Our Favorite New SOG Products for 2021

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True to their name, SOG has spent the last few years studying and observing the EDC space, looking for the best ways to make an impact with a refresh of their everyday carry offerings. They made a splash last year with their XR blade system, and they’ve added a lightweight LTE line to that series this year. They’ve also introduced a new line of bags that mesh tactical durability and practicality with a design that doesn’t attract attention in an urban environment. And finally there’s a highly-accessible addition to everyone’s most carried EDC item: your smartphone, spiced up with EDC know-how by integrating a useful multitool into a mobile phone grip and stand.

Surrept Carry System

Preparedness is at the heart of SOG’s new Surrept Carry System, a new line of EDC-friendly bags and packs that integrate into your daily routine by providing you the organizational space and storage that you need for any mission, whether big or small. Each of the six bags in the Surrept Carry System performs well for its intended uses, but they work even better in conjunction with one another.

The primary pack in the lineup best suited for daily carry is the mid-sized, 24L Surrept/24 CS. It offers ample storage for a full day’s worth of essentials and emergency gear, with clever organization throughout. You can access its main compartment via a top-half U-shaped zipper. Inside you’ll find a dedicated padded laptop sleeve and a tablet/document sleeve, with the rest of the compartment left empty. The bulk of the organization lies in the front pocket, which features an admin panel, horizontal zip pocket, and integrated key leash. Two water bottle pockets flank the sides of the bag, while a zip compartment on the base of the bag is perfect for stowing bulky items or gear you need in a pinch.

The Surrept/16 CS features many of the same features—including dedicated laptop storage—and design language, but in a smaller 16L capacity for more compact loadouts. And for EDCers with minimalist or maximalist kits, the Surrept/12 CS and the Surrept/36 CS are designed for travelers who want to stay organized, with 12 and 36 liters of storage, respectively. The Surrept/12 CS serves as an ultra-light, no-frills 12L daypack for your laptop and a few work essentials, and when zipped inside and out, acts as a packing cube for the larger, travel-focused Surrept/36 CS.

The Surrept Carry System offers other storage solutions in different sizes and capacities. The smallest is the 02 CS, a well-organized gear pouch designed to fit in the bottom compartment of the larger Surrept packs. Standout features include a removable insert that acts as a gear slip or pocket sheath, a pull handle for easy in-bag retrieval, and a free-standing base for desktop use. One size up is the 04 CS, a sizable waist-pack for carrying the essentials. It can be worn around the hips or slung across the chest, giving easy access to its main compartment or hidden loop field compartment for concealed carry. Its unique features include a secret internal compartment hidden by a magnetic flap, external loops for knife or flashlight storage, and a clever 3/4 zip that prevents gear from falling out when wearing the pack vertically.

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PopGrip Multitool

As EDCers you know we’re always looking to add utility wherever it can fit: in our pockets, on our keychains and even in our wallets, so it was only logical that we would also add it to the phones we carry every day. That’s where the SOG Multi-Tool comes in: it’s there when you need a tool, and invisible when you don’t. The tool may be small, but packs as much utility as it can in its body.

It features five functions, including a mini pry bar, a ¼” hex bit driver, a 4mm hex bit driver, and the old reliable bottle opener. The bottle opener part has an edge that’s sharp enough to help you open up packages, but not sharp enough to raise any eyebrows while you’re traveling. The SOG Multi-Tool also features deep machined grooves to provide you with extra purchase despite its tiny size.

If you’re worried about the tool falling off the socket accidentally, the PopGrip has you covered there. It uses a magnetic twist system that secures the multi-tool safely in place until you need it. This means that to detach it you have to intentionally twist it to stop making contact with the built-in magnets, in addition to the recessed groove the tool already sits in.

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LTE Knife Series

Not content to rest on their laurels after introducing their innovative new XR line of everyday carry pocketknives last year, SOG has further improved on their designs by making a few of them approximately 25% lighter by changing up the materials used and making them more friendly for people who prefer a less bulky and heavy EDC.

The Terminus XR was one of the highlights of SOG’s new XR line of knives last year, and in this new “LTE“ version of the knife SOG took community feedback to heart in order to make a lighter version of the knife that weighs the wearer down much less in the pockets at 2.35 oz total. The weight savings was done by swapping out the G10 liners of the original for more lightweight (and aesthetically pleasing) carbon fiber scales. Not content to leave it there, the Terminus XR LTE also features premium CPM-S35VN steel in its 3″ hollow-ground drop point blade, a step up from the D2 steel of last year’s model.

The Kiku XR LTE is an updated version of a knife that they released last year, but now featuring carbon fiber liners in the handle to weigh 25% lighter. This helps bring the knife down to a more manageable 4.31 oz in hand, and with its sculpted handle and slightly-recurved cryogenically heat-treated CTS-XHP stainless steel blade, you can get right down to work once you flip the blade open and lock it in place with the XR lock. Because the pocket clip is reversible, you can take advantage of the ambidextrous nature of the XR lock, letting you carry it tip up in either pocket, ready to go at a moment’s notice.

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