18650 or 2xCR123a batteries, meaning it's a substantial light in hand with solid runtimes at 500 hours on Low and 1 hour at Max brightness. For a feature-packed tactical light that really puts you in control, check out the P26 at the link below.

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Boker Plus Rocket Pen

As something you can carry with you everywhere, your EDC pen shouldn't draw unwanted attention for its tactical features. Designed by Darriel Caston, the new Boker Plus Rocket Pen is a daily jotter that's just as home in the bug out bag as it is in the boardroom. It pairs sleek, understated styling with a robust bolt action mechanism and a sturdy aluminum build that's tough enough for EDC.

Unlike most traditional tactical pens with prominent points and aggressive knurling all over, the Rocket takes a lower profile approach with its smooth aluminum barrel. To be more accurate, the 5.2” body is actually shaped like an oval. The added width affords a more comfortable and secure grip. But more importantly, it allows for the Rocket's bolt action mechanism to sit completely flush with the body when not deployed. Paired with the body's smooth surface, it makes retrieving the pen from your pocket quick and easy—no more protruding bolt to snag on your pants.

To round out its EDC-worthy feature set, the Rocket accommodates write-anywhere Fisher Space Pen cartridges and similarly sized Parker refills. It also features a deep-carrying pocket clip to make the pen discreet even when you're not using it. For a more incognito bolt action pen, check out the Boker Plus Rocket at the link below.

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Benchmade 495 Vector

When it comes to making high-quality knives for EDC, Benchmade gets top billing. But if an assisted flipper is more your style, their offerings have been a bit limited. That all changes with the introduction of the 495 Vector. The Vector is Benchmade's finest take on the assisted flipper knife thus far. It has an aggressive and efficient tactical design with premium materials to ensure it can cut as sharp as it looks.

The centerpiece of this knife is its razor sharp 3.6" spear point blade. It's made out of premium CPM-S30V steel for high hardness and edge retention. Because this is an assisted-opening flipper knife, you can bring it to bear in an instant, even with one hand. And for added safety, the Vector also includes an integrated lock on the spine that keeps the knife closed when it's not in use.

The handle features an aggressive tactical design that conforms to your hand. Its shape gives you significant purchase on the blade and maximum control over the cut. It also helps prevent against cutting yourself on your own knife during hard use. The sides of the handle have grippy G10 scales etched in a diamond pattern to make them more effective. It also features Benchmade's super-strong AXIS-lock mechanism, which keeps the knife open with minimal blade play.

The 495 Vector is a welcome addition to Benchmade's venerable line of excellent everyday carry knives. And it's especially good for those who prefer carrying assisted flipper knives. If you're overlooked Benchmade in the past for their lack of offerings in that space, take note: the 495 Vector is not to be ignored. Take a look at it yourself and grab one for your own at the link below.

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Olight M2T Warrior Tactical Flashlight

When the Olight M2R Warrior last year, it ticked all the boxes as one of the most robust 18650 flashlights you can EDC. As good as it was, all its bells and whistles weren't for everyone. If you already had a tidy pile of batteries and chargers, or preferred a light with a proud tailswitch for use with gloves, then the M2R wasn't the light for you. So Olight went back to the drawing board and came back with the M2T, offering a different set of features from the flagship M2R. It's got plenty of what made the original great, with smart compromises to address the needs of more discerning EDCers at a lower cost.

The M2T comes in the same 5.12”-long, anodized aluminum form factor as the M2R, with a key change in its tailcap. Instead of the recessed electronic button that allowed magnetic charging on the M2R, the M2T comes with a 3-stage rubber tailswitch, giving access to momentary and full activation of its 1200-lumen Turbo, as well as strobe when depressed and held. The switch makes it easier to activate the light in an underhand grip and while gloved, while maintaining a compact length that makes it one of the shortest tailswitch lights on the market using 18650 batteries.

Olight retains many features on the M2T from its flagship big brother. Use of the high-powered Cree XHP35 HD LED, the familiar side switch interface that controls its 7 modes, even the great two-way clip makes an appearance on the light. While it doesn't come with an 18650 battery (one of the ways it lowers its asking price), it includes a battery magazine that lets you use 2 x CR123A batteries as a power source. You also get a custom holster and lanyard as carry options, with an IPX8 rating that keeps the light tough regardless of how it's carried.

While at first glance the M2T seems like a light full of compromises, make no mistake: it takes its Warrior badge seriously and remains one heck of a light. It's an affordable option with thoughtful features to fit your EDC perfectly. Pick up the M2T from Amazon at the link below.

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Victorinox SwissTool Spirit XBS

When hear the name Victorinox, it's hard not to picture their iconic Swiss Army Knives. For good reason, too — EDCers have been using them for decades as their main pocket knife or as an all-in-one tool for covering their bases. While they're great for everyday situations, they're not always the best tool for handling the heavy duty workloads. That's where the SwissTool Spirit XBS comes in handy. It's a compact yet full-featured multi-tool with the useful tools you've come to expect from Victorinox, packed into a beefy, plier-based design. As an upgrade to the original SwissTool Spirit X, the XBS version comes with a blacked-out burnished steel finish for improved durability and discreet tactical flair.

Although you could call it a full-sized tool in terms of functionality, the SwissTool Spirit XBS manages to keep a slim profile. At a mere 4.1” in length when closed, the stainless steel handles house 10 pull-out tools that provide a total of 27 different functions. You'll get most of the essential tools found in Victorinox's classic pocket knives like the drop point blade, combination bottle opener and screwdriver, can opener, and scissors. Only on the XBS, they're a bit larger and easier to use. You'll also get heavy duty tools that are especially welcome on a full-sized multi-tool, like pliers, a woodsaw, a crate opener, chisel, 3D Philips driver, and metal file, just to name a few. Whether you're looking for a compact all-in-one option for your next camping trip or something that can handle big projects around the house, chances are you'll find what you need here.

The tools are all easily accessible from the outside of the handles thanks to their larger size and convenient nail nicks, meaning you won't have to open the tool to get the job done quick. Once open, a lock mechanism secures them in place, and disengages by sliding down the textured lock releases on both sides of the handle. The contours on the handle and substantial length give comfortable control when using the tool whether it's open or closed, too.

The handles are low profile in more ways than one thanks to the XBS's all new, blacked-out finish. The burnished steel not only looks discreet, but it provides improved corrosion resistance for when you're working outdoors by the water, around plumbing in the house, and so on. Aside from the new finish, the XBS also manages to be even lighter than the previous model at just 7.3 ounces. If that's still on the heavy side for you, it comes with a handy sheath so you can offload it onto your belt or backpack, keeping your pockets free.

Whether you EDC a full-sized multitool for work or for preference, the Victorinox XBS Spirit offers plenty of functionality. A sturdy pair of pliers and durable tools built into the handle make this one of Victorinox’s best offerings yet. If you want to add this tiny toolbox of a tool to your pockets hit up the link below.

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Kel-Tec CL-42 and CL-43 Tactical Flashlights

When it comes to making tactical gear, Kel-Tec has decades of experience. Their innovative firearms designs have seen great success in the military, law enforcement, and civilian markets. But their recent efforts aren't only focused on delivering weapons platforms. With the CL-42 and CL-43, Kel-Tec has brought their design expertise to the EDC flashlight arena. Both of these tactical flashlights are compact and suitable for everyday carry, especially if you carry a firearm. But even if you don't, they're  rugged enough to stand up to the rough use in the field.

The Kel-Tec CL-42 is a low-profile tactical LED flashlight that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. At only 4.5” long it's big enough to give you a proper grip, but not so big that it becomes bulky in your pockets. It has a textured aluminum case that helps provide you that grip even in inclement conditions.

The light is simple to use: a full press turns the light on and off while a half press enables its momentary-on feature. Because of its heritage as a tactical light for use with a firearm, there isn't a confusing plethora of modes to shuffle through. It has a single 420 lumen output, and it throws its beam of light out 525 feet.

It takes two 123A batteries, and with them it is rated to put out its maximum output for an hour and 15 minutes. But unlike other LED flashlights, the CL-42 is designed to deal with prolonged power consumption gracefully. Instead of shutting off when it doesn't have enough power to run on max, it reduces its output gradually until there's nothing left to give. So after two hours and 20 minutes of use, the light is rated to put out 40 lumens. And because it's a weapon light, it's ready for hard use. The CL-42 is impact resistant up to one meter, and it's also water resistant to a depth of one meter.

The Kel-Tec CL-43 is another compact tactical EDC flashlight, but with a twist. It has an innovative design that lets you cradle it in your offhand while letting you maintain a firm grip a handgun in your primary hand. But even if you don't intend to use it that way, the unique shape lets you point at what you want to illuminate easily. You can easily hold it in one hand and click on the activation switch like a trigger to turn it on and off.

Like the CL-42, the CL-43 also has a momentary-on function. But unlike the CL-42, the CL-43 is able to hold one more 123A battery while being noticeably shorter than its cousin at only 3.75” long. The extra battery capacity allows it to run its 420 lumen single output far longer than the CL-42 at 3 hours and 35 minutes. Like with the other Kel-Tec light, the CL-43 slowly lowers its output once your exceed that max rating until all of the power stored is finally used up.

The low-profile and efficient design of these Kel-Tec lights make them a solid option to introduce to your own everyday carry, whether it's for daily use or emergency situations. Check them out in more detail at the link below.

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Maxpedition Veldspar

If you've been holding out on EDCing a tactical bag because of the way they look, we understand. Not everyone wants to stand out in a crowd. Camouflage and webbing might be useful in the field, but it can put a target on your back in an urban environment. Maxpedition's Veldspar shoulder bag brings the brand's signature tactical functionality to a lower profile design, perfect for EDC in the city.

It's slim, streamlined, and far from how you'd picture a standard tactical bag to look. Even if it doesn't have MOLLE everywhere, it'll still perform with the best of them. Instead, a laser-cut attachment lattice on the exterior of the pack provides some subtle modularity and nylon webbing on the inside of the bag offers more familiar organization options. A sturdy 1000/500D Teflon-coated nylon makes up the rest of the bag, while YKK zippers throughout ensure easy and reliable access to your gear through daily use.

At 8L in capacity it's just the right size to supplement your pocket space for the rest of your everyday essentials. You even can carry a tablet in the main compartment, a water bottle on the side, and security pocket for stashing valuables or your CCW. With so much organizational space, the Veldspar can help de-clutter your carry as well and keep everything in its place.

With the Veldspar you can step up to carrying a tactical bag without committing to a tactical look. Pick one up and try it out for yourself at the link below.

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