Tactical

Dango M1 Maverick Collection

When tasked with securing your most valuable essentials, an EDC wallet faces the pressure to be durable, organized, hard to lose, and easy to use, all at once. Dango's new flagship wallet, the M1 Maverick, performs this difficult balancing act as one of their best wallets yet. It improves upon the bomb-proof aluminum chassis of their foundational T01 and D01 wallets while adopting a vertical orientation as on their recent S1 wallet for easier access and handling. The different feature-packed configurations in the new M1 line-up offer solutions for any EDCer, from the refined minimalist to the tactical prepper.

At the core of the M1 is a new, vertically-oriented CNC-machined aluminum chassis. This time around, it features loop holes at each of the four corners to serve as attachment points for keys, tethers, or lanyards to wear as a badge holder. An internal metal RFID blocking card cavity holds up to 6 cards, held in place by a silicone cash strap.
You can configure both the material choice and the number of pockets on the exterior wrap to complete the wallet. For a more classic look and familiar feel in hand, you can opt for Dango's top grain leather section. 

These leather exteriors come in both single pocket and bifold configurations: the single pocket holds up to 8-10 cards total, while the bifold section adds 3 more card pockets to accommodate 14-16 cards total. The single pocket is the more minimal of the two, with an elongated thumb cutout to easily slide cards out. The bifold flips out clamshell style for quick access to the internal pockets, which have angles and cutouts for easy retrieval as well. The bifold portion also adds a small loop section for storing a small house key or similarly sized object.

For those of you looking for a more feature-packed wallet, Dango developed a Spec Ops version of the M1 range as well. It's built around the same chassis, but it's coated with a durable Cerakote finish you'd find on some firearms and tactical gear. Instead of leather, it sports Dango's newly developed DTEX material: a rugged, flexible and weather-resistant non-leather synthetic textile. Materials aside, the M1 Spec Ops versions come equipped with Dango's new MT04 tool. It's specially designed for emergency situations, complete with functions like a seat belt cutter, oxygen wrench, serrated and sharpened edges, and more. The bifold variant of the Spec Ops M1 includes yet another tool, the MT01. This compact tool adds an additional 5 functions, including flat and Philips head drivers, and slots into the external loop of the bifold section as an additional security measure to keep the wallet closed.

Each configuration of the M1 wallet features Dango's usual attention to detail in their designs, with cutouts, angles, and touchpoints to make using the wallet and retrieving your cards easier. Be sure to check out the collection in full detail at the link below to get a closer look at all the wallets' specs and features. 

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Casio G-Shock DW-5900BB-1 Blackout

With a 35-year legacy behind the brand, the G-Shock has earned its place as an everyday staple from its inception as a watch designed to never break. Every generation of the watch pushes the envelope of design and tech, but for this historic anniversary, Casio have melded past and present in the new DW-5900BB-1. Taking an iconic design from G-Shock's early days and giving it the ultimate tactical aesthetic, it's a great nod to history while having the design and construction to live long into the future.

The first thing to notice about the DW-5900BB-1 is its face—this isn't a model or design commonly seen as a G-Shock reissue. The pawprint-like design in its original colors hearkens back to the first G-Shock, the DW-5000, while the three subdials gave a glimpse into the later, insanely popular DW-6900 design. In this new blackout colorway, however, the design takes on a more tactical tone, with the subdials more reminiscent of night-vision goggles than the retrofuturistic original.

On the inside, the DW-5900BB-1 comes with all the staples you would expect from a modern G-Shock. The rugged case and band come in resin, the former of which is sealed and rated shock- and waterproof to 200 meters. The usual battery of timekeeping functions are present, including world time, a stopwatch, timer, and 5 daily alarms, rounded off by the signature electro-luminescent backlight.

Whether used as an aesthetic accessory or as a truly tough timepiece, there's no questioning that the G-Shock is a watch for the ages. Pick up the new DW-5900BB-1 from Amazon from the link below, and be sure to check out the rest of the anniversary blackout series too.

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SureFire Stiletto

When it comes to flashlights that you can stake your life on, few have earned the reputation that SureFire lights have. From rugged, duty-ready torches to dependable daily drivers, their lights have stood the test of time. And while their main focus has always been reliability, they've got room for some innovation, too. The SureFire Stiletto takes cues from its namesake to give you a light you can draw and use as fast as a knife. It's a rugged yet sleek addition to any EDC with a few modern features for good measure.

The Stiletto doesn't look like a modern flashlight. Instead of the usual aluminum tube, it instead comes in a lightweight polymer construction, reducing its weight while still maintaining heavy-duty, IPX7-rated resistance. This ensures the Stiletto's lithium polymer batteries and electronics stay protected, no matter the activity. An anodized aluminum head assembly houses both the light's LED and its MaxVision reflector, giving you a wide, floody beam useful for everyday tasks.

Along the Stiletto's top face are its two switches and its sealing micro USB charging port. Its main switch activates its three output levels, including a High of 650 lumens for up to 1.75 hours, and a Low of 5 lumens good for up to 30. A tactical switch gives quick access to High and an optional strobe for emergencies. The Stiletto can also be reprogrammed between tactical and task outputs depending on how you need to use the light. Finally, an LED indicator tracks remaining battery so you always know when to top up.

As this is an EDC light, the Stiletto comes with a few features to help with ease of carry. This includes a Melonite-coated, spring steel pocket clip for bezel up pocket carry, while its body tapers for the smoothest egress possible from its stowed location. And in spite of its robust appearance, the Stiletto carries light at only 2.8 ounces.

With its heritage of reliability and an innovative, sleek design, the Stiletto is a quick and easy addition to any EDC. Pick up SureFire's latest from Amazon at the link below.

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5 EDC Essentials from Veteran-Owned Businesses

November 11th is Veterans Day in the United States. It's a day where we give thanks to the men and women in uniform that have served our country. There are plenty of vet-owned businesses out there, but the ones that specialize in gear are especially relevant to us over at Everyday Carry. These professionals have spent years in the field, and few people out there know what makes a great piece of gear as much as they do. As a way to show our appreciation, we've rounded up some of our favorite Veteran-made goods. Read on to check out some of our favorite picks!

Vertx EDC Gamut 18

It's hard to argue the pure performance of a tactical pack when it comes to EDC with quick access, organization, and modularity at the forefront of its design. But if “tactical” doesn't suit your style, this new pack from Vertx offers that same functionality in a more discreet style you can take downtown or up the trail. It ditches the all-black look, concealing its MOLLE and hook-and-loop platforms with design cues you'd find on “heritage” hiking packs.

The 18-liter EDC Gamut was already a go-to tactical pack for its expansive EDC-focused feature set. This new colorway draws less unwanted attention with its neutral tones and leather touchpoints, but it's still every bit as functional. For starters, the front panel stows away into the bottom of the bag, revealing a full panel of MOLLE webbing for adding pouches and other gear. You can also attach gear to the webbing and keep it concealed with the front panel up for a cleaner look while still having your gear ready. Above the front panel is a zippered, top-entry stash pocket for frequently used gear. It has an integrated keyleash for clipping your keychain, too.


The main compartment opens by way of a U-shaped zipper to lay flat, allowing for easy loading and identification of your gear no matter where it is in the pack. There's a dedicated sleeve for laptops and tablets up to 15”, 3 zippered mesh pockets for keeping your gear consolidated and visible, and more hook-and-loop lining the interior for additional modularity. At the top of the compartment you'll find an admin panel that can fold out without fully unzipping the bag, making it easier to access on the go. The rear panel unzips to reveal a fully lined hook-and-loop platform for carrying self-defense gear, keeping its tactical functionality intact.

Last but not least, two butterfly-opening zippered side pockets give you additional storage on the exterior of the pack. Each pocket opens to reveal an inner sleeve or admin panel on the body of the bag, with a zippered mesh pocket on the “wing” when opened. Other handy features like a cord-equipped water bottle pocket, a pass-through back panel for loading onto luggage, and quick-release shoulder straps round out the pack. Get a closer look at the midnight navy/stone Gamut 18 at the link below.

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Gear Up for Fall with 5.11 Tactical Apparel and Flashlights

With an emphasis on practical design and tough build materials, 5.11 Tactical gear has become the go-to for many EDCers. On top of their iconic bags, pouches, and tools that they make, they've also got gear to cover the rest of your bases from head to toe. So if you're serious about staying prepared with functional gear, it's important to pay attention not only to what you carry, but the clothes you carry them in as well. 5.11 Tactical's latest releases include their Defender-Flex tactical jeans, Union Waterproof boots, and their handy EDC penlight with performance-driven improvements all around.

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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