Essentials: Special Ops

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By definition, special operations are characterized by unconventional methods and resources utilized to carry out whatever arduous task or mission might be assigned at the time. It goes without saying then, that in the realm of gear, dependability and durability are held in high regard. These merits also ring true in the civilian world as well – where more and more outdoorsmen, ruffians, and off-duty personnel are seen carrying, utilizing and cherishing gear that’s purposed to stand up to whatever day-to-day challenges they might encounter.

It’s here where we find altered versions of everyday gear and apparel now purposed for rough and tough treatment. Boots, jackets, watches, pocket knives, and pants all serving their general duties but now with additional features, compositions, and longevity that set them apart from typical civilian clothing and gear. It’s the perfect marriage of form and function – no frills or overly engineered products – just all-around dependable gear that happens to look just as good as it performs. No crime there.

Nixon Regulus Watch

Built in conjunction with Special Ops personnel, Nixon’s all-new Regulus watch is built to perform in even the most challenging environments. Each of its four colorways (black, gunmetal, sand and multicam) come equipped with a custom LCD module with 100m water resistance, dual chronographs, an oversized LCD display, and a fiber reinforced case for enhanced durability.

Purchase: $150

Field Notes Memo Pocket Notebook

Combing the valued metrics of discretion and utility, the “blackcover” Field Notes Memo Pocket notebook is an ideal writing pad for both the great outdoors and your day-to-day duties and tasks. Each notebook comes in a pack of three and features 48 lined bright white pages onto which you can jot down any and all ideas that come to mind. Perfect for the analog notetaker.

Purchase: $10

Finisterre Fisherman’s Beanie

Keeping your head warm is key to ensuring the rest of the body follows suit. So, with that in mind, it would behoove you to scoop up this 100% Merino wool beanie built out as a traditional fisherman’s rib that’s fully fashioned and both yarn spun and dyed in Italy. They’re also available in olive green as well if charcoal/navy doesn’t suit your fancy.

Purchase: $34

Trayvax Element Wallet

As the flagship product for the USA-made brand, the Trayvax Element is one handy wallet that’s built to last a lifetime. Each piece features top-grain oil-finished American leather wrapped around a highly durable stainless steel frame that also hosts a built-in bottle opener for good measure. Additional features include a mil-spec paracord weave, RFID-blocking technology, an attached money clip, and can comfortably fit up to 5 cards.

Purchase: $70

Prometheus Design Werx EDC Pant

Ideal for weekends in the backcountry or on a retreat up into the nearby mountainous terrain, this pair of four-way stretch technical pants comes fully featured with everything you need for the day-to-day. They come complete with 11 pockets to stash and organize any an all EDC items and feature an industrial grade triple needle stitching on all major seams making them both highly durable and utilitarian in practice. And for those who like to shop local, PDW designs, crafts, cuts and sews each pair right here in the USA at their location in San Francisco.

Purchase: $129

Boker Kwaiken Tactical Flipper Knife

Designed by Lucas Burnley, this sleek and blacked-out Boker is a must-have for all fans of reliable everyday knives. It boasts a slim profile complete with a smooth opening flipper and a fabricated G-10 handle for good measure. Additionally, with a black finished VG-10 steel blade that measures in at 3.5”, an overall length of 8.37”, and an IKBS pivot for smooth action the Kwaiken is a solid addition to any daily getup.

Purchase: $145

Ray-Ban 3026 Classic Aviator Sunglasses

In the world of sunglasses, there’s little out there that can compete with the classic aviator style from Ray-Ban. These blacked out shades feature that tear-shaped frame we all know and love, a double bridge, metal composition, and a thin yet durable frame that’s good for years of covert use under the sun.

Purchase: $153

Virtus Helios Hoodie Jacket

For when the elements are simply unpredictable, there’s the Virtus Helios Hoodie. Each waterproof and moisture-shedding piece is built with a light fleece backer, an integrated face-mask, drawstring bottom seal, and 4-way stretch fabric for unrestricted movement. Best of all, this Veteran-owned brand only sells operated tested gear so you know it’ll meet any challenges you throw its way.

Purchase: $178

Tad Fastpack Litespeed Backpack

It’s no secret a rugged backpack is in order to keep all your gear safe and secure while in transit. With that in mind, TAD’s Litespeed Backpack is the perfect companion thanks to both a rugged construction and combined military design. Each bag then, features 1350 cubic inches of storage space, a 1000D Cordura nylon construction, and a highly modular exterior design that’s compatible with most MOLLE accessories.

Purchase: $245+

5.11 Tactical Apex Waterproof Boot

Tackle the elements with assertion. 5.11 Tactical’s Apex Boot certainly means business thanks to an all waterproof construction, a re-soleable Vibram Megagrip outsole, structured footbed pamper, D30 Lite EVA midsole, and an eVent BBP waterproof membrane lining. To top it all off, a full-grain easy-polish waterproof leather exterior keeps things stylish in the process.

Purchase: $250

The Ultimate Guide to Mil Spec Outdoor Gear

In case you’re wondering what all this military jargon actually means, take a look at our ultimate guide to mil-spec gear for a detailed breakdown of industry-leading materials.

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