Tactical

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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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An Intro to Tactical EDC Bags

If you're looking for a bag you can rely on day in and day out, it's hard to beat a tactical nylon bag. They're popular for EDC because their design and construction put them a step above your run of the mill bookbags. Unlike most casual bags, tactical packs are built to last through the most demanding missions, usually for military, law enforcement, or emergency applications. Luckily for you and your EDC, you can find tactical-style bags with the same focus on high performance and longterm durability in a wide variety of styles, from small day packs to large duffel bags. In this guide, we'll go over some key features and qualities to look for in a good tactical bag for everyday carry as well as some of our favorite bags, each with a specialized purpose.

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Nitecore NEB10 Excursion Bag

When it comes to your EDC bag, there are three main things you want it to be: rugged, organized, and easy to carry. Sometimes you'll find a bag that's got all the pockets you need, but it just isn't comfortable. Or one that's compact enough for the day's errands but doesn't have enough ways to arrange your essentials. Nitecore's new NEB10 excursion bag aims to hit the sweet spot of a tactical pack suited for the urban commuter. It's got the heavy-duty construction and materials of tactical bags, with the size and organization to fit an EDCer's needs.

As a daily bag, the NEB10 keeps your gear in check with its array of compartments and expansion options. This includes a loop surface and 6-channel elastic organization in its main 6L compartment and dual front zippered pockets with mesh slip pockets. On the front is a MOLLE system laser-cut from Hypalon rubber that keep a low profile without any loss of expansion and modular capability, and on the sides are retention straps for even more attachment options.

But the NEB10's key feature as a daily bag comes in its 3-point harness system. Paired with a removable padded shoulder strap, the system lets you distribute the bag's weight evenly across your body for a secure carry while out and about. And as befitting a modern tactical pack, coated 1050D CORDURA nylon keeps your gear dry and protected.

Stay prepared on your day's activities with Nitecore's purpose-built NEB10 excursion bag. You can pick one up in two colors from the Amazon link below.

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Nitecore SRT7GT

If you've never heard of a magnetic ring interface on a flashlight before, we don't blame you. Despite its efficiency and ease of use, few lights have ever used it. So it's a good thing Nitecore—one of the few manufacturers of magnetic ring interfaces—have decided to refresh their SmartRing Tactical line, starting with the new SRT7GT. It puts together the best features of its predecessors, making its magnetic ring interface the cherry on top of a very capable flashlight.

Its specs are what you would expect from a modern 18650 flashlight. It pushes out 1000 lumens from its XM-L2 LED on Turbo, has a rugged, IPX8-rated, anodized aluminum body, and comes with a two-way clip and lanyard hole for ease of everyday carry. But its real power lies in the interface. Instead of having to click your way to get to the exact mode or brightness you need, you can pre-select the SRT7GT's output before turning the light on with its tail switch. Which is convenient, given that it comes with 10 modes from variable brightness to colored LEDs for every tactical or outdoor purpose.

Need to preserve your night vision? A red LED has you covered. Doing some CSI work? The SRT7GT comes with a UV light mode. Need some self-defense modes like a police beacon (flashing red/blue LEDs) or tactical strobe? Yep, those are available, too. Whether you need an EDC flashlight that can do it all or on duty with specific needs, the SRT7GT has a mode for you, ready to go with a twist of its ring

If you've never tried a magnetic ring interface before, be careful—after using the Nitecore SRT7GT, you may not want to use anything else. Pick one up at the Amazon link below.

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Eshena Bagram Pack

The perfect everyday carry bag has the space you need and the features you want — for all the situations you'll need it. And whether that's traveling, hitting the gym, or just heading out and about, ESHENA Gear's Bagram Pack delivers. This new Kickstarter project combines a thoughtful set of core features with all-over MOLLE modularity for a tactical look and endless customization.

With a 30-liter capacity and numerous compartments, the Bagram Pack is large enough to be your go-to travel and gym bag. You'll find that it's easy to fill the bag and access your gear because of its clamshell design. Even if it's filled to the brim with all of your gear, the strap design side handle makes carrying it around a simple matter.

The thoughtful design of the Bagram Pack accounts for the stuff you'll bring with it on a daily basis. It has a dedicated ventilated shoe compartment at the bottom of the bag. There's a laptop and tablet sleeve in the main compartment. On the sides of the bag you get an expandable water bottle holder and a space for an external battery charger and the attendant cord. These areas are all secured with solid YKK zippers and TSA-compliant lock spaces that are great for when you are on the go.

MOLLE attachment points cover the exterior of the bag, and there's even some in the main compartment. The Bagram Pack comes with a number of smaller MOLLE organizers depending on your level of commitment to the Kickstarter. These modular organizers are special because  they have a magnetic closure that makes it easy to put them on and take them off your bag.

The best part about all this is that the Bagram Pack is fully funded on Kickstarter, and Eshena has fulfilled successful crowdfunding campaigns in the past. Hop onto the Bagram Pack train and make a pledge to secure a bag of your own at the link below.

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StatGear TriTac EDC Pen

For plenty of us, jotting down notes and making quick cuts here and there are all in a day's work. If you're spending time switching between a tactical pen and your EDC knife, take a look at the TriTac EDC Pen on Kickstarter. It gives the word “penknife” a whole new meaning, integrating a small blade (and a punch) into its tactical pen form factor.

The knife in the TriTac is a folding sub-2" 440C stainless steel blade located at the tip of the pen. It's ideal for light utility work such as opening letters and boxes. Because it's at the tip, you can use the body of the pen for extra leverage and grip despite the blade's small size. You'll also find a tungsten carbide glass breaker on this tip when the knife is closed, which can come in handy in an emergency.

It's a capable pen as well, using the versatile Fisher Space Pen cartridge for reliable, write-anywhere performance. A nifty bolt-action mechanism exposes and retracts the tip for writing. It's intuitive and fun, and you just might find yourself activating it just to fidget around a bit.

This unique pen is available to you in both lightweight aluminum and titanium on its fully-funded Kickstarter. Go ahead, take a look, and make a pledge to get one of your own at the link below.

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SOG Ranger 12 Backpack

SOG's no stranger to tactical gear, but in a market full of the same old tactical backpacks, it takes something unique to set a bag apart from the rest. This is the Ranger 12 backpack, one of SOG's new offerings for 2016. Designed to be equally useful as a daypack and light field pack, the Ranger 12 comes with features that make it ideal for everyday carry in both settings.

Let's start with the first things you see on the Ranger 12's exterior. Up top is an impact-resistant pocket with internal organization to keep your key essentials within reach. The molded design also makes it a safe place to stow more fragile items like your phone or sunglasses. On the exterior of the front admin pocket are laser-cut Hypalon MOLLE panels that forego the traditional nylon webbing for a flatter and sleeker profile without sacrificing expansion options. That said, the Ranger 12 comes with traditional MOLLE webbing on its bottom for maximum compatibility with your gear. The “12” in the bag's name stands for its 12L interior capacity, which includes a padded tablet pocket so you can protect your tech.

Kodra 500D nylon make up the Ranger 12's exterior, coated with polyurethane for water resistance and durability. Large zipper pulls make access easy, and padded shoulder straps with rigid suspension ensure a comfortable carry.

Ready for the next generation of daypacks? Pick up the Ranger 12 from Amazon at the link below.

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