Tactical

5.11 Tactical AMP12 25L Backpack

When you're hauling gear for multiple missions into constantly changing environments, being able to switch up your loadout on the fly is crucial. Many tactical bags are designed with this modularity in mind, but all too often they end up both cumbersome and conspicuous. If there's one company who can deliver on modularity, organization, and durability in a pack, it's 5.11 Tactical. Their recently released AMP12 25L Pack offers more advanced modularity in a design that weighs less and blends in better to your surroundings compared to their already successful past designs. When you need your kit truly dialed, the AMP12 25L features versatile organization inside and out to cover your bases.

To fill its role as an All Missions Pack, the AMP12 keeps a low-profile exterior like a clean slate, ready to be customized. Don't let its absence of PALS fool you, though — the AMP12 features a large hook-and-loop front panel as the foundation of its modularity. Included with the bag is 5.11's patented HEXGRID load-bearing platform on their Gear Set system attachment. The Gear Set attaches via hook-and-loop to the front of the pack, supported by G-hooks and release buckles. You can pick and choose from this 3-layer security system for your preferred balance of retention versus quick release of your gear. The AMP12 pack and Gear Set system accommodates 5.11's other Gear Set accessories to make transitioning from the field to the city as easy as swapping out one Gear Set for another. And unlike traditional rows of PALS-webbing, the HEXGRID can mount gear at different angles for better ergonomics and more efficient use of space. This level of customizability isn’t exclusive to the exterior either, as it also has an internal loop system you can take advantage of when you need to carry more than usual.

The main compartment opens clamshell style, giving you a full view of the inside of the bag for easy loading and organization. Hook-and-loop paneling lines the interior back panel of the bag as well, giving you the freedom to take a pouch-focused packing approach or keep it minimal for when you travel. On the opposite side you'll find multiple zippered mesh compartments for at-a-glance organization of your smaller gear. The AMP12 is ready for the boardroom to the backcountry too, with a separate compartment along the rear accommodates laptops up to 15” and doubles as a space for a hydration bladder. A 4-way zipper configuration makes for easy access to every part of the main compartment as well.

As for materials, the AMP12 features a water-resistant 500D Dobby nylon build, hitting a sweet-spot of light weight and durability. When you do load the bag up and attach GearSets to it, a tag-team of ergonomic, padded shoulder straps and a thermoformed back panel help manage the load for a comfortable carry. If you've been looking for that one bag to take on the job, on the road, or out on the town, the AMP12 was designed for just that. It's available in classic Black, Ranger Green, Tungsten blue, and Kangaroo brown at the link below.

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Best Tactical Watches in 2019

Your EDC should be full of gear you can depend on day in and day out, handling everything from the mundane to the unexpected. It's no secret that tactical gear is popular among the EDC crowd, and for good reason: it's built to meet military specification for performance, durability, and reliability. And when it comes to watches, a military watch can deliver that reliable accuracy you need whether you're on a critical mission or meeting a deadline. With a tactical watch, not only do you get milspec performance, but you also get a design aesthetic that matches the rest of your utilitarian essentials. In this guide to the best tactical watches, we'll highlight some of the latest and greatest and break down what to look for in your next timepiece.

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SOG Terminus XR

When the original Terminus was released, it showed that SOG could deliver on an urban, everyday knife that broke free from the aggressive, tactical stylings the company was best known for. The sleek slipjoint was subtle, discreet, and designed to perform well for EDC. The new SOG Terminus XR takes the original's foundations and beefs them up in every way for EDC, from premium materials, versatile deployment, to an all-new locking mechanism that makes it even smoother to operate. The Terminus XR finishes what its predecessor started, earning its spot as a rock-solid choice for an all-around, high-performance knife.

A modern design with updated features and quality construction using premium materials come together to make the Terminus XR a knife built to handle most EDC tasks. For starters, its handles are made from G10 and carbon fiber, a robust combination that offers an exceptional strength to weight ratio. Together they provide excellent durability while allowing both enough texture via milled out grooves to give ample grip in hand and smooth retrieval from your pockets. Skeletonized stainless steel liners also serve as the backbone of the XR lock while keeping the handles lightweight and balanced.

The Terminus XR's namesake lock mechanism offers versatility not only in securing the blade, but deploying it too, letting you get to the cutting action in three different ways. A jimped flipper tab found on the back allows traditional high-speed deployment, with the blade flipping out with a nice and smooth flick and closing with a satisfying snap. Dual thumb studs allows ambidextrous handling as its second approach, uncommon on knives where a flipper is present. Finally, disengaging the XR lock itself (built with two spring-loaded latches found on both sides of the knife) allows the blade to slip out freely. Once deployed, its 2.95” blade capably handles both piercing and general slicing tasks thanks to a clip point geometry and premium CTS BDZ1 steel, known for its outstanding hardness and edge retention to stand up to daily use.

If you're looking for a practical knife that offers a sleek appearance and great performance, all without breaking the bank, then the SOG Terminus XR is a great place to start. Grab one today by visiting the link below.

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Bomber B-2 Nano Blade

There's a lot to like about tactical knives: they're made for in-your-face performance, with zero apologies given. But their typically larger size, their look, and their aggressive features might lead to more trouble than it's worth in some places. There are also times when you just don't want to carry a bulky knife. That's where the B-2 Nano Blade from Bomber & Company comes in. Billed as the world's smallest tactical knife, this micro-sized EDC folder fits tactical features in a compact size. And even better, readers of the site can score one for their EDC at 30% off.

Stealth is the name of the game when it comes to the B-2 Nano Blade, and like its name sake, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, it's designed for discretion. It starts with its incredibly small size for a folding knife: at 3.14” overall, it's smaller than the blades of most compact everyday carry knives. It's also featherweight, weighing in at less than an ounce. The 1.18 inch 440C stainless steel blade also falls very much underneath most size restrictions you'll encounter on a day-to-day basis.

But its thoughtful design still lets it perform like bigger knives: its reverse tanto shape makes it great for utility box slicing, cord cutting, and fire starting duties, among many others. The combo serrated edge makes short work of rough cuts despite the size. In keeping with the streamlined stealth theme, there are no annoying flipper tabs to accidentally actuate while the knife is in your pockets. Opening the B-2 Nano Blade is a two-handed manual affair, with the three eye holes cut into the blade itself. In terms of control, there's a significant amount of jimping on the top of the blade for fine work, and a solid frame lock holds it all in place during use. The 1.8” handle has just enough length to get a grasp on the blade, and there's a hole for keychain attachment or a lanyard for easy carry options.

Fully opened, you can make out the wing shape that evokes the B-2 knife's namesake. But unlike a stealth bomber, the B-2 Nano Blade slips right into your pockets until the next time you need it. And for a limited time, you can save 30% off on one of these stealthy EDC knives with the code “EDC30” at the link below.
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Deal Alert: 15% Off Gatorz Tactical Eyewear

With winter almost behind us, it's just about time to start thinking about your warmer weather EDC. A proper pair of sunglasses should be a spring and summertime staple—your eyes need protection, after all. Whether you're driving, adventuring outdoors, or soaking up sun on your spring break vacation, EDC-worthy shades can make all the difference. With 30 years of experience under their belt, Gatorz offers high-performance sunglasses designed for and trusted by the military elite, proudly made in the USA. Even better, Everyday Carry readers can score a sweet deal on a pair of these military grade aluminum sunglasses just in time to spring forward.

Thanks to the right mix of purpose-driven design, premium materials, and built-in-the-USA construction, Gatorz tactical sunglasses look right at home with the rest of your EDC gear. Made from military-grade 7075 aluminum, they're light enough to wear comfortably but durable enough to tackle everything from everyday use to extreme missions alike. The aluminum frames go beyond form and function too, with easy adjustability to dial in that perfect fit.

Gatorz polycarbonate lenses shield your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays without compromising your color perception either thanks to their TruRay optics. To match the durability of the frames they're in, the lenses boast impact- and scratch resistance as well. If you're looking for extreme eye protection, Gatorz Magnum Z and Wraptor Z models are ANSI Z87 certified options.

As an exclusive offer for Everyday Carry readers, you can try out a pair of Gatorz shades for 15% off and receive a free morale patch with promo code EDC15 at checkout. A 90-day return window lets you make sure they're right for you and your carry, and a lifetime warranty will have you covered for the long haul. Check out their best-selling styles at the link below.

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Dango Blue Line Tactical Wallets

Blue is the calm, soothing color of the sky, a color that invokes stability and trust. It's the perfect color for a wallet you rely on every day, and especially apt for Dango's long line of popular EDC wallets. Cementing that reliability is their new Blue Line series, which takes their most popular models and gives them the toughest coating available. Not only does it increase their durability even more, but it also gives the wallets fresh new looks while keeping their utility-driven design.

The key to Dango's new hue is Cerakote coating. It's a ceramic-based finish that gives exceptional protection to applied surfaces, and it's particularly helpful for gear that gets a lot of wear and tear (like your wallet) thanks to its scratch- and abrasion-resisting properties. Leading the Blue Line are two of Dango's latest and greatest models, the T01 Tactical and their newer M1 Maverick.

The T01 uses Dango's DTEX fabric, a non-leather, highly durable, and water-resistant material, available in one- or two-pocket configurations. Whichever DTEX pocket option you choose, it's paired with a CNC'd aluminum chassis for structure and RFID-shielding. The metal components are then finished with Cerakote coating. 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.

Dango's newer M1 offers a vertically-oriented CNC-machined aluminum chassis, toughened up with a layer of Cerakote. The chassis 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. The Blue Line M1 also comes in DTEX in either single-pocket or 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.

Whether you're after a fresh colorway for your wallet or need the extra resistance for hard use, Dango and Cerakote literally have your wallet covered. Check out the entire Blue Line at Dango's site at the link below.

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Klarus XT1A 2018 Edition

While modern EDC lights these days offer tons of smart new features, sometimes you don't want all the bells and whistles—especially on a tactical light. Too many modes, programming, and magnetic charging might be more complex than you need. When you want a torch that reliably puts out a lot of light in a literal flash, tactical lights are usually the way to go. Klarus's updated XT1A offers a bit of both so you can use the light the way you want after setting it up. For example, it boasts a 1000 lumen output and accommodates USB-rechargeable Li-ion batteries, but also keeps things simple with instant access to strobe and the ability to use standard AA batteries too.

The new XT1A's pocket-friendly body has all the right features for an everyday light: anti-roll rings, a grippy middle section, and a scalloped tail that can tailstand without getting in the way of your thumb. It's compact at 4.24" long and weighs 2.17oz without a battery, built from HAIII anodized T6 aluminum alloy. The body is sized to fit both 14500 Li-ion batteries and standard AA cells, giving you options to switch between higher output or more readily available power sources. When powered by a 14500 cell, its CREE XP-L HD V6 LED pushes a maximum output of 1000 lumens and reaches a low of 5 lumens. The included 14500 itself has a built-in micro-USB port for convenient charging as well.

The XT1A has a few unique features that make it especially versatile depending on if you want to use it as a tactical light or a general EDC. On its Tactical Setting, you get instant access to Turbo with the main tail switch and a one-touch Strobe with the secondary tail switch. On the Outdoor setting, it unlocks multiple modes and SOS features. Finally, useful features like a tailswitch lock-out function, battery indicator, IPX8 waterproofing, and a stainless steel pocket clip round it out. If you prefer a more traditional flashlight form factor and more control over how you can use your light, be sure to check out the XT1A 2018 at the link below.

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BOND Travel Gear Attache 13

Let's face it: a lot of business briefcases just won't cut it for an EDCer. They're generally plain, have a single function (to keep papers and folders in a rectangular enclosure), and are made from a simple combination of leather, plastic, and metal. That's not good enough for the folks at BOND, who make highly functional, versatile, and EDC-focused soft goods. So when it comes to the humble briefcase, their Attache 13 is anything but. With design cues and materials from tactical packs and a function-led approach to organization, it's a bag that ensures an awesome day in, and out of, the office for your EDC.

At its heart the Attache 13 is a slim briefcase that fits and protects a 13” laptop and similarly sized tech. But even starting with its exterior, BOND set out to create something exceptional. Rugged nylon, weatherproof YKK zippers, and Hypalon are materials more commonly associated with tactical bags, but they're used in the Attache 13 to protect your gear. The full clamshell-opening style also takes its cues from travel bags, allowing the Attache 13 to lay flat when open so you can best survey and organize its contents. No more having to fish in the depths of a bag that only opens halfway. A quick-access front pocket, nylon webbing handles and strap, and metal hardware round out its external features.

Speaking of organizing its contents, there's even more design choices inspired by the Attache 13's tactical peers. Opposite the laptop/tech sleeve compartment are no-slip, quick-access loops front and center so you can easily grab lone essentials like pens or cables. These pair with mesh pockets to both keep things from falling out as well as giving you an at-a-glance visual of your gear. Behind these are larger mesh zip pockets for larger items like notebooks or power cables, as well as extra loops for loose essentials like your keys.

The BOND Attache 13 may be overbuilt and overkill for the office, but that's exactly the kind of rugged gear that EDCers appreciate. You can pick one up in black and tan or a black multicam colorway at a huge discount from Amazon at the link below.

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Nitecore NTP30 Tactical Pen

Sometimes it's best to keep certain gear in your EDC on the down low. Keeping self defense tools and tactical gear hidden in plain sight might give you an advantage, not to mention avoid drawing unwanted attention in urban settings. Few tactical pens on the market do this, but Nitecore's new NTP30 pen is an exception. Not only does it ditch the usual all-black, aggressively knurled stylings of most tactical pens, but it even conceals its ultra-tough tungsten tip. Best of all, it combines some EDC-favorite features—titanium and bolt action—into one sleek design.

Designed with everyday carry in mind, the NTP30 boasts a TC4 titanium alloy construction throughout. It gives the pen the right mix of light weight at less than one ounce, durability, and corrosion resistance for daily use wherever you end up. But because not all pens should disappear into the pocket or hang off a keychain, especially if it doubles as a self defense tool, the NTP30 measures 5.6" in length. It's compact enough for easy pocket carry with its included titanium alloy clip, but long enough for a balanced and comfortable writing experience.

Another key feature unique to the NTP30 is its bi-directional bolt action mechanism. Engaging it towards the front of the pen advances its included Schneider ink refill, which is both waterproof and fade-resistant to perform even in inclement conditions. The accommodates 8 other compatible refills too, including popular Parker refills. Pushing the bolt in the other direction reveals its tactical glassbreaker tip. It's made of an extremely hard tungsten steel, making it useful for emergency situations, self-defense, or even marking and imprinting most materials.

Between its go-anywhere pen component or its concealed tungsten tip, the NTP30 means businesses at both ends. All it takes is a little bolt action. Check out this titanium jotter in more detail and grab one for your everyday carry at the link below.

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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.