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Streamlight ProTac 90

Sometimes a task comes along that the usual tools can't solve. Whether it's an unfortunate situation or a problematic location, a specific tool can often make the difference. An angled flashlight is one such tool, with its ability to get into spaces other lights can't manage. Even better if it's one made by one of the most reliable and popular brands in EDC. When it comes to tight spots, Streamlight's ProTac 90 may be the right angle to get you out.

Streamlight are well-known for their highly reliable and affordable flashlights, offering excellent build quality and performance at the fraction of the cost of many of their peers. The ProTac 90 is no different. Three output modes can be powered by a CR123A battery to provide a maximum output of 300 lumens on High for 1.75 hours, or 125 lumens for up to 5.5 hours when using a lithium AA battery. The multi-fuel capability makes it convenient to trade power for runtime (or more accessible batteries) when out in the field. A rubber switch rests behind the angled head where the ProTac 90's C4 LED sits, allowing you to navigate its stock modes or switch to one of three other programs depending on your needs. All this is housed within a 6000 Series machined aircraft aluminum with black anodized finish, and IPX7-rated resistance to boot.

While the right angle created from the light's design offers illumination opportunities in places where there's little vertical clearance, its shape offers even more EDC-friendly utility. For starters, it's more comfortable and ergonomic to hold when in use, compared to an over- or underhand grip that requires a bit of wrist flexibility. There's also a reason many headlamps make use of an L-shaped flashlight: it means the light's body can stay flush against a headband while still pointing its beam straight ahead. The ProTac 90's included clip also allows alternative hands-free operation by letting you attach it to a harness or strap to keep its output level while still remaining within reach.

Streamlight's ProTac 90 gives you a no-frills, all-business right-angle flashlight that's an excellent addition to any flashlight kit. Pick one up at the Amazon link below.

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The James Brand Ellis

For a knife to be “minimalist,” it doesn't always have to mean it sports an understated design that's stripped of features. Minimalism can go beyond looks, instead focusing on letting you do more while carrying less. The James Brand Ellis has a unique balance of  uncluttered design and all-round versatility that's worthy of your minimalist EDC. With a competent blade for cutting tasks and an integrated multi-tool for almost everything else, it'll cover your bases, look good doing it, and free up some pocket space to boot.

The business end of the Ellis features a stout 2.6” modified drop-point blade that maximizes the cutting potential of the blade while keeping it compact. The blade is made out of a highly corrosion-resistant Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel that sharpens up to a nice edge. And because the blade has a mixture of straight edge and serrated surfaces, it's a good all-around cutting tool for your everyday carry. Opening the blade is a classic two-handed affair, made easier with the nail nick in the blade. A sturdy lockback mechanism holds the blade in place during use.

When you're done with the knife, fold it into the anodized aluminum handle, and it's there where the design of the Ellis truly shines. Like the gentleman's knives of old, the Ellis has a second tool built into the design, which opens just like the knife. But instead of another blade, the Ellis gives you a screwdriver and bottle opener. And because of the smart design of the Ellis, you get a full-sized handle that you can use to leverage these tools to the best of your ability. It doesn't stop there: at the pommel of the knife is a combination scraper and pry bar, handy for those who would otherwise use their knife for that task despite every warning not to do so.

For easy of carry, the back of the Ellis comes with a bail for attachment to a lanyard. If you prefer to carry it in your pockets, the 2.8 ounce weight makes it a no-fuss accompaniment to your curated carry. And with its good looks and intelligent features, you can use the Ellis to pare down to the essentials, making your life easier by shedding redundancies. The Ellis is available now, in three different colorways including black, silver, and a stand-out electric moss green. Check it out at the link below.

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